Friday, November 18, 2011

Caution Tag....

Ha Ha... Another late (2-sided) Halloween Tag ;)
Front of Caution Halloween Tag

Back of  Caution Halloween Tag

Wicked Wishes Tag....

I know.... I'm late, but here's a 2 sided tag I made for Halloween :):):)

Front of Wicked Wishes Tag

Back of Wicked Wishes Tag

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Inner Beauty Tag...

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~  Kahlil Gibran

Front View
Back View
This tag was a labor of love... 

I created the manila tag in DS, I was having trouble finding  the exact shape I wanted.  Then cut three tags.  Coffee dyed 2 of the the tags, crinkled them up while they were still wet, then unfolded them gently. Inked them both with some distress ink, then used glimmer mist and then let the 2 tags dry, in-between paper and under a heavy book, overnight.  Kept the 3rd tag clean and crisp, so it could be use later between the other 2 tags, for support.

The next day, I stamped & embossed my desired images on each tag, then painted black crackle paint randomly on both tags.  Dried them with a heat gun and then sanded the black crackle paint, just a bit.  Now for some clear crackle and a tad bit of glitter. Once the 2 tags dried, I glued the three tags together (clean 3rd tag between the 2 processed tags).  Used the sewing machine to randomly pierce holes where I desired them. Then proceeded to hand thread (only in a few of the holes) with hand embroidery type thread. Outlined the unused hole with black marker. Base tag done!

Decorated the tag with my very own hand stamped, handmade cloth flowers & cloth ribbon.  Used some burlap, buttons, beads, and a hand stamped partial body.  The "partial body" was stamped on a recycled envelope (interior) which I mounted to a piece of cardboard (for support), so I could pop it off the tag with some foam tape.  Pierce holes down the missing side of the body. Then proceeded to hand thread (only in a few of the holes) with the same embroidery type thread, that was used on the tag. Outlined the unused hole with black marker.  Used some black crackle, glitter, beauty rubber stamp and glittered personal handwriting for the word inner.  

Added a heart rhinestone and wala... A labor of love! 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I LOVE My New Custom DELUXE 12x12 Paper Storage!!!

 My wonderful husband created this fabulous paper storage with drawers and counter top, for my studio....
   Recently I asked my DH if he could make me a wooden paper storage.  About 6 months ago, I had purchased a paper storage rolling cart from Joann's.  This cart wasn't cheap, but pretty junkie. It was to weak to hold the 6 plastic containers it came with.  Now the one my DH constructed is ultra deluxe, it holds 8 plastic paper containers full of paper, 6 drawers from another rollie cart I had, an extra large wooden drawer (DH also made) and an additional work surface... Pretty amazing :):):)
For additional pictures and details, please visit my other blog...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My 1st attempt at a digital layout...

Description: Short little story behind this page.... 
I'm a huge George Strait fan... Love, Love, Love his music! When Blue was an itty bitty kitten and I had 1st brought him home from the shelter, within 3-days he was deathly ill. To comfort him, I would let him lay on my chest, pet him gently and sing George Strait's song "Baby Blue" to him (real quite) and it seemed to sooth the poor little guy. So, from that time forward, this was "Blue's" song, I sang in to him for years and he knew it was his song :):):) 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Black Cats & Bats ~ Halloween Petal Card

Thank you, Beate, over at Splitcoaststampers, for last Wednesday's awesome & easy to follow tutorial – The Petal Card.

 Here's my "Petal Card” and the details: 
The headstone tag & spiders were cut from Cricut's Happy Hauntings. The gear edged circle's were cut form Cricut's Elegant Edges & the plain circles were cut from George.  Cat on the fence image by: Sandy Miller Art Stamps, Bat images by: Hero Arts & Spider web image by: D.O.T.S.  Bazzill card-stocks, Martha Stewart Polka dot papers and other misc papers, ribbons & glitter.

Card, envelope and the rubber stamps used on the card & envelope. .

Inside of card.
Back of card with band on.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Straight From The Nest " Birdcage Card... Inspired By A Magazine Ad!

Created in Design Studio... Inspired by Tim Holtz "Townscape"!

Above: My version of  the "Townscape" assembled on a card and the inside of card/envelope.

Above:  Sizzix On The Edge Die ~ Townscape By Tim Holtz

Here are the Cricut cartridges used & a few simple instructions:

  1. Going Places:  House #1
  2. Doodle Charms:  House #2 (actually a little dog house)
  3. Christmas Cheer:  Tree
  4. Zooballoo:  House #3
  5. George:  Sign
  6. Beyond Birthdays:  House #4, Brown Banner (footing), Merry Christmas
  7. Accent Essentials:  Extra Windows (for the houses)
  • In DS... Placed, stretched and/or squeezed each item to my liking.  Welded it all together.  Selected the word "dog" on the dog house, not to cut.  Cut everything out of white card-stock x3 (extras are for envelope, inside, 3d & shadow effects).  Colored it all in, in a childlike fashion, for effect. Decorated Christmas Tree with a string of mini lights. Assembled on card as shown. It was that easy!

If you like it and have DS, I'm always happy to share the cut file, just let me know :):):) 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tulips, Scaps and a Serger...

The other night, while playing around on my serger, I came up with this little card.  
I'd  stamped and glazed the tulips a while back for future use.  So, a few scraps, some stamped tulips, a little bit of serging and wala... An easy peasy card.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" ~ OMGosh it's almost here again!

As Christmas quickly approaches, let the funnest card making season begin.  Here's a quickie Christmas card to get the ball rolling... 

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

365 Cards Challenge "2011" ~ Day 107 - Mega Movie Wednesday

Day 107 - Mega Movie Wednesday
The lantern base, glass (velum), hardware, flame & shadows were cut using Cricut Country Life cartridge. At the base of the lamps hardware, I used a real piece of chain.
Since the sentiment was so tiny I couldn't cut it, so I printed it instead, but the "Let You Light Shine" portion of the sentiment is also from Cricut Country Life cartridge. The outside sentiment "In the brightest day. In the blackest night" is from the Green Lantern movie poster.
 The sentiment plates were all cut using Cricut Disney Mickey Font cartridge.
The easel card base, background papers and box were hand cut. 
Hope you like it!

"Whatever it is that grabs you should be your source of inspiration"

365 Cards Challenge "2011" ~ Day 2 - Pick 5

Here's my card entry for: 365 Cards ~ A New Card Challenge Every Day:


 Day 2 - Pick 5


Pick 5 -
Use the answers to these questions to design your card:
1. Favorite color  ~  (Mine is Brown)
2. Favorite design technique ~ (Mine is Rubber Stamping)
3. Favorite embellie ~ (Mine are Schwartzki Crystals)
4. Least favorite color ~ (Mine is Mauve)
5. Favorite card size (dimensions) ~ (Mine are 5" x  5")
Anything else goes once you've used the above questions to inspire the design of your card.

365 Cards Challenge "2011" ~ Day 1 - White Space

Ha Ha.... My first card challenge entry ever and it's over 5 months behind!  
It's all about the fun and inspiration!

 Here's my card entry for: 365 Cards ~ A New Card Challenge Every Day:
This challenge is from....
Day 1 - White Space

"The goal is to keep all the decorations in the blacked out areas on the sketch"

Blue Chevy Corvette Vintage Old 50's Car ~ Recycled Coffee Sleeve Handmade Greeting Card

More recycled coffee sleeve fun.... The background image is a recycled coffee sleeve.  As I mentioned in the past, one of my husbands friends, heard that I did paper crafting and he started collecting these discarded (perfectly pristine) coffee sleeves for me, years ago.  He thought they could be reused for something and as it turns out, he was right.  I've used them several times throughout the years on different projects.  They also work well punched into colorful flowers and such. To think these little treasures usually just get tossed :):):)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Button inspired "Blue" kitty...

As many of you know, I've been lacking creative motivation, since Blue (kitty) passed away.  Anyway, I recently went to a swap-meet and scored more great buttons (the very last thing I needed).  While I was sorting through them, I found this button that reminded me of Blue's eyes and it inspired this......

This picture shows the true beauty and color of the button I used for the cats eye.
It's also before I glued everything down.

In this image, all the buttons are glued down to the cat silhouette.  Prior to gluing the buttons down,
I stamped the gold card-stock using white ink and a paisley background stamp.  I also hand-cut a red heart and
stamped it with white ink using a piece of burlap as the applicator.

Not sure where to take it from here, but I'll let you know once I'm done!
Cheers, Lisa   

Button Crazy Me!

Yep, button crazy... If I see them in bulk, I just have to buy them! I find them inspiring. This particular bunch is from one day of antique shopping in Prescott, AZ.  It was a very successful button day.  Vintage buttons are my favorite of course, but I'm not picky, I love them all... Buttons are just beautiful little works of art, waiting to be re-used or re-purposed.  

My DH recently found a new button storage for me, once its all set up, I'll post some pic's :):):)
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