Thursday, April 23, 2015

Smudge Stamping Fun

Believe it or not, I'm linking this tag up before the final day of the challenge. Yay! I can do it!! This challenge focuses on a technique - Smudge Stamping - that can be found on pg. 42 of Tim's third book in the Compendium of Curiosities series. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the challenges! 

It's never too late to get your own autographed copy right here.
{These make great gifts too!}

I used images from Tim's The Impossible stamp set on my tag and used the Smudge Stamping technique. I tried to incorporate a few colors that I don't use much, why I don't know??? Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye along with old regulars like Walnut Stain and Black Soot. The background was filled in with two of my favorite Idea-ology products-Remnant Rubs and Tissue Tape. It was fun altering the crinkle ribbon with Tea Dye distress ink and grunging up an Adage Ticket with distress inks, a little water and a good scrunching. 

I couldn't resist using this trio of Remnant Rub gentlemen on my tag...seems they pop up everywhere in blog land lol. To make them stand out I glued an Idea-ology Monocle over them with Ranger's Glossy Accents. I like the old time feel of this hot air balloon so I decided (in my mind) that it was part of a hot air balloon exhibition in France circa 1896 and used Tim's Label Letters and an Index Label to record that on my tag. Using another fave product of mine I trimmed a border from the Frames and Trims Industrial Stickers sheet and added it to the stamped balloon image. 

That's my tag, hope you like it!

This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie and Linda has a wonderful prize for one lucky CC3C'er!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Prize is a $25 gift certificate to the online store.

I'm off now to finish packing, my hubby and I are off to see our college girl later today. In the next week we'll be attending two award ceremonies for additional scholarships she has earned. We are SO proud of her, for SO many reasons especially the way she has conducted herself as a young, college woman on her own. She has studied hard and and in two weeks she's out for the summer. YAHOO! This mama can't wait to spend some serious quality time together. :-) 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Lisa xx

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Bouquet of Sunshine


I'm sharing a project that will hopefully brighten your day. I used the Round Basket with Handle Template and Cutting File by The Cutting Cafe to create my bouquet holder. The flower and dimensional butterflies are part of the file and are fun additions to decorate with. 


The Cutting Cafe

For more inspiration be sure to check out the design team's post tomorrow on The Cutting Cafe's blogIf you leave a comment you'll be in the running to win 3 Free Sets from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of May.

Thanks for the visit today!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4 You


3 of Something

That's our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and Samantha is hosting this one. She'd like to see 3 of anything ~ flowers, buttons, brads, perhaps Scrabble Tiles like me. :) My hubby and I love to play Scrabble and I'm always on the lookout for used Scrabble games at our local thrift store so I can rob the tiles from it. That leads me to my Tip which is: Save wood or metal playing game pieces to use on your craft projects. They make unique embellishments!  

Here's another tip for you, if your mojo is currently not free flowing (like me) pay Pinterest a visit for inspiration. I found this card by Shari Carroll which I decided to CASE. There are slight differences but I tried to stay as close as possible to her card because I love it.  

This was a fun card to put together and I love using the Scrabble Tiles to help spell out my sentiment. A few other crafty notes-I used Kaisercraft's Postmarks stamp to add a bit of interest and a black gelly pen to outline my yellow dp. As an afterthought I decided to hit the circles with a white uniball Signo pen and I'm glad I did. The metal flower was altered with Distress Stains, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen (same for the number brad). The leafy flourish is a die by My Favorite Things which I cut in half so it would fit.

This pretty lace stamp is by Finnabair and I die cut another dp from the paper collection using a Fiskars Apron Lace border punch to add more color to my focal panel. 

Two punched flowers were added to my red banner (giving me a total of 3 flowers) and I altered Kaisercraft pearls with a Copic marker for the centers. The red banner was outlined with a black gelly pen and finished my card. :)

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is 


and the lucky winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate.

That's a wrap for me today. 
Take care,
Lisa xx

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's gone by so fast...

I'm here to share my entry for the 25th challenge at Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge which is hosted by Linda Ledbetter. It's hard to believe we only have nine challenges left. I certainly hope Tim is busy writing the 4th book in this series. ;)

It's not too late to get your autographed copy from Tim!

Here are a few close ups of my tag.

I used the "frame" and the negative cut outs on my tag. 

I used the Trellis Frameworks Die to cut a sheet of cork and a dp from Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash. Next I started building the background of my tag with Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Sprays. I sprayed the three colors then spritzed my tag with water to tone the colors down. Tim's "flick" method was used to add some interest. The leafy vines are the remnants of a Spellbinders Grands Vine die and I inked them with a text stamp (by Tim) in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The paper flowers are by Prima and Recollections and I adhered everything with Ranger's Collage Glue Stick. I also used two Idea-ology metal leaf elements that were altered with Forest Moss Distress Paint. A number (#25) brad will help me remember which challenge I created this for and I finished off with Bisque Liquid Pearls by Ranger on the Trellis Frameworks die. It helps my trellis pop and the edges of my tag were distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. A linen ribbon, Graphic 45 butterfly and an Idea-ology Word Stick complete my project. 


Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge and offering a generous gift certificate to one lucky CC3C'er! 

Thanks for the visit today, have a wonderful weekend!
Lisa xx

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the Sweetest Girl


Hi everyone, hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend with friends and family. I'm here today with a DT project for The Cutting Cafe featuring Regina's awesome Vending Machine SetIt's a blast to assemble and decorate!

I used papers from Bo Bunny's Country Garden, paper flowers by Prima and Bazzill, spools by Spare Parts and a knob handle by Tim Holtz to decorate my Vending Machine. Scalloped circles were cut out with a Paper Studio punch and backed with clear acetate. Be sure to do this step before you assemble the top. 

Regina includes several sentiments and I chose this one since I made this for my daughter. A gourmet truffle egg was placed in the center for my little chocoholic. ;) 


The Cutting Cafe

Be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow to check out all of the amazing Vending Machines that my teamies created. I love each one!!! Also, if you'd like to win 3 Free Sets from TCC leave a comment on the DT post. The winner will be announced on the 21st, good luck!

Thanks for the visit today!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mellow Yellow

I'm sharing an Easter tag that I created for the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday, which I am hosting by the way. We hope you'll join us for our Mellow Yellow challenge. Use yellow on your project and you're good to go. Need some inspiration, visit the DT's creations by clicking on their links (on my right sidebar) or visit the TTT blog. You'll also want to check out the beautiful inspiration by our Guest Designer and Deneen's fabulous Dresser Side-Step Card tutorial. 

Prize is a $12 gift card to the online store.

I've got a few close ups of my tag to share.

As you can see there are many shades of yellow on my upcycled Graphic 45 packaging which I used to create this tag. The butterfly was embossed with Ranger's Ochre Antiquities embossing powder and Buttercup Liquid Pearls add a nice border.

I layered crochet trim with two ribbons and pale yellow seam binding was added to the top of my tag. A pretty My Mind's Eye brad adds a nice floral touch.

That's gathered crepe paper by Glitz behind my focal image and a beautiful butterfly rub on by Bo Bunny was added to the bottom right corner. My sentiment is from Taylored Expressions.

It's hard to believe that Easter is this coming Sunday! I don't know how you feel but for me this year has literally flown by. Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you'll join us for our Mellow Yellow challenge.

Lisa xx 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Inspired Tag


Remnant Rub Resist

features one of my favorite Idea-ology products by Tim Holtz. 

Inspiration for my tag came from the early signs of spring here in my corner of the world. 

Hope you like it!

The Funkie Junkie is generously offering a 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique

$25.00 gift certificate to one lucky CC3C'er.

We're following along with the technique challenges in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book and you can obtain an autographed copy here

Here are a few close ups of my tag...

I used Botanical Remnant Resist rub ons to decorate my tag and two stamps from Tim's Urban Tapestry set. The speckled dot stamp was inked with Archival Forget-Me-Not ink and randomly stamped. The bird on a branch was inked with Walnut Stain distress ink and a black fine point Sharpie adds some definition to his/her eye. The background was created with distress stains and distress inks.

That's all for me today, thanks for the visit!
Lisa xx

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