Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Trio of Tags

We have a brand new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and it's Anything Goes. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps and I'm using Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette on my trio of Christmas tags. I know it's a bit early for Christmas but I recently walked into Hobby Lobby and they literally have ALL of their holiday stuff out. I couldn't believe it and just decided to go with the flow and start on my holiday paper crafting a bit early this year. ;)

I used Taylored Expressions Frame It Up die for the base of my tags and Spellbinders Classic Ovals Lg. and Scalloped Ovals for the digital image. A red and green atyou Spica pen helped with my faux stitches and I distressed every edge with peeled paint and festive berries distress ink. The gingham ribbon was in my stash and I used a red button with twine on the middle tag. Simple and sweet!

One lucky winner will receive 7 free digis!

Thanks Bugaboo Stamps for providing the DT with images to create with!

For more inspiration please pay my teamies a visit!
Have a great day,
Lisa xx

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Ladies Diary Planner

Front Cover

Hi everyone!
I'm back from vacation and ready to share my Planner Set DT project with you today by the The Cutting Cafe. I love working with Regina's cutting files and this one in particular grabbed my attention because I'm a gal that likes to be organized. I absolutely love that I can customize the file to suit my needs! The cutting file includes a PDF that you can easily print and cut and also features black and color text options.  

Are you ready for a few photos? ;) 
Here we go...

I used Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary collection to decorate the front and inside covers of my planner.

Outer Covers 

Close up of back cover

Note: I used a 2" 3-ring binder and I covered the outside covers using black chipboard as a base and adhering the G45 paper directly to it. I cut two pieces of chipboard, hole punched them and added vintage brads to secure. They are held in place with X-press It double sided tape which is strong enough to secure the panels yet if I want to change them I can. 

Inside front left cover and spine 
(I love the ephemera sheets in this collection and used several throughout)

Inside back cover 

Regina offers 6 different styles of Assorted Covers in the Planner Set

A close up of the months tabs. 
(There are pocket pages with tabs which are included and you'll see on my next planner)

Personal Information page

Important Numbers page

There's a full month calendar for each month plus two yearly calendars.

This is the format for the calendar pages.

This is another of the many organizational pages in this Planner Set.

Another helpful page to stay organized. 
(I could keep showing you pages but I'll save some for next week)

The remaining pages are the pocket pages which I created myself and I added the printed month tabs (from the file). 

You might want to grab a cuppa because there are MORE photos. ;)

January pocket page-front
(A pocket created with Webster's Pages vellum and a cut out bird)

January pocket page-back 
(the ephemera in TLD is gorgeous)

February pocket page-front
(I used vellum paper by Webster's Pages to create the pocket and included a cut out photo frame)

February pocket page-back
(more ephemera from G45)

March pocket page-front
(this dp is by Kaisercraft and it works well with my colors)

March pocket page-back
(he's not a lady but I love this ephemera piece from TLD collection)

April pocket page-front
(another WP's vellum pocket with a journaling card tucked into it)

April pocket page-back
(more TLD ephemera)

May pocket page-front
(another WP's vellum pocket with a cut out hot air balloon)

May pocket page-back
(love her hat and she's also from TLD collection)

June pocket page-front
(Kaisercraft paper with a cut out crown, the bee is a remnant rub on by Tim Holtz)

June pocket page-back
(a trio of beautiful ladies from TLD)

July pocket page-front
(another WP's vellum pocket)

July pocket page-back
(ephemera from TLD)

August pocket page-front
(another WP's vellum pocket with a cut out added for journaling)

August pocket page-back
(this paper is by Bo Bunny and the ephemera is from TLD)

September pocket page-front
(more Kaisercraft paper and another bird cut out, plus I slipped a Prima journaling card in the pocket)

September pocket page-back
(another fave of mine from TLD)

October pocket page-front
(another WP's vellum pocket with an antique key cut out)

October pocket page-back
(ephemera from TLD)

November pocket page-front
(my last WP's vellum pocket and I added a blue rose cut out plus another Prima journaling card)

November pocket page-back
(this gorgeous rose is from TLD)

December pocket page-front
(more Kaisercraft paper with a cut out label for journaling plus a journal card tucked into the pocket)

December pocket page-back
(the final lady making her appearance from TLD)

Whew!!! Did you make it to the end? Hope so. :)

For the base of  my pocket pages I used Prima's ledger 12 x 12 paper pad and every edge was distressed with Tim Holtz's gathered twigs distress ink. I love the warmth this color adds to my pages!  

The Cutting Cafe

All of the cutting files used are from the Planner Set Cutting File by The Cutting Cafe. Click the link to see how extensive this file is and to view the sample planner Regina created. If you want to get a jump start on organization/planning you can always purchase the Oct-Dec 2014 planner pages as well. On Thursday, the 21st, you'll be able to see all of the DT inspiration using the Planner Set on TCC's blog.  

I'll share my second Planner Set with you next Monday as well as other books I've made from this set (address book and menu planner). Yes, all of these were made using this extensive file so it's a great value and can be used over and over. 

Thanks for your visit today! 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Faded Layers, Oh My!

Hello everyone, hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you happen to be!

I'm excited to share my project with you today because it's for someone special and it involves two of Tim Holtz's fabulous techniques. For those of you that play along with Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 you'll immediately recognize the "sand" technique from the July tag. I had to make more of that fabby sand! The "faded layers" technique is the current challenge for CC3C #8 and our lovely hostess is Linda Ledbetter. It seems we both love Tim's July tag. ;)  

CC3C 08 Faded Layers

Participants of the CC3C are working through the techniques Tim shares in his new Compendium of Curiosities III book. Want an autographed copy by Tim? Click here

While we can't share the technique out of respect for Tim I can share my process. To achieve the faded layers look on my background I used alcohol inks, Tim's alcohol ink cardstock by Ranger and his Burlap Layering Stencil.  I love the texture it adds! I die cut grunge board using the images from the Alterations Mini Sand and Sea die set. Cardstock was used to die cut my Alterations Spring Greenery images and I followed his techniques for the 12 Tags of 2014-July tag.

The "sand" technique is so cool and I can't wait to try his "snow" technique on my TH inspired Christmas projects this year. :) Since this is a b'day card for my sweet DIL I used a word band that I love-enjoy the journey. I hope each and every year is a happy one for her and that the journey will always be enjoyed!

DYK that Tim has released holiday word bands? Oh the joy!!!

The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this challenge 
and offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky CC3Cer!
The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thanks for looking today! I'm off to visit the Curiosity Crew and check out their amazing inspiration.
Enjoy your week!

Lisa xx

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Sweet Factor

I can hardly believe we are into August already! It'll be Halloween before you know it and today I have some sweet treats to share for our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. First though, I'd like to welcome our new DT member-Lori Turner. She was our GDT for the last challenge and Samantha asked her to join our team. We're so glad she agreed to! Please drop by Lori's blog and give her a warm TTT welcome!

***Something Sweet***

Back to the challenge...
I didn't stop with Halloween though! This cutting file from The Cutting Cafe is so versatile and can be adapted for any holiday/occasion as you'll see with my next project. Using the same Test Tube - Candy Holder Box I made a sweet treat for my DIL's birthday next month. I should note that the file also offers the option of a single test tube -candy holder box as well. 

I die cut a Spellbinders blossom die, embossed it with a Seeing Dots folder and added some Kaisercraft bling (which I also added around the opening of the test tubes). A dimensional flower adorns the front and Spellbinders leaves were die cut and added. The sentiment was stamped on white paper and I used Tumbled Glass distress ink to color it. The test tubes are filled with one of her favorite candies, M and M's. By the way, I picked up several sets of these test tubes last year from Taylored Expressions in case you're interested.  

I have one more to share with you.

This is a Christmas themed Test Tube - Candy Holder Box  and I decorated it with Pink Paislee's City Sidewalks paper collection. I printed the PDF file out and hand cut with scissors. You can use this file with a cutting machine however I found it just as easy to cut it by hand. It goes together quickly and you can choose to decorate it with patterned paper or not. The twill holiday ribbon was perfect to spell out my sentiment. I dyed my crinkle ribbon with Festive Berries, Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough distress stains and dried with a heat tool. I like to recycle and you'll see some of the PP packaging added to the top. 

The Halloween box is a favorite of mine because the top actually spins thanks to the brad I placed in the pumpkin's nose. The spinner is from a kit I purchased several years ago by Martha Stewart and so is the pumpkin. I knew they would come in handy some day! I also like that the hand looks like it's trying to grab the candy as you can see below. So cool!

 These were so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless!!! 

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate!

Thanks for looking today and be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe to see all of the fabulous cutting files available. Also, you'll want to check out the amazing inspiration by my teamies!  

Have a sweet day!
Lisa xx

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