Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Moment in Time

It's so hard to believe that we are nearly half way through this challenge. Where has this year gone? This particular challenge is not a technique so we're free to share our process.  Basically we were asked to alter a cabinet card frame and create a pocket. I chose this couple from Tim's Found Relatives because they look so happy and the day I created this it was literally freezing. Thinking of them on a beach playing in the warm sun kept my spirits up. :)


We are working from Tim's third book in the Compendium of Curiosities series and you can get your own autographed copy here.  

I used a #10 tag for to create my pocket and I added a stripe dp from Tim's Merriment paper pad. The bubble layering stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink add random dots on the cabinet card, tag and ribbon. 

I die cut a starfish from Tim's Mini Sand and Sea die, painted it with antique linen distress paint and inked it with distress embossing ink. I gave it a good coat of antique linen embossing powder, tapped the excess off and used a heat tool to emboss it. The jar was filled glass beads to imitate sand. The bingo number is for the year these two were having fun on this beach in Maine. 

The salvage stickers record where and when while the word band was distressed with faded jeans distress paint and a heart charm was added. Tim's cream and red trim holds it in place. This was a fun project!

The Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge and offering a prize of 


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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Got Turkey?


Hello and Welcome!

I have a fun Turkey Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe to share with you today. Those of us in the U. S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week and the turkey is to Thanksgiving what the pumpkin is to fall. They are the icons associated with this time of year and while some folks are thinking of how delicious their turkey will taste, others (like me) feel sorry for the poor bird. It's open season with no where to run. Can you tell I'm a vegetarian? I am and yes I do know that it means lousy hunter. Bwahahaha! I've been one for 47 years. ;)

This is a super fun file to create with and I started with a brown cardstock base then cut the feathers from a fall paper in my stash. The hat and turkey body parts were cut from white cardstock and I used Copic markers and Distress Inks to alter. The googly eyes were added just for fun. A white Signo ball pen provides some dots, which Regina is fond of :), and the "gobble" sentiment was die cut using a Taylored Expression tag and twine added to finish it.  

The envelope template was cut from kraft cardstock and I stamped Happy Thanksgiving (by Stampendous) in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on the front. It's handy to have this template and I know I'll use it over and over. 


This TURKEY SHAPED CARD....cutting file - template features the following:
1 turkey shaped card...approx. 5.25 by 4.5 inches.
1 matching envelope
7 sentiments and 1 invite....this file comes in the following formats: wpc, pdf and svg

offered by

The Cutting Cafe

Remember: You do NOT need an electronic cutting machine to work with these files. Each one also contains a PDF to print and hand cut.

For more inspiration featuring this file and other word shaped files please visit TCC's blog on the 21st and be sure to leave a comment. If you do, you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE Files/Templates/Stamps of your choice. Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of December. Good Luck!

Have a wonderful day!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Love One Another

mixed media plaque

~ 3 or More Papers ~

A new challenge is up at Top Tip Tuesday and we want to see projects that use 3 or more papers. Bettina's hosting this one and we have a special guest tutorial from one of our regular players, Nic of Coops Cluttered Corner, and a featured guest designer (Wies) as well. But the big news is that the DT call is over and Samantha and Annette chose four new teamies to join us. 
Please give these ladies a big TTT welcome!

We are sponsored by 

and they are offering a prize of

Now for my project which uses 5 designer papers plus book paper for my house.
A few photos of my process ;)

 I cut a 8"x 10" piece of white chipboard.

A Glitz dp was trimmed to 6" x 8".

It received a white wash coat with Picket Fence Distress Stain.

A random house was drawn onto book paper and cut out.

I distressed with with distress inks and ran a black marker around the edges.

I had a glitter dp in my stash that was cut into strips and glued to the roof cutout. To adhere my Frantage silver glitter and ice by Stampendous (which I love) I brushed on matte gel in various places then generously sprinkled it on and lightly tapped off the excess. 

At this point I'm making sure that each piece is where I want it before I adhere to the chipboard base.

My center piece was adhered with X-Press It tape so there'd be no ripples due to the glue. I wanted a nice, smooth finish.

A glitter black Wink of Stella brush pen was used to add the zig zags and scribbles to the roof.

Here's my TIP: 
I mixed a few drops of Picked Raspberry Re-inker (Tim Holtz-Ranger) with my Liquitex Glass Beads for a custom colored heart with texture.

The heart was cut free hand from a recycled package, inked with picked raspberry distress ink and then I applied the glass beads with a palette knife. After it dried I inked the edges with black soot distress ink and dabbed some in various places on top.

A black Prima button and Doodlebug twine complete it.

A Kaisercraft key rub on was added to the roof...

and a She Art rub on border and Deja View Wonderful Words sentiment rub on as well.

Tim's Idea-ology washi tape and four green buttons from my stash add the finishing touches.

I hope you like my project, it's simple and easy to make and it will add a bright spot to my craft room when the long days of winter hit soon. I'm not looking forward to the next season can you tell. After Christmas winter is all down hill for me lol.

Have a great day and thanks for the visit!
Lisa xx

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Snowflake House

Snowflake House

I'm back to share a fab 3D house that Regina, of The Cutting Cafe, designed. It's from the 3D House Template and Cutting File and tomorrow you'll be able to see all of the DT inspiration on TCC's blog. I used the tall house and made it into a winter wonderland with glitter, stickers and distress stains.

I used dp's from the Eskimo Kisses collection by Basic Grey as my base. The windows, door and trees are included in the file and were colored with distress ink. Stickles glitter adds some sparkle.  

On the blue panels I embossed a grunge snowflake by Tim Holtz. The snowflake stickers were in my stash and I'm happy to find a use for them. 

 The base was decorated with distress stains and I altered corrugated paper with white acrylic paint and glued it to the base.

It looks snowy :) and I added pretty aqua ribbon as a finishing touch.  

A better view of the chimney.

offered by 

The Cutting Cafe

Click the link to see everything that's included in this file and don't forget to check out the DT inspiration over at The Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow. Also if you'd like to be in the running to win 3 free files be sure to leave a comment when you visit. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of November. Good luck!

Have a wonderful week!
Lisa xx

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween


My entry is early for the CC3C but I'm sliding into home plate with my October tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014. I'm just glad I made the deadline at this point with the whirlwind month I've had. ;) I combined the techniques on his October tag with the current Colored Crackle challenge at CC3C and I gotta say, I love my tag. As usual it finished totally different than my original vision but that's okay.

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Challenge #14 using Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book which you can order here

At this point my image (Tim's fab witch) was stamped on my tag and embossed, then I used the stamped image on the mask sheet to cover and protect it from the texture that I added to my background.  

I used Studio 490's translucent embossing paste which takes the color a bit differently than regular texture paste. After it dried I went back to add more depth in color with Distress Paint and Markers in some places because it was bugging me. ;)

I don't own the pumpkin image Tim used on his tag so I used another one with a black cat, colored with Distress Marker and gave it a shiny coat with Glossy Accents. After it dried I cut it out and adhered it to my tag.

I used some of the same Idea-ology products he used like the wish bone, alpha tiles, monocle, Halloween remnant rub ons, chain and trim. I couldn't resist using this Trick or Treat token though. :)

This is where the CC3C-Colored Crackle challenge part comes in and I can't go into the technique so guess you'll just have to buy the book. I did use Tim's window die and it was die cut from his grunge paper.

A close up of the crackle detail on the window and ...

on the window box piece which I actually used as trim at the top of the window because the bottom of my tag is kinda busy.

The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring Challenge #14 and Linda is generously offering a $25.00 gift certificate to her online store. Thanks Linda!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I'm entering this tag in the 12 Tags of 2014 challenge as well as the CC3C #14-Colored Crackle challenge (links above).

That's all for me today, we are off to go see our college girl but this time her big brother and SIL are coming with us so it'll be fun times in the 'Boro this weekend. 

Hope all the little (and big) trick-or-treaters everywhere have a fun, safe Halloween and get lots of candy.

Thanks for looking!
Lisa xx 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fun with Chevrons


Over at Top Tip Tuesday we are kicking off a new challenge and it's Chevrons. I couldn't resist using this Turkey and Fall Leaves cutting file by Carina Gardner which I picked up at the Silhouette online store. More on my card in minute but first a big thank you to Sweet Stamps for sponsoring this challenge. 

Prize is a $10.00 gift certificate.

Deneen has some great tips on the challenge blog on how to keep your paper organized and there's a DT CALL going on as well. If you'd fancy designing for Top Tip Tuesday then check the details out and throw your name in the hat. Good Luck!  

It's so hard to believe that Thanksgiving (here in the US) is literally in a few weeks and that trick-or-treaters will be ringing doorbells everywhere this Friday. Where has this year gone? :( 

I wanted this card to be CAS (clean and simple) and I couldn't resist using the Turkey and Fall Leaves cutting file because it happened to have this chevron turkey in it. :) I added a fun googly eye and altered some alpha's by Tim Holtz with an Adirondack Lettuce Paint Dabber then glued them on top. I should note that I backed the image with orange cardstock. Finishing touches were added with a wood button, twine, punched photo corners and a MS punched border. 
Here's my Tip: If you're having issues with your punch not cutting well use aluminum foil to sharpen it.

Don't forget about our DT CALL going on and be sure to visit my teamies to see how they incorporated chevrons in their projects. 

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful week!
Lisa xx

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Shabby Worn Cover

Front cover of my 12 Tags of 2014 book.

I hope all of you are enjoying the fall season as much as I am. With the cooler temps and beautiful foliage everywhere it's hard to stay indoors. :)

Before I share my project I'd like to thank the Curiosity Crew for choosing my tag as their pick for the Distress Phototinting challenge. It was sentimental to me so it meant even more to be chosen. 
Thank you ladies!!! xx

The current challenge is Worn Cover and I've been waiting for it as well. Why?


In May I decided to join Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge and this book is perfect for storing my tags. Even though I didn't participate the first four months I made tags for those months as well. You always learn something new with Tim's fabulous techniques. :)  

If you haven't joined in the CC3C fun yet it's not too late, click here for your autographed copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book. A new challenge starts tomorrow! 

No technique this time so we are free to share our entire alteration process.  

I used the Composition Worn Cover and started by adding some texture using Tim's Doily layering stencil and...

Studio 490's silver metallic embossing paste. Spread it over the cover with a palette knife and carefully lift to reveal this stunning image. The embossing paste dries with a shiny finish and reminds me of an old tin ceiling. 
(By the way, this stuff spreads like butter. Gotta love that!)

The back side of my cover. 

I cut two strips of paper from Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash dp (for the front and back) then inked both with worn lipstick and tumbled glass Distress Ink. I liked the colors so I rubbed them on my textured surface as well and the fabric underneath grabs and holds the color. 

A scalloped Industrial Sticker Border was added to the front and back. These stickers look like metal and add to my tin ceiling theme I have going on. Tim's Ornate Frame was die cut using his Vintage Shabby Paper Stash collection (an oldie but a goody) and I also chose a pretty pink dp from it to use as the base for my stamped butterfly image. The stamp is part of the Butterfly Melange set and seems to be a favorite of Mr. Holtz. I love it too! The metal numbers were altered with Distress Paints (black soot and antique linen) and Glossy Accents doubles as my glue for adhering them.  

The inside panels were covered with this dp from the Vintage Shabby Paper Stash collection and a Ring Binder was attached with Tim's trim. I finished it off with a narrow Industrial Sticker Border at the top and bottom. 

My original thought was to alter Tim's Letterpress alpha's and put them on the front cover. I couldn't get the placement right so changed course and placed them on the spine instead. ;)

They were altered with Distress Paint (antique linen, spun sugar, tumbled glass, black soot, silver) and connected with Screw Eyes and Jump Rings.

I secured the "T" with Glossy Accents and the rest are free to dangle. The front cover was finished with an Ornate Book Plate, Label Letters and Newsprint alpha set (altered with antique linen Distress Paint). A dazzle butterfly was colored with Distress Markers (spun, sugar, worn lipstick, tumbled glass) and placed in the upper right corner. 

My book will rest on an easel so the alteration on the back was kept to a minimum. 

Page Pockets Tags are great for protecting my tags and I can easily flip through my book and remember what fun I had creating them. There are 6 in a package so I placed my tags back to back. 

The last thing I did was to add a Custom Knob with the clock image. It represents time I spent in 2014 studying and learning from the creative genius, Tim Holtz. 

This challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium


and they are offering a generous prize to one lucky winner.

All of the products used to decorate my Worn Cover are from Tim's Idea-ology product line and you can find them by clicking the IE link. Happy Shopping!

Thanks for the visit today! 
Have a great weekend, wherever you are!

Lisa xx

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