Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween, Mason Style



11 Days til Halloween!!!


I'm back to share the latest inspiration from The Cutting Cafe. It's all about the Halloween and Fall in a Jar Printable Set for the next two weeks and I created two cards with Halloween themes. Visit TCC blog here to see all of the DT projects, including the fall jars, tomorrow October 21st. 


For the first card I used the jar full of eyes and colored it with Copic markers. I fussy cut the image (which is used for layering) and used foam tape to give it some dimension. The papers, ribbon, twine and button are from my Halloween crafty stash. I punched Eek! from one of the dp's and distressed the edges with black soot distress ink (actually all of the edges on this card are distressed with black soot). 

Here's my second card. 

The set includes several jars with various images, sizes and sentiments. It was colored with Distress Ink pads (spiced marmalade and black soot) and Copic markers. I added purple twine around the neck of the jar and a Halloween token by Tim Holtz. I love the way my white Signo uniball pen makes the eyes look like they're glowing. This jar card is the small size just for reference. I did not make the large size but my teamies did so be sure to check out their creations.


The Cutting Cafe


  JAR SET

SENTIMENTS

IN A JAR


If you'd like to be the next random winner of 3 cutting file/templates visit TCC blog and leave a comment. Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of November. Good luck!


Have a Happy Halloween everyone!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Favorite Color Combo

ATC

There are so many possibilities when it comes to color combos that limiting it to just one combo is nearly impossible for me. But I did it and you can too! :)

~Favorite Color Combo~

is the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and I went with a blue, green and brown combo for my ATC's. I love how the colors blend together and I added a little interest with the addition of Czech glass beads. 

Here's a look at my second ATC.


I used a wash on this ATC which muted the colors a bit. Czech glass beads were added as well as a stamped image from Tim's Nature Walk set.

Here are a few photos of my process.

Both ATC's started out as playing cards and each received a light coat of Gesso. I used embossing paste and a TCW-Mini Specimens 6x6 stencil to add texture and design. 


Broken China Distress Stain was dabbed over the butterflies once they dried.  You can see the back of the playing cards through the light coat of Gesso. ;)



Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Stains were then dabbed on to round out the color. At this point I dabbed some of the color off with a paper towel and used a mix of Picket Fence Distress Stain and water to mute the colors. On my first ATC I added layers of color and wanted to see what the opposite effect would be on this one. 



For dimension, texture and an infusion of color I added Czech glass beads by mixing a few drops of Antique Linen (re-inker) with Liquitex Glass Beads and mixed well. I applied it to my ATC with a palette knife and sprinkled the beads over the mixture while gently pressing them in. At this point I left them to dry for a whole day so the beads would set and any loose stragglers were brushed off afterwards. I can keep them for my collection or I thought about mounting each one to a piece of sticky back canvas and framing. Not sure what to do so I'll wait on that step.

So there you have it, my favorite color combo. Well, one of them anyway! :)




Kenny K is offering 3 free digital images to our lucky winner!





That's all for me today, thanks for looking and be sure to visit my teamies to see what their favorite color combo is. Have a great day everyone!

Lisa xx

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Love Distress Phototinting!



Hello everyone!

I have been waiting for this challenge
~ Distress Phototinting ~
at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge. We are on challenge #12 and this one by far is my favorite as Tim has introduced us to a new way of updating old photos. You can find this technique on pg. 41 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book and if you fancy an autographed copy click here.  


12.Header



I love the inspiration this week by the Curiosity Crew and many of them created tags so I did too. As usual, I can't share the technique out of respect for Tim but I can share a few close ups and the products I used to create my tag. 


This adorable little boy is my dad and he's 4 years old in this photo. It's the only photo I have of him at a young age so I cherish it beyond measure. The girl with the cute bob is his big sis, Helen. He absolutely adored her! If you take a close look you'll see that they are standing in front of a cornfield and after coloring their clothes with distress markers I decided to also color the cornstalks as well as the ground. I also enhanced the windmill so it would show up as it was very faint in the photo. 



To create my tag I began by using distress stain to color the base, then placed Tim's schoolhouse layering stencil on top and dabbed walnut stain distress ink over it. Wendy Vecchi's translucent embossing paste and Tim's sunburst layering stencil add some texture to the top.  Mustard seed distress ink was pounced on top of the rays and I spritzed it with some water to activate the other colors. I did not take step by step photos as time did not allow. I'm running at Mach 5 with my hair on fire these days so I'm just happy to enter this tag in time. :)






I used Idea-ology products with the exception of the two letter charms. R is for Ralph, my Dad's name, and H is for Helen, his sister/best friend/confidant. Life wasn't easy in rural Nebraska during the depression and at age 6 his life was altered in a drastic way. His mother passed away after giving birth to triplets. Helen and the infants went to live with their aunt in the city while the boys stayed on the farm with their dad. He lost his mom and older sister at the same time and quickly became responsible for his two younger brothers with my grandfather working full time. I can't imagine how hard it was for all of them. 



The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this challenge and Linda's offering a $25.00 shopping spree to one lucky CC3Cer!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Edited: Just wanted to share that I won this challenge. I am over the moon as this particular project was very close to my heart. Thanks Curiosity Crew, it means SO much!!!



On a happy note, my baby turns 20 today so hubby and I are off for a celebratory birthday weekend with her.

Happy Birthday Sara, we love you!!!

Also, my son and DIL will be home soon and I can't wait to see them! It has been 11 months and this mama's ready for a big hug and plenty of time to catch up. :) Now you know why I've been scarce in blog land, I'm working overtime to fluff the house and yard up, cook ahead and get some of my DT projects finished so I can relax and enjoy my kids.

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for looking!
Lisa xx

Monday, October 6, 2014

Playing with Pumpkins




Happy Fall Y'all!

Before I start my post I have a little confession, I've been busy lately with home improvement and "clearing the clutter" projects which hasn't left much time for blogging. Throw in a few trips and it has seriously cut down on my computer time. So if it's been a while since I paid you a visit please know that I'll be by soon and do a proper catch up. :)

Okay, I'm here to share an array of pumpkins treat boxes using templates and cutting files from The Cutting Cafe. Regina offers several fun ways to give sweet treats this Halloween and I have three to show you. For more pumpkin fun (3D cards, bingo cards, etc.) be sure to check out the DT lineup of projects on The Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow, October 7th.

First up is the Pumpkin Treat Box Template - Cutting File.
It includes 6 sentiments to print and die cut or punch. 
PUMPLIN

I added a punched MS border and some silver Stickles for fun then filled it with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Yum! 

*A little disclaimer here-I love Regina's sentiments and the fact that she gives you a TON of them with her designs. I used a stamped sentiment because I have so many stamps which have never been used and I feel guilty. Just wanted to explain why I didn't use one because I know inquiring minds will want to know. ;) 


Next is the Halloween Pillow Boxes Template - Cutting File.
Regina offer 4 window cutouts for the ultimate in cuteness. :) 
PILLOW BOXES

 Before I closed my box I tucked in a bag of Skittles for the recipient. It's guaranteed to put a smile on her face. :) I added ribbon and paper curls to the top of my pumpkin and orange peel Stickles for a little sparkle while a black soot distress marker defines the outline. The sentiment is another one in my stash that needed inking and a Spellbinders tag die and ribbon from my stash complete it. 

and

Last but not least is the Halloween - Fall Milk Carton Template - Cutting File.
It comes with 8 window cutouts to choose from.
HALLOWEEN

I used the pumpkin cutout because we're celebrating all things pumpkin at TCC and Authentique's-Glowing Halloween paper collection helped decorate it. A piece of acetate was adhered to the inside window and then I filled it with Reese's Pieces for a yummy treat.

The adorable owl tag is from the Halloween Mini Colored Set Printable Stamps.
HALLOWEEN MINI COLORED SET 1
There are 18 images in this set making it a fantastic bargain!



Each treat box/holder was distressed with black soot distress ink to give it that extra spooky feel. These are a great way to make treat giving fun this Halloween!!!

A quick reminder - if you do NOT own an electronic cutting tool you can use the PDF file which is included with every template/cutting file. Just print and cut with scissors!






Don't forget to check out the The Cutting Cafe blog on the 7th of October to see more inspiration by the design team and you could also win 3 free sets of your choice by leaving a comment for Regina. She'll announce the random winner on the 21st . 


Thanks for the visit today! Have a fantastic week. :) 

Lisa xx

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Greetings



Hello and welcome!
Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? It will be here before we know it and we want to help you get a jump start on your holiday card making but with a twist

I'm the hostess for the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday - Non Traditional Christmas - and we're asking you to create Christmas paper projects using non traditional colors or images. I created my card using Snowman Winter Christmas from our sponsor, Zlatoena's Designs at Etsy with  my non traditional colors of pink and baby blue. I turned the snow "man" into a snow "lady" by adding a pink paper pieced hat and ice skates and using a MME dp for her scarf. :) 

Here's my TIP-
When using a border punch that produces a negative image, save the images to use as embellishments. This is a great way to recycle!

A few close ups...

I added diamond flower soft to the pom pom on her hat and Prismacolor pencils were used to color her nose, arms, legs, buttons and fringes on the scarf. Kaisercraft pearls were added to the centers of each snowflake.

To create my layered snowflake I die cut two La La Land snowflakes with vellum paper and another snowflake was die cut from a Taylored Expressions die with cream colored felt. The MS corner punch produced the large pink snowflake and I anchored my layers with a MME pearl brad. The sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings set by Verve Stamps and was die cut from a tag set by TE. The velvet ribbon was in my stash and I tend to use it very sparingly. ;)

I love working with non traditional colors and I hope you will too!






Prize is 2 free digi's of winner's choice.

A big thank you to our sponsor for supplying the DT with images to create with!



If you like to mass produce your holiday cards be sure to visit the TTT challenge blog because Deneen has some great tips for you. Also, check out our two guest designers and their fabulous projects using Zlatoena's images. So happy to have both of you with us for this challenge! As usual you'll want to visit my teamies too and see their inspiration as well. :)


Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day!
Lisa xx





Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Butterflies Galore



Welcome!

Well, as you can see, I went a little bit crazy with the butterflies on my September tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014. I couldn't help myself! I love butterflies and I love Tim's Butterfly Frenzy die. :) I followed along closely with Tim's tag and technique with one exception-I added a "charred" butterfly using Tim's effect powders so I could play along with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #11. I needed this tag to "kill two birds with one stone" and I love how my charred butterfly looks as well as the pretty butterflies created with alcohol inks. 


A few close ups.

This tag reflects Tim's new spin on the Faded Layers technique which you can find on pg. 58 of Tim's newest Compendium of Curiosities book. 
Want an autographed copy? Click HERE
I used two shades each of red, yellow, orange, green, blue and purple alcohol inks to achieve my colors. I love the visual interest the text stamp adds. 

Challenge 11-Effect Powders-is the current challenge at Compendium of Curiosities 3.
  My butterfly was die cut from grunge paper and I used black soot embossing powder to achieve my charred look. 
Love it!
(Sorry, can't share the technique but you'll find it on pg. 52 of  CC3)


Following Tim's technique for the September tag I dabbed alcohol blending solution over the schoolhouse layering stencil on my glossy paper, run it through a puddle of citrus alcohol ink and let it dry. 
Here's a close up of the faded layers effect- 
I love the depth it adds!
The pretty lady is from Tim's Nature Walk set and was stamped with jet black archival ink. Per his instructions I added remnant rub ons from the Botanical set and matted my glossy paper to my black tag. 


The CC3C is sponsored by The Inspiration Emporium

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Challenges Entered:



Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day!!
Lisa xx


Thursday, September 18, 2014

TCC's Stationery Caddy



Hello and Welcome!

I'm excited to share my design team project for The Cutting Cafe with you today. Regina is the owner/designer behind TTC and she has designed a brilliant Stationery Caddy. This was a snap to put together and I loved decorating it with G45's Secret Garden paper collection. 

It's such a handy item to have in your craft/office space and personally I think it would make a great Christmas/birthday gift. For the crafters on your gift list you could fill it with crafting items (like I did below) or use it in your office to store easy to reach items. 

I stocked this caddy with gel pens, Sharpie pens, twine, washi tape and A2 size card bases in white and ivory. 

view from left side

view from right side

Here's how my caddy looked before I filled it.

I used shabby shutters and gathered twigs distress ink to distress the boxes and base. Then I chose neutral papers to cover the short and tall back panels and fussy cut images to add on my caddy. I added one blue Petaloo bloom and called it finished. 


The Cutting Cafe

The Stationery Caddy file includes:

The set comes with 2 different options of making the caddy.
Option 1 with 2 boxes in the front (like sample)
Option 2 with 3 smaller boxes in the front.
The back box also comes with an optional smaller inner box for holding pens and pencils or other like items.
The set comes also with 3 assorted backs in both tall and short sizes.
The file comes in the following formats: PDF, SVG, MTC and WPC.

Note: If you do NOT own an electronic cutting machine use the PDF file to print and cut with scissors. This file is easy to assemble so I encourage you to give it a try! 


Be sure to visit TCC's blog on Sunday, September 21st, to see more inspiration using this file and two other cutting files. 


Thanks for the visit today!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. :)
Lisa xx
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