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 they'll make great Christmas/birthday gifts. 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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's All About Kids

Hello and welcome! 
We have a brand new challenge for you at Top Tip Tuesday and it's Kids. We are looking for cards, LO's, or other paper crafting projects that feature kids or are for a kid. Our sponsor is 2 Cute Ink and I used Vampire Owl on my altered chipboard house by Crafty Secrets. It's been in my alterables stash for way too long and today it became a home. It's for my youngest kid and I think she's going to love it.  

I used papers from DCWV, stickers from Martha Stewart, a chipboard pumpkin by Graphic 45 and products by Ranger (distress ink-black soot and Stickles). 

The tombstone was part of the kit and I distressed it with black soot distress ink and embossing powder. The bone sticker is from a Halloween kit by Martha Stewart.

Halloween is definitely a holiday kids like because they get to dress up and go trick or treating (even if they are in college lol). 

Prize is 2 images of winners choice.

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

For more inspiration please visit the blogs of my teamies to check out their amazing creations. 
Thanks for looking today and I'll be back soon with projects for The Cutting Cafe.

Lisa xx

Friday, September 12, 2014

Our World is a Beautiful One

Hi everyone! I'm back after a bit of a blog break to share my project for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge that ends in a few hours. Hopefully the "better late than never" rule applies here lol. The current challenge (can't believe it's #10 already) is to alter an assemblage clock and this is my version. It's heavily influenced by one I saw on Pinterest by the talented Irena Kowalczyk Rudlis and I used Graphic 45's beautiful Botanical Tea collection. 

Challenge #10

While I can't share the technique I can share what I did to alter my clock.

I started by putting three coats of gesso on the clock then added color with distress paints and distress ink. I fussy cut images and added them inside as well as on the outside. I also added vintage lace and ribbon. 

The wood fence is by Kaisercraft and it received a light coat of gesso and was inked with gathered twigs distress ink. The last thing to do was to add three paper roses and my chitchat stickers which spell out my sentiment. With all of the turmoil going on in the world right now I needed to be reminded that this is a beautiful world I live in and that there's plenty of wonderful people out there.   

Tomorrow the CC3 crew will introduce Challenge #11 and if you haven't played along so far it would be a great time to jump in. It's so much fun! You do need your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities 3 to work from and if you want/need an autographed copy by Tim click here

This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie.

$25.00 gift certificate to the lucky winner

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back next week with my DT project for Top Tip Tuesday and more inspiration using the fabulous cutting files by The Cutting Cafe.
Thanks for looking!

Lisa xx

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Great Gatsby

Front Cover

I'm happy to be back to share my DT project for our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday which is

(ie office stationery)

Not sure that this is office stationery per say but it was a special request from my DD and I couldn't resist altering this composition book for her. She's a huge fan of the movie, and book, The Great Gatsby. I began the alteration process by painting the edges with acrylic paint. I chose four images (which I Google'd) and imported each into Word then sized to fit my cover. 

(inside front cover)
Had to include these lyrics by Lana Del Rey.

(inside back cover)
This is a character map and I love it.

Back Cover
The beautiful blue (lapis) heavy body paint is by Dina Wakley.

Prize is 4 digital images.

Thanks for looking! For more inspiration be sure to visit my teamies blogs and check out their creations. 

Have a wonderful day,
Lisa xx

Friday, August 29, 2014

By The Sea Collection Folio

Hi everyone!
I'm back to share a super fun project using Tim's Collections Folio and Compass Blueprint stamps and framelits. I received the stamp and framelits set as my prize for being a winner (in June) of Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 which makes it extra special to me. All participants of CC3C are working from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book and are asked not to share the techniques out of respect for Tim. I can share my process with you so here goes. 

Purchase your own autographed copy of CC3 here!

I love the By The Sea collection by Graphic 45 and used it exclusively to decorate my folio.
You can see the stamp and framelits set on my front cover.

I die cut the layers and popped them up with foam tape.

I stamped the compass image on ivory cardstock and colored it with Distress Markers. Then I went over the entire image with walnut stain distress ink to age it.

This is the "spine" of the folio and it has three tabs but I wanted more so I folded it to get six instead. I secured it with double stick tape and covered the edges with paper.

This is how it looks when you open it, there are two flaps that fold out and both are decorated with paper and I added a strip of paper across so I could slide in journaling tabs from the same collection. On the left page I fussy cut a mermaid and sailboat and I used borders to create a pocket. The tag is a #8 manila tag by Ranger and I covered both sides with paper and added two Idea-ology tickets held in place by a mini clip. 

The papers in this collection are SO pretty!
I'm rushed for time so I don't have close ups of the tags/pages I created for the center page but hopefully I can edit this and add some over the weekend. 

Another fun border was added to the flap.

Inspiration Emporium
One lucky winner will receive this fantastic prize!

I'm off to get this linked up before I miss the challenge altogether. It's been a crazy week but those of us in the US are about to get a nice break with a three day weekend. I certainly hope everyone enjoys their holiday and stays safe. Also, I want to thank the Curiosity Crew for choosing my Faded Layers card as the winner of challenge #8. What a thrill! 

Thanks for looking today!
Lisa xx

Thursday, August 28, 2014

12 Tags of 2014-August


I'm here to share my August tag and for those who play along with this challenge you'll notice that my tag is heavily influenced by Tim's tag. It's suppose to right? Well this month he gave us the option to showcase our creative muse. I thought about it but honestly loved the masculine feel of his tag and the fact that it would seriously move me out of my comfort zone. How? Sewing, one of my greatest fears. Seriously!

I began by following in his steps and discovered another great use for sketch tape. :)

I went with his color choices and love how they turned out. 
(Note: I didn't use the Ranger texture paste because I already had some. After making this tag it's on my shopping list because this brand did not fully absorb the color. Grrr... Gotta love Ranger products!)

Here's the point where I totally moved OUT of my COMFORT ZONE!
As my regular readers know I am not one to sew on my crafty projects. I love the look but sewing terrifies me and I find it tedious BUT leave it to Mr. Holtz to motivate me to actually sew. :)

A confession-I purchased this adorable mini sewing machine in March of 2012 and this is the FIRST time I have used it. So much for the warranty lol! BTW, I love it!!!

Straight stitches hold my filmstrip piece in place and you can see the speckled dots underneath.

Well here is where I had to "embrace imperfection" because my bottom zig zag stitch is pretty pathetic but at least I gave it a try. Practice makes perfect. ;)

I love this guy, he's just so distinguished!

A lot of Idea-ology products were used on this tag. :)

To keep my word band in place I added a strip of double stick tape.

I used evergreen bough and black soot to make the words stand out then secured it with natural jute string. 

Okay, I'm off to finish another project that is inspired by Tim for the current CC3C and it ends tomorrow so I better get moving. 

Have a great day everyone!
Lisa xx 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Address Book



I'm back to share the Address Book I created using cutting files from the Planner Set at The Cutting Cafe. I used the same paper collection, Bohemian Bazaar by Graphic 45, that I used for the 2015 Planner for my DIL. I thought she might like a matching address book. :) 

Here are a few photos for you...

I included the personal info page and stamped a floral image on the back of a calendar page. 
(decided to leave it uncolored in case she wants to color it)

also included the special dates pages for quick reference for b'days, anniversaries, etc.

This is how each contact sheet is formatted in the file and I placed them back to back to be able to view them like this.

close up of the tabs which also are in the file

another fab G45 paper and the 2015 calendar

I fussy cut flowers from the G45 collection and used 2 Recollections yellow paper roses as well. More paper was cut and placed under the fabric thicker alpha's which I altered with mustard seed distress ink and turquoise Stickles. I randomly added some distress ink on the base paper as well. 

So far I've shared two planners and an address book using the files in the Planner Set cutting file. It is an extensive set as you can see below and I'll be back with my third (and final) planner next Tuesday. The others will have to wait until after Christmas to be revealed as they're earmarked for Christmas gifts and the recipients read my blog. :)

The Cutting Cafe

NOTE: This file does NOT require the use of an electronic cutting tool. You can print it in PDF and easily cut by hand. In fact, Regina offers all of her cutting files with the option to print in PDF form and cut by hand. I edited this post because some are under the impression that it requires a cutting machine and it does not. I used a paper trimmer to cut the sheets apart as well as the tabs. 
Hope this encourages you to go forward with this fun project!

TCC Planner Set
The set comes in black and white and color.
The set comes with the following planner pages:
DAY PLANNER - yr 2015
1 HOLE GUIDE for placement of pages when making a book
8 TAB PAGES - these templates come in pdf, wpc, mtc AND svg formats

See why I think this cutting file is fabulous!!! Click the link in the beginning of this post to purchase the file and start making your own planners.

Have fun!

Lisa xx

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