Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pinwheels at The Cutting Cafe



The Cutting Cafe design team post, which goes live tomorrow, features pinwheels and I happen to love pinwheels. They have captivated me since I was a child!  


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the file but if you do not own an electric cutter that's okay because Regina always includes a PDF file so you can cut by hand. I used a white gel pen to add some highlights and a brad holds the four corners together. A striped straw is the base of my pinwheel and I added some ribbon from my stash to make a bow. The background paper is by Recollections and I added some green glitter circles which I outlined with a black gel pen. A word chat sticker by Tim Holtz provides my sentiment and for me that is what pinwheels do - strike up my imagination. 



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Thanks for the visit today!
Be sure to visit TCC's blog tomorrow to see more inspiration using the Pinwheels Sentiment Template and Cutting File as well as a Pinwheel Treat Cup Cutting File. Also if you leave a comment on that post you will automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of May.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

J for Jingle Bells and K is for Keep It Simple at ABC Christmas Challenge



J for Jingle Bells

is the theme of my card and the sponsor for our current challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge is 



They are offering our lucky winner a voucher to the online store.

I used their digital image, Happy Penguins, on my card and instead of using actual jingle bells I decided to incorporate the song on my card using rub ons by Bo Bunny and tiny word stickers by Faith Illustrated. 

The challenge runs through the end of the month and I hope you'll join us. 
Click the challenge blog link to see what my design team mates created for your inspiration.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Craft Room Share for The Cutting Cafe DT Post

{my work table that hubby built}

Hello!
It's been a while since my last blog post because I am currently neck high in major house reno projects. I'm either 'all in or all out' lol so imagine my delight when Regina said this DT post for The Cutting Cafe would be sharing our craft rooms. Whew! I couldn't make something if I wanted to right now as most of the access is blocked off so the crew can get through to build new support columns under our sub floor foundation. Time has taken its toll and we're addressing that issue before new flooring is installed. Fortunately though I took some photos last fall to share with a friend and I can share now with all of you.

Okay here we go...

In the photo above you see my husband's workmanship in the desk he built for me. A friend offered us some stone he had lying around and it makes an awesome work surface. My work stool was a bargain find at the Goodwill store in Franklin, Tennessee for a whopping $10.00. Underneath I store cardboard and recycled carton containers in the white bin and canvases behind it. On my desk is the beginnings of a baby album that I was working on last fall after my grandson made his appearance in September. :) You'll also see a wall container that I purchased at Lowe's and it holds all of my Tim Holtz metal and 3D elements. I used an acrylic container to organize my TH tags, industrial stickers and more. The clear drawer units holds my perfect pearls, pearl ex and twinkling H2O's.


To the left of my desk is clear Sterilite containers from Wal-Mart which hold various crafty products. The decorative box on the left is a Michael's find and holds all of my fancy trim rolls. I keep twine at the handy because I probably use more of it than ribbon actually. Never realized that but think it's true. 

{when this room is reno'd lighting will me a main issue}

On the right I have an upright storage closet and I attached some of my larger dies to the front with magnetic tape. It houses my photos to be used, collage magazines/papers, more alterables, binders and much more. Beyond it is a dresser that was from my daughter's childhood bedroom set. 


I use the drawers to store wood stamps, punches, material and holiday themed paper/embellishments/ribbon. On top I have my Graphic 45 paper (yes I hoard it lol) in Cropper Hopper storage containers. My large Xyron sticker machine is at the end and you can also see the pegboard with hanging embellishments/stickers on it. My hubby installed shelves above for storing stamps, dies, embossing folders and more. A girl can never have too much crafty stuff, right!?! Maybe, I dunno. ;)


I also used her desk and night stand to hold more supplies and I use it as another work surface. Again my sweet hubby put the shelves up for me and you can see the peg board in the corner. It's been a great way to store a lot of embellishments/stickers in a small space. You can see another clear storage container and on top is a decorative Christmas box that I store 6x6 holiday paper pads and embellishments in.  




The night stand is full of ribbon that's organized by color/style. I have washi tape, ink sprays and some paper crafting supplies in desktop organizers on top. I keep my crafty bags and apron hanging on the wall and on the right side you can see another wall organizer that holds random things. The string of hearts was from a Pocket Letter Pal, Natasha, and I like to place things others have made me around the room. :) On the back wall you can see one of my dear PLP's, Katrin, fabric themed pocket letter which I adore.



On the shelves above are my Tim Holtz stamps, Christmas wood stamps, Janome sewing machine (behind the gingerbread girl which is a Cutting Cafe file btw) and also my chipboard collection.
On the top of the desk I have my music {always motivates me}, some of my fave dies and my red/black washi tape collection. 


The door leads to the crawl space under our main floor {where they need the access} and this room is on the lower level. As I get older I am rethinking this multi level home situation. Someday we'll be back on one floor! Anyway I have a white bookshelf that holds tons of paper pads, two clear Sterilite 3-drawer units and those are binders on top that are chock full of pocket letters from pals. Above that is another fun pl my pal Katrin made for me. I placed a 3 shelf wall unit on top of the bookshelf and it stores things I've made plus more wood stamps and 6x6 paper pads. On the top of it I have Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book series, seam binding which I store in a candy jar (and rarely use unfortunately), a decorative box that's full of cards I've received from friends from all over the world and a lamp with the cutest little shade ever. I purchased it years ago for my daughter's bedroom and she outgrew it but I didn't want to part with it. 

{that smoothie is yummy btw}

This is another desk I basically use for making cards and most of my ink pads are stored above the cubby system (aka shoe rack from Lowe's) and in the clear drawer units. I do have some in the top drawer of the night stand as well that I forgot about. Oops! I keep the things handy that I need for making quick cards or simple projects at arm's reach. This was one of the desks my mom used when she was making cards before Alzheimer's stopped her ability to craft. For that reason it's special to me and I'll always keep it. If you look on top of the cubby you'll see a cassette holder I used to store my Distress Ink and Archival ink pads. On top of that are my embossing powders and they're up there so I don't forget to use them. With me I'm afraid "out of sight is out of mind" so I try to keep a lot ever before me. ;) Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed but hey I bought this stuff and I want to use it. One thing is for certain - I don't think I'll ever use everything but I'm going to give it my best effort. I am thinking about a purge though so we'll see....


Well this isn't the prettiest photo but it shows how I roll....yes stuff stacked up to be taken upstairs which sometimes take a while ;) to make it up the stairs. This is an old entertainment center and I have kept it because it provides massive storage. In the double doors I have the clear 12x12 paper organizers and it keeps them nice and clean. On the shelves I have alterables, extra TH products, 12x12 designer paper from various companies, and more things such as books I plan to alter, etc.. The planner (bottom shelf) was a DT project for the Cutting Cafe and I was updating it. I always have baby wipes on hand for quick clean ups and my mixed media fun time.


On top I store my art magazines/books, Thickers and word stickers, journals, old books I plan to use for collage and I stuffed a cup (I received with a Mother's Day gift in it last year) with tubes of Liquitex paints. 


This photo is looking straight at my craft room and I have work surfaces on the left, right and a desk on the back wall. I'm thinking about installing cabinets and countertops on one side if I do reno this room but that's for another day. ;) In the meantime I use this card table and wire drawer organizer to store more stuff. I have a trunk under the table that's full of paper and behind it are more crafty treasures. On top is a decorative box (back left corner) full of stamps, candy jars full of washi and other embellishments, a paint caddy and my beloved BigKick die cutter by Sizzix. The wire unit stores boxes of paper flowers, art supplies, bling collection and more. Behind it you can see my scrap paper bin and underneath that are two 4 drawer units full of stamps.


Of course no craft room is complete without your faithful companion and my furbaby, Jasmine, has spent many hours in here with me. She's happy as a clam as long as she can be near me. I adore this girl! The round decorative tin holds my Tim Holtz tissue paper and a roll of wax paper that I use for die cutting (works well with intricate dies) and in my mixed media. 


The Cutting Cafe


Well that's a wrap of my craft room, thanks for stopping by today and checking it out! I'm a big fan of Pinterest and I have a board where I pin ideas for crafty design and organization tips. You'll see I have put several of them into use in my own crafty space. 

If you wanna take a peek you can find me here-

Have a wonderful day! It's back to work for me. :)
Lisa xx

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Ladies Diary Pocket Letter



I have a pocket letter to share today that features Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary collection. I love the papers in this collection and it was created for my new pal, Maggie, in Washington. As a member of Pocket Letter Pals I have made some great friends here in the US and around the world. If you're looking for a pen pal or pocket letter pal I encourage you to click the link and check out the various groups you can join. It's a lot of fun!


M is for Maggie and I fussy cut two stamps from an ephemera sheet, added some Recollections pearl bling and finished with a row of washi tape at the bottom. 


A larger stamp from the collection was fussy cut and popped up on foam tape. I love this doily and the color was perfect so I added it as well and fussy cut two women and adhered to the front of it. Blue liquid pearls add a finishing touch to this pocket. 


The ribbon covered up this lady but she's one of my favorites. She has style and I just love her big brimmed hat. Fussy cut flowers and a floral border strip plus bling finish this pocket.


The middle pocket is a wonderful piece of ephemera from the collection. Love the dresses they wore, hats and shoes too. Such an elegant era! I added a border strip across the bottom. 


This lady is a favorite of mine and she covers two pockets. I added bling by Prima and a row of bronze liquid pearls around the edge. That's all she needed because she has enough sass for all of us lol. The corners were cropped with the stub corner chomper by We R Memory Keepers.


I used the same corner chomper on the middle pockets. The bottom pockets have fussy cut elements from the collection including border strips. I love the lace border and I added a border piece to the spine and gold washi tape with "noted" printed on it. 


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



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Winged Things Pocket Letter

{Mini 3 pocket Pocket Letter}

Hello all! 
Yes, it's me...have to confess I don't get to post as much as I'd like these days {months...lol} but real life has been very busy. That's a good thing though, right? Yes it is....making memories with family and friends will always take precedent for me. :) Speaking of friends, I enjoy my "virtual" friends as much as I do those "in real life." I have developed lasting friendships with several of my pals at Pocket Letter Pals, here in the US and abroad, and I love to swap happy mail with them. Back in January I swapped a "winged things" pocket letter with a pal and I'm finally getting around to posting my 3D pocket letter. I did share a sneak peek of it on my Instagram page @lisasnowdy  but here's the full reveal. This one was a fave of mine because I look forward to the return of butterflies and hummingbirds every spring! 

I love the color scheme of Graphic 45's Botanical Tea and the paper collection was perfect as it includes both of my "winged things."

The pretty pleated ribbon at the top was gifted to me a long time ago by a sweet friend, Jeanne Jachna. It's from Stamping Up and I enjoy using it so much, adds a special touch in my opinion. I also added pearl bling to the ribbon and to the pretty punched {MS} butterflies. I cut another hummingbird from a second sheet and layered it on top for a dimensional effect. The paper roses are by Prima and they were the perfect shade of pink and blue.

A wood butterfly was added to a fussy cut butterfly from the paper collection and a twine bow was tied. Glitter alpha stickers spell out "4 Ina" and that's my pals name. She is so sweet! I added chipboard pieces also from the collection and die cut a scroll from Tim's Movesr and Shapers die.

To the spine I added some ephemera and recorded the swap theme and date. A pretty hummingbird chipboard piece and blue/white twine finish it off. 


Here is the pocket letter I received from my pal, Ina. I love it!!!


This was such fun to make and I'm so happy that my pal loved it! 
I'm off to write another blog post to share with you tomorrow of more outgoing pl's I created earlier this year. If I keep this up maybe they'll all make it here before the year is over. ;)

Have a great day, wherever you are!
Lisa xx






Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Egg Carrier Set




We are celebrating Easter a little early on The Cutting Cafe blog today with a variety of design team projects. I asked to work with Regina's fabulous Egg Carrier Set and this is the first of three I am making this month. I'll share the other two once my friends receive them. I plan to fill this one with small cupcake liners and fill  each one with candy for my chocaholic friends. :)


The Cutting Cafe



For this Egg Carrier Set, as I mentioned above, I plan to use it to gift Easter candy so I doubled the handle by adhering the two pieces together for extra strength. The file provides two equal lengths with you can use alone, join together or double as I've done. There are also two sections of fence, a bottom box and top box in this file. It is easy to put together so when cutting my pieces I decided to make three of these and this will be how I gift my Easter happies this year. :) I decorated the outside of the box with wood laser cuts from Target's dollar spot, added one pink paper leaf from my stash and some pearl bling to the pretty butterfly. Striped ribbon tied in a bow was added to each end and completes it. 

I hope you'll give this file a try and as always Regina includes various styles for you to choose from. Here is the single egg carrier she made and I love the way she decorated it.

Egg1
Designed by Regina Easter
Owner/Designer at The Cutting Cafe


Pop over to TCC and check out all of the wonderful Easter templates...printable stamps...cutting files. You can also find spring themed papers, ribbons, embellishments and more at the sister site, 
The Cutting Cafe Shop. If you leave a comment on the design team post today you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. 

Okay, I am off to finish the other two egg carriers and they'll be up on my blog in early April. 
Thanks for the visit today!

Lisa xx

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Candy Jar

{macaroon photos courtesy of Lisa M. Pace}


Who wouldn't enjoy a candy jar full of delicious, homemade macaroons? 
I'd like to thank my FB pal, Lisa M. Pace, for allowing me to use photos of her fresh baked macaroons. I can't say that I've ever eaten one {much less baked one} but hers are so pretty they inspire me to. :) I placed the macaroons inside a candy jar from the Fun with Jars Printable Set by The Cutting Cafe. This is a fabulous file with various jar designs for creating sweet cards and treats. 

Some of the jar selections included with this file.

CANDY SENTIMENTS1

COOKIE JAR 1


PLAIN JARS

There are several sentiments to choose from in this set but I used one from the set below. To see the entire file click on the link above.

CANDY SENTIMENTS


The Cutting Cafe



To view more inspiration using fun jars to create sweet treats visit The Cutting Cafe's blog later today. If you leave a comment you'll be automatically entered into a drawing for 3 FREE SETS from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on April 7th.

Have a wonderful, creative day!
Lisa xx



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

E, F and G at ABC Christmas Challenge


We have a brand new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge that runs the entire month of March. We are on the letters E, F and G and you have the choice to play along with all three letters or combine them as I did on my card. 

E is for Edge
F is for Family
G is for Girl


Sponsors


Prize is a gift certificate to their online store.


Helen is hosting this challenge and she is also offering a prize. 

Set of Sizzix Dies



My edge is snowbanks created from a My Favorite Things die and my family is from the Taylored Expressions stamp set-Penguin Pals.


I colored my background with distress inks and added my heavy snowfall scene by diluting gesso with water then splattering with a paintbrush. The images were stamped with black Archival ink then colored with my new Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils which were gifted to me by my dear friend, Katrin. It is my first experience coloring with them and they're awesome! Thank you for sharing those with me sweetie. :) I love snowy scenes and I created some dimension between my snowbanks with Scotch foam tape. For a little sparkle I added glitter and subtle shading was applied with Copic markers. 


We look forward to seeing your creations. To see more inspiration for our E, F and G challenge visit the link above and check out what my design team mates created. 

Before I close today I'd like to share that on the 22nd of February my mother went home to be with the Lord. I will miss her but I am grateful that her battle with Alzheimer's on this earth is over. It is a disease I would not wish on anyone. I pray for those who suffer with this disease and for the families affected by it. May God bless and comfort each of you!

Thank you for your visit today, it means a lot. 
Lisa xx 







Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Flip Book



Have you ever made a Flip Book? 
If not, I encourage you to give it a try as they are a lot of fun to make and give. You can visit You Tube or Pinterest and search flip books to see all of the various ways to create one. However I was lucky enough last summer to receive one from a dear friend and I used her book as inspiration for mine today. They're super easy to put together and if you have washi tape in your stash but never use it....well now you have a use for it. :)


On the cover I used Heidi Swapp ephemera from the Sugar Chic collection and ephemera from Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection. I added cardstock stickers, glitter ric rac trim and Thicker's alpha's in two fonts. 


When my friend opened her book this is the page spread she saw. I used a marker to spell her name on the balloons. On the left page I added a pocket  and gave her some decorative gift bags and doilies. A glitter bow, Heidi Swapp bow and star stickers are the decoration for this page. On the opposite page, which functions as a top loading page, I added more ephemera, Heidi Swapp stickers spell out 'for you' which indicates she has something tucked in the large pocket. ;) A 2" circle punch was used to make a notch at the top.


When you flip it this is the next set of pages, there are some stickers I gifted her in the pocket on the left page and the right page is purely decorative. That's a MAMBI chalkboard sticker on the left pocket and on the right I added - glitter butterfly and die cut hearts - some recent crafty happies gifted to me by my pocket letter pals. The Happy Birthday ephemera is from the WP collection which is really a terrific collection. I like it so much I went back to Hobby Lobby and purchased more, why not when you can always use their fabulous coupons. :)


When you flip the right page above you see the middle page and right page. The middle page has a pocket that holds some birthday tags which she can gift to another friend/pal. On the right page I have a place for a gift card and yes it's for coffee. My friend loves coffee so she'll enjoy her happy! The stamps - coffee cup and coffee love - were a gift from another pal of mine and I love them. {Thank You Katrin!} Heidi Swapp stickers - party and enjoy - carry on the birthday theme of my flip book.



When you flip the middle page down this is what you see. I used more ephemera on the bottom flap from Webster's Pages and there's a strip of fun washi tape on it. You can see that I used a circle punch again to create a notch at the top of my page, bottom when folded down. Edge borders are also a nice way to create some interest on your pages. If you click on the photo you can see that on the bottom flap I punched a candle border on the cupcake ephemera. I love adding little touches like this!


This page has a birthday note for my pal behind the Heidi Swapp ephemera. There's washi tape on every page and I loved using some of my stash. 


When the inside is fully opened up it looks like this. Love the great papers and ephemera in the Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently. The cardstock dimensional stickers - candles and EAT CAKE - are by Crate Paper and they were a Tuesday Morning find. :) Celebrate is another Heidi Swapp sticker and I stamped some images on the balloon page as well. Seeing that my friend loves flowers I had to incorporate some of the pretty floral papers from the collection as well. After all, a girl deserves flowers on her birthday!


On the back I stamped a handmade stamp and signed it. 
I'm tickled pink that she loved it and the goodies I tucked inside. 

Playing Along With:

The basic construction for a flip book is easy and very soon I'll be sharing a tutorial for creating flip books on Snapguide. I'll be sure to let you know when I do.

Thanks for checking out my first flip book! 
I'll be back tomorrow with a design team project for The Cutting Cafe.

See you then,
Lisa xx



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