Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of Christmas!!???!! ....

Hi everybody! 
It's the 4th of July here in the States, but we're celebrating Christmas at The Cutting Cafe!
It's always good to get an early start on those gift ideas and cards, seeing as there's only 174 days or roughly 14,000,000 seconds until it's here. So, how about a couple ideas to help get you inspired.
Treat Boxes
And Matching Cards
Here are all the files I've used to complete these cute gift sets:

All DT projects are posted at The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month. We'd love for you to visit and be sure to leave a comment for Regina. She selects one lucky person to receive 3 FREE files of their choice!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here's the Story of a Lovely Lady....

Who was creating these very lovely kits
all of them have amazing themes, like the picture.
See the youngest one in curls...
Okay! There's absolutely no place for me to fit in a man named Brady here, so I guess that's all the humming of Brady Bunch I can do; however, the fun goes on!

My very talented friend has been making these kits for awhile and I've been ogling them from my peripheral for some time, but alas I was too afraid to buy one because I don't have the knack for assembling what I think of as true "retro flair."  
Guess what???  That didn't matter!!  She takes ALL the guess work out of it and creates a kit jam packed with more creative fun than you can imagine AND she even includes step by step directions as to how she assembles them.

I was THRILLED when Lori asked me to try one of them just to see how easy and fun it was. I couldn't believe the amazing way she packages her kits so carefully and they arrive safely and ready to play with.

So without further ado, please let me introduce you to Lori and her amazing handmade Choux Box Kits!!
Isn't she so stinking CUTE??!!!!
If you already know Lori, then you are already aware of her blog, Choux Paper Art. If you're aware of her blog, then you know she is in the rare echelon of crafters I like to call, Paper Whisperers.   

Alright, so here are the items that I received in her Embellished Envelope w/ Agnes Richardson Kids Kit.  I couldn't wait to assemble it so I forgot to count, but I believe there were roughly 26 items included just for this one kit. 
As I mentioned before, Lori gives you step by step instructions for assembling her kits and until I can truly feel 'confident' about knowing what looks 'retro' and keeping with the theme, I pretty much followed the instructions to a T.
One difference I added to her envelope was that I cut out a window on the front side of it and added a velum backing and then slid the Agnes Richardson Kids inside. On the outside of the velum window I added my own handmade witch hat. I was inspired by the little black cat and so went in sort of a Halloween direction. Still, the essence of the retro theme kept my girls cute and not scary.
I also added an orange bow for some more festivity. 
A close up...
The decorated tag and accompanying envelope that have me smiling from ear to ear.
  I was 100% satisfied with the outcome and the kit absolutely delivered on teaching me how to achieve this desired look and feel in paper crafting.  
She even adds embellishments for you to attach to the back of envelopes....how thorough is that!!
Just so you can see another sample of Lori's work, here is a photograph from one of her posts.  Aren't these stinking ADORABLE??  
This is the type of quality you can receive from the Choux Box Kits.
And just because I am in love with her blog and want to brag on her, she also has these wonderful free images she includes on so many of her regular blog posts...she's just that sweet!!


Okay, okay..just so you know. I was not paid, nor persuaded, nor tortured in a back room under a swinging lamp, until I complied, I just wanted to share with you a fabulous paper crafter and friend, who is truly making the world a more beautiful place with each piece of paper she touches AND she wants to share them with YOU!
Here's the catch....THERE IS NONE.
The Choux Box Kit Club is the easiest club you could ever join. Here's the rules:
No dues, No Minimums, Just FUN!
Please click here to find out how to receive more information on types of kits and prices.

Thank you So much for your time and visit.
I appreciate you immensely.
Biggest of hugs,
Lisa x
Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Here's To The Men!!

It's testosterone time!   
In other words....
Happy Father's Day!
If you have one in your home, you should hug them (a lot) and AND make them cupcakes!!
 Yummy, scrumptious, decadent cupcakes and then present them in a very manly-man style with the help from the ever fabulous and trendy, Cutting Cafe.
Here I've used the amazing cut files,  
Cupcake Box with Lid, Sweet Stuff, and All About Cupcakes and finished up the decorations with a tie from Shirt and Tie Cutting File.
So here's to wishing all the special men in your life a Happy Father's Day and to all the single Mommies out there too...Happy Father's Day as well. 
You all deserve applause!
Big hugs to you all and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What Happens When You Feed Your Children Vegetables.....

The answer to my post title is.....They Grow Up! (and you lose your mind....)
HELLO you wonderful people whom I have been missing for what seems like forever.

Long story short.  Our daughter transferred to a new school. They added up her credits and she had so many honor classes that she qualified to graduate a year early. You'd think I'd be all like, 'YEAH', but really it was more accurately like, 'WHAT THE ....' because we found that out in April and had 3 weeks roughly to plan a graduation party and apply for college.  Needless to say I've been in a crazy place for a bit.  
So, when Regina designed this amazing product Design Team Planner Set, I knew I had to make it to help preserve what brain cells I had remaining!
It's got ALL KINDS of cool stuff that makes my life easier, like a calendar, and tabs, and pages and pages full of ways to make being on a Design Team MUCH more ORGANIZED! 
Yeah Regina! You're a life saver!!
But wait, there's more! If that's not captivating enough, you're not going to believe this Craft Supply Planner Set she also created.  Here is a picture of her book below.  
Talk about oodles and gobs of organizational pages....it's unbelievable!
She's even created a sheet to organize your Washi tape collection!
I now have peace of mind when I come into my craft room and despite all the other crazy that is floating around, at least in my little art room, I know I'm on the ball!
All of these files are available @
Also wanted to share that I used more files from The Cutting Cafe to bring the BIG party together.
Here is our daughter and son when they were 'wittle bitty'....
They have a wonderful relationship.
This is actually last year's family photo that is hanging on our wall. LOL! I love it :)
And here they are all growed up this year.
EEK...she's graduated!!
The table setting getting ready for the party
And do you see that little box to the right on the tree? 
That's a present box from the Little Red Wagon Box template.
Because we were already planning a Mother's Day and several birthday's party, we had to add the very special Graduation Day into it as well so it officially became the 
Happy GradMoBirThersUation Day Party!!
That is why you see the multiple randomly placed numbers, the graduation hats, the boxes for presents, the flowers for Mother's day and the hysterical Tim Holtz birds that just look plain confused, because that sums it up perfectly.
Credit goes to my wonderful blog buddy Richard for the theme inspiration (what to do when there's mass confusion)....check this out!
Anywho, I'm back now with a few less marbles than before, but I'm so excited to visit all your blogs and catch up!
Biggest of hugs to you and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xxx

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Friendship or Chocolate? Yes please.....

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
-Charles Dickens
Well, today I have recycled/upcycled project to share that sports a quote from Charles Dickens. I rather like the prior that mentions chocolate, but unfortunately the chocolate didn't make it long enough to be photographed. So, here is what I have to share today for a few mixed media challenges.
Found this at a thrift store for a couple pennies and wondered if it wouldn't make a cute water pitcher. I actually wondered that months ago as it collected dust in a cabinet.  As fate would have it, an April rolled around and a flourish of perfect challenges presented themselves and I thought this little 'oil' dispenser could use a new life.
Gathering the traditional mixed media products I began disguising and reinventing...
Wait! What's that? 
Well, it's an experiment. You be the judge if you like my watering pitcher actually pouring water (of sorts) along with its flora.
Above you can see the finalized stream of 'water' and later you see that the water has produced the foundation for these handmade flowers.
Another mixed media technique is stenciling and also a requirement for several challenges, so this Gothic stencil with modeling paste was applied to the front of the pitcher.
Another criteria for one of the challenges was to only use (1) stencil, (1) stamp, and (1) color...I chose to do an ombre of pinks. 
I used a stamp from Stampin' Up that has this Charles Dickens quote.
And here is is again showing that the liquid (hot glue) stream can be removed if desired.
Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you found some inspiration in this project.
Hugs and happy creating, 
Lisa x
I'm off to go rummage up some more chocolate!

Challenges I would love to enter:
Mixed Media Mojo - Recycle/Upcycle: Twist: Flowers
Mixed Media Place - The Power of One (stencil, stamp and color)
The Artistic Stamper - Flora and Fauna
Stamps and Stencils - Anything Goes

Monday, April 20, 2015

How To Make Your Own Faux Galvanized Containers....

Hello and welcome back again! 
It's almost Mother and Father's Day and Graduation here in the States, and finding a cute way to give a gift that is suitable for all genders and ages can be tough; especially, if you don't have a lot of time or ideas.  So, when I saw this post on Shelly Hickox's blog, Stamptramp, I knew it would be the perfect technique for what I needed.
Here are three that I've made so far...
On the left you'll see the original container. These came in green, pink and red and are a set of 3 for $1 at The Dollar Store!    Following fairly closely to Shelly's directions, but using what paints I had on hand, here's how I made mine.
 
The Step 1 was spray painting the containers with a solid base coat.  As you can see I did two in black and one of them with Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer spray.
Then I cut up a kitchen sink sponge and began splotching with the following paint combinations.


 Step 5 is here where I designed the label shape and I'd like to share it with you too.  
I cut this label out and then while step 6 was drying, I decorated the label in step 7.


And here is a close-up again.
These would be cute for holding almost any gift idea and when they've used up the gift, they can continue to use the container for anything they want.
So thank you to Shelly for the great technique and I hope you've enjoyed my take on her inspiration.  Super cheap, super fun and super cute!
Thank you so much for your visit. 
Big hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx