Thursday, September 29, 2011

Funkie Masculine Milk...

Reindeer Milk Carton
I kept this milk carton fairly simple once I got my inspiration.
Here is Linda's 4th tag for the 
12 Tags of Christmas Challenge
I drew inspiration from the reindeer, silver and brown shades, mesh and black yarn.
Angle Shot
I designed the DP by using this free image at the Graphics Fairy
Carton on its side
After making the DP I versamark stamped snowflakes and then powder embossed in silver. 
Highlighted the snowflakes with Close to Cocoa Ink and then added gems to the centers.
Placed random strips of mesh around the carton and then tied black twine to make the hangar.

So far, these little cartons are looking really cute together

Have a great one!
Lisa xx

Challenges I would like to enter:
Funkie Junkie - 12 Tags of Christmas #4

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Say It With... Appliances?

'Cause nothing says "I love you" like...
A bran-spankin' new 
Vacuum Cleaner
(Shugh-yeah it does!) n't.
The caption says, "For Christmas... I'll love it!"

I am absolutely loving the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge
and this is challenge #3.
Here is Linda's inspiration tag...
If you want to join in the fun
just click 
and it will take you to the 3rd challenge.
You can also still take part in challenge 1 and 2.

"...My Ironing Table"
I drew inspiration from Linda's tag with
1.) The stars
2.) The musical paper
3.) The gold accents
4.) The hardware
5.) The Believe sentiment

It's a bit twisted, but the Believe sentiment made me think of Santa and believing that he'll bring your mostest most wonderful wish ever and the vintage hardware made me think of vintage images; which made me think of vintage Christmas ads, which led me to this...
Each side of my milk carton has 
1.)  stars cut out of musical paper
2.)  golden mesh for the accents
3.)  vintage hardware 
4.) Little golden tags with Christmas sentiments and lastly,
5.)  What I BELIEVE should never ever, 
not in a million years,
not if they know what's good for them,
be under a tree!                                 

Side 3
Golly Gee, This is Swell!
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...
(and remember this was a REAL ad)

Caption for this weight scale says, "What a beautiful way to say Merry Christmas"
I'm still in shock, I can't even think of a quippy title for this one...

Yeah, I know....
That's why I'll just end the post here. 

Happy stamping ya'll and thanks
for all your company on my blog.

Lisa xx

Challenges I Would Like To Enter:
Funkie Junkie - 12 Tags of Christmas Week 3

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monsters Decorate Too...

Knock If You Dare
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Hmmm, ribbon, twine and lace OH MY!  The possibilities are endless 
and if you need MORE motivation, check out what the 
Top Tip Tuesday DTs have been busy making just for your inspiration!

Here's another peek at my DT card
Plain white card stock, scored for the wood panels and then 4 additional rectangles to make the door stand out a bit more. 
 Weathered the door for more rustic look.  Added a brad for the door knob.
Braided 3 strands of ribbon (orange, red, and black and white checkered) to make the wreath. 
 Folded green ribbon to make leaves. 
 Hand drew the bats and tied a bow.  
Smacked a Boo sign on the door and you can't ring Frankenstein's door without seeing Frankenstein, so I added his hand coming around the door to greet the anxious trick or treaters.

Thanks for stopping in and I can't wait to see what you come up with for the 

Happy Haunting...I mean stamping...
Lisa xx

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Heart Song Inspiration - #17 Ribbon or
KB Cute Monday - #29 Halloween
My Craft Spot - #26 Ribbon

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I lurve me some flutterbies...

Spread Your Wings and Inspire
Welcome back to another linky party challenge at
With our fantastic sponsor 
Who is generously offering
£10 voucher
to our lucky winner!

Be sure to check out the most incredible variety of inspiration from all the DT's and leave some love...
It makes their day!
Here is my Make It Monday DT 
card o' inspiration


Decided to make a foldable four panel card and link with twine through eyelets. 
It would not stand by itself so I used my new stamp set with a large butterfly, cut it in half and mounted on each end of the panels and the wings hold the card up perfectly!
The stamp set is called In Flight through Oriental Trading.
Originally $14.99, snagged it for $7.49 and includes 27 clear mount stamps.
I love me a sale!
Other supplies are 
Spellbinders, Stampin' Up! paper and punches, Sizzix,
 and Close To My Heart fancy- shmancy letters
 (pretty sure that's not the name, but that's who I got them from.)
Stampin' Up! Inks and pearls and flowers from Prisma.

Hope you can come by and say hi and see all the incredible crafters who inspire me daily!
For example, here is my
This holiday gorgeousness is brought to you by
Kim Yu
Love the image, the colors the fun elements that just pop out at you...
Beautiful card and incredible inspiration!

Thanks for the visit and as always your uplifting comments.
Lisa xx
OH...and welcome to my latest followers and amazing crafters..
Ok, I'm done now. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Let It Snow! It's okay, my kids can shovel...

I'm feeling pretty spry for only having 4 1/2 hours of sleep,
thank you Folgers coffee!

Not sure if it's a delusional state of creativity due to lack of sleep, 
desire to procrastinate on the house chores,
or my muse is with me, but I've been able to hit the craft table like a mad woman.

Here's my second post for the day and if you missed the 
TOP TIP TUESDAY challenge I posted earlier, 
you can scroll down for that one. :)

A work in progress 
This is the beginning of my second milk carton for the 
12 Tags of Christmas.

Here is Linda's  beautiful tag example for the second challenge.
Each project we make for the challenge has to be inspired from the given tag.
Here is my project.
Let It Snow
I drew inspiration from the snowflakes and the chunky black numbers.
When I started thinking about the theme for this carton, I knew I would go with snow.
Who likes to watch snow?  People!
If you scroll back up to the first picture, you'll notice the white faces I've stamped with versamark and embossed with clear powder and then highlighted over with light blue and brown ink.
So each side of the carton shows a chunky black letter for the word NOEL and then small letters and a chipboard letter to coordinate as well.  
Various snowflakes are embedded into the carton with an embossing swirl folder and then hanging sporadically on each side.
Loved the earth tones on the tag so I used twine to accessorize.

Lastly, if you noticed in the first picture, Linda has a small section of mesh behind her snowflake.  I loved that idea, so I took a clear block, mounted some foam pad onto it.  Placed a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" piece of self-adhesive mesh to the foam, inked it up in brown and stamped in various places the image of mesh.
Well, that's it for now.  Two down and 10 more to go once Linda posts the 3rd challenge.
You have plenty of time if you want to join in the fun!
Happy stamping everybody...
Lisa xx

Challenges for this project:
The Funkie Junkie - 12 Tags of Christmas (Week 2)

Here's to you kid....

Well hi there!

Quick post because I am up waaay past my bedtime,
but before I schedule this post to run I wanted to tell you about the challenge over at
I love this one...
1 For The Kids!!!
There's a new sponsor in town and it's
Who's offering a 
£10.00 voucher
and our ever wonderful sponsor
Who is giving one lucky winner 3 digital stamps!
Thank you so much to these incredibly generous sponsors.

A wonderful tutorial from Elaine who shows how to make a 
Bookmark Card!
I had never tried one and now I'm addicted to them.

So stop on over there and say "hey" and learn a new technique and drop your entry in to win, win, win!

Here's my two bookmark cards I made using Karen's Doodles.

Fall Into Books

Incredibly fun to color with Derwent Watercolor Pencils.
Speedy Delivery

I just wanna hug this little guy...he's too stinkin' cute!

Ok, I'm starting to fall forward on my keyboard now, so before I have the spacebar imprint on my forehead, I'll sign off here....

Thank you SO much every single one of you who are so very kind to leave comments.
You make my day everyday!!
Night night...

OH...also, some AMAZING guest designers at 
check 'em out and make 
Happy stampin' and crafting!
Lisa xx

Monday, September 19, 2011

I hope Santa's not lactose intolerant...

I'm SO getting in the mood for Christmas!
Here's a free digi I drew last night to help you get in the
 holiday spirit.

Annual Family Photo

Now on to the post....

Linda, at The Funkie Junkie,
 is running the perfect challenge for me.
She's having the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.
  Every week she'll post a tag and you can pull anything from it for inspiration. 
I am thrilled because I haven't started Christmas cards yet and this is the perfect motivation to get me started.
Plus, you have until December to to enter all the challenges, even if she's already posted them.

Here is Linda's tag for 
Week One Challenge

Here is what I've chosen to make for this challenge.
I was really drawn to the vintage advertisement paper in Linda's tag and so I went with 

  Letters To Santa
Milk carton template comes from 
for FREE!
I love the time of year when little ones write out their wish lists to Santa and send them off in the mail.  That's why the carton starts out with little addressed envelopes.
This side represents the small children who send letters to Santa

Here I put on some Spellbinder's snowflakes and a bottle top. 
I know this is a milk carton, but the inside joke in our house is that one Christmas Eve I told the kids that maybe Santa is tired of milk.  Maybe he'd rather like a Pepsi instead. 
So, cool....he got it too!
So I included a bottle top with a gel sticker of Santa.

This side represents the night that the children await to find out what Santa picked on their lists and one last shot of bribery via the temptations of beverage and snack.
This side represents what happens after the kids set out milk and cookies.
The family gathers together and reads the story 
'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Thank you Chrissy for the tutorial on how to make this little book!

I've decided that instead of a chocolate calendar,
I'll make a milk carton for every 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.
They will each have a number on the bottom 1-12.
Starting the 12th day before Christmas, 
my kids will open up number 1 and find a surprise inside for both of them.  
Could be money, could be candy, could be a treasure map to a gift hidden in the house...
the possibilities are endless and oh so fun!

Thank you Linda for a wonderful challenge and
Thank you friends for stopping by and visiting.
Happy stamping and crafting,
Lisa xx
One last thing...
Please scroll down to see
Make It Monday Challenge Post
if you missed it yesterday.
Thank you!
Challenges I would like to enter this into:
The Funkie Junkie - 12 Tags of Christmas (week one)
Gingerloft Challenge - Vintage or Distressed ( Paper homemade milk carton with vintage look)
Quirky Crafts - Anything But a Card
Scrappy Frogs - Vintage
The Squirrel and the Fox  (NEW!) - Anything Goes

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Card 1 Lisa 0....

Hey ya'll, welcome back. 
Just want to say thank you for the wonderful comments and the great laughs I've had with your responses.  I had to refer back to a few of them this week, while doing this card...
I'll explain.

But before I get into that,
 I want to tell you that there's another wonderful challenge going on at

Sammi at Mad For Markers 

is the wonderful sponsor and she's offering the lucky winner
A Copicendium Magazine

I know, right? How awesome is that?
So be sure to check out 
and see all the wonderful DT's creative cards!

Here's my 
Pick Of The Week 
from last week's entries

Tea Time 
You think the image is on the front of the card...
but, it's not....
Layers of adorableness!
Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

Now to the hot mess I call my card. 
I had an idea and it just went from bad to worse.  Every single step of the way went terribly wrong.  Coloring smeared, using the Big Shot the die slipped, applying adhesive - fingers stuck to everything but what I wanted it to.  
I'm not sure at what stage in this card I finally waved the white flag, but it was obvious this card had a mind of it's own and would fight me to the end.
I conceded.

Here's another view of the card that refused my persuasions...
I actually respect the card for it's persistence and gumption.
I like it a lot better than my concept.

Here's what I tried to do
You win some, you lose some but in the end it's all a learning experience.

Have a great day everybody and thanks SO MUCH for stopping by.
Lisa :)