Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Printing On Fabric; Card 1...

Several weeks back I bought the necessary supplies, but I finally got the gumption and inspiration to print an image out on material (Thank you, Lori) and I have to say, I'm not sure what I was nervous about; other than destroying my printer.  However, everything went off without a hitch.  I used the freezer paper technique.

The image I chose is another precious digital from...

And it's included in this set called
Romantic Valentine Collection II

Here is another Valentine collage that would also look beautiful printed on material or paper.
PLUS...This just in.....
There's a February SALE going on

 I adhered the material to a lightweight cardboard and then using a Spellbinder's heart dye to cut her out and mounted above the Spellbinder's Classic Frame.

 My very white flower from Prima that has been painted with olive green and light blue acrylic paint and then clear crackled.

Here's a goofy tutorial to show you how I made the word "love" above.
Supplies you'll need are:
1. Thick cardboard for piercing with needles
2.) Needles
3.)  Hot Glue Gun
4.) Sheet of printer paper
5.) Adhesive tape
6.) Newspaper
7.) Thin Wire
8.) Glossy Accents

I'm sure there is a much better way to do this, but here's how I improvised.

 Cover card board with printer paper so you can see the lines of the wire clearly

Space your needles out randomly for the basic word. This will give you the basis for your word, but other needles will be added as you go.
Here you can see that I've made the word love with wire.

Cut thin strips of newspaper about 1/4" thick.

 Slightly raise your word up off the cardboard and use the hot glue gun to "solder" the intersecting areas.

I started by taking a long piece of paper and tried to wrap, but I found it was much easier to cut small pieces and wrap a little at a time.  Use the adhesive tape for this part.

Finished covering in paper

 Covered the paper with clear crackle here.

The finished product above is then colored in olive green and baby blue acrylic paint as well. 
It's kind of "sloppy" but it's my first, so I hope this gets easier with each attempt.  Any suggestions if you know a way are more than welcome. :)

I've printed 4 other images on material, so I hope to have a few more next week to show you.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope this has given you some ideas to try.

Have a great one!
Lisa xx

Challenges I would love to enter this card into:
Anything Goes Challenge - 59; To The One I Love 
Die Cuttin' Divas - 50; Anything Goes 
Try It On Tuesday - Altered Project 
Creative Stamp Friends - 43; Old Fashioned or Antique 

Careful of that step...It's a doozy!

Watch Your Step
 Stella here completely rocks it out in her pink cupid get up, but you can't have Stella without a smirky sarcastic remark.  This quote is from Rita Rudner.    This little Valentine Diva is part of the DT collection over at 
 Where today's challenge is 
Our fantastic sponsors for this 2 weeks challenge are
 Offering our random winner 7 digi images of their choice
as well as
 1 lucky winner 4 stamps of their choice!
Thank you for stopping by to check out Stella in her calendar month of February
We'd really love to see your ideas, vintage, modern, funny, serious, elaborate, clean and simple; whatever you can think of for Valentine's Day!

Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xxx

Monday, January 30, 2012

You Make Me Happy...

I swear it was right here a second ago...I just saw it!
If anyone finds out what happened to January, could you please let me know!
Oh and those 4 socks that went MIA in the wash; liked to find them too.
At least I can count on one thing sticking around and being a constant and that's the incredibly amazing and fantastical linky parties at
Joining us for this week's challenge is our Sponsor
 Who is offering the lucky winner the prize of a $10 gift voucher!
Drum roll please....
Tracey from 
A Crafty Fox 
who designed this hysterical card!
Love the design, but you REALLY should read this post to understand the images better and get a good giggle.
This card was a reminder for me that stamping is the art of creating VERY personal sentiments fit for just the recipient that you'll never find in a card store.
Great card Tracey!!

Here's another version of my card
I think I might be the last person on earth to purchase Tim Holtz products.  I've drooled over them forever, but finally spoiled myself at Christmas with a few fun products.  I've used the TH musical embossing folder here and thought that "You are my Sunshine" would be a fun card to make to complement the background.  
I attempted the vintage distressed look that Tim speaks of when using his inks.  So excited to try it, I completely jumped over the "spritz" with water and went right to bathe.  A bit smudgy, but it's what I get for waterlogging my card.
Threw on a few embellishments, drew and cut out the clouds on graph paper, stamped the U, and typed the rest of the sentiment on the PC.  

Ok, that's it for me on this front, but I'm so happy you stopped by.
Hope life is treating you well and your ideas and creativity are endless. :)
Please stop by MAKE IT MONDAY and say hi and share with us any creation, old or new, that you'd like to inspire us with.
We'd love to see them!!
Lisa xx

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Having One Of Those Days?

Not only is stamping a relaxing and creative outlet, but it can also be extremely educational.
I had a pretty good idea what Dunny meant, but just to be sure I was using the word properly, I did a little research.   Never in my life did I think I would find so many words for an outhouse.  Here are just a few of my favorites:
The Long-Drop

 Welcome back to challenge #10 at
Where our challenge this time is
With the amazing Zoe from Make It Crafty who is sponsoring us this time and offering the winner...
AU$15 voucher to spend in the online store. 
I had the best time coloring this amazing digi from Make It Crafty...
I hope you like what I've done with it!

Background is colored with Stampin' Up! inks and a dauber and then lightly spritzed with water, roughed up the texture with a paper towel and then lightly covered with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  
The Dunny and tree and gravel road are all colored in copics.
I've added the "full" sign myself and typed up the sentiment on the PC.

We'd really love to see what you come up with for the 
Australian or Party Theme
happening for 2 weeks at
The Squirrel & The Fox!

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful crafty day!
Lisa xx

Friday, January 27, 2012

Alice In Wonderland Tea Cup Cards

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The irony of that quote...LOL...
Almost seems as if it was written for my blog! 
Ahem, right then, on with it...

I worked on these yesterday so that I could show you some of the amazing variety over at 
All of the Alice In Wonderland images are from Nicecrane Designs. 
Here is Alice and The DodoBird
 Alice is colored with Copics, but I've left the Dodo bird black and white for fun.  If you notice the tea cup in the back, you will see that I've also divided it between black and white on the left and color on the right.
I originally had her dress yellow then showed it to my daughter who said, "Her dress is supposed to be blue, Mom."  Miffed, I sat back down and grabbed a blue copic and began coloring.  "Oh, you big moron!" is what I said to myself.
Next week when I go volunteer at the elementary school, I'll be making time to sit in on the art class and relearn my color wheel.
Yellow + Blue = GREEN...geesh!

 The Toad that delivers mail in Alice In Wonderland
 He is also colored in Copics.  Originally I think the legs were to be white for stockings, but I wanted more green on him so I colored them in as his actual skin color.
I did not try to match any specifics on their outfits from the original movie.  I just wanted to color them however I saw fit.
 I received those cute little playing cards from Pamela at Free Vintage Digital Stamps, in a blog candy win.  They fit perfectly with the theme.
The Mad Hatter
He is also colored in Copics.
I think he's probably my favorite.
I just love that pocket watch and the hat and the numbers on his hat, and the vest and, yeah, he's definitely my favorite. 

These are the fabulous digital stamps I used and if you're interested in checking them out, just click the picture.
 OR...if you have issues with colors like me, here are the pre-colored images as well.
As much fun as these teacup cards were to make, they wouldn't have been possible were it not for the other outstanding free digital images found at The Graphic's Fairy, (teacups, clock and birdcage images were used) Magic Moonlight, and Paper Crafts Online Downloadable Sentiments and the waiter hand with "drink" coming out of the teacup is from my old 2011 chef calendar.  Always handy to keep those things around for neat-o whatnots. 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Lisa !!

This is a repost, but I would like to link up to The Graphic's Fairy for Brag Monday

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Whoops...Date Night!!!

It's Friday night and you've just come home from work.  Your special someone walks through the door and finds you staring blankly into the freezer.

Did you forget to thaw something out or was this maneuver intentional?  

 You maintain your position, being ever cautious to not over exaggerate the pitiful expression of indecision on your face.   You emit a lightly audible exhale....
Then you wait.
By your third shifting of the body into even more pathetic stances and the exhaling having increased in volume,
He finally says,
"Hey...why don't we just go out to dinner!"
At which point you profess his genius insight and spontaneity and place this card in his hand.

What he didn't know is that you rolled out of bed on Monday, certain the last place you wanted to be after a long day on Friday, was at the stove.
So, you've made reservations at your favorite restaurant and pre-ordered the movie tickets on line and then made him a date night card!!

Using the wonderful images over at

 Absolutely wonderful vintage images that can be used for so many occasions.
Stop by and see what Ignacio has new in his store today too!!

So happy you stopped by.
Have a great day and remember, it's ALMOST Friday!!
Lisa xx

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Well, Of "Corset" I Love You....

 I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that it's almost Monday! Am I suffering from a head injury, you ask?  Nope, nothing like that, it's just that I spent the entire weekend chauffeuring teenagers around  and then stayed up too late waiting for them to get home and I'm exhausted!  I remember when weekends were relaxing...I think that time has passed.  I now look forward to the Monday when they go back to school and I can sit back and catch my breath.  My mother warned me it would be like this....funny how mom's never know anything at the time, until you are one and then they are OH SO right! 
I guess that must mean that I'm completely clueless to my children....ha!

Speaking of my mom,
to everyone who left the most wonderful and touching comments on my last post tribute to my mother.  I just have to tell you all that it was so wonderful to read the very sweet words to her and myself.  You all made her day and she wanted me to tell you how much it meant to her; from the bottom of her heart. :)  Like I said in my post, ya'll are just an amazing group of people and I'm so honored to have met you in the bloggy land!

Ok, back to business...
Well there's another reason that I look forward to this day, because it means that there's an ANYTHING GOES LINKY PARTY
With our Sponsor this week...
Offering the prize of their downloadable paper collection at the value of £5 !
So please come over to Make It Monday and share your inspirational projects with us and enjoy the inspiration of our lovely DT ladies and all the other amazing crafters who ohhhhh and awwwwwe us everyday!

Just like this one, my...
Just like every week, picking only one card to showcase is daunting, but I've managed to painstakingly do it.  Not this week however, I'm breaking the rules and had to show off two.

Here is pick #1 from
The compliment of colors on the card to the image is fabulous and I love the "crisp" design and well placed embellishment accents.  A beautiful Just Because card!

 Here is #2 from
An Alice In Wonderland Paper Shoe!
Who wouldn't want to walk a runway in these bad boys? 
Seriously amazing!!
Thank you ladies for sharing your amazing talent with us at 

Here's my little card
 Corset close-up from Free Vintage Digital Stamps (FVDS)!
I've taken the corset and printed it out as well as the roses that I printed out from another image at FVDS.   Below is the linked image of the roses that I used and if you click it, it will direct you right over to her collage category.  Just scroll down a bit when it opens and you'll see this picture. :)

I used a soft blue cardstock for the card and edged with TH vintage photo distress ink.  Cut out the roses I wanted from the collage and then dry embossed them with a stylus to give some definition and depth to them.  Adhered them to the backside of the corset and then mounted them on adhesive foam squares.  Tied a soft green ribbon from my stash and popped in a TH adore tag.  
Not too much fluff or puff, just a simple vintage image that says, I love you.

Ok, that's it for me on this post.
Thank you so much for stopping in and have a wonderful day!!

Hugs and Happy Crafting!
Lisa xx