Monday, June 4, 2012

A Smidgen of This and Dollop of That...

So, here's what you can do on a Sunday when you opt NOT to do laundry...
I spent the weekend perusing the plethora of outstanding images located at
 and here are a few projects I created.
A Card
We all have that special friend who would do just about anything with you, even if it made them look like a complete buffoon.  Here's for that friend!
Colored in copics and left clean and simple

A Wallet
(This could make a cute gift card holder too)
I aimed for a faux leather steampunk grunge look and it's ALL made out of paper!

The framed gentleman on the cover is from Nicecrane Designs and is from the Charles Dickens Illustrations.  There is also a clear window sheet covering him to protect the image.
The outside is basic white paper that has been folder embossed, inked, and clear powder embossed.  The inside coordinating paper is from Nicecrane Designs paper pack Grunge Nature A2. 
A few steps of the process...
I completely winged this by looking at an image of a real wallet on the Internet.  I don't have any exact numbers or measurements, but I hope the pictures allude to the process.

A Book Cover and Bookmarks
Using the Princess Nobody II from Nicecrane Designs, I've edited the image on my computer by adding a few words (Read, Dream, Explore) and printed it out onto fabric.  After fitting the stretchy material to the exterior of a book, I've sewn the edges and elastic straps on the inside.  Lastly sewing this image to the outside cover.
I included three bookmarks to match from
 The schools here make it mandatory that every text book is covered for protection. In years past, I would just use a paper grocery sack; however, that tears them too. Using this technique, I think the school and the kids will be pleased. PLUS, you can personalize them with images they like.

Start by selecting an image.  Here I've added words to accompany.
 Cut a sheet of freezer paper and fabric to standard printer paper size.
 Iron fabric onto the shiny side of the freezer paper and trim up neatly.
 Prepare the material base of the cover by sewing edge seams and attaching elastic to corners.
 Sew on your fabric image to the center front of cover.

Well, laundry won't do itself so I'll end the post here.
Thank you SO, SO, SO very much for stopping in and I really hope these projects and wonderful images have spurred some creative ideas for you.  The sky is the limit!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Challenges I would love to enter:
Our Creative Corner - Embellished Frame
Love To Create - Father's Day or Special Guy
Squigglefly - Make Me Laugh  (The Card)


Unknown said...

You have really outdone yourself with these projects & I'm thrilled I popped on the internet to see what you are up to. :) The wallet expresses your creativity so well and I am totally diggin' it! You never cease to amaze and inspire me.
Have a super happy day!
Big Hugs,

P.S. My son graduates basic 3 weeks from Friday and he has loved it. Seriously, can you believe it? Guess he was born to be a soldier! Thanks for asking about him & we we pray daily for your husband.

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Wow, so many great projects and I just love that witch card. Too funny!! Thanks for joining in on the Squigglefly Challenge this week. Cheers, Holley

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow not one but THREE fabulous projects!I can;t choose my favourite ..
Lisa x

Chrissy said...

Wonderful projects Lisa...the wallet is amazing, love all the images you have used and that card is sooo many times have I done things like that for friends??
Love the book cover and bookmarks. WOW!! you have been get out into that laundry and get the washing done..


Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Q
Well we have a 'plethora' of unique projects here, I am thinking the Card is just a crack-up, and so you! Then I see the Wallet which is amazing!!! with the perfect Nicecrane image. But I think it is the book cover that is my favourite for this week, I am partial to a bit of stitching as you know, so anything with material or thread and I just ooh and ahhh then oooh and ahhh until I sound as if I am leading up to some sort of......well we wont go there--TMI.
Printing the image on your cloth and adding the words, WOw Lisa. I just love it to pieces, it always makes a pleasant change to see items created other than a card.
Magnificent work my friend.

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello again Q
I have just seen your entry at OCC, so I should say a few more words about your wallet creation.... I am always envious of your ideas and how you can transpose them onto this media, you have such a vivid imagination; to think about using a wallet to frame your image, is just so idiosyncratic; you always think outside of the square, which is why I find you so inspirational.
You have recreated the faux leather so well, you 'wing' it perfectly.
Thank you so much for joining us again at OCC, as always it is a joy to see your work.

Ina G said...

I agree with Lisa S - you have outdone yourself here. Love the witches and hope it does go on Facebook. Also all you other creations just blow me away. I love seeing your talent. Most times a bit way out and others just fbaulous creativity and talent. Love all you do.

Sandy said...

I just can't believe how talented you are. The card was LOL funny! Now the wallet - my goodness Lisa, where in the world do you get all these ideas from? And what happens when you iron fabric on the glossy side of freezer paper? How did you think up that one? After visiting your blog, I need to go lay down and rest.

Shelby said...

Dang you've been a busy busy woman! I'd have to take a nap after all that work. Love love love the wallet and I think I love that you winged it. Your copic work on the card is awesome and what a clever woman you are with the book covers and of course the book tags are just goooooorgeous!


Mary J said...

Hope you got your laundry done! And your makes are GORGEOUS! I gotta get better at shabby chic vintage!

Anonymous said...

WOW busy Bee indeed! great going hunny you have really been creating some great pieces! have fun with the laundry! ekkk! hugs me xx

Holly Young said...

Wow Lisa, I don't even know where to begin with so many great projects! I love your bookmarks and book cover - the images are wonderful! Your wallet is so cool looking! Love the texture on it. Your funny card definitely made me laugh - the sentiment you added is fantastic! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

angelwhispers said...

Wow such beautiful projects Lisa you really have put your heart and sole into these!! Love the Facebook card how funny is this! Love Chanelle xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

You never fail to impress! A wallet??? WOW!!! Your mind thinks creatively like no other! Love this and the card above it was so funny and perfectly colored! Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week!

bumblebee creations said...

Great works! Thanks for joining in our squigglefly challenge!

Marjorie said...

Wow!! Stunning makes hun, Love your book cover and bookmarks, and your wallet is amazing..and I do love your card, it's soooo funny!!
YOU...are amazing hun, so, so, browsing your work..
Big Hugs,

Jackie Randolph said...

WOW Lisa, fantastic cards!!! Love the first one with the great sentiment!! Fab tutorials, definitely will have to try the faux leather! Thanks for joining us at Love to Create Challenge this week!

Tracy said...

Well you sure ran the gamut on this post didn't you. LOL The dunce cap twins are hilarious. If you have a friend like this (which I do) you can totally thank your lucky stars. :-) The wallet came out pretty darned sharp for a winging it job and the book cover...what can I say. It's cool and funtional. I think you've inspired me with an idea for decorating my Bible box. Thanks Twang!

Irina said...

Lisa, you make the funniest cards ever! They are fantastic! They make me laugh every single time! Love,


wannabcre8tive said...

Awesome creations. The wallet is so cute and that card is colored so perfectly. I had to laugh, it so reminded me of when I picked my friend up at the airport yesterday. I dressed up for the occasion, hard hat, huge goofy sunglasses, suspenders, shorts and work boots. I am so surprised I didn't get committed. :)

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely stunning cards,,,and all over I reaaly love the wallet,,so different , so creative and your bookcover,,,,,,waht a great idea,,,,I´ll be sending a nice gift to anyone taht leave a comment,,,woww........horayyy for Lisa.

Laura Bradley said...

Wow, someone has been busy! Fab work! Thanks for joining us at Love to Create this week, love the waller, what a fab idea! Laura x

Charlene Mitchell said...

Here to see your Squigglefly entry! Love the card - your colouring is amazing and really like the CAS look. Thanks for playing along at Squigglefly this week!

Susie said...

Fantastic creations- I love the sentiment on the first one! Thanks for joining our Humour challenge at Dream Valley. Susie x

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow...Lisa, these are such fantastic creations. Love the wallet ideas. Great job!!

Margaret said...

So glad you decided to neglect the laundry for this!!
Every project is so unique and fabulous! Just like you!! Tee!Hee! While your card is wonderfully funny, I am absolutely loving the 'not a card' creations! Wish we had such awesome book covers back in the day!

melsanford said...

Such a funny card! Love it :-) Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

THERESA said...

These are absolutely amazing, wow, so much work went into it, but so worth it, lucky person to get one..........:))
Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly, love to have you !!
lotsa luv