Sunday, December 30, 2012

Drive In Date Night

Okay, so Gone With The Wind made its debut in 1939; however, it's held its romance and popularity through the generations. Therefore, it only makes sense for a young couple in the 1950's to enjoy this classic movie in a classic car while at the Drive In Theater.    
This is my DT card for Make It Monday and a huge thank you to our sponsor, Digi My World for providing the awesome digital image, 50's Drive In.  
I had a little fun with the big screen as well as inserting a black and white image of a couple actually sitting in the car, with love quotes, of course!
We'd really love for you to pop on over to Make It Monday and share your latest and greatest makes OR share with us something that you made awhile ago.
While you're there, please check out the fabulous works of my teammates and see who their Pick Of The Weeks are.
Speaking of that....
I cheated and picked two!
Absolutely LOVE these amazingly designed holders.  Fantastic ideas ladies and incredibly inspiring.
Thank you BOTH for sharing them with us at Make It Monday
#193 E.T.

 #203 Angela P.

Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Friendship Freebies

It's been awhile since I've posted these, so I thought I should spoil a bit.
Just for fun, here is a quirky blog header I designed as well as some Valentine Ideas.
Enjoy :)

Quirky Circus Blog Header
Free Valentine Sketch

Happy Friday!
Thought I'd post up a sketch and some sentiments I designed for Valentine ideas.  
The left side of the sketch is kind of bare, but intended to hold candy to go along with the wording. 

Here are a few sentiments....

Use with pixie sticks

Use with chocolate coins

Use with mints

Use with Swedish Fish...YUM!

Use with donut holes or Life Savers

Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa xx

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon...

"There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you"

I honestly couldn't have said it any better, so thank you Cool And The Gang, for ringing in the new challenge over at Dutch Dare of ...
We'd love for you to join us in the joyous festivities and when you submit your entry, you'll be in the winning for a fabulous prize from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments!!

Hope you all are doing well.
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Enjoy Your Day (For a Male)

but he'll be taking a little ice cream break real quick while he recovers from inflating all his floaties!  
Then he'll need to wait for several hours to digest, just so there's no cramping up in the water.  
 Eventually dear Mr. Aquatic will be in the water!
Stop on by Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and see what's new in the shop and then be sure to come back, because I'm certain Ambrose will be performing amazing acts of greatness in his kiddie pool.
Thanks for stopping in,
hugs and happy stamping...
Lisa x

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

You Turn Me On...

I'm sort of moving a bit fast forward on the holidays here, but thought a change of pace from making Christmas cards would be nice, so we're visiting another favorite holiday of mine, Valentine's Day.  For those of us who enjoy making cards for our main squeezes, but find it difficult to make it 'masculine', I'm hoping this offers you some worthy inspiration.  It's a bit grungy with a hint of flirty fun.
This card would not have been possible were it not for the cool little section over at Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, titled Bits n' Bobs.  Dr. Digi himself has offered up a collection of singular 'prop' images to use however your creativity sees fit.  The image I selected is none other than the Lamp, which I have paper pieced the lampshades.
The card didn't start out this way. It was by mere frustration with the original design that I tore off the first attempt and what was left remaining was this tattered musical sheet and it was PERFECT!  See the wording that remained in tact? Golden light...lamp?...awesome!
No card is ever complete without a little gift of love and appreciation, so I mimicked the card by decorating the box likewise.
Again, tearing the sheet music, bottom right you'll notice the words, "home in my heart." I know right? Go ahead, you can say it... "Awwwww."
 And to replicate the flirty fun, I found this vintage light bulb ad and added a sentiment from another add.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing this card and it's given you some ideas for making a Valentine card for your "Shmooky Pooky Woo-Woo Teddy Bear".. or whatever you call them. LOL!
Stop on by and say hi and check out the Bits n' Bobs and whatnot's, you won't be disappointed!

Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa xx

Say It With Chocolate...

Happy, "I'm still not ready for Christmas and sever panic has set in, but I estimate that if I don't sleep for the next 5 days I can get it all done, Day!  As you can tell, I already know my New Year's Resolution for 2013!
Oh well, that's okay, because looky here at this cute little S'more gal.  She's all dressed up for Christmas and will be hiding in someone's stocking.  Thanks to one of our lovely sponsors for our challenge this week at Top Tip Tuesday, I was able to make a small Gift Pouch that will double as an ornament after the miniature chocolate pieces and "mushy" coupons are removed.  So thank you to Tammy Louise at Shape EZ for this adorable template!

We would LOVE for you to join us for our last challenge of 2012 over at Top Tip Tuesday where our theme  is...
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Prize offered to 1 lucky winner is : 2 Shape EZ templates or your choice.

Thank you so much for stopping in today and biggest hugs to you all!
Lisa xx

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas Finish Line...

A giant burden has been lifted...I finally made it to the end of the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge!  
Please excuse me for a moment while I toot this little horn and throw a handful of confetti  .................
Okie dokie, I'm back now.
Here's Linda's gorgeously embossed tag 12
I had this on the monitor for several hours and while walking back and forth to the laundry room, I'd glance over and look at this tag, just waiting for the muse to make itself known.  For the record, I completed 4 loads of laundry, mopped the kitchen floor, dusted and vacuumed the downstairs, cleaned one bathroom, took out recyclables, and still, nothing.

My son walks through the door after school, takes one look at it and says, "The small tag on top reminds me of one of those vintage fancy dressed up gingerbread cookies." BAM! 
Whoop, there it is...
The base of Linda's tag is rich vibrant red, which is one inspiration. I've preserved the edge of the original Altoids tin which is already red. 
 The texture of the small tag did remind me of the vests seen on older gingerbread's that are very ornate looking.  Using 3 layers of tissue paper, I've applied DI to a holly embossing folder with Vintage Photo and using gesso, applied it to the lid. A layer of UTEE was then applied and heat dried and the texture of the  tissue paper, gesso and UTEE raised the background up like a baking cookie in the oven. VERY COOL!    The small red bow is another bit of "got to use that" and the white of the ornament and green of the holly are represented in my tin with the fence, snow and trees.
The gingerbread set is actually a pre-colored decoupage set I found at Wal-mart and worked perfectly for this little scene. Additional snow and stickles and a cotton ball of smoke coming out of the fireplace were added to finish it off.

It's been such a fantastic run with this challenge and I sincerely thank Linda for such a wonderful opportunity to make little treasures for my kids to hang on the Christmas tree. I have really loved making ALL of these ornaments.  Thank you also to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge and supporting my crafting addiction with many elements purchased there that were used on these tins.

Thank you so much for checking in on these little ornaments and for all your inspiring comments that made this whole experience even more enjoyable.
Here they are all together...
Hugs to you all,
Lisa xx

Is It? Is It Really??

YES, winter is wonderful!!  
That is of course if you are looking out at it from the inside of your cozy warm house.
If you've been a regular to my blog, you'll know that I am not fan of heat, so feeling the cooler temperatures and awaiting the new fallen snow is something I anxiously anticipate each year; however, there is a down side. I am not, and this can be verified by pretty much anyone who knows me, or has ever been in the same vicinity as me, when I step outside INTO it.  I look like Bambi on the ice. The most ungraceful person on planet earth.  Yet, somehow I manage to pull it off like it was completely planned and choreographed that way.  Or at least I tell myself that.
This card is made to resemble my ineptitude in inclement weather!
The wonderful artist Fawn Palmer has provided Squigglefly with this enchanting little owl titled, A Winter Owl Too as well as the sentiment.  Ummm, little side note...the original image is upright on the limb, but to add a little humor and realistic touch, I decided flipping it over would be more an apropos resemblance to myself and of course, the fitting and wee bit of sarcasm in the sentiment.
Please join us over at the Squigglefly Challenge Blog for our current challenge of
Tell Me Anything!
(It's an anything goes challenge BUT it has to include a sentiment
Squigglefly has tons of $0.99 sentiments and often they come with an image.

I hope you've enjoyed my card and for more inspiration, please pop over to the challenge and see what my other fabulous teammates have created.

Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa xx

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The After Christmas Christmas Card of Thanks

I'm not going to say that I always get around to making the After Christmas Christmas Thank you Cards, BUT, sometimes in the madness of making the initial cards, I'll make a couple here and there. 
Here is one I've made for someone special to say thank you again. 
I have used the terrific template from The Cutting Cafe called Christmas Pockets, there are 6 designs in this set and it worked perfectly to hold the little thank you tag.
This is for the linky party that is now open at Make It Monday and using the super cute image from our sponsor, Meljen's Designs, I've added a little Cheery Lights Mailbox and an added the cutest free sentiment circle from Annette that you can find here.  
Please join us for some friendly fun and sharing and you'll be in the winning for our prize from Meljen's Designs.
Hugs n' Happy stamping,
Lisa xx

Now for the BEST part...

I really loved the monochromatic look of this card and the snowflakes that pop off the background and coordinate beautifully with the DP. But most of all, those adorable little reindeer nuzzling noses under the mistletoe. How cute to personalize with their names on it too!
Wonderful Christmas card Debbie and thank you so much for sharing this with us at Make It Monday!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dreaming of a "Purple & Silver" Christmas

I have never ever ever thought to make a silver and purple Christmas card...ever. However, how fun this was to create after all.  Thanks to Christina from Our Creative Corner who has challenged my out of the box thinking with the theme Silver and Purple for this weeks theme! 
Purple and silver inked background with a handmade Bingo card and digitally inserted silver Santa.  A few handmade crocheted items and silver buttons and purple bows with last but not least a silver colored bingo chip. 
I hope you'll head on over and submit that last minute Silver and Purple Christmas card that you might need to make and while you're there, please check out the amazing works of my teammates!
This will be the final post of the month for Our Creative Corner as we're taking a little Christmas break, so don't miss out on the last challenge of the year.  We'll return the first week of the New Year!
Hugs n' Happy Stamping to you all,
Lisa xx

Friday, December 14, 2012

Soda Bottle Candy Jar Gift Sets

I try to purchase as little as I can of glass items from the commissary, as they are not recycled in this area, but in the rare case that I have to, I prefer to save them for using sometime down the road.  Well, the road ended and I found the opportunity to make a couple Soda Bottle Candy Jar and Card Gift Sets.
To begin, I've had the honor of using the gorgeous vintage images from Nicecrane Designs and this little girl dancing with her dolled up cat is from 

The process began by cleaning and removing labeling. Once done, I made an oval masking of contact paper and placed it on the jar where I wanted a etched look.  Using Armour Etch Glass Cream, I applied it to the oval area and let sit for five minutes. Rinsing this off, what remained was a clear glass jar with a center etched  area, all ready for a wonderful vintage image.  The image I colored was then scanned, down sized on the computer, shape changed to an oval and then when done, added directly to the etching with Mod Podge.
Acrylic white paint was then sponged about a 1/4" away from the etching to show a little clear glass, and then the entire remaining surface was dabbed white. Little wooden knobs were glued to the bottom as well for some more character. When dry, an acrylic clear coat was sprayed to protect the paint.  Decorations were then added to coordinate.

A tag comes with the Soda Glass Candy Jar as well and matches the components used on the jar.
Here is the matching gift card, still using the same elements found on the jar and the tag.  This is the original image that I colored in copics, that was sized down in the computer to fit on the jar.  A little crotchet doily I made to fit on the card as I was using the Mojo Monday #271 sketch for inspiration. 

That was one for a girl and now, one for a boy!
The same exact technique was employed for this set as well.
Using the wonderful image from Nicecrane Designs again in the set

I carried out the western scene as this little lad is propped on his horse getting his hat ready to ride while his side kick awaits.

 The matching gift card that also uses the same image and the sketch from Mojo Monday.
For a little extra fun, I paper pieced actual newspaper onto his hat for a more realistic look.  
So happy you stopped in today and I hope you've found a little inspiration in these items.  Also, a very warm welcome to my newest followers and thank you always for the kindest messages you leave me.
Hugs n' Happy Crafting to you all,
Lisa xx

Challenges I would like to enter:
Mojo Monday - Sketch #271

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Feeling Flakey...

Only 12 more days until Christmas ya'll!! Who's ready???  I'm still running around like a flake trying to get it all done, but whether or not I get it all done, at least I'll be with family and they're all a little flakey, so it will be the best Christmas ever!
Here is my card for the Snowflakes challenge happening over at Dutch Dare this week.  Isn't Mr. Snowman just so cute selling snowman parts?  If you've never been to this wonderful lady's blog, you should really check it out. Mary Ellen offers free images all year round and this is just one of the hundreds she has available.  Here is the link to her blog Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.
Please check out the other Snowflake creations by my teammates and when you submit your card, you'll be in the running for a prize from our fabulous sponsor Di's Digis!
Ho Ho Ho and Happy Day to you all...
Lisa xx

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Home For The Holidays

From their house to yours..
Happy Holidays to you all!
Thanks to Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, here is the wonderful pre-colored image Derek & Deirdery Dunderton outside their lovely festive home. 
It appears to me that Deirdery has just informed Derek that he's forgotten to pick up the yams and if he doesn't go get them pronto it's Spam in a can for his holiday dinner! Mmm, mmm, yummy...(cough, gag, yack!)
Thank you so much for your visit and I hope the holidays are joyously memorable for you all and for Pete's sake...don't forget the YAMS!
Lisa xx

Monday, December 10, 2012

Almost Done...

Phew...I'm chugging right along!
Here's my Altoids tin #11 from the second annual 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge happening over on Linda's blog, The Funkie Junkie.  
There's still time join in the fun and be eligible for one of the prizes from the sponsor and Linda's shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!
I can recognize and admire and recommend wonderful shabby chic projects, but my flair doesn't exactly fall in this genre. So, for a little extra challenge to myself, I tried to make one little tin that meets the criteria. For those of you that are gurus in this arena, I'll leave the critiquing up to you.
Drawing my inspiration from Linda's vintage tag in hues of ecru, cream and white, I took away from it the expanse of the darkened holly leaves, the center flower as a focal point, lace, and the shape of the sentiment. 
Isn't her tag just perty?
Base of tin is corrugated cardboard.  3 layers of lace overlapping each other.  Handmade crochet flower and vintage button with TH greenery and embroidered leaves.  The exterior edges are covered with braided 2 strips of white and 1 strip of cream yarn.

Thank you for peeking in on me :)
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx