Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shabby Babby....

You could blindfold me and have an expert take hold of my hands and create a shabby chic card and it STILL wouldn't turn out right.  I don't know how to describe what I've created here, but the theme, or  what I was hoping to achieve, was vintage shabby chic.  Are there some elements there to qualify? Yep.  Does it look appealing? Ummmm, maybe it's just me, but I think it looks confused.  Maybe that's the randomness of the arrows I decided to place; which were symbolic of progressing from birth on, as this is a birthday card for a very special friend of mine who prevails in this genre.  

Thanks to Ignacio at Nicecrane Designs, I was able to color this precious little baby girl using his images from Your Magical Name II
Well, I'm pretty pleased with the results, even though my brain can't quite figure out how to naturally design like that, so I hope it's not too confusing for you all to look at too.  However, the image is sensational and that was my saving grace!  All the elements you see here were also cut on the Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you're doing well and finding plenty of time to craft! 
Lisa x

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pure Innocence....

Welcome again to you and I hope that your holiday season is being spent surrounded by those that love and cherish you.  I have today a little card for the latest challenge happening at Top Tip Tuesday and our theme this fortnight is Christmas.  The precious image is from Heather Ellis called Pure Innocence #31.  
Instead of adding a sentiment, I leaned towards creating a 3D wintery background and let the image do the Christmas greetings. 
Our sponsors for this challenge are the ever faithful Bugaboo and Heather Ellis.

So happy you stopped in today!!  
Before you leave, please grab a cup of eggnog and your present by the door and enjoy taking your photo on Santa's lap for my scrapbook. ;)
Hugs to you all and Merry Christmas
Lisa x

Saturday, December 21, 2013

12 Baubles of Bliss....

Well golly...that was just a blast! I've had the best time making 12 little ornaments for Linda's The 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  Not only are her tags amazing, but ALL the entries that everyone is submitting are sensational. So much inspiration to see. If you're interested, Linda has extended the deadline and you can find out the details here on her blog, The Funkie Junkie and also read about the prizes she's sponsoring from her store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. it is, number 12

Bauble #12
My ornament went off the rails a bit on this one as I drew my inspiration from the genre of transportation.  I thought it would be fun to modernize Linda's tag a bit with a retro station wagon carrying home a Christmas tree.  The chill in the air and a cute little couple all bundled up together, out on a crisp winter's evening.  I do love gold, so I also added the golden stars and a Christmas sentiment as well. 

Here is Linda's tag 12

All together at last and ready to join the tree with the ornaments from 2011 and 2012 that I made for The 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge!  
I really hope you'll check it out. :)

12 Tags of Christmas for 2013
Thank you so very much for your visit and I truly wish you all a wondrous and blessed Christmas.
Hugs to you,
Lisa x

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Can See the Finish Line....

I'm nowhere near finished with my Christmas shopping, nor have a I planned our menu, nor do I know if everyone has been invited to attend, BUT...I do know that I am getting ever, ever so close to the end of 
Here are 3 more to share.
Bauble #9
Linda's heavenly tag 9 that has inspired me with its fabulous metallic shimmer on the roses, the leaf ensemble and the pearls.

It's difficult to tell, but I've painted onto the ornament with Antique linen and hand-rolled the roses and added silver metallic paint with a light hue of baby blue for the their coloring.  This was one of my favorite ornaments to make!
Bauble #10
Link to Linda's tag 10 and my rendition
The inspiration from Linda's tag was the fabulous soft worn and aged background color, the glittery frame, the holly and the bits of red.  Instead of a sentiment I decided to add a little silhouette of Santa by a tree.  This was also SO much fun to make!  

Bauble #11
This is Linda's tag 11 and my rendition
The inspiration is without a doubt the variation of color that changes from the top of the tag to the bottom.  I've chosen a dark blue ornament and with Distress Inks, I've altered the sky and ground as Linda as done on her tag.  Added a few dots of stickles for the stars in the night sky and red for ornaments on the tree.  The tree is also a favorite and obviously the deer.  I had higher hopes for this ornament, but now that it's on the tree, it's beautiful and I'm happy.

Almost done!  If you'd like to join in the fun, please check out Linda's challenge she is hosting on her blog The Funkie Junkie and the prizes being offered by her store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Big big hugs to you all and I truly appreciate your visit.
Happy Crafting...
Lisa xx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

4 More Baubles Galore....

I'm like that little locomotive on a steep incline who's frantically ranting to itself, "I think I can, I think I can..."  Okay maybe the little train wasn't frantic or ranting. That might just be solely my personal description...either way....
Here's 4 more for the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge!
Can I get a Whoot Whoot???

Bauble #5

I drew inspiration from Linda's tag with the vibrant orange, pearls, holly leaves, and the word Christmas. 

Bauble #6
I think it's fairly obvious that this entire tag inspired. I love the use of gingham, the cardinal, the snowflake and the earthy toned ribbon.  

Bauble #7
Linda's glorious tag 7 and my rendition
Well this was a difficult ornament to photograph to show the detail, but I've made 4 poinsettias and placed them in various places on the surface. As a filler I've used gold and white mesh and glued it on to fill the voids. A few leaves of pine are added and the word joy as I found all these elements on Linda's tag to be my inspiration.

Bauble #8
and last of this set...
Linda's tag 8 and my rendition
Inspiration for this ornament was the blue background, snowflakes and the red and green on Santa.  I used the red gingham and green bell and greenery to emulate those colors.

Okay, off I go again to finish up the last 4 in the set...BUT...if you're interested in joining in, Linda has extended the deadline AND added two extra super fun elements, so definitely check it out.  This challenge is hosted by Linda's blog The Funkie Junkie and the prizes for The 12 Tags of Christmas comes from her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks again for your visit and words of encouragement!!
Hugs to you and happy crafting...
Lisa x

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bauble Decor & Fisher Price of Yore

 Oh my goodness...I'm finally back to blogging and I couldn't be happier!
I can't believe how difficult it was to get back into the groove and despite the fact that I was so excited to get moved, unpacked and settled in to the new craft room, my gosh...I felt lost. 
I couldn't remember where I put anything, forgot to set up a place for my cutter machine to connect to the computer, chair won't slide on the carpet, so I nearly broke my neck when the damn thing flipped backwards, but I'm getting the hang and it can only get better from here...right??? 
However, despite my near paralysis I couldn't wait to get started on my third year of participating in the 12 Tags of Christmas that Linda Coughlin hosts through her blog and store, The Funkie Junkie and

Bauble #1
Here is Linda's tag 1 and my rendition.
 What I found inspiring on her tag was the obvious snowy pattern and the little heart and bow accompaniment and the chalkboard appeal.  
The texture of my bauble was created by folder embossing metal tape and layering it on the ornament. (Thank you Mitra for introducing me to that fabulous and versatile tape!)

Bauble #2

Here is Linda's tag 2 and my rendition.
I drew inspiration from the grayish-blue hue in the background, the mesh underneath her stars, the stars themselves, the deer and the trees.  

Bauble #3
Comparing side by side, Linda's gorgeous tag 3 with my rendition.
I drew inspiration from Linda's tag with her use of the golden stars, the three Wise Men that are on their journey and the very faint exposure of musical scores in the background.  I picked up from Linda's tag as the Wise Men were journeying and my bauble shows their arrival and presenting the Baby Lord Jesus with their offerings.

Bauble #4
Linda's sensational tag 4 and my rendition.
I drew inspiration from the burlap squares, the gingham bows and the greenish-blue color as well as the metal embellishments and snowy white flickers of paint.

It's become a tradition with me to participate in this event and if you'd like to see my first year's makes, click here and second year, click here.
I'm so late getting started, but I will hurry to finish the entire 12 by the deadline!!
Thank you again Linda for the inspiration and holiday cheer :)

I'm so happy you stopped in and I hope you've enjoyed your visit.
Biggest of hugs to you and happy crafting...
Lisa x

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Thing About Fans Is....

 Hello there again!!
I have an odd one to share today. Well, for me that might be the norm, but I hope this one is actually useful for you or at least gets some ideas rolling for Christmas gifts or potential crafty sales.  
I found these fan blades at a local thrift shop last year for $2 bucks and they sat and sat as I pondered what the heck to do with them. 

So far the cost has been $15 total and I still have 2 blades to go.
I'd love your constructive opinions about these and any ideas to give me for the last 2 I've still got to complete.

Thanks SOOOO much for your visit and I hope you've enjoyed your time here.
Hugs n' Happy Crafting to you!
Lisa x

Friday, October 4, 2013

Autumn's Chair.....

 Hello and a very warm welcome to you!
It's been quite awhile since I've crafted anything as we're in the midst of getting ready to move, but when I saw this challenge at Moxie Fab World...WOW....I think the trigger picture speaks for itself.

What isn't there to love about this vintage hair clip adorned with the most breathtaking porcelain flowers in Autumn colors?  The back drop of the white bowl truly shows off the intricate details.

 I was so inspired by it all as the shape of the combs made me think of a wooden lawn chair.  This shabby chic piece of jewelry made me think of my great-grandmother and therefore I created a project that represented where she might have enjoyed spending her time, her love of flowers and most importantly, her love of family.
If you're inspired by this, there's still time to play until Sunday!
Chair and flowers were all cut on the Silhouette Cameo
It was so nice to actually craft something, but I had the most fun sharing it with you.
Hope this finds you all doing well and looking forward to the weekend!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting....
Lisa xx
Thanks so much for your visit :)

Other Challenges Intended for This Project:
Frilly and Funkie- Colors of Autumn (Include Leaves)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

'Tis Almost the Season...

 If you're in need of some more adorable inspiration for Christmas cards, then I hope these cuties will do the trick. 
Here is a sampler of Rick St. Dennis' Candlelight.  She is one the newest stamps available over at
I was given the wonderful opportunity to play around with two more stamps and here are my projects I hope inspire you for the holidays.

Following the incredible tutorial here over at PaperHaus Magazine, I've created a handmade canvas using this cutie for a holiday decoration.

and on to decorating the canvas

 What's this???
 Homemade paste with the credit going to this post here!
Alongside my homemade stencils made on the Cameo Silhouette cutter.

Still following PaperHaus

A little fun with her garments...
Using Cotton Crinoline from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Finished project with Mrs. Claus on a canvas
and still another project with lots of pictures...

I decided to create a little birdhouse with this cutie.

Finished Christmas Birdhouse Ornament...

Jingle's Little Home...

I hope if you needed some mojo that this post has helped you.  Thank you goes to all the crafty people that have shared their recipes and techniques with me as well.
Happy crafting, coloring, stamping, and creating to you!
Lisa x
p.s...Please don't forget to check out Rick's newest (and there's tons others I didn't show you too) at 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Outhouses and Friends....

I have somehow managed to equate friendships to the importance of outhouses....
They each help carry the load!
Which is why when I saw this image from Rick St. Dennis' Etsy store, I knew it had to be on a card.
Here is the wonderful image Big SuR Outhouse 2013.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit and my humor. ;)
hugs n' happy stamping...
Lisa x

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nap Time...

I'm speaking of naps, but not because these are babies, but did you see what the Kewpies are subjecting the baby too??  ICK!  
Political Economy and Algebra?? Total nap time for me!

However, despite my lack of interest in these subjects, I do love this vintage image from
Here it is colored up in copics
 And here it is on a card....
 The entire collection
I enjoyed your visit so much and big hugs to you!
Lisa x

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Intimidation Tag....

Know anyone who tampers with the gifts under the tree before Christmas? 
Guilty as charged!! 
I'm horrible and should be on 24/7 watch during the holidays.  
I can't help it.  The pretty bows and paper and tiny tags...just too stinking cute!

So who better to keep me at bay than this incredibly intimidating Santa from Rick St. Dennis.
Here is You Want WHAT on a tag.
So go ahead and swing by Rick's Etsy store and snag you up this awesome image and get started on the Christmas shopping and wrapping early.
SO happy you stopped in for a visit.
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx

*Extra Supplies used:
Copic Markers 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rick's Newsletter and Freebie Weekend, again!!! :)

 Freebie Bad Bitsy
Colored with Copic Markers

Here are a couple of cheeky images from Rick St Dennis MFA.

"Now, if you are a subscriber to Rick's Newsletter, you will have received this gorgeous pair of angels, well Bitsy isn't showing her best side right this moment, but she looks like an angel when asleep. Buddy on the other hand looks like your typical teacher's pet. 
Both images will be available in Rick's Etsy shop shortly.
If you're not already a subscriber to the Newsletter, why not? A couple of new images a month for free from Rick and a heads up on all the up and coming events. All it takes is to send an email to Rick with your email address in the text. For more information, it's available on Rick's blog. There will be no more freebies available on the blogs because of the unkind people that share them on Pinterest. It was a hard decision to make but digi theft has become a major concern for many artists, not just Rick. So, if you want to continue benefiting from Rick's generosity, the subscription to the emailed Newsletter is a necessity."

Freebie Buddy
Colored in Derwent Pencils

To see how versatile they are, just checkout my teammates at 

So happy you stopped in for a visit!
hugs from me to you :)
Lisa x