Sunday, March 31, 2013

Care For a Tall One??

Nope, sorry...I don't mean the frothy kind, but these absolutely adorable TALL cards that come from The Cutting Cafe!  Regina has blown my mind again with her creativity and I hope the cards speak for themselves when I say, these were a blast to make!!
The whole gang all together...
Each card comes with accessories and sentiments and even envelopes to accommodate  
The papers are from Stampin' Up! the Kewpie Dolls are from a stamp set I've had for years and the flowers were all handmade with a little baker's twine and White Opal Liquid Pearls to embellish. These sentiments are stamps from Verve Stamps.
And here are the tall envelopes I told you about...

I know you're already thinking of ways to decorate your own, so swing on by The Cutting Cafe and take a look at all the other inspiration from my teammates and here are the direct links to the cards you've seen here.

Thank you very much for your visit and
Happy Easter!
Hugs n' Happy Cutting,
Lisa x

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Say Cheese!!

The Cutting Cafe is the place to be for the best templates, cutting files and printable sets because take a look at this adorable Polaroid camera that Regina designed!!  Here's my project complete with a picture.
You can design the camera just by itself, or...
Regina also includes these fabulous polaroid photo templates that leave the imagination wide open.  
Here I've included a stamped image from Stampin' Ups! Little Friends set.

Here's just a sneak peek at the files available with this set from The Cutting Cafe

Thank you for your visit today and I hope you're doing well. 
Hugs n' Happy Cutting,
Lisa x

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lid or Plaque???

It's a beautiful Spring day here with balmy temperatures just below freezing and gorgeous flowers blooming below the buckets of snow in the yard!  I had hoped to post this earlier today, but we've just recovered from a 3 1/2 hour power outage, so here it finally is.  I wish I wasn't so dependent upon electricity and heat, but alas it's finally back on and we're (snow day for the kiddos) happily thawing out together.  Once power returned I was able to hug my little silhouette and smile upon it as it went busily to work helping me create the decorations for this box cover.

Here is the original wooden box lid that I've decided to salvage and revamp.  It was a holder for Celtic stamps; which now have a new home and the box was too cool, but needed a new purpose. :)

Here's the cutouts that Ms.Cameo finished up for me and they are all part of the challenge happening over at Our Creative Corner which is Music and Kraft cardstock that I couldn't pass up!  Viola, here's the Kraft pieces drying from their Gesso bath and you'll also notice the elements of musical notes.

Do you like my miniature antique wash board?  The entire project actually evolved from this very first piece.  I was on Pinterest and saw some neat ideas for decorating a laundry room and saw one of these in someone's vintage room and wondered if I could make a miniature...and I did! Very simple design to create on the silhouette and using Kraft paper, I cut out each section 4 times to add layering for thickness.  The metal of the washboard is actually white corrugated cardboard purchased from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and I've aged it with the faux patina technique.

Close-up of the music sheet flowers with Kaiser brad centers and each piece of foliage has been embossed with the musical folder.

 The bridge of piano keys flowing across the washboard and little musical notes flitting across the top.
Had to add the little bird as well because I love them. They have absolutely nothing to do with laundry, but if you sit outside with a nice cool glass of tea and begin to watch them, they can monopolize quite a bit of your time and therefore aid in the procrastination of said laundry task...always a plus in my book!
Okay, so here's how the laundry and the bird and the music notes all tie in together. I just love this sentiment from Berthold Auerbach. 
 Get it? Washes away = laundry...LOL! 
 If it was the last thing I did, I was going to make this washboard fit onto something with a symbolic meaning. I think I made it work just fine.

Here's the lid decorating the actual box in its original state.  I'm debating whether to close off the back of the lid and make it a wall plaque and then use the box base for another plaque or keep them together.   
What's your opinion?
Thanks so much for sticking around to get this far and I really and truly appreciate your time, visits and comments.
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Other Fabulous Challenges I would love to enter:
Sugar Creek Hollow - An Altered State

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Your Imagination Will Do....

Hello to you and thank you so much for stopping in!
I needed a little break from making cards and once I saw the fantastic challenge from my blog buddy Sue over at Our Creative Corner, I couldn't wait to play.  Let's just say that this was NOT my first attempt, nor my second, OR my's my fourth attempt at producing an inspirational piece using the requirements a) must be a square and b) must use analogous colors.  My focal color is medium blue and the supporting colors of light blue, green and light green. Neutrals are allowed, so I opted for white as mine.
  I actually LOVE my crackled background! I finally realized that the crackle I was using was a medium and needed a top layer to actually crack! Holy moly...all those other times I just sat and waited forever and no cracks. I tell ya'..glasses are a great thing! 
Thank you to Mitra for the perfect blank canvas that served as the base.  The fabulous square flowers are from the awesome tutorial by Jeanne.  SO CUTE!  The sentiment comes from Create With TLC and the Peter Pan silhouette digi. They were applied using the Mod Podge Transfer method.

Hope you like it!!
That was truly a blast of a challenge so I hope you hop over to check it out :)
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx

Challenges I would love to enter:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Child's Play (Peter Pan digital image)
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything But a Card

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday's ROFL...

I hope this finds you all doing well and at least a bit better than the poor subject in my card!  I'm hosting for the next two weeks at Top Tip Tuesday and the theme I've chosen is ROFL. I'd love to see your humorous and quirky cards. We sure would love a great laugh so please come visit and make us LOL or Roll On the Floor Laughing!  This hilarious image is from QKR Stampede titled, One Of Those Days.  The card was designed using the current Mojo Monday sketch and the elements I've used (newspaper, crossword puzzles and toilet paper) are all items you'd find in the 'throne room.'
Thanks so much for popping in!
Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa xx

Monday, March 11, 2013

He Has Risen and There's Candy in the Yard!!!

Easter Sunday is one of my favorite times of the year. Growing up, our church always had the best sermons and music and the alter was always FILLED with Easter Lilies.  After the service was over, all the little kids, myself included, would head to the front of the church, boys in their suits and girls in their little frilly dresses and shiny shoes, to pick out one potted Lily for our moms.  I remember my eyes widening as I scanned the mass of beautiful flowers, waiting to find JUST the perfect one.  As I got a little older, I got smarter and started scanning from the pew during the sermon.  When the pastor would call us down, boy oh boy, did ruffles go flying as I zoomed down the aisle, my eyes honing in on the one I'd already pre-selected! 
Years later when I got married, my husband and I decided on April and when we were making the arrangements, we asked the pastor if he would mind keeping up the flowers from the Easter Service. He was more than happy to comply and viola, beautiful alter already decorated and WOW what a cost saver!
 Just a tip for those possibly thinking about about weddings. 
So in honor of this wonderful holiday, I've had the pleasure of making an Easter card that represents my second favorite element...Chocolate and Easter Egg Hunt!!  As you can see, there's no chocolate eggs here, per say...I didn't want it misconstrued that they might not be eggs.... ;)
Thank you to Regina from the Cutting Cafe for providing the DT with the adorable files.
Here's what I've used for my card:
The file also comes with sentiments and accessories!!
So hop on over to the Cutting Cafe and check out the wonderful makes from my teammates and be sure to see ALL the amazing cut files that Regina has for Easter. Remember, you don't need to have a cutting machine to make these, they are easily hand cut as well. 

Hugs n' Hoppy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cupcake Camp KC

 Hello there!
So what do you do when it's raining outside and you'd rather not clean? 
You crochet miniature cupcakes for key chains!!!  Right??? 
Here's a little sneak peek at what I'll have for sale in April at Cupcake Camp KC. All proceeds of my booth will be going to this wonderful cause and I just wanted to make a little post about it to help spread the word. If you live in the area or have someone you know who does, or would just like to help by donating, I've included the link above and below by just clicking on the photograph.  Please feel free to post the image on your side bar if you'd like also.  
I'm only a little bitty part of this wonderful event. There are going to be local cupcake shops and bakeries competing for a cupcake bake off and tons of yummy cuppy cakes to taste, fun activities for kids, raffle tickets and well...tons more and it's ALL for the KIDS!
Facebook link also is here

I'm no expert at this crocheting stuff. My wonderful grandmother taught me how and I am SOOO far from her level of expertise, but if you like these little cupcakes, here is the pattern I designed for these cuties. 
These are not decorated fully yet, but the sky is the limit on how you choose to embellish them.

Cupcake Base (fine yarn)
 *Chain 4, connect with a slip stitch, chain 1
*Going to inside of the circle, crochet 8 single crochets inside the ring, join ends with a sl st and then chain 1
* Single crochet in all previous 8 chains, end with a sl st and then chain 2
* Dbl crochet in each of the 8 chains (twice) ; 2 dbl chains inside each of the 8 previous chains; connect dbl chains at the end with a sl st and then chain 1.
* Single chain all the way around to add the finishing top to your 16 chains; secure with a knot to end off.

Cupcake Top (heavier yarn)
*Chain 4, connect with a sl st, ch 1 (to form circle)
*Going inside the circle single crochet 8 times around, sl st ends and chain 1
* Going inside the circle again, single crochet 8 more times around, sl st ends, chain 2
* Going inside the circle again, single crochet 8 more times around, sl st ends, ...
- You can finish off the top here with a knot or continue single crocheting to get the size you need for a rounded cupcake top OR
- Loops for the cupcake fringe/icing
*Chain 1 and single crochet into next chain
*Chain 3 and single crochet into next chain
repeat pattern until you have a scallop around the base of the cupcake top and end off with a knot.

*For a handle, make ribbon loop and pull it through the top of the cupcake center with hook and seal with hot glue.
*Placing the cupcake base to the top, sew with thread and needle to each other until 3/4 way attached.
*Place filler inside of cupcake until desired "puffiness"
*Continue sewing until pieces are fully attached and seal off with a knot.
*Decorate the 'icing' however you wish 
- Add pins for a shirt decoration for a birthday party or key rings for a key chain or however you wish.

Hugs n' Happy Crocheting and Thanks so much for stopping in 
and thank you if you decide to help share this information. :)
Lisa xx

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's true...I do

If I haven't said it in awhile, I do...I really do!  :)
Attempting to put four challenges together on one card, here's the sweet little image Going Up from Mo's Digital pencil colored in copics as she soars through the sky with her endearing sentiment.  I had the best time making this card along side the designers at Catered Crop and a huge thank you goes out to them for selecting one of my cards as their winning recipe.  The current recipe is to Frame It! I am also playing along in the Cupcake Inspirations 200 Blog Hop.  Unbelievable amounts of  'GASP..that's gorgeous' from all the DTs and this card is being paired up with the #5 cupcake inspiration photo.
Something about the simplicity of the design and the amazing colors together really caught my eye. 
 I also filled this card with love; fitting for the task at ABC Challenge, I for In Love.  Lastly, but not least, this all came together with the sensational help from Cardabilities Sketch #70.  
So many thanks for your visit and very sweet comments.
Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Balloon Day...

Oh happy day! It's Tuesday and another challenge has opened up at Top Tip Tuesday with the fun theme of Up, Up and Away!  We're looking for cards that have rockets, airplanes, balloons, hot air balloons, etc. You name it. If it goes into the air, we'd love to see it.  Thanks to one of our fabulous new sponsors, Zlatoena, I've created this birthday card with Rabbit Traveler - Air plane
He's colored in copics and flying high in his paper pieced plane. A few clouds, red balloon, and  little puffs of cotton ball smoke from the engine.  Sentiment is from Create With TLC.
So stop on by and say hello and when you submit your entry, you'll be in the running for prizes from Zlatoena and Crimson Cloud.
Thanks so much for your visit,
hugs and happy stamping...
Lisa x

Monday, March 4, 2013

Finally...An Alarm Clock I Like

Time is ticking down to the day of adorning yourself in hues of green, taking the "kids" ['cause you know you REALLY want one] through the McDonald's drive thru for a green milkshake, kissing the ones you love and hopefully...finally finding that ever elusive pot o' gold!
In the meantime, the lovely and talented crew at The Cutting Cafe are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day and by golly do we have a lineup for you.  Here is my card for your inspiration. 
I've used the following sets:  


Swing on by the Cutting Cafe 
and if you're in a 'pinch' for some great St. Patty's Day ideas, 
the cafe is the place to be. 

Hugs n' Happy Cutting,
Lisa xx