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