Monday, January 27, 2014

Love in Variations...

You would think that with all the Valentine stuff I've been posting lately that I'm a romantic, but honestly, I'm not. I have a terrible time remembering dates and special occasions and if it weren't for the genius who invented post it notes, I'd forget my own name.  
I may not agree with being forced to smother your special squeeze with over sized teddy bears and aid in their eventual diabetes with the mammoth box of chocolates on one specified day, but I do agree with appreciating them all the time, so I've made cards that can be given year around.  

Flag Love
Simple Flowers
Hearts Abounding
Shabby Chicish
Bicycle Love
Heart Shaped Love
Just a few ideas to share.
Hope you enjoyed them and thank you so much for your visits.
Hugs n' Happy stamping...
Lisa x

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You're Sure Sooee.....

There's love in the air down on the farm and this bit o' bacon, Happy As a Pig, is flaunting his pork butt to prove it!  Come join the fun challenge at Top Tip Tuesday where it's use your 
Favorite Sketch Challenge
 My favorite sketch is from My Creative Sketches and this follows their January sketch. Too cute!!
Thank you so much for your visit and all of your very sweet comments. 
Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa x

Monday, January 20, 2014

Valentine Wheelbarrow

Can you feel it? The lovey dovey ooey gooey mushy kissy stuff is in the air and I'm loving it!  
Here's another super adorable cut file from The Cutting Cafe.  A wheelbarrow heaping with hearts.  It's a CAS style, but speaks volumes.   File used was Wheelbarrow Deliveries; cut file 
 ( Set includes 2 styles of wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow fillers and sentiments) 
Hugs n' Happy Stamping,
Lisa x

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Valentine Sundaes Ornament #5

Okay, I lied...
I said I'd make 8, but I'm afraid I'm stopping at 5 types of ornaments on the tree.
I'm so happy with these, I can't imagine trying to make anything else and I think our tree is stuffed full sufficiently to bring in the holiday o' love.

I wanted to share with you how I made these and they're CHEAP!  Almost everything came from The Dollar Store except for the Washi tape and the red yarn.

I Love You

I bought a set of 5 clear plastic cups for $1 and decided to fill them with my old ribbon cardboard reels.
When you tear the ends off and wrap them in white cardstock, they make the perfect ice cream to fill the cups.
Ribbon was then glued around the top edge and crinkles of brown grocery sack added for the "fudge or chocolate" element.

12 hand made roses were then glued on for the cool whip, a 1/2 of a straw, a cherry "like" topping added and then a love you tag with yarn bow and some word blocks for sentiment and that's that. I also added some alternating strips of Washi tape to outside of the glass for decoration too.

Super light to hang from a tree and I think super cute and fun!




This sundae had a mishap. As I was pushing the ribbon reel down in, I pressed too hard and broke off the stand so I flipped it upside down and created this variation instead.  For those of you Dr.Who fans out there, I rather think it looks like a Valentine Dalek.
Maybe there's a few ideas in here to inspire you to make your own Valentine ornaments.
Hope you've enjoyed your visits and I thank you so much for coming by to check out this post. 
 Have a wonderful day!!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Hugs again,
Ornament #3 - Shadowbox Ornament
Ornament #4 - Birdhouse Ornament

Monday, January 13, 2014

Birdhouse Valentine Ornament #4

Happy Monday!
I accomplished nothing that I had to do, but boy did I procrastinate like a champ and had fun crafting instead.
Here is my Valentine ornament #4 in a set of 8....little birdhouses.

I began with black cardstock and cut 4 houses out and then painted them in white acrylic paint.

Once the acrylic dried, I coated them with crackle.
While the crackle dried, I thought it would be fun to recreate a metal roof for a couple of them so this how I did that.
I used a piece of metal tape that I cut to fit the roof, folder embossed a design and then inked it with Adirondak inks.
Once the ink was dry, I painted on a light wisp of white paint and then filed it off in places for the very old and weathered look.

Birdhouses need little eggs and I didn't have any so I created hot glue dots and then gave the dots a coat of white paint. Once the white was dry a light splatter of baby blue ink added as well. 
 Viola, baby bird eggs.

  Hand rolled roses, little banner cut from the Silhouette machine, a little bit of moss from the Dollar Store and those fabulous pink gems from my blog buddy Mitra; THANK YOU!!  
They look so perfect on these houses.
There are little holes on the top of the roofs so that these can hang from lights and illuminate through the little door and cute!

Thank you so much for all the very sweet comments of encouragement and thank you so much for stopping by.
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wear Cute Boots...

Welcome back to another Cutting Cafe showcase of Regina's beautiful files.
Today I'm showing her precious Rain Boots Shaped Card Template and the Fun With Snowflakes file I've used for the boot pattern.  
How fun is this??  
It's been so dark and dreary here lately that I wanted something lighthearted and playful to hang on my wall that inspired me.  So here it is... my tip for dealing with the drab weather...wear cute boots!! 
 Found this wonderful sentiment on Pinterest and thought it fit perfectly.

Go have a looksie for yourself...
you're gonna be glad you did! :)

Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Friday, January 10, 2014

Shadowbox Ornaments #3

Hello again!
Still on my mission to fill the bare limbs of my once Christmas tree, as it transforms into our family Valentine tree, and I'm back with the third of eight ornament designs.

Here's a couple pictures I took to explain how I made them.
Each starts with a heart box cut from a cutting machine and then a cut heart flourish type frame placed on top.
5 more Valentine shadow boxes ready to get started.

I had the cutting machine cut out several trees, fences and keys to decorate.  I also printed out and fussy cut several vintage Valentine images.
Headed to Lover's Lane ;)

You're Hot!
You're a Dear
I Love You!
 Puppy Love
and lastly...
Squeeze Me!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the visit.
I'm off to finish up my house chores and then watch more Dexter. Good grief, that show is addictive!!

Hugs n' Happy crafting,
Lisa x

Ornament #1 - Vintage Crochet Heart
Ornament #2 - Rosette Silhouette

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rosette Silhouette Valentine Ornament #2

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue,
 but a black silhouette
really says,  "I LOVE YOU!"

As promised, here is the second idea in a set of 8 ornaments for Valentines Day to either use to decorate a tree or to embellish a gift, or whatever your heart desires.

Using the Cameo Silhouette cutting machine, I cut out border strips to form the rosette. 
Second, I cut out doilies to support the rosette.
Thirdly, cut out lovey dovey silhouettes to showcase.
Lastly, an assortment of embellishments like feathers and petals and handmade rolled roses to accompany it all. 

  Each rosette had a pile that looked  
         like this for assembling.  
Inked doily supporting the rosette.
Young Love
Cupid with Arrow
Dancing Couple
 Elegant Couple                                 Cupid with Heart
Kissing Couple
Well that's the second design and I'll be back with the 3rd of 8 very soon.
Thank you so much for visiting me and I hope you're having a crafty day wherever you are!
Hugs n' Happy Inking...
Lisa x

Ornament #1 - Vintage Crochet Heart Ornament

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I'm Naked Over Here....

It's true...bare as bare can be, but it's not me that's nakie, but my Christmas tree! 
I know, I know...I'm those people you see in March that can't stand to take it down.
 I love the concept of bringing nature inside and those soft twinkly warm lights that fill the room with a glow just make me so happy, SO...I've justified keeping it up by altering it for several holidays.

However, I've stripped it down to nothing but its lights and now it's time to dress it up a bit with some lovin'...literally.  I've decided to showcase 8 ornaments that I'll hand make for Valentine's Day as an offering of inspiration. 

#1 Vintage Crochet Heart Ornament

 Using the Cameo Silhouette Cutting Machine, I cut out 12 white cardstock hearts and 6 designer paper hearts and layered 2 white with 1 designer for thickness.

Ink the edges with Old Paper DI, inked the hand made leaves and crocheted 6 twine hearts.

Applied a small section of lace, hand rolled rose and a few buttons for decoration.

Here you can see what the hearts looked like
before I attached tulle and glued them to a crocheted heart.
All together in one happy group.
I promise to take pictures of them on the tree as I go along AND I'll return to bring you 7 more ornament ideas for Valentine's Day for the TREE!
I thank you so much for stopping in to visit. You have no idea how happy you make me :)
Hugs n' Happy Inking...
Lisa x

Hello Handsome...

It's a CAS Challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this fortnight and my fellow teammate has given a brilliant tutorial on bow making and some really great ideas on how to use them.  I thought for my contribution I'd go with a card for a man...a handsome one at that (wink).   A truly very easy card to make too.  Please join us and you'll be in the running for a prize from our sponsor Sweet Stamp Store.

Thank you for your visit!
Hugs n' happy crafting...
Lisa x