Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Itty Bitty Birdy Canvas

Do you Nicecrane?
If you don't, let me introduce you to his fabulous images!
This precious little pair of yellow birds have taken up residents on this handmade alarm clock.
where imagination has no limits...

Ignacio's latest image releases are Birds and Blossoms I  and II

I decided I'd make a small collage that showcased most of his images.  
Here is the centerpiece I created.

Another pair of Nicecrane Design birds perched on a swing branch.

2 other sets of the collage. 
The collage consists of 9 individual handmade canvases that each measure 4.5" x 3.5"

Newspaper on the left with silhouettes and my attempt at mixed media on the right.

The final collage all put together.

Such a peaceful scenery and perfect for my anticipation of Spring and warmth!!
Again I thank you so much for your visit...
You're THE best!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting....
Lisa x

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I May Have a Little Problem....

According to Webster's Dictionary a hobby implies "an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure."  Similarly, an addiction is referred to as "the condition of being habitual, dedicated, or devoted to a substance, thing, or activity"....
Are you seeing where I'm going with this???
It was like the time we got our dehydrator and I couldn't stop extracting the moisture from food.   Apples, bananas, grapes, pineapple, deer meat, green beans, mango, turkey, mushrooms.  Well, you get the idea.  It was so insane, the family staged an intervention and turned me on to rotisserating instead.  OMG...love that machine too!

   I really thought I had myself under control. 
 I wasn't going to fall victim again. No more weaknesses.
I'm strong, dangit.  I'm strong!!
And then there was Regina....  

She came out with these new cut files that sent my salivary glands into overload and as soon as I downloaded the files, I was a flower making fool for DAYS!!
I actually went to bed one night at 9:30 and was up at midnight because I couldn't stop thinking about the endless possibilities.  Stayed up the whole night and all the next day, cutting, crimping, distressing, folding, gluing and having a blast!

I'm proud to say that I was able to reign in my obsessive compulsive behavior and call it quits (for now anyway) at 22 sheets of flowers.
Oh but where to keep some of these cuties??
YEAH...it's recycling and repurpose time!!

 Mod Podge did the task of disguising this Dell box with vintage sheet music and a die cut flourish I cut on the Silhouette cutter that aided in showing off this groovy glass knob I received from a blog buddy Mitra.

Next a painting of Gesso applied and then some groovy leaves from the cutting machine and a few swipes of Washi tape for decor.
I added some of the gorgeous flowers from my latest and greatest addiction, The Cutting Cafe, and then a fabulous clock piece from another very sweet blog buddy. :)
Here's a view of the backside where I cut out hinges on the Silhouette machine and then added pearls.  The original box lid covered the entire base box, but by cutting the back section off and making a few adjustments, I now have a box that opens on hinges.

Flowers up close....


                    And more flowers up close!
And a side view too.
Here it is again closed and then...

Viola...jam packed with the most fun flower sets I've ever used!!!
Okay, so maybe I have a little problem...
but I'm totally okay with it!!

Hugs to you and thank you SO SO SO much for your visit!!!
I very much enjoyed my time with you.
Happy Crafting...
Lisa xxx

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gotham Baby Blocks

 Hello, hello, hello!!
I just finished making my project for The Cutting Cafe and I had the terrific help of my son too.
Here is Fun With Blocks and our creation.
This started out with the blocks spelling Grayson and when my son walked into the room I had a giraffe standing by the G, a rainbow over the R and etc...you know, all cutsie for a baby boy, but....
that's when he explained to me that they are naming their son Grayson after the character Dick Grayson aka Robin from the movie Batman.
All the cutsie stuff came off and this became the replacement creation.
Even includes the Riddler's question mark
Does't Robin look so dashing as a super-hero sidekick sitting on this superb block?
Nothing like having to dismantle a project 1/2 way through, but the time was well spent with the boy and I think we ended up making a cute room decor for little Grayson.
Thank you so much for your visit and your time!!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Will you?

I can't feel my toes and my spine feels like fluid.  Can you take one guess what I've been doing? Shoveling!!
 Winter is definitely here and in one day I've already met my personal quota of snow! 
Honest, I'm good...Spring can sprung anytime!! 
A little reprieve from the cold and something that warms my heart is this beautiful cut file from Regina's Cutting Cafe called Valentine Window Card Tops and I've included her wonderful Feb 14 sentiment as well.
I'm late posting this, but there was the issue of frozen fingers trying to type...
Hope you are well wherever you are AND staying warm. :)

Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx