Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentine Swag Bag

Hello everyone, happy to be back here with a fun design team project for The Cutting Cafe. As most know here in the U.S. our 45th president was sworn in earlier today and like all presidential inaugurations I watched it live. Any time there's a new change in American leadership it's always inspiring to watch our seamless transition of power. Something I believe all Americans everywhere can be proud of! We thank the Obama's for their service and wish the Trump's the very best as they begin their new roles as our President and First Lady.

{the envelope w/heart is from the Mailbox Template...Cutting File}

Okay, moving on to my project which I'm super excited to share. A while back I found a video on You Tube featuring a swag bag. I guess I've been under a rock but it's the first time I'd seen one and was eager to try it. As a pocket letter pal I thought it'd be a fun way to share some happy mail with my pals and to make one for my daughter for Valentine's. This one is for her and I can't wait to give it to her next month. :) I placed the Heart Envelope Shaped Card Template...Cutting File on the front of my bag and for my purposes I used the card base and top envelope layer. It flips open to reveal more hearts which are also included in the file, as well as the small red hearts on the front. I added a pink polka dot magnet bookmark as she's an avid reader. I'll fill her name in on the banner closer to Valentine's. :)

I added a pocket at the bottom and a row of heart washi tape, gifted to me my a Pocket Letter Pal last year, was placed in the middle. A white gel pen and liquid dots finish the inside.

I tucked some crafty goodies my daughter can use for her college scrapbook. Of course closer to time I'll add some Sweet Tarts and her favorite chocolate bar. Candy is a must at Valentine's Day, right!?!

I used another file, Layered Stitched Hearts, to create a heart base for my wand. 

I attached the large stitched heart to a paper straw and added two Heidi Swapp gold foil hearts which I altered with distress ink, a pink glitter foam heart, and a cupid cut from red glitter paper. The cupid is from Silhouette's online store and I outlined my heart with liquid pearls, added an ephemera banner that says 'I love you' and popped up a heart shaped paper doily behind it. I'll attach a chocolate heart on the back for her to enjoy. 

The Cutting Cafe

That's my project share for the 21st DT post which will be up on The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow. Be sure to visit to see the many creative Valentine's Day projects by my DT buddies. If you leave a comment on that post you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. Regina will announce the winner on Feb. 7th. 

Thanks for the visit today, I have more swag bags to share next week right here on my blog as well as my outgoing/incoming pocket letters for November and December. Unfortunately with the busy holiday season I am terribly late in sharing those. 

Have a great weekend, wherever you are.
Lisa xx

Friday, January 6, 2017

Clean and Simple with The Cutting Cafe

Hello again!
I'm back as promised with two cards created for The Cutting Cafe's January 7th design team post. Regina asked us to create clean and simple cards with a solid background using the 


which are filled with wonderful greetings for every occasion. A simple assignment but as it turns out CAS isn't that easy. Some folks make it look that way but I admit I felt a bit like a fish out of water. I kept wanting to add something to each card. On the card above I embossed the front, die cut a mini globe and backed it with blue cardstock and added a black panel behind my greeting. 

For this card I used 'The sky's the limit' greeting and went with die cut clouds, a 3D kite with twine string and 3 rub on butterflies by Tim Holtz. I was going to stop there but felt the greeting needed something extra so I added some faux stitching. 

By taking a key word out of each greeting and using the 'clean and simple' style you could make several cards to have at the ready. In fact, that's exactly what I did but since some of them are for those who read my blog I'm not going to share them just yet. 

You can see all of the inspiration for these printable stamps sets tomorrow on The Cutting Cafe's blog. On a personal note, I want to congratulate Regina on becoming a new grandmother to Zoe Lani Easter! I know you are going to be a FABulous grandma!!! 

I'm off to enjoy lunch with my darling daughter and continue our Midsomer Murders binge watching while the snow falls softly outside our window. 

Have a great weekend and stay safe on the roads, wherever you are. :)
Lisa xx

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A is for Anything Christmas, B is for Things Beginning with 'B'

A - Anything Goes
B - Things Beginning with 'B'

My first post for 2017 is a design team project for ABC Christmas Challenge. There are new challenge rules this year so be sure to check the challenge blog. My card features an image by one of our sponsors, Sami Stamps. 


  Image result for sami stamps sponsor


Both sponsors are offering gift certificates to their online shops.

Helen also has a nice prize for the lucky winner.

On my card I used the Waiting for Santa image and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. 

I decided to turn some of the greenery into poinsettias on the garland, a bit of a twist on this image. I added a chipboard number '24' to the left side and a dotted ribbon behind it. I cut my red card base at 4.25" x 5.25", layered a green panel on top and Scotch foam tape provides some dimension. 

The challenge runs from today, the 1st Wednesday of the month, until the last day of January so you have plenty of time to play along. You can choose either 'A' or 'B' and we look forward to seeing your creations. I love the sponsor's image and if you like it as well be sure to visit Sami Stamps

Thanks for the visit today, to view more inspiration visit the challenge blog to see the creations my teamies made. I'll be back on Friday with another design team post so I'll see you then. 

Happy New Year,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2017 Time to Shine!

Hello I'm back with a DT project for The Cutting Cafe using two New Year printable sets. It's hard to believe we are nearly out of 2017 but honestly I'm glad to see 2016 go. Other than the birth of our grandson in September it has been a stressful year with the worst election cycle in American history. I'm ready to turn the page!

One of the milestones we'll celebrate next year as a family is our daughter's graduation from college in May. This card was made for her and 2017 will be her year to shine. :)

I used the New Years Sentiments Printable Set for the circular greeting and the banner. A laser snowflake was given a base coat of red acrylic paint and I added Christmas Stickles by Ranger for some sparkle along with a red gem in the center. Basic Grey's plaid dp from the Jovial collection is a nice background for it and adds a festive flair. Both of us love plaid so it will make her happy when she receives it. Two narrow red strips were added and I popped the circular greeting up on Scotch dimensional foam tape. The banner sentiment was also in the same file and both of these were printed with my home printer from a PDF file. There are several sentiments included in this file and you can easily mass produce cards to give at New Year's using this simple design. 

Next up is an old/new project...

Perpetual Calendar project from January 2016

This is a project which I first shared earlier this. I created a perpetual calendar using Graphic 45's Time to Flourish, staples, book box and the fabulous tutorial by G45 Special Projects Designer, Annette Green. I'll include the link to my blog post in case you'd like to see what the monthly cards look like and the link to Annette's tutorial. I have truly enjoyed my calendar this year!!! 

The new year is rolling around though and I needed small monthly calendars for 2017. Fortunately Regina, Owner and Designer at TCC, had me covered!  

Using the 2017 Calendar Printable Set I printed off the sheet with all the months (1.5" size) on white Neehah 65lb. cardstock. My paper trimmer made quick work of cutting the individual months and the corner rounder by We R Memory Keepers (.25") provided a nice rounded edge. I have to say that I prefer these to the calendar pack I purchased last year as they fit better on the month card and allow you to see more of the pretty paper underneath. There are various sizes available in the file as well as circular tags which are great too. Be sure to click the link to see what is available in this large file for all of your calendar needs.  

For all of you Cafe lovers be sure to check out the design team inspiration on TCC blog tomorrow, the 21st, to start 2017 off on a creative note. If you leave a comment on the DT post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from The Cutting Cafe.
Winner will be announced there on the 7th of January by Regina.
Good Luck!

Merry Christmas!!!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Y' is for Yikes and 'Z' is for Zoooooom

Y or Z, it's your pick!

Yikes as in only a few weeks left
(I'll make 10 cards/items of the same)
Zoooooom! Zooming around one ice skates/skis or in a car/truck to buy your Christmas tree.
{must be Christmas themed but interpret how you will}

I'm sharing another project that I created with 3 printable sets from The Cutting Cafe, in case you saw my previous post, as my inspiration for my ABC Christmas Challenge DT post. During this busy time of the year we're all looking for a few shortcuts, literally, and most of us are busy multi tasking. In the U.S. it's crazy time here and while I'm on that note boy would I like a word with Abraham Lincoln. He's the president that made Thanksgiving a federal holiday on the last Thursday of November. While I'm all for giving thanks does it have to be within a month, sometimes less, of Christmas. It makes for a very busy holiday season and I vote we move Thanksgiving. 
Anybody with me??? Anybody? Okay, moving on....

I do have some news to share first...on a sad note teamie Lorraine C is leaving us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Lorraine has been such an inspiration and she'll be greatly missed! Please drop by her blog and leave her some love. Best Wishes Lorraine!!!
Now for my other news....CHANGE is coming to ABC Christmas Challenge and it starts with this challenge. Samantha's the co-owner of the challenge blog and she decided last fall that we should shake things up a bit in 2017. She's starting with the December challenge to get everyone in the groove so click the challenge blog link to read all about it! 

Now for my DT project for ABC 
 Using printable sets from The Cutting Cafe I upcycled a Starbucks jar for my Chief Elf, Bernard (aka my daughter). It's filled with Hershey's Kisses and I'll tuck it into her stocking. I miss the days when she was home and helped me with the decorating, wrapping, baking......I digress. Life has a way of marching on doesn't it. Below is a list of the printable sets I used to create this jar.

I upcycled another jar to hold sweet treats for Santa
using the same chevron printable set and the tag can be found here.
I painted each lid with black gesso then gave it a coat of chalkboard paint. On this jar I cut a piece of white felt and placed it over the opening of the jar then screwed the lid on and added ribbon around the edge. A white Faber-Castell Pitt pen helped me write a message on the top. I have 8 more jars to create so I'll change up each one using a different chevron pattern (several are included) and I'll mix and match the tags too. These will go to folks I like to pass on handmade candies/cookies to during the holiday season. It's a win-win in my book as I spared a few jars from the landfill and brightened their day with sweet treats. :)

Our sponsor for this challenge is The East Wind

Prize is 3 Digital Images 

I hope you'll play along with us during the month of December and remember to visit Lorraine C and wish her well in her new crafty endeavors. Plus check out all of the fun projects my teamies created for our 'Y' and 'Z' Challenge. A big thank you to all of you who do join us throughout the year and leave comments for us. Your support and encouragement mean the world to us!!!

Merry Christmas!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cookies for Santa

Hello Everyone!

Are you looking for an idea to upcycle a jar for gift giving this holiday season? Great! I have some inspiration for you featuring quick printouts from The Cutting Cafe. I used the Christmas Chevron Printable Set and the Christmas Gift Tags to dress up jars that I'll give sweet treats in. One happens to be for Santa and the other is for my Chief Elf, Bernard (aka my daughter). She'll be home on Friday and I can't wait!!!!!! 

{the Christmas Gift Tags, shown on right, include 14 tags}

You can see my second project here which is filled with her favorite candy, Hershey's Kisses, while the other jar will hold Santa's favorite cookies. ;) The tall jar on the left is actually a sneak peek for my ABC Christmas Challenge DT project which will post early tomorrow so check that post for those details. Each lid received a coat of chalkboard paint and I wrapped each one with the printed chevron pattern. 

My creative teamies have a ton of inspiration to share with you tomorrow on The Cutting Cafe's blog featuring upcycled jars and cans. Remember, before you throw that jar out and it ends up in a landfill somewhere think about altering it for gift giving. Also, if you choose to comment on the DT post over at TCC's blog you'll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS. The winner will be announced on December 21st by Regina.

See ya soon!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

X is for Criss Cross

X is for Criss Cross

Hello everyone!
I'm sharing my design team card for ABC Christmas Challenge today and I'm hosting back to back challenges. There was a bit of confusion about the last challenge so we decided to simplify it and glad we did. There were so many wonderful entries that it was hard to choose the Winner and Top 3. Be sure to check out that post to see if you are one of the lucky ones! As for this challenge all you need to do is criss cross something to create an X. :)

Our sponsor for the 'X' challenge is Fred She Said


Prize is a $10.00 gift certificate to the lucky winner.

This was the easiest card ever and most likely was prompted by the fact that I was trying to pack and get ready to travel for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I used a dimensional chalkboard sticker as the focal point and sentiment of my card and the "Criss Cross" comes in with the silver metallic twine I used to create a big 'X" under the sticker. This is a basic card (4.25" x 5.5") with a white base and red glitter panel on top. I chomped the four corners of glitter panel with We R Memory Keepers stub punch and it went together in less than 5 minutes. Note: I pre-cut solid color bases to A2 size so I always have those ready to go which is a huge time saver. All I had to do is cut and chomp the red panel, add the dimensional sticker, twine and voila! 

Be sure to check out the challenge post at ABC Christmas Challenge to view all of the inspiration by the design team. For those of us here in America we'll celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow so I want to wish all of my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. 


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