Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Winged Things Pocket Letter

{Mini 3 pocket Pocket Letter}

Hello all! 
Yes, it's me...have to confess I don't get to post as much as I'd like these days {months...lol} but real life has been very busy. That's a good thing though, right? Yes it is....making memories with family and friends will always take precedent for me. :) Speaking of friends, I enjoy my "virtual" friends as much as I do those "in real life." I have developed lasting friendships with several of my pals at Pocket Letter Pals, here in the US and abroad, and I love to swap happy mail with them. Back in January I swapped a "winged things" pocket letter with a pal and I'm finally getting around to posting my 3D pocket letter. I did share a sneak peek of it on my Instagram page @lisasnowdy  but here's the full reveal. This one was a fave of mine because I look forward to the return of butterflies and hummingbirds every spring! 

I love the color scheme of Graphic 45's Botanical Tea and the paper collection was perfect as it includes both of my "winged things."

The pretty pleated ribbon at the top was gifted to me a long time ago by a sweet friend, Jeanne Jachna. It's from Stamping Up and I enjoy using it so much, adds a special touch in my opinion. I also added pearl bling to the ribbon and to the pretty punched {MS} butterflies. I cut another hummingbird from a second sheet and layered it on top for a dimensional effect. The paper roses are by Prima and they were the perfect shade of pink and blue.

A wood butterfly was added to a fussy cut butterfly from the paper collection and a twine bow was tied. Glitter alpha stickers spell out "4 Ina" and that's my pals name. She is so sweet! I added chipboard pieces also from the collection and die cut a scroll from Tim's Movesr and Shapers die.

To the spine I added some ephemera and recorded the swap theme and date. A pretty hummingbird chipboard piece and blue/white twine finish it off. 

This was such fun to make and I'm so happy that my pal loved it! 
I'm off to write another blog post to share with you tomorrow of more outgoing pl's I created earlier this year. If I keep this up maybe they'll all make it here before the year is over. ;)

Have a great day, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Egg Carrier Set

We are celebrating Easter a little early on The Cutting Cafe blog today with a variety of design team projects. I asked to work with Regina's fabulous Egg Carrier Set and this is the first of three I am making this month. I'll share the other two once my friends receive them. I plan to fill this one with small cupcake liners and fill  each one with candy for my chocaholic friends. :)

The Cutting Cafe

For this Egg Carrier Set, as I mentioned above, I plan to use it to gift Easter candy so I doubled the handle by adhering the two pieces together for extra strength. The file provides two equal lengths with you can use alone, join together or double as I've done. There are also two sections of fence, a bottom box and top box in this file. It is easy to put together so when cutting my pieces I decided to make three of these and this will be how I gift my Easter happies this year. :) I decorated the outside of the box with wood laser cuts from Target's dollar spot, added one pink paper leaf from my stash and some pearl bling to the pretty butterfly. Striped ribbon tied in a bow was added to each end and completes it. 

I hope you'll give this file a try and as always Regina includes various styles for you to choose from. Here is the single egg carrier she made and I love the way she decorated it.

Designed by Regina Easter
Owner/Designer at The Cutting Cafe

Pop over to TCC and check out all of the wonderful Easter templates...printable stamps...cutting files. You can also find spring themed papers, ribbons, embellishments and more at the sister site, 
The Cutting Cafe Shop. If you leave a comment on the design team post today you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. 

Okay, I am off to finish the other two egg carriers and they'll be up on my blog in early April. 
Thanks for the visit today!

Lisa xx

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Candy Jar

{macaroon photos courtesy of Lisa M. Pace}

Who wouldn't enjoy a candy jar full of delicious, homemade macaroons? 
I'd like to thank my FB pal, Lisa M. Pace, for allowing me to use photos of her fresh baked macaroons. I can't say that I've ever eaten one {much less baked one} but hers are so pretty they inspire me to. :) I placed the macaroons inside a candy jar from the Fun with Jars Printable Set by The Cutting Cafe. This is a fabulous file with various jar designs for creating sweet cards and treats. 

Some of the jar selections included with this file.




There are several sentiments to choose from in this set but I used one from the set below. To see the entire file click on the link above.


The Cutting Cafe

To view more inspiration using fun jars to create sweet treats visit The Cutting Cafe's blog later today. If you leave a comment you'll be automatically entered into a drawing for 3 FREE SETS from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on April 7th.

Have a wonderful, creative day!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

E, F and G at ABC Christmas Challenge

We have a brand new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge that runs the entire month of March. We are on the letters E, F and G and you have the choice to play along with all three letters or combine them as I did on my card. 

E is for Edge
F is for Family
G is for Girl


Prize is a gift certificate to their online store.

Helen is hosting this challenge and she is also offering a prize. 

Set of Sizzix Dies

My edge is snowbanks created from a My Favorite Things die and my family is from the Taylored Expressions stamp set-Penguin Pals.

I colored my background with distress inks and added my heavy snowfall scene by diluting gesso with water then splattering with a paintbrush. The images were stamped with black Archival ink then colored with my new Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils which were gifted to me by my dear friend, Katrin. It is my first experience coloring with them and they're awesome! Thank you for sharing those with me sweetie. :) I love snowy scenes and I created some dimension between my snowbanks with Scotch foam tape. For a little sparkle I added glitter and subtle shading was applied with Copic markers. 

We look forward to seeing your creations. To see more inspiration for our E, F and G challenge visit the link above and check out what my design team mates created. 

Before I close today I'd like to share that on the 22nd of February my mother went home to be with the Lord. I will miss her but I am grateful that her battle with Alzheimer's on this earth is over. It is a disease I would not wish on anyone. I pray for those who suffer with this disease and for the families affected by it. May God bless and comfort each of you!

Thank you for your visit today, it means a lot. 
Lisa xx 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Flip Book

Have you ever made a Flip Book? 
If not, I encourage you to give it a try as they are a lot of fun to make and give. You can visit You Tube or Pinterest and search flip books to see all of the various ways to create one. However I was lucky enough last summer to receive one from a dear friend and I used her book as inspiration for mine today. They're super easy to put together and if you have washi tape in your stash but never use it....well now you have a use for it. :)

On the cover I used Heidi Swapp ephemera from the Sugar Chic collection and ephemera from Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection. I added cardstock stickers, glitter ric rac trim and Thicker's alpha's in two fonts. 

When my friend opened her book this is the page spread she saw. I used a marker to spell her name on the balloons. On the left page I added a pocket  and gave her some decorative gift bags and doilies. A glitter bow, Heidi Swapp bow and star stickers are the decoration for this page. On the opposite page, which functions as a top loading page, I added more ephemera, Heidi Swapp stickers spell out 'for you' which indicates she has something tucked in the large pocket. ;) A 2" circle punch was used to make a notch at the top.

When you flip it this is the next set of pages, there are some stickers I gifted her in the pocket on the left page and the right page is purely decorative. That's a MAMBI chalkboard sticker on the left pocket and on the right I added - glitter butterfly and die cut hearts - some recent crafty happies gifted to me by my pocket letter pals. The Happy Birthday ephemera is from the WP collection which is really a terrific collection. I like it so much I went back to Hobby Lobby and purchased more, why not when you can always use their fabulous coupons. :)

When you flip the right page above you see the middle page and right page. The middle page has a pocket that holds some birthday tags which she can gift to another friend/pal. On the right page I have a place for a gift card and yes it's for coffee. My friend loves coffee so she'll enjoy her happy! The stamps - coffee cup and coffee love - were a gift from another pal of mine and I love them. {Thank You Katrin!} Heidi Swapp stickers - party and enjoy - carry on the birthday theme of my flip book.

When you flip the middle page down this is what you see. I used more ephemera on the bottom flap from Webster's Pages and there's a strip of fun washi tape on it. You can see that I used a circle punch again to create a notch at the top of my page, bottom when folded down. Edge borders are also a nice way to create some interest on your pages. If you click on the photo you can see that on the bottom flap I punched a candle border on the cupcake ephemera. I love adding little touches like this!

This page has a birthday note for my pal behind the Heidi Swapp ephemera. There's washi tape on every page and I loved using some of my stash. 

When the inside is fully opened up it looks like this. Love the great papers and ephemera in the Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently. The cardstock dimensional stickers - candles and EAT CAKE - are by Crate Paper and they were a Tuesday Morning find. :) Celebrate is another Heidi Swapp sticker and I stamped some images on the balloon page as well. Seeing that my friend loves flowers I had to incorporate some of the pretty floral papers from the collection as well. After all, a girl deserves flowers on her birthday!

On the back I stamped a handmade stamp and signed it. 
I'm tickled pink that she loved it and the goodies I tucked inside. 

Playing Along With:

The basic construction for a flip book is easy and very soon I'll be sharing a tutorial for creating flip books on Snapguide. I'll be sure to let you know when I do.

Thanks for checking out my first flip book! 
I'll be back tomorrow with a design team project for The Cutting Cafe.

See you then,
Lisa xx

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine Pocket Letters - Outgoing

I have a sweet post, pardon the pun, to share with you today. I wanted to wait until my Pocket Letter Pal's received their pl's and they have. Unfortunately because I'm still out of town I won't be able to share the letters they made me today but I will before the end of the month. The first one which you see above was created for a group swap at PLP's and went to my friend Joan in New York. 

The 3D rosettes are stickers and I added a die cut glitter heart to the bottom one. The scroll (top left pocket) is a Tim Holtz mover 'n shaker die and I cut it from white foam craft. More foam hearts, by Tim, were also cut from colored foam craft. The arrows are dies by Spellbinders and I used glitter and metallic papers to cut those. The pretty metal angels are by Jo-lee Boutique.

The next pocket letter went to my pal in Germany, Katrin. We swapped a coloring page pl and gifted each other some colored pencils. I added some 3D embellishments to the front which she can leave on it or use in future projects. 

The little toadstools and ladybugs came from Michael's. The die cut clouds are a Taylored Expressions die and I added a doily at the top that was gifted to me by a previous pal. The die cut hearts are the same as above, Tim's Mover & Shakers dies. I used 1/8" red glitter foam and they add some sparkle. :) 

Before I close I want to wish my mom a very Happy 81st Birthday!!!

Hope each of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day if you celebrated the holiday. 
Have a great weekend, wherever you are.

Lisa xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine Loaded Envelope


Yesterday here in the U. S. we celebrated Valentine's Day and I want to share my first take on the loaded envelope concept. I discovered them on You Tube and I knew I wanted to make one with a Valentine theme. It is chock full and as you'll see the goodies and handmade embellishments spilled over. ;) This is a photo heavy post so let's get started. You can see the front of my loaded envelope above and here is what the back looks like below.

{more on it later}

The base of my loaded envelope is a kraft clasp 6 x 9 envelope. I removed the silver clasp and decorated the front and back with Echo Park's Yours Truly paper collection. I bought the set that came with matching cardstock stickers and I love it. Some of my favorite Valentine themed paper ever! I created 3 pockets on the front using various designer papers and embellishing each layer with washi tape, stickers from the YT collection, punched elements-cupid and hearts, die cuts and round cardstock stickers by MAMBI.

The pockets were loaded with ephemera from the YT collection, die cut hearts by Verve, and vellum gift packs with assorted punched and die cut images. I tucked in a flair flower button and heart paper clips as well. A silver Heidi Swapp glitter bow sticker makes an appearance on the second pocket and I cut a black doily border for the top 2 pockets with MS's doily border punch.

You can see (lower left) a handmade bookmark which I tucked into the middle pocket. I also included die cuts by Echo Park, Tim Holtz and Verve Stamps for her to use as well. The small vellum packets were made by using scrap pieces, folding them in half and adding washi tape to seal the edges. 

I used a paint chip sample to make the bookmark, cut it to size and added some die cut embellishments and gifted her a vintage resin pink button which she can use for future projects. 
She's an avid reader so I think she'll like her bookmark. :)

As a fan of Hello Kitty I thought she'd like this button and I added a charm by The Girl's Paperie (no longer open for biz) which I have hoarded saved forever for the right person. :)

I tucked my handmade paper wand into the top opening pocket and I'll share below how I made the rosette. I layered a cupcake liner, crepe paper rosette, die cut doily and 3D rosette sticker on the front. A paper straw was used for the wand and I added pretty ribbon and trim to finish it. 

I wanted a large rosette for the base of my wand so I used my score board and trimmed a dp to 3" wide by 12" long. I scored every 1/4" and then punched one edge with a MS border punch. You can do this step in either order. I used two 3" x 12" strips to create this rosette. A 2" punched circle holds the front of the rosette together and a 3.5" punched circle gives the back some stability and provides a base to add a punched or die cut decorative base for the back. I highly recommend using glue to adhere the two strips together as well as the punched bases. It's stronger and will hold up better over time, just a tip. ;)

I made a stack of rosettes using paper, cupcake liners and crepe paper. For the crepe paper rosettes I added a border of silver Stickles to one side, let it dry thoroughly then folded in accordion style and fanned it into a circle shape. I punched two circles and added one to each side for stability. Super easy to create and very therapeutic as well. They were made while binge watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix. :)

I gifted my friend a paper rosette and added a die cut doily for her to use on future projects. The tag on the front is from the Yours Truly collection and I trimmed a dp from the collection to use in my packaging. It serves a dual purpose making the package pretty and she can use it for a future project.   

In the back of the package I included various die cut doilies and hearts cut from papers in my stash. 

The cupcake liners were placed in recycled packaging and I added a band of washi tape to the top along with more dp's from the paper collection. It was as much fun dressing up the gift packs as it was decorating the loaded envelope!  

The candy brad on the sequin packet is from Doodlebug and I included some paper napkins for her since she likes those too. The sequins are a mix from Verve Stamps and the colors are perfect for Valentine themed projects. Using a dp from the collection and a doily border punch by MS I created pretty packaging for the sequin mix. 

I also included some paper cut to 6 x 6 size for her to use, stuffed some candy conversation hearts into a heart clam shell package which I ordered a while back from Taylored Expressions. A Valentine ziploc bag holds all of her chocolate treats and it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a little chocolate. Would it? I think not! 

Hope you enjoyed my share today, if you did or have questions please leave me a comment below. I'm afraid I've been a bit of an absentee blogger this year, it has already seen its share of sickness with colds and now the darling daughter has the flu. First time for her and unfortunately she has a really bad case of it. I'm here with her now to help her out and ensure my furry grandbaby is taken care of as well. Praying I can stay strong and not succumb to it, seems everyone around here is down with the flu. :(  


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