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Welcome. My name is Lisa and I live on a farm in Northeastern PA. I have a wonderful husband of over 30 years and two fabulous sons. One with a wonderful wife and another with a wonderful girlfriend. I have a 6 year old granddaughter and an 4 year old grandson. We have a dog, two cats, and 5 horses. I started into this art as a possible scrapbooker until my good friend Lou Ann (SCS Crooked Stamper) invited me to a Stampin' Up party. Now I'm hooked. We had to turn a room of our home into a craft room for all my stuff. Then I needed a second craft room and did classes. Then I decided to open an in home store using three more rooms of our home. Between Lou Ann (Crafter and IT department) and Mary Ann (Crafter and Jewelry department) and a few other friends, I'm having the time of my life!!!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Let's Go For A Ride MOJO458

I haven't done a challenge in months, and with the great inspiration of a card sketch, it's a win - win.  Stop on over to Julee's blog and play along.  When you make your project, be sure to link it to her blog so we can all see it.                        It may not look like a good day for a ride in Northeastern PA where I'm from because of all the heat and no rain, but it looks like a cool ride on this when you're looking at the soft colors of this card.

This is a super easy card to put together.  I used Maja Design Summertime paper. that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  The Let's Go For A Ride on the banners comes from the bottom strip in the 12 x 12 paper.  Just a little extra touch.  I don't have a banner die, and I didn't want to bend the paper, so i just put a strip in my 1" square punch.  I also don't have an arrow die, so I used two square Spellbinder square dies to cut the arrow, and I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die for the stitching.  I used JustRite's Large Fancy Sentiments for the Just Because.  I used my EZ Runner Grand for the big stuff and my Tombow glue pen for the arrow.    TFL

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Blue Happy Birthday

What's better than making a beautiful Birthday Card?
 Making 4 at one time using my Mini Misti.  I really don't know how a stamped all these years without it.  
This is such an easy card.  The flowers and all sentiments except the Happy Birthday, are from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp Set.  I also used their ink Cubes Glacier Caves.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Sweet n Sassy's Birthday Greetings Stamp Set.  And the black ink was my mini Versafine Onyx Black.   I think that the mini ink pads are so much easier to use than the full sized ones.  I always make such a mess.

And to top it off (or should I say, side it off) I used Penny Black's Border Edges Dies.

Hope you like it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Discover the Wonder

It's July and time for the Tim Holtz Technique Remix and this month it's featuring Layered Words and Watercolor Resist.  You can click the link to get his tutorial

Luckily, we have Lou Ann!  She is the first to read about his techniques that he is using, and then she shows our group how to do them.  One thing that we stress is NOT to copy his tags, only his techniques.  But we also don't want to copy each other.  And with several of us doing the tags, we really have to dig deep for original tags.  To see them all, check out our Facebook page to see all the tags we did.  I hang out with some really creative crafters.  

We were a little challenged because we only had two sets of block words.  I used the Holiday Words #2 die set for the "WONDER" and the Adventure die set for the "discover the".  

The books are from the Schoolhouse Blueprints Stamp Set. and I used several Distress Ink Pads that I squished on my craft sheet and picked up the color with my Detailer Brush.  Then I applied Distress Glaze over my image,  This sealed my image so I could use my wide water brush  with more ink.  The READ letters are from Tim's Letter Tiles and I used the Tim Holtz Pen Nibs as a bit of a metal embellishment.  As a topper I used three colors of jute.  

Hope you like it, and  TFL!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Strawberry Trifle Recipe Card

 Hi All!   I've got a story to tell about Wednesday night's great class. To start with, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a last minute kinda gal. I don't do it on purpose, but sometimes the old creative juices aren't flowing. So when I told Lou Ann weeks ago that I'd design the recipe card for her Strawberry Trifle, I though easy peasy. Right? Wrong! She emailed me the recipe to put on the card, but I couldn't come up with anything. Until Tuesday, one day before class. I wasn't totally happy with the card, but I sent it to Lou Ann and she liked it, so I was good. Well, I only had a very limited amount of the designer paper, and I had enough for eight. Problem was, Pam does two cards and I do three, two were needed for people that couldn't come and there were four people in class besides Pam and I that were just doing one. 2 + 3 + 3 + 4 does not equal 8. 
It just happened that we got a shipment of the new Maja Design Paper, and I knew that the color of "Summertime" were reds and blues, so I checked out the sheets and THEY HAD STRAWBERRY PAPER! With two hours to go before the class, this is what I came up with. 

It was really simple.  I just blended some Distress Peeled Paint with my blending tool onto a 6X6 piece of white cs.  Then I blended some Distress Walnut Stain Ink .  Don't worry about the middle of the cs.  It's going to be covered with your dsp.

Then I took a 12X12 piece of dsp from Maja Design Summertime collection called Light Scarlet and cut out a piece at 6x6.  Then I cut about a 3X3 square out of the center.  Save that for latter.  

I wet the outside edge and rolled toward the gingham side to get that nice worn look. Next it was time to ink the edges with Distress Walnut Stain.

Then I took a 12X12 piece of dsp from the same collection called Taste the Strawberries.  I cut that into a 6x6 sheet and ripped all the corners.  Remember that our base is 6x6 so we want the red gingham to be smaller and the strawberry paper to be smaller yet.  I would rip some off and then place it into the red gingham to see how it would fit.  You can alway rip more, but you can't put more back on.
 OK!  Remember that 3x3 piece of red gingham?  Well, it's time to use it.  I used my SU punch once for the name on the recipe card, and twice on the gingham.  I also used the round tag hole die and the corner die twice.  I then used the half circle die for the recipe itself.  These cool die are from Elizabeth Crafts Tags & More 3 - Leaves.  It a great set with three corner, four tag hole covers, a die for the top of the tag and some cool leaves.                                                                         

Here's the recipe from the computer

Cut your punched labels & attach to title

To finish cutting my little tag, I just lined up the side die cut with to wire on my Fiskars cutterI don't know what I'd do without that wire to line things up.  

Put your red gingham together and adhere everything.  Put lace through the tag and under the Strawberry paper where it is pulled back.  I had a strawberry stamp and die that I popped up on the bottom of the recipe card.  

And now you've got yourself a recipe card!   YUMMO!

Thanks for stopping by!  


Sunday, February 28, 2016

From the Heart.......

This is a card I did for a recent Designer Spotlight Class at The Craft Shack.  The Spotlight was on Judith and Heather. They are such a talented pair of designers and papercrafters.   I just LOVE their cute stamps.  I can't sell them on-line, but stop in the store and I've got penty.

First, using quick drying dye ink for watercolors, I stamped the small square on a piece of scrap paper and a piece of Neenah Premium 110lb Cardstock. It works great when you're doing alot of inking.

 Next, cut the square from the scrap paper and lay it over the square on you cardstock using my Tim Holtz scissors.  This is called masking.  Stamp the giraffe right over the masked image of the square.  When you remove the mask you have an empty square.  Yipee!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I then used the scrap paper and put it over the cardstock so that only the square was showing.  Then I stamped a bunch of hearts with my Kaleidacolor ink.  Take away the scrap mask and you see that all your hearts are in the square.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used 3D Crystal Lacquer on the hearts to give them a shiny look.  Then I stamped "from the heart...." with a Judith and Heather Skinny.                                                                                                  

Judith and Heather always color gray around their images to make them stand out. I used my Tombow marker N95

Next, I used my EK Tools Heart Confetti Punch along to right side of a piece of black cardstock.  I then adhered it to a piece of red cardstock.   And.................tada....................

Thanks for looking.   Lisa

Monday, February 22, 2016

Kiss Me Valentine - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - February

It's time for February's Tag.  This month Tim's techniques are Monoprint and Embossed Texture Paste.

Textured Embossing Paste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I started with a #10 tag and applied Tim Holtz Antique Linen Stain  over the entire card.  Then I inked the back of my Tim Holtz  Lace Stencil    with Frayed Burlap Ink. Two similar colors and one great look! Before I did the Textured Emboss I wanted to ink some Fired Brick hearts in opposite corners using Tim's Hearts Stencil and a little dauber.  For the Textured Embossing Paste I used Liquitex Modeling Paste on my TCW  Complicated Hearts Stencil and sprinkled with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. You need to wait until the Modeling Paste dries, then heat set.  If you do it before the paste is dry, you get bubbles.  I may have been a little hasty with mine, but I LOVE the results.  I then used Tim's new stamp set Ponderings with Black Versafine ink. Isn't that a great sentiment?
    It was time to pull out my treasure box of goodies.  I matted the picture of Tim's sweethearts from his Paper Stash/Lost and Found with his dark red Kraft-Core paper.  I wrapped and knotted a bit of twine and glued an Antique Nickel Arrow underneath.  I used the number 14 from the Game Pieces set and attached it on top of a scrap of cheesecloth.  I also used cheesecloth under the KISS word stick.  And I topped it all off with Tim's Crinkle Ribbon colored with  Fired Brick Stain.   

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dumpster Diving for a Valentine Card

Hi All!  Today I'm going to tell you about me recent "Dumpster Dive".   I'm not much at recycling things, so this is pretty new to me.  I was working on doing a couple more February ATC's from Lou Ann's ATC Class and I noticed how cool the cherub looked with the red behind the waste of the Tim Holtz Deco Sheets.  I was going to make 2 more Valentine cards for Keith & Amy and Donnie & Jerika, so I thought I'd try to use them.  I also thought I'd use the little heart that was punched out to make an opening in the shaker part of the card. I used my Signo Uni-ball White Pen to write XOXO and a little curved line to give it some dimension.

I used some old 6x6 Echo Park Valentine paper that had a few more pieces in the pack.  Finally I used my Versa-fine Onyx Black Ink (theVERY best ink for stamping sentiments) and Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything Stamps.  This stamp set has so many occasions, it's a must have.  And I love the font!

Tada!!!!!!  My finished card.