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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!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Autumn or Tim's November 2016 Technique Remix

Well, after making those beautiful dresses, I needed some grudge in my like, and what a perfect opportunity than with Tim's 2016 Challenge.

You can check out Tim's November Technique Remix here.  At The Craft Shack we have our own Lou Ann aka Crooked Stamper and you can check her fabulous creations out here.  She get's all the techniques and materials we need together thenwe spend an evening of so much fun.  And we all make it a point to NEVER do what someone else has done, so we really have to put our thinking caps on.  I'll list and link the supplies I used and the technique.....well.....you can't get Lou Ann, just read Tim's instructions.

P.S. A little shout out to the Thin Black Foam Squares...if you have never used black pop dots, you've got to try them.  I just love them.  And here's how you can get a few for FREE!!!  Like The Craft Shack on facebook, go to The Craft Shack’s on line store, at the bottom of the page click on “Contact Us”, enter your name, email, then in the comment section add youraddress and type “Free Sample.  The first 25 people will get a strip of the squares to use on their next project.  You'll be amazed when you look at your project from the side and NOT see all those white pieces.  A must for Tim Holtz tags.  



Friday, November 25, 2016

Pretty Maids All In A Row

My youngest son recently proposed to his girlfriend and she had asked my to help her make some things to give to her bridesmaids when she asked them to celebrete their special day.  The wedding colors will be pink, ivory, and gold.  She bought some beautiful boxes of pink and gold and padded it with ivory and gold crinkled ribbon.  We etched some wine glasses, thanks to Mary Ann Hicks (Thanks Mary Ann!) with the first inital of each girls name.  She bought those 100 carot ring pops and a lovely cookie and a hair tie that said "To Have and to Hold....Your Hair Back"  I wanted to do something with Tim Holtz's dress form and made a couple different dresses to show Jerika.  When she could decide and said to maybe make a couple styles I was in crafter's heaven.  So each one is different.  But as I was making them, I just kept hearing the Eagles singing Pretty Maids All In A Row.  

To make them I just die cut the form in chipboard (you have to angle the chipboard so it fits), gesso and painted them in gold.  Attached some double sided 1/4" Scor tape to the waist.  Gathered the skirt and layed on the tape.  I gave them all different tops, sashes, and jewels and a couple even had an extra layer of lace.  The necklaces are all different.  One is a single pearl with a gold thread chain, another had a choker of pink pearls.  And alot of stuff came from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed it!

And stuff from my stash

Monday, October 24, 2016

Uncaged Bats or Tim Holtz's October Technique Remix.

Hi All!  It's another month of Tim's Technique Remix and this month it was Patchwork Collage and Sizzix Monster.  Well, the patchwork was no problem, but I didn't have the monster head die, so I decided to have the bat's be my "monsters".  You can see how to do it on Tim's site here.  Here's a list of the supplies I used:

Paper:  Tag, Tim Holtz Materialize 8x8 dsp, Ranger Foil Sheets, Cardstock scraps in red (for the blood) and Black (as the backer for my foil)

Embellishments:  Tim Holtz Incantation Word Bands, Tim Holtz Gothic Remnant Rubs, Tim Holtz Wicked Adornments , Tim Holtz Vial Labels, Jute String

Tools:  EK Success Martha Stewert Drippy Goo Punch, Tim Holtz Diamond Plate Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Bat,  Tim Holtz Caged Bird.  I also used the Sizzix Twist and Style for the wire that I put through the word band and spider.  It was sssooo slick to use. And because of all the staples in the back, I covered it with another piece of Materialize dsp, but since the tag is longer than 8 inches, I used Tim Holtz Materialize Design Tape at the top to cover the bare tag.

Other Stuff:  Tim Holtz Black Soot Paint, Tim Holtz Crayons #3, Tim Holtz Collage Medium-Crazing

I hope you like my tag.  And stop over to Lou Ann's blog and see what she did.  She's our resident teacher for all of the 2016 tags, and she is GOOD, so don't miss out on her take of the technique.

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!