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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!!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stargazing with Stargazers

Confused by the title?  Well, here is what happened.....I was doing my first ever art journal page, using my ProArt Sketch Journal.  I started by using Gel Medium on  the pages and adhering Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Wrap.  I applied  Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Mermaid Lagoon and Adirondack Paint in Stream in random areas, smoothing out the color with a damp baby wipe.   I wanted to use a Penny Black Lily stamp called luminous.  I stamped and colored three lilies with gelatos and Wink of Stella.  In the two upper corners I applied embossing paste over a star stencil, and it hit me!  Stargazing and Stargazer Lilies.  So with that in mind, everything just fell in place.


Foundations:  ProArt Sketch Journal

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Believe or Tim's December 2016 Technique Remix

I can't believe that it's been 12 months of the Technique Remix.  What a blast it was.  Especially when we got together with friends every month to do them.  And a HUGH kudos to Lou Ann McGuire (Splitcoaststamper Crooked Stamper - check out her blog) for teaching us all year long That's 24 techniques!  If you didn't have the pleasure of working with Lou Ann on these projects, hop on over to Tim's Blog to see what techniques he has for the month.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Wishes

'Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except for Lisa, who was trying to get her cards uploaded.

Well, I did get a bit of creating done, and much thanks to Maja Design for their "I Wish" paper collection for the inspiration.

With their Ephemera paper there are 6 images for cardfronts, 8 postage stamps, 1 sentiment and, as always with Maja Design, an extra strip along the bottom of the paper with additional goodies.  In this case, it's the adorable "Christmas Greetings" on the tag.  The card almost made itself.

Using a white cardstock base, the next layer up was some green paper from the "I Wish For Peace and Joy".  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz Distresser, then gutted it because I knew with all the layers I had to cut down on the weight.  The next was a little corner of red is the "I Wish Christmas Was Today" paper.  Again, little weight.  The next layer is from "I Wish For Frosty Mornings" paper.  I wet my finger and ran it along the edges to soften the fibers and curled the paper inward.  Then a rolled the upper left corner and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The focal image is from the Ephemera paper and I mounted on some of the gutted green.  I used the red plaid again, and put a on a tiny tag and flower.  That sentiment is from the extra strip I told you about.  I wrapped twine around three fingers three times and tied it in the middle with another piece of twine with a tiny jingle bell in the middle.  I used glue dots to attach it to a little strip of brown and white gingham from the "I Wish You A Merry Christmas" paper.  Also from that paper came the little sleigh in the white resin frame.  I used scraps of cheesecloth and lace too!

Here's another one that just has a different focal image and framed resin picture.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and TFL!

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