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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, May 30, 2012

Best Wishes

     Well, as I went throught the SCS challenges I combined the Card Sketch Challenge (SC387) with the Color Challenge (CC377).  Great sketch and great colors.  So I made a nice wedding card.  Who doesn't need them in the spring and summer, right?  Just before posting I went over the the Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS172) just to find out the theme this week is Love.  Bing, bang, boom.....I give you "Best Wishes"

     I had a little trouble with the color challenge.  1)  I didn't have any Soft Suede paper, so I took white paper and colored it with a Soft Suede marker.  It looks a little dark, but it is Soft Suede.  2)  The leaves is the Certainly Celery were so light that I outlined them with Certainly Celery marker. 

     For the ribbon I used the ribbon that was tied unto my thank you gift from my purchases at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.   Besides my order I was sent some adorable butterflies made from corrugates cardboard in a glassine packet tied with that beautiful hand dyed rayon seam binding.  Linda also has a great tutorial on how to do it yourself. 

     Anyway, here is my clean, colored, card sketch.  If you've never done a SCS challenge I suggest you give it a whirl. 

Stamps:  SU Kind and Caring Thoughts
Paper:  SU Whisper While, Blushing Bride
Ink:  SU Certainly Cerly, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Rayon Seam Binking and Pink Flower Brads

Sunday, May 27, 2012


     I hope everyone is enjoying their first big holiday weekend of the summer season.  Once again I am posting a card that I made for the SCS swap in Buffalo.  This card was for the Stampin' Up Only card front swap, which means current SU products only.   Well, I started a card front, but kept adding to it, so I ended up with a tri-shutter card.    And nobody teaches it better than SCS with their tutorial.

Open it up a little..........

Lay it flat...........

Stamps:  SU Kindness Matters,  Daring Adventure
Paper:  SU Well Worn dsp; SU Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink:  SU Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Accessories:  SU Victorian Lace, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Antique Brads, Vintage Trinkets
Dies:  Scallop Circle 2;  3" Circle

Friday, May 25, 2012

SC386 - Keith's Birthday

     Tomorrow is my oldest son's birthday.  He is a Health & PE teacher at our local high school, and also teaches a survival class.  On Memorial weekend the class has their final exam in an undisclosed location (our farm) in the woods.  So he'll be conducting team building, survival, making shelters and getting food challenges.  Due to that, I needed to give him his card today.  When did I make it?  Tonight!  My DH pointed out that I've known for a year about his birthday.  I disagreed and told him I've know for 29 years. LOL.  
     Anyway, I wanted to do a manly, outdoorsy card.  I used three stamp sets to do it.   An all time record for me.  And I also combined it with this weeks SCS Card Sketch Challenge #386 .

And I also combined it with this weeks SCS Card Sketch Challenge #386 

Stamps:  SU Happiest Birthday Wishes: SU Loveley as a Tree; SU Nature Silhouettes
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla; SU Bashful Blue; SU Basic Black
Ink:  SU Bashful Blue; SU Daffodil Delight; SU Garden Green; SU Basic Black
Accessories:  Burlap

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Grandma's Kitchen ATC

What a week for me.  I've been watching my grandkids, which I love, but I'm getting pooped.  But the fun I'm having is priceless.  I wasn't a SAHM, so this is my chance.  Anyway, I got some cards and ATC's ready to post so here's an older one:

     This is an ATC card that  I made for an SCS swap in NY.  One of the requirments of the swap is an embellishment, which I originally didn't have and couldn't think of one.  Enter Lou Ann.  She knew I had silverware brads and suggested that.  Great idea!  Thanks Lou Ann.

Stamps:  Judith & Heather; Crackle Background
Paper SU Slways Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla; Paper Loft
Ink:  Memento Tuxedso Black, Ranger Tea ?
Accessories:  Spoon Brad
Tools:  SU Label Punch; Tim Holtz ef; pop dots

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lou Ann's Birthday

     As I promised yesterday (or last night) I have the Birthday Card I did for Lou Ann.  We have been friends for decades and whenever we go to a scrapbook convention or overnight swap we always room together.  We both like to go to sleep with the TV on (Criminal Minds, if we can find it) and LOVE our Pepsi.   The perfect roomie.
     But, back to last night, most of the NEPA (Northest PA) Gigglers were there to celebrete and shower her with great cards.  Wish you could see them all.  If you go to Diane's Blog you can see the adorable card she made for Lou Ann.  Anyway, here is mine:

     It's a double Z fold, which are SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO easy!  A 5 1/2 X 12 scored at 2, 4, 8, 10 inches and make a couple "Z's".  Splitcoast has a tutorial on it if you like it.  I couldn't find a die cut that really fit for the sentiment, so I just cut it by hand.   And here is the inside.....

Stamps:  SU Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper:  SU So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Naturals White; Prima Paper Sun Kiss
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Flower (Prima Flowers Sun Kiss); Antique brad, 2 round buttons; lace
Tools:  Button shank remover

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day at the Circus ATC

     On April 28th I went with my friends Lou Ann, Mary Ann and Pam to a SCS swap in Buffalo.  What a great day.  Two other friends, Diane and Jeannette were helping with the event.  With 83 people there it was a very well run day.  Great friends, great projects, great swaps, great prizes.....

     Well, this is my ATC swap.  I got the idea from the paper pack from Graphic 45 called Le Cirque.  Add in some Tim Holtz and wala....

Stamps:  Tim Holtz, SU Fabulous Phases
Paper:  SU Basic Black, Tim Holtz, Graphic 45
Ink:  Mmeento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Amuse eyelet, Yellow ribbon
Tool:  SU Tag Punches

     Tomorrow (hopefully) I'll have a birthday card that I made for Lou Ann.

Monday, May 21, 2012

IC337 L*O*V*E

     This is my first Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge.  I sure hope I did it right.  This week there's a link to an on-line store called Red Envelope and you pick something there that inspires a card.  Cool, huh?  So this is my inspiration for "L*O*V*E

square insignia charms

   And this is what I came up with.

     I've been waiting to use those stamps and.......ta da.......there it was.  The PERFECT inspiration.

Stamps:  SU Letters of Love
Paper:  SU Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White
Ink:  SU Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Ribbon-Ribbon Carousel; Pearls-Zva;  Flower-Ben Franklin Craft Store Wedding Dept. 
Tools:  Spellbinders

Friday, May 18, 2012

OCCC Vintage Friend

     Well, with an hour to go before the deadline,  I finished my card for the "Our Creative Corner" Challenge.  It's a really great sketch and perfect to try out my SU Labels Framelits.  And I just LOVE my Melissa Francis paper.  I took a class she had last year at the CKC in Valley Forge, PA and she was GREAT!

Stamps:  SU Oval All
Paper:  Melissa Frances Attic Treasures; SU Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Ink:  SU Early Espresso and  Blushing Bride Markers and Crumb Cake for Sponging
Accessories:  Ribbon and Lace from my stash
Tools:  SU Oval & Scallop Oval Punches; SU Labels Framelits

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Thought

Splitcoast Double Whammy Challenge SC385 and CC375

I really had to dig into my dsp to find something with Navy, Orange and Light Blue, but I did it.  Basic Grey came through for me.  I also used two items that I got from two different SCS swaps (the buttons and twine).  And I had to do a little redo of the blue ribbon, which originally had pom-poms, but they just didn't look right.  Enter----scissors; exit---pom-poms.

Stamps:  SU Whimsical Words
Paper:  BasicGrey Picadilly; SU Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  SU Night of Navy
Accessories:  Trim, buttons, and twine
Tools:  Spellbinders; SU corner punch; SU oval punches

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Grinning on the Inside

     Two challenges in two days.  Looks like I'm on a roll.  Debbie Carriere made an adorable sketch for this challenge from the Ribbon Carousel and I had to play.  The only thing that isn't a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) are the pearls.  I seem to have every color there is, except for gray.  My very good friend and fellow giggler Diane (aka Splitcoaststamper's own Cookiestamper) of http://papercookies.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/ told me about coloring pearls or bling with copic markers and it worked great!  Thanks Diane.

Stamps:  Cloud 9 Design-Simple Thoughts, Laughter
Paper:  October Afternoon-Farmhouse; SU Going Gray, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink:  SU Basic Black, More Mustard, Copic Marker C6
Accessories:  Recollections Pearls, Gray Ribbon
Tools:  Spellbinders Classic Rectangles and Deckled Rectangles; SU Flower Punch; MS Punch

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Wind of Heaven


It's been awhile since I've done a horse card.  So welcome in the herd.  This is the first time I've stamped on twill before and I found that the hardest part was to cut the "V". 

Stamps:  SU Wanted and Bareback
Paper:  SU Basic Black; The Paper Studio "Hee Yaw" dsp; Scrap drawer cream
Ink:  Memento Rick Cocoa
Accessories:  SU Twill; pop dots
Hardware:  Spellbinders; SU star punch

If you want to join in the fun visit Mojo Monday here.  You have until 5/20

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

     Wow!  It's been over 2 months since my last post.  I'm having a hard time remembering how to do this.   And as you can see my photography skills need to be sharpened up.  Actually, I was late to pick my Mom up for dinner and my craft table was such a mess I didn't have room for my little light tent, so I just took this among the mess.    But enough of that.  Today is Mothers Day and I made this for my wonderful Mom!  This card started with the pretty floral paper and everything just fell into place.

Stamps:  SU-Well Scripted; Verve Hope Blooms
Paper:  SU- Whisper White, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade; My Minds Eye- On the Bright Side;  Some blue paper I had in my stash.
Ink:  Color Box Wicked Black
Accessories:  Darice Bling
Tools:  SU Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches