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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!!!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

wmsc104 Oodles Of Love

WMSC104     This is my first Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge, or better know as WMSC104.  Scroll down a little for this week Challenge.   I've seen their last couple, which were great sketches, but I didn't get around  to making the card.  One thing about their challenge is that you must use at least one of the stamps.  Luckily for me, I have a couple. 
     Enter, my card.  I had fun with the die cutting of the little things, and I love to mark stick pins.  How fun for me!!!!!  So, without further ado, I give you.....................Oodles Of Love

As far as telling you how I did it, I just cut, die cut, pasted, glued, and beaded.  The only thing of any interest may be that I used my glue gun to put a drop of glue on my stick pins so that the beads wouldn't fall down.  So I guess it's time to tell you what I used....

Stamps Waltzing Mouse "Compact Sentiments"
Paper:  SU Wisteria Wonder; Prima Meadow Lark
Ink:  SU Basic Black
Accessories:  Pins with beads from a jar: Corner Flourish; Butterflies; Flower by Petaloo
Tools:  Spellbinder Floral Ovals; Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B and Exotic Butterfly

Friday, June 29, 2012

Grateful 7/4

     I got the idea for this card from a picture that hangs in Mane St. Hair and Nails, where I get my pampering done.  The flag appears to be old painted boards with a painted metal star.  Every time I see it I think, "I could do that with some of the dsp I have at home.  So this is what I did.  The Declaration of Independance I had in my stash.  I don't remember from where.  I distressed it with my TH distressing tool, rolled it in a couple of places and inked it with TH Distress Vintage Photo.  The flag is made up of My Mind's Eye "On the Bright Side - Two".  They were a little wide so I cut them in half and distressed them with TH Distress Black Soot.  
 I used TH Distress Stormy Sky for the upper left of flag.  The star I got at our local Ben Frankling store, and I think it's a Darcie.  I goobed (technical term) TH Snow Cap Paint Dauber on it and let it dry for about an hour.  I then took a nail file and scraped the paint off the raised areas.   I used  pop-dots to stick on the star. The little nails on the "wood" was done with a Sharpie marker. 
The sentiment is from SU Small Script set.  I thought that it was very fitting for the card.  I know, although I get a little upset with the things that go on in this country, there is no where else I'd rather be. I'm also grateful to all the men and women who risk their lives for the safety of mine. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

F& F Fly

     Here's a challenge for a group that I have never done before.  For the last several weeks I've been following Linda Coughlin aka The Funky Junkie.  I just love her projects.  She has a challenge blog called The Frilly and Funky Challenge Blog.  This week they're looking for some texture.  So I went TEXTURE!  To start, I inked the raised portion of a Tim Holtz ef Bricked with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink to blacken the debossed areas on the SU Riding Hood Red cs.  I then ran my blending tool lightly over the whole card to even it out a little. 

Next, I cut away the tulle on the May Arts Ivory Frayed Flowers (that I got from the Funky Junkie's Boutique, or FJB for short).  In the center I put a TH (Tim Holtz) washer and TH long fastener.  But before attaching it to the flower I put it through TH Film Striip Ribbon (I used the sample that was outside the package, which conveniently had an eyelet.  The stem is made from the Mini Flourish by TH using White Corrugated Cardboard, both from the FJB.  I inked it with Distress Vintage Photo.  I used a glue dot for the flower and TH Tiny Attacher
The lace was some very old stuff I had around.  I used some paper the TH Paper Stash dsp (the printed paper and calender) and used Glossy Accents to attach the TH fragment.  I also stuck a tiny piece of lace on top. 
For the bottom of the card I used the other half of the old lace and painted an old key with TH Distress Crackle Paint in Vintage Photo.  I took another piece of Film Strip Ribbon and attached it to the card after threading some burlap thread through it.  I cut out a TH Movers and Shapers bird, attached the word "Fly" from TH Chitchat stickers.  I pop-dotted the bird.   Links to products are things I got from FJB, but she carries many of the other items I used.  I just hadn't found her yet.  PS  Her prices are GREAT!

VLVJUN2012 Baby Girl

     This is the last of the June sketches for the Viva La Verve challenge VLVJUN2012 Week 4.  All four of our cards for June need to be uploads in one post and the winner will get a $100 gift card from Verve.  So you have fun and MAY get a bunch of new products.  So you win either way.   Here is a copy of the last sketch.  Isn't it cute?  And below is my card!

Isn't that a cute little flower?  It's from Prima flowers and I just love them.  You'll be seeing them more!

Stamps:  Verve "Hope Blooms"
Paper:  SU Certainly Celery and Whisper White; DCWV Nursery dsp
Ink:  Stazon Black; SU Regal Rose
Accessories:  Prima Flower
Tools:  SU Framelits Label Die and Edgelits Adorning Accents Die

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blossom's Risk

sc391_color_tbu-jpg     Well, this is a double with SCS with both their Sketch Challenge SC391 and their Color Challenge CC381 of Whisper White, Island Indigo, and Pool Party.  With the SU Summer Smoothes dsp, it's got it all.  Clever, huh?   And here's my card......... 

As always, the cards recipe speaks for itself.  I was going to use another sheet from the Summer Smoothes dsp, but I didn't like how the other paper looked with those cute vases and flowers.  I did use my 1/2 circle punch to cut the little round flowers from another page.  And by the way, the color challenge has an optional dessert to make it about water.  Do you suppose it would count if I watered my flowers?  LOL
Stamps:  Verve "To Risk"
Paper:  SU Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smoothes dsp
Tools:  1/2" Circle Punch; Spellbinders 

VLVJun2012 Week 3 Game Night

       This card is for a the Viva la Verve Challenge for the 3rd week of June.  It's a great sketch challenge with alot of white space.  I decided to blow the dust off my SU stamp set "Game Night".  Between that and the SU dsp "Jackpot" I was ready to go.   One thing I enjoy about a challenge is that it really makes me go through my stuff, much of which is still unused.  I have a whole box of game stamps, paper, brads, miniature game boards, mini dominos, tiny cards, etc...............

So here's my card.  Pretty basic.  Stamped, die cut, and trimmed.  I was going to pop-dot the oval game piece, but the back of the brad on the sentiment piece made the right side stick out.  So I pop-dotted the sentiment instead of the game piece.  As we all know, there are no mistakes in paper crafting, just embellishment opportunities.  LOL!

Stamps:  SU Game Night
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Basic Black, So Saffron, Jackpot dsp
Ink:  SU Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories:  Brad, pop-dots
Tools:  Spellbinders

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Seeds of Today

     Well, this card is for two different challenges.  The first is the OCCC which is use ten of an item or the number ten somewhere on your card.  Mine are the seed packets.  The second is Mojo Monday 247 which is a sketch challenge.
    I picked the round one, which I have never done before.  I also did a 1/4 turn of the image, which is fine for the challenge.   I used Spellbinders for my base, circles and square sentiment.  The seed packets are a download from Magic Moonlight Free Images.  I also fussy cut a flower from the dsp to adhere to my sentiment and pop-dotted it.  (dotted it....is that right?)

Hope you enjoy it.  And try the challenges!  They're great fun!
Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  My Minds Eye-Miss Caroline dsp; SU Whisper White & Certainly Celery
Ink:  SU Basic Black; Tim Holtz Distress Mustard Seed
Accessories:  Seed packets downloaded from Magic Moonlight
Tools:  Spellbinder

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Katie's Birthday

     OK.  So I did a card for my DDIL yesterday for a baby shower, and today she needs a birthday card.  Could it be that she is steering from the "Dark Side" (Hallmark) and into the light? 

     So here's the card I did and for the first time I used the negative of a die.  I'll seen them before and I love the look, but this is my first time.  The hardest part was getting the paper on the back in the right spot. 

     I sure hope they like it!

     Now for a close-up and my die............

     The die I used was by Memory Box.  I just love their dies.  They are alway so crisp and clean looking.  I'm going to have to go through my other dies and see what else I may have to do this with.     I feel like a kid in candy store.                                                                                                   Oops!  DDIL just called and she's coming for the card.  Gotta go!
I'm back with the supply list........
Stamps:  SU Perfect Punches
Paper:  SU Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Certainly Celery
Ink:  SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon
Tools:  Memory Box "Wild Blooms" die; pop dots  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Shower Quilt

Don't be misled by the title.  I haven't gotten a new skill.  I'm still working on this one.  Anyway, my DDIL needed a card for a friend of hers that is having a baby.  She's a Hallmark kinda gal, so I really had to do my best.  Her friend doesn't know if it's a boy or girl, so that eliminated about 99% of my dsp.  Also, my cute dresses and airplan short stamps had to go.  So I though "Ah Ha", I'll do a quilt.  Well my "sister" Lou Ann aka Crooked Stamper does a beautiful quilt, but hasn't uploaded it yet (hint, hint, Lou Ann) but I don't know how to do the technique.  So I've done a simple quilt for those who can't do the real thing.  I went with SU Certainly Celery dsp beause  you can't get more neutral than that.  I simply taped the different squares together and ran them throught my Big Shot.  I know NOTHING about quilting, but my great-grandmother made me one when I was little (I still have it) and there are knotted bits of thread in the intersections (not a technical term) of the material.  So I did that to mine.  I also did know paper piercing and stampin my envelope.  So that's it.  Have a great weekend!


Inside Sentiment
Stamps:  TPC Studio "Here Comes Baby"; Friskers (I don't know the set name"
Paper:  SU Certainly Celery CS and dsp; SU Whisper White
Ink:  SU Certainly Celery; Stazon Black
Accessories:  Flower Brads, EKSucess Fibers SU White Bakers Twine SU Square Lattice ef
Tools:  Frisker SU Piercing Mat; Big Shot

Thursday, June 21, 2012

If You Love Something

     For this card I would like to thank The Funky Junkie.  Not only does she (Linda) have incredible cards and tags, but the items that she uses are pictured and listed in links below her project, and you can easily order from her Boutique.  And when your order comes, she puts in great little thank you gifts.  She also has great tutorials and links.  Which brings me to my card.......
     I've noticed her last couple of projects containing darling vintage pictures.  In her description she tells about a site called Magic Moonlight Free Images.  FREE IMAGES!  That means more money for goodies. 
     Anyway, the card, right?  I taped lace to the base, added an embossed page, and then SU dsp. 

Magic Moonlight Image

Cream Woven Jute Ribbon
(Part of my gift from the Funky Junky)

     I distress the image with Distress inks after ripping and crumpling the paper.  I attached it to the card with a heart brad.  The little embellishment in the upper right corner is a folder piece of ribbon attached with a SU vintage pin with a couple of beads and a piece of lace.  The bottom was a saying that was printed off the computer with another piece of lace behind it.  In front is a piece of woven Ivory burlap ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel.  I put a feather in the empty birdcage, so sad to say, it did not come back.   : ^ (  Hope you enjoyed!!!!!

Paper:  SU Whisper White, Pool Party & Everyday Enchantment dsp
Ink:  Distress Inks
Accessories:  Lace from The Funky Junky; The Ribbon Carousel; Making Memories Paper Reverie (Sienne); SU Victoria Lace; SU Antique Trinkets, Safety Pins; Heart Brad-The Eyelet Outlet; Beads; Flowers from the Dollar Store; Feather
Tools:  Tim Holtz Mini Birdcage; Embossing folder

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

OCCC Remembering the Good Times

     I started out doing a technique challenge using dryer sheets for flowers, and while waiting for my stickles to dry I did this.  (As a side note, my long-haired lazy tom cat Fuzzy, was just recently wearing the smallest flower)  Anyway, I was thinking about the coloring of ef and I tried it with a SU Early Espresso paper with what I think is a Tim Holtz ef.  It didn't work.  I guess it was too dark.  But.................the embossing on that dark cs looked so good I had to keep going.
     I used my Tim Holtz blender stamp and some Tim Holtz Black Soot and got something that looked like an old book.  After remembering this weeks OCCC Buttons n Bows or Burlap, well, that finished off the card for me.

Paper:  SU Early Espresso & Basic Black; Old Cream colored stash
Ink:  SU Early Espresso; Tim Holtz Black Soot; Color Box Creamy Brown
Accessories:  SU Brads; Spellbinder Floral Ovals; Marianne die (the lady)
Old Burlap strings; Old Button 

Title Plate
Button & Burlap Bow


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Love on White

     I did a double challenge today.  Both are Splitcoast.  CAS174 which is "White on white" and the other is the Sketch Challenge SC389.    I've always wanted to do a white on white, but this is the first I've ever done. 
     I used my Big Shot machine alot for this one.  Between embossing and die cutting, there is smoke coming out of there. LOL    Also I used some things that I haven't used before.  I know that I never used that little die cut in the corner of the card.  It's the Lace Corner Deco B by Cherry Lynn Designs.  I had to have them months ago, then  I get them and "poff", they get put in the my other die cuts and I forget about them.  Has that ever happened to you?  Well, it happens to me all the time.
     The flower I've done before with my trusty Glubers adhesive dots.  For this I used the 1 1/2" size, put my satin ribbon end in the center and twisted it until I got to the outside and then I just tucked it in.  Stick an adhesive pearl in the middle and "ta da"  Super quick, super easy flower.  I also stuck in a feather.   Hope you like it.....
Stamps:  SU Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  SU Whisper White
Ink:  SU Island Indigo
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Dies (Lace Corner Deco B & & Fanciful Flourish;  Satin Sensations White Ribbon; Zva Pearls;  Vintage Zig Zag Trim (Ellen Hutson); SU Framed Tulip ef;  White feather
Tools:  Big Shot and Glubers; Spellbinders

Friday, June 15, 2012

VLVJun2012 Happy Birthday Rick

     My DD turned 59 today and what better way to celebrate than for him to receive a lovely card which doubles as a Viva La Verve Challenge?  Well, maybe not, but hey,  I needed a card and wanted to do a challenge so....ta da...     The only thing that needs mentioning on this card is that I used a piece of leather.  That stuff stamps so well.  And it cuts great with your dies.  


The only thing that needs mentioning on this card is that I used a piece of leather.  That stuff stamps so well.  And it cuts great with your dies.  
          Here is the sketch for the 2nd week of the challenge.  (Today is the start of the third week.  Oops!)  Here is the link for anyone who wants to play.  Even if you don't post, for those who are creatively challenged (like me) it's a great place to get your juices going.  So click my link or head over to Splitcoast and let me know if you post.  I'd love to see what you have!

Stamps:  SU Wanted and Bareback and Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper:  SU Crumb Cake and Almost Navy;  Dsp from my stash drawer; Small piece of Leather
Ink:  SU Soft Suede; Crumb Cake
Tools:  Spellbinder

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gigglers Birthday Cards

     Last night the Gigglers got together to say "Happy Birthday" to four of our group. Pam, Elaine, Shannon, & Vickie were the birthday girls and showered with cards.   I CASed these cards from a fabulous cardmarker named Melissa and you can view the card here.  I was so blown away, I had to email her to see how she did the inking of the debossed portion of the cards.  She told me that she inked the ef before running it through her embossing machine.  I have heard of that, but have never done it, or seen it look like hers.  I would recommend you check out her SC gallery and her blog. 

     My cards were all pretty much the same except for one item being different on each card.    Dragonflies, a gold and pearl button, pearls and a butterfly.  Everything else is the same.

Stamps:  SU Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake
Ink:  SU Crumb Cake (for stamping and sponging)
Accessories:  Small Organza Roses; Half Pearls:  Recollections Pearls; Button; Dragonfly Brads; Doily
Tools:  MS Punch (I kept the tiny flowers from a punch); Spellbinder; CheeryLynn Designs (Butterfly)
Cuttlebug & SU embossing folders


VLVJun2012 Mambo Birthday Wishes

     Well, I'm back to the Viva LaVerve Sketch Challenges after a pretty long break.  This one is for week 1 aka VLVJun2012.  And here's the sketch: 

     For this card I did a 4 X 4 using a SU Whisper White base and SU Melon Mambo cardstock and dsp.  The stamp is done in SU Melon Mambo ink and is from SU Happiest Birthday Wishes.  The pom-poms are SU also.  The buttons are from my misc. button stash and the flower is a small Organza Rose from Ellen Hutson .

     Well, without further ado, here is Mambo Birthday Wishes


Monday, June 11, 2012

Altered Candy Bar????

     Is there such a thing as an Altered Candy Bar?  I don't know.  I do know that it's totally hidden from view.   So what you're looking at is 18" of clearance rack gold and white lace, basted and pulled together to make a flower.  I added a little more clearance rack lace and a string of pearls, attached with a glue gun.  Then I glued a couple feathers to a piece of gold cardstock and attached it all with that hugh brad.  I wrapped the cardstock around a Hersey's candy bar and popped a half pearl on the brad.  And now it's ready to give to my friend and fellow "Giggler" Elaine.
     Maybe I should have a contest for anyone to find the Hersey's bar.  LOL

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

From my Garden (Or Ode to the Designing Women)

     Another week, another challenge.  I don't know what I would do without the talented ladies who have all the ideas, and I just paste the paper.  I probably don't recognize them enough.   Well, here goes...thank you ladies who share your inspirations with others.  Your ideas and designs are what makes alot of cards great.  Wait....I don't mean my cards are great.  Maybe average.  But that's a jump from the one sheet of cs with a stick figure on it.  Without further ado I give you.....................................

     This is for SC Sketch Challenge 388 and SC Color Challenge 378 which is the Delight(ful) Celery Party.  Which is Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, and Pool Party.  Cute, huh!  If you've never done a challenge, you're missing out.  Just click the links and give it a try.  By the way,  I tried to combine two more challenges, but I somehow couldn't get transportation and graduation on the card.  LOL!

Stamps:  SU Garden from the Heart; The flower is from Crafty Individuals (?)
Paper:  SU Pool Party and Certainly Celery; BasicGrey Picadelly, Recollection Cream
Ink:  Archival Jet Black; Color Box Creamy Brown, SU Pool Party
Markers:  SU Daffodil Delight and Certainly Celery
Accessories:  SU Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Distress Stickles-Antique Bronze
Tool:  SU Label Punch, SU Dots ef