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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, October 29, 2012

WMSC121 Get Well Shirley

[WMSC1214.jpg]One of the Gigglers has been in the hospital for a fews days and, of course, the Gigglers plan on loading her mailbox with cards.  As usual, I needed help with the design so I checked out this week's Waltzingmouse Challenge 121. Jeanne Jachna has come up with a cute sketch that I thought was perfect. I did change the two panels on the left to be one piece of dsp with Zva Pearls to go down the middle.  

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse "Compact Sentiments"
Paper:  SU Whisper White & Wisteria Wonder; Prima Meadow Lark dsp
Ink:  Adirondack Mushroom
Accessories:  Lace; Zva Pearls

Thursday, October 25, 2012

CC398, SC408, Material Girl

Back to the SCS Challenges today with this weeks Color Challenge and Sketch Challenge.  The Color Challenge was to use Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, and a Neutral of choice.  I picked Basic Black.  Dessert Option of lace.  Nice job Peggy.  With such a pink pallette, I went for a girly theme with vintage dressmaking.  The only notable thing was that I used Very Vanilla for the SU Netting block stamp with Primrose petals because I didn't have any dsp with that color.  Also I used Glossy Accents for the scissors.  Taylor has a great sketch for my card. And here's what I came up with.....
Stamps:  Crafty Secrets "Material Girl" & "Sew Special"; SU "Netting"
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, ; Basic Grey Out of Print dsp
Ink:  SU Basic Gray, Primrose Petals; Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz DI Broken China, Spun Sugar
Accessories:  Mini Buttons, Ivory Lace, Kaisercraft Pearls; Pink Seam Binding
Tool:  Spellbinder Ovals; Glossy Accents 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Game Night" ATC swap

Hello everyone!  I've taken another of my creative breaks, and have been trying to organize my craft room.  Now that I've started I can't think of any cards to make.  But I do have an ATC that I haven't posted yet.  It was done for the October Stampin' Up party at the home of fellow Giggler Mary Ann.  We had an ATC swap for our group and I wish you could see them all.  The Gigglers are all so talented.  You can see a couple of them at Lou Ann's blog, and Diane's blog.  PLEASE take a look at these pint sized treasures.  They are incredible. 
This little 3 1/2 X 2 1/2 card came to me when I found a bag of 54 mini playing cards and a bag of mini puzzle pieces.  One day I decided to separate the cards by suite, only to find out that it was a complete deck.  That was the start.  I have several game stamp sets, by the pieces are too big for an ATC.  Enter Shrinky Dinks.  A plastic that you stamp, color and bake to have an image that's about 1/3 of the size.  That's what I did for the Cowboy Poker chip, Sorry game pieces, dice, and Chess Knight.  The Game Night arrow was die cut with a cute little Verve die that I had just gotten in the mail.  Love that Verve.  The checkerboard was pretty tough.  I searched for paper, material, stamps, anything with a red and black checkerboard, and nothing.  So my DH said  "Did you check the internet for a picture you could copy and reduce."   DUH!  I covered it with UTEE for a nice shine.  Last, but not least, the puzzle. 

When I poured them out of the bag I notice a couple were contacted, just like a regular puzzle.  I thought it would be nice to put a few pieces together.  Have you ever tried to put together teeny tiny puzzle pieces of a 500 piece puzzle?  It is a challenge.  But I liked it.  Hopefully you will too.  Thanks for looking.
Stamps:  SU "Game Night"; Inkadinkado "Games"
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Real Red, Basic Black,Handsome Hunter, Jackpot dsp
Ink:  Stazon Forest Green, Azure, Blazing Red, Cotton White; Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Mini Playing Cards; Mini Puzzle, checkerboard
Tools:  Shrinky Dinks; Dies Spellbinders, Verve; UTEE; glue dots

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mary Ann's October Birthday

     Well, for the month of October we had only one Birthday Girl in the Gigglers.  It was Mary Ann, who just LOVES Halloween.  She always has a Stampin' Up party in October and between the decorations and the food you know she has a Halloween baby.  She also LOVES ATC's. (If you're not familiar with ATC's, they are Artistic Trading Cards measuring 3 1/2 X 2 1/2.  They can be traded, but not sold).  So size and content was already picked by her.  I just had to put it all together. 
     I picked The Artistic Outpost for my images.  Black was the color for the card itself.    After inking my background of the cardfront, I stamped the frame and vines/leaves.  On the frame I stamped Black Soot DI, then stamped it with Embossing ink and covered it the UTEE.  I was a little disappointed with the effect, so I used a Q-tip and Black Archival ink to add more darkness.  I sponged the edges with Black Soot DI.  Next I die-cut an oval and added the skeleton cameo, which is also embossed.  She looked a little plain, so I gave her some black pearl earrings and necklace.  A girl's gotta have her bling, right?  I then just taped it to the back of the ATC front. 
     Inside I blended color on the vanilla cs, added a die-cut spider web and a few punched spiders.  The sentiment I typed on my computer.  Hope you like it..........
Stamps:  Artistic Outpost
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla & Basic Black
Ink:  DI Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Spiderweb, Spellbinder Ovals
Tools:  UTEE, Spider Punch, Gilder Ivory EP, Pearls