Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Tags Of Christmas Ornament 8

Mason Jar Lid 8
Back again with the 8th tag for The 12 Tags of Christmas.  Inspired by Linda's warm and cozy tag, my eyes couldn't steer away from the stocking.  My ornament was built around where stockings are hung...the mantel.
Texture pasted with faux brick and DP applied, I prepped the background.
Cut a piece of white card stock to make the mantel.  Colored it up with Copics and then set out to create the fireplace with stockings, fire and Santa's legs. 
Topped off with a sparkly white snowflake, sentiment, greenery and bingo piece.
Thanks again to Linda at The Funkie Junkie for hosting this yearly challenge and for sponsoring the prizes at her store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'm so glad you stopped by!
Hugs and happy crafting,
Lisa x

A little Cork Board in a Little Town...

I live in a small town and it seems at times as though modern civilization has forgotten us.  There is one McDonald's and one Sonic and a local restaurant, most on the Interstate won't have heard of, that serves up an incredible bacon cheese steak-burger.   Mom and pop stores come and go, but most go out of business. There is however one new flea market that seems to be doing quite well in the infamous 'haunted building.' I myself have financially supported their endeavors on a weekly basis! (Shhh, don't tell the hubby...)  It's a great mix of people that bring their goods to sell. Military wives, Mennonite women, local crafters, the Knobites (born and raised here) and we all eat donuts and drink cocoa in the mornings, gathered in an old historical building established in the 1880's. 
I guess you could say that Knob Noster isn't too far removed from the map. After all, this town was mentioned in the 1983 Television movie, The Day After.  Yes,it's true, this town was always small, but in the late 1800's it was referred to as "The boomingest settlement in the county" during the decade of lucrative coal mining. Then it all dried up and the great fire happened and most of the not so big town was destroyed.  The town eventually rebuilt itself and remains to this day the small quaint quiet place with the general store, mom n' pop hardware, barber shop with the vintage light still outside, a one room library and a cute little hair and nail salon...and that's where my little cork board comes in...
I've gathered at this little hair/nail salon for over 10 years now and the people that go here don't come for just highlights and manicures. They come together for the warm coffee and friendship.  I always thought the barber shops had the monopoly on 'bonding time' but through the years I've shared in so much with these amazing ladies.  We sit around and tell our modern 'war time' stories and they share their 'WWII' and Vietnam stories with us.  It's a beautiful and wonderful thing to gather knowledge, wisdom and strength from them.  Now that my husband is recently retired from the military, I find that I have been promoted to the ranks of 'elder' where I now impart encouragement to the new military wives.  
The circle of life seen in a small town is like no other...
Aside from gabbing, eating, shopping and socializing, I also have a little store of my own. It's on a cork board, decorated up with the word CARDS at the top and on that cork board hang a few little makes that I bring in weekly.  I have the sweetest regulars that keep me busy with cards for their families. I don't charge much at all for them as I just enjoy making them, but it's not about the money.   The real payment is in the hugs these sweet ladies give me and that's payment enough.

So I guess you could say, it's okay that I don't have big craft stores, or shopping malls or even a Walmart in my town...I have so much more. I have incredible memories and friendships that I'll treasure always and that is truly something to be thankful for!

Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa x 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NASCAR & Glass Jars...Let us All Give Thanks....

Hey ya'll! Welcome back to my blog..
Here's a little Autumn centerpiece I'd like to share with you today.

It's been a fun month guest designing with Serendipity Stamps and I am so happy to share with you my last project where we were asked to recycle or repurpose something for the holidays.
Boy howdy was I ever excited to get started.
I began by choosing the most fabulous Floral Dragonfly Die and Stamps Set, Pumpkin Die, and Wheat Sheaf Cling Set as my inspiration.
1.) Cut several die cut pieces out
2.) Spray backside of die cuts with repositionable adhesive spray
3.) Adhere die cuts to glass jars and secure firmly
4.) Spray jars in well ventilated area with  Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass
5.) Find an old serving tray or Nascar TV tray, like I have here, and cover it with 
6.) Let the paints dry and peel off the die cuts from glass jars and decorate.
7.) Plop a cute little tea light candle inside, light, and enjoy. 
8.) Don't throw away the original die cuts either. Find a twig from your yard or tree and stick the die cuts to them and add them in a and about your centerpiece.
I've also made a name placard to match the centerpiece motif.  
So there you have it.  You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the redneck out of the girl! ;) 
Which is why I'll always be thankful for NASCAR, glass jars, spray paint and Serendipity Stamps!!
Hope this idea inspires you for creating your own recycled decorations. If so, I'm sure they'd love to have you join them over at the challenge blog for their Thankful theme.
This week’s sale is Free Shipping on any US order of $15 or more.
 Offer good through Nov 26.  

Ya'll are awesome and I'm so happy you stopped by. I am feeling MUCH better today so thank you for all your sweet comments, texts and calls making sure I was okay. 
Big HUGE hugs and happy crafting!
Lisa xx

Please visit these lovely ladies for more recycling and re-purposing ideas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Gobble Time...

This time around at The Cutting Cafe, we are sharing Thanksgiving makes. 
 I chose to use Turkey Shaped Card.  A few more of these around the dining room table and you've got such cute name placards for friends and family.  The file also comes with sentiments.  

Check back on the 21st to see all the DT's wonderful Thanksgiving offerings right here.  Leave a kind comment and you'll automatically be in the drawing for 3 cut files of your choice.
Hope this finds you all happy, healthy and crafty.  I am sick as a dog currently and have tissues lodged up my nostrils as I type.
  I know, I'm bringin' sexy back...
Lisa x

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

12 Tags of Christmas Ornament 7

Mason Jar Lid 7
We're on the downhill slide of this 12 week challenge and I still continue to find endless amounts of inspiring ideas from Linda's tags.  Below you will see how hers oozes with goodness and then the photos following show what I did.

I didn't have a stencil like she had, but I thought it was so pretty and a real eye catcher, I decided to make my own. Crackle paste was then used to create the background.
I tried to pull the light creamy colors from Linda's tag so I used Versamark to hold the shabby white embossing powder Fran-tage to cover the mason lid.  A heat tool set the powder in very nicely.
                                                                                                                                               Vintage photo, Victorian velvet, Tattered rose and black soot Distress paints were used to highlight the crackle paste.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Decoupage antique primer from Americana was used to prep the plastic snowflake for paint and heat.  Once primed, I painted it with Vintage photo, Victorian velvet and black soot and then shrunk to desired size.    
Linda's tag has wonderful holly on it and so I added its traditional color in Rayon seam binding using Dylusions ink spray.
Here's a close-up of the latest ornament and all it's many layers that were inspired by tag 7 of 
Again, there's still time to play along and EVERYONE wins a prize. Just check out the rules at The Funkie Junkie and then hop over to see who's sponsoring her prizes..hint.. (SHE is) at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Until next time,
Hugs and happy crafting,
Lisa x 
I would love to enter the following challenges, please:
1.) Simon Says Stamp - Ornament (Announced Nov.24th)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

12 Tags of Christmas Ornament 6

Mason Jar Lid 6
I can't believe we're already at the 1/2 way mark for this challenge and I mean to tell you, the inspiration tags and all the entries rolling in are just incredible!!   If you haven't checked out Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge yet, give yourself a visual treat and head on over to The Funkie Junkie and see for yourself!
Here's my starter lid and rusty metal spray painted snowflake. 
Taking inspiration from Linda's 6th tag on the left, I was drawn to the snowflakes and her flower had a pine cone texture to it, so I added a pine cone on mine. The sentiment made me think of people so I included a little wooden family inside my lid.  The random pearls symbolize the pearly snowflakes Linda used on hers.
I used the rusty spray paint to coat everything first and then added cream spray paint, black soot, wild honey Distress paints for my lid. The snowflake has speckles of black soot added and the inside background is embossed with clear powder, colored with wild honey and then stained with Oak gel stain from Americana. 

A couple more closeups for detail.

The challenge is still open to play and there are wonderful prizes being offered from Linda's store 

So happy you stopped in to visit me.
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I'm thankful for 'Love In Every Stitch'

Hello and welcome back wonderful people!
I was asked to share in the fun at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog this month, by my good blog buddy Jeanne (who by the way has been published in so many magazines it's crazy cool and yet remains so incredibly humble. She's truly a kind and talented lady!), for their November challenge of Thankful!  I was thrilled and honored and humbly accepted and I can't wait to share with you what I used from their delightful store!

 Narrowing down my options was so much harder than I thought it would be. The store is filled with stamps and die cuts and morsels of creative inspiration. Choosing a focal point was challenging, but so much fun!
Here I've used Quilted Pumpkin and Be Thankful
We have a very special tradition in my husband's family that I just adore.  It's so sad when a relative passes away but they not only remember their wonderful memories together, but some of the women create a keepsake from favorite articles of clothing.  One year we got a quilt made from Grandpa Sullivan's flannel shirts and another year we received a stuffed teddy bear made from Grandma Sullivan's robe.  It's like being hugged by them all over again and just knowing that there's love in every stitch makes me so thankful for my family and this precious tradition.
That is why when I saw this gorgeous Autumn pumpkin with the various patterns, I thought it would be fun to paper piece it together, as if it were grandpa's flannels and then add faux stitching as well as the ever wonderful sentiment to live by.

 The Thankful challenge runs for a month and there will be more inspiration coming in a few weeks, but if you'd like to participate, please refer to the rules here and then have a blast perusing the virtual aisles in Serendipity Stamps, a FABULOUS store run by Mary, who I thank whole heatedly for sending me such impeccable stamps and die cuts....thank you!!

This week’s sale will be 20% off both the Thanksgiving and the Autumn Categories!! . 
This special is good through 12 November 2014.

Need even more inspiration?  
Then please visit the extremely fabulous Design Team and see what they're thankful for too!

 n: 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune or luck.

Thank you EVER so much for your visit today. I'm so happy you stopped by.
I hope this finds you well, happy, and crafty!
Lisa xx

Monday, November 3, 2014

'Won't ya be my neighbor..."

"Hello boys and girls!"
  OMG...were you subjected to Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up?  That man drove me nuts and his little hand puppets gave me nightmares. I did however love the Eddie Murphy version on Saturday Night Live when I got older.  'Our special word for the day is..."
I never could appreciate dollhouses or Barbies when I was little. There wasn't a Barbie ever purchased for me that I didn't immediately separate her head from her shoulders. I couldn't understand the fascination.  Now I find myself in my 40's having the time of my life playing house!
Regina at The Cutting Cafe has designed for you a set of houses that would be 'Just Right' for Goldilocks and perfectly suited for the 3 Bears and it's called 3D House Set..  They come in big, small and tall and so many accessories as well.  
You could make a Halloween town, a Christmas village, OR your own little Woodbury if you're Walking Dead freaks like me!  
They even come with plenty of storage space. Something we're all looking for in a home!
Here you can see that it comes with a cut file to make a base as well. This holds the house very securely and gives you great space to decorate around the house. 
I've also used the file Halloween and Fall Basic Images; which include the little leaves on the trees.
Please stay tuned to The Cutting Cafe Blog for all the DT's makes and if you leave a simple compliment, you could win 3 free cut files of your choice! 
So happy you stopped in today.  
Make sure to grab some homemade cookies and spiced cider on your way out.
HUGS and Happy Crafting,
Goodbye Boys and Girls, goodbye....
Lisa xx