Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tip My Hat to You...

With the passing of time comes the natural progression of aging. Some go quietly into it and others go kicking and screaming; I prefer just to go with it in style. ;)  
In our family (past the age of 29) we no longer refer to the familial gatherings as Birthdays. Rather, we have opted for the term 'Appreciation Day.'
So here is me tipping my hat to my most fabulous Mother for her up and coming Appreciation Day!.

The file I have used is an incredible cut file from The Cutting Cafe titled,

This week the DT at The Cutting Cafe are celebrating hats and the owner Regina has created an abundance of different styles of hats for your enjoyment. 

I really wanted to create a Steampunk top hat.  The hat itself was cut from black cardstock and then painted over with Gesso. When dry, a coating of clear crackle was added. When that dried, several inks of black and brown variations were added to draw out the cracks.  How on earth this hat turned purple is beyond me, but I kinda dug it so I just went with it. I laced up the side of the hat and added extra 'industrial' elements to aid as well.

The exotic feathers are also part of this hat file. 

The back of the hat so that you can see the folded brim.

Well there you have it. 
A special way to wish someone something that must never be spoken of except for to say...
"Happy Appreciation Day!" In a very classy way.

Hope you've enjoyed this visit and I thank you so very much for stopping in.
Hugs and Happy Crafting to you all...
Lisa xx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Never Ever Not Even Once Before....

 If you have a calendar nearby, grab it and mark this down. 
 From now on, we shall celebrate annually the year that Lisa finished her Christmas cards in JULY!  
It's true. I kid you not.  I started a New Year's Resolution list of things to do that I'd never done before. The list contains 17 items and finish cards early was #4...Done!! 

There are 5 cards similar to this style...

Last year I was in complete panic- procrastination mode. You know the one where you're freaking out but continually maneuvering yourself in endless circles and complete a total of zilch!

One thing I do remember from all the frenzy was making cards that cost a pretty penny to send in the mail.  

This year I decided for a variety of simplicity and perhaps less "puff."

There are a set of 5 of this style. Each with different stocking paper designs.

        I created 5 of these designs as well....

This one, I think, is probably my favorite of this series.

And lastly...the little cardinal on a branch.
For those that prefer a more 'vintage' touch, there's this style.  
I created 2 sets of each of these.

This was created by grabbing scraps in my paper drawer and cutting out tags.  The house became an after thought in which case evolved the sentiment that I typed on the PC.
There's a total of 4 of this type.

Here's the card that got out of hand and reminded me to ease up on the 'poof' of layering. It would be nice if they fit in the envelopes.  :)
There's 4 like this that vary in background DP.  
I really like the chevron pattern.

And the final design I decided on was this layered tree made from scraps and simple torn white CS.   There are also 4 of this style.

There you have it ... Christmas completed in July!
I hope this gives you some ideas for your card plans.
Thank you so very much for your time and visit.
Hugs and Happy Crafting to you,
Lisa x

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Configuration Christmas Box

Well hello there again to you!
It's been two weeks already and now it's time to showcase another project using files from the ever stunning store The Cutting Cafe.  Remember the Configuration Box from TCC that I didn't complete before? Well, I was able to finally see it through to fruition and YES, I used even more fabulous files from the Cafe.  
It's a picture heavy post so here they are and underneath the photos I've included links to the files.

Here comes Santa clause in his retro fitted 1915 Nieuport 11 Biplane built just for delivering packages to all the good boys and girls.
The back of the plane is spacious enough to carry a Christmas tree, snowmen, candy canes, and gift wrapped Mini Box Sets.

Here's Santa located at the top of the box surrounded by Christmas sentiments and fluffy snow.


  Letter Shaped Card W

                    Letter Shaped Card C

      Letter Shaped Card J


             3D Christmas Tree Set

If you enjoy configuration boxes and preserving fun memories for all your holidays, The Cutting Cafe is the place to shop.  
Visit their blog today and leave a message to be in the running for 3 FREE files just by leaving a comment.

Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Monday, June 23, 2014

Less Bitchy Pill Anyone???

Not sure what they call it in your home. 
It goes by many names, but to say the very least, the characteristics are universal.
Here in our home we refer to it as 'Monster-ating.'

Sometimes projects just fall into your lap. 
Circumstances, resources, and inspiration. 
The joyous trifecta for unbridled creativity!!  
Here's mine...

The medicinal remedy for 'monsterating'..
The Less Bitchy Pill

Thank you to Ignacio at Nicecrane Designs, I now have a steady supply of sanity at the ready. 
If you feel you need to stock your home with said remedies as well, you too can find these fabulous labels, Sharing Your Recipes, here.

A little experiment with two kinds of spray paint. Frosted and Looking Glass (mirror). 
Here you'll see I have 3 glasses ready to go.

The Frosted worked incredibly!
Dry within 10 minutes. Pulling off the Frog tape and rubberbands didn't hurt the glass a bit. The Looking Glass paint however, HORRID! I was so displeased with the outcome, I threw the glass away. 
More practice with that later...

And just a couple more sedatives to stock my craftroom apothecary.
Chill Pills

 Happy Pills

On display...

There you have it!
A fun little way to keep your wits about you and all the while being creative...
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Thank you SO very much for the sweetest comments you've all left too. I truly appreciate all your kind words. 
Have a great week!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sailing a Whale in the Land of the Free....

A few weeks back I had a dream that woke me up laughing hysterically.  My grandmother was wearing the full gear and driving a fire truck.  She'd managed to solve a crime and come to my rescue. Apparently she was an undercover 'Jane Bond.'   But that's a dream for another post...

Yesterday morning I had another silly one that caused me to wake up DH at 2:30 a.m. with my laughing.  I've been thinking lately that shutters would look nice on our house and apparently went to bed with that thought in my head.  Suddenly I'm in a room filled with carpenters that are vying for the job. It wasn't enough that they just quote me a price and I select, no no...a talent show must ensue.  Next thing I know, DH and myself are sitting in lawn chairs ,ocean side, watching a carpenter sail past on a whale, like a cowboy on a horse; hat and all!   
Needless to say, he won! 

And that has WHAT to do with this post?  Well...keep reading.
If you're a regular follower of my blog, you'll know that I have been on a quest to create ornaments for our seasonal tree and I'm happy to say that I've just completed our 4th of July tree!

Appearing first are these precious little wagons sporting the red, white, and blue.
The file I used is Little Red Wagon Box Template.

To show scale, here are the boxes next to my mouse

Where did this wonderful file come from?  None other than...
(If you visit the blog and leave a comment, you could win 3 FREE files from her store!)

Here are the four that I made as 
Set 1 - Little Wagons

Set 2 - Hanging Stars

I covered white cardstock with foil tape and then ran the paper through my cutting machine and had it cut out 3 various sizes of stars.

Light coatings of Gesso were then applied to the foil tape. After drying a solid covering of Black Soot Distress Paint was then given to each star. Once this dried, I then painted over each corresponding sized star with either a red, white, or blue Distress paint and then lightly sanded.

The stars were then scored to fold.
All four completed here.  I love that they really look metal!

If you're still with me. 
 Here's where you'll understand the carpenter and the whale.  I really do have an obsession with shutters currently and thought that making these precious windows would be a cute ornament. Sort of like welcoming our troops home. 
You open the window and see our heroes just outside. 
Set 3 - Welcome Home Troops
Is this window CUTE or what?
I fell in love with this file Window Shaped Card Set

Here are 2 of the four I made

I thought it would be fun to make tiny firecrackers as an embellishment so I used yet another file from The Cutting Cafe to make these.  
Just before rolling, I glued a tiny bit of wire inside.

Now how about the absolutely fabulous vintage military cuteness images? Like them too??
Well, fret no more...they're here! They're here!
True Love for Our Hero located at the ever incredible Nicecrane Designs.

Here are the set of 4 that I made.
I just wonder if the amazing whale whisperer could make shutters this pretty? 

Set 4 - Hanging Flags
I designed this on my silhouette cutter and then glued it all together. The rosettes with bottle cap centers make a pretty touch. 

And lastly,
Set 5 - USA

Here are the 5 that I made and they each also sport a sentiment from the following files:

Still here??  
If you are, thank you SO MUCH for visiting and I certainly do hope you found these items fun and inspiring.
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for all your creative and crafty needs.  
Hugs and Have a wonderful day,
Lisa xx