Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tag! You're it....

If you haven't already heard the great news....The Cutting Cafe Shop now sells stamps!! 
Yes, you read that correctly.
 I can't get enough of this little set, From Owl Of Us
Here is one tag for either a card or as a gift tag.
And here's another tag I made to show off the cutest little owls!
The Cutting Cafe still sells all the best cut files around, but if you're in need of ribbons, stamps, vellum, paper or accessories, please check out the new Cutting Cafe Shop.
Thanks so much for your visit.
Biggest of hugs and happy crafting,
Lisa xx

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Things That are Sweet! Brace yourself...

Hello, hello, hello!
It's time for another Cutting Cafe post and this week we're showcasing the adorable BIG EXPRESSIONS file.  I looked at all the words in the file (Hug, OMG, Lucky and Sweet.) I decided on the word SWEET.  
The versatility of this one word and the way the file is organized gives you so many options.
This card I printed part of the sentiment with my sketch pens on the Silhouette Cameo and then cut out the word Sweet and layered it up. Placing this all on a water color backdrop.
The second card I actually took each letter and 'welded' them together as one connected word and then decreased its size to make this.  I also only used a portion of the sentiment that comes with the file and printed that out with sketch pens on the Silhouette Cameo also.

Now this third card was fun because I decided to layer the SWEET with multiple colors.  Again I joined the letters close together and welded them into one piece and then cut out 5 different colors of the word.  The sentiment was also sketched on the cameo like the others.
Here's an above view so you can see the layering....

And lastly, here is the original format of the word that I cut out and then placed alternating DP behind each letter to decorate.  Again, the sentiment was sketched on my Cameo. However, the sentiments can also be sent to any home printer and printed that way too. That's how versatile and fabulous these cut and print files are. You don't have to have any electronic-fangled gadgets to make these!
So there you go! The possibilities are endless. I hope you've enjoyed seeing these and if you're interested in seeing all the other styles, please check out the BIG EXPRESSIONS here
And while you're there, say a big hello to Regina, the fabulous owner and our fearless leader at The Cutting Cafe and The Cutting Cafe Shop
ALSO, I felt bad that I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks, so I wanted to invite you all into a little sneak peek of my week and show you a few more things that are "sweet." LOL....don't laugh when you see my face!



I do not take ANY credit for these card designs as I've 'lifted' all the ideas from Pinterest and one particular one of bacon from Tammy.  Couldn't resist making these for Valentine's Day.  Do you like that fork with the pizza? It's Metal tape...love the stuff!
Aren't they sweet??? 

I've also been diligently working out every day of the week and not because I want to look all G I Jane this summer, BUT, because I like to eat! I have come to learn that it's a trade off. So, since I've been sweating like an oldie...I thought it would be fun to treat myself. I have decided to learn the art of making and decorating sugar cookies.  Here's my first batch.  
My friends and family that I've shared them with have not reported any food poisoning or stomach discomfort so I'm thinking I might just continue with it.
Here's the recipe I used for the dough and here's the recipe I used for the icing.
My goal is to get to this stage....
HAHAHA, but for now, I'm happy with circles and hearts.
Isn't that just SWEET? 
Then, my wonderful MISTER took me antiquing where I found this precious white shelf for the booth. I did a little arranging and organizing.
Doesn't it look all cozy and you know...sweet? 

And lastly,
Here's a very sweet face....
This is my daughter doing a close-up nostril shot on my phone.
She's finishing up cosmetology school and yesterday I was her client for seven hours while she did this to me.
and this...
I'm doing my best impersonation of a Beagle here.
and finally, when I had zero feeling left in my butt, she completed this thingy called a balayage. 
My hair...
Thank you, Britany! I love it and you're so SWEET for pampering your mom like that.
Well, that's been my week and I hope you've enjoyed the silliness and craftiness and sweetness all rolled into a productive week.
Biggest of hugs to you ALL and thanks so much for your visit. You all are SO SWEET too!
Lisa xx

Monday, January 25, 2016

From Owl of Us - New Cutting Cafe Stamps

Hello there!
Y'all know I'm gaga over the cut files at The Cutting Cafe, but now I have even more reason to be bonkers...they've added a new store and it carries STAMPS now, plus even more goodies!
This set alone comes with  18 individual stamps and there's more sets in the shop as well. 
So please come by for a visit and see the grand opening.
All week long we'll be showcasing the versatility of the clear stamp sets, so earmark the links so you won't miss out.
Biggest of hugs and happy stamping,
Lisa xx
I would love to enter this card into Chouxchoux Paper Arts challenge of Valentine/Hearts also.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bendy-Bendi Love....

It's 2 degrees as I type this and I've lost the sensation in my toes, but between the 3 pair of fuzzy socks and the warmth in my heart from this lovey-dovey card, I should be just fine!
Aren't they cute stealing a kiss under the street light of this wonderful Bendy-Bendi Card from 
This file comes with so many different card options and accessories, you'll be able to make bendy cards for every special occasion.  
Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs and happy crafting,
Lisa x
PS... Regina now has another new shop open that carries her incredible clear stamps and more.  Click here to see them. 
ALSO...my sweet pal Lori over at Chouxchoux Paper Art is hosting her third challenge on her blog and it's all about Valentine's Day and hearts and love and sappy gooey lovely stuff like that.  So, I'm in! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

A One Word Prompt....

You can call me Bird...
Well, it's not my birth name, but it's been the given nickname since I can remember and I rather like it.  Apparently I flapped my arms, like a bird would its wings, whenever I saw food and mimicked the excitement of a baby bird at feeding time.  

   

                                                   
I decided to join the year long class called Wanderlust 2016 and the first journal entry prompt was to choose one word that describes me today.        
 So bird it is..

I had a little fun with textures and the glue gun while creating these pages. I stamped both the leaves here to the right and the leaves below with Ranger Dye Ink. Now the leaves below, I colored them first with copics and gel pens.  The leaves to the right I decided to hit with glue first and then color the cooled glue.  You can see how the glue dried differently on those mediums.

  
 

Both of my kid's names begin with B's, so I've dubbed myself the "B keeper."  And that explains why they're buzzing around.
I find the longest day to be one that I don't laugh, so I try to always make time for silliness and a good belly chuckle.  Once I stamped the little ink nibs in various places, I gave myself random cues to write something.  Here's silly....  And God knows I'm trying to win t;hat 1 billion, but in reality, I don't think I really want anything to do with the insanity that would follow. So....back to journaling and laughing.
And here's something sweet....



And here's a little more texture with paste and glitter because, anything with glitter is good!





Well, that's a little peek into my Wanderlust journey and I'm so glad to have spent this time sharing it with you.  There's still time to join in the year long crafting journey. It promises to be a creative adventure.  
Until next time...
Big hugs and happy crafting,
Bird xx

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Big Head on a Bike....

Hello and welcome to my brain!
Today I have a piece of mixed media art to share with you that involves elements from three separate challenges.  The concepts are: Chalkboard and Industrial, Freedom and Time Flies.
I'm incredibly late to the party for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags, like years late, but today I decided that I would see one through to the end, so let's begin with his January tag.
Above, you'll see the triple layered Industrial gears that turn the thoughts in the ol' noggin.  To add a humorous twist, I folder embossed the gears with a cobweb folder, sort of to say, it's good to challenge yourself and blow out the cobwebs occasionally.  I also have here my giant head, made by using the chalkboard method as described on the 12 Tags January challenge.
It seemed only logical that you can't have a giant head and no leg possessing structure just aimlessly floating in mid air.  Therefore, it must traverse on the most likely piece of transportation...a unicycle, of course!
Now why on earth is there a small boy on a swing dangling from gears situated nearby a pair of ballerinas?   Well, that little boy signifies the childlike state of the mind. Curiosity, creativity, silliness, innocence and playfulness.  All of these traits are fond memories generated when the adult mind's gears begin to turn.  They are what I hope the brain remembers to never forget.
The ballerinas are there to represent the ability to help the mind think differently, or to recapture those feelings or to relearn that which may have been lost or forgotten.  One ballerina has been given wings to raise his partner up so that she may turn the gears in the opposite direction. This allows for big head here to start to see things in a new way or recall back when....
Here you'll see the gears again as well as windmills, clocks and piano keys.  For me this signifies the never ending process of thinking. It's constantly churning out ideas, thoughts, concepts, goals, inspirations, enjoyment, emotions and  freedoms beyond the realm of the body.
A few closeups of the big head and inner child.
This particular sentiment was borrowed directly from Tim's blog post and I thought it fit perfectly on my project.  
And here's a little side view...

Here are the three challenges that this project was made specifically for:
Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of January (Chalkboard and Industrial Technique), The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -Time Flies (The effects of aging and maturing and how the mind evolves from childhood
to adulthood and how that can change our perceptions and creativity),
Mixed Media Place - Freedom (The unicycle is symbolic of movement as is the swing. The wings are to reflect the ability to leave the confines of the ground, and the mind is most significant because it breaks all barriers and restraints. The mind can be your most freeing aspect.)



Thank you SO very much for stopping in for a visit.
I appreciate that and YOU!
Hugs and Happy Creating,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Valentine Ornament Anyone?....

That's right...I said Valentine ornament!
I know it's crazy that we just took down the Christmas tree decorations, but over at The Cutting Cafe, the hits keep coming and the holiday festivities never stop!
So let's go see what I've made using the following cut files...

By enlarging this heart to desired size and duplicating it twice, I was able to join the sides together and paint it black, crackle it and then paint it red. The weathered wood appearance makes this faux wooden ornament look so pretty with die cut flourishes, ribbon, berries and wire hanger.  
About 6 of these would look fabulous scattered around the Valentine tree.
Using the Heart Trio Card again, I made three different smaller ornaments and continued with the rustic, primitive look.
These hearts were different shapes and cut out from an old BINGO card for stability.
Some hearts got twine, others received moss, but each has a cute vintage sentiment, berries and bow.
For a larger table display or inside of a cabinet, I chose to use A-Z Letter Set and create my own X and O sign that I've covered with decorative cork sheets.
What's really fun about this set is that I turned the O into a shaker! 
 And finally, here are some little tags that could substitute as ornaments as well.  With the twine loop on them, the possibilities are endless.
For these I used the following:
Regina designed this file to be a tri-fold card, but by cutting down the perforated lines, I was able to make three tags/ornaments.  
Here you can see that I've lightly secured the envelope fold under a gently glued heart.  This allows for you to open the envelope and write a tiny message inside for the recipient.
Side view....
And there you have it.  
Four different and unique ideas to gift or decorate with and all of them from the fabulous files of 
Biggest of hugs to you and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx
 All DT projects are posted at The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month. We'd love for you to visit and be sure to leave a comment for Regina. She selects one lucky person to receive 3 FREE files of their choice!