Friday, November 20, 2015

With Gratitude From The Cutting Cafe...

Even through every hard time we've ever had, we still have so many reasons to find ourselves blessed.  I believe it's the hardships that make us treasure the happiness we find in our hearts. Especially at this time of year when we celebrate with our family and friends at Thanksgiving.  
So for this post at The Cutting Cafe, we're celebrating With Gratitude.

This printable stamp set comes with over 75 images and what you can do with them is so incredibly diverse.  Let me show you how I made this little mason jar candle holder for our Thanksgiving table.
Here's a clear mason jar that I applied crackled patina to after I'd mod podged the blessed sentiment on. The jiffy pot came from the lawn and garden center on clearance in a package of a bajillion and the battery operated candle came in a set of two from The Dollar Store. The little crocheted doilies were given to me by my Grandma's friend, Arlone, oh...and some raffia because that's just pretty with crackle.

I've since removed the plastic looking candle, covered it in a layer of Mod Podge, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and then resealed with Mod Podge again. You can see this on the very first picture I've added.
I slipped the doily and the jiffy pot into the mouth of the jar then added a torn off piece of Styrofoam for height.   A handful of brown mossy stuff, also from The Dollar Store and viola, the candle sit's snug in there perfectly.
The raffia bow tied for a ribbon and the metal stars were made from metal tape and inked with Adirondack inks myself.

I have other designs I'm going to make too with the remaining sentiments that will complete the table centerpiece perfectly.  Nice and rustic and with gratitude, just like I like. it. 
Hugs 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!

Challenges I would like to enter this into are:
Frilly and Funkie -  An Altered State

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knitting, Squatting, Sprinting and Staging Through the Snow....

I was so bad! I admitted that in my last post that I had abandoned my blog for way too long and knitting was the reason.  Here's what I've been doing lately.  Thank you SO much Grandma for teaching me how to knit.  I love yarn! 
Also, on a personal note, this is my last week of Boot Camp. I signed up for a 10 week course that starts at 4:30 in the morning for an hour and it's been insane!  But I can proudly say that I no longer hate squats. I used to, they made everything hurt and tried to kill me, but now I really enjoy them and I'm so glad I did it.  Another 2015 resolution almost completed before the new year rolls around! 

However, in my absence of blogging, I also slacked in a fabulous challenge that I love to take part in every year and I left off on tag 3 of The 12 Tags of Christmas hosted by Linda and Sponsored by her store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!  Now she's on tag 8...oops!
So, guess what I've been doing for the last 2 days?  
Sprinting to catch up so, let's begin....
I literally love Linda's tags so I try to recreate most of her elements and personalize each little snowman star.  I've used her background design on this sweater vest and the holly tree and pinecone he's sporting for festivity.  
This guy is probably my favorite so far. I never dreamed I'd be making miniature skates (sized down to insane small on my Cameo and cut out from paper, colored, glued parts together, punched tiny holes and laced)  and that was a HOOT!  Linda's tag struck me as having a frozen pond feel and so I went with the colors, the line trees and well, skates...
Gorgeous tag and WOW, the possibilities, but I couldn't shake food. I loved the bell embellishment and it really looked like a decorated gingerbread cookie.  So, I went with that, the tree, and corrugated cardstock.
I loved the printed background but I am a sucker for song sheet, so I substituted my base with that. Linda's display of various colored snowflakes is striking and I wanted to duplicate that snowy feel. I loved the silver and blues together.
I'm finally caught up!!! WOO HOO
OH MY fun is this whimsical tag of hers?  Where to begin with the tags on a tag, the trees, the swirls, the colors the's so fabulous and captivating. I had to create a little snowman star holding a banner and Christmas signs.  The colors and patterns were great fun to work with too.
And that's that!
I am now caught up and already can't wait for the Tag 9 reveal next Monday sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
One last thing.
My mom and I finally opened our antique booth together at Once Upon a Find.
 It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited!!  We spent Saturday staging for the upcoming Holiday Open House weekend.

Well, that's been life lately.  A little crazy, but a lot of fun and I enjoyed sharing it with you.
I loved your visit and I thank you so much for your time spent here listening to me ramble.
Biggest of hugs to you and Happy Whatever you enjoy doing...
Lisa xx 

Friday, November 6, 2015

I miss my babies....

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog. Please excuse the cobwebs.  It's residual Halloween decorations and real ones. My grandmother taught me to crochet many years back and this last visit she taught me knitting and I haven't been able to focus on anything else.  I promise to visit and catch up next week.  In the meantime, here's my latest offering for The Cutting Cafe.
My baby girl will be 18 very soon and even though she's still a sweetheart who hugs me all the time and lets me kiss her in public and loves to cuddle and watch Netflix with me, she's not a little kid anymore and that's sad...
(Many apologies to my Mom for growing up too!)  
I decided to make her a girly card using this fabulous Candle Shaped Card, Assorted Banners, Birthday Number Candles, and 5 Petal Layered Flower Set.
Here's a fun little insert. 
Notice the 'due' date is highlighted.  That's what the doctor predicted and the 'date out' is when she was born.  
And that's that!
Again, please excuse my absence of late. I can't wait to come visit you all. Until then,
knit 1, purl 2......
Everything and more and even some VERY NEW ACRYLIC STAMPS coming soon to 
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!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx