Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Card from Reused, Repurposed Container

I was a design team member with Splitcoaststamper's Dirty Dozen from Jan-June.  I made 6 cards a month for the team, and had lots of fun with the monthly themes!  After 6 months from first being shown on the SCS site, I am allowed to show them on my blog.  I will show you my favorite(or two) from each month.  This card is from January, the theme was dirty deeds done dirt cheap!  My family was sick, so we ordered Panera's Chicken Noodle Soup in LARGE quantities!!  I make my own chicken noodle soup, but the soup from Panera Bread is pretty good...and seems to really make you feel better!...and I was sick, too, so...nice having someone else make it for you!  I used the carrying case the soup came in and made this card...The carrier was red on the outside, cardboard colored on the inside with print on the sides(which I used for the middles of the flowers)...


I used my favorite flower dies from MFT for the flowers, the leaves and the flower's  centers were made with dies from another MFT set.  I cut the stems with my cutting board.  I tried to cut the centers with words of "sweet" things in them, to go with the Hero Arts sentiment from the FRIENDS set(the link is to ebay...I think this set is retired, but there are a bunch available on ebay if you are interested:)!!)...
So fun using things you have on hand to make cards...great for your pocket book, for getting your creative juices going and great for the environment:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You Background Die Three Ways

I LOVE the background dies from Memory Box!!  I have the Birthday one, and recently purchased the Thank You AND Christmas dies...I now own three of these wonderful dies!!  They have SO MANY possibilities for making cards!!  I have three cards to show you that I made using the Thank You die, using just one of the Thanks sentiments from the die's many Thanks and Thank Yous die cut sentiments...
 I die cut this THANKS in 5 different colors and adhered the different colored letters into the layered full card Thanks die cut.  I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches.

Then...I used the same THANKS colored letters, simply changing the white background to black...
I used textured paper for the die cut letters.  Here's a closeup...

For the third card, I used the white die cut letters from the first two, layering each of the letters twice and then layered on top with one of the colored letters...
I used an Impression Obsession Cover a card thin stripes stamp with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder after putting a thick and thin piece of eclipse tape where the "THANKS" is, to keep from embossing that space, and a couple scored lines on either side of the sentiment, the "for everything" is from the Many Thanks Paper Smooches set(LOVE THIS SET of thank you stamps!!).  Here's a close up of the embossing and scoring...
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fall Leaves with Vellum

It may be a bit early for Fall, but I just got a  new die from Memory Box, Leaf Silhouette...when I saw it, I just had to use it...
 I had gotten some new colored vellum from Paper and More a bit ago, and I thought it perfect for this die cut.  I die cut the silhouettes in each of 3 colors and after layering the die cut leaves border, I filled them in with the colored vellum leaves.  I placed the lighter vellum on top of the darker, it's easier to see the change of color that way:)!!  Here's a close up...
I used a papertrey ink woodgrain impression plate and a sentiment from Paper Smooches...I LOVE this sentiment stamp set...one of my most used and favorite stamp sets for thank you cards:)!!  I will be using this die again, soon:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #85...So Very Grateful

It seems like forever since I have joined a CAS(E) this Sketch challenge...the end of May to be precise...but with the utter simplicity of this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch , I KNEW just what I wanted to make.  Here's my card and the sketch...
This flower die by Penny Black is getting A LOT of use from me...this one I layered and curled the top petals just a bit to add dimension.  The leaves are Memory Box, the sentiment from a wonderful set of Simon Says Stamp sentiments that I can't use enough...I LOVE the sentiments in this set!!
 I opted to use textured paper...with so much simplicity, to me, texture is wonderful!!  Here's a close up...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #4


It's time to share the next Cutting Edge Challenge!  We have a wonderful inspiration project for this week's challenge, this one done by Jean Manis!  I can’t wait for you all to play along, so here we go...


Okay, here’s the scoop!  Let yourself be inspired by Jean's card, and create a card that includes die cutting (all forms accepted).  There’s so much about this project to be inspired by, right?!  Here’s what I created:



I was inspired by Jean's four windowed film reels and the four cats in those windows.  I used a Paper Smooches flower die, after die cutting, moving the flowers in different places in those windows, kind of like the cats.  I also put my sentiment (also Paper Smooches) in the upper left side of the card, like Jean's card.  FUN!!!

We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The two Winners of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The second half of the The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are so amazing and all such different takes on the inspiration card;
  • The rules and regulations of the Challenge are listed; and
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

The challenge closes on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, so REALLY hope you will play with us this week?!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!!  So glad you stopped by...hope your week is wonderful!!  Lisa

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hello Friend

Ever have a scrap panel and have actually used it?  I had a white panel that I had put a Simon Circle Border on and never used it.  I found it in my pile of scraps the other day and decided to do some weaving with the holes.  I am showing you the close up first...I used textured bazzill for the weave, vellum for the sentiment...and it shows better closer up, so a close up of the flower, weave and sentiment...
 Here's my card...
I used a scalloped button and some twine for the flower's center.  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Sweet Cherries

I recently ordered the Sweet and Sour Cherry dies by Memory Box...I LOVE cherries:)!!  The only problem...the large and small cherry dies were manufactured TOGETHER!  When I envisioned using these dies, I did NOT envision using them stuck together, so I decided to cut them apart and made this card...
I LOVED how delicate the design of these cherries were, so I went to my tool box and found a pair of metal snippers that cut between the very small space of this set of dies with no effort.  I DID think, what if I ruin these dies??  They are really not available many places, right now...oh well...the alternative(not cutting them) was NOT an option, so once I started cutting, there was no going back!  Cutting dies takes bravery AND a great pair of snippers, ESPECIALLY when the dies are SUPER close together, like these cherry dies were.  I started with my usual Stanley metal snippers, but those wouldn't get in between the tight, small in-between space...I think these Wiss will be my new snippers of choice...powerful and cut easily...
I cut the dies apart, then die cut with the larger cherry die on the white card panel.  I used a piece of watercolor paper for underneath the die cut, and painted red and green watercolor paint after embossing the image on the paper with the cherry die to get the imprint of the leaves.  Here's a close up...
Oh the fun of it all:)!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa