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Spring Wreath

20150308_173607Hello!

I love making wreaths, and I wanted to make a new spring wreath to celebrate the end of winter. I bought a wire wreath frame at Michael’s and some spring floral picks that were on sale. I found the ribbon at Costco and then watched the 4 ribbon wreath video at Craig Bachman imports YouTube chanel. I only had two spools of the ribbon so the wreath wasn’t as full. To combat that problem, I went around twice on the wire wreath frame at different spots on the frame so it was nice and full. I used pipe cleaners to affix my ribbon, but I think I will try zip ties next time like the video suggests.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Storage solutions for dies

IMG_20150215_154731I am so happy to be able to start crafting more regularly. My thumb is finally on the mend,and it is easier for me to create posts. I have also been posting some projects on Instagra and I have been able to see the amazing projects of my crafty friends.

First up, is a magnetic sheet storage solution for my metal dies.  I found some thin magnetic sheets from Staples. It comes with 4 sheets for around $10.49. The nice thing is that you can trim them to fit your storage pockets and dies. I trimmed mine with my Fiskars trimmer.      http://m.staples.com/touch/product.html#386943

BEFORE

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AFTER

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I am so happy with the results. I can arrange my dies the way I need them and they cling well so I can see what I have.

I am using the Avery Elle storage pockets and I have a Brother labeler to label my dies.

http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Elle-Storage-Pockets-25-Pack/dp/B00H266BEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424034950&sr=8-1&keywords=avery+elle+stamp+pockets

 

I love a great adaptable storage solution. Hope it helps you out! Leave any questions or comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,

LISA

Modeling paste cherry blossom birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge STAMPTEMBER!

9.2014flowergirlbdayI am not ready for fall so I wanted to create a fun Springy card! I just got an awesome order from DickBlick and some modeling paste was in it. I tinted the modeling paste with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and then applied it to a cherry blossom stencil, also new from Dick Blick.20140904_175559

I used a pre made white notecard from Michael’s and was very pleased with the results of this modeling paste. It was firm opaque and took color great!20140904_175723I wanted the cherry blossom paste to be the star, so I chose a cute Penny Black Stamp as an accent. I colored her in with my Derwent Inktense Pencils (LOVE LOVE THEM!).  The colors are so rich. I added some dots on the dog’s and her bow, her scarf,and re-outlined some of the black lines with my Le Pen.

9.2014flowergirlbdaycloseI WISH Penny Black had dies for their sweet stamps. Fussy cutting that out is a PAIN! I used a sentiment from Paper Smooches, and rounded the corners.  It is pretty simple, but the modeling paste makes a bigger statement, so I think it is still balanced.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  Love me some STAMPTEMBER!

Thanks for stopping by!  Love to hear your comments and questions!

–Lisa

 

 

 

Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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School has started!

20140821_130837Hi everybody! Well school has started. The first week is over, and this banner for my classroom is the only crafty thing I have been able to do lately.

I did create a birthday card for my uncle but unfortunately I mailed it off before I remembered to take a picture. My brain is definitely fried.

I used the Lawn Fawn banner set to create this US history banner and I also used the same set to create a name banner for my desk. I created the letters using the Alphalicious fon using my Cricut.

Over the long weekend I am hoping I can create more cards.

I have been checking Instagram to see what everyone else has been creating, and it has been making me itchy to get back to my craft desk.

I am hoping to get a better balance of creative time and work time as the month goes on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

 

Out of town visitor

Hello!

My mom is in town this week so posting will be a bit light this week. We have had two straight weeks of vacation with family and although we love seeing them it is cramping my creative mojo.

I have a bunch of fun ideas and will post as much as, I can.

Lisa

S’more Card–Lawn Fawn Stamps

6.2014smorefathersdayblogI don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a stamp set than I was to get this ADORABLE Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Stamp set and die cuts. It is way too cute.  I was inspired by the watercolor backgrounds I had seen from kwernerdesign.com, jennifermcquireink.com,  and the Lawn Fawn Blog. So, I created a kind of northern lights background and tried out my new stamps and dies. LOVE THEM! I used some Hero Arts White embossing powder to make  the stars stand out.

I realized two things while making this card:  1.  I need to perfect my die cutting ability with small dies. Using Washi tape has helped, but getting them centered just right will take some practice. 2. I need better markers. I used my kids markers and I was not happy with the result. I need to sit down and just keep coloring these. I have great watercolor pencils that I think will give a better effect, since I do not have any Copics at the moment. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on that expense, even though Simon Says Stamp is having a 20% off sale right now on Copics.  That is SO hard to resist.

I can see myself using this set tons!  This card I made for my hubby for Father’s Day, but this set is SO versatile.

–Lisa