Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I Came.....I Saw.....Now where's my snacky?

Quite a long time ago I posted this very expressive photo of my precious Lucy 
on FaceBook and asked for layout title suggestions.  
Such awesome responses with great ideas!
These suggestions inspired me to come up with a title that fits Lucy perfectly!
So thank you very much to all that helped to inspire me!

This stunning paper is from 49 & Market's Cottage Life collection.
The purple & blue tones are just gorgeous!
First I made subtle splatters of Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst color Afternoon Delight Denim. 

Using Creative Embellishment's chipboard pieces, I chose the Calligraphic Frame
All chipboard was first prepped with gesso and then heat embossed.
The frame has two colors - Blue Fern Studios' Pansy & Lindy's Stamp Gang's Pop Rock Purple. 
I really love how it turned out!

Next I used Creative Embellishments Flourish Set 2 which has two pieces - one small & one large.
These were sprayed with two Lindy's Starburst greens - 
~retired color~ Gator Gumbo Olive (deep olive with bronze shimmer)
Green with Envy Green (khaki green with soft gold shimmer)
Ranger Crackle Accents was randomly applied.

The floral parts of the flourishes were carefully colored with a paint brush 
using Lindy's Starburst Afternoon Delight Denim
These were then topped with Ranger Glossy Accents.
Each piece was finished with pretty lilac colored pearls.

The title is spelled out using The Dusty Attic ABCs.
These are the Teeny Tiny ABCs.
Here I used Blue Fern Studios' fabulous EP In the Navy!

And here I used LSG EP Pop Rock Purple and then inked the bottom of each letter 
with Tsukineko Versamagic Chalk Ink color Night Sky which is a deep Navy Blue, 
but it turned out more purple, which is just fine with me (aka Miss Purpleholic).
These are both the uppercase & lowercase ABCs.

I recently loaded up my stash with many new Cheery Lynn Designs border dies. 
This beauty is Border #5.

Here are a couple of photos of the flower arrangements I made. 
I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, as well as a couple of silk artificial Salvia.

The die cut leaf under the curly wild rose is from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week, Lisa.

Products used:

Papers ~
49 & Market
Cottage Life Collection
Page name "Provence"
(for main layout)

Scents of Nature Collection
Page name "Fly Away"
(side B used under photo)

Maja Design
It's Christmas Time Collection
Page name "Wrap the Gifts"
(side B used for die cuts)

Dies ~
Cheery Lynn Designs
Border #5

SF-1 Leaf

Chipboard ~
Creative Embellishments
Calligraphic Frame

Flourish Set 2

The Dusty Attic
Teeny Tiny ABCs

Uppercase ABCs

Lowercase ABCs

Sprays, Inks & Embossing Powders ~
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray "Afternoon Delight Denim"
                             - Embossing Powder "Pop Rock Purple"

Tsukeniko VersaMagic Chalk Ink - 
Night Sky

Blue Fern Studios

In the Navy

Mediums ~
Crackle Accents

Glossy Accents

Tools ~
Big Shot Machine

Magnetic Platform

Floral ~
Heirloom Paper Leaves - Plum color

Wild Orchid Crafts
2-Tone Lilac Heather
Blue Cosmos Daisies

Pastel Cosmos Daisies
Set C (used yellow)

35mm Purple Curly Wild Roses

10mm Navy Open Roses

2-Tone Lilac Sweetheart Blossoms

Purple Sweetheart Blossoms

Bling ~
Michael's - Lilac Pearls; Silk, artificial Salvia in deep purple & lilac
Navy Blue Rhinestones

Adhesives ~
Martha Stewart Glue Gun


Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Glue

Liquitex Professional Matte Gel

Tombow Mono-Glue

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Card for Carrie ~ Just Because

I know it's been a long time since I've created anything.  Lots going on in my life right now. 
 But I'm so very happy to show you a card I made for my dear, sweet friend, Carrie.....Just Because.....

This card is made with 8-1/2" x 11" colored card stock that I cut to 7-1/2" wide.
Scored & folded in the center makes a perfect fit in a greeting card envelope
and also gave me room to write her a note inside.

The word 'HELLO' is computer printed in "Minya Nouvelle" font. 

The adorable 'Little Yellow Bicycle' brand stickers reminded me soooooo much of Carrie
 She is artsy & cheerful & so sweet!  

I've held on to these little beauties for a very long time because I love them so much.  
I'm just so happy that they got placed on the perfectly RIGHT creation!
They are exactly where they were meant to be....on a card to Carrie!
This is why you never throw away any scrap supplies!

The bird is made of fabric - 

The dangling words describe Carrie to a 'T' - 

I stenciled "Onion Blossoms" on the entire back side of the card and a couple on the front side as well.  
They are too cute!

Thanks for viewing and have a wonderful day, Lisa : )

P.S. Carrie loves her card, especially the Little Yellow Bicycle stickers! YAY!

Products used:
Liquitex Professional Flexible Modeling Paste

The Crafters Workshop 6 x 6 Stencil
Onion Blossoms

Little Yellow Bicycle stickers
Michael's colored card stock

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tip (update 1-16-18) - Removing Paper Bits from Thin Metal Dies

I have an inexpensive tip for you on a way that I came up with to remove paper bits 
from a thin metal die after you have made the die cut.
This applies to any cutting machine.
I own a Sizzix Big Shot.

I recently participated in a "round robin" die cut swap that involved quite a bit of work
because of the number of die cuts required and the number of participants.

I'm using Cheery Lynn Design's Border #2 for this example.
Here is my actual die.

Most of us know when using intricately designed dies, it's best to:
1. Add one to two pieces of cardstock in between the bottom cutting pad and the platform.
This will increase the thickness and thus produce more pressure for the roller to make a cleaner cut.

2. Place wax paper in between the die and the paper. 
This adds some 'slick' to be able to remove the die cut from the die more easily.

(note: I buy interfolded wax paper at Sam's Club.  Comes in a two box pack-500 sheets/box).  
These are generally used to wrap sandwiches/poboys.  
They are much cheaper than wax paper on a roll.  1000 sheets costs me around $9.
I cut the sheets to the size I need, so it takes "forever" to use them up! 

update: 2a. You can also use plastic grocery bags instead of wax paper.  
Just cut it to size for your die.  
I just learned this from my friend, Melissa.  
I tried it out and it works beautifully.
The only draw back is that static electricity causes the tiny plastic pieces to jump back onto the cutting pads and it takes a bit to get them loose - ha!
But I think this is an excellent alternative and also inexpensive (FREE).
Here is my 'sandwich' -
Magnetic Platform on bottom / Cardstock shim  / Acrylic Cutting Pad / Paper /
WAX paper / Die FACE DOWN / Acrylic Cutting Pad on top

Some of my dies have a 'gazillion' tiny bits of paper that remain in the die 
even when performing the above two steps!  I really needed a quick solution other than 
simply using a die pick because I had a BUNCH of die cuts to make for all of the participants!  

Soooooooo - here is what I did that worked beautifully for me!
To remove those tiny bits of paper, you usually rub the back of the die 
with your thumbs and they begin to fall....well, not always!  
With this 'technique' in mind, 
I remembered that I had stipple brushes which have very stiff bristles!!
They are very inexpensive...much more so than an all-in-one tool.
So, if you already have a die pick, save your money and buy a stipple brush or two instead!
Stipple brushes cost around $4 versus $15 for the tool.

These are the stipple brushes that I have.

I personally don't own an 'all-in-one' die tool, which I didn't know even existed!
I do already own a die pick, but I had to improvise.  
What I learned in this die cut swap is that the brushes on the all-in-one don't work that well.  
I'm certainly not wasting my money, especially since I have this technique figured out!

Here are photos showing you the process I performed using a stipple brush.

In this example: The die cut is made and all of the paper remains in the die.

 Turn the die over, holding it over a trash can. 
(very important so that your lovely craft room doesn't become riddled with tiny bits of paper!)
Begin briskly rubbing with the stipple brush (with some added pressure) 
to the back of the die and then hear all of those 
tiny bits of paper just rain down into the trash can!
It takes just a couple of minutes, if that.

This is the result after stippling the backside of the die and then removing the die cut off of the die.  
There are barely any paper bits left!

To the remaining 'stuck' paper bits, use your die pick to remove them.

Separate the wax paper from the paper die cut.

Voila! Here is your beautiful, intricate & completed die cut!

Thanks for reading my tip and I really hope it helps you!
Have a wonderful day, Lisa : )