Sunday, June 18, 2017

Delightful New Orleans Cat House

I've been having a ton of fun & relaxation lately creating some simple layouts full of memories!
In April 2011 my dear husband, Joe and I were so lucky to go on a short driving trip with our best friends, Carmel & Anthony to the wonderful and iconic New Orleans. 
As we strolled through the streets in and around the French Quarter, we came across this absolutely ADORABLE "cat house"!  There were at least 8-12 cats strolling around on the porch and if you look very closely in the left section of the porch area, there's one snoozing with its head upside down.  >^..^<
Of course the owner is a cat lover one hundred fold!  
Look at the cute white metal cat with big blue eyes smack dab in the center for all to see!

The photo was my inspiration.  I felt that the photo had enough decoration so I didn't want to over do anything with a bunch of flowers and embellishments.  Then the idea came to me to draw the outline of a cat!  
I outlined my drawing with black rhinestones.  

Blue Fern Studios paper and chipboards were perfect for this photo! 
I decided to decorate with the harlequin design, which is soooo New Orleans.  
I stenciled this design as well as used ruby colored tiles to match the color in the photo.
 The chipboard pieces coordinate ultra great with the design of the decorative posts of this gorgeous cat house porch!  I made strands to mimic the ones in the photo, but mine are in Mardi Gras colors of Green, Gold & Purple.  Another sooooo New Orleans! 

Thanks for visiting and please come again!
Lisa : )

Products used:

Classic Corners

Classic Ornaments

The Crafters Workshop - 6x6 Harlequin Stencil

Finnabair artExtravagance Texture Paste - White Crackle

Wild Orchid Crafts - Green Sweetheart Blossoms

Want2Scrap - Black Rhinestone Strips

Recollections Embossing Powder - Snow
Mark Richards Crystal Stickers - 10mm & 15mm Mosaic Tiles - Ruby
Hobby Lobby - White Ribbon Lace

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Whatcha Readin' ?

My daughter sent me this photo of Marcy, my favorite Grand-kitty, on 4/7/17.
Marcy loves her MaMa more than anyone on Earth and sometimes she's just got to show up
 in the wrong place at the wrong time for attention - LOL!
I usually scrap her in very vivid Fall colors, but not this time!  
It's all girl!  

I rummaged through my old stash, which I have a lot of, and found this wonderful 
2011 Echo Park paper collection "Times & Seasons".  
It has the perfect old newspaper print that I cut into a shape I liked; 
then edge inked in jet black and adhered to the main page.

After positioning the photo, I used foam adhesive circles to mount The Dusty Attic  chipboard Flourish Frame at an angle to make a diamond shape.  It's heat embossed in Blue Fern Studios magnificent Imagine Ink color Celestial with its jet black base and tiny specks of red, green, blue & gold!

To help tone down the stark black, I added The Dusty Attic Swirly Vines #3  to two sides of the diamond shape.  These are heat embossed in Stampendous! color Blushing Pink.
This is a very pretty baby pink but I felt it needed to be toned down as well.
So, I stamped it in jet black archival ink.

Since I off-centered the photo and large chipboard, 
I decided to add a flower arrangement in the top left corner of the page.
Thanks to my daughter's MIL, Molly, who gave me these wonderful ivory/mint latex roses.

Since this page is about 'reading', I used the stick on letters from this paper collection to spell the word 'read' which I adhered to chipboard and cut out, inking the edges in jet black.

Such a fun layout to create!
Have a great week!
Lisa : )

Products used:

Echo Park - Times & Seasons paper collection

Times & Seasons collection 

Swanky Floral - backside

Yesterday's News

Hobby Lobby - The Paper Studio - Haberdashery paper collection
Black Paper with beige print under photo

Martha Stewart punch set
Flourish Lace

EK Success edge punch
Round Binding Edge

The Dusty Attic Chipboard
Flourish Frame Set

Swirly Vines #3

Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink

Stampendous! Embossing Powder
Blushing Pink

Stampabilities wood mounted rubber stamp
Ornate Textured Background

Ranger - Archival Jet Black ink

Wild Orchid Crafts
10mm 2-tone mix Open Roses

40mm Green Rose Leaves

25mm Mixed Tea Roses

Scotch - Advanced Tape Glider

Michael's - Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles; bargain bin pastel light pink pearls
Hobby Lobby - pink beaded strand

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Carrie's Friendship/Birthday Easel Card

I made an easel card for my very sweet friend, Carrie, for her upcoming birthday. 
She & I have really hit it off since we met and I've enjoyed her friendship very much. 
Besides scrapping, we are both cat lovers & owners.  We talk about both in detail.
She's very upbeat, witty and intelligent.  I love reading anything she writes about. : )

I used Blue Fern Studios Blush collection papers to make the card & envelope.  
I love the feminine feel and the colors are beautiful.

I like to make easel cards at least 8" wide; this one is 8-1/2".  
Also, I really like making the top piece smaller in width than the main card because it adds interest. 
This top piece measures 8" wide, leaving 1/4" on either side 
so the contrasting pink main card color accentuates the edges.

The word "Friendship" is computer printed on the paper to fit nicely inside
The Dusty Attic chipboard Decorative Frame #1.   
Carrie has been using lots of pretty shiny gold in her layouts lately so I chose BFS Imagine Ink embossing powder color 14 Karat and I think it looks "fantabulous" against the aqua tones!

Next, The Dusty Attic chipboard Elegant Swirls #13 was heat embossed in 
BFS Imagine Ink color Speckled Mint and placed in the center at the bottom.  
It's as close as I could get to one of Carrie's favorite colors "seafoam"!  

I coordinated the shape of the swirl chipboard with a Martha Stewart corner punch Crotchet Loop.
Tiny white pearls on the diamond points add extra femininity. 

I decorated the inside "hidden part" of the easel with some pretty white lace.

For the inside of the main card, I created the rest of the sentiment.
I want Carrie to know that I cherish our friendship.
The Dusty Attic chipboard Teeny Tiny ABCs are acrylic painted in bright white.
The Want2Scrap chipboard word "cherish" is heat embossed in BFS Imagine Ink color Pink Peppermint

A flower arrangement was added to coordinate with the colors in the top piece paper. 

Some close ups of the flowers:

And here is the smaller flower arrangement with a small butterfly:

The butterflies are scanned & fussy cut from the same BFS Blush paper collection.
I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the wing tips & 22g wire antennae on the larger one.

The largest of The Dusty Attic set Elegant Swirls #13 serves as the foundation 
to hold the opened easel card in place.  

It lines up perfectly with the smaller swirl when the card is in easel position. 

The envelope I made measures 9" x 5-1/4" x 1-1/2".  
Two 24" pieces of seam binding were sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst color Salt Water Taffy and after they dried, random spritzes of Starburst color Cotton Candy Pink added a tiny bit of a darker pink. 
The seam binding was scor-taped to the envelope and tied off in a simple bow.  
This allows Carrie to keep her card inside the envelope and hang it on the wall out of the way if she wants.  
I lined the top of the envelope with the same pretty white lace used on the inside part of the card.  
One side of the envelope is decorated with white pearls. 

I really enjoyed making this for my sweet friend! She's such a complete doll! 
She makes me laugh & smile.

A GREAT BIG Happy Birthday to sweet Carrie!
I'm so happy to say that Carrie received her card and she likes it!!  YAY!

Thanks for viewing and I hope you have a wonderful week!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios
Used for Main Card

Used for Top Piece of Card

Used for Envelope

14 Karat

Speckled Mint

Want2Scrap chipboard

The Dusty Attic chipboards
Teeny Tiny ABC set

Decorative Frame #1

Elegant Swirls #13

Prima die

Tattered Lace die 
Ornate Leaves

Big Shot

Magnetic Platform

Martha Stewart
Scoring Board

Crotchet Loop

Prima flowers
White Flower Bundle

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
2-tone Open Roses 10mm

Mixed Color Rosebuds 4mm

White Heather

Yellow Open Roses 20mm

White MINI Sweetheart Blossoms

Petaloo flowers
Pink MINI Garden Rosettes

Other products 

Ranger Stickles - Frosted Lace
ColorBox inks - Pink Sky, Aqua & Black
Adhesives: Scor-Tape, Beacon 3-in-1 Glue, Tombow Mono Glue
Michael's Recollections - White Pearls, bright white acrylic paint, blue flowers, 22g black wire
Hobby Lobby - white lace trim
Hug Snug - Seam Binding 
Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst sprays - Saltwater Taffy & Cotton Candy Pink