Thursday, January 29, 2015

12 Tags of 2015-January

~my January tag~

I'm excited to start off 2015 by playing along with Tim's 12 Tags of 2015. This is the first year that's ever happened! As I got into the various steps I found myself enjoying the creative process and that's why I love Tim's techniques and fabulous products.

Following his lead I started off by grabbing a #8 manila tag and adding Melange tissue wrap to the base. I used Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress Paint to color the tissue then sprayed it with Walnut Stain Distress Spray. Next I grabbed a pack of chitchat stickers and began choosing the words I wanted to use on my tag. The alpha numbers were altered with distress paint-tarnished brass and brushed pewter-while the "5" received a coat of glossy accents and a dusting of tarnished brass distress glitter. 

As an afterthought I added a layer of Tim's filmstrip over the Idea-olgy alpha number one.

I added chitchat sticker words to the top that relate to travel. We have several trips planned for 2015 that I'm excited about! In fact my family started off the year by enjoying a week at the most magical place ever-Walt Disney World-and we had a blast. :) If you look closely you can see I also included some rub on words-a beautiful world. The wing, mini gear sprockets and mirrored stars are Idea-ology products. The stars were adhered to the sprockets with glossy accents as were all of the metal elements.

After altering the alpha numbers with tarnished brass distress paint I decided to go over it with brushed pewter as well. An Idea-ology arrow points to the bottom of my tag. 

Chitchat stickers were added to the bottom and I included more rub ons. The stickers were distressed with distress markers-brushed corduroy and black soot. 

Before I close I've included a few photos of Cinderella's castle from our recent trip. I love the Frozen look at night and best of all the color continually changes. It's so cool and I kept snapping away!





Close up of the front.

It's always beautiful!

I had to include this photo-my fave character from Alice in Wonderland. :) 

Thanks for the visit, have a fabulous weekend everyone.
Lisa xx

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Planner from The Cutting Cafe

2015 Secret Garden Planner

Happy Monday everyone, hope your week is off to a good start. I'm back to share my latest project featuring The Planner Printable Set by the talented Regina Easter, owner/designer of The Cutting Cafe. I absolutely love this set and because of its popularity she expanded it to include several add on's as well as a Holiday Planner. I'll include links for those at the end of my post as well as the other two planners I created last year. For now I have a ton of photos to share of my Secret Garden Planner so let's get started.

Graphic 45's Secret Garden paper collection was used for the 
covers and spine. 

The letters and numbers are from the Secret Garden 
cardstock sticker sheet. I added the numbers to the 
ribbon so the "5" can be easily changed to a "6" next year. 

This pretty frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I placed the 
cut out in it and distressed it a bit with Vintage Photo which was also 
used to distress each and every edge of this planner. ;) The butterflies
are chipboard stickers from K and Company that were in my stash.

I added a Roman numeral clock cut out to the upper right corner 
and added a Prima brad to the center. Kaisercraft bliss pearls provide a 
decorative border for it.  

Back Cover featuring a SC sticker.

The inside covers also feature the Secret Garden collection but
the pocket flap is from G45's Place in Time. A cut out (SC) was added
to the My 2015 Planner cover.

2015 Full Calendar Sheet
(offered in black/white or colored which I used throughout
this planner)

Every category/month in this printable set has a tab and was  
distressed with antique linen distress ink by Tim Holtz.

Important Numbers Pages
(print off as many as you need)

These are handy to have in your planner-Monthly Goals and
Monthly Bill Payment Log.

Notes and a blank page to record anything you need/want.
I stamped "To Do" on the blank pages because this planner is 
for my big sis and she always has a long To Do list. ;)

Regina includes tabbed dividers in the Planner set
but I wanted to use my G45 Place in Time calendar paper. 

This is what the weekly format looks like. I added cut out's, 
stickers, etc. throughout to mark special occasions/holidays. Stamps would 
work well too.

Here are a few of my favorite monthly divider's using G45's Place in Time.

I added a pocket to the back of each monthly divider
and stamped Receipts on it. I like the idea of being
able to find a receipt when I need it. :)

The Cutting Cafe also offers add on's to the 2015 Planner Printable Set which you can view here

{Holiday Planner, Password add on, 25 Days of Christmas, etc.}

The Cutting Cafe

It's not to late to create your own planner or give one as a gift!!!

Here are the links to my other two planners and the add on sheets at TCC.
(this file is also included in the Planner Set)
Now for the add on's-
Click this link and it will pull up all of the add ons plus the additional planners (.ie. Holiday, Meal,)

Thanks for the visit today and my apologies if I haven't been by to visit your blog lately. The past two months have been hectic around my home and hopefully things are going to slow down starting this week. It has to, right? 

Lisa xx

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Mini Calendar

2015 Mini Flip Calendar

Hi there! As promised I'm back with my design team project for The Cutting Cafe. I used the 2015 Calendar Printable Set to create my mini flip calendar for my desk.

On months with special occasions I added an Idea-ology metal 

This is one of Tim's industrial borders.

I used papers from Donna Salazar which I adhered to my 3.5 chipboard bases.  My Cinch binding machine turned it into a flip calendar which I'll enjoy all year. :)

2015 Calendar Printable Set




Regina offers several files in this set including this fun calendar keychain set. 

 The Cutting Cafe

The Cutting Cafe

To see more projects featuring this file and other calendar files by Regina check out the creations by the design team tomorrow on TCC blog. Also, the winner of 3 free cutting file sets will be announced. If you'd like to be in the running just leave a comment on the DT post. 
I hope you'll give this set a try. :)

Have a great week!
Lisa xx

Something New

Waterfall Mini Album

Hello and welcome! 
We have a brand new challenge for you over at Top Tip Tuesday and it's 

~Something New~

with the wonderful Brenda as our hostess. This is her first time to write the challenge post so be sure to let her know what a fab job she did. :) As the challenge title suggests we want you to use something new from your crafty stash (i.e. a new tool, paper collection, die, embellishment, etc.) and please include what your new item is in your blog post. My new item is the paper collection I used, It's Raining Cats and Dogs by Graphic 45, to create this Waterfall Mini Album for my daughter. Rosie is her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and she is absolutely adorable as you'll see. :)  

I found Ginger Ropp's easy to follow tutorial on the G45 blog and only made one exception, I added extra flaps to the waterfall to include more photos. 

I used a cardstock stick on the spine from the G45 collection.


The front was adorned with a Petaloo bloom and paper roses.
A cut out from the collection was used for the title and if you 
look at the first photo you'll see I used a pull knob from Tim's 
Idea-ology line. I backed it with a G45 paper and sticker to 
fit in with my theme.

I used alpha's from the collection to spell her name out
and a border from the cardstock sticker sheet.


Left flap

I tucked these cut outs in the pocket so she could journal on them.

The edges were cropped using a We R Memory Keepers
Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper. I alternated papers from
the collection and adhered to both sides of the flaps. 

Here's my beautiful granddog, Rosie.

Enjoying some sunshine on the deck of her
mom's apartment. Told ya she was adorable!

I love this little face, she is wise and has such soulful eyes. 
Honestly, this breed has the best disposition of any dog 
we've ever had. We miss having her around so much that 
we travel up to our daughter's apartment every other week
or two just to see Rosie and our daughter as well of course. ;)  

Yes, she is under the covers and laying her head on the pillow.
She did it all by herself and my DD woke up to find her snoozing 
away and snapped this wonderful picture. It was taken this past 
December shortly before the Christmas break and she's wearing
her Mrs. Claus dress. Too cute I tell ya!!!

Now I need to make one of these for my son and DIL of my furry grandcat, Felix. We're fortunate to have such smart, beautiful grandbabies. :-) 


Prize is a $10 coupon code to the online store.

Before I close I would like to ask each of you to remember our beloved Samantha. Her mother passed away last week after a long battle with her health. Please remember her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. I know it would mean so much to her. 
We love you Samantha!

Be back later today with another design project for The Cutting Cafe.


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