Friday, October 9, 2015

Wish BIG

Happy 21st Birthday Sara!!!

Our baby girl is turning 21 today and we have a day full of celebrating ahead so this will be a quick post. She'll be whisked away for a late morning spa appointment then off to Nashville to have lunch and meet up with one of her favorite authors, Rebecca Wells. She actually met her yesterday on campus and had two of her books signed. Today she'll giving future writers some tips on how to become a best selling author which is what our daughter aspires to be. Later she'll be meeting up with family and friends at the Green Dragon and we'll all enjoy dinner, cake, presents and some merriment. The Green Dragon is a really cool place for all middle earth lovers like us. We're serious die hard fans of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and it's like stepping into his world when you walk in the door. What is truly heartwarming for this mom and dad is that she wants us to be included in everything and we're not too old for her to be seen with us. lol It does a parent's heart good to have a kid like that. :)

A few details about her birthday card, I was in a mad rush all week getting things prepared for the party celebration and had to whip up a card before we left yesterday. When I need instant inspiration I go to Pinterest, don't we all?!? :) I based my card on one that is pinned to my Cards board and added some touches of my own. 

Okay, I have to run and prepare the last sweet treat for the party and get ready to dash out the door. Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are.
Lisa xx

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Inspiration with The Cafe

There's absolutely every reason to celebrate fall and that's exactly what we are doing over at The Cutting Cafe. I made a card using the Harvest Wreath Greetings Printable Set and it was super easy to create. I drew lines on the panels to simulate wrought iron and please don't pay attention to the fact that I forgot to add the doorknob. :( Just realized it but I'll remedy that lol. The wreath was fussy cut and the leaves were colored with distress markers, then I used leaf green Stickles to add some sparkle. The bow received a dusting of orange peel Stickles as well. 

That's not all of the fall Cutting Cafe inspiration I have for you today. How about creating a mixed media canvas using a pumpkin template or using the Halloween and Fall Jar Printable Set to create a cute card like the one I made here. With Halloween just around the corner you might be interested in some cute packaging for those trick-or treaters who'll be knocking on your door soon. Check out this post here and one more here which features a great way to give sweet treats for every occasion.

Tomorrow on The Cutting Cafe blog you'll be able to see the design team post with everyone's take on fall using Regina's cutting files...templates...printable stamps. Also, if you'd like to win 3 FREE sets simply leave a comment on the DT post and Regina will choose one winner to announce on the 21st of October.

Thanks for the visit today, hope you're having a great day!
Lisa xx

Monday, October 5, 2015

Defending the Faith


Last week on my blog I mentioned that I plan to share a mixed media angel with you mid-week, then I pushed it back to Friday due to a busy schedule. I edited that post to say that it would be up today. Truthfully, this is not the angel I intended to post today. I was all set to share the Week 4 Healing Angel from Tamara LaPorte's Art, Heart and Healing free online e-course. After the mass shooting on the Umpqua Community College last Thursday in Roseberg, Oregon...I was a bit numb. Personally I was horrified that the motive behind these senseless killings was a hatred for Christians. It hit me doubly hard as our daughter attends college and she's a Christian. None of us ever know what day will be our last here on earth. My prayer is that something like this will never happen again...anywhere.

So instead of the angel, I'm sharing this mixed media young woman with you. The cross necklace is a testament to her faith and the halo represents the moment she exchanged this earthly home for her heavenly home. May God comfort the families, friends and loved ones of those who lost someone in the attack. For the survivors I pray that they will heal both emotionally and physically. 

To the right of her I wrote defending the faith with a white Faber-Castell Pitt Pen. I used a yellow Pitt Pen to alter the Idea-ology mirrored stars which I added to the halo. To color the girl I used watercolor crayons and pencils. The background was created with blue, yellow, and white acrylic paint which I applied with a brayer. I added some subtle touches of Golden Quinacridone Magenta fluid acrylic paint with a brush. 

I'll be back tomorrow to share some fall inspiration with you featuring cutting files by The Cutting Cafe. 

Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Outgoing and Incoming Pocket Letters

Sweet Treats Group swap Pocket Letter

Hello and Welcome!

I promised to share a mixed media angel today but since this is the last day of September I'm going to to share my last outgoing PL and my incoming PL's from my pals.

This pocket letter was created for the Sweet Treats Group swap and it went out to my pal, Meghan, in New York. We both love cupcakes so I included several in the design and it's chock full of goodies. Everybody loves goodies, right!

First I'll let you in on a little secret....I discovered the Dutch magazine Flow in my fave bookstore a few months ago and it's a papercrafter's dream. They pack every issue with fun stuff which you can use in your crafting and sometimes even the articles come in handy. ;)

Check out the photo below...
{had to photograph it sideways due to glare}

One of the articles in the August issue provided the perfect confectionery background for my Sweet Treats swap. Some Flow issues are smaller in size and this one happened to be so I made up the difference with pink cardstock pockets trimmed with cupcake washi tape. :)

The Italian "La Dolce Vita" phrase was a must for this pocket letter. It means "The Sweet Life" and I hope Meghan always has a sweet life. In the far left pocket is my letter to her and the pocket on the right holds some sweet treats for her.

Row two holds my tea packet, note about me and my 3?'s for my pal.

This row is where the main goodies are-stickers, washi tape samples with coordinating baker's twine, and some fun ephemera. The green cupcake on the far right pocket is a page magnetic bookmark and it's scented. I love it and I hope she does too!

Quickly, here's a snap of the back of her pocket letter.

Now, as much fun as it is to create pocket letters for my pals, it's totally awesome to receive letters as well.  So far I have received four but since one is Halloween themed I'm going to save it for next week. Here are the other 3 letters in the order I received them.

First PL from my pal Renee in New Jersey.
I love it and she created the paper using mixed media techniques. The brooch on the top row-middle can be worn or used in a crafty project.  The girl with the umbrella is so sweet and I love the digi she used for her tea pocket. Awesome pocket letter, thanks Renee!!! 

Second PL from my pal Meghan in New York.
Love the bright, fun colors of this PL and the pockets were full of goodies and sweet treats. Yay! It's always nice to meet another cupcake aficionado. Honestly, who never met a cupcake they didn't like. :) Thanks so much Meghan!!!

and last but not least is the PL I received yesterday from my Canadian pal, Tiana. 
A girl after my own heart!!! 
We decided to swap PL's with a Cats and Cute Animals theme and I am thrilled with my PL. All of the whimsical animals are hand drawn by her which just makes this over the top awesome for me. I absolutely adore this PL Tiana!!! Uh, did I mention she's 15? Yep, what a talent she is!! 

I had to include some close ups of her adorable animals. 

She created mixed media backgrounds for each and I love all of the detail.

I have such an affinity for rabbits and this sweet rabbit stole my heart.

As a bonus she included her drawings in the pockets so I can use them in future projects. Needless to say it will be for a journal or keepsake that will remain with me. :)
Thank you Tiana!!!

Okay, thanks for sticking in there with this long post today. I'll have the mixed media angel up on my blog by Friday Monday and next week I'll be sharing some fall projects featuring The Cutting Cafe's templates, printable stamps and cutting files. I'm sure a PL will be up as well lol.

Take care, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cats and Cute Animals

Cute Animals Pocket Letter

I shared my first pocket letter last week and today I'm back with my second one. The Pocket Letter Pals website is a great place to network with people from all over the world and every age. In fact this PL is for my teenage pen pal, Tiana. I asked what her fave colors are and she replied purple and green so that's the color scheme I went with. We mutually agreed on a cat and cute animals theme for our swap since we both love animals. :)

Here are a few close ups.

With every pocket letter you should include a greeting and a hello note. The dp worked well with the hello bubble printed on it and I spelled out friend with Glitz alpha stickers. A cute whale button was attached because all teenagers like buttons. :)  

For my "mail tag" pocket I asked her a few ?'s which she can message the answers to me. I'm pretty certain we'll exchange letters again and I'd like to get to know her a little better. The owl is a magnetic page bookmark so she can use it when studying or reading her fave book.

Also with every pocket letter you should share some facts about yourself with your pal. I altered a 7 Gypsies mini folder with washi tape and alpha stickers and included a letter with a few facts about me. There's a map on the back which shows where I live and a few quick facts about the lake I live on. This black cat sticker reminds me of my grandcat, Felix. Do you see the little mouse trying to hide?

I love this sweet llama and I decided to cut the sticker in two and continue it on the lower pocket. As you can see I decorated the spine of the pocket with washi tape, paper flowers and brads. The washi will remain but she can use the brads and flowers on a future project or decorate a journal, etc. for herself.

I adore foxes and we actually have a red fox that visits us regularly. It's always a treat when I see it trotting down the street or making its way to the lake to get some water. When we decided on the cute animals theme I knew I wanted a pocket with a fox and who doesn't remember this song lol. It was everywhere!

I filled the pack pockets with all sorts of goodies like brads, a key ring, stickers, vintage buttons, bling, baker's twine, washi tape samples and ephemera plus a cute paper clip. I couldn't resist sending a fox magnetic page bookmark as well. 

I really hope my pen pal, Tiana, likes her pocket letter because it was a joy to create!

I'll be back mid week with a mixed media angel that was inspired by Tamara LaPorte's Art, Heart and Healing e-course.

See you then,
Lisa xx

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pocket Letter Pals

That's my newest adventure on this paper journey. :)
Recently I discovered Janette Lane's Pocket Letters and I was intrigued. She inspired this style of pen pal writing in late January of this year and in March she launched the Pocket Letter Pals website. Under the umbrella of the PLP's you can join groups based on your interest and exchange a pocket letter with pen pals here in the US or around the globe. She designed a format for pocket letters with a few basic suggestions when sending one out to a pal and you can check out more info on Janette's blog. This is my first pocket letter and it went to my pal, Renee, in New Jersey. :)

A few photos and an explanation of the different pockets.

The left pocket expresses a greeting to my pal with a letter tucked in the back. 
In this particular group swap-Anything and Everything-we were asked to create a pocket letter with different colors and themes. My letter for Renee reflects her favorite things-flowers, lace, washi tape, brads and includes the items which are also to be included such as a packet of tea, letter to your pal, an about me pocket, quote, and a mail tag with questions for my pal so we can get to know each other better. 

My story is included in a note about me which I tucked inside the altered 7 Gypsies small file folder. The quote by Richard Dumb is from a stamp set by My Favorite Things and the pocket on the right has the mail tag with 5 ?'s on the back with I spelled out "choose 3" with alpha stickers. 

The third row of pockets holds a pack of brads, a tea bag (on the back) and a stamped inspiration with a butterfly theme. 

Janette encourages sending goodies that range from stickers, ephemera, die cuts, washi tape, tea, the back of my pockets are chock full and you can see that I included a few items on the front as well. After all, Renee is my first pocket letter pal and that makes her special. :)

I included flowers (which she can color to match any project), vintage buttons, wood flowers and butterflies, lace samples, a small bag of micro beads, canvas butterflies and all of the other goodies that were suggested. You'll see on the 2nd row far right pocket that I attached a map of my location with a few quick facts about the lake I live on. For me, one of the best things about a pen pal is getting to know where they're from and what it's like where they live. 

Each pocket is ATC size which is 2.5" x 3.5" and baseball trading card protector pages are used to house your letter. After it's finished place it in a #10 (legal) size envelope and if your letters are like mine (chunky) you may want to buy a pack of plain manila envelopes to mail it in. I buy all of these supplies at Wal-Mart in the office supply section.

Using a template by Mirkwood Designs, I created this vellum envelope and it's perfect for my sweet gift of Ghirardelli chocolate. Hope she enjoys it!

I've made my 2nd pocket letter already and it was for my teenage pen pal, Tiana. I love the way it turned out and can't wait to share it next week.  

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In Black and White

{loved drawing pigtails on this girl}

Hello and Welcome!

I'm back to share some of the girls I sketched from Tamara LaPorte's Art, Heart and Healing E-Course last spring. I'm a newbie when it comes to drawing and recently shared my first mixed media girl, in color, from Tam's course. You can see Lucy here in case you missed the post. 

I love how Tam uses color in her mixed media and her whimsical creatures are fantastic. It's a free e-course for those who sign up to her newsletter and you'll find that there's a lot of drawing content in this course. If you don't need the healing part then follow Tam's recommendation and skip it. 

I took the course because it was 
1. Free 
2. I love her art 
3.She's an awesome teacher 
4. I wanted to learn how to draw whimsical creatures

You can visit her blog and click on the banner at the top right to join if you're interested.   
I highly recommend this free e-course!

I made notes on my page while Tam was instructing and refer to them when needed.  

I found it beneficial that she also teaches you how to draw different articles of clothing, shoes, styles of feet and hair. I'm telling you, there's a lot of art content in each video and it's all for FREE. 

In the 4th video Tam taught us how to draw an angel and I can't wait to share her with you next week. I have a sketch of the initial angel I drew plus another angel which I colored with some of Tam's favorite watercolor mixed media products. 

In the meantime, I hope you'll visit me on Friday when I introduce another "new to me" adventure right here on my blog. 

See ya then!
Lisa xx

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