Thursday, October 30, 2014

Card Club Cards!!!

   After having a really fun time at very last "Card Club" (a monthly event that was held at my LSS),  I realized that I am really going to miss the group, and am happy that a few of the gals I really love, want to keep in touch and meet up every month or so to create together, which will be perfect!   On top of that we are all going to be back at the store next Friday, for an all day Workshop that's being taught by "Joanne Sharpe", who I had the pleasure of meeting, when she last came to teach a couple of years back. The class we'll be taking is all bout her fabulous lettering and we'll be working with ideas from her book - "The Art of Whimsical Lettering"which I happily own.  We will be creating a fun little Journal all based on the designs and elements of how she works with the alphabet!  It's a technique class, full of all kinds of great tips and hints and I know it'll be awesome.

    Today, I'm here to share some pics of the card were created in Card Club.  I finished mine up last night and really loved how they all came out.  I have to admit, that I'm NOT very good with using tiny die cuts (bad eyes), but I sure do LOVE how they look on cards and can also see why you need lots of time and patience to create with them, something I admit, I lack in, at times!  I also now prefer the look of "clean and simple cards - but really do love seeing cards that create a scene as a few of these do, especially these first few cards --

Scene Cards!

Created with lots of wonderful die cuts,
some cut from "colored cardstock" and
others are colored with Distress Inks!



Close of up my truck --Colored with Copics and
then covered with 3d Crystal Lacquer!!


Next are cards where the "coloring" and "texture"
is what brings them to life --

Stenciled background with Distress Ink
Copic Coloring and Washi Tape!


This is a favorite and this fabulous image is
 "Spooky Tree"  from Penny Black!!

I also love "techniques" which were used
in each of these cards!!

Distress Inking, Stenciling with
Embossing Paste!

Alcohol Inks on "Shimmer Sheets, Dry Embossing,
More coloring and Distressing.


And the last card, the only one not complete!
Grunge-board Painted with Acrylic paints and Distress ink.
Then layered with Distress Stickles and lots of Glitter and Sparkle!!


    As you can see we always made some really awesome cards in Card Club, which is why I know I'll miss it.  But, Kate, the owner of "Absolutely Everything", has told us, NOT to worry, she is planing all kinds of new classes and thought it was time for a change!  I like change too, so I get that and am now excited to see what she has coming up!    Check out this amazing video and cards that Kate was working on while we had class!!!   Awesome!!!!

    Hope you all enjoyed the cards and hope to see you again soon!   Hugs to all and as always, enjoy Creating!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scrambles! Love 'em!

   One of the online challenges I really is the Hero Arts 90 Minute Scrambles, which are hosted every other weekend at Hero's Flick Group.  Every Scramble is hosted by a member of the group and we encourage everyone to not only play, but to also take a turn at being a hostess!

    I have had the chance of hosting three since I joined this group a few years ago and I love that almost as much as playing.   We have sign up posts every so often and the schedule is provided several weeks ahead, making it easy for all to chose a time that works for them.  Once you choose you week, it's all up to you as to when you want to host your Scramble -- most often they are on the weekends, but it is up to the hostess.   You also have the fun part of choosing theme and creating a few sample projects to help inspire the players.   Each hostess also offers a prize (your choice), and a second "Digital" prize is provided by Hero for every scramble!

     Yesterday, I played in the Scramble hosted by Kim, who is from Australia, where the time difference is 12 hours (for me in the Eastern Time)!   Even longer for those across the country. Thankfully, Kim is an early bird, who was up at 5 a.m (Sunday) her time, to post her Scramble was went Live here in the East at 5 p.m. Saturday evening.  How sweet is she!  I also absolutely loved here theme, which brought a new word into my vocabulary -  Triptych!   A Triptych ia a work of cart (typically a panel), that is divided into three sections!

  To see Kim's Scramble Sample cards -- Please go to her Scramble  POST here!   And to see all the projects that were entered into Scramble 96 -- Click HERE for the Gallery!   I loved this idea and style and was very happy to complete these two cards for Kim's Scramble.

    For my first card I started with a stamp set (now retired) called "Designer Snowflakes" along with a Hero Arts sentiment set, "Winter Wishes".  I also used two Hero Ink colors -- Pool and Soft Granite, which I stamped on each of the three white panels!   I added the three to a "Mixed Pool" card base and finished off that card by adding my sentiment and some matching Hero Pearls/Gems.



                                          SALE Hero Arts Winter Wishes Operation Write Home
                                   Designer Snowflakes                               Winter Wishes


    The second card "my favorite" of the two, (it's Purple), started with "Scraps" of Purple patterned Halloween paper left over from Friday.   I changed the orientation of the panels to vertical on this card and adhered each purple strip directly to a Snow Card.   My sentiment, which I LOVE is from one of my favorite Christmas Sets, -- "Sparkle with Happiness", which I stamped in Grape Juice Shadow Ink.  I used the same ink for my Star image, which also happens to be from a retired "cling" set, called "Snowflake Shapes".   Cleaning my room and doing all this organizing is truly like a HUGE shopping spree --- so many stamps have re-appeared and I'm loving using them all again!!



                Hero Arts 'Snowflake Shapes' Cling Stamps 
Sparkle with Happiness                       Snowflake Shapes


    As it turned out, those were the only two cards that I made this weekend, so I'm delighted to have played in the Scramble!   Additionally, I plan to submit both cards to the current Holiday Challenge sponsored by Hero Arts, which you'll find along with all the challenge details on their blog



   I do hope to create more today, but instead spent a lot of time putting the house back in order.  I'm thrilled with the new flooring we have downstairs in the Family Room and love that there is no longer any carpet on the first floor!  Yay!  Today, was the first day that Hubby has had off, since the new floors were installed -- so it was the first  chance he had the time to move the furniture back into that room.    It was nice to have a chance to totally clean and re-organize the whole room, even the coat closet, with all our boots and winter shoes!  

  I also took the "girls" Skye and Zeva for nail trims at Pet-co, while Scoutie relaxed at home.  He just has his done at the Vet's office, being he did not have to go through it today.   He was happy to see Alex and Acacia who were also her all morning cleaning out Alex's fish 25 gallon fish aquarium, they have generously gifted to us.  They did not have room for two in their new place, so they are using Acacia's tank.  I bought all new stone and will be changing the color.  I also bought the new heater and a few things it needed. Tomorrow, Alex, Acacia and I are heading out to one of their favorite places to shop for supplies, a store called Tropic Isle Aquarium.    It's like an aquarium super store and has the best variety, plus great prices too.  I'm looking forward it buying plants and hopefully my first few fish.     I'm excited to finally add my own fish and am going along with how Acacia has her tank set-up.  It's low maintenance and also looks so pretty....lots of plants and a nice selection of easy to care for small fish!   Alex had only one large Betta fish and a gorgeous Blue Lobster and those two could not be kept with other fish, or they would eat them!   It was a bit too boring for me, so I hope ot find all kind fun things at the store,   Plus, I just LOVE spending time with the kids and now that Alex is out on his own, I don't see him or Acacia, nearly enough.  W'ell have a nice day.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday is here....

...and today I am here to invite you to hop on over to the a2z Scrapbooking Blog to take part in our October Challenge!    With only a few more days left in the month, time is starting to run out for your chance to enter a win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store!!

   Our theme for October is all about using your Hero Arts products and we want to see projects that use at least two "main" products -- (stamp, stencils, dies etc.,)!!   You are free to create any type of project a long as you use(2) or more Hero Arts products and follow our regular challenge guidelines.

    I have a little sneak peak to share with you below, and you can see the entire card over on the blog.  As you can see, I am creating with my "signature color" -- Purple -- but not to worry, if purple is not or passion, like mine -- the blog is fill of a fabulous array of inspiration from all the members of the a2z Design Team!



    I also want to remind you that you may use my Design Team promo code anytime you are shopping over at the a2z Store.   All you need to do is spend $25 (excluding shipping) and them enter the code - LISAH15 - during the checkout process.  You'll automatically send the savings, once you have $25 or more in your cart.   And, as always you can use this discount on ALL products, even things from Hero's most recent release!   Enjoy!

    I'm heading over to the blog now to check out all the latest projects in the Inlinkz Gallery, which you'll find HERE!    I will be looking forward to seeing your cards and projects there too and as always - Good Luck!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

..A Not so Freaky Friday...

....and for me it's a fun Friday, as I am creating some cute new Halloween Cards, all of which were first inspired by a new challenge sketch from "Fusion".  

    It reminded me that I had pretty much forgot all about Halloween this year, at least in my card-making and have already moved into Christmas!   But, today after seeing the challenge image and peeking at the calender, I was quickly reminded that Halloween is only a week away!  Another month that has flown by....

     I also admit now that my boys are grown, I do forget about the "kid" side of Halloween, which is the fun and happy side and to be honest, the only thing I like about it.  I'm not a fan of any of the scary of creepy side of Halloween, and that you'll see in all of my cards today!   I also don't mail out many Halloween cards, so I really only needed a few --- One for both the kids and one for my Mom!

     I'm starting with the card I created for Brian & Meghan, and this adorable Bugaboo image 'screams" Meghan to me, because she LOVES "Candy Corn".  YUK! if you ask me, but it's her favorite candy and when I was out in San Diego visiting, she bought her first "fix" of the season one day while we were out shopping!  LOL!  It makes me smile to think of her anytime I see Candy Corn. She is the only person I know, who loves this candy so much!



  Oh, and speaking of both Halloween and Bugaboo Stamps, they currently have all their adorable digi images on sale!    Happy Shopping!


   
  The next two cards are also cards that I created using more of my favorite digi stamps, all from Bugaboo, which happens to be one of my favorite places to shop for whimsical stamps!  Love them!!



  All of these cuties were color with Copics and also highlighted with a combo of Wink of Stella markers, 3d crystal lacquer and some very sparkly glitter!   All of the fum little sentiments I used today are from a set by Lori Boyd that I bought a part of a special when she first sold them along with her adorable "digi stamps" at By Lori Designs!   

   My last card of the day is the card that 'started' me on my Halloween mode and was based on the current "Inspiration" image from the new challenge at Fusion!    This is a copy of that image and as you will see in my card -- I combined both the Sketch and the Photo together to make my card.




     It turned out to be a fun (and not freaky) Friday for me and I'm so happy that I pulled out my "Halloween" stash and to put together all these "Happy Halloween" cards!   ENJOY!! 




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peace.Love.Joy.

  Three words that all are very special and three word that also are wonderful sentiments to put together on any cards, more so it seems, during the holiday season.   Today, I have three new Christmas Cards to share and love that one of the cards, not only features this sentiment, it also has those sweet words on the patterned paper I used to create the card.

  I'll start with that card, which is also my card for the brand new "Cas(E) This Sketch" challenge just posted today over on the CTS blog.  Let's start with the sketch, which I think is fabulous and one I know I will use again or future cards.

CAS(E) this Sketch


My Card


    I just love how this turned out and think having this sweet "Peace, Love, Joy" Paper Set by Lawn Fawn, was the perfect banner piece for my card.   It's also one more of my stash goodies that I found this week and I used it in some way on all of today's cards!  Love it!   

   For this one, I used that paper as my center banner and trimmed it down to fit the center of my card  I them pulled out a new set of stamps/dies from Simon Says Stamp -- and used the large heart to cut out two half pieces from the blue paper, which I them added to a "Snow" cardbase using foam tape. Next, I used the same die, to cut two full red hearts, also from the Peace Love Joy Pad.  I added those directly to my card base, like little puzzle pieces, lining them up to the die cut piece.  The final step was choosing a sentiment and I was thrilled I had this one, which is from another fabulous SSS Set --"Ornaments" which is one of the many awesome exclusives from the Stamtemeber Release!  

    In addition to the CTS Challenge, I am also submitting this card to Simon's - "Show us What you Made" Challenge!  I hope you'll also play along in both these fun new challenges!  

StamptemberSpecialEdition-02



  And speaking of Simon Says Stamp, which I sure you know by now is one of my favorite stores -- this next card was created and inspired by the latest challenge over on the  SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog, where the theme is "Great Crafty using Kraft"!!  

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

My Card

    I started this one with some Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock for my card base.  I also pulled out some new "Theresa Collins Cardstock Tags", a new set, I had picked up last week at my LSS!  Each tag is different and they are all adorable!  I'm so happy to be putting them to good use already!   This one, with the little white stars being Kraft in color, was perfect for this card theme.  I then used the same "Cold Hands Warm Heart" die set, from SSS to die cut my little tree and a little heart both from more of the Peace Love Joy - Lawn Fawn set.  I used a larger piece of the red "Rudolph" paper from the set create a large banner the front of my card.  I then using foam tape and added on the tag, which I had decorated more using my little cut tree, some black twine and a "Itty Bitty black and White polka dotted bow"!   The final element was to add a sentiment and I did  that using this adorable SSS Stamp Set, which was actually part of the 2013 December Card Kit!   For this card, I went with Hero's Royal Red Shadow Inks one of my favorite Reds!  


  And once again, it's time for my last card of the day and this one is going to be a card that is sent off to the fabulous "Caring Hearts" Card drive!  

 


   This cute little "pre-colored" image is another one I bought quit awhile back from "Lili of the Valley", long before it was retired.  But, not to worry, the still have many more new "colored art pads" in stock HERE at the store!   And these already colored, cardstock quality images are perfect to use for some super fast and easy carsd.  In this case, I simply trimmed it down a bit,  layered it onto some more of the fabulous Lawn Fawn Paper and added that to another "Snow" card base!   I punched a red heart and added that along with one sparkly red gem.  To complete this one, all I needed was a sentiment and and I found the perfect one in this set by Mama Elephant!  


Bye Bye for today...............




A Little About Me

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Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 27, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.