Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My "While I'm away" Giveaway!!

    By the time you are read this post, I will be in flight to sunny and gorgeous San Diego!!  Woohoo! I will be there primarily to spend some quality time with my oldest son, Brian and his beautiful wife, my "daughter" Meghan.   I started planning this trip back in April and can hardly believe the day is finally here!   Yippee!!   I'll also be there to take them out in celebration of their 2nd Anniversary! It's hard to believe that two years have flown by since they married her on a favorite beach!!  What a wonderful day that was for all of us!!

  I'm also really looking forward to relaxing and enjoy some wonderful warm weather again.   I know we'll be very busy, so don't be surprised if I am not online very much.  I really want to savor every minute with the kids and also really need a nice vacation!

 However, because I have so many wonderful followers, I decided I would host a "Giveaway" while I'm away.   Starting today, September 17th and running through Friday, September 26th, anyone who stops by and leaves me a comment telling me about your favorite vacation destination, will be entered into my Giveaway.    One winner will be chosen by Random Drawing and will be posted here on Sunday, September 28th at Noon EDT!   Be sure to stop by to see if you are the lucky winner!

  THE PRIZE ---  Will be a craft surprise package that contains a variety of fun stamping and card-making goodies.   I already have some goodies for you and hope to pick up a few more things, during my trip.  The last time I went out to San Diego I went to a really cute little scrap store and also had my first "in person" visit to a Dick Blick store, which for me was a blast.  I'm hoping to go back to both and maybe even some new places this time.

   Here is a little sneak peek of the prize far...

   Please be sure to leave your comment and a way to contact you, if your link does not take me to your blog?   Please note that I have to manually 'Approve'  all comments now, due to the high volume of Spam that has been hitting my blog.  But, not to worry, I am taking my laptop and will be checking in from time to time.
    As a BONUS --  Everyone who enters our "September Challenge" over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog, during my vacation, will have a second chance to win the prize.    Simply leave me a second comment and tell me what date you entered the challenge and what number your card is in the Inlinkz Gallery!

    Our theme for September is one that should be easy for all --- your choice of "Fall or Christmas" cards!   You can find the challenge HERE, along the with the guidelines to enter!   Be sure to scroll down toward the end of the post and look the "Inlinkz".   If you would like to see some fabulous inspiration be sure to check out the daily posts done by members of the Design Team!   You can see my most recent including two cards I created for the blog Here!

     If you happen to be shopping at the a2z Store, while I am away -- you may use my Design Team
Promo Code --- LISAH15  --- to save 15% off of any orders of $25.00 and up (before shipping charges).    Once you cart hits $25.00 enter the code during the checkout process and you'll automatically see the discount!   You can use it for ALL products, including Hero's latest release, as well as the new Digital Kits and even the SALE goodies!  

   This is my little thank you to all my blog followers and everyone who I have met through this wonderful world of crafting!  Thanks for stopping by -- Good Luck!   Bon Voyage!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Counting down..... only two more days I will be in flight for my trip out to sunny and gorgeous San Diego to visit my Brian & Mehgan (my son and daughter in law), for a wonderful little vacation!  I miss them so much and have been looking forward to this trip, since the day I bought my tickets, way back in April.

    Today, I'm also excited to be sharing a new post and some new Christmas themed cards with you over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog where I hope I can inspire you to join our "Christmas or Fall" themed challenge this month.   Michelle will also be posted the WINNER of the August Challenge today, so please take a peek at her post too, to see if YOU were our lucky winner!!  Good Luck!!

     I am sharing two little 'sneak peeks' of my cards with you here, but to see all the details, I hope that you'll hop right on over to my a2z Blog post HERE!!

     This is the first card I created and it's all done in what I consider "Non-Traditional" holiday colors which is something I love to do with the majority of my Christmas cards.  I make all of my cards every year and each card is different, I never make two of the exact same cards, and really try to make the special for those who receive them.

   And this is a little peak at my second card, which I also created in the same color theme and also in a "Snowflake" design.  I love that Hero Arts also has some really gorgeous snowflake stamps and dies and will often feature them on my cards.  They are also perfect for "Winter" cards for those who celebrate their own winter Holiday.

    Please be sure to also check out all the fabulous Christmas/Winter and Fall themes projects we currently have in stock now at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.   And don't forget, as one of my blog followers, you can use my Design Team Promo Code - LISAH15 - to save 15% off of any orders you place that are $25.00 and up, (excluding shipping).   The code works on ALL products, from our exclusive Hero Arts Digital line, to the brand new Christmas/Fall Release and even our SALE goodies!    We are also also happy to place special orders, so if you are looking for a product and can't find it in the store, just let us know and Elizabeth will be happy to get it for you!   Thanks for shopping at a2z and thanks for visiting me and playing in our challenges.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 911

.....I will never ever forget the tragedy and horrific events of 911.  It's hard to even believe at times, that 13 years have now passed since the awful morning.  I will never forget where I was, the feelings fear I had and the feeling of just wanting both my boys back home from school and my husband home from work -- I wanted to know my family was safe and together!!

     My heart goes out to ALL those who lost their life on that day and to those who have since served to protect our country from those who hate us so.  It's so devastating to think that there is still such evil and always those who want nothing more than to harm of kill any U.S. Citizens.  I hope that some day there will truly be Peace in the world!

I will never never forget
September 11, 2001

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Three, Two, One....

   Go!    I am being kind of silly today, but I can't seem to get the number "Three" off my mind and that all started when I saw the new Cue Card for the latest challenge being hosted this week over at CASology !

   And from the moment I saw the cue card, all that seems to come to mind is sayings or things that all related to the number three.    One, Two, Three...or Three, Two, One, or the old poem "Three Blind Mice"....those three special words that we all love to hear, "I Love You"...and on and on!   And even though all these "3's" were flying through my brain, I have to admit that this challenge did stump me for a bit because, I wasn't sure how to put any of those "3's" into a card!   Even when I did decide the card I did want to create, it turned out to the a total "Bust"....or "Fail Card", as I call them.

  I'll start by sharing that one with you, because I always share the good and the bad and although this idea I have used before, I simply do not at all like how this little "Happy Birthday" turned out.  I had the goal of making it for a three year old girl, and that's where the pink came into play, however, I am NOT at all happy with how it turned out!   Bleck!  Needless to say, this card will NOTbe submitted to the challenge.

My "Fail" Card

  And this was the inspiration I had used, to create that card.  It's another card where I used the same basic theme and even the same Hero Arts - Digital Number Kit, but the first version, seemed to be so much better.  Don't you agree?

My Inspiration Card

   And I think the main reason, is because of the colors and all the extras that I put into the first card.  But, then again, I really can't really consider that card, a CAS style card, as it clearly has lots of details, lots of layers and also took a lot longer to create than a CAS card typically should.

   So....I went back to my desk and decided for my next attempt, with a goal of creating a card much more in the "Clean and Simple" style of design.  I found another Hero Arts digi image on the wonderful "Hero Arts - Flowers for All Occasions" CD, that I am so fortunate to own.  I bought this a while back on Hero's website and it has over 150 amazing floral images!  I do HOPE that Hero will bring them back again so that everyone can own these flowers.  Many were originally sold as stamps, but are also now retired!  If you ever see this at a Yard Sale --- grab it!   Here is a picture of my CD cover so that you can see what it looks like.   I'll bet you'll love it as much as I do!!

   The image that I chose for my second card is a very simple one, yet it is perfect for the challenge -- Three Tulips!   I did some editing to change the colors to make it more "purple", my favorite of course, and then simply printed out the image on some white cardstock.  I then picked out same matching cardstock and layered on my tulip image.   To keep in the theme of "three" I added three matching rhinestones to finish my card.   I was going to add the sentiment "I Love You", but decided to leave it plain, so that I can use it in many ways!  I'm much happier with this card and this is the card I will be submitting to the CASology challenge!   Please let me know if you think, this was the better choice.  

My Card for CASology

  I am so much happier with this card and think it's much better for a challenge that is geared toward "Clean and Simple" designs.

   I have one more card to share, #3 today (see more threes again) and this card also featured another of my favorite Hero Arts Digital images.  This one can still be purchased and is part of this kit, which you'll find HERE at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  If you follow me on a regular basis, you'll see that I have used this kit quite a bit, to make some really fun and easy new Christmas Cards and this is another!   I also want to add the the store has a new shipment of the latest "Hero Arts" - Handmade for Christmas, goodies back in stock too!   Plus, as one of my blog followers, you can free free to use my promo code - LISAH15 - to save 15% off any orders of $25.00 and up (excluding shipping).   You can even use it for the Digital Kits, and/or a combination of Digital items and the new Christmas line. 

  For today's version of my cute little "Feathered Friends" card I changed my colors to have him on a deep blue background and also added the digi "Merry Christmas" sentiment in gold color.  When that did not print out, quite like I hoped, I used a fine line glue pen over each of the letters, then colored that with Hero's Gold Embossing powder and heat embossed the sentiment.  I also used some Gems for her pretty eyes and used a Clear Wink of Stella marker to highlight the "Mistletoe" he's holding.   I rounded all four corners and layered him onto a piece of deep navy cardstock and then popped that up off of a cream card base.   Another very easy hybrid card to add to my Christmas stash.

     Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stay tuned for some fun new things coming soon.  In the meantime, I hope you are all settling nicely into the Fall season.  I'm still not ready to give up on Summer and especially excited to be leaving in just one more week for California.  Hopefully, it will be wonderful weather, and in San Diego, where the kids live, it's pretty much awesome every day.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A marvelous Monday....

.....after a hot and humid weekend and the nasty storms that came though Saturday night, it makes a day like today seem perfect.  It's is so refreshing to have such a beauty of a day!   The skies are a brilliant blue, full of sunshine and the temps are perfect in the 70's.  I only wish we could count on many more of these days, but I know that it won't be long now, before the temps start getting cooler and cooler!!

     On a very happy note -- I'm very lucky that I'll be extending my Summer with my trip to San Diego and that's one of the reason, I decided to take my trip at this time of year.  I'm really getting more excited every day and had hubby get my suitcase out of the attic yesterday, so I can start thinking about what I want to take, and pack up anything I won't need before I go.

     I am also thrilled to have had more time in my craft room and have three more cards to share with you today.  My first card is that card that I'll be taking with to give to Brian and Meghan for their Anniversary.   They tend to like a CAS style and that's the goal I had in mind when I started thinking a about what I wanted to create.  I also wanted to include an "anchor" on that card as that is a symbol that's extra special for them.    I really think they will like this card and can't wait to hand it to them in person!!

   I put my Silhouette to good use today to create the die cut anchor with the heart that is main image on my card.  Once I had the cut, I simply colored it in a soft gray and then colored the heart bright red and added some black twine for a little dimension.    The sentiment is from one of my fabulous Winnie & Walter Stamp sets and I will also be sharing this card over at their blog as well as in their Flick Gallery!   

  My next two cards were created and inspired once again by some of my favorite challenges.  The next one was inspired by the new challenge at "CASology" where the new Cue is "Under" and at first that kind of had me wondering what in the world I could do.  My first thought was underwater, but I wanted something different and that's when I remembered seeing a fun little "Under the Sun" die cut sentiment in my Silhouette ;ibrary.  I took that and combined it with a really cute sun "cut file" and again, put my Cameo to work to die cut those element.   I cut them directly from White cardstock and then used my Copics to add the fun bright colors.  My background cardstock, is actually one of the Hero Arts Artist Papers..  

  And my final card today was inspired and created for the brand new MUSE challenge, which posted this morning.   The card that Therese created is amazing and at first I admit, that I thought I might pass on this, since I knew a card with this type of detail was going to take some time and thought to make.  But, once again, having my Cameo and finally have a machine that actually works well, can truly be a huge benefit in creating fun and different styles of cards.   I started by looking for some type of diamond background over overlay in the Silhouette Store. I did not want to use exactly what Therese did and that's why I went with a slightly different shape, as well as a less detailed butterfly, although I readily admit, her's is stunning.  I wonder how she created it? 

   As soon as I found a few background overlays in the store that I liked, I quickly added them to my cart, checked out and downloaded them to my Library.  This is one of the things I love most about having a Silhouette, the ability to use it to instantly create a brand new design, even when it's something you never owned or cut before.   I then picked out two favorites and die cut both for a piece of Hero's Mixed Pool Layering Paper, which is a quality card stock that cuts very well with my Cameo.   I also love to use the Layering papers to make my own A2 cards.  The colors are wonderful and they are all white on the opposite side, which is perfect for the inside of your cards.   I buy all mine at the a2z Scrapbooking Store and love that Elizabeth always has a nice selection of color readily available.  I then decided I wanted a simply white card base and created that with some Snow Layering Paper.  I also loved the very detailed butterfly on Therese's card and used a new butterfly die I had in my stash from Memory Box.   I also stuck with the colors of White and Teal, which also came from some of the color on Therese's card.   I cut my butterfly in a deeper shad of teal and layered it onto a small white doily before added it to my "Diamond Cut Background".   I finished out my card with a "Love" sentiment, which is a die from Paper Smooches that I die cut in Teal and then coated with Glossy Accents.   

Therese's Card

My Card

   And that's it for today!   The doggies are not happy that I'm on the computer, since they want out -- so I am signing off and heading outside with them to enjoy some more of the awesome sunny September day!

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.