Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wishing you...

.....and your family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!   I hope you all have wonderful day and enjoy every moment!   I am super excited to be spending Thanksgiving in gorgeous San Diego this year and for the first time in many years, I'll be with both my sons, which is awesome.   This trip was planned way back in the Summer and I was thrilled that Alex and Acacia were able to make the trip with us.  When this posts, it'll be Wednesday, and that means we arrived here, yesterday and already had our first fun-filled day here!  If you follow me on Facebook, I'm sure you've seen my updates, and I thank you for stopping by my page.

     Today, I have a sneak peek of a fun little "Thanksgiving" card that I created for our current challenge over that the a2z Scrapbooking Blog!  Come on over and play along!  You have a choice of two themes, this month (Thanksgiving and/or One Layer Cards).   Please feel free to create either type of card/project or combine both, which is did for my card.

    I also want to give credit for part of my card design to the super talent Kelly Latevola, who I greatly admire.  As you may remember Kelly was once part of the a2z Design Team and is a super talented designer.  When I first started my card, I admit, I struggled with the concept of One-Layer, since I love lots of layers and lots of elements.   I had actually completed my card and felt like it was 'missing' something.  The very next day, I saw a video Kelly shared on YouTube - Click Hereand loved her idea of using "Inks" to create borders and a look of layering.  I took that idea and pulled out my card and used that technique to add borders to the top and bottom of my card, using the same inks I had used for my leaves!   It was just what my card needed -- thanks again to Kelly for this awesome idea!  A technique I know I'll use over and over again.
   You'll find more pictures of my entire card, along with a full product list, over at the blog.  Before I go, I want to again WISH you all a wonderful Holiday.   I am so happy to be in California and now this will be a Thanksgiving that I will always cherish and remember!   Today, we are planning to go to SeaWorld for the day and I know that will be a ton of fun and amazingly my very first time there.      

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a wonderful day with Family and Friends!!

Hugs and Love,
Lisa, Packey, Brian,
Alex and Acacia  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Do Lists....

    As we get closer and closer to the Holidays, I find myself making more and more lists of things I need to get done.  My memory is NOT what it once was, so making lists and notes and hanging them all over the place is something I do all the time.  Today, I thought I would share a really fun little "card" that I created as a "To Do List" using some of the wonderful new Kelly Purkey Planner Products,  that we have for you over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.   
  This is just a little peak of my card  -- You'll find the full card along with my product list over at the a2z Blog!  I also want to invite you to play in our current challenge, which for the month of November is all about "Thanksgiving" and "One Layer Cards".  You can either make a One Layer Card, a "Thanksgiving Card/Project" or combine both themes together!   Just be certain to use at least one main Hero Arts item so that you will be eligible to win!
   If you are headed to the store to do some shopping, please feel free to use my DT Promo Code - LISAH15 - which will save you 15% off any and all order of $25 and up (excluding shipping).  The code is good for any product we have in the store, including all the brand new products, the digital line and even products on sale!  YIPPEE!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Not so happy news...

 My cancer is back!!!  And as much as I was concerned it would be, it still was so upsetting to her that news today!   The tumor is my lung is larger and grew fast, despite the chemo that I never stopped.  I start Radiation asap, my docs will consult tomorrow and let me will likely be next week.

   I am still going to Cali for Thanksgiving an would NEVER ever give up that trip...I asked if I could start after, but they say I need to go ASAP to save my life.   I'm so depressed and scared but I'll do what they want for now..but will not give up my live to be in a treatment or the hospital every day..if if comes to that...I want some quality of life and to do things on my "bucket list" while I can.

  Please keep me in your thoughts...I'm feel very defeated right now ..and pray for all those that deal with this nasty illness!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kindness always matters....

    I am delighted to be here today to share my first "Share handmade kindness" card that was created for Day One in Jennifer McGuire's fabulous new Kindness Campaign.  You can read all about it HERE and you can also play along!

     I am touched by the wonderful cause that Jennifer's campaign is promoting, which in the Kind Campaign, a fabulous non-profit established to help fight the war on Bullying.  You can read about about the Kind Campaign on their BLOG HERE!  You can also link from Jennifer's Blog and I hope you will also consider donating.  
Kind Campaign - Home page
       One gal over at one of my online groups has "Challenged" everyone who attended the Simon Says Stamp "CREATE" 2015 even (where we were given the "Kindness Matters" stamp set, as a gift from Hero donate the cost of the set the the "Kind Campaign".  I think that is a wonderful idea and although I was able to donate more, IF every one does send in the $15.95 "Retail Value", it was raise a whole LOT of money for the Kind Campaign!  Please consider it !!   
    I created three cards today, all of which will be mailed to family and friends.  The first card, which features the fabulous Kindness Matters Stamp Set, was created to send to a friend who is recovering from hip replacement surgery!  I hope you are doing well, Lynda and send you fond wishes, for "Happy Healing".

   My next card is a fun birthday card I created for my son Alex's Finance' Acacia, who will very soon be in my "Daughter"!!  Like me she also loves Purple, so I was happy to use lots of purple on her card.

   And that brings me to my third card today and this one is a "Friendship" card that was created for the November Card Chain, which you can also join, over Deb Nolan's Blog.  This is a really fun International Card Swap that Deb hosts every month.  I created my card based on the November CCC "Color Combo" as well as the "Sketch".  

My Card

   Before I go, I wanted to once again, let you know that you can order the wonderful Hero Arts Kindness Stamps over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store and you can also feel free to use my DT Promo Code LISAH15, which will save you 15% off of any order of $25 and up (Excluding Shipping)!   Note:  These stamps are both very popular, but we will have more back in stock soon and you can always request a custom order!    

  I'd also like to invite you to hop on over to the a2z Blog for our new November Challenge, which is "One Layer Cards" or projects.  You'll find all the details HERE and one lucky winner will win a $25.00 Gift Card to the Store!  Happy Creating!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

(Case)ing Genius! One Year Anniversary!!

I am delighted to be here today to share a brand new card I created to be part of Kelly LaTevola's One-Year Anniversary Challenge of (Case)ing Genius, which you'll find over on her blog HERE!!
    Kelly has challenge us all to pick one of the many talented designed that she has featured on her blog this past year, and to "Case" a card based on the post that was done when they were featured.  I chose "Michelle Lupton", who I have known for a few years now.  I love her style and think she is amazing designer.  You can find the post, I'm referring to HERE!!
  And these are the three cards that were created by Michelle and featured in that post, on Kelly's Blog:

And this the card that Kelly created to CASE Michelle:

If you would like to see and learn more about Michelle, please hop on over to her blog:  
Handmade by Michelle, which you'll find HERE!!  

  This is my "Case" of Michelle's cards, where I focused on her love of using a "Rainbow" of color on her creations with some added inspiration based on the card that Kelly created!   Love them all!!

   For my card, I started with some Watercolor Paper and painted on a Rainbow look using my Kuretake Watercolor Paints.  I then added a hint of shimmer using a Clear Wink of Stella Marker!  Once that was dry I die cut it out using in SSS Stitched Oval Dies and mounted it onto a piece of black cardstock.  The final step was adding my Sentiment, which I did using my newest favorite stamp set, which is "Acts of Kindness" by Jennifer McGuire and Hero Arts - CL911.  You can read all about Jennifer's new Kindness campaign on her new blog!!  Love her idea I plan to be a part of this.  You can also donate to the Kind Campaign on their website at this LINK!  I am happy to have donated today!

  That being said, I would LOVE to nominate "Jennifer McGuire" as the next designer that I would LOVE to see Kelly "Case" on her blog!!  Jennifer has become a sweet and dear friend to me and has long been one of my favorite designers.  I know she also adores Kelly and I'll be she would be very honored to be on Kelly's blog!!  Yippee!

  I hope I have inspired you to join in on the FUN!! For all the details, please hop on over Kelly's blog -- HERE!!  Have FUN!

  I am also submitting this card to two other challenges, the current "Anything Goes" challenge over at the SSS Wednesday Challenge blog and the current "Heart" Challenge, as CASology!!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with along with a new fight and am now Battling Brain and Lung Cancer, as BATTLE I will win. I have two amazing Medical Teams, along with the LOVE and SUPPORT of ALL may family and friends! I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 23, and Brian amazingly is 28 and now living in San Diego. I also have an amazing "Daughter" Meghan, who lives in Del Mar California. . Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Molly, a Senior Mini 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. We lost our dear "Scoutie" to Cushing's Disease in April of 2015 -- We cherish his Memory every day I miss him dearly. 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.