Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Hubby!!

   Just a short little post to send out special Birthday Wishes to my Hubby!   We went out and enjoyed a delicious dinner with our best friends on Friday evening and will have a very quiet little dinner tonight, at home.  Ironically, I also share my birthday with Hubby too, which is very unique and it's always interesting to see who will make a cake or pick up the tab for Dinner.  

   I have my new Silhouette, which was my early birthday gift and one I was thrilled to have!  I am heading to the bakery shortly to pick out some special treat for our "birthday" dessert!   I also one last minute gift to pick up and need to get that all done before he gets home from work!

   I made his card a while back, and although it's very much a CAS style, I think it's a great Masculine card and I'm sure he'll like it!  I'm sharing it here now and then I hope to find some time later to get back to creating and have even more new cards to share!

   Hope everyone is enjoying these wonderful final weeks of August and I hope even more so, that we still have lots of Summer left to enjoy!  I'm thrilled to be extending mine by heading to San Diego in mid September, to see Brian and Meghan, who I miss like crazy!!    Have a wonderful day and I'll see you in a day or two -- with some new creations!!   

   PS:    Don't forget that you still can enter our new "Encouragement" themed challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog.   One lucky winner will be picked by random drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the a2z Store and by the time the challenge ends, we'll even the brand new Hero Arts Holiday products in stock.  They are due in any day and we already have some SALE goodies from last year, plus some adorable new Christmas/Winter themed digital products!    I'm loving this set and working on some adorable cards with it now!!   If you are shopping and would like to use my Design Team Promo Code - please be sure it enter it at checkout -- LISAH15 --  As long as your spend $25 or more (excluding shipping), it was save you 15% off your entire purchase and it can be used on ANY products...including the new products, any of the SALE products and even the new digital line!!  WOOHOO!   Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Hello...

...A happy hello to you this afternoon!  How are you doing?  I'm having another delightful day, the sun is back out, the humidity is gone, the dogs are happy and having fun being outside again and I'm also spending more time creating, which always makes my day.

    I'm also thrilled to have my new Silhouette Cameo and I've already put it to use today to help me create some of my new cards.  I can say already that there is definitely a difference in this machine, versus my original.  First or all, it cuts better (Yippee) and it also has a totally different sounds when it is cutting and also seems to be a bit faster.  To me, that already has me even more convinced that my original machine was a lemon and oh how I wish I could get Silhouette to agree.  If I could get it fixed and knew it would work well I could donate it to someone who otherwise could never buy one or even donate it the one of the Dachshund Rescues.  But, of now, I have packed it up and we'll likely sent it off to "Cameo" heaven when Hubby makes the trash run this weekend.
      I am also a bit sad, knowing that tomorrow is the last day of the fabulous Stretch Your Stamps 2 Class.  We do have another week to add projects the Gallery and/or ask questions in the forum, but tomorrow will be the last new less and that's always a bummer!  You love the classes so much that you hate seeing them come to an end!!   Today, was is Day 10 and again the class focused on using "build-able" stamp sets and I have a new card to share that I not only created for class, but also created as my entry into this weeks' MUSE Challenge.   Today, I used three different stamp set to create my card and the theme, and color scheme pretty much came from the Muse inspiration card below, which is another of Therese's fabulous creations.

Muse Challenge #80

My Card
   I started my card with a deep pink panel and started stamping first with this wonderful set, which is the same one, "Spring Blooms" I used yesterday, by WPlus9.  I combined that with two more sets of florals, this one, "Favorite Flowers" from Simon Says Stamp and this one, "Flower Garden CL778" from Hero Arts, which also contains the sentiment, I chose for this card.  I used a variety of inks, but started most of my flowers which this fabulous Unicorn White ink.  I then used an assortment of Hero's Shadow Inks to add color and also their black ink for my sentiment.   I finished off my card by layering it onto a black notecard and added some pink dots from Stampin' Up.

  For my next card, this is where I really put my Silhouette to use, but admit, that the first couple of cuts, were not all that great and that's when I determined I would change my blade and try again and that seemed to solve the problem.  I do feel that the blades don't hold up very long, as that's kind of a bummer, but now that I can buy them and mats from a2z Scrapbooking Store, it's a whole lot easier and I love that I get them so quickly.  I also have my discount, and you too can use my Design Team Promo Code - LISAH15 - to save 15% off any of your purchases.  All you need to do is spend $25 or more (before shipping) and enter the code during the check it and it will automatically deduct the 15%.   Be sure to check out some of the new goodies in stock, in addition to the cutting mats and blades, we now had the fabulous "Wink of Stella" and Wink of Luna glitter pens that I LOVE!!

   This card was actually created with two different challenges in mind.  The first is the new "Shaped Card" Challenge being hosted over on Virginia's View and the second is the new "Summertime Fun" themed challenge being hosted on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  Both challenges are open to all and I hope you'll stop over and see the wonderful inspiration that each one has to offer.  

  Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

My Card

  I don't know about you, but around here "Watermelon" is very much a summer fruit and it's also one I Love.  I love to but them and simply cut up a big bowlful and keep it nice and cool in the fridge.  Whenever I even think about Watermelon I also think about Summer and that's which I thought this fun little card would work out perfectly for both challenges.   I cute the watermelon pieces with my Cameo and then put them together to make this cute card  I also added the "yum" sentiment and tied on the black and white polka dotted ribbon.  This watermelon has those big black seeds, luckily now, they also have "seedless watermelon", my favorite, although it isn't exactly totally seedless, but the smaller white seeds are a whole lot better than the big black ones, I remember so well.  I actually added a coat of 3d Crystal Lacquer to these seeds to make them have extra shine and dimension!!  Now, of course, I want some watermelon, but we are out?  Hopefully, they'll have some nice fresh ones in the grocery store tomorrow!

   My final card today, is another Challenge inspired card and this one is for the brand new challenge over at Cas(E) This Sketch, which is another of my favorites and one I have missed out on for the last couple of weeks, while in class and also working on DT Projects.  I'm happy to be playing again today and will start by sharing this week's Sketch in the hopes that you too, will play along.

CTS #88

My Card

   This card was very fun to make and I again use my Silhouette to design the top piece of the card, which is the area that has the cut out circles.  I started by creating a 4" x 5 1/4" rectangle on my cutting mat and then added the circles, pretty much in the same location as the sketch.  I then used the "Modify" Function to "Subtract" the overlapping part of the two circles on the edges, which then subtracts the pieces of the circle that hang over the edge.  Super easy and just one of the many amazing things you can do with this machine.   I also have learned a LOT from taking Silhouette Classes, and is you are interested in doing the same, I highly recommend the classes offered by Kerri Bradford!  .  I then decided that I wanted to create my sentiment also using my Silhouette and picked out this cute, "Love Circle" from my Library.  It's one of the many cut files that you can find in the Silhouette Store.  I happen to have a Premium Subscription to the store and for $15 a month, I get a store credit of $150 dollars to use for new shapes!   The current price is now $19.99, but you buy it NOW on SALE, just like I did.    All store subscriptions are currently 20% off using promo code AUGUST and that sale ends on 8/19/14, so hurry on over if you are interested in buying one!  I've had a store subscription since I had my first Silhouette and feel it's well worth the money.   It's good for any online shape/font purchases and even works on clearance and sale shapes.  It's a great way to build you library.  And once you've learned more about creating and editing your own files, you can also edit your purchased files to make them work anyway you desire!

   And that's it for today my friends, as the pups are getting restless and it's just about dinnertime too!  I hope you all had a nice day and are looking forward to a nice weekend.   I will be off tomorrow, doing all kinds of fun things --- and some not so fun things, like a dentist appointment.  But, we'll also be heading out to Dinner tomorrow night with a group of long time friends and it's something I always look forward to.  We'll be going to a favorite place that has yummy seafood and you can get that's exactly what I'll be ordering!   Have a great night and I'll be back over the weekend with some final class cards and more challenge cards too!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Happy Mail day....

...and boy was I excited when my mail arrived to find my brand new Mama Elephant dies, but just a short while later the FedEx truck arrived with my brand new "Silhouette Cameo".  Woohoo!!   Now, I can hardly wait to set up it and hope it works perfectly!  I'm so excited because I was able to be very patient, and found it on Amazon as Monday's Lightening deal for only $199, with Free two-day shipping.   That's by far the best deal ever and for me, it really did pay off to wait and check every day and Monday was my lucky day!  It's also a great bundle, as it comes with an extra mat and blade in addition to what comes in the basic package.  When I purchased my first Cameo it had just been released and I paid the typical $269 price, and did not receive any extras.  Not to mention that I have always felt that I had a machine that was a bit of a "lemon" and was NOT overly thrilled with the fact the Silhouette did nothing for me, once the warranty was up.   However, since I LOVE this machine and it's capabilities so much, and also because I have already invested a lot o money in a store subscription, thousands of cut files, product accessories and add-on kits, I knew that I had to have another!   I'm so happy that I had been told about the Amazing "Lightning" deals from a craft friend and because I was still able to use mine for very simple cuts, I did have some time to wait and boy am I ever glad I did!!  Woohoo!!

   On top of that exciting stuff, I've also enjoyed spending this very wet and rainy day over at the Online Card Classroom, where I've had lots of time to catch up in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 Class.    I have now watch every video and downloaded all the class PDF files and even had time to work on a card I'm sharing now.  It's also one of my favorite cards from the entire class.   Today is Day 9 and today we focused on using "Build-able" Stamp sets and I was so inspired by the cards the designers shared today, especially Yana Smakula and Dawn Woleslagle, (who also happens to also be the owner and creator of Wplus9).   I also loved what Julie and Jennifer shared and every card and video today was so inspiring and taught me so much -- it was such a great day in class too!   A Cry Happy Day for me!!

    My card is was inspired be each of the designers and all of the techniques and inspiration they shared today.   If you are a student in class, I think you'll see that I combined some of Yana's ideas with those of Dawn and put them together to make a card all my own!   If you are still thinking of taking this class, or plan to take it down the road, I highly recommend it and also suggest you check out the "Featured Stamps List", as those the ten stamps sets, that are the primary stamps featured in this class.  Every one of the designers had those sets to work with and they will amaze you with what they have created and the techniques they use to get the look they desire!   Of course, you do NOT have to purchase these exact set and once you do enroll you'll find a wonderful video that Jennifer shared that will also help you pick out sets that you may have in your stash, that would work equally as well in class!    I did buy a couple new sets, but for the most part, I used that I had or already owned many of the stamp styles that were used!

    For today's card I chose to use a new set that I bought specifically for class and it's this set, by WPlus9 called Spring Blooms.  There is even a matching die set that you can purchase to go along with this set, if you like having the combo sets.  .  It's also one that seems to be very popular and I can now see why.  I have to admit that I have a few of these types of sets, but never really figured out exactly how to use them, but know, after today's class, I finally do and I'm thrilled about that, because I really love the looks of the cards your can make!   I also love the card that Jennifer shared and know I will trying that technique too!

WPlus9 Design Studio Clear Stamp Set, Spring Blooms

My Card

   I am so happy with how this turned out, because I have never used these type of sets before, as they always kind of intimidated me.  Yet, I always loved the look, but really wasn't sure exactly how to use them. I'm also loving being back in my purple mode and feel in love with a pretty "Purple" craft mat that "Yana" had in her class videos.  As soon as I saw it, I sent her a message on her blog and asked her where she ever found a purple mat and in a matter of minutes she was so kind to reply.   As it turns out she bought hers from the UK division of Amazon, but it seems they are no longer made!  They were made by Dove-craft, but after spending some time searching this morning I've yet to find one!   If anyone does EVER see a nice "Purple" mat, please let me know, as it would be something I would love and I do need to get a new mat, sooner that later, after getting some glue stuck on mine!!

  I also want to thank Yana for the fabulous videos she shared in the class today.  I really learned a lot from what she shared and also found Dawn's Video and card to be amazing.  And we also have even more today from Julie Ebersole and Jennifer!!   Pretty cool Huh?  Now, you can see just WHY I love these classes so much.  They are jam packed full of videos, tutorials and amazing inspiration by these fabulous designers!  

  And that's going to be it for today, but now that I feel really can come up with so many other cards with this stamp style, it's as if I have a whole new selection of stamps to create with!   Now, I'm going to set up my Cameo and see how it works!  I'm hoping it works just as it should and that I do not have any more cutting problems and that I can now also easily make new Print and Cut Files!    Stay tuned for updates and have a wonderful evening!!  

   If you are looking for my a2z post for today, please scroll down to the next post and it'll be right there!! 

I love my friends....

  ....and I'm sure you love your too!   But, do you ever send them a card --- totally out of the blue?  One to say Hello, how are you or a simple Friendship card?   When they are down or feeling sad, do you send cards to cheer them up, to say you love them?   That's something I really do try and do and since I now make all my own cards, it's extra special to send them out and to say how much I care!

     Plus, as you probably know, I also love to play in online challenges and to take new classes, both online and at my LSS, and that has me with even more cards, so sending cards to make someone smile is really a joy for me and I also LOVE it when I receive one of those fun cards in the mails!   They really can make you day!

     If you love this idea too, then our newest challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog, is going to be perfect for you!  Our theme in "Encouragement" and all those types of cards are pretty much what I have been talking about today!   Kind Cards, Caring Cards, Thank You cards and so many more can easily fit into this category.   And it's NOT all about cards either...there are so many wonderful paper-crafts that can easily also fall into this category!

    Today, I have a sneak peek of another of these fun cards and I also incorporated it in with the fabulous Stretch Your Stamps 2 class that I'm taking too!   Today will be Day 8 and we'll be working again with those fun and cool and very trendy - Graphic Stamps!   And you too can even make a card for class and create it so that it also qualifies for the challenge!

   To see my entire card, and all the card ingredients you'll find ALL the details over on the a2z Blog and you can go as well for more inspiration too.  And then when you are ready to add your project, all you need to do is link to the challenge from the blog side bar!   Or you can click HERE to go directly to the challenge post, scroll down towards the bottom of post and look for the Inlinkz little Blue Froggy!!

   I'm now heading back to class and may be back this afternoon with some more updates!   Hope to see you in class and/or over at our Challenge!   Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck to all those who enter!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

More fun in class!!

   Oh, how I love the Online Card Classes, and today's class was no exception !  A perfect way to start out a new week with some awesome inspiration by some very talented designers.   Not to mention the fun bonus classes they shared over the weekend!!  WOOHOO!!


    Today is Day 7 and both today and tomorrow's classes will focus on creating with Graphic stamps, which are a style I really have grown to love.   I am happy that I own quite a few newer sets in this style and seeing today's videos has given me all kinds of new inspiration to use them more and more.

    I already have one card done and another in process!  Today's card was  inspired by a wonderful video that Laura Bassen created for us.  I should also say that I just LOVE her and already follow her blog and get daily emails of her work.  She's super talented is a very busy Mom and has such a fun and bubbly personality.  It's also fun to not only see her work, but to hear some of her stories about things that just happen in her life.  I love how down to earth she is and find her to be a true joy!    If you would like to see some of her other creations (class cards and videos are private and for students only), you can visit her blog HERE!!

   Although I did not "CASE" her card or use the same colors or stamp, my card was totally inspired by her design and I did use the same stamp set, which is this awesome set called Rounded Diamonds by "Avery Elle".  It's one I have owned for a long time and I'm now so happy it have it and can now think of lots of ways to "Stretch" it even more. 

We think our 4" x 6"  Rounded Diamonds clear photopolymer stamps have so many uses.  Make flowers, feathers, leaves, retro patterns and more.  Consider using the coordinating steel dies to cut out the shapes to create professional results.

  For my card I used just one stamp from the set to create this very unique flower type outline.  It was all stamped with the larger of the two stamps that reminds me of a "spade" from a deck of cards.  I used three different colors of Hero Arts Shadow Inks, all in my favorite color of Purple, of course.  The two lighter shades are Soft Purple and Soft Lilac and the deep shade is Grape Juice, which is my favorite.  I layered the colors on top of each other and kind of went a round in a circle...that idea was from Laura.  I then decide I wanted extra dimension and added on a sheer flower and had the design look more like a background for my flower. I added a simple white enamel dot to the center and then stamped on my sentiment, which is from this "Handwritten Messages" Stamp Set, by SSS - using the same Mid-Tone Grape Juice Ink.  I cut it down to layer onto my card base which I created with Hero's Lilac Layering Paper!!    

   It's been nice to be using some Purple again, as I have been using all kinds of different colors lately!   Tomorrow, I will be back with a second card and maybe even more, depending on how the days goes.  For now, my Doggies are hungry and want to eat, so it's time to say goodbye for today!!   See you all tomorrow and for those in class, hope you are having as much fun as I am!!

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.