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Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspiration Blog Hop

Hi guys,
   This post is going to be a little different from my usual posts.  My friend form YouTube asked me if I would like to be a part of this weekly blog hop.  Every Monday there is a host of inspirational bloggers taking part and answering questions.
     I was honoreded that Steph ask if I would participate, so of course I said yes.  I am having to  schedule it, so I hope that's ok Steph. :0).  Have to work in the morning and I just know I won't have time if I wait until then.  lol...
      So, let's get to the questions:

See clean and simple..



1.What am I working on?
     Well, if you could see my desk at the moment you would think I was working on making a huge mess, and succeeding quite well at it.  However at this time I am actualing working on getting all of my red rubber stamps from The Greeting Farm organized.  I just love them, but my storage for them is a little crazy, so I have written the names of each stamp on the back with Sharpie so that I can know at a glance what stamp I have used and from what set (if any) it comes from.  It looks a mess at this moment, but I am getting happier by the minute.


2.How does my work differ from others in my genre?
      Well, I didn't know I had a specific 'genre', but I would say my cards differ in the way that they always turn out looking.  I don't seem to see it, but I have been told that my cards always come out so clean and specific looking.  It is meant as a compliment, and I take it as one.  I love how everyone can do shabby chic and grunge, but for me I tend to like this on the more simple side of things and of course I always like the clean and simple as well.  I don't try for it as much as it just ends up looking that way.  There is the small thing of enamel dots as well.  Yes, I am horribly addicted to them.  You might have noticed over the last 4 or 5 months that most of my cards have them on it.  I love them, and I don't see me not using them for some time to come.  (What is not to LOVE?)


3.Why do I create what I do?
     I think I really already answered this in number two, but I think I create what I do, because it makes me happy.  For me all of the cards I make are an expression of myself and a way for me to relax and just enjoy a little me time.


4.How does my creative process work?
      I love to try out different things, but over all I just want to have fun and when I come across a stamp that I love I have a great time with it.  One of my favorite things to do in stamping is to use a head from one stamp and swap it with a body from another stamp within the collection.  To me it is just so much fun and it's a lot like when I was little and we played paper dolls.  Only this time I get to decide what color their hair is, what color their eyes are and what color of clothes they get to wear.  I have also found lately that I have really gotten into using photopolymer sentiment stamps and switching them up between companies to say what I need. Truly, I have become addicted to this.
     When I am working on a specific card and I know I am going to use an image/character  I always start with the skin then do the hair finishing off with the eyes.  I know not everyone does this the same way, but for me this works.  I also more times than not,  always pick the papers after I have finished with my image or character.  I know it would be easier to pick my papers first, but I just don't function that way.  :O). 
    Ok, now comes the fun part for me.  I get to nominate two crafty ladies to play along with this.  I am picking these two ladies, not in the order of their talent, but in the order of how I met each one of them.  I am sure you all know them already, but I would love to hear/read their answers to these questions.  I am sure that you all will agree that these ladies are some of the most talented people out there. So....


     #1 Amy R
     #2 Rachel P


     Thanks Steph for asking me to play along.  I had a great time doing this and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone else's answers as well.   Thanks everyone for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that you head on over to both Amy and Chrissy's blogs to give them some love as well.
     Talk to you later.
Hugs, Lisa G

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crafty Monday at Little Blue Button Stamps...

Hi guys.
     I am going to make this post really quick as it has taken me over an hour just to get my computer to let me onto my blog..  Grrrr.... This is no way to start off a new week!!!
     Anyway, moving on.  Let's get right to the real reason I am putting up a new post for you all today.  It's Crafty Monday over on the Little Blue Button Stamp blog, and we are hoping that you will come on over and have some fun with us.
      I have been playing around with my LBBS  >>Enjoy Your Travel<< again and I have to tell you it has been so hard for me to wait to share this one with you all.  :O)
     When I first received this stamp set from Olga, I knew right away that I wanted to make a card with the little plane flying across the country.  I just felt this it would really look adorable if the plane had a banner (with one of the sentiments from this set in it) flying behind it.  
     As you can see I used primary colors on this card as I really wanted to make it a very clean card that put all of the attention onto the stamps themselves.  I know at first glance this may feel a little simplistic to most, but I have to say this is one of my Favorite Cards! I just love how the stamps really POP and truly become the focal point of this one.  They may be some of the smallest stamps in this set, but as you can see the make a HUGE impact!
     I hope you like it as much as I do.  Be sure to head over to Facebook, the LBBS blog and YouTube.  to check out what all the rest of the DT ladies having been working on. While your there be sure to leave them some love.  You can head over here for links to where you can pick up this set and other great stamps and sets as well.
      Thanks again Olga for this awesome set.  It has become one of my favorites and I just love that it can be used along side of a lot of my other sets that I already have in my collection.
     Ok guys, have a wonderful day and I will talk at you later.
Hugs Lisa G.

 

Hard to see it, but the little hearts are stamped with Ladybug red ink and Glossy accents was used to make them stand out. 

As always, I had to add a little something something to the inside.







 Supplies:
stamps- Enjoy Your Travel-LBBS & Wish you were here-LF
cs-Neenah solar white- classic crest & Blueberry-TSOL & Pure Poppy-PTI
inks- Tuxedo Black, London Fog & Lady Bug-Memento
Glossy Accents-Ranger
Copic Markers:
plane-R29-B18 & Y08
outline of USA- B0000

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Word Dies....

Hello everyone.





     I hope that you had a good Monday.  Mine was busy just like I knew it would be.  :o)
The good news is that it is already Tuesday and this week is officially on it's way. lol...
     So, let me get right to it.....  This one is made from one of the dies that I purchased from Lara over at The Ink Road on Etsy.  I don't know about you guys, but I am really loving all of the word dies that are out these days.  I have really enjoyed using the 'Hello' die from Lawn Fawn, and when I found that Lara had the 'Thanks' die from them I knew right away that I wanted to pick it up.
     As you can see I wanted to keep today's card fairly simple.  I wanted the word die to be the focal point of my card.    I decided to use the  color scheme from this paper pad by Fancy Pants, and of course I used enamel dots to add just a little bit of wonderful to the whole thing.  lol...  Even thought it is more on the lines of a Spring card or even an Easter card because of the pink and green I still really like how it turned out.
     Alright then,  I had better get my feet a moving and get ready for work.  It is sure to be yet another busy day.  In the meantime have a good one.  I hope to see  you here again tomorrow for yet another card.  "GASP"  I know what your thinking:  "two cards in two days?"  "How is that possible?"   Well, I actually have a week's worth of cards as I was a busy crafty lady this last weekend and I think that my crafty mojo has decided to pay me a visit.  lol.... So I hope that you will come back and check it out.
Hugs Lisa G


In person my enamel dots actually match the ribbon's color perfectly.  Grrrr... 

I really love this paper pad by Fancy Pants both the  background paper and the paper that I
stamped the sentiment on came from the BE. LOVED 6x6 pad.



Supplies:
stamps-Sitting Wonderful-TGF
cs-raspberry fizz-PTI
dp-BE LOVED-FP
enamel dots-kate&co.-Oxford Lane & cut&paste-Adorbs-"Story"-MME
ribbon-Ellen Hutson
inks-Angel Pink-Memento
Wink of Stella- clear

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Can you say BEST WEEKEND EVER?


CAUTION:  Picture and word heavy post!!!


Hi guys.
     I hope you have all had a great weekend.  I am heading into a super busy week at work and at home, but before that I really wanted to stop in and share with you all what a wonderful weekend I had both last weekend (Sunday & Monday-due to the holiday) and this weekend (three day weekend for me. YAY !!!)
      So, I am pretty sure that I mentioned the fact that I have become addicted to Instagram.  In case I didn't or you just didn't catch it I am an Instagram addict!!  It's so much fun and a lot like blogging, but really all you have to do is snap a picture on your phone and post it.  You can comment a little, but you don't even have to do that if you don't want to.  lol...
     I mention my new found addiction only because of all the great people and shops I have met on Instagram.  One of the shops/persons that I have met is Lara.  You can find Lara on Instagram HERE! She has an Etsy store called The Ink Road and for month of August Lara  hosted a 'color a day challenge'.  She put up a list and you were to take a pick of that color for that day and put it on Instagram.  I found out about it around the 15th of the month and I have to tell you, I was hooked.   It was so much fun! Other than following what the color of the day was I didn't see any other directions, so I decided that I wanted my things to be pulled from my addiction to card making. , So, most of my pictures were just that.  I even went back and did a couple of the earlier days just for the fun of it.  What I didn't know (UNTIL I WON!!!) was that she was giving away $100 to spend at her Etsy shop (The Ink Road).   I could NOT believe that I won, and I sure couldn't believe I had $100 just to spend on myself and not feel guilty about it. Let alone on things like stamps and dies and any other thing that she sells at her Etsy store.  I was so excited it took me a couple of days just to make up my mind. lol..
     I still couldn't  believe that I won, not even when this huge box showed up at my door on Saturday!  Not only had Lara sent me what I had ordered, she had sent me a ton of other goodies as well.  I thought I would share a few pictures that I took of all of this wonderfulness.  :O)
     Lara even sent me a few journals and one of them happens to be a Moleskin journal!  I have wanted one of those for over a year and I can't believe I have one now. lol... Most likely it's going to sit inside of my desk for a bit until I decide exactly how or what I want to use it on.



See the solid pick journal under all the other ones? That is my Moleskin Journal!  I love it!!!









     So Lara, if you happen to read my blog I really want to Thank You again for all of this.  For such a fun challenge, for such an awesome price and for being such a sweetheart and sending me even more wonderful goodies as well. You don't know just how much you have made my whole year. :O)
   
    Ok guys, if you haven't left by now I totally appreciate it.  I really wanted to share in my excitement and let you all know about Lara's great Etsy store.  She has awesome prices and she ships like speed of light fast.  Ok, maybe not that fast, but still FAST!!!!
     Hope you all have a great day.  I will be back again tomorrow with a new card as I was able to spend my weekend crafting.
Hugs Lisa G



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Blue Button Stamps!!!!

Hi guys.


     So, I am running  behind this week and for that I am truly sorry.  Yesterday was a big day for me and it all has to do with Little Blue Button Stamps!!!




     Are your bags packed?  Are you ready to go?  Well, it is time for the September 2014 release over on the Little Blue Button Stamps Blog, and you are going to love this set!

     Not only is it the September release over at Little Blue Button Stamps, but I am now on the Design Team!  I am super happy that Olga has asked me to be a part of  her rubber stamp DT.  I am truly honored.  Thank you so much Olga.
     So let's get to the really awesome stuff and that would be this month's rubber stamp release.  This set is called 'Enjoy your travel' and as you can see it has a travel theme to it.  It has a total of 10 stamps in the set. It is packed full of some wonderful sentiments as well as 4 different images that can be colored.  Please be sure to head over to the Little Blue Button Stamps blog here and check out my fellow design team's cards.  Once you have had a chance to drool a little you can head over here and pick this set up all for yourself.  You can also check out Little Blue Button Stamps on Facebook to join in all the fun as well.
Hope you are all having a great week.  Talk at you later.


Hugs Lisa G


So sorry for the blurry picture. Not sure what happened here.  :O(  

Isn't she adorable with that cropped haircut?  I had a lot of fun with her. 




Supplies:
stamps-Enjoy your travel-LBBS
cs-Neenah solor white & Licorice-EH
dp-Road trip-Prima & Be Different-FP
enamel dots-Cut & Paste- smile & winter wonderland-MME
dies-stitched rectangles-Lil'inkers designs
Copic Markers


Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Day of School...

Hi there.


     I am very very happy to have a moment to drop in this card and share it with you.  I made this for the first day of school and over here in our little town today was 'THAT" day.   Even though my two M&Ms are in 11th grade this year I still wanted to make a card of encouragement for my oldest M&M as he tends to get a little nervous just before the big day.  :O)
     I actually made this card up a couple of weeks ago and then I ended up working a lot of overtime so posting it just didn't happen until now.   I am however over on Instagram , so at least I am able to get a bit of my daily crafting fix in. (Needless to say, I am ADDICTED to it!)  I haven't figured out how to put a link to my Instagram on my blog yet,  but if you want to come over and say "Hi" I am of course under Gobeagirl over there.
     So,  enough of all that let's get onto the card.  As you can see I used one of my FAVES on this one.  He is one of the Creeper Crew from the Twisted set and his name is Thomas.   I just love him and I thought that he was perfect for a back to school look what with his little bag over his shoulder and that  really cool looking outfit that he picked out just for the day. lol....  I was really getting into the back to school idea, but I didn't want it to come out as if it was for a little kid, so I pulled some of the patterned paper out of this set from doodlebug and inked it up to make it look more like an old ruler versus the more bright (primary) colors that I would tend to use for someone younger.   I even used a staple from my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to add the sentiment.  In mind nothing says school quite like a bunch of staples.  lol....
     Alright guys,  I am so happy to still have some of you patiently waiting for me to put something up once in a while.  It truly means so very much to me.  I hope that you will continue to follow me and check in as I have some exciting news coming up to share with you all on Sept. 4th, so stay tuned.
    I will talk at you later.
Hugs Lisa G






Supplies:
Stamps-CC-Twisted-Thomas-TGF, Club Extra-8/14-TSOL & Brushed-AE
cs-Neenah Solor White 110lb & Smokey Shadow-PTI
dp-Take Note-doodlebug design, Inc
dies-Sample2love-TSOL & Stitched Rectangles-Lil'inker designs
enamel dots-Wicked, Merchant Malvado-MME

Copic Markers:
skin-E50-E21-E13
eyes-B99-B95
hair-E51-E53-E57-E47
hoodie-T7-T5
shirt-Y38-E41-E40
jeans-B60-B63-B45-B41
shoes-E41-E40-W1-W0
school bag-BG99-BG96-W1-W2

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom...

 Hi guys,





     I am just going to pop in real quite and share a card and envelope set that I made for my Mom's Birthday.  As you might have guessed today is her birthday and I wanted to make her a very special card that had a whole bunch of candles on it.  So, I pulled out my Stamp of the Month set from The Stamps of Life and came up with this long and narrow card just for her.
     I have been really enjoying using stamps from all kinds of set that I own and using them to put together a sentiment or even a whole card.  Believe it or not, this card used five different stamp sets just to make it look exactly like I want.  It was so fun and I just loved digging through my stamps to come up with just the perfect thing it made me feel like I was really getting my money out of all this.
     Due to the fact that it is a birthday card for my Mom I really wanted this card to a have a ton of candles kind of as a joke/birthday cake card for you.  :O)   Even though you can't really see it in the pictures I also used a whole bunch of Wink of Stella on this just to give it that sparkle that all birthday card should have.
     So, Happy Birthday Mom.  Sorry I wasn't able to talk to you today, but I sure hope you had a wonderful day.  Love You...
     Thanks for stopping by and I will talk at you all tomorrow.
Hugs Lisa G


Handmade matching envelope...

Front of card with glossy accents and Wink of Stella on it. 

Inside with just Wink of Stella on the flames,



I will add the product list in the AM.  I have a hairline fracture of my ankle, so I am off to take some medicine and then go to bed as it has been a long day on with this boot!