Friday, January 30, 2009

Heart Chipboard Album

Happy Friday,
Have you gotten the $1.00 chipboard albums at Michael's yet? They have quite a few different shapes--heart, flower, scalloped square, star, and butterfly (I understand there are car and house shaped ones too, but I didn't see them at my Michael's). I bought a dozen of the heart, flower, and square ones. You get five chipboard shapes and the binder ring. Sure can't beat the price!
Anyway, I made this album for Wolfgang for Valentine's Day. It's been raining for two days, so I finally just took the pictures inside today. The flash seems to 'wash-out' the vibrant colors and make the details hard to see. Also, I don't know if you can make it out, but I put lace around the big heart on the cover. Here is my supply list:
Paper - K&Company Valentine stack / miscellaneous cardstock
Stamps - SU Alphahearts & Sweet Talk (both retired)
Studio G $1.00 lowercase alphabets
Punches - SU 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circles, SU scallop, SU tag & ticket corners
EK Success inset corner adorner
MS scalloped heart & butterfly
small heart punch
Sizzix - four Heart die
Ink - SU Pink Passion & Mellow Moss
Memories Violet
Versafine Onyx Black
Ink It Up Metallic Silver & Ranger Silver embossing powder
Miscellaneous ribbon and sticker embellishments
Thanks for stopping by today. I would love to read your comments.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Name Album for Linda

Hi Everyone,
Today's posting is the album I made for my Princess House manager and friend, Linda. She celebrated a 'big' birthday last month. As I wasn't able to attend her surprise party (it was the weekend of my grandmother's wake), I am not in any of the pictures.
'Linda' is spelled out in the flowers on the front cover. I used one of the small $1.00 alphabet sets from Michael's. The flower is a retired SU punch and the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. On the back of the 'L', the Happy Birthday circle and flower were made with the SU Wow Flowers set and the 5-petal punch. The gift tag is a Sizzix die. I reduced the invitation for the next page and the flowers are vellum using a MS punch. The birthday cake on the bottom of the back of the 'I' and the scalloped heart on the 'N' are also MS punches. The other hearts are Sizzzix. The heart corner punch and the flower corner punch (back of 'N' page) are Paper Shapers. If you click on the 'N/D' picture for a larger view, you will be able to see I spelled out 'sisters' and 'family' in the small flowers. By the way, I got both of those small flower punches at Michael's (I have had them a long time and don't recall the makes). The tag and ticket corners are SU punches. The green 'Friends' is Sizzix and the 'Birthday Wishes' is also from the SU Wow Flowers set. All of the paper is from Michael's. I choose the colors and flower theme to coordinate with the invitation.
Name albums are very easy to create. The instructions are in my prior post here:
Also, here is one I made for Christmas:
Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cards 4 Kids Update

Wow, Pat (Rubber Maid) has received 1,600 Valentine's Day cards from around the world. Are stampers great or what?!?!? Pat initially set out hoping to receive 1,000 cards. Since she has had such a phenomenal response, the additional Valentine's Day cards she received will be donated to another pediatric hospital.
You can still send cards to Pat for the Childrens' Hospital of Michigan. She is always looking for birthday, sympathy, and general well wishes. As a reminder, you can read about Pat's quest and get her E-mail address here:
As I wanted to utilize some of the images Regina (The Cutting Cafe) so generously offered as blog candy, I made two birthday cards with cupcakes. The cupcake images, cupcake stand, and cupcake circle sentiment are all from her All About Cupcakes set. The cupcake ribbon is from Michael's.
The other birthday card has a simple front made with Teddy Sizzix dies and Birthday Wishes sentiment from SU's Wow Flowers set. The inside of the card has a pop-up Teddy holding a bunch of balloons. The balloons are attached to his hand with thread. The image folds flat when the card is closed, and pops-up when the card is opened. I'll get these cards in the mail to Pat tomorrow.
There is a lot of blog candy being offered for participating in Pat's challenge. The most recent offering is from Carolina (Carolina's Creative Pad) for a Bind-It-All! You can check-out her blog here:
So, how about getting busy and filling Pat's mailbox with birthday cards for the kids at Childrens' Hospital of Michigan?!?!?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Won Blog Candy

Hi Everyone,

I won some neat blog candy from Regina (The Cutting Cafe). Regina offered this candy for the Cards 4 Kids challenge. Regina sells some awesome downloadable stamped images and templates. I got to choose any two sets. The ones I picked were 12 Valentine Circle Words and All About Cupcakes. You can check out all of Regina's downloadables here:

There is still time to mail Valentine cards to Pat (The Rubber Maid). As a reminder, you can read about the Cards 4 Kids challenge here:

Well, since Regina so generously donated two of her dowloadable sets, I think I should get busy and make a few more cards to send in. I'll keep you 'posted' on what I create.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cards 4 Kids Challenge

Have you heard about the Cards 4 Kids challenge? Pat (The Rubber Maid) has a goal of collecting 1,000 Valentine's Day cards for the patients at The Children's Hospital of Michigan. You can read all about it (and hopefully participate as well) here:
When I first learned of this challenge I definitely wanted to make some cards. Then, I looked through my Valentine's stamps and couldn't come up with any ideas for cards for children. All of a sudden yesterday a light bulb went on and I said to myself, "Lisa, Tic Tac Toe cards are a fabulous idea!" Now, why didn't I think of this sooner?!?!? Perhaps others have come up with this brilliant idea before, but I haven't seen it yet. So, what is so special about these cards? They aren't just cards, they are also Tic Tac Toe games! The hearts and Xs are attached with velcro so the children can actually play with these cards (the second picture above shows one of the hearts removed from the card). Inside each card is an additional heart so there are a total of 5 hearts and 5 Xs.
The hearts and Xs were cut using Sizzix dies. The heart is the smallest one from a set of four and the X is from the Lollipop uppercase alphabet set. I used metallic card stock because it is very sturdy.
These cards will be in the mail to Pat tomorrow.
Wow, I am so excited over these cards! I hope you like them too!
My mind is racing--I'm already thinking of pumpkin/ghost Tic Tac Toes for Halloween and tree/snowmen Tic Tac Toes for Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Update on Stacey's Gift Basket

I just realized I never posted a 'finished' picture of Stacey's gift basket. (Basket is from Joann's and it coordinated beautifully with everything.)
I didn't previously post the photo candle. This sure was easy to do and came out so pretty. I followed a tutorial I saw on SCS (it was for stamping, but it is the same procedure for pictures). Tape a piece of tissue paper onto copier/printer paper. Make sure you tape all the edges or it will rip going through the printer. Yes, I know from experience! Print your picture and cut out from tissue paper. Position it on the candle. Wrap a piece of wax paper (very tightly) around the candle, leaving extra in the back to use as a handle. Let your embossing gun heat up about 45 seconds. Now heat your image. It is just like embossing, you will see the image start to change. Once the whole image is done, roll your candle to make sure it is smooth, and gently peel away wax paper. Voila, you now have a beautiful candle. (A little tip, I wore an oven mitt on my hand that held the candle. Just safer that way as the heat gun gets very hot.)
You can view the original SCS tutorial here:
You can see my prior postings on Stacey's gift here:
Word for word, this is what Stacey wrote on the thank you card: Lisa & Wolfgang, Thank you so much for the basket of goodies! The time, imagination, and thought that went into all of that is amazing and we both appreciate your thoughtfulness. Love, Stacey & Brian
By the way, Stacey loved the monogrammed stationery so much that she placed an order for JRS. In fact, she stamped the monogram on the envelopes of her thank you cards.
Another by the way, I so loved how the candle turned out that I made one for my niece with a family picture from her Sweet Sixteen party. I included it with the album I made her for Christmas (which was supposed to be for her 17th birthday, but I didn't have it finished in time!). My past postings on Amanda's album can be found here:
Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January Birthday Cards

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

I have been wanting to make these bikini cards for quite awhile now. I finally decided they would be the birthday cards that I send to my female friends this year.

You can see the original template here:

When I printed it out to use, I thought the card was a little small (approx. 5" x 3"). I resized the template in a word document so my card now measures approx. 5 1/4" x 3 1/2". I also eliminated the top line of the card base. So now you can just score along the top, fold, and cut without any line on your card. Please E-mail me ( if you would like my template.

The patterned paper is from Michael's and the ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain.

I think my 'Handmade by Lisa' stamp makes a nice touch on the rear of the card. I was hoping to have it look like a tattoo!

I will be making different cards for each month and posting them. Do you like the lighter or darker card base? As I can't decide which I prefer, your input on that would be appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to read your comments/input.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Look What Was In My Mailbox Yesterday!

Yes, I won blog candy!!! Can you believe it--three times in 2008.

This lovely packaged arrived yesterday courtesy of Elaine (Elaine's Creations). What did I receive? The SU Punches Three hostess set, some Top Note die cuts, and everything to make a 3-D star ornament. I want to assemble it today. The picture looked so pretty on Elaine's blog.

If you don't know Elaine or haven't visited her before, please stop by and check-out her fabulous blog here:

A big thank you to Elaine for my package of goodies.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

How Nice is This?

How nice is this? Heather went through all the comments on her postings from last year and made 'plaques' to honor everyone. I am honored to be on her 'Honour Roll' and that she thinks so much of her visitors to do this for us. If you haven't visited Heather yet, make the trip down under and say Hi. She is really sweet and has a lot of great postings. You will find Heather here:


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year & Sled Template Info

Happy New Year Everyone!

I seem to have made a big 'Oops' on this sled posting:

I omitted the info re the sled template. Though I did remember to list it (have to give myself some credit!) in this posting:

Due to copyright, I cannot share the template. But, I can share where to get it! I purchased the sled template (and a few others too!) from Sherry here:

She has a lot of adorable templates for sale in both PDF and GSD formats.

Thank you to everyone for your kind E-mails, PMs, and comments both on my blog & on my SCS gallery re my sled placecards. It means so much to me.