Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Exploding Box for Anne













Happy New Year's Eve Crafters!
As you may know by now, I LOVE making exploding boxes. They never fail to get a WOW when the cover is lifted.
I made this box for my friend Anne for Christmas. I used Bazzill cardstock in Berrylicious, Witch Hazel, and Very Vanilla. The poinsettia patterned paper on the cover is from ACMoore.
For the sentiment on the cover, I used my JRS Small Alphabet Set to spell out: Joe & Anne on the top of the circle and Christmas 2008 on the bottom. The poinsettia in the center of the circle is from a four-pack of stickers I got at Michael's. The ribbon is SU Mellow Moss.
The poinsettia in the middle of the inside of the box was made with the SU five petal punch. (If you don't have that punch, it is so worth getting. Besides making beautiful poinsettias, it is also great for tropical flowers and punching corners for layering.)
On the 'pull-out' I used the 'From Our House to Yours' stamp from the retired SU Love Notes set. I colored it in with markers and hand-wrote Merry Christmas Love Lisa & Wolfgang.
Various patterned papers were used for matting. The corners were punched with the SU tag corner, ticket corner, & round corner punches, and with a Paper Shapers decorative corner punch.
I hope you enjoyed seeing Anne's Christmas Exploding Box.
Thanks for stopping by today. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and crafty New Year!
Lisa

Monday, December 29, 2008

I'm So Proud




Hi Everyone,

The above pictures are the card that my niece, Samantha, made for my mother for Christmas. She did this all on her own. I'm so proud of her. My brother said it probably would have taken me two days to make it!

Samantha had asked me for crafting supplies for Christmas. I got her a 8x8 album, a stack of 8x8 Disney paper, a punch, four packs of Disney stickers, photo corners, and a stack of photo mats. I wasn't sure she would ever use any of the supplies, but now that I see her card, I think she has the interest and talent.
Perhaps we have a future blogger in the family!
Happy crafting, Lisa

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Placecards







Happy Day After Christmas!
This sure has been a busy two weeks. I made the above sleds as placecards for my Christmas table.
The first picture shows all four sleds. I used metallic cardstock in the following colors: Blue Bell, Pomegranate, Jade, and Violet. The runners are Silver Metallic. The insides and backs of the sleds were covered with different patterned papers. The snowflakes are Metallic Arctic Snow cardstock and were made with a Sizzix die. I stamped the names in coordinating ink with my JRS Small Alphabet set.
The second picture is a close-up of Wolfgang's and my sleds. I used Real Red cardstock to wrap the chocolate bars. The belt is Basic Black and I punched the belt buckles out of Metallic Silver.
The third and fourth pictures show two different angles of my set Christmas table with the sleds.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Lisa
01-01-09 edited to add: Sorry for the omission, I purchased the template here: http://papershapez.com/



Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas Everyone,

I have been so busy this week baking and crafting.

I made a frozen chocolate pie and a small sugar-free trifle for Tuesday evening. For last night I made a cheesecake and a regular trifle (pictured above--my pride & joy each year!). Dessert today was leftovers.

I'll be back tomorrow to show you the Christmas place cards I made for today's table.

Lisa

Friday, December 19, 2008

Name Album for Micki











I made this album as a Christmas gift for my friend Micki.
M -- The Ho and Reindeer stamps are SU, the Santa Hat and Snowflake stamps are Judith.
M/I -- The Poinsettia was made with the SU 5-petal punch. The decorative corners are a
Paper Shapers Corner Adorner.
I/C -- The Poinsettias are the same as above. The corners were done with a SU punch.
C/K -- The Snowflakes were made with a Martha Stewart punch. The Stockings and
Teddy Bears were cut from Sizzix dies.
K/I -- The Large Tree was cut from a Sizzix die and the Small Trees are from a
Martha Stewart punch. I believe the Ornament was a $1.00 stamp from Michael's.
I hope you like Micki's album. I hope Micki likes her album!
Thanks for stopping by.
Lisa





Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kevin's Christmas Gift -- Gift Card Challenge




Hi Everyone,
I made this simple gift card holder to participate in Susan's (Rainy Day Creations) gift card holder challenge.

The cardstock is cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 3, 5 1/2, & 8. The middle gets taped around the edges and then you just cute an opening for the gift card to slide in. I stamped with a Judith snowflake stick. The snowflake punches on the front of the gift card holder and on the sides of the sled were made from a Martha Stewart punch. It is hard to see in the picture, but the runners on the sled are shiny, silver cardstock. I made the sled from a template I purchased from Sherry at Papershapez.com. There is an Applebee's gift card in the holder and this adorable ensemble will be my brother Kevin's Christmas gift. I will slide the sled, gift card, and Reese's into a clear bag and tie with a ribbon and gift tag. What a cute gift!
You can visit Susan's blog here:
I hope you get a chance to participate in the challenge too!
Lisa

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quick Card Challenge


Hi Everyone,

I made this card from one of the stamped images I received in the blog candy I won recently. I colored the snowman with markers. The small snowflakes around the snowman and the edge of the white card were stamped with a Judith stick. I added a drop of stickles onto the middle of each flake. I then quickly drew some snow lines under the snowman with the Glistening Snow Writer ($1.49 @ Michael's). The stamped image was adhered to the blue, patterned paper which was then adhered to the card. How quick was that?!?!

Jennifer (The Buck Stamps Here) has a quick card challenge and she is offering blog candy. I am entering this card in her challenge. You can visit her blog and enter too:

http://thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/2008/12/day-9and-blog-candy.html

Thanks for stopping by today.

Lisa

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Apron Recipe Holder


Hi Everyone,

Back in April I made a pink and green apron (my first posting!) for my friend Anne when she asked me for my popover recipe. Being the good friend that she is, she still has it hanging on her refrigerator. Only problem is that her entire house is decorated for Christmas, including her kitchen. So, being the good friend that I am, I ran home and made her a Christmas apron!

I made the 'Holiday Recipe' circle with my JustRite Stamper small alphabet set. The middle was stamped with a SU 'from the kitchen of' stamp. I embossed both of them in green and wrote 'Lisa' with a red marker.

Now I can't wait to see it hanging on her fridge!

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Treasure Boxes for Shriner's Hospital




Hello Everyone,
On Saturday I painted for the first time! Well, it was more like paint by numbers--sort of like coloring in stamped images.
Two of my stamping friends (who are artists) belong to an art group that paints 'treasure boxes' every year that they donate to the Shriner's Hospital in Tampa. 60 boxes have to be donated at one time. The children use these boxes to store their personal items during their stay. Anyway, this year they were asking for volunteers to help paint the boxes. So, bright and early (9:00 AM) I show up with the box I bought. Being the nice artists that my friends are, they had already stenciled images onto some boxes. I immediately 'exchanged' my blank box for a stenciled one. I chose my favorite color--purple. So, all I had to do then was paint inside the lines!
The first picture shows me hard at work. There I am in the second picture with my finished box. The third picture is a group shot.
I was quite pleased with my treasure box. I guess I did OK, because Gini and Carol already said they'll be expecting me again next year.
That's it for today--thanks for stopping by.
Lisa

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Won Blog Candy!


Wow, this is the second time this year that I have won blog candy! Above is a picture of what I received in the mail today from Susan. You can visit Susan's blog here:

http://susansdayoffcreations.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

A big thank you to Susan.

Lisa

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stacey's Wedding Gift (Part 2)







Welcome back!

Above is the wedding card I made for Stacey and Brian. It is called an explosion card.

I used Bazzill cardstock in Spring Breeze and Guacamole, plus plain white cardstock. The heart images are stamped in SU Mellow Moss. The sentiment is embossed in gold. (The stamps I used are from two different retired SU sets.) The brad is a wedding cake (purchased at Michael's).

I got the idea for this card from Dawn (Dawn's Stamping Thoughts). She posts amazing projects every day. You can view the tutorial here:
Thanks for visiting today and Happy Thanksgiving!
Lisa

Stacey's Wedding Gift (Part 1)













Happy, happy day before Thanksgiving!
I have been very busy this past week making a wedding gift for my friend Stacey. As Stacey is the person who initially got me stamping, I had to make something really great for her!
The first picture shows the whole ensemble: box with monogrammed stationery, exploding box, bride & groom nugget boxes, and wedding card. In the middle of the picture is the wedding invitation Stacey made. I wanted to show that as I created the gifts around the color of the invitation. Please note: I could not upload all photos into one posting, so the wedding card post will follow separately.
I used Bazzill cardstock in Guacamole, Lily Pond, and Spring Breeze. The patterned paper is from Michael's. Stacey used the brown, but I used all three shades that it came in.
I replicated the invitation and that is what is standing in the middle of the exploding box. I just separated one set of flaps to give you an idea of what each section looks like (I didn't think you would want to see more pictures of my hand!). This one shows the matron of honor. On the other sides there is: best man, ring bearer, and flower girls.
I used my Just Rite Stamper small letters/numbers set to create the emblem on the top of the box. It reads: Stacey & Brian November 16, 2008. In the middle is an embossed punch of a wedding cake (Martha Stewart punch).
I made 12 monogrammed cards and envelopes using the Curlz Font from Just Rite Stamper. If you are not familiar with JRS, you can visit their site here:
I lined the envelopes with the matching patterned paper. I cut each piece 5 10/16 x 5 15/16. It slid perfectly into the envelope. I trimmed a sliver off each side where the paper hung over the flap, folded, and ran my embellishment glue stick along the top of the PP to adhere it to the flap of the envelope.
Following are the measurements for the box:
12 x 12 cardstock scored at 4 3/4 & 7 1/4 on one side and 3 & 9 on the other side. At the 4 3/4 and 7 1/4 score lines, cut each side to meet the 3 and 9 score lines. From those cut lines outward, cut 1/2 inch off. Assemble box using red sticky tape.
Following are the measurements for the cover:
Cardstock cut at 5 3/4 x 9 1/4. Score at 1 1/2 all around. On the long ends, cut along score line to meet cross score. Assemble cover using red sticky tape. For the patterned paper overlay, cut paper 6 3/4 x 10 1/4.
I got the templates for the adorable bride and groom boxes here:
There are some really nice templates available for purchase, but you should hurry--due to illness, Sherry will be shutting down her site on December 1.
Don't forget to check my next posting for pictures/details on the wedding card.
Lisa

Monday, November 17, 2008

Easy Business Card Holders & Holiday Bazaar







Hello Fellow Crafters,

I participated in a Holiday Bazaar last Thursday for my Princess House Business. There were over 30 vendors participating--all women! The bazaar was organized by The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County. This was their third annual bazaar. Funds raised each year at the bazaar are used to give scholarships to local residents.
The first picture shows very simple business card holders I made to give out to everyone who placed an order with me that evening. The stamp on the front is from the SU retired Business Memos set and the adorable phone stamp on the inside is from the SU retired Business Boosters set. (I use these two business stamp sets constantly. It's great to combine my love of crafting with my Princess House business.) The cardstock was cut at 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 and scored at 2 1/4 and 4 1/2. I used double-sided tape on the ends to attach the 1/4 fold and the business cards slid in perfectly. Small glue dots would have worked as well.

The next two pictures show how my display table looked. The bazaar was held in a very large venue which was nice because there was quite a bit of space between each table. I have participated in other events where everyone was so squeezed you could barely get around your own table.

To thank my fellow crafters for visiting, I am offering free shipping (U.S. residents only) on any Princess House orders placed through me by Friday, November 28! The current customer special is everyone's favorite--for each item purchased at regular price, you may choose a second item of equal or lesser value for half price. Orders of $225 or more qualify for hostess credits (i.e., FREE merchandise!) plus a bonus hand-blown Christmas ornament. To view our products, just click on my Princess House website below my picture. You can also E-mail me from my website. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.
Happy crafting,

Lisa

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Home Sweet Home


I finally finished Amanda's album! It was supposed to be for her birthday in August, but now it is for Christmas. I even wrapped it tonight!

The paper on the left I made to match the patterned paper on the right. As soon as I saw that paper I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. The dog on the paper reminded me of my brother's and nieces' Jack Russell Terrier. I spelled his name out on the right with a dog paw font and punched each letter. The Home Sweet Home embellishment is from Michael's. I created the Home Sweet Home cloud on the left page using Word and cut it out.

I can hardly wait for Amanda to open her Christmas present.

Thanks for visiting today.

Lisa

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New York Girl Meets Jersey Boys





Oh what a night! Well, actually, what a day (but that isn't the song!). Today my younger brother and I took my mother to lunch and to see Jersey Boys. This was her early Christmas present from us. We had such a nice day together. Though it was overcast, the temperature was around 60 degrees. It was raining when we left the theater, but still quite warm out.
We had lunch at Rosie O'Grady's. Last time we ate at the 46th Street location and this time at the 52nd Street location. They offer a great prix fixe lunch (3 courses) for $22.95.
The theater is one block from the restaurant. We had great seats--center stage, orchestra. If you haven't seen Jersey Boys yet and are in the area, I definitely recommend it. It was a great show. In fact, a friend of mine saw it twice. Hey, I wouldn't mind seeing it again!
Sorry I don't have any crafts to show today, but I wanted to share my great day with you. Please check back soon as I have a few projects lined up to post.
Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
Lisa

Friday, October 31, 2008

Second Happy Halloween!


I hope everyone had a great Halloween.

The above picture is an update on Chloe and Katie's Halloween gifts. I made pumpkin faces on the orange shopping bags. The letters for their names on the gift tags were stamped and then punched with my small pumpkin punch. There are pizzelles in the plastic Halloween bags.

I spent over two hours yesterday making a batch of pizzelles. I have been making them since I was a kid. They are actually very easy to make, just time consuming. I have two pizzelles irons--one which makes two larges pizzelles (I rarely use this one) and one which makes four small pizzelles. For the small pizzelles, I only put half a teaspoon of batter for each one. Now you know why it is so time consuming! But, they are delicious, so it is well worth it. Please let me know if you would like the recipe.

The girls were thrilled when I gave them their bags. One was dressed as a cheerleader and the other was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you visit again.

Lisa

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween Everyone!

I made the above 'Spinner' card for my mother. I have made this type of card before, but with the spin going straight across. This one curves. Isn't the witch adorable flying over the moon? The witch, bat, and jack-o-lantern are Martha Stewart punches.

I'm sorry I don't have time to post a tutorial today. Please E-mail me or leave a comment if you would like instructions.

Lisa

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Backpacks




Hello Crafters,

Just a quick posting today. I made these Halloween backpacks for the little girls that live behind my mother. Of course they are filled with chocolates! Tonight I will make cookies to give them along with their backpacks. Don't forget to check back for an update.

Lisa
p.s. The instructions for the backpacks can be found here:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Frankie Made Me Do It!





I had no choice, I had to make more Frankies!

I made the Frankie gift bags to put the Exploding Frankies in. Then I decided I should make chocolate wrappers too because everyone should receive chocolate on Halloween. I don't think you can see it in the pictures, but the Bride of Frankie gift bag and chocolate wrapper both have a tulle veil like the Exploding Box has. With the green tissue paper in the bags they make a very nice gift presentation.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you liked my Frankie gift sets.

Lisa

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tricky Treats



Hi & Happy Wednesday!

I forgot how much I always liked the SU Tricky Treats set. See what happens when you don't use something for a year! It's the old saying--out of sight, out of mind.

These are candy wrappers with pop-ups. I thought it would be cute to have the inside pop-ups match the outside stamped image. The pop-up witches and bats were made with punches and the ghosts were stamped (SU Pictograms) and cut out.

The candy wrappers were quick and easy to make, and they are adorable to give to kids (and adults!).

I know the pictures aren't too good (artificial lighting), but I did color the images after stamping them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Lisa