Monday, September 1, 2014

Skullys, Kittys and Tear Bears . . Oh My!

Hi Crafty Peeps,
Today is September 1st. How sad is it that summer is on it way out.  Well I guess it is only sad for people like me who love the heat.  Our August here in Jersey was a cool one so I didn't spend as much time in the pool as I would have liked.  It was however a perfect August for outdoor activities.  You can see by my lack of crafty blogging that I was at least enjoying the nice weather.  I did manage to show Rory how to make a tear bear.  In fact I made a second bear and a kitty.  Rory chose a panda to make for her Mom.  We had a lot of fun and she had an easy time so I can see why these little guys are a great craft for the kiddies.  I will say I did tear the parts for Rory.  I made each pattern piece 4 layers thick.  Rory stacked and glued all her layers as well as assembled her bear.  I think she really loved brushing it out with the wire brush.  Rory even did all the shading on her panda.  Being all the pieces were torn prior, Rory completed her panda in about 2 and half hours.  I think she did an awesome job.  Here are a couple of pictures:
I think you can tell Rory is pretty darn happy about the way her panda came out.  Now me, I made a second bear just like the first one that I made for Rory. Here is my pic:
I really like making the brown bear.  I wanted to make another but I need to buy more of the mocha colored paper.  I did have some more of the black and white so I thought I would give a kitty a go.  I tried to copy a picture of an assemble one that was posted on line.  I have been using CAP2 to make my patterns.  Here is a pic of my kitty.  I want to make a witch's hat for him. I just haven't gotten to it yet.
He looks so sad with the big droopy eyes! And he is way to big, but I love how he came out.  Don't you like his wire whiskers? 
Now for the skully:
So back a few year Stampin' up had that awesome ornament on the cover of the holiday catalog.  2012 I believe it was.  If you remember or look back on my blog you will see I was making them with a Halloween theme instead of a Christmas theme.  I only made about 5 or so.  I kept them all and use them around the house at Halloween.  Well my friend Karen asked me if I would make one for her as she wanted to give it to her son.  He is a dude who loves Halloween and he (like me) love skullys.  She knew which one she wanted so I made it up for her this weekend.  I even made a box for her.  Here are a couple of pics, I should have taken some along the way but I didn't! Silly Rabbit, I am no kind of blogger.  Here are the pics:

I even stamped her up some tissue paper.  My favorite part is my skully embishment.  I printed the skulls with the 31 out on SU whisper white cardstock and then domed them with Lisa Pavelka magic gloss.  Gee I just love that stuff.  I use my Teresa Collins stampmaker UV light to cure it.  I use the light to cure my gel nail polish too.  In fact the only thing I don't use it for is to make Teresa Collins stamps - go figure!  I can't wait to bring this ornament to Karen, I am pretty sure she is going to be thrilled! Tomorrow is the last day of summer vacation and I am staying home from work with Rory.  Guess what we are doing! Yup, we are going to spend the day in the craftroom and we will be making our Halloween banner for 2014! I can't wait, I don't know who is more excited.  OK, I think it's me! Hope you stop by again as I have some Halloween goodies coming up.  Thanks for stopping by,
Lysa

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not 1 but 2 Crafty Good Things!

Hi Everyone,
I have interrupted my Halloween stars, but for good reason.  First, my friend Donna is having a Birthday! Yup, and it is a biggie( I just won't say which birthday) but she sure deserved a special card this year.  Now, Donna is heading off to Disney for a big celebration to mark the special day so I thought a Disney card was in order.  I have been lovin' making the cards in a box so I set out to make a Disney themed card in a box. Here is what I came up with:
I really had a blast making this card. I got all those images from cricut manuals because back in the day (meaning like '06 or '08) silly Provocraft published all the manuals as .pdf for download.  I still have them all and use them all the time.  I use CAP2 to make all the graphics, right down to the hat with Donna's name.  I mirrored all the images so that the card looks as good from the back as it does from the front.  Here is a picture of the back.

After printing, all the die cuts were cut with my Brother Scan N Cut.  Which does a really nice job as long as you are making cuts with the white border.  Cutting on the line in "Direct Cut" mode is short of perfect (because there is no negative offset) so I chose to use the white border. I left some space on the back to write a small birthday wish to Donna. I gave her the card and she loved it!! All her fav Disney friends can't wait till she hits the road for Florida.  Her Son and DIL work for Disney so it is always a special time when she visits!  Happy Birthday Donna!! Thanks for all you do for so many!  We all love you lots!!!!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!
So, while I am on the computer visiting forums, pinterest and the like I stumble upon a Tear Bear.  Really, How the heck did I miss these cute little guys.  Well, that is easy to answer.  I was never really a scrapbooker.  I took one look at these little cuties and said to myself . . . "Self, you gotta make one of those"  So I did. I placed a small order for Mulberry paper with The Mulberry Bear.  You can find her on her ebay shop or at www.mulberrybear.com. What a pleasure it was buying from her. I was so excited how my first bear came out I just has to show you all.  Here is a picture:
I am told few crafty peeps are making these now a days, but I can tell you I will be making more.  I fell in L-O-V-E!  I made my pattern in CAP2 and exported the page to a pdf file.  I then used that file with my ZING to cut an acetate report cover.  At first I was tracing around the cut plastic and then I realized to use the negative as a stencil. I can see I need some practice on the face and the shading but for a first try I was a happy crafty girl. The mulberry paper is an awesome medium and I was happy to add it to my crafty stash. As usual I have to go from 0 to 60 so my next plan is a black cat with a witch hat! Take a peek on Pinterest to see some awesome Tear Bears and consider trying to make one. There are many cute critter patterns available for purchase online. With that said it is back to Halloween!  Thanks for visiting,
Lysa

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Halloween Mojo 2014!

Hi Everyone,
Oh yeah, Back to School items have taken over all the store shelves and TV along with print ads are ramming back to school down my throat.  Now as a Grandma and crafty Nonna all it means to me is that the pool will be closing soon and it will be time to drag the 20 or so Halloween boxes down from the attic and get the decorating mojo going.  So seeking inspiration while I was floating in the pool, I started to feel a tad sad about putting away all the patriotic decorating goodies.  All my stars will be boxed up and put away until next May.  I just love my barn stars (some call them nautical stars).  So I thought why do I have to live without stars until May.  I thought lets make me up some Halloween Stars.  So I did.  Now I am hooked and will most likely make one for everyone I know.  I found these to be quick and easy using my CAP2 software along with my digital Stampin' Up papers.  My Brother Scan N Cut made easy work for cutting out the stars.  Here is a picture of the prints as they came out of the printer:
 I know it just looks like a page of flat stars, but they get better.  I wanted the assembled stars to look good from the back too so after the SnC cut them without ejecting the mat I slapped down a piece of black paper on to the mat and hit the cut button again.  This way a solid black star in the exact same shape was cut.
Just a note about the SnC:  I find while it has its place in the world of digital die cutters. it is not perfect.  I don't use it for anything other than fussy cutting print outs and stamped images.  I often have issues with that as well.  There are a lot of work arounds as I have mentioned in the past but until Brother adds a negative offset in direct cut mode this cutter will not meet the need in which I bought it for.  Wow, was that ever a boring statement! I don't recommend this cutter for peeps who only have one cutter.  But if you are like me and have an arsenal of cutters you would enjoy having this one as well.  You can clearly see by the picture the condition of my mat shows that I use it all the time. OK,enough venting! Here is a picture of the star after it has been cut, inked and assembled.  I will for sure have these bad boys hanging everywhere come October. (who am I kidding, I start decorating for Halloween the second week of September):
TA DA..... Here it is:
 What you can't see in the picture is that the star is completely covered in gold Tsukneko ink that was mixed with rubbing alcohol and sprayed on .  It really does look amazing in person.  I hope you like it too! I am off to get my chores done so I can get a bit of pool time in as our summer days are numbered.  Have a great day and thanks for checking in.
Lysa

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Have NOT Fallen Off The Earth!

Hello Crafty Peeps,
I am off on a treasure hunt. I hope to return soon with a Halloween project at some point in August.  Rest assured I have an awesome tan and the pool getting used each weekend. Work, is well, WORK! but in my spare time I have been treasure hunting and I have been having a blast. Sounds a bit cryptic I know, but truth be told I learned a long time ago (from Dorothy Gale) that if you can't find it in your own backyard it isn't really anywhere.  Wishing you all a happy and warm summer and I can't wait to get my Autumn craft on!
Lysa

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Digi Pages, That's What I Call Them!

Hi Everyone,
I have a few days off for the July 4th holiday so I am happy to say I was able to get into the craftspace for a bit.  The room is filled with all kinds of new and awesome Stampin' Up supplies and I have been enjoying playing with all of them.  SU has just added  "Project Life" to their line and as I was browsing the catalog I kept going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to jump on the Project Life band wagon.  After much "I think I will" - "I think I won't" I settled on "I think I won't".  Truth be told it was hard to decide.  What brought me to my answer was  looking at all my "digi" pages that I make using my Serif CraftArtist 2.  I love making pages, flip books and such with CAP2 and have shown pages here on the blog in the past.  I just never thought to try to give a Project Life feel to a page.  I went on line and saw many PL templates for digital formats for sale and for free as well. I also could see it would be easy to create my own template using CAP2.  Now I just had to decide what size I wanted to work with.  This was a bit of a challenge as I have been stuck in 8-1/2 X 11 landscape mode for years.  I just like the way it looks.  So to help me move out of my comfort zone I created 2 pages, one 8-1/2X11 and the other 12X12. I was hoping that seeing them side by side would lead me to a clear choice.  Here is the 8-1/2 X 11 (my awesome little Rue):
and here is my 12X12(my beautiful and talented niece):
Once I finished and had a look at them I found that I didn't really like either of them.  It's the BOXES! I have seen a lot of PL pages both real albums and digital and they were beautiful but this format is not for me. Yes it was simplified and the dragging and dropping of pictures into little boxes was easy peasy but to me the template took away my creative flair.  Here are two Halloween digi pages that I made and have posted before:
ahh, much better!  We should always give new things a try because you never know when you are going to fall in love with a new craft or style.  In this case I am staying on my digi page train and leaving the Project Life band wagon behind.  I am glad that there are so many options for preserving our memories and our lives because what works for each of us is different. So however you scrap is the right way.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by,
Lysa
I just have to add last years Halloween digi page!!!
LOVE IT!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stampin Up RGB Codes

Hi Everyone,
Now that things are settled down and summer is in full swing I can get back into the craftroom with a lighter heart.  I still am in the throws of the bedroom makeover but sometimes it is good to walk away for a moment to regroup thoughts.  I joined SU as a hobby demonstrator back in March.  I had no intent to sell, I just wanted to build my SU collection.  I love all that I have purchased and have a goal to stay with it for one year. Being that I don't sell the $$ commitment is big.  $300.00 a quarter, so I have sworn off the likes of AC Moore, Joann's & Michaels so that all my crafty $'s for this year will be spent with Stampin Up.  Now you all know I am more of a digital gal than a rubber stamper and my heart really belongs to Serif CraftArtist 2.  I love to make my own designer series papers and I like digi stamps more than rubber stamps. SU's My Digital Studio is fine but I love my CAP2 so I was happy that when I purchase digital files from SU they are all available for any other software package you use.  So if your a Coral fan or a PhotoShop fan etc... your good to go.  I needed a quick reference guide for the SU RGB Codes.  There were a lot available all over the internet but I wanted one that was on one sheet so that I could hang it by my computer for fast and easy reference. So I made one and thought others might have a use for it as well.  Here is a picture of the page:
  I have a .pdf file available here:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/jqhj5bl44op28oh/SU_MDS_RGB_codes_with_color_swatch.pdf
I left a blank block for next years In Colors because we all know how fast the year goes.  I reviewed and checked the page over and over so I am pretty sure I got it right.  The codes are direct from my MDS software.  If by chance someone catches a mistake please let me know so that I can fix it. Here is a quick idea for you.  I love to print tone on tone when I need a piece of coordinating paper.  So I will say create a page of small hearts in Real Red and then print them on Real Red cardstock.  You will be pleased with the tone on tone effect. Hope you enjoy this file and before I go I want to give a shout out to my precious Granddaughter Rory for a job well done as she leaves elementary school and moves up to middle school - Here's to you, Rueski Rue, I sure do LOVE YOU!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Lysa

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Sad Good Bye to My Friend Greystone

Hi Everyone,
There is sadness at our home today as we said good bye to our cat Greystone. The last few weeks have been hard but I could not let today end with out posting a picture of our Grey.  He has been with us for 17 years. We had adopted him from a rescue shelter. He brought more love, laughs and happiness to our family than words could say.  So here is to you my friend Greystone. I will miss you deeply and I will always hold you in my heart.

Thank you Grey for so many great memories!

Monday, May 26, 2014

No Time To Post - It's Pool Season!

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick shout out to all! The pool is open and I have been happily swimming and sunning.  My favorite time of year for sure.  The whole living room, dinning room and kitchen are dec'd out in the summer patriotic red, white and blue. So I am one happy girl!  I did have time to craft this little card in a box to give to my friend Nadine in honor of her 30 years on the job! WOW 30 years, that's twice as long as I have been on the job.  Here is a picture of the card I made:

I just loved making the die cuts.  This time I used my brother scan n cut to cut out most of the stamped images (which by the way are digi stamps).  I also used some Stampin' Up punches.  I printed the stamp images and the DSP I made in CA2 in the SU color Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss.  The base cardstock is the new In Color Blackberry Bliss.  I just love the colors. I am already planning my next card in a box. I think it will be a red, white and blue patriotic one.  Enjoy the last day of the Memorial Day Weekend.  It's time to hit the sunshine!!
Lysa

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Teacher's Apples

Hi Everyone,
WOW, I have been busy with no time to sit down at the computer to post. Today is Mother's Day so before the company arrives for brunch I thought I would enjoy a few minutes to myself and post a picture of this years Teacher Appreciation apples that Rory took to school this past week.  They came out great:
I love these sliceform apples.  I made these using Stampin Up cardstock.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip.  Each apple holds 10 wrapped Hershey nuggets.  You can easily pull a candy out from the corner side.  Here is a picture of the apples wrapped and ready to go:
The tag is made with the new SU scallop tag punch that I love so much.  You can make the tag any length that you need. The bow is SU burlap ribbon that I shredded, gee I love that stuff.  I signed on as a hobby demonstrator back in March and you can see I have been enjoying my discount.  All the teachers loved their apples.  I have been making them for years and they are always well received.  
I am off to get ready for company. We are having Brunch here today and I can't wait to see the family and spend some time with everyone. Wishing all the Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day! Thanks for stopping by,
Lysa


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter 2014 Lindt Bunnies

Hi Everyone,
It is SPRING!!! Spring has finally sprung after an oh so long and snowy winter.  I am sitting in the craftroom with the windows wide open with all that wonderful spring air pouring in. Now as always along with spring comes my all time favorite crafty good candy bunny! You know those little cute Lindt bunnies. I use them every year as the favor on our Easter dinner table. I even try to make enough to bring to work so that everyone can get a little treat too.  This year I decided to challenge myself by making a holder using Stampin' Up supplies. I am with SU as a hobby demonstrator so I wanted to stretch a bit and not use my digital cutting machine.  I had purchased the scallop tag topper punch and wanted to use it, and it worked perfectly for this years holder.  Here is a picture:
Aren't they adorable? They went together quick and easy too. I just cut a strip of paper 7 1/4 inches long by 2 inches wide. (IMPORTANT Score before you punch) With the 7 1/4 inch side at the top of the score board, score at 2 3/4 - 3 3/4 - 4 1/2 - 5 1/4
Punch each end with the scallop tag topper punch
Center a 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch over the 4 1/2 inch score line and punch out the circle. That's it! Feed the bunny into the circle cutout. Use the photo above as a folding guide and glue the tops together. Decorate as desired.
I hope you give this little holder a try because it really is a cutie.  Here is a close up:
 Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,
Lysa

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our Easter Banner

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick pit stop to the blog to post a picture of the Easter banner Rory and I made last weekend.  Every time Rory comes to play in the craftroom something crafty good happens.  I just love when we are getting our craft on together. We started by looking at pictures on Pinterest of Easter banners and Rory fell in love with one that used carrot shapes. Once we had decided that was our inspiration everything fell into place easy peasy.  Once I grabbed some cut files from my digital stash we were off and running. The Zing and MTC made quick work for cutting out our shapes.  Here is a picture of everything lined up:
Right before we started to assemble the banner, Rory took the time to ink the edges of everything.  What a difference the shadowing makes.  It really brings things to life. I always like to grab a few pictures of her working.
Once the inking was all done we ran the cuts through the Xyron.  It is our favorite adhesive as you may know.  We used glue dots to attach the green carrot tops in between the front and back layer of the carrot. The letters are popped up with pop dots to add a bit of dimension. We chose a natural raffia for stringing the banner together and here is how it came out:
 Wow, it looks like we our ready for a visit from the Easter Bunny! We had a blast making this.  I have to say that we do well working together.  I like that we started by using the computer to plan our project.  I like seeing Rory working with MTC software.  Once laid out on the mat you can really get a sense of size and the look of the complete project.  I like that Rory is able to get a feel and understanding of vector plotting.  I see these as skills that may come in handy someday.  You know I want a 3-D printer and if we ever get one I know she will be able to use it.  I like that we move from technology to a handcraft.  It is a great experience to bring a flat piece of paper to life.  I think Rory can see it is important to use all the resources available to get to a final product.   I hope you all like our banner and stop back soon as I hope to get a handle on the 25 little Lindt bunnies I bought. Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting,
Lysa

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Card In A Box File

Hi Everyone,
Finally a moment to sit down a blog!  We are so busy with family things and work that other things are falling to the wayside.  I just could not let the month of March end without getting a post up.  Here it is! I just love all the "Cards In A Box" that are all over the internet.  Pinterest has page after page of them. I made a digi file for one so that I could make it my own.  Here is a picture of the file:
So Cute!!!! Here is a close up of the card you see above:
I want to make a Halloween themed one next!
Here is the link to the .PDF file:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/0wg6gi98e941g8t/card_in_a_box_with_notes.pdf
For my MTC peeps the file is at this link:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/ekqo5594q43w4z9/card_in_a_box_mtc.mtc
I hope you give this card file a try.  I like mine because the top fold over is smaller that the bottom.  Most are equal in size but I think the smaller top makes the card more interesting.  Please leave me some bloggy love by way of a comment if you like the file. Feel free to use and share the file but do try to link back to me.
Have a great day and check back as I am hoping to start getting some Easter goodness going.
Lysa

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Crafty Goodness, The Hubs Strikes Again!

Hi Everyone,
Oh wow how weeks do pass! We have all been busy around here watching winter slowly turn to spring.  I must say today is beautiful here in Jersey. The sun is shining, the windows are open and I can hear the high school marching band practicing for tomorrows St. Pat's parade. I thought I would pit stop my blog to show you some pics of the cabinet the Hubs has made me for my ink storage.  He sure is a wiz these days with wood.  I asked if he could copy the ink storage system that is made by Stamp-n-Storage.  I showed him a picture and asked if he could change it up to be taller and narrow to fit the space where my current ink caddy is.  I knew I wanted it to hold a future Stampin' Up collection that I plan to purchase so I asked for 3 columns of 20, thinking that I could work with a total of 60.  I was amazed how great it came out.  Here are some pics I took along the way:
 WOW! he did an awesome job, it looks great and then I told him I wanted it painted black. Really I drive the dude crazy.  I love my SU ink and I mostly use re-inkers as I am not a huge rubber stamper and mostly use ink with sponges to highlight.  I told the Hubs that it would cost $1,000.00 to fill that cabinet with the pad, marker and re-inker. Well, let's just say I won't be placing that order any time soon. In the meantime I painted the cabinet black and hung it on the wall in the craftspace and it looks awesome!! Here is a pic and as you can see it is completely filled just waiting for me to collect more ink!
 I love how the shelves can be moved around. I made 1 box to replace 2 shelves in the first column so a my SU re-inkers are there.  I figure as I buy new pads, re-inkers and markers to complete my SU color collection I can use the shelf for all my other ink pads.  I love this shelf and a huge shout out to the Hubs (Paul) for a great job.  Hope you all are having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,
Lysa

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Monster Hugs, LOVE 'Em! and a Shout Out to Stampin' Up's Angie Juda

Hi Everyone,
Wow, look at me posting on a Monday.  I had such a great crafty weekend with team Nonna & Rory that I could not wait to get home from work today to post some pictures.  Not only was I working on my Valentine's for the work peeps I also helped Rory with her Valentine's for school.  I had showed Rory Stampin' Up Monster Hugs and she thought they were so cute that she wanted to make them.  After ordering them they arrived in no time at all and were even cuter in real life than in the picture.  Now for many reasons our public school system likes a healthier style snack in lieu of chocolate or something sweet.  They even send a list home.  Most people step outside of the list but, hey who am I to break rules at my age!  We like to use pretzels for valentines.  So we came up with an awesome way to use our Monster Hugs with a box of pretzel sticks. We had a lot to make and Rory was off on an over-night so I thought it would be best to prep all the parts for her so that she could focus on assembly when she got home on Sunday.  It worked out perfect.  Here is a picture of the kit re-make I set up for Rory:
 What I added to the SU kit was a 2 inch by 9 inch strip of crumb cake cardstock that I hand stamped tone on tone with crumb cake ink.  I cut the arrows with my KnK Zing out of Midnight Muse cardstock for the boys and Calypso Coral for the girls.  I used CAP2 to make and print the tags. I also used CAP2 to print the paper for the belly bands and small hearts for the hands.  The belly bands are 3/4 " wide by 6 1/5 inches long.
So when Rory got home we set out to complete all of her Valentine's for school as I have a super busy work week this week and I was thinking if we did not get them done it might be a problem.  Here are some pictures of Rory along the way and our completed Valentine's. Rory did an awesome job!


And the final crafty good haul:
I have to tell you that this project is a favorite of mine.  I am a huge Stampin 'Up fan and even with my little bump up this kit was cost effective and made for a wonderful experience to share with my Granddaughter.  My demonstrator is Angie Kennedy Juda and her blog link is here:
http://www.mychicnscratch.com/
She always has a fresh idea and something fun going on.  Please visit her if you are thinking of purchasing any Stampin' Up product.  I have never met her but have been a fan for years and purchase all my SU through her.  She is AWESOME!!! So SHOUT OUT to Angie, I just can't thank you enough for all your fantastic ideas! We should get together someday so I can teach you to love that Silhouette cutter you have!!
Have a great week Everyone and a Happy, Happy Valentine's Day,
Lysa

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Itty Bitty Valentine Bread Tag Box

Hi Everyone,
Oh my, I am still obsessed with the bread tag shape.  I just had to make one more little treat box for Valentine's Day 2014.  I think I will make these for my February Board meeting.  They will hold two Dove hearts just perfectly.  Here is a picture of the file:
For those of you who like a pdf file you can download it from this link here:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/x0xec1lcc2u7ccs/Itty%20Bitty%20Bread%20Tag%20Box%202014.pdf

and for all the MTC peeps, use this link for the file (I also posted it on the forum)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/7iu0uqqyt2qgghn/Itty%20Bitty%20Bread%20Tag%20Box%202014.mtc


I hope you like this little cutie, I even made a double sided version and will try to post the file at some point.  I made the heart paper in CA2 using Stampin Up digis. I even created the box in CA2. (It really has become my go to software) I used MTC and my ZING to cut the box.
Wishing you all a happy, crafty weekend.  And if you are watching the Superbowl tomorrow I hope your favorite team wins. Thanks for stopping by,
Lysa