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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delightful Tutorials | 2 comments

Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

It’s always so exciting to be invited to participate in the Ranger Designer Challenge. Basically how it works is Ranger picks a product line to feature, sends the designers a box of the products and you create a project using these products. This year the challenge was a canvas using Dina Wakley’s Media paints, stencils and stamps. Talk about a fun challenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Rocky Candy and of course Diamond Stickles. I have fallen in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like butter! I already have her new colors Glitz, Sterling and Penny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Applicator. These tips will make doodling and writing with Dina’s Media paints so much fun. I used Dina’s Collaged Hearts stamp set to to accent the tag. I inked the stamp using Archival Ink in Jet Black, stamped it onto a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock, cut it out and painted it using Dina’s paints. Super simple. I altered the canvas using vintage sheet music, Dina’s paints of course and her Mosaic Swirl Stencil. I wish you could see the sparkle from the Stickles and Dry Glitter but I just could not get it to show up in my photo. It looks so lovely. I truly am so honored that Dina asking me to participate in this challenge. To see all the amazing artists that participated you need to go check out Dina’s blog and Ranger’s blog. You will be amazed at all the different projects create by some of the most amazing artists using the same box of products and supplies. AMAZING! If you want to see other Ranger Designer Challenges I have had the honor of participating in just click on the links below. Ranger Designer Challenge 2011 Ranger Designer Challenge 2012...

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New Year and New Goals

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in An Artist Cannot Fail | 0 comments

New Year and New Goals

I’ve had some ideas for canvas art swirling around my head for quite some time and this year my goal is to act on these ideas. So I’m starting out the year painting this canvas, “She is the keeper of their dreams”. As you can see this is still a work in progress. Painting is teaching me some patience as every little detail takes time. I plan to eventually have prints available of the completed piece as well as note cards. But I’m not sure when they will be available as I first need to finish the painting. One thing I did figure out is I cannot paint in vintage tones I have to paint in bright colors which I find rather odd. I’m also still de-stashing my studio. If you would like some great products that are new or very gently used I’m offering Small Flat Rate boxes for $19.95 with FREE USA SHIPPING. The two major manufacturers in each box are Maya Road and Ranger. Just send me an email at lisa@lisapace.com and I will send you a paypal...

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Weekend of Family Fun

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons | 0 comments

Weekend of Family Fun

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party. I put up a quick photo booth for fun photos that was just a metallic streamer type curtain attached to our wall then used photo booth props that my sister Belinda found in the $1 section at Target. It was fun and simple and the kids loved it. Sunday afternoon, while Belinda, Malcolm and Brittain headed to the game the girls and I made “Grinch” cookies and “Grinch” drinks while watching the football game. To make “Grinch” cookies you need 1 box white cake mix, 1 egg, 2 cups thawed Coolwhip and green food coloring. Mix the ingredients together, roll medium sized balls in powdered sugar (this dough is sticky), bake in a 350 degree oven for 9 min. Cool 1 minute then place red heart sprinkles on top. “Grinch” drinks are just a scoop or two of lime sherbet placed into a cup with Sprite or 7Up poured over it and garnished with a peppermint candy cane. You can place green sugar around the rim of the cup too. Once Belinda, Malcolm and Brittain got home from the game we headed to downtown Frisco to see the light display at Christmas in the Square. They were amazing. We even visited the house across the street from our neighborhood to view his light show. This light display is always amazing and never disappoints. After driving around looking at Christmas lights once we got home it was lights out for everyone… especially Bellie. It was a busy non-stop weekend of fun and I was sad to see everyone go home, Monday...

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Here are some fun getting to know you Christmas questions you can share with friends and family at a family gathering or party. I always find it interesting in how others celebrate the holiday season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas you can easily change the questions to fit your holiday celebration. My sister and her family arrive late tonight and I cannot wait to have some fun with everyone. You know I’m on “best weekend ever” notice for Madelyn and Isabella. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a weekend of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot chocolate, s’mores, cookie baking, holiday light looking and presents. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or artificial? We have an Artificial Tree   3. When do you put up the tree? The day after Thanksgiving. 4. When do you take the tree down? Well one year it was MARCH! It’s just not as fun taking it down as it is putting it up.  5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, but my Dad’s is my favorite. 6. Favorite gift received as a child? When I was around 4 or 5 I got a Sketchy Doll (the name is something like that) I loved that doll and my Dad found one for me on eBay and surprised me. You can read about it here. 7. Do you have a Nativity scene? No 8. Hardest person to buy for? My DAD! Sorry Dad but it is true. 9. Easiest person to buy for? My niece, Isabella. Littlest Pet Shops all the way. 10. Worst Christmas Gift you ever received? Honestly, I have never received a gift I didn’t like. 11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, I feel some things should be done the “old fashioned” way and mailing Christmas Cards is one of them but this year I have not sent out a one. 12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? December and yes I tell myself every year that I am not going to wait until December to start shopping and here I sit once again still shopping. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never 15. Favorite things to eat at Christmas? Mom’s Peanut Butter Fudge and Beer Sausage and my Chewy Chocolate cookies and Pecan Sandies 16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I’ve always had and loved white lights but Ansley has talked me into C7 colored lights like they have on the trees in Hollister, one of her past favorite stores and now we have red and white lights to enhance our peppermint tree theme. 17. Favorite Christmas song? Holy Night is my absolute favorite and it doesn’t matter who sings it. 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Have traveled pretty much every year to mom and dad’s house. 19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Well of course I can.. you know my Dad is Santa don’t you? 20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither, this year I have 3 really long peppermint ornaments and a cluster of red shiny ornaments on top.  21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? When the girls were little we opened one on Christmas eve and the...

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Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

I’m so happy to tell you that I am now selling my handmade vintage tin necklaces at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. Carolyn Ross moved her amazing store to a new building and she now has a boutique that offers unique handcrafted items. So, if you are looking for a little something special for a friend, co-worker or family member please go check out her store. All my necklace pendants are created from vintage tins and jewelry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mystery Goody Boxes available. If you are interested in purchasing one, each box is a Medium Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gently used products from major manufactures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars, etc. I even have an idea book inside a few which is a $22. value right there. Each box is $45. and includes FREE SHIPPING.  If you would like to purchase one just send me an email at lisa@lisapace.com and I will send you a paypal invoice. Now, I’m off to hopefully finish up a bit more Christmas...

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I believe…

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 8 comments

I believe…

Originally Posted December 12, 2011 and to this day it’s still one of my favorites. Just recently my 8 year old niece was asking if Santa was real. My mom asked Madelyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Madelyn went on her merry way. I remember when I found out about Santa and for a moment I was sad but then discovered since I had younger siblings I was in a special secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrapping and shopping which I just loved. I found this part just as rewarding if not more on Christmas morning. Watching my brother and sister run down the stairs, through the hallway and into the living room staring in amazement at what Santa had brought was so much fun. Christmas at our house was always a wonderful time. First mom would take forever brushing her teeth and putting on her robe which drove us three kids crazy feeling we were going to bust in anticipation. The house always had the scent of warm banana nut bread, fresh coffee brewing and all the smells of baked goods mom and I had made the week prior. You could hear wrapping paper being torn and boxes being ripped open, GASPS of pure happiness of what we received and overall pure excitement. With Madelyn’s questioning of Santa it made me think of this layout I created back in 2008 when I was asked to create a layout for Memory Makers. To this day this layout is one of my all time favorite layouts. I decided to create one about my Dad a.k.a. Santa… I titled it “I Believe” and I still do to this day. Because as stated in this letter Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness and this is just what my dad portrays all year long. If you ask his grandkids (they will tell you he is Paw Paw at home but at the mall in his chair it’s serious and he is Santa) or his great nephews… they will tell you he is… Uncle Santa. Or the kids eating breakfast, lunch or dinner in restaurants that smile and wave and receive a peppermint or small coin stating, “You’ve been caught being good.”  and told, “Santa goes on vacation too.” Or as we drive to West Virginia see the kids who wave and point with eyes as big as half dollars as Santa drives by… it is the most fun ever to experience all these cute moments. The Journaling Reads… Yes, my darlings I believe in Santa. He exists, as I know this for a fact. For you see, I have lived with him all my life. I knew him before his beard was white. I knew him before his belly was not so much like that bowl full of jelly. Those were the days when he read me “Green Eggs and Ham” and tucked me into bed at night. Those were the days I called him “Daddy”. Yes, I knew and loved him then and today know and love him even more. Santa lives and continues to bring wonderment and joy to all that believe. I will always believe. This has always been...

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

A few days ago, my sister found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe and shared it on my Facebook page asking me to make them when she comes to visit this weekend. I’m not sure who originally created this recipe but my goodness am I ever so happy they did. These cookies are amazing and have been given two thumbs up from everyone that tries one. I highly recommend you make these this holiday season, your friends and family will love them and you! Ingredients: 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 1 Egg 2 Cups Cool Whip, thawed ½ to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar Directions: In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The batter will be sticky! Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in hot 350 oven until the edges are golden. Allow to cool 1 minute on baking sheet; then remove to wire rack to cool...

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Red Velvet Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Red Velvet Cookies with Peppermint Icing

These cookies are so easy to make and are perfect to take to the office, give to neighbors and will of course put super big smiles on the faces of all your family members. Everyone will be coming back for more. My family likes medium sized cookies so I get 24 – 28 cookies per batch. Ingredients: 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix, 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Oil, Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Thins (one small package), 3 Peppermint Candy Canes Directions: In a large bowl mix together cake mix, eggs and oil Form small/Medium sized balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 10 minutes. While cookies are baking Unwrap Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Thins (one small package) Place 3 Candy Canes into a ziploc baggie, seal and gently crush candy canes. I used an ice cream scoop as a hammer. Icing Your Cookie As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven place one unwrapped Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Thin on the center of each cookie. Let the Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Thin sit until soft. This only takes a few minutes. Once the Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Thin is soft, spread the candy on top of the cookie and sprinkle with crush candy canes. Let sit until the candy icing is firm Enjoy, these are...

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Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

In keeping with the “I’m using what I have for Christmas and cutting out the needless things I don’t” I recycled some saved Christmas cards and created two super easy gift card holders from one Christmas card. I know I’m not the only person that saves holiday cards. I cannot throw Christmas cards of any kind away. I love them all and especially cherish the ones that have my grandparents signatures inside. I started with a Christmas card that measured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image without having to cut it down to fit a gift card. My completed gift card holders measure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christmas cards you had to go through quite a few. Now using a paper trimmer cut the Christmas card in half horizontally as shown in the photo above. Using a Fiskars medium sized circle punch I punched a 1/4 circle at the opening of the gift card holder. The top card I decided to punch a 1/4 circle on the front then punched a 1/4 circle on the back of the bottom card. The reason I punched my 1/4 circles in two different areas was so I could keep the wording from inside the card from being shown. To create the pocket of the gift card holder, using my sewing machine and white thread I stitched a straight stitch all around the top, left and bottom edges of the card. I decided to distress the edges of one gift card holder then added a little sparkle by accenting areas on both gift card holders using Diamond Stickles. And there ya go… super cute and very original gift card holders. And since the back of most Christmas cards are solid in color you have the perfect spot to write who it’s for along with a holiday...

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 2 comments

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

I posted this tutorial last year and since it was so popular I decided to repost it again. This Christmas I am still determined to use what I have and not purchase anything if I can make it and gift tags were the first things to get knocked out of the purchasing department in this house. I made these cute gift tags using vintage images I’ve saved over the years. I think they make the most adorable tags and figured I should share them with you. Supplies Used: Manila ATC’s, Diamond Stickles, Red & White Baker’s Twine, Laser Printed Images Tools Used: Scissors, Xyron Creative Station Home, Fiskars Corner Punch, Crop-a-Dile Instructions: Using a laser printer, print each image to wallet size. Using scissors, cut around each image as close to the edges as possible. Add adhesive either via your Xyron Creative Station Home or adhesive of your choice to each image. Attach images to Manila ATC, using scissors trim off excess manila cardstock. Using a Fiskars corner punch, punch each upper left and right corner of each ATC. Using a Crop-a-Dile punch a hole in the center top of each ATC/Tag. Accent images using Diamond Stickles, let dry. Cut a piece of red & white twine to approximately 10 inches, thread through the hole and secure in place. To save each image to your computer, click on an image, then right click on the image, click “Save As” then “Save”. I printed each image in wallet size and they worked beautifully....

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