You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to create a canvas for Ranger’s designer wall at CHA. Well the product we had to highlight was their Perfect Pearl Mists and their new Perfect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Weinberg’s blog to see the new colors and a few sneak peeks of her canvas… I cannot wait to see it in person. It was fun to create what ever I wanted with the only requirements being it had to be my style and I had to use the products sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger products on my canvas than what was required but one technique seemed to lead to another which meant using another product and so on… I think the Rock Candy Crackle Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yesterday was a wonderfully productive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teaching for F+W Media all bagged up, started gathering the extra items I need to bring to CHA and created, created, created. I finished up the inspirational baubles. Wonder who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ansley is going to keep me super busy making these for her and her friends. Had an awesome mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Company… they are a book sponsor and sent me the entire Art-C line. Talk about loads of inspiration in this box! Yikes I cannot wait to start playing with this. And then I topped the night off by making this cuff using vintage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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Inspirational Baubles…

Jan 21, 2011

Not that I don’t already have enough to keep me busy with CHA  just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make something small to randomly hand out to a few people each day at CHA. Just little random acts of inspiration and kindness. And yes, it does involve UTEE. I tell ya this stuff is so fun. And I am so glad to hear some of you are going to wipe the dust off your jars and use yours. I got lots of email yesterday thanking me for the UTEE inspiration. Just remember I WARNED YOU… this stuff is addicting. I plan on altering 14 of these little hearts. Each one will have a different word and different embellishments. I will post a tutorial on how I made them in...

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Seek Joy

Jan 20, 2011

I was asked to create a few things for Ranger to display at CHA. One of the products they wanted me to create with was their Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I had not really played around with this all that much but let me tell you I now have a serious addiction… really, if you have not created with this you need to give it a try. It is FUN and comes in several different colors. I used their Platinum, Black and Gold to create this wall hanging. Supplies Used: UTEE – Black, Platinum, Gold, Clear, Platinum & Crystal Stickles, Distress Embossing Ink, Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Chipboard Alphabet, Maya Road William Mini Chipboard Alphabet, Perfect Medium, Perfect Pearls – Perfect Pearl, Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Pearl, Heavy White Cardstock, Archival Ink...

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CHA Schedule…

Jan 19, 2011

I tell ya this show seems to come faster and faster every year. But I love it as I get to reconnect with friends from all over the world. Once again I am going with Maya Road (Booth #761) and will spend most of my time doing make-n-takes in their booth as well as being harassed by David. Yes, I’m an easy target and he pulls pranks on me A LOT!!! Caroline designed all the make-n-takes for me to teach at the show and they are cute. Those attending are going to have fun making them. Here is the schedule of where I’ll be during the show. Saturday, the 29th I will be with Maya Road all day. Sunday, the 30th I will be with Maya Road until 2:00 and then with Fiskars (Booth #1323) from...

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Today’s Reality…

Jan 18, 2011

Remember my nice made over scraproom way back in August… well this is the reality of it today. Lots of fun things are being created  in here for my book and for CHA. The boxes shown hold product from book sponsors, new release items and my favorite go to products. The everyday reality of this room stays pretty  much like this… just gonna keep it real for you all. I can’t be someone I’m not. So I won’t even try to tell you my room is super clean and tidy all the time. And that I put everything up as soon as I’m finished using it… nope not even gonna go there. What I do love about these photos is everything I love to work with is right there, in it’s box, close at...

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Talk about fly on by…

Jan 12, 2011

I cannot believe it has been so long since my last blog post. Yikes, but I have been super busy with projects, projects, projects. Being super creative for my book and CHA has been challenging but I’m not complaining. I have been super lucky to get my hands on some new product from three manufacturers. I do believe you will want it all too. Not sure when I can start sharing but I will as soon as I get the go ahead. Super fun stuff to play with that is for sure. Which as I’m sure you have figured out explains my lack of blog posting. I made this to wear at CHA. Just a little something that will be fun to wear. It showcases the Maya Road Resin Blossoms. And my Collage Pauge...

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Make Art!

Jan 4, 2011

I love these two little words. I have a wonderful cheerleader for a friend. She always sends me email filled with words like you can do it yes you can… I know you can… etc. She is the best and SHE is SUPER TALENTED too. She LOVES flowers and always signs her blog posts with “make art!” I love that. Late last night while I was looking at her blog I thought I would make her a little something to give to her at CHA. I soldered this flower pin several months ago and it’s been sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Actually, I have lots of stuff sitting on my shelves collecting dust. So I’ve decided to start sharing them with friends and family as well as in class participants. My sweet friend...

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I’m focused… Promise!

Jan 3, 2011

While sitting here waiting for my Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy to dry I remembered I forgot to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grandfather’s spoons. Well actually it’s really more like the bracelet I pounded flat, stamped poorly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamping. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just gotta love those crafty daughter’s that venture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cherish. All I could think of was the saying my grandfather would say from time to time when you got really focused on the imperfections of...

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Another Art Form…

Jan 2, 2011

Jump Rings, Bail Plates, E6000,Vintage Buttons and BAM… new addiction! Here are a few things I made, yesterday. I need to get some chains to put these on and I think several necklaces worn at once will look really cute and certainly blingy at CHA. I love how the lighting there makes everything seem to sparkle more. Tomorrow, it’s back to book projects… refocus, Lisa, refocus! I have a technique swirling around in my head I can’t wait to try and I feel it’ll be an awesome one for my book. These are a few pieces I made for Ansley And here are several pieces I made for me out of vintage pins, buttons and cuff links. This is so much fun and I love that all are unique. Are you going to try...

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2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many wonderful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grateful for you my blog readers as you are some of the most loyal and uplifting people. I always look forward to your replies and when needed your words of encouragement. I am so grateful I have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful manufacturers in the scrapbooking industry. I am very fortunate to be able to teach at an awesome scrapbook store in Waxahachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrapper.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I cannot wait to share them with Carolyn. I am leaning heavily towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s exciting to explore creatively as you...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2010

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite childhood Christmas photos. My brother and I Christmas morning when we lived in Kittery, ME. My cousin Heather, Me and my brother Richard celebrating Christmas at my grandparent’s home in Greenland, NH. My brother Richard and I Christmas Eve in Beaumont, Texas. And here is the two of us Christmas morning with our gifts from Santa. I LOVED that doll. May you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and the Best of a New Year! Much love,Lisa  ...

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A very ugly secret…

Dec 20, 2010

This industry that so many of us love and work very hard to make money at with our ideas and classes has a very ugly secret. This industry has some in it that will make deals and not follow through. This industry has people in it who send nasty emails to artists accusing them of untruths. Why do we as artists allow such treatment? Is it fear of ruffling feathers among the followers of these people? From now on I will not allow this… if my truths ruffle feathers well I am sorry, sometimes it is hard to accept people for whom and what they are. Their followers need to realize and accept it as well and be thankful that they have been saved from such treatment from these people as eventually it will...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Finally we are having some cold temperatures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weather to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christmas Spirit when it’s 70 something degrees outside. This is the last week of my “All Things Winter” workshop. Today, I shared tips on distressing. I love the distressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve different looks. My absolute favorite distressing tool hands down is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, this little tool fits perfectly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recreate the layouts below. As you can...

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Noel Tag

Dec 9, 2010

Today, I decided to create a tag using some of my favorite things. It’s fun gathering supplies when all the while you have no clue what it is you’re going to create. I gathered and gathered (Vintage Images, Cream Felt, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, Sisal Trees a.k.a. bottle brush trees, Self Adhesive Pearls, Mica, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Tiny Alphas and Fiskars Punches) until my work area was filled with inspiring products. In the end this is what I created. It will be a gift tag for someone’s gift this Christmas. The Fiskars Extra Large Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch is a great punch. I really like the size the punched image creates and if you outline the images with Platinum Stickles and accent them with Diamond Stickles it makes...

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Sneak Peeks Week 2

Dec 8, 2010

Here are a few sneak peeks of this weeks projects being created in my “All Things Winter” workshop. I’m also sharing lots of glittering tips as I have learned many things the hard way, believe me. So hopefully, I can spare you some of my disasters. We’ve created a gift tag which can be recreated and attached to any gift or gift bag for any holiday or special occasion just by changing the patterned papers. A layout that can be created using snow, holiday or family photos. And this mini album will be posted Friday, so everyone has a fun weekend project to create. This mini album contains 16 page for you to document a family photo as well as photos of your holiday tree, favorite recipes, cherished ornaments and...

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Paper Medallions…

Dec 7, 2010

Well since yesterday, I showed you my favorite Crepe Paper and Glitter artist, today, I decided to show you my favorite Paper Medallion Artist… who just so happens to love Crepe Paper too. Gosh how fun would it be to sit at a table with these two and create… I would LOVE that! Maybe someday… here is to wishing! Saturday, while co-teaching the snow globe project with Trisha, Ann-Denise Anderson of Whim & Fancy Designs was teaching in the next room. I’ve loved her work for such a long time. Ann-Denise has been featured in several issues of Somerset magazine and since the moment I laid eyes on her work I’ve hoped to meet her. Our paths just never seemed to cross at the same time so you can imagine my excitement when I...

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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surfing the net the other day I came upon this gorgeous tree created by Karen Aguirre at Creative Chaos. Needless to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incredibly adorable. What I should be doing is working on book projects but NO someone had to make an incredible piece of art and then felt the need to share her creativity with everyone, so now all I can think about making are these wonderful Crepe Paper Christmas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kidding aside I think her trees are absolute perfection and how could they not when created with crepe paper ruffles, glitter and tinsel then accented using glittery berries, a star and the sweetest banner. I could fill our...

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“Be A River” Campaign

Dec 2, 2010

Hi Roadies, are you ready to ” Be A River”? Help Maya Road surprise someone you love! During the “Season of Giving”, Maya Road wants you to nominate a friend who you would like to receive one of their Winter Wonder Warehouse Kits. In your email, include the nominees first name and why you want to “Be A River” and share this love with them. Maya Road will pick 5 people to “Be A River” to as you help us bless them. Send nominations til 12/10/10 to BeARiver@mayaroad.com Each kit has over $154.00 of Maya Road product and they will even include a personal note and extra goodies in their box. So share this post with a friend so they too can nominate someone during this “Season of...

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Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so looking forward to this weekend as Trisha Conlon and I will be teaching our “Winters Wonderland Snowglobe” all day workshop at The Crafty Scrapper. Today I will be busy kitting my part of the class and typing up instructions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snowglobe assembly and soldering part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is included. I really wish you could see this beauty in person as it shimmers from top to bottom. The patterned papers used are from the new Melissa Frances Line “Home for The Holidays”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Diamond Stickles and Iridescent Glitter. You will outline the house with Platinum Stickles...

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Winter Magpie

Nov 29, 2010

If you are wondering what this title means well it means loads of creative fun as “Winter Magpie” is the name of the December kit at Cocoa Daisy. I am so lucky as I got to play with this kit because I am their December Guest Designer. When Christine asked me I was thrilled. Then as she was telling me about all the wonderful products she incorporated in the kit I felt it was so ME and could not wait to start creating. Her kits are always gorgeous and so inspiring. Here are the projects I created using this kit… 2 layouts, a card and a gift card holder. I had product left over to create more items but these will be in my book (yes Cocoa Daisy is once again one of my...

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