Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amazing frosting that is so simple and so good. I’m all about simple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingredients that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen forever. If this is the case well, count me out on cooking that recipe. Ingredients Needed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sugar, Cupcake Liners, So here is a fabulous cupcake recipe that is simple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instructed on the box. Fill a muffin pan with cupcake liners, place lemon cake mix inside each liner  then...

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Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cherish and can either wear, place in a shadow box or on the spine of a wedding album. To create the bead flower bouquet all I did was place one bead onto a headpin then curl the end of the headpin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 completed I bunched them together and wrapped a headpin around the middle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super simple. Supplies Used: 13 Headpins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rectangle Blanks, 2 Vintage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Needed: Bench Block, Metal Stamps, Brass Metal Stamping Hammer, Long Nose Pliers (PJ Tool Jewelry &...

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NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

Jan 29, 2015

I’ve added two new doll designs to my Etsy Shop. These Handmade Penny Candy Dolls are created by me from vintage dolls in my collection. They are perfect to alter for art projects or jewelry designs. Each set includes 3 dolls per pack and measure approximately 2.25″ tall. Since these are all handmade each doll will be unique and have its own vintage charm. I ship Flat Rate so please email me if you wish to purchase more than one item as I can get several purchases in the same box. My email address is...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 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...

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New Year and New Goals

Jan 6, 2015

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...

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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

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....

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Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

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,...

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

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...

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Crafter’s Mystery Goody Boxes, Kits & Ornaments

Nov 25, 2014

I have been de-stashing my studio and am offering some really great deals on new or gently used products, kits and handmade ornaments. If you wish to purchase a Crafter’s Mystery Goody Box please leave your email address and the box or boxes you wish to purchase in the comments section or email me at lisa@lisapace.com and I will then send a paypal invoice to that email address. US only. 1 – Medium Flat Rate Box $45.00 with FREE SHIPPING This Mystery box contains assorted new or very gently used products from Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz, Maya Road, Fiskars and other major manufacturers. 2 – Small Flat Rate Boxes $20.00 each with FREE SHIPPING Each Mystery box contains assorted new or very gently used products from Ranger Ink, Maya Road and other major manufacturers. This...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This holiday season I’m all about getting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to complete a project, you all know I’m very capable of creating a mole hill kinda project into a mountain kinda project. So I thought and thought of how I could create a “Countdown to Christmas Calendar” without it taking me days to complete. I love counting down to Christmas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to finish including drying time for the paints. Products Used: Maya Road Countdown Shadowbox, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Juniper & Metallic Gold, Coffee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous 6” x 6”...

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Observations from an Alcoholic’s Sister ~ The Signs

Apr 4, 2014

Me and my family quickly picked up on tell tale signs that Richard had been drinking. If he walked into the room chatting away we knew right then he had been drinking. Chattiness was not the norm for Richard, me yes, him no. Richard was generally a quiet person and really only spoke when he had something to say. Soon to follow his chattiness, came red bloodshot eyes and not long after that, stumbling. Once the stumbling started it went downhill really fast. He stumbled into furniture, knocked things off of tables, ended up breaking things and had us all begging him to please go upstairs and sleep it off. Alcoholics need to understand there are obvious indicators they are drinking. Richard would suck on peppermints thinking he was masking the smell of the...

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Mini Shadow Box

Feb 19, 2014

Here is another example of creating a faux soldered border using metal foil tape and zig zag decorative scissors. I think this type of edge really completes a project beautifully. The mini shadow box is filled with one of my handmade Frozen Charlotte dolls that I altered with paint, some Maya Road Paper Posies, an Altered Maya Road Wooden Button and a punched butterfly accented with a Maya Road Rhinestone Trim piece. I cut a piece of Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Clearly For Art Modeling Film and covered the shadow box front to keep everything in place, just another awesome use for this fun product. The patterned papers used are by Pink Paislee. Yes I do hoard this paper line. I love everything Rebecca designs. This shadow box hangs by beautiful rosary type beads and has...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Becky Shander

Feb 11, 2014

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Becky Shander. Becky creates with a wide range of items that I find very appealing when combined. She create beautiful collage pieces using ephemera and found objects. Her textiles pieces of all sorts are simply stunning and her altered and jewelry...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a little mishap with a vintage salt shaker and had to keep it because of the way the front section broke. I was thinking it would create a super cute shadow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the other day as I was looking at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… create a big funky shrine pendant. The first thing I needed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied soldering tape all along the broken edges and started soldering. Once I had the this as I liked I started digging in my vintage jewelry pieces for perfect rhinestone accents. When at flea markets, antique shops or thrift stores I love looking for broken jewelry...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Jenny & Aaron

Dec 18, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of other amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awesomeness.   Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” are featured artists Jenny & Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday. I can’t remember when I discovered this amazing duo but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. I love the taffy shades of paint they use in all their creations...

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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bombarding you all with kits, art and other items in my Etsy shop but seriously, I have got to get this studio cleaned  out and under-control. I do not have room for any additional product not one bit more. It’s terrible and Santa will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank goodness I don’t have a little elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super worried. So since I’m cleaning out I am passing on some awesome product deals. I just listed a Scrapbook Embellishment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assorted Maya Road products that’s perfect for any scrapbook or craft enthusiast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shadow box is created from plaster then painted and glazed with an antique wash to give it that perfect aged look. It measures approximately 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The outside edge of the shadow box is wrapped with vintage lace, red seam binding and accented with two vintage Christmas picks. The background of the shadow box showcases hand cut words “Merry and Bright” from vintage sheet music from the early 1920’s and a glittery snowflake with an iridescent rhinestone center. I created the doll from plaster using a mold from a vintage doll in my collection. She is hand painted with acrylic paint and given an antique wash. The dolls dress is created from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vintage book page sprinkled with...

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Silent Night Ornament

Nov 19, 2013

I created this heart shaped shadow box from plaster several months ago. I had an idea for it then changed my mind and well it’s been sitting on my worktable since. Well, over the weekend an idea came to me and I’m happy to say, it worked perfectly. I love it when this happens. I decided to turn this lonely little plaster heart into a holiday ornament. The sides of the heart are covered in vintage sheet music from 1920 and the typed sentiment “Silent Night” is typed onto vintage note paper using my awesome antique Underwood typewriter. Then the entire pieces is covered in glitter. There is something so beautiful about the roughness of plaster being covered in glitter, it’s magical. When looking into this ornament I imagine a beautiful snowy winter night, where...

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Allie Creates

Aug 21, 2013

Look at all the awesome projects Kids Crafts Art Box Winner ~Allie has created with her grandmother Sue Adams. Sue nominated Allie for a chance to win the Kids Crafts Art Box I gave away several weeks ago and it’s awesome seeing all the fun things they’ve made together from the items in the Art Box. They altered an apron, made a bead buddy, created a set of adorable altered jean pockets, a set of altered clothes pins and pencils and even had time for a manicure using some pink glittered flocking. Talk about some serious crafting. Those two have been busy! I love seeing Allie’s projects so much that I’m going to do another Kids Crafts Art Box giveaway, in the near future. It’s just a little way I can pay it forward...

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Quilted Memories

Aug 13, 2013

I’ll be teaching three classes at Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, IL ~ Oct. 18th & 19th. This project is just one of the three classes I’ll be teaching. In my “Quilted Memories” class you will paint and alter a 5” x 5” wooden shadow box using a beautiful butter cream colored acrylic paint and vintage sheet music. You will accent the back of the shadow box using stamps from my Antiquated Collection Line which I’ll be sharing so you can personalize the back as you wish. Inside each 1.5” square you will attach fabric pieces from a tattered and torn quilt lovingly sewn by my great great aunts. You will accent each fabric piece with items like vintage shell buttons, crocheted doilies handmade by my mom, a vintage glass vial filled with silver...

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Darby Smart

Aug 12, 2013

Have you heard of Darby Smart? If not, well let me just tell you all about it because Darby Smart is a really cool online business with a super cool concept. Darby Smart has approved designers create simple DIY projects from a wide assortment of items they send their designers. The designer then creates a DIY fashion or home decor project from these items. Once the project is approved Darby Smart turns the designers project into a kit. Each kit is then mailed to you packaged in a cool box and includes the materials and instructions needed to create the DIY project. Darby Smart even sells some kits as “Girls Night” kits so you and a group of friends can get together and have a “Girls Night” DIY craft night. How cool is that!...

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