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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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