Back to my Roots

     Posted by Lisa on August 19, 2018

Last blog post I did a scrapbook layout, something I hadn’t done in years.  Well that was where my journey into this world and on this amazing site began so many years ago.   One thing that drastically changed my work was the introduction of Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz!  I still remember his first release, I don’t think I bought the entire first collection but I do remember they took up close to my arm span!

Those dies are still some of my favorites, and there have been many, many, many more added to my collection over the years.

Of course it’s not just his dies I love, his stamps, inks and so much more!  It has been a while since I really spent quality time with just my dies, paper & stamps creating a mixed media project…….which is how my love for mixed media began!

This project was made using only Tim Holtz products!

img_1995-001-734x1024I started with a little cardboard box deciding that it needed a new life rather than hitting the recycle bin.  So I pulled out some chipboard and all (ok, not ALL) my Tim Holtz supplies.

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The first step was cutting the opening of the front using the Vintage Cabinet Card die to create a shadow box.  Then the base, top and inside were covered with Tim Holtz papers.  I knew I had to use one of the gentleman stamps, yes I have a strange crush on them, which I colored using Distress Ink and a water brush.

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I think he’s quite handsome…….then again maybe I’ve been reading too many Historical Romance novels!

The frame, gears and scroll die cuts were all treated to some Distress Embossing Powder, oh how I love these embossing powders.  I also hoard them like crazy since I can’t get them anymore. *sad face*

img_2001-537x1024I used some stamps on the sides of the box to give it some extra interest.  Oh and those quote stamps, still some of my favorites in my collection!  The one coming our of the typewriter is actually a much bigger stamp, I choose just that part to use on this project.

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I really had so much fun making this project and going back to where my mixed media journey began!  I guarantee I’ll be using my dies & stamps more often, the possibilities of creativity are endless!

I challenge you all to look back at how you’re style has changed over the years and think about some of the things that really changed your creative journey.  Could be a type of product, a class, or an amazing group of friends you’ve made along the way!

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Boys Rule…Girls Too!

     Posted by Lisa on August 5, 2018

Happy August Long Weekend!  I hope everyone is taking some time to enjoy the extra day off and some sunny weather this weekend!

A couple weekends ago I headed to Winkler for a day crop, it was a very last minute decision and I’m so glad I went.  Got to spend the day visiting with friends and playing with new scrappy supplies!  What could possibly be better?!

While I was there I managed to pick up paper and embellishments for a new line called Boys Rule from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  We all know that boy themed lines are rare and ones suit teenage boys is even more rare.  Well this line is perfect and VERY popular!!  Lori does have more on order but it keeps selling out so fingers crossed she can get more soon!

I have two different projects to share with you today, a scrapbook page, something I haven’t made for a long time, and a 5×7 canvas.

Now that my boys are teens it’s not often they allow me to snap their picture, but with both them celebrating school graduations I finally got them in front of the camera!

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Sean finished grade 8 this year and moves onto high school next month.  This line was an absolutely perfect match for this picture of him all ready for his graduation celebration!

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I had so much fun digging through all the embellishments and die cuts that came with this line, I had to stop myself from trying to use them all on this one page!  Oh and the ‘Mr. Fantastic’ made me giggle, my Dad used to call my oldest son Mr. Perfect, so I thought why not call my youngest son Mr. Fantastic!!!

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The scribble circle piece at the top right of the photo is one of the fabulous Laser Cut Chipboard pieces from the store!

This line can easily be used for girls too, the papers are fairly neutral in pattern which makes them so versatile!

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This little canvas came together pretty quick!  I covered the canvas with one of the papers from the Boys Rule line and added some of the tags as well.

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That cute camera peeking out is another piece that came in one of the die cut packages for this line.  And of course the ‘Love You Forever’ is one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces covered with white embossing powder!

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I have to say it was fun playing with this line, I’ll be pulling it out again in the near future!  I do have some amazing photos of my oldest from his grad that are just waiting their turn!

Enjoy your weekend and try to get some creative time in!

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