Friday, September 15, 2017

The Cutting Cafe Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!

Sorry I am making this announcement a little late but sometime real life interferes and it did today. Without further ado let's get straight to who won the 

Dresser Box Template....Cutting File from The Cutting Cafe

My lucky Winner is commenter 

 Lorene Holbrook

Please contact me at and I'll email your digital file and your mystery gift will be in the mail soon.

Thanks again to all who played along and left a sweet comment.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Secret Sister Flipbook

Well it's a bit late in the day but I'm back with a flip book that I recently made for my secret sister. Every January the ladies in our church draw names and that person is our secret sister for the year. Usually once a month we leave a surprise gift for them and it has been a lot of fun to give and receive. Obviously this person loves flamingos and you'll see them throughout this book. The sticker on the cover was gifted to me by my sweet friend, Katrin, as well as other stickers in this book. 

Now a confession...this is for the husband of a dear friend who jokingly commented one day he wished he had a secret sister. He's battled cancer since 2011 and for the first time since his initial diagnosis he received the report in August that his cancer is gone. The doctors are bewildered but we are giving all the credit to God for healing him. I was thinking afterwards about making him something special that would reflect how we all feel about him. This flip book really touched him and he's now our honorary secret sister. :)  

Let's check it out...

I placed journal cards over the photos and they flip up with a private message to him. 

More wonderful stickers from Katrin on this page and a journal card from American Crafts.

I cut this journal card from a sheet of 6x6 sheet of paper and rounded the bottom corners with a corner chomper.

The right page flips open to reveal a tri-fold spread below. 

I created the paper for this tri-fold spread using mixed media paper, stencils, modeling paste, ink sprays and Sharpie water-based pens. I love the way it turned out and the colors were perfect. 

This journal card reveals another message and a photo underneath of dear friends.

I loved using this clear acetate with mini flamingos to create overlays. The dotted pink paper flips down to reveal another message and then it flips again to the right revealing the page below.   

The gold flamingo was another gift from Katrin. :)  

The tri-fold page flips up and down to reveal this page and the two below.

I found this image online and added 3D stickers and spelled out our message with Tim's chit chat stickers.

I added a clear sticker over the watercolor heart journal card along with a paper sticker.

The back cover is decorated with various stickers.

I altered this white bag with some washi tape and added a little note held in place with a flamingo paper clip. Flamingos all the way for our secret sister. ;)

Thanks for the visit today. Hope you are having a great day, wherever you are!

Lisa xx

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Beaches Flipbook

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. :) 
Today I am sharing a flipbook that I made for my German friend, Katrin, who loves the beach. Last May my family and I spent a few weeks in California and I decided to collect sand for her from the various beaches we visited to create this keepsake book. 

I used a travel themed collection by The Paper House and journal cards were used as tip-ins and spots to journal on. Most of the sand packets were created using a We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and I'm kinda on the fence about this product. It did not seal like I hoped it would but I'm going to give it another chance and hopefully my second try will work out better. Washi tape, stickers and a few other items were added but basically I kept it relatively simple. I created side and top loading pockets to include photos of the beaches where the sand came from. 

Here's how the inside looks...
{click on any photo to enlarge}

Santa Barbara
Santa Monica
-love that this paper had a lifeguard shack on it like the one in my photo-

Laguna Beach
-absolutely idyllic-


Glass Beach at Ft. Bragg
-a magical place where the Pacific is powerful and deposits beautiful glass on the beach hence the name-

I added glass fragments to the page along with the sand.

San Simeon 
-we toured the Hearst Castle which overlooks the beaches here-

-in April and May the female seals are molting and the beaches are covered for miles with seals-

Back Cover

Like the traveler's notebook concept I used an elastic string to keep the book together and simply slipped each page in when it was finished. 

It was fun to make and she loved the idea behind it which made me happy. I'll be back on Wednesday with another flip book and I can't wait to share it with you.

Lisa xx

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Cutting Cafe's Inspiration Blog Hop + Give-a-way!

Today the design team of The Cutting Cafe is doing things a bit differently. Instead of Regina announcing a winner on the next dt post she is allowing each of us to give the set(s) away that we chose to create our project with. I am giving away the Dresser Box Template and Cutting File to one lucky winner on Friday the 15th at 12 noon CST. 

How do you win?
Leave me a comment below sharing what you like about my project (or why you'd like to win this file) then visit the blogs of each participant in the blog hop and leave them a comment. 
**You can click this link to view each of the projects along with the member's blog link.**
If you are following in order then you should have arrived from Lisa Bzibziak's blog. 

{Dresser Box Template w/G45 Staples Brads}

You'll see a ton of variety and get lots of inspiration! Be sure to leave a comment for all participants and best of luck. Some of us are offering an additional prize so check that out as well.

Next up is the talented Mitra Pratt so hop on over and enjoy her beautiful project. I'll post the blog hop participants below but you'll find their links by clicking the link above which will take you directly to the current design team post. 

Blog Hop Order

Regina Easter
Sheryl Wilder
Robyn Herndon Weatherspoon
Tmika Plair O'Neal
Krista Norman
Audrey Perteete Long
Patti J. Gilliam
Chauntelle Lee
Kim Venezia
Christi Steinbeck
Deb Peterson Rauch
Maria Pilar
Shanta Newby Shtanah
Diane Hover
Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak
Lisa Snowdy (that's me)
Mitra Pratt
Keri Weaver Parish
Maria Luisa
Tina Day Goodwin
Regina Cooper Bailey 

Remember I will announce the winner of the Dresser Box Template...Cutting File on Friday the 15th at noon here on my blog, on my Instagram page and Facebook account (both are under my name). As a little something extra you will receive a mystery gift in the mail from me as well and yes it is open to all international guests. You are not required to follow me but if you'd like to then I'd like to connect with you as well. :)

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

S for Sketch T for Trio at ABC Christmas Challenge

Angel Trio

I'm hosting the challenge this month at ABC Christmas Challenge and we're already up to the letters S and T. To change things up we'd like you to link to a current sketch for S and for T create a project using a trio of images/items. Click the link to see inspiration by my teamies and see if one of their sketch challenges will work for you. 

Remember to create a Christmas themed project!

For my card I used a designer paper which I layered on a white mat frame and adhered it to my red Bazzill cardstock base. I stamped a trio of angels from Verve's Angel Voices stamp set onto vellum using Versamark ink and sterling silver embossing powder by Stampendous. A trio of Tim Holtz mirrored stars and white opal Liquid Pearls by Ranger added the finishing embellishments. A sentiment from the same Verve set was stamped in Ranger's Black Tie ink and added above the center angel. I love the addition of vellum and the way the embossing looks on it. :)

As the hostess this month I am also offering our lucky winner a prize.

Two stamps from Impression Obsession


One lucky Random winner will win 4 Digi images for their choice



The challenge ends on September 30th at 1pm BST and I want to wish each of you good luck!

Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Christmas Tags

Well I am a bit late with my design team share for ABC Christmas Challenge but nevertheless I wanted to join in. We are on the letters P, Q and R and I used two of the letters for my project - Quick and Red - to create tags for presents during the holiday season. P is for People and you can use one or all three letters on your Christmas themed project. 

Samantha is hosting this time and she has a cute little Gorjuss girl stamp offered as a prize. 


Lawn Fawn

A 6x6 stamp pad of winner's choice.

For more inspiration visit the challenge blog at the link above and don't forget to link up by the 31st. 

Remember there are only 129 days left until Christmas as of this post. 
It will be here before you know it! ;)

Have a great day, wherever you are!
Lisa xxx

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UK Travel Themed Album

***Photo Heavy Post***

Good Morning...or afternoon...or evening wherever you are! I shared some sneak peeks of this album on Instagram and now the full reveal is here on my blog. Recently I traveled to California for a long vacation and found coming home to so many photos overwhelming. I wished that I would have made an album so I could just print photos, do some journaling and record our keepsakes from the trip and file everything away neatly and without it taking me a year. ;) That's when it hit me! I could make one for my dear friend, Katrin, who was set to travel to the United Kingdom in July with her husband. I could begin working on it before the trip and finish it shortly after they left, mail it and presto she'd have an album to come home to where she could do exactly what I should have done. 

I'm happy to say they had a wonderful UK adventure and we "virtually" opened it together when she returned. It touched me how much it meant to her. Every now and then we come across special people who bless our life and become our friends and she is one of those people for me. I am blessed by her friendship beyond measure!

 So let's go right into the album, shall we. I'll start with the charms I added to the spine and go in order from there.

I added some of Tim's travel charms, a cross (because they always visit churches), a key with a heart, compass and a small bottlecap with a crown. The trim which holds the 2-ring metal binder is also by Tim.

This is the inside front cover and I die cut bunting with a Spellbinders pennant die, added some alpha's and teeny brads. The Union Jack washi has been in my stash forever and I was so happy to be able to use it. I sent some to Katrin before they left so she could also use it in her traveler's notebook. The chipboard piece at the bottom is a leftover from a sticker pack that I think (?) is by K and Co. and the metal arrow is by Tim Holtz as well as the star paper (Correspondence collection).

I used stickers from the travel themed collection that I purchased at Michael's, a Pink Paislee cork heart, MAMBI chalkboard sticker, wood veneer plane and alpha's by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts.

The back of the divider page is a perfect spot for adding a waterfall style album for larger photos or items they want to record from their trip. I added some of the cities and places visited with Tim's chit chat sticker alpha's and if I missed any I know she has some in her crafty stash. :)

I found this small calendar and recorded the dates they were traveling on it. On the pocket above I created Scotland's flag - the Cross of St. Andrew - and embossed the upper right pocket.

I stamped on both left pockets, tucked in some labels and used a journal card from the collection.

I stamped #selfie on the upper right pocket and tucked in a chipboard word - Holiday - which I painted yellow. That pocket (if you look closely) has been embossed.

A journal card and another for use as a photo mat which came from the travel collection.

Washi tape and a wood veneer frame tucked into the upper right pocket are the simple embellishments on this page. Visiting Scotland was a first for them so I know they'll want to record a lot of pictures. They traveled with their sweet bear, Bo, on this trip and as it turns out he loves cherries so had to include a paper with cherries on it for him. ;)
*traveling with a bear, yeah I know how that sounds, to learn more about Bo and his great big adventures check him out on Instagram at bocrewwanders*

Love the paper by Glitz on the upper left pocket, it has hexagons on it which Katrin loves. The butterfly on the upper right pocket was stamped on there and I added some washi to it.

This page is really about sharing photos, the washi holds in some treats for her you'll see below. On the blue striped paper I stamped flowers from one of Tim's stamps in weathered wood (I believe) distress ink.

I love the flowers on the top left pocket because I know they'll remind Katrin of the beautiful wildflowers in Scotland. I tucked in some cork and wood veneer embellishments in the lower right pocket for her to use where she wants to.

This concludes the first part and now onto to the second stop of their UK adventure, Ireland.

The second part of their journey began in Ireland and when I think of Ireland 2 colors come to mind - green and yellow. I always see fields of green grass with yellow flowers so those colors are heavily featured in this section. This deep pocket will be great for storing large photos or whatever happies they want to keep in it. I shared 3 green doilies with her which she can use or save for another project.

This is a G45 paper and I loved the colors in it, a side pocket was added and fun ephemera from a 6x6 paper collection that I can't recall right now. I'll look it up and edit it this post some time today.

The upper two are really photo mats and the lower left is a great place to journal. To the pocket on the lower right I added some of Tim's washi and one of his flashcards.

Katrin loves animals and especially little deer so this Maggie Holmes image had to grace her album. The upper right pocket already had the text on it and I added some stamped butterflies and a label. The other two (upper left and lower right) are front loading pockets to store photos. Since it was their first time there I knew she was likely to take a lot of pictures. ;)

I stamped soft images on the two left pockets - flowers and a compass - added some washi and chit chat stickers and did a bit of doodling with a gel pen.

Sometimes it is good to record those special meals in special places so your memories can instantly bring you back to that place and time again. 

Another place to record larger photos, I made it a half-sheet and she can add a photo mat or journaling to the back of it (see below).

I love Heidi Swapp's photo protectors and for this album I turned them on their side and placed in a waterfall style. The cardstock label above each photo can record the when and where it was taken. This washi had to make an appearance as I love it and the colors are perfect. :)

The upper left pocket can be used to slip a photo underneath or a piece of ephemera from their trip while the lower right pocket will hold tickets or more photos. The label can record what she decides to store in it.

I put a belly band on the upper left pocket and spelled out "dublin" on the lower pocket. On the upper right pocket I used a SMASH journal sheet so she can record some of their favorite things.

The papers on the right are busy but they go with the theme so maybe she can use them as photo mats or create a pocket with a calmer paper. ;) The journal card (upper left) will let her record special memories from their time in Ireland.

That concludes the second part of their journey, next they traveled to merry 'ole England.

The divider for the last leg of their journey, Britian. I greatly admire Queen Elizabeth so I was tickled to use this sticker from the collection. Honestly I can't imagine the world without her in it, she has served with immense grace throughout her life.

The back of the Britian divider has more photo pockets by Heidi Swapp.

Stonehenge was on the travel agenda and fortunately for me there was a paper in the travel collection with photos on it. I also found a ticket that had London Country Buses on it (upper left) which was perfect. 

Sorry for the glare in this photo but I used a journal card (bottom left) and stamped an image of the British flag (bottom right) and simply added a sticker from the collection.

The London Calling was a journal card from the travel paper pack and I cut the other 3 from papers in Tim's Correspondence collection. I stamped images on each of those and the washi was added to secure what I tucked in the pocket below.

A wood veneer crown was tucked in the bottom left pocket and secured with washi so it wouldn't fall out during transit. A belly band was added to the bottom right pocket and more of my Union Jack washi tape makes an appearance. A die cut image with a tea pot was added and I slipped in some labels for her to use. In the upper right pocket you can see where I stenciled stars in chipped sapphire distress ink with Tim's stars stencil.

I tucked a wood veneer arrow in the bottom left pocket and stenciled some clock cogs with Tim's stencil on the bottom right card. Above it you see more of my Union Jack washi tape.

Maps of London and stickers from the travel themed paper pack can be seen here and below.

On the bottom right card I stamped a crown in faded jeans distress ink. The phone booth (upper right) is a sticker.

Love the journal card (bottom right) from the travel paper pack. :)

Inside Back Cover
It has a deep pocket where maps, brochures, large photos, etc. can be stored. Another British doily makes an appearance and I incorporated stickers from the travel themed paper pack I used throughout the album.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope this may provide someone with inspiration. Please overlook any grammar or spelling errors as I am flying today and wanted to get this up before noon. ;) I will be back soon with a belated design team project for ABC Christmas Challenge.

Have an awesome day,
Lisa xx

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