I was cleaning my craft room yesterday and found tons and tons of scrap paper from Graphic 45 that I had used in making an album for a friend of mine. These scraps were really too small to use in anything but I had put them in a box and had forgotten about them……until…..

So, I was going to throw them out but then, I remembered seeing the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it calls for the use of patterned paper. So, I got to thinking about a card that looks like a quilt. I knew I could piece together the bits and pieces but wasn’t quite sure how to  really make it look like a quilt.

I searched on Pinterest for quilt patterns (which I based my card on) and found a site for paper quilting ideas. There was a photo of a card that looked like a quilt. I clicked on it and found Stampinpretty.com “Quilting with Paper”.  It talks about how Mary Fish, blog owner, shares Ellen Smallwood’s designs on quilting with paper. They are gorgeous! But, it just gave quilting patterns. I needed to know how they made it look like a quilt so, looking closer I notice that they used an embossing folder. I looked through my stash and found Sizzix Country Foliage and thought it might do the trick.

There isn’t too much thinking on what to do except cut and paste and lots of measuring. If I made a boo boo, I wasn’t going to stress on it.  I cut piece down and gluing it to olive green cardstock.

Like Ellen Smallwood, I kept the front without any further embellishment as to not detract from the “quilt”.

I will definitely do this again to use up bits and pieces….


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Happy Father’s Day!!!

As I reflect on God’s grace I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings in my life!

My parents raised me with fortitude and grace during some uncertain times. My father always made his decisions, not on what he wanted, but on what God wanted; how could he do God’s will and still provide for a family of 7? Easy…we prayed. My father taught me to pray and that, in turn, to rely on God and have faith that he will provide for all of our needs. And…taking that leap of faith is difficult but so far, I’ve never been disappointed.

So, on this Father’s Day, I wish to thank God for all my blessings, my own father for all the love and sacrifices he made for us while growing up and to my wonderful husband who is a fantastic father!

Here’s a card to all fathers everywhere!

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Materials used:

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White on white (with a hint of blue)

I was asked to make some Christening cards this past week. I like to make personalized cards. I used white mirror paper with Neenah Solar white and Spellbinders cross dies (aren’t hey beautiful? as well as some other Spellbinder background dies that I’ve had for ages. I framed them in MFT Die-namics Frame Dies and embellished with stuff I had in my stash and outlined certain elements with Copic blue.

Hope you like it.



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You’re out of this world! Birthday pop up box

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I help out with our local parish in collaborating with the wonderful catechism teachers each Saturday. I’ve been doing this for the past 3 years and each year we guide the same class of kids to get them ready for their first communion and then on to their confirmation. (Sacrements in the Catholic Church). These kids are great and become an extension of our own families.

Well, last Saturday was the birthday of one of the boys. His mother invited us Catechists to the party so I thought to make a fun card.

Cards are really not given too much here in Italy. They tend to think of the them along the same lines as Halloween…”an Anglo-Saxon” tradition.  But…that is changing a bit. More and more paper crafting sites are popping up online where I can find my supplies without have to order from the States.

So, back to the card. I wanted to make something special for him that really is never seen here. I have Lawn Fawn’s  “Out of This World” stamp set. I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored away with my Copic markers. I had some star adhesives and added those as well. I used Distress Inks on the panels to make it look like space with splashes of water and then used my white gel pen to add stars. The sentiment of Happy Birthday was embossed in white.

The birthday boy’s eyes where huge when He opened the envelope. He’s 11 and it was perfect for him.  He couldn’t put it down. Made me feel pretty good that he liked it.

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The following items were used in this card…..


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Me oui… je suis à Paris

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For my Design Challenge with Crafty Creations Anything Goes Challenge #343 this week we have as our proud sponsors, Cute as a Button Digi Stamps. They are adorable! Check them out!

I chose Sassy and Me because I just love the puppy, Sassy!  This digi stamp arrived to me in JPEG format. She was easy to fussy cut but to stamp her, I had a mountain of problems… my printer went out and died! Since I needed a new printer, I did some research and got an Epson Stylus 1500dw. Yes, it is an inkjet but I had no problems with smearing and it took my 80# cardstock beautifully!

Anyway, I wanted to put them in a position as if they were stepping out of a frame, so I sketched in a French street. Since the attention needs to be on the girl I made sure that the background was very simple with splashes of color.

I decided not to add a sentiment on the outside but have “Hello gorgeous” on the inside.

I think she’s adorable! Enjoy and check out Cute as a Button digi stamps!

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Tweeting by to say hi

I adore this Bird Set # 2 Die by Sizzix  !  It is very whimsical and I find myself coming back to it and using it over and over again. I have also made stamps out of the dies by cutting it on foam. It’s just fun, plain and simple.

So, when I saw the MFT Color Challenge for this Monday it inspired me! so…..  

I felt that it was the perfect opportunity to pull it out and try it again. I love the word Tweet. It seems to sum up today’s means of communication.

Here are a couple of the cards I made.


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A wee bit of a take on shaker, shaker

Coloring my wonderful MFT Polar Bear Pals, I combined them using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Tape to form a “family portrait” using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement for the no line coloring effect. The images were colored in using Copic markers in warm grey Ws 0-5 and white get pen for the fur. The back ground was colored using B02.

The difference in this shaker card is that, while I usually make such a mess putting the sequins and stuff inside I decided to entrap the stuff inside two acetate layers.

I then just glued the framed stuff onto the card front.  This made a huge difference in the amount of mess made. :/

The papers are from Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride and Glitzy Glitter Cardstock as well as Neenah Solar White 80 #.

Here’s the card….hope you like it.

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Ciao, Lisa


Celebrating every little Tiddly Ink”in” thing

Since I began card making I have been pushing myself to improve my coloring with Copic markers. I have had some MAJOR DISASTERS where the ink just have no desire to blend or where the paper causes bleeding. Argghhhh!

Da quando ho iniziato a fare i biglietti di auguri mi sono spinto a migliorare la mia technica con i markers Copic. A volta le cose non vanno nel modo migliore…veramente disastroso!

Anyway, one of the great ways to practice is on hair and shoes (both of which I am very weak). So, I pulled out a Tiddly Ink stamp and colored 3 stamped images. Of course, only ONE turned out! LOL. Here she is in all her glory and I think she looks purdy darn good. I used Wink of Stella in the flower’s middle.

In ogni caso, uno dei migliori modi per fare pratica è di colorare i capelli e le scarpe . Così, ho tirato fuori un timbro di  Tiddly Inks e stampato ben 3 immagini . Naturalmente, solo uno è venuto bene! LOL. Eccoloin tutto il suo splendore e credo che sono riuscita piuttosto  bene nel colorarlo..


I used Copics Y12, E18, E08 and Copic multiliner .03 Sepia on the hair and shoes, E 51,V000, E11, R20 on the skin,  Y13, Y15, Y18, V12 on the dress with accents in Sakura White Gel pen, Y18, R29 and B24 for the flowers.

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Birthday flowers for my DIL

My daughter in law’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to “send” her a bunch of flowers. I fell in love with IO Pansies background die and then saw the MFT Color Challenge so I thought I’d give it a go. I think it turned out pretty well. I used Copic markers in pinks and oranges to create the shading.

I hope you like it!

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Ciao, Lisa

Such warmth from Polar Bears….

20170516_094146 (2)While browsing on a chilling evening for card ideas came across Jane Allen, Copic artist. She had colored a polar bear from the MFT Polar Bear Pals that looked like it really had fur! I was blown away and thought that I really needed to try my hand at that type of coloring to challenge myself. So, I recently received my MFT Polar Bear Pals and couldn’t wait to try my hand at coloring them.

I stamped two images, the sitting bear and the skating bear in light grey and light blue respectively. For the sitting bear I used Copic warm greys, W0, W01, W03, and  W05 on the body and finished it off flicking little strokes with my white gel pen. The scarf is YG05 and YG 07 then detailed with a very sharp blue colored pencil to add a bit of dimension and detail. I dotted the scarf with the white gel pen. I used a black gel pen on the nose and nails. B24 for the ground and G00 for the background and blotted with 0. I finished it off layering the picture on Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock in Coastal Pearl and Glitzy Glitter cardstock from the Cardstock Stack. A few bling was added to make the card sparkle and the Joyful Wishes is from Lawn Fawn Winter Scripty Sayings in Hero Arts Hero Hues Ocean Dye Ink.

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I adore this skating bear! I used Copic cool Greys C 1-5. The bases are in cool blue, cardstock and glitter card stock.

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