If a bear sees its shadow in a shadow box…..

Does that mean winter is still with us? Hope not!!! I’m already sick of it. Last week we got hit with snow in Italy and it paralysed everything! This week…rain, rain and more rain. Oh well, March marches in like a lion….let’s hope it marches out like a lamb….. ūüôā

I have fallen in love with shadow boxes. These are my first attempts (I don’t have the die for it)…yet.

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The first one is wintering in feel and the second is springtime!!!!¬† I just had a fun time layering everything using MFT’s Polar bear pals and I had a couple of critters from Lawn Fawn’s Toboggan Together and Waffle Flower’s Happy Day stamp.

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So cute I can bearly stand it!!!!

Pun intended!!! I just love the Waffle Flower Happy Day stamp with this adorable bear. I had a lot of fun making these slider cards with hidden slides.  All the flowers and the funky bear just make me smile.


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Coloring, coloring, coloring….

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First try…Copic with Prismacolor on Neenah Solar White


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Second try….¬†Copic and Prisma on Neenah Desert Storm…it actually looks better in person….¬†:/


I had bought this stamp by W Plus 9 a few years back because I just loved the image…and I still do, but, for some reason, I never used her in anything! I think I was a bit afraid to color her in and make her look like a little girl and not a blob.

I have been trying to work on my coloring skills. I follow Jane Allen, Sandy Allnock, Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts and others. I have Derwent¬†Inktense, which I love but I they didn’t give me the color I wanted when dry so I bought some Prismacolor premiere. They are wonderful pencils with bright colors and the white pencil really stands out but, they are all off centered and pain to sharpen. It’s a shame that the quality is not there.

Anyhooo….getting back to my coloring, I couldn’t wait to try everything out. I stamped out a couple of images on¬†Neenah¬†Solar 80 lb. cardstock and began coloring with Copic. I then went over lightly with my Prismacolor to add a bit more dimension. I like how she turned out.

O then decided to try stamping her on Neenah Desert Storm with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and colored her with Copics and then Prisma. I am not as pleased with this result but it’ll do.

Let me know what you think and if you have any tips for me. I would appreciate hearing from you.

Ciao for now,



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  Copic 21075164 Schizzo Set D da 72 Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Set, 48/Tin (japan import)Image result for echo park paper splendid sunshine  Image result for julie nutting blush paper tombow-mono-multi-liquid-glue-52190

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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# AUDREY BLUE AB19 Preview Image
   Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#  AUDREY BLUE AB19
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Iddy, biddy Tiddly Inks….

As I have mentioned before, I love Tiddly Inks stamps…and especially the digi¬†stamps. They are so versatile! I love how they can be combined and layered and resized. There is a sense of freedom in working with them.

I ordered a few stamps from Tiddly Inks last week and am having fun making cards with them. Enjoy!

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Pretty little tea party

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! The other day I was watching a video by Sandy Allnock (I just love her!) and her kraft paper, Copic and pencil pieces. I was inspired. In a way, they reminded me of Jane Allen’s coloring techniques and that was all I needed to get back in the saddle (so to speak). Sandy was using some of Mo Manning’s stamps and I have had Tea Party for a while and thought this is a good time to get it out and challenge myself.

I used Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (so did Sandy Allnock), stamped the first card in a light brown ink and had a lot of fun. I left my Prisma pencils in the states but used my Inktense pencils. The second one I tried to use a light pink pigment ink and turn out horrible and, as a result, did not make it ti the final cut :), and the third card I used a light gray pigment ink to stamp with.

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I like how they turned out and that they just pop out at you! Leave me a note….I would love to hear what you think.

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Thanks bunches! Ciao,

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Would you be mine????

Now that the Christmas holidays are behind us and the blahs of February are upon us the only “highlight” is the day for so-called lovers; yes, Valentine’s Day; named after the Saint, Valentino, from 3rd century Rome,¬† (See¬†http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story) for more info.

Since I have been crazy busy as of late, I really have done no cards…literally…zero, zip, nada… Not good, so today I hunkered down to do something and churned these simple cards out.


I like how they turned out…very simple… Enjoy! Leave a comment…I would love to hear from you!


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Sisters are your friends forever….

As part of the Crafty Creations Design Team, we were given a Bugaboo stamp with which to create a  card. I have been thinking a lot lately about my two sisters back in the states. One year we took a ballet class and on recital night we had our tutus on and lined up for a photo. I took that photo as inspiration for this card.

I adore these digi¬†stamps! They are so delightful! I chose the little Ballerina Brat because how cute it was! As it comes in a .png¬† file I overlapped them and changed the sizes of all three (don’t you just love the flexibility of digi stamps?)

I like how it turned out. Hope you do too!

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Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year with family and friends near and far!

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Not to be confused with skating on thin ice…..


In keeping with the theme of skating, I made this card using dies from my stash. For the background I used Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes die and Tim Holtz’s Alterations Ice Skate.

I modified the skate by layering different papers to give the impression of a skate and laced it up by punching holes in the tongue area of the skate. I like how it turned out.

Hope you like it!

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Skating around in a polar freeze…



Just skating by to say hi and wishing all a Merry Christmas.¬† Love this slider card and used MFT ‘a Polar Bear stamp set. I just adore this skating one! It is simple in its design but pull the tab and he skates across the ice and into your heart.

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Glory to God in the Highest

Still getting on with my Christmas cards. I came across this digi¬†stamp and loved it simplicity. I colored it with Copic markers, added Wink of Stella to make the star and other parts sparkle. It was rather bland and needed something else….

I saw on Wendy Bellino’s blog where she used UTEE on a marvelous candy cane star and got inspiration! While I don’t have UTEE, I do have clear embossing powder so I covered the whole image in clear powder¬†3 times. It really brought out the colors!

I really like its simplicity. Enjoy!



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Thanks for stopping by.

Ciao, Lisa