Thursday, July 31, 2014

TAWS August Blog Hop!!! yay!!!

It's The Alley Way Stamps Blog Hop Day...

Today is the big day! Are you ready to see the August Release??
And... are you ready for the chance to win all THREE sets?

If YOU want to be that lucky winner, all you have to do is comment on the hop! 

You can pick and choose which ones you want to do, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

Here are ways you can win: 

1-Comment on The Alley Way Stamps Blog
2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below)
3-Post about it on Facebook or your blog
4-Like us on Facebook
5-Follow us on YouTube
6-Follow us on Pinterest

You have until Tonight at 9:00PM TAWS time to leave them!

All winners will be announced tomorrow, August 1!

Now it is time to share my card using the Flower Show Stamp Set, and what a gorgeous stamp set it is!!!  I LOVE floral images so I was ooohhhing and ahhhing the whole time I was getting crafty!  

After laying down my patterned paper I had a blast stamping, coloring and fussy cutting my flowers out!  By the way did you know that TAWS also carries digital cutting files for all of their stamp sets?!  Sweet!!!  My sentiment came from an older set, Wish Big.
* I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes Challenge

And don't forget about our free set when you spend $40 this month...

This cute mini set, Now You See Me, is FREE when you spend $40.00 

or more during the month of Augustl!!! 

It will automatically be added to your order, so shop away!

Click below to hop - GOOD LUCK!!!


Thanks for stopping by to visit me, now make sure you are on your way to visit the amazing N@ali!!!  Happy enabling!!! hehehehe!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One More Avery Elle Challenge Card

Ok, so I know I just posted the card that I made last night, but I was able to squeeze another card in during the kids' nap time today, so I had to share this one as well...

Supplies Used:
Stamps and Dies: Avery Elle
Ink: PTI, Memento, and
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Twine: V's Sweet Ideas
Foam Adhesive

I have seen the spotlight stamping technique popping up again, and it was my inspiration for my card!  I also based this on a few challenges:

I Heart Avery Elle: Die Cutting Challenge
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
CAS-ology: Rainbow

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

You're Awesome Tag Style

So I debated back and forth on whether or not I should share this card... it is extremely CAS, and I wasn't really sure at first if it was "good enough".  But then I thought what the heck, it's handcrafted with love, of course it is good enough!  And so what if it is super plain, it's still a happy little card, so I present to you this...

Supplies Used:
Stamps and Dies: Avery Elle
Ink: MFT 
Hemp Cord: Hemptique

I have created this card based on two challenges:
I heart Avery Elle: Die Challenge
CAS-ology: Rainbow
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for visiting me and my little CAS card!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Out Of This World... TAWS sneek peeks!!!

 It is Sneek Peek time at The Alley Way Stamps, yay!!!!  The name of this stamp set that I am sharing today is perfect, because it is Out Of This World fun!  I love how well these strips of sentiments cover the entire front of a card...

I'm not going to lie creating this card was so fun and messy!  Love it!  I started this card by embossing my stars and sentiment onto the cardbase.  I then went crazy with my distress inks and some shiny misting.  Finally I embossed the moon onto scrap cardstock, fussy cut and adhered with foam adhesive.

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It Challenge!

Make sure you check out what the other girls have created with this amazing new stamp set for your viewing pleasure (also to enable just a little hehehe!).

Happy Crafting!
Lisa Christmas Greenery Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to another weekly challenge with! yay!  We are still celebrating Christmas in July, so this weeks challenge is to focus on Christmas Greenery...

Supplies Used:

I realize that this card doesn't have any green on it, hehehe!  Well it does have two green rhinestones that counts right?  I figured the flowers were what really counted on my card!  I love this poinsettia stamp set, and with a little wink of stella it is truly gorgeous!

I am also entering this into the City Crafter Challenge Blog: Christmas

I hope you will get a chance to join us in our challenge this week... I find it fun to bust out my Christmas stash half way through the year, it kind of cleanses the pallet, hehehe!  ( I'm so fancy!) Remember you can use ANY products you have, but you do earn an extra entry if you use a image/sweet cut... and you could win a $20 shopping spree, woo hoo!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wreathed in Love

Hello!  I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far!  We enjoyed a nice trip to our local zoo yesterday, and now we are ready to relax.  Today I am sharing this cute little mini card on The Alley Way Stamps Blog, and make sure you check out their blog today as we have another project share by the amazing Debby Hughes!  Here is what I am sharing...

I created this card using The Alley Way Stamps Wreathed in Love Stamp set, which happens to be the freebie stamp set for the month of July with your $40 purchase... sweet!   To create this card I embossed the card base with one of my new We R Memory Keepers Embossing folders (which you can find/purchase at Butterfly Ink Reflections! ).  I then die cut a circle, stamped the wreath, embellishments and sentiment onto it, and adhered with foam adhesive.  Finally I blinged my card out with some sequins!

I am also entering this into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp: Emboss it Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

PTI July Blog Hop

Hello!  Yay!!!  It's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Day!  I always love these, because I love seeing how differently each person sees the inspiration that is provided for us.  And this time there is just one photo of inspiration to work with...

I drew my inspiration from the stitched flower and the flowers on the doily...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Stitches and Swirls, Botanic Silohouettes
Ink: PTI Spring Rain, Autumn Rose, Pure Poppy, and Dark Chocolate, also Avery Elle Mint 
Hemp Cord: Darice
Patterned Paper: MME
Paint Brush

I recently bought a set of nice water paintbrushes, and there is a itty bitty one that I just had to bust out for this card.  I basically painted my flower using very little water and the ink pads as my color pallet.  I stamped the inks onto my craft mat and dabbed my paintbrush right in and got to work.  I pulled my colors from the bottom up and then went back over in areas I wanted to create more dimension.  Another trick I used on this card was stamping off... I inked up my sentiment with Dark Chocolate stamped it onto a scrap paper before quickly stamping it onto my card front.  This gave it a muted look that blended more with the background.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!
Lisa Christmas Tag

Hello beautiful people!!!  This morning I have a post up on the Blog and I would love for you to visit and learn more about how I created this lovely little tag...

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Alley Way Stamps Old and New

Hello all!  Today I have a post up on The Alley Ways Stamp Blog sharing a fun colored card!  I was inspired by a picture of a peacock for my color combo, and played with a mix of old and new stamps.  I have used the Spotted Stamp Set to create my background and the newer sets Pick One for the flower and Mrs. Rogers Neighborhood for the sentiment.

I tried taking a close up to show the pretty shimmer on my flower, but drats it is still hard to see.  Just pretend to see it and say ooohhhh and ahhhh hehehehe!  

I am also entering this into the Crafting From the Heart Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Stamps, woo hoo!

Let me tell you when I saw the new release for Altenew I knew I had to jump on the ball get my order in the minute they opened the store... and that is exactly what I did.  Then my happy little package came with my two new stamp sets and I just had to play with one of them that very minute (thank goodness the kids were already taking their nap, hehehe!).  When I came across the sheet cake challenge at A Blog Named Hero I knew this flower would be the perfect fit for a Hero Arts Sentiment and viola...

This image was so fun to water paint with distress inks... it's so relaxing.  I'm still a beginner with water painting images, but I was happy with the result! :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!!!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Loads of love for The Alley Way Stamps

I do love The Alley Way Stamps, it's true!  Not only are the images always super fun to work with, but the owner Alison is just one amazing person!  Anywho, enough with my gushing... I'm sharing this sweet little love card today on the TAWS blog and on here...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps (Mrs.Rogers Neighborhood and Speak Easy)
Ink: Memento and PTI
Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers
Various Copics
Heidi Swapp Color Shine

I am also entering this little card into the AAA Challenge #12 CASE Angela Maine Challenge... I didn't base mine off of the colors of her card, but more of the design. 

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Challenge Fun on a Saturday! yay!!!

Hello!  Today has been a very nice day here in Ohio, and I was lucky to squeeze in some crafting time too! woot woot! 

Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps (Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Luxe ink
Various Copics
Patterned Paper: Glitz
Embellishments: Studio Calico

So I have created this card based on the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge

and the Curtain Call Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in to see me!
Happy Crafting and Weekend!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New BIC Challenge with The Alley Way Stamps!!!

Hello and Happy Friday!!!  Today starts a new Be Inspired Challenge hosted by the amazing Alley Way Stamps... woo hoo!!!  Here is the gorgeous/yummy inspirational photo for this challenge...

And here is what I've created using the Lighter Than Air and Once Upon a Time Stamp Sets...

Now bust out your Alley Way Stamp Sets and start crafting for your chance to win a Guest Designer spot and two stamp sets!  Plus you have 4 weeks to play along, and if you don't have any stamps ( how could you not have one?  They are soooo cute and fun! ) there are even freebies for you to use! 

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Layout and Winners Announced!

Hello! I am popping in on this lovely Wednesday to share a layout of my son with 3 of his Great Grandparents.  I'm so happy to have these photos and treasure them dearly...

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper, brads, and label and doily stickers : My Minds Eye
Chipboard: Basic Grey
Puffy triangles: Freckled Fawn
Title Stickers: Fancy Pants

This layout was based on Creative Scrappers Layout #273:

So I'm a wee bit behind on announcing my winners... so sorry about that!  But drum roll please.....  By very professional individuals with unbiased opinions (meaning my 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter, teeheehee!) the Numbers drawn were....

For the Stamp Sets...... #3 is... ScrapaDiddle!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!!

For the envelope full of goodies....  #20 is......   Taunya Butler !!!!!  Congratulations!!!!

Ladies please contact me at lisascreativeniche at with your snail mail and I will get these right out!

I want to thank each and every one of you who stopped by and left quotes that lift you up... it was really fun to read them and I've adopted quite a few of them for myself! :)  I wish I could give you all a little something, but be on the lookout soon... I will be reaching my 1,000 post very soon and I'm sure to celebrate that with all of you!  So thank you again for your continued support and love!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Parchment Craft Challenge with

Hello!  There is a lot of excitement happening today at First there is a new release of Artsy Fartsy Stamp Sets... and these are def. my FAV. release to date!!!  I LOVE the sentiments and images!  Check them out here.  Then we are also combing our weekly challenge with our Monthly Technique Challenge: Anything Goes with Parchment Crafting! woo hoo!  So get out the vellum and get crafty!!!  Here is what I have created for this challenge:

Supplies Used:

I love how this turned out!  I started by heat embossing my images and sentiment in fine detailed white embossing powder.  I then flipped it over and when over the flowers with a stylus against a mouse pad. While still having the backside faced up I colored around the floral images with colored pencils.  I flipped it back over, adhered it to patterned paper and added some rhinestones.

* I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Let's be clear

Hope you will give parchment and try!  As always there is a $20 gc waiting for the winner of this challenge!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Home Sweet Home on the TAWS Blog

Hello!  It's Monday and my day to share a card with you on The Alley Way Stamps Blog, yipee!!! I'm so happy to share this sweet little home card, in which I used a new technique...

Supplies Used:

Various Copics
Stencil: memory box
Glitter: Distress Glitters by Ranger
Ink: Memento and Staz-On
Die: PTI

To create this card I used a glitter and stencil technique, which I learned from the amazing Jennifer McGuire.  I applied this technique to a label which I had diecut first.  I then stamped my house from the Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood Stamp Set, colored and fussy cut.  Next came the sentiment from the same stamp set applied to vellum and adhered.

I am also entering this lovely card into the Simon Says Stamp: Let's Be Clear Challege

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!