Friday, September 23, 2011

A Christmas card

Another Christmas card from the wonderful Design Team paper this month by Jillibean Soup. This card was inspired by my friend Emily. I used both patterns from a single sheet of paper, added a scalloped edge and a Prima poinsettia, some bling, and a beautiful new Hero Arts holiday stamp. Every year I tell myself that I am not going to buy any more Christmas stamps, and every year I do just the opposite of what I say! This Hero Arts set (CL543) is just gorgeous and has nice big sentiments to go on your Christmas cards. Love it!


October 1st card class

Here are all the samples for the new card class on Saturday October 1st from 12 - 3 pm. We will be making 8 cards total (2 of each of the 4 designs). We will be doing a couple of fun and easy techniques too.

Please bring these supplies if you own them:
Sharp scissors or distressing tool
Copic markers: YR68, R29, YG17
Paint brushes or water pens (2)

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New class on October 1st

Join me Saturday October 1st from 12 - 3 pm for an all new card class! We will be making Any Occassion cards that have a touch of nature to them. We will make 8 cards total (2 of each of the 4 designs). On one of the cards we will use the Acrylic Block technique with Distress inks. Have you done this technique yet? If not, it's a great way to put some color into your background!

Here are 2 of the 4 cards we will be making. The other 2 will be posted soon.

I look forward to seeing you!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fabulous New Customer Creations

Hi Everyone,

I have had a number of our wonderful customers bring in their creations.  The first up was Annabelle Kratz who has shared some of her wonderful cards with us before.  She has been having fun with Hero Arts large floral stamps and Distress inks.  We used this technique on this week's Wacky Wednesday card.  First, you stamp with Versamark or pigment ink, cover with embossing powder and heat set.  Then, grab your Tim Holtz Distress inks at least 2 shades for blending and some blending foam.  Then, ink it up. 

 Here is the new Tim Holtz video showing how to apply the ink.

Carol Gorrell has shared some great framed projects with us before and today she showed us how beautiful an easy Halloween card can be.  She started with some Memory Box papers and added from there.   She added some stamps with a simple black ink, some ribbon bats and a couple of punched shapes. 

Alice Isenbart brought in this amazing crayon box that was made from scratch using a template provided by  Laura Denison and was featured on the Graphic 45 blog.   Alice recreated this project perfectly and we are looking into the possibility of teaching it as a class. 

Thanks for all the inspiration!  We love to see what you are making so bring them in so I can share the creativity.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I had so much fun doing this layout of my son's freshman year in high school. The new line from Fancy Pants called "Off to School" was the inspiration for these pictures. I LOVE to death the pencil paper and used it all over the layout--I esp like how the pencils can be cut apart to use for accents. Lots of decorative papers mix and match well on the neutral backdrop of Kraft cardstock--it helps ground everything. The new JilliBean accordian album was used on the bottom left corner of the layout and it allowed me to get tons of pictures on these two pages. I used the ribbon brads to secure the red twine to close the album when not in use. Yes, it is a bit thick to put in a scrapbook, but once in awhile I don't mind having something thicker in there. I have always been a fan of anything chipboard and the Fancy Pants chip's from this line was a great addition to the pages. Hope you like it and also hope to see you in the store soon! Happy Labor Day everyone!
Lisa H, aka: Tall Lisa

Halloween Party!

This new line from Bella Blvd. called "Too Cute to Spook" is so adorable! It seemed a perfect match to use with the pictures I just developed from last year's Halloween party. I love happy papers, big shocker to those of you who know me. In fact, it seems to be the biggest compliment I can pay to papers I like it to say that they seem "happy!!" Guess my simple little mind just likes happy things! I find I gravitate towards stripes and other small prints, so the star paper and the word paper that I used as the background on both pages were perfect for me. I love the purple velvet ribbon that i used down the left page, notice the simple knot at the top for extra oomph. I used a bit of that same ribbon on the right that I stapled with my all-time favorite tool, the Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz. Hope you like this. Anyone else mourning the loss of the Steelers at that horrible, terrible game this Sunday? wowza, that was bad! Still always will be a Steelers fan--go black and gold! See you soon, Lisa H.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Flopsey and Christmas

I have been having a blast creating with the fun and fabulous Jillibean Soup lines this month! If you don't have any of this paper yet, snag it before it disappears from the store. The patterns are playful, colorful, and inspiring.

For all 3 of my cards shown here, I used just one sheet of paper from the Christmas Eve Chowder line. I love anything with words on it, so the side with the words to "Deck The Halls" was a no-brainer.

My first card uses both sides of the paper in squares to provide a background on my card. I love the general layout of this card and can think of a ton of different ways to change it up for other occasions. I used one of my favorite Christmas stamps (sorry, it's no longer made by the manufacturer) plus a little bling and some ribbon.

My 2nd card features the absolutely adorable Flopsey as an ice skater. I colored her up with my Copics and even though you can't see it in the picture, I added some Stickles to the ice she is skating on so that it sparkles. The snowflakes were cut with Martha Stewart punches and the white background was embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.

For my final card, I used my favorite EK Success border punch and some ribbon to create a quick and easy Christmas card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and yes, there is a little Kaiser pearl for the dot of the "i" in the word Christmas.

I still have a little bit of this patterned paper left. Hmmm, I wonder what else I can come up with.

On a side note, I will not be around for Demo Day this weekend. I will miss seeing all of you this month! I will be back for Demo Day in October and will be teaching a card class on October 1st which is also World Card Making Day. Stay tuned for details...

Take care,


Saturday, September 10, 2011

We Love Christmas!

Well, since I had no power for what seemed like an eternity, I used that time well and scrapped up a storm (hah no pun intended!!). Though I had lots of natural light, I really missed my Ott Lite that I usually use to scrapbook. I felt like I was really straining my eyes but I am glad I spent the time doing these layouts because I really love them! The Jillbean line was my go-to company AGAIN and their Christmas Eve Chowder line did not dissapoint. I made the brown word paper that fun shape by using another piece of paper I had laying around as a template. I like how that turned out; makes it a bit more interesting. I like how the sheer red ribbon adds a festive touch to the layout also. Jillibean's 12x12 alphabet sticker sheet was so valuable--i used the red alphy for the title and then used the small green letters for additional words. Hope you get some inspiration from this layout and all the new products that we have at the store now. Lisa H., aka: Tall Lisa

JilliBean Soup and the Pumpkin Patch

Hello Creative Peeps!
Just a little project to share with you today using the
BRAND NEW! JilliBean Apple & Cheddar
Soup line.

It's perfecto for fall projects.

Check out the mini book and how it came together.
I used the brand new Avocado Arts Thankful for You set
for stamped embellishments.
The Jillibean paper line and the stamps work so well together.

Check out the project live and in person at the store.
LOVE the Avocado Arts set?

Join me for this months Avocado Arts card class.
Check out what you will make.

Looking forward to seeing you! -Lisa Hetrick :)

Friday, September 9, 2011


Jillibean's Apple Cheddar Soup line was my choice for these Thanksgiving pictures--I just love the gnomes used on this line, but didn't end up using them on this project (my fav is the journaling card that says "thankful for my gnomies" how cute is that?) I mixed and matched several different decorative papers and inked the corrugated alphy from Jillibean for the title (it started out white!). Their journaling card sheet is so helpful because you can use some of the pieces for journaling, mats or embellishments. Everyone glad that Irene is over? Good riddance! Lisa H, aka: Tall Lisa

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Christmas Morning!

The new lines from Jillbean are fab and uber adorable! Can you tell I like them?? I used their new Christmas line, Christmas Eve Chowder (how great is that name?) and combined all kinds of decorative papers and ideas on this page. On the far left, I used a template to cut the red paper (made out of a piece of cirle-decorative paper from another line) and then used a line of crystal bling from Kaiser to go along that edge (i stole that idea from a magazine!!). I continued the bling on the right top corner and along one of the photos. Tearing the red cardstock along the bottom edges is something a little different as well as using the inside of one of the journaling cards to mat the photo of my dog, Myrtle on the right side. I for one will never take my electricity for granted--hoorah that our power just went back on! Good riddance Irene!

See ya at the store--Lisa H., aka: tall Lisa

Pencil colors for Saturday's class

For those of you bringing your own colored pencils to class on Saturday, here are the colors we will be using. These are Prismacolor pencil names.

Dark Brown
Light Umber
Terra Cotta (an alternate color would be Burnt Ochre)
Canary Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Olive Green
Apple Green
Crimson Lake (an alternate color would be Raspberry)
Scarlet Lake

Feel free to bring a blender pencil or white pencil if you wish, though it is not required for class.

If you own Twinkling H2O's, please bring them in the following colors:

Other items you can bring if you own them are:
Ball stylus
Sharp scissors
Water color brushes or aqua pens
Pencil sharpener

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gina A loves Jillibean!

Can't tell you how excited I was to learn that this month's Design Team products were the new Jillibean lines .... LOVE this stuff! I picked up my supplies last night. I selected the Homemade 6 Bean Soup line using the coordinating papers and the Kraft Accordion Album to create this mini-book about my friendships through the years.

I was so inspired by these cute products that I literally came home from the store after my shift last night and put this cute book together in just a couple hours! I started by attaching the accordion pages to create a standard flip-book, adding a ribbon for closure. Then it was just a matter of selecting a few 'friendship' themed photos from my photo-box (my Scrapbooking 101 students will remember that I file everything thematically - photos,products and finished pages... stop by and see me at the store for details!) and quickly covering the kraft pages with the coordinating papers and photos. I added journaling and embellishments - not much required for this 4 x 4 album size - inked all the edges and VOILA! A quick and cute album that commemorates my friendships through the years... "SEW" much fun!!! :-)

Happy Scrappin!
Gina A.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Halloween

I used more of the new We R Memory Keepers Halloween line to do another layout--loving their papers, cardstock and chip shapes! This company always has quadrant paper that is perfect to use when you want to mix and match several different decorative papers--the spider web paper is one of those, just a 6x6 square. I used two colors of the oh-so-loved Baker's Twine on these pages and used their journal cards that were cut out of a piece of paper to do my journaling on. Using a purple pen to write with adds just a touch of fun! This was a really simple layout to do--just used lots of cardstock and threw it together! Hope to see you at the store soon! Lisa H, aka: Tall Lisa

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

I just LOVE the new line from WeRMemory Keepers! I had great Halloween pics from last Halloween that were perfect for these papers; it's one of my favority go-to lines---loving the chip shapes and cardstock pad!! The orange polka-dot papers were a great backdrop for the layout, along with the strip paper. BTW, the scallop edge on the right side is made with a Fiskars edge punch--love it! The "Boo" banner is made with Maya Road cloth pennants--I used letters as a mask and inked the cream banners to black, then used those same letters on the left side of the layout, oh so clever! Some awesome green sheer ribbon used on the banner and then repeated throughout the layout helps pull it all together! And, in case anyone is wondering, my husband really did have neck surgery--that is not a prop I promise!! Hope to see you soon at the store. Lots of holiday items are starting to arrive! Lisa H., aka: Tall Lisa

Soup's on!

Let's have Soup! Jillibean Soup that is. This month the Photo Scraps Design Team will be bringing you creations made from 3 new lines by Jillibean Soup: a Christmas line, a Fall line, and a Sewing line. The papers are cute, cute, cute! In fact, I like them so much I had a hard time narrowing down just a few patterns to bring home and make cards with.

Stay tuned to the blog for our projects and make sure to look at the creations in the store when you are shopping!