Friday, December 27, 2013

"Its in the Bag"

Season's Greetings Family, Friends and Faithful Followers,

I hope and pray everyone is enjoying this holiday season, thus far.  No one has over-eaten, have they??  LOL.  My hope for this holiday season was to finish the cards I started over 2 years ago; and actually get them in the mail.  Alas, that didn't happen.  :-(  I am excited about one project that I was able to complete for Christmas... a gift card holder... only I put actually put money in it!  The card is for my DM from the kids; and the purse or "bag" is from me to DM!  Can you say, "loved it"!!  LOL.

The "purse" is from a Silhouette cut file.
The card layout is courtesy of Mojo Monday #320.
Patterned Paper is from a DCWV Christmas mini stack.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by and visiting my little slice of crafty paradise! 

Peace & Blessings!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas!

Hello Again,

Just stopping by to drop off a few cards that I made for a Vendor Showcase in MD last weekend.  I was there, as a first-time participant and full-time supporter of my craftin' sistah - Cassie!  I had a blast sharing this experience with her.  She did the darn thing - great cards, chargers, and great gifts.  I'm looking forward to attending many more of these events in 2014 and beyond!  My hope and desire is to take Taylor-Made Creations to greater dimensions; and this will be possible with the continued prayers, love, support, and butt-kicking encouragement from my family, friends, and faithful supporters!!  Thank you!

Layouts - Courtesy of MojoMonday sketches (2012 & 2013).

May this holiday season bring all of your prayers and heart's desires to fruition!  I truly thank God for all of you who have visited my blog, left blog love, and become followers!  I'm looking forward to doing greater things in 2014!  Will you join me??

Peace & Blessings,

Monday, December 16, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge # 50

Greetings Family, Friends & Followers,

Team B is hosting another challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  This week's challenge is "Anything Goes w/an Optional Twist:  CAS".  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps; so be sure to stop by Bugaboo and check out the latest digi stamps.  If you choose to accept this challenge, be sure to post your finished project over in the neighborhood by 8:00 pm EST.

Here's a little inspiration:  "Theodorexmaspresent"

Patterned Paper - DCWV Christmas (mini) Stack
Paper - Recollections Pearls
Copic Markers:  R27, 29 - Outfit (Frosted Lace Stickles) 
R59 -lady bug; 
B34, 37 - Gift box; G14, 17 - Bow (Holly Stickles); 
W 10 - Boots, spots on lady bug
Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back, now - ya' hear!


Monday, December 2, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #48

Hello Crafty Friends and Followers,

Thanksgiving has passed - wow!  And Christmas is knocking at our doors!!  This year is quickly becoming a memory.  LOL.

613 Avenue C is hosting another challenge this week - "Anything Goes with an optional twist".  Well, now that the holidays are in full swing, we figured everyone could use some kind of gift packaging, hence our optional twist this week!  You can create whatever your crafty little hearts desire - a gift card holder, gift bag, box, recycle a container to hold a gift, etc.  Of course you could always go with the Anything Goes instead!  Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Rick St. Dennis; so be sure to visit his shop to see his latest creations.  If you choose to accept this challenge, please be sure to post your completed projects over in our neighborhood by Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 6:00 pm. 

Here's a little inspiration:

Rick St Dennis - "Isabella"
Project:  Gift card Holder (Kristine Macabare)
Copics:  E21, 23, 25 (Bear); E27 (Bench); E53 (Skin); E23, E29 (Hair)
R29, R 81, R85 (Ribbons/Bows; Skirt, Blouse, Hat)
G02, G05, G12, G14 (Gift boxes, bags, Vest, Holly leaf on hat)

Thanks for visiting my little slice of crafty heaven!!

Lisa :-)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Better Late than Never!!

Hello there!!

I finally posted pics of the projects that I worked on/completed while away at a scrappin' retreat last month.  I was determined to finish the mini album for my DM's birthday.  I figured it was time for her to have a "homemade" brag book that she could use to show off her grandbabies (not really babies).  The Christmas card was made at the request of the hostess, who was asked to make card sets.  She asked us to use her supplies, so she could easily "re-create" the cards.  The birthday card is a card I made for my cousin - who was like a 2nd mom to me, growing up.

I'm slowly working to grow "outside of my crafting box"; but it is truly a S...L...O...W process!  LOL.  Thanks for visiting my little slice of crafting paradise.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

613 Avenue C - Challenge #44

Greetings Crafty Friends and Family,

It's challenge time again at the Avenue; and this week's theme is "Anything Goes" with no optional twist.  Our sponsor for this week is Rick St. Dennis; so be sure to visit his store for his latest digital designs.  If you choose to accept this challenge, please be sure to post your completed project(s) by Friday @ 6pm. EST.

Here's a little inspiration... "RSD- Isabella Blustery Weather"

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Challenge #38 - Anything Goes

Hello and Welcome to my slice of paradise!

I'd like to take this time to send a hearty "thank you" to my followers; and hugs of gratitude to my faithful visitors.  It's not easy keeping up with this hobby that I love so much; but who doesn't enjoy a good challenge?!  LOL. 

613 Avenue Create is hosting an "Anything Goes" challenge this week; and our featured images have benn graciously provided by Rick St. Dennis and Sassy Studio Designs.  The twist to this challenge is for you to create your own color challenge - using 1 color from each color in the chart provided.  If you choose to accept the challenge, be sure to post your finished projects over at the Avenue!

For those who know me, you know I had to find a way to incorporate purple into my project!  LOL.  With that said, here's my project:

Birthday Sassy (SSD)

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Steampunk Newbie!

Greetings Fellow Crafters and Curious Followers,

I have been struggling with keeping up with the craft that I love so much, given my life has now been consumed by football, cheering, football, and more football!  LOL.  Nonetheless, in an effort to keep my coloring skills (at least) thriving, I've joined the Sassy Studios group at PaperCraftingPlanet.  Each month we have the opportunity to participate in Progressive Challenges.  The most recent challenge was to complete a project using SSD's "Steampunk Amelia".  Now, I know nothing about "steampunk", so this was all foreign to me.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.  Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.

Well, a third of the way through this project, I realized I didn't have any machinery embellies (TH has some good ones); so I had to improvise.  Here's the final project:

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to leave me some blog love, if you can. 

Lisa (CropDrop-n-Roll)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

613 Avenue Create Challenge #36 - Anything Goes

Greetings Fellow Creators of all things Crafty,

I'm late!!  Just a quick post to let you know that 613 Avenue C is hosting a challenge this week; and the twist is to make a project in celebration of Grandparents Day (which was Sept 8).  Be sure to visit the Ave, get a little inspiration, and get to creating!  LOL.  If you choose to accept the challenge, be sure to post your finished projects on the Ave by Friday, Sept 13 at 6:00 pm.

Here's a little inspiration:

Image:  Shelly's Images - Butterfly

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Challenge #34 @ 613 Avenue Create

Hello Fellow Crafters and Followers,

It's challenge time at the Avenue - Anything Goes; but you get to create your own challenge!!  How does this work??  Glad you asked.  LOL!  The chart below provides all the elements you will need to complete this challenge.  The rule is that you must use 1-3 items from each column!  Be sure to post your completed projects back at the Avenue by Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 pm EST.  Have fun!  I will be posting my project in the next day or two (Yes, I'm late - oops!).

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hap-BEE Birthday!

Greetings Crafty Family,

Can you believe the summer is practically over??  My kids have already returned to school!  Where has the time gone??  Ok - enough reflecting!  LOL.  A friend recently celebrated her birthday; so I decided to do something a little special for her. 

Now, my disclaimer is that it's been a while since I last did any projects using vinyl; so my skills are a tad rusty.  LOL.  My friend's nick name is "Bee", so it made since to decorate a tumbler with a cute little bee.  Here are the final products of my weekend crafting:

Thank you for visiting.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mojo hiatus may be over!!

Greetings and Happy Friday-eve!!

I believe my mojo took a vacation recently, and forgot to send me the memo!!  LOL.  I have had the hardest time sitting down to create something... anything!  No matter how hard I'd try, or how long I stared at my computer...NOTHING would happen.  I managed to finally complete a DT project, but that was like pulling teeth.

It is my hope that change is on the horizon; and I can get into a good creative flow!  With all that said, here are some items I've completed over the past couple of weeks. 

As always, I thank you for visiting my little slice of crafty paradise, as you journey through the information super-highway (aka Internet)!

Sassy Studio - Progressive Challenge #3 - Birthday

Symapthy for family friend - Bugaboo Digi

Basketball Birthday using Silhouette Cameo

613 Avenue C DT - Friendship Challenge
Kenny K - Jasmine Digi
My first stair step card

Monday, August 12, 2013

613 Avenue Create Challenge #32 - Anything Goes

Greetings Family, Friends, and Followers,

It's amazing how the summer is just flying by; and now it's time for the kids to go back to school.  In recognition of this change, 613 Avenue C is hosting another challenge - Anything Goes.  The optional twist for this challenge is to use a school supply in your project.  Our sponsor for this week is Lacy Sunshine; so be sure to visit the store, and check out all the great digi stamps.  If you choose to accept the challenge this week, be sure to post your project over at 613 Avenue Create by Saturday, 8/17.  Here's a little inspiration:

Thanks for stopping by to visit my little piece of paradise.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #26

Greetings my wonderful followers,

613 Avenue Create is busy, busy, busy with lots of fun challenges.  This week's challenge is "Anything Goes" or International Colors.  July 4th is recognized as "Independence Day" in the US; so the twist to this week's challenge is to create a project using your country's flag colors.  Be sure to post your project at the Avenue.

Here's a little inspiration... Thanks for visiting my blog. 

 Image:  Rick St. Dennis "Isabella Bunny Slippers"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day

Greetings Family, Friends, and Crafty People,

I'm hoping everyone had a great weekend celebrating the special men in their lives.  In celebration of the special man in our house, the kids and I presented DH with a couple of cards and gifts, much to his surprise!  Now, don't laugh at the cards...especially the Heavy D card - LOL.  One of DH's favorite artists was Heavy D, so I rushed to buy the image from Robert Jackson's Gallery.  So, I've been waiting for the right time to use it... and no better time than Father's Day!!  The funny thing is that DH looks a little like Heavy D (minus the hi-top)...and he was wearing his purple suit when he opened the card!  Needless to say, FD started out with a big laugh!! 

Images:  Bill the Bull (Limited Runs); Heavy D (Robert Jackson)
Patterned Paper:  DCWV - Natural Stack; ??

Thanks for visiting my creative space!  Don't be a stranger... :-)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

613 Avenue C Challenge #24

Hello Fellow Crafters and Faithful Followers,

To any fathers (or single moms pulling double-duty) who may be following this blog... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! 

There is another challenge going on at 613 Avenue Create, and we'd love for you to join us.  This week's challenge is "Anything Goes" or Twist - Someone Special (male).  Our sponsors this week are Rick St. Dennis and Limited Runs; so be sure to visit their blogs and check out some great digi stamps.  The challenge, should you choose to accept, requires that projects be submitted at the Avenue by Friday, June 21. 

Here's a little inspiration... using Limited Runs "Bill the Bull".  TFL.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Challenge Winner in the House! Update

Happy Tuesday!

Just doing a quick celebratory post!  I won the Robert Jackson Friendship Challenge over at Scraps of Color!  Woo hoo!  My excitement is not focused on the prize, but at my project being chosen among the awesome projects that were submitted.  I am truly humbled by this experience...

The card that I submitted was a castle fold card; and I used the card fold tutorials provided at Beccy's Place.  Please be sure to stop by Beccy's blog, become a follower, and check out all of the great projects and tutorials she has for making cards.  I have always been a basic card maker - regular A2 or 5x7 cards; but Beccy's Place offers some awesome tutorials for making cards that are not so traditional.  Thanks, Beccy.  The image is a Robert Jackson digi - Girls Gone Wild, colored using my Copic MarkersThe paper is from DCWV - Basic Stack, Spring Card Stock, and Mariposa.

Now, here's the winning card... TFL!

TGIF and Happy Flag Day!!

Just wanted to post an update.  As a part of the RJ Friendship Challenge at SOC, we were supposed to send the card to a special friend.  Well, part of the challenge for me was that my friend is also a follower over at SOC.  So, what I did was modify the card slightly - maybe a little more than slightly, then mailed it to her.  Now that she's received it, I can post it.  LOL.  Here's the updated card.  TFL.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

613 Avenue C - Challenge #22

Good Evening Family, Friends & Faithful Followers,

It's time for another challenge over at 613 Avenue Create.  This week's challenge is "Anything Goes", with a unique twist!  This time, you get to create your own challenge... that's right, create your own challenge.  How, you may ask?  Just follow the chart below.  You must use every column, and as many items as listed at the top of the column.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Fred She Said; so be sure to check out the great digis and cut files at FSS.  Be sure to post your completed projects over at the Avenue by Friday at 7:00 pm CST.  We'd love to see what you come up with.  Here's a little inspiration... TFL

Col 1:  Sentiment, Patterned Paper, Solid Color Paper; Col 2 - Die Cut
Col 3 - Liq Pearls; Col 4 - Bling; Col 5 - Ribbon

Thursday, May 9, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #18

Greetings family, friends, fellow crafters and followers,

I apologize for this late post, but life is still happening; and I'm getting all caught up in it.  LOL!  With that being said, Mother's Day is quickly approaching; and a crafter's nemesis for this time of year is store-bought cards, gifts, etc.  Over in the neighborhood, this week's challenge is "anything goes', with the optional theme to create some kind of gift packaging - and with Mother's Day knocking at the door, this could come in handy!  So, join in the fun; and post your creations over at 613 Avenue Create!!

Here's a little inspiration...


I followed a tutorial by Kristine Macabare -
Image:  Cuteflowerbee by Bugaboo


Monday, April 22, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #16

Hello Crafty Family and Friends,

In celebration of Earth Day at "The Avenue", we are hosting a new challenge, with a color twist.  This challenge, should you choose to accept it, must include the earth tones below.  Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Rick St. Dennis.  So come on and join us in this celebration, and share your wonderful creations!  Please be sure to post your creations at "The Avenue" by Friday, April 26.

Here's a little inspiration:
Rick St. Dennis - "Nap Time"
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

First Rocker Card - It's a Boy!

Hello Crafty family and friends,

It's been a long week; but I was able to "squeeze" out a card for a co-worker.  Have you ever found yourself boxed into a particular style of card-making?  Well, I've determined that my style is usually CAS - clean and simple.  However, for this project, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something simple, but differnt.  I found a great website - Beccy's Place - that has instructions for all sorts of cards... as she puts it "from A to Z"!  LOL.  I also decided to use my Cameo to cut a rocking horse for the card.  The end result...

Patterned Paper - Cloud 9 Design
Rocking Horse - Silhouette Cut
Label - Nestabilities Labels 18

And here's the accompanying basket:


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

SOC: Robert Jackson Challenge #8

Good Morning Crafty Followers, Friends, and Family,

Just wanted to continue stirring up your crafty mojo by inviting you to join a challenge over on Scraps of Color (SOC) in the Robert Jackson Digi Group.  If your not a member of SOC, it's free to sign up.  This challenge is "Anything Tyler Perry" (e.g., Madea, Brown, Cora, Aunt Bam, etc.).  If you don't already have an image, be sure to pop over to Robert Jackson's site - he just posted several new images, and if you hurry, you may be able to grab some for $2.00/ea!!  Once your project is complete, head over to SOC and post your project in the RJ Digi Group by 4/14 at midnite (MST).  Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 8, 2013

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #14 - "Spring Fever"

Good morning and Happy Spring!

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring - new blooms, sunshine, and even a little rain.  In celebration of the new season, 613 Avenue Create is hosting a "Spring Fever" challenge.  The challeng this week is for you to create something - anything that makes you think of Spring (gardening, kites, bikes, sun, clouds, rain, etc).   The sponsor for this week's challenge is Rick St. Dennis (you can read more about him at the Avenue).  Once your project is completed, be sure to post/link your creation at the Avenue.  Can't wait to see what you create.  Here's a little inspiration:

Image:  Rick St. Dennis - Isabella Bunny Slippers

Friday, March 15, 2013

RJ 2013 Challenge #5 - Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

Greetings Crafty People!

I apologize for the inactivity; but I'm working on getting better.  I thank you all for your patience.  :-)  Over the last year or so, I've become a big fan of Robert Jackson's digital images; and as a result, I periodically participate in the RJ challenges over at Scraps of Color.  Last week's challenge was to make a crafty item (card, LO, etc) using a RJ shoe digi, and a bow or buckle.  Well, here is my entry, that I've deemed appropriate for a masculine "Get Well" card.  LOL.  TFL.

I did not write down all of the ingredients for the card recipe, but from what I can remember:

Patterned Paper:  DCWV Basic Stack
Cardstock:  Recollections (brown), blue was from my stash/scraps
Copics:  B41, B45, B000, E47, G07, Y15, YR14
MS Corner punch

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bye-Bye February

Hello Everyone in Crafty Land,

I hope you had a great weekend.  I was just sharing with a co-worker that February literally blew past us; and here we March, already!!!  I made a quick birthday card this weekend, for a friend who celebrated her special day last weekend.  I told her that this card is technically not a "belated" card, b/c I informed her on her birthday that I was putting the final, homemade touches on it!  LOL.  She agreed...

Here's a peek at the card.  TFL.

Image:  Maruva DQ, Inc - Ladies with hats 63
Paper:  DCWV Mariposa (PP); DCWV Fall card stock, embossed with Cuttlebug "Swirls"
Die cut:  Spellbinders (book)
Bling:  Recollections
Copics:  R27, R29, YR 15; R89 (eye shadow and lipstick)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #8

Hello friends and family,

613 Avenue Create is hosting another challenge this week, and the theme is "Anything Goes".  The twist to this challenge is to "Pile it On" (opposite of CAS - clean and simple, LOL!) 

This week, the design team used images from one of our sponsors, Bugaboo Stamps, to help give you some inspiration.  Please be sure to visit our neighborhood, and drop off your projects by Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm (EST)! 

Here's my take on the challenge (Note:  this card is not for "sensitive" folks!)

Image:  Bugaboo Stamps - Gus Golf


First Tri-fold Shutter Card

Greetings Crafty People,

Many times when I make cards, I find that my style is typically CAS - clean and simple.  Well, in honor of DH's birthday, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a tri-fold shutter card.  Let me just say... OMG!!!  Making this card was trying, but determination prevailed!!  Below is the end result of all of my perseverance...

Recipe:  I used the print and cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo.  Digi is from Kenny K, colored with Copics.  Purple paper is from DCWV, and decorative "Silver Swirl on White" paper (Paper Company, purchased at M's).  TFL.