Monday, May 28, 2012

Scrapping with Lisa's Designs Weather Bear DT Challenge

 http://    Welcome to Scrapping with Lisa's Designs Design Team displaying Lisa's Weather Bear files,, which is available in her store. Today, the complete Design Team will showcase both Rain Gear bear and Winter Clothes Bear in various ways to show the versatility of this file.

For my project, I got a little ambitious.  We are to show the versatility of the wonder files Lisa has in her shop, so, I decided to craft a “Weather Board” for the Pre-K class at my daughter’s school.  Teachers are so short on time, patience and cash these days, with so many being asked to buy their own classroom props, stay late, come in early….so, I made a learning tool for the class using our very own Weather Bear.  Our team’s assignment was Winter Bear.  I went about the construction a little differently, in that I made the bear standalone and assembled the clothes to be interchangeable.  I also enlarged the file, so that assembled, he is a little over 1 foot tall.  Once the bear was assembled, I laminated him.  I also laminated his clothes.  This IS Pre-K afterall! Lol.  I printed some word association cards for simple words associated with the winter and laminated those as well.  I permantly mounted the bear on a piece of 12 x 24 background, attached a green border and used seasonal chipboards to accent the corners.  Both the clothes and the word association cards are easily removable.  I was so pleased with how weather bear turned out, that although I have until August to finish this project, I decided to do the Rain Bear Clothes also, along with word association cards and rain themed chipboard.  I am hoping this little guy gets a lot of use in the Pre-K class!
We wouldn't want you to get lost along with way of the seasons. Here is the complete line-up with both teams combined.
Queen of Her Craftroom
1.            Lynne ~   
2.            Anita ~
3.            Rhonda -
4.            Janet~
Princess Sparkles
1.            Kimberly ~
2.            Barbara
3.            Lisa W~
Be sure to stop and remark at each stop along the way along with the Design Team Page,, and become a follower!!!!! Lisa is offering your choice of which Weather Bear you would like to two lucky people who have remarked and became a follower.
Thanks again for stopping and remember to stop again the following Monday for Team Queenie's project featuring the Lion - sure to be a "roaring" good hop!!!!
Until next time, Happy Crafting~
Lisa Woodward

Monday, May 21, 2012

ABCs of Scrapbooking~Blog Hop

Welcome to the ABC's of Scrapbooking Blog Hop . . . what a wonderful way to show our love of scrapbooking! Today we are expressing our love to showing off our memories!!!!  Well hop along with us and see all the wonderful layouts these talented women are displaying.

We have great blog candy to one lucky winner- $20 in free files over at  All you have to do is follow my blog, the design team blog at and leave a comment on all blogs. This shouldn't take long to do as we only have five incredibly talented ladies participating.
If you have just stopped for a visit today -- welcome and glad you came but I wouldn't want you to miss a single layout along the way and would want you to start at the beginning with Lisa at Scrapping With Lisa ( If you arrived from Anita~ then you are following the ABC's of Scrapbooking.
The Lineup:

My project today is a one page layout with 3 photo frames and journaling tags.  I must admit, I don’t scrapbook much.  Infact, I’m intimated by scrapbooking. All elements/embellishments/pictures coming together to form a large cohesive work of art…..well my canvas of comfort typically lies with cards and tags….but ALAS, this isn’t a “ABCs of Cardmaking Challenge” is it?  So, rather than go to my well used stacks~ Of which most of you are familiar, lol, I decided to go to my “What the hell was I thinking when I bought this” stack.  We all have one….great finds at the time, but then you realize that it’s a scrapbooking kit…and while all the elements can be used on cards, altered items, etc….they all just fit with scrapbooking.  Well, my challenge to myself, within the Blog Hop Challenge, was to actually create a layout using ONLY the materials provided in the kit I chose.  These kits that I have found are awesome….They are from “The Girlie Paperie” and all have a vintage flair, most with very feminine undertones ~that style describes me perfectly.  By using a kit, I wanted to show beginning scrapbookers that you REALLY CAN make a layout from preassembled kits (not to be mistaken for preassembled pages).  The kits contain several sheets of double sided paper, all coordinating, ribbon, buttons, brads, tags, die cuts, journaling tags, flowers…..etc.  The page you will see literally only required me to use my own adhesive.  My experience with scrapbooking has been the intimidating time factor, the many many elements, etc.  Scrapbooks can be very elaborate….but for an intimidated beginner…a kit like this may be a good place to start.  As you begin recognizing space and pattern fits, along with themes and cohesiveness, you can slowly add in other elements, such as embossing, stamping, inking, distressing, supplementing with your own embellishments, etc.  I think this is a great way to be less intimidated by something out of the gate, and then flourish once you create a beautiful page with none of the painstaking work it takes.  What first discouraged me about scrapbooking was how elementary my first layout looked….I didn’t know what die cuts were, I didn’t know techniques like sanding/distressing/inking….I still had anxiety attacks at trimming pictures down!  It didn’t help that I was cropping with EXPERIENCED scrapbookers who had their paper separated into drawers by “themes” and had every embellishment you could think of.  No kidding….that crop session was my first and last for awhile.  I just wasn’t as good as these gals, and there  a huge learning curve.  So, for those of you who want to scrapbook and are unsure of what to do, don’t have the time to cut, trim, stamp, emboss, etc.  I made this page from The Girlie Paperie Vintage Floral Kit.  This kit retails for $20 and you receive 6 double-sided stock weight pages and ribbon, chipboard letters, flowers, stamp/postcard/tag diecuts/buttons/brads/flowers/etc.   Everything you need to complete at least 6 single page layouts, adding only your own chosen adhesive and …voila!  You have a beautifully, classy page that you can literally assemble in a short time.  Knowing products like this are out there, you can begin slowly, while still having a great, non-preschool looking page (unlike my first!) and then slowly increase your comfort level to creating your own die cuts, including other finishing and embellishing options, etc. ….here is my simple, yet non-stress inducing layout complete from a “kit.
Before I send you on your way....I have a little blog candy for you! To be eligible, you must follow my blog, leave a comment under this post, and tell me the name of my most used/favorite paper stack.  The winner will win one of these awesome kits from The Girlie Paperie.  I will take all comments with the correct answer and enter them into a random selector.  I'll announce the winner on the blog, no later than 12:00 Noon EST, Wednesday, May 23rd, but please also leave your email address so I can inform you privately.  I thank you for stopping and checking out my project and must send you on your way to  Please come back soon for more great projects.

Until Next Time~ Craft Happy!
Lisa Woodward

Scrapping with Lisa's Designs~Design Team Challenge

Team Princess is up this week with a cute butterfly card.  This butterfly is made from the Strawberry Shortcake file and can be found under vintage TV shows or by following this link, 
The key to this week’s project was to create a card with this butterfly, however, the card must have dimensions included.                        
For my butterfly, I used KC Company “Wild Raspberry Stack”.  To begin my project, I decided to actually make the butterfly the card rather than an element of a card.  First, I took the .svg file, and assembled it on my SCAL mat.  Then I welded it together, copied, flipped and joined the two outlines and cut on kraft paper.  This is the foundation for the card.  Next, I took various papers from the Wild Raspberry Stack and cut the elements of the butterfly, cutting multiples of different sizes in contrasting patterned paper.  I then assembled the elements of the butterfly using 3-D Zots and 3-D Foam Squares.  I then stamped a sentiment in the large flower.  The finished card measures roughly 6” x 6”.
Please take time to visit all of team princess projects this week by going to each blog listed below.  They each have their own take on the project. 
Here are the links to my sister’s blogs.
Kimberly ~
Lisa W. ~
Thank you for stopping by today and please remember to visit my Design team sisters blogs.  We all look forward to your comments, as this is how we all improve our work.
Until Next Time~
Happy Crafting!
Lisa Woodward

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Her Craft Kre8tions "Thinking Outside the Yoke" Design Team Project

Welcome to Her Craft Kre8tions first ever Blog Hop which we are calling Thinking Outisde the Yoke. Each Design Team Member was given a paper mache egg and were to transform this into something other than what was given to them originally. Our Design Team is to think outside of the "card" and do something other than cards and layouts. What a challenge .... could you meet this challenge?
Check out our EGG-credible creative Design Team . . . .

Let's start with thinking outside of the yoke of our eggs . . . .
For my project. I used my egg to create a skirt on a jewelry holder.  I cut the  egg in a petal like fashion and folded flip them out.  I secured 20 guage wire to the underneath to make them repositional.  I imagined these could hold bracelets and rings.  The metal holders and stand have been fashioned from coat hangers bonded together.  These have been inserted into the torso of a Barbie doll who lost a leg in a tragic Golden Retriever accident.  I removed the other appendages and head….I quickly got over the fact that my crafting trash can looked like a serial killer dumping ground, because my project was taking better shape than I could imagine.  The brown paper that was orignally around the egg was used to decopauge the “skin” on my manequin.  I decopauged fabric around the torso and “egg” skirt to create the dress.  I then added trim, both fabric and beaded, and decorative pearls as wire end caps.   I have to say, I am quite pleased with the outcome.  I hope you have enjoyed my project and see how you can transform the simplist of things into the most creative of projects.  Please visit our Design Team page and my DT sisters pages to see all their wonderful creations.!
HerCraftKre8tionsDesignTeam ~
We wanted to give you the complete list of the Design Team to check out their creativity. Our hops are going to be once a month which is the 2nd of each month. Please leave comments on each of the hops along the way - there is one great prize to be offered to one lucky winner with commenting on each of the stops along the way!!!
Happy Crafting~
Lisa Woodward