My Craft Corner

I have been working on reorganizing and cleaning my craft corner all winter.  I still have some things to go through (and some projects to finish), but while it is still clean I thought I would give you a tour.

My craft area is the corner (about 14 x 13′ ) of our “unfinished” basement. I painted the walls and added some color. Most of the furniture has been re-purposed through the years, but some were built with a specific purpose.

This is the right side of my craft studio.
Here is where I store all my fabric (in the drawers), idea books and many of my stamps.
This where I have my eclips and paper trimmer. My various twines are stored on the pegboard. The drawers hold my Stickles, paints, and alcohol inks.
This is my sewing station my dad built 20 years ago. He built it so I would have a place to sew for my daughter.



Along the back wall I have my punches, my original Sizzix dies, paper and other supplies.

Punches and dies
Paper and embellishments
Ribbons, inks, sprays, and paints


Here is where I spend most of my time. The base of my workbench is 2 kitchen cabinets with a solid wood door for the top. I usually stand when I am working.  At one end I made a set of pull-out drawers for my wood mounted stamps. The center holds the papers I use the most.


The drawers are acrylic box frames. I stamped the images on paper in the tray to make it easier to put them away.








At the end of the workbench is my die cutting station.


Thanks for checking out my space. I am off to work on another project.

Lisa's Look at Tim's Tags 0f 2015 Tags

Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for April 2015

 Here they are….my tags for April.










I used stamps I had available to create my tags.  I love the cascade of flowers (a Dylusions stamp). I didn’t have Tim’s word dies, so I used my eClips2 to cut my words.  Love how fine I can cut the script font.

I had forgotten how much fun it to color with the Distress Markers, I will be finding making some time to color.

Interested in making your own version of the tag, call Cafe Crop at 219.661.1624 or stop by to sign up.  Class is Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pm or Thursday, April 16 at 1:30 pm.


Holidays Tutorials

Watercolor Easter Eggs

EGG12After creating my version of Tim’s 12 Tags of 2015, I thought the technique  would look great on some paper mache eggs.  The paper mache eggs were too dark to use the Distress Markers on.  Then I remembered that Wendi Vecchi used newsprint and Ranger’s Glue n’ seal on surfaces so that she could stamp on them.  I thought may be this would work for me. So I have combined techniques from Tim and Wendi to create my eggs.

Step 1:  Tear up the newsprint into small pieces. This makes it easier to work on the curved surface of the egg. EGG1Step 2:  Spread Glue n’ seal with a brush to a small area. Attach a piece of newsprint. Smooth around the egg with the brush or your finger. Repeat until the egg is covered. Repeat for all eggs. EGG2 EGG3 EGG4Step 3: Allow eggs to dry.

EGG6Step 4: Using Archival Ink stamp images on eggs. I used the stamps without an acrylic block.EGG7EGG8EGG9Step 5: Color the stamped images with a variety of Distress Markers. Use the water brush to blend the colors.EGG10 EGG11Step 6: Place in basket and enjoy.


Happy Easter Everyone


I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter. I spent the day coloring eggs.

I combined techniques from Wendi Vecchi and Tim Holtz to create these watercolor eggs. I will be posting a tutorial tomorrow.