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


In keeping with the red, white and blue them I created my tag for July.  I went a different direction with the tag for more of a challenge.

I started with a layer of tissue paper.


Next, I used stencils and texture paste to create stars and stripes on the tag.  I dried it with a heat tool. Then applied a layer of white gesso.

I added Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire and Fired Brick. I wiped the stars and stripes with a baby wipe. Then I stamped a crackle stamp randomly on the background.  I added roses dusted with glitter, some jute twine and variegated fiber,  a mirrored star, and a heart on a pear pin.JulyTag15.4

 As a final touch I created some chit chat type words, glued them down and smudged them with Black Soot Distress Marker.


I am happy to report that my replacement ink refill arrived. I compared the original refill to the replacement ink.

The ink on the left is the original bottle. The ink on right is the replacement bottle. As you can see the ink on the right is much thicker.

Thanks to Ranger customer service for the quick response.

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

This month I chose to turn my tag into an anniversary card for my husband. We celebrated our 26th anniversary on the 17th.

So Happy Anniversary Honey!

Here is the first tag. The Twisted Citron is barely visible.
Here is the tag turned into a card.

I used the birds because I think they are so cute and fun to color.

I started with a DIY ink pad with Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon following Tim’s directions.  I had some difficulty when creating the pad because the Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon mixed with the Twisted Citron.  I compared my Twisted Citron refill to other refills I had at home.  It seemed to be much thinner than the others. I did a video comparison with 2 refills. I will post this video as soon as my tech support becomes available.

I have contacted Ranger and sent them the video.  They are sending a replacement refill and DIY ink pad.  I am still waiting on them. I will let you know the outcome next month.

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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for May 2015


Here is my look at  Tim’s May tag. I had to look at it for a long time before I could design my own tag.  I used cork for my background. I am not quite fond of found relatives, I wanted my tag to have meaning. So I started with a picture of a wonderful lady who I is dear to my heart.  I printed the picture in black and white just smaller than 2″ x 3″. Then I distressed the edges and added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Purple happens to be her favorite color, so I added purple roses made with the Tattered Pinecone die. She is wearing a tiara, so I tinted the stones with a purple Distress Marker. Next I added some chit chat words to describe her and some metal charms. I really like how it turned out.  If you are interested in making  a tag of your own, stop by or call Cafe Crop to sign up for the class.

I also made a card using the Tattered Pinecone die. I added sparkle with the Wink of Stella clear shimmer marker.


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A New Experience…

Being a demonstrator with A Jillian Vance Design has been a fun experience for me. It’s been different being on the other side of the show.


Wednesday was set up day. By the time I arrived, Bunny and Jillian had the walls of the booth set up. Then it was time to unpack the product and get it all hung up. (This was not really new to me, I have had a little experience with this at Cafe Crop.)

After set up, I took a few minutes to get some pictures with Craft Matt. AJVD3 AJVD2

Then I stopped for a quick photo op with Tim Holtz. He was even kind enough to sign my tote bag that I made with some of the Tim Holtz fabrics.

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Thursday was busy with make-n-takes. It was fun meeting all the new people.

For those who were asking about my binder for my ink blending foams here is the link.Binder


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.

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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.

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

March2015.3 Although I finished my tag in early March, I am just now posting it here on my new blog.

Before I started on my actual tag, I tried embossing with the archival ink and the embossing powder. To tell the you the truth I wasn’t sure it would work and wanted to test it out first. I found I could stamp three butterflies, add the embossing powder anMarch2015.1d then use the heat tool without a problem. HeMarch2015.2re is the card I made with my first attempt. I will be sending this to someone special.





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One Giant Step….

After a lot of encouragement and help, I have taken one giant step and started my own blog. (There are some of you that will say it is about time.) Baby steps, baby steps…

This process started about 3 years ago. For personal reasons, I was reluctant to do Facebook, Twitter or even blog. In April 2012, after mentioning to Tina that the blog really didn’t do anything for me, I took on the challenge of updating the Cafe Crop blog.  At that time it was a generic theme, so I asked if I could change it. She agreed. (I knew nothing about doing a blog, but loved taking pictures.) So while Tina was away, I worked on the blog and made changes.  Everyone was pleased with the results. At that time I did not want to use my name, so I wrote as Inky Fingers. I have been working on it ever since.

The next baby step was signing up for Facebook. Even my daughter was trying to get me to do Facebook. Finally in November 2012, I joined Facebook. For a long time I was a silent follower, reading posts, liking posts, and writing some comments, but not doing much posting. I am starting to be more active and posting more. I even use Messenger. I am even thinking about actually adding my photo to my page (when I find a picture I like). Updated 2/28/2016 I have added my photo and an about me section.

Last year Ken switched the blog Scrappetizers to WordPress, and I wasn’t ready for change. I was also busy working on designing cards for the  Christmas Card Club. So many changes were going on at home and at the store. I just didn’t get to the blog.

Fast forward to 2015. My resolution for this year was to start my own blog.  I mentioned it to Tina, we brainstormed some names and ideas. I had decided on Lisa’s Ink, Paint and Paper. Then I made the “mistake” of mentioning it to Ken, and said I that I may need some help setting it up sometime. Sometime ended up being right then.  In no time at all, Ken had it all set up. Now there was no turning back (sometimes we all need a little shove push). That was January 24th. I have been working on it behind the scenes getting it all ready.

My vision for the blog is to:

  • share things I create
  • share tips and techniques
  • post tutorials

The giant step will be when I hit the publish button.