Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Harmony, Guest Designer Spot and Blog Award Thanks!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! There are some people I need to thank today before I get to my project. I am so excited to have been gifted with blog awards from two amazingly talented women! First is Shen of My Curious Crafts, who honored me with the Versatile Blogger Award, Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award and A Thing of Beauty Award, and the second is Chris of Get Inspired with ChatterScene, who passed the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award to me. THANK YOU so much Shen and Chris! These women are both so fantastically talented and creative and genuinely nice, and I am so happy to have met them in blog land! Please stop by their blogs to see their fabulous creations! You won't be sorry!!

I am so excited to have been asked by Rhonda and Amy to be a guest designer tomorrow for their awesome new challenge blog, Decorate to Celebrate! This such a fun challenge blog...it truly pushes me out of my comfort zone of making cards, the occasional scrapbook layout or wall hanging. Every two weeks they post a new challenge where you come up with decorations for a theme. It's so much fun and I hope you will stop by tomorrow and join in!
I have a project today to enter into Getting Cricky With K Andrew's Simply Sunday Challenge - Penned Entries. I love visiting Kristal's blog...she is always so motivating and uplifting and again this week, her message is so powerful.

For this challenge, you are supposed to use pens on your creation. This was the perfect opportunity for me to break out the Cricut markers I purchased months ago but have yet to use. I was lucky enough to visit Japan a few years ago and just loved the beauty of their culture and country. This 6 x 6 wall hanging will remind me of that amazing trip. All of the paper is from DCWV's Far East stack. I used the Pagoda cart and the Cricut markers to draw the kanji in the top right corner, which represents the word "harmony". The screen is also from Pagoda, and I cut around the edges and then lightly scored at the point where the screen would bend to give some dimension and attached it with foam dots. The crane is also from Pagoda and I added glossy accents to make it shine (I have a little problem called lack of patience, so is hasn't dried completely and is still a bit milky in the pic). I used the Cuttlebug bamboo embossing folder for the pink paper, and then inked it with Tea Dye distress ink to bring out the  texture. I used tea dye inside the kanji as well. The word "harmony" is from Lyrical Letters, and the beautiful twig with pink beads I won from Barbara and Peggy and the Grandma's Pearl lot a few weeks ago.

Thanks so much for visiting and thank you again Shen and Chris! And don't forget to stop by Decorate to Celebrate tomorrow for my guest designer spot and a super-fun challenge :)


Amy said...

This is awesome! I LOVE IT!! Great job with the challenge, and this will look great on any wall. Congratulations on the guest design spot- you always have so much inspiration for everyone, you certainly deserve it!! Can't wait to see your guest design project!! :)Amy

Unknown said...

Wow, this is the kind of card you just keep looking at because there is so much detail. I don't have this cartridge, so I am glad to see something from it, and something so creative. Lovely job. I am grabbing your button today I love the tail!! Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

DIANA L. said...

I absolutely love this one. Did you know pagoda is my favorite. Anything from this cartridge comes out super.


Kathy said...

What a cool project, grat job on the challenge. Good Luck!
Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

Chriss America Real said...

Oh Lisa, this is just georgeous! I love it!


MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Ms. Lisa,
Your creation is FABULOUS...love it, you are truly amazing. I love, love all of your creations. I don't have that cart but I definitely need to get it. You are such a sweetie. Thank you so very much. Hugs, ~Shen

DIANA L. said...

Did you make the banana bread. Have you seen my pagoda video series on you tube?

Sherrie K. said...

Awesome job!!!! Congrats Lisa to you on your awards and your Guest Designer spot at Decorate to Celebrate. I can't wait to see your project !!!

BTW, you can scraplift my current project if you'd like. It was sooo much fun making! I love the firetruck cut on that cart too!
Have a great day!
Sherrie K

Squirlygirl said...

Once again you rocked the challenge! I love the Asian feel of your card :) Thanks for joining us again this week at Getting Cricky :)
Becky- Getting Cricky DTM

Unknown said...

oooooohhh WOWO!! love that!! Goodness!! just love it!! Great Inspiration!!!

Thanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Challenge!


Susan said...

I'll be checking it out for sure Lisa! My goodness this is so pretty! So delicate and such detail! How cool to visit Japan, talk about inspiration huh? What a great time you must have had! Well, you know I'm a huge fan but I have to say this is one of my favorite projects so far...(keyword, "one", there are many) :)


Amy said...

Lisa this looks so cool! I love the way the bird looks with the Glossy Accents on it... Congratulations on being asked to be a guest designer, you deserve it! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow Lisa,
this is just absolutely LOVELY!
Beautiful card!
congrats on the spot--I hope you will guesting for me soon too!
Thanks for playing along in my Simply Sunday Challenge!

Big Cricky Hugs,
K Andrew

scrappermimi said...

This is really cool, I have those markers and didn't use them yet...now I have too!

Unknown said...

This is so awesome. I love seeing projects with this cart. You've inspired me to use it. Great job
Thanks for playing on Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky
Brenda. GCDTM

JulieK said...

Your wall hanging is one of the prettiest projects I have seen lately. I absolutely LOVE it!
Thanks for playing along with Getting Cricky this week!

JulieK-Getting Cricky DTM

scrapperbecka said...

WOW Julie, you put a lot of detail into your project! Great Job, it turned out so beautiful.
Thanks for playing along with us.
Getting Cricky DTM

Karen H said...

My crafty friend, this is just gorgeous. The enhanced embossing looks stunning on that pink paper with the pretty twig resting atop it... you tied in so much beauty in this wall hanging. One thing I love about your creativity is that you do every style so well. You're always inspiring and I am so excited for your guest designing spot. Surely there will be many more to come, from many blogs. You are crazy talented. :o) (Congrats on more well-deserved awards, too!)

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Amy said...

Lisa, my favorite mermaid friend... This is absolutely incredible!! WOWZERS!! Such a gorgeous way to remember your trip -- So many wonderful details... I can always count on you for some incredible inspiration!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge this week!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
Getting Cricky DTM

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

Great job with the cricut markers. LOVE cutting intricate stuff with those pens and seeing the results. Such an Amazing card Lisa. Chloe - Getting Cricky Guest Designer

Unknown said...

What a lovely memory. Congratulations on winning the challenge at Getting Cricky.

Precious Hugs

Susan said...

Congrats Lisa! I just read this card won over at K. Andrews! I do love this card and I'm so happy for you!



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