Friday, April 10, 2015

Featured Friday - Lisa



Happy Friday!! I stayed up all night packing for a 3-day craft crop I'm heading off to. My sister, my cousin, and my aunt will all be joining me and I'm ready to get inky and fabulous! Can't wait to show you all what I create!

Today brings around that special time of the month. No... not THAT time of the month. It's the time when I get to showcase a super talented designer whom I admire in a segment I call Featured Friday! 


This week's featuree is:


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I was first introduced to Lisa's incredible work by surfing around in some online gallery or another. I remember clicking through to her site and scrolling about for what seemed like hours admiring the texture and brilliance of her designs. She could shabby the chic out of any card around, better than anyone in the blogosphere. 

Lisa's a writer (as evidence by her awesome writing style on her blog) who calls Indiana home. She's been blogging for a little over four years and has served on many design teams, most recently for Scrapy Land craft store and Die-versions. 

But why tell you about her myself when she'll give you the down-low on her own?

Here's 7 things you should know about Lisa:



1. How did you get your crafty start?

 I've always loved to craft but didn't seriously pursue it until about fifteen years ago when I became hooked on the craft shows HGTV used to show. I first saw Tim Holtz on The Carol Duval Show and fell in love with his crafty style. I tried several different mediums, my favorite being polymer clay. Then I discovered die-cutting and my focus completely changed. Now I mainly make cards, mixed media projects and home decor items.


2. What is your favorite "style" of crafting?

 My style is always changing, but my current favorite style is shabby chic. I love distressed edges, torn paper, crackle paste, shabby stitching, lots of flowers and ribbon. I so admire people who can do CAS because I just can't. I have to have layers...big open areas on a card make me break into a sweat. I have an almost compulsive need to keep adding embellishments!!


3. If you could be any color, which would it be and why? 

Ooh, what a fun question!! Pink is my favorite color, but I would have to choose blue...it's the color of the ocean and I am obsessed with the ocean (must be the mermaid in me!!). Blue is the color of the sky and a blue sky is so beautiful. Blue is also calming and cool and relaxing.


4. How do you handle mistakes in your work?

 Mistakes drive me crazy. I am a Type A with a borderline obsessive/compulsive personality, so I hate when I make mistakes, and sadly, it's often!! I try to cover the mistakes with flowers or embellishments if possible. But if it's bad enough, I'll salvage what I can from the card and start over. I was making so many mistakes when I tried to sew on my cards...the thread kept breaking and there would be holes in the paper with no thread in them and I couldn't cover them. I ruined so much paper. It got to the point that I was afraid to try with good paper so I just quit sewing. Then my Mom suggested that I try a more expensive thread. My gosh, it made all the difference.


5. What are your favorite challenges to participate in? 

I used to be addicted to entering challenges and I would scroll through all of the listings on Paper Playful to see what challenges my card would fit into. But I don't have the time to craft that I used to so I don't get the chance to enter many challenges anymore. Definitely the Scrappy Land Blog Challenge, since I'm on the DT :) I do try to enter the Tim Holtz 12 Tags Challenge when I can - I've been lucky to win twice and prize of Tim goodies is awesome. I always try to enter the Simon Says Monday and Wednesday Challenge when I can...I've yet to win but I'm ever hopeful!! But now that I have time limitations, the only challenges that I enter regularly are the ones that my bloggy friends host.


6. What is your least favorite crafting supply? 

 Hum, that's a tough one. I don't know that I have any supplies that I don't like. I wouldn't say it's my least favorite, but I have a ton of twine and never seem to use it on projects. I have so many different colors but the only color I ever use is the natural hemp twine. I don't know why.


7. What is your best advice for new crafty bloggers? 

My best advice to new crafters is to be open to trying new things. Don't get tied down to one style...try different things, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone. You never know what you can do until you try. I was very reluctant to try coloring and once I did, I was glad. As far as blogging, if you want people to visit your blog, make sure you visit theirs. Leave comments. Ask questions if you have them - crafters are so amazing and most would love to help. Enter challenges and participate in blog hops. The more exposure you can get, the better. It takes a commitment but it's so worth it.


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There are so many things I identified with in Lisa's answers, such as the mistakes thing-a-ma-jig. I'm pretty convinced that is why I like distressed things so much, because if you make a mistake you can just slap some kind of medium over it and call it design. :) 

I had such a tough time picking a card of Lisa's to CASE because there are sooooo many good ones in her gallery but eventually, I landed on this one:

The Original


I loved the different textures, the gorgeous distressed framed sentiment, and the giant amazing crinkle bow. I could go on and on, but we have more cards to get to!

Lisa's CASE


Holy goodness and all that is right with the world. I thought nothing could get much better than the original, but CLEARLY I was wrong! The springy feeling, the colors, and the blue bow just put this card over the top for me. If you want full details about this card, go check out Lisa's blog!

My CASE:

OK. Ok... I have to say that I clearly have some work to do in my shabby and chic capabilities. I actually really love this in person, but next to Lisa's it seems... well... shabby. haha I die cut the frame and double embossed it with white powder. Also, I TRIED to figure out how to do that gorgeous bow. I googled and struggled and wiggled but I couldn't get it. So here's my shout out to Lisa to post a bow-tying tutorial on her blog! 

I had an amazing time making this card and now definitely feel more like exploring shabby chic. 
I'm going to link up my card to:
Frilly and Funkie -  Springtime Diecuts
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - April Showers/Spring Flowers
Monika's Birthday Linky Party (happy birthday month, friend! I'm happy to help you celebrate!)

Thank you, my friends for stopping by! Make sure to go give Lisa some bloggy love and make her feel extra special today! 

46 comments:

  1. Hi Becca!
    I was brought here from Lisa's blog, i'm a bloggy friend of hers.... she says you are quite the comedian and a amazing crafter so I thought I would come pay a little visit! Your CASE on the original card is darling! I love the colors, soft and muted... love the frame and pretty flowers in the grass. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  2. What a wonderful case of Lisa's card! The rich greens create such a wonderful contrast with your soft pastels and I love how you did the frame! Beautiful card Becca! hugs :)

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  3. Well I've been a big fan of Lisa's for a long time so I am thrilled to see her featured! Congratulations, Lisa! And she's one of the sweetest, kindest bloggers around! I enjoyed reading her interview - thank you! Of course I love all the cards - you did a great job with your CASE, Becca! Regarding the bow, the only way I can make triple-looped bows is with my bow maker so I'd like to know if Lisa uses one too. Great feature!

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  4. You both have cased her cards marvelously! How beautiful they are, as is the original. Lisa is one of the sweetest, kindest, most talented people I've ever met - so encouraging and supportive in every way. When I grow up, I'd like to be much more like Lisa! Thanks for giving her this beautiful tribute. hugs, de

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  5. Your card is amazing, Becca!! I love the distressed edges and the gorgeous frame!! The dark green bow is a perfect touch!! You did such a fabulous job with it!! Thank you so much for having me guest, Becca!! I enjoyed it so much!! And I promise I'll do a tutorial on my bows very soon!! Thanks again my friend!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Believe me I will DEFINITELY be tuning into the bow tying segment!

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  6. Thanks dear Becca...but I really wish you like case ing my card but if you like to case ing other lady card..its also great...adprable made and Lisa's card wonderfull too...wish you see again the point on my post sweety...just choose one example manly card and pleasee CASE ing it my sweet friend... I am thrilled if you would like to make a card base of the example on my blog...thanks again Becca...♡♡♡

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    1. Here is the link...Becca friends welcome also to Join :)
      http://creativewithmonika.blogspot.de/2015/04/my-birthday-linky-party-open-until-30.html?m=1

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  7. What a gorgeous card to CASE and both of your cards are amazing! So excited to see Lisa featured, enjoyed the interview!

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  8. I'm here via Lisa's blog. Such wonderful inspiration. I've been a fan of hers and here I am browsing your blog as well. I love your Case'd version. Shabby elegance is my favorite. I have to comment on the sewing on cards. ONE of my (many) frustrations, thanks for this tip and question. I will give it a try using better thread. Thanks for sharing today...happy Friday to you, Becca!

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  9. Wow ! Happy to see Lisa being featured here ! Like you I was also blown away by her gorgeous shabby chic cards ,I love her work beautiful colors perfectly arranged flower and lovely layers ..I can go on ;) Thanks to you Becca for letting us know a bit more about Lisa !

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  10. I am visiting you from Lisa's blog. I call fabulous!! How could I not!! LOL
    Her crafting style is unique, creative and always a joy to see! I am highly obsessed on how she gets those Gorgeous bow! And I am a huge fan of her beautiful butterflies!!! This is why I call her FABULOUS and she is just a wonderful friend!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Millie
    Crafting With Creative M

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  11. You've done an amazing job with the CASE here Becca!! Really gorgeous designs from the both of you!! Thanks for sharing and have an amazing weekend! :) HUGS

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  12. Beautiful case of Lisa's card. You both do such lovely, lovely work!
    Lynn

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  13. Wow! So happy to see Lisa featured here. I am a fan of her gorgeous cards . Love both the cased cards and enjoyed reading her interview :)

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  14. Great Q and A-I do try to create different things -the tough one for me are bows and different cuts -like an easel card. Love your card Becca-you have it done beautifully. Love the frame and the bow looks great. Lisa's cards are just stunning

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  15. Don't knock yourself, it's a fab card. I'm rubbish at shabby chic. :)

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  16. Well whether you're happy with the outcome or not, I loved your case. Lisa appears to be a master at it. My hat's off to her as I couldn't do shabby if you paid me a million. Hers are awesome and I think you're pretty excellent at it, too.

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  17. Greetings, Becca. I am visiting from Lisa's blog, she has been a mentor to me "in bloggy land" for quite awhile. She is correct in mentioning that your humor shows in your blog, and you ARE very talented. I love your "take" of her card, especially the colors and bow! So much so, that I have become one of your newest followers on Bloglovin'. I will be visiting more often, and hope you will visit me, too!

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  18. Lisa Rocks! The perfect person to feature! Love her work!

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  19. Love Lisa's shabby chic style! Love your case of her card, too! Gonna' go visit Lisa now.

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  20. I love these segments! Thanks for introducing Lisa, I will have to check out her blog! Her cards are incredible and yours is too!! I attempt shabby chic, but never quite make it to chic!

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  21. It's ALWAYS sooo interesting to read about your Guests & their amazing work!!! My Gosh! Lisa's is BEYOND gorgeous......& you did a fabbo job case-ing it....might have to have a go myself;)!!! As for your crafty time....ENJOY! LUCKY YOU......turning green with envy here!!

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  22. What a beautiful array of creations! I also love Lisa's amazing work! You did an awesome job to case on her beautiful creations!!! Fabulous interview!

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  23. Fab feature Becca and a beautiful case from both you and Lisa. Carol x

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  24. Beautiful card Becca, so pretty! Hugs Carole Z X

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  25. Oh Boy!! What lovely cards from Lisa and you, Becca!! So pretty and Spring-like and frilly and girly!! Love all of the little blooms and the added touches of grunginess with those distressed edges :) Fabulous introduction of Lisa here on your Featured Friday, Becca!! Have fun with your 3-days of craftiness!! Can't wait to see what you make :) XOXO-Shari

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  26. Hi, Becca, it's been some three weeks or more since I was in Blogland the last time and I am in the process of visiting blogs to admire all the work I have missed out on, while being busy with lots of sewing and other projects!!!! I have spent some time with you now and so enjoyed all your fabulous cards and your beautiful art journal page that you have been posting recently!!!!! Your work is lovely and unique and you do wonders with paper and ink and all the other interesting stuff you use on your projects!!!
    Seems as if the problem that I had with not receiving the e-mails when you post, has been solved - I got all the e-mails of your posts the last three weeks - so glad about that - I will be a regular visitor and commentator on your blog, now!!!!! Looking forward to enjoy your work!!!!
    Have a great weekend and happy crafting!!!

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  27. WOW! I tell ya Lisa's cards are always amazing! :) You did a fabulous job "Casing" Lisa's card... I'm not much of a Shabby chic/vintage person... but I LOVE Lisa's take and yours too Becca! Beautifully done! :)

    Theresa

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  28. ohhhh loved the feature and great cards, love seeing each case on them!!!!

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  29. Thanks Becca for having th ewonderful Lisa on ;)
    Gorgeous work as always and it was a lot of fun reading about Lisa's creative life.
    I even wish the interview had more personal or non card related question, but that's just curious me ;)

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  30. Gorgeous CASE Becca, I love the look of shabby chic but I can't do it! You've inspired me to try some of the elements though, Cathy x

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  31. Man, you find the most amazing people to share with us!! I love your shabby chic take (and laughed when you called it just shabby...usually how I feel when I try it!) I think it's like watercolouring, you have to embrace the imperfections because THAT'S what makes the entire project awesome :)

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  32. Becca, thanks for pointing me the way to another fab blog! Your CASE is beautiful!

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  33. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for showcasing my friend Lisa! She's awesome! :)

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  34. Another fun "get-to-know-her-better" post, Becca. I was swooning at the first big white bow - geesh is that gorgeous. The cards are like a true breath of Spring. Love that frame you created to top your blooms. And thanks for joining us at the MMCC this month.

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  35. Such a beautiful card. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  36. Beautifully done!! This looks awesome!
    ♥ Samantha
    Designs by Sammy

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  37. HI Becca, sorry I'm so late commenting, what a super post and gorgeous card! Hugs Carole Z X

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  38. Applauding and cheering your decision to share Lisa's insights and cards with us...she truly is an amazing artist. And, for the record, so are you! Your case of her card is not 'only shabby' I'm taking some advice I read Darnell give the other day...you just get that *control f* in gear, have it locate 'shabby' and replace it with stunning! Truly, you've translated Lisa's cards into a beauty marked by your style, flair and panache...something new and marvelous!
    Hugs~c

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  39. This is a great CASE Becca! I love your version, and that frame is gorgeous!! I thought I had already commented on your post, but can't see it :(, anyway I'm back in again with a DT hat and wanted to say thank you for entering your card over at Frilly and Funkie, we love having you there xx

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  40. Loved this post and I love the way you have helped me learn more about other bloggers - you really did a fun and great job on your case - so sorry about the bow tying trouble - sometimes it works for me but other times not so much!! But I thought that this post was wonderful and so full of inspiration and fun!!

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  41. I always look forward to these posts Becca. It is so fascinating to me to know what is behind the process. I love your card. You do not need to work on your Shabby Chic. Your card came out fabulous!! Every card I have tried to make using this style I wind up throwing out. I am just not a Shabby kind of gal!! (though I wish I was. I LOVE the look!)

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  42. This is fantastic Becca! You definitely MUST do more shabby chic as you are clearly very good at it all ready. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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