MSAM Sketchathon Day 16

Hi there, Lisa here today to share another of my quaint little hand-drawn sketches!  LOL  This one is for three photos!

And here is what I created with it using the Crate Paper Open Book, Simple Stories "I Am", Maggie Holmes and American Crafts lines...

Can't wait to see what you create with it!

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Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA Blog Hop!


Hi and welcome to the Tombow USA and Pretty Little Studio Blog Hop! Get ready for two days of beautiful vintage inspiration! You probably came here from Jennie Garcia's Blog but if you happened to stumble across my blog go to the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday) or Pretty Little Studio (On Saturday) to start!

Tombow and Pretty Little Studio are a match made in heaven.  Each of the Tombow products compliments the Pretty Little Studio products and allows them to shine in your projects!  For my first project, I created this layout using mostly the Baby Claire Collection.  




Pretty Little Studio Products used:

3" Gold Foil Alphabet

Baby Harper Vellum

Baby Kade Vellum

Baby Chase Paper

Baby Annie Bingo Cards

Baby Mia Journaling Cards

Baby Words Stickers

Catmint Tabs




The Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is amazing for vellum and layered looks.  It is extremely strong and a little goes a long way!  My favorite Tombow adhesive to use on the narrow die cut pieces is the Aqua Liquid Glue, the pen tip side.  It is perfectly clear and it's so easy to apply it just where you want it. And of course, Foam Tabs are a must use for dimension. Last but not least, the Mono Multi Glue is perfect for adhering the 3 dimensional embellishments like flowers and sequins.


For my second project, I created this card using the You and Me Collection from Pretty Little Studio on a Clear Scraps Heart Card and the Tombow Adhesives. 



I love love love how the Tombow Xtreme adhesive is perfectly clear.  It provides a super strong bond without showing...I LOVE that!!



To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 14 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 15 2015.

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

The Pretty Little Studio Prize includes: PRIZE CONTENTS: 3 Clear 4x6 Transparencies (Jade) (Arrow, Words, Heart Polka) 6 Die-Cuts You & Me, Tabs You & Me, Mini Shipping Tags You & Me, Best Friends PL 3x4 Cards You & Me, Convo Hearts You & Me, Arrow Flair Gold Mine, Gold Note Flags (Die-Cut), You & Me Clouds.


Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Pretty Little Studio on Facebook.

Here is the line up in case you get lost.

Friday, April 10:

Tombow USA Blog

Aimee Maddern

Beth Watson

Agnieska Piskorz

Daniella Hayes

Carole House

Jennie Garcia

Jeanne Jachna

Pretty Little Studio Blog


Saturday, April 11:

Pretty Little Studio Blog

Jennie Garcia

Lisa Spiegel

Jennifer Priest

Monique Liedtke

Latrice Murphy

Tessa Buys

Tombow USA Blog

My Scraps and More Sketchathon

Hi there!  I'm back for a second day in a row..I know, I know, and with ANOTHER sketch!  You're welcome!  This one I created for the My Scraps and More Sketchathon.  If you haven't played along with us before, every day in  April we will be sharing an original, never before seen, sketch and inspiration.  Because I'm a pen and paper girl my sketches aren't that digi savvy, but you get the idea.


And my design....


Come play along in the Forum!

Pretty Little Studio April Sketch

Happy April!!  This month at Pretty Little Studio, we were challenged to create a layout using this sketch inspired by Jessy Christopher.

This is how mine turned out...I had so much fun creating a background with modeling paste and mists...and I used a mash up of products...You can read all about my process over on the Pretty Little Studio Blog.  



And a close up....


Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you playing along with our sketch challenge!

Sharing for February...

I have a few scrappy shares for February....

for Pretty Little Studio...oh how I love the Marigold perfect for my girlies...



and for My Scraps and More...From the Simple Stories I Am collection...I honestly wasn't sure about this line at first but the more I work with it the more I love it!!!



Thanks for stopping by today!

Sharing for January...

Sharing some of my January Design Team work for Pretty Little Studio and My Scraps and More....

First up, Pretty Little Studio...this  is from the new You and Me line...


and a Holiday Cheer page..


And a few for My Scraps and More...

mostly Crate Paper...because it's my favorite!

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and another Crate...I love how I used the same paper but it looks so different!!




and one last one...the book folds out with her memorabilia and little photos.

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The Final Inspiration Elevator Challenge


After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!


This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.

This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 

That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!



This Inspiration Elevator journey has been so enjoyable for me.  Each month we were pushed outside of our comfort zone to create something.  Most of the time it was a scrapbook page, but it was ALWAYS a challenge which is why it was coined "elevator".  This month, for the first time on this journey, I thought about my inspiration.  My girls.  They are my heart and soul and I love them to the moon and back and more than all the stars.  And now, here is the page to immortalize that quote.  

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 I haven't created a background  like this before.  I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and Teresa Collins Modeling Paste to add the 3 dimensional stars to the page.  Before it dried I poured holographic glitter over the modeling paste and it has such a nice glimmer, just like sparkling stars!! I fussy cut some of the flowers from Heidi's September Skies papers...because a girl has to be true to herself, right?  And then I added the title. I haven't done a title like this before, either...I really like how it turned out!!



One more close up..I wish you could see the glitter on the stars!


Thank you so much for following along with the Inspiration Elevator challenges the last three years.  It's been quite the ride and I'm so proud and honored to have been on this journey with all these talented ladies.

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

Audrey Yeager

Christy Riopel

Denise Morrison

Jodi Wilton

Laura Whitaker

Laurel Seabrook

Shelby Dwyer

Jayne Morgan

Joanne Burton

Katherine Sutton

Lisa Moen

Lisa Spiegel (you are here!)

Michelle Hernandez

Wendi Robinson

Christa Uttley

Ann Jobes

Some fun shares!

First up, the best news I've heard in weeks- I've been invited to join the My Scraps and More Design Team!!

You can see the announcement Here!  I'm so happy to be part of a non manufacturer design team's fun to design with mulitple products (although you all know I love me my Pretty Little Studio!).  Audrey's store has only the BEST new products and the MOST kind and sweet forum I have even had the pleasure of it's just making me giddy to be able to design for them, too!

After I found the site I played along with their Thanksgiving challenges and created a few pages...



and this one...


and a couple others that were shared over at Pretty Little Studio already...including this one that is one of my recent faves..


and now I'm knee deep in designing with the fun new Clear Scraps products...lots of really cute new stuff there (but I am sworn to secrecy, lol).  You'll get to see them after they debut at CHA.  So back to work with me...I have lots of projects to do!  Have a great day!

November Inspiration Elevator Challenge


Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at on Facebook .

 This month's challenge is issued by the creative Katherine Sutton. Katherine has a fabulous, eclectic style where she showcases all kinds of mediums and keeps the focus on her great photos. This month she has a warm seasonal challenge for us. Here it is in her own words:

" 'cos Autumn is all about layers of leaves and layers of jumpers (in the northern hemisphere) I would like to challenge you to add lots of layers to your page....this could be layers of paints, inks, stamps, papers, glassine paper, acetate....lots of lovely layers."


This was a fun challenge...instead of layering with the usual papers that I do, I chose to use Modeling Paste by Teresa Collins and paint.  I used a Heidi Swapp heart mask to create layers of hearts and circles on the background of my watercolor papers and when it was dry, I then custom mixed some Guache paints to match the sky in the photos...I painted them on and added water and voila...pretty!!  As luck would have it, I had some older Prima flowers that matched perfectly...(sometimes hoarding pays off!) and a little chipboard, some wood, some thread, vellum die cuts, sewn pen, wink of stella on the wood and the hearts for a little pop, oh! Don't forget the little drips of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist...pretty much everything except paper!  I really love how it turned out...


We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month: here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  

Lisa Spiegel (you are here!)
Why not give the challenge a try yourself? Then pop by our Facebook page and share with us what you created!