Monday, March 17, 2014


Top o'the morning to ya! (Sorry, I couldn't resist that....)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope everyone has a happy, lucky? day today.....
I have finally conquered my fear of blank white 
cardstock and created.....


This layout is a triumph of sorts for me. For a long time I have admired beautiful
layouts that start with plain white cardstock. I wanted to do something clean, white, and
very graphic with a minimum of colors and then accents of black and white. I tried
and nothing clicked, I felt stuck in my comfort zone of patterned paper
and lots of flowers packed in for good measure. I had this idea in my 
head and just was determined to do it and I did! It's hard but rewarding 
to push yourself design wise....How about you? Have you seen something
you want to try that's a challenge? 

I saw the Berry71Bleu blog had a challenge this month with an Irish theme....
Cathi and all the ladies at Berry71Bleu are just so sweet and there is
always so many beautiful inspiring projects to be found over there.
This strange lady is Susanna Pollock and she is my husband's
Great-Great-Great-Grandma born in Ireland. I am so 'lucky' that his ancestors
immigrated to life would be so very different if they hadn't! LOL
You know how much I adore old family photos, you can only imagine what their lives were like....

I used green mist from 13 Arts, green Twinkling H2O, Silk paint in Emperor's Gold, 
some Blue Fern Studios chipboard called Jeweled Trinkets and Marrakesh Panel which I 
painted black, lots of washi tapes and stamping and I used a Prima Lace Doily stencil with
heavy Gesso on my background.

Here is the challenge.....

Luck of the Irish March Challenge by Cathi O'Neill

Hi!! Cathi here!! Now, seeing as it is March, month of St. Paddy's Day and I live here in Ireland, I thought I would make my challenge one with an Irish theme!! 

This month we'd love to see you do a project with:

Green (as a dominant color, doesn't have to be the only color!)
the word Lucky or Luck, 
and a bit of Irish lace (any bit of lace or doilies!)

See you soon!
Hugs, Lisa xo


  1. So gorgeous :) Beautiful photo. I really love Ireland.
    I lived in this country 7 years and I miss...

  2. Absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Berry71Bleu!

  3. omg it's so beautiful, amazing background!

  4. Oh wow wow wow Lisa, you have totally rocked this challenge. Your layout is over the moon FABULOUS. As far as I am concerned, you are already the winner, hands down. Love everything you have done here. I love vintage but would never have thought to go arty with it. AWESOME. Cheers Di

  5. Lisa, this is just stunning! Well done on challenging yourself and overcoming it with such an amazing outcome!

  6. Oh I love this! It's amazing what you discover when you challenge yourself! This is no exception...I love your use of mediums & stamps--this gave your background a wonderful effect! What a great 'vintage' photo too...such a fabulous & unique approach on this page. Excellent take on the challenge--thanks for sharing your talent with us at Berry71Bleu!

  7. I so love your style! Even now out of your comfortzone is see you in it, great!

  8. WOW! This is simply stunning. I had to come over from to tell you just how much I love this beautiful creation. The photo is a real treasure! So cool that you started with plain white cardstock, too!

  9. Lisa, I am so honored you played along with my challenge, I just love your style and follow your blog. Your layout is just stunning and I can still see your style even if the paper is out of your comfort zone. Thank you so much for joining us at Berry71Bleu!

  10. Wow! This is a fabulous page! You have such a cool style! Thank you for playing along with jus at Berry71bleu!!

  11. Stunning page! I love the background texture and color. Thanks for joining the Berry71Bleu Challenge! :)

  12. Simply put...It is a beautiful page! Thank you from Berry71bleu!

  13. So stunning and beautiful! Absolutely adore your style and design! Love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Berry71Bleu!

  14. WOW! Lisa this is absolutely beautiful. Love your style. You are one very talented chicky xx


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