Wednesday, November 28, 2012

IBSIC #37 - Photo Inspiration

Hello and welcome! I am so excited because I am the guest designer at Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge. WooHoo! As a recent challenge winner I was asked to join Joanna and the talented design team for the new challenge at IBSIC . Joanna emailed the inspiration photo to me a few weeks ago and I was immediately inspired by the gorgeous poinsettias. I pulled out my Poinsettia Christmas stamp set by Verve and went to work. She ask us to use green, red, and white for our color scheme and the papers in Authentique's Wonder collection were a perfect fit. I subbed cream for white, which Joanna approved, and used this sketch for design inspiration.


I stamped four poinsettias, colored each with Copic's, fussy cut them and layered to create a dimensional flower. My sentiment is from the same set and I used the leafy sprigs stamp and die, also by Verve, to back my flowers. The leaves were distressed with antique linen and opal liquid pearls  provide visual interest on my sentiment panel. A Spica atyou silver pen created a faux stitched border while I opted to use pearls on the circle panel. The red & white stripe separating two of my dp's is fabric tape and I added twine and a bow on top of it. A faux stitched border on my green base panel and four red pearls anchoring my dp panels finish my card.
Many thanks to Joanna and the team for choosing my Halloween Mini Album as a winner and for this wonderful opportunity to guest design. Be sure to check out all of their amazing inspiration at Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge.  
Sketch Challenge:
Thanks for stopping by and a big welcome to my newest followers!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Make It Monday #117 with Dr. Digi's House of Stamps

Gift Tag

Hello crafty people! For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving last week I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We're back with another linky party here at Make It Monday and I am using an image from our current sponsor, Doctor Digi's House of Stamps. This rustic snowman looks like he belongs in a forest so I used store bought die cuts and stickers to give my tag a woodland feel. White Liquid Applique was used to create snow and stamps from Taylored Expressions provide the snowflake background images & holiday sentiment. My gift tag was easy to create and I'll use it for Christmas gift giving which is right around the corner. ;) Now, who is my ...

Pick of the Week
I love the vintage feel of this card and strongly urge you to
click Ellen's link above. There's more to it than meets the
eye and that's all I'll say. ;-) Thanks Ellen for sharing
this beauty with us at Make It Monday!
Our Fab Sponsor
Doctor Digi's House of Stamps is giving away the lovely prize of 2 single digis of winner's choice!
Be sure to check out my teamies inspiration by clicking their links on my right sidebar or click here to visit the MIM blog. Have a fantastic week and a big welcome to my newest followers!
Lisa xx


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kids, Teens & Mixed Media at Top Tip Tuesday

It's all about Kids/Teens for the next two weeks at Top Tip Tuesday and I'm the hostess for this challenge. With kids in mind I created a mixed media tutorial which incorporates kids art which you can see here on the TTT blog. A big congrats to the winners of the We're All Heart challenge and a big thank you to Kenny K for providing the team with our current images. My project is a bookmark and I used Map Kid which is actually a freebie. ;-) I colored my image with Copics, fussy cut it, and made a handmade tag from a manila folder. Ink sprays were used to create a background and rub ons for journaling & visual interest. Now, here's a sneek peek of my mixed media project over at Top Tip  Tuesday using my daughter's art at age six.

Ok, I promised on the challenge blog to share more info about mixed media. I have some examples showing how to create mixed media along with a tutorial I created this past summer which will help you with building a background and more. At the end I'll share a new 11x14 canvas I created using more of my daughter's artwork.

I created my sun by laying a circle stencil down and
rubbing a coat of texture magic (found in art dept.)
over the exposed holes. Carefully lift the stencil leaving
the raised impression. Once it dries use rub ons and
stamps to add texture. Note: texture magic is white so to
achieve this color I added yellow acrylic paint.
For this piece I used modeling paste (found in the art
dept.) and again laid a stencil down, used an art spatula
to spread and carefully lifted it to reveal a bouquet of
flowers. After it dried, I added acrylic paint to the top
& bling to the centers for a pop of color. It creates texture,
dimension and visual interest.

Here I used wood letters to journal & add texture.
I painted each w/acrylic paint & applied crackle
accents on top. Click the photo to see the
detail up close. The squiggle line is a rub on &
that's sketch tape at the top, all of it adds texture.
I hand cut each leaf on this tree and twisted some of the
leaves so they lift off the page. Using apple rub ons
instantly turns it into an apple tree like the one
in my son's favorite childhood book, The Giving Tree.
Make your art personal! 
For my background I downloaded a sheet
of butterflies from the internet & printed
onto regular copy paper. A thin coat of matte
gel (found in art dept.) was spread over the entire 
page. I placed it face down in my art journal
& pressed firmly to smooth out any wrinkles and
began using a bone folder to transfer each image.
Work quickly then lift the transfer page up and discard.
Use a heat tool to dry (I use a blow dryer
set to low)
 I've used book paper as a base and transparent acrylic
paint, more wheel stamps, grid & dot rub ons. This
is a classic example of how dark rub ons fade adding
depth and white tend to bring the image forward.

This is a wall hanging and I shared the link
to the tutorial for it earlier. It was created for a baking
challenge last summer. The crystal heart was made by using
products you would use in baking and the tut covers
how I created it step by step.
Shading the tree makes it blend in & look like it belongs there.
Pick a matching shade and run your marker along the
edge and rub it in with your finger. Note: I created this
canvas to record my son's love for this book when he
was a boy. The stenciled "B" is the first letter in his
name and the number patterened paper on the tree
trunk plus the stenciled alpha's are reminders of his
age as a young child. Personalizing your art makes it
one of a kind and preserves precious memories.
A Dymo Label Maker adds a retro feel and I used
a doodle pen with permanent ink to emphasize each one.
You want to use permanent ink so it doesn't smear.

I first saw Donna Downey do this & I loved the idea.
Tags & date stamps add a nostalgic touch.

A computer generated phrase is the easiest way to journal.
Size it to fit your needs and cut each word out then add
doodling or simple lines like I have here. You can also
stamp your words & cut out, whatever works best for you.
Cut Outs & Dies
The house & bird are cut outs which I decoupaged
to my canvas. Cut outs and die cut shapes
are an easy way to create art in mixed media.
Full Views of Each Project Shown
This was created using a digi stamp as the
focal point which I personalized with the
name of my son's fave book when he was a boy.

This sweet page preserves my daughter's
second dance recital. I copied the original
photo and opted for a black/white version.
Do not work with original photos or artwork,
always make a copy to work with. Don't be
scared to use lace/ribbon/trim on your piece.
I also incorporated a handmade chiffon flower
and more wood die cut pieces with the layered
butterflies that I added pearls and glitter to.
TIP: To ensure your glitter applies evenly
spread a thin coat of matte gel with a brush
and sprinkle glitter over. Tap excess off and
you should have an even coat every time.

The cuts out featured on this page are from Christy
Tomlinson's She Art line. I love her bright, cheery
colors and be sure to check out Christy's video tutorials
on her blog to learn more about mixed media.
TIP: I previously mentioned that die cuts & cut outs
are an easy way to build shapes. Another great source
is magazines, cut the image(s) out and use as a template.
I also like to use wood die cuts like fences, doilies, flowers,
etc. as stencils. In the end I get more mileage out of them this
way. :-) 
My New Project 
I've used two additional drawings my daughter made 
between the age of 5 & 7 on this. The house is so much fun &
I love the message on the roof. It's kind of hard to cut stick people
out so I took the easy way & cut a big circle around the two of us lol.
The stems & leaves were made from polka dot washi tape cuz
I like the whimsy factor it added. She Art text is my upper background
& another dp from that line was used for the grass. The grass needed to be
a little greener so I used acrylic paint to add more color.It's okay
to go over patterned paper with acrylic paint but be aware that
if you use it full strength you will cover the paper up so either
use transparent paint like Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paint by
Ranger or dilute your own with water until it's transparent. I
use a spray bottle to dilute so I'm adding a small amount at a time.
The third piece of her art work was a page with large dots on
it which I later learned were flowers. I used them to
create a doormat, a roof topper and a wierd looking
bug on the bottom right under the flowers.
Close ups & original of her house
Used the dots for a roof top & door mat.
She said I went rub on happy, maybe I did. ;-)
I used two more dots & came up with this creature.
Rub ons created his antennaes & I doodled
on his wings with a permanent ink pen.

Drawn by Sara S. at age 7
 Links to popular mixed media artists:
 Dyan Reaveley-check the tut links to view her ghosting & shadow stamping techniques
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer-super talented mixed media artist
Kate Crane-check out the monthly calendars she's made in 2012
Mindy Lacefield-I love the soulful look of Mindy's people
Juliette Crane-whimsy, what can I say, her work is full of whimsy & I love it 
 Tim Holtz-no link necessary as he's everywhere lol
Sponsors for Kids/Teens Challenge
Provided the DT with images, thank you!
Prize: $20 Voucher
Prize: 3 packs of die cuts
Thanks for hanging in for such a long post. I do hope you'll pay the design team a visit and view their inspiration at Top Tip Tuesday or by clicking on their links on my right sidebar. I'll be taking a break until Sunday to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. For those celebrating I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying family & friends.
Lisa xx

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Make It Monday #116 with Meljen's Designs

It's time for a new linky party at Make It Monday and we're sponsored this week by the ultra fab Meljen's Designs. I adore Melissa's images and couldn't wait to use this cute little fella, Marshmallow Snowman, on my card. That smile just makes you melt, doesn't it! I will admit that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that will happen in the next six weeks. Here in America we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Black Friday (for serious bargain shoppers) the day after and Christmas all within the span of a month and three days. It's too much! I vote we move Thanksgiving up a few weeks, what say you? lol
A big round of applause to all those who entered last week's linky party and the winners. You guys truly inspire me and I want to apologize for being a bit tardy this week with my commenting. A lot going on in my world and I've been dealing with a shoulder injury which has made life a bit difficult lately. Enough of that, for now I am thrilled to introduce my...
Pick of the Week
Yes folks, those are real birthday candles on that cake! I'm in love with the incredible detail on this card Julie. To learn how she created this one of a kind birthday card click her link above. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday. :)  
Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps is giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digis!

I hope all of you celebrating Thanksgiving have a wonderful holiday! Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from my teamies at Make It Monday or by clicking their links on my right sidebar.
Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx
Supplies: (see acronyms tab at top for explanation)
Dies: File Tab (MFT), Snowflake (TCP)
Stamp: Happy Holidays-Penguin Pals (TE)
Paper: Authentique-Wonder, Cosmo Cricket-Jolly by Golly, Bazzill cs

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Challenge #31-Anything Goes

Hello and welcome back to the new challenge, Anything Goes, at The Squirrel and The Fox. Congratulations to the Winner and Top 3 of Challenge #30!  We're sponsored for the next two weeks by Bugaboo Stamps and for my project I used this cute Snowman Tag to top my altered Altoids tin. I'm using it as a gift card holder and should note that I added the red & green border with a fine point Sharpie pen. I colored the image with Copic markers and finished by adding Stickles to the berries & bling to the snowflakes. Easy peasy, now it's your turn to show us your creations!


Prize is 7 free digis

A big thank you to Bugaboo Stamps for providing the team with images to work with. Be sure to check out what my teamies made to inspire you by visiting The Squirrel & The Fox blog or click their links on my right sidebar. For those celebrating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday I hope you have a wonderful time with family & friends and wish all of you safe travel!

Thanks for stopping by & a big welcome to my new followers, happy to have you!
Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Make It Monday #115 with Bugaboo Stamps

Hello and Welcome!
It's time for another linky party at Make It Monday and we're eager to see your creations fill the gallery once again. Our wonderful sponsor this week is the fun & whimsical Bugaboo Stamps and I've used JJ Calendar Months-February on my mixed media art journal page. It's been a while since I've had time to play in my art journal but this image seemed a perfect fit for this type of project. Before I share how I created this page I would like to congratulate our winner from last week's linky party and thank all of you for the wonderful inspiration you share each week.
I love this blue butterfly & fun rub ons from Hambly Screen Prints.

A Dymo label maker spells out my new motto. ;-)
Flowers in all shapes & sizes create texture and visual interest.
The grasshopper, ladybug, butterfly, and black flower are rub ons.
Now for the deets, I used ink sprays by Dylusions in London Blue, Cut Grass & Pure Sunshine. After spraying my page in puddles of color I spritzed it with water (as Dyan does), let the colors run together and dabbed the excess with a paper towel. To add dimension I applied modeling paste on top of my flower stencil in random places and carefully lifted it leaving the raised impression. After it dried I decided to add pops of color by painting the petals of my flowers with acrylic paint and adding bling to the centers. Black flower rub ons add depth to my background and pretty butterfly rub ons add color. A MS butterfly was punched out of red holographic paper and a trio of yellow pearls was added to create a 3D butterfly fluttering about on my page while paper flowers add to the 3D effect as well. I'm a big polka dot fan so I added some in various places by stenciling over a piece of punchinella and using Christy Tomlinson's She Art rub ons. The sun was hand cut from a dp in Christy's She Art paper collection by Pink Paislee which I outlined with a black doodle pen and rub ons add visual interest. About this time I decided on the words I wanted to journal for this page and everyone has heard this phrase, I'm sure. For me personally I am at a point where I need to heed what they say and be content right where I am. ;-) As for JJ, she was printed onto Choice Snow White by TE and colored with Copic markers. I fussy cut her and outlined the edges with a black Copic marker, applied Mod Podge to the back and brushed her on. A black Faber Castell Pitt pen was used to shade and sink her into the background so she looks like she's been there all the time. Mixed media is so much fun and if you've never given it a try I encourage you too!   

Pick of the Week

I love everything about this card from the mix of fab patterned paper to the amazing coloring on this sweet little chef and her towering birthday cake. Tracy is quite the Copic artist I'm a big fan of her signature style. To see more of this wonderful card click on her link and leave her some love. :) Thanks Tracy for sharing your talent with us at Make it Monday!

We are very excited to have again our fun sponsors Bugaboo Stamps! Everyone loves these fun and sweet digis!
Bugaboo Stamps are offering a very generous prize of winner's choice of 7 single digis!

Before I close I want to wish veterans here in the USA a "Happy Veterans Day" and thank veterans everywhere who have teamed with our Armed Forces in protecting the freedom of all. It is a day to remember the fallen and the sacrifice they made on behalf of freedom. Everyone has the right to live free and none should have to live in tyranny or oppression. Most of you know that my son, and daughter-in-law, are currently serving in the U. S. Army. I am grateful that everyday new people volunteer to serve this country and defend it by joining the military. May God Bless all veterans and those currently serving to protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy!

Happy Veteran's Day!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to pay my teamies a visit to see what they came up with to whet your creative appetite. Click the links on my right sidebar or visit the Make It Monday blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We're All Heart...

Front View

Back View
Side View
Hello and welcome, glad you dropped by! Lisa. M. is our hostess and she has a brand new challenge for you, We're All Heart, at Top Tip Tuesday. We're sponsored the next two weeks by the Stamp Fairy, who also provided the team with images to create with, and Simon Says Stamp as well as Ooh La La Creations. A big thank you to our sponsors throughout the year for all you do to make Top Tip Tuesday a fun challenge to play along with. Speaking of that, congratulations to the winner of the Halloween challenge and the Top 3 chosen by Bettina. Okay, so where's my image? Right here...

Sponsor image-Molly Love 6

Full View

This began as an unfinished birdhouse that I found at a local Goodwill. Some paint, paper, chipboard, flock, tinsel, glitter, ribbon and pearl trim was all it took to transform it. It had a pre cut heart for the opening which went perfectly with the challenge theme and I added a chipboard heart to the back of the birdhouse. My sponsor image is the fence with hearts called Molly Love 6 and I colored it with Copics and did some fussy cutting. I plan to hot glue a redbird on the perch and I'd love to find more of these fun birdhouses and create a birdhouse village to display in my home at Christmas. It's only one more thing to add to my ever growing to do list. ;)

We're All Heart Challenge

Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. Stamp Fairy has a free image with every new set released each Friday. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity.

Stampfairy is offering a $10 gift voucher to their store.

Tip - There are new releases EVERY WEEK on Stampfairy.
Each new set released has a FREEBIE so have a look through the
images and download your freebies from each set !!!

Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp is offering a $20 gift voucher to spend in their store!!
In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world. We stock over 100,000 items in our warehouses so that we can offer you quick service and one stop shopping at a great price! Happy customers are the heart of our business. We work hard to find and deliver to you the latest in stamping and paper crafting supplies! Attending classes, workshops, and sales meetings around the world, our goal is to keep our product offerings fresh and current. Make us your one stop easy shop - and we'll deliver right to your door!

Ooh La La Creations is offering you any 1 of their CDs!
We live in France. My daughter and I design the CD's. I started crafting about 20 years ago with glass painting and decorated furniture then started making cards for friends and family. We decided to design our own CD's as there was not much craft materials around when we moved here. We use living Artists for all of our CD's now and have recently shown our CD's on Create and Craft TV


That's it for me today, thanks for spending time with me and please pay a visit to my teamies to see their inspiration. You can check their creations out by stopping by the Top Tip Tuesday blog or click their links on my right sidebar. Have a wonderful week everyone and show us your heart!
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