Tuesday, August 23, 2016

'Dream'

Good morning all my crafty friends....
I'm up on the 2 Crafty Chipboard today with a new layout
using their wonderful chipboards.


I was in the mood to do something really shabby chic and really feminine. I used some
Blue Fern Studios paper and the following chipboards:

'Dream'
'Viney Page Frame'
'Thistle Shrubs'
'Lavendar Shrubs'

Please visit our blog here,
and you can find 2 Crafty Chipboard online store here.


I painted all my chippies white and then added some light stamping.



Thanks for looking :)
Lisa xo



Saturday, August 20, 2016

'Special Moments' my first post for 13 arts

Hello girls!! I have some happy new to share...
I was invited to design for 13 arts!!! 
It's hard to explain how I excited I was when Aida asked me to join her team,
she is one of my scrap 'idols' that I look up to and I really admire her work.
I have loved her products for years, so the box box that arrived full of 
13 arts paints and papers was a real treat.

'Special Moments'


For my first layout I chose to use papers from the 'Aura Rosa' collection.
I used lots of 13 arts mediums on my background. I always start with a coat of clear
gesso to seal the paper, and then I used some white gesso through some stencils for texture and
then I used some pastel turquoise mist and brown ink.

Here is a list of products that I have used:



Here are some close ups:




13 arts ships to anywhere in the world, and their online store has so many cool mixed 
media products from papers to mists and paints to embellishments, 
you can find their online store here.

And for my American friends, you can buy 
13 arts products here.

And don't forget to check out the 13 arts blog here.

See you soon!
Lisa xo


Monday, August 15, 2016

'Today' my last post for Words & Painterly

Hello lovely readers! 
Are you ready for some colorful inspiration?
Check out this months challenge over at Words & Paintery....

'today'




I know I've said this before, but this months palette were so hard for me!
The colors themselves form a beautiful combination, but I just could not find anything
in my stash that would work. After several false starts, I just went with a light blue 
background, and then used some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to color some white
Prima flowers. I like how it all turned out in the end.

Here is the challenge this month:


Find all the gorgeous projects by the design team here.

Here are a few close ups:




I have really enjoyed designing for this team, there were so many months that the challenges 
really pushed my creative limits, I especially love how to prompted me to experiment 
with different colors. But all good things must come to an end and it's time for me to move on...
I hope I have inspired you a little today to push yourselves to try new things, new colors....
you never know what will be the end result!

Back on Friday with some happy news!
Lisa xo


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'Just be yourself...'

Hello my crafty ladies. I'm back to share another page I created using the July
Scraps of Elegance kit 'Sunshine and Sweet Tea'.

'Just be yourself....'


I started with the Blue Fern Studios paper 'West Plaza' as my base and then 
added some pieces that I fussy-cut from the BoBunny paper 'Butterfly Kisses'. 
Here is a list of everything I used from the main kit and add ons:

Blue Fern Studios 'West Plaza'
BoBunny Paper 'Butterfly Kisses'
BoBunny Paper 'Sunlit'
Prima Florica Gypsy Cord
American Crafts 'Knock Out' Gypsy Punch
Dovecraft 'Serendipity' Wood Frames
Dovecraft Paper Doilies
BoBunny 'Butterfly Kisses' Buttons
Prima 'Amour de Ma Vie' Flowers

Please visit the online store here to purchase our kits.
I've already seen a sneak peak of the upcoming August kit, and 
I can't wait to play with it, it's so perfect for summer beach photos.

I would like to enter my layout in a new challenge on the beautiful blog 
'Paper Story'. I was inspired by the unusual - but pretty! - color
combination of purple and green, the delicae botanical feel, and all the 
wonderful flowers and leaves in the moodboard. 


More on this challenge here.

Here are a few close ups:


Lots of my new Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in the background, which 
I also used to color my flowers, and some 13 arts glitter to give it a little sparkle.



Thanks for looking,
Lisa xo

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

'Together'

Hi friends, I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend. I have another layout
to share with you made with the July Scraps of Elegance kit 'Sunshine and Sweet Tea'.

'Together'


To find out where to purchase our kits, please go here.
If you're looking for some inspiration as to what what to with our kits, 
please visit our blog here.

I used the following items from the July main kit 
and the elements and floral add on:

BoBunny Butterfly Kisses collection 'Flutter'
Prima Florica Gypsy Cord
Prima Salvage District Wood Embellishments
Blue Fern Studios Glitter 'Watermelon'
Dovecraft Paper Doilies
Petaloo soft Pink Botanical Blooms
Prima 'Tales of You & Me' Flowers

I would like to enter my layout in Task No. 2 on the chipboard blog
called Paper Maraca.

Here is the sketch:


More details on this challenge here.


Here are a few close ups:


I created some interest on the background with black gesso and a Tim Holtz stencil.
I also added a pretty 2 Crafty Chipboard piece called 'Ella's Border'
that I colored with some Lindy's Stamp Gang ink.


I'm not really a glittery crafter but I loved this 'Watermelon' glitter,
it really added some glamour and romance to this page.


Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Lisa xo



Thursday, July 28, 2016

'No fear of depths...'

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” 
― Anaïs Nin

Hello my lovelies, I'm back to share with you a layout I created for
2 Crafty Chipboard using some of their new pieces.

'Anäis'


I usually feel quite overwhelmed with Graphic 45 papers, they're very pretty, but so intricate 
and finely detailed that my usual messy paints and gesso splattered style doesn't seem to work....
(well just a little bit here to look like bubbles :)
But I immediately thought to fussy cut this beautiful mermaid riding that goldfish and my idea was born :) 
I added some 2 Crafty Chipboard pieces, a vintage photograph of the author herself and away we go! 

2 Crafty Chipboard pieces used:

'Fishing Net Bits'
'Cartia's Swirl'
'Seashells'

I created this layout using my June Scraps of Darkness kit which you can 
purchase at the Scraps of Darkness online store here.


To see my 2 Crafty post, please go here.


What a beautiful quote from the author Anäis Nin, you can read more about her here.
I first discovered her and the works of Henry Miller after seeing the film
'Henry and June', the story of their affair in Paris in the 1930's.
She not only thought outside the box, but she passionately and unforgivingly
lived outside of it, damn the consequences.


I try to challenge myself to transform chipboard pieces and turn them into 
something that doesn't look like cardboard! Here I covered the starfish with
a thick coat of heavy white gesso and then hit it with high heat to make the gesso 
bubble up. Once it dried, I colored it with orange Lindy's Starburst spray.



“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” 

Kisses, Lisa xo



Sunday, July 24, 2016

'Dreamer'

I'm baaaa-aaack! Hello my crafty friends, it's been a few rough, stress-filled several weeks lately, lots of different issues one of them being my Mac died a sudden death leaving me internet-less :(
But I treated myself to a brand new computer and I'm here this morning to share my first 
layout created with the beautiful June kit from Scraps of Elegance called 
'Sunshine and Sweet Tea'.

'Dreamer'


Starting as I always do by just staring at my kit papers, this time the BoBunny 'Butterfly Kisses' collection, I noticed some light butterflies up the right hand side of the paper 'Bliss'. I grabbed a black watercolor pencil and traced them all out, then went back over them with a small wet paintbrush and it really brought them to life! From there I added lots of black stamping and built up some layers using lots of goodies from the kit.

I used the following items from the main kit, the elements add on and flower add on:

BoBunny - Butterfly Kisses Paper Collection
BoBunny - Butterfly Kisses chipboards
BoBunny - Butterfly Kisses buttons
Blue Fern Studios - Attic Charm Daisies flowers
American Crafts - Mini Butterfly punch
Prima - Salvage District Cling stamps
Dovecraft - Paper Doilies
Petaloo - Coral Botanica Anemone flowers

Here is the June kit:


To purchase our kits please visit the store here, and don't forget to check
out our blog here for tutorials and inspiration.

I would like to enter my layout into a challenge called 'Tender Angel'
that I found on a blog called 'Scrap 72' using this super pretty color palette.


More info on the challenge here.

Here are a few close ups:


I used one the pink doilies from the kit and painted it messily with a black paint dauber
to get it looking really distressed, and also fussy cut some flowers and
butterflies from the different papers.



Thanks for looking and see you soon, 
as always I really appreciate your views and your comments, 
hugs, Lisa xox



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