Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'Memories' a new layout for 13 arts

Hi girls! I have another layout to share created for 13 arts using the
super gorgeous paper collection called 'Out of the Blue' designed by the super 
talented  13 arts designer Olga Heldwein.


My mum and Dad are here visiting us this month and she brought with her some old family photos for me to scan into my computer, and I'm so happy she did, they really inspire me to scrap something pretty to preserve these tiny pieces of family history. This one is of my mum as a flower girl in her Aunt's wedding. I started with the paper called 'Blue Mood' and covered it in 13 arts clear gesso. Then I applied some 13 arts heavy white gesso through a stencil, and then I used some Ayeeda Splash ink in Matte Blue and some Ayeeda paint in Matte Green to really bring my background to life.
(BTW Ayeeda has been making little pots of  beautiful acrylic paints and inks way before Prima ever did!) I love how you can water down the paints a little to use them like watercolors or use them as they are for a more matte look.

For a full list of 13 arts products I used, please visit my 13 arts blog post here.
And to purchase these amazing products please visit the 13 arts online store here.

I added a few pieces of 2 Crafty Chipboard to my layout as well.

Thanks for looking!
Big hugs, Lisa xo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Hello my crafty girls, I have another layout to share that I created with the 
gorgeous August kit from Scraps of Elegance.


So hubby started a brand new job a couple of months ago that requires some traveling, which
he is loving, but it kind of upset our plans to go to Florida this past holiday weekend. It might have been our last chance to go this year, but we'll see, we live so close we might still go for a weekend.
So I haven't had any Florida this year.....(insert lots of frowny faces and tears here.)
But I went and found this photo of me last year on the beach at Amelia Island,
and sometimes you have to just treasure the memories already made :)
This was at the end of a beautiful and relaxing day, and I knew it would work perfectly 
with the gorgeous August kit filled with light summery Blue Fern Studios papers,
beautiful flowers, and real sea shells.

Here is a list of everything I used from the 'By The Sea' 
Main kit, Flower Add-on, and Elements Add-on:

Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage Collection 'Calling Cards'
Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage Collection 'Gala'
Blue Fern Studios 'Seaside Lilies' Flowers
Blue Fern Studios 'By the Sea' Chipboard
Real Seashells
Prima French Riviera Brads
Prima French Riviera 'La Mer' flowers

Don't forget to check out our blog here, or to stop by the online
Scraps of Darkness store here.

Nothing is prettier than using real sea shells in a beachy layout. The
larger ones came with the kit and the tiny ones I bought from a gift shop on
one of our trips, that I attached using some clear gel medium.

I wanted to really emphasize the blues and purples in this paper and 
also in my photograph so I applied a thick uneven coat of heavy white gesso 
to the background and then used my watercolors to add some pops of color.

See you soon, 
Lisa xo

Saturday, September 3, 2016

'Smile' a new layout for 13 arts

Hello! Hello! how are my crafty girls? I am up on the 13 arts blog with a layout
all about my little guy.


I took these photos just the other day as we were getting ready for school and I love
the cheeky smile I captured here. I used some 13 arts papers and stickers from the
'Secret Letters' collection...I got all grungy, but just couldn't resist adding a few flowers..
(I know, it's hopeless lol) hey, at least they're blue!
Please check out the 13 arts blog for some amazing projects here,
and you can click here to go to the 13 arts online store, full of cool mixed media

I used lots of 13 arts mediums and stencils on my background, one
of my favourite 13 arts products is the different types of glitter, they 
come in different colors and different shapes too. Here I 
have used small round shiny black glitter flakes.

I also added some 2 Crafty Chipboard filmstrips painted black.

Thanks for looking,
Lisa xo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

'The Sea'

Hi girls! I hope everyone is wonderful and enjoying these last days of summer...
I have captured a memory here on this page of me relaxing on the beach
using the gorgeous new kit from Scraps of Elegance...'By the Sea'.

So many beautiful goodies in this new kit, it includes Prima's 'French Riviera' collection, Prima flowers, some real seashells, and pretty sea themed chipboards and brads. I created the background using some black gesso (my new BFF) and a Prima stencil both from a previous kit.

Here is the new kit:

To find out where to purchase our kits please visit the online store here.
And don't forget to check out our blog here, to see all the wonderful projects by the design team.

Products used from the Main Kit, Elements and Flower Add on:

Prima 'French Riviera' Collection 'Respirer L'aire'
Prima 'French Riviera' Collection 'Un petit mot'
Prima 'French Riviera' Chipboards
Blue Fern Studios 'Seaside Lillies' Flowers
Prima 'French Riviera' Collection Brads
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard 'Seashell Frame'
Prima 'French Riviera' 'Plages du Prado' Flowers
Prima 'French Riviera' 'La Mer' Flowers

See you soon,
Lisa xo

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


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:

'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....


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

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