Monday, July 16, 2018

'Shine' a new layout for Scrapki Wyzwaniowo

Hello friends!
I'm back to share the layout I designed with our July theme at Scrapki Wyzwaniowo, the sun!
I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far, here in the South we are in full swing,
and we're spending lots of time in the pool to cool off.

'Shine'


I was so thrlled to receive my DT package from Tusia, filled with two new 7 Dots Studio
collections, 'Air Mail' and 'Garden Party'. For this page I used the papers
from the 'Garden Party' and I ripped up a few of them and glued some strips down the
middle of my page, and then I cut out a lot of butterflies from one of the papers and
colored then with watercolors. I also used a stencil from the 'Air Mail' collection on
my background with some black gesso and also the stamps from the 'Garden Party'.
You can check out the new collections here.

Here is this month's theme...


I hope to see you join in, there's always great prizes of the new collections!
More info on how to enter here.

Here are a few close ups:




I also used a large ornate frame and some oversized letters from 2 Crafty Chipboard,
and painted them with black watercolor paint. 



Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Lisa xo

Thursday, June 28, 2018

'A garden of one's own....' for Memuaris blog

Hello dear readers, I'm back to share a page I created inspired by the brilliance of 
Virginia Woolf.

'A garden of one's own....'


I've never been great at titles but I have found a solution in these little Prima alphabet stamps...
I never can find the right materials....alphabet stickers, chipboards, word stickers?
But as I was creating this design (which turned out so much more chaotic than unusual)
this title - a little play on Mrs. Woolf's words - popped into my head.
Yes, a woman does need a space of own's own...if only to sort out the chaos,
the wonder, and the emotions we struggle with..... just as she did.

I was invited by the lovely ladies at the blog called Memuaris to be a Guest Designer.

Here is the wonderful sketch I followed:


To find out more about this challenge, please go here.

Here are some close ups:



I used the beautiful 'Tattered Walls' paper collection by Blue Fern Studios,
I just adore the vintage patterns and colors. I used two different papers
to follow the sketch and lots of watercolors and stamping.


“When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” 
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own


See you soon,
Lisa xo

Sunday, June 24, 2018

'Bees' for Scrapki Wyzwaniowo

Hello crafty friends! I'm back with a pair of tags that I made
for Scrapki Wyzaniowo and their challenge this month...bees!

'Winged Things'


I started with some thick watercolor paper that I cut the tags from and then covered it
roughly in vintage dress pattern paper pieces, lots of white heavy gesso, and then from there
added some washi tape, stamping and some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in 'Tea Pot Purple'
and 'Bayou Boogie Gold'. The background paper is 'Figgy Pudding' from the 7 Dots Studio
collection, 'Yuletide'.

Here is our challenge:


We would love to see join in! There are always wonderful prizes
of 7 Dots Studio collections to be won, more info on how to enter here.

Here are a few close ups:



 

I just recently received my design team package filled with the brand new 7 Dots Studio
collections, 'Garden Party' and 'Air Mail'...I'm in love! I've never had
the entire collection before, the stamps, stencils AND stamps!
Thank you Tusia! I'm a lucky girl xoxoxo
These word stickers I used are from 'Garden Party'...
you can see the whole collections here.


I found my golden brass bees from a shop of Etsy, aren't they sweet?
I also added a bit of honeycomb chipboard from 2 Crafty.
I hope you feel a little inspired to play along!
Hugs, Lisa xox


Saturday, June 16, 2018

'Rhapsody in Yellow"

Hello lovely readers, I'm back! 
I finally wrestled up some mojo to create a page inspired by the brand new 
moodboard for June at Mixed Media & Art, filled with bright sunny yellow
and a touch of cool blue.


I used the 'Captured Adventure' collection from 49 & Market and some yellow
cotton trim that I found on one of my treasure hunts.... I had no idea how I was going
to use this trim at the time...and then here comes the June moodboard and
I thought it fit the whole theme perfectly!

Here is the lovely moodboard:


For more info on how to enter please visit our blog here.
Our challenge this month is called 'Emotional Outburst' and you can use
the sketch or be inspired by the photos, the colors or the textures.


Here are a few close ups:




I also added some Prima clay molds, a piece of 2 Crafty Chipboard, and of course, my
go to for color - Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays. I used 'Azure Sea Asters', 'California
Poppy Gold', and 'Pineapple Paradise'. I just received 10 brand new bottles of
Lindy's that I won in one of their challenges and I can't wait to play with them.


Thanks for looking, and I hope to see you join our challenge!
Have a wonderfully crafty weekend..
Lisa xo





Saturday, May 12, 2018

'Blue Skies...'

Hello friends, I'm back to share my layout created for our new challenge 
over at Scrapki Wyzwaniowo.

'Blue Skies'


This challenge blog is owned and run by Tusia Lech, the owner of 7 Dots Studio, so I 
like to dig through all my 7 Dots Studio collections to create a page for our challenges.
This paper is from the Hazy Days collection, and I thought the cool patterns wood look great
with an outdoor themed page about my little guy down by the lake on a warm sunny day.


For more info on how to join, please go here.
Prizes are always paper collection by 7 Dots Studio :)

Here are a few close ups:



I created a mixed media background with watercolors, a stencil and some black gesso. I also used
some new Prima alpha stamps to stamp my title.


Thanks for looking!
hugs, Lisa xo

Saturday, May 5, 2018

'Splendid' for Mixed Media & Art

Greetings my lovelies!
It's my turn to share what I created with the fabulous Mixed Media & Art moodboard
for April.... -my word- I love our moodboards so much!
Always really gorgeous beautifully colored and textured photos
that immediately make me want to get messy....


'Splendid'



Words can't describe how much I love my son, he lights up my world. I decided to make
this project as a way to capture how my boy is growing into a young man.
I found an old piece of wood in a field behind my house, so I broke it into pieces,
glued it down to some cardboard, and covered it in gesso and deep blue ink.
Then I added some old worn book papers and vintage keyholes.
I created the heart shaped lock with a Finnabair mold and Prima paper clay,
colored it with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and then rubbed some
Finnabair metallic gold paint over it.
I really like how this turned out....I have always admired 'off the page'
projects so much, and this one has really gotten me excited to do more....

Here is our moodboard and a few close ups:


For more info on this challenge, please go here, the work done by our Guest 
Designers this month is off the charts amazing....talk about inspiring!
I sat gazing over my sweet friend Elena's birdcage for quite some time...
one of the prettiest most intricate pieces of art I've ever seen....take a look here.
I hope you join us!




 As always I used my favourite inks, Lindy's Stamp Gang, I adore all 
the different colors, especially this gold.... the vintage coppery color played
so well off these deep blues...I used 'Tweedle Dee Denim', 'Afternoon
Delight Denim', and 'Bayou Boogie Gold'.


I hope you feel inspired!
Until next time,
Lisa xoxo





Saturday, April 21, 2018

'Moments'

Hello my dear crafty friends, so glad you stopped by!
There are so many lovely 49 & Market goodies to play with in the new
spring kit from International Scrapbook Garden, and I love how this page turned out,
tenderness and the brutal beauty of nature was the look I was going for here.

'Moments'


This paper from the 'Tattered Garden' collection is called 'Tattered Leaves' and I really love the
details in these papers and the rich dark colors. I created a small step by step of how I  create
my backgrounds, it just involves a lot of layers of gessoes and paints, in this case I used
the two Shimmerz Inklings in Steely Blue Eyes and Coral Reef from the Mixed Media kit
I added some stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp and used the Crafter's Workshop stencil,
both of these from the Bonus Embellishment kit.
After my background was finished, I layered on some vintage book paper, some torn up pieces 
from another 49 & Market paper, the 49 & Market chipboard circle and honeycomb 
from the Embellishment Bonus kit, some fussy cut leaves and clocks from two 13arts papers 
from the Bonus Paper kit and some 49 & Market flowers from the Extra Blooms kit.

I would like to enter my layout into two challenges:


This gorgeous moodboard is by the wonderful blog called 'Cinnamon Tea Scrap',
one of my favourite blogs ever, my heart melts looking at all the wonderful 
work by these girls. They have moved their challenges over to Instagram now,
and you can find them at cinnamon_tea_scrap. Everything about this
moodboard inspired me: the pale colors, the peeling paint, the old books,
and the delicate softness of that pretty lace.

The second challenge was a sketch I really loved:


This is another amazing blog with so many talented designers, and 
a lot of different styles, please check it out here.

I created my page with the kit 'A Rustic Spring' which you can purchase here.


A simple tutorial on how to create a mixed media background:


Step 1: I always choose my paper, cover it with a coat of clear gesso to prep it for 
all the mediums I will use, and then gather and arrange my elements so I can decide
on the design, where I am going to use my paints and create the focus of my background. 
This helps me form a mental image in my mind that I can follow as I'm creating my page 
and also helps me from 'overthinking' things as I'm creating; it just allows 
my process to flow a lot smoother and be really enjoyable as opposed to frustrating.


Step 2: I like to apply heavy white gesso very randomly and very messily. I love my
pages to have an aged worn look, sort of like a peeling wall, and this gesso makes great 
textures, especially when I overheat it with my heat tool. I like to heat it up so the gesso 
bubbles up and cracks.


Step 3: This step of creating the background can take a while, as I'm using my 
paints, more gesso and also finally stamps and a stencil to create the look I'm going for.
It can take several different layers to get to this look, so just play with it and have fun!
I apply the Inklings here with a soft round brush, letting the paint seep into the cracked gesso,
and also just splashing the paint around (my favourite part). I really love those little pots of paint,
you can use them with very little water to get the saturated colors or dilute them more for 
a more watercolor effect. I use a stamp all around the page, and then finally 
use some more white gesso through a stencil to add some more textures.

The last steps are glueing down my elements, the photo and the flowers, and then 
after that is all done I go around the page with some more paint to blend everything
together. I hope this sparks some ideas in you all! My style is quite deconstructed
and messy, but you could still try these steps on your background just perhaps 
in a bit more delicate way to get some cool mixed media textures on your background.




Long post, hope you enjoyed!
See you soon,
Lisa xo
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