Wednesday, February 13, 2019

'be mine....'

Hello my lovely readers! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day
filled with a lot of love and happiness :)
I was invited Guest Design this month by the blog
ART UP which also has an online shop.

'be mine' 

I used some old Prima paper that I thought would be perfect for a vintage page.
I added some texture with a stencil and some heavy white gesso, then I added
some pink acrylic paint and some Tim Holtz 'Tea Stain' to create a messy background.

Here is this month's moodboard:

For more info on how to join in, please go here.
Here are a few close ups:

Lisa xo

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

....'my journey'....

Hello my crafty friends!
So I've been feeling quite stuck lately as I find myself in the new year 
being on only one Design Team. Without project requirements using certain materials,
I'm feeling about lost about what I want to create. I knew I wanted to make a simple
but textured page with some hope of this coming year being a positive and creative one!
I reached for some old 13 arts materials that I had left over, and the urge hit me to 
create something in yellow.... a happy and hopeful color.

'my journey'

I started with clear gesso all over the page, did some stenciling and then added some yellow
and black watercolors. I layered up some papers from the collection 'Aria Story'
and some 13arts transparent stickers. 

A few close ups:

I've also started a course to learn how to make my own art journal from scratch and 
so I'm excited to see where this new adventure takes me....what about you?
What are your crafty plans for 2019?
Thanks for looking,
Lisa xo

Sunday, January 20, 2019

'Cherish' for Mixed Media & Arts

Hello crafty friends!
It's my turn to show my page created for Mixed Media & Arts blog,
this month we have a winter inspired mood for you, 
and this is what I created.


I started with some Blue Fern Studios papers, this collection was my absolute
favourite by them, and I was really saddened to read the news that they have closed...
(I just went and read that Leslie sold the company! it will live on! yay!)
Blue Fern Studios was the first 'real' design team that I was offered and it
was also where I met my craft 'bestie' too - way back in 2014, and we are
still cherished friends to this day. I love the grungy feel to this collection,
it really inspires me to go wild with paints and mediums... when I let myself roam
free creatively, it always leads to me a very raw chaotic place with lots
of splashes of color and raw textures.
The stark desolate feel to this month's moodboard inspired me
to use a dark background with some twigs that I painted with white acrylic paint,
some torn up lace, flowers and a vintage photo of a forlorn young lady.

More info on our challenge and prizes, here.

Thanks for looking,
see you soon,
Lisa xo

Sunday, December 16, 2018

'Pure Joy'

Good evening my crafty ladies!
We just found out the Scrapki Wyzwaniowo challenge blog
has decided to close; and it's sad news.... I love love LOVE
7 Dots Studio papers, they're my 'go to' brand that really fits my style,
but after 7 years of creating wonderful challenges, it's understandable.
Our theme this last month is JOY!

'Pure Joy'

I created this page with the Yuletide collection papers and stickers, I even found
a little joy tag to use as my title. This page got a little out of hand with the
messy background (I guess that's kind of my signature look lol),
but I really enjoyed making it!
Won't you joins us this last time? We are all busy making plans to enjoy
the happiest time of the year with our families and friends.... I hope
you find time to capture a little bit of what makes you joyful and share it
with us, as we bid adieu to all the wonderful people at Scrapki Wyzwaniowo.

To see our designers works and to find out how to join visit here.

I would like to participate in a challenge I found on a blog called
Art UP! called 'Happy Winter', you can find it here.
I was inspired by the red colors and also the theme,
nothing makes me happier than my boy;
especially this this time of year when
children make Christmas seem magical.

Here are a few close ups:

Today is my holiday baking day with my family,
I love making lots of iced cookies for my family and friends....

Hugs always,
Lisa xoxox

Friday, December 7, 2018


Hello crafty friends...fall comes late here in the south, and although 
it's already December, I've been taking long walks with my boy, my best little buddy.
The air is crisp and mild, and the fiery coloured leaves are still falling gently.


I dug out the remnants of a fall kit from Scraps of Elegance, I really miss being on
the Design team of a kit club! Once a month I would find a jam packed box
full of seasonal goodies and my mind would swirl with ideas. 
This fall kit was one of my favourites, it had beautiful papers from the Prima collection
Amber Moon, which I used here to create one more page with an autumn mood.

Here are a few close ups:

I've had this chipboard word floating around my desk for ages and ages,
I finally found a page to use it on!

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
          To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
        With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    And still more, later flowers for the bees,
  Until they think warm days will never cease,
          For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

  Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
      Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
  Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
      Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
  Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
      Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
          Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
  And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
      Steady thy laden head across a brook;
      Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
          Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

  Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
      Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
  While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
      And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
  Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
      Among the river sallows, borne aloft
          Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
  And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
      Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
      The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;

          And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

- John Keats

See you soon,
Hugs, Lisa xo

Friday, November 23, 2018

'Fairy Whispers'

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow crafty girls......
I love having more time to spend with my family anytime we are celebrating 
holidays.... also means I have some precious extra time to spend 
in my craft room doing things I love....

'Fairy Whispers'

I have been feeling a bit of melancholia these past few weeks, perhaps it reflects
the season..... everything around us in the forest is dying and decaying as the sun no 
longer blazes, and the nights grow bitterly long cold and black as coal.
I have been wanting to make something using shades of violet and when I
saw this moodboard a few days ago on a lovely blog called Lawnpink
I knew the time was right.

Here are a few details:

I used some 7 Dots Studio 'Garden Party' papers, the deep purple with the touches
of gold are so pretty. I also added an old piece of 2 Crafty Chipboard, some 
feathers, lace and some Prima and 49 & Market flowers.

This page was just for me! no teams, no deadlines...just pure love of creating...
I hope you find time to do the same!
Hugs, Lisa xoxoxx

Monday, November 19, 2018

'Thankful' a new layout for Mixed Media & Art

Hello my lovelies!
Autumn is here, and I have been enjoying
long evening walks in my neighborhood wrapped in a sweater and marveling
at the brilliant changing colors of the trees.


I always start by covering my paper with clear gesso so my inks don't seep through
the paper, then I did some stenciling and added several Lindy's Stamp Gang
sprays. I used a new Sizzix leaf die and added some flowers and a few real
leaves I had gathered on my walk :)
I was inspired by the nature woodland feel and the rusty reds and greens of fall.
I hope you feel inspired by our new moodboard and join us!

For more info on how to enter please go here.
Here are a few close ups:

I used a piece of Dusty Attic chipboard, some vintage beads that I 
found at a flea market and a sprinkling of gold sequins .

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs, Lisa xoxox
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