Saturday, March 25, 2017

'Nine' a canvas for 13arts

Warm greetings to my crafty friends:) I have a canvas to share that I created 
for 13arts featuring their lovely 'Vivid Vintage' paints in creamy coffee colors.

'Nine'


Aida has created some really amazing paints called 'Vivid Vintage', a collection 
of shimmery paints in beautiful colors.

I used some of these paints in 'Espresso' on the clock chipboard piece and also
on the honeycomb chipboard. I also used some of the paints on the background too,
just mixed with a little water. I added lots of flowers, some torn up lace, and some butterflies that I love so much from the small paper pad from the 'His & Hers' collection.

You can find 13 arts paints at their online store here,
and check out the 13 arts blog here, there are some projects created
with these paints and also two video tutorials to spark your imagination:)


After I had created my canvas I thought the colors needed an extra little something
and I decided to add some pearl orange mist to brighten up my composition.

Here are a few details:



Here is a full list of 13arts products I used:

13 arts White gesso
13 arts Heavy White gesso
13 arts Modeling Paste
'His & Hers' paper pad
'Timeless' Chipboards
Pearl Orange Mist 
Pearl Brown Mist
Metallic Ayeeda Paint 'Bronze'
Ayeeda paint 'Red Caffeine'Vivid Vintage'
Metallic Ayeeda paint 'Red Bronze'
Ayeeda Paint 'Espresso' Vivid Vintage
Honey Comb chipboard
Honeycomb Stencil
Stars Stencil
Brass clocks


See you soon,
Lisa xo



Saturday, March 18, 2017

'Beautiful'

Hello darlings, I hope you are all finding time to crafty this weekend....
It's been a cold, wet and icy grey day where I live which is perfect weather 
to grab a big old cup of joe and play around with what has to be one
of my all time favourite kits from Scraps of Elegance...the
'Watercolor Wishes' kit.

'Beautiful'


 More 49 & Market papers and flowers this time in a beautiful pale purpley blue, which I thought
would be a great backdrop for a pretty vintage photograph. I used some watercolors in 
my background and then just layered up some beautiful amber colored flowers, the Prima brass
time piece and swan, ( love these little birds) and the 'Beautiful' chipboard piece.

You can check out our online store here, to become a subscriber
(the best option as these kits sell out super quick!)
and you can find lots of inspiration on our blog here.

Here are a few close ups:




I love to emboss chipboard, especially with metallic looking embossing powders, it just
totally transforms them (and I love watching the powders melt). Here I embossed this
title with aged gold embossing powders to make it look ancient and time worn.

I used the 49 & Market papers and flowers from the floral add on, and from the main kit 
and the elements add on I used the smooth glass stones, the 'Beautiful' chipboard piece,
the Prima swan and brass clock piece, and then I also added some Prima pearls
from my stash.


Thanks for looking, can't wait to receive my next kit,
Hugs, Lisa xo

Monday, March 13, 2017

A new layout for 13arts and a look at the new 13 arts Design Team!

Hello girls I have a new layout and some news to share with you.
I have been invited to stay on the 13 arts Design team for this year!
I have know Aida for years and have loved her art and her products for
such a long time, it's such an honour to be on her Design Team, and I hope I can 
bring you some inspiration to get colorful and creative with her paper collections 
and her amazing art mediums. 


My favourite part of creating a layout is working on my background, and I always start by laying down some clear gesso and then using some white gesso to prepare the place where I'm going to use the paints and inks. I just love swirling the colors around to create some interest and here I combines several different inks and then also sprayed some water and I like how the colors bled into each other.

13arts products :

13 arts Modeling Paste
13 arts Stencil 'Always the Music'
Ayeeda Mist 'Pearl Brown'
Ayeeda Mist 'Chalk Lilac' 
Ayeeda Mist 'Chalk Woodbine'
Ayeeda Rainbow Paint Color 'Brown'
Ayeeda Paint Metallic Paint 'Pink'
Gold Microspheres
Paper 'Pegasus' from the Starlight Collection

I created this layout for our newest challenge all about clocks.


You don't have to use 13 arts products to enter the challenge, just 
follow the theme of the mood board! 
You can find details on how to enter our challenge on the 13 arts blog, here.

And I thought I'd also introduce the brand new 13 arts team! 
Here are all the designers and a link to their blogs.




Australia



Finland


RETURNING DESIGNERS




Poland/Canada


Russia


United Kingdom


USA



Canada

Poland



and our NEW WONDERFUL DESIGNERS:


Greece



Hello crafters! My name is Christina Lampropoulou and I come from Athens, Greece . I m 35 years old, I work as a teacher in an elementary school , I am married to a very generous and supportive man and we have two daughters 5,5 and 4.I have been scrapbooking for about four years and my two girls are often my inspiration ! I have tried every style but mixed media has stolen my heart! I adore playing with colours , pastes, textures and layers on my pages and I am always trying new techniques or designs on my pages. When I started this hobby I was mostly creating cards but now I am in love with Layouts ,especially mixed media projects! I love to express my feelings on my creations and always try to pop up my photo and be always my focal point...I Love my hobby and today I feel so blessed to be one of 13 arts family because are favourite products of me! 

If you want to see more from me you can also you can find me :

Instagram: christina.lampropoulou




Estonia


Hi everyone! First of all I want to say that it is a big honor for me to be a part of such a great DT team! My name is Nadya Drozdova, I am from small European country Estonia. I am 29 years old. I am wife and mother of 7 years old daughter and one black maine-coon cat Salvador. Scrapbooking is my passion and I spend all my free time on it. I am just in the beginning of my way in mixed-media but I adore it. My own style I call " light, romantic and tender mixed-media". My main sources of inspiration are people, their interesting photos and new materials. 
I hope It will be very interesting and inspiring year for all of us! I wish you good mood and a lot of inspiration! You can visit me on my blog nadya-drozdova.blogspot.com and instagram: nadya.drozdova



Canada

I'm a 41 years old french women from Quebec, Canada. I have 2 beautiful teanagers and a wonderful lover. I make of the scrapbooking for more than 10 years now. I love trying new techniques and new styles. I use 13@rts products for several years and it is a huge honor for me to have been chosen to make part of this team. By hoping to inspire you of my best...

So here we are - 13 arts team:

So here are a few close ups of my layout:





That was along post! As always, thanks for looking :)
I hope you join in the challenge!
Hugs, Lisa xo

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tag set tutorial for Scraps of Elegance

Happy monday girls....I had a creative burst this past weekend and I was so
happy to just be able to unwind and spend some time getting crafty :)
The February kit called 'Watercolor Wishes' continues to inspire me,
this time I created a set of shabby tags and took some photos along the way.

'Always, Discover'


I started with the cardboard pieces from the 49 & Market flower packs, and then cut out some of the 49 & Market papers to glue on the top. I added some of the Lindy's Magical Shaker powder mixed with water, a few pieces of 2 Crafty Chipboard, some white lace, and some 49 & Market flowers from the floral add on.

Here is the February kit:


To purchase our kits please visit the online store here.

I prepared a short tutorial on my process for you. I did these tags at night, so the light's not 
great, and my table is soooo messy (I'll just confess right now my craft table is a little chaotic at times), but I just thought I'd share the simple steps to create some shabby tags like these.


1. I cut the paper packaging from the flowers that were in the floral add on and then cut out some paper from the kit to match. I also fussy cut some birds and flowers from the 49 & Market kit papers.


2. I glued the papers down and cut off the corners. I also punched a hole in each tag for the ribbons.
Then I covered both tags in a coat of clear gesso, and after that dried I applied some heavy white gesso a bit messily. I like to apply the gesso unevenly and then heat it with my heat gun on high; the gesso bubbles and cracks and I think it makes some interesting patterns for later on when you apply the inks or watercolors.


3. The next step is to add some color to your background. I used the pretty Lindy's Magical Shaker that came in the kit called 'Oom Pah Pah Pink'. I just mixed it wth a little water. Then I added some stamping on top.


4. Now it's time to add your embellishments. I glued down some pieces of white lace that I had cut up, and then layered on the papers I had fussy cut, some chipboards that I painted white, and some flowers.


5. I went back in with some watercolors to add some more colors to tie it all together. Then I brushed everything lightly with some gesso to give the tags a really shabby look. Once it was all dry, I tied some twine on each tag, and we're done!

Here are some details:




I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I hope it inspires you to create something 
shabby too! 

Hugs, Lisa xo





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

'Forever' a new layout for Scraps of Elegance

Hello girls! I wanted to share my very first layout created with the BEAUTIFUL February
kit from Scraps of Elegance called 'Watercolor Wishes'.


Oh I just can't tell you how much I loved this month's kit, the kind of kit where you're unwrapping everything and just so excited to get creating! The 49 & Market papers are just gorgeous with really lovely color combos, nice and thick too and can hold up to lots of mediums. And the floral add on this month was perfectly matched, with a really cool 49 & Market vine of flowers that I bent into a circle here on this page. I fussy cut some of the birds and flowers and tucked those in too. The kit also came with some really pretty colored round stones that added an unusual touch. I also used a little wooden title from our last kit. And again using lots of watercolors in my background, love how this turned out.

Here is February's kit:


To find out how to purchase our kits, please go here, and
don't forget to visit our blog here we have lots of designers on both
teams working magic with our kits and even posting tutorials too :)

Here are a few close ups:


So in love with these beautiful Prima brass birds, I also added some 
Prima glass beads.




See you soon, more to come with this lovely kit,
Lisa xo

Saturday, February 25, 2017

'Artsy' tag for 13arts

Warm hellos to my crafty friends...
I have a tag I created for 13arts to share today.

'Be creative'


This tag is a testament to never giving up on a project! I didn't really know
where I was going when I started this, I just covered a tag in black gesso and then grabbed 
a cool 13 arts stencil and used the black gesso again to add some artsy words.
I really didn't like the tag at all, but I pressed forward, adding some Rainbow 
Duo watercolor in 'Lilac' and some stamping....at this point wondering if I should 
pitch the whole thing in the bin...but I kept going adding some clocks and butterflies
that I cut out of a paper from the 'His & Hers' collection, some flowers and a torn up black doily.
Then my last step was to add some sparkly white iridescent glitter and some silver
microspheres with gel medium. After it was all done, I was really surprised to find.... I loved it!
Sooooo, the moral of the story here is don't give up on a crafty project until you've given it a chance, 
you might be really happy that you didn't :)



For a full list of all the beautiful 13 arts products I used,
you can see my blog post here.
And don't forget to check out our challenge this month all about 
rainbows, you can find that here.


Thanks for looking.
Lisa xo


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