Tuesday, January 16, 2018

'We are all dreamers' a new kit by The International Scrap Garden

Hi there! Great news!
I've been invited to be a designer at the new scrapbook kit club
called The International Scrapbook Garden, and this is my very first layout using
the beautiful January kit called 'Kisses and Snowflakes'.

'we are all dreamers...'

There are two new kits that come out each month; one called The Garden kit that
seems more shabby and feminine, these are the kits I will be designing with, and another set
of kits called The Tool Shed, which are a little bit more masculine and grungy...
both January kits are so wonderful and full of my favourite brands.
I was so pleased when I tore open my box a few days ago, two gorgeous paper
collections, 'Art Journey' by 13 arts (which I used for this page) and 'Northern Lights' 
by 7 Dots Studio (I was longing for these papers since the first day I saw them),
and so many beautiful flowers, chipboards, stamps, embellishments
and mediums, I was floored by how many goodies were in that box and
how well everything fit together.

Here is the main January Garden kit:

And then there are some beautiful add ons to the Main Kit,
absolutely chock full of wonderful mediums, flowers and chipboard:

To find out how to become a kit subscriber and receive a 10% discount for signing up, please go here.
And to visit the blog for loads of inspiration from the designers please go here.
We also have a Face Book group where you can post your projects completed with our kits here.

Here are a few close ups:

I love to tear papers up to create some interesting layers, here I glued down another 13 arts paper
on top and then added some stenciling with 13 arts modeling paste and then added the Shimmerz
spray, some stamping and some flowers from the main kit.

Here is a list of all the products I used from January kit and add ons:

13 arts paper 'Travel'
13 arts paper 'Freedom'
Kaisercraft Stamp 'P.S. I love you'
Prima Stencil
Shimmerz Spray 'Grape Escape'
Petaloo Various flowers from Main Kit
Darice Silver Snowflake brads
Pink Gems
Prima 'Zella Teal' Ephemera pack
Purple Prills
 Aleene's Glitter Snow paste
Creative Embellishments Chipboard 'Love'
Silver Flowers
7 Dots Studios 'Northern Lights' stickers

Hugs, Lisa xo

Saturday, January 13, 2018

'Everyday blues...'

Hello my crafty ladies, happy weekend!
It's a bitterly cold Saturday morning and I know what I have planned today...
rest, homemade soup and lots of crafting!

'Everyday blues...'

I've had some mojo 'issues' recently, just not feeling too inspired to do my messy
layouts...so I've been taking some long walks in the fields in my house lately,
and I took these photos one morning and they sparked some ideas...
I thought about all the things that inspire me to create art, backgrounds full of vibrant
watercolors, lots of natural elements: thick brown twine, flowers, leaves, 
torn up fabrics and vintage books, beads, all of which I tried to incorporate on my page.
Of course, pulling out my favourite 7 Dots Studios papers always helps
a lot too....I love the dark, vintage and mysterious feel to them and the
Hazy Days collection fit my mood perfectly.

I would like to enter my page in the 7 Dots Studio current challenge,
using your three favourite colors, here I chose blue, brown and white/cream.
More info on this challenge, here.

I'll be back soon with some great news...I'm on a new team!
Thanks for looking,
Lisa xo

Monday, January 1, 2018

'Peace on Earth'

Hello friends! Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
Thank you to all the girls who follow my blog and leave me such kind words...
I hope that 2018 will see all of our dreams come true:)

I have happy news that I get to stay on my favourite team....
Mixed Media & Art! I'm looking forward to another year of 
creating layouts that I hope will inspire you to join in the fun!

'Peace on Earth'

As always the December moodboard is a wonder to behold and you
can also choose to use the sketch too. I was inspired by the colors of mint
green, soft browns and lots of snowy white, and the also the deer and snowflakes.

Here is the moodboard:

Please go here to find out how to enter and also to see the wonderful
projects by our design team.

Here are a few close ups:

I used a new Kaisercraft paper collection and added lots of Prima goodies:
flowers, pearls, art stones and paper clay molds. I also used some white lace, pinecones,
silver beads and some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays on the background.

All the best,
Lisa xo

Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Be true to who you are...' a new page for Mixed Media & Art

Hello dear readers! I'm late this month with my project for my favourite 
blog in the whole world....Mixed Media & Art, but here it is.... 
I am so happy to be staying on this team into the 
new year! Thank you Olya for your support and your friendship xo.

'Be true to who you are....'

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, 
everything flies and goes away.” 

So I've had a MAJOR dry spell over the last couple of months, and it's scary.
I LOVE creating my crazy drippy pages full of bits and pieces of nature,
lace and flowers, but I have had a serious lack of mojo lately.
So I sat down with the November moodboard from Mixed Media & Art,
and I slowly but surely created this page in my usual wild style.
I used some Blue Fern Studios paper for my background and added some 
vintage lace, old ephemera, lots of Lindy's Gang Sprays, and 
some Prima flowers. I hope you like it!
(and if there's anyone out there with some tips about how to
get my creative juices flowing again, drop me a line!)

Here are a few close ups:

The moodboard was full of greens blues and had a lot of architectural elements
in it, so I tried to copy that look by adding some chipboards covered in white 
Prima White Crackle Texture Paste, and some paper clay mold pieces also from Prima.

Thanks for looking!
Hugs, Lisa xo

Saturday, December 16, 2017

'Loving You' a new layout for More than Words

Hello! Is anyone there? It's been a while since I posted anything on my blog,
but I'm back today with a page I created for the wonderful 
challenge blog 'More than Words'.

'Loving you'

What a treat to be invited to be a Guest Designer this month! I always see so many beautiful
projects on this blog and it's such an honor. I have been suffering with a terrible lack of mojo
over the past couple of months but this challenge was just what I needed to sit down and get back
to what I LOVE...creating layouts with lots of colors, flowers and chipboards.

Here is this month's challenge:

Please visit the More than Words blog here,
to find more information on how to enter.

Here are a few close ups:

I treated myself to some new goodies...I thought that might help kick start my
creativity. I bought Kaisercrafts Christmas paper collection called 'Mint Wishes',
the stamps and a die cut that went with it, and some new Prima flowers in teal.

I also added some 2 Crafty Chipboard pieces; a title, some snowflakes and a graduated
circle, all of them painted white. As the challenge is all about family, I used my favourite winter
photos of my little guy and added some numbers as a nod to how he actually counts down
the days to Christmas :)

Thanks for the visit! I hope to be posting more in the coming days....
I see so many challenges all about winter that I want to try,
I hope that you join in on this challenge,
Lisa xo

Thursday, November 9, 2017

'Grateful Heart'

Hello dear readers, are the leaves turning fiery colors where you are?
I love this time of year so much...
I've been delving into the warm colors of fall with my layouts done
with the 'Falling Leaves' kit from Scraps of Elegance.

'Grateful Heart'

Don't these guys look dapper? Loving these vintage photos I found...perfect for these beautiful 
Blue Fern Studios papers. I am totally in love with this paper and how it looks like old 
peeling wallpaper, papers like this make me so happy :)

I started with a very messy background using watercolors and stamping, then layered on 
some leaves, flowers, the chipboard from this same collection and lots of beads.
I hope you like it:)

You can purchase our kits and lots more scrap products in our online
store here, and don't forget to check out our blog here for
lots of ideas on how to play with our kits.

I would like to enter my page in the challenge 'Cozy Autumn'
on the beautiful blog 'Bee Shabby', please check out the challenge here.

Here are some close ups:

Lots of yummy Prima flowers from the Floral Add On,
I love how the flowers always match the papers in the Main kit.

I painted the Blue Fern Studios 'Organic Corner Vine' chipboard with white
gesso, then I added some 13 arts Pigment Powder in 'Copper' then I layered 
on some 13 arts Gold glitter.

Here is a list of all the products I used from the Main kit,
the Floral Add On and the Elements Add On:

Blue Fern Studios 'Faded Blooms'
Blue Fern Studios 'Organic Vine Corner' Chipboard
Blue Fern Studios 'Amber & Apricot' Chipboard
Blue Fern Studios Paprika Seedlings
Kendra Orange Opal Ribbon
Gold Leaf Brads
Prima Amber Moon Word Stickers
Prima Amber Moon Ephemera
Prima Memory Hardware Parisian Amber Stones

Thanks for looking :)
Lisa xo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'In Night's Still Calm'

Hello crafty girls, I am upon the Mixed Media & Art blog today with a new
creation, a watercolor mixed media piece inspired by our new moodboard.

'In Night's Still Calm'

I saw my friend Fiona create something on some vintage paper and I recently
bought a big box of vintage ephemera including some really cool piano books.
I took a large page of music, covered it in clear gesso, and then started thinking 
about my composition. I loved this mysterious and eerie photograph, and wanted
to create a scene that replicates the forest all around her. 
We also have a mixed media challenge on the blog that required use of natural elements,
so I took some leaves from a fern in my garden and glued them onto my page,
then I covered them in heavy white gesso, did some stamping and then painted 
a warm fiery glow onto the middle of my page with watercolors. 
I also added some twigs, some chipboard leaves and a chipboard frame.

Here is our moodboard and also our challenge:

For more info on our moodboard challenge, please go here.
To learn more about Stage 3 of our Creative Art challenge using
natural elements, please go here.

Hello-hello to all the creative and mixed media fans !!!
Today we continue our exciting  Joint Project "Creative Art"

So, our 3 stage is about nature. All the most beautiful and charming that was created by Nature ! Nature inspires, gives new emotions and surprises us. And every artist. Therefore, at this stage, we suggest you create any work in the style of a mix-media using ONE non-scrap material from the nature and also one more more obligatory element of this stage - LETTERS in any form. You can use any scrap materials and in any quantity and also do any work, the main thing is that there is only one element of nature

So the 3 stage you must use:
Natural materials - no scrap material
Letters -  in any form
Your work is accepted until October 29

Here are a few close ups:

After my watercolors were dry I took some Prima Gold Mica Powder
and mixed it with a little bit of water to highlight my real leaves.

I used some 2 Crafty Chipboard pieces, some leaves and a round frame that I painted
with Prima Gold Mica Powder.

Thanks for looking, and I invite you to join our challenges!
Hugs, Lisa xo
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