Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Never let go' for 'Create Dreams'

Hello my darlings! I hope everyone is doing well...
I was invited by the lovely ladies at the challenge blog 'Create Dreams'
to design something for their new moodboard all about the color 'Marsala'.

'Never let go...'

I used some beautiful papers from the 'Dreamscapes' collection by 7 Dots Studio,
and some 2 Crafty Chipboard leaves that I covered in black gesso and then
used some pearl pigment powders by 13 arts to give them some shine. 
I feel like I piled A LOT of stuff on this page, and I'm not sure it works....but
there it is, this is what happened LOL.
I wanted to capture the dusky mood of autumn with rich deep reds and purples with
touches of gold.

Here is the moodboard:

Please visit this wonderful blog, they have beautiful challenges,
and inspirational work by their designers.
More info on this challenge, here.

Here are a few close ups:

Thanks for looking!
I'll be back with some autumn inspired pages very soon,
Lisa xoxo

Monday, October 9, 2017

'Forever' for 13arts

Hello crafty friends, I'm back to share a page I designed for
the brand new challenge over at 13 arts called 'INKtober'!
I saw Olga's awesome theme in the design team group and thought about
making a page with an eerie, haunted feel.


I started with a paper from the 'Aria' collection by Aida called 'Lyrics' and from there added
lots of mediums, paints and inks to my background. On top of that some different laces,
some feathers, flowers and some silver tiny beads and silver mica flakes.

I was just amazed at all the talented designers and guests work for this challenge, 
so wickedly inspiring!
Please go here to find out how to enter, you MUST use 13 arts inks!

Here are a few close ups:

I really love working with these Pearl Pigment powders, what a beautiful shine!
I used one called 'Luster Black on the 13 arts title chipboard, and 'Warm Gold'
on the 2 Crafty Chipboard round vine frame. The powders when mixed with just a
little water give a really worn metallic look to the chipboards.

“When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide; 
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up: 
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes; 
As one incapable of her own distress, 
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, 
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death. 


Here is a list of all the 13 arts products I used:

'Aria Story' paper 'Lyrics'
White Modeling Paste
White Gesso
Stencil 'Postcard'
Stencil 'Scales'
Water Ink 'Violet'
Ayeeda Paint 'Green'
Natural Mica Flakes 'Silver'
Ayeeda Paint Silver Glitter
Pearl Mist 'Graphite'
Silver Microspheres
Black Star Glitter
Pearl Pigment 'Warm Gold'
Pearl Pigment 'Luster Black'

 I hope you join us!
Lisa xo

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'Remember' a new layout for Mixed Media & Art

Hello dear readers, today I want to share a page I created for
Mixed Media & Art. 


I was inspired by the feathers and the shells and of course the beautiful colors in 
our mood board, and I immediately thought of some beach treasures I 
had collected on our recent family vacation to Florida. I wanted to make the 
feathers the focal point of my page, and the tiny seashells I found on my early morning 
sunrise drenched walks fit the mood perfectly.
I used some 13arts papers from the 'Strength in Numbers' collection,
and lots of watercolors on my background.

Here is the wonderful moodboard:

To find out more on the challenge please go here.
I can't recommend this blog enough! Every single designer
is so so so talented and the all the entries each month make
it so hard to choose a winner! I adore each and every moodboard
and challenge, so inspiring....

I found a wonderful sketch challenge on a beautiful blog called Zagadka Sketches
that I would like to enter with my beachy layout, more info on this challenge here.

Here are a few close ups:

I sprinkled some gold beads and gold microspheres to add some sparkle.
I also used some 2 Crafty Chipboard pieces, that I painted white and 
then painted with watercolors.

In addition to the most beautiful moodboards imaginable, Mixed Media & Art
have begun a new joint project called 'Creative Art'. It will have 4 stages
and different requirements all done in a Mixed Media style,
you can visit the blog here for more information....
Absolutely breath-taking work from the designers! 
I count my lucky stars to be a part of this team :)

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month!
Hugs, Lisa xo

Friday, September 29, 2017

'Kind Hearted'

Hello my lovely readers, today I am up on the 13 arts blog with a brand new layout 
that I created using my dear friend Fiona's new collection called 'Strength in Numbers'.
Fiona and I have been blogger crafty friends for several years now and she has 
always shown me so much love and support, I was so thrilled for her when she 
got the opportunity to design her very own collection!

'Kind Hearted'

This new collection has beautiful bright almost neon colors with some fun patterns, and this page is 
 an homage to Fiona's art style, which I really admire:)
Her pages always have a fun modern twist, and she is so experimental, always trying new things.
I thought these photos of my boy while we were on our family vacation fit the look perfectly.
Please check out Fiona's blog called 'Pastiche Studio', here, so full of cool art!

You can find this collection on the 13arts online store here
and don't forget to check out the 13arts blog here, to see how
all our designers create with all three new collections.

Here are a few close ups:

I used some 2 Crafty Chipboard frames on my page, and I altered them by first painting them
with white acrylic paint and then with some Ayeeda paints in 'Turquoise' and 'Pink'.

Here is a list of 13arts products I used:

13arts White Gesso
13arts Black Gesso
13arts Modeling Paste
Stencil - XOXO
Stencil - Feathers
Ayeeda Metallic Multipurpose Paint - Turquoise
Ayeeda Splash Ink - Pink
Strength in Numbers - Feather chipboard
Paper 'Synthesis'
Paper 'Foundation'
Paper 'Full Potential'

Thanks for looking,
Lisa xoxo

Saturday, September 23, 2017

'I believe in fairytales...'

Good evening my crafty friends.
I want to share another layout made with the Scraps of Elegance 
kit 'Country Chic' using lots of 49 & Market papers and embellishments.

'I believe in fairytales...'

I loooove dark, dramatic paper so much, it always makes everything you add to a page stand out so brilliantly! I created one of my signature ultra messy backgrounds with gesso and watercolors, and then added some torn up 49 & Market papers, a butterfly from one of the Tim Holtz ephemera
packs from a previous kit and then lots of flowers and bits and pieces from the 49 & Market
layered embellishment pack. I love how this page turned out; romantic, chaotic and dreamy.

Here are a few close ups:

The main kit included a pretty pack of natural cotton laces that I tore up and added 
under my photo, one of my favourite embellishments to use, I thought it somehow tied in 
with the beautiful gown the young girl in the photograph is wearing.

I finally found this Dusty Attic stencil that I had been searching for for a very long time, 
I love the whimsy and the movement it gives my page. I also used the Lindy's Stamp
Gang blue glitter from the main kit, although I can never quite capture in my 
photos just how much sparkle it adds!

I really enjoyed this kit so much!
If you would like to find out how to becomes a monthly subscriber,
please go here, and don't forget to check out our blog here.

I also added a few of the paper clay pieces I made with this month's 
Creativity Add On, I left them white with just a splash of watercolor
but I imagine there are so many ways to alter these pieces. 
Here I used one of the keyhole molds by Prima.

Thanks for looking, and all your sweet comments,
I hope my crazy pages inspire you somehow!
Big hugs, Lisa xoxox

Thursday, September 14, 2017

'Through the looking glass...' for Mixed Media & Art

Hello dear readers! It's my turn over at the Mixed Media & Art blog today.
The moodboards that Olya and the team create are just breath-taking, and each one
I see inspires me so much! We now have two different inspirations each month,
and as always lots of fantastic prizes to be won.
This is my first layout with the 'Hazy Days' collection by 7 Dots Studio,
and what can I say? I'm in love....

'Through the looking glass...'

I used papers, stickers and sayings from the 'Hazy Days' collection by 7 Dots Studio, some 
2 Crafty Chipboard pieces, lavender shrubs and swirls, and mediums and inks by 13 arts.
I wanted to recreate the scene in the photograph, so I added lots of leaves, branches and flowers.

Here is the stunning moodboard for this month:

I felt inspired by the mysterious forest scenes and the rich jewel toned greens.
To check out the challenge for this month, please go here.

Here are a few close ups:

Thanks for looking, see you next time :)
Hugs, Lisa xo

Monday, September 11, 2017

'Vintage Love' my new challenge at 13 arts

Hello dear readers...I'm back to share a new layout designed for the new challenge I am 
hosting over at 13 arts, called 'Vintage Love', inspired by Olga's latest collection called
'Vintage Moments'.

'My heart lives here....'

I used the paper 'Old Letters' as my base, and then fussy cut some clocks and leaves from the
paper called 'In the Past'. I used the stencil 'Vintage Words' from the same collection with
some white modeling paste and some Ayeeda mists to create my background.

Here is my new moodboard, I hope you like it!

You can find out how to enter on our blog here.
All the 13 arts products I used can be found in the online store here.

Here are a few close ups:

I hope to see you join in the challenge!
To all my American friends, be safe! I am praying for all of you affected 
by the hurricanes, we are at home today with some rain showers,
but a little nervous about what still may come....
Hugs, Lisa xo

Saturday, August 26, 2017

'Let your light Shine'

Hello girls! I'm back to share my first layout created with the Scraps
of Elegance kit called 'Country Chic' full of 49 & Market goodies.

'Let your light shine'

One of the prettiest papers of the Cottage Life collection included in this kit
is 'Branching Out', which I used as my base and then created a messy
background with heavy white gesso and lots of watercolors.
I also tried a new way of using embossing powder that I've seen some of my favourite scrappers do.
You start with a stencil and use either gloss gel or light gesso, and then while it's still wet,
sprinkle over the embossing powder and dry with your heat gun. I tried it here with the purple
Lindy's embossing powder included in the main kit, and I love how it turned out.

Here is the main kit:

All of our kits and Add Ons sell out super fast so the best way not to 
miss anything is to become a subscriber, more info on that here.
And for some inspiration on what to create with our kits, check out
our blog here.

Here are a few close ups:

I was so excited to see some silicone molds and paper clay in the Creativity Add On
this month! I've been wanting to try them for so long. The molds are so easy to use!
All you do is press the paper clay into the mold, carefully remove, and let dry over night.
You can paint them or use waxes, here I just used a little watercolor on one of the keyholes.

Here is a list of everything I used from the Main kit, the Creativity Add On,
and the Elements Add On:

49 & Market paper 'Branching Out'
49 & Market Teal Roses
49 & Market Cottage Life Layered Embellishments
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder 'Pop Rock Purple'
Blue Fern Studios 'Country Garden' Stamp
Scrapberry's Metal Charms
Prima IOD Keyhole Mold

See you soon,
Lisa xo

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