Tuesday, August 15, 2017

'My happy place...'

Hello dear readers.....we here in the South are DEEP into the hottest,
stickiest most sun-drenched summer I can remember, and my latest layout
is really a reflection of the beauty and taste of the ocean, the best place to be 
to enjoy the sun.

'My happy place...'


I love this BoBunny paper from the 'Serendipity' collection and the wood pattern and natural 
tones gave me the idea to do a beachy page. I used a chipboard circle from Blue Fern Studios
that I bought from the online Scraps of Darkness store, and also added one from my stash,
a 2 Crafty title that fit my page great.
I also used the Gabrielle Pollaco stamp, the Tim Holtz blue distress ink pad,
the blue gems, the tiny brown bottle and some blue 49 & Market flowers,
all from the June Main kit and the various add ons.

You can purchase our monthly kits here,
and don't forget to checkout our blog here.

I would like to enter my layout in a challenge about sunny holidays that I found 
on the blog 'Create Dreams'. I was inspired by the girls on the beach, the light 
airy colors and the holiday mood.

Here is the moodboard:


You can find more information on the blog here.

Here are a few close ups:




Thanks for looking,
Lisa xo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'Always Follow your Dreams...'

Hello my sweet crafty friends. I have another layout to share that I made using
the 'Birds of a Feather' kit from Scraps of Elegance using the BoBunny 
collection called 'Serendipity'.

'Always follow your dreams...'


I cut out the two blue birds from one of the kit papers and glued them down the sides, 
I adore anything with birds as that's Liam's nick name he's had since he was this small :)
I added some heavy white gesso and some watercolors and then added a clock
chipboard and a sweet title from 2 Crafty, some BoBunny die cuts and chipboards 
 from the Main kit, and some flowers from one of our previous kits.

You can find our kits and many more crafty supplies at the 
Scraps of Darkness online store here.

Here are a few close ups:





See you soon,
Lisa xo

Thursday, August 3, 2017

'Dream, Live, Love'

Hi girls! I'm back with another 13 arts layout, this one featuring Aida's new
collection, 'Art Journey'. Aida has been someone that I have looked up to for a long time...
I remember years ago I first saw her art posted on scrapbook.com, and it was then that I was
just discovering the mixed media world and I was so in love with her layouts.
It's such an honor to be on her team and design with her products :)
This collection, is fun, funky and really playful, just like how I imagine
Aida is in real life :) One day I hope to meet her in person.

'Dream, Live, Love'



This layout is all about my son and how much I adore staring at his sweet little face,
even while he is sleeping :)
I started with the paper 'Dream' and wanted to created a light airy page all about
the hopes and dreams I have for him as he grows up.
I used Aida's new chipboard set as a focal point of the page, and lots of 
Ayeeda's Paints on my background.


You can find this new collection and all the amazing embellishments,
stencils, cool stickers that go with it here in the online store.
And to see these great new collections in action please check
out Aida's blog here.

Here are a few close ups:



Here is a list of 13 arts products I used:

13 arts Gel Medium
13 arts White modeling paste
13 arts White gesso
'Dream' paper
'Art Journey' 6x6 Paper pad
'Art Journey' Chipboard set
Stencil 'Vintage Words'
Stickers 'Small Words'
Stickers 'Small Messages'
Ayeeda Mist 'Cobalt'
Ayeeda Paint 'Navy Blue' Rainbow Watercolor
Ayeeda Paint 'Lilac' Rainbow Color Duo
Ayeeda Paint 'Violet' Rainbow Color
13 arts Beads 'Cream'
13 arts White Flowers


I also was so happy to see that included in package this time was some paper clay and some
small silicone molds...I've been wanting to try these for a long time! They are so easy to 
use too, just press the paper clay in the mold, carefully remove, and then let dry overnight.
That is how I created this heart frame under my photo. I'll be using more of these little molds 
in my future projects for sure. You can find them in the 13 arts store right here.

See you soon,
Lisa xo

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

'Miss You' a new layout for 13arts


Hello my lovely readers...I hope you all are enjoying the long hot last 
lazy days of summer...it's been a bit quiet over here on my blog, but busy behind
the scenes playing with the beautiful new 13 arts collections....This time I used
a new line called 'Vintage Moments' designed by the super talented
Olga Heldwein. This collection made me gasp out loud as I unwrapped it....
gorgeous colors with a nature theme and a cool vintage mood, straight 
to my heart.....

'Miss You'


One of the very few photographs of my English maternal grandmother Irene when she was young.
These photographs are so precious to me; a life line to a woman I only have distant
childhood memories of. Perfect for these lovey papers.

Here is the whole collection:


You can find this and all the matching elements in the 13 arts store here.





Here is a list of 13 arts products I used:

13 arts White gesso
13 arts Gel Medium
13 arts Modeling Paste
'Nostalgia' Paper
'Vintage Notes' paper
Chalk ink 'Dirty Pink'
Chalk ink 'Lilac'
Ayeeda Mist 'Pearl Brown'
Small pearl beads
Gold microspheres
White Splash Ink
Stencil 'Scales'


Thanks for looking,
Hugs, Lisa xo

Saturday, July 22, 2017

'Be the Light'

Hello my lovely readers...I haven't been creating very much lately, but that's
about to change...I received a brand new kit, and also a box chock full
of brand new 13 arts goodies!!!!!!

Here is my first layout created with the beautiful new kit from Scraps of Elegance
called 'Birds of a Feather' filled with BoBunny papers and ephemera.

'Be the Light'


This kit is filled with the BoBunny collection 'Serendipity' ; the papers, the stickers, 
ephemera and chipboards, all of which I used here. I also added a few Prima flowers
from the Floral Add On, the  Blue Fern Studios chipboard and the tiny brown
bottle from the Elements Add On. 

Here is the kit:



To find out where to purchase the kit, please click here.
And don't forget to check out our blog, for lots of inspiration
and cool video tutorials.

Here are a few close ups:




See you soon, Lisa xo

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

'Happy Time' a new layout for 13arts

Hello lovely readers, I'm back to share with you a layout I created
using the 13arts collection  'Aria Story'.

'Happy Time'


I thought the chevron pattern in my grandma's dress matched perfectly with the chevrons on the paper
'Street's Rhythm' from the lovely 'Aria Story' collection designed by Aida, so 
I tried to repeat the pattern with some wash tapes and also a 13 arts stencil.
I love this collection! There's so many ways to go with the colors, as the soft grey is a subtle base
that can be paired with lots different color combinations. I thought about going light and 
sweet for a happy mood to this page so I chose some yellow and pink flowers and used 
some 13 arts Splash ink in the same pretty colors.

I followed the 13arts sketch for the month of July with this layout...
Did you know that we run a challenge every month with some great prizes 
for the winner? You can find out more about how to enter on our Facebook
group here.



Here are a few details:




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

13 arts Modeling paste
13 arts White gesso
'Aria Story' paper 'Street's Rhythm'
'Aria Story' paper 'Notes and Thoughts'
'Aria Story' 6 x 6 paper pad
'Aria Story' white stickers
Splash Ink White
Splash Ink Pink
Splash Ink Yellow
Chipboard Words 'Secret Letters'
Stencil 'Chevron Big'

You can find these products at our online store here,
have you seen the new collections? I can't wait for my parcel to arrive :)


See you soon,
Lisa xo



Thursday, June 29, 2017

'Nevada City'

Hi guys:)
We have a wonderful new challenge over at Mixed Media & Art, it
requires letters and a handmade background. I love our moodboards,
the kind that really make the wheels in your head start turning:)

'Nevada City'


This layout turned out to be second in my mini series of pages with an Americana feel to them.
I imagined this elegant young lady as a daughter of the English industrial revolution who
immigrated to America looking for a new life. 
Following our amazing new moodboard, I created an intricate, messy background 
filled with lots of layers of heavy white gesso, letters stencils, and inks.

Here is the new challenge:


I have to pinch myself every time I see my work on this blog,
I can't believe the amount of pure talent these girls show with every
project, technically so flawless and so creative! 
We have great prizes to be won too:)
More info on this challenge here.

Here are a few details:



I used a piece of Blue Fern Studios paper from the 'Chesterfield' collection. Love these papers!
So perfect for a grungy artsy page. 


To alter my 2 Crafty Chipboard letters and gears, I first covered them in white gesso, and
heated then on high so that the gesso bubbles and cracks. Then I painted them unevenly
with a little bit of black watercolor, and then finally, embossed them in copper
embossing powder to give them an aged metallic look.


I hope that you feel inspired to join us :)
Lisa xo




Monday, June 26, 2017

'mum'

Hello friends, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far?
I get to stay at home with the little man today and I am hoping he lets me get crafty 
for just a little bit. I am here to share another page created with the
May kit from Scraps of Elegance called 'Mix'd Media.

'mum'


I figure there's two ways to go with these gorgeous Blue Fern Studios papers; either
go light and let the papers themselves really shine, just like I did on my last page with 
this kit, or to go really bold and crazy with the inks, which is what I did here :).
This page was looking really dull and I wasn't happy with it at all, and it 
almost landed in the trash, but I decided to go nuts with some inks and get 
colorful by adding lots of 'Vintage Photo'  ink to the background and then I added
some watercolors in teal and green to add another dimension, and in the end, I loved it.
So if you're ever in the same boat, just think: what have you got to lose? Try going bold
with some different colors and you just might be surprised :)

To find our kits online please go here,
and don't forget to check out our blog here, we have so much inspiration
for you to see how we used our amazing kits.

Here are a few details:


I used the Kaisercraft stencil and the textured sand paste on my background
and it turned out so pretty, especially if you rub a little white gesso over
it with your fingers, it really brings out the pattern of the stenciling.


I also used the Blue Fern Studios chipboard that came with the kit,
and I added a few more pieces from my stash. 
And what's a vintage layout without flowers?! I also used some pretty
Prima blooms from the Floral add On.



See you soon,
Lisa xo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'This is the moment' a new layout for Vintage Card Cafe

Hi girls. I was invited by the lovely ladies over at 'Vintage Card Cafe'
to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges about travel, and I began 
daydreaming about voyages to exotic lands far away....

'This is the moment'


A photo of a beautiful old doorway help me set the mood for my page. I wanted to create
a background inspired by the texture of these crumbling walls. I was also going for an earthy
look so I added a lot of natural elements like twigs, fabric, sisal and seashells,
and of course lots of messy watercolors. I used an older Prima collection that I really love,
the colors are so beautiful, I adore brown purple and pink all together.

Here is this month's challenge:


For more info, please go here.
These are the sweetest girls ever, and if you love a shabby style,
then you'll love the work on this blog.

Here are a few details:


Working on my backgrounds are my favourite part of designing a page, and
I'm always trying to think of new ways to really build up lots of layers of textures,
it's just one of the things I really love about 'scrap art' as I like to call it.
It's not hard to do, just try incorporating anything you have on hand. I've been using 
lots of cotton laces and fabric scraps lately, and I think it adds another dimension to a design.
Another thing I love is building lots of layers with watercolors inks and heavy gesso. 
Here I used some textured sand paste through a stencil, and then heated it with my
heat tool until the gesso bubbles and cracks, voila! Great textures for your inks to run through.




Thanks for the invitation! I hope you join in the challenge :)
Lisa xo
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