Sunday, 11 November 2018

All Squared Up

Hello there!! I realise I have not blogged for a while, it has been a busy, busy few weeks. But, I am back with a post for The Artistic Stamper. This month's theme is "Square It".

So here is what I did...

I cut a card blank at 7&3/4" square for a background then cut several other smaller pieces to fit inside the background piece.

I coloured all the individual pieces with Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks.

I placed all the different card pieces in the correct places then stamped the Tick Tock Christmas Baubles on to the card.

I then matt and layered all the pieces on to black card leaving a very slim border, then used foam pads do stack each layer to give a 3D effect.

Thanks for popping by,
toodles for now.
Lisa x

Tick Tock Christmas Baubles A5 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges -
That's Crafty challenge blog - anything goes
Sandee and Amelie Steampunk Challenges - winter special

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Tando 3D Challenge for Craft Stamper magazine.

Hello lovely lot. As you may have heard, the Tando team were given a 3D Challenge to feature in Craft Stamper Magazine. 

We were all given the same 3D substrate, designed by Di to play with and decorate. Being a CS subscriber I have seen all the examples and they are all so different. There are so many things you can do with it. 

Here is my take on it...

So, the 3D substrate opens up as a gate fold with help from the fabulous and creative stretchy hinges to reveal two little storage spaces to put in whatever you wish...

With Tando greyboard you can throw anything at it you wish, and that is just what I did! It can take a huge amount of different mediums without falling apart like other products.
So, my first layer was a nice thick layer of DecoArt Crackle Paint and DecoArt Texture Sand which I added both the different mediums quite randomly on the outside of the substrate.

When the crackle paint and texture sand had dried I painted it with DecoArt Premium acrylic paint. And added a bit of dry brushing with DecoArt white Gesso. 

I added lots of stamping to the outside and inside using a selection of Carabelle Studio Stamps using StaZon Ink.

Then came the question, what to put inside.... I decided to turn my substrate in to a mini stationery kit, so I added some small pieces of paper and mini pencils. I thought this could be a cool little item to keep near the telephone, or next to the noticeboard when a quick list or message would need to made...

I took a piece of thin white ribbon and painted it with the different shades of blue DecoArt Premium Acrylics, then tied the ribbon at the front to close the gate fold front.

Thanks for popping by my blog today.
Toodles for now,
Lisa x

If you fancy taking a look at what the rest of the team did with for the 3D Challenge, checkout the November edition of Craft Stamper magazine, which is in shops now!!!

Monday, 1 October 2018


Hello, welcome to my post for The Artistic Stamper. This month is INKtober month!! Which is perfect for us stampers.

So here is my make...

I first stamped the butterflies from the Insects and Butterflies stamp set with brown distress ink then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

I made the background by mixing a blue and green distress ink with water on to a craft mat, then swooped a piece of white card through the ink.

I then used The Artistic Stamper Random Dots 6 x 6 stencil with oxide ink and stamped over the top with the ring stamps from the A4 Swirls, Splats and Dots stamp set with oxide ink.

I then used the Decay Alphabet Lower Case set to stamp the sentiment onto another piece of card with the same ink, then matted and layered it.

Thanks for popping by,
toodles for now,
Lisa xx

Pop over to The Artistic Stamper website to see everything I have used.

Swirls, Splats and Dots A4 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)      Decay Alphabet lower case size A5 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)    Insects and Butterflies 1 A5  (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)    The Artistic Stamper Mask- Random Dots 6" x 6"

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Mixed Media Ring Binder

Hello lovely crafters. I'm here with my creation for Itsy Bitsy.

For this creation I decided to decorate a Tando Creative greyboard folder. 
Greyboard is a fantastic base to work on as it strong enough to take numerous layers of different mediums. The size of the folder is just a bit bigger than A4 with a front overflap which wraps around the front of the folder.

So, here is my finished creation...

And this is how I did it....

First I painted the folder, both front and back with Itsy Bitsy white 2 in 1 Gesso Mixed Media Paste. 

I worked on small areas at a time as the overall size of the folder was so big.  I painted a section of the folder with a light wash of Itsy Bitsy Misty Fog Chalk Paint and then added torn pieces of the Touch Of Nature Decoupage Paper with Craft Glue.

I continued to add the Misty Fog paint and brought in another colour which was the Sailing Sky Chalk Paint.  Then added some Texture Sand.

And Mixed Media Art Stones.

I added some more texture using the Floral and Net stencils and Mixed Media Paste.

I wanted to create a matt background with a mix of colours so continued to add and blend the chalk paints.  But I also wanted to add some shine, so chose the Tinted Metallic Paints. I applied a small amount of the Caribbean Teal Tinted Metallic paint over the top of the stencilled Mixed Media Paste with my finger using it more like a wax than a paint.

Using the Primed Chipboard 'Making Memories Everyday' piece. I painted it with  Caribbean Teal and Silver Charm Tinted Metallic Paints and attached it to the front of the folder.

I then painted the rest of the folder, both the back and inside with the chalk paints.

Thanks for popping by the blog today to see my creation.
Toodles for now. Lisa x 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Winged Compass

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my post for the Itsy Bitsy design team. I have been playing with lots of mixed media products including lots of lovely chipboard pieces.  

Here is my finished creation.

Firstly, I cut a piece of board approx 8 inch square to work on as I needed a good sturdy background to take lots of mixed media products and textures. I first covered the background with some drywall tape. (I love using drywall tape to add texture. It is cheap and easy to use and gives a lovely uniformed pattern with slightly raised texture and you can add more or less to suit.)

I then tore up some cardboard and added pieces to the background using Soft Gel Matte Medium.

I added some Crochet Lace along with some other pieces of textured ribbons.

Next, I cut pieces of the Chipboard Arrows and Chipboard Chevrons and added them to the background using the Soft Gel Matte Medium.

To add lots more texture, I raided my craft stash of metal embellishments. Some of these I have had for years and they consist of bits of broken costume jewellery and purposely bought metal embellishments.
I also added piles of Texture Sand and Mixed Media Stones.

When everything had dried and all the embellishments were secure I painted the whole background with the White Mixed Media Paste. I painted a couple of coats of the Mixed Media paste to ensure the metal embellishments were covered and the whole background was pure white.
I then gave the background a wash of colour with Sailing Sky Chalk Paint. I watered down the paint quite well so the paint flowed in to all the little nooks of the background.

I added some more colour to the middle of the background using Frosted Pool Alcohol Splash.

After the background had dried, I dry brushed a layer of the white Mixed Media Paste to tone the background colour down. While that was drying, I worked on the other chipboard embellishments.
I used the Angel Wings Chipboard and the Compass, which I painted with a watered down version of the Sailing Sky and then added some Vintage Photo Oxide Ink.

I wanted the Compass to have the look of a glass face. I poured a large amount of clear embossing powder in the centre of the Compass and melted it slowly.

I continued to do this until there was a good layer of clear embossing powder over the face of the Compass. I then added a couple of the Silver Mica flakes by melting the surface of the clear embossing powder and gently placing the flakes on the top. I then continued to melt the clear powder until the flakes started to sink in to the melted powder.

I added some silver sparkle to the Angel Wings too using Silver Embossing Powder.

I added some Natural Sisal to the centre of the background then added the Wings and Compass.

Here are some close-ups...

Thank you so much for popping by the Itsy Bitsy blog today to check out my creation. I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment if you wish.
Toodles for now, 
Lisa xxx 

Here are all the Itsy Bitsy products I used...

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges...

Sandee and Amelie's steampunk challenge - September 2018 Challenge
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Cahllenge Blog - #42