Friday, 22 July 2016

Extravaganza Day Tomorrow!!!



Hello everyone! I hope you've had a great week. Just a quick blog post from me, the night before my annual Craft Extravaganza Day in Fant Hall, Maidstone Kent. It's been a hectic few weeks, getting everything prepared, but I think we're there. 

The vans are loaded, the food is prepared, the samples are made and almost every item on the numerous to-do lists has been crossed off.

Kirsten & I have made lots of samples with some new products. Some in particular, I am VERY excited about demoing for you.


The SALE crates are groaning under the weight of all the products I have added to them. I think I have added 40 - 50% of my stock to the SALE, so if you're looking for a bargain, Fant Hall is the place to be tomorrow.



I am very excited about tomorrow's three workshops and very grateful to Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts, Jenny Mayes of Hobby Art and Georgina Ford of Designs by Georgina, for offering to demo most of the day AND do a workshop. 

Jenny's workshop attendees will make one of these cards.............





Sue's workshop is based on this card.............


And Georgina's workshop attendees will make this gorgeous plaque...............


There are a very few places left for these workshops. They cost £6 each, which is non-refundable and you can book with us at Fant Hall tomorrow morning.

That's all from me for now, there's still a few things to do before bed. Thank you for visiting the blog and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow. 


Hugs, Lisa B.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Rice Paper Flowers


Morning crafters, it's Julie here with an idea for using up all the little scraps of rice paper leftover from previous projects, as I'd kept them 'just in case'!



I die cut 5 flowers in white card in various sizes using dies from my stash (although different size punches would work as well) and I had a die cut white card ring leftover from my previous seaside card so thought this would be useful!

I gathered up the scraps of rice paper and using water and a paint brush randomly tore them into even smaller pieces on my craft mat.



I then set about decoupaging the flowers with the little bits of rice paper using Magi-Bond as my glue. Don't worry if bits of rice paper are overhanging your flowers as this can be sorted later. I did all the flowers in the same principle using only 2 colours of rice paper per flower, one for the centre of the flower and the other for the petals. I then set these aside to dry.

Next I moved onto the white ring of card giving this a coat of Starlights Silver Gold, (being lazy I used scrap paper so I didn't have to clean my craft mat) and put some cling film around my brush (only have to wash your brush out once then), so I could give the ring time to dry before applying a second coat of Starlights for a better finish.



I set this aside to dry and moved onto my 7x7 card blank and a random cut-off piece of white card. I gave them both a coat of chalk paint of a lovely summery yellow colour.

Whist the paint was drying I tidied up my flowers by realigning the dies I used over the white card backs and running them back through the die cutting machine, this is much easier then cutting them out with scissors, although can be done is you're not using dies.

I stamped a stamp from the Say It With Flowers set by Cardio Combinations in VersaColor Peony ink and used WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed the greeting down and rounded the corners off with a corner punch.



I rounded the corners of the dry card blank too and then used the same peony ink on my tile to stencil randomly over my card blank using a Distressed Harlequin Dinky Stencil from That's Crafty. Once I had finished with the stencil I decided the card background was too bold, so I knocked back the colour using a baby wipe (making sure you only go in one direction only - I went horizontally from right to left, as I'm left handed).



I sent this aside to dry and moved back to my decoupage flowers not wanting to put anything in the middle of the flowers (as it would cover over the pretty rice paper) I decided to 'bling' the flowers up using Diamond Sparkle Medium, applying it with my finger.


I then started to assemble my card, centring the Starlight ring first on my card using double sided sticky pads. When the Sparkle Medium was dry I moulded the flowers using an embossing tool and foam mat to give a 3D effect and stuck these on with double sided sticky pad using a bit of cosmic shimmer on the back of the pad so I'd get some time to arrange the flowers just so (this means you don't have to get it right first time, when sticking these on).  Finally sticking my greeting on with double sided pads as well, finishing off with 3 pearls in each corner from my stash.


Silver Gold SL        Dinky Stencil - Distressed HarlequinDiamond SM       Say It With Flowers      Versacolor Peony      

Clear Gloss WEP     Embossing Tool - Single


I hope you enjoyed this card and would recommend using scraps of rice paper to decoupage with as its great fun..maybe even one the children or grandchildren could have a go with you!

Have a lovely day and hope to see you at the Crafting Extravaganza event this Saturday.

Bye for now.

Love, Julie x

The Lisa B Designs annual Craft Extravaganza Day in Fant Hall is on July  23............
During the event day, there will be one-hour workshops, taught by Jenny Mayes of Hobby Art, Georgina Sweetenham of Designs by Georgina & Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts. 

Places for each workshop will be £6, are limited to twelve & must be booked in advance. We will post photos of the workshops' projects here & on the Lisa B Designs Facebook page as soon as we have them, but you can book from now, either by telephoning Lisa on 01622 675078, or email; lisabaker1@btinternet.com
 
 Extravaganza Day 2016


Monday, 18 July 2016

Woodware Cards and FIVE Days to the Extravaganza Day!





Good morning! Kirsten here, hope you had a lovely weekend. Lisa & I are deep in preparations for Saturday's Extravaganza Day, so I am taking the opportunity to show you a few cards I made for the April classes, but didn't get to share here. They were all made with Woodware Clear Magic stamps, Dylusions paints & Distress inks. There are quite a few cards, so I'll try to keep the descriptions brief.........

Woodware Small Fennel stamped with Distress inks on the background. Woodware Whimsical Flower stamped on to white card, painted with Dylusions & paper pieced...........



Background as above. Woodware Cone Flower stamped on to white card & on to card previously painted with Turquoise, Fresh Lime & Cut Grass Dylusions, the flower & buds cut out & glued on to the white card.........


Small Fennel stamped on to card blank with Distress inks, then on to the rest of the Dylusions painted card from the second card........


Dylusions paints through the Craft Emotions Botanical Leaves stencil. Woodware Small Fennel &weeting For You bird stamped with Onyx Black Versafine & heat embossed with clear EP.........


Dylusions paint background, Tweeting For You birds.......


Small Fennel stamps, TCW Tiny Circles stencil on Dylusions background. Woodware You Make Me Happy stamp set water coloured with Dylusions............


Dylusions rainbow colours............


Cone FlowerSmall Fennel   Whimsical Flower - Sally AnneTweeting For You  You Make Me Happy   Botanical Leaves CEST A5

That's it, all of these stamps will be on sale at the Extravaganza Day, on Saturday July 23. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you at Fant Hall. Doors open at 10am. I hope to be back here next Monday with photographs & a review of the day. 

**Spaces are now very limited in all three of the Extravaganza Day workshops.**


If you're looking for some inspiration, Lisa will be on Hochanda tomorrow with Sue of Imagination Crafts. Programme times are 10am, 1pm & 5pm.

Have a great week.

Kirsten

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A little upcycling with Imagination Crafts.....




Good morning lovelies,

Well I had a fantastic holiday and was totally refreshed until I came home and then......
Well my feet have not touched the floor since, what with Hochanda shows with Imagination Crafts last week and my Event Day looming up very quickly on Saturday 23rd July. It is shaping up to be a fantastic creative fun day for everyone with lots of demos, techniques, great crafting goodies to purchase and the usual homemade Savouries, cakes and Refreshments....

During the event day, there will be one-hour workshops, taught by Jenny Mayes of Hobby Art,  Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts and Georgina Sweetenham of Designs by Georgina. 

Places for each workshop will be £6, are limited to twelve people & must be booked and payed for in advance. We will have photos of the workshops' projects soon. To book your place telephone Lisa on 01622 675078, or email; lisabaker1@btinternet.com.

Extravaganza Day 2016

I also have three hours with my lovely soul mate Sue Baker from imagination Crafts on Hochanda on Tuesday 19th July at 10am, 1pm and 5pm and we will be bringing you some fantastic products, not to miss bargains with great demonstrations, so tune in if you can........

So on that note..... I have not had a lot of extra time on my hands to play lately, so I thought that I would show you a few up cycled makes that I have made recently for Hochanda Shows, using Imagination Crafts products.......

All of the makes below are mainly showcasing the gorgeous Imagination Crafts Rice Papers, I really love playing with these and thinking what else I can add them on to, or what else I can get my hands on to upcycle!!......

The first makes below are a set of bottles that I made....
 I got them initially from a charity shop, I painted them with chalk paint and added rice paper using decoupage glue and then edged them with alchemy wax before putting some twine around the necks of the bottles and adding charms. I also added some splashes of starlights watered down with a paint brush.....


The second make was a mannequin that I had in my stash, like you do! 
I decided that I would like to create a skirt on this so I used some silk flower petals and traced their shape on to some cardstock and then applied rice paper to them and cut out the shape and layered them up until I was happy. I also used some lace flowers and die cut some rice paper ones too to add some final embellishment and detail to it........ 


So for the next makes I upcycled some silk flowers as I was a florist for 14 years and I have a real love for flowers, so I wanted to do something a little different.....
I turned this....


In to these.....


I took the head of the flower apart and made some templates from the petals and then replaced some of the sil ones with rice paper adhered to card ......


I then added some finishing touches with a little sparkle using Sparkle medium and applying it with my finger.....


Well I think that is all from me for now, I hope that it has inspired you to grab something and have a go at changing it. It saves us getting bored with everyday items around us and can be great fun too....

Have a great week

Hugs Lisa B xx

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

MDF Trinket Box


Morning crafters, Julie here. I hope I find you well today. This week I decided to alter an Imagination Crafts' MDF box I bought at the last class with my sister in mind.....



Firstly I unscrewed the hinges and catch from the box to make it easier to paint (I would recommend this as it's so much easier and gives a better finish). I coated the box inside and out with white gesso as a base coat, then re-coated with a beige chalk paint.

Once the paint had dried I reassembled the box and chose the Imagination Crafts' Diamond Daisy stencil and used making tape to mask off the areas I wanted. I then applied Starlights Passion Flower through the areas of the stencil using Cut 'n' Dry foam.



While the top was drying I used my finger to apply Coral Reef Alchemy Wax to the angled recess where the lid and bottom of the box meet, I then went over this with the Passion Flower Starlight I used earlier (doing the same to the 'Sisters' MDF lettering).



I glued some Hobby House Daisy trim I'd bought at class around the box lid.  I then glued on the sisters lettering onto the top of the box using cosmic shimmer and chose the picture of a pair of shoes from Rice Paper 343, removing this using the wet paint brush and tear technique. This was then applied to the top of the box using Imagination Crafts' Magi-Bond decoupage glue. I tore out more pieces from the same rice paper & adhered them to the box. I stuck a gem in each of the corner daisies and highlighted the shoes and butterfly with glossy accents leaving this overnight to dry.



The next day I finished the sides of the box off with the masked off Daisy Diamond stencil and same Passion Flower Starlights.



This project took a little longer to make than a card but was fun to do, especially if you have someone in mind as you can tailor the design to them.



I hope you like my make as I'm sure my sister will, but she'll have to wait until October for her birthday!



I will line the inside bottom of the box with some felt to complete the present (just need to buy some in the right colour first!).

Passion Flower SL     Rice Paper Pattern 343     Cut-n-Dry Foam    

Enjoy your day and I'll see you again next Tuesday.

Love Julie x


The Lisa B Designs annual Craft Extravaganza Day in Fant Hall is on July  23............
During the event day, there will be one-hour workshops, taught by Jenny Mayes of Hobby Art, Georgina Sweetenham of Designs by Georgina & Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts. 

Places for each workshop will be £6, are limited to twelve & must be booked in advance. We will post photos of the workshops' projects here & on the Lisa B Designs Facebook page as soon as we have them, but you can book from now, either by telephoning Lisa on 01622 675078, or email; lisabaker1@btinternet.com
 
 Extravaganza Day 2016