Monday, 26 September 2016

Christmas? Bah Humbug!

Hello everyone, Kirsten here, hope you had a nice weekend. I've got two more Hobby Art cards to show you today & those who know me well won't be at all surprised by the first card. ;-)

When I saw the Poles Apart stamp set, I immediately knew what my first Christmas card of 2016 would be. This polar bear looks completely fed up with even the mention of Christmas, I'm sure his name must be Mr Scrooge!

I created a very simple background with Distress inks - Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean - & some masking off of areas. I stamped the polar bear first, then the penguin, which I also masked off, before stamping the iceberg.

I stamped the words from the Hobby Art Christmas Frosting stamp set, painted them with
Turquoise Starlights & added the punctuation from the Hobby Art Alphabet Typed stamp set..........

 I don't usually make the class cards these days, but there was a pack left over from the September class & because in all the years I've been crafting I've never made a slider card, I decided to have a go.

I followed the layout of the class card but used Hobby Art's Winter's Snowflakes stamp set for the background & Spectrum Aqua pens from the Floral set, I like non-traditional Christmas colours............

(The Spectrum Aqua pens are on sale on the website)

Poles ApartPoinsettiaChristmas FrostingWinter's SnowflakesAlphabet TypedTurquoise SLSpectrum Aqua PensSalty Ocean - Mini    Seedless Preserves - Mini Shaded Lilac - Mini    VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    7x7 White Card Blanks & Envelopes   

So that's it, my first two Christmas cards this year. Hopefully, making more will be slightly less painful from now on, lol!

The Lisa B Designs October classes in Maidstone are fast approaching. We'll have more information soon, but if you'd like to reserve a place in either the afternoon or evening class, contact Lisa on 01622 675068/, or message the Lisa B Designs Facebook page

Thanks for visiting the blog today, have a great week.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Hobby Art Poinsettia & Sparkle Medium

Hi there crafters, today's card is centred around just the large Poinsettia stamp from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp Set and Sparkle Medium.

So this time I started with a 6" x 6" white card and matted it with green mirri card, then a white matt.  Followed by another matt of red mirri card then plain white for the image.

The next step was to cover some white Super Smooth Card with Sparkle Mediums to create my own sparkly card.

I used the Woodware Mini Brayer to do this and only used enough card to stamp my images.  I used the following for each element:

For the leaves - Sage Green
For the Flower - Bright Red

I left them to dry for quite a while before stamping using the large flower head and stamping that twice and the medium leaf six times onto the green, ensuring you use a lot of pressure by using the Stampeazee acrylic press.

(Sorry about the quality of the photos, sparkle medium reflects too much because it's so sparkly, in a good way)

I then cut out all the images ready to decoupage.  I decided to cut out the second layer of frons individually to create more height.

I put the Poinsettia together by adding a piece of 3D foam and then gluing the frons into place.  I didn't mind about the foam pad showing because I knew I was covering it up with a large Dazzler.

I stamped the Season's Greetings sentiment on to white card and matted it up with red mirri card.  Then just assembled the card as you can see but made sure I 3D the flower head for even more height and placed a large yellow Dazzler in the centre.

Card done, here it is again.

 I hope you enjoyed this nice easy card, look forward to seeing you next time.

Love Jan -x-


Thursday, 22 September 2016

"Daryl the Quirky Turkey?" He said, "Not me; I'm no Turkey, I'm a Christmas Tree!"

Good morning all! Autumn has snuck in around us and we have no excuse not to be thinking about Christmas cards now! I know, time flies and all that, but I do love autumn don't you?

I have been crafting with my friend Daryl again from the Hobby Art Daryl the Quirky Turkey Set. There are lots of different sizes and poses with Daryl, so there is plenty of choice for you to play with. Usually when I start with a new stamp set, I have some ideas with which to work with, but these don't always turn out the way I envisage! Often I find it helpful to make some 'mock-up' designs on some copier paper so that I can practise positioning etc. before I take the plunge. Not all the designs make 'the cut' but sometimes new ones come from the playing! (excuse the mess on my desk!)

For my post this week, I have chosen to use a card I made using the Daryl that I think looks totally stunned!  I started by stamping the image onto the correct size of topper I needed (after allowing for the matts and layers I was going to use). I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then coloured the image with my Promarkers. Once I was happy with my colouring, I cut away the top section of the card from the image. I cut freehand along a wavy line which created a snowy hill. I could have just cut Daryl out and stuck him in front I suppose, but I am not a fan of fiddly cutting...

Again measuring the topper size I needed, I used the snowflake stamp from the Daryl set to randomly stamp snowflakes in Versamark Ink all over the 'sky' area. I embossed them with Bright White WOW Embossing Powder.

My next step was to create some decorations to 'hang' on Daryl; bear with me, there is a method in the madness! I stamped lots of baubles from the set onto some card and stamped the snowflake from the same set inside them. The smaller baubles came from another Hobby Art set (with the grumpy sheep on!) Once I had coloured the baubles and added some Glossy Accents to the plain ones, I cut them out.

To make the baubles look as though they were hanging on Daryl, I decided not to just stick them on top of him, but to thread them through his feathers (painful, bless him!)
To do this, I pierced a tiny hole using a Crafts Too Pokey Tool through the hanging loop at the top of the baubles. I then threaded some fine thread through a beading needle, up through the back and secured it with some tape. I added a Crafts Too Foam Pad so that the bauble looked 3D.

Once I had threaded as many baubles as I wanted onto Daryl, the back of my card was a bit of a mess (a bit like when I have tried cross stitch before: never to be repeated!) As no one was going to see it though, I  could pretend was orderly and perfect...

Still looking too much like a turkey, I thought Daryl should have a paper bag over his head (again from the set). Typical really, as I had coloured his head in carefully! I also added his sign, some glitter snow and stamped some of the little grasses onto the front snowy section.

Within the set, there are some 'comedy' type phrases that you can play with. I chose two for my card and added a question mark, so that the card read as I wanted. These were then matted and layered onto some Black Card to make them pop from the main topper.

Once all my elements were complete, I was ready to stick them together using Cosmic Shimmer Glue. I added some white faux stitching around the edges to bring it all together.

Poor Daryl, I think his feathers give the game away; there's an idea for another card - a multi-coloured psychedelic tail! If you make one, let me know!

That's it from me, happy making and I will share another 'Daryl' card with you next week.


Daryl the Quirky TurkeyMemento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black Versamark Ink PadBright White Regular WEPMini Glossy AccentsCrafts Too Foam PadsCrafts Too Pokey Tool Set (2 pcs)Black CardCosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue 125ml

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

More Hobby Art Christmas Cards........

Hi everyone, Kirsten here, hope your week is going well so far. I'm standing in for Lisa today as she didn't get time to write her post before she left for Exeter, where she and Sue will be demoing for Imagination Crafts at the Hobbycrafts show over the next four days.

Today's cards are two more of the samples she made for the September class, using Hobby Art stamp sets;

 Round Robins
The Holly & The Ivy 
Christmas Poinsettia 
Christmas Frosting

For the first card she created a simple background using the Imagination Diamonds stencil & Distress inks - Antique Linen & Bundled Sage, if I remember correctly - she added faux stitching with a fine line black pen.

She stamped a tiny snowflake from the Christmas Frosting set with Candied Apple Distress ink & a sentiment from the same set with Onyx Black Versafine on a die cut circle of white card, blending Antique Linen DI around the edge. 

The holly & the robin were coloured with Spectrum Aqua pens (reduced on the website) & cut out. Lisa applied Diamond Sparkle Medium to each piece by tapping it on with her finger. That gives a very thin layer which dries in seconds............

Her second card is another penny slider card, this time creating a circle for the poinsettia to go around. She had to hand cut the circle as her circle cutting dies weren't the right size. The rest of the card follows the layout & method of the class project card..........

She coloured the poinsettias with Spectrum Aqua pens, scribbling the colour on a tile first, then using water & a paintbrush to create washes of colour.

Poinsettia  Round Robins   The Holly & The Ivy   Christmas Frosting  Diamonds    Spectrum Aqua Pens  Candied Apple - Mini  Bundled Sage - Mini  Antique Linen - Mini  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black   

That's it from us for today, thanks for visiting the blog. Julie will be here tomorrow & Jan on Friday. I'll be back next Monday. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Lisa & Kirsten