Monday, 23 October 2017

Wooden Icons and PaperArtsy Stamps

Hello, Kirsten here, I have managed to blog three Mondays in a row - makes a change!! It's October 23 and the clocks go back at the weekend, so I thought I'd show you two projects I made for the PaperArtsy workshop Lisa held on September 9. They're bright and colourful, a nice antidote to the long dark evenings ahead.

I've no step by step photos, but they were both made the same way and I kept them quite simple. I'll put details of the PaperArtsy stencils and stamps, etc., below each photo.

I painted the wooden icons - these are great! Lightweight and completely smooth, with Christmas on the horizon they'd make perfect gifts - with Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and added some stencilling before stamping the images on top. I stamped the images again on to white card, then painted them with Distress inks, used as watercolours. I cut the pieces out and glued them to the icons and that was it.

Deco Art Americana Acrylic paint; Baby Pink and Carousel Pink
PaperArtsy stencil; PS001
PaperArtsy stamps; Zinski Art 09, Zinis 12, Zinski Art 07, JOFY50 (sentiment)

Deco Art Americana Acrylic paint; Baby Blue, Desert Turquoise, Titanium (Snow) White
PaperArtsy stencils; PS001, PS009, PS044
PaperArtsy stamps; Zinski Art 06, Zinis 09, JOFY54 (sentiment)

Baby Pink AA   Carousel Pink AABaby Blue AADesert Turquoise AASnow (Titanium) White AA
PA Stencil PS001 (ELB)    PA Stencil PS009 (JOFY)    PA Stencil PS044 (ELB)     Zinski Art 06Zinski Art 09     Zinis 12    Zinis 09    

JOFY50    JOFY54 - NEW!!!    Icon Plate

That's all from me for now. Friday is class day in Fant Hall, Maidstone, ME16 8NN. We'll be making two Christmas cards with a snowman theme and there a couple of places left. Contact Lisa by Thursday lunchtime if you'd like attend.

The next Grove Green workshop is on November 12, click for details and booking information. Places are already limited, so don't delay if you'd like to join us.

Have a great week.


Monday, 16 October 2017


Good morning, it's Monday again so it's Kirsten here with another project. I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Thank you to everyone who Lisa and I for the Rusty Patina workshop in Grove Green yesterday. I've got some photos, which I'll add to the Lisa B Designs Facebook page later today.

My project today is a That's Crafty acrylic panel stacker, decorated with Woodware Clear Magic stamps, Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and Imagination Crafts' Starlights Metallic paints............

What are acrylic stackers??
 They are 3 pieces of clear acrylic and 1 piece of MDF, with four screws to hold them together. There are various shapes available and they make perfect gifts, or an alternative to a card. 

Two very important things to remember............

1. Remove the protective cover from each side of each acrylic piece before use.
2. Always use STAZON ink on the acrylic, it's the only ink that will dry on the acrylic. 

You could, if you're very careful, use Versafine and embossing powder on the acrylic, but heat drying runs the risk of warping it, so it's probably best avoided.

Firstly, I painted my background very simply with Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and some Starlights for the sun................

Now on to the fun part - the acrylic pieces. One of the pieces is slightly thicker than the other two, so you've got to have an idea of what's going where. I always stamp on the back, it's easier to paint the images that way, rather than looking through the acrylic, so I've also got to remember that the images will be reversed when I flip the acrylic over................

The Woodware Long Tall Flowers stamped in Stazon, painted with Starlights, then flipped over to the 'right side'............

This is the layer that will sit on the painted MDF bottom layer.

The first layer always looks a bit streaky, but if add a tiny amount of water to the paint and paint a very thin first layer, you can then build up the colour with the following layers.

The middle layer;  Smile! from the Woodware Just to Say set, (I love the font chosen for this set).........

The little monster from the Woodware The Blimps set is the top layer. Again, stamped in Stazon on the back, painted with Deco Art Americana acrylics and a little bit of Starlights...........

The colours you want to see have to be painted first, so the spots and the eyes were first, then I added the green paint and I always finish by painting over the coloured paint with either white paint, or gesso, it gives a smoother finish and the colours look a bit brighter...........

Let all the painted acrylic layers dry thoroughly, then use the screws to attach all four pieces together............

That's it, I hope you're still with me. 

The next Grove Green workshop is on November 12, click for details and booking information. Places are already limited, so don't delay if you'd like to join us.

Panel 1 Stacker     The Blimps - NEW!!!   Long Tall Flowers - NEW!!  Just to Say - NEW!!!  Stazon Jet Black  

See you next time.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Quick Christmas Scene Die Cards.......

Good morning all,

This is another Scheduled post for me as I will be travelling back from Spain today after a well earned break!

So today I thought I would show you a few more samples that I made using the gorgeous scene dies from Nellie Snellen. I ordered these dies in for ideas for the class and totally fell in love with them once I started using them, they are perfect for quick and easy Christmas cards or even winter Birthdays. 

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I created a layered background with Distress Inks using a Leane Creatief die Houses, Clouds and Mountains. I cut a mountain background from card and used this as a mask and then added Distress Inks in coordinating band colours. I just love this look.
I die cut a black layer with the Nellie Snellen Christmas Window Scene 2 and then I die cut a circle from white card to add as another layer over the top to frame the scene.
I added a sentiment and some extra die cuts to embellish, one being the lovely Marianne Designs Tiny deer, so useful at this time of the year.....

The second card was done in the same way but using the Nellie Snellen Christmas Window Scene 1 
and different colour distress inks and then again embellishing with Marianne Design Ivy Corners and a sentiment.

Well I hope you have enjoyed having a peruse today, it is a quickie from me as I have much to do but I will be back with you next week.

Love and hugs 
Lisa B xxx

Ivy Corners    Tiny Deer

Monday, 9 October 2017

Birdy Tower

Good morning, Kirsten here with another post to show you some of my recent Lisa B Designs samples, I hope you had a nice weekend.

I've got four cards today, all using the Woodware Clear Magic Birdy Tower stamp and all very quick and easy.............

These two were stamped onto watercolour card with Onyx Black Versafine and heat set with WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder.

I then coloured them with various Distress inks, used as watercolours. I am a very poor watercolourist, but I think I'm improving slightly, I managed to get just a few nicely blended areas!

Time for some paper piecing, using the Teresa Collins' 8x8 patterned paper pad. I don't use patterned papers these days, but these papers are great for smaller images, because the patterns are also small and they look great with kraft card.

This was the one time I wished I had a bag of googly eyes, because I had to stamp the birds onto white card, then cut out the eyes and beaks. Very fiddly, but worth it when I'd stuck them to the patterned paper and added Glossy Accents to the eyes.............

Finally, I could not use this stamp without making a Christmas card. I've just realised this is the original photo. I didn't have a Christmas sentiment small enough to fit the top right hand corner, so after I put the card together I borrowed one of Lisa's. I'll try to update this photo at some point.

As before, I used Distress inks and added a bit of stamping to the background with the snowflake.

The next Grove Green workshop is on Sunday, October 15 and it's all about Imagination Crafts' fabulous Rusty Patina. Click for info and booking details.

Birdy Tower - NEW!!!   Creative Expressions   Kraft Card    Black Card   Mini Glossy Accents     

VersaFine Onyx Black     Clear Gloss Regular WEP   

Thanks for visiting the blog today, see you next time.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

When is Tree not a Tree?............

Good morning all,

This is a scheduled post for me today as I am in Sunny Spain taking a well earned break......

Apologies for not blogging too much lately, I have had a lot going on and just kept forgetting. I think it has something to do with age, lol!!!!
Below are a few card samples that I made for last month's workshop using the gorgeous Leane Creatief Paper Patch Bauble and Tree Dies.

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Now I really loved using these dies for many reasons.......

The first reason being that you know as well as I, that we have all got a massive paper stash in our collection of wonderful craft supplies. So these are the ideal dies to die cut and paper piece with those gorgeous papers that you have been stroking for years.
It is time to let go and use them.......Nooooo, I here.....
I know sacrilege isn't it!

But not only is it good for those papers but you don't get any waste because you mix and match them and the aperture you cut from the card you can use as a stencil for inky baubles.......
I just love them. 

Now when it comes to Christmas I love to do Clean cut, quick and classy and this is exactly what I did with these dies as you can see below.

One of my favourite all time collection of papers to use is  Teresa Collins Designer Paper Pad.
I can't tell you how much I love this pad with it's ditsy prints in my favorite colours teal, black, peach and kraft. It has gorgeous designs that I use all the time with dies and even my much loved Paper Artsy Stamps. A little paper piecing in between colouring works wonders and I know Kirsten has also enjoyed using this pad too and you will see some lovely blog posts from her with it.

It has lovely script papers as well as classic prints and works with so many projects, even torn paper on canvases as backgrounds and journaling too, before you add paint layers, I just love it........

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Well for the first card I used the Leane Creatief Paper Patch Bauble die and also the Marianne Design Petra's Poinsettia Die  in conjunction with the Teresa Collins Designer Paper Pad

It is pretty self explanatory really, just die cut from the paper pad and teamed up with die cut black and kraft card circles. It just makes such a classic card, the baubles were die cut with one of each co-ordinating papers and then swapped over so no waste! 
The greeting was a Hobby Art Stamp from Christmas Frosting......

This second card was made in a similar way but this time using the Leane Creatief  Paper Patch Tree Die, again using coordinating paper from the pad. The sentiment came from the same Hobby Art Stamp set and I added a lovely Marianne Design die Holly Corners. This is such a lovely fine die that cuts perfectly every time.

So on to the last card.......
You see the blog post title......When is a tree not a tree......
When it's a bauble of course!!!!

I remembered seeing such beautiful bauble shapes in the shops at Christmas and looked at the tree and thought.......'If I use the bauble top and the tree die up the the other way.........hmmm, that would make a good bauble' and then voila it was done.......

This time I used black papers from the pad and gold mirri card. Gold and black for Christmas......
you can't go wrong!

And you have guessed it, the sentiment was from the Hobby art Stamp set and then the holly corner die to finish off.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and I will be back next week with another post but for now Adios and have a great week,

Much love Lisa B xxx

Christmas Frosting HA     Petra's Poinsettia      Ivy Corners