Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Let There Be Hope, Light, Love and Understanding....

For those we love....
When I saw this image below, it clearly spoke to me and I wanted to CASE the idea onto a canvas.  Thank you to the fabulous artist who created this image and gave me inspiration.
I started by making my own canvas with paper and then covering it with a piece of material that I cut from a table cloth, purchased at the Dollar Store. I'll probably have enough material to make 40 more canvases, at least. Very inexpensive and handy!
The focal point of the entire canvas is this tiny purple ribbon.  See how the pixie dust falls from it, and far beneath, in the depths of the darkness, there grows two purple flowers.  Simon Says Wednesday challenge is all about Tie It Up and I felt this worked perfectly.
I wanted to add this canvas to several other challenges as well and Frilly and Funkie are all about Things With Wings.  My original wings were very colorful and that didn't fit the color scheme, so I painted over them with yellow and then highlighted with copics in oranges.  The veins were then hand drawn and added to the Silhouette fairy.
This close up is to show that I tried to capture the texture and feeling from the mood board at Anything But Cute where their theme is Making Magic, and certainly wouldn't finding a cure be magical! 
For those researching, hoping, praying and giving....

I would like for this text to apply to the challenge at Mixed Media Monthly for the theme of Get Texty.

Again, the final canvas.
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Thank you so much for your visit. 
Your time and words are appreciated more than you can know.
Biggest of hugs and happy crafting to you,
Lisa xx

"Spool-tide" Greetings....

If Mother Nature can be fickle and blatantly indecisive, then I figure so can my crafting!  Which is why last week I had the best time with Inner tube Birdbrain here and now this week, I'm loving Candy Cane for Snowman.   Yesterday was blistering and humid and today is cool and rainy; but it matters not because inside my craftroom, it looks like Christmas!
I wanted to make a shaker that was mounted on a straw that stood within a spool, but I had no spools. Sure, I could have run to the corner flea market, but thought it would be fun to make my own from paper. 
A few other shapes I cut on my Silhouette and either glittered, distressed or colored them.
And here's my completed project for From The Heart's Digital Stamp of the Month Challenge for August.  
Thanks so much for the visit and big hugs to you all!
I'm off to fry some pickles...yum!!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Take Time To Say It...

Need to journal a special event in your life? Wish you had a cute little "love note" to surprise your  main squeeze with?  Just want to tell someone your thinking of them or thank you? Then The Cutting Cafe can help!  Here is the the file I used, Mini Note Pad and Card Set, and here's how I made mine.
Print it out....
Pull out the washi tape, scrap paper, punches and stamps and have fun decorating.
But don't stop there. Keep going! :)
All done!
These were so much fun to make and I love having cute little note pages ready when I need one!
All DT projects are posted at The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month. We'd love for you to visit and be sure to leave a comment for Regina. She selects one lucky person to receive 3 FREE files of their choice!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OMG...What is that???....

It kept repeating, "I'm a pretty girl fairy, I'm a pretty girl fairy...."
NO, no you're're slightly hideous in an oddly adorable kind of way and you have no place in this project after all, but we'll get back to that.  
THIS on the other hand IS a pretty girl fairy and I have captured her in this Dollar Store homemade cloche.  She's not real happy about that, but we're moving on....
It all started when Mixed Media Place ran this challenge of One Important Word.  
Just last week my daughter went shopping and as my family is trained to do, they throw nothing away before bringing me what might be a valuable resource in a recycled creation.  She handed me this tag and I loved it!  
Organic.  What a wonderful word. Of, relating to, or derived from living matter. Natural or earthy.  So it began....
I've got my handmade leaves made from white cardstock that I've colored up with copics and then stained and then clear powder embossed.
Here is my collection of goodies to begin.
I glued a lid to the top of the candlestick.  Wrapped a round piece of cork with a natural fiber cupcake wrapper and then adhered that to the top of lid.  this would be the base of my cloche.  

Fast forward a little bit. I've placed all my elements together for the "natural environment" setting, but I'm not liking that the base of my stand is clear like the cloche. I wanted that to look differently.
So, I coated it with Gesso, then painted it white, then crackled it, then aged it with Antique Photo DI.
After water coloring this little fairy with pencils, she was ready to be placed inside her little capsule for preservation.  She's already looking a bit torqued about the whole process.
And there you see my organic tag which represents her and her environment....all natural for 'observation.'
Backside view
Perfectly safe and secured is this pretty girl fairy inside of this handmade cloche (break the stem off of a plastic wine glass and tip it upside down).
It's back to the drawing board for me on sculpting pretty girl fairies. I should have known by the looks of the troll feet that I was on the wrong track.  Oh well.... now I have something ready for Halloween! 
Hugs and Happy Crafting and I hope you've found some sort of inspiration from this madness!
Lisa x 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Whatever Floats Your Chicken......

You know what blogging leads to? Blogging leads to other people's blogs and those blogs lead you to new products and new products lead you to addictions and new addictions lead you to fun and fun leads you to challenges and challenges lead you back to people's blogs and, well, you get the idea...
So I'd like to quickly blame Tammy for my latest addiction because now I'm in love with yet another  blog, From The Heart's Digital Stamp of the Month Challenge (July) and my always loved Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.  

I thought the progressive challenge of using this month's digital image, Inner Tube Birdbrain, with #14 Summer Days would be perfect together.
Here's how I made my faux wood mixed media Summer sign.

1.) Begin with a rectangle cut out piece of foam board from Walmart. Cut the edges real jagged and then cover it with a sheet of adhesive canvas.
2.)  Spread a light layer of Gesso for sealant and let dry. When dry, spread a light layer of crackle medium and let completely dry.
3.)  When crackle medium was dry, I took a ruler and drew two lines with a black pen and smudged with my finger to make lines for a faux wood sign appearance.
4.)  Pulled out the Distress paints and went to town coloring a beach scene.
5.) Colored up the challenge image with Copics and attached it to the sign. Added a layer of frantage with gold specks for a sandy beach, cut out sunglasses and flip flops on my cutting machine, painted them up and then adhered and lastly, added a jute twine for hanging. 
6.) I aged up the edges with Antique Photo DI and then sat back, took a deep breath and wished I was there! 
I loved being inspired by Summer Days Challenge with the pink flamingo. Figured this bird would be a more than adequate replacement and I loved the bejeweled glasses, so I had to add them too. The beach sign just made me think I had to create this bird's very own retreat.  Hope you like it!
  Thank you SO much for your visit. I appreciate YOU more than you know.
Hugs and happy crafting,
Lisa x

Monday, July 20, 2015

Size Doesn't Matter....

It's not true what 'they've' been saying...size really doesn't matter!
 What does matter is the thoughtfulness; which is why I decided to showcase this tiny box of 
2 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".   It may be little but it holds a BIG helping of thankfulness.  
This week at The Cutting Cafe Blog, the DT get to pick whatever they'd like to share and I thought you might enjoy these files that I've used above.
All DT projects are posted at The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month. We'd love for you to visit and be sure to leave a comment for Regina. She selects one lucky person to receive 3 FREE files of their choice!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa x