Friday, April 18, 2014

An ATC for the Steampunk Spring Blog Hop

Leslierahye has gathered up another group of creative peeps to do a little blog hop for you, and I'm happy to take part!


I enjoy steampunk, but I must say I'm not much into the typical springy the closest I'm coming to the spring theme with this little artist trading card is the flower-ish stencil and the yellow and purple paints...tempered by brown cardstock of course, lol.

I used one of Rebekah Meier's new stencils called Stained Glass, and I added a little spotty sunburst stencil on top. I embossed the card with the Spellbinders Creative Cogs embossing folder.

Check out the rest of the blog hop below - enjoy!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rebekah Meier's stencils for Crafter's Workshop - a blog hop and a giveaway!

So I'm sure you can tell by my logo that I loves me some could say I'm circle happy. Rebekah Meier's new mandala-style stencils for Crafter's Workshop make me even circle-happier!


I decided to use her Rosette stencil to paint an art journal page. I used a cosmetic sponge with Liquitex Glossies paints (for non-porous surfaces) on translucent vellum paper. I added an inspiring John Lennon lyric on top with a strip of Craft Attitude film and backed the page with white cardstock. I sandwiched a ring of blue cardstock in between to give a little contrast and it makes the white in the center pop more.
limitless undying love
which shines around me
like a million suns
it calls me on and on
across the universe
I was extra inspired to paint this page after going to Daniel Kanaan's open studio this past weekend. I really like his work with simple yet so strong. A circle carries so many different meanings.

Be sure to check out what all the other designers in this hop did with Rebekah's stencils - fabulous stuff - just click through the links below. We do love supporting our friends' product launches - wheee!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Word mosaic with Craft Attitude and Smoothfoam - plus a giveaway!

You may already have Volume 1 of this book, but you really do need Volume 2, too!
The New Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Word is filled with inspiring quotes, words and prompts to use in your craft projects.

I was flipping through the book the other day, trying to decide what to make for my webcast. I saw a passage that said "words become art" and that's what made me think of creating a word mosaic plaque, using Smoothfoam and Craft Attitude Printable Film.

There are word mosaic apps out there to do the job, but I decided to just use Powerpoint to arrange several words together related to painting.

My video and tutorial is below - and if you leave a comment here on the blog, you'll be entered to win your own copy of this wonderful book (US only - sorry to our international friends).


A sheet of Smoothfoam makes a great surface for a lightweight plaque, plus I wanted a white background for the word mosaic. I also really like how the film just melts right into the texture of the foam.

- Smoothfoam sheet
- Craft Attitude Film
- White paint
- Iridescent medium
- Paint brush
- Glue stick
- Ink pad
- Narrow ribbon
- Paper-backed aluminum tape
- Screen repair tape
- Clear glitter
- Scissors, paper trimmer

1.  Blend a little paint with medium and brush the Smoothfoam with one coat; let dry.

2.  Print your image out, in reverse, on to Craft Attitude film; trim to size.

3.  Cover the Smoothfoam surface with glue stick. Peel back a little of the paper liner, position the film and press into place. Smooth the film on to the glued surface as you continue to peel away the liner.

4.  Distress the edges with an ink pad and smudge the color with a damp paper towel. Glue a narrow ribbon around the edge of the image.

5.  To make a frame, layer and glue the screen tape on top of the aluminum tape, then sprinkle lightly with clear glitter.

6.  Adhere the tape around the edges of the Smoothfoam, wrapping excess to the back. Add a small strip of aluminum tape to the corners like a brace.

Leave a comment to enter to win a copy of The New Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Word - deadline to enter is April 10th. Good luck!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Quick and easy Easter garland with Smoothfoam

I recently made this cute Easter garland for the Smoothfoam blog with small Smoothfoam balls and some colorful round shell beads. Who says all your Easter and spring décor has to be shaped like eggs?

Change the color palette to make this garland for any holiday or special occasion. It's a great way to use up lots of stray beads, too. Click here for the project instructions.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturdays with Lisa - Stamped and stenciled greeting cards

This past weekend on my webcast, I had so much fun playing with new stamps from Mark Montano for Craffiti Direct and new stencils from Rebekah Meier for Crafter's Workshop.

Click here to watch
 the full 30+ minute webcast or watch the highlights at the bottom of this post.


- White folded 6" square card
- Papers for matting - black, cranberry pattern, cranberry solid
- Blank white ATC  (2.5"x3.5" cardstock)
- Ink pads in 3 graduating colors
- Black paint marker
- Tape runner
- Embellishment

1.  Stamp the medium-size lion tamer image on the ATC three times - start with the lightest ink color on the left and graduate to the darkest on the right. Let dry.

2.  Trim the matting papers as desired and color the edges with the black marker.

3.  Layer and adhere the ATC with the matting papers on the front of the square card as shown. Add a decorative embellishment in the corner.


- Watercolor paper
- Cardstock - black, white
- Stamp pad inks - clear, rose
- Gold heat-embossing powder
- Heat gun
- Japanese screw punch
- Gold craft foil
- Tape runner
- Small adhesive foam pads
- Metallic gold paint marker
- Paint brush
-  Cutting mat

1.  Hold the stencil in place on top of the watercolor paper and dab the rose inkpad generously. Heat-set with heat gun and trim out to 6-1/2" square.

2.  Place stenciled design on a cutting mat and punch holes to accent the design as desired. Tape craft foil behind it so the gold peeks through the holes.

3.  Stamp the lion tamer in the lower right corner on top of the stencil design with clear ink. Quickly sprinkle embossing powder on top and tap off excess.

4.  Carefully brush away the powder from the shadow areas of the stamp, then heat-set the image. 

5.  Repeat steps 3-4 on white cardstock, then trim out the image. Adhere in front of the first image with foam pads.

6. Color the edges with the gold marker and adhere to a larger square of black cardstock.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Make some quick and easy springtime greeting cards

This week on my Creative Space column, I featured a super quick and easy design for making springtime greeting cards. Even if you've never made one before, handmade greeting cards are really special, your friends and family will love getting them! Click here for instructions.


If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I list lots of great creative events happening in and around Concord every week - art shows, craft fairs, concert, performances and more. Check it out!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Seahorse drawing with chalk pastel pencils

This past Saturday on my webcast, I shared a mixed media technique I learned from a demo at my local artists group, then I added a little of my own's the finished seahorse that I started during the webcast.

Click here to watch the full 30-minute show or watch the highlights below.

Click here to download the project tutorial as a PDF.


1.  Adhere the tissue to the watercolor paper by brushing Mod Podge (thin first with a little water), above and beneath the tissue, brushing creases and wrinkles into it as you go. Let dry.

2.  Paint a pale background on top with watercolors - I used blues and purples. Use less water for richer colors. Let dry.

3.  Use a pastel pencil to trace a seahorse from a royalty-free image printed from your computer on to parchment paper, then flip it over and transfer the seahorse to the watercolor paper by rubbing the tracing with a craft stick.

4.  Stamp a random pattern around the seahorse – I stamped little circles to look like bubbles.

5.  Color in the seahorse with pastel pencils. I used my finger to blend blue, green, purple and yellow together.

6.  Rub some PanPastel color over the surface to accentuate the wrinkles. Spritz lightly with a pastel fixative. Let dry.

7.  Highlight all or part of the seahorse with Dimensional Magic. I left random open streaks on his belly. Sprinkle clear glitter on top and let dry, then brush off any excess glitter.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Saturdays with Lisa - Wrinkled tissue & pastels mixed media technique

This week I want to show you a cool mixed media technique - using gift tissue to create a wrinkled background for a drawing or painting. I learned it recently from Nancy Mathews, a local artist and teacher who demonstrated at our art association meeting.

Join me for my live weekly webcast! Tomorrow - Saturday, March 22 at 10:00am PT (1:00pm ET).

Click here to enter the webcast room at showtime - we're gonna have some fun and we're gonna get messy!

This project involves lots of drying time, so I'll be using step-outs. That means crafting along won't be possible - but I'll post a full tutorial and supply list here on the blog next week, along with the replay link, if you can't make the live webcast.

Click here for more details on how the webcast works - hope to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dazzle-it Neo Chain bracelet and blog hop

My friend Carmi sent me some Dazzle-it products to try - different sizes of blue and pink Neo Chain with findings - and I'm happy to be participating in her blog hop!


Neo Chain comes in lots of bright colors and each link has a bevel cut to expose the metal beneath the color for extra sparkle.

The chain has long, narrow links which make for a nice drape, so I cut 9 lengths of the larger blue chain and 3 lengths of the smaller pink chain. I made a few of the blue chains slightly longer than the rest. I looped matching pink and blue jump rings through each set of chains, then put them together on white jump rings and added a clasp. Quick, easy and beautiful!

Click here to see all the designers' projects in the hop - enjoy!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stamped artist trading cards

My friend Ann Butler recently came out with a line of rubber stamps and some yummy ink pad colors and she was kind enough to send me some. I really love the purple and the lime green together, especially in a distressed kinda way.

First I smudged both colors on white cardstock with a cosmetic sponge, then I stamped the purple circles. I used one of Ann's faux quilting stamps to stamp and heat emboss white polka dots on top. A little hemp cord and a charm and done!

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