Pick A Stick Challenge – January 2016

IT’S OFFICIAL!!!

Our challenge page is up and running!

If you are one of those people who would like to try out something a little different, sometimes a little silly and always incredibly inspiring…THIS is the place for YOU!

Come join us for some challenging fun at: Pick A Stick Challenge on facebook!

Watch for the video of us drawing the new prompts on the first Friday of each month and watch for the #Fab4Creates team to post their videos of their challenge creations on the last Friday of each month!

Here is the first ever challenge, posted to my YouTube Channel here: Pick A Stick Challenge!

 

Happy 2016!

– Lizzie

 

 

WELCOME TO 2016!!!

Hello creative family!

I am quite excited about this new year as I have mentioned in many of my videos lately, it will be a year of many changes!

To start off, I am trying to wrap my schedule around staying creative as it feeds my heart and soul and prevents me from getting too cranky!

I will definitely be continuing my “Mixed Media Monday” series on my YouTube channel: Lizzies Workshop

As well, I am hoping that I will be able to create at least 1 zentangle and reading series of videos every couple months.

Some exciting news is that I have been invited to be a part of Shannon Greens Inspiration Conspiracy and will take part in my first video hop with her on the 14th of January! I am quite excited about that!

Also, since the end of 2015 I have been a member of the Creative Arts Collaborative. This is a group of YouTube creators who get together each month to create videos under the same hashtag event as a sort of support group. Some of the past #s that we have created under include: #LoveFallArt and #Thankful4Art

Last year I took part in the Kraaft Shaak Design team and enjoyed sharing projects created with supplies provided by the KraaftShaak.com. With the dissolving of that design team in November I will no longer be posting for them.

BUT, from that design team I created some fabulous friendships and I am excited to announce that 4 of us have gotten together as #fab4create to build a challenge group. It started off with us all challenging each other but we slowly grew the seed into a Facebook challenge group.  On the first Friday of each month we will pull 10 sticks from a jar and they will be our challenge prompts that must be performed in the order that they were drawn. Our community may participate by doing the challenge and posting their pics in the fb community. The Fab 4 will post videos of how they met the challenge on the last Friday of that month. The following Friday, we will have another one of the admins pull and post a new challenge list!

If you would like to join us, you can find us here: Pick A Stick Challenge

I am also very excited to announce that I got accepted to Interior Design Technology, so starting in January I will have course work to perform as well!

I am not sure if I have ever had a year that was more full and lush with potential, excitement, and challenges. But I look forward to what this year holds and cross my fingers that it will be everything I have been dreaming of!

Welcome to 2016 my friends, I look forward to having you along on my journey!

-Lizzie

A Tangled Christmas Carol

What is “A Tangled Christmas Carol”?

I have been listening to a lot of videos on periscope lately, yes, listening, off of my phone while I was shopping, cooking and wrapping presents and it occurred to me that I would like to hear something Christmas oriented while performing these activities. Right around that time I had been going though a box of things that I inherited from my grandmother last year and stumbled across an old copy of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. It was printed in the 1960’s in a text book format and since I had never before read this book, I had decided that THIS was the Christmas to do so!

I have also been doing a lot of zentangling lately and was thinking about creating something that I could use for card fronts next holiday season.

AND so a 12 days of Christmas video series was born in which I read you “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens while drawing, doodling, zentangling an 8 1/2 x 11 page of white card stock. I posted one video each day and even created a playlist for them on my YouTube Channel: Lizzies Workshop

To make this page I used 5 different nibs in the Faber Castell PITT pen series, from XS all the way up the their B. I drew it on a 90lb sheet of white card stock at 8 1/2 x 11. I then followed it all up with Sakura, Metallic Gelly Roll pens.

I really love how this whole project turned out and so once the 12 videos was complete, I decided that I just had to combine them into one very long video that could be used in the same way that I was using the periscope videos. Something that people could just hit play on and listen for hours while they wrap gifts, cook, bake or sit around a cozy fire. Maybe there is someone out there who has never read the book and just simply doesn’t have the time.  Here is the link: A Tangled Christmas Carol – Full version

This is also a tribute to my grandmother. Every year, for the past 10, I have sent her a package in the mail for Christmas and this is only the second year that I can’t do that any more. She was a woman who adored Christmas. She loved the baking, the giving to the community, the lights, the music and the camaraderie that came with it. If those things were not present then she would create them. I didn’t spend many Christmas’ with her but the ones I did, were always merry and bright!

Thank-you, to all of you who have been supportive of my art over the past couple years, I greatly appreciate all the love you have sent my way. I wish all of you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas and a New Year that is jam packed with everything you need!

Christmas Zentangle by Lizzie Sinn

-Lizzie

Kraaft Shaak Design Team – Gelli Art Time! #KSDT2015

Welcome to this weeks design team submission!

Join me as I Spark Some Kreativity, Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak!

This months project was totally artist own and I got really excited about it. So I went through my stash and laid out everything I had ever purchased or had given to me by the Kraaft Shaak. Believe me, it was a LOT of stuff! THEN I came upon my circular gelli printing plates and remembered someone recently saying “You can’t really DO anything with a circular plate” and I thought I would put that to the test!

So I grabbed the stack of stencils I had picked out at the Kraaft Shaak. Pulled my Kraaft Shaak supplied Dina Wakely heavy bodied paints out of the pile and then grabbed a couple stamps for good measure.

I feel as though I did a lot with my circular plates and that I am going to have to go back in to play with the idea of using some stamps

This was a really fabulous project, but I do have to say that it was really hard to video record it because I kept getting into the zone and forgetting the camera was one. Which was great in the moment but difficult to edit afterwards. Here is where you can find the video:

My favourite part of this project? The faces!! Oooh the faces!

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Thanks for visiting, commenting and watching my video, hope you come back and visit again soon!

-Lizzie

 

 

 

 

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Paper Taming – WOYWW 329

Well hello there my creative friends and thank-you for joining me for another of Julia Dunnits “What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday” linky parties over at Stamping Ground. This week has been so busy that I almost forgot it Wednesday!

My work desk looks quite a bit different from last week! I decided on Saturday that this was to be THE week that I gained control of the mega stack of things that had been accumulating for the past year on the end of my workbench. The pile was beginning to encroach on my work surface, it was beginning to worry me that it would topple into the sink AND it is fall here in western Canada and I was dreaming about my pile housing a cozy little mouse family and me never finding out!

So I took the “bull by the horns” and attacked the pile. I sorted and organized all day on Saturday, not even getting out of my pjs and then I put everything away on Sunday.

Sunday evening we had dinner at my in-laws house and on our way home we were in a car accident. A man in a large pick-up truck ignored a yield sign and drove right into the side of our SUV! Luckily my husband and 2 children were either asleep or almost asleep and were unharmed due to their relaxed states. I, on the other hand, was shoulder checking to see if I could safely change lanes, the answer was no and I didn’t manage to turn my head back in time before the collision occurred. So I am stiff and sore and hoping I don’t have any long term injuries. That lead me to spending all day Monday at the police station making a report, calling insurance and visiting a body shop for quotes on getting it fixed. I am feeling very thankful that we were in my SUV and not my husbands small car.

Tuesday, I started a rather large project. While cleaning my workshop I noticed that I had several piles of paper scraps and several drawers and baskets of paper scraps and that I should probably find a way to make those piles of papers more useful!

So I grabbed the first pile and chopped it into pre-cut cards, ATCs, 4 inch squares and 8 inch squares. everything else was put into a pile to use for die cutting, a drawer to use for punches and a basket to use for fussy cutting. This may seem like a strange organization system. I have discovered though, that when I create, my brain does not choose by color, but more by shape, size, texture. I also have some projects coming that will focus on cards, ATCs and 8×8 albums. So in a way, this has felt like I was getting a leg up on future projects!

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Thanks for stopping by, please scroll to the bottom and leave me a comment so I know you were here and feel free to subscribe to future posts. ALSO, please don’t forget to check out what everyone else has been up to over at Stamping Ground this week!

-Lizzie

 

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What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 328

Welcome again to the linky party happening over at Stamping Ground!

Every Wednesday a whole bunch of creative peoples get together online to celebrate that while we are not all incredibly organized, we are all incredibly busy!

This week I am creating in my upstairs living room. My husband and I turned it into a classroom/table top gaming room in January and have been taking turns spreading out our hobbies. I use it to teach “Mixed Media Monday” to some local ladies every week and he uses it on Wednesday evenings to play games and make videos for his YouTube channel.

Oh, and TODAY is Wednesday so ALL of this…

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…needs to go back down to my workshop.

For most of the day though, I am creating classes. The first one is an art journaling techique class that I will teach in my home. The second and third are gelli plate mono-printing and projects to make with the prints. I will teach those 2 in a local scrapbooking store.

Thanks for stopping by and please scroll down to the bottom to leave a comment so I know you were here.

-Lizzie

 

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I’ve Been Framed! #KSDT2015

Hello my creative and colorful friends!

Today we are going to Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak!

This is my last post as a member of the Kraaft Shaak Design Team and what an honor it has been! Over the past 3 months we have altered an item, created something for back to school and now I am going to show you how I “kill the kit”.

Normally I have a video to link to my post at the bottom, but today it just didn’t work out. I was working on such a large project that it took up my whole work bench and the filming was just not going to work. I tried to zoom in to the corner I was working on, but then would constantly go off screen. So I did something I rarely do and took a big pile of pictures!

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My first step was to sort through all my supplies that were left in my kit and make a pile of the ones that just might work for this project.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 003Then I dug through my closet to find a frame I had picked out about 4 years ago for something else. It was a large, black frame from Ikea that measured about 30 inches by 30 inches.

 

 

 

 

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I took it out to my garage work bench and sanded it to make the black just a little less shiny.

 

 

 

September 2015 005Then cut chicken wire off of the roll I had out there and slowly, tediously and with a little blood (a Kraafter was only minorly injured in the creation of this project) I folded it over the top, around the sides.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 006I stapled it to the back with my heavy duty staple gun and Wa-la! I had a frame that I could hang little things from!

 

 

 

 

September 2015 009Once that was done I brought it back inside and painted it with my plum chalkboard paint from Prima.

 

 

 

 

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My next step was to take a bunch of the book pages I had left in my mixed media kit and create a bit of structure on the chicken wire, almost like paper mache, to support all the stuff I wanted to add to my project.

 

 

 

September 2015 014 September 2015 015I let that dry over night and spent the morning shopping my stash for the perfect combination of beautiful to embellish my frame. I found all kinds of flowers and metal bits and pieces, as well as a large amount of what was left of my mixed media kit. I used the cheese cloth, gold mica flakes, sequins, pearl glass glitter and butter colored glass beads and my sample of golden olive chalkboard paint as well as the scrap butterflies from the napkin that came in my kit.

September 2015 011 September 2015 012 September 2015 013 September 2015 016 September 2015 018 September 2015 019 September 2015 022 September 2015 021 September 2015 020 September 2015 017I spent about an hour compiling everything on the frame, adding bits and pieces here and there to build up a big mass of 3D elements. I glued it all down with Finnabairs 3D matte gel. and let it sit, untouched, over night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning I went in and swept some of the plum chalkboard paint over the flowers to bring a background element to the foreground and make it all come together.

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Now, here is the step where I am sorry to say, I missed taking this picture. I was so full of excitement as I added all the shiny, sparkly, glimmery elements that I forgot to take pictures of where I put all the sparkle. So I will just tell you. I used the 3D matte gel randomly around the edges of the big pink flowers and sprinkled on some pearl colored glass glitter. Then I laid down little patches of gel in and around the flowers and added a little bit of mica flakes here and a little bit of glass beads there. A few sequins peaking out here and there and used up my charcoal art sugar in a bit of dusting along the frame.

 

 

 

 

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The last step to this project was to use up the rest of my kit on creating ATC’s (artist trading cards) to hang on the frame. Here are a few that are on their way to completion.

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I do have some left overs in my kit, but they are all soon going to be used for my series of ATCs that I will put up on the board over time to keep it interesting.

 

 

 

 

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I am starting an ATC (artist trading card) class and trading board in my local scrapbooking store. This frame will go up on their wall. The whole purpose of the ATC movement is to SHARE a love of art for free. To build a community of creative people who do not judge and critique each others work, but who share and inspire each other every day!

To me, Heather Kraafter is all of that. She has built up a fabulous and caring Kraafters Kommunity of people on G+ who not only share their projects, but also their lives. She has built a family of people who may not have ever formally met, but who value each other for what they can bring to the Kommunity. In that kommunity we do not judge each other, but we definitely share and inspire each other every day. It is in honor of Heather that I hang this in my local craft store with the hope that her essence will continue to inspire the world to come together and find “family” through our creativity.

Thank-you Heather for the honor of sharing a place on your design team for the past 3 months. Thank-you for inspiring me and being a fabulous roll model for many Kraafters, the world over!

-Lizzie

 

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What’s On Your Wokrdesk? Wednesday 327 WOYWW

Well hello there my crafty friends!

This morning I am jumping back into the blogging life with a quick little post that I have really missed over the past year! I have been running steady with my children for the past few months and baby sitting other peoples children for almost 3 years. But THIS September means something super special…NO children from 8:30am until 3:30pm!!! I feel on cloud nine! MAYBE, just maybe, I will be able to catch up on a few things around the house and in my creative life.

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I was recently invited to teach my crafty skills at a local crafting store and have been “slaving” away trying to create the curriculum. I have been making projects in my workshop and then spending all day once a week in the store classroom, trying to recreate with their in house supplies. One thing I have discovered is that my “juju” seems to turn to dust when I am not surrounded by my supplies, organized in my way. Guess I better work on that, but in the mean time, here is my work-desk!

It has mostly been a dumping station for a long time and I am hoping to address it…after I blog…and YouTube…and make stuff…and get distracted by shiny things! lol

Make sure you pop over to the linky party at Stamping Ground and check out what everyone else is up to!

Thanks for stopping by, see you next week!

-Lizzie

 

 

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This Little House

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

I have something a little different to bring to you today! It is the story of a little house, a really little house, for dolls!

For all of my sons kindergarten school year I volunteered in his classroom. I would come in for a whole morning each week and be of any help that I could. While visiting this classroom I fell in love with the teachers doll house. It sat in the center of the room and acted as a wall of sorts between the circle time carpet area and the work tables for learning time.

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Throughout the year I off and on heard bits and pieces about how this house had been a part of the teachers career. She seemed very attached to it but would often call it ‘sad’. I thought the house was quite lovely, but definitely needed some love.

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At the end of the school year, while all the other parents were pondering what gift to give their childrens’ teachers, I decided that I would be able to bring some life to this pretty little house. So I offered to take it home with me for the summer. Once I got it home I ripped out all the carpets, wallpaper and linoleum. I re-glued what needed re-gluing, I sanded what needed sanding and I removed the roof flaps and staircase.

Then I vacuumed, washed and scraped it clean and smooth. I went over the whole house, filling holes and gauges, smoothing scrapes and nicks in the wood.

All I had left were the little houses beautiful bones. I then sat in a chair in my garage and stared at the little house, I pondered and dreamed and planned. For 3 days I tossed ideas around in my head about what I should do with the little house. Should I make it look like a modern home? Should I make it old fashioned? Should I dress it up for the teacher to love? OR should I give it life for a kindergarten classroom?

In the end, the kindergarten classroom idea flourished and I went for a walk through our local HomeDepot store. I was looking for things that had different textures, for color pallets that would appeal to both girls and boys and for flooring that would be modern, and textural. I also wanted each room to be different. I then went walking through the paint aisle to figure out what color we should paint the outside. Luckily I had brought my young daughter with me and she helped me choose between pink, blue and teal. When I got to the flooring aisle I told the support person about my project and she walked with me down the aisle handing me scraps of carpet that I could use for this project. I went home with my paint and donated carpet scraps and started working. I painted the entire house, inside and out with white primer that night. I was so excited!

A week later I began. Starting at the top on the inside and working my way down I slowly created one room at a time. It took me a couple of weeks to finish all the painting and gluing. I had to touch up the paint a few times because because all the edges and trims over lap each other. But slowly, slowly, this cute little house came to life for the children.

IMG_2393The first room is in the attic, I painted the walls a creamy color and then cut 3 strips of carpet to size to create the impression of a fancy wall to wall carpet.

IMG_2394The second room is also in the attic. I had one small piece of red hallways runner and thought it would make the perfect, thick, luxurious feel of a Persian wall to wall carpet. I painted these walls cream as well.

IMG_2395The next room is blue, not for boys, but because blue and bubbles seemed perfect for each other. I used a stencil for the bubbles, but the house paint was a different viscosity than the paints I normally use and my canvas was vertical so my round bubbles lacked perfection. But this room made me think of a few things. One, we don’t have to be perfect to be fabulous. Two, blue bubbles are beautiful! And three, circles are part of kindergarten learning.

IMG_2396The fourth room is all about being simple. I painted it with left over purple interior house paint and then covered it with star filled tissue paper as wall paper. This room was a little difficult to do though because I realized too late that the star paper was actually patterned and I had to kind of fake it around the window…oops.

IMG_2397Room number 5 is a tribute to my daughter and all little children who love bright colors and lots of flowers. I painted it buttercup yellow with left over interior house paint from my bathroom reno last year. Then I grabbed some floral tissue paper from the dollar store and ripped it all up. I then covered every inch of the room with flower paper and acrylic matte gel.

IMG_2398Room number 6 is a tribute to my son and all little children who love black, silver and geometric shapes. The tile is this fabulously gel textured, peel and stick, kitchen tile. It is shiny and smooth and fabulous, or at least I think so! The flooring for this room and the one before is a left over strip of linoleum from my bathroom reno last year.

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The last thing I did was paint the roof. I found this fabulous charcoal colored chalkboard paint at the craft store and went to work painting the “shingles” of the house. I loved the look of it but realized, once it was out in the sun, that it would need at least 1-2 more layers of the paint to cover the white primer under neath.

IMG_2399 IMG_2392Once I was finished I got very nervous. Would the teacher like it? Would the children like it? Would the carpet stay stuck down? Would it fit into the classroom?

So I showed it to my children and for the rest of summer they begged me to let them play with it. When the teacher came to pick it up, she was very happy and appreciative.

I really enjoyed this project and hope you did too! Breathing life into this little house for the children made me very happy.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to subscribe and come visit again!

-Lizzie

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Homework Trays #KSDT2015

Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak

Hello my creative friends!

It is that time again!

I get to show you my August KraaftShaak.com design team project! This month our theme is all about “Back To School”. For me, this topic made my mind nearly explode with ideas so I had to narrow down the field a little bit. These are the criteria I chose to use to sort out my ideas:

Does it help the children?

Does it make mornings easier?

Does it solve any of the problems we had last year?

Yes, yes and yes! This project met all of my criteria. I am calling it a “homework tray”. The IDEA is that when the children come into the house after school they will hang their back packs on a hook in the kitchen, remove and empty their lunch kits and place ALL the papers and their agendas into their own tray. Then, at homework time, I can help them sort through and read the papers, finish any homework and sign off on their agendas. Everything that goes back to school will go back to the tray so that in the morning it is easy to grab the pile and put it in their back packs with their lunch kits.

I started this project out with 2 wooden file trays that I picked up at Home Sense, which is a home decor store here in Canada. I then sat down with them and my mixed media kit from the Kraaft Shaak and started to play. Normally I like to decorate in a kind of “over the top” way, but this time I wanted to keep things simple so that they wouldn’t get damaged through regular wear and tear. I even asked my children for their opinions on some things.

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To summarize, I am creating a single place where all the stuff that comes home from school can congregate!

Does it help the children? YES, because when mom and dad say “where is your agenda?” we wont hear “I don’t know”

Does it make mornings easier? YES, because everything will be in one easy to find place!

Does it solve any of the problems we had last year? YES, because there were many mornings where we were scrambling for things like library books, permissions slips, agendas and homework. The “I don’t know” monster had emptied the backpacks into the gaping hole (a.k.a front door) and everything had vanished into thin air!

So, while I do not look forward to the bumpy road of establishing the routine of “how to empty your back pack after school” I do look forward to a little bit less stress!

If you would like to watch the process video for these trays, you can find it here:

Lizzie’s Workshop Homework Tray Tutorial

Click here to pick up your very own KraaftShaak.com Mixed Media Kit

And visit here: Kraaft Shaak Blog to see what our round two team has been up to!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment so I know you were here, and don’t forget to subscribe down below so that you never miss a post!

-Lizzie

 

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