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

 

 

Mixed Media Monday – Gelli Print Journal Page

Hello my creative friends! Thank-you for joining me for this weeks episode of Mixed Media Monday. My journal page this week was all about using some of that beautiful stack of gelli prints that I have created over the past couple of months.

I will start off by telling you how I store my prints. I picked up a large, clear office organizer from my local office supply store and it just happened to slide perfectly into into my cube storage shelving unit! It has 2 drawers that are about 3″x 3″x 9″, then an open space that is 3″x 6″x 9″ across the top and the rest of the rack is broken into paper sized slots of 3″x 13″x 9″ deep.

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I keep all my little scraps, printed labels and tags in the little drawers.  Place the envelopes, half pages, doilies and small book pages in the smaller slot. Then I organize all the bigger prints. One slot for the letter sized printed pages, this is mostly on white card stock as that is my preferred printing paper, it gives me the choice of using it in paper piecing but is also sturdy enough for book making. The next slot down is all the other pages that are around letter sized, so book pages, file folders, delli papers, wrapping paper and so. and then the bottom section is for my large prints that come from large book pages, legal sized papers, brown paper bags and so on.

This is A LOT of storage space in my workshop for one specific item. So when it starts to get full, I don’t search for more storage space, because there simply isn’t any, I focus my efforts on using some of it up. Most often, that means CREATING!

My gelli prints are made of paint and paper. Paper can be used in almost ALL of my hobbies, and that is how I use it. For me, there isn’t anything special about it other than pride of creation, and sometimes I feel like I can’t even claim that because I used other peoples tools, such as stencils and paint. So, once my shelves get full I make things like: Book signatures, cards, ATCs, art journal pages, scrapbooking pages, embellishments, and die cuts. There really isn’t a limit.

Here is this weeks video on how I used them to create a quilted art journal page.

Happy Monday, and thanks for watching, commenting and visiting often!

-Lizzie

 

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Fall For Canada #LoveFallArt

Hello, hello all my crafty and creative visitors!

Today I am bring you something that is pretty cool!

In July Cinnamon Cooney and some of her creative friends came up with the idea of creating a more cohesive and supportive bond between the creators of creative YouTube content. They brainstormed this beautiful project called the “Creative Arts Collaboration”.

CAC Logo 2015On YouTube 300+ artists come together to post thematic projects under the same hashtag. In July it was #LoveSummerArt, in August it was #pawgustart, and in September we are posting under #LoveFallArt. For each of these hashtags (#) you can find extensive playlists of all the videos published under it. On Facebook she created a group were we could go to ask questions, to mentor each other and  be supportive of each others creativity. On Pinterest she created a board where we can all post our videos so that they can be found in one place!

Make sure that once you finish reading this that you check out those hashtags!

So, now, lets talk about this months theme of “autumn”.

I had the opportunity to create absolutely anything I wanted as long as it fit, in some way, under the #lovefallart banner. I had a month to come up with something but nothing ever flowed into place. So here I was on the first posting day, seeing all these fabulous artist posting up their fabulous art and I had NOTHING to offer. I felt retched. So I took myself for a walk around the park across the street from my house.

One of the first things I noticed was the amount of color that was everywhere! Bright yellows and ochres, browns, blues, greens, deep purples, and reds. All kinds of lush textures, spiky spruce trees, long spines on the pine trees, big fat cones, fuzzy white leaves, smooth dark purple ones. There were sticky things and fragrant things. Shiny leaves and dull. Looking around me I realized that I had plenty of inspiration all around me, I just had to come out of the basement!

As I walked I put things that made me happy into my jacket pockets and then, once I was home, took them all out see what had inspired me today. I had red cotone aster leaves and yellow leaves from an ash tree. I had the tops of long blades of grass and the blueish tip of Colorado blue spruce tree. I had the green and purple varigated leaves of the lilac tree in my front yard and the dark purplish black leaves from a Schubert chokecherry tree. And just to top things off I added in a fragrant deep purple pansy!

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This plethera of color pushed me to run with it, and I did! I used book pages, lace a burlap to create the base structure of what I was envisioning. I then covered it all with gesso, and covered it again with layers of paint.

 

 

 

 

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I added depth by stamping in black ink with several stamps and then added multi colored leaves for a 3D piece. Now, I know that I am biased, but I think that it is beautiful, rich in color and so tempting to touch.

As this project was coming to completion I decided to go hunting through my Pinterest board of quotes to see which one would work best on this piece. This is when I came across George Eliot. I had never known before that she was a woman, and I knew that I would be interested in reading her books. So I went searching through my husbands book collection as I was certain that he had studied her book titled “Middlemarch” while in university. It wasn’t there, so I asked him about it only to discover that he had recently completed a library purge and no longer had the one I was looking for. I guess I will have to go to the public library or else find it for my kobo so that I can read it anywhere!

 

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Here is the finished piece:

 

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Come watch the video of how I created this piece by clicking here:

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-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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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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Creative Arts Collaboration #pawgustart #artjournal

Hello, hello all you crafty and creative people! Thank-you for stopping in!

This month I am taking the opportunity to join a cause! This cause is dear to my heart and speaks loudly to my future in the arts. What is the Creative Arts Collaboration? It is a group of YouTube content providers who were all gathered together by Cinnamon Cooney into a Facebook group. She has provided us with a place to share information and lessons learned and to band together once a month to create similarly themed content and to all use the same # so that the work is able to be found. So far, Cinnamon has gathered together around 300 YouTube contributing artists! I find this amazing, I find this exciting, and I hope you will too!

This month is August and the theme for our August art collaboration is “animals” therefore the # will be #pawgustart. There are also 11 other sub categories that you could # at the same time so that your search would only bring up that genre of art videos. This month I have chosen #artjournal to add to mine. I may add a different one next month, depending on what kind of art I choose to create!

So grab a beverage of choice, sit back, relax, and get out there to see what this creative YouTube venture can offer you!

#pawgustart

-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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The Garden View! #KSDT2015

Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak

Welcome to the garden view!

As soon as I opened up my brand new Mixed Media Kit from the KraaftShaak.com Store I knew that I would love creating with it! I dug through to the bottom to discover that my altered item was in fact a beautiful wooden double “door” frame for a 4×6 picture.

I was instantly reminded of a picture of myself from many years ago. I was visiting ghost towns with a cousin while travelling through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We stopped and adventured through one that had only a single wall remaining of a small dwelling. In this wall the bricks were stacked and mortared with this little wooden window casing that opened up to the outside. My cousin and I took turns taking pictures of each other through that window because it was just such a perfectly framed image.

I took that inspiration and ran with it, recreating that brick wall, adding some life to it with creeping vines, flowers and metallic objects.

 

 

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This was one of those projects that evolves slowly, over the course of several days. I would add a little bit to it and then set it aside for another day, I would repeat that process until one night I decided to make it FINISHED!

As you can see I just added more and more elements until it just couldn’t take any more!

I wanted to write this big elaborate blog about how much I enjoyed working on this project, but decided instead that the video is significantly more entertaining!

So please stop in a watch my process video for this project here: YouTube Video

Here is a list of products that I used for this project!

I went to my mixed media kit for the following: Wooden double door frame, dictionary pages, Prima Chalkboard paints in golden olive,  cheese cloth, Lindy’s stamp gang shimmery magicals, Finnabair art ingredients glass beads in butter color, metallic findings, Charcoal art sugar by finnabair

I shopped at the Kraaft Shaak for the following: Finnabair Art Extravagance white sand texture paste, Color Bloom Spray in deep teal with vintage metallic finish, 3D gloss gel by Finnabair,

And I pulled this stuff from my stash: Golden Matte Medium, Vintage Stampin’ Up Stains – Mahogany and charcoal, Brick stencil by Crafter’s Workshop, mini mister sprayers by Ranger, Martha Stuart glue pen, grass by Citadel, a maple leaf punch, mini flower punch, wedding confetti green flowers by Brides, Ranger liquid pearls, Primas botanical mix, chipboard and glossy accents by ranger, Prima chalkboard paint in jewel blue.

Please also check out the G+ community called Kraafters Kommunity!

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Lizzie

 

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Kraaft Shaak Design Team Project for July 18th #KSDT2015

Welcome to my creative blog!

If you have been following me, over the past couple weeks, you will have noticed that I have been talking about nothing but the Kraaft Shaak Design Team and all the things that they are creating on a weekly basis!

This past week we had our good friend Sheri from “Cards and More by Sheri” create a triptych! She added layer upon layer of product to create a very dimensional and colorful 3 paneled piece of art!

If you would like to read all about it then you can pop over there using this link: Cards and More by Sheri

She has even linked a video in at the bottom of her post so that you can get inspired watching her create!

Don’t forget to pop in next week to see what I create for the  Kraaft Shaak Design Team with my Mixed Media Kit

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-Lizzie

 

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Kraaft Shaak “Mixed Media Kits” #KSDT2015

Welcome! Fabulous creative people!

Today I am going to tell you all about the creative inspiration kit that Heather Kraafter came up with over at http://kraaftshaak.com/

Here we were a fine group of creatives who all had ideas and stashes of things. So did Heather. So she began to gather more and more stashes of things so that she could bring us this fabulous thing called a “Mixed Media Kit”!

It is a box that you order online from here: https://kraaftshaak.com/product-category/kraaft-shaak-exclusives/kraaft-shaak-kits/

And then it comes straight to your door! Not only do I use this kit for my mixed media projects, but it also keeps finding its way into my scrapbooks, tags, atc’s (artist trading cards), card-making and art journals.

But don’t take my word for it, check out my video to see all the supplies that came in MY kit.

I will be featuring this kit over the next 3 months in many of my projects, so keep checking back or subscribe below to the categories that interest you!

-Lizzie

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