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

 

 

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

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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Scrap Kit Saturday – Card & ATCs

Hello again my creative friends!

Today I am showing you the card and ATC’s that I made using Scrapbooking Fanatics August 2015 Scrap Fan Kit.

I posted an introduction video of the kit to my YouTube channel back on August 1st and then made a scrapbooking layout with it the following week. Here are the videos if you missed them!

Next week I will be doing some altered art with this kit, so keep your eyes peeled!

August Card and ATC

I made this project with the August 2015 kit, as well as components from the May 2015 and July 2015 kits for a bit of variety.

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If you are interested in joining this kit club, please visit Sandy over at Scrapbooking Fanatics and send her a message.

Thank-you for visiting, and don’t forget that you can subscribe below to the blog posts that catch your interest and never miss a thing!

-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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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

OR, you could always subscribe below and never miss a thing!

-Lizzie

 

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Taggy Tuesday – Coffee Time!

Welcome to this weeks Taggy Tuesday!

I started this weeks tag off with repeating a process that I recently used in creating a journal spread. I love the process of cutting up the papers into little squares and gluing them in sequence. I wasn’t sure that all the papers would work well together but knew it was worth a try.

I am actually making this tag for me! I have just been loving all the gelli print play I have been having, I adore sewing and I need a new book mark. So the idea behind this was for it to be FLAT rather than FAT, but to still have texture and a focal point that spoke to me.

So, I went digging through my gelli pages that I had started to chop up for my journal entry and chose a pile of the scraps. I wasn’t looking for any kind of cohesion in the colours at this point, just that there would be enough of each pattern to work with the sequence I had in mind.

Next thing I did was glue them down with matte gel medium and let it dry over night. I then grabbed a punching template and my “stabby thing” (official term: piercing tool) and went to town creating the holes for my cross stitch pattern. I chose some embroidery thread that didn’t match any of the colours in the gelli prints but was part of the same families and started cross stitching every square onto the tag. I really loved the quilted look I finished with and thought I could just leave it like that…but then it would not have been very entertaining for my crafty friends!

Once I finished all the sewing I went looking for some sort of element that would make me happy every time I opened the book I was reading. I looked around my craft table and sitting across from me was a canvas board that one of my students had been working on. She had drawn a giant cappuccino mug and saucer right in the center of the board and I KNEW my bookmark had to have the topic of “Coffee Time”.

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Please grab yourself a cup-a-Joe and join me on YouTube for the play-by-play of “Coffee Time”!

 http://youtu.be/J5_MMMoq7Ok

Thank-you for visiting, don’t forget to leave a comment at the very bottom of this page and subscribe along the way to the categories you want to receive right in your mailbox as soon as they are posted!

-Lizzie

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