Saturday, June 23, 2012

Design Team Project

By Amy Mayfield 

A fanciful fairy shrine

Summer is going by oh so fast that I can’t even believe it but I DID finally find some time to play with the Lisa Kettell Fairy Follies CD. This CD has more than 600 gorgeous images that you can print and play with to your heart’s content. I also used another marvelous man in the moon because I just love all their little faces!
So here’s my Fairy Whispers Shrine–if you listen closely, you might just hear their little laughter and whispered secrets.
Supplies Needed:
A Lisa Kettell Image CD
Gold tinsel
Xacto knife
Super fine gold and silver glitter
Paper Mache bird house
White glue
Rubber Cement
Teeny tiny wooden spools
Gold metallic paint
Hot glue gun
Star brads
I used bits of five different images and a paper mache bird house I picked up for 99 cents at Hobby Lobby. With an xacto knife, I cut out the front of the bird house to make a large, rounded opening. For the lady that lives in the little shrine surrounded by a sea of stars, I used some star brads to add a little dimension and placed a beaming moon, painted gold, to gaze down upon her. I finished off the interior with some glitter paper and a polka dot “sky.” To jazz up her crown, I added six-sided star brads in two sizes. For attaching paper so that it dries nicely and non-wrinkly, I’ve been using rubber cement with clothespins to hold them in place–a trick I picked up from Knickertwists over at Pixie Hill. It’s pretty much my new favorite thing.

I love tinsel so I trimmed the front of the shrine with several layers of gold tinsel applied using hot glue gun. I also covered the roof using white glue and super fine gold glitter. On the back, I used a clear stamp and some gold metallic embossing powder to overlay the Fairy Whispers onto this pretty picture. Because you can NEVER have too much sparkle, I added more tinsel to trim the edges and used teeny wooden spools, painted with gold metallic paint, as feet.

To finish it off, I printed a butterfly fairy that I sized down, cut out and coated the bottom with super fine silver glitter. I slightly scored the wings to fold them up and attached it with a line of hot glue down the “body.”

There you have it! Lisa Kettell Designs is having a FABULOUS June Sale in the Artfire Store so hop on over and don’t miss out on savings and super supplies! (I also can’t say enough about her book, Altered Art Circus. I picked it up long before I joined the Design Team and it has such wonderful inspiration and how-tos PLUS if you buy it on Artfire, you can get it autographed!)

How amazing is Amy's project? I absolutely love it! There are so many possibilities with this project! Here is a similar one I made a few years ago:
Pretty The Bird!2Pretty The Bird!Pretty The Bird!3You can create enchanted ornaments, mini vignettes, circus or memory fun with this project. I hope Amy and Lisa Kettell Designs inspires you to create a shrine of your own!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blue Moon Cupie Plant Stake

Design Team Project
by: Sherry Payne-Scott

Blue Moon Cupie Plant Stake

    Cupie scrap book paper
    White Card stock   
    Modge Podge or White Glue
    Foam core 
    Bamboo Skewer
    Ruby Red and Silvery Blue Glitter

1.Using the Cupie scrapbook paper from Lisa Kettell Designs, glue the Cupie to card stock using Modge Podge to give rigidity
Trim the Cupie out once it's dry

2.Using a paint brush with Modge Podge or white glue to put glue on the heart and the lips sprinkling ruby glitter on the heart and lips

3.Cut a 5 1/2" circle out of foam core spread Modge Podge on top and sides, sprinkle blue glitter all over the circle
repeat for back side and let dry

4.Glue back of Cupie liberally about to waist of Cupie place onto moon and put heavy book on it until it is set

5.Using a bamboo skewer stick gently stick in the side of the circle behind the Cupie's legs

This is great for a party or just a cute decoration in a plant!
How great is Sherry's project, so amazing, I could see all my plants with these or the whole garden.

-Use outdoor glaze or decaupage medium and apply a few coats to your plant stake, insert in garden.
-Laminate your plant stake image for a weath proof all condition garden stake.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Design Team Project: Mermaid Mini Card

Design Team Project

by Kim Smith

Mermaid Mini Card....Faerie Enchantment Seaside Image! 

Here is a quick and enchanting project created by design team member Kim Smith using card stock, collage images from Lisa Kettell Designs Seaside CD and various other fun embellishments!

Kim made this little 1x3 inch mini card for the swap on JoAnne's VintageDragonfly Mermaid Mini Card swap on her Flickr group. So much fun making these small cards and seeing how much you can add to them!

For this swap Kim used an image from Lisa Kettell's Seaside Images CD and then embellished with glitter, tiny seashells, metallic fish stickers and pieces from a garland. In her words: "Love the images from this CD"
Imagine all the possibilities, these cards remind me of moo cards, you could make your own moo cards for your business using vintage images and embellishments, writing your company or artistic name w/info on the back of the card! This sized card is perfect for pendants and as small book marks, the list goes on. I hope Kim's project inspired you to create some cards of your own, let's see what you come up with!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to the Clearsnap and Trinity Paper Arts Blog Hop!!
 Our Design Teams have "teamed up" to share layouts, projects, and more featuring Trinity Pap[er Arts' paper collections and Clearsnap's distinctive inks and accessories. From sports to summer and everything in between, kick your sandals off, grab a cold lemonade and enjoy the inspiration.   Hop along to each blog listed below and leave a comment.">">">">">">">">">">">">">">">">">">

Each comment is an entry into a drawing to win the entire Trinity Paper Arts' "Surf N Swim" Collection!

PLUS, a second winner will receive Smooch Spritz in Gingersnap, Designer Foils in Blue, and Design Adhesives!

For extra entries, post about this blog hop to Facebook, Twitter or your blog! Just leave a comment on either company blog telling us what you did and each comment will count as your extra entry. And now, let's heat up the summer!!

Distressed Circus Boards: Ollie's Storybook Circus
Distressed Circus Boards were something I created for the Clearsnaps Design Team, a project designed with products found within the Clearsnap Product Line and some snippets of fabulous papers from Trinity Paper Arts, plus its apart of the Clearsnaps and Trinity Papers Blog Hop!

This project was inspired by elements of the circus, vintage game boards and my book, Altered Art Circus which is filled with circus and storybook themed projects, stories and recycled pieces. Since I love to recycle as much as I can, I used sturdy cardboard from a shipping box as my base, measured to 12 by 12 inches, then layered with vintage images, papers from Trinity Paper Arts, vintage circus supplies, embellishments from my embellishments line and distressed with fabulous inks and mixed media inks from clearsnap, along with my new all time fave product, Magic Stamp Moldable Foam, which allows you to make re-useable molds or impressions, with just a heat gun and a moldable piece.

Instead of a circus board try a memory board, a candyland board, wedding board, inspirational board, baby board, girl scout, steampunk or fairy board, so many possibilities to try.  IMG_4926

-Scrapbook paper, Trinity Paper Arts
-Vintage Images, circus follies collage cd, Lisa Kettell Designs
-Cardboard, chipboard or wood, cut to 12 by 12 inches
-Piccolo's, Globecraft Memories
-Air dry clay, Makins
-Various clay parts:XL cherry cupie head, bailey heads, lil chick, lil kewpie Lisa Kettell Designs
-Tools: scissors, paint brush, hot glue gun
-Glues: hot glue sticks, decaupage medium
-Other: ribbons, chipboard lettering, circus tickets, hardware, ephemera, mini light bulbs,       
 paper umbrella, clown cupcake topper, bakery twine, mini circus animals, coin wrappers,  chipboard, paper towel, etc.

 1. Print a variety or circus images, posters and ephemera from the collage cd, in a variety of small sizes, no bigger then 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Once you pick a good amount of circus images, arrange to taste onto a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardboard, glue in place with decaupage medium.

2. Spray smooch spritz in tea party red onto a paper towel and swipe over some of the images and embellishments. I added color to the paper umbrella by lightly spraying smooch spritz in tea party red over it, then let dry.

3.  With a edge swipe technique, swipe the edges of your collage circus board with a school house mixed media paint, rub into the board using paper towel, add more dimension using archival ink in pinkolicious and mudslide, let dry.

4. Age your collage images using honey color mixed media ink and a paper towel, rubbing into a circular motion. 

5. Cut out some favorite circus images, glue to chipboard w/decaupage medium, cut out, place around parts of the board. Next cut out several small squares of chipboard glue together with hot glue til you have a 1/2 inch thickness, set aside.

6. Take several 1/2 thickness glue chipboard squares and hot glue behind each cut chipboard circus image, glue to your circus board. This gives your images dimension when gluing to your circus board.

7. Begin adding additional embellishments all around the board, creating mini vignettes around it. On the clay embellishments I added extra color using pigment inks, mixed media inks and fluid chalk ink pad. On the piccolo's and metal hardware I used smooch accent ink in frosted aqua to give more highlights to the hardware.

8. For the tags I used red toned scrapbook paper from trinity paper arts, cut into a tag shape, and aged the corners using vintage mixed media ink, the result resembled an old circus pullman cart.

9. No circus is complete without a clown, after some experimenting I pressed a clown cupcake topper into the moldable foam stamp block. The key to getting a deeper mold instead of a texture is to heat the moldable foam stamp block and extra 2 minutes, making sure you rotate the heat around the moldable foam stamp block sides and top to insure a perfect heat and no burn, then quickly press the clown cupcake topper into it and hold pressed for 20 seconds, voila, a re-useable mold. Now press w/makins air dry clay in white, let dry, paint and then glue to your circus board.

10. Finally add extra embellishments and glitter.
Tips and Tricks
-You can use a glue stick to adhere images to chipboard

-In place of vintage images, use various scraps of scrapbook paper then stamp circus scenes all 

-Try lining your whole board with circus tickets instead of images, age with a variety of              colorbox inks. 

-Alter a discarded or used game board using a variety of inks and embellish with all your fave pieces and found objects.
I hope this project inspires you to create a circus board of your own! Thanks so much for coming to mine!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sneak Peak Inside the Studio
Inside my Studio!Come join me for a sneak peak into my studio, where all my fave things can be found! Its always evolving with recycled shelving, color and my fave circus, storybook, kitsch and steampunk themes! Most of the furniture in the studio has been recycled or salvaged from destruction, even curb side pick up, keeping the decor of the studio and the whole store on a decorating budget is extremely important, especially in this economy!
Inside my Studio! 5Inside my Studio! 6Inside my Studio! 8Some of my shelves are filled with my own artwork, book samples, swap artworks, gifts, customer/friend handmade items, thrift store finds, purchases from my travels and my life long collecting!Inside my Studio! 9Inside my Studio! 11Everyone knows I love vintage dolls: kewpies, cupies, charlottes, storybook animals, etc. so when I receive one or buy one, I can't wait to show it off in the studio, lol!Inside my Studio! 12Inside my Studio! 14I especially love circus memorabilia, these tin cans came from two different locations both were ironically $2.00 each and hold some of my bits and pieces!Inside my Studio! 13Inside my Studio! 4Inside my Studio! 3Inside my Studio! 2My studio is located on a former stage, as my store was a playhouse/theatre at the Turn of the Century, this adds to the magic of my studio space not to mention the history of it!

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my studio world, I'll be back with more studio photos and fun! xoxo

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Design Team Project
By Marfi Bradford

The Fairy Chair

When I first saw this gorgeous image on my collage CD from Lisa Kettell, I knew I had to use it.
The image itself is called 'Take the fair face of woman'
I think she looks like a fairy:)

Collage CD from Lisa's shop
artificial flowers
small chair
hot glue
glue gun

Hot glue moss to the chair seat
glue image to chair back
take the flowers apart and arrange them around image and on the moss. Add butterflies.
paint glitter onto flowers.

Now it's all ready for a fairy to rest on!

you can find small decorative chairs at craft stores or yard sales.
use tulle or ribbon to make a skirt around the chair.
a small pillow can be used instead of moss.

Have a great Sunday! Marfi!
How amazing is this piece that Marfi created? I love it! She made it using images from the Fairytale Follies Collage Cd by Lisa Kettell Designs, this collage cd is back in stock!