Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Party Classes 2016

Happy Sunday to everyone, Kirsten here with a look back at Friday's Christmas party Classes in Maidstone. Lots of photos in this post, so let's get on...........

Lots of Christmas crafting goodies & samples on the promotion tables...................

Christmas bling & jingle bells.............

Lisa & I updated the Lisa B Designs website yesterday, so all the remaining stock is now available there.

Lots of spot prizes, the pass the parcel parcels & the big Christmas raffle prize, which was won by..........................


Congratulations Rachel!!


Every year, our wonderful Rosemary makes the table decorations & every year we say that she can't top the previous year. But guess what?? She does!! These were absolutely gorgeous............

The globe in the centre lit up & there was glitter & bling everywhere..........

Thank you so much Rosemary!!

Before the party there had to be some work decorating the MDF baubles............

Lovely photo of Janet, Sandra & Dawn, painting away & surrounded by Christmas goodies of the crafting & edible kind.................... :-)

Lisa's sister, Jo, crafting........... (This is headline news!!) :-)

Lisa actually got a chance to sit down for a few minutes.........

After the food - we hope no one went home hungry! - there were games of pass the parcel & yes, everyone got a prize..................

(It took Lisa & I ages to wrap four parcels, which obviously got bigger & bigger as we went along. And of course, we kept forgetting what was in each layer.... ;-)

Not everyone got their baubles finished, but we loved what they did get done & it was great to see so many different ones...............

I'm going to add all the bauble photos I have to an album in the Lisa B Designs Facebook page. If you'd like yours included please post it on the FB page, or email it to Lisa; We would love to see them finished. 

And so the final classes of 2016 came to end. THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Friday & throughout the year, we really appreciate your support. We hope you had fun at all the classes during 2016 & we're looking forward to seeing you again on February 3, 2017. 

Huge thanks goes to Jo, Kate, Jan, Rosemary & Julie for all their fantastic hard work at the classes & to Lisa's hubby, Paul, for all his help. As Lisa always says, she couldn't do it without any of you. 

I'll be back tomorrow with the first of my MDF bauble projects. Thanks for visiting the blog today & enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 


Friday, 2 December 2016

Little Bauble Shaker Card

Hello crafters, well this is the final card in the Bauble series for me, looking forward to the MDF class today 😊

This little card used the Bough from the Hobby Art Nature Trail Stamp Set and the Little Bauble Dies.

I started with. 6" X 6" white card blank, some black card, gold mirri and white super smooth card.  I took a spare piece of super smooth and cut it down to about 5.5" X 5.5" and started to stamp across the top of the card with the bough stamp using Mowed Lawn Distress ink.
I wanted this 3D so carefully cut around the whole image, this would work ok if you just cut around the image rather than going into the detail like I did.  I left that to one side while I created the main card.

I cut the gold mirri slight smaller that the main card, then the black card slightly smaller than the gold, thus created my matt.  As I was going to create a shaker I decided to cut the centres out of the background card as you can see below.

The white super smooth card was going to have a circle to emulate a bauble.  So I lined up the white card onto my card blank, then placed the bough stamped imaged across the top so I could see where I was going to hang the little baubles.  
I placed a circle cutting die where I thought I would suit best and tapped it down with low tack tape.  I then threaded some fine gold organza ribbon through the top of the baubles then lined them up next to the circle then laid the ribbon up towards the bough before piercing a small hole for the ribbon to go through, I secured the ribbon on the back with some tape and left that to one side.  

Next was the apperture, I passed the die and card stock through the cutting machine, this took a couple of passes because of the thickness of both pieces of card.

Turned the front piece of white card over and stuck some acetate to the back then 3D foamed the sides and around the circle ensuring it was all encased so the glitter couldn't escape.

I then stuck this to the black matt frame then onto the gold frame.  I add a further layer of 3D foam around the circle.  I placed a large spoonful of crystal glamour dust (I actually wished I used the Gold Glamour Dust really because of the gold mirri) then missed in a little of the Imagination Craft Cracked Ice and covered the area with another piece of acetate before sticking the whole lot onto the card.

I 3D foamed the back of the bough stamped imaged and stuck it to the top of the card, making the sure the little baubles were in place I 3D those are well,  Where the ribbon was threaded through the bough image I covered that little hole with a red gem then added some more to embellish.  

For inside the card I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Hobby Art Rufus stamp set onto one of the cut out circles then matted that with some gold mirri, then placed that inside the card to it lined up with the aperture so the sentiment could be seen through it.

 There you go, quite simple and I think the shaker cards are a nice Christmassy effect.
Thank you for dropping by the blog and hope you enjoyed it.
Looking forward to seeing you all for the last time this year
Love Jan -x-

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas MDF with added Sparkle and Polar Friends!

Hello all! It's December and the mince pies are looking tempting! This week I am playing with MDF and adding some characters from the Hobby Art Poles Apart Set.

I started with one of the fabulous Imagination Crafts MDF Words. These all have pre-drilled holes in for hanging, but you don't have to use them all, or even any! You can also hang things from them, or even hang several words together to make some very funky Christmas word decorations.

Step one was to paint some Sax Blue Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint directly onto the MDF. There was no need to prime with gesso, as the paint is dark and highly pigmented.

Next, I chose some of the characters I wanted to add to my piece from the Hobby Art Poles Apart Set. I stamped with Memento Black Ink and coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils.

My first attempt at the polar bear I did not like, so I practised and was happy with number two image below (I realise my colouring is not great: I'm learning!):

With my MDF dry, I added some Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium all over the front of my word. I had to do this in stages with a snowflake stencil, waiting for each layer to dry before doing the next. I also painted a small snowflake with Platinum Starlight Paint and stippled more of the Sparkle Medium all over this with my finger.

To add some more dimension to my piece I used lots of Diamond Sparkle Medium to create a melted snow look. I put large blobs of the gel at the top and on the letters where 'snow' would fall naturally. I then used a spatula to pull the medium into 'drips'. Once all the bits and bobs were dry I assembled my piece.

I think daddy (or mummy) polar looks quite calm and ready for Christmas, don't you?! Not sure that's going to me this year, but hear's hoping!

See you next week with some different samples relating to tomorrow's class topics...

Lots of love,


Poles ApartMDF Words - NOELSax Blue SLPlatinum SLDiamond SM Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black