Monday, 30 October 2017

Snowman Family

Good morning, Kirsten here, happy Monday - and happy almost November!!!! We had a fun class in Maidstone on Friday, you can see the cards in this album on the Lisa B Designs Facebook page and today I'm showing you the first card I made based on one of the class projects, which used the Woodware Clear Magic Snowman Family stamp.

I die cut the Joy Craft Happy Holidays Pine Trees to use the negatives as stencils.............

Next, the background, with Distress inks; I created the sun first, with Squeezed Lemonade through a circle die cut, then applied Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron through the trees' stencils.

I coloured the Woodware Clear Magic Snowman Family with Distress inks used as watercolours and them out. I used the bottom of the piece of card to draw a line on a piece of white card to create hills and cut that out too.................


I stamped the snowmen stamp on to the background, covered the hills piece of card with 
double sided adhesive, cut off the excess and applied Diamond Frost Frosty Dawn loose glitter on top..........

I put all the pieces together on a DL card with some coloured card for matting and layering and finished with a sentiment, a little Diamond Sparkle Medium on the snow people and some
 Glossy Accents on the hearts........

Snowman Family - NEW!!!   Happy Holidays Pine TreesDouble Sided Adhesive Sheets A4    Diamond Frost Frosty DawnDiamond SM    Mini Glossy Accents

The next Grove Green workshop is on November 12 and it's the Christmas one!!  
Click for details and booking information. Places are already limited, so don't delay if you'd like to join us.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

November Newsletter

Morning, happy Wednesday! I'm really looking forward to Friday's Christmas card classes in Fant Hall Maidstone on Friday, it's been ages since I saw everyone! The projects are two cards with a snowman theme and lots of glitter...............



If you're attending one of the classes, we'll be stamping with Distress inks and colouring in the images, so if you want to bring colouring pencils or pens with you for your personal use, please feel free to do so.

There are a couple of places left, so if you would like to join us please contact me by lunchtime on Thursday, October 26; 01622675078. Class times are 2.30 - 5.30 and 6.30 - 9.30. The fee is £16, which includes the projects, tools and items for use during the class, and tea/coffee and a slice of cake.

In other news, have you seen the gorgeous, new, PaperArtsy Christmas stamps?? I've added a selection to the website and I can't wait to have a play with them............


I'll have them at Fant Hall, along with the November issue of Craft Stamper magazine on Friday.

You can order items in advance from the website and I will bring them with me on Friday. Again, please do so by lunchtime on Thursday

The shop will be open to everyone from 2.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday, do drop in if in you're in the area. Remember to bring your loyalty card and a camera if you want to take photos of samples.

The next workshop at Grove Green will be the Christmas one on Sunday, November 12.

The fee is £40, which includes a kit worth £20. Places are already limited, so please contact me as soon as possible if you'd like to attend. More information about the workshop can be found HERE.

That's all for now, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday - and don't forget, clocks go back by one hour on Sunday morning!

Until next time, happy crafting.

Lisa xx

Monday, 23 October 2017

Wooden Icons and PaperArtsy Stamps

Hello, Kirsten here, I have managed to blog three Mondays in a row - makes a change!! It's October 23 and the clocks go back at the weekend, so I thought I'd show you two projects I made for the PaperArtsy workshop Lisa held on September 9. They're bright and colourful, a nice antidote to the long dark evenings ahead.

I've no step by step photos, but they were both made the same way and I kept them quite simple. I'll put details of the PaperArtsy stencils and stamps, etc., below each photo.

I painted the wooden icons - these are great! Lightweight and completely smooth, with Christmas on the horizon they'd make perfect gifts - with Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and added some stencilling before stamping the images on top. I stamped the images again on to white card, then painted them with Distress inks, used as watercolours. I cut the pieces out and glued them to the icons and that was it.

Deco Art Americana Acrylic paint; Baby Pink and Carousel Pink
PaperArtsy stencil; PS001
PaperArtsy stamps; Zinski Art 09, Zinis 12, Zinski Art 07, JOFY50 (sentiment)

Deco Art Americana Acrylic paint; Baby Blue, Desert Turquoise, Titanium (Snow) White
PaperArtsy stencils; PS001, PS009, PS044
PaperArtsy stamps; Zinski Art 06, Zinis 09, JOFY54 (sentiment)

Baby Pink AA   Carousel Pink AABaby Blue AADesert Turquoise AASnow (Titanium) White AA
PA Stencil PS001 (ELB)    PA Stencil PS009 (JOFY)    PA Stencil PS044 (ELB)     Zinski Art 06Zinski Art 09     Zinis 12    Zinis 09    

JOFY50    JOFY54 - NEW!!!    Icon Plate

That's all from me for now. Friday is class day in Fant Hall, Maidstone, ME16 8NN. We'll be making two Christmas cards with a snowman theme and there a couple of places left. Contact Lisa by Thursday lunchtime if you'd like attend.

The next Grove Green workshop is on November 12, click for details and booking information. Places are already limited, so don't delay if you'd like to join us.

Have a great week.


Monday, 16 October 2017


Good morning, it's Monday again so it's Kirsten here with another project. I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Thank you to everyone who Lisa and I for the Rusty Patina workshop in Grove Green yesterday. I've got some photos, which I'll add to the Lisa B Designs Facebook page later today.

My project today is a That's Crafty acrylic panel stacker, decorated with Woodware Clear Magic stamps, Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and Imagination Crafts' Starlights Metallic paints............

What are acrylic stackers??
 They are 3 pieces of clear acrylic and 1 piece of MDF, with four screws to hold them together. There are various shapes available and they make perfect gifts, or an alternative to a card. 

Two very important things to remember............

1. Remove the protective cover from each side of each acrylic piece before use.
2. Always use STAZON ink on the acrylic, it's the only ink that will dry on the acrylic. 

You could, if you're very careful, use Versafine and embossing powder on the acrylic, but heat drying runs the risk of warping it, so it's probably best avoided.

Firstly, I painted my background very simply with Deco Art Americana acrylic paints and some Starlights for the sun................

Now on to the fun part - the acrylic pieces. One of the pieces is slightly thicker than the other two, so you've got to have an idea of what's going where. I always stamp on the back, it's easier to paint the images that way, rather than looking through the acrylic, so I've also got to remember that the images will be reversed when I flip the acrylic over................

The Woodware Long Tall Flowers stamped in Stazon, painted with Starlights, then flipped over to the 'right side'............

This is the layer that will sit on the painted MDF bottom layer.

The first layer always looks a bit streaky, but if add a tiny amount of water to the paint and paint a very thin first layer, you can then build up the colour with the following layers.

The middle layer;  Smile! from the Woodware Just to Say set, (I love the font chosen for this set).........

The little monster from the Woodware The Blimps set is the top layer. Again, stamped in Stazon on the back, painted with Deco Art Americana acrylics and a little bit of Starlights...........

The colours you want to see have to be painted first, so the spots and the eyes were first, then I added the green paint and I always finish by painting over the coloured paint with either white paint, or gesso, it gives a smoother finish and the colours look a bit brighter...........

Let all the painted acrylic layers dry thoroughly, then use the screws to attach all four pieces together............

That's it, I hope you're still with me. 

The next Grove Green workshop is on November 12, click for details and booking information. Places are already limited, so don't delay if you'd like to join us.

Panel 1 Stacker     The Blimps - NEW!!!   Long Tall Flowers - NEW!!  Just to Say - NEW!!!  Stazon Jet Black  

See you next time.