It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pret­ty hap­py Spring is com­ing and have been chirp­ing non-stop out­side my win­dow and Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner I decid­ed to cre­ate this tag using Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds and Col­lage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the mar­ket as all are cre­at­ed from images she has drawn in her art jour­nals. This tag is lay­ered with a Jen­ni Bowl­in Sten­cil, Ranger Tex­ture Paste, Dina Wak­ley Media Paints, Plat­inum Stick­les, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Mani­la Card­stock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so excit­ing to be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Ranger Design­er Chal­lenge. Basi­cal­ly how it works is Ranger picks a prod­uct line to fea­ture, sends the design­ers a box of the prod­ucts and you cre­ate a project using these prod­ucts. This year the chal­lenge was a can­vas using Dina Wak­ley’s Media paints, sten­cils and stamps. Talk about a fun chal­lenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stick­les Dry Glit­ter Rocky Can­dy and of course Dia­mond Stick­les. I have fall­en in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like but­ter! I already have her new col­ors Glitz, Ster­ling and Pen­ny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Appli­ca­tor. These...

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Altered Art Journal ATC 1

Aug 25, 2014

I was so super hap­py when I dis­cov­ered (which is what hap­pens when you clean areas of your stu­dio, you dis­cov­er things) I had a set of 6″ x 8″ pock­et pages that fit inside my art jour­nal. Since these pock­et pages are a vari­ety pack I have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sized pock­ets that are per­fect to add dif­fer­ent sized art pieces into my jour­nal. Yes, I’m hap­py. So once I dis­cov­ered I had more options for my art jour­nal I decid­ed to cre­ate a small ATC type piece to put into one of the pock­et pages. This card mea­sures 2.75″ x 4″ so it is a bit off in mea­sure­ments for a tra­di­tion­al ATC which is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The base of the card is from a por­tion of the left over post­card I had from my first...

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Altered Art Journal Pages 1 & 2 ~ Same Paint Different Styles

Jun 29, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: July 19th     TIME: 2:30      PLACE: The Crafty Scrap­per     CLASS Length: 3–4 Hours     LEVELS: All In this class you will alter one page (front and back) of a Wendy Vec­chi Art Jour­nal Cov­er Page. Some of the prod­ucts you will use in class are vin­tage papers, The Crafters Work­shop Sten­cils, Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Gold Emboss­ing Paste, Dina Wak­ley Scrib­bly Birds stamps and Dina Wak­ley Media Paint. Page one is full of tex­ture, mut­ed col­ors and accent­ed with a wood­en cameo, seam bind­ing bow, vin­tage rick­rack and inspi­ra­tional words stamped onto vin­tage paper. Page two is bright and whim­si­cal. I will show you how sim­ple it is to cre­ate sil­hou­ettes and hand paint­ed whim­si­cal doo­dles. The tips and tech­niques you learn in this class can...

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All The Gals ~ Collage

Jun 19, 2014

Here is a small 4″ x 6″ col­lage I cre­at­ed using one of the gals stamps from Dina Wak­ley’s new All The Gals stamp set and her new Media paint. First, if you have not tried her paints you are real­ly miss­ing out. These paints spread like but­ter and are heavy enough to cre­ate peaks and brush­strokes in your art. They are AMAZING. To cre­ate this lit­tle art jour­nal page I first cov­ered the left side of the water­col­or paper using pieces of a dress pat­tern and Mul­ti Medi­um as my adhe­sive. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped one of the All The Gals stamps onto the water­col­or paper. Using water­col­ors, I paint­ed the gals stamped image as well as all around the back­ground of the stamped image. Using a sten­cil and Dina’s Media paints...

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Sing Your Own Song

Jun 3, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I LOVED Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamp set. Here is anoth­er piece I made over the week­end. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped the bird image onto a 6″ piece of water­col­or paper, then filled it in with acrylic paints. I paint­ed the entire back­ground with teal acrylic paint. I used the Kalei­do­scope sten­cil by Ron­da Palaz­zari and some of Wendy Vec­chi’s Crack­le Tex­ture Paste to add tex­ture to the piece. Once the paste was dry and did it’s mag­ic I inked it with Archival Inks and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink. Using Mul­ti Medi­um I attached some vin­tage sheet music and an image from a book. Next I cov­ered the sten­ciled areas and the branch image with bits and pieces of a dress pat­tern. Once the mul­ti  medi­um dried I...

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Stickles

Jun 5, 2013

Most of you should know by now that I have a seri­ous LOVE for Stick­les, espe­cial­ly Dia­mond and Plat­inum! When teach­ing these two are a giv­en for items need­ed in class. I use Stick­les on pret­ty much every­thing I cre­ate and I have a say­ing about them too, “Stick­les is to Crafters what Botox is to Plas­tic Sur­geons. You can always use a lit­tle some­where”. If you are a crafter that does not like loose glit­ter Stick­les is a prod­uct for you. It’s easy to use and there is zero mess. So today, I’m going to show you how I use a lit­tle or a lot on my projects. Dia­mond Stick­les is a great way to give a sim­ple flower a lit­tle pop. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto...

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Studio Observations

May 20, 2013

Sev­er­al weeks ago while stay­ing at Ron­da’s and play­ing in her awe­some stu­dio, as I looked around I noticed lots of sim­i­lar­i­ties in the way we dec­o­rate and the prod­ucts we use to cre­ate. Even though our styles are quite dif­fer­ent we do have a love for sim­i­lar things. So while I was notic­ing all the sim­i­lar­i­ties I start­ed snap­ping pho­tos to show you how two total­ly dif­fer­ent artists (I’m a vin­tage neu­tral girl and she is a wild­ly col­or­ful sten­cil girl) can be such great friends. Ron­da uses col­ored but­tons in her art and has them sort­ed and lined up in rain­bow order neat­ly on a shelf were as I use most­ly clear or neu­tral col­ored but­tons and have jars placed here and there in my stu­dio. Ron­da has some of her favorite Trin­ket...

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Watching a Dream Come True

Jan 24, 2013

It was so awe­some to walk into The Crafter’s Work­shop booth at CHA and see the new sten­cil line designed by my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari. After CHA sum­mer Ron­da spoke about ideas she had for her own sten­cil line and by gol­ly, I’m thrilled to see her Dream Came True. What Ron­da cre­ates with her sten­cils is beyond amaz­ing. Below are links to all the sten­cil projects she cre­at­ed and blogged about as each sten­cil made it’s pub­lic debut. You have to look at every sin­gle one. I tell ya, it’s pure eye can­dy. Kalei­do­scope Urban Land­scape Sub­way Hon­ey­comb Pic­ture Per­fect Pie Chart Con­fet­ti Qua­tre­foil This lay­out is just one of the many favorite projects I love that Ron­da cre­at­ed. This lay­out fea­tures her new Kalei­do­scope sten­cil. No one does col­or like Ron­da....

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I final­ly fin­ished my “Pop Art” por­trait ver­sion of Ans­ley. Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er calls this sten­cil Sum­mer and since she did cre­ate the sten­cil she has every right to name it Sum­mer but hon­est­ly, I think she needs to re-name it Ans­ley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini work­shop in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop explain­ing how I cre­at­ed this “Pop Art” por­trait. Cre­at­ing the dimen­sion in her hair and facial fea­tures as well as pick­ing out funky paint col­ors was real­ly fun. If you’re already reg­is­tered for this work­shop I plan on start­ing the tuto­r­i­al, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the oth­er projects post­ed. You nev­er know you might like paint­ing with bright col­ors as much as I...

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Getting Glittery with the Herringbone Stencil

Aug 8, 2011

Hi!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er and I’m so delight­ed to be guest post­ing here on Lisa’s blog! I have a quick and fun tuto­r­i­al for you on how to make these cool glit­tered cir­cle embell­ish­ments. I’ve used them here on a lay­out: And to make this cute and quick card… …I sim­ply punched the but­ter­flies from some com­plet­ed cir­cles. Lots of dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties with this tech­nique!  Check out the video to see the how-to! Thanks for let­ting me share!  I’ll be back with anoth­er post next Mon­day.  In the mean­time, if you want to find me… Blog: Balz­er Designs Face­book Twit­ter See you...

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