Past Design Teams

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remaking a Target dollar spot pumpkin

So if you are like can't make a trip through Target without stopping at least once in the dollar spot section.  When the fall and Halloween items were put out I picked up one of these plain white pumpkins so it would match everything.  Little did I know that I would be inspired to switch up this pumpkin with some wonderful sprays.  Here is what I started with:

 I used a piece of recycled bubble wrap and sprayed it with irRESISTible NEON Electric Blue and irRESISTible Pear Tart texture sprays.  I then pressed the bubble wrap into and all around the pumpkin to achieve the desired coating and pattern.  I paid extra attention to the grooves of the pumpkin making sure to coat the surface evenly, but allowing bits of the white to show through. 

I then used a piece of white wire trim and curled it to look like the little vines on a pumpkin.  I added the trim and a coordinating leaf from my stash to the pumpkin using liquid adhesive. 

I love how this piece now looks and the transformation from bland to grand with some fantastic color and texture was done in less than a half hour.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What is Old becomes New Again with Tattered Angels sprays and Canvas Corp tissue and trim!

This project was shared on the Canvas Corp blog October 31.  I am always on the lookout for unique containers to alter for gift giving.  I spend a good bit of time at thrift shops and love when I come across well-made pieces that feature hinges that can be easily removed for altering. I hit the jackpot at our local Goodwill one Saturday and scored this fantastic container marked at $3.99 with a green tag that was half off that day. Now, let me show you how upcycled it to follow the theme – Old Becomes New.

Products used:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sugar MapleSilver SugarVintage PinkDark Vintage Green
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer  Shade
Canvas Corp Cord Rope Natural Hank
Canvas Corp Tissue Stock 12×12 French Script on Ivory
liquid adhesive, green yarn, green ball trim
ink, white paint, scissors, paper trimmer
Begin by removing the hardware from the box.
Be sure to keep these in  a safe location because it is easy to misplace a tiny screw.
Once the metal has been removed, paint the entire piece with white paint so you have a clean slate to start with.

Select the Glimmer mists and Simply Sheer to use on the tissue paper.
I use a box for all my spraying to contain the spray.
For this project, I sprayed four sheets of the tissue.
Sit the tissue paper aside while it dries.

Once the tissue is dried, trim pieces to match the container.
Adhere the tissue to the container using a liquid adhesive.

Once this has dried, continue to decorate the container.
I changed the color of the natural hank using black ink.
I used the same black ink to smudge the edges along the entire container.
Replace the hardware on the box.
Using liquid adhesive add trim to the top and bottom as shown.
Using the same adhesive adhere the flowers to the front of the container and to the lid.

I am thrilled with how this container has been transformed.
I hope you will look for containers that you can alter when you are walking through thrift shops and consignment stores.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Friday, October 26, 2018

Watercoloring Canvas Corp Mixed Media Origins Pumpkins with Prima watercolors

Hello Canvas Corp friends…I'm up again today on the Canvas Corp blog with another Friday with Friends post.  This week I thought it would be fun to share with you how wonderful the Mixed Media Origins papers work with Prima Watercolors.  I decided that I would use the double pumpkin image.

Supply list:
Canvas Corp Mixed Media Origins Mini Art – Pumpkins
Prima Watercolor paints:  Tropicals, Decadent Pies, and The Tropics
White gouache

I like to use a dropper to add water to my watercolor pans and then transfer the individual colors to the mixing areas within each set.  I had a general idea of the colors I wanted to use, so I added water to about five of the orange, yellow, and brown pans to start with.  I started with the pumpkin on the right and started building up my colors, remembering to leave some spaces for highlights.  The Mixed Media Origins Mini Art papers are perfect for watercoloring as it is thick and almost cloth like in feeling and texture.  The watercolor floats on the surface of the paper for a good bit allowing you to move the paint a good bit before it finally starts to dry.

I continued adding colors until I felt I had some good depth to the shape.  I then moved on to the pumpkin on the left.  I started this one by layering the lightest color from the right pumpkin onto certain areas of the image.  These watercolor paints are amazing for layering of color.  When working on a piece like this it is easy to move from one side to the other allowing parts of it to dry a bit before adding more color to the image.

I decided for this pumpkin that I wanted it have a blue and greenish tint to it, so I added multiple shades of blue and green leaving some highlight areas on this one as well.

I used the remaining paints I had mixed in the pan to color the leaves and the background behind the pumpkins.  I love how they turned out.  I am not sure whether I will try and add this piece to a card front or frame it to sit on my side table in the living room during fall.  These watercolors really are wonderful to work with and the color stays very vibrant when the image dries.  I went back in with some white gouache paint to add some extras little accents on the stems.

Here is my final painted piece.

I hope you will take a look at the Mixed Media Origins papers and try them with Prima watercolors.
Happy crafting….  Lynda

Thursday, October 18, 2018

All about the coffee...

Gotta have my coffee...

For this cover, I decided that I was going to try a technique I have wanted to do for a while – paint with coffee. I mixed some instant coffee with various amounts of water to create different colors to use on my project. I even died the trim on the edge of the cover with coffee.

I dipped the lid of a mason jar into the coffee and pressed it into the paper to create the rings and dripped coffee from the paintbrush onto the cover to add more texture and designs.

 The centers of the flowers are given dimension from the actual instant coffee smashed into the wet coffee paint. I love how it all worked out!!!


Tattered Angels Calendar Kit Paint System – Diamonds & Pearls
Architextures™ 6″x6″ Blank Journal – Sketch
7gypsies Mixed Media Junque Pack
Canvas Corp The Watering Can: Garden Sayings on Ivory Paper
Instant coffee
Gesso, liquid glue
Scissors, mason jar lid, paintbrushes

This was such a fun project…not to mention the cute book smells amazing!!!
Are you going to give it a go too? Let me know how it went in the comments.
Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

October already?

It is hard to believe that it is already October.  This past year has been so full of challenges and changes here in our community in Northern California.  In less than one week it will be a year since the terrible wildfires burned through our area.  So much has changed and so much has yet to change.

One thing that has stayed the same is my need to be creative as a way to express myself.  This has always been a great way for me to let off stress and relax.  I've been creating a lot of mixed media and altered projects lately for the design team I am on.  It is fun to take something and repurpose it into something totally new.  Giving a new life to something is a great feeling.

We had a challenge on the Canvas Corp crew to create something using a foreign language that we speak, so not our native language.  For my project I created a cute little notebook that has the saying "My Love" Spanish (which I speak a little of), French (which both my girls now are taking in school and speak) and Cat...which my family thinks I speak.  Whenever one of the cats start meowing everyone always asks me what they are saying:

I also created this watercolor book using a stencil:

I've been doing a lot of coloring as well...even had a few pieces submitted for publication in a European magazine.  I will know in a couple weeks if the cards were picked up or not.  Lots of other projects will be shared once they are posted on the Canvas Corp blog.

For my birthday the family bought me a subscription to a watercoloring kit that will come each month.  Each box has four projects and enough supplies to make the project twice.  I am looking forward to working on my watercoloring skills and creating some new art for our walls and my office. 

I hope you have enjoyed these projects and I will share the others as soon as I can.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, September 02, 2018

A little catching up to do....

I've been a terrible blogger.  I've been creating and creating for months, but haven't been sharing my projects here on my blog, but some has been shared on the Canvas Corp blog, some for a trade show in Europe and even a few for a magazine in Europe.

I've also been helping a LOT with the local pet rescue efforts.  I helped to setup the online albums and tracking spreadsheet for the recent Redding fires here in California.  I have also been helping with the local TNR group in our area; we work as a team to support the efforts in the community.

I've realized a good bit about my creative style in the past few months which is always good.  I like to create when I feel most grounded.  I like to color when I'm with my family watching tv or a movie.  I like to needle felt when I need a distraction.  I love to paint mostly when I'm alone and don't have to worry about not hearing someone when they are talking or following along with a movie.

I like to work on projects a little at a time, rarely completing something quickly, but dabbling a little and then coming back to it after putting it down for a while.  I often take photos of my work in progress so I can look at it more objectively later and often find exactly what is missing when I look at it later.

So...what have I gotten done in the months since I posted here last...well here are some of the projects in no particular order:

I created this frame using burlap for Canvas Corp.  I made the flowers from red burlap and the centers are from the frayed pieces cut from the sheet used to cover the frame.   This was published along with a tutorial on the Canvas Corp blog.

Time for Tea designs released some clear stamps this year and I created these cards using those cute new images: 

 Each month Canvas Corp gives it's designers a theme for a challenge which we can participate in.  The challenge one month was music; you had to use lyrics or something musical in your project; so I used actual sheet music for my cards:

 Each month I create a tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands.  I created this burlap table runner as my tutorial one month using their awesome blank runner and some leftover upholstery fabric I had from recovering my dining room chairs:

 I love to upcycle things, so this was a fun project I made for Canvas Corp that used a Crystal Light lemonade packet container:

Time for Tea designs card for their blog:

Some Odd girl released this cute image:

I adore this image from Some Odd Girl and created this card for one of my monthly projects for them when I was on their design team: 

I recovered a Travelers Notebook that I received that had a small imperfection on the cover using this amazing paper from Canvas Corp Brands.  I wrote a tutorial for this that was on their blog.

When I was selected for the Canvas Corp Brands design Crew we were asked to create a canvas in our style, so I created this.  I made the paper roses, used frayed strips of bulap for the side and lots of inking and distressing on this.


 There is a LOT more than this, but some of the projects have not been shared on the other blogs yet, so I can't share them here with you.  So as you can see, I've been coloring, inking, painting, and sewing a lot in the past few months....just not blogging about it.  My goal for the balance of the year is to publish at least once a week to my blog with my latest projects.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kitty back ride

January has come to an end and there were some cute new images released by Some Odd Girl.

I wanted to share with you this cutie titled Kitty Back Ride Tobie...I mean look how cute this image is:

and here is my bookmark I made using it:

I colored the image with Copic markers.  Then I fussy cut it out.  I then picked this scrap piece of denim from Canvas Corp and punched a hole in the center.  I then added a strip of burlap scrap for the tassle on the bookmark.  The image was added to the fabric using Beacon liquid glue. 

He has already made his way across the hall to my youngest daughter's room...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January photo inspiration challenge at Some Odd Girl

Each month there is a fun community challenge at Some Odd Girl.  For January we are talking photo inspiration.  It cold be anything from the shape of something to the colors.  Just find something in a photograph and let it inspire you to create something using a Some Odd Girl image.

I love birds.  I found this beautiful image online and decided that I loved the colors and blurry background, so those are the elements I used from it to inspire my project:

For my project I used the Kiss a Prince Tia image.  She was printed onto white cardstock using Copics.  I then put little dots with the same marker colors around her to create a background.  I then trimmed around the image.  I used Distress Oxide inks to create the main card base background.  I found these super fun stencil brushes that are perfect for creating kind of a muted smudgy looking design which was exactly what I was looking for.  I then added the printed sentiment to the front.  All the elements added to the front are mounted using foam tape for dimension.

You have until the end of the month to load your image on the facebook page here in this album!!!
Happy crafting...Lynda

Monday, December 04, 2017

Brr....Tia is cold....

Today I’m sharing with you a project created using one of the newest digital releases…Brr Tia!!
I printed her out onto some Strathmore Colored Pencil paper.  I find this paper has a great texture for using Prismacolor pencils and it is easy to trim down and run through the printer.
I colored her with pencils trying to make her look as cold as I could; remembering where my face would get the most pink when I had been outside too long.  I then added some Wink of Stella glitter pen and some Marvy Snow Marker.  I then puffed the snow with my heat tool.  I then dug through my stash and found some old alphabet rubons and spelled out brrr….


Be sure to check the other new release images in the store! 

Happy crafting….Lynda

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The perfect background for Strolling Mae

So excited to share with you my first  post as a member of the Some Odd Girl Core Team!!!

I thought I would share with you a great way to stretch your pattern paper in your collection.  First I started out by coloring the adorable Strolling Mae image using my copic markers.  I kept each color pulled from my case so I could use them later in the project.  I then fussy cut the image and then used my black marker to color the edges of the image.  I then backed it onto white cardstock and fussy cut that image out again leaving a small white border around the entire image.

 I then decided on my pattern paper.  I picked this great floral pattern that was done in simple black and white.

 I then used the same colors from coloring my main image to color the pattern paper.  Creating the perfect match to my first colored image.

Once colored I backed the print onto my card base made from green cardstock.  I then adhered Mae to the card using foam tape.  I then added my sentiment that I had printed onto white cardstock and mounted with the same green as my card base.  I used this fun line tape to create the great black border along the card front.  I also added some silver marker to her pendant so it shines.

 Be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from the Some Odd Girl Core team on their blog.

Happy crafting....Lynda