Sunday, December 14, 2014

Modern stripes holiday greeting card

modern stripe holiday greeting card lisa fulmer

Today I'm leading a make-n-take at the Creekside Artists Guild's annual holiday potluck. We'll be making these striped greeting cards using recycled cardboard and paper scraps. I love saving every strip, scrip and scrap of paper I can for quick and easy projects like this. A randomly adhered array of stripes is the perfect backdrop for some trees accented with heat-embossed stamping.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Smoothfoam Holiday Ball

smoothfoam black white ball ornament

We're having fun with the Smoothfoam Holiday Ball - and you can too! 

If you love creating holiday ornaments and decorations with Smoothfoam balls, feel free to add your own project to our link-up. Even if you're using another brand or type of ball, you can still join the fun.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fleur de lys bulletin board with Foamology

fleur de lys foam bulletin board lisa fulmer

A group of us from the Designer Crafts Connection are working with products from Foamology - our theme is quick and easy home décor. I've been wanting a small bulletin board in the hall next to my front door for the occasional little reminder before leaving the house, like "turn off the space heater" or "put the puppy gate up" or "don't forget your lunch in the fridge."

Monday, December 01, 2014

Holiday decorations - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

felt embroidered ornaments lisa fulmer

It's the first Monday of the month - time for another blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection. Our theme is holiday decorations - so I stitched and stuffed a bunch of little wool felt ornaments to sell at a local craft show along with some handmade cards. But they're pretty darn cute and I kinda wish I could keep 'em!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Handmade Christmas cards

handmade christmas cards lisa fulmer

I dusted off the die-cutting machine, dug into my stash of holiday scrapbook papers and made a batch of Christmas cards to sell at the Art Cottage here in Concord. I also made some cute ornaments to sell too.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday blog hop - 99+ handmade gift ideas

painted treasure box lisa fulmer

I'm so happy to be participating in the 99+ Handmade Gift Ideas Holiday Blog Hop, hosted by 365 Days of Crafts. One of my favorite handmade gifts is a painted treasure box. It's the gift and the box all in one! But of course, you still need to tuck at least a little something inside when you give a treasure box, like how grandma always put a dollar inside the wallet she gave you.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More - a new book by Linda Peterson

upcycled jewelry book linda peterson
So I learned something about my friend Linda Peterson - the woman makes magic with bits of old bike tires and soda can tabs!

I've always loved her jewelry designs and craft projects, but I really love her new book, Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More! It's packed with lots of really inspiring projects that are both eco-friendly and stylish.

I have an artisan purse made from crocheted soda can tabs and it gets lots of attention every time I carry it. This book shows you how to make your own, plus a matching belt.

I love the extreme close-up photos, which make it easy to see exactly what she's doing with each finding or bit of wire.


recycled plastic earrings lisa fulmer

Feeling inspired, I went digging through my recycle bin to make something. The only thing that spoke to me were the mangos. The lower half of these sturdy plastic fruit cups are nicely fluted, so I cut out sections of one cup to make these tiered earrings. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hop, Skip, Jump - 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life

hop skip jump book
Hop, Skip, Jump is a fun new book from Marney K. Makridakis, founder of Artella Land - an online community for artists, writers and creative entrepreneurs.

Marney writes about how to have more fun while you're getting more done. She shares 75 techniques for how to be both playful and productive in order to manifest success. She describes why play matters, that it's about more than being silly or killing time or taking a break. Play is a state of mind; it's about how we stay present and how we magnify what makes us human.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Etching glass tumblers - from plain to paisley

etched glass tumbler paisley etchall

When you get tired of your plain glass tumblers, don't buy new ones - just etch 'em with etchall creme. You can use stencils, painters tape, or adhesive silkscreens to add the pattern or image you like in just 15 minutes - love it! A jar of etchall lasts a really long time—you can reuse the creme over and over. Check out their how-to videos and project gallery for more ideas.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Recycled sunshine postcard - paint-stamping on upcycled papers

http://www.cool2craft.com/black-white-tee-shirt-art-panel-featuring-spellbinders-dies/


No matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine! Love this quote, so I incorporated it into a postcard collage - here's how I did it!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Playing with Cool2Cast!

cool2cast plaster medium
Cool2Cast is a fabulous plaster-type medium for crafts and mixed media - developed by my friend, Tiffany Windsor.

You mix it with water and then pour it into just about any kind of flexible mold or container to create fun embellishments.

It dries to an opaque white with a really nice and smooth surface for painting, inking or stamping. You can embed things in it, add texture or create resists.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Holly berry puffy felt holiday ornament

Holly berry felt stuffed holiday ornament

This week I'm part of a Handmade Holiday Blog Hop with the Designer Crafts Connection that's sponsored by Fairfield World, makers of Poly-fil fiberfill. The timing is perfect, because I need to make a big batch of ornaments to sell at a holiday art and craft festival at a local gallery. And because I'm all about crafting with my stash, I decided to dig into my supply of yummy wool felt.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Paper mosaic greeting cards

paper mosaic greet cards lisa fulmer
Here we are, first Monday again (funny how that happens every month or so). That means it's time for a new blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection - this month our theme is thank you cards and gifts.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Quick and easy autumn leaf greeting card

autumn leaves greeting card

I made this card for my friend Kari's birthday - I like to save the open pieces of paper I die-cut shapes out of and cut around the negative space to make frames and masks. I'm also on a 6" square card kick lately - I got a deal on some square envelopes and I love being able to slice a 12" sheet of cardstock in half for two cards, easy peasy.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book review - Craft Fail by Heather Mann

craft fail book heather mann
It has happened to all of us...we try to make that thing we saw on somebody's blog, that cool idea we found online...and we fail. Big time.

Heather Mann, founder of Dollar Store Crafts, has been helping crafters celebrate their craft fails for a few years now.

Some of the epic fails from her popular website are now available in a wonderfully hilarious book:  Craft Fail - When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sullivan's Parachute Cord blog hop

parachute cord necklace lisa fulmer

This week the Designer Crafts Connection is working with a brand new type of parachute cord from Sullivan's USA.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Basic beading - necklace and earrings

beaded necklace earrings DIY

This past weekend I taught a beginner's beading class about a few basic tools and techniques and how to go about choosing beads that look nice together.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Craft Your Stash book tour and blog hop

craftyourstash
Dozens of your favorite designers will be sharing their thoughts and projects after reviewing my new book, Craft Your Stash.

Visit their blogs and enter for your chance to win a signed copy of my book, plus lots more craft books and supplies to add to your stash...shipping anywhere in the world, baby!

10/6/14 UPDATE:  Congrats to Ruth from Colorado who won the prize!

The tour runs from Saturday, September 27th through Sunday, October 5th. Follow #craftyourstash on social media.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Duct tape accordion wallet for artist trading cards

duct tape artist trading card wallet lisa fulmer
I recently demo-ed another spin on my favorite ATC wallet - using a sheet of 12x12 black cardstock and some fun duct tape.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Junk mail artist trading cards

junk mail collaged atc lisa fulmer
Last week, my local ATC group met for our monthly swap - our theme was junk mail. We had to use junk mail somewhere in our cards. Everyone was so creative with how they incorporated bits and pieces into their ATCs! My junk mail had been less than inspiring for some reason, so I ended up repurposing some pretty blue and yellow chipboard packaging instead. I had fun with these new lace-up arch chippies too - I dabbed iridescent white paint on them, stamped my favorite fleur-de-lys on top and threaded some hemp cord through the holes.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Craft Book Month blog hop with Craft Buds

fabric collage craft your stash lisa fulmer

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds and I'm very happy to be part of the celebration!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Vacation shadow boxes - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

mini vacation shadowbox

It's the first Monday of the month - time for a new Designer Crafts Connection blog hop! This month our theme is vacation memories. I dug way back in the archives and found these super cute mini shadow boxes I had made for a trip to Paris, Disneyland, and a Christmas family visit.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Craft Your Stash Book Tour & Blog Hop - Coming Soon!

Coming soon! 
The Craft Your Stash Book Tour & Blog Hop

September 27th through October 5th, 2014

Follow the tour on social media: #craftyourstash

Over 30 of your favorite craft designers will be having fun with my new book, Craft Your Stash
You'll have a chance to win your own signed copy plus a big box of craft books and supplies to add to your stash. 

Head over to CraftYourStash.com and subscribe via email so you won't miss when the tour begins. You can also buy your own signed copy of my book there, too.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jewel Pop Shop DIY bracelet


My sweet friends Cathie and Steve sent me a fabulous box o' POP the other day...a collection of DIY charms, gems and chains from their brand new Jewel Pop Shop line.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Steampunk aluminum embossed desktop organizers

steampunk metal embossed file trays

Here's my latest project for Cool2Craft and Spellbinders - embossed aluminum and silver paint for embellishing unfinished wood file trays and desktop organizers.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Collaged spiral notebook cover

collaged spiral notebook cover Lisa Fulmer

It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for another fun blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection. This month our theme is back to school and/or creating with school supplies.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Silk fabric art and more for sale in my CraftFoxes shop!

I'm cleaning out my studio and selling several of my art panels and craft projects in my online shop at CraftFoxes.com - check it out!

I enjoy looking at my work, but it's time for someone else to enjoy it...then I'll have room to create more!

This art panel is called "Silk Sunset" - imagine the sun setting and cracking the ocean like glass. It's a mixed media piece with silk, printed Lutradur, acrylic ink and pouring medium, and silk roving.

I'm uploading a variety of work to my CraftFoxes shop little by little, and everything is priced to move - enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Embossed paper bookmark

embossed paper bookmark lisa fulmer

This was a fun little bookmark to make with my die-cutting machine. The paper went through with a pinstripe texture plate first, then I used a bird die to emboss and deboss a repeat pattern across the bookmark. I rubbed some pastel pigment over the top to highlight the texture, spritzed it with a little pastel fixative, colored in a few birds with a marker, then glued some die-cut birds on top in a contrasting blue.

After punching a few holes around the birds, I glued the embossed green paper on top of a sheet of the blue, so the blue peeks out through the holes, plus the double layer gives the bookmark more rigidity.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ATC group - paint-stamping with household objects

paint stamped artist trading cards


This month, our group's theme for our artist trading card swap was paint. Last month, we played with paint-stamping using household objects like corks, cookie cutters, wadded up paper, carpet pads, pencil erasers, etc. It was a fun experiment with surface design - I used the large sheet that I stamped to crop into ATCs for this month. The little purple star blings are sitting on top of vintage bingo markers.

If you're in the Concord, CA area, click here to join our ATC Meetup group!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Duct tape bracelet

duct tape bracelet

Duct tape and gaffer tape are the perfect partners to make a quick and easy bracelet.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

DIY ladder rack for art papers

I’ve always wanted a ladder rack to hang my large-size art papers so I can see what I have. Flat files are fine, but a tall ladder rack filled with gorgeous colors and textures in so much nicer!

DIY ladder rack art paper

I just wanted a single rack to prop up against the wall behind my heavy wire drawer cabinets. With the help of a good friend and a power drill, I was able to design my own and sponge-paint it with Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paints. The flat finish of the paint looks really great with the texture of a sea sponge applicator.

Click here for my complete project instructions on FaveCrafts. I also posted a review of the paints here...enjoy!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Flower charger plate with Smoothfoam and Rowlux Illusion Film

It's First Monday - time for a new blog hop for the Designer Crafts Connection! Look for the DCC logo on the sidebar to hop through each designer's blog. This month's theme is party decorations - I made a flower charger plate to bedeck the dip!


DIY flower plate charger

Every fancy dip needs a fancy presentation on the coffee table. This charger plate was quick to make, and the flower petals are made of a plastic material that you can easily wipe clean if your guests are a bit drippy with the dippy.

Paint an 8" Smoothfoam disc in whatever color you like - I chose black to blend in with my black table. Trim 3 sizes of petal shapes from two colors of Rowlux Illusion Film. Fold the large and small petals in half lengthwise and leave the medium petals flat.

diy flower plate charger petals


Cut v-shaped slots around the outside edge of the Smoothfoam disc with a craft knife and insert the tips of large petals with a dab of glue. Use straight pins to alternate and secure the medium and small petals around the top of the disc. Use two pins per petal so they don't shift or spin.

You can pin a circle of yellow to the center and glue a ribbon loop on the back so you can hang it on the wall when not in use - it looks pretty in the kitchen.

You could also use smaller leaves or petals to make a pretty flower charger plate for everyone at your dining table - in colors to match any holiday or season. Party on!

(pssst - be sure to check back on July 13 when the DCC has another blog hop featuring burlap crafts, sponsored by BurlapFabric.com!)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bicycle clock with Spellbinders foils and dies

bicycle clock

Here's a cute clock I made recently for the Cool2Craft blog, using my one of my favorite dies from the Spellbinders In'Spire line. Click here for my video tutorial with complete instructions.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Windowpane mosaic greeting card

I recently picked up a few sheets of this super cute embossed swiss dot cardstock on sale, so I had to make a quick windowpane mosaic card.

windowpane mosaic greeting card

I love windowpane mosaics - it's a great way to use up paper scraps. Just punch or cut a bunch of 1" squares and adhere them to a dark background with just a skosh of space between each square. I added a few self-adhesive gems in the centers of some of the flowers, too.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Make a Fourth of July Centerpiece with Craft Attitude

I do love a good blog hop - and my good friends at Craft Attitude know how to do it right! I'm delighted to take part in their Fourth of July blog hop - here's how you can make a vintage-inspired Americana centerpiece for your party table.

The foundation is two 2"x4"x12" blocks of Smoothfoam glued together, then painted with two coats of blue acrylic paint. I added a topcoat of Triple-Thick Gloss Glaze to give it a little shine. I attached a few 2" strips of red cardstock together to make a long strip and wrapped it around the base. I printed out my title on Craft Attitude (in reverse) and adhered it to white cardstock.

I found a pack of ten 7" white cardboard stars in the kids aisle of my local craft store - perfect! Then I dug around online for several different nice vintage Americana images and printed them on to sheets of Craft Attitude Inkjet Film.



I rubbed one side of each star with a glue stick, positioned it on my printed image, then used a brayer to press the star firmly on to the film. Remember to print images in reverse - the star goes down on the inked side of the film. Then I cut the film all around the star to fit and peeled off the paper liner. Some images were large enough to fit the whole star in one piece. For the smaller images, I centered them on the star, then I used the scraps from the larger images to fill in the star points as needed.

I attached two stars together with just three adhesive foam squares as shown - it creates a little place to insert a painted wood skewer between the stars without any other glue, then you can tilt the stars on the skewers if you want, plus they're easy to take apart for storage. Having images on both sides allows the centerpiece to look nice from the back as well as the front.


I glued a strip of sequin waste to the top to help keep the skewers steady in their holes as I poked the stars into the foam block, with shorter stars in front and the tallest star in back.

The last step is the cute little Smoothfoam balls, painted with clear gel glue and dipped in chunky vintage glass glitter. I wound some heavy-gauge wire around a pencil to make little springs, leaving an inch or two straight at each end. I poked a ball on the wire, the wire into the block - they're super cute and jiggly wiggly!


Now some of you might be thinking...why not just run white cardboard through the inkjet to print the images and text directly? Why print everything on Craft Attitude film first? There are a few really good reasons - buying pre-cut stars and cutting the film to fit is much easier than printing and cutting white cardboard...my scissor fingers would have been so unhappy cutting all that cardboard. Some thicker substrates don't go through the inkjet printer easily, and the matte finish of the film ensures a really nice, crisp print.

Give a like to Craft Attitude on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check 'em out on Pinterest, too. You can customize pretty much any surface you want with your favorite images and Craft Attitude - it has a yummy smooth matte finish that hugs the surface and melts right in so it looks custom-printed - even embossed and textured surfaces.

More designers will be posting all week!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

No-sew fabric cuff and statement ring

no sew fabric cuff fleur de lys ring

Here's some fun jewelry I made for Cool2Craft! I used a Spellbinders die to "stamp" on fabric for a no-sew cuff, and I filled a fleur de lys bezel with beads and resin to make a statement ring. Click here for my video tutorial plus complete instructions.