Tuesday, December 29, 2015

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine!

sunshine handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

I know, I know -there's not much sun, it's winter time, right after the holidays. But hey - that's all the more reason to take a break from the red and green, the blue and silver...and put a little punch in someone's day with a bit of pink and yellow. This sunny patterned cardstock makes a sweet thank-you card for that really special gift you just got, or you might be thinking ahead to Valentine's Day. Details are on the Creating with Joy blog.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Paper mosaic greeting cards

paper mosaic handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

Super easy, super cute - and you get to craft your stash to boot! Punch your paper scraps into squares and patch them together like a quilt. Ribbon, button, done. Check out another paper mosaic card I did like this on the Bella Crafts blog.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Paint-stamped doorhanger

paint stamped doorhanger lisa fulmer

Every doorknob in your house deserves a little decorating - those plain unfinished wood doorhangers are great surfaces for paint-stamping. I love how ethereal these sheer, iridescent paints look against flat black gesso - really striking. Paint-stamping can take a bit of practice to get just the right amount of coverage with your stamp. Check out my tutorial for this doorhanger on the Bella Crafts blog.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Watercolor ABC canvas book

watercolor handmade ABC children's soft book

I love using watercolor pencils on raw canvas - the surface is more absorbent, so drawing and shading is more fun and colors blend beautifully. I painted an apple and a bluebird to show off the idea of using iron-on embroidered letters to make a soft children's ABC book for the Creating with Joy blog. Two down, only twenty-four to go!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Elegant handmade notecards

elegant handmade note cards lisa fulmer

I love making elegant notecards like these with those thick pads of themed cardstock. The patterns are designed to coordinate with each other in any combination - so use them all! Click here for my tutorial on the Bella Crafts blog.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Upcycle an old wood tray with paper mosaic

This decoupaged paper mosaic tray is upcycling and recycling at its finest. Cover any wood tray - old, ugly or just laying on a clearance rack - with cut-up strips of scrap papers and you have just crafted your stash, baby! Check out my tutorial on the Bella Crafts blog.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Painting with wool - it's needlefelting!

needlefelting wall art lisa fulmer

Nothing is quite so stress-relieving as needlefelting for me. Quietly, peacefully, ever so gently laying down delicate strands of colorful fibers... and PUNCHING the hell out of them! *giggle* Click here for my full tutorial on the FaveCrafts blog to learn how to make this crazy daisy needlefelted wall hanging - or you could use it as a panel on a large fabric tote bag, too.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Colorful Christmas tree cards

This modern take on a Christmas tree was super fun to make, using lots of colorful scrapbook papers. Forget about traditional red and green - how about pink and orange? Lime and blue? Rust and tan? Learn how I made these strippy stripey greeting cards on the Favecrafts blog.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas holly berry wreath

christmas holly berry wreath lisa fulmer

I really love this iridescent green paint from EarthSafe Finishes - it's part of a color palette that my friend Ann Butler designed. Perfect for a Christmas holly leaves. And what a fun discovery Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth was! It's pretty interesting to work with - you can cut it to any shape, it has a distinct texture, and it dries quickly into whatever shape you want. Get my full tutorial for this shimmery holiday decoration on the Activa blog.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Custom-molded and stenciled holiday trivet

This was my first time working with molding medium - I know I could have made a mold with lots more detail, but I decided to keep it simple. To make this trivet, I filled the mold with PermaStone plaster - it comes out really nice and smooth like stone. Can you guess what I used to mold this perfectly round shape? My full tutorial is over on the Activa blog, check it out!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Paint-stamped Christmas table runner

paint-stamped no-sew christmas table runner lisa fulmer

I do love a good no-sew project - combine it with paint-stamping and I'm in heaven! I made this Christmas table runner with Oly*Fun fabric, which comes in white and lots of great colors. Get my full tutorial on the Favecrafts blog!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ribbon tree greeting cards

ribbon tree greeting card lisa fulmer

These triangular trees are a great way to use up short leftover lengths of ribbon. I use double-sided paper-lined adhesive sheets (such as Fabric Fusion). You just peel off one paper liner and press the ribbons next to each other on to the sticky side. Trim it into a triangle or whatever shape you like, then peel away the second paper liner on the back and press your ribbon triangles on to cardstock. I like these for a non-traditional Christmas card!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Win a $650 Visa gift card in the "See You at CHA" Blog Hop!

January is always so fun - I just love kicking off each new year with the annual Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show.

This next show is CHA's 75th anniversary - so we're having a huge blog hop this week with about 60 CHA members - designers, retailers and manufacturers are coming together to share what they love about the show, what they have planned, new product sneak peeks and more.

Plus you can enter to win a $650 Visa gift card!

If you're in the trade and planning to attend, I hope you'll make note of where you can find me and come say hello!

Here's where I'll be speaking and/or demonstrating:

    Thursday 1/7:  Panelist at the Social Media Roundtable Session  (2-4pm)
    Friday 1/8:  Panelist at the Designer Roundtable Session  (8-10am)
    Saturday 1/9:  Doing a make-n-take in the Smoothfoam booth  (1:30-4pm)

Sunday 1/10:  
  • Co-presenter at an Email Marketing seminar  (9-10am)
  • Co-host for the Charity Wings webcast from their booth  (1-2pm)
  • Doing a make-n-take at DIA—Designers in Action  (2:30-3:30pm)
  • Hanging with my display at the DIA Meet & Greet  (3:30 - 5:30pm)
Monday 1/11: 
  • Doing a make-n-take in the Paper Trail booth  (12-1pm)
  • Greeter at DIA—Designers in Action  (3-4pm)

I'm also going to be visiting exhibitors on behalf of Bella Crafts Quarterly magazine, attending several meetings and business seminars, going to a couple rockin' parties, plus I will actually find time to take a few creative workshops and make some amazing projects!

I'll be sharing more as it gets closer - holy crap, it's less than a month away! I can't wait to see all my creative friends and network with lots of great companies. It's gonna be an awesome show!

Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the hop for more fun and inspiration - click here for the master list. Enter to win - good luck!

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Charming felt cottage luminary

felt cottage luminary lisa fulmer

This charming cottage made with scraps of felt looks adorable by day like this - or with a battery tealight inside, the windows have a warm glow at night. Get my full tutorial over on the Bella Crafts blog!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Etched glass vase for the holidays

etched glass christmas tree vase lisa fulmer

This 11" tall glass brick vase was just crying for a little holiday touch. Because it's so tall and narrow, I thought a simple triangle-shaped Christmas tree would look nice and modern.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Turn an upcycled glass candle holder into a painted planter for succulents

desktop succulent planter lisa fulmer

Once the deliciously fragrant candle was gone from inside this 4" red cylindrical glass candle holder, I thought it would be nice for some kind of holiday decoration. I don't have houseplants, but I do like a small desktop plant, so I chose some succulents to put in this little red glass pot.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Altered sketchbook cover

altered journal cover lisa fulmer

One of my favorite favorite projects!! I recently altered my plain black sketchbook cover to make it more beautiful to have sitting out on the coffee table, ready for me to write and draw anytime. Layering a variety of contrasting surfaces and textures in the same color family is something I really enjoy doing. Simple construction that really pops!

Click here for my tutorial on the FaveCrafts blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Miniature clay cornucopia for Thanksgiving

miniature clay cornucopia thanksgiving lisa fulmer

This colorful miniature cornucopia is only about 5" long. Made with air-dry clay, it looks super cute by itself as part of a Thanksgiving table setting, plus it doubles as a holder for a small menu or place card. 

I have a good friend who delights in making miniatures for doll houses and boxed displays. Once I started working with Activa Products, manufacturer of clays and molding materials, I thought I might like to try making a mini something. 

My eyes and fingers couldn't quite work at the traditional 1/12th scale that most miniaturists prefer, but believe me when I tell you, making a cluster of grapes that were each about the size of half a TicTac was challenging enough, lol.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Handmade Holidays blog hop and giveaway!

puppy placemat lisa fulmer

I'm happy to be part of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop - so many talented crafters, bloggers and designers have come together to share great ideas for handmade gifts. So skip the mall and create something wonderful!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Black and white handmade gift basket

black and white handmade gift basket lisa fulmer
When it comes to handmade gifts, my family has probably had their fill from me, lol. We all have sooo much stuff, nobody really needs anything. This is where baked goods and other consumables come in handy - but don't buy the pre-fab shrink-wrapped boxes filled with preservative-laden shelf-stable cheeses and sausages. Instead you can fill a lovingly handcrafted gift basket with something you baked yourself - or how about natural candied almonds from the local farmer's market? Yum!

This month, the Designer Crafts Connection is showing off lots of great ideas for handmade gifts. 

I refashioned the Halloween paper pot I made last month into an all-purpose black and white gift basket. After removing the orange embellishments, I touched up the pot with a little more black paint and reinforced all the seams with gaffer tape, inside and out. This will give it longer life and make it much more useful for the recipient to display or even regift later.

reinforce paper pot with gaffer tape lisa fulmer

I adhered the concentric paper circles to each panel and embellished with a bit of bling. I placed a bag of gourmet treats inside and it's ready to give any time of year.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Etched glass pitcher

etched glass pitcher lisa fulmer

This glass pitcher wasn't easy to photograph, between the glare and the etched image getting an echo-ey reflection because the glass is so thick - but trust me when I say it looks really pretty!

I used my trusty etchall® creme with a preview sample of one of their new etchnet™reusable silkscreen stencils. Right now there are Halloween stencils available, with new designs coming out soon.

My sample stencil was a bouquet of flowers. I liked the cluster of flowers just by itself, so I trimmed away the bunch of stems. I realized later that I didn't need to cut it away, I could have just covered it with painter's tape, d'OH!

I etched the flowers five times, snugly taping the stencil against the curve of the glass and nesting the clusters right beside each other to create a random repeat design. I stopped at five because I liked the overall organic shape, but it would be pretty to keep etching all around the pitcher, too.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Paper placemat, napkin ring and place card with Little B - plus a giveaway!

placemat place setting little b embellishments lisa fulmer

With a little help from my friends at Little B, I turned a couple sheets of plain cardstock into a very cute placemat with a matching napkin ring and place card. Transform your next ladies' luncheon with some cute custom touches like this!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wedding cake table sign

Here's my latest project for the Activa blog - their Hearty White Lightweight Clay is perfect for making layered wedding cakes, embellished with pearl pins and paper flowers. Quick and easy enough to make one for every table. Click here for the full tutorial.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

DIY wedding party favors

Here's another project I made for the Activa blog for DIY brides - make a huge bowl of air-dry clay medallions so guests can pick their favorites. These aren't just wedding party favors, they can be used as pendants or fridge magnets, too. Gather up your favorite rubber stamps, some pretty iridescent paints and you (and a friend) can easily knock out a few hundred over a weekend. Click here for the full tutorial.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Halloween cardboard candy pots

halloween cardboard candy pots lisa fulmer
For the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop today, our theme is Halloween decorations. Of course the only part of Halloween I really care about is the candy, so I dug through my stash and pulled together everything I needed to make a couple cute candy pots.

I've had these white cardboard pop-up flower pots sitting in my stash for a few years, so it's high time I put them to good use. I also had one lonely sheet of Halloween paper left from last year, plus I always have orange and black solid cardstock on hand. Yay for crafting with my stash!

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

First I painted the pots inside and out with just one coat of black gesso - I love the flat finish you get, and no brush strokes. Then I used some different paper punches to create my embellishments and adhered them to the pot with double-stick tape and dimensional adhesive foam pads. I had a little wood chalkboard sign on a stick from another project that I covered with paper and stuck inside a Smoothfoam ball at the bottom of the large pot. I glued Joy embroidered letters to spell "candy" on a little paper banner for the small pot. 

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

Then I had to go out and buy candy to take these pictures...sigh. You know this open bag of candy won't make it to Halloween in my house.

Click the DCC logo in our sidebars to hop between the designer's blogs to see more Halloween decorations. Visit the DCC blog to see a link-up with even more bloggers' ideas, too!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Etched ceramic butter dish

etched ceramic butter dish lisa fulme

After buying this ceramic butter dish (put a bird on it!), I decided it needed a little something extra to make it even cuter...a little etchall® etching creme did the trick.

I used one of my favorite cling stencils for the base of the dish - adding painter's tape around the edges is important so you don't get any etching creme outside the image area. Click here to learn more about how to use etchall.

For the lid, I used my Cricut to die-cut a scalloped border on etchmask stencil vinyl, which is self-adhesive for one-time use. Easy peasy and super cute!

etched ceramic butter dish lisa fulmer

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Halloween sign for the front door

halloween sign lisa fulmer

The Designer Crafts Connection is doing a bit of Halloween blog-hopping today with our friends at Fairfield - makers of Oly*Fun Fabric. I made a "Happy Halloween" sign for the front door - it measures 7.5" x 12".

First I cut 1" strips of black and orange Oly*Fun and wove them together for a checkerboard background. Oly*Fun is a no-fray material that's kind of like a blend between fabric and paper - very easy to work with whether you are gluing, taping or stitching. It has a cool pinhole texture and it comes in lots of brights and solid colors.

I sandwiched the weaving between two layers of black cardstock, then added text and pumpkins printed from my computer. I like how the lines from the orange marker I used to color in the pumpkins made the perfect texture for a pumpkin's natural ridges. I drew the spiderweb with glow-in-the-dark Puffy Paint.

glow in the dark puffy paint spider web

Lastly, I glued ribbon and black microbeads across the top and dangled a black spider...fun and done. Be sure to check out what the other designers made - hop through the blogs using the links in the DCC logo on our sidebars. You can also check out all our projects on the DCC blog - boo to you!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Vellum windowpane greeting card

vellum windowpane butterfly handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

I made this card a while ago to show off some fun ways to use translucent vellum paper. The delicate butterfly was diecut from a sheet of vellum on which I had randomly dripped a few colors of alcohol inks. Because vellum is so lightweight, the wings naturally curl just a bit for perfect dimension.

I stamped another sheet of vellum with mini dragonflies and sandwiched it face down between two layers of cardstock (green and white). The back side of the stamped vellum shows through the punched out windows of the green cardstock - makes it look like you're looking at the dragonflies through a frosted windowpane. The washi tape and sticker borders are meant to look like a flower box at the bottom of the window and an awning at the top.

Now the question is...if I am with the butterfly outside, looking through someone's window...why do they have dragonflies buzzing about inside their house?

alcohol ink on vellum butterfly lisa fulmer

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Embellishing greeting cards with decorative trims

Instead of using washi tape or ribbon, try using decorative sewing trims to embellish handmade greeting cards. They really add a lovely texture to your design.

Click here for my tutorial on the flower card above, featured on the FaveCrafts blog.

Click here for details on my "best friend" card below, featured on the Bella Crafts blog.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Warhol-inspired baby photo collage

warhol inspired baby picture lisa fulmer
This month, the Designer Crafts Connnection blog hop theme is about preserving memories - with an added twist that is near and dear to my heart - using what you have on hand. Craft Your Stash, anyone?

Recently I came across my birth announcement photo - a perfect preservation project. I scanned the photo and started playing with the contrast a bit. That's when I was reminded of Andy Warhol's art, particularly the colorful versions of Marilyn Monroe's face repeated in crazy colors.

So I printed out several of my photos on to white cardstock and got out my Copic markers to play with different color combos.  I took the four I liked the most, edged them with black ink and glued them in a windowpane on a folded white card.

I think this card design is a great idea for a baby shower invite, gift card or thank you card, plus it's totally frame-worthy.

Be sure to check out the other craft projects from the designers in our hop this month - you can click through each blog by using the links in the DCC badge on each of our sidebars.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Painting and stenciling on fabric

fabric painting lisa fulmer

I love painting on fabric (instead of canvas or paper) because of all the different kinds of cool effects you can get when ink and water are combined to saturate the fabric. I like using a medium-weight muslin the best because of its canvasy texture.

Acrylic inks do a nice job of stiffening the muslin enough to hang nicely on clips - plus the inks prevent the edges from fraying. If you like the look of frayed edges, prep them first, before painting.

I learned from my friend Rebekah Meier how to work in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding something more on top. I really like alternating between ink washes and images that are stenciled and stamped with paint. The painted areas give a slight resist to the ink-washed areas of the muslin. Of course, I always have to blend in my favorite iridescent medium in there somewhere for a little shimmer!

Click here to see an option for adding a sentiment to this piece with iron-on embroidered letters. I really like this size for a whole series of paintings that could line the hallway!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Decorate your Deflecto drawers

decorated deflecto drawers lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is having a blog hop sponsored by Deflecto - they make lots of crafter-friendly office supplies, including desktop frames, caddies and containers.

They gave me this cute cube of clear mini drawers that will be perfect for storing my rolls of washi tape. And what better way to decorate them - with washi tape, of course!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Etched glass shadow box

etched glass shadowbox lisa fulmer

I've been eyeing every glass surface in my house a bit differently these days, looking for things to accent with etchall® etching crème. First I tried some glass candle jars, but the etching came out too faint to photograph well. Some types of tempered glass (like Pyrex or candle jars) that are thicker to withstand heat won't etch very deeply.

So I kept looking and my eyes finally landed on this cute little shadow box with a glass lid. I have a small 5"x7" mixed media piece inside that I made a while back - the center part is an ocean sunset, framed by layers of Lutradur and layered on top of a painted journal page.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Upcycled tin cans

upcycled tin cans buttons lisa fulmer

Make your own cute little storage containers in minutes with upcycled tin cans. This is a project I made for the Buttons Galore blog - click here for the tutorial.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Dimensional scrapbooking

photo shadow box dimensional scrapbooking lisa fulmer
Here's a dimensional scrapbooking project I created recently for a craft class I taught at the library.

A shadowbox is a fun way to preserve a memory, commemorate an event or celebrate whatever pretty things you like.

Click here for the tutorial on the Bella Crafts blog.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Holiday ornaments with Smoothfoam and The Robin's Nest

paper christmas ornaments lisa fulmer
Today the Designer Crafts Connection is having some fun with Christmas in July, using Smoothfoam shapes along with holiday papers and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.

I made two paper ornaments, inspired by another designer's tutorial that I found online. For the round one, I punched several 2-1/2" circles to score and glue together. I rimmed the edges with a gold pen and glued red diamond Dew Drops along the edges. I glued a loop of wired trim inside the center for hanging.