Thursday, July 28, 2016

Washi tape desk plaque

Here's a fun little desk plaque I made for the Smoothfoam blog using rainbow washi tape. Click here for the how-to instructions - it's super quick and easy!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

3-tier tray for keeping craft supplies close at hand

deflecto 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

Time for another blog hop with the Designer Craft Connection - this one is sponsored by Deflecto, maker of acrylic organizing and display products. We were challenged to get creative with their 3-tier tray, which I thought would be a very useful and decorative way to keep the craft supplies you use the most close at hand. You can enter to win one of these trays for yourself - details at the bottom of this post!

line 3 tier tray with paper lisa fulmer

After assembling the tray, I measured and cut rings from coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper and adhered them to each tier with a few large glue dots.

ribbon edge 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

I thought the bottom tier would be perfect for holding and sifting through small loose flowers that I use in cardmaking, but it needed a taller lip around the edge. I wrapped strips of thick acetate sheets around the bottom, securing with foam adhesive squares every two inches. With paper-lined tape, I adhered narrow ribbon around the acetate.

ribbon trim lisa fulmer

I added some cute trim to finish it off. Deflecto also makes these handy clips for adding a little sign, card or photo to any kind of display fixture. 

deflecto 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

Enter to win a 3-tier tray on the Designers Craft Connection blog (via Rafflecopter) and be sure to have a look at all the other great ideas from my fellow designers while you're there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Different is good - handmade greeting card

handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

Today I went to a friend's cardmaking get-together - she's a Stampin' Up demonstrator and had lots of really cute stamps and ideas for us to work with. Of course I went way, way rogue with her sample project design and used some of my own papers and embellishments, 'cause that's just how I roll. Different is good!

greeting card detail lisa fulmer

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Painting and stenciling layers on canvas

peace flag

After taking an online class with mixed media artist Seth Apter, I wanted to paint a flag that was pink, but not pink. Green and yellow, but...not. I wanted to contrast pretty summery colors and cute all-over patterns with a messy, distressed, toned back look.

stenciling layers of paint

I started with a sheet of sticky-back canvas trimmed down to a triangle, which I painted roughly with black gesso, then added bright pink on top. Pinning the canvas (which has a paper liner on the back) to a Smoothfoam sheet kept it from curling. The next layer was a tan stencil design, followed by ragged brush strokes across in yellow, and then down in green. I let each layer dry first before adding more.

cheap paintbrush strokes

Seth gave us a great tip - load a small amount of paint on to cheap paintbrushes from the hardware store to get wonderfully ragged and random lines with each stroke.

stenciling paint layers

After stenciling pink dots, I toned back the whole surface with tan paint, most of which I rubbed away with a wet paper towel immediately after brushing it across.

transparency between layers of paint

I really like how you can still see each individual layer of color and pattern/texture, even though everything is blended together and toned back. I stenciled and outlined some stars for the final layer, then glued on my lettering and a few small metal embellishments. I adhered the canvas flag to a slightly larger flag I cut from pink Oly*Fun fabric, which I had smudged with green and yellow paints around the edges.

It's all we are saying...give peace a chance.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Paper rosette stars

paper rosette stars

These paper rosette stars are quick and easy to make as cute decorations for the Fourth of July. There are loads of tutorials online for making paper rosettes, give it a google!

Each rosette is 4" wide, made from scrapbook papers in red, black and kraft for a vintage look. The white chipboard stars came in packs of 10 at the craft store and I used a red paint marker to ink the edges of the stars and quickly color the wood skewers. A little glue, a little bling and done!

You can poke these into a flower vase or centerpiece, or use them to fan yourself on a hot summer day.