Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My First Class with Finnabair

The Artifact Class with Finnabair

It's always exciting when you meet someone you admire for the first time. Well let me say that if you ever have the opportunity to take one of Finnabair's classes do it. She's an amazing teacher and inspires your personal style to shine!

Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair)

I attended The Artifact and Time Capsule classes at Donna Downey's Studio in Huntersville, North Carolina. So I not only met Anna but Donna and her husband Bill as well. The energy in that studio was phenomenal and I ended up signing up for two more events next year. ;) Guess I'm into live classes now!

So on to the first class which was The Artifact. If you click the link you can see Finnabair's original on her blog. It goes without saying that blog photos do not do it justice. 

Our classroom with all of us hard at work, except me as I'm taking the photo. ;)

We created three 9x12 canvases using products from Finn's mixed media and Mechanicals line of products. All of the supplies were included with the class cost and they were not stingy. :) 

I love the look of her metallic products so I featured them on my project.

Mechanical elements on display :)

Texture everywhere :)

Prima Junkyard Findings were embedded into my favorite product of this class - 
this stuff is grand and the texture is freaking amazing.

Mica flakes, micro beads and glass beads from Finn's Art Ingredients line :)
Love these!!!

The lace peeking out makes me a happy girl!  

Who knew inexpensive brushes could look so good?

Left Canvas

Middle Canvas

 Right Canvas

 Love the look of the 12x12 Harlequin stencil in the background. 

After a day of creating masterpieces Anna gathered us for a group photo.
The Artifact Class Group
Saturday, July 18th

I'll post my second project on Friday and I can't wait to share what my favorite product for that class was. One word - magic. :)

For those of you waiting on this post I apologize for the delay. A family friend was in a serious accident yesterday and everything was pushed aside until we knew he was okay. He narrowly survived it but thankfully he did and hopefully will make a full recovery. I know that his family would appreciate you remembering him, Brian B., in your prayers. Thanks so much!

 Lisa xx

Friday, July 24, 2015

Finnabair Inspired Journal Cover

Oh my gosh!
I certainly hope you've had a better week than me because mine has been hectic. I've thought all day that it's Thursday and was shocked to learn it's actually Friday. Where the heck did Thursday go?

 I promised to share my projects from the recent classes I took with Finnabair but I'll have to do that next week. For now I have an altered journal cover (which Anna inspired) to share. I went with a metallic look and played heavily on texture. Hope you like it!

It's her love of black gesso that first drew me to Anna's style.
 I love the way it makes the colors pop.

Anna's mixed media products are in full swing on this cover.

Micro beads are a good thing. :)

The trio of white flowers are from Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 line and I left them in their natural state. The face was a remnant from a Mardi Gras pin which was in my stash and it received a coat of black gesso and acrylic paints. Love bringing old things to new life.

This was taken on Saturday the 18th at Donna Downey Studios in Huntersville, North Carolina. She is an awesome teacher and I highly recommend her classes!! 

More to come next week!
Thanks for the visit, have a great weekend everyone.
Lisa xx

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Let's Play Bingo!

Challenge - Pick a Line 

To play along pick a line and create a project using those items. 

I used the second line across-pearls, sentiment and flowers on my card and it was inspired by a card on Pinterest. It was super easy to create. :) 

Our sponsor for this challenge is...

and the winner will receive 3 Digital Images of their choice. 

I just returned from a wonderful weekend at Donna Downey Studios, in Huntersville, North Carolina, where I took two classes from the talented Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska). I'll be back later in the week to share my class projects and spill on how much fun I had working with her fabulous line of mixed media products. 

Hope to see you then!
Lisa xx

Friday, July 17, 2015

Christmas in July at the Cafe, Part 2

Over at The Cutting Cafe we're celebrating Christmas in July all month long. 

I'm back with my second project using Artist Trading Blocks.

Like all of Regina's templates and cutting files, this one is versatile. You can decorate the blocks for any holiday/occasion, as a gift box or use as home decor. The file also includes overlays, a piggy bank template and a tall block as well. Click here to see examples using these additional files. 

For my boxes I decorated each one using the Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas paper collection and chipboard pieces. Additional trimmings include paper poinsettias by Petaloo, a Scrabble tile "C" for Christmas and satin ribbon by May Arts and Michael's.

The Cutting Cafe

Be sure to check out all of the inspiration by the design team on the 21st of July.
You can enter to win 3 FREE sets from the Cafe by leaving a comment on the DT post.
The winner will be announced on August 7th.

Thanks for the visit today, have a fantastic weekend. 
I know I will. ;)

Lisa xx

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas in July at the Cafe

Christmas in July

We're celebrating Christmas in July at The Cutting Cafe!
To create my DT projects I used the Stocking Box Set along with the Fun With Snowflakes Template...Cutting File.

The Stocking Box Set includes a tall rectangle box to store Christmas goodies in.

The metallic snowflake was cut from the Fun With Snowflakes template...cutting file. This is a very versatile set with individual snowflakes, cards and backgrounds included. The other snowflakes are stickers and I stamped a few on the white label.

Here's a tip for making the Stocking Box Set
Print two of the stocking, one for the front and one for the back. When printing the second stocking  reverse the paper on your cutting mat (or place backward in your printer tray) so they'll match. Another tip is to ink the back of your paper if it's white because it adds some visual interest.

The label is part of the file and it's great to record your sentiment.

Metallic sticker paper gives this snowflake some flair and I added a vintage button to the center.

On this Stocking Box Set I used double sided paper.

and a large Fun With Snowflakes snowflake 
which I cut from Silhouette chipboard. 
I gave it a coat of gesso and after drying it received white sparkle glitter.

 The Cutting Cafe

For more Christmas in July projects visit TCC's blog tomorrow.
By leaving a comment on the DT post you could be in the running to win 3 FREE sets.
Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of July.
Thanks for looking!
Lisa xx

Friday, June 26, 2015

Craftsman Style Card

Hello and Welcome!
I have a Congrats...on your New Home card to share today. It celebrates my Son and DIL's purchase of their new home which is a craftsman style home. It's sweet serendipity that the papers in the Artisan Style collection by G45 happen to feature a craftsman style home. 

Their beautiful new home...

They share it with our grand cat and two new additions-a cockatiel and a conure. They've jokingly called their home the bird house so I had to fussy cut the peacocks and include them on my card. So far they are enjoying home ownership but I don't think the lawn maintenance is that popular with our son lol. We're proud of them and their accomplishment!


I used alpha and number stickers from the sticker sheet for my sentiment and to record their house number. Although G45 has a lion door knocker this one happens to be from The Paper Studio's Spare Parts line. I'm saving the pair of G45 door knockers I have for the mini album I plan to make them in the coming weeks. This is one of the ideas I "borrowed" from G45 DT member Lori Williams. Because their house is a craftsman style I used a sticker from the sheet and placed it over the word Artisan to record their style of home. I really hope they like it!

Thanks for dropping by for a visit! 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.
Lisa xx

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Up, Up and Away...

Inspiration song - Up, Up and Away

Elaine is hosting our current challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and it's 

~ Name That Tune ~

all you have to do to play along is create a project based on a song and please let us know in your post what the name of the song is. Super simple!

I was inspired by a song that I often heard my mom listen to-
Up, Up and Away

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon?
We could flow among the stars, together you and I

For we can fly, up, up and away
(For we can fly)
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly, up, up and away
(For we can fly)
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under the twilight canopy
We'll search the sky for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We'll find a cloud to hide us, keep the moon beside us

Love is waiting there, in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air, in my beautiful balloon
If you'll hold my hand, we'll chase your dream across the sky

For we can fly, up, up and away
(For we can fly)
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon, balloon

Up, up and away
Up, up and away
Up, up and away

It's the kind of song that every time I heard it playing, it was stuck in my head for days. 
Now it's most likely stuck in your head lol!

And an awesome prize of 

To see more inspiration drop by Top Tip Tuesday to see what songs inspired our design team and check out Deneen's fab Mini Album Tutorial while you're there.

Looking forward to seeing what songs inspire you!

Have a great week everyone,
Lisa xx

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