Here at Anything But Cute we love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional artists, and you just never know when we might be giving out something special to a talented mixed media newcomer.
Make sure to put 'newbie' after your name in the linky so we know who you are.
(new refers to 'new to mixed media' NOT 'new to our challenge')

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Feature Artist - Lisa - Ring out the Old, Bring in the New

Hello Everyone!

Cec here and I am so excited to finally get the chance to introduce you to our Feature Artist for January. She was the winner of my It's Ornamental challenge in November. Please welcome Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts!!

Lisa is a fabulous paper artist and is able to create in a variety of styles that you will see when you check out her blog.  She also has a real knack for flawlessly combining mixed media with her paper to create wonderful eye candy.

Lisa has created another gorgeous card for us and added a step by step so we can see how her fantastic flowers came together.  What a bonus!


Hi, everyone!! My name is Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts, and I am so excited and honored to be the Feature Artist at Anything But Cute.

I've always loved to craft but didn't seriously pursue it until about fifteen years ago when I became hooked on the craft shows HGTV used to air. I first saw Tim Holtz on The Carol Duval Show and fell in love with his crafty style. I started blogging in March of 2011 and have loved every minute of it. My style is always changing, but my current favorite is shabby chic. I love distressed edges, torn paper, crackle paste, shabby stitching, lots of flowers and ribbon. I admire people who can do CAS because I just can't. I have to have layers...big open areas on a card make me break into a sweat. I have an almost compulsive need to keep adding embellishments!!

I love Anne's theme of Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New for this challenge. I used several new products on this card, starting with the base papers from Lemoncraft's House of Roses paper stack. The paper is so beautiful, I hated covering any of it up!! All of the edges were distressed with a Zutter Distress-It-All. For the next layer, I used Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste with a The Crafter's Workshop Art Is stencil on heavyweight cardstock. Distress Ink in Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet was sponged on top and then it was covered with DecoArt Crackle Glaze.

On top of that layer, I used a (new) Prima Flourish with Crackled Texture Paste.  Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink were sponged on as well. The banner is a Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 die. Make a Wish is from Inspired by Stamping. It was heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Snow Embossing Powder.

I used Spellbinders Rose Creations to make the flowers. I had several inquiries as to how I made the poinsettias on my winter sled card (here) so I thought I'd put together a quick tutorial (please ignore the stained craft mat :)

You will need a pair of flat-edged pliers, a water spritzer several different sizes of paintbrushes (or any round tools) and the Rose Creations dies. I started off cutting two of each of the five sizes of the flowers in heavyweight cardstock.

Spritz the flower with want it to be pliable when you shape the sides. This is different from how I created the poinsettias. The individual petals of the poinsettias are so thin at the base, they tend to tear if the paper is too wet. With those, you want the paper damp but not wet.

Wrap the petal around a paintbrush and grip the top and bottom.

With the flat-edged pliers, start scrunching the sides together.

You will work up and down the petal until you get the texture you desire.

If the paper starts to dry, you may need to give it another spritz of water.

Once you have all of the petals done, use a stylus tool to shape the flowers.

Glue the two flowers of the same size together, offsetting the petals as much as possible. I use Glossy Accents but you could use hot glue or any glue of your choice.

Now it's time to layer your flower. You may not need all of the petals to achieve the look you desire. I left off the next to smallest set of flowers.

For an subtle shine, I added Iridescent Red Twinkling H2O's to the petals.

Once that was dry, I brushed DecoArt Glamour Dust (new) over the petals so they really sparkle.

I finished off the flowers by adding pearl stamens from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Memory Box Botanical Stems and (new) Marianne Designs Leaves were tucked among the blooms.

A Tim Holtz Weatherd Clock die was also layered under the flowers. It was covered with DecoArt Crackle Paste and then inked with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks. The beautiful crinkle ribbon is from DL.ART.

The butterfly is a Memory Box Isabella die. It was covered in DecoArt Glamour Dust. The paint splatters were created with my new Tim Holtz Splatter Brush.

I would like to thank Pamellia and all of the amazing ABC Design Team for having me as a guest today!! If you haven't already, I hope you will join in the Ring out the Old, Bring in the New Challenge!! I can't wait to see what you create :)


When I first saw this project I immediately wanted to play that game where you describe what you are seeing by saying the first word that pops into your head and in this case that word was "yummy".  There are so many gorgeous elements making up this very pretty shabby chic card.  The colour palette is so feminine and the pretty flowers, soft bow and little butterfly just add to that feel.

I hope that seeing Lisa's wonderful creation will inspire you to join us for our current challenge...

You have until the 4th of February to play - and you'll find all the challenge details as well as lots of inspiration from the brilliant Anything But Cute design team by clicking on the challenge link.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Wow Lisa, you have blown me away once again with your incredible work! Your attention is detail is now even more apparent as I watch how much TLC goes into making even a flower!! Wonderful tutorial, I love learning different techniques for flower making, and your flowers are just stunning! Thank you so much for being our Feature Artist this month, it is an incredible honour to have you join in with us. Hugs :)

  2. Stunning, stunning, stunning!!! Did I mention this card was stunning??!!?? Love it and love the flower tutorial, definitely something I need to try!


  3. Wow, such fantastic flowers, really beautiful!!

  4. Hi Lisa, Congrats! A Gorgeous card! Your creations are awesome always :) & Wonderful tutorial!!

  5. As always, your card is FABULOUS!!! Thank you for the flower tutorial!

  6. I am a huge admirer of your flower making skills Lisa and so thrilled that you showed us how to create them - thank you! The flowers are stunning, as is the rest of your beautiful and elegant shabby chic card. Love, love, love this - great tutorial too! Thanks so much for sharing your talent here! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Congrats Lisa!! This is absolutely STUNNING & GORGEOUS!!
    Adore the beautiful flowers.Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Gorgeous creation my friend!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  8. So happy to see you here, Lisa! And what a fabulous tutorial on making such gorgeous flowers. Very helpful and quite inspirational. <3

  9. WOW!!! I love those flowers....thanks for that step by step. GORGEOUS work!

  10. Wow, Lisa, so much love and time went into not only your beautiful shabby card, but into this informative and easy to follow tutorial. Your textured layers are stunning, and topped off with the most shabby-licious floral spray! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely art and amazing talents with us here!

  11. Congrats, Lisa!!! What a beautiful card!! Love those awesome flowers!!! Have a great day.

  12. Lisa I am delighted! I HAVE THAT DIE SET!!! I am going to attempt those amazing fabulous flowers - gosh they are brilliant!! Love your work - you have a new follower ME!! Cxx

  13. Congratulations, my sweetest friend! You are truly an artist, as you breathe beauty into everything you create. Every layer of this card fills my heart with happiness.. the elegance, shabby chicness, and detailing leaves me aching to craft. What a gift you are to us and to this gorgeous blog today! Stunning! :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  14. Congrats Lisa, so glad to see you featured and learn more about you. Every card you make is a work of art, I look forward to your posts, to see your designs. Thanks for the tutorial. I still miss the Carol Duval show, maybe you could replace her, you definitely have the talent dear friend.

  15. Wow beautiful card Lisa and I can to totally understand your compulsive need to add embellishments, lol! Love it.

  16. Oh dearie, you had me at Hello! This is so stunningly gorgeous and the layers make me drool! Love that clock die peeking behind those luscious flowers. Your tutorial is perfectly explained and so well thought out. Fantabulous post! I am so happy to have you as our Featured Artist this month! Applause all around for your awesome sauce design! Hugz! ~Niki

  17. Gorgeous Blooms !Thanks for the tut..

  18. Stunningly Exquisite Lisa. Your flowers are incredibly beautiful. So glad to see you used the DecoArt Glamour Dust for some extra shimmer - love it!! Wonderful tutorial. Thanks bunches for being such a FABULOUS Featured Artist. Your creation is just lovely in every way. j.

  19. Totally stunning card! I especially love those flowers x

  20. Fabulous techniques and gorgeous finish, love it x

  21. YAY Lisa!!!! Congrats and I must say this card is stunning!!!

  22. Absolutely stunning! The flowers are just AMAZING! thanks for the tutorial you make it look so easy! Your card turned out simply perfect!
    Have a great day!

  23. Woooow!!! I had no time yet before to look at this and comment, but well worth taking the time to see all the steps and details of this amazing card.. Congratulations to you Lisa!!! And thank you for your tutorial on how you made this incredibly beautiful rose! :) Coco x

  24. Awesome!!! I LOVE how you've created the flower! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!