Tour de Craft!

Hi all! Today I am over at my fellow biker chick Libby’s blog for the Tour de Craft, where we celebrate le Tour de France in stamps and other crafty goodness. I reached into my suitcase of tricks and whipped up this little quick little number in a roundabout 30 minutes. I was in time trial mode as I’ve been working like a woman possessed on the Hero Arts Christmas release and today is the big day it launches on the wholesale site. (If you can’t guess, I’ve been channeling Phil and Paul as I wrote this — they’re the primo Tour commentators.)

Here’s a little peek at one of the techniques I used on my card, along with a super sneaky peek at the rest :)

watercolor through a stencil by Lisa Spangler

I’ve recently discovered watercoloring through stencils — it’s so relaxing and fun! Here I used Studio Calico well red ink to watercolor the red, and Hero Arts gold mist for the gold along with the Hero Arts confetti dots stencil. The red dots to represent the king of the mountains jersey since today is a mountain stage, including the Col du Tourmalet. It’s gonna be a great stage, I’m watching it live right now.

Ride on over to Libby’s blog and join us for more!

And, someday Libby and I *will* make it to the Tour! Thanks so much for having me Libby! and vive le Tour — de Craft! xo


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I’m on Iron Craft!

I’m honored to be Chaitali’s guest on this week’s Iron Craft episode. If you haven’t heard of Iron Craft yet, you are in for a real treat. She has interviewed so many awesome papercrafters already. I have to admit that I was really nervous doing the on-camera interview — I am one of those people who likes to stay behind the camera, ha! You can watch our interview here. It turns out that we have a ton in common, including both being computer nerds who love the outdoors. :)

For this challenge, we both used Studio Calico’s Penny Arcade card kit – love this kit so much! (Although, when don’t I love a Studio Calico kit, right? Ha.)



We received our kits super early so that we could do make our cards in time for the recording of the video, so we didn’t have everything that you see like the banner die, the buttons or the twine. But we still had tons of fun!

We each made four cards using only the kit. Be sure to check out Chaitali’s cards — they are awesome!

I gotta say that I could have kept going and going and going…you get the idea!

Anyhow, on to my cards! This first one could be used to celebrate anything from birthdays to graduations to being on Iron Craft :)

Yay Yay Yay

YAY by Lisa Spangler

Gotta admit that I was giggling the whole time I made this. Had a ton of fun watercoloring the little hedgehogs, too!

YAY by Lisa Spangler

Hi there, happy feathers!

For my next card I watercolored two of the feathers with Mister Huey’s watercolors on the patterned paper and cut them out. Just gotta say that I love the Mister Huey’s watercolors. So many great colors to chose from and they go with Studio Calico papers and inks — of course.

HI by Lisa Spangler for Iron Craft

Speaking of Studio Calico inks, I stamped the HI in Studio Calico deja blue, then used a damp brush to pull color from the stamping towards the center. There are so many techniques that you can do with these inks — I’m loving them more all the time.

HI by Lisa Spangler for Iron Craft

Then I added some of the wood veneer stars from the kit. Love these so much! Couldn’t resist adding some splats, too.

There’s No Place Like Gnome

Next I just had to play with the gnome. And that map paper. Wah!

No Place Like Gnome by Lisa Spangler

Once again I used the Mister Huey’s watercolor set to do the coloring. Love how it has skin tones! And the colors blend well together.

No Place Like Gnome by Lisa Spangler

I plan on sending this one to my Dad. :)

You Make Me Happy

Last but not least, my favorite card using the happy little cloud stamp! I kept this one really clean + simple to focus on the cloud.

Happy by Lisa Spangler

I wanted the cloud to be white, but I couldn’t get her to show up very well. Then it hit me! I stamped her face first, then stamped the cloud over top with clear VersaMark ink and embossed her with clear sparkle embossing powder. Then I watercolored around her. Ta dah!

Happy by Lisa Spangler

Here’s a closeup so you can see her better. And those cheeks? First I stamped them with the solid circle from the stamp set in well red, then I stamped the textured circle over top in white pigment ink. So cute how it makes a kind of pink! I just want to make a whole sky full of clouds now! :)

Happy by Lisa Spangler

If you’ve fallen in love with the Studio Calico Penny Arcade card kit you are in luck! It hasn’t sold out — yet. Pick one up right here. Or you can enter to win a giveaway here at Iron Craft.

Thanks so much to Chaitali for having me, you made being on camera fun! Big hugs! And thanks to Studio Calico for being our sponsor. You both make me so happy! xo


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Morning! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today with some postcards I made for my sweet friend Libby. I’m really missing her.

Had a ton of fun taking pictures of these. I think the texture of the watercolor paper (from Target, in the kids’ craft section) almost makes it look like letterpress. And you know how I love letterpress.

missing you postcard  by lisa spangler




Come and join me.

Oh and! I used my trusty peerless watercolors for these. Just love them so much, the colors are really vibrant. Best of all they are back in stock HERE at Simon Says Stamp. They are perfect to take with you on vacation — all you need are those plus a waterbrush and you’re good to go. Mine have been to a bunch of places with me, including Quebec! xo


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they say it’s your birthday!

Today is July 1st — how the heck did that happen? I needed to get a birthday card in the mail to my little sister, stat! So I whipped up this one in 15 minutes with the help of my trusty Hero Arts daubers, new Studio Calico stamps, and my silhouette. It’s kinda bright. :)

they say it's your birthday! by Lisa Spangler

I made the splats by tapping pounding a dauber HARD on the card. Watch out, this is messy. So protect your desk and yourself. (You have been warned.) But it does relieve stress, ha!

The stamp set that I used that comes with a die for the birthday — but when Studio Calico sent mine to me for the Inked 2.0 class they weren’t ready yet. So I improvised with the silhouette. I like the die better though! :)

they say it's your birthday! by Lisa Spangler

It’s so hard to capture the NEON glow of this card — the camera just doesn’t quite do it justice!

And, I used a charcoal dauber to go over the “birthday” — I had cut it out of gray polka dot paper but it just didn’t pop enough with all the neon.


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Studio Calico July Class: Inked 2.0!

Studio Calico Inked 2.0

Hey hey! Can’t believe July is almost here, can you? But that means it’s almost time for Inked 2.0 to start! As you can see I’ve given the class stamp set a whole lotta love already. Hope you’ll come and join me, Tina, and the awesome lineup of contributors. There’s still time to sign up and get a stamp set of your own! xo

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