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Birdhouse Whimsey

The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment
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I made this cute little birdhouse using the Rustic Spring Garden Kit.  The flowers came from the Bonus Paper Kit of the Rustic Spring Garden. I used the Shimmerz paints to paint the roof coral and stripe the walls.  You'll find the paints in the Mixed Media Rustic Spring Garden Add-on.

My birdhouse cost $1.00 at a local craft store.  I used Aleene's Tacky Glue to adhere everything.

For the roof I cut 2 inch strips from the white paint paper and painted them with coral reef Shimmerz. I adhered them beginning at the bottom of each side of the roof with adhesive on the top only.  This allowed me to curve the pieces of paper slightly to give a shabby look.  I then cut the side pieces and painted them with the steely blue eyes Shimmerz.  I intentionally did light stripes to give it a little dimension in the woven paper.  I also painted around the bird hole!  I cut 1/4 and 3/8 strips from pink wooden patterned paper to do the eaves and the footing for the house.  Finally I added a 1 inch burlap square, the Prima Flowers and the Blessed sticker mounted on patterned paper and fussy cut.  The final touch was the tiny butterfly on the eaves of the house.  Keep thinking outside of the layout and you can create wonderful off the page gifts!

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See the blue stripes on the paper?  They really add shimmer in the sunlight.  And the Prima flowers are so cute and country looking.  I just love them with the tiny house.

Have a wonderful week!  I hope you are having good weather wherever you are.

~ Victoria

Memory Lane with Sandi

FabScraps, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hello, everyone! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

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Sandi Clarkson here with you today to share another layout created with the March-April "A Rustic Spring" Garden Kit from The International Scrapbook Garden. 

I took some photo editing privileges to alter this sweet bride's color scheme to suit my needs. Although I'm not usually a huge fan of pink, this sweet Fabscraps paper called out to me! So, I went all pink! 

I kept my mixed media to a minimum this time around and stenciled with the Prima chalk edger in Blossom. When the layout was complete, I splattered with watered down white paint from my stash and with some of the Shimmerz Steely Blue Eyes Inklingz. 

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I was thrilled to make use of the gorgeous chipboard Art Doors Set 1 from Creative Embellishments which I simply gessoed and then layered in staggered amongst my embellishment layers.

Here you can see the large 49 and Market Garden vine which looks more pink to me but is called pale lavender. I've used some of the other 49 and Market florals from the Kit and add-ons, as well some of the white chipboard leaf flourishes.

The large pinky-peach flower and the lace appliqués are from Tresors de Luxe. This was originally planned as a combined design team project. However, Lucy is changing her format going forward.

My photo layers are from the BoBunny Cottontail papers.

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More gorgeous 49 and Market flowers, Shimmer and Shine plus an awesome Junk Findings street sign.

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Along with the Prima butterfly, I added another of the Fabscraps vellum stickers. 

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Just one more shot of the beautiful vine and some of the wee mixology florals.

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Lots of gorgeous dimension on this one!
All in all, a rather simple page.

Here's a Main Kit photo for you but I do receive ALL the add-ons and they quickly become part of all my projects! Can't help myself!

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I'll see you next time!
In the meantime, happy creating!

XO,
Sandi

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Products used:

Fabscraps Simple Pleasures
BoBunny Cottontail Hippity Hop
49 and Market chipboard Happy Moments, leaf flourishes
Creative Embellishments Arched Doors Set 1
49 and Market Shimmer and Shine Blush Garden
49 and Market Floral Mixology, Pink Flamingo
49 and Market Garden Vine, pale lavender
Prima SII Pearls, Cream
TCW Stencil, Mini Floral Flourish
KaiserCraft Romantique Clear Stamp
Fabscraps Blessing Sentiments
Prima vellum butterflies, #631277
Slimmers Steely Blue Eyes Inklingz
Prima chalk edger, Blossom
Prima Shabby Chic streetsign

From my stash:
Tresors de Luxe lace and chiffon flower
white paint

'Moments' by Lisa Griffith

49 and Market, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hello crafty friends!
Lisa here with my second layout designed with the lovely kit 'A Rustic Spring'.

'Moments'

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This paper from the 'Tattered Garden' collection is called 'Tattered Leaves' and I really love the details in these papers and the rich dark colors. I created a small step by step of how I  create my backgrounds, it just involves a lot of layers of gessoes and paints, in this case I used the two Shimmerz Inklings in Steely Blue Eyes and Coral Reef from the Mixed Media kit.  I added some stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp and used the Crafter's Workshop stencil, both of these from the Bonus Embellishment kit.

After my background was finished, I layered on some vintage book paper, some torn up pieces from another 49 & Market paper, the 49 & Market chipboard circle and honeycomb from the Embellishment Bonus kit, some fussy cut leaves and clocks from two 13arts papers from the Bonus Paper kit and some 49 & Market flowers from the Extra Blooms kit.

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A simple tutorial on how to create a mixed media background:

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Step 1: I always choose my paper, cover it with a coat of clear gesso to prep it for all the mediums I will use, and then gather and arrange my elements so I can decide on the design, where I am going to use my paints and create the focus of my background. This helps me form a mental image in my mind that I can follow as I'm creating my page and also helps me from 'overthinking' things as I'm creating; it just allows my process to flow a lot smoother and be really enjoyable as opposed to frustrating.

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Step 2: I like to apply heavy white gesso very randomly and very messily. I love my pages to have an aged worn look, sort of like a peeling wall, and this gesso makes great textures, especially when I overheat it with my heat tool. I like to heat it up so the gesso bubbles up and cracks.

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Step 3: This step of creating the background can take a while, as I'm using my paints, more gesso and also finally stamps and a stencil to create the look I'm going for.  It can take several different layers to get to this look, so just play with it and have fun!  I apply the Inklings here with a soft round brush, letting the paint seep into the cracked gesso, and also just splashing the paint around (my favourite part). I really love those little pots of paint, you can use them with very little water to get the saturated colors or dilute them more for a more watercolor effect. I use a stamp all around the page, and then finally use some more white gesso through a stencil to add some more textures.

The last steps are glueing down my elements, the photo and the flowers, and then after that is all done I go around the page with some more paint to blend everything together. I hope this sparks some ideas in you all! My style is quite deconstructed and messy, but you could still try these steps on your background just perhaps in a bit more delicate way to get some cool mixed media textures on your background.

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See you next time,

Lisa xo

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