A Little Birdie HOP!

I am stoked about today’s hop! Make sure you visit Designer Crafts after you read this post for the hop list. It combines my first love (scrapbooking) with mixed media. This fabulous line truly bridges the gap between paper crafting and mixed media. Here is what Little Birdie sent me for this hop and their Grand Launch in the USA!

It’s All About the Birds!

What could be better than celebrating the Grand Launch of Little Birdie than to create layouts featuring birds? My son has wanted a bird for several years. For his Birthday we finally got him one –Ari. She is a sweet little thing that has captured out hearts.

The Mixed Media paste can be used two ways. You can use it as a modeling paste (which I did in this layout) and/or gesso by adding water. To create this type of background use the paste over a stencil. Once it dries mist it. If the mist is to vibrant add a light layer of water before the mist dries.

I finished off the layout by adding a little water to the paste and flicked it on the page.

For this layout I used the paste as gesso by adding water and then applying it with a paint brush. Once it dried I applied layers of the Color wash making sure each dried between layers.

The paper pack came with a fussy cut sheet. I ran mine through a Scan N Cut. This made it really easy to add to layouts with the hard work done This sweet blue bird is from the fussy cut sheets.

This was my final layout I created with the Woodland Series and it is my favorite. I utilized the images I cut on my Scan N Cut in several spots on this layout. My favorite was tucking the birds into the flowers.

A Little Bitty Art

Have you ever had an art itch? Something that you just had to create because you could not stop thinking about it? When I saw the little journaling cards and twine I had to create a sweet little ATC.

Background Creation

I have created a video showing how to create these backgrounds. I demonstrate how to use the Mixed Media Paste through a stencil, how to use it as gesso, color washing and adding layers.

Time to Hop

Now comes the fun part — hopping! Leave a comment on my blog sharing with me your favorite product from The Little Birdie. Once you leave your comment please hop on through the following designers’ blogs. Little Birdie mailed each of us a different kit, so you are going to see new stuff and ideas at each stop!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Grateful Mini Icon Card

The new stamp set and die bundle from Close to My Heart is my new favorite thing. I have been having so much fun playing with it. There are so many things a crafter can do with this bundle. For this card I wanted to use as many of the cute little icons as possible from the Fall themed stamp set.

A Few Tips…

To give the card a homespun autumn feel I opted for kraft paper as the card base topped with a dark orange. I used Stazon Crimson to stamp the images and tie the card together. Twine was the perfect accent with a little tag I made from left over scrap paper. The red smears are the result of Dew Drops that went wrong. Usually I can scrap those off if I place them in the wrong spot, but this time they smeared. Instead of tossing the tag I just smeared on some more!

Moral of the card: If you make a mistake, just do it a few more times and make it a feature ūüôā

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Theater Presents the Love Princess

Magical Theater, by Rita Barakat, is the base for creating the Love Princess. It is a downloadable book full of whimsy and magic. This is a wonderful art resource to have on your hard drive. Not only are there tips and directions on creating your own paper dolls, there are also a few scenes completed. For this project I used things created in the book and added the finishing touches.

The base is a piece of cardboard from a package I received in the mail. Mod Podge was used to seal and attach the scene to the cardboard. For the princess I used a foam board as her base to give her structure and dimension.

The finishing touches on the piece were a mix of glitter glue, Nuvo Dew Drops and gems from the dollar store.

I used Glitter Mod Podge for the Princess because she needs to shine! Bits of extra trim from my stash was used along the edges.

It is okay to borrow other people’s creativity to spark your own. Or, perhaps like me you want to create something from the heart, but are limited on time. The Magical Theater is a great resource to have!

Here is another piece I created using it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Make A Tote with Deco Fabric Glitter Pens!

When I attended Creativation 2018 I was able to get my hands on some fabulous goodies to play with. I absolutely love the Glitter Fabric Pens! Here is how I made this great bag!
To start the fabric paint flow in each pen I had to shake it and press the tip down.
I lifted it ever so often just to check and once I saw the pigment to the tip I knew it was time to color!
Every so often I had to shake the pen to get more paint. I colored one flower in and then did another flower in a different color. This seemed to allow  the paint some time to nap after working so hard! I added a few crystals to each flower using Supertite Instant Glue 
Once The gems were applied I outlined each flowers Nuvo Dew Drops.
I used coordinating colors on each flower:

 I love how it turned out!
 Supplies:
Supertite  (use code SUPERTITE-GOLDEN for 10% off of all orders over $5)
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!