Sunday, January 26, 2014

Encouraging Words . . .

 Happy Sunday Morning Friends!
My dear sweet granddaughter has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately so I thought I'd create something that she can hang on her wall as a reminder of who she is and how much she is loved.

Here's the final product and I will share a short photo tutorial with you on how I altered this wooden frame/bird as well as make the multi-layer butterflies.  So please read on . . 

My wooden frame and bird came from Michael's in the $1 bin.
The design paper on the bird and right side of inner image are from the Paper Studio 'Kirby Teesdale Studio' paper pack.
My frame covering, flower and 3 layer butterflies are from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of design paper that I printed from the Digital Valentine Kit available at the Crafty Vintage Girl store of Crafty Secrets.
Digital  - Vintage Valentine Kit - D-117

Very easy ... simply trace and cut

 I chose this adorable image from the Crafty Secrets digital
Printed onto white card stock and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
(Mistake alert:  while coloring I accidentally colored her sleeve yellow instead of pink ... didn't realize it till I had it put together so modified her blouse sleeves to be orange/red ... that's what happens when you put pink over yellow ... LOL)
I adhered my image to the insert chipboard that came with the frame and since I've had this cute image sitting on my desk waiting to be used, it wasn't the right size so I added a piece of the same paper as the bird and pink grosgrain ribbon to adjoin them.
I also did a little fussy cutting of the LOVE YOU section of paper to adhere to the base of the frame.  I didn't want to loose the pretty scallop on the top section of the paper.

The back and sides of the frame were painted with Tim Holtz white Distress Crackle Paint for a more vintage look.  Once dry, I flipped it over and adhered my CS design paper to the front using Mod Podge and a sponge brush.

Creating the pretty butterflies!

 Still working from my original printed sheet of Crafty Secrets Valentine Kit design paper, I punched out six butterflies (3 for each butterfly).  I used my new EK Success punch but you can use what ever butterfly die cuts or punches you may have on hand.

Using my flower making foam pad and a stylus, I went around the edge of each wing to help 'condition' it (like you would when you're making a flower) and with light pressure drug my stylus down the center to make the wings pop up.
 Once they were conditioned, I used a small line of Art Glitter white glue to adhere/stack them together.  For sparkle I used Stickles 'Thistle' along the edges of the one and 'Diamond' along the other (see close up below).

Here are a couple closeups of some of the detail.
'Diamond' Stickles was also used on the wings, as well as a few 'fairy dust' dabs in the white space of the image.

 My flower was actually cut from the same paper but I got a little 'heavy handed' with the Dylusions 'postbox red' ink spray (new product for me) so I tried to alter the layout of the petal panels so some of the background paper showed through.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial 
(sorry it was PHOTO HEAVY but I don't have the means for a video tutorial). 
All products used will be listed below, after my name.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Mod Squad Challenge - What 'Wood' You Create
Digitally Sweet - Anything Goes (digital image & papers)
Fun With Shapes - Gift Package
Fussy and Fancy - Vintage
The ABC Challenge - D is for Dazzle
Emerald Faeries - Things with Wings
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Make it Glitter

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Enjoy this LAST WEEK of January 2014~ times flyin'!
As always . . .

Papers:  Crafty Secrets Digital Vintage Kit, the Paper Studio
Accessories:  Michaels's wooden $1 frame, Michael's wooden $1 bird, Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish Sm B117S die, EK Success butterfly punch, Cheery Lynn Designs Shasta Daisy flower die, Pink grosgrain ribbon, Stickles 'diamond' and 'thistle', stylus, foam forming mat, dylusions ink spray, Tim Holtz distress crackle paint, foam brush, Fiskars swivel craft knife, pop dots, white glue


  1. That is beautiful! Your frame is decorated so nicely and will look so nice on someone's wall.

  2. Stunning creation... Loved your tutorial... so much detail has gone into this beauty... Your much loved Granddaughter will adore this I'm sure... Thank you for joining us at Fussy & Fancy Challenge... Hugs May x x x

  3. Beautiful creation! Your Granddaughter will love it, even more so as created by you! Beautiful colours - just, well, beautiful! :)

    Thanks for joining in with us over at Feeling Crafty Challenge ~ good luck!

  4. Wonderful creation love all the flowers. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you next time
    ~ Denise DT ~

  5. Lovely, thanks for joining us at Feeling Crafty and good luck x

  6. She is going to LOVE this beauty!!! What a thoughtful Grandma you are!! Love the happy colors, butterflies and the pretty fairy!!

  7. Wow!! sooo much detail! I LOVE every bit of it! Thanks so much for playing along with us in the challenge this week!

  8. OMG Darlene--what a LUCKY granddaughter!!! Absolutely love this!!!! Thanks for detail on how you created this!!! Perfect fit for our challenge at Fussy and Fancy!!
    Hugs of love

  9. Waw it looks so pretty! Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge. Hugs! Mojca

  10. Awesome Project, Thanks for joining us at The Emerald Faeries. Good luck and hope you will join us again.

  11. This is so beautiful! Love all the work you put into it!
    Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet!

  12. Wow this is totally gorgeous. Thanks for playing at DSC this week.

    Hugs Ali x

  13. Great tutorial. Beautiful card.

    So glad to see you at Die Cut Divas.


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