Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lindy's Stamp Gang Art to the Eggstreme Contest!

Lindy's is having a contest this month! The challenge was to alter an egg using any of their products. The egg could be made of any material (paper mache, plastic, wood, etc.).

Right now I have a handful of their beautiful glittery Starburst sprays and they all happen to be in some pretty Spring colors so I went to town spraying, spraying, spraying and painting, painting, painting! The colors I used were: Ramblin' Rose Pink, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Baby Blue Eyes, and Edelweiss Moss Green (don't you just love the names????):

First, I started out with a large plastic egg, similar to the one below:

Mine came with a cute Little Mermaid stamper. :-)

I decided to use only the back half of the egg to create an Easter diorama and this is how it turned out:

Voila! My entry for the contest! 
I found the little girl and the dog and chick graphics online. 
I colored her Easter eggs and the flowers in her basket by hand using the Starburst stains. 
I also used Stickles glitter glue quite liberally throughout this project. 

The pink, green, and blue flowers, the lace on the bottom, the green butterflies 
and the grass were all painted with the Starburst stains. 
I painted the background first with gesso, then with the Baby Blue and Edelweiss Moss stains. 
The metal butterfly was washed with gesso also then painted with all four stains I have on hand. 
The cheesecloth on the side was sprayed with all the stains.

This is the backside. I got the purple color on the large roses by combining Baby Blue Eyes and Magnolia Magenta Gold. Really like the color that resulted. 

Found the perfect Spring poem for this project online. 

I decoupaged the backside with strips of newspaper, brushed on some gesso, 
then used all four Starbursts stains. 

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This was such a fun project. HAPPY EASTER ALL!!!!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

G45 National Craft Month Challenge Entry 2: Easter Dress

Every year about this time, I find myself strolling through the girls departments at the mall, admiring the fresh crop of frilly Spring dresses and the pretty accessories necessary to complete the perfect Easter outfit.

I've been blessed with two beautiful boys but once in a while, I imagine what it would be like to have a daughter to share in the joys of all things girly.

This project was born out of one of those moments.

This is my 2nd entry in G45's National Craft Month Challenge for March. Again, I used the very springy SECRET GARDEN papers.

My little girl would wear a pretty shade of purple!

...and have a pretty necklace just like Mommy's!..

....and a great big fluffy bow in the back.

Finally used the cute little Martha Stewart butterfly punch I got for my birthday!

Every little girl needs matching accessories!

Bright and shiny patent leather shoes and a big straw hat!

A matching purse to hold her little Bible and other essentials. 
Off to church and then to the big Easter egg hunt!!! :-)

Easter Blessings!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

G45 National Craft Month Challenge

As if I needed a reason, March happens to be National Craft Month and, of course, Graphic 45 is having a National Craft Month Challenge!

I finally finished this project over the weekend. As it happened, Saturday was very cold and even a little snowy so working on a SPRING project was very therapeutic.

For this project, I used Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection. It's full of beautiful Spring yellows, greens, blues, purples, and pinks and perfect for the Spring/Easter season.

This started out as a humble little box I found on clearance just after Christmas last year. Eventually the box will hold a matching mini album that will contain Easter photos of my boys.

I've always wanted a beautiful garden gazebo surrounded by flowers. I'll have to settle for this for now.

I made the gazebo out of chipboard using several cuts of Tim Holtz's birdcage die. I gave it a coat of white gesso for a little texture. Since Spring flowers are my favorites, I already had a bunch on hand to decorate the box. 

I would SO love to be sitting in there right now!!!! I gave the flowers a light brush of gesso too and add some Stickles here and there for some glitter. I made the little girl's garden swing using the same birdcage die. 

Quote from the book. Love, love, love the greens and yellows in this collection!

Left side of the box. A few months ago, I scored a HUGE bag of lace trims at Goodwill for mere pennies and I tucked some of it here and there on this piece. 

Right side. 

Backside. I did A LOT of fussy cutting of teeny tiny flowers from the paper but it was worth for the dimension it gives to this project. 

Top of the gazebo.