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Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR BLOG HOP: Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from Karen’s beautiful blog.  If you are off track, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on this hop.

Today, I have a Gloriously Green Springtime Banner to share with you.  It’s made with the Gorgeously Green February Ribbon Club Assortment which is the perfect tonic for the winter blahs.  Take a peeky:

Gorgeously Green Ribbon Club Assortment


I just love the springtime freshness of these fabby ribbons!  This month, the RRR team is being sponsored with digital images from our teamie, Ginny Nemchak.  Ginny owns Polly’s Paper Studio and she generously shared her beautiful artwork with us.  I thought her Large Floral Journal Cards would look smashing with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment, so  I worked them up into this gloriously green springtime banner.

Spring Green Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 02The journal cards were stitched onto Ivory burlap and a base of green and ivory stripe French Linen cardstock. The individual pennants were then stitched onto white netting that I topped with shimmery Apple Green Swiss Mini Dot Satin ribbon.  I love the way this emphasized the green tones in Ginny’s digi art.  Here are some close ups of the individual pennants.

Gloriously Green Springtime BannerRRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 03I really wanted to catch the freshness of Spring with this banner.  I love the cloud washed skies and fresh green growing things that mark the season.  To achieve this look,  each pennant is trimmed along the top with Victoria Crochet Lace.  I created a ribbon cluster in the corners by topping a bow tied with 7/8″ white organza with a 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin bow .  And what is springtime without a few flowers?  These gorgeous apple blossoms, magnolias. chrysanthemums, and sweetheart blossoms bring out the pinks in the paper and make this banner feel as refreshing as a springtime breeze. Next,  I found the little bird image in my stash, and framed him with this painted and glittered chipboard.

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 05I created ribbon streamers  by tying the white organza and 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin on either side of my center panel, adding flower clusters and white Bead and Berry Sprays  to my floral groupings.

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This ornate chip frame was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then splattered with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  It makes me think of a field full of spring clovers.


Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 06This feathery flourish chipboard was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint and doused with glitter. The painted and stamped fashionista chipboard was perched on top with foam tabs. Another cluster of gorgeous mulberry flowers and ribbons finishes the right hand side of the banner.

From here, you will hop on over to LESLIE’S luscious BLOG. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and soak up all the inspiration, then finish up at the RRR Blog where you’ll answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a prize drawing for your very own Gorgeously Green Ribbon Collection.

I can’t wait to spy my first dandelion!




Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

altered bee box for canvas corp brands

This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

Thanks for stopping by!





Crafty Secrets March Linky Party

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Design Team Challenge: Go Green!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party!  I think we are all ready for a dose of springtime right about now.  We’re focusing on spring: green growing things, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, flowers, or anything that makes us think of spring.  The optional twist this month is to use an upcycled element in our projects: a bit of corrugated cardboard, a twist tie, an old container, packaging material, jars, bottles…anything that would normally end up in the landfill.  Now I love me a good upcycling challenge!  As you know, my Closet of Shame is filled with all kinds of “trash” that I love to turn into treasure, so this was a fun challenge for me.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This bit of home decor started with an empty pasteboard berry basket.  I had some paper mache eggs that I decoupaged with strips of paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers and went to work building this fun springtime floral arrangement.  Here’s what you need to make this project:

  • a one quart pasteboard berry basket
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • paper mache eggs, available at most craft stores this time of year
  • Spanish Moss, or some other kind of filler for your basket
  • Crafty Secrets Digital garden papers
  • Crafty Secrets Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts
  • an assortment of Mulberry Flowers
  • ribbon
  • small chalkboard (I don’t remember where this came from)
  • White Sharpie to write on the chalkboard
  • small birdnest (from the craft store)
  • Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium
  • Hot Glue Gun
Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This project is so quick and easy!  The key is to print the papers onto very thin paper. Just use the cheapest, thinnest printer paper you can find.  I tried to print onto tissue paper, but did not have any success with that experiment.  (If you know how…please let me know!).  I tore my paper into random strips, painted the back with Matte Multi Medium and then smoothed it onto the surface of the egg, repeating the process until the whole egg was covered.  Then, I just brushed the tops of each egg with more medium and let them dry.  As you can see, the ink did not run, and I think this is due to the fact that I used Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium.  It dries very quickly and is not a super wet adhesive.  So that’s what I would recommend for this type of project.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Once I had painted the berry basket, I brushed the edges of it with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age it a little.  I also added a strip of this pretty printed ribbon around the top of the basket edge.

I know you’ll want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you this month!  Be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek at their amazing projects and tutorials.

Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over

Darlene ♥ Diane ♥ Elizabeth ♥ Ginny ♥ Gloria ♥ Melody ♥ MicheleShantaieSheila

Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are prizes?  One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous prize package of digital papers, images and other fun artsy stuff.  You can find all the details and photos on the BLOG.

Now it’s your turn! Dig through your stash of Crafty Secrets goodies and work up a new project to share with us.  You do not have to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a free download in the Linky Party Post on the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  So no excuses!  Go get your craft on, and link up before midnight on Sunday, March 15th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Here’s hoping that all these spring projects will drive Old Man Winter out of town for good!

Thanks for stopping by,



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