Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Believe" Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook and Quietfire Design frame

Hello Crafty Friends!

Spring has sprung and, as a gardener, my mind is full of ideas for the gardens.  Last week my friends and I started various sunflower seeds.  The visions of tall, happy sunflowers in our late summer gardens have been the subject of our excited talks this week.  I guess you could say that gardeners always believe- that with our pleasurable work- something wonderful is about to happen.   

With gardens on my mind, I upcycled a frame using Quietfire Designs' "Always Believe" stamp and "Believe" die.  

 Jet Black Archival Ink was used on Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook ivory paper.  (Nature Sketchbook was used entirely as the papers for this project.)  Sweet butterflies and lush foliage create a natural frame around the beautiful stamp.
Believe was die cut and mounted on two layers of papers.  Lady bugs and a dragonfly grace the lovely die cut.
Glossy Accents was applied to all eggs, lady bugs and other wee insects.
 Layers of plants and insects fill the frame.
 On top of layers were bright butterflies.
 Inka Gold was applied along all frame edges and on the layers below the Believe die cut.
 Full of life frame!  I hope my gardens are as spirited as the frame.  :)

After hours of fussy cutting, mounting with foam tape and adding Stickles or clear enamel, my dreamlike garden wall art was complete.  Seeing the frame on my wall makes me smile with thoughts- and belief- that the gardens will lush and beautiful with life.

Thank you very much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the project.  Maybe it has inspired you to make a project for a gardener friend or yourself.  Feel free to share a link in the comments here or on social media as I would love to see it!  :)

Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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