Thursday, 2 June 2016

All The B's - Being Beautiful Breanna

Hello! I'm back this week with an idea that I have had going
around in my head for some time. When I was cleaning/organizing/purging my
craft room a few months ago I realized that I had accumulated quite quite a lovely collection
of chipboard & grungeboard alphabets. It was time to start using these.

This is what I decided to do ~~~

I started with an 8x10 canvas and my collection of alphabets.
I first went through and spelled out my daughters name then pulled out all the B's.
I figured out the layout then using matte medium adhered them all down to the canvas. I then covered the entire canvas in the matte medium. I let this dry completely then applied 3 coats of white gesso.

I was finally ready to add my colours -
Dylusion's Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange & Funky Fushia.
I love these colours together! So bright & sunny.

Next I added some Distress Ink in similiar colours just to help the letters pop a bit.
I also added some patterns using my layering stencils.
Lastly it was time to add a bit of grunge with my Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon along the edges and around the letters.

It was time for a few embellishments - 

I kept the embellishments pretty simple. 
Thanks to my craft bestie Nicole Wright for letting me browse her impressive die collection - thats where I found the new Rolled Flower Die from Sizzix by Eileen Hull.
I cut the die cut in half stapled it back together in the shape you see here and using the blunt end of a paint brush shaped the petals. Before adhering to my frame I added a bit of Hickory Smoke 
Distress Ink to the edges.

submitted to the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - June Challenge


  1. I am so going to steal this idea! I love how you used Eileen's Rolled Flower die. It looks amazing! Happy to share my crafty things.

  2. Julia, this has to be one of the most creative ways I have seen one of Eileen's flower dies being used - I love it! Great use of the alphabet pieces in the background too! Thanks so much for joining in our 'Celebrate Your Style' challenge at Anything But Cute! Anne DT xx

    1. Thank you so much, Anne! I certainly wasn't planning on using it this way but the more I played around with it the more it seemed to work.
      Thanks so much!

  3. What a fabulous canvas Julia, brilliant idea to use the chipboard alphabet pieces on your background and what an inventive way to use the rolled flower, brilliant! Your daughter must love it, what a work of heart! Deb xo

    1. Thank you so much, Deb and yes, she does love it!

  4. Amazingly beautiful canvas, Julia! I love your genius way of using that rolled flower die! Beautiful colors and awesome textures! Marvelous project! Thank you so much for joining in our Celebrate Your Style challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT xx

  5. Such a great canvas and have to admit I am partial to that rolled flower :-) BTW your daughter is beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Eileen! Your Rolled Flower die is amazing and it's now at the top of my wish list thanks to my crafty enabler friend, Nicole. ;)

  6. Well this is beautiful and brilliant! What a genius way to use your alphas and share your wonderful daughter. Looks like you had fun with this upcycle and your color choices are delicious! Awesome sauce layers and I have to agree about the EH flower die. Original and fantabulous!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for or "Celebrate Your Style" challenge! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  7. Love it, love it, LOVE it! Such a brilliant idea for a background! I may need to borrow it one day... ;-)
    Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  8. Your project is lovely, I love the combination of texture in the background! Ive never considered using my alphas this way.

  9. Beautiful creation and love the colors and gorgeous textures. so pleased you have entered your project however you I have noticed you have not linked your project back to Rhedd's Creative Spirit - please could you link back to our challenge blog - thank you

    1. Thank you Elaine!Thank you as well for pointing out that I forgot to link my project back to Rhedd's Creative Spirit June challenge! I have added it now. :)

    2. You are welcome and thank you for linking back to Rhedd's x


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