We're participating in a blog exchange with SRM Stickers this week—you'll see four beautiful projects perfect for Mother's Day designed by four talented members of the SRM Stickers design team, and if you hop on over to the SRM Stickers blog, you'll find some familiar WCS faces over there! If you're new to Write. Click. Scrapbook. this week, welcome! Explore our archives and galleries and be sure to say hello (and visit us often). Please welcome today's guest designer, Tania Willis!
Follow Tania's directions to create a custom spring-themed piece of artwork to give for Mother's Day!
Gather the following supplies...
• Frame with 8x10 opening
• light yellow, cream, green, and blue-gray cardstock
• In Stitches - Material Girl (Cosmo Cricket)
• Measuring Up - Material Girl (Cosmo Cricket)
• Ready, Set, Chipboard - Material Girl (Cosmo Cricket)
• Monthly Memories – May (SRM)
• Monthly Memories – April (SRM)
• Tiny Type alphabet stickers (Cosmo Cricket)
• alphabet stickers (October Afternoon)
• glittered flowers (K & Company)
• Just the Edge – Pink (Bazzill Basics Paper)
• Paper Posies (Doodlebug)
• lime, stormy blue ink (Clearsnap)
• green embroidery floss
• permanent adhesive, glue dots, foam tape
- Cut In Stitches patterned paper to 8” x 10”.
- Cut yellow cardstock to 7” x 9”.
- Punch multiple ¾” circles from yellow cardstock.
- To create background texture, adhere circles onto 7” x 9” piece of yellow cardstock allowing a number of them to hang over the edge. Trim circles that hang over.
- Adhere 7” x 9” embellished yellow cardstock, centered onto In Stitches patterned paper.
- Using the Measuring Up patterned paper, cut 3 strips, 7” x 2”.
- Cut strips in a wavy pattern so they can be layered one on top of another to create your grass. Ink edges.
- Adhere strips together placing dimensional adhesive between the top and middle strips.
- Adhere these strips to the yellow cardstock along the bottom edge.
- Adhere April and May stickers to cream cardstock. Trim cardstock around edges of sticker. Add a scalloped edge along the bottom of these April and May pieces with a Bazzill Just the Edge border strip. Trim to size.
- Cut small raindrops from blue-grey cardstock. Ink edges.
- From here, you can start building your phrase “April showers bring May Flowers” by adhering the April scalloped piece you created earlier using foam tape, then add alphabet stickers to spell “showers…”, then add your raindrops. Lastly, adhere May scalloped piece just above the midpoint of the art piece.
- Use the remaining space to build your field of flowers. You’ll notice I used a variety of textures and dimensions the flowers I chose. Some were from the Ready, Set, Chipboard Material Girl set, some from a pack of premade glittered/rhinestone flowers by K & Company and the fabric flowers were handmade fabric yo-yos with a hand-stitched button or brad added to the center.
- Once you have the flowers adhered, you can cut thin strips of green cardstock for the stems. Adhere some behind or in front of each layer of the grass you created.
- Embellish further with hand-cut leaves cut from green cardstock, then crumpled for dimension.
- After all the fuss over the flowers at the bottom half of the art piece, I needed a way to give the top a little texture and dimension, so I used pulled-apart cotton balls as fluffy clouds and applied them with glue dots.
- I personally can’t seem to call a project complete unless it has some sort of hand-stitched detail on it. Since this project all ready has so many details, I tried to keep my hand-stitching as simple as possible by using the same color thread as the stems and just adding simple stitches to a few of them. I love the subtle detail that it adds.
Add your artwork to the frame, and your custom-made Mother's Day gift is complete!
Tania has been scrapbooking in some form or another for the past 14 years, and doing so professionally for the past 8. She spends most of her creative time designing for SRM Stickers, Karen Foster Design, Little Yellow Bicycle, The Story Matters & the Good Grief challenge blog. She enjoys putting together tutorials, which are available free on her blog, and teaching online through Get It Scrapped!. She’s been published in both national and international scrapbook publications and has three authored books in print. Tania lives in Central Ohio with her husband of 15 years and two daughters. Read more about Tania by visiting her blog, What 'Chu Talkin' 'Bout Willis.