Blessed, happy, grateful

Hi everyone,

I’m back again from the bottom of the world [well so very close to it] to share a little more creativity with you all.

This time I decided to play with a little colour and to get my hands a little dirty and so I did both.

A triple hanging set of canvases.

I painted each canvas with clear gesso and set aside to dry.

I then found three plastic bags cut out some panels and scrunched each of them up a little and sprayed them with mist.

I turned the pieces of plastic bag upside down and dabbed areas on each canvas to give the canvas some background colour.

A real hot splotch of colour.

I found some old black rub-ons and randomly applied them around the edge of each of my canvases.

I used a Little Birdie Crafts stencil and some grainy texture paste and randomly applied through the stencil on each of the canvases.

I tore apart three pieces of cheesecloth [muslin] and sprayed each piece with a different colour cheesecloth and set aside for them to dry.

From my stash I found three different butterflies, each very similar in colour to the sprays.

I used three different chipboard words from the primed chipboard pack sentiments – think positive.  I painted each word using a white acrylic paint and painted two coats – I wasn’t overly concerned  having an even paint coverage.

I had some branch type pieces in my stash and made a circle, adhered on top of the muslin, adhered my gorgeous white flowers and the chipboard and then finally the word sentiment and my butterfly to each canvas.

I randomly applied some wee stones or sequins depending on the canvas colour.

Then with a toothpick I have randomly applied white gesso around the edges of the canvas, randomly on some of the cheesecloth and a  little to the butterfly and to the flowers and sentiments.

and again in its entirety.

I had my husband’s assistance with the drilling of holes to hang my canvases together.

There you have it – three canvases – blessed, happy, grateful.

From the store :

A Vintage Styled Keepsake Layout

Hello Little Birdie Crafts fans!  I am thrilled to be back with my second post as a guest designer for Little Birdie.  If you missed my first post, a step card tutorial, you can view it here.   Today I am sharing a heritage layout with you and a tutorial where I’ll show you how to make this layout and the floral vine.

I am using a vintage photo taken in the early 1940’s during WW II on this layout. Vintage layouts are some of my favorites.  To achieve a vintage look, think muted colors, browns, creams, the softer color palette.  Torn edges and papers add an authentic look.  I always think to myself, what would something look like if it had been created 50 years ago and had been handled by many people?  The edges would be ragged, perhaps a few tears and stains, these looks characterize the vintage look.


Step 1:

I like to save every scrap of paper that I can, so when you see a paper on top of another paper, you can believe that I have cut the center out of the back paper!  So for the first layer, trim a 1″ frame from a  12″ x 12″ paper.

Step 2:

For the next layer, trim a 12 x 12 paper to 11 ¾” x 11 ¾” and distress the edges.  Then use the Script Stencil to stencil on some words.

Step 3:

Tear contrasting strips of paper and layer as shown in the photo below.

Step 4:

Now let’s make a floral vine to use on our layout.  Take 5 small wire stemmed roses and twist 3 roses together.  Next, twist two roses together.  Now glue the two sets of roses together as shown in the photo.  You can twist the ends of the two sets together.

Step 5:

Glue some greenery from the flowers along the wire stems.

Step 6:

Select 3 larger flowers to use in the center.  Trim away excess cardboard so that it doesn’t show beneath the flowers.  There you have a pretty vine that will look lovely on your layout!

 Step 7:

Add the floral vine to one side of the photo and arrange more flowers on the opposing side.

Now add a title and any other embellishments you like.  Now you have a beautiful keepsake heritage layout.

Thank you for joining me a Little Birdie Crafts today!

Maggi Harding

Supplies Used from Little Birdie Crafts

Live Laugh and Love

Live Laugh and Love Little Birdie Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  Here in North Carolina, summer is beginning to fade away and fall is creeping up on us.  The sunshine is a special kind of golden hue at this time of year, and fat bumblebees buzz around in the garden.  The season inspired me to make this Live Laugh and Love Little Birdie Mixed Media Canvas.  It’s bursting with sunshine and flowers!

Live Laugh and Love Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I started this mixed media journey with a Little Birdie 12″ x 12″ watercolor canvas and a bottle of Lemon Zing Color Splash Mist.  This is such a quick and easy way to create a background!

Live Laugh and Love Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Next, I brayered on some White Gesso in uneven layers.  Then I used the Mosaic Stencil with Grainy Texture Paste to add dimension and texture to the layout.  To add in the rusty hues of autumn, I lightly spritzed and spattered with Paprika Color Splash Mist.    You’ll be able to see all the steps and products I used in the YouTube video tutorial below.

Live Laugh and Love Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

I painted these chipboard titles from the Think Positive chipboard pack with black gesso to make them pop off the bright background.  The lovely Dream Catcher Chipboard was also painted with Black Gesso.  But the feathers were sprayed with Lemon Zing Color Splash.  An old piece of estate jewelry looks amazing with the dream catcher, don’t you think?  And look at these gorgeous flowers!  So perfect for fall!

Live Laugh and Love Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

The digital focal image is matted on a Little Birdie 4″ x 4″ burlap panel.  This adds so much texture to the composition. I get even more texture by adding a chevron printed burlap panel and a trio of Burlap Tags.

So are you ready to see this canvas come together?  Grab a cuppa and a snack and join me for this fun video tutorial!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  Thanks for stopping by!



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