01 December 2015

Springtime in December


Hi All! Can you believe it's December 1st? 2015 is almost gone! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's December Stamp Of The Month: Candlelight Garden.


If you just hopped over from the oh-so-creative Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you are in the right place. If you're starting here, I have a list of the hop participants at the end of this post. Now, on to today's project.

It's been rather dreary here--rainy and cold--so I decided to perk things up with a little home decor piece. Let's take a look:


For this piece, I altered a little 5x5-inch wooden frame that I bought at my local craft store for $1. I covered the front of the frame with paper from Close To My Heart's Zoe paper pack. (The green and white polka dots are so cheerful!) I covered the center of the frame with White Daisy cardstock and masked of the area where my mason jar was going to be. I then blended Glacier and Sorbet inks with my sponge daubers, starting on the mask and them moving outward to make sure the blending was soft. I used the same mask to create a mason jar shaker pocket using my fuse tool and a flip flap. I initially thought I would stamp the jar onto the pocket itself, but the StāzOn ink didn't actually stay on very well, so I stamped the jar onto the White Daisy piece using Black Archival ink. I added some heart glitter by Martha Stewart to my pocket and sealed it up. I set my pocket aside and stamped the flowers in the jar using Champagne ink.

For the flowers and hearts, I did some no line watercoloring. First, I stamped the everything in Champaign ink. (Whisper might work as well.) Then I painted everything with watercolors, being sure to go over the lines so that the lines blended in with the paint. I also made sure to paint the stems of the flowers that are in the jar. I then added my jar pocket. I added part of the flowers and leaves to the edge of the jar inside the frame with dimensional adhesive. I then added the rest of the flowers to the frame using matte medium. While the flowers were drying, I painted the hearts and added them to the sentiment that I had created by stamping in Black Archival ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I popped the sentiment up with dimensional adhesive and then covered the adhesive with the hearts. I added a few gold glitter hearts from the Fundamentals Gold Assortment for a bit of bling. I then added a bit of Glacier extra thick twine to the jar and some iridescent shimmer to the flowers and the hearts.

Here are some close-ups:



And here is the cheerful little piece once again:


I hope you enjoyed my bit of spring. Now hop on over and see what the always-inspiring Morgan Vogt has for you today at TweetScraps. And if you get lost along the way, here's a list of participants:

Kim {that's me!}

Have a wonderfully creative day!



25 comments:

  1. Oh my beautiful gorgeousness! Kim, you never cease to amaze me with your mixed media/home decor talent. You are so very talented, my dear!

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  2. Oh my goodness!! How clever and cheerful! It is dreary here in GA today-- and your artwork is just what the doctor ordered to bring some sunshine in! I am going to have to study your technique and give it a go myself-- I absolutely love it!

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    1. Let me know if I can help! I'm all about spreading sunshine!!! :D (With a few violets thrown in, of course... ;-)

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  3. Wowie, Wow, Wow, Wow ... I'm not gonna lie, I hope it keeps raining. You put that dreariness to great use.

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    1. Oh dear Shelly! If it doesn't stop raining soon, my creativity might get washed away... I'm glad you liked it, though. :D

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  4. Well...just bloom where you are planted! The rain has certainly watered your garden today! I am so in love with your project...you are so creative and I still want to be you when I grow up!

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    1. Yikes! Don't grow up! But way to go on the garden puns. Made my evening! :D Glad you like the project. :D

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  5. What a cheerful home decor piece! I love the pocket and how you used the heart confetti in there. The flowers going off to the top of the frame looks so fresh too! The Queen of Home Dec Frames reigns supreme!

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  6. Right... what Lynn said exactly! This is amazing. All the technique and crafting details. My socks got knocked off clear into the next room. I better go get them; no rain today but it is chilly here in IL.

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    1. Thanks, Margot! (That's why I hop barefoot...saves the extra steps...) ;-)

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  7. Wow, this art is stunning! I can't believe how amazing every detail is. And your watercoloring is just beautiful! I wish we lived closer so you could teach me all your mad skills. :)

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    1. Morgan, I have a guest room! (I might be persuaded to come your way...when it's a little warmer...) ;-) I think we need to exchange some mad-skills teaching! :D

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  8. This is awesome. Such a lot of work. It will surely brighten up any dreary day that you may have!

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    1. Thanks, Jenise! It was worth the work. :)

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  9. Wowza!!!! It makes me want to run to my craft room and break out my yet-to-used fuse tool. This piece of art simply puts a smile on my face.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! So glad it makes you smile. :) I'd love to see what you make with the fuse!

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  10. Kim Hill!!!! This is just gorgeous! Love your stamping technique on the frame and jar and the pocket is such a great addition. Your watercoloring is awesome....such a beautiful piece of Home Décor! You are such an artist....love seeing your creations.

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  11. Kim, you outdid yourself. This is to die for!!!!

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  12. Oh for the love of altered dimensional creativity! I will gladly supply the watercolor supplies in February if you'd kindly do some show and tell (please??). Fabulous work from the Hill ...again!

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    1. Marg you crack me up! Bring your paints and I'll happily do a little show and tell. :)

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  13. This is adorable, Kim! Those dollar wooden frames are one of my favorite projects to make. Yours is so fun and bright and happy! Love the polka dots! And love how you extended the flowers at the top!

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