Thursday, April 6, 2017

Find Joy In The Ordinary

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our host Annie has chosen the theme of 'The Magic of Three' for April.  Here is Annie's brief:

It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers.  Let us see you use three of something in your challenge project (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!)  Let us know your magic 3 components and ensure your project is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we favour.

Our very generous sponsor this month is Emerald Creek Craft Supplies
and they are offering a $50.00 CAD gift certificate for their online store to our lucky winner, thank you Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!

For my Magic of Three project I decided to explore how many ways I could incorporate trios of design elements.  I used three stencils and three stamps on my background, grouped three trios of flowers created in three different ways onto three little panels within my framed project and as a finishing touch added three butterflies.

I've some step out photos on how I created it, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

I started out with a piece of scrapbook paper from Tim Holtz's Wallflower Paper Stash and stamped it with three different stamps (the script stamp and the small trio of butterflies from Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp set and the small bee from Dina Wakley's Scribbly Flowers and Insects set) using Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink.  I then stenciled the background with Gloss Transparent Texture paste using the Flourish, Concerto and Mixed Media 101 layering stencils.

I then spattered the stenciled and stamped background with three colours of acrylic paint (Decoart Americana Asphaltum, Desert Sand and Cool White) and spritzed a bit of Brushed Sage Distress marker here and there with Tim's spritzer tool.

The background was adhered onto the base of a Mini Framed Panel and the frame itself was painted with Old Paper Distress paint and then a wash of Walnut Stain Distress paint was added to age it.  The frame was adhered over the prepared background and the sides of the background panel were coloured with Distress crayons (Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs) to blend it in with the painted frame.

Three panels of varied sizes were cut from cardstock coloured with three different colours of green Distress inks (Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage) using the wrinkle free Distress method.  The edges of the panels were shaded with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

The first set of three flowers were then die cut with the Tiny Tattered Florals die from cardstock coloured with Raspberry Infusions and a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress ink.  The three flowers each had a dot of Platinum Stickles glitter glue added to their centers.

The second set of three flowers were die cut with the Tattered Florals die from some blue patterned paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash.  Each flower had a brad added to the center and the brads all had a touch of Platinum Stickles glitter glue applied to them.

The third and final trio of flowers were die cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with the Wildflowers die and were watercoloured with Distress inks (Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint).  A touch of Platinum Stickles glitter glue was added to these flowers as well.

Three butterflies from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack were coloured with Distress markers and Distress inks so that they coordinated with the three colours of flowers.  The bodies of the butterflies were highlighted with a bit more Platinum Stickles glitter glue.

And finally, I cut one of Tim's new Quote Chips in two so that it would fit into my design, edging the Quote Chip with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

And then the framed panel was assembled.  The three Distress ink coloured panels were arranged over the background and the middle panel was popped up slightly on some pop dots for a bit of dimension.  The Quote Chip sentiment was added to the bottom left corner,

and the three butterflies adhered to the frame.

Each trio of flowers was adhered to the panels and some leaves, die cut from more Wallflower paper, were tucked in around the Tattered Florals and Tiny Tattered Florals posies.

The clover Wildflower die cut was popped up with a pop dot to add some dimension to the middle panel.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how I created my Find Joy In The Ordinary mixed media frame, I had a lot of fun exploring The Magic of Three!

Make sure to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see all of the wonderful projects from our talented Creative Guides and I hope that you will be inspired to explore The Magic Of Three with us, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo


  1. A wonderful framed study of 3's Deb! Beautiful stampings, floral panels, colors and fluttering butterflies! we both grabbed the same quote chip for our sentiment this month! Julia xx

  2. Oh so beautiful! I love the different flowers and clever layered panels within the frame xx

  3. Beauty times three a bunch of times. Terrific how you incorporated the many trios into this pretty piece. I love the color combinations.

  4. Your framed board is utterly gorgeous Deb, the elements you have chosen to use are beautiful together and you incorporated the magic of three so many times. Love it xxx

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through how you put this beautiful creation together Deb. You have well and truly proven that there is magic in threes - I just love the flower clusters and those beautiful butterflies! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Such a wonderful project! I am thrilled about it!

  7. Such a fantastic creation Deb, love this, the colours are so beautiful, a great interpretation of the theme with wonderful Spring time promises!

  8. Lovely trios throughout your beautiful framed panel, Deb. I love the springtime feel and those fabulous butterflies.
    Alison x

  9. Oh, wow, Deb! I could sit and stare at this ALL day! You certainly have created magic here with your groups of three! I love your background panel, and so happy we got to see it before it was covered up. The wrinkle free distress panels are gorgeous and all those flower clusters are just beautiful! I love how your colored the Wildflowers--sigh! Gorgeous, gorgeous make, Deb! I hope you have a great weekend! Hugs!

  10. Gorgeous Deb! Loving the background. butterflies, flowers... SPRING! COME ON SPRING! Pinned ;)

  11. Love this Deb, the sentiment is so perfect and the colors are fab. Hugs, Sandy

  12. A trio of floral beauty! Deb. So lovely. A really lovely way of showing there is Magic in Threes.

  13. WOW so much detail - this is fabulous Deb. I LOVE the layout of three and the combination of wildflowers, flowers and butteflies is just stunning xxx

  14. This is so stunning!! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  15. Deb, you are a master at combining elements to make the perfect arrangements and this project is no exception! I just love your inky papers and layers and the entire composition! Hugs, Autumn

  16. A beautiful study of three!s Deb! Fabulous layout and wonderful combinations of flowers and butterflies. A great interpretation of the theme! Jennie x

  17. This is absolutely stunning Deb xx I love the way you have taken a trio of everything and the outcome is so magical xx apologies for being late in dropping in but I have been away from home

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  18. Stunning piece of art Deb love all the elements you have added xx Hilda

  19. Amazing work! Love your use of this number! three is a magic number and you've interpretd this challenge in a wonderful way! thanks for your step by step! Barbara


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