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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Harbingers of Spring

The Sweet Sentiments Paper Pad by Graphic 45 has some great Valentine and Easter/Spring designs.  As soon as I saw it, I just knew I had the perfect use for the images in the pad.  I had this pair of crib shoes that I picked up several years ago at a thrift store.

I photographed the unaltered shoe on pieces of the beautiful G45 paper pad to show you my inspiration for my colors and embellishments.  

Above is a close-up of embellishments I added to images from the paper pad.  The 2-ply butterflies were cut with a die from the set of Spellbinders Circle Butterflies.  The tiny purple flowers were cut from vellum with a Punch Bunch flower punch.  To add dimension I cupped the flowers by using an embossing stylus and a mousepad.  I added centers to the flowers with a metallic gold gel pen.  The large pink flower was punched and formed in the same way.  A bit of rose colored organza ribbon was also added to her hat.  These G45 elements were all fussy cut with my go-to favorite Cutter Bee Scissors.  All the edges of these pieces were distressed with an Inkssentials Blending Foam Replacement Pad and Tim Holtz Distress Ink---Old Paper.  The 3 images on the slipper on the right were matted on coral paper to tie in with the color of the girl's dress in the slipper on the left and also with the large paper butterflies.

The ivory colored flower sprigs that form the background and act as anchors for the G45 elements are from the Botanica Collection by Petaloo.  I attached the G45 elements to the sprigs with Mini-Glue Dots.  The paper butterflies are from the Petaloo Printed Darjeeling series in a color called "paprika."  They were also attached with the Glue Dots.  The flowers nestled inside the slippers are a mixture of floral bridal embellishments and paper roses from my stash.

It has been fun being guest eP designer for the month of February.  As the month of February ends, I hope that just like the robin, my project this week is a Harbinger of Spring!

Thanks for stopping by, Paulette Akagi


Rea' said...

Such a cute idea! Love that collection just bought some a week ago ... so very pretty!

toni said...

What a beautiful project! Such a lovely idea and crafted so well ! Love these little shoes x

Bonnie Irvine said...

What a great finale to your guest designing spot. These shoes are adorable and showcase the paper so well. Love the details in your art and your signature flower clusters. Thanks for joining us at eP this month. You've done a fabulous job, Paulette.

Sue Lelli said...

That is just so CLEVER, Paulette! LOVE how you used that paper pad and altered those crib shoes! FABULOUS!

Dolly LaBelle said...

This is so, so sweet! I love the idea and it all comes together so lovingly.

Micki said...

What a wonderful keepsake treasure. Beautiful and love all the detail.