Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Green Thumb in Training!

The challenge put up by ARTastic for March was to use texture. I loved the inspiration of "Bluebirds" but didn't have any "bird" photos, however I felt the photo I used had a "bird" connection so I went with it. The day this photo was taken my great-niece Lilly was learning how to garden with the help of her wonderful grandma. It was a lovely, sunny day and the birds were chirping and flying around. If you look really carefully in the top, left-hand corner of the photo,  you can even see a bird flying by.

To create some texture in the background  I crumpled a sheet of tissue paper and glued it to some white cardstock. I then spritzed it with yellow Glimmer Mist. I cut the yellow circle from self-embossed cardstock and put the orange circle through an embossing folder. For a bit more texture I inked a couple of paper doilies and layered them beneath the photo. I found the insert from a box of chocolates, inked it to emphasise the texture, and cut a banner from it.  I then added a strip of ric-rac and a strip of punched cardstock  below the photo.

I then added an assortment of flowers, some of which I layered for more texture. Some of the flowers have fluffy yellow centres, some have hard jewelled centres. I found a vine of gold leaves, which I cut into separate pieces and added to the bird's wing.Even though the striped paper has no surface texture, it gives the impression with the print of  the leaf skeleton.
Hope you like my efforts.
PS Thanks to everyone who left comments on my entry for February. I really appreciate your comments and your support.
Cheers, Chris.


  1. The colours are so striking and are perfect for your sweet photo and I can see that little birdie flying by. The crumpled tissue looks fabulous and gives a lovely texture to the background. I love the little wing you have created for your bird embellie. Gorgeous page. Thanks for joining in with us at ARTastic.

  2. Gorgeous page Chris, so vibrant and alive. Love all the texture you have used on your background and all the added "bits" you have included. Thanks for joining us on ARTastic - always great to see your work..

  3. Lovely texture and I love the way that the colors play into the photo. Great layering as well. Thanks for hanging with the ARTastic gang!!

  4. This is a great page Chris. I love the vibrant summery colours you have used and the way you have introduced textures through various mediums. Great background and embellishments. Thank you also for the lovely comments you left on my blog. Cheers, Di

  5. Gee this is such a bright and beautiful page! Love all the Summery colours....beautiful work! Thanks for joining us at ARTastic!

  6. I love all the circles in this layout and the happy little birdie too! Thanks for entering at ARTastic!

  7. What a wonderful page Chris. Love your textured background, sweet photo, gorgeous layering - a superb page.
    Thank you for playing along at ARTastic.
    Debi DT@ARTastic

  8. Wow, the colours are stunning. Love them and they match so perfectly with the flowers on your photo. The circles in your layout bring attention to the photo. Beautiful embellishments too. Well done and thanks for playing along with our challenge at ARTastic.

  9. This is so fabulous, a fantastic and colourful LO. Thank you for playing along with our challenge at ARTastic :)