‘Shine’ Layered Shabby Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a layered shabby card featuring the gorgeous ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ paper collection and shabby chic flowers. Summer is coming to a close, so I thought I’d share one more summery project with beautiful flowers, lace, and lots of layers.

I’ve created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Cut a 5″x7″ base from white cardstock. From the gorgeous ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection cut a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 piece from the dotted paper and the 4 1/2 by 5 1/2″ focal piece from the lace and floral patterned paper. Adhere them together so that the dotted and white papers frame the floral patterned paper.

I cut a piece of lace from my stash and adhered it to the left side leaving the ends frayed and shabby.

Step 2:

Pop out this doily shape and fussy cut this card from the 12″x12″ inch paper set. These will be used for layering.

Step 3:

Select pieces from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ ephemera pack for more layers.

Step 4:

Die cut a small doily from white cardstock, and leafy flourishes from watercolour paper. The doily will remain white, but the flourishes will be watercolored, so using watercolour paper for them will work best.

Step 5:

I wanted some ephemera pieces to add to the layers, so stamped these vintage images and cut them out.

Tip: When stamping the circle pieces I used blue distress Ink, which is water reactive. I spritzed them with water to give them more of a vintage distressed feel, then blotted with a paper towel. I accidentally “re-stamped” a portion of the circle back onto the image. I just adore the look and repeated it on the other round piece as well.

Step 6:

I used permanent black ink to stamp out this butterfly image from my stash and colored it with watercolor brush markers to coordinate with the other elements.

Step 7:

Select amazing Little Birdie flowers and foliage to use in the floral cluster. I’ve used the following flowers from the Shabby Chic collection: Bonita; Eva; Izabela; Micro Roses; Julita; along with: Song of the Sea Bouquet Flowers; Arctic Ice Micro Jewelled Florettes; Blue Camila Flowers; and Ocean Mist Serenade Flowers.

Step 8:

Use color mists to color the leafy flourishes and a length of rayon seam binding. I kept the seam binding scrunched up as it dried to achieve the crinkled effect.

Step 9:

Tie the ribbon into a double loop bow. It doesn’t matter if the ends are even since they will be mostly tucked into the layers.

Step 10:

Dry brush the foliage and larger blue flower with white gesso.

Step 11:

Adhere the gorgeous layers and floral cluster in place with silicone glue.

Step 12:

Mix Little Birdie Iced Slate Metal Microbeads into Matte Gel Medium to brush randomly across the larger flowers.

Additional Close-Ups

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Big Chat
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Bubbles
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Flutter Stamp Set
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Field Notes Stamp Set
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Antique Linen
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink – Chipped Sapphire
Memory Box ~ Quinn Flourish Die
Memory Box ~ Norwich Corner Die
Versafine Pigment Ink ~ Vintage Sepia
Prills ~ Gilt Trip
White Lace
White Rayon Seam Binding
Brush Markers – Light Blue; Haze Blue; Brick Beige
Lindy’s Gang ~ Starburst – Tibetian Poppy Teal
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine – Ocean; Tropicana Teal

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a beautiful card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~


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Burlap Canvas Art Board Tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Annie Samson here, and I am very happy today to share my first project as a member of Little Birdie Crafts Design Team with you.

The minute I saw Little Birdie’s 12″x 12″ Burlap Canvas, my heart melt down and I immediately  knew I have to create something with it! I love the Rustic finish on the art board and the big surface is perfect to create wonderful Mixed Media pieces.

The grainy texture paste is one of my favorite products. It is super easy to use with a palette knife and a stencil and it dry’s very quickly. At the same time it is very strong so it allows one to apply different mediums and a lot of water on top without shading.

Here I have used the Matt Acrylic Chalk Paint and Tinted Metallic Paint on my canvas. I have added a lot of water to both the paints to create a more fluid effect. I have also used these the paints to color my chipboard and my clay ornaments.

It is super easy to add texture on your project with Cheese cloth, Sisal fiber or Burlap Rolls. I used all these product under my picture to add dimension to the canvas.

Of course, my canvas would not have not been so beautiful without the gorgeous handmade flowers of Little Birdie Crafts. To incorporate the flowers to my project, I added a little bit of Tinted Metallic Paint on the end of the petals and a I have added a little bit of Color Splash Spray with a wet brush on the center of the flowers.

Here a step by step tutorial made just for you ! All the products used for my canvas are listed on the video.

Thanks  for joining me! See you soon with another video tutorial,






Celebrate – Single Page Scrapbook Layout

Hi there!

I’m so excited to share my first Little Birdie Design Team Project with you! I decided to design a single page scrapbook layout for my first project. A dear friend of mine recently had a birthday and this photo of hers and her daughter was just perfect for it.



Let’s start!

Step 1

I chose paper from the 12″x 12″ Cottage Lace Paper Pack Collection to layer on white cardstock. I used the Lace paper as background and trimmed it 0.5” smaller. The white cardstock base formed a frame. I fussy-cut the flowers from Wood-Plank paper and trimmed a piece of the wood paper to 4.5” x 6.5”. I tore along the right vertical side for an interesting effect.

Step 2

Then I distressed all the edges and made 2 small tears in the top right-hand corner of the Lace paper.  I placed the paper pieces and cotton lace as in the picture above and adhered it to the background with Little Birdie Acrylic Soft Gel Medium.

Tip: If you do not have a distress tool, you can also use a small pair of sharp scissors to distress the edges.

Step 3

The background was first splattered with some Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic Paint from Little Birdie, thinned with water. I used a flair brush for the splatters, and then applied 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste (white) randomly through the “Spotty” stencil.

Tip: Remember to wash your stencils immediately to get rid of the left over paste.

Step 4

I wanted to paint the chipboard frame and words with the “Golden Glaze” Tinted Metallic Paint. Although Little Birdie Chipboard is primed already, I wanted to make sure the Golden Glaze stand out, so I painted the chipboard with a thin layer 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste (white). It is a perfect and must have Mixed Media product – Gesso and Modeling paste all in one.

Tip: Thin the 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste with a little water to apply it easily.

Step 5

To create additional dimension and interest, I used a some Little Birdie Sisal Fiber and adhered it with Little Birdie Acrylic soft Gel Medium to the area where the photograph will be placed.

Step 6

I layered the photograph with the gold frame in front and a piece of Little Birdie Cheese Cloth at the back. Then I build clusters of flowers with the Little Birdie Boutique elements roses and small flowers and leaves.

 Tip: To get more depth, I raised the photograph with some thin cardboard at the back.

 Step 7

The Little Birdie Crystal Drops are awesome to accentuate and add interest to your project. I used the Little Birdie Gel Medium to adhere them.  The Gel Medium dries clear and matt.

Step 8

The small painted chipboard word was adhered with Gel Medium in the right-hand corner, across the lace trim.

Step 9

Finish the layout off with a small bow made from Sisal Fiber and adhere it to the main flower cluster.

Here are some close ups of the layout:

I hope this layout leaves you inspired to create one of your own!

Thank you for stopping by.


Supplies used from LIttle Birdie: