Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hello my friends! I hope this post finds you well! I don't know about you but I'm SO looking forward to Spring! And even though it's "officially" time, it hasn't quite arrived here in Great Northwest yet but all this rain with breaks of sunshine are sure to make for beautiful flower and veggie gardens this year!! Until then, I have my own ways of reigning in this delightful season and the darling Mother Goose paper collection by Graphic 45 was just perfect for my crafty fling with Spring!! I made this on an 8x10" canvas board and used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium to adhere everything down, then another layer over the top of the canvas as well to seal it down and preserve this keepsake for years to come. And since this project was inspired by the wonderful Mother Goose, I'm entering it into this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10-Birds of A Feather. Also entering it in the Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #5-Flowers.
I had such a joyful time making this, especially because I used to adore Mother Goose nursery rhymes when I was a little girl. I had a big, yellow, hard-cover book filled with them, each accompanied by whimsically beautiful illustrations that I was completely enthralled with. I would get lost in detailed artwork that told the story of each rhyme and to this day, I know many of them by heart. All of those wonderful memories came flooding back to me as I created this canvas. Here's a few close-ups of the details...
You know that feeling when you finally find the perfect project for a longtime-hoarded embellishment? ....yep, that little baby chick hatching from her egg has been waiting ever so patiently for a quite some time to be part of something special and I think she'll be very happy here with Mother Goose in the garden. I also added a few additional elements to (hopefully) coordinate with not only the "Mary Mary Quite Contray" nursery rhyme, but also "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Hey Diddle Diddle"....the rustic floral heart-shaped button, wooden cow button, clock gears and golden time-piece are all from my stash hoard too and are all at least 5 years old. I love using up old treasures, yay!! :)
"Mary's" garden along the bottom was so much fun too! I painted a chipboard fence from Sa Crafters and distressed it to make it look a little more rustic and then loaded it up with pretty flowers of all kinds and spiral stamens from Wild Orchid then strung a sweet little banner that blows in the breeze making the butterflies flutter by and the birds sing a Spring song!
I also love how Graphic 45 paper collections always have fun add-ons like these cute chipboard pieces and tags. It really makes it super easy to put together any card or project your heart fancies!
Well now....are you feeling a spring in your step yet? I sure hope so!! I can't wait to plant my tomatoes, green and sweet peppers, jalapenos and herb garden. Just a couple more weeks, I think! And I can hardly wait for watermelon, mmm!!! ....Do you have a green thumb? I'd love to hear how YOUR garden grows! What do you and your family love to plant and eat each year from your own garden? Or perhaps from your local farmer's market? Please do share and don't forget to have a creative and very blessed day!!!

13 comments:

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Gorgeous!! I love Graphic 45 especially ones related to kids as I taught first grade for 33 years. I love what you did. So many amazing details. :)

Lisa Lara said...

Wow this is magic Linsey.

Joann6274 said...

Wow Linsey this is just so beautiful! I love all the details and especially love the magical place you take us with your sweet story!
Hugs,
Jo
xox

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous Linsey! I love this whole Mother Goose theme and your layout is just amazing! The fence is such a wonderful addition! hugs :)

Sanna Lippert said...

such a great project!!!

Stampsnob. said...

Love children relate images it is always magical............Lis

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is so gorgeous Linsy, I like everything about it!!,Thank You for playing along with us at Scrap & Craft this time, hope to see you again, Good Luck.
Kevin Scrap & Craft DT xx

ps Thank you for visiting and following my blog, I am now following you too.

Stamping With Bibiana said...

gorgeous layout, so many things to admire, thanks for commenting and pinning my card at the petaloo and authentique blogs
bibiana

Michael Trent said...

OMG!! This is gorgeous. Love all the little details and pieces you used. What a great piece of art!

Donna B. said...

Love the collage effect on here and those papers are so cute, I love their colors. The textures and pictures are just so pretty! Thanks so much for joining us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Karen Crossen said...

I do love this paper!! What a wonderful project!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

Debbie said...

So cheery and pretty! Love all of the details! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Rachel said...

oh wow! this is a beautiful layout. i love all the details and collage elements. really pretty. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com