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Monday 27 June 2016

Destination Inspiration - Last Stop On Our June Journey

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  Deb here today to accompany you as we make our final stop on our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of June.  If you remember from our previous stops this month, our travel bags are packed with the following supplies:

Product:  Lace
Technique:  Texture Paste Through a Stencil
Colour:  Bubblegum Pink
Surface:  Canvas

I have to admit that neither bubblegum pink nor lace are within my comfort zone so this particular travel bag was a challenge but as I rather like the results perhaps it's time I expanded that comfort zone!

I started out with a 5" X 7" flat artists canvas and added some script stenciling to the top half of the canvas using Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Texture Paste through a Stencil Girl Rembrandt Words stencil.  I then laid down a basecoat of pink using Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks and then laid a piece of lace from my stash over the stenciled canvas and sprayed through the lace with Picked Raspberry Distress stain.

I randomly stamped the stenciled background with Tim's Ledger Script stamp and a Finnabair Bubble stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink and then added some spatters of colour using Picked Raspberry Distress stain, Vintage Photo Distress stain and watered down white acrylic paint.

I then fussy cut a piece of lace that I had stained with a coffee, vanilla and cinnamon mixture (from the same lace I used to spray the Distress ink through) and adhered it overtop of the stenciled lace design.  I coloured another piece of lace trim with Ground Espresso Distress spray and adhered it along the bottom of the canvas to ground it.  The edges of the canvas were shaded with Vintage Photo Distress crayon.

A piece of cardstock was coloured with Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and some spritz and flick with water and stamped with a bird cage stamp from Paper Artsy's HP1004 set.  The bird cage was then die cut with the coordinating Paper Artsy Bird Cage die.

More cardstock was painted with Distress paint in Tattered Rose and I printed the sentiment out on my computer and die cut the label with a Sizzix Ornate Label #4 die.  The edges of the die cut were shaded with some Vintage Photo Distress ink and the sentiment mounted onto some fun foam for a bit of dimension.

Flowers were die cut from pink cardstock I had in my stash and from the same cardstock coloured with Distress inks as the birdcage.  I used Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals and Tiny Tattered Florals dies and overstamped the die cut flowers with a fine script stamp and Potting Soil Archival ink.  The large flower was given some pink seed beads in the center and the smaller flowers had clear micro beads adhered into their centers with Glossy Accents.

A lovely little chipboard swallow from Southern Ridge Trading Company was coloured with a touch of Vintage Photo Distress ink around the edges and I then gave it a brush of Stardust Glitter glue to echo the reflective properties of the seed beads and micro beads in the flower centers.

The die cut bird cage was mounted onto some more fun foam for dimension and I stamped the wee birds again and fussy cut them and mounted them onto more fun foam so they appeared to be ready to take flight from their cage.

As this is our final stop on this month's Destination Inspiration journey, let's take a look back at the wonderful projects created by my fellow Creative Guides.


I am always amazed by the diversity of projects created from the same four ingredients, aren't you?

Thanks so much for traveling along with us this month and I hope that you will return in July when we will embark upon a brand new Destination Inspiration journey.  I also hope that you will join in our June challenge, Texture or Embossing Paste, there are still a few days left to join in the fun!  Have a wonderful week and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Well done on stepping right out of your comfort zone Deb, and with great results too! A wonderful final contribution to this interesting journey nad a great tutorial and step by step too!

  2. Wonderful use of the contents of the travel bag Debs. I wouldn't have had any idea that pink or lace where out of your comfort zone if you hadn't said - you worked them both very well. What a terrific line up of Pink projects this month .

  3. I would have trouble using the pink as well Deb! Job well done! love the text background, your beautiful cluster of blooms and the sweet bird cage! Julia xx

  4. Loving your background Deb and the mix of your birdcage with your floral bouquet suits it so well.
    Wonderful collective of projects for DI posts this month from all.
    Julie x

  5. I have really enjoyed seeing all the different projects this month, I could never imagine using bubblegum pink but you have all done such an amazing job. Deb, your background with the lace pattern is wonderful and I really enjoyed seeing all the steps - great tutorial! Anne x

  6. So love that birdcage and the pink looks great though it's not a colour I often use. Thanks for the details and happy crafting, Angela x

  7. I was the same - at least with the bubblegum pink! - but as you say, sometimes it's worth hopping outside that comfort zone, as you might find you enjoy yourself there! Love your vivid canvas - great texty texture, and the bird and the word panel are lovely. Fabulous work from everybody this month!
    Alison x

  8. Ok, so I'm not a pink person, but you ladies are really starting to sway me! Deb, what an amazing background to your canvas-genius way to create such beautiful texture! I love the bits of lace on the bottom and adore that birdcage! This is a lovely use of your travel bag contents! Hugs!

  9. These are fabulous ladies! Loving the different designs.
    Linda xxx

  10. I have loved seeing how everyone was inspired this month especially with the pink. Love your background Deb and the touches of brown really work so well with the link and tone it down beautifully. Love your design. Tracy x

  11. Fabulous Deb - love that background - and so wonderful to see all the pink creations together!

  12. Fantastic card, Deb. I love the pink and brown combo. The lace is a nice touch and I always love text to suggest hidden, subtle meaning. Very nice work!

  13. The perfect end to this real challenge - LOVE it Deb! xx