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Monday 31 July 2017

July Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #4

Welcome to our 4th and last Destination Inspiration post for July -  Julia here to welcome you to Terminal #4 at the train station this week!  
Here are the contents of our travel bags this month:
1.  Product - Flower Dies
2.  Technique - Any marbling technique
3.  Color - Purple   (sounds like a movie doesn't it?!)
4.  Substrate - Glossy Card.

And here is what I created using these supplies!
I have lots of photos to share just how I put this together.
I used Tim's Marbled Stains technique found on page 46 of his Compendium of Curiosities Vol II.  
First, I sprayed Distress Stains in Picket Fence, Wilted Violet and Twisted Cintron onto my craft mat.
Then I dragged my glossy card stock panel through the colors.  
(I wasn't sure how this would come out on the glossy card since it wouldn't absorb as well as on card stock - but it worked!)
I partially dried the panel as I let the colors move and blend - and then I spritzed the panel with water to make the colors marbleize and dried it again.
I made three panels using the same process.
I die cut the pieces using Tim's Tiny Houses die - cutting the pieces for the bigger house and the roof (cut roof piece not shown here).
To give an aged look, I sponged all the edges with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain.
I stamped  (Mini Bouquet set) and die cut (Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet Die Set) the cone flower and stem out of Kraft Core Coredinations paper,  I die cut (Grass Strip from MFT) grass strips out of the green Kraft Core and sanded all the pieces to reveal some of the kraft core.
I constructed the house and started decorating.  The stamped sentiment is from Stampotique.  I punched the bird out of left over marbled glossy card and layered it onto the sentiment adding a Tiny Twinkle for it's eye.  I added some Clipping Stickers, a Quote Chip, and a Small Talk sticker.  I drew lines around each one with a Black Stabilo Pencil and smudged the lines with a moist fingertip.
I adhered the grass strips with foam dots so it stood out from the tiny house a bit.  You can see the marbling nicely here in this photo below.
 Another view of the pretty marbling on the side panel.
Then I turned my attention to the back of the house.  I punched the bird flying the other way and layered it to the back of the bird seen from the front.  I added this wonderful quote from Stampotique, embossing it in black onto a piece of Coredinations Card stock, distressing the edges and sponging with Walnut Stain ink.  I added the florals from Layers/Botanical and the pup from Paper Dolls who fit quite nicely standing in the grass in that bottom space!
To make the roof piece look a little more 'roofy' -  I just scored some random-distance lines on it. (Hopefully you can see the lines a bit in this photo)
I attached my tiny house to a slice of birch tree that my husband cut for me from a fallen branch we found on a walk down our town's bike path.  It gives the tiny house a solid base for display!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I created using the July Travel Bag supplies.  If you missed the previous July posts you can see them here.
Week 1 - Autumn
Week 2 - Tracy
Week 3 - Deb


  1. A fabulous DI post Julia using the contents of your travel bag. I adore the colours you have used and the marbling looks wonderful.
    TFS and hugs for a great step by step

    Annie xx

  2. Beautiful Julia, you pulled everything from the travel bag and put them together magnificently. A fabulous DI post and project xxx

  3. So much to love about this wonderful little house Julia. the marbling technique with the stains looks fantastic already and then the way you decorated your house is just brilliant. The way it sits mounted on that birch slice is just the perfect finishing touch. I toally love this and what a great finale to this month's DI!

  4. Oh Julia this is absolutely gorgeous. Your marbling looks fabulous on the glossy card stock - wonderfully effective . Love everything about your well thought out and designed tiny house. You really have worked magic with those travel bag supplies and created a real beauty .

  5. Love the effect you got on the glossy card - how cool! - and the whole house is a delight. I love all the words, taking me on little imaginative journeys, and the tiny dog is a perfect addition. You've done wonders with "the colour purple"! Brilliant!
    Alison x

  6. Ooh this is beautiful! I love everything about it! I must try marbling on glossy card, it looks sooooo cool! xxx

  7. Bravo, Julia! You have made a beautiful vignette out of those travel bag goodies! I absolutely adore the marbled background, and the addition of the grass and the pup really take this from a house to a home! Love it! Hugs!

  8. Wow.. that's a fantastic project! Wonderful!

  9. I would never have thought the glossy paper would take the inks so well, so glad you showed us! The end result is beautiful, I just love the contrast of the cone flower and the roofing idea is such a clever one... love this!! xx

  10. Oh the look on the Glossy paper of your marbling with the little pops of gloss is gorgeous. Great step by step and super results.
    Julie x

  11. Lovely Julia! Your colours and marbling are a gem and adore how you have embellished the little house. xx

  12. I just love it Julia! What a darling make and gorgeous marble effect! I love the sentiments you incorporated too, a stunner! Hugs, Autumn

  13. Great project Julia - love your use of the contents in the travel bag. Great way to use these lovely colors. Hugs, S@ndy

  14. Julia, This is soooo beautiful!! And I love purple- perfect choice of color!!
    Jackie xo

  15. What a happy little house so pretty !!

  16. Gorgeous Julia, wonderful marbling technique and love your colour palette, the Twisted Citron is amazing with the purple! Lovely design and a wonderful message, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo