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Spring is in the air. Can’;t you just feel it?Truth be told, here in Minnesota there is plenty of snow on the ground still and the only imminent spring is for those traveling somewhere warm for spring break.

I’;m Crew Member Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and I wanted to share my “;Made You Smile”; mixed media mini art piece with you because no matter what the weather is like outside, Canvas Corp’;s bright and cheerful papers make it feel like spring.

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Architextures Parchments Rub Ons –; GrowCanvas Corp The Watering Can: Seed Packets on IvoryYellow &; Ivory Mini Dot ReverseButternut Squash Glimmer MistAdhesiveBrown ink padColored distress markersGessoAcrylic paintsFoam core

Begin by cutting a 5″; x 6″; piece of foam core. Cover the foam core with a coat of gesso and dry with heat gun.Apply texture paste through stencils of your choice onto the foam core and dry with heat gun.?

Next dry brush assorted blue acrylic paints onto the surfaceaccent pillow case baby burlap decorative, drying between each color.Then paint white acrylic paint onto another embossed cardstock and press the cardstock against the foam core as if you were pressing a stamp to the board. Dry with heat gun.

Run white cardstock through an embossing folder, tear into two rectangles and paint one a light blue and one a pale yellow. Ink the edges with brown ink.

Rub a message from?Architextures Parchments Rub Ons –; Grow?on to your yellow rectangle. Since you are applying the rub-on to a textured surface, you might need to touch up the message with a black pen.

Color the Made You Smile flower from the?Canvas Corp The Watering Can: Seed Packets on Ivory?paper and cut out. Spritz with?Butternut Squash Glimmer Mist?and darken the edges with brown ink.Now layer the flower image over the light blue embossed cardstock and adhere to your foam core base. Adhere the yellow message strip on the left side.Lastly, adhere the entire unit to?Yellow &; Ivory Mini Dot Reverse?paper.

I hope this project has inspired you to create your own little bit of springtime.Have a sunny week!


We love embellishing projects with gorgeous ribbons. One reason is that we have such amazing choices from our friends and sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. Another is because ribbons inject wonderful color and texture. Third, they're very easy to work with. Since we use them often, we're always thinking about new and unique ways to apply them. Today's quick tip shows you how to use standard piping cord to make ribbon pop off the surface.

This post is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers ScissorsPaperWok.? She has a post where she used shrink plastic to make custom buttons. ?This idea was genius! ?I decided to expand on it and instead of punching traditional button holes, punch holes for letters. ?So when you sew the button onto the garment it will have a letter on it. ?Super cute for children’s clothing.Supplies need to make your own shrink plastic buttons: