Welcome to the Crafty Chica stop on the Little Birdie crafts blog hop, hosted by the Designer Crafts Connection! The Designer Crafts Connection is a collective of professional craft designers who work together to spotlight and celebrate the crafts industry! We partner with manufacturers and retailers to use and show off cool products and projects.
Little Birdie was at the recent Creativation show and I was excited to sign up for this blog hop. Make sure to visit THIS LINK to see the full list of designers participating – and to learn all about Little Birdie crafts.
Okay, let’s make something!
These are the goodies I received as part of the mixed media theme!
How does one choose a project? You make several, lol! First up are happiness boxes!
Let’s make Happiness Boxes
You can use the stencil and LB Mixed Media Paste on the tops of small gift boxes. I applied it with a craft spatula and let them dry. The paste is very thick and creamy, you can also water it down to turn it into gesso. You can also painted the tops of the boxes to make for a cool background.
Once they dried, I glued down some of the Little Birdie greenery and flowers – and added some of my own images. You can fill these with notes, a gift card, jewelry, a friendship bracelet, anything to spread good cheer. Mail them to friends and family as a nice surprise!
and embellished cards too!
Then I moved on to the cards! I just finished designing a new Crafty Chica paper crafts collection themed around cardmaking, so this was perfect timing! I cut the 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper into cards and then cut more pieces to serve as backings to my images. Colored ink around the edges gave them a nice look too.
I added in some solid card stock as well.
This piece of scrapbook paper is tri-folded (I used a scorer) and I decorated the outside and the middle panel. I used craft paint on the chipboard frame, and the Little Birdie flowers and butterfly stickers. I love these embellishments because a little goes a long way! They really make the project pop!
Here’s the inside!
Here are some other cards!
What I loved most about this project and using Little Birdie crafts is using a color story outside of my comfort zone. I’m excited to use more of these papers and flowers!
Thanks for checking out my project using Little Birdie crafts! Don’t forget to visit the Little Birdie craft blog hop, hosted by the Designer Crafts Connection
so you can see all the other projects, they are fabulous! A lot of people don’t even realize there are “professional craft designers” – like, what is that and how is it different from being a crafter or artist? Well, I’ll tell you!
Being a working artist, I’ve always wanted to find different avenues of income. One of those ways is a popular one – making handmade items to sell. That involves seeing what’s trending, what people are interested in buying, what new products are on the market, what inspires me and what I can make with all of that info.
Much of that info mentioned above is sourced by craft manufacturers who produce and sell the products to stores. They can’t just put their life-changing glitter on the shelves, they need creative people to play with, troubleshoot and ultimately make magic with that sparkle. Then show it off to the world!
That’s where professional craft designers come in! We are hired by craft companies and retailers to try out the products before they are released to the public to make sample projects. Or in this case – the products have already been released to market and we are brought in to show consumers fun ways to use them by creating and sharing tutorials!
I love it because it pushes me to try new techniques and supplies I never would have thought of using. For example, I spent three years as a brand ambassador for a torch company! I would have never thought of myself as wielding a flame tool, lol! But it made me appreciate a different category of “making.”
The Designer Crafts Connection is comprised of an array of creative ranging in different personalities and styles. It’s so cool to see all the different ways people use the same supplies!