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Embellish a Fiesta Birthday Card!

We’ve got birthdays on the brain around here in May. 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum was inspired to make her celebration a fiesta, with a card that features a watercolor pinata and a shower of 28 Lilac Lane embellishments!

Fiesta Birthday Card

Wondering what supplies May used? Here’s a look at her list:

This fiesta birthday card by May is so fun and easy to make – for the complete how to, check out her video tutorial below!

Did you notice that something was missing from the video? Here’s May’s explanation for that step that you don’t see in the video…

I did add the pink splatter you see here after filming. Intentional? Not quite… I was cleaning up spilled a bit then said oh to heck with it and went wild! Just a reminder you can always make it work.

Yes, even the fabulous May Flaum has crafting accidents! But as she proves with this cute fiesta birthday card, you can go from “whoops” to wonderful if you just are flexible and think creatively.

Fiesta birthday card close-up

This fiesta birthday card uses the pink and orange tones of the “Fruity Fun” embellishment bottle. But with a change of background cardstock and by using different colors of watercolors, you could make this design work with almost any of the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles. How about the pink and green of Savannah Stroll, or the red, turquoise blue and green of the appropriately named Fiesta? Pick your favorite colors and make May’s fiesta birthday card your own!

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Celebrate True Love with a Wedding Shaker Card!

Shaker cards aren’t just a way to celebrate birthdays…they can also be a beautiful way to celebrate a more formal occasion like a wedding! This wedding shaker card pairs a sparkly shaker mix with a doily and die cut heart to celebrate the love of a special couple.

Wedding Shaker Card

Supplies Needed:

  • 28 Lilac Lane “Rose Garden” Shaker Mix
  • Crate Paper “Chasing Dreams” 6×6 paper pad
  • Die Cut machine
  • Sheet protector (or Fuse Tool & Fuseable Pouch)
  • Foam Adhesive Tape
  • Red Liner Tape
  • Colorbox Gold Pigment Ink
  • My Sentiments Exactly “handwritten sentiments” stamps
  • 6×6 card base (made with 6×12 cardstock)

This shaker card features our versatile 28 Lilac Lane “Rose Garden” Shaker Mix that is a mix of gold, clear, pink, and green sequins, pink beads, and pink buttons to create the perfect shaker mix! Use this mix for occasions like weddings, to welcome a baby girl, or for a special birthday message.

28 Lilac Lane Rose Garden

Making this wedding shaker card is simple. Just die cut the doily for the card front, and then die cut the same heart shape out of both the doily and green layer of the card so they can be layered to create the card front with the shaker window. Glue the two pieces together and flip them over.

Using either a scrap of page protector or a Fuseable Pouch and Fuse tool, create a pouch that is slightly larger than the shaker window opening. Fill it about 1/2 full with the 28 Lilac Lane “Rose Garden” Shaker Mix, and then seal it with red liner tape or a Fuse Tool. Then use red liner tape to attach it to the back of the card front so that it shows through the shaker window.

Wedding Shaker Card

To finish the wedding shaker card, attach the pink paper to the card base. Then use foam tape to attach the shaker card layer on top of the pink layer. Finally, cut a 1/2″ strip of paper and stamp the sentiment on it. Snip the ends into a banner and attach it with foam tape for dimension.

Wedding Shaker Card

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Embellish a Spring Butterfly Card with 28 Lilac Lane

It’s officially spring, so let’s use some 28 Lilac Lane to create a butterfly card to send some spring greetings with!

Butterfly Card

Supplies needed:

  • 28 Lilac Lane “Love Story” embellishment kit
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • card base
  • smooth cream cardstock
  • foam adhesive
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral, Weathered Wood, & Peeled Paint
  • Graphic 45 “Nature’s Sketchbook” 6×6 paper pad
  • Hero Arts “Many Everyday Messages” stamps
  • Hero Arts “Newsprint Butterfly” stamp

This butterfly card uses the “Love Story” kit by 28 Lilac Lane. With cream ribbon, heart charms, and embellishments in shades of red, pink & white, this kit is as versatile as it is gorgeous! Although at first glance this kit is a Valentine’s Day, wedding, or “I love you” themed kit, projects like this one are a great reminder to look at the kits for the colors of their contents as well as their themes.

28 Lilac Lane Love Story embellishment kitTo start making this butterfly card, cut a piece of green patterned paper to 4.25″ by 5.5″, ink the edges, and adhere it to the card base.

Cut a piece of blue patterned paper to 3.75″ by 5″ and ink the edges. Tie the ribbon ends together, and then secure the ribbon around the back side of the blue patterned paper. Adhere the blue patterned paper panel to the card front.

Butterfly Card close-up

Stamp the butterfly and card sentiment on cream cardstock. Cut out the butterfly. Trim the sentiment into a 5/8″ wide strip, and snip the ends to make a banner.

Adhere the sentiment banner to the top left of the card front, and glue a button on top of it.

Squeeze a strip of glue down onto the body of the butterfly, and then layer seed beads on top of it. Once the glue is dry, use foam adhesive to attach the butterfly to the card front.

Butterfly card

And your butterfly card is all finished, except to choose someone special to send it to!

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This Easy 3 Step Mixed Media Canvas is Fruity Fun!

Our fabulous 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum is at it again, showing us all the beautiful things that can be done with her exciting new 28 Lilac Lane products that were announced at Creativation in January! This time, it’s a mixed media canvas with a profusion of pink flowers that will brighten your day – especially if winter is dragging on a little longer than you’d like!

Fruity Fun Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum

This surprisingly easy mixed media canvas project can be made in only three easy steps, with just a few supplies, and is easy to customize o a theme or color scheme for your home or occasion.

May’s project uses her fun new 28 Lilac Lane “Fruity Fun” embellishment bottle that features an assortment of shades of (what else?) fruity pink! These brilliant shades bring to mind summer berries, watermelon, a cool glass of punch, or  even flamingoes. It’s great for summer themes, flowers, and oh-so-many things!

28 Lilac Lane Fruity Fun

To see more of this mixed media canvas project – and get the full 3 step instructions – visit May’s blog. Also, don’t miss the challenge on the mixed media challenge blog this month that is based on this project! (Did I mention that there is a giveaway?)

Mixed Media Canvas close-up

Our “Fruity Fun” embellishment bottle is just one of six new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles that are shipping now from our online store: Fruity Fun, Queen Bee, Fiesta, Gemstone, Stormy Skies, and Farmhouse. Get them all!

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Make an Altered Notebook Travel Journal

Travel journals are hot, and altering notebooks with mixed media is a great way to make them. In a recent journal project, 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum showed how her embellishment kits can make mixed media beautiful!

28 Lilac Lane travel journal by May Flaum

For this project, May used one of her brand new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits that was just unveiled at the Creativation show in January. “Let’s Go” is a beautiful combination of turquoise, brown and butter yellow with a few touches of gold mixed in – plus a gorgeous camera charm!

lets go embellishment kit

To see how to make this travel journal cover, visit May’s blog, or watch May’s video below to see the step by step techniques that May used!

With beads, sequins, pearls, and buttons, 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits are a great match for mixed media techniques. Whether it’s a journal cover, a canvas, a scrapbook page, or another project…you’ll find just what you need in one of our handy embellishment kit boxes!

28 Lilac Lane travel journal by May Flaum

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Make a Wreath Card with Wisteria Hues Mix!

I’m so excited to tell you that the new 28 Lilac Lane products are shipping now – and are available in online shops like Ellen Hutson and Simon Says Stamp, as well as local stores!

Use Your Wings Card by May Flaum using 28 Lilac Lane Bead & Sequin Mixes

Today I’m playing with one of my personal favorites from the new products- the Wisteria Hues Bead & Sequin Mix!

My inspiration for creating this Wisteria Hues mix was my backyard wisteria, but the arrival of Mardi Gras season got me in the mood to choose this mini bottle to use first of the new ones. I love this particular mix and I’m excited to share it – and all of the rest – with 28 Lilac Lane fans.

Despite the name mini, there really isn’t anything “mini” about how much is packed into these bead & sequin bottles! They’re a great value, and so easy to travel with that you’ll want to collect them all!

Wisteria Hues Bead and Sequin Mix

This ‘messy wreath’ is so quick and easy- and so much fun to create! Watch the video below to see the steps of exactly how I made it.

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Make a Button Mosaic Sun for Your Walls!

Today we’re sharing another project from our booth at Creativation. This button mosaic sun that I created brought a little bit of my home in the sunshine state to the show floor in rainy Phoenix!

Button Mosaic Sun

This sun looks yellow, but we call it….mango! It’s made with our “Mango Madness” color blend of buttons. This blend of delightful shades of orange and yellow is perfect for sunshine-y projects of all kinds.

Mango Madness Color Blend

Although they don’t look at first like they are at all the same color palette, I combined the Mango Madness color blend with a 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottle called “Candy Corn“. I only used seed beads. flat back pearls, and sequins from the Candy Corn bottle. Used in small doses with these tiny items, the colors work well together.

candy corn embellishment bottleButton mosaics (or collages) are such a fun way to use buttons, and this one creates a beautiful piece of wall art home decor when you are done!

Button Sun Mosaic Construction

To get the full tutorial on how to make this piece of sunny wall art (or learn how to adapt this technique to make your own design), visit my website Craft Critique.

Sun Button Mosaic

This project can be adapted to a lot of different shapes…how about an apple for teacher? Or a heart or flower for a tween room? The possibilities are endless! What will you make?

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