Sunday, June 7, 2015

Little Garden Trellis

Wowzers! If any of you have had tendinitis in your hands, I just wanted to say-I feel your pain! I am a lefty but as all lefty's know, we have to be ambidextrous   That means I use my right hand to cut things, use sprays (mostly both hands at once) and use paper punches. Owwww! I thought it would go away but it has gotten worse. Luckily my husband has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is "fixing me". Lol!

I started this last month and only was able to finish it now. Not my usual style but it was fun, and inspired by Sara Emily-my teamie on Anything But Cute. 

I started by putting my base together. It is a Fernli Designs Dimensional wood. You have to glue the sides together and then add the top and bottom. Easy, peasy and so sturdy!
I then added an awesome brick background using some homemade texture paste and a TCW brick stencil.

Many Adirondack ink Dabbers were used to color the brick. Very good deal on these dabbers at Tuesday Morning! 


I then made the trellis from paper leftovers and painted it with gesso, chalky edgers and DI around the edges. 
Here is me piecing it together. Thanks Sara doll! 


I added the trellis to the base with foam dots after weaving some Spanish moss through the trellis. 
The flowers were sprayed with ColorBloom and the leaves were die cut then painted with Eggplant and white crackle paint. My butterfly was stamped onto white cardstock, then I used white embossing powder and a light purple copic marker to color it. Then is was fussy cut.


I added my sentiment with the tiny talkers stickers and edged those with chalk ink as well. 


This would have been much faster to make with 2 functioning hands. Live and learn and get some Physical Therapy! Hehe! 

Many thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week! Hugz to you all! Carpe Diem! ~Niki


This project will be shared with the following lovely challenges:

Anything But a Card-Out and About. In my neck of the woods everyone has hanging baskets full of flowers and my neighbor has this wonder wall trellis that is gorgeous near her front door. Of course the flowers are in bloom and the butterflies are out and about.

Craft Stamper-Take It, Make It Challenge-Take a Texture. I stamped my butterfly and used embossing powder to create the white outline. I also used the texture paste for the brick background.

Sweet Stampin'-Something Old and Something New My something new was creating a paper trellis by hand, my something old was the Fernli base as I have had it in my stash for over 8 months I believe. 

Little Red Wagon-Use It Up. I used my Fernli base and the little flowers that have been in my stash for ages. The moss is older as well but only by a month or two. :)







38 comments:

  1. Gorgeous project! Know what you mean about hurting hands! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hurting hands is hard for a crafter. My hands seem to be improving now though, thank goodness! Thanks Valerie! Hugz

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  2. Brilliantly created, fab everything except your hand, poor darling' hope it improves...may need your recipe for HM texture paste...x.xx.xx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

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    1. Thank you Annie! The texture paste is easy peasy to make and the awesome part is making only as much as you need or having the option to store it. I use a small Tupperware.

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  3. Lovely card and perfect for the Challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. Join us again won't you. Debbie X

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I am broadening my horizons with blog challenges you will definitely see me again. :)

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  4. Love love your trellis wall...all blooming and fresh foliage! A treat for the eye, Niki.

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    1. Thank you Rupa! I don't have a green thumb IRL but I can add a bunch of Spanish moss to my art and be "green". Lol!

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  5. Gorgeous project Niki!!! And I have had that issue with hands + arthritis for a while now...it sure does slow ME down. I hope you'll feel better soon!

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    1. It sure does keep things moving at a snails pace. Hope your hands are doing well Samra-cakes! Hugz to you muffin!

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  6. Love it! Hope the hand is improving with the p.t. ;)

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    1. It sure it feeling better but I may have over done it this weekend. My hubby may not be happy with that. Lol! When will you be back crafting? Hugz!

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  7. Definitely a little beauty! Hope your hands feel better!

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  8. You know, Niki, that it's said that washing dishes helps to sooth tendinitis in the hands...so I have a sink full waiting here for you! Ha! Ha! Yes, tendinitis in your wrists can be very painful--I used to have it so bad, I couldn't hold my hand out the window of a moving car. Then I gave up being a Physical Therapist Assistant, and I never had it again! Exciting to hear you have your own resident PT! I hope he's not too rough on you!

    So about this trellis! It's beautiful, Niki! Thank you for including me in your post! I love the way this turned out, the flowers are so pretty and Gosh! Your brick looks like the real thing! Did you used ink or paint dabbers? I've not heard of ink dabbers, and need to check these out. Awesome project, Niki! I hope your hands feel better real soon! I am ambidextrous, too! A blessing when there's a problem with the other hand! :) Big hugs!

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    1. Bwahshahahahah! You make me laugh so Sara doll! I would totally do your dishes if it helped. PT does stand for Pain and Torture. So funny that you were a PTA and had problems then it was all fixed when you went in a different direction. Haha!

      I did you Adirondack Ink Dabbers. They look like the Distress Paint. Tuesday Morning had a huge lot of them and I went a bit grab happy so I have a lot. Big huge Hugz to you muffin!

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  9. So pretty and such detail. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

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    1. The devil is in the details right? Actually I think the fun is in the details. :) Thanks Heather!

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  10. Wow, this is just gorgeous Doc, you are blowing me away right now with your beautiful little garden scene!! I love how you put together your lattice and then layered it over the fabulous brickwork...just like it would be in a real garden! Beautiful butterfly and I love all that rich foliage!! Is that real, did I miss where you said what that green stuff is?? Anyway, I freaking love it kiddo!! Hope your hand feels better soon, I do indeed feel your pain. hugs :)

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    1. It sure is real greenery Bubbles! It is Spanish Moss. I have a huge bag of it so you will definately be seeing more of it on future projects. It makes a mess on the craft mat but it looks so lush and green and it doesn't dry out like some artists miss does. Huge Hugz to you muffin!

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  11. c'est superbes tout ces détails , le rendu est magnifique , de belles réas sur le blog
    à bientot nate

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    1. Thank you Nate! I keep trying to comment on your blog but no luck. Hope you see this.

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  12. So original and really pretty - I love it! Thanks for joining our 'Something old, something new' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck in the prize draw and it would be lovely if you could join us again soon, love Jacky x
    P,S, Hope the tendinitis improves really soon x

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    1. I love Paddinton Bear! I grew up with the books and a teddy bear that kinda looked like Paddington. Thank you for the kinds word dearie. Hugz.

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  13. This is gorgeous, so many fabulous details - thank you for sharing how you created it.
    Pauline
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    1. Of course! No problem, we all share what we create. Although sometimes I would love to see more details about some artists process. We learn so much from each other. Thank you for taking the time to look Pauline! Hugz

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  14. Wonderful Niki, the trellis is brilliant and love how you wove the spanish moss through it. Take care of that tendonitis, we don't want to have you injured and unable to make your beautiful creations. Sending you healing energy for a quick recovery, Deb xo

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    1. You are so sweet Deb! My hands are a lot better now but it still smarts with certain movements (fussy cutting is on my list of not going to do it). Hugz to you dearie!

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  15. Ouch, feeling your pain hun!! I had it not that long a go from a ton of DIY projects, I do hope this gets better and your pain eases really quickly. The card is just fantastic hun, that background with the trellis over is such perfect layering, and the greenery is so wild too!! Hugs
    Georgie xx

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    1. Thanks Gee! I hope your hands are all better as well! Love DIY but I can see how it would do a number on your hands/joints. Hope to see some of the DIY you speak of. Hugz to you muffin!

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  16. What a wonderful project.Really like the brixk texture and the trellis.Perfect for our challenge.Too bad about your tendonitis.Hope it gets fixed soon!Thanks for joining us at Anything But A card challenge!

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    1. The ink Dabbers make layering color on the brick so smooth! Not in texture but in layering the colors. Thank you Pallavi!

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  17. Fabulous project. Thank you for sharing your step-by-step photos of how you
    constructed it. A great take on our challenge at Anything But a Card. I love the trellis and brick work background for your flowers, leaves and butterfly. Cheers, Di

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    1. So happy to share step by steps! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Di! Cheers to you as well.

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  18. What a fab little project .... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

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  19. WOW this is so creative...Especially love the way you made the trellis
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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    1. Thanks Dr. Sonia, it was fun and tiny! Hehe

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