Mother’s Day Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone and welcome to our Mother’s Day Blog Hop! I hope you will enjoy visiting all of the fantastic blogs and find some great inspiration along the way for your Mother’s Day projects. If you didn’t arrive here from Amanda’s Blog, please go back and visit her to start the hop. Now for my project!

I wanted to do something a little bit different this time instead of a traditional card or layout. I’ve been working a lot in my art journal lately and having the best time creating backgrounds and getting messy with paint, liquid inks,Pan Pastels, gesso, and scraps. And speaking of scraps, I created this piece completely from scraps that I’ve been saving. Recently I reorganized my scrap basket and cut all of the larger pieces down to 6 x 6 and then arranged them all by color. The smaller pieces all got tossed into a gallon sized Ziplock bag to use for projects like this.

And here it is:

I really loved building all of the layers and the colors on this. I used old French book paper, some airplane charts, cross stitch patterns, and scrapbook paper scraps. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon to buy it. (Love getting a good deal like that!)

And now for the exciting part…you can win this piece to either keep for yourself, or give to your Mom for Mother’s Day! If you would like to win, simply leave me a comment saying that you would like to win. Bonus entry if you become a new follower. And if you enjoyed this project, but don’t win..don’t fret! I am in talks with a local artisan to have it translated into a charm that would look cute on a necklace or bracelet. Hopefully I will have more details on that soon…if you’re interested in ordering one please let me know!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your support, encouragement, and kind comments mean so much to me!! Now on to your next stop: Mandi’s Blog


ARRR Matey! :)

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law approached me about making a collage piece for my nephew for his 4th birthday. He’s totally into pirates right now, so I thought “how about a pirate ship?” I really had a lot of fun with this piece–I’m always making girly stuff, so it was nice to do something for a little boy.

I started by painting the 12 x 12 canvas in different shades of blue with a little yellow mixed in for the sky. I wanted it to have a bright, sort of Caribbean feeling to it. I pieced together the pirate ship using an old map (which I inked over with vintage photo Distress ink–a favorite of mine in case you haven’t noticed 🙂 ), some old pieces of patterned paper, a few die cut pieces with a vintage theme, and stickers. I hand painted the little island using various shades of brown, and added the sandy palm tree . To create the water, I painted that area dark blue then covered it with Mod Podge. Before it could dry I pressed and crumpled dark blue tissue paper all over the bottom, creating texture and layers. When it was done I sealed it all with Liquitex gloss varnish. This helps seal in the color and prevent any fading, since it will likely be exposed to sunlight hanging up in his room. I was very excited with how it turned out. I plan to add a coordinating ribbon for hanging.

New Artwork

I made this piece a few days ago. I took a photo that I had of Sophie, converted it to black & white, then printed it out on textured inkjet paper. Then I used watercolor pencils, and a light wash of water to add in the color. I distressed the edges of the paper and inked them with distress ink in Vintage Photo. I painted the canvas with a mixture of acrylic paints, then adhered the photo to the canvas using gel medium. This was a fun and pretty easy project to do and I was happy with the end result. I just need to have it framed now!