Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 10.26

Good morning all! This week our challenge at Frosted Designs is to use Paints, Mists or Inks on a card, layout or off the page project! How fun it that?! I LOVE using spray inks in everything from scrapbooking to mixed media projects.

In honor of this Halloween season, I created these little 8 x 8 canvases featuring these cute little trick or treaters! I used a lot of acrylic paints, spray inks, stencils, masks, and other bits and pieces of Halloween goodness that were lurking in my stash. This was such a fun project to do. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider Workshop, which is full of neat fall projects. She is so inspiring to me!!
Here are my canvases:

I call this one my Frankengirl πŸ™‚



And my Pumpkin Spice Girl πŸ™‚



I also created this cute haunted house scene that I featured on my Art Journaling blog, but figured I would share here as well. I think this may be my favorite thing I’ve created so far! I bought this plaster piece at Goodwill and revamped it into a scene for Halloween. I thought it looked kind of looked like a tombstone.



So have fun creating a project using paint and/or spray inks and be sure to link it up at Frosted Designs for the chance to win a super cute Halloween mini album kit from The Paper Trail!

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

A Day of Crafty Goodness :)

I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my day today!!! πŸ™‚ I spent half the morning browsing my new addiction, Pinterest, then the other half of the day working on projects. With the baby due in only two weeks I had to get cracking on some handmade Christmas gifts. But before I could get to the gifts, I needed to get my December Daily started. I did one last year and it was really fun today to look back on everything we experienced. I decided to do the same thing I did last year, and that was to purchase a pre-made 8 x 8 Christmas scrapbook from Hobby Lobby, then add my own touches to it. It sure does save a lot of time!! Here is the cover and page 1 of my book:



My next project was to complete the teacher gifts. I made one a mini album, and the other a tag album. I used supplies by Little Yellow Bicycle and added a few bits and pieces of my own from my stash. I think they came out cute:



The last thing I worked on was a Christmas gift for my sister. I was inspired by this piece on Pinterest. Here is my take:



I have a few more projects I will work on tomorrow before I have to get back to my “real” work on Monday. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!! For this blog hop, we were asked to make a special Handmade Holiday project using items from our scrappy stash. If you didn’t arrive here from Heather’s Blog, please go back to the start of the hop at Amanda’s Blog.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a canvas project, so when this blog hop came up I knew exactly what I wanted to try. In my November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, I was inspired by the reverse collage painting article by Holly Christine Moody. I really wanted to try out this new (to me) technique. It was a lot of fun, but definitely more difficult than I’d anticipated.

To create this piece, I first cut up all different sizes of Christmas patterned paper and collaged them on to a 12 x 12 canvas with Golden Gloss Gel Medium. When dry, completely cover the entire canvas in another coat of the gel medium and allow to dry completely. Now comes the hard part. Working in about a 5 x 5 section at a time, cover the collage in a thick coat of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. While it’s still wet, carefully draw in your design by wiping away the paint. I started out using my finger and a paper towel but that got really messy and hard to control, so I switched to using Q-tips instead which gave me better control over the design. Work over the entire piece adding and taking away paint until you have covered the entire canvas. Allow to dry completely. Then I just used my white Gelly Roll pen to finish off around the snowflakes. The next step was to computer generate the words and adhere them using the gel medium after inking around the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Finally, I finished the piece by painting all of the edges with opaque Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Cadmium Red and added the red bow for hanging. Here is the final product:

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If you would like to win this piece of holiday decor, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. I will pick one random winner on Monday, December 5. If you become a new subscriber I will enter your name in the drawing twice. I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season!!

To continue hopping, please visit my very talented friend Amanda’s blog πŸ™‚