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

Frosted Designs “Show Me” Sunday-Tutorial

Hi Everyone! This week for our Frosted Designs Show Me Sunday tutorial I would like to share a quick, easy, and cute home decor project that you can make using lots of things that you most likely already have laying around in your stash. It probably only cost me about $10 to make this. Here are the materials that you will need:


  • Picture frame (I used an 8 x 8)
  • 1 piece of solid cardstock cut to fit your frame
  • some patterned paper scraps
  • 1″ punch (I actually used a 1-1/4″ punch that has a ragged edge–one of my clearance sale finds at Hobby Lobby!)
  • some coordinating embellishments (brads, stickers, rub-ons, bling, chipboard elements, twine, buttons, etc.)
  • Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink
  • Small photos of family or friends that you can punch into a 1″ square
  • In addition to the patterned papers you can add fabric and book paper. I used a scrap of burlap I had laying around and some book paper from an old French book.
  • First, take all of your photos and paper scraps that you are going to use and punch them into 1″ squares. Then, distress the edges of the squares and ink them all around with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The next thing I did was to lay them all out in a grid (several times I might add, I even changed the background cardstock color a few times!) until you are pleased with the overall design. Secure with adhesive.



    The last step is to use those embellishments!! Decorate some of the squares using those fun bits and pieces. I left a few squares unembellished so the design wouldn’t look quite so busy. I finished the piece using Dear Lizzy’s chipboard “Love” banner from the new Neopolitan collection. If I hadn’t been interrupted a million times by the kiddos I probably could have knocked this out in about 20-30 minutes. The thing that took me the longest was finding pictures I wanted to use, changing them to black and white, and resizing them. The rest was a breeze, and a lot of fun!



    I hope this easy project will inspire you to create your own special photo frame; I’d love to see what you create!

    Canvas Art Series

    A few days ago on Frosted Designs I had a tutorial on how to create a quick and easy canvas art piece. I finally finished my series of 3 pieces and wanted to share them with you here. These are the 2 new pieces:


    And here are all 3 pieces together:

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. I will be back on Friday with this week’s Fabulous Friday challenge for Frosted Designs!