Yay for Challenges!

This week I’ve managed to carve out some scrap time here and there and get a few layouts done. Yay! The first layout I did was for Erika’s Issue Challenge #5–to use brown, teal, and purple on a layout. This is what I came up with:

The next layout I did is actually for 2 challenges. The first one is Erika’s Issue Challenge #6–create a hybrid layout. The green PP, striped PP, banner pieces, blue rick rak, and some of the title letters are all digital (downoaded from Shabby Princess). Everything else is paper. I am also submitting this layout for ScrapFit’s Workout #61–Blank Canvas. I started out with WHITE background paper and built my layout from there using spray mist and digital and paper elements.

Thanks for stopping by!! Don’t forget tomorrow is the Valentine’s Day Card Blog Hop. Check back here for some inspiration and the chance to win a fun prize!

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 🙂