Make a Wish

I hate to say it but once again it seems summer has passed by too quickly.   Soon enough the kids will be back to school.  All we can hope is the warm temps stick around much longer!

A special friend at work celebrated her birthday this weekend.  I wanted to give her a little something pretty for her desk at work, so I made this little 4×4 magnet back canvas.  She loves dragonflies, and gears…so of course I had to find a way to merge the two!

img_2372-950x876All of the background gears and the heart are Love Is In The Details custom laser cut chipboard….I can’t seem to keep gears in stock as I use them all the time!


The background is coloured with black gesso and Finnabair Metallique in Emerald Green.  Then I highlighted the gears with Finnabair Wax in Rose Gold.

The heart I coloured with black embossing powder and backed it with some rose gold metalic cardstock.  The cardstock was too shiney so I scratched it up with my sanding block and put some black gesso overtop to get into the scratch marks.


The dragonfly went through a few phases of colour which resulted in a fun texture.  The last coat I used Finnabair Metallique Rose Gold paint, though the gold mostly shows.  I layered onto the body a fancy clock hand and some gems.  I think the end result is a bit of an old gaudy gold pin, but I love the effect!


For some extra shine which goes well with my friends love for shiney jewlery, I added some Finnabair Micro Beads, and Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.

The end result is she loves her little canvas and can’t wait to come back from holidays to enjoy seeing it at her desk! :)

I have more of these little magnet canvases, think I’ll have to make one for myself next!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and it’s not spent entirely back to school shopping.  Take some time for YOU and get in your creative space!

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Hello Friend

Summer is half over and what a hot one it’s been!  I took a bit of a summer break from the blog…well my creativity took a summer break, but I’m getting it back!

I know that many of you can relate to the bad habit I have formed over the last year of starting a project and leaving it to sit unfinished.  Well I decided it was time to finish those half started projects!

The canvas I’m sharing with you today I started back in January….6 months it patiently waited for me to finish, eek!

This little 5×7 canvas started when I dug through the bag of leftover chipboard bits Lori gave me.  I found a bunch of ‘hexagon like’ shapes gluing them to start the first layer.


I added some texture paste using a script stencil over the chipboard shapes for extra interest before painting them.  They were give a few different coats of paint, sprays & gesso before I was happy with the colour.  It’s all about adding layers until you’re happy!

The center piece is a mini canvas with a resin frame layered on top with an image from Tim Holtz paper.


Then I added layers of stamped and rub-on flowers which were fussy cut.  The darker flowers I covered with Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder in Vintage Bees Wax.

The mint green leaves started out white, which just wouldn’t do, so I coated them in Seth Apter Baked Velvet embossing powder in Lime.  I love the soft translucent colour these embossing powders add!


The clock & keyhole embellishments were made using a Prima mold.  I painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper, then used some Finnabair wax to highlight the design of the pieces.


The chipboard swirls are from the store’s Laser Cut Chipboard collection, which I covered with gesso, some orange spray then used more Seth Apter Baked Velvet in Dusk.

As I was building the canvas there was a little too much ‘white space’ that needed something, so I pulled out a scripty text stamp and more Seth Apter Baked Texture in Vintage Bees Wax to add more texture but keeping it light!  This was the perfect solution!

I have to say if felt really good to not only get back to the craft table, but to finish off this long abandoned project!!!  I have a few more lying in wait for me to finish, and hope this has given you the inspiration to pull out those unfinished projects and get them done!!!

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