Spring Canvas

Happy Easter!!

I hope you can take a break form all the Easter chocolate and join me….or enjoy your chocolate as you you read along!

Before I show you what I’ve made I have to let you all in on a little secret….

After lots of consideration, and Lori asking me over and over and over (ok not really but I do enjoy teasing Lori), I have agreed to re-join the Design Team!!!

No this is NOT an April Fools joke!!  You will find me here sharing projects with you every second Sunday!

I really hope you’re as excited as I am to be back!

Ok let’s get on with the show right, that chocolate isn’t going to last forever!

As I worked on my canvas I took a few in progress photos to share and help show you some ways to create texture using some basic mixed media/art products.  I will apologize these in progress photos may not be the best quality as I used my phone to take them.


For my project I actually used a piece of pressed board rather than a canvas, it’s much sturdier when I know I’m adding heavy items.  First I primed it with white gesso.  I had a little left over on my mat so I pulled out the Mini North Star stencil and using a palette knife worked the gesso into the stencil.  Using the gesso created a subtle texture.

cc3063c8-46cb-4252-a996-66535300ef33Next I pulled out a script stencil and texture paste.  As you can see in the photo the texture paste is quite a bit thicker providing different levels of texture from the gesso.

img_2898Once the stenciled gesso & texture paste dried I added this fun frame, also primed with gesso.  Inside the frame I used some half beads & Finnibair Art Stones.  Once those were dry they were coated with gesso as well.

21130a44-e500-4ea0-9aa7-a2deaa7cfaeaFinally time to start adding color!  I used a few different brands of paint, one of which was Diana Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Turquose.  Lori sells this brand in the store, and it’s fantastic.  I need more colors!

img_2911I felt my project needed more texture…yes in my world more texture is always good!!!  This time I grabbed some texture paste and mixed in the dark blue paint.  To create the texture I used a kitchen sponge to sponge it on, creating fun peaks!

Now at this point I was a little unsure, that dark blue is too much! Actually I like to lovingly refer to this as the ‘ugly phase’!

b4c6d823-3e46-440d-9234-fb9ddeff6d5fOnce the tinted paste was dry I used the same kitchen sponge and sponged on gesso, and bits of paint to brighten it up and use the dark blue as a shadow.

Finally my base was ready for finishing!


On the corners where I sponged the texture paste I wanted more contrast.  I used a brick stamp and antique gold embossing powder to achieve this look.  I also added some of the same embossing powder to the blue scallop piece using a grid style stamp.


I added some micro beads in gold, navy blue to both the Tim Holtz Wildflower die cuts and the Prima Flowers.  I also added a bit underneath in a few areas I thought needed some interest, along with gold mica flakes.


The cute little girl is from the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.  The final touch was using Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax in Bronze Age on the frame and around the edges of the canvas!  These waxes are so fun I just love them!  And Lori is ordering more, seems she can’t keep them in stock ;)

Thank you to everyone for joining me here today! I hope I’ve given you some different ideas how to use basic products on your projects!  It’s all about experimenting and having fun!

I will see you soon with something new to share!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 1, 2018

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Fresh and Juicy….

So here we are, at the end of November;  Christmas carols are playing from every speaker you walk by, the trees and lights are going up all over the land, but there is no Christmas themed layout here for you today!  Instead, I thought I’d share a layout from last summer about the wonderful cherries I enjoyed!  Lol, seems logical, yes??


You remember the cherries of summer, right?  Nowadays you can get watermelon and Cutie oranges all year ’round, and believe me, I remember that it wasn’t always that way! But you can only get cherries for a few short weeks in the middle of summer.  So when they’re in season, we indulge.  Why is this worth mentioning?  Well, because for me, scrapbooking is about documenting what I love as well as who I love.  And where I go, and with whom.  Y’know? So this layout today is about the cherries I loved last summer and the lovely wooden swing at the lake where I sat, with a book, ALL ALONE enjoying my cherries.  Maybe you had to be there, but it was a memory I love remembering.

I still try to take a photo everyday, a habit I started back in 2008.  Sometimes it’s of the things I’m doing that day, but quite often it will be a photo of something that I saw and just really loved and felt thankful about.  Taking a photo helps me both remember and feel grateful.  As a result, I have many, many photos of things to document, that aren’t about a trip, or an event, or people in my life, but are still significant to me.



Some other things I’m thankful for is gold Heidi Swapp acetate words, and Kaisercraft ephemera die-cuts (I used a lot of those here!), and puffy stickers by Amy Tangerine, and subtle mixes of patterned papers, also by Kaisercraft.

About that mix of patterned papers.  You see them along the left hand side of the layout?  They are a mix of die cuts and papers from a couple of different Kaisercraft paper lines, as well as a scrap or two from my scrap drawer.  I love patterned paper and would use it all over my layouts if my creative brain would let me.  But it’s usually way too much.  I often find that it’s more effective to patch together, just a few small pieces of the papers that support my creative vision.  Piling them up upon themselves this way, and stitching them to the page gives a visual weight that balances the page and also suggests a playfulness that goes along with photos of bowls of cherries.




Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I’ve given you a fresh perspective of what’s photo worthy in this day of digital photography, and of what memory keeping can stretch to include.

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