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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Industrial Canvas

We all get excited bringing home new supplies to play with and this weeks project features two new Tim Holtz dies that I added to my collection!

When I saw Tim’s new die release I immediately knew I HAD to have the new Voltage Die, it’s so perfectly industrial. which I love!

I think it also appeases my love of electronics, it was one of my favorite classes in school!

His new Faceted Heart peaked my interest right away too, and as I saw how people were using it I knew that it would be another welcome addition to my hoards of dies!  Yes I said hoards……..if only you knew! LOL


I brougtht the two new dies together to create this industrial 5×5 canvas.  I started by adding texture to the background with Ranger Texture paste and a circuit board stencil, then covered it with black gesso.  The Voltage die I cut from chipboard and gave it a coat of black gesso as well.

To color the background I pulled out some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze.  The dial of the Voltage die was covered in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, then sanded to give it a weathered look allowing some of the black to show through.


I wanted the Voltage die to be raised, and look like I had salvaged it from some kind of electronic device, so I raided my husbands hardware stash for bolts and washers to give the paper straws a good base.

The gears are of course from Love Is In The Details custom laser cut chipboard, which I painted with a mix of Distress Paint and Finnabair Rust Paste.


I cut the small Faceted Heart from rusty colored cardstock and inked each of the folds using Pinecone ink.  I actually made two and glued them together for a full heart.  To finish it off I added a screw head brad, and chain so it can hang from the canvas!

The Faceted heart is very easy to put together, and gets easier once you’ve made a couple!  I am already planning on using the big one soon!

Now off you go taking advantage of the day to put those new supplies to use!!!

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