Happy Monday!  WOW I can’t believe that I finished this project today.  I’ve had this vision in my head for some time . . . months and months . . . if not longer.  I might have jumped the gun here too, because I don’t know that this project will ever truly be complete.  I think it’s one of those things that will be added to on a continual basis, particularly if I find just that perfect piece of memorabilia.

So are you ready to see what I’ve spent the last 4 days working on?  I’ll even tell you what that green goop is in the jar too!  You have to keep in mind that this piece is for me . . . my inspiration!  It’s hanging in the studio right now and as I look straight ahead from the computer I can see it.  I think I’ll leave it right where it is . . . I am so excited with the way it turned out.  Why I’m almost breaking my arm trying to pat myself on the back!

My Inspiration Canvas!


A closer look.


I’ve had this canvas stored in the closet for probably a year or more.  When they have them at Big Lots for a couple of bucks I always pick up a couple just to have around.  To start off, I covered the canvas with 3 coats of gesso.  The last coat was mixed with Peeled Paint Distress Ink . . . the green goop in the jar!  I needed water quickly, grabbed the first jar nearby and poured in some water.  There you have it . . . green goop!  I used one of the Tim Holtz masks and a stencil from Tattered Angels and laid them across the canvas.  Using Copic Markers, I airbrushed over the mask/stencils until I was satisfied with the color of the canvas.  Aged Mahogany Distress Ink was sponged around the edges.    The letters are Grunge Board that were painted black and then covered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.


The flowers are Grunge Paper covered with Graphic 45 paper and then die cut with Spellbinders Blossom Nestabilities and Flower Creations 3.  The edges of each individual layer were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


I added some Tim Holtz idea-ology embellishments through out the flowers for more inspiration.  I also had some clock keys and a pocket watch from things of the grandfather’s.  They were added just because!  I left chains long so that I could add more to them eventually.


The word Believe and the leaf stems are the only stamps I used.

  • Stamps:  From the Garden by Fancy Pants Designs and Vendy Vechi Studio 490 – Ticket to Art from Stampers Anonymous
  • Paper:  Botanicabella Collection from Graphic 45
  • Ink:  Ranger Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Old Paper, Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-192 Blossom Nestabilities and S4-109HL Flower Creations 3; Tim Holtz idea-ology Swivel Clasps, Hitch Fastener, Jump Rings, Trinket Pins, Muse Tokens, Game Spinners, Safety Pin, Sprocket Gears, Philosophy Tags, Word Keys, Grunge Paper, Grunge Board elements and mixed minis, Book Plates; Ranger Snow Cap and Pitch Black Acrylic Paint Dabbers, Matte Accents, Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium matte; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Gesso; Upholstery Tacks; Glue Gun, Vintage Buttons; Papertrey Rustic Cream Button Twine

Well, that’s all folks!  Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

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