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!

27 Responses to “The Completed Project!”

  1. It’s beautiful! I love the paper roses – what a great touch!

  2. What a gorgeous piece of inspiration! I’m so glad that you finished it and that you are pleased! Congratulations! (It’s also nice to have the green goop explained. I didn’t ask, but I had wondered about that myself…tee-hee.) I see T!m and Wendy all over the canvas…but with your own special take…and I’m lovin’ it! They are two of my favs and I always enjoy seeing them emerge in your projects, too. LeAnn in Fort Worth

  3. WOW! That’s all I can say- it’s a complicated work of art like only you can do! Must be lovely to look at after all your hard work- nicely done!

  4. Awesome piece, it is so nice when we do a project just for ourselves. So love the way you did the flowers and of course all the embellishments, great quote to have in your studio!

  5. I love the beautiful project. I’m sure you have probably already thought
    of more to add to it. Thanks so much for sharing all your lovely work with us.

  6. Awesome project! I would love to be able to gaze at it throughout the day – truly beautiful!

  7. Wow, wow, wow! I LOVE it!!! How gorgeous….so much beautiful eye candy!! That would truly inspire me!!!!

  8. Love it!

  9. Your ARTpiece is amazing and inspiring!

  10. Sherry……….this is just GORGEOUS!!! I love what you did–everything! You SHOULD be patting your self on the back! Now I need to go & get those dang flower dies. Shame on you! Fabulous, as always!

  11. Sherry, this is just way too cool!!!

  12. Sherry, this is gorgeous! I’d be trying to pat myself on the back too if I had spent a few days working on this! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!

  13. good morning, sherry!

    Very cool! It really turned out beautiful. Don’t bust your arm; let me know help you with a pat on the back! Thanks for the explanation of the green goop! 🙂 Have a creative day!

  14. OMG!!! This is wonderful!! Soooo worth the time spent on it (and now you’ve got my brain a spinning with my own adaptation (hey! gotta grab inspiration when it hits ya! hehe)

    How do you get the flower petals and leaves to curl?

    LOVE this!

  15. Gorgeous Sherry, truly a work of art!!

  16. holy cow……it’s stunningly gorgeous……..whoa……gorgeous!!

  17. Very nice! I see you have Wendy’s leaves – I love those leaves …. don’t have the set yet …. maybe soon!
    Take care!

  18. WOWZER!!! This is such a beautiful inspirational project, Sherry….everything is sooo gorgoeus!!!!!

  19. You definatley deserve that pat on the back! I love everything you create…but I really really really Love this one the best!!! at least untill I see the next one 🙂

  20. Ohhhh–how fabulous is that? I loooooovvvveeeee your grunge paper flowers–I am so hot for those right now!!! If you aren’t patting yourself on the back for this one, I’ll pat it for you! You deserve it!!!

  21. Wow! You should be patting yourself on the back, it’s gorgeous! I love the paper flowers!

  22. This is wonderful! You should be patting yourself on the back. Your grunge paper flowers are awesome!

  23. Sherry,

    I have some of those Big Lots finds in my craft room, you have given me inspiration, I will have to do a canvas of my own soon!!! This is so beautiful, I can’t wait to see what you find to add to it from time to time. Hugs Terre

  24. Gorgeous work! I would be so proud of it too — and here — I’LL pat you on the back, too!!! LOL!!!

  25. I like the smokey background very much, almost looks as if it is tile or brick. Would go great as a decoration in a traditional style kitchen or a bedroom!

  26. WOW! This is AWESOME! I’m just now getting around to taking a close look at it and I’m beside myself! The flowers, leaves, and all the different bits and pieces are so COOL! I can see how this would inspire you, but I probably would spend too much time just sitting and admiring it. So, hey? Are you inspired yet?

  27. Are you okay? I’ve checked your blog every day and have missed you so! Your talents keep me inspired but I’ve been worried about you since you’ve been missing for over a week!

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