Friday, August 16, 2013


Hi there!

TGIF...yeah!  I was so happy to see the end of this week!  Every time I think I can't handle my job anymore the next day is completely different.  I pray to the good Lord and tell him to keep me there if that's where I am to be, but I wonder why does he keep testing me like that?  lol  Whew, I guess He's really trying to teach me patience!:-)  Anyways, how are you doing?  Did you have a great week?

Yesterday evening I took a bike ride and let my mind soak in the nature around me.  I knew how I wanted to use the challenge colors of blue, purple and green for the challenge over at A Mixed Media Color Challenge.  I wasn't sure on the rest of the project, but I think it came together much better than my first project that I attempted with this color challenge.  Here is my first attempt at this week's challenge...

The more I looked at it the more I disliked it.  So, maybe I'll save bits and pieces from it for a future project. :-)
Here is the lovely inspiration photo we were to follow for this week...
But, anyways, back to my final project for the challenge I received "happy mail"  and got to work with my new gelatos.  The vibrant color is just amazing!  You can see it with the blue and purple on the background and flowers.  It goes on like a crayon, but when you add water it turns into smooth bright color!
I began with a cardboard base for my wall hanging and painted it light blue.  I applied the gelato and added water.  I then used a brush to smooth out the paint for the background.  I sprayed turquoise perfect pearls mist.  I let it dry and stamped a Tim Holtz stamp, which looks like chicken wire against the background.  Burlap was added for the grass.  The flowers were painted with light blue paint and gelatos added.  Stickles and pearls for the final touch on them.  The leaves were painted with sour apple paint sprayed with Forever Green perfect pearls mist and stickles added.  I stamped the word Escape onto Simple Stories paper.  A little clothes pin was painted light blue to hold it in place.  A Tim Holtz metal tag with the word imagine was placed with a safety pin.  The theme that I was thinking for this project was that I love to imagine escaping to nature for relaxation either it be around my house or on vacation.  The wooden butterflies and main flower were painted the same as the wooden flowers with a BoBunny gem flourish.  I mixed modeling paste with light blue paint and used  a MFT stencil to border the project.  Clouds were fussy cut and white crackle paint and stickles were applied.  A little sun was punched to peek out from behind the cloud.  Dragonflies were added to the background.  And, buttons placed for the final touch.  This project was very time consuming and messy.  I was thinking I really need a sink in my craft!  But, I had lots of fun and after a long difficult work week, it did me a world of good! 
Thank you for stopping by here today!  I really appreciate it...hugs!
Paper:  Simple Stories(I {Heart} Summer
Stencil:  MFT
Paint:  Cloudless, Sour Apple (Americana)
Faber-Castell:  Gelatos(blue)
Perfect Pearls Mist:  Turquoise, Forever Green
Modeling Paste
Distress Crackle Paint:  Picket Fence(Ranger)
Ink:  SU(Black)
Doily:  Martha Stewart
Stamp:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Dragonfly)
Stamp:  Scrappy Cat(Escape)
Wood Flowers, Butterflies:  Prima
Gem Flourish:  BoBunny
Gems:  Paper Studio
Stickles:  Ranger
Pearls:  Doodlebug
Star Punch:  McGill
Circle Punch:  EK
Clothes Pin:  Hobby Lobby
Burlap:  Paper Studio
Metal Tag:  Tim Holtz
Twine:  PTI
Buttons:  SU


  1. Awesome work, Maria! Good for you to give mixed media a try. I have all the supplies but am afraid to take the plunge! lol

  2. Maria, don't laugh but I have a sink in the bathroom off of my craft room and I don't use it because I don't want to mess it up! LOVE the scene you created! LOVE the gelatos! So many FAB details! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  3. Both of your projects are awesome Maria! Love all the rhinestones and burlap on the top one and the soft subtle tones on the second one! Looks like you had a lot of fun creating these! Thank you so much for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge! Hope you continue to join in the fun :)

  4. Very fun projects! I do love that gorgeous blue and the fun dragonflies! I like the way you stenciled the chicken wire! This is gorgeous! I really like the project you created at first too! I think it's a lot of fun! I love the tree and the bird with the fun flower in the center!!

  5. Beautiful work the mixed media. I really must make the time to try this technique!

  6. Wow! The colors are fabulous. My sis got some gelatos and really likes them. I haven't tried them yet, but you really make me want to give them a whirl. Great work on the mixed media. I need to try it again.

    So sorry you had a bad week. Hoping for a better one ahead. Have a good weekend.

  7. Wow, Maria! What a stunning MM projects! Both of them are gorgeous! Great work!

  8. Both look amazing, Maria. I felt like that about some of my mixed media project for quite some time. I think because it is so different than what we are used to doing. Believe me though when I say they are fabulous. I love the darling scene you created on the first and softer tones on the second. :)

  9. Both of your mixed media designs look fab, Maria. Lots of lovely detail and your colour choices are really lovely, too x

  10. Hi, Maria. Both your projects are so beautiful!! I've been wanting to get gelatos for a while now, but it is not readily available in SA yet. I think I'll have to order some from the internet.

    So sorry to hear that you've had a bad week. I hope you're enjoying the weekend and that next week will be much better!!

  11. what a wonderful bright floral scene you created - love the green burlap and all the flying creatures!

  12. What a beautiful canvas! LOVE all those textures and that it brings you such joy to create after a tough week! Hope this week treats you better. Hugs!

  13. Maria, I think both your projects turned out beautifully, but I do especially like the blue one. Love the texture with the burlap and the little extras like the clothespin and metal tag. Know what you mean about the sink. When we built our house, I considered putting one in my craft room, but I was a knitter at the time and couldn't imagine ever needing one, so I didn't! LOL! Hindsight, ya know!

  14. Beautiful! I LOVE that colored burlap!

  15. Great wall hanging! I am lovin' the burlap and the blig trails/swirls with the butterflies. SO pretty! I am inlove with gelatos too.;)

    I hear ya on the sink thing. I have stamped for years and ink can get messy but it is easy compared to the other things like gesso, molding paste and paint that I have begun playing with now that I am experimenting with mixed media. I have to go across the landing into the bathroom and I am a late night scrapper in a century home. Talk about creaking. Luckily my dd is heavy sleeper.:)

  16. Maria, I am in awe over your mixed media projects!!! They are so beautiful and creative! You should consider selling them on Etsy!

  17. Ooh, how fun! I love it, Maria! I am such a huge fan of the cardboard base wall hangings. Love that it's cheap and easy to use, and earth friendly, too. The color is so rich and vibrant. I need to get me some more gelatos. Totally love the nature scene you created, too!

  18. Your first card is a beautiful explosion of nature's color! I love the green burlap too! Great job on both!