I Want to be a Weed In a Field Of Flowers

Flowers are pretty and they smell heavenly, but I have a black thumb and have a hard time keeping them alive. As a kid my Dad used to have me pull the weeds that grew up in the cracks of his driveway. I never understood how they would repeatedly come back with no water, constantly getting run over by cars and not to mention the pavement that was on them.

As I grew older I started to respect the weeds more so than the flowers. Flowers are fragile and sensitive. Weeds are stubborn and persistent. If a rose does not bloom it requires a change of environment. Weeds just grow. Pull them out by their roots and burn them. Chances are they are going to grow back. I want to be a weed!

Be A Weed — Not A Flower

In a field of flowers I want to be the weed that blooms where ever it pleases regardless of the conditions. I had to document it in my art journal and reflect on it when life gets tough — and life always will have hard times.

To create the background I used Rita Barakat Art Foamies, Plaid paint, and Aladine paste, mists and ink.

For the sentiment, I wrote it on a piece of Tissue Paper. I did a white wash with Gesso and water in the spot the sentiment would go. Once it dried, I used Collage medium to adhere it. By doing so it allowed the background to pop through and blending in nicely.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Challenging Canvas

In July the Canvas Corp Brands crew was challenged to do something with a blank sheet of canvas and we could use a pouch too. I created this:

 I glimmer misted a piece of raw canvas in blues and greens and then cut them into strips. I tied a knot in the bottom of each strip and adhered it to a circle that I had cut from double sided adhesive. I twisted the canvas strip and placed it on the circle. I also did this same technique with some pretty twine.

 For the leaves I hand cut them out of the green portion of the canvas, added some veins with a black water color brush pen and spritzed it  with a little water to soften the lines.

 I adhered it all to the pouch and added a few gems to fill it out.

When I was first presented with this challenge I was totally clueless on what to do. I just started painting and then got to this. What have you created that was unexpected?
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Floral ATCs with Foiled Paper!

Today I am over on the Rinea blog with an amazing tutorial on how to make these:

I used one die to make three different flowers. The die was originally created to make authentic German Stars at Christmas. However, my creative juices started flowing and I made more than just starts! Please check it out here: Rinea

I hope you enjoy and give it a try! The results are stunning!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Floral Frenzy Cards

I whipped up a few cards with the January Inspirational Box from Brutus Monroe . I did not have much  time to craft and decided to foil them with Decofoil to make a stunning presentation. I used Colorburst on a few for even more character. The kit came with some sweet little bags that are perfect for holding gift cards. One of the stamps reminded me of hair and I decided to make a face out of it. For that card I used the black cardstock as the base, stamp the floral images and emboss them in gold making sure to do the edges.

Check out the video for the unboxing of the kit and a card and envelope demo:

If you have any questions please feel free to ask! If you are interested in the Brutus Monroe Inspirational Boxes, Decofoil and Craft Glue please click here .
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!