Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SOS: Winter Blues


Time for a new Shopping Our Stash challenge-- a chance to use what you have to create a card, project, journal page, jewelry or anything!

This week, our focus is easy as can be: we are fighting off the winter blues by 
using blue to make something 

Here is the little bit of home decor created showcasing cartoon-versions of my girls:

  • Heavy craft board (American Crafts) cut and gesso'd many moons ago used for project base. Washed with a few dabs of Distress Stain in Broken China and Chipped Sapphire, both over a year old.
  • Base stamped with a Fiskars text stamp in Crystal Royal Blue ink and embossed with ancient Custers Last Stamp clear embossing powder.  (This is my "dirty-clear"... it is so old it is all speckly with other colors, but it's perfect for projects like this.)
  • Spots plastered with Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence  (of which I'm down to the bottom of the barrel...)
  • Tim's Idea-ology metal stickers added to the edges. I coated the adhesive side with Mod Podge to get rid of the adhesive property then adhered the strips wth Glossy Accents. 
  • The main panels of my girls were created on library cards first patterned with discarded bubble wrap dipped in Broken China and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints then coated roughly with white Liquitex gesso.  
  • The girls were made using Jane Davenport's new set by American Crafts inked with Tim's mixed media palette in Black Soot.  I doodled their hair with a Faber-Castell Pitt.  (Talk about Zen-tangled!-- my poor youngest daughter and her curls! LOL!)  I used Distress Inks and a Ranger waterbrush for the girls' hair, eyes, and cheeks.
  • The background of my blond daughter was boring, so I masked her off and used Dyan Reaveley's star stamp inked wth the Crystal Royal Blue to add some interest.
  • For even more blue-appeal, I dug out some blue library cards and mounted the girls' panels to them with Ranger adhesive foam tape in black. 
  • The yarn holding the panels together is from Andrea at Snapping Monsters.   She's the best!
This was a fun stash-shopping project... I definitely used items that don't see much action, and that never gets old!  That Crystal Royal Blue in is years old, but I love the way it looks with the clear EP!  And the Idea-ology sticker pack needed to be used!  I bought it probably two years ago and had only used a few stickers on it... whatttt?

Look forward to the blue projects you guys will come up with!  For more inspiration, be sure to check out my stash-shopping teammies at Shopping Our Stash!  And say "hi" to our Guestie, Ina!


  1. oh! my! gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yowza, mimi!!!! this is sooooo flippin' AMAZING!!!!! <3

  2. This awesome! I love your mixed media applications! Great job!

  3. WOW!! Mimi, this project should be framed, it's just awesome. It's amazing all the stuff you put together to create just one thing in such an incredible way.
    I wish I could see you while you work, it should be incredibly fun.
    PS. I emailed you about me receiving your sweet package, thank you so much, love it.

  4. Grungy, artsy, beautiful yet cool! You've been really creative here making this personal project. Blue is a favorite color of mine so I don't think I'll have any difficulties joining in this challenge...

  5. WOW Mimi!!! Your decor piece is amazing!!!
    So many layers and textures made all the more lovely by being inspired by your girls!

  6. Well all the big words were said, Amazing, beautiful, awesome, incredible and I'm saying them all again, what an gorgeous project.

  7. Well this is simply way out fabulous. Incredible and such a treasure. Love all that work you have put in to make this beautiful.

  8. Mimiiiiiii
    Again this cute face
    I love the way you colored them
    again so artsy
    and as you told on my Blog this must be ON A FRAME and stay in my guessroom
    so adorable Mimi....