Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SOS: Fave Season!

Is it Tuesday again???  YES!  Time for another week of stash-shopping fun and inspiration!

This week, us girls at Shopping Our Stash are looking for projects showcasing your favorite season while using supplies that are possibly neglected, unused, or just hoarded while you wait for that perfect day... well, here it is!  Use those items!  (... it just makes room for more!)

Here's my project, which is a little fall wall-hanging decor:



Supplies (I used so many neglected, old, or hoarded items on this!  Yay!):
  • Base is an old math book cover, of which I have many just stashed away as project bases
  • The base was coated with matte Mod Podge and covered with an old French dictionary page
  • Next, Liquitex white gesso was roughly painted onto the surface, leaving some of the text showing through
  • Then I tried laying some of Tim's Tattered Leaves diecuts onto the board and spraying with various orange and brown Dylusions sprays... did not come out as well as I had hoped... so more gesso was added...
  • I used an old oak leaf stamp by Good Stamps, I believe... one of my very first stamps, and inked it with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso ink from Tim's MM palette
  • I painted the quote with black Liquitex gesso and accented it with Stickles in Mercury Glass (my fave)
  • After all of that, I dabbed some Distress Paint in Spiced Marmalade to areas to add some color-- it was pretty neutral.  I also added quite a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the edges to frame it better.
  • My old Crop-a-dile Big Bite used for grommets in corners... Talk about stash!  This is one tool that is unmatched in its punching ability, but I rarely use it for the cool grommets and gromlets!  Subtle effect here, but worth it.
  • Threads and strings and fibers all from my stash, just hot-glued to the reverse

Join us!  Winter, spring, summer, or fall???  I will be checking out your answer at Shopping Our Stash!  

(For the record, fall has always been my fave, and I still love it, but now living where the winters are intense, I find myself CRAVING summer heat... I just love the dry warmth of fall and the fresh, crispt mornings... plus the fall food is definitely #1... pumpkin everything, and busting the crockpot out...)

I'd also like to share this with Inkspirational, since the oak leaf stamp was literally one of my first big-girl stamps!  I bought it while I was in junior college, and it must have been around 2001/2002.


  1. i was guessing that you hand-lettered that quote and YOWZA... in black gesso no less! so totally totally impressive!!!! (ps: the wooden wall is clearly the BEST BACKDROP EVER!!!!) <3 <3 <3

  2. Wow your lettering is impressive. your fall decor piece is awesome. Fabulous job.

  3. Mimi, what a beautiful Fall door decoration!! I can see you rummaging in your craft room looking for just the right elements to create it.
    And I love how you hand wrote that quote, I would have been very nervous to attempt such a thing on a finished project for fear I would totally ruin it.
    I can't wait to start decorating for Autumn.

  4. Amazing use of those hoarded goodies, Mimi! I love fall, too, and your quote couldn't ring more true! Love this reminder of what's right around the corner! Hugs!

  5. What a great project - love the dangly bits. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

  6. Fabulous wall hanging Mimi :-) the colourful fibres add a lovely tough to this lovely decoration! Very cute :-)

    Thanks for your comment on my blog :-) You did make me laugh haha, although winter is not usually my fave month, we have just had the hottest summer since 1988, so I am REALLY looking forward to some cooler weather now ;-) haha hope you're having a fab weekend xx