Monday, March 20, 2017

Layering It Up!

 A big hello to everyone! It is already week three for me in the designer spotlight at the Simon Says Monday Stamp Challenge Blog. Time flies when you're having fun! And a new week means:

 This week's challenge is to "Layer It Up" and that is just what I did for my canvas project:

Here is how I layered it up. (Product links at the end of project)

I began with a 4" x 4" gessoed canvas board. I then glued down some Tim Holtz tissue tape along with gold micro beads and seed beads using gel medium. Once dry, embossing paste was applied through the Mini Cubist stencil (LOVE!!) around the canvas and allowed to dry:

 Distress Crayons in Picked raspberry and Mustard Seed were scribbled in a few places. The I sprayed away using Dylusions Black Marble, After Midnight, and Lemon Zest ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Twisted Citron. The canvas was held up vertically to allow the inks to move around:

 Once that dried I splattered some watered down white paint on the canvas. Black Archival ink was sponged along the edges,then set aside.

 A small square was cut from 140lb. watercolor paper. I covered it with the same Tim Holtz Tissue Tape used on the canvas then sponged Mustard Yellow ink over it. Edges were sponged with the Black Archival ink. Set aside.

 I spritzed a piece of crochet lace with water , then Dylusions London Blue and Squeezed Orange ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Fossilized Amber. Set aside.

A portion of the Tim Holtz heart stamp was stamped onto a piece of light green sea glass using the Black Archival ink:

 Putting it all together:

  The lace was glued to the bottom of the canvas with gel medium. Foam dots were added to the back of the watercolor square and added to the canvas. A piece of scrap mesh (lying on my table) was glued to the square along with the sea glass. A bit of gel medium was used on the back of  the sticker from Tim Holtz' Small Talk Occasions to secure it over the lace. Finally I completed  the canvas with a few Moonshine Sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project. And now I challenge YOU to layer it up this week for a chance to win a $50 GC to the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Shop!

Product Links:

Inkpads: Archival Jet Black
               StazOn Mustard Yellow

Distress Crayons: Picked Raspberry
                             Mustard Seed

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Black Marble
                                    After Midnight
                                    Lemon Zest
                                    London Blue
                                    Squeezed Orange

Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber

Other: white gesso
           gel medium
           embossing paste
           adhesive foam dots
           140 lb. watercolor paper
           Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
           Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers
           Mini Cubist stencil
           Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins

 For my peeps at T Stands For Tuesday:

 My typical morning at the PC checking out blogs with my usual mug of Peets coffee. I have been using this particular mug for the most part ever since losing my Annie as this looks just like she did.

 It was an active week last week for sure!  Many of you are aware of the Nor'easter that came crashing into the Northeast US late Monday night thru Tuesday. Well, this is what it looked like here in PA:

  It was a blizzard with very grey skies, howling winds, snow and sleet. We ended up with almost 14 inches of very heavy snow! And the further north one lives it was much worse. My poor forsythia bushes which were just beginning to bloom with their pretty yellow flowers are all brown now :(. I hope this is it now!

 Wednesday was my birthday and although it began with an upper respiratory infection (the coughing is the worst) I was showered with lovely flowers, cards, phone calls and good wishes:

                                                     The handmade cards:
A fun shaker card from LuAnn,     a gorgeous Poppy card and envie from Patty,

and a beautiful watercolor card and completely decorated envie from Betsy!

  It so brightened my day. Blessed to have such good friends in my life. Thank you all!

I have an art journal page to share:

 I am loving using my newly acquired Dina Wakely face stamps! Other products: Tim Holtz stencil-Clocks; Distress Tea Dye ink; Jet Black Archival ink; arrow stamp (Dyan Reavely-Dylusions); various bits of papers, napkin and ephemera from my stash along with the printed fabric trim. Linking to Art Journal Journey (theme is Out and About) hosted this month by Yvonne of Meggys WayMoo Mania and More with the theme of "time", and of course Paint Party Friday!

 Thanks for hanging in there with these longer than usual posts, and I SO appreciate the comments too! Will be around to visit throughout the week, and I will have one final post next Monday as Guest Designer for the Simon Monday Challenge. I think you'll like my project(s)  :)

 " Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul".
                                                               W. Somerset Maugham


  1. I love all the layers you created, Linda. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Happy belated Birthday dear Linda!

    What a wonderful canvas and page ! Absolutely gorgeous art!
    And you got fabulous gifts!! WOW!
    And noo.. so much snow.. not nice - hope you feel well again Linda! Lovely mug to remind you of your Annie♥
    So nice of you to join in at Moo Mania & More as well as at Art Journal Journey!
    Much appreciated Linda!
    Happy T-Day !!!

    oxo Susi

  3. Sorry about the invasion of snow, but you made some wonderful art. Love the canvas, and thanks for the progress shots. Great journal page, too, and you got some gorgeous cards. Your doggy mug is gorgeous, enjoy your coffee, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  4. Wonderful artwork with so much interesting layers. Your note on it is true, we must stay open for new adventures or life becomes boring. Your snow adventure looks amazing, but it is not good for upcoming plants.
    Wonderful Birthday Post you got. So I wish you all the best for your new year of life dear Linda. The Journal page on the end looks very nice too. Is Paris the adventure you are longing for?
    Dear Greetings

  5. Happy belated birthday Linda. You know we got the snow Tuesday and I was home sick Wednesday with a respiratory virus too. At least it wasn't my birthday-, but I do hope you got to do something fun later on in the week. I just love your latest piece for Simon Says Stamp. I am always up for an adventure and your piece is certainly a pretty one. Have a wonderful T day and hopefully your snow has melted away (unlike like ours) because someone might as well enjoy spring. Hugs-Erika

  6. Happy belated birthday Linda!!!
    I am just starting my art journal...I did page one yesterday :) I will learn as I go along. I am doing this for fun and relaxation...creating is how I relax :)
    I adore and love your layered canvas...gorgeous!!! Your art page is also wonderful!!!
    How nice that your favorite cup reminds you of Annie...she can be there with you as you have your favorite drink.
    Lovely assortment of gifts.
    Hope all the snow melts soon and your bushes are unharmed~

  7. Wonderful layering with so much to see and discover. Hope the weather will start to,be kinder to you soon.

  8. You sure did get alot of snow Missy!
    Hope you are feeling much much better now and that you are still celebrating ♥
    Thank you for the sweet shout out.
    Your friend Betsy's envelope is an additional work of art!
    Your layered canvas is really fabulous! The textures and colors and of course the layers OOH LA LAAAA!
    Really lovely Paris adventure journal page you created too.
    My Mojo has left the building it seems.
    Happy T Day my friend oxo

  9. oooh and your sweet Annie cup ♥♥♥

  10. Where to begin after reading your post, so I will just say I really loved all your fabulous art project, and thank you for creating the great AJJ page in what must have been a very busy week for you.
    Happy belated Birthday wishes and I hope you are feeling a lot better now.
    I love your mug with the image that looks like Annie. I know how you feel, that is why I keep my Meg's photo on my blog, that way i can see her still each day.
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

  11. Your creation is fantastic! Linda. Love the beautiful colors and the great texture. The layered embellishments on this piece are fabulous. :)

  12. Each creation is wonderful ~ my favorite is the mixed media collage and your methods to get there ~ Is that snow I see ~ oh dear ~ lots of time to create I hope ~ your post looks like you did ~ beautiful work ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Lovely Week ahead ~ ^_^

  13. The layering you created is amazing, I loved seeing the process you followed to create this stunning canvas! The addition of the dyed lace and sea glass is beautiful :-) . Wishing you a Happy belated Birthday, how lovely to receive such pretty cards and so thoughtful of your friends! That looks like a lot of snow - burr! Your Paris page is fantastic and I adore your Annie mug, wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  14. Stamping on sea glass?? Good heavens! That takes texture to a whole new level and I absolutely love the way your canvas turned out. It's so full of wonderful details and I think it came together beautifully. As always, I also enjoyed reading all of the other goodies in your post, too, and the photos were incredible!!

  15. First, how did I not know it was your birthday? I feel bad that I didn't even wish you a happy birthday, or send a card, after every wonderful thing you've done for me. So, happy belated birthday.

    Did you crochet that lace? It is beautiful. And I loved the use of sea glass on your layered up project, too.

    I can't believe all that snow you got. Yesterday and Sunday it was 90 F here with no rain in sight. I would gladly have taken some of that snow.

    You, Darla, and Divers and Sundry need to get together with your Peets coffee. All we get here is Starbucks and a couple others. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art, including your canvas and your art journal, as well as your coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

  16. this canvas with all its texture is hilarious!! i love every Detail here... and i love the tinted lace especially! just GREAT!!
    happy belated b-day, and you deserve every gift you were spoilt with!!
    have a great week!

  17. Terrific projects and a very nice post.

    Love the doggie mug as well

    Have a great T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  18. Nice layering. A lot to see here! Hugs, Marzena

  19. Love the rich earthy look and fabulous textures in your SSS project - another great piece of inspiration.
    Alison x

  20. Fabulous canvas Linda, the background and all of the layers and textures are gorgeous and I love that you used sea glass too! brilliant idea!! LOVE the whole design of this awesome artwork! ❤️

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day :-)
    Love your mug, aww she was adorable ❤️

    Lols x x x

  21. Fantastic page with all these beautiful layers! I like especially the crocheted lace!
    Oh, so much snow! All your gifts for birthday bring you sunshine in your home and melt the snow away!
    Happy T Day!

  22. Thank you for sharing the process of your layered piece. Especially the use of the sea glass. Very original.I'm always fascinated by the thought that goes into the process. Your yard looks like my yard. Hopefully, warmer days will take care of the white and no more snow. I'm done. A belated happy birthday. the hand-made cards are beautiful. Happy playing with the new stamps and a Happy T Day

  23. I love how you get such depth of texture while still maintaining the integrity of the whole. I can almost feel the piece :)

    We got no snow at all with this latest weather pattern, and have a high of 81F predicted for today. Such a difference!

    Happy T Tuesday :)

  24. So much to see on your post today! Loved seeing the progression of your layered canvas and your journal page.. And happy happy belated birthday!! What beautiful mail and presents you received.. Your one lucky gal!! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  25. Oh wow, a really stunning canvas!! Love all the textures you've layered on...and those beads! Beautiful journal page too...happy belated birthday, and happy T day!

  26. OMGoodness, where to start? LOVE the canvas, with all its texture and beautiful layers.
    Sorry to hear your not feeling well, hope your on the mend quickly.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! what an array of beautiful cards you received.
    Yes, it is time for the snow to move on to next year. I watched the news, to keep track of my Eastern US friends, what a storm that was!
    Happy T-day

  27. Cool canvas, Linda! Love all the bits you added to the under layer and then the wonderful textures. I especially like your "screen" and that beautiful colorful crochet!

  28. Great Art Linda!!!! LOVE the layered one much awesomeness going on with it ♥ You certainly did get tit with the blizzard. I haven't seen snows like that here for years. That is not a complaint either Mother Nature!!! :)

  29. What fabulous post! I love all those wonderful layers on your canvas - you are doing SSSmondaychallenge proud! Belated Happy Birthday - you have received some lovely surprises! That snow looks so cold - i hope you plants are OK! Your journal page is wonderful, making me want our trip to arrive soon! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  30. Wow - you really did layer it up! Your canvas is so dimensional and filled with lovely artifacts. I'm in awe of artists that can take all sorts of odds and ends and create beauty. (I love the mini-cubist stencil also.)

    Happy birthday and happy T-day, Linda! Hugs, Eileen

  31. Gorgeous layers, Linda! I love the multi-colored crochet piece!

    Simon Says Stamp

  32. Your layered collage is just breath taking, my friend. Blessings!

  33. Happy belated birthday,Linda ❤
    Love your canvas! AJ page is great, too.
    Happy PPF ♥

  34. Happy Birthday Linda! Lovely art this week, I loved the gorgeous birthday cards you received too!

  35. Happy PPF and a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  36. Well, belated happy birthday, Linda. Hope it was a great day. Your layered canvas is simple wonderful. I wish I had the imagination to do something like this. It is amazing.

  37. I love that you showed progress photos, so we could see how you built your layers. Very cool! Hope you have a great weekend!

  38. Well, that certainly is a multi-layered mixed media-piece! It looks like you had a lot of fun creating it! But that snow!! Oh my, I would go nuts if it snowed here like this in the middle of March. I sure hope for your sake it's finished now! Congrats on your birthday! Looks like you weren't forgotten by your friends ;-) Lovely journalpage as well!

  39. Love your layers! I love those crochet bits so pretty.
    Have a fab PPF and a relaxing weekend.

  40. Oh my, so total happy birthday first, and so sorry about that damn snow. As I'd shown I'm dreaming of tomatoes (thank you for visiting my blog, lol) and we both have similar problems, NO WARMTH. Let's hope for more warm days to melt your snow and regrow those flowers. Your piece is awesome, I especially love the crochet, I crochet too. Love it, great piece. Have a lovely weekend!

  41. So many lovely layers! I especially love that colored lace!!

  42. Happy Belated Birthday beautiful the flowers you got they are so colourful and full of joy!! Your layered up piece is gorgeous, inspirational with a perfect message!! Love it!! Your journal page is wonderful too!! Great post..hope you feel better and find some warmth soon. We are having a longer winter than normal too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  43. Hello Linda, oh so much to admire here! I loved seeing and reading about your layering up project. Your cards are delightful too. I was sorry that you were feeling ill on your birthday, hope you're much better now. Thanks for a delightful post :D)

  44. it does seem like a lot of fun going on :)

  45. Happy belated birthday, sorry you are sick and I hope you are feeling better, lovely layered art and thanks for the how-to and the rest of your post is just wonderful.

  46. Happy belated Birthday! I have the same morning ritual, on my mug sits my beloved black Belgian shepherd :) Your work of layers is so beautiful. And yes, we should always say YES to new adventures and not stick always to the same and old! Happy Sunday - get well soon!

  47. Happy belated birthday Linda!!Amazing canvas! love to see your creative process, thanks for sharing! I adore the background! BArbara

  48. I love the richness of this project, Linda and all the beautiful's just gorgeous and a wonderful piece of layered art! xx

  49. This project is so gorgeous! I love all the textures and the rich colours. The stamped sea glass is such a wonderful idea. Love it!

  50. stunning mixed media piece much gorgeous details and beautiful textures...hugs kath xxx

  51. How sweet of you to share your process. Your pieces are wonderful! Happy birthday and I hope you feel better.

  52. I love your Layer it Up piece - and such a good message! Hope you have a great week. :)

  53. Gorgeous canvas, Linda! Love all texture you've created along the way while layering up. Stunning colors! Hugs, Sandra

  54. Happy belated birthday! Wonderful art, all those layers are just gorgeous!

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  56. Hi linda! some lovely art, loving your layers and your journal page!

  57. I like the rich colors and use of fabric in your "say yes" pieces, Linda :)


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