Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2 - Around the House

Yay! It's time for the second Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  I hope you had a chance to play last month, but if you didn't maybe you can join us in July. All skill levels are welcome and you can make anything like a canvas, card, scrapbook page, altered item, journal page, etc... You just have to use more than 2 art mediums. Our challenge for July is to use something around the house in your project. You can stamp with bubble wrap, mask with rubber bands, or use old book pages in your background. Just use something you can find around your house someway in your project. Be sure to let us know in your post what household item you used and how you used it. Be sure to check out the blog post for more examples and tons of inspiration from our design team and our fabulous guest designer (gotta click over to see who it is!!).

Our sponsor this month is the awesome company Die Cuts With a View or DCWV.  They are offering an awesome prize for our random winner. More of a reason for you to play. Every player has the same chance of winning the big prize, unless you play more than once, then you have a better chance at winning it all!!
This month I decided to make a canvas.  It's kind of a large canvas for me 9x12. I started by adding pieces of DCWV papers to my canvas. Most were from the Vintage Collector stack, but I also used some from their Textured Paper stack. They were nice enough to give me a couple of stacks of textured papers and some amazing stencils!! I also added some ripped up Dixie bathroom cups to the background - they're hard to see. That's one of my around the house items.

Then, I covered the background with gesso to soften the colors. When it dried I added several sections with the DCWV stencils. Then, I carved a 5 sided shape from a wine cork to make a stamp and stamped it randomly in yellow over the canvas. I also used a plastic bottle top to make the blue and white circles on the canvas.

The corrugated flowers are from Magenta and I colored them with acrylic paints. The centers of the flowers are pieces of cork from a wine bottle that I cut into small pieces. I also colored the corks with acrylic paint. The stems are from small and long scraps of Tim Holtz grunge board I was hoarding. I cut the piece into three sections and colored them with a Stampers Big Brush Pen. I die cut the leaves from a piece of cork and added color to them with the same Big Brush Pen. This canvas was so much fun to make. If you've never made one, I challenge you to go get a canvas and get started. There are no rules, just use colors and products you like and do whatever you feel like!!! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hey Donna. I made 2 cards for your first Mixed Media Challenge...and I TOTALLY lost track of time...so when I went to link them the challenge was closed. LOL! I'm a doof! ANYHOW...I wanted to tell you I'm sorry I missed playing for your first challenge. I'll have to get in early for the next round :) Your page here is super cute! I love the flowers!

  2. Cool canvas Donna! Love the flowers and your background! The cork leaves are fun!!

  3. beautiful flower garden, donna! i just love that you cut up wine corks for the center of the flowers. you're always so good with the dcwv texture papers, this is great!

  4. The soft color palette adds to the soothing feeling of your garden scene. Blessings!

  5. What a wonderful card, just loving all that texture Donna! (ps saw your name as a winner over at Papercrafts... I think that's where it was, I've been catching up on my surfing today lol)


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