March 1, 2013

Paper Wings Productions' March Design Team Blog Hop

Hello there my friends,

I am so glad you could join me to celebrate the many splendid Winged Things for the Paper Wings Productions' March Blog Hop.  If you came from Carrie's blog you are in the right place.  If not, you will want to check out The Aviary to start at the beginning so you could win this:

All you need to do is:
  1. Be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions' blog, The Aviary;
  2. Visit each of the design team's blogs including our guest designer and leave them a little love; and
  3. Go back to The Aviary and leave a comment letting them know you completed the hop.
BONUS: For extra chances to win, just like the Paper Wings Productions' Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop. Then just come back and let us know ! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of the additional entries.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 5th on The Aviary.

You will also want to go through the blog hop to be inspired by the awesome design team's projects.  I have seen peeks and you will love them all!

Now on to my little Winged Things project.  When I thought of the "Winged Things" theme I decided I wanted to make something using the Wings stamp set (or Butterfly Wings) that would be uplifting...which is something I very much need at the moment. So I picked out a 8x10 canvas to make a little piece to hang in my studio. This size is great as it isn't too large or too small.

I recently received the Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit and I loved the happy designs and colors in the kit including the Daphne's Closet 6x6 papers by Lawn Fawn.  All of my colors came from those papers.

I stamped the set of butterfly wings on a different patterned paper and then gold embossed them.  I cut them out...luckily, they are an easy shape to cut.  I knew I wanted to make the body of the butterfly from the straws included in the kit and I made attenae with gold thread.  I rolled the edges of the wings to mold them and give them some dimension.

For the canvas I wanted something that the colors would pop off of.  I began by painting the canvas with gesso and then I used a toilet paper roll (who knew they could be so useful in the studio?!) to stamp black paint rings onto the canvas.  After the paint dried I added a light wash of gesso to the middle of the canvas just to soften the circles.  To the bottom edge I inked up the edge and then stamped the solid small circles from Single Dots Border in green.  To the top edge I inked up the edge and then stamped the outline small circles from Single Dots Border in fuschia.  For this application I was really happy with the haphazard stamping of clear stamps on canvas.  I added a frame with my gold leaf pen to pull in more gold (I can't get enough of it at the moment).

Next I went searching online for a quote I liked.  After finding a quote, I shopped my little Thickers collection for the right colors and different textures.  Of course the gold glitter Thickers came out...they seem to show up on everything I make right now.  I may have to start wearing them.  I also pulled out some neon letters from Heidi Swapp because I liked the color and shape.  I only altered the 1 by coloring black to make it stand out a bit more.  Just a note, the Thickers stick but move pretty easily.  I recommend that you adhere them permenantly with something like Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze or even hot glue if you prefer.

After spelling out my quote I placed my butterflies on the canvas to figure out the placement.  I originally made 6 butterflies, but only ended up using 3 for this project.  I adhered the butterflies in place with glue dots and/or dimensional adhesive.  Lastly I added drops of sprays for added pops of color.  Easy peasy.  Just change up the colors, design and quote to suit your taste and style.

I hope this has inspired you to make something that will uplift you or someone else!  And remember to head on over to The Aviary for your chance to win.

For more uplifting ideas for Winged Things or if you get lost along the way here is the full list for the blog hop:

Heather Lynn Novinger - Tatar -
Tara Chaussee -
Norma Gomez -
Amber Rasmussen -
Carrie Avery -
Shay -  <-----You are here
The Aviary -

Thank you so much for visiting! 

Happy hopping,


Stamps: Wings or Butterfly Wings and Single Dots Border, Paper Wings Productions
Ink: VersaMark, Tsukineko; limeade ice and raspberry fizz, Papertrey Ink
Kit: March 2013 Card Kit includes 6x6 paper from Daphne's Closet by Lawn Fawn and paper straws, Simon Says Stamp
Other: detail metallic gold embossing powder, JudiKins; gesso, Claudine Hellmuth Studio by Ranger; metallic sequin black acrylic paint, Folk Art by Plaid; gold decorative sewing thread, Coats; gold glitter sunrise, orange chipboard flat, yellow foam Eric, pink chipboard bliss, green puffy honey Thickers, American Crafts; day glow neon letters, Heidi Swapp; sherbert, buttercup and Doris Mister Huey's Color Mists, Studio Calico; pink balloon sprinklers, October Afternoon; gold leafing pen, Elmer's; black fine point permenant marker, Sharpie; canvas


carrie said...

Super cute Shay!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the design and the butterflies!! What a fabulous project!!

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Dana Tatar said...

I love all the color on this piece! Nice work with the straws and thread! Thanks for the inspiration Shay! =)

Norma Gomez said...

Beautiful canvas Shay and it's definitely uplifting! I hope your feeling better, hugs :D

Margie said...

Bright, happy colors-love the mixed fonts!

Heather Lynn said...

Oh my goodness! Your project is beautiful! Love the colors, the design and the stamps! Happy to be in the hop with you today and happy to be a new blog follower!


Tara said...

This is awesome! Love all the butterflies and that sentiment is the best!

Donna K said...

Love your beautiful project, Shay. I can't think of a more fun way to use those stripe straws either. Love it. TFS!!

Ellen R said...

Dear sweet Shay--Love this piece. The straws for butterfly bodies is such a cute idea! Thinking of you.

Unknown said...

Wow, this is fabulous, love all the Butterfly's and the colors are perfect!

Salnclts said...

I love everything about your project! Great job! :)

Mulberry Mindy said...

I love your canvas, Shay. It is very bright and uplifting, and I hope you are feeling better. You are such an inspiration, thank you for sharing.

Sheri said...

Lovely project, love the butterflies!


sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Fabulous canvas! I love the idea of the toilet paper rolls!

:) Laura


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