Saturday, October 31, 2015

There Is Always Something to be THANKFUL for!


As we enter into the month of "thanksgiving" thoughts of thankfulness abound. 

My daughter will tell you that EVERY DAY... 
I am always pointing out...
(sometimes it drives her nuts!!!).  

I loved doing this project. 

I love, love, love bright jewel tone colors and sparkle. 
My favorite color is orange... thus I love fall and leaves.

And I totally love this photo.  Why?
When I see this photo - my heart sees mankind... look up towards a heavenly Father.  Loving, trusting, and believing that He has a plan for each of us.  He promised peace, strength and hope for each day and I thankfully claim that promise!

I am grateful each day for the small things and when big things happen, I am astounded and amazed!  I walk through life looking through the eyes of a childlike faith because I trust God's plan. 
Here is my "THANKFUL" creation. 

I began with a 12x12 piece of Craft n Craftin' dark royal blue glitter cardstock.  In the end... I used a silver glitter cardstock!! 

I began piling my jewel tone colors on the cardstock using: 
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Radiant Red & Black Shimmer
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glaze: sapphire on ice, spiced pumpkin, persimmon, mango mamba, sky blue, autumn skies, key lime, rusty mauve, pink anthurium, snap dragon, autumn leaf, golden monarch, azurite, wine and rose. 

After I had layers of paint added I topped it off with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.  I wanted a stained glass window look!

I then covered all the paint with a grocery sack and let set a while. 

When I removed the paper... there was so much left on the sack that I grabbed a silver glitter paper and repeated the process. 

Afterwards I tried my photo on both backgrounds the silver worked best. The blue in the picture is almost a purple and didn't go as well with the blue glitter. 

It's so much prettier than it looks here! The DecoArt liquid glass made it glisten even more!

I used Galeria Glass Beads Texture Gel for the leaves.
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop, Ferns by Jaime. 

I painted the leaves with the same paints: Metallic Lustre & Silks. 
They are outlined with: Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen: Cobalt Blue.

The wooden letters were also painted with Silks and Metallic Lustre. Matching the "blue" in the picture took several colors!

DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Black Shimmer
ColourArte Silks: Sapphire on Ice, Periwinkle.

The colorful strips are from my stash left over from Easter eggs!

I added some fabric flower trim and a broken brooch to the photo. 

Around one side of the photo is lace that I gather by hand!

I covered some cardboard in the same lace to use under the colorful Prima flowers. 

And guess what else... I am thankful for ALL OF YOU. 
Each one of you reading this post - right now - is a blessing to me.
Have a wonderful and thankful November!
Hugs. j. 

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I am "thankful" to enter this project in these challenges:




Heather McMahon said...

Gosh - this is amazing! I love those glittery leaves and that stunning background! Thanks for joining in at SATW.

langeatheart said...

Wow! This layout makes a statement! It's gorgeous! Loving the glitter! All the best from SATW! :)

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Oh Joi, I am thankful that I have a friend - YOU - who are willing to take her time sharing her brilliant work...such great experimenting eh! The stencil you used is pretty. Gorgeous layout and fantastic background Joi. I love the colors and glittery stuff. Thank you for playing along at STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge. Come and join us again. Happy creating!
STAMPlorations Mixed Media DT
Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

Lee-Anne said...

A glittery gorgeous treat for the eyes, Joi! So happy you could join us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge with this beauty!

butterfly said...

Absolutely amazing use of colours and textures - thanks so much for sharing the process photos - always fascinating with a detailed piece like this, and the end result is simply fabulous.
Alison x

Susanne Rose said...

Awesome work!!! Thank you for playing along with us over at STAMPlorations! Hugs, Susanne.

Alison said...

This is so beautiful Joi! Thank you for sharing the technique :-)
Alison x