Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!
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I really like the mixed media art I am seeing in craft magazines and craft stores and I’ve started dabbling in creating my own mixed media art. Like all but one piece of art I made, I make my art to give away or sell.

Today’s blog post is about the mixed media canvas I made for my mom’s birthday! HOPEFULLY she will not see this blog post before she sees me! When my parents visited me my birthday weekend, my husband took a picture of us with my phone as we visited our favorite pod of food carts. I cropped it, put a fun filter over it and the picture quickly became a favorite because my mom and I didn’t have any good photos of the two of us together. I printed it out and used Mod Podge to adhere it to some white card stock for the project.


I found an 8″ x 8″ canvas and some beautiful paper at Craft Warehouse and used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the canvas.


Then I used some washi tape, a chipboard embellishment and Liquid Glass to dress up a corner.

I live near Portland, so I had to put a bird on it (with Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes) and also attached some gems from one of Teresa Collins’ rhinestone collections.

Bling was added around the sides as well as at the other corner of the project.

I layered some ribbon, Hollyhock Zipper Lace and added a charm to the lower left corner. I also had several of these sweet crochet flowers so I added a few to the layout.

Then I attached the photo to twine with mini clothespins and used washi tape to hold the twine in place on the back of my canvas.

I hope Mom likes it! I am writing this post at lunch time from my phone and forgot to take a picture of the card with my phone so I will save pictures of the card for another blog post.

Thanks for reading my blog and just remember to be thankful for the people you have in your life who love you. Tell them you love them often. I adore my parents and I am so thankful God blessed me with them – I would not have picked anyone else! ❤

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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