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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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