Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Guest Designer-Crafting By Designs-You Are My Sunshine

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday. Today I have the honor of being Guest Designer at  Crafting By Designs where the theme is Anything Goes. I chose to make a little mixed media spring time canvas that I put in my daughter's Easter Basket.  She is my biggest fan! 

I prepared my canvas with gesso and then sprayed with Dylusions Green Lime and Cut Grass and then with water to blend the colors. I brushed on Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Teal Zircon. I love how this single application makes the entire canvas glow!

When completely dry, I spread Ranger transparent matte texture paste through Tim Holtz Rays stencil and left it to dry. I colored the rays with Sunshine Yellow Craft acrylic and Mustard Seed Distress paints.  I've continued my pattern around both sides.

I added some beads and microbeads  (dew drops) using Ranger Multi Matte medium to adhere. The bird and branch is a die cut by Impression Obsession, which I colored with Distress markers and a water brush.

Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers edged in Black Soot Distress marker, a  Tim Holtz Remnant Rub and a heat embossed Heidi Swap stamp finish it off.  Easy peasy, but made with lots of love! I used to sing this to her when she was little.

I would like to enter my mini canvas in the following inspiring challenges:
The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge March Springtime I used a Heidi Swap musical note  stamp and heat embossed in white.
Frilly and Funkie Hip to Be Square Let me explain...Johnnie Cash released this tune in 1975.  The colors are hopefully speaking for themselves.  My canvas is square even though the photography distorts it.
Stamps and Stencils Spring is in the Air Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Heidi Swap musical stamp.
ColourArte Challenge # 10 Dew Drops I used Teal Zircon Silks on my background and my dew drops are symbolized by microbeads.
Happy Little Stampers March Challenge Water I used waster to blend my background and the microbeads represent dew drops.

Thank you for stopping in today and for all your lovely comments!  I read and appreciate each and every one of them.
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Love the vibrant green palette and rays of yellow sunshine, this is full of the joys of Spring. The gorgeous water coloured bird looks very happy sitting on the branch. Bet your daughter loved this canvas, it's beautiful. Xx

  2. What a brilliant canvas! Loved the stencilling! :)
    Suchi xx

  3. Such a happy creation...,I love it. Great composition with the Rays and wonderful bird on his little nest xx

  4. Wow Sara Emily, this is just fantastic!! Love the colours you used for your sun rays in the background, and the addition of the seeds adds such a wonderful synthetic foliage type feel, genius! Love the birdie, I'm all about the birdies nowadays (ok, and squirrels!) Look at us being guest designers for the same challenge on the same day, tee hee! Congrats to you my friend, your mini canvas is two thumbs up for me!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Hip to be Square' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  5. What a pretty canvas Sara Emily! Very spring and earth celebrating!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. I really love how you colored this sweet birdie! WOW! I want a stack of those, girlfriend! Gorgeous. The colors and entire design here just speak to me. What a very sweet gift for your daughter and I love knowing that she supports and loves your artwork - totally fabulous!

  7. Love this! Those rays over that bluebird give such a feeling of spring and hope.

  8. How tweet is this?!!
    I love the dimension you achieved with your different layers Sara- well done and such a perfect spring piece!! I love it!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  9. Oh yeah - you came over to my side a bit Sara - a see a canvas here - heheheheheheh!!!! LOOKIN SUPER FINE GIRL!!!! This is so bright and cheery and sweet. Totally adore the sunshine rays - so glad you didn't make them straight and perfect - I love how they have 'character'. The background colors are lovely and all those bead are so fun. It makes me think that your birds branch is leaning over a bunch of tree tops.... and he can see them shimmering beneath him. He has a very LUSCIOUS view! What a WONDERFUL gift of love for your daughter's Easter basket. She will always cherish it AND YOU!!! XXj.

  10. Oh my, Sara, I love every single inch of this stunningly beautiful canvas!
    Awesome vibrant and cheerful colours and those beads are such a perfect addition to your fantastic design! You have achieved a fabulous dimension with such brilliant layering! A spectacular spring inspired piece of art, my friend!
    Thank you so much for joining in our challenge at Stamps and Stencils this month! Big hugs! Branka DT :)

  11. A breathtaking canvas Sara. I adore everything on it, so so pretty.
    Julie x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous!! The colors are fabulous!! I love the beads!! They add such amazing texture!! The bird is awesome, too!! Love this!! I know your daughter did, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. The canvas is an absolute delight, the colours are fabulous, so Spring-like and the stencilling adds such lovely dimension along with those beautiful little beads. Your daughter must feel so proud to have this hanging on her wall! LOVE it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are grey.......but this canvas makes me happy every time I look at it and the skies are not grey at all! The skies are full of sun and happy times! Hehe! Your daughter fell in love with this design, I bet ya $100 bucks. Love the colors and the dies you have used. Those microbeads and beads and tidbits make the most beautiful grounding point. Fantabulous and wowzers dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  15. Love this! I think it's one of my favorite projects you've the bird and stencil, the beads and colors - all of it!! What a nice gift for your daughter - bet she loved it!

  16. Wow... you make the most unique and incredible Easter basket surprises! :o) Sara, this is spectacular... the loveliest sunshine that will never fade. :o) The texture is spectacular and the birdie is so sweet. I ADORE the musical notes fluttering in the sky, along with the lyrics.. a super sweet way to preserve a cherished memory. Stunning canvas, my friend.

    I am thankful to be returning to crafting and commenting after a necessary break to care for some health and family situations. I dislike being behind like this and will be playing more catch up throughout the weekend. Thank you for your patient love during this tough year!

    Hugs and blessings,

  17. Oh, Sara! What a gorgeous canvas! I can feel the warmth of the sunshine, not only because of the sunny texture, but because of the magnificent sweetness! It's beautiful! hugs, de

  18. Congrats on your gig Sara! So well deserved! Your canvas is beautiful! Love all the texture and sweet bird!

  19. Fantastic Canvas Sara Emily! I love the vibrant colours that you used. All of the different textures you combined together give the piece an amazing dimensional look! Thanks so much for playing along on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

  20. Love love love this Sara Emily! Those bright yellow sunrays and all the layers and textures you've used are wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the Hip to be Square challenge.

  21. Love your beautiful canvas, Sara! A brilliant idea to build the bird's nest of beads. Love the deep green against the stencilled sunrays!
    Thank you for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x

  22. Fabulous little canvas ..... great texture. Thank you for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge xx

  23. Fabulous canvas ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  24. Really beautiful -- you really are my sunshine. You make me try to be more creative!!
    Sandy xx

  25. Love it! The composition is perfect and the colours are divine! I love how you used beads to make the nest. Very clever!Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Emerald Creek Dares.

  26. I loooove this!!!!!! . Thanks for playing along with us at the Frilly & Funkie "Hip to Be Square" challenge,

  27. Sara Emily, congrats on your win at Stamps and Stencils - you know I love this!!

    Thanks so much for your comments on my Oh Deer! and Crazy Cats cards, and yes, I did find some goodies at that garage sale :-)


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