Well, I am still trying to play catch up with a LOT of projects! I still have several on my desk. One day I finally finished (push came to shove) was one I will share with you today, which was my Mother's Day present to my mom! I had fun, as always, but I really wanted to make something special for my mom and this is something I have had in the works for awhile. So it was a labor of love and fun with some great products that I got in a recent Mixed Media Kit from the Kraaft Shaak and some other stuff in my stash!
Many of you have read my blog before know of my family's recent task of placing my mother in a nursing home, so I wanted her to have something nice on her door that invites people in and expresses who she is..."faithful!" No matter where we are or the circumstances we are in, if we are in Christ, we can remain faithful that He will be there for us, meet our needs and guide us in all things!:)
I began this wood cross by covering it with gesso and then applying Prima's new chalkboard paint in Sea Breeze just on the outside of the cross. Then on the center part I collaged with Tim Holtz tissue paper and some scrap paper that I had. I have always like the color combination of red and turquoise together so I sprayed the center part with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in, I think, Plumeria and Apple Cobbler? I am going off memory, but I think that is correct. And I just kept spraying until I got eh color I wanted. I then just stamped with some various background stamps that I had with Archival Ink all over the cross.
I let that sit to dry and then gesso'd the "faith" piece. After doing so I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang in Cattail Copper Brown until I got the color how I wanted it. I edged it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and thought it still needed some outlining so I took my Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Cobalt Turquoise and did some more outlining but though it still needed something else. I stamped with a background stamp in Vintage Photo and used some yummy glass seed beads to further outline. I thought that did the trick
In assembling, I added a cute flower boarder tape down the middle and then hot glued "faith along with bits and bobbles that I had in my "bits and bobbles can" and then added this really cool flower on top that I have had in my stash that I bought out of gluttonous moment (LOL) but had been saving it for just the right piece and here it is! I hot glued some twine to the back to hang it with and voila!
I really like how it turned out and I think mother did as well as she was all cheers and jeers!
Every time I think about how we had to place mother somewhere other than "home," I get a little pain in my heart, but I HAVE to remain faithful that He has got her in the palm of His hand NO MATTER where she is! I marvel at her beautiful spirit and huge smile no matter where she is! That's the type of person I want to strive to be like each and every day!
|Mother & My Abigael|
Today and EVERY DAY my glass is half full because I choose to see my life as one FULL of joy, peace and hope that my brother Jesus sealed for me on the cross! If you think your cup is half empty, I encourage you today to take that cup to the River of Life and fill to the brim and then take it to the Fount daily, He's all about refills! :)