Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Forever" Mixed Media canvas

Today I have a new canvas to share with you. 
The inspiration for this piece is the song "Forever" by Chris Tomlin. Here is a link for you to listen to the song and see all of the lyrics:
This canvas is 8"x10". The base and flowers are scrapbooking paper from the "Everyday Tango" line by My Minds Eye. The leaves and flower petals were cut with the leaves dies from the Spellbinders Carnation Creations Die set. The birds are die cut using the Perched Reed Bird by Memory Box and  the Bird Sanctuary die by Spellbinders. Acrylic paint is by Liquitex. Stamps, masks, and stencils to numerous to list!
(click on pictures to enlarge)

The paper has been coated with many layers of Mod Podge to increase the strength and flexibility of the dimensional pieces. All sides are finished and here is the finished back:

This canvas is for sale for $35 plus $5 shipping. SOLD!
Please contact me at tgfenster @ 
View my other pieces for sale by clicking the tab above.

I am entering this piece in the Mixed Media challenge at Berry71bleu and in the Think Pink challenge at Altered Pages Challenges.
Thanks for visiting today! 
I appreciate your comments!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop along the way of the Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop! If you came from Kat Ancheta's blog, you are on the right path. If not, and you'd like to start from the beginning, go to the Scrapbook Steals Blog here! is the place where crafters of all levels get hooked up 
with the latest steal at an unbelievable price. 
At you'll find two hot scrapbooking products every day at up to 80% off.  
Two amazing steals a day at 9am and 9pm MT until they sell out.
     It's not just a deal, it's a steal!  A scrapbook steal!

This month's hop features Love My Tapes Fabric Tape. I received two spools to work with as part of the design team - one spool of yellow gingham check and one spool of navy stripe. I found it to be a very nice quality fabric with strong adhesive on the back and backing paper that stays put until you're ready to take it off yet comes off easily when you're ready. It is very easy to work with and there is a lot on the spool - about 5 yards! 


I've been taking an online sketching course with Junelle Jacobson called The Art of Wild Abandonment and in it she sketches a darling clothes line. As soon as I saw the patterns of fabric tape that Scrapbook Steals sent me, I knew I wanted to make a little yellow gingham sundress and a pair of overalls and hang them on a clothesline!
Silly me did not take any step-out pictures but suffice it to say there are layers and layers of paper, ink, paint, and Mod Podge on this project!

This canvas is 8"x 10" and is for sale for $35 + $5 shipping.
Please e-mail me if you'd like to purchase it!  SOLD! ( 
Click here to see my other Mixed Media Art for sale.
Here are a few close-ups, 
you can click on them to get a better view if you like!
Be sure to visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a prize from Scrapbook Steals. The hop ends at noon MST on Sunday October 14th.
 Here's the line-up in case you get lost:
  1. ScrapbookSteals -
  2. Heather Conklin -
  3. Robin F.M. Jones –
  4. Gloria Stengel –
  5. Kat Ancheta –
  6. (You are here!) Teresa Fenstermacher –
  7. Katherine Shamel –
Leave me some loveeeee and then hop on your way to Katherine Shamel's blog to see what delightful creations she has made with this fun fabric tape! 
Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pun'kin Patch!

The Challenge at Frilly and Funkie through Oct 16th is "A different kind of tag" with an Autumn theme. 
They don't want any regular tags - they want the tag itself to be altered. 
This reminded me of a card that I made last year (seen here) on which there were pumpkins made out of tags. So I decided to make a little pumpkin patch out of tags for this challenge! I am also entering my project at Berry71Bleu where they are having a Mixed Media Challenge.
Here are the tags I started with:
And here is my adorable little pun'kin patch!
After decoupaging the torn up book paper (available here) on to the tags and drying them I randomly scribbled on them with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens then spritzed with water and moved the ink around with a paint brush. 
Dry and repeat 5-6 times to get the depth of color. I put reinforcers by Tim  Holtz on the tag holes but actually wound up covering them with green Pitt Pen so not necessary to do that! 
Next, run them through an embossing folder and cut to height. I used Cuttlebug embossing folders. (I apologize that I don't know the names of them as I threw the packaging away long ago!) 
Trim around the top of the tag to make the "stem", round the corners, and ink all around the edges. Score about a third of the way in from each side, bend them and ink a bit on the score line for dimension. 
The fence is made with a Martha Stewart punch out of plain black cardstock that has been distressed with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold, Pewter, and Green Patina. The leaves are free form cut from green felt then colored with the Pitt Pens in the same colors as on the pumpkins. 
The tendrils are made from plain hemp that I wet and stained with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Forest Moss. While it was still wet, I wound it around a small tool handle and dried it which made it hold the shape. 
Using left over pieces of the tags I made spacers to adhere the pumpkins together then adhered the leaves and tendrils to the front and the fence to the back. I use Sobo craft glue by Delta.
This was a fun little project and a cute little fall decoration.
(It is about 4" x 4" x 2"deep) 
WOOT! my project was "pinned" by Design Memory Craft for use of the Faber Castell Pitt Pens!

Thanks for stopping by ~ I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sneaky Peaky!

I am so excited to have been asked to participate in the
Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop!
The hop will take place next weekend - October 12 - 14.
I can't reveal what the product is but here is a sneaky peaky at what I've done with it!
Scrapbook Steals is an awesome "deal a day" site offering wonderful products at great prices!
Stop back here on October 12th and I'll have my full project reveal and instructions for the hop.
Hope you'll join us for all the fun and opportunity to win a prize from Scrapbook Steals!

Friday, October 5, 2012



For my project I laid a paper doily on a wood craft frame and used it as a mask to apply modeling paste through. I love the look of white on kraft so I did not color the modeling paste at all. Prior to this step I stamped over the whole frame with a script stamp by Pink By Design using Ranger Archival ink in sepia.
On the areas of the frame that do not have the modeling paste I applied Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy. 
The burlap flower is made from 2.5" wide burlap ribbon by Ballard Designs. The doilies behind the burlap flower are cut from a vintage doily. Leaves are cut from a piece of craft felt and pearls are from the wedding aisle at Michael's. 
The butterflies are Making Memories with Recollections pearls and the edge is finished with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.

I hope you are inspired to make a card, layout, or project using doilies and link it up with us at Frosted Designs for the (random) chance to win an awesome prize sponsored by Graphic 45 (3 paper packs - woot!) 
or to be chosen by our design team as a Top Three!

Thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate your comments!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2012 366

Here are the October layout and calendar spread for my 2012 366 Calendar/Art Journal project. If you are unfamiliar with this project you can see my original post here. Check out Kate's blog to see her calendar and find links to how others are interpreting this project.
My background paper started out plain white. First I used three different stamps in three different brown inks and randomly stamped all over. Next I painted over the whole thing with Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Medium paint. Finally I used a Balzer Designs 12x12 stencil called "Wedding Ring" and applied the pattern with four different colors of Staz-On ink using a dauber.

The picture is of our beautiful home which we've lived in for almost 28 years.
The tree embellishment is freeform cut from craft felt, the letters are Making Memories and the ribbons and gold buckle are from my stash. Ranger ink all around the edges
Do you like how I've piled up my leaves and strewn the numbers about randomly for my calendar? The journal spot is by Basic Grey and came with the  matching clear overlay. The letters and numbers are Karen Foster Designs rub-ons. And that darlin' little bird is a Memory Box die cut from a scrap out of my stash.

I am entering my layout at Frilly and Funkie for their "Fall into Fall" challenge, at Berry 71 Bleu for their Mixed Media challenge and at Lasting Memories for their Autumn Splendor challenge.
Thanks for looking! 
I truly appreciate your comments!