Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shrooms & Blooms Blog Hop!

Thank you for joining us today for the hop.  Before we start, I'd like to send my deepest condolences out to all of the families that lost loved ones in yesterday's horrific tragedy.  I am deeply saddened and angered by what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected by this senseless crime.

Welcome to the Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from An'Jenic's Blog, then you are on the right track! If you just stopped by and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Jenn's Blog.

 We are so happy to have you join us today! You won't want to miss out on any of these whimsical mushroom projects!

One grand prize winner will win all the goodies pictured at your first stop (Jenn's Blog)! Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. There will also be other blog candy along the way, in fact, I have a little something for you! Make sure you return to Jenn's Blog and link up to be in the drawing for the goodies :)

I have to tell you, I had a really fun time putting this piece together. I've really never thought of doing a mushroom piece so this was a bit of a challenge at first but once I started, it just kinda took off.

I really love the whimsy of this and I did something that I never ever do, I actually drew a little person. So let me show how this came together!

 I started out by adhering scraps of blue/green plaid scrapbook paper to my canvas, then I painted over it with fluid acrylics. Once the paint was dry, I used a bird stencil and gesso.

 To add texture, I used a newsprint stamp, a chicken wire stencil and red acrylic paint. I love the way they all work together to create interest.

 I used a charcoal pencil to draw out my mushroom. I just wanted to get an idea of scale and placement.

 After that, I dug in my scraps again to paper piece my mushroom.

 I used India ink around all of the edges.

 This is where I really had fun! I found a rubon of a little boy that I liked but it was way to small so I decided to draw it out and make it a girl instead. I used soft body & fluid acrylics to paint her in. I also used Tim Holtz distress markers for shading. I outlined her with Faber-Castell markers and added a flower rubon to her hair. I also added rubons and stamps all over for more texture.

The sentiment I used is by Paper Wings Productions.

To finish things off, I doodled around the edges with a white gel pen. I'm super happy with this canvas! I think it would make a wonderful addition to any little girls room :D

Okay, before I send you off to the next stop in the hop, I have a little blog candy for you thanks to Paper Wings Productions! This is one of my very favorite PWP stamps and I use it on A LOT of my projects:

Isn't that AWESOME! For a chance to win this fabulous blog candy, all you have to do is be a follower, leave a comment and for an extra chances, just like my FB page or share on your blog then come back and let me know!  You'll have until 5pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2012 to enter so good luck!  I'll post the name of the lucky winner on Tuesday, December 18th, so be sure to come back and see if you're the lucky winner!!

Make sure to head on over to Kim's Blog Next.

Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way:


  1. It so sad to see this. It sadden my heart. Will be praying for the families.

    Your project is so cute. And the sweet little girl image is so cute. TFS AJ-

  2. OMG Norma~~ This is incredible!!! The colors, the texture and the overall project is just amazing! You are so super talented and I am so LOVING this!!!
    TFS my sweet friend and hope you have a GREAT weekend!

  3. Wow! I love your project.. It is awesome that you showed the steps that you took to get to the final project. I love where you had just the birds on there too!


  4. Norma, this is stunning! Love how you show the process! Love that lil one you drew! So happy to be in the hop with you!!


  5. now this is talent, awesome job

  6. I'm in awwww, this is just beautiful!! I envy your talent!


  7. Thank you so much for being a part of my hop!! Your canvas is absolutely breath taking. You have so much talent!!

  8. Love your canvas, the muschroom is awesome.

  9. Wow...what talent you have! This was one amazing and very different project! Great job!

  10. Loved you fantastic project!!! I am a follower!!

  11. What a great canvas!! I love it. I like the idea of putting the paper on the canvas. I'm a new follower :)

  12. I'm speechless. What an amazing piece of art work.

    Tammy S

  13. Unbelieve work! Your project is incredible. Thank you for sharing.
    I am a new follower


  14. What an awesome project. So cool. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Just love your project!! And love the birds and the cute girl under the mushroom!You are so darn talented!

    Happy hopping

  16. Love your canvas, the background, the girl the mushroom all came out so breath taking. I'm sure it'll be great for your little girl's room. I'm a new follower a& fan on FB. TFS.

  17. This is such a sweet page.
    I love you drawn little boy, so cute.

  18. Loving how this turned out! :) Totally awesome take on this project. Fun hoping with you!

    Happy Crafting!

  19. Fabulous canvas!! Love the colors and all of the details!
    I'm a new follower and will look for you on FB!
    Happy Day to you -
    Mary -

  20. WOW!!! You really did an amazing piece!! I love all the gorgeous color and texture in this canvas! Everything is fabulous from the bird stencils to the chicken wire pattern, to the paper piecing!

  21. Just liked your FB page and can't wait to check out the rest of your blog. your work is awesome!!

  22. You always do wonderful projects and this is no exception. Great job!! Happy to be on the hop with you.


  23. Amazing as always! You are so talented! I love coming here and see all the new things you post. Glad I found you on Facebook, now I have even more inspiration! Thank you!

  24. WOW! I love this! It is an amazing piece of art! WOW...just WOW!

  25. Wow, you canvas is GORGEOUS!!!

  26. WOW, Norma, this is amazing!! What a gorgeous canvas!! All of the details are stunning as always!! The little girl you drew is adorable!! Love, love everything about it!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  27. WOWZER!!!!!!!!! This is awesom I love everything about it very tim holtzy or should I just start saying very Norma G--- eezy. You have quite a unique style.

    Thank you for joining my DL.ART ANYTHING GOES December Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  28. What a great project, This is a super cute idea, Amazing work

  29. holy smokes this is absolutely fantastic! love love love it!!!

  30. WOW! Amazing! Well done Norma, thank you for sharing!


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