Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zeus and Zoe March Challenge Project - When Life Really Begins

Hello my sweet bloggie friends!  Today is a very special day for me because I'm sharing my first project as a new Zeus and Zoe Design Team Member.  So without further ado, here is my March challenge project:   

This month at Zeus and Zoe, we are challenging you to create a "New Beginnings" themed project using a mask or stencil.

So for my take on the challenge, I created a 12x12 mixed media canvas inspired by this beautiful Barbara Deangelis quote,"The moment in between what you once were, and who you are becoming, is when the dance of life Really Begins".  

To create my canvas, I started out by adhering handwritten vintage letters and sewing patterns from my Zeus and Zoe kit.  Next I added the flourishes with molding paste and a DecoArt Spiral Scroll stencil.  Once the molding paste was dry, I painted over the entire canvas with acrylic paint.   Then I fussy cut the birds and flowers from the KaiserCraft, Sweet Nothings Collection - Devoted patterned paper that came in my Zeus and Zoe kit and highlighted with a wash of  DecoArt Twinkles craft paint. 

I found this beautiful vintage photo on Magic Moonlight Freebies.  What I really liked about the photo is that she looks so happy, don't you think.....like she's very happy with where she is in her life.  I thought she matched the quote perfectly.  So I matted the photo with KaiserCraft, Sweet Nothings Collection - Devoted patterned paper and some beautiful embroidered lace from my Zeus and Zoe kit.

My kit also contained beautiful Manor House Fantasy Moonlight flowers and a piece of butterfly printed canvas that went perfectly with my design.  I fussy cut one of the butterflies and a flower from Designs Galore - French Floral Text patterned paper (also from my kit).  Then added more of the Twinkles craft paint to all of the flowers and the butterfly for some added sparkle (cause you can never have to much, lol).

To bring everything together, I added some of Zeus and Zoe's beautiful velvet lilac ribbon and embroidered flowers.  I also tucked in Prima flowers and bling from my stash.  Next I hand wrote the quote onto the backside of the Kaiser patterned paper, fussy cut and inked.  To complete my design, I added purple paint to the edges.  I really like the way the purple frames the composition.  

This month's Zeus and Zoe challenge is sponsored by DecoArt and they've given us some fun prizes to share with you.  So I hope I've inspired you to play along with us in this month's "New Beginnings" challenge!  

To find similar items to what I used on my project, visit the Zeus and Zoe online store and don't forget Marivic can put together a special kit just for you.  So if you have something in mind just let her know!  

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful creations, have a beautiful day!!


  1. just totally amazing!!! great job norma!!

  2. Oh My Goodness Norma - this is just so beautiful - I love all the script/colours and that beautiful photo. Love this so much. TFS and have a great week.

  3. This is absolutely stunning Norma!! I love the beautiful colors and the amazing layers!! The photo is so pretty!! This is fabulous my friend!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. WOW!!Norma,This is AMAZING!!You are very Talented!!BEAUTIFUL!
    Have a wonderful day,

  5. Love the texture - makes me want to play with artsy stuff!

  6. What can I say about this piece? Just gorgeous! Love the combination of paint, so bright and so cheerful The paper layering, just divine! Great job Norma!! Thank you!!

  7. WOW!!! This is gorgeous!!! Another stunning project Norma!!

  8. Pretty! I love the layers involved when doing mixed media canvases...this is really beautiful:)

  9. Such a beautiful canvas.
    I really like that quote :)

  10. Norma, this is truly magnificent ... I can look and look again and totally enjoy all your beautiful details.

  11. congrats Norma!!! Beautiful work :)

  12. Super, gorgeous project Norma! Love the colouring and your fussy cutting and details! Really a beautiful project! ;-)

  13. This is super gorgeous Norma...love the colouring, fussy cutting and details! Really so very beautiful! ;-)


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