Monday, February 29

Take a Leap!

Happy Monday! Happy Leap Day! Woohoo, an extra day this year...make it special! 



This week we are all about taking a leap for leap year. You might leap into something new that you have never tried before. Maybe you are leaping into a brand new area in your life...new relationship, new home, new car...whatever it is, celebrate it with us creatively.

So, I pondered this taking a leap, and at first thought I would make this all about trying a new technique or using a new product. But, I kept thinking of frogs, so I just had to play with that! I've been drawn to a new color combo lately - blues and oranges, so I "leapt" in that direction with my project.  I've also been flipping over my flip frame, so here we go...

I started out by cutting a piece of blackboard for my piece, then covered it with gesso, and stenciled with texture paste.   Stencils are some old ones I have by Balzer Designs - Mini Cornflowers and Mini Circle Explosion. I don't know why the white gesso turned pink? Maybe the black board has some color in it that reacted, I was surprised though.


Here is the new to me part of this - painting the resin frog. I started out with Lucky Clover.


Going along with my frog theme, I wanted to use Frogtape! How corny is that?!


Lots of paint play with the frog, and the board, some highlighting with Viva Decor, a bit of stamping trying out the Simon Says Stamp brand of ink for the very first time (High Dive), and I found out, I love this ink! Why haven't I tried it sooner?  Made the label with an old Tim Holtz stamp set called Saying Stuff. Ok, ready to put it all together!


While I was working on this, I started thinking about the fairy tale about the frog prince, so had to add the little stamped circle.


And, since every frog is not a prince, some just like to chase bugs and butterflies...


Did I mention how much I love this flip frame? I love that I can create a small mixed media piece, and frame it right away to enjoy.


 Are you ready to leap into something new with us this week? I wish you a wonderful and creative extra "leap" day this year! I am looking forward to seeing how you interpret our theme this week.

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Be sure to head back over to the challenge blog to see how my teamies use their imagination with this challenge - they are so talented!




16 comments:

  1. I LOVE this, that frog is fab and i love all the texture and colours. Have a great day xxx

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  2. Fabulous work of art Maura, the background is gorgeous and I love the little frog leaping to catch the butterfly, it looks like it is going to escape tho ;-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. OHmy, this is totally awesome,Maura.Great background and just right for today!

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  4. I love your crazy frog and hope the sweet butterfly stays safe! Lovely project, Maura. Hugs, Marzena

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  5. This is very cute and I love the yellow flower.

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  6. What a fun springy creation, Maura! I love it!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  7. This is such a beautiful and fun creation! Maura. The background you created and the frog are awesome! :)

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  8. The flowers on this are so pretty, Maura, and the colors are amazing. A lovely piece of artwork and perfect for the theme. Cathie <3

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  9. That is a brilliant idea for the challenge Maura! I love your frog and the background is perfect. And you even used frog tape. How fun!

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  10. Beautiful, textural piece of artwork which is showcased beautifully in the flip frame ~ gorgeous piece, Maura and I love the frog! :)

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  11. What a fun idea to take the theme so literally, Maura! Love the cute frog and the gorgeous frame. So much texture! Hugs, Sandra

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  12. Totally in love with your frog! this work is beautiful and fun! love the bright colors you used! Barbara

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  13. Darling, your project is AWESOME! Love the frog!!! and the background is extraordinary! so much texture and magic!
    hugs <3

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  14. This is so clever and I love the story you tell with this project! And wow! What a totally brilliant sentiment about every frog NOT being a prince! Wish I would've known that little reality early-on in the dating years! This made me smile and I love the burst of freshness it brought to my blog-browsing! Well done!

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