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 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!


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

  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 ;-)

    Lols x x x

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

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

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

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

    Simon Says Stamp!

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

  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

  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!

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

  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

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

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

  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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