Monday, February 19

Live for the Moment

It's Monday, my friends, and that means a brand new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is: Grunge It Up! Just let your inner grunge free and come play with us! Thanks to all who shared their awesome projects with us last week in our Take Note challenge. Looking forward to seeing how you interpret our newest challenge.

Grunge for me meant time to play it up with a steampunk twist! I had fun creating this little home decor canvas.

 Live for the Moment

I began with a small burlap canvas and randomly added some black gesso over it with a palette knife. 

Next, I dabbed the rest of the canvas with some Mermaid Lagoon, and when that dried added a layer of rust with Viva Rusty Paper paint. I also added the rust paint to my piece of cardboard.

Next, I stenciled the canvas with the gears and turquoise paint as well as painting the honeycomb , and used the mini stencil and Caribbean Sea on the cardboard. I love the contrast between the bright blues and deep browns!
I later went in with the gear stencil again and outlined the area with a white paint pen.

I added the layers of rust paste to the cardboard, going from the darkest to lightest color. 

While that dried, I stamped my image and words, using the Stamp Platform to get a crisp image.

Color with Distress Oxides, mist with water, rip the edges and age with the brown.

Now comes the fun part, rusting up some gears I had in my stash, and laying out my idea.

How about a bit of turquoise honeycomb here?

I like mixing and layering cogs and gears around the image.

details, details...

Final step, I came up with the idea to add a big gear coming off the canvas, and decided to add it to the side.

Are you inspired to Grunge it Up?  I hope you will join us in this week's challenge and share your inner creative grunge. One lucky participant will win a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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The design team is getting all grungy this week, so be sure to head over there for some awesome inspiration! 


  1. Gorgeous panel Maura, I love the teal and the rust colours together, a fabulous combination, and the image and all of the gears and details are awesome! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is so cool, Maura! I love the gears and the rusty details as well as all the lovely textures. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Maura i love this project! I know I told you already but, jeez, this is truly stunning! Love the gears and the textures you added! Love!!

  4. the burlap canvas is a perfect start to a wonderfully grungy, layered finish!!

  5. I know you know how to get grungy and I love how this piece turned out! I never thought I would find rust to be beautiful, but it is in your hands! Amazing work here and I loved seeing the process pics, too.

  6. So cool to mix the turquoise and brown. Love this color combo and here it looks amazing. I loved the way you treated the corrugated cardboard, great idea of applying stencil. The rusty effect is great, too. Hugs, Marzena

  7. Fabulous project, Maura! Love seeing the rust paint in action! It's so cool!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Such a fabulous piece! I love all the grungy texture you created - beautiful 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  9. I love the colours you've chosen to use on this project, Maura and I adore all that grungy goodness and the layers...just fabulous! <3

  10. Wow... your creation is fantastic, Maura. Love the beautiful rusty effect and fabulous embellishments on this piece. Great design! :)

  11. stunning grungy effect, love all the gorgeous details and layers, hugs kath xxx

  12. Beautiful panel Maura!! I love the colors and the turquise honeycomb. Gorgeous rust effects.

  13. Such a lovely panel, Maura! Love the rusty gears and the colorful honeycomb! Hugs, Sandra


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