Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hello, everyone!  I'm so happy to have you join me today.  I so appreciate your visits and the visits of those of you who are new to my blog!

Well, we're still waiting for Spring here in the Mid-Atlantic so I decided to just create it in my studio!  Last week, after another bout of sub-freezing temperatures I worked on this wall hanging to lift my spirits. 

It started with a piece of cardstock from Prima.  I've loved this paper since I found it and so decided to use it as the basis for an early spring project.  The new Tim stamp set, Bird Feather, has become a new favorite of mine!  I love the nest stamp and the feather.  So, I started by stamping the nest and water coloring it lightly.  Then I used the feather stamp in various places.  The bird and branch die seemed like perfect choice to add and I cut both out of kraft core paper and sanded them lightly.  Using the printers' block letters from TH, I painted and distressed the letters for "awake" using Bundled Sage and Tea Dye Distress Paints.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI. 
Once everything was in place I dry brushed white gesso over it to meld the different elements and sprayed it with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist to give it the effect of an early spring morning.  I attached it to a sheet of corrugated cardboard which I had painted with gesso.  The wire hanger finishes it off.
Here are some details.  Excuse the poor photos but the weather hasn't been cooperating in the sunlight department lately!
So there you have it.  Another attempt at coaxing Spring to arrive soon!  Thank you for joining me today.  I really love having you stop by and your lovely comments are so greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day!



  1. Absolutely stunning Maryanne, I so love this!! The background on the Prima paper looks brilliant and the stamped elements and die cuts make this just the perfect Springtime hanging. Love it!! Hope your weather cheers up soon!!

  2. Really beautiful Maryanne! It has that raw edge of Spring waiting for warmth, and the transformation of the yard, the return of the birds and the weather! what a great piece

  3. Oh, how lovely - you have created such a beautiful piece of work, so perfect for Spring - I hope it gets here soon. Things are warming up over here and I think the sandals will be out shortly - I'm getting fed up with woolly socks and boots!!

  4. The bird looks like he is yelling "Awake!" to Spring. And Spring is still in a sepia slumber. This is really lovely, Maryanne. The muted color draws me right in to the mood of the piece.
    C'mon Spring! We need you now!

  5. Beautiful card Mary Anne. This stamp is top of my wishlist. Love the colours. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. WOW, Maryanne! You certainly did create a little bit of spring here on your amazing page! It is so, so creative, beautiful, and full of emotion for me! Absolutely gorgeous!


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