‘Laugh,Smile,Love’ Wall Decor

*Edit~ this started as one post but I split the projects up to individual posts so I could enter both projects into the challenge. 3.18.18

Hello friends, it has been awhile, sorry. I had been playing around with some canvas paintings and I don’t feel strong enough to share those here, yet. I needed to take a break from them and get back to what I have the most experience in, paper 😉 And just my luck, Frilly and Funkie blog had a fun challenge going on ‘Knock on Wood’ here is what Suzz had to say …

“Hi There! Suzz here with the next challenge! I decided to challenge everyone with adding a touch of wood to your art this challenge. For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch”.

I actually ended up doing two projects because I had so much on my desk and wanted to use up as much as I could. Hopefully one of them will inspire you to get out some of your wood stash. 

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Gather up some supplies…. The first photo shows some of my stash, I collected items that were organic and in the same natural color palate. Works best for me if I pull a bunch of items out and start gluing. Second picture shows a very early arrangement of embellishments and potential items for the panels. The panels are 6″ x 6″ cardboard pieces that I ripped some of the top paper off, I then glued some scrap papers I had with the main portion covered in the 6 x 6 Wallflower Paper Stash Vellum edition. I randomly painted the backsides so portions of the images would pop.

That is it for process pictures, sorry, but I will chat about different areas with the close up shots.

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I took a vintage zipper and sandwiched it between soft pale Bazzil card-stock and the vellum square. I then ran it trough my sewing machine, after cut through both layers of paper seperatly. I opened up the zipper about 3/4’s of the way down.

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I die cut the words out of the pink cardstock, lightly inked with DI Vintage Photo, spritzed with Lindy’s Icy Primrose Gold (which you can see splattered over all three panels~ the sparkle it adds on the vellum is gorgeous!). These Prima flowers started out as a pretty bright pink but with a little inking they toned town really quick. The sticks of cream flowers are by Petaloo.

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The butterfly was from a packet of die cuts by (I believe) K & Co, they are really old and I originally got them from my local dollar stores to use as masks with a gel plate. Anyway, I used a palette knife and applied some Tim Holtz Distress paint in Spun Sugar, Frayed Burlap and just a smidge of Vintage Photo.I did the same with a fragment of a wooden clock die cut I had in my stash.

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I had been cleaning up my work surface with a piece of cheese cloth that was eventually worked into all three panels. I love the texture that it adds. The brick texture on panel 2 & 3 were done with a  TCW stencil, Ranger texture paste and a mix of Seth Apter’s dirty sand and ancient amber. Love those new Baked Texture embossing powders!

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You can see what this wood frame started out as, after a few layers this is the end result 😉 I used a palette knife and applied texture paste that had TH vintage photo paint added to it. once dry, I added VP stain into the low areas, dripped a little Icy Primrose Gold and then applied Spun Sugar to raised areas with my finger. I really LOVE how it turned out.

The above pic is great shot to point out how painting the backside of the vellum can really add depth… Look right above the word Love and you can see some of the writing from the base piece of paper popping through. In real viewing this is really noticeable.

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I don’t work with vellum all that often due to believing it was so frail but it really held up to folder embossing, folding and sanding. It gave a unique edge that I found very pleasing.










Thank you for visiting, comments are always appreciated and have a superb day!

xo  Wendy


  1. Oh, my GAWWWD, Wendy! I am sure my words are going to fail miserably to describe just how I feel about your two awe inspiring projects! Every time I see something you’ve made, I fall in love all over again!

    First, I must tell you that you and I had similar ideas here, but oh, my, you have put me to shame!!! Then you should know that I NEED to pick these pieces up and turn them from side to side and peek in every cranny to see these amazingly creative details! I am struck by the DELICIOUS layers on your wall hanging (which truly was my first course of action for this challenge, but tossed aside because I don’t need one more thing to hang on my walls). That vellum is fabulously rich with the painted back side. I never think to use vellum, but you have made me see it in a whole new light. Every one of these panels is a work of art by themselves but work perfectly together!

    Your shadow box is utter delight! I love the idea of the stacked wood chips and your use of the fragment is pure genius! (I have a zillion of these, and never know what to do with them!) Photocopying the paper?! Another genius move! Your pussy willows are a perfect natural touch, as is the bundle with mica and cork. Oh, I could go on and on, but I’d rather look some more at your gorgeous artwork.

    I came here as a blogging friend this morning, but I am so pleased you made this especially for Frilly and Funkie’s Knock on Wood challenge! So with my DT hat on, I will say thank you! Sending hugs!


    • Once again, you have made my day Sara Emily, no~ you have actually made my week!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome compliments and taking the time to comment, it truly does mean the world to me! xo xo


  2. This hanging is spectacular. I love all the unique panels tied together with texture and theme. This is shabbylicious (my new crafting word – lol). hanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.


  3. Stunning! I adore what you did in both projects! I felt like I was walking in a beautiful spring forest seeing all the textures of the wood and layers found on trees with age. Beautiful! Thank for joining us in the Knock on Wood challenge at Frilly and Funkie!


  4. Oh my gosh Wendy! I’m in absolute amazement! Outstanding creations! I apologize for getting around late, but wanted you to know it’s fabulous to see your lovely work in the Frilly and Funkie gallery. Big hugs, Autumn


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