Monday, May 26, 2014

Celebrate Life . . .

Today I have a canvas to share that I made with an incredible amount of love, along with shedding many tears for my beautiful mother who is in the end stage of alzheimers.    All that she was is gone.  I will always remember her for the simple pleasures that she loved.  The smell of a flower from her garden, a gentle breeze blowing, the sun shining,  and the birds that once gathered at her bird feeder.  I wanted to capture the simple things in life that she loved . . . flowers from her garden, a key to unlock the front door of what a one time was her home,  butterflies that could always be found in her garden and most of all the simple gesture of a smile.  She had the most beautiful smile and was always so happy.  Her laugh was contagious and her smile would always brighten up anyone.   I know for myself I take life for granted when it comes to the simple pleasures of life.  It has only been through my Mom that I have come to realize that I need to be thankful for the little things in life.  Celebrate each day and enjoy life and live in the moment.  Simply put . . . Celebrate Life!

I was inspired by a couple of challenges when I created this canvas.  The May Epic Anniversary Challenge at Scrap Around the World, with a beautiful moodboard created by Helen Tilbury.  I drew my  inspiration from the the word celebrate,  the colors, the bow and  the doilies on the presents.  The background of my canvas was created using the Tim Holtz doily stencil and I included a couple of crochet doilies.   Many layers and lots of mists, paints, inks and embossing.  I love the gold on the bottom of the balloons and used some Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing enamel with the little flecks of gold.

I was also inspired by the May challenge at Berry71bleu, Simply Pleasures and their moodboard.
I was inspired by the beautiful flowers and butterflies.

A few closeups:

I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend!  The weather here was beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by!
 . . . Debbie

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dreams Canvas

Today I would like to share a canvas I created for the May Moodboard Challenge at Molossi.

I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous colors of the Molossi Moodboard, along with the butterfly.  If you  know me, you know my love for butterflies and flowers!

I used some of the left over Marion Smith Nirvana papers and embellishments from 
Frosted Designs April Kit, Beauty Of Nature, along with some embellishments from my ever growing stash.  Here are a few closeups:
Here I did some masking and added some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Mission Bells Brown and added some African Jade Silks Acrylic Glaze.

I covered some chipboard with Donna Salazar Mixed Media Schoolhouse Ink and then stamped an image on it.  I covered the butterfly with some of the Lindy's Mission Bells Brown Magicals.

A Prima Burlap flower misted with some Lindy's TiffanyLou Blue Starburst spray from their Try Me Set - Tiff Blue.

There you have it!!!  Loving working with canvases . . . ♥

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Challenge For Scrap Around The World!

How exciting  to be sharing my first DT project for Scrap Around The World! Each month for the next 8 months I will be sharing a canvas for each of the monthly mood boards.   The May Challenge is hosted by Helen Tilbury and what a fabulous mood board for Scrap Around The World's first birthday!  Make sure you stop by to get all of the details and to see the new Design Team's reveal here.

Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like,
 using one image, several of them, all of them or even just
 one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!  




This month things are going to work a little differently BECAUSE it's competition time! 
 Yes I know that EVERY month we host a challenge here but this month it is EPIC!!

We are looking for our 2014 EPIC WINNERS - ie the TOP TEN PLAYERS for our
first year (May 2013 - April 2014) SO we will be choosing 10 WINNERS as per usual
(plus ONE RANDOM WINNER as always!) BUT here is the difference...


1.  We have TEN HUGE prizes (each valued at approximately $100 US!!) 
for TEN WINNERS!  We will not be grading your entries from 1 to 10 this month.
Rather, we have invited TEN GUEST JUDGES to each select one winner,
based on the entry that they find the most suitable, relevant & appealing.
They will be sending their selected winner's name to me, along with a few
 sentences explaining what they really loved about their winning entry.

2.  9 out of 10 of our prizes will be awarded to PAST WOFFERS!  
Woffers are Winners, Features & Finalists, in other words our
 TOP TEN ENTRIES  from the last 12 months!!  This is so that
we are able to determine who are true TOP 10 PLAYERS
 for our First Year are!! So this is like THE FINALS!!

3.  ONE prize will be open to a NEW winner - someone NEVER
featured on our Wall of Fame {WOF} in the past - so there is still
incentive for EVERYONE to enter as one prize is open to anyone
who wins on MERIT & one prize (of $50 value) is open to one
random winner.{as usual but this month even the random
prize is a big one - woot!!}

4.  For your entry to be eligible you need to write 
WOF or NEW after your name WHEN YOU LINK UP - ie:-



(if you've been featured at SATW before & forget
to write WOF, or don't state WOF or NEW you will
automatically be put into the NEW category, for 
which there is only one prize, as opposed to nine!

Instead of writing - Julia Roberts - USA
you should now write - Julia Roberts - USA - WOF
 (if you have been a winner, feature or finalist before 
& have therefore featured in our Wall of Fame in the past)

OR - if you have never been a winner, feature or finalist before,
you need to write - Julia Roberts - USA - NEW {for example!}

Got it?!  If you forget & cannot delete your entry then please
load it again.  Only entries with WOF or NEW after the name
& country will be eligible for any prizes - THANK YOU!!

Here is the canvas I created:

I was inspired by the beautiful colors, the balloons and the meaning behind celebrate!

This month, because it is the FIRST BIRTHDAY at Scrap Around The World,
we have TEN EPIC PRIZES ON OFFER - all of equal value!  Check out our blog
for further details about our Competition Rules and  this month's uber generous sponsors!!

Inkido {Papercrafts Scandinavia} are sponsoring this wonderful prize pack!

2Crafty Chipboard are sponsoring $100 worth of awesome chipboard!
{image is merely a sample of their offerings}

7Dots Studio has sponsored this amazing prize!

Scrap 365  Magazine are offering up these fantastic DVD sets!

Darkroom Door has sponsored this phenomenal prize!

Scraps of Elegance brings this mind-blowing set of goodies to the table!

Um WOW Studio has sponsored this TRENDY selection
of uber-modern chippies, bling & FLAIRS ♥♥♥

Lindy's Stamp Gang has contributed a very generous voucher!

Shirel Studio has been kind enough to sponsor BOTH 
Pop & Colours Online Courses to one of our talented winners!

exciting prize!!!  YOUR selection of the latest goodies!!

And last but not least our very own past DT {inaugural member}
Eila Sandberg, has donated an super lovely RANDOM prize!
{for one lucky TOTALLY RANDOM entrant!}

These prizes are all AMAAAAZING!!!
Don't forget to check in to the Scrap Around The World blog HERE
to read more about this month's EPIC ANNIVERSARY EVENT sponsors
and keep checking in ALL MONTH as we also have SEVEN GUEST TEAMS
celebrating with us too!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY SATW!

Thanks for stopping by!
 . . . Debbie

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Some Exciting News To Share!!!!

The day has finally arrived where I can share some great news with you!  I'm one of the new Design Team Members at Scrap Around The World. I will be sharing my canvases with you each month.   I'm beyond thrilled and honored to be joining a group of very talented designers from around the world!
DT Member at Scrap Around The World

Alexandra Polyzou -  {Greece}
Amy Voorthuis - {Netherlands}
Aina Komenda - {Poland}
Anna Rogalska - {Poland}   
     Debbie Burns - {USA }    That's me!!!
Di Garling - {Australia}
Dorotka Dolega - {France}  
  Erica Houghton - {USA} 
Hera Sugitani - {Brazil}
Helen Tilbury - {South Africa}
Karita Vainio - {Finland}
Kim Ewins - {Australia}
Pam Ellis - {Canada} 
Rachael Funnell - {Australia}
Riikka Kovasin - {Finland}
Tatyana Sidorenko - {Belarus}
Terhi Koskinen - {Finland}
Tusia Lech - {Poland}
Zuzia Bodakowska - {Poland}

May is the one year anniversary at Scrap Around The World, and Helen has an amazing month planned!  Check out the Design Team post here.  I will be back tomorrow with details on May's challenge, along with my first canvas project!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie