Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Heart Challenge

My friend Becky invited Missy and me to accept a mixed media Valentine's Day challenge. We were to decorate a heart. Her inspiration came from the Artsy VaVa blog here. I wanted to use this photo of my dad and his sister for my masterpiece.

I had found these wooden hearts at a garage sale last summer for a quarter each and painted them for a future project. I love when that happens!

I followed Artsy VaVa's directions of using Mod Podge and applied ledger paper I had torn from a vintage hardware store book. After it dried for awhile, I sanded the edges and sponged on distressed ink. I glued on vintage trim and sewed pearl buttons onto the trim. The aged spots on the trim coordinated nicely with the ink. I later decided I didn't like the pearl buttons on the lace so I removed them.

Then I glued on the photo, vintage bobbins, and to add a touch of red, a milk cap and red hearts that I had punched out of cardstock. A few scattered pearls in odd numbers embellish the red hearts.

This is Missy's masterpiece. The vibrant colors surrounding her sweet grandchildren are brilliant.

And Becky's heart lovingly shows three generations, a gift for her husband.

It's was so neat to see our take on Becky's Valentine's Day heart challenge. 

Becky, Missy and I have planned a get together at Becky's home soon to create to our heart's content. I'm really looking forward to spending time with these talented and fun ladies.


  1. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you and your friends used my heart as inspiration for a craft day! I only wish I could have joined in on the fun. You all did such a great job. If you don't mind, I'd like to share your post on Facebook. Have a wonderful day!

  2. I loved doing this so much. Not only did it kickstart me back into crafting but it bonded us 3 friends and getting us ready for our Fairhope Fun!! Artsy your work!

  3. Good challenge! It is fun to see each persons creative ideas on paper. Each so nice!

  4. Beautiful, Patty. I loved seeing these and was especially enchanged with yours -- the vintage trim, papers and photo!

  5. I would love to have some local friends who like to craft, but none of my friends like to play with glue and paper!

    Your heart is my favorite although they are all pretty. I like yours because of the photo of your father and aunt.

  6. Hello from Spain: Happy valentine day. Great and romantic creations. Keep in touch

  7. oh such lovely hearts...Patti yours speaks the most to me because you used everything I cherish--old photos and what nots. What a fun day. None of my big friends like to play like that....I keep threatening to put an ad in the paper for art playmates.


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