Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fishing Home Decor Piece

This week over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge our twist is Anything Goes! That's everyone's favorite, and I hope you'll play along with us this week!

I made something a little different this week. Instead of a card, I made a small piece of wall art. My husband and sons love to go fishing, and when I saw this fun fisherman digi by our sponsor Stitchy Bear, I could see him as part of a mixed media piece of home decor. To find this image and other great digis, be sure to visit their online store:

 Stitchy Bear

I had a wooden box with four partitions left over from some acrylic embellishments I used, and I had been wanting to incorporate it into something rather than just throw it away. I decided it would make a good base for this piece. It needed some color, so I used Desert Clay and Guatamala Green Twinkling H2Os to paint it.

Once the paint dried, the fun began! I had already imported my digi to my Silhouette Design Studio software and sized him up how I wanted him to be. Then I printed him out and colored him up with Copic and MEXPY markers. I knew he would be the focal point, so I planned to put him in the top half of the piece.

I bought some netting from an outlet store and trimmed up some pieces in various colors to glue into the base using Aleene's Tacky Glue. I let that partially dry while I set about choosing some fun embellishments. I had a set of wooden fishing embellishments that have been in my stash for YEARS which I used here (don't you love it when you finally have the right project for those special items in your stash that have been taking up space for ages?) as well as a die cut of an anchor that I tied with twine. Then my husband gave me the go-ahead to use anything in his tackle box to add to the piece. He had a lot of strange-looking lures and worms, etc. but many of them were too brightly colored to work with this piece. There were still PLENTY of items to choose from, though! And he teases me about my obsession with craft dies! I've got nothing on him, ladies!

After choosing some fun "divers," hooks, worms and lures, I adhered everything down. Since I had been generous with the Tacky Glue and didn't wait until it was completely dry, I was able to get most of the items to stick to the base with just the glue already there. For the others, I brushed on a little more tacky glue and adhered them in place. I then strung some fishing line through the embellishments to add a little more fun to the piece.


 Here's a close-up picture of the top half:

Here's a closer look at the bottom half:

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Fairy Tale - 2W, 2E - No. 135 - (W2 of 2) - New technique, but no cards  (my new technique was paining with H20s on wood)
 Altered Eclectics (M,P1) Anything Goes
Anything but Cute Mixed Media Challenge (M, P5 No cute images, no 100% digital projects) #9 Ring out the Old, Bring in the New (while many of the items I used were old-and it felt good to finally use some of them!- the digi was new as well as the netting I bought for this project) 
 Crafts Galore Encore (M,P1,E3) Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy (P1/15,SIO) #120 Anything Goes (Optional Twist = add handmade embellishment) 
 We Love 2 Create  - 2W, E1, SIO - #2 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes (W1 of 2)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit (M,P1,E3) Anything Goes (Mixed Media Altered Art / Mixed Media ONLY


  1. What a wonderful piece of art you created, Carrie! I'll bet your husband and sons are just in love with it, especially since you created it just for them. So special and creative!

  2. Wow, Carrie, this is such a beautiful piece! I love all the fun things you added! I'm sure your "fishermen" will love it!

  3. Wow such a beautiful project - love all the details great job thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Fantastic Carrie!!! I LOVE your wall hanging! Just a perfect gift for a guy or if someone has a cabin, this is a great idea. Love all the embellishment. The fish net was the perfect background. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation with us. The image is perfect.
    Hugs Pat

  5. Thank you for joining our Ring our the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. Carrie, this project is AMAZING! I wouldn't even know where to start to make something like this! You had the perfect embellishments in your stash - and yes, I do love when that happens! Awesome project - my brother loves to fish and I know he would love this too! This is going to look awesome wherever your hubby and sons decide to display it! Thank you for following me and it is my pleasure to follow you as well! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Thank you so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT

  8. Carrie fantastic and great male project
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


  9. This sure is a fun design with so many good fishermen aspects. I know what you mean about those tackle boxes, my DH has a few as well. Lol. Love the netting and the lures you have used. The fishin line adds such depth and wonderful texture to this piece. I bet your hubby loves it! And your new betting is the icing on the cake. Awesome sauce!

    Thanks for joining in our "Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New" challenge at Anythig But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  10. I've come across from the Outlawz Challenges to see this marvelous project up close! This is amazing, so much work and detail gone into it. It's truly worth a prize in each of the challenges you've entered. :)

  11. I am just sitting here thinking how much my Brother would love this wonderful project! The net is a perfect background for the 'found' items from your hubby's fishing box - the frog is beautiful. I am sure your hubby will absolutely love this!

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Ring out the Old, Bring in the New' challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

  12. How fantastic! Wow, great work, well done and good luck!
    Hugs, Jackie

  13. Oh this is fab! Loving that netting. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  14. This is amazing!!! So many details - my husband would love it!! Thanks for showing it for the fairytale-challenge this week.

  15. This is fabulous, I know a few fishermen who would love it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

  16. This looks so very stuning! A wonderfull projects! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX