Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mini Canvas Creations

Well, I decided to try something a bit different for a change. I had been reading my latest copy of Craft Stamper and as always, after seeing the articles my mind runs wild with ideas and the crafting possibilities I am yet to explore!

I had bought a couple of reasonably large canvases some time ago and made a mental note to buy some gesso and to have a bash at decorating them in some shape or form. Anyway, I popped into my local Papermill Shop and there was nothing much going on there so I nipped to The Works which is nearby.

I picked up a few items including some gesso:

and while I was at the checkout, I spotted these little beauties in a box on the counter for only 99p each so I grabbed some:

I thought I would have a go at decorating these first as they are only small, about 3 inches by 4 inches and they look great standing on their own little easels!
So, here is what I made:
(I painted all the canvases with gesso and left to dry first.)

Then used some Antique Linen followed by Wild Honey distress inks rubbed onto the canvas.
Stamped Hero Arts writing stamp on in Barn Door distress ink.
Hero Arts stripes in Brushed Corduroy and some small hearts from a Paula Pascual sentiment set in Barn Door too.
Hero Arts flourish is also in the background in Barn Door.

Stamped a heart from this set which I bought from a lovely Docrafts member called Suzanne - thanks Suzanne!

Added some Gold Stickles to the heart and added sentiments in Black Stazon.

Had bought some metallic rub ons from ebay (something else I have never tried) and rubbed some gold on my heart and in various places around the canvas.

Then decided to do this one:

This time I used Peeled Paint distress ink on canvas base.
Stamped a MSE Love stamp in Barn Door distress ink.
Added some little hearts in Peeled Paint and finished off with a red ribbon and some more metallic rub on.


Antique Linen and Wild Honey for the background again.
Hero Arts Thank You definition stamped in Brushed Corduroy to the left.
Penny Black Clique 3858E in Broken China distress ink to the right.
Added a contrasting ribbon.
Stamped a 'thank you' sentiment in Broken China onto a Wild Honey background piece of card and added a clear fragment which is sticky on one side and sticks to the image.
I cut round it and attached it to the ribbon with some glue dots. 
Finally added some self adhesive gems in Taupe from The Hobbyhouse.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing these and they don't take an age to do as they are so small. But they are lovely little gifts to give someone and the potential for different messages is endless!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day.

Sue x

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 last

My poor neglected blog! I should have made it one of my New Year's resolutions to remember to post more often I think.

A lovely customer who comes into the shop came in and presented me with her wedding finger one morning to show me she is now engaged. She really is a pleasure to see and she got lots of big hugs from me. Couldn't resist making her a card after that fantastic news and here it is:

I wanted it to look bright and cheerful, just like this lady. (Have never met her other half as she doesn't live nearby but always pops in on her travels.)

I used a Bee Crafty download called 'Whimsical Girl the Kiss' which is so versatile for engagements, anniversary, valentines or birthdays. Have coloured it with my Prismacolor pencils.
The backing paper was a freebie from Simply Cards & Papercrafts magazine a little before Christmas.
Computer printed sentiment onto a Craftwork Cards card blank.

When I gave it to her she had a few tears as I think she was so overwhelmed and didn't expect to receive a handmade card from me! Awwwww how nice......nearly made me cry too. Honestly, us women we are so soft aren't we!

Have a lovely day wherever you are.

Sue x