Showing posts with label canvas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label canvas. Show all posts

Friday, June 25, 2010

Final Fourth Project...#3

Unless of course I make something last minute next week which I probably will since I called this final. I thought my mantle needed some "bunting". What do you think?
I made coffee filter and crepe paper medallions and used up some patriotic bear iron on transfers I picked up "because they were a steal deal" words that are a permanent fixture in my vocabulary! It's more "cute" than I normally do but at the same time it's vintagey and oh who cares, I like it.

For the coffee paper medallions:

  • 4 natural coffee filters for each medallion
  • 3 " circle cut from scrap cardboard...mine was a cereal box I cut on my Cricut
  • White crepe paper
  • Red and blue w/ white star scrapbook paper scraps
  • Buttons
  • Self adhesive rhinestones
I scrunched the coffee filters, opened them back up, stacked on top of each other and then folded in half, stapled...opened, folded in half the other way, stapled. I don't know why I did this. It seemed like a good idea.

I used a glue stick to attach my crepe paper to my cereal box circles. To me it's the perfect medium for this because it holds the crepe paper yet you can still pull it up without ripping if you need to re-pleat. I just glued down an edge, made a fan pleat, put some more glue stuck on, made another fan pleat and so on. I went around twice to give them some body.

Cut out cirles from the red paper, and then slightly smaller from the blue / white starred paper and crumpled the latter. Stick those in the middle of the crepe paper circle; stick to the coffee filter base. Punched a rustic star from some scrap kraft paper. I added a white button, and because I'm blingy that way, an antique gold self adhesive rhinestone.  I punched a hole on either side of the medallion and added an eyelet so it wouldn't tear when I went to hang it.

For the canvas pennants:
  • Scrap canvas, muslin, whatever
  • Iron on transfer
  • Pattern ( I made one from a scrap piece of paper)
  • Eyelets
Cut pennant; iron on transfer, punch holes on either end, place eyelets, string to rest of your banner.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Quick and Easy Summer Decor

Like so many of us, I like to have seasonal touches throughout the house. In the Spring, I made a 12x12 canvas that I put in the powder room and when I took it down for Summer, the place where it was looked so bare that of course I had to make another one for Summer. Right? Had to?

This was a super quick and easy project.

  • 12x12 pre-stretched canvas ( I got mine on sale @ Ben Franklin for $2 or $3)
  • Acrylic paint ( I used Folk Art Linen and Ceramacoat White)
  • Clipart ( found mine online)
  • Desktop Publishing program (I generally use  Printshop Deluxe)
  • Clear label paper ( I'm in love with Avery 8665)
  • Bag o shells from Michaels ($6.99 before the 40% off coupon of course!) and not the $16 bag from Pottery Barn!
Paint canvas with linen paint. Impatient people like me assist the drying process with a blow dryer.
I only did one coat because I wanted it to look aged. Dry brushed that with the white.
Using your graphics program, make a layout that you'll print on your label paper:

"Sea Shells" sounds so much better in French 

Print your images, cut out and arrange on your dried canvas. Choose some shells and glue on. Wait for glue to dry and take pictures to put on your blog because you're too impatient for the glue to set to take a picture where the canvas is actually going :)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Great Site, Great Ideas and a GREAT Giveaway!

Before I started my own blog, one of the places I lurked a lot was The DIY Dish . It's a wonderland of ideas run by twin sisters Kim and Kris who also have a web tv show.

About Kim and Kris:

As former elementary school teachers (they even taught in the SAME 4th grade classroom for many years!) they have always enjoyed sharing and teaching. In 2006, Kim started the popular DIY website, Two years later, Kris began managing the 2nd “sister site”, And in 2009, a 3rd DIY website was added to the mix:
Whether it be sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, embroidery, family projects, and more, you’ll enjoy watching The DIY Dish and participating too!

Their current episode ( they'll have a revised summer schedule ) has some projects that would make awesome Father's Day, graduation, birthday, or wedding gifts, or just to make because we make stuff!

Episode 11: Photos that Pop! Plus, Fabric-Covered Canvases


Because we all need another excuse to go to the hardware store :)

But the best part (even though the project ideas are pretty awesome) is that the sponsor of their show has a GIVEAWAY that no craft minded creative person I know would want to pass up a chance to enter. Check this out:

GIVEAWAY TIME!         One2One Network and are giving away5 prize packages that include a $50 gift card to Michaels Crafts Stores and a $50 bundle to This giveaway is open to viewers world-wide, 18 years and older. (void where prohibited) Giveaway is open until June 7, 2010.
1.  Watch Episode 11 of “The DIY Dish” and leave a comment on their blog. Easy!
2.  Share this with others! Tell a friend, embed the video on your blog, tweet about it, share it with your friends, sewing, or craft groups…you name it! Let them know  on their blog and you have another entry.
3.  US and Canadian residents have a 3rd entry by going over to One2One Network and signing up for this free program to review products and services. Let them know on the blog and you have another entry. If you are already a part of One2One Network, they'd love to hear from you, too!  *Note: If you are a Canadian resident wishing to join One2One Network, simply email them at and they will put you into the system.

I'm not affiliated with any of the sites mentioned here and you don't have to be in order to enter. I am however thinking about joining One2One. Good luck!