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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scrapfest 2015 and my first canvas

My goodness it has been a while!! 

I have been around and I have been crafting, and shortly you will get to see a lot of my work. Let me tell you, having a baby that doesn't sleep wreaks havoc on the blog and crafty time!!! 

I attended Scrapfest this weekend (love it!!), the Kitchener version, and was lucky to be able to take a class with Agnieszka Bellaidea called the Centre of Attention Canvas workshop. You can see the description here.

To say I was scared to death is perhaps an understatement! I was so nervous. 

If you checked out the link, you will have seen the materials list where it said this: 
  1. Anything you want to add on your project like; broken costume jewellery, shells, handmade flowers, lace, feathers, etc.
 And now you see why I was freaking!! What does that mean? What should I bring? What could I use?
I filled my entire rolling scrapbook tote with this bullet point only. There was ribbon and burlap and every kind of trim and lace I could dig out of my scrap room and my sewing supplies. There were doilies and handmade flowers and purchased flowers and anything else random I could find and throw in!

As I shopped on the Scrapfest floor with my BFF, I got less and less nervous and started to get excited. I loved my photo I was going to use, taken by my good friend Dawn at Smile for the Birdy, and I was excited to see what I could make!!

What do you think? 

I chose to use the "back" side of our canvas to be able to have that bold framing on it, and also so that I could get DH to put a piece of Lexan over it to protect everything from the dust. 

My basic process was as follows: 
  1. Prep canvas with gesso, including the sides and the "frame". Let dry.
  2. Select papers to use and glue on (I covered the whole frame in papers which I fussy cut around the flowers and details) 
  3. Add texture and detail with gesso or modelling paste and stencils. I used primarily modelling paste to get the crisp, highly detailed roses, striping and hearts. Let dry.
  4. Mist texture details and canvas in general
  5. Mount the photo on the mat paper, and mount that assembly on chipboard. Affix to the canvas. 
  6. Paint the chipboard elements first in a berry acrylic paint and then on top a gold glaze. Let dry and affix in place. 
  7. Add lace, pearls and flower accents as needed

Supply List
Papers: vintage music, My Mind's Eye, unknown
Chipboard: Imaginarium
Lace: Webster's Pages
Pearls: Recollections
Mediums: Gesso, Liquitex Modelling paste (regular)
Stencils: unknown
Photo: WalMart photo studio 8x12 matte
Paints and Mists: unknown
Adhesives: 3M, Tombow, Glossy accents
Tools: Martha Stewart, Cutterbee scissors, Pampered Chef scraper (to apply the modelling paste), foam brush, paintbrushes

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Amanda's Stitch a Shape Challenge

OK - so at the 2SF blog in February, Amanda issued the challenge to "stitch a shape".  How hard can it be? 

Hard. The answer is very hard. At least when you can't for the life of you draw a danged fish to look at least half as decent as the fish stickers!  So finally I settled on waves. Yep. They are ugly. But you can too!!! 

No seriously though, if you want to "stitch a shape" - use something to trace to place your holes around. Unless you can draw way better than I can!

Supplies: Momenta, Creative Memories, unknown

Oh! I guess you are wondering where this is - Georgia Aquarium - went there for a hospitality thing when I was at the IPPE trade show in Atlanta this year (IPPE is the poultry production expo, how exciting, eh?)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shelby's Pile it On Challenge

So over at the Two Scrapbook Friends forum, Shelby issued the challenge to "Pile it on". Aka use a lot of stuff.  Normally, not a problem, but for this one I wasn't sure, so I decided to "pile on" the stitching using my brand new Husqvarna Opal 670. If you're just a scrapper, this machine is likely a little out of your price range, but if you sew too, its a DREAM !!

I even stitched the title using one of the built-in fonts. It didn't work so great in the paper, but its legible. So I stitched the top and bottom borders, around both pieces of Crate Paper paper and the title. Other supplies: American Crafts, Creative Memories and Gutermann (now that's a name you won't see much on scrappy pages!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ann's Sketch March

Isn't this a gorgeous sketch by Ann over at the Two Scrapbook Friends Forum? 
I love how this one turned out, I wasn't sure in the beginning but as long as you keep going with it, it usually turns out fine. 
Supplies are MME, Precocious Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Recollections, Thickers :) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shelby's Sketch - April

This  month at Two Scrapbook Friends, Shelby had this fun sketch to share: 

I decided to flip the sketch so that my photo was more facing inwards.  Supplies are a big jumble on this one, there is some MME, Creative Memories, Recollections, Cosmo Cricket, and Precocious Paper. If you haven't checked her out on Etsy, be sure to drop by!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What was up in March...

So still a little behind getting things all sorted, and the renos have gone a bit crazy in the house lately, but good news... almost done!!

Here are the projects I put together in March:

This was for a 2SF challenge to use a frame. I got the frame from the Silhouette store. 

Supplies: MME, Jolee's, Silhouette

This challenge was to use a die-cut. The large bee is one and from the Silhouette store as well. 

Supplies: MME, Jolee's, Silhouette, American crafts, unknown

This was a sketch challenge of a sketch by Christa. 

Supplies: American Crafts, Momenta, unknown

This was Ann's sketch in the month of February, and given my sister was a Valentine's baby, I thought it would be perfect. 

Supplies: Fancy Pants, Momenta, American Crafts, unknown

This was a fun sketch by Shelby. 

Supplies: All unknown!

This was also Shelby's sketch, which I used in conjunction with the "stamp something unusual" challenge, which I stamped with a oranges bag and acrylic paint. Supplies are all unknown.

This one was fun. 

Supplies: American Crafts, Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Cosmo Cricket, Creative Memories

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wondering where I've been?

Well, its been a hectic few months here, with family drama, a few bereavements, the holidays and a bit of work travelling all thrown in.

February saw me finally getting back into crafting, I completed all the monthly challenges and the Let's Connect Online crop challenges at Two Scrapbook Friends.

The beginning of March threw me for another loop, but I am back, and hope to stay that way.

So here are the projects I completed in February, I'm not going to do a whole post on each since that would just leave you all spammed :)

Shelby's Challenge to use Wood.
Supplies: Momenta, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts, Kaisercraft (I think), Staedtler
Challenge: Use themed paper for a non-themed layout or vice versa
Supplies: My Mind's Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Creative Memories punch
Jayne's Challenge to Doodle
Supplies: Momenta, American Crafts, Creative Memories, Quickcutz, Versamark, Staedler, Distress Inks

Ann's Sketch
Supplies: MME, Momenta, unknown Watercolors, Distress Inks

Shelby's Sketch
Supplies: MME, Cosmo Cricket, Momenta, Recollections, Distress Inks
Christa's Sketch
Supplies: American Crafts, Recollections, MME

Christa's Youer than You Challenge
Supplies: American Crafts, Momenta, Recollections, Bazzil

Amanda's Sketch
Supplies: MME, American Crafts, Recollections, Creative Memories
Jayne's Sketch
Supplies: Recollections, Creative Memories, Tim Holtz, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket
Let's Connect Online Crop

Joann's Pinterest Inspiration Challenge
Supplies: Momenta, Recollections, Staedtler

 i____ Challenge
Supplies: Fancy Pants, Recollections, American Crafts, We are Memory Keepers
Facebook Menu Challenge
Supplies: Mister Huey mask, gesso, unknown for all else

Email Challenge
Supplies: Mister Huey mask, gesso, unknown for all else

Instagram Challenge
Supplies: American Crafts, unknown
Scraplift Challenge
Supplies: Momenta, Recollections, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts, Creative Memories

Twitter Challenge
Supplies: Momenta, Perfect Pearls, Tattered Angels, American Crafts, Momenta