Monday, October 31, 2011

Vintage Photos on Altered Canvases

I am always on the look out for new projects and products. Some of the neatest projects I have discovered online recently use products and papers produced by Graphic 45. Well, unfortunately Michaels doesn't carry that brand and so I went on a hunt for these unusual paper stacks. I found a few at Hobby Lobby and since I couldn't decide which to buy, I bought two. After all I had two 40% coupons and my hubby was with me! I bought "Communique" and "Playtimes Past" home to play with. these have wonderful vintage color printed pages.

I began using "Communique" and paired it up with old family photos. I used some sheets as background and others I cut shapes from and combined with flowers, stickers and die cuts to glue in place on 12" x 12" canvases. The canvases were on clearance at Michaels!

Some supplies I used were Americana acrylic paint on the canvas, "Yes Paste" spread with a plastic knife on the back on the paper background, Tombow glue runner and Zig 2 Way glue.

I'm looking forward to collecting more paper stacks from Graphic 45 and turning them into Altered canvases and more!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sand Sculpting Fest

It was time to take a road trip! Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida was hosting the International Sand Sculpting Festival from October 14 thru the 23. We took it in the last day and enjoyed looking over some amazing, awe-inspiring works of art.
This year's theme was "Travelers." The artists interpretations were many, from personal journeys, cultural legends to historical treks and time travel. These brilliant, temporary masterpieces took 1,000 tons of sand and well over 2,000 hours of work.
You won't be able to experience this again here in Viera, Florida till next year, so check out a few of my husband Sandy's great shots.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wreath Christmas Card

Earlier this year I bought my Cricut Gypsy and while setting it up downloading from Provo Craft, I received some free files. One of these was Christmas. I love designing this year's holiday cards using the many images on this wonderful free file. Today I'll show you how I designed a simple wreath card.
First cut a green wreath and a red bow. I took a green brush marker and added scalloped lines to represent holly leaves. 
 A hole punch is great for Christmas ornaments and red berries were added with a red fine point marker.

A while gelly roll medium tip marker works well to add snow to the wreath.
Place the finished wreath on foam dots for depth on a brick printed paper.
I added white card stock paper embossed with the divine swirl Cuttlebug folder as snow (rip the edge for snow detail) against the brick wall. 
Adhere to the front of a white card and you have a great looking holiday card! Have a creative day!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Family Altered Canvas

A few weeks ago I discovered wooden words, covered in colorful prints, in a dollar bin at Michaels. These are a good size and quality to be a focal point on a canvas. My daughter-in-law's mom loves the color green, so that was my choice, a plaid with some green. I got some 12"x12" canvases on sale and painted one navy blue. Two 5"x7" canvas boards were painted green.

I made a flower from Recollections "Floral Embellishments" and adhered each of my items to the navy canvaswith Glossy Accents a product by Inkssentials. My daughter-in-law's mom can adhere any pictures of the family on those two green panels and show off, what a wonderful family we have. I really enjoy finding new ways to use the many diffwerent size canvas that are available. Have fun!