Sunday, 9 December 2012

Canvas commissions

I go to a Toddler group every week with my little boy and for the past year we have been meeting in a different place while our church underwent major renovation work. The Clevedon Family Church welcomed our group in and let us share their lovely space. This week was our last week there before moving back to the newly refurbished church and I was asked to make two canvases as thank you presents. One for the church and one for the lovely lady who has been helping us every week.

This first canvas was the one I made for the church. It's a little bigger than A4 size. My stamping is a bit wobbly but I'm happy with how it turned out.

I started by sticking down pieces of patterned paper onto the canvas. You can see some of the paper showing through the paint here...

I dug out some old alphabet stickers and wrote out the words "love" and "thanks" repeating across the canvas, which I gessoed so they would disappear into the paint.

I then painted and stamped to finish the design, using a variety of stamps so that the Bible verse would fit in. I also discovered when I came to stamping out the numbers - I hardly have any number stamps!

This next canvas was for the lady who helped us every week. My friend tipped me off that this was a verse she liked.

I used moulding paste mixed in my acrylic paint to give it some lovely texture. The sunburst was done with the Crafters Workshop template "Burst". The flowers are from the Insightful Meadow set by Unity Stamps and I stamped them onto an old sewing pattern before using white embossing powder and then tearing them out.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

I knew that would come in handy one day

Recently I have been thinking I have too much craft stash. Is that possible? I think maybe I should have a declutter and get rid of some old bits and bobs that I haven't used in years? Well, this page proved I do need to keep it!

This is a page about when I took the ginger one crabbing last summer and I knew I had the perfect thing hiding away in one of boxes of embellishments. Can you see it here?...

Yes, it's a crab eyelet! I knew that would come in handy one day. Now I can't possibly get rid of things can I!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

We're off to see the wizard

Before everything went pear shaped last month I managed to make it to my local crop and get some pages finished including these two.

In our town we have the longest running cinema in the UK and it has been celebrating it's centenary this year. In the summer there was a fancy dress parade through the town finishing at the cinema and if you came in fancy dress the  you got a free ticket to see "The Wizard of Oz". It was brilliant and the girls loved it. There was a fabulous sense of community and there were cheers and boos and singing along to the songs!

I was doubly excited to find die cuts from the Wizard of Oz at Scrapping the Magic - perfect for my scrapbook page. I took my latest Quirky Kit with me to the crop and combined all the sparkly elements from the kit with the die cuts.

I also completed the quickest page I have ever done. It took me all of 5 minutes but I think it works perfectly. I used 12 x 12 black cardstock, a packet of Batman stickers, some comic book style die-cuts from SEI and a photo. I think that's all it needed...