Thursday, May 9, 2013

Friendship Blooms Forever

What a beautiful day it is turning out to be. I don't have one errand too run and I'm spending the day crafting. I went on a run this morning with the dog in tow, no sun but no rain either so that's good.

For today's project I am doing something special for a dear friend of mine. We have known each other a long time and although we haven't lived near one another in over 11 years we always keep in touch and talk.
I also wanted to enter this one into the challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge
Their theme this week is "Summertime" and boy are we ready for it or what?? I had summertime in mind while creating this canvas and I wanted some bright colors, birds and flowers. 
I also wanted to enter this into the Challenge over at Simon Says Challenge Blog - Their theme this week is "Things With Wings", there are a few birds on my canvas. 

For starters I wanted to use one of my Tim Holtz burlap canvases. I have had these for awhile and just haven't used them, what better time than the present, right? 
I pulled this one out

I have no idea why I selected this one, I just did. I wanted too add some color to brighten it up so I used Tim Holtz Distress paint. I put some down on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and ran the entire canvas through it. I swiped the canvas a few times in order to get good coverage.
I set it aside to dry.
I wanted to use a Crafters Workshop stencil for the next step but I wanted the inside of the image so I used some paper and the stencil to make my own. Here you can see the stencil and I simply inked over it with distress ink and then used my crafters knife to cut out the image I wanted. This stencil is more of a mask and I wanted a stencil.

This is the white paper that I used to cut out my stencil. I placed it on top of my canvas and used Claudine Hellmuth paint over it. For this step I had to cut each little rectangle for the fence post and adhere them using double sided tape.

Here is what it looked like once I put the paint on.
I love how it came out.
Once that was done I wanted to have a flower on my canvas so i used a Wendy Vecchi Stencil for this part. I only wanted the stem of the stencil so I just put painters tape over the part I didn't want and again used Claudine Hellmuth paint.

I then went around the outside of the stem with black marker to make it stand out more.
I stamped my Stampotique Girl With Heart Purse by artists Daniel Torrent and Jill Penney, onto white card stock and colored her with Tim Holtz distress markers. I did the same with my Pumpkins and flower.
I used Claudine Hellmuth Matt Medium to adhere everything onto my canvas background. 
I added two flower stick pens to the top and a ribbon that I colored with Distress paints.
I just wrote the sentiment and edged with Salty Ocean Distress ink. I am really loving how this canvas came out.

Thanks for coming by once again, have a special day today!!


  1. For beautiful canvas I'm sure your friend will treasure. Love the red fence and bird stencil.

  2. Absolutely stunning canvas! One your far-away-friend is sure to treasure! :) Thanks for playing along in our "Things With Wings" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

  3. This is fabulous Claudine, I love how it all came together. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stampotique xx

  4. You are so fabulous...I love this!!!

  5. Love seeing the process!!!!!!! Your friend will loooove a piece of you which has so much meaning. My best friend and I are in the same boat. We live 90 miles from each other but talk all the time :) Today and tomorrow we are taking Dina Wakley classes together much fun for a Mother's Day treat!! Our husbands are the best!!!! I can't wait to see what you make during your crafty day. Really enjoying following your blog:)

  6. Great canvas and loved seeing how you have done it. Thank you for entering it into the Stampotique designers challenge this week. carol x

  7. Oh what FUN!!!! The colors and the layers of images are just FUN!!!

  8. Wow this is great! Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

  9. What a wonderful tribute to your friendship, Claudine! Love the burlap canvas you much texture, especially around the edges! Your friend will love it!

  10. Wow! This is so beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  11. Wow, lots of fussy work, but it was worth it - this came out really great!

  12. I love the burlap, and all of the wonderful details you added. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique!