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Friday, March 29, 2019

Bohemian cottage

So I am excited to share with you today this awesome project I made using this adorable little Maya Road cottage I had in my stash and some amazing papers from the Bohemian Romance line from Canvas Corp.  I knew straight away when I opened the Mixed Media Pack from the Bohemian Romance line that I had to use some of the paper to make a home decor piece. 
Products used for the bohemian romance cottage:
Canvas Corp Bohemian Romance Mixed Media Pack
Tattered Angels High Impact paint – Grey
Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic Paint – Copper
chipboard house by Maya Road
mod podge
scissors, paper trimmer, hole punch

Start by painting on your first coat of the Grey High Impact Paint onto the chipboard windows and door.

I like to label all my sides when working with a dimensional item; so you will see the numbers on the back of the paper and each side of the cottage. I then trim down the pattern paper and label it with the corresponding side number. This makes it easier when adding the papers to the project using mod podge. Add all the pieces to the building sides and roof. For the roof I used binder clips to secure in place as it was drying because of the raised center of the roof line.

Add a second layer of paint onto the windows and door. Set them aside to dry as you work on final touches of the house. 

I added Copper paint along the roof edge to tie in with the copper roof paper. Use liquid adhesive to add the window and door to the house. I used a hole punch to cut a doorknob from the roofing paper to tie the entire house’s look together.

I love my little cottage and it proudly sits on the side table.
I hope this project has encouraged you to check out the Mixed Media paper packs for all the Canvas Corp lines…it is a great way to get a sampling of papers that are amazing for all your projects!
Happy crafting!   Lynda

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Pots with Tattered Angels paints.

Today I'm sharing with you these fabulous pots I made using Tattered Angels High Impact paint, texture paste, and white glue...

For this pot I based the entire pot in the tan High Impact paint.   Let that base coat dry completely before moving on to the next step.  Next coat the pot with white glue and while still tacky painted over it with the turquoise color. Heat the surface with a heat tool to create the crackle effect.  The thicker the glue, the bigger the cracks...  I like to make the glue thicker in some places so the cracking and striping look more random.

For this pot, I used the turquoise High Impact paint as the base coat.  I also trimmed the very top rim with copper High Impact paint. I added copper paint to some texture paste and added it to the pot to add lots of texture. Once the paint and texture paste are fully dry, I added a layer of white glue.  While the glue was still tacky, I painted over it with a layer of turquoise High Impact paint. I then heated the entire pot surface with the heat tool and the crackle happened showing through all the great colors and textures.  It really looks like patina on metal!

There are some wonderful painted pot ideas featured on the Canvas Corp Blog!!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Bella and Simon

Hi Time for Tea fans...So excited to share with you today a project featuring a combination of images from two new releases.... The main image is Beats Bella and the kitty is from the add on Sleeping Simon kitty image from the Reading Rosie and Ralph set. Both images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I then fussy cut the main image out and fussy cut Simon. I found this wonderful pattern paper in my stash and added it to my card base. I then added the LOVE to the front; which was a paperclip that I snapped the back off of. I used my fussy cutting skills to trim away her hands from her body and phone and tucked that cute little kitty right there on her lap! Simon has a little bit of foam tape behind his body to keep him up on her lap and it also makes her hands stand up a bit from the rest of the image.

You can find these and all the new release images in the new Time For Tea Designs website here:

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Happy Fall Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop time!!!

So anyone that knows me knows I love a few things for sure....all things cat/dog...and coffee.....  I have accumulated a good number of coffee themed shirts and we have more mugs than any one family should ever have, but I can't help myself...

I love when the Coffee Loving Cardmakers get hopping...always a good reason to pull out my coffee themed images and get busy.  This time I started with this wonderful chipboard from Creative Embellishments.  I was lucky enough to win a prize from their online party a little while ago and picked out this awesome saying "Life Happens Coffee Helps"...  I started by painting the piece with High Impact Black paint from Tattered Angels and set it aside to dry.  I then printed this fun "Time for Tea Girl" from Time For Tea Designs.  I colored her in with prismacolored pencils and fussy cut the image out.  I then assembled my card by first covering the card base (5 x 7 white card with matching envelope from Canvas Corp Brands) with some scrap pattern paper I have from the Prima Legdger Pad.  I then used liquid glue to add the chipboard and a tape runner to add the image.  I then used some black ink to distress the edges of the entire card.

Be sure to check out all the amazing entries along the hop...I end up making quite the list of must have new coffee themed images by the time I am done hopping along!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remaking a Target dollar spot pumpkin

So if you are like can't make a trip through Target without stopping at least once in the dollar spot section.  When the fall and Halloween items were put out I picked up one of these plain white pumpkins so it would match everything.  Little did I know that I would be inspired to switch up this pumpkin with some wonderful sprays.  Here is what I started with:

 I used a piece of recycled bubble wrap and sprayed it with irRESISTible NEON Electric Blue and irRESISTible Pear Tart texture sprays.  I then pressed the bubble wrap into and all around the pumpkin to achieve the desired coating and pattern.  I paid extra attention to the grooves of the pumpkin making sure to coat the surface evenly, but allowing bits of the white to show through. 

I then used a piece of white wire trim and curled it to look like the little vines on a pumpkin.  I added the trim and a coordinating leaf from my stash to the pumpkin using liquid adhesive. 

I love how this piece now looks and the transformation from bland to grand with some fantastic color and texture was done in less than a half hour.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What is Old becomes New Again with Tattered Angels sprays and Canvas Corp tissue and trim!

This project was shared on the Canvas Corp blog October 31.  I am always on the lookout for unique containers to alter for gift giving.  I spend a good bit of time at thrift shops and love when I come across well-made pieces that feature hinges that can be easily removed for altering. I hit the jackpot at our local Goodwill one Saturday and scored this fantastic container marked at $3.99 with a green tag that was half off that day. Now, let me show you how upcycled it to follow the theme – Old Becomes New.

Products used:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sugar MapleSilver SugarVintage PinkDark Vintage Green
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer  Shade
Canvas Corp Cord Rope Natural Hank
Canvas Corp Tissue Stock 12×12 French Script on Ivory
liquid adhesive, green yarn, green ball trim
ink, white paint, scissors, paper trimmer
Begin by removing the hardware from the box.
Be sure to keep these in  a safe location because it is easy to misplace a tiny screw.
Once the metal has been removed, paint the entire piece with white paint so you have a clean slate to start with.

Select the Glimmer mists and Simply Sheer to use on the tissue paper.
I use a box for all my spraying to contain the spray.
For this project, I sprayed four sheets of the tissue.
Sit the tissue paper aside while it dries.

Once the tissue is dried, trim pieces to match the container.
Adhere the tissue to the container using a liquid adhesive.

Once this has dried, continue to decorate the container.
I changed the color of the natural hank using black ink.
I used the same black ink to smudge the edges along the entire container.
Replace the hardware on the box.
Using liquid adhesive add trim to the top and bottom as shown.
Using the same adhesive adhere the flowers to the front of the container and to the lid.

I am thrilled with how this container has been transformed.
I hope you will look for containers that you can alter when you are walking through thrift shops and consignment stores.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Friday, October 26, 2018

Watercoloring Canvas Corp Mixed Media Origins Pumpkins with Prima watercolors

Hello Canvas Corp friends…I'm up again today on the Canvas Corp blog with another Friday with Friends post.  This week I thought it would be fun to share with you how wonderful the Mixed Media Origins papers work with Prima Watercolors.  I decided that I would use the double pumpkin image.

Supply list:
Canvas Corp Mixed Media Origins Mini Art – Pumpkins
Prima Watercolor paints:  Tropicals, Decadent Pies, and The Tropics
White gouache

I like to use a dropper to add water to my watercolor pans and then transfer the individual colors to the mixing areas within each set.  I had a general idea of the colors I wanted to use, so I added water to about five of the orange, yellow, and brown pans to start with.  I started with the pumpkin on the right and started building up my colors, remembering to leave some spaces for highlights.  The Mixed Media Origins Mini Art papers are perfect for watercoloring as it is thick and almost cloth like in feeling and texture.  The watercolor floats on the surface of the paper for a good bit allowing you to move the paint a good bit before it finally starts to dry.

I continued adding colors until I felt I had some good depth to the shape.  I then moved on to the pumpkin on the left.  I started this one by layering the lightest color from the right pumpkin onto certain areas of the image.  These watercolor paints are amazing for layering of color.  When working on a piece like this it is easy to move from one side to the other allowing parts of it to dry a bit before adding more color to the image.

I decided for this pumpkin that I wanted it have a blue and greenish tint to it, so I added multiple shades of blue and green leaving some highlight areas on this one as well.

I used the remaining paints I had mixed in the pan to color the leaves and the background behind the pumpkins.  I love how they turned out.  I am not sure whether I will try and add this piece to a card front or frame it to sit on my side table in the living room during fall.  These watercolors really are wonderful to work with and the color stays very vibrant when the image dries.  I went back in with some white gouache paint to add some extras little accents on the stems.

Here is my final painted piece.

I hope you will take a look at the Mixed Media Origins papers and try them with Prima watercolors.
Happy crafting….  Lynda

Thursday, October 18, 2018

All about the coffee...

Gotta have my coffee...

For this cover, I decided that I was going to try a technique I have wanted to do for a while – paint with coffee. I mixed some instant coffee with various amounts of water to create different colors to use on my project. I even died the trim on the edge of the cover with coffee.

I dipped the lid of a mason jar into the coffee and pressed it into the paper to create the rings and dripped coffee from the paintbrush onto the cover to add more texture and designs.

 The centers of the flowers are given dimension from the actual instant coffee smashed into the wet coffee paint. I love how it all worked out!!!


Tattered Angels Calendar Kit Paint System – Diamonds & Pearls
Architextures™ 6″x6″ Blank Journal – Sketch
7gypsies Mixed Media Junque Pack
Canvas Corp The Watering Can: Garden Sayings on Ivory Paper
Instant coffee
Gesso, liquid glue
Scissors, mason jar lid, paintbrushes

This was such a fun project…not to mention the cute book smells amazing!!!
Are you going to give it a go too? Let me know how it went in the comments.
Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

October already?

It is hard to believe that it is already October.  This past year has been so full of challenges and changes here in our community in Northern California.  In less than one week it will be a year since the terrible wildfires burned through our area.  So much has changed and so much has yet to change.

One thing that has stayed the same is my need to be creative as a way to express myself.  This has always been a great way for me to let off stress and relax.  I've been creating a lot of mixed media and altered projects lately for the design team I am on.  It is fun to take something and repurpose it into something totally new.  Giving a new life to something is a great feeling.

We had a challenge on the Canvas Corp crew to create something using a foreign language that we speak, so not our native language.  For my project I created a cute little notebook that has the saying "My Love" Spanish (which I speak a little of), French (which both my girls now are taking in school and speak) and Cat...which my family thinks I speak.  Whenever one of the cats start meowing everyone always asks me what they are saying:

I also created this watercolor book using a stencil:

I've been doing a lot of coloring as well...even had a few pieces submitted for publication in a European magazine.  I will know in a couple weeks if the cards were picked up or not.  Lots of other projects will be shared once they are posted on the Canvas Corp blog.

For my birthday the family bought me a subscription to a watercoloring kit that will come each month.  Each box has four projects and enough supplies to make the project twice.  I am looking forward to working on my watercoloring skills and creating some new art for our walls and my office. 

I hope you have enjoyed these projects and I will share the others as soon as I can.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, September 02, 2018

A little catching up to do....

I've been a terrible blogger.  I've been creating and creating for months, but haven't been sharing my projects here on my blog, but some has been shared on the Canvas Corp blog, some for a trade show in Europe and even a few for a magazine in Europe.

I've also been helping a LOT with the local pet rescue efforts.  I helped to setup the online albums and tracking spreadsheet for the recent Redding fires here in California.  I have also been helping with the local TNR group in our area; we work as a team to support the efforts in the community.

I've realized a good bit about my creative style in the past few months which is always good.  I like to create when I feel most grounded.  I like to color when I'm with my family watching tv or a movie.  I like to needle felt when I need a distraction.  I love to paint mostly when I'm alone and don't have to worry about not hearing someone when they are talking or following along with a movie.

I like to work on projects a little at a time, rarely completing something quickly, but dabbling a little and then coming back to it after putting it down for a while.  I often take photos of my work in progress so I can look at it more objectively later and often find exactly what is missing when I look at it later.

So...what have I gotten done in the months since I posted here last...well here are some of the projects in no particular order:

I created this frame using burlap for Canvas Corp.  I made the flowers from red burlap and the centers are from the frayed pieces cut from the sheet used to cover the frame.   This was published along with a tutorial on the Canvas Corp blog.

Time for Tea designs released some clear stamps this year and I created these cards using those cute new images: 

 Each month Canvas Corp gives it's designers a theme for a challenge which we can participate in.  The challenge one month was music; you had to use lyrics or something musical in your project; so I used actual sheet music for my cards:

 Each month I create a tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands.  I created this burlap table runner as my tutorial one month using their awesome blank runner and some leftover upholstery fabric I had from recovering my dining room chairs:

 I love to upcycle things, so this was a fun project I made for Canvas Corp that used a Crystal Light lemonade packet container:

Time for Tea designs card for their blog:

Some Odd girl released this cute image:

I adore this image from Some Odd Girl and created this card for one of my monthly projects for them when I was on their design team: 

I recovered a Travelers Notebook that I received that had a small imperfection on the cover using this amazing paper from Canvas Corp Brands.  I wrote a tutorial for this that was on their blog.

When I was selected for the Canvas Corp Brands design Crew we were asked to create a canvas in our style, so I created this.  I made the paper roses, used frayed strips of bulap for the side and lots of inking and distressing on this.


 There is a LOT more than this, but some of the projects have not been shared on the other blogs yet, so I can't share them here with you.  So as you can see, I've been coloring, inking, painting, and sewing a lot in the past few months....just not blogging about it.  My goal for the balance of the year is to publish at least once a week to my blog with my latest projects.

Happy crafting....Lynda