Unity Canvas

Not to be confused with the concept of a unity candle lol.  A fellow crafter whose work I heart severe created a 5 x 5 canvas for her Music Monday challenge a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I a: immediately bought the stamp set she used to make her canvas b: went out and got some canvas of my own and then c: went through withdrawals until I could get all of my scrappy stuff unpacked to finish the project.  I was so inspired by Angelica Suarez’s project (which you can see here) that I even decided to host a Home Decor Blog Hop next month.  Yes, Angelica will be participating!  And now…my Angelica inspired canvas:

Do you like it?  I do and I guess that’s what matters most huh lol?  Now…let’s talk about how I did it shall we?

Supplies needed:
Canvas size of choice (here I used a 10 x 10 I think…maybe 8  x  8 )
Paint of choice (I used some purple acrylic paint I have in my stash)
Accent/Background paper (dimensions vary based on canvas size…I used Tickled Pink 6 x 6 stack I received as blog candy…4 inch squares)
She Said Stamps from Unity (I purchased mine here)
Black Stayzon Ink (got mine from Archiver’s)
Lace (got mine from Joann’s)
Mod Podge
Glitter ( used some super fine glitter I got in an eBay lot…Art Studio I think and you can’t really see it)
Foam Brushes (one for paint one for Mod Podge)

Okie doke…here’s what I did with all those supplies.  First you paint the canvas and let it dry.  Then I cut and adhered my accent paper.  I chose the papers shown from the Tickled Pink paper pad by My Mind’s Eye because one I was itching to use it and two, though it says PINK I thought it was red and it would match my living room decor perfectly.  We have decided to decorate the living room in purple and red…my oldest daughter’s favorite colors.  It’s our way of keeping her with us till she be really be with us again.  Originally I was going to make a square of the two papers in the middle of the canvas alternating the patterns but then after I got the first square down I decided to go a different route.  Next you want to stamp your phrase/image with Stayzon or something pigment based and heat set if you want to stamp directly to the canvas like I did.  Now…if you are smart, you’ll mix your glitter with some Mod Podge and water and brush a couple of coats over the canvas to seal it all BEFORE adding your lace/ribbon.  I was not very smart at midnight last night but hey it worked.  Once your canvas is dry, using your stapler, staple your lace or ribbon where you like it and you’re all set!  Be sure to check back here April 22nd – 24th for my Home Decor Blog hop featuring more home decor ideas like this!


Perfectly Pink

Last year my children and I decided we would do a homemade Christmas.  Though some of the gifts they got me were purchased, everything I gave was hand-made.   This was TRULY a labor of love because I hate the pagan part of Christmas.  I mean REALLY hate it.  I could do without the tree (Sister if you’re reading this can we PLEASE take it down now?!?!?), the gift exchange, the crowds, the traffic, Santa, reindeer, candy canes…you name it, I hate all things Christmas that are not centered on the birth of the baby.  I indulge my children and family though and do all the Christmas stuff anyway…I just don’t do it as jubilantly as they would like.  For the first time in 10 years or more, I was able to share the holidays with pretty much my entire family…well you know the parental and all the siblings I was raised with plus their kids.  Even a few of the extended family were present…it meant for a LOT of gift giving.  This is what I made for my sister:


No Cricut involved in this project but I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out anyway…she was/is too right sister?  I know what you’re thinking…what is it and how did she do it?   Well never fear my friends, I have those answers…it’s a chalkboard/magnet board that is all done up pretty and girly…just like my sister.  Now…here’s what you need and how to make one yourself.

Supplies Used:

1 12 x 12 frame
1 sheet of 12 x 12 paper (I used a sheet from the Tiffany Stack)
Chalkboard paint (I used about 3/4 of a small bottle from Wal-Mart)
Lace and Ribbon
Coordinating or contrasting accent paper
Photo of my sister and her kids
1 piece of sheet metal (mine was 6 by 10 I believe)
Glue gun and glue stick
Glass Rocks or whatever you want to call them
Circle Magnets
Zip Dry
Spray Adhesive
Foam Brush
Flower and Brad


And now…how did I do it?  Well first I took the glass out of the frame…you won’t need that.  Then I took spray adhesive and sprayed the backing of the frame…the piece with hardware on it to hang it.  Added my 12 x 12 sheet  of paper and set it aside.  next I cut a piece of chipboard the size of my sheet metal and painted it with chalkboard paint.  Let it dry overnight and painted a second coat.  I attached the chipboard chalkboard to the sheet metal using my ATG.  YES it will hold it but you need to do a couple of layers of tape in the same spot to be safe.  Next I hot glued lace to the outside edge of the frame and to the “dividing” section of the board.  Stamped my sentiments in black ink on the accent paper and left the bottom of one unglued so it could act like a pocket.  On the bottom sentiment I included the picture of my sister and her kids.

Then, to make the magnets, I first took the glass rocks and traced around them on the parts of the paper I wanted to use under them.  Then I cut out the traced shape, used zip dry to glue it to the rock and added a magnet.  The magnets I used are SUPER powerful too…best I’ve ever seen actually but off-hand I forget the brand name.  Because the metal is under the chalkboard piece, it can be used as a chalkboard OR magnet board or both.  I’d love to see yours if you decide to make your own!  Stay tuned for more Christmas projects, for now I’m off to make that super special page I mentioned on Facebook and create some more word art!

Altered Composition Books

One of my favorite things to alter are composition books.  This probably goes way back to the days when I first used one in 6th or 7th grade and it was beyond ugly.  As part of our first assignment in English class, we had to cover it.  Though many kids chose to buy paper book covers, I improvised.  I don’t recall exactly what it looked like, (gimme a break folks it HAS been a few years…yes I said just a few), but I know that I used white printer paper and gold foil stars…lots of stars.  Here are some of the altered composition books I’m now creating:

On this one I actually used my Cricut Expression with the From My Kitchen Cartridge to create the divider.