Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Blog Party - Warm Winter Wishes & handmade holiday gifts

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This kit is filled with my personal favorite combination of colors and reminds me so much of my very own home, so it's extra special to me. It's like I'm sending a little bit of myself with every little kit. And who wouldn't love this kit, when it's filled with details as sweet as these:

Especially when you can create something as wonderful as this:

This altered canvas art is easily customizable to your own needs, and can make a relatively quick and pretty inexpensive (yet priceless!) holiday gift! For this, I trimmed my Bo Bunny Noel die cut paper to make a frame appropriately sized for my photograph. I cut out the inside of the frame so I could use the fun green damask pattern for other projects.

Before adding everything to my canvas, I used a dry brush technique to add a gold shimmery acrylic paint - very lightly. This is one of those do as I say, not as I do moments: make sure to let the paint dry completely before adhering your papers & pictures! Otherwise, you'll risk getting smears of paint across your whole layout. Luckily on this one, it was using a relatively translucent gold paint.

Anyhow, once that was done, I adhered everything using Modge Podge, adding a thick layer behind my paper and stickers, flattening out the air bubbles, then going over everything again with a few layers of Modge Podge to give it a brushed art effect. Once everything was dried, I added the title and flowers with hot glue (just to make sure it had extra sticking power to last for several years).

And that's it! This project took about 1-1/2 hours (during which I was also teaching several other ladies this project) and cost about $20 to make (considering the individual sheets of paper and embellies that were used).


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For today's entries - tell me how you're making it a handmade holiday!


Colleen said...

Great idea here and a fun blog hop. I am making my granddaughter her own cook book this year. She is just starting to cook so I thought a book of her own with grandma's special recipes would be fun for her.

ruth said...

Oh my gosh....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that canvas project!!! Way to go girl!!!

I think I have a canvas or two down in the scraproom right now. Might have to make a project! :)

I am making a few little gifties for my firends this year. Some little fabric pouches/purses. And a handmade recipe album for my oldest son.

wendipooh13 said...

LOVE LOVE your page!!!! that is sooo sweet... This year I will be making some layouts to add to my mom's scrapbook album that all us kids add pages too and something fun for my grandma, but not sure what yet.. I might make a couple of ornaments. and I already made a banner for our house

CraftyGirl said...

so excited for my kit to arrive!! It looks yummy!! my homemade touch is coming in the form of my Christmas cards! I am not sending as many this year but the ones I make are made with love!!
barb :)

Denise said...

Love how you added the glimmer to your canvas. What a fantastic idea! I bet you are going to use this photo for your Christmas cards. They are soo cute! The paper you used is beautiful. Such a gorgeous kit.

theCook said...

They look so happy! Handmade holiday: some of my gifts are handmade... I also make some cards... not that much in fact!

stefeni said...

Cute layout, love the photo! I'm planning to make homemade stockings since we added another puppy to our family :)

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connie said...

love the canvas lo! I am making my daughters a recipe book with their favorite recipes.

Theresa said...

Love it all! My girls and I set aside a day every year to craft ornaments together..it's nice looking at all the memories our main tree holds

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