Saturday, April 05, 2008

Scrap Stash Saturday

First off, today's Scrap Stash Saturday is a little different. I needed to make a gift for a very special stamper friend, so I thought I'd use scraps to make the gift instead of using scraps to make a card! And because this is a gift, I didn't pick the scraps with my eyes closed like I usually do. All the scraps I did pick have colors in common, but none are pieces that are meant to coordinate with each other.

I found these little mini canvases yesterday at Michael's for $1! I thought they were the cutest little things. They have a picture already silk screened on the canvas for little kids to paint themselves. I just knew they'd be great little pieces that I could alter!Always usin' my noggin' I tell ya!

Here's what the back of the canvas looks like just in case you're curious. They are very well made. At least for a buck a piece they're well made!

Here are the scraps I picked out, with my eyes OPEN, to use on the canvas. Now that I look at these scraps, it appears I only used THREE of the four scraps I picked out! Whoops. I forgot to use the little horizontal scrap at the bottom of the picture. It's such a small canvas I think that three papers was just enough! By the way, the canvas measures just about 5x5.

The first thing I did was modpodge all the scraps to the canvas and let it dry. Then I stamped my image with versamark and embossed it in gold on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used my Copics to color in the bird image (these are Asela Hopkins newest images that she drew for Cornish Heritage Farms). The sentiment was from Silhouette Blossoms I , also from CHF.

After I was done coloring the bird, I rubbed Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Stain all over the image with a spong and then stamped my Weathered background stamp over the bird image for a little bit more dimension. I cut a brown mat to fit around the image, and then I modgepodged that to the canvas as well. On top of the mat, I modgepodged the bird image. So, everything on this baby is glued down!

Around the edges of the canvas, I painted Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Walnut, making sure I painted a little on the front of the canvas, near the edges to tie it in with the edges. The whole thing looks really weathered. I added three fabric brads to finish it off. So this canvas can be hung, I added a bow with made with blue organza ribbon.

Want to see the final product? Here it is. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now I just need to pray really hard my friend has blue and brown in her new home! Even if she doesn't, I hope this gift relays to her how special she is, and how much I appreciate her generosity and encouragment in my life. She's a very positive, happy, adorable woman, and I wanted to give her something special to let her know. I've never had the pleasure to meet her in real life, but if I did, I know we'd be fast friends.

Before I leave you for the day, I wanted to show you the beautiful rainbow that appeared outside my sliding glass door yesterday! It was a FULL and COMPLETE rainbow, end to end! It was beautiful! I took this as a sign from God that everything is going to be ok in our lives. Things are rough, but He will see us through. Eventually. In His time. He is faithful and merciful.

Have a great day!



  1. Beautiful work, Amy. .. love the canvas - both yours and God's! :)

  2. Gorgeous, Amy. Thanks for sharing your rainbow!

  3. This is awesome. I love it & what great, inexpensive gift!

  4. Hi Amy!

    What a beautiful rainbow, they sure do inspire HOPE! I can't wait to get to my Michaels to pick up some of those canvases, I love what you did with it!


  5. This is a very pretty gift. I'm sure your friend will love it.

  6. God's art is such a gift ... and you are also one of His great gifts. What a wonderful friend you are; to make such a gorgeous gift for someone you've never met. Your spirit is beautiful Amy! And my guess is that even if this friend doesn't have blue and brown in her new home it somehow won't matter one bit. Amy, it's beautiful and will look perfectly wonderful wherever she hangs it.

    Psst ... I said a little prayer for you this morning. Life is so hard sometimes and still God is so good; hang in there.

  7. Amy, that gift is beautiful! What a find and then to have the vision to cover it and make it beautiful! Wow!
    Your rainbow is fantastic!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Your friend will be thrilled.

    Thanks for sharing the hope of the rainbow with us.

  9. Thanks for sharing God's gift with us...I love rainbows. I also love your creative, beautiful gift. I hope my Michael's has some of those canvases tomorrow.

  10. What a VERY special gift that I am sure will be treasured. I cannot believe you made that out of that beginning canvas--you have worked wonders.

    What a remarkable picture....!

  11. I love your canvas! It's gorgeous, you are a genius! The colors are amazing! LOVE it! :)
    And that rainbow is breathtaking! What a beautiful 'hint' from God that He is in control and we must trust His ultimate plan. I always remind myself that we must enter the dessert with God for him to ever deliver us. I know you must feel very dry and thirsty in the dessert right now. But, your thirst is about to be quenched! :) Keep the faith, you are an amazing christian! Love ya girl!
    Thanks for sharing that rainbow with us! And all of your creative designs.
    {{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}

  12. Amy, your canvas is beautiful! And I love the rainbow. Could sure use seeing one of those around here too, but it is starting to warm up and the sun is finally shining!

  13. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Love the altered canvas Amy! And remember, rainbows are God's promise! What does His Word promise you? Stand on it. Commit thy way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

  14. Such a beautiful piece of art, Amy! Those buttons really set it off too!

  15. What a fabulous project, Amy! I'm sure your friend will absolutely flip for it! And the picture of a rainbow is just the thing I needed on this dreary morning. Thanks! :)

  16. Thanks for the great idea!!! We have soo many of these in the craft room, that I had to try it :) I made one for my mom.



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