Friday, August 01, 2008

For My Son

--To the world, you are just one person......but to one person, you are the world...

Love, Mom

This is a canvas I just made for Eldest Son. I've had a plan to make one of these for him for over a year, but after the breakup this week, I decided to get it done, pronto, to help cheer him up.

I started with a 12x12 canvas.

I modge podged two different patterned paper onto canvas.

I painted the sides (not caring if the paint got on the front of the canvas) using brown acrylic paint.

I matted and adhered one 5x7 photo, and three small photos onto canvas using tape runner.

I laid a 12x12 printed overlay on top of photos. It was adhered to the canvas using glue dots in all four corners.

On top of the overlay, I adhered bronze metal letters to spell "Eric", and "08". FYI....the letters are from We Are Memory Keepers. I found them at my local Marshall's (just like TJ Maxx/Homegoods) store last weekend!!! For only $4.99!!! Yowza!!! Jackpot!

Finally, I adhered four chipboard corners to each of the four corners of the canvas to hide the glue dots holding the overlay on.

As you can see, I made a card for him to go with it, using the same paper. The stamps I used are from Verve; from the Father Figure set and Here for You. I wanted it to be very masculine, of course, and I think I achieved what I set out to do.

Eric loved his canvas and told me it meant more to him than I could ever know. Awwwww.....shucks.

I'm making this a quick post today because we are off for a college visit. We are headed to the University of Wisconsin/River Falls to have a look-see. It will be nice to get away for a few hours. The university is only about an hour from our house, which hubby thinks is a little too close!! He's pushing for our son to go a little further away. Spoken like a true Father. I'm thinking it's just about perfect.

Have a great day.



  1. marciad6:48 AM

    Great gift. Enjoy the day trip.

  2. Especially, during the first year, and hour away is perfect. My girls needed to come home the first year as they adjusted to college life and found their voice. Even in a good Christian college, they have a lot of peer pressure to deal with. Sometimes they just needed the sanctity of home.
    I love the card and the canvas. That young man is truly blessed to have you as a mom.

  3. Very nice, Amy. An awesome gift to your son and pretty cool that he appreciated such a work of love and art from you.


  4. Amy I just love what you did with the canvas. Girl you rock. I've been out the past couple days and I must tell you that the recipe cards are so fun. You might just talk me into one of those stampers yet!

  5. Anonymous10:15 AM

    I am just blown away that you have a son this old!!!!! I mean I thought you were like 25 maybe. I just can't believe it!
    Oh. your page is super awesome by the way!
    My son and his girlfriend of 18 months broke up and he was devastated (even though he ended it) they have since gotten back together and are stronger than ever. If they are meant to be together it will happen, if it doesn't it just means God has someone even better out there for him.

  6. That is very thoughtful and well done, no doubt he really appreciates it.

  7. Amy, this just absolutely rocks! It's so personal and meaningful.

  8. Susan S1:59 PM

    I looooove the canvas what a wonderful idea and your son has a world of opportunity ahead of him as well as many new beginnings!!!
    Your a great mom!!!

  9. I've wanted to do a canvas for soooo long, THANKS so much for giving so much information on how to get it done.
    You must be a great Mom to have a son that appreciates your beautiful work!!
    I may not post all the time, but I do peek at your work on a daily basis.
    You ROCK!!!

  10. Wow! This turned out great! I love the way you put it together and the colors are awesome!

  11. What a wonderful treasure you are giving your son.


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