Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rejoice In The Lord Always

This is an altered canvas I made for the choir auction this weekend. I haven't made too many altered canvases over the years, but I really do enjoy it when I get the chance. The size of the canvas is 8x10.
I was so excited to use the fabulous Basic Grey papers from their Urban Prairie collection. I love this collection!!!! Every single design in the collection is scrumptious! I started by cutting 2-inch strips of 5 or 6 different patterns and adhering them to the canvas using Mod Podge. After the strips were adhered I went over the papers again with another layer of MP. I let that dry and then found some old BG alphabet letter stickers in my stash and used them to spell out the Philipians 4:4 verse that reads: "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice". I adore this scripture and love the song even more.
Once I got the words spelled out, I applied another layer of Mod Podge. The flower is is one I had in my stash, no new packs of flowers were harmed in the making of this canvas:)! The stem of the flower is made using a few scraps of ric rack (?) I had laying around. The leaves on the flower stem are another pattern from Urban Prairie collection. I cut them out freehand and sewed a straight stitch around the leaf with my Janome Sew Mini. The pompom fringe at the bottom is actually vintage, from a box of stuff I purchased at a flea market a few summers ago. Around the edge of the canvas, I glued multi colored buttons all the way around for a punch of fun!

For the hanger, I initially used some black tulle, but that pretty overpowering. Instead, I bought some 18g wire and strung a few complimentary colored beads on it and then twisted it all up. I like this look much better!

I really love how this project turned out! I am hope someone bids on it:)! I know it won't raise lots of money, but something is better than nothing, right?

Make sure you come back tomorrow because I will show you the other item I made for the Greetings For Girlfriends Purse!

Have a great day!




  1. I really LOVE this! Of everything I've tried, this is not one of them. But I love this! Maybe I can do something like this for my girls' rooms one day.

  2. absolutely adorable! love it! lisa k

  3. This is so beautiful Amy! Oh I agree about Basic Grey's Urban Prairie is just so yummy.

  4. This is great!I love all of the Basic Grey papers.

  5. Absolutely beautiful Amy! I know our church is getting ready for the church bazzar too. Have a wonderful weekend.


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