Monday, 19 September 2011

Christmas Canvas

Good Evening there Ladies and Gents

How has your Monday been today? Or for those of you over the Pond, how is your day going?

Some kind person has given me some sort of lurgy so I have been doing the ole' hot and cold, sore nose and itchy eyes and ears thing.  But!  Gotta keep going or else I will just seize up!!  I suspect that yesterday's Mushroom Foray, that did not happen, did not help.  We turned up at the location we were told to meet - Abergavenny's Bus Station, the lady who was giving the tour arrived and ticked all our names off, and we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  After a flurry of phone calls we were told that our bus had broken down and there would be another one shortly.  The long and short of it is that we stood outside in the wind and rain for nearly two hours before the trip was abandoned!  Apparantly the second driver couldn't find the Bus Station!!!!  Gutted we were as we had tried in previous years to join the Foray but without luck.  Any how.  After a short stop for a lovely hot chocolate with all the trimmings we went home and I decided to warm up in my Craft Room instead!!

Do you remember this.........?

Well, yesterday I decided it was high time that I took the Bull by the horns and finished it.   I had been having all sorts of ideas about painting the canvas with various colours of inks and paints, or maybe stamping some images on there.  However, yesterday I took a long hard look at it and thought that in reality 90% of the background is covered up so what better way to cover it than some of my lovely MME Christmas papers so that the loveliness comes through.  As the canvas is 14" I decided to make a sort of patchwork of different papers because I wanted the baubles on the right of the paper to be made a feature of. 

I then spent a few happy hours just "faffing" with the canvas, papers and trimmings until I was happy with it. 

The numbers had all been printed and cut using my Silhouette last year but I had not got round to finishing it off.  Unfortunately I lost one number so had to print and cut another one.

I have used Vintage photo around the letters and numbers, as well as Black soot around some too.  The "Christmas" were inked using Fired Brick and Forest Moss.  I am still undecided as to whether to use Glossy Accents on the letters.  I don't know if the glossiness would look right in the corner?!!  What do you think?

Once I had finished faffing I sprayed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls mist in gold and red, however, you cannot really see it in the photos.  (I say "finished faffing" but I am sure I will probably add a few more things between now and Christmas!!)

The chipboard pieces are K&Co.  Ribbons and lace are just from my stash.  The Stocking is from a pair of earrings that my friend bought me one Christmas many moons ago.  I cannot actually wear them as (a) they have metal hooks and (b) they are really too long for my short neck!

I know you cannot see it from the photos, but all around the edge of the canvas I have stamped using my TH Flourish stamp in Forest Moss. 
Well, I hope you like it.  Please feel free to let me know what you think about glossing the letters. 




Jingle said...

It looks fabulous!

Bella said...

whoohoo, another Christmas project! I thought I was the only crazy one working on this at this time of the year! I love what you have done and would love to see it once all the faffing is done and dusted and all the bits and bobs added.

The Crafty Elf said... Christmas project done and a few more to go. Let's hope you were inspired enough to get something done before 2012. LOL Do hope your feeling better! Nothing worse is there?

Di said...

Love it - so much detail! To gloss or not to gloss? Tricky question! I personally wouldn't 'cos I love the look of it as it is. Di xx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

I like it just as it is too . . . but don't let me stop you glossing away should the mood take you!

Fab project.

Shame about the mushrooming. Hope you feel better soon. (Hope it's not bird flu LOL!)

Hugs, Sarn x

Marjie Kemper said...

I think it looks wonderful as is. I'm impressed you cut all those #s! Sorry the shrooming didn't work out. That must've been a big disappointment. Hopefully you'll get another chance.