Skip to main content

My First Canvas



Sympathy Canvas
 
Sometimes a Sympathy card just doesn't seem like enough.  At least that's how it was for me when my Grandmother passed a couple weeks ago.  I felt like I needed to do more for my Mom now that both of her parents are gone.  Instead of planning my trip home to say my final good-bye's, I was  planning this.  I really had to put myself in a different place to create this with my box of tissues at hand.  I spent all my summers with my Grandma, just the 2 of us.  Although she was hard to get along with she was my grand and I loved her. 
 
I found this 12x12 canvas at my LSS.  I felt I wanted to do a canvas but having never made one I didn't know where to go once I had the canvas.  But then I saw the new TH Distressed Doily die and it all kinda fell into place.


I started with my favorite photo of my grandss on their wedding day, she was about 17 and he was about 20.  I changed the black and white photo to sepia and printed it out on normal printer paper.  I then inked the edges with vintage photo ink and mounted the photo on vanilla and brown cardstock.  Making sure to seal it all with Modge Podge.

I spent 20 minutes looking for my wood Scrabble pieces.  They had fallen behind behind some boxes.  Lucky for me I found them and all the letters to spell out REMEMBER.  I inked the edges with Walnut to soften the blocks.  Adding the gears in grunge and embossing the metalic to creat this accent.  Mt grandpa was a commercial fisherman so the big gold gear reminds me of his nautical past.

I kept some tissue from a recent purchase and created this pretty tissue flower.  I layered 10 4x4 sheets of the tissue, fan fold about every 1/4" then staple the center to hold the folds.  Then I cut the edges round and started seperating the layers and fluffing to make it a flower.  To accent the center I added this brass metal button.  The key and lock we still drying. 

My Mom was a Daddy's girl, so I printed again on the printer paper his photo when he was on his boat.  Then layered to create a frame.  Using the SU Photo Corners punch, I embossed them and coated them in Glossy Accents.  They shine! To help hold the photo in place I added some brads.

Aren't these vintage frames pretty!  What a pop they add.  I simply printed "MOTHER" and "FATHER" and layered them in the frame.  Once I popped them in place with the brads I coated in the Glossy Accents.

Together with the photo's it's a pretty reminder of my Mom's parents.

I love my letter dies so I can create words on this grundge board.

The font is a 1940's type font and one of my favorites.

The On the Edge Distressed Doily is a perfect match my my grandparents 1940's wedding photo!

I picked up this heavy metal clip with the word REMEMBER on it.  And a stamped tag CELEBRATE from Scrappy Moms Stamps set Mini Messages.

Thanks for popping in and taking a look.  It is so strange my grandparents are gone now.  But my Mom will have this for her home where she will see it everyday!

 
Photobucket

Comments

  1. What a lovely thing to do and the memories it will hold for your mum and for you.. Take Care

    ReplyDelete
  2. So beautiful...amazing job! Lee-Ann :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow, Nicole this is stunning.
    Love all the special touches without looking overcrowded.
    I love that the focus is on the photo and each embellishment is so personal.
    Just beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a beautiful canvas for your mother. It is sad when you lose someone close to you. I am sorry for your loss. I am sure your mom will put that canvas up in her house and have some great memories of her parents! :) Sending you some hugs

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is a wonderful tribute, you did a beautiful job on it, lovely photo :)
    Your Grandmother would be proud of this, hugs to you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a beautiful keepsake for your Mother, Nicole. I think you may have found a new area of expertise for yourself also! Gorgeous canvas.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nicole, I'm so sorry for your loss. This canvas is a stunning memorial to your grandparents! There are so many beautiful things on here! The tissue flower with the lock and key are awesome...the way you made those photo corners with the glossy accents makes them look just like the Tim Holtz metal photo corners! I love how you inked the edges of the pictures, and the lace doilies framing the whole canvas is a brilliant addition to complete the whole vintage look! I just love it! I'm definitely pinning this one :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nicole, this is the most amazing gift of Love dedicated to Mom and Dad. I am so thankful that you have this talent to create such a keepsake. Everytime I look at this beautiful canvas I will Remember...and as time goes on the tears will begin to be replaced by smiles and memories of 2 wonderful people who blessed my life. I am so thankful to have you, Nicole in my life...love always...Mom...xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh My Goodness - this is amazing - what a way to remember and keep the memories alive. I am truly sorry for your loss. Regards. Karon

    http://karonskraftykorner.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ohhh, this is a treasure!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous way to express your heartfelt sympathy to your mother. I'm sure she will absolutely cherish this!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nicole,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother!!! :(

    But what an AMAZING creation!!!!!!!!! All of your many details are exquisite! Your mother must love it!

    Thank you for taking the time to share,

    Jennifer
    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

My heartfelt thanks for stopping by.

Popular posts from this blog

Halloween Decor- Pennies a project

SIX PROJECTS ON A DIME!

Are you looking for some Halloween Decor ideas?  I have a few for you.  These are projects I have been working on for the past couple of weeks.  BANNERS
I made Boo and Beware for my 2 corner windows.  These are cut from Birthday Bash, using Recollections Halloween paper and Stampin Up Halloween Paper.
I made this Tim Holtz Banner, "Trick or Treat".  Hangs over my spooky dining room.  Black sheets are there for the holidays.
Cut from Birthday Bash and the frames/ font are a Sophisticated cut.  I added beads from Walmart and skulls are a $1 store necklace cut up.
This BIG Banner is "Happy Halloween"
The charms are Walmart and the tulle is from an old Halloween costume.  This glitter spiders are a $1 store find.

Happy Halloween!
Candles
Cheap-o-la...You can make this on a budget...promise!  I picked these candelabras up from Michaels for $12 at 50% off.  I bought them on a day they there was an additional 25% off so in the end they were less than…

Altered Halloween Advent Calendar w/ Video

WOW, I think this is my biggest Halloween project yet.  It took me 5 days to complete and I could have kept adding!!!  As you know I adore Halloween and yes I have begun bringing out my Halloween goodies.  Lots of photos in this post and there is so much to see.  So lets get into the project and get you inspired for Halloween!
I was asked by Scrapbooker's Paradise (where I teach) to make one of these Kaiser Craft Shadow Boxes...with a Halloween Theme!!!  Arm twisted and mission accepted.  I am going all Tim on this one! I started by spraying all the pieces with a Hammered Finish in a gun metal grey. The set even comes with numbers;) I used My Minds Eye Happy Haunting paper to create each box with a great pattern paper background.  Then using all my Tim Holtz goodies and $1 Store finds I went to town decorating.  I used various numbers from the rub ons, metal numbers, wooden and those that came with the Shadow Box.   Be sure to dry fit before gluing!  It took me 4 hours to die cut…

Paper Smooches Passport

It's no secret I love journaling of any kind including the Passport die.  Creating little books everywhere I go and with everything I have.

Xyron and Paper Smooches are teaming up this week and a ton of creativity.  Creating pages is essential to journaling and the Notebook Paper Twostamp is perfect for these inserts.  Check it out...


Roll the cover pieces of the Passport Die through the Creative Station, switching out the 5" refill for the 9" refill.  Work one side at a time to quickly adhere Wild Whispers paper.

Apply inside pattern paper, flip and repeat for the exterior paper.

To make things easier I used my new Tonic Studios Stamp Platform.  With all these pages I needed precision stamping for the notebook lines and teeny letters to create "notes".

I don't want plain pages... that's boring.  I inked and stamped the all the letters with antique linen randomly on each page.  Add a little paper detail.  But just a little ;)

Lets stencil because we can…