Friday, April 5, 2013


Hello my friends and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

I'm back from my trip to Indiana ... all rested up and ready to get busy catching up on my DT work.  BUT, before I do, I wanted to share some photos with you.  It was so wonderful to see some of my friends from Michigan, Indiana & Illinois!  (warning:  photo heavy post)

Take note of what my 'friend' Diane (Nellie's Nest) decided to do for this photo (in the pink behind me).  YEP ... she gave me the ole 'rabbit ears' or as she said 'she was just giving the PEACE sign' ... LOL!  WHAT A FUN GROUP and thank goodness Joan's husband, Jon took TWO photos ... LOL!

Diane was telling me about these fabulous doll stamps by Julie Nutting (can now be purchased through Joan's Gardens) and I couldn't wait to see them and create something ... that is when the idea of doing an Altered Canvas came into  mind for our get together.  Some of the other ladies had never done a canvas before so it was AWESOME FUN and each one really shows the creators character.  Luckily I took a photo of each canvas since I found inspiration from each one ... want to see??

Here is Diane Hover's.
She was going to add a few more things once she got home.  You can see her finished canvas on her blog Nellie's Nest.   Thanks so much for this fabulously fun get together idea!

I love the colors Judy Studer (Back Porch Crafts by Judy) used on her canvas.  It is gorgeous!   Though difficult to see in the photo, the chandelier was actually die cut & popped up and the black & white flower was created by die cutting the Memory Box Quinn Flourish three times and conditioning it ... it is beautiful!

 Gretchen Wilson (Gretchen's Closet) will also be finishing her creation at home.  She plans on adding several of the Judy Nutting dolls to this canvas along with other embellishments.  I can't wait to see the finished product!!

 Joan used papers from the Graphic45 'Ladies Diary' to make this beautiful gift for a family member.  Isn't it just STUNNING!!!  What a work of art and a true treasure for the recipient.
Bette Henson has a great start to this canvas.  She too will be completing it at home.  LOVE the bird on a branch element and those clouds ... BEAUTIFUL!  Can't wait to see this finished project too!

And, last but not least, here is my finished canvas.  LOVE how these colors came together and this doll in her paper pieced dress was so much fun to work with!  I wish you all could see these in real life ... they are each amazing & beautiful!  Photos just don't do them justice!!

Here are a couple of closeups to show you some detail.  You can click on any of the photos for an even larger view.

For the flower I used the Spellbinder Anemone Flower Topper dies with the same design paper that's on the canvas.  The flourishes were created with the Cheery Lynn Designs B117S Fanciful Flourish Small and they were also cut from some of the scraps of the dp used on the canvas.  Teal Stickles added a little sparkle to my creation (thanks Diane) and the accent painting was done with both a foam brush and bubble wrap.   The words on my canvas are White Rub-Ons ... so quick & easy!
Thanks to all the ladies for sharing their papers, embellishments, ideas & friendship on this MEMORABLE get together!  I am truly blessed to call these ladies my friends.

A few other challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Back to Nature (butterflies)
 Cute Card Thursday - Something Borrowed (stamps/papers/rub-ons)
Forever Friends April Challenge - Paper Piecing
Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley Challenge - Projects with Character
Creative Moments - Things with Wings (butterflies)

NOW DON'T FORGET ... this did take place at Joan's Gardens so of course I had to SHOP!!!

I hadn't been out to Joan's since last fall so I've been saving up and waiting to have a HUGE SHOPPING SPREE ... and I did!  (ssshhh don't tell hubby ... LOL ... he already thinks I have more than enough stuff to play with!)  Want to see what I bought???

 Yep ... I 'bought the farm' on this trip!  LOL!  And CAN'T WAIT to start playing with all my new toys!  I tell you ... I was like a kid in a candy store!  I'm sure you understand completely!!!

NOW it's time to play work!  Joan has a new challenge posted that I want to join in on and as I said at the beginning of this long post ... I do have DT work to get caught up on!  So, enough jibber-jabber ... time to craft!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead!

As always . . .


Emily Lauritzen said...

Oh my, look at all those goodies! You certainly did shop! Lol :)
Beautiful canvas creations! Sounds like the trip was fun for everyone!
<3 Emily L.

Diane said...

What a wonderful post of a wonderful day!!! I am loving all you bought, and no wonder there wasn't any Graphic 45 left...haha.....I see in your pics that I just might "need" a few more things....all the canvas's look so nice...a super fun day, and we all needed it after our loooong winter!! Glad you made it home safe and sound....thanks for the plug for my blog...really appreciate to later my friend!!

Joann said...

Hi Darlene,
Looks like you bought the farm from Joan’s Gardens! I am jealous. I actually have the same problem in a craft store that I visit while travelling. I love your canvas and always enjoy seeing what you create next. Thank you very much for joining us this week at Cheery Lynn Designs.

pst said...

All canvasses look fabulous! The colors you have used on yours are beautiful and I love the paper pieced dress. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends this month.

Carol Christie said...

Beautiful creations. Thanks for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges this month, Carol xx

PetraB said...

Fabulous creations and all these yummy goodies! Thank you for playing along with Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

Vickie Y said...

Wow, Darlene! What a fun day you and the others had with Joan; and your haul...OhMyGoodness! Love the canvas project! Hugs, Vickie

beadz said...

It sounds like your group had a lot of fun with the canvases. Thanks so much for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

Deb said...

what a lot of fun you had! love your canvas!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

Wendy L said...

Wows, you really did shop didn,t you?
Lovely creations, thanks for joining us at Forever Friends this month. xxx

Sonia said...

Such a really lovely work^_^
Thank you for joining us this mounth at Forever Friends for Paper Piecing Challenge, Good Luck ^_^
DT Sonia
(If you want I have a surprise candy for celebrate my first blogaversary^_^)

Nathalie said...

Wow magnific project. Thanks for playing with us at Little Miss Muffet challenge.

Jaine Drake said...

I love your mixed media work it's stunning. Thanks for joining the challenge with Sarah Hurley this time.