Monday, February 3, 2014

Crafty Secrets February Linky Party & DT Challenge

It's the 1st Monday of the Month and that means it's time once again for another fun filled, inspirational Linky Party over at the Crafty Secrets Blog.  
Today the DT is concentrating on 
I have an altered canvas tutorial to share with you. 
(warning ... Photo heavy post)
  I have created this canvas as hubby's Valentine's Day gift along with a little box for candy (he's trying to loose some weight, don't want to tempt him too much, lol).

You can find some amazing papers/images/ephemera over at the Crafty Secrets Store ... CraftyVintageGirl
to create all sorts of wonderful Valentine's Day gift projects.  The team has made some amazing projects to help inspire you.  Just click on their name to get to their blogs where you'll find photos, tutorials ... all sorts of helpful hints.  We sadly say goodbye to DT member Rebekah who finds life has become more demanding of her time.  I wish her well and she will be missed!
Valentine's Day Altered Canvas

Step 1:
From the Vintage Valentine Kit, I printed several of the paper designs (onto plain printer paper) and some of the cute images onto 80# card stock.

Using a white 8x10 canvas (JoAnn's on sale), I started tearing the various design papers I had printed, in different shapes & sized.  I simply started laying them down on the canvas top until I was happy with the design.

 STEP 3:
 Once I had the papers torn & arranged as I wanted, I simply started attaching them to the canvas using Mod Podge and a sponge brush. 

I use a wallpaper seam roller to go over the edges to be sure they are all adhered.

Next I decided on my FOCUS ... which in this case was going to be a couple of photos of hubby and myself.  The main paper I have used to showcase the center photo is also from the Vintage Valentine Kit  and I have simply printed it at a smaller scale.  Using my swivel craft knife, I cut around the top of the heart on the paper and tucked the photo corner inside between the paper and the red mat backing AND under the words 'Love's Sweet Story' which is a part of this beautiful paper.

From there I just started fussy cutting out pieces from the ephemera sheets included in this kit and positioning them where I thought they looked best.  I've popped up a few items, added narrow satin ribbon to a few others and VIOLA ... canvas complete!

Gift Box Punch Board
By simply printing out another sheet of design paper from this kit and using my new WeR Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board, I was able to create this cute little box which I will fill with red & silver wrapped Hershey kisses.

OKAY now it's YOUR turn!

You'll have one week to play along so be sure to pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Blog and post any sample you have created using ANY Crafty Secrets product(s) and receive a $6.00 coupon. You can enter up to 4 samples to increase your chance to win the $50 gift card but only one $6.00 coupon can be sent. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little gift idea and will give it a try yourself!
You can make an altered canvas for a variety of decorating ideas using items from the Crafty Vintage Girl Store ... be sure to pop over and check it out!!

A few additional challenges:
A Creative Romance - Show Us Some Love
 Crafty Catz #216 - Anything Goes
 Fairy Tale Challenge - More than Two Colors (red/pink/blue)
Fussy and Fancy - Vintage
Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything But A Card
SweetPea Stampers - Valentines Day/Love
The Outlawz TT Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft My Life - All Craft Challenge - Anything BUT a Card
Artistic Inspiration #77 - Hearts
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Love/Valentine
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes/Use Red

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a fabulous day/week ahead!
As always ...


  1. Darlene, This is so awesome. It would of been a nice surprise. Great job with the altered canvas tutorial and thanks for sharing that and it is a nice gift set. Love the pictures and the embellishments. I love those WeR Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board, all of the boards work so nice and make it so easy to add extras boxes. Thanks again for joining TT Challenge.
    Hugs, Pat

  2. Gosh, I love this canvas. Great project! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Pea Stampers. We wish you good luck and we hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

  3. Darlene, you aced this challenge, thanks for all of the inspiration. I love your pictures and all of the layered elements give so much to look at and admire. I am sure he will love your gift.

  4. Soooo cool and that box is adorable! Love the papers you chose...I have got to use that red floral one so pretty. cherry

  5. Two great projects. Thanks for sharing them this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  6. Looks great Darlene. I was really interested to see you used Mod Podge. I have a jar I've never opened...guess it's time. This is an excellent peek at all the things in the Vintage Valentine Kit. One more time, THANKS.

  7. Just beautiful Darlene! Great layering that all came together ... so pretty!! Darling box also! Now I'm hungry for chocolate. Oh yeah... I'm always up for chocolate! lol

  8. Hi Darlene, What a simply beautiful canvas, it's just stunning and I love all the sweet elements you added....
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week..x

  9. What a gorgeous altered canvas you have made here. Stunning. It fits our challenge this fortnight of “Valentine’s day/love”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

  10. Love all the layering! What a cute little box to tuck these special goodies into!

  11. Love this canvas, i love craft creations like this! thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart. Good luck! x

  12. What a gorgeous canvas and your box is so sweet...Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers and hoping to see you again. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  13. Hi Darlene a great project thanks for entering it in our challenge at Crafting from the heart.
    Fiona (DT co-owner) xx

  14. This is so sweet! Great work!!

  15. Beautiful collage, Darlene. Love all the vintage images.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

  16. Beautiful collage, thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations.
    Louise x

  17. Great projects Dar - I have not use Mod Pod in crafting yet - need to look into that! Enjoy your week! Gial

  18. You did a beautiful job on the canvas you made for your hubby and the little treat box turned out awesome. He is definitely going to like these two gifts. Thanks for sharing and joining us at All Crafts Challenge.
    Deborah ACC DT

  19. Such a beautiful canvas, thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspiration on our valentine challenge Hugs Tania (DT) xx

  20. Great projects, Darlene! Love the canvas and you make it seem so simple! I need to just "take the plunge" and give it a try. :)

  21. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'Valentine's Day/Love' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT - and also for the Cheerful Stamp pad challenge 79 x

  22. great canvas and box love the photos and mix of papers and love all the layers and embellishments- thanks for joinin us at Crafting from the Heart
    Carol DT x

  23. What a fab page and box! thanks for sharing at stampin for the weekend hugs Rebekah xx

  24. What a fab giftset. I love your layout! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  25. Fantastic projects, the layout of the canvas is fab! Thank you for playing along with the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

  26. Thanks for sharing this lovely project for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 79: love/Valentine, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

  27. What a gorgeous work!Thank you so much for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!
    Karla B


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