Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas canvas ~ CYP Challenge193

We have a bit of a change of pace at Craft Your Passion Challenges this week. Our Challenge theme is Christmas ABC...Anything but a card. It could be a gift box, decoration, present for someone, whatever. It doesn't have to be a papercraft project either. Love that! Our fabulous sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps but we were allowed to choose any image from our stash so I chose to play with a Norma J Burnell image from Sweet Pea Stamps. I love her images because they are so detailed and fun to colour. This one is called Holly and Mistletoe. I coloured her and her friends with Prismacolor pencils and then fuusy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was matted on brown cardstock and another narrow border was cut to help her stand out from the background. The vibrant colours on the image next to the neutrals on the canvas make me happy.

I applied Nougat and Mocha Mousse Fresco paints to the 5 x 7" canvas with a piece of Cut n Dry foam to get a blended effect. Once that was dry, I tapped more Mocha Mousse through the TCW Spinning Tops stencil. Nougat was pounced on using a stencil brush and TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. The same stencil was used to apply both colours as a brush mix. The word Peace is a stamp from my stash...I can't remember the maker. I used Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink to apply it randomly to the background.

Once Holly and friends were adhered to the canvas, a scrap of frayed burlap was glued to the bottom right corner to blend the image into the background. A piece of trim was stapled over the top of the burlap and both were scuffed with the Chestnut Roan ink. An Artisan Flower from pink paislee was adhered onto the burlap and two Christmas tickets from Vectoria Designs were tucked into the grouping. To create some balance another burlap scrap was adhered to the top left of the canvas and a TH corner piece was placed over that.

Snowflakes were cut from kraft paper which I had used to clean off a white sprayed stencil. It gave a fun texture and pattern to the flakes. The larger punch is Recollections and the smaller is Martha Stewart. Both had Chestnut Roan applied to the edges for contrast and grunge. A large white snowflake was added to the bigger of the two sizes and white threaded buttons were added to the smaller flakes. A sparkly snowflake button with the shank removed was popped up on foam dots and added near the smaller flakes. The final touches were the doodling done with a sepia Micron pen and the edging of the canvas which was done with the Chestnut Roan ink.

That completes my little Christmas Anything But a Card project. Thank you so much for dropping by today to meet Holly and Mistletoe. I truly appreciate your visits and wonderful comments. If you get a chance, pop by the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the fabulous creations from the rest of our talented team. I hope you will join us for this challenge. After this one we are taking a week's holiday so we'll see you again on December 30. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely one!

I am entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts ~ #237 Snowflakes
Di's Digi Designs ~ Non-Traditional Christmas Colours
Catch the Bug ~ Favourite Christmas Song (Let there be peace on earth)
Brown Sugar ~ #72 Christmas
613 Avenue Create ~ # 50 Anything Goes
Left Of Center Creative Challenges ~ #20 LOC Winter or Holidays
QKR Stampede ~ #68 Three favourite embellies (burlap, buttons, ephemera)
Sweet Pea Stampers ~ It's Cold Outside
One Sweet Challenge ~ A Gift in Itself

Life is good; so is art.


brenda said...

So very pretty and lovely colours, thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

~ginny said...

I am truly running out of words to express how much I like your work! Fussy cutting her with a thin white border and then again with a dark brown border is so effective! And I agree, the vibrant colors pop her off the neutral background in a very pleasing way. The best part for me is always the coloring - but the myriad of details in the paint and embellishments makes your work so fun to inspect. Since there is nothing simple about this project, I am going to assume you are going for the Anything Goes part of our challenge! LOL! Thank you sooo much for sharing your incredible work here Bonnie!
~ginny DT for 613 Ave Create (
RubberMAD ( )

Unknown said...

This is amazing. What a lovely project. And so much to see. Love the way you have colored her up. Thank you for sharing your project at Sweet Pea Stampers "It's cold outside". We wish you good luck and hope to see you again soon. Sylvia, DT-Sweet Pea Stampers

Sandy said...

Wow, that image just pops on your beautiful canvas. Gorgeous bright colouring and fabulous texture and embellishment.
Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas,

Amy A said...

Oh Bonnie, I missed you so had to come check out what you were up to. ;o) and your vibrant colors and design blow me away! I love the fussy cutting and layering, makes the image POP right out. I'm expecting this to be my christmas card. ;o)


Amy A

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful canvas for The Sweet Pea Stampers 'it's cold outside' challenge - hope to see more of your lovely crafting soon - Hazel, Design Team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

Sam K said...

This is stunning, the image is so striking and bold yet still delicate looking. There is so much to look at and so many textures but everything fits perfectly. Really gorgeous creation. Hugs x

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in our QKR STAMPEDE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper

Chana Malkah said...

Hi, Bonnie! Well, you have us picking our jaws up off the floor, once again! The creative audacity you display by playing this colorful image against the muted tones of the canvas background is really kinda brilliant. And then of course keeping her skin tone just a degree or two above the background color was another nice visual element. Your coloring is amazing. The entire project is amazing, just beautifully crafted. Thanks for stunning us week after week. We are always delighted to find you sitting in the rocking chair on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana, Owner

Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our challenge at allsorts Tracy x

Sandy said...

Oh wow! She is beautiful and I love the way you have directed our eyes around you page. So much to see and all so smashing too!
Merry Christmas Bonnie!

Keren Howell said...

Oh my word, what a gorgeous card! Thank you for joining in the fun at LOC. xxx Keren

Karen Howard said...

Very pretty, one of my favorites! Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Stamps! Hugs, Karen

~ginny said...

See, I told you it was beautamous! You have WON the respect of the ladies at Sweet Pea Stampers too!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally blown away at how amazing this is and your fantastic colouring enhances it further.The details,textures...well,everything work together so beautifully:)
Lisa x

maureenjscott said...

This is fabulous! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Left of Center this week. Did you know we have an open DT call till 27th December? All the info can be found here -
Thanks Mo LOC DT Coordinator x said...

What a colorful project. Just beautiful. Thank you for playing with us at One Sweet Challenge this month.
Susan s

Min said...

WOW, what a gorgeous card and amazing coloring! Just beautiful!
Thanks for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Favorite Christmas Song Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
Be sure to check out The Bug Blog for our newest Anything Goes Challenge that starts tomorrow! We hope you’ll play along!
Hugs & Happy Days!
~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
Kaymin Kreations

Kathy said...

What a lovely and artistic canvas, it's so bright and beautiful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Catch the Bug.

Jen Leeflang said...

Oh wow - this is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug's "Favourite Christmas Song" challenge. Good luck in the draw! Please pop by to play along again soon.
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang