Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thankful Canvas for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Challenge Theme: 
Kathy is hosting our challenge this time and it's A Harvest of Gratitude.  Kathy asks that you
"create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart."

My Project:
Sometimes life is hard, I mean really hard.  Right now, my family is having to deal with a lot of stressful issues.  We just lost our Mother and another family member is dealing with a difficult health problems.  Some days I find it difficult to think positively but this challenge has reminded me that I still have much to be thankful for and so I created this canvas as a constant reminder, life IS good, even in the face of adversity.

The Process:
Have I told you how much I LOVE everything Stamperia?  Oh my, they have the most gorgeous papers, totally drool worthy!!  The papers are so pretty, well, you could just frame the papers as they are with no modification!  For this project, I used the Patchwork collection and a rice paper sheet, also from the Patchwork collection.

Ok, I did add a few things to the papers.  I started with a 9" x 12" canvas and I first glued a 9" x 12" piece of design paper to that. I used a Tim Holtz circle mask and aged mahogany paint to stencil on some random circles.  Then I used a sponge stamp to add some smaller dots of Fossilized Amber and Aged Mahogany.

Then I took a 4" square canvas and painted it with Aged Mahogany paint.  After that dried, I decoupaged on a 4" square cut-apart and glued it to the canvas.  The raised canvas creates a picture with in a picture, giving the small canvas a position of importance. I am so grateful for my home, it is my refuge so I thought it was important to represent that on my canvas.

Though I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, I still love these cups and the messages they convey.  I fussy cut the teacups from the rice paper they were printed on and decoupaged them on the canvas.  I love their translucent look.

Beneath the cups I've added a  chipboard word that says it all, "family".  Family is everything to me.  The two words I've used on this canvas are Creative Embellishments chipboard and I like how they stand out.  I colored the words with Seth Apter's Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing enamel by Emerald Creek.  I like how the dark color gives the words a sense of importance.

I love the copper flecks in the embossed words.

Everyone faces challenges in life, I have to remember, that in spite of it all, life IS good.  I created a lot of texture on this tiny canvas that is just 3" square. I did some masking on the canvas with a burlap stencil and then painted it all with Aged Mahogany paint.

In my crafting world, it's all about the flowers.  Can't help myself, I have to put flowers on everything!  The flowers I've used on this canvas are mostly from Little Birdie's Vivid collection of blooms.  Love the vibrant color that works so well with this canvas!

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic Harvest of Gratitude project and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge any time between now and 
11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at the Frillie and Funkie Blog.


  1. Oh, Maggi! This project is so filled with meaning and heartfelt gratitude. I appreciate your amazing decision to focus on the things that are GOOD in the middle of this horrible time you are going through. This canvas captures your zest for life, your love for art, and your thankful heart. I love the details you added. Splendid!

  2. Maggi, creating meaningful art through your tears. This is a special piece—full of gratitude and hope for the future.

  3. Maggi: Sending you prayers right now and thinking of you during these stressful times. This is so beautiful and a lovely way to express your gratitude.

  4. Maggi, I am amazed at how you are able to create such a MASTERPIECE when you have all these things going on your life. You have certainly focused on things that are positive and uplifting in your life and portrayed this on your sensational canvas! So many incredible details that express your gratitude! Really lovely! Sending hugs and prayers! Sara Emily

  5. This is so cheerful and so inspiring with all your meaningful words and phrases. The colours are so happy and sure to lift anyone's spirits.

  6. Oh Maggi you've positively brought that patchwork paper to life with the flowers and elements to be thankful for. The embossed words make a huge difference too, making it a piece of home decor that is perfect not just for Thanksgiving but for the whole year through xx


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