Monday 2 February 2015

Live, Laugh, Love - A charity canvas

This past week I was able to take a welcome break from making the 12 themed pages for a swap I'm involved with, to create this special 16" x 20" canvas (not that I'm bored with the book pages! Just nice to create on a different substrate).

Close up photos further down.

I was asked if I would like to create something special to donate as a prize for a special fundraiser. So this canvas will help raise the money needed to ensure 2 gorgeous dogs get to travel from hell in Romania. Once here in the UK these two dogs, under the care of Babworth Animal Rescue Kennels, will get their chance at a family of their own! And who could resist these faces...



Please visit the Alexandra's Animals facebook page to buy tickets for this raffle and be in with a chance of winning my canvas or one of the other fabulous valentine themes prizes!

Anyway, back to this canvas! I created the background using acrylic paint and shimmer sprays. I added more layers to the background with dry wall tape, texture gel and embossing powders.

The letters were die cut with a Sizzix bigz die in 4mm greyboard and these are Gesso'd before adding teal spray ink to some and a silver metalic paint to the others. I also Glossy Accented the teal letters to add variation of texture to the project. The two teal "L's" were layered onto book page rosettes which were coloured in the same way as the flowers.

The mdf birds are from That Craft Place, my absolute favourite craft shop! These were Gesso'd before adding the teal spray ink and finishing with crackle glaze.

The flowers were all made by hand using old book pages which I sprayed with the same inks that were used in the background. I then accented with either silver or black paint.

The piece was finished off with a couple of die cut flourishes, LOTS of flatback pearl bling and black sequin strings round the sides of the canvas. I feared I may have over done the bling factor, but the more I've sat and stared at it, the more I was convinced that bling was needed! 

Thankyou as always for visiting my blog. Every single visit and comment is so deeply appreciated.


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  1. Very pretty canvas! Lovely colors! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls.

  2. Beautiful canvas and love the embellishments.
    Linda xxx

  3. A fabulous canvas, love the colours and detail. I'm sure it will raise lots of money for a wonderful cause x

  4. Fabulous Sam love your work crafty hugs Judith x

  5. such a gorgeous mixed media canvas - love the colours and the embellishments

    thank you so much for entering the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at That Craft Place

    hugs Kerrie x

  6. Beautiful canvas, wonderful colors and accents. Thank you for joining us at HIMCR this week.

    Sue - HIMCR DT

  7. Hi Sam, A fabulous canvas, beautiful colours and lovely design.

    Hugs Erin xx

  8. This is a gorgeous mixed media canvas! Really love the colors and the intricate embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls...we really appreciate you playing along!

  9. Beautiful canvas, and what a wonderful cause you are donating too. Love your color palette and all the elements. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Just Us Girls!

  10. I love all of the different elements of this beautiful canvas! Lovely colors and composition. This is something you should be very proud of. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  11. Adorable 4 legged friends! -- fabulous bg on your page - Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

  12. A lovely canvas!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Texture” challenge over at Come and Get It & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (GDT Kreativzeit Challenges)

  13. A fabulous design and a perfect project for our texture challenge at Come and Get It. Thanks for sharing this special project with us. Good luck with the fundraiser for these very cute dogs! All the best Meighan DT

  14. Super cute project, great design!

    Glad that you could join us for the challenge at Come And Get It…..hope to see you back soon!

    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ CAGI DT ~

  15. Hi Sam and ty for visiting my blog. You asked re the fabric section. It is painted and threads attached and painted and gilded x

  16. What a fun project! Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card


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