DIY Canvas Art

I have been wanting to try some canvas art. A little scared of ruining some photos but finally took the plunge. Here are two that I did tonight…Two of my favorite photos. I have a much larger one of my husband on our wedding day that I just love and didn’t want to pay the high cost of framing, etc for the photo. So I took the plunge and tried this project.

I have been playing around with Mod Podge lately and have fell in love with it…If I could Mod Podge everything in the world I would…it is just absolutely FABULOUS. The projects are endless with Mod Podge..and I love discovering new or not so new ideas (but hey they are new to me).

Here is my Mod Podge Canvas Art…

I used matte one the photo of us holding the champagne glasses and I used glossy on the one with us kissing.

I put a couple of layers of Mod Podge on the canvas and then laid my photo down…let it dry for a few minutes and then a layer of Pod Modge over the photos.




This was the easiest project I have ever done….and now I am going to figure out more ways of making other canvas “art”….


Scratch Off Cards

To make your own scratch off tickets/cards you’ll need;

Dawn dish soap (any brand should do)

metallic acrylic paint (any color and brand of your choice)

paint brush

packing tape or contact paper

painters tape  I personally didn’t use it for this project since my hand was steady

scrap paper  or craft mat



 Prepare your mixture.    Two parts paint for every one part dish soap.




Start mixing, but try not to stir too aggressively – you do not want too many little bubbles.



Grab a piece of scrap paper or craft mat and tape down the card you’re wanting to put the scratch off area on – (I actually didn’t tape down my card)

You will need either packing tape or contact paper to cover your picture or item that you want to paint.  You can also use paper punches to make designs for your scratch offs…






Make sure to cover the whole area you want painted over with tape.





If you do not have a steady hand use painters tape, mark off what you don’t want painted over. If you have a steady hand you could skip this step.  I did not use painters tape.


Now start painting.

Use thin, even layers. Don’t worry if you can still see through it after the first coat, it will most likely take two or four coats to get it all covered.




I did about 4 layers.  Give it about 15-60 mins to dry depending on how many layers you did.


If you used painters tape (blue removable tape) now you can remove the tape but be careful not to tear the surface/card. ( I skipped this step since I did not use painters tape.)


Now you have an awesome scratch off card/surface!




Now grab your coin and start scratching.








Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween is coming near and whether you want to hand out goody bags to co-workers, trick or treaters or even clients this is one that anyone can do…


               Supplies that will be needed:

  1. Cardstock paper to make to stamp on
  2. Halloween stamps
  3. Black or any other color ink pads
  4. Address labels in white
  5. Treat bags (you can buy at any craft store or Wal-Mart)
  6. Candy (Hershey Nuggets preferred)


First layout your address labels:

These are left over from our wedding…I still have tons of them…lol

Next get some archival ink so the ink will not smudge and will be waterproof




You will need some Halloween stamps.  You can go to Michael’s and JoAnn’s Fabric and get small stamp sets for $1.00 and Wal-Mart carries similar ones for 97 cents.  (I could show you a bunch more but this is just a taste of the stamps)



You will also need something similar to Hershey Nuggets or Hershey nuggets.



and of course the bags you are going to put your treats in…

Now stamp on the labels however you want your design to be….





Now let’s assemble the labels to the candy and the bags:






















After you finish all the stamping and wrapping you can proceed to putting the candy in a clear bag or a decorative bag.







Now comes the topper for the bag.




Attach the topper to the bag with a staple or you can use a hole punch and some black ribbon to close it.






Here is your finished product to give out to your trick or treaters, friends, co-workers or clients…




Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  More to come.


Thanks for stopping by.





Great Finds at Office Max









This was one of my great finds at Office Max.  It was marked on clearance for $41.99 when I went to the check out it rang up $14.00  YAY!   I have been wanting a bigger size trimmer have the smaller ones but finally broke down to get the big trimmer…so glad I waited.

OfficeMax #1167
PLANO, TX  75093
1167 01 0434 09/14/12 08:37:07 AM
079946263121                    $14.00
 12″ Heavy Duty Paper Trimm
051141256757                     $6.79
 Double Sided Tape 3pk Disp
051141256757                     $6.79
 Double Sided Tape 3pk Disp


I also got some  3M double sided tape the receipt says 3 pack but it is actually a 4 pack.  The clearance price said $15.99 but when I checked out they rang up $6.79.  YAH me again…!!!





Half way mark on my reorganization..still a work in progress

Here is the half way point…




I love this craft table...


I love this folds down..I only have one side up right now..and it rolls around…the paper rack is awesome too…I got both of these free..YES FREE..I posted on in my area and asked if anyone had any crafting items to give away..a woman was cleaning out her craft room and gave me tons of stuff to get started…(this was just the beginning of my crafting addiction)….


There is still quite a bit more stuff to put up and to post…so as I slowly put stuff up and figure out how I want things to be displayed or organized I will show more photos…


Hobby Lobby Shopping Trip

So I decided to stop in Hobby had been awhile since I had been the Hobby Lobby on the East side of Plano…so I wandered in to see what I could find..and you know I found something… are some of the goodies that I found..a new rubber stamp to make an awesome card with…a pack of mini clay pots for 83 cents normally $3.00 a pack..(one pot is broken) ..I bought some Valentine candy and some candy decorations for cookies/cupcakes…I finally found a SLICE spatula..every Michael’s was out of stock and anyone who was still selling SLICE still had them full I was pleasantly surprised when I found it half price at Hobby Lobby.  I got some baking cups that do not need to go in a muffin pan on clearance..  I got a tube of icing for $1.79.   Some Christmas stuff marked to 90% off..


Some of my Hobby Lobby Haul

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