Canvases – Big and Little

CTMH’s new Idea Book is full of innovative new Home Decor items.  Being a die hard scrapbooker and paper crafter, I wasn’t too sure about the new 12 x 12 canvas workshop, canvas journals, printer’s trays, etc but wanting to keep an open mind I did some internet research on how to use these items.  What I found was a very cool technique for transfering a printed image to canvas and I knew I has to try it.

You start with some Acrylic Gesso medium and paint your canvas with it. Then you place an inkjet or laser photocopy of your photograph upside down on it, squishing it thoroughly into the gunk and rubbing all the bubbles out. After it dries, the photocopy paper is “glued” to your canvas, image side down. Spritzing the back of the paper with water to dampen it, you can rub the paper with  your finger and it “rolls” off the canvas, leaving the ink behind, imbedded in the clear gesso covering your canvas. A final coat with modge podge protects the image and “wets” any fine paper fibers still left on the canvas, making them disappear. Lastly, add some bling in the form of sparkle flourishes and paper flowers and your done!

I decided to try out the technique on one of CTMH’s 6 x 6 canvases in the Idea Book.  I took my 4×6 photograph to Staples and for 59 cents they made an color photocopy, enlarged to 150% and reversed so that the image would come out correctly on the canvas. I used a photo of a good friend and her daughter which I took last summer and planned to give to them as a thank you gift when I visit them later this Spring. Much to my surprise, the whole process was quick and easy and came out perfectly on the first attempt:


Next I decided to try CTMH’s 12 x 12 canvas workshop, only using my own chipboard and dimensionals to embellish two photographs of my daughter mounted on the canvas:


I was quite pleased at how that came out as well.

If this looks like something you’d like to try yourself, come to my workshop on Thursday morning, April 18th or Saturday afternoon, April 20th and you can try your hand and making both of these fun canvas projects. They are perfect for showcasing your own family members on the wall, or for giving as a gifts to friends and family.


Canvases Workshop

Thursday, April 18th at 9am, or
Saturday, April 20th at 2pm
$20 for both size canvases and all the accessories and embellishments

RSVP by April 8th
Limited to 6 participants because that’s all the canvases I bought

Elegant Birthday Cards

April’s cardmaking workshop features the For Always paper in classic black and white, with a pop of purple color. These elegant cards are perfect for those special people in your life…

We’ll make 5 each of the three designs shown below:

We’ll meet on Thursday morning, April 11th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun stamping techniques used in creating these cards.


Plus we will be trying out a new technique and making a bonus “chalkboard” card:



For a more thorough description of this cool technique, please see my previous post on chalkboard cards.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, April 1st so that I may have your papers prepared for you.

When: Thursday April 11th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 15 cards with envelopes.

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Paper Dolls and Zipper Lace

April’s Scrapbooking workshop features the Claire papers, in sumptuous hollyhock, sunset and Denim blue:

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Aren’t they gorgeous! I love the paper dolls, mini clothes-pins and the hollyhock zipperlace on the third layout.

If you’d like to join us in making these pages, register now for  April’s Scrapbooking Workshop.  The Claire paperpack, canvas complements, zipper lace, baker’s twine and mini-clothes pins are all provided.

When: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $25

What to Bring: Paper cutter and adhesive
RSVP: 703-790-3497   or

Please reserve your spot by  March 30th
{so I can order your paper pack and Embellishments}

If you are unable to attend on April 13th, you may order your complete “kit” to complete the pages above at home and pick it up in person or have it mailed to you.

Picture this…. on canvas!

I’ve been dying to try out a technique for transferring photos onto canvas using CTMH’s new 6×6 canvases.

Well, the kids and I got to enjoy a snow day here in Virginia, so I dug out my supplies and we gave it a try. It really works!! I used Acrylic gel medium to coat the canvas and then layed a laser photocopy of a photograph facedown in the gel medium.  I used a brayer to smooth it onto the canvas, working all the bubbles out.  It took 3 or 4 hours to dry completely.  Then, spritzing the paper backing with water, I rubbed the paper off the canvas, revealing the transferred picture underneath, pretty cool!  After it dried completely, there was a white haze over the photo from paper fibers still on the canvas. I carefully rubbed paper fibers off a second time and then coated the picture with modge podge. When the modge podge had dried clear, it had coated any remaining paper fibers and the white haze was gone. I finished it up by adding some sparkles and paper flowers:


I love the end result! It was actually really easy to do and only took about 15 minutes of time in two sessions, waiting for the gel to dry between sessions.

I chose this picture of two dear friends so that I would have a thank you gift for them, as they are welcoming us for a visit soon. I hope they like it!  Another fun canvas to try would be one in sepia tones, maybe a little old fashioned or nostalgic looking. I’ll have to try that next…..

In the meantime, thanks for looking!

It’s in the Bag

It's in the Bag

CTMH’s new pigment inks are perfect for stamping on these adorable muslin bags. They make perfect little gift bags for hostess gifts, jewelry, soaps, perfumes, etc. Want to give it a try?

Muslin Bag Workshop

Thursday, March 21st at 9am, and
Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm
$15 for 6 bags with gift tags and goodies

RSVP by March 19th
Limited to 8 participants


Voila! Mini-album…

Hanna and I completed her mini-album in under 2 hours using Cricut shapes cut from CTMH’s Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges.


Mini-album Video Tutorial

Way Cool! I’ve lots of beautiful left over papers and would love to create with them!

Perfect for a mother-daughter afternoon. Hanna and I are going to give it a go today and I’ll post the results tonight. Stay tuned!


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