Friday, December 7, 2012

Xyron and Basically Bare - Day Five (and TWO Giveaways)!

We have had such a wonderful week with the Basically Bare and Xyron Design Teams - such a talented group of women! If you missed any of the posts this week please look back through all of the Xyron DT projects here on the blog and then be sure to head on over to the Basically Bare blog to see the amazing projects they've shared as well.  Gorgeous!

I got the inspiration for my project from my fabulous friend Leica Forrest and an altered canvas class I've seen her teach (and wished I could take) a dozen times. When I got my Basically Bare goodies and saw the little cardboard houses I knew it was time to try one myself!

Now most of you know that I am a very "clean" crafter - so this was TOTALLY outside my comfort zone...but what a blast! I have been inspired!

I started with a 3-pack of 4x12 canvases that had been sitting in my studio FOREVER.  I had some vintage newspapers so I cut several of the pages in to approx 9x15 pieces and ran them through my Xyron 9" Creative Station.  Then I GENTLY peeled them from the backing and literally wrapped each canvas in the newspaper.

I wanted to use a watercolor effect for my background (if the color is too thick you wouldn't be able to see the newspaper) so I mixed a few mists and some water to create my desired colors.  I painted the top and bottom canvases completely, then for the center canvas I ran some die cuts through the Creative Station with the repositionable adhesive in it, laid them on the canvas, painted over them, and easily peeled them off.

I free-hand cut the "flat" (paper items not chipboard) tree top, sun, and sun rays from scraps of patterned paper. I ran them through my Creative Station, placed them on the canvases, and traced everything with my black Slick Writer - including the outline of my letters. I used Modge Podge to cover all three canvases and set them aside to dry. The Modge Podge caused some wrinkling in the newspaper - which I wasn't sure I liked at first, but I think it gives the piece great texture.

While the canvases were drying I ran my three houses and my tree trunk (not shown) upside down through my Xyron 5" Creative Station, then covered them in patterned paper (using different paper for the roofs, chimneys, doors, etc). I used small squares of the vintage newspaper for windows.  I outlined the houses with my Slick Writer, then set aside.

When the canvases were dry I ran my chipboard shapes and my felt clouds through the Creative Station (with the patterned sides facing up) and then applied them to the canvas.  I added some Stickle detailing - and voila! A new piece of art for our living room!



I'm not the only one being crafty today - Tina McDonald created a fun Christmas mini album as an alternative to the December Dailys (for those of us who already feel overwhelmed by the holidays!) and on her blog today she walks you through each darling page!

How about a few giveaways to end the week? Leave a comment here and someone will win a Xyron Mega Runner (I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page tomorrow) and then head on over the the Basically Bare blog and leave a comment there on ANY Xyron/BB post from the past week for a chance to win a big ol' prize pack of their goodies!  What a way to start the weekend! Thanks so much everybody - Happy Friday!

68 comments:

  1. I love that trio of canvases! Looks great and I haven't seen those before.

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  2. I love the ideas and inspirations... Have never seen the canvases before will have to try, thanks for sharing

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  3. Great idea! I am going out to get some canvases, all of a sudden I feel very creative.

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  4. Really cute ideas. I'll have to try some of them

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  5. That looks great and I could imagine doing one for my new grandson coming in January.

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  6. I LOVE your triptych - and that you shared each step of your process. I SO want to find 4 x 12 canvasses now! This is awesome. Guess I need something bigger than my Xyron X for a project like this... Oh, Santa!!!
    - Ann Jobes
    www.lovestnpaper.com

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  7. I don't have a Xyron product, so I would LOVE to try the Mega Runner

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  8. Totally awesome project. I can think of a hundred more projects to use this old newspaper idea on. Heritage scrapbooking for sure.

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  9. Great Projects! This gives me ideas to use up some scrap wood I have. Thanks!!

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  10. Where did you find the old newspapers?
    Lorrie Castle

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    1. Hey Lorrie - I actually found them in a "junk" shop here in Kansas. I'd be happy to send you a few pages if you'd like them - just email me at aintshecrafty@gmail.com with your address and I'll stick some in the mail to ya!

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  11. that is pretty neat ...love the old papers it really adds to what you did ....
    would love to win the mega runner that would sure help in my scrap/card making ..

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  12. We have fog this morning, so the bright sun on your project took away some of the gloom.
    Loved the finished product.

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration! I have been trying to work on my own december daily but I've been getting into a funk. Hopefully some fresh ideas on the project will help :)

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  14. Great job! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your canvas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. I've always wanted to do a canvas collage and you make it look so easy. I think I have the nerve to try this now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You can TOTALLY do it! Trust me...if I can - you can! :)

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  17. That looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

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  18. Wonderful projects that really get my crafty brain athinkin'!

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  19. The canvases are adorable. So cute! Would love to win amything Xyron, especially a Mega Runner. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Very cute. I still haven't been brave enough to try something like this. yet. Maybe next year. Great job and fun instructions. TFS

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  21. I love my "X" small Xyron but I would REALLY LOVE a larger one and could use it on many of my projects!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the Mega Runner by Xyron! I Love the Canvas pieces you made by the way, Very Neat!! Thanks again!!

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  22. The 3 canvas project is really cool. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. OK...Now this is right down my alley. this is the kind of stuff that really interests me. I love these canvas boxes. What an awesome job she did. The mini album is really cute too.

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  24. What a great idea...I've been trying to come up w/an idea to dress up my apt. This yr. And this looks so fun & easy. :c)

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  25. beautiful project! thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  26. great hop and projects, love Xyron and Basically Bare

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  27. I loved all of the projects this week, thank you for the inspiration!

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  28. What a wonderful project!! Thank you for all the inpsiration!

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  29. OH WOW ... these projects are fantastic. I do a lot of mixed media and sure appreciate the new ideas using Xyron. I don't have that BIG 'un YET, however, SANTA!!!!!!

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  30. Great projects this week! Thanks!!

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  31. Love these ideas, thanks for all the inspiration this week!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Wow great projects and very inspiring!!

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  33. Oh my that's pretty and looks like it was so much fun to make. Would love to win and thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. I love the canvases. Great idea to use masks and the xyron. Gotta use me xron a whole lot more.

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  35. great ideas! Love both projects!

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  36. Like the set of canvases but not sure I could ever be that free-spirited!

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  37. kudos on the projects...they look like fun to do...thanks for sharing

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  38. what a unique and colorful art piece, wonderfully put together. the mini is cute, I love mini albums. thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  39. LOVE the canvas ideas!! There are so many elements to them but they all work together so well!! Makes me REALLY want the creation station!! :)

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  40. I love altered projects and here's another great inspiration for one! I love the newsprint underlay.

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  41. Awesome canvas you create--love the little houses. Great mini album too!

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  42. You are so creative!! I love the idea of using newspapers the way you did. I always like the idea of using homes in art work- because home is where the heart is. Thanks for the tutorial, you always make what you do look great and easy to do.

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  43. This was quite the blog entry today! Thanks for all the great
    instructions.

    Carla from Utah

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  44. Great project, love all those techniques!

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  45. Thank you for sharing you talents and time with us

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  46. I love these panels, you've given me some great ideas, Thank you!

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  47. Super creative. . . . I would never think of these. And, what totally interesting outcome. Love it!

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  48. I love love love those canvases!!! Amazing. And Tina McDonald never ceases to impress!

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  49. The decor canvas project is terrific. I feel inspired to try some canvas art :)

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  50. Love the porject, what a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity

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  51. lovin the canvas, your project is wonderful.:) Merry Christmas.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  52. You'd better have some good adhesive to make these projects work.

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  53. Absolutely great projects. The canvas is really different and enjoyed the tutorial, very informative.

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  54. Love the ideas, as soon as I finish decorating the house for Christmas I want to start being as creative as these girls have been. It is inspiring. Love Xyron ease of use.

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  55. Any project done with any Xyron project is amazing. I loe using all my Xyron products. This idea is another great one. Just shows that "Ain't She Crafty" Spirit!! Love all the ideas on this blog!

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  56. Xyron products are truly life savers.

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  57. Great project! I love all the ideas I get from this blog.

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  58. Love this action packed post with not one but two tutorials.. thanks so much.. would so love to try the Xyron too... so love it here...

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  59. I love those altered canvases! thank you for the tutorial on it!

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