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Monday 19 September 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 3

Hi fellow travelers and welcome to Terminal 3.  We've already had some fabulous inspiration this month from Jennie and Nikki.  Before we get started let's see what we have to work with in the travel bag.
Product : Texture or Modelling Paste
Substrate : Fabric/Burlap
Colour : Autumnal/Fall Colours (orange, brown, rust)
Technique : Collage
I'm sure you will agree that Jennie and Nikki have really risen to the challenge with these beautiful collages.

Now that we have arrived at Terminal 3 - let's see what we have:
 Today I'm sharing a fun way to celebrate the coming season with a door decoration that is easy to make and brings those fall colors into your home. 

Here's how it came together - 

I just got some new Tim Holtz Mini Stencils so wanted to give them a try. Using modelling paste, I first stenciled the designs on some burlap squares and let it dry. 

Next came the fall colors from sprays, I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang and some Memory Mists.  These sprays are die based so as the burlap soaked up the color it also lightly colored the modelling paste.  I really like the monochromatic effect this gives.
Next came the selection of the rust colored ribbon.
I used hot glue to attach the panels to the ribbon leaving a loop at the top for hanging on the door knob.
Next step was to select the embellishments I wanted to use.  I decided on a pumpkin for one panel using an Elizabeth Craft Designs Die.  After cutting it from manila paper, I embossed the top section with gold embossing powder then glued the two pieces together.  When the glue was dry I colored the pumpkin with Copic Markers.
Next came the leaves using the same die.  I colored two leaves green to go with the pumpkin (not shown) and the rest of the leaves are colored with Distress Inks using Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin and Vintage Photo.

I embossed some of the curly stems from the die set using gold embossing powder. Then I tied a bow with some orange and white twine.

For my final decoration I selected some tree branches using the Halloween Scene from Karen Burniston.  I used some rust colored paper and added some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to darken it.

I simply arranged decorations and glued in place. 

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on our Journey.
Happy Fall,


  1. Love how you have combined 3 panels together and the mists look fabulous on the burlap and embossing paste! Great creation Sandy. X

  2. Beautiful work. Love the ingenuity of it all. TFS. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Such a great idea Sandy, love what you did with those little burlap panels, great use of the trvel bag ingredients!!

  4. Wonderfully creative ! Sandy. Your three stenciled burlap panels have a lovely autumnal feel . Great use of the travel bag goodies x

  5. What a fabulous idea Sandy and so beautifully created. Another wonderful way of using the travel bag this month! Jennie x

  6. Great project Sandy. I love the pumpkin die especially. Happy crafting, Angela x

  7. What a lovely fall door hanging you created with the contents of your travel bag Sandy! The canvas frames are the perfect textured background for the fall - wonderful stenciling and staining! Julia xx

  8. A beautiful autumnal decoration, Sandy! Love that stenciling and those dies. Very creative way to use your travel bag goodies!

  9. This is fabulous, love the autumnal colours and decorations.
    Linda xxx

  10. Beautiful decoration Sandy and with fabulous autumnal colours and canvas texture. Great job xxx

  11. Beautiful decoration Sandy and with fabulous autumnal colours and canvas texture. Great job xxx

  12. Oh I can just see this hanging on the door for Halloween, love that the size of the mini stencils fit so well on the little burlap panels, the colours you used are wonderful - love this! Anne xx

  13. Such a clever idea Sandy! I love how you've combined the three cutest little canvases with the ribbon and used the beautiful Fall shades on them xx

  14. Love your mini canvas trio, Sandy - such a clever idea, and a great piece of Halloween decor.
    Alison x

  15. Sandy I just love the idea of using those little canvases for your home decor piece. This idea could be translated to lots of other projects - think I need to stock up on these again. Wonderfully autumnal piece. Julia xx