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Monday 6 February 2017

Destination Inspiration - Love Is The Key

Hi fellow travelers and welcome to Terminal 1.   It's Sandy here today to share our travel bag items for this month.  We have arrived with a full travel bag to work with so let's find out what's in there.  We have:

Product - Craft Card
Color - Fired Brick (dark red)
Technique - Stenciling
Substrate -Burlap

February is the month of "Love" - I made a mixed media canvas in honor of  Valentine's Day.

Here's how it came together -

Start by painting a 5" X 7" canvas with the dark red.

Cut a piece of burlap that is a little smaller than the canvas and fray all the edges.

Glue burlap to canvas, then add a corner piece using Tim Holtz (TH) Mixed Media die.
Next stencil some random hearts with the TH Hearts Stencil.

Cut 2 banners, 1 from craft and 1 from red, ECD Stitched Fishtail Banners. Rough up the edges with the TH Paper Distresser
Stamp the word "Love" and a small heart on the craft banner from the Love Sentiments Clear Stamp set from ECD.

Although the banners have stitch marks, I went to my sewing machine and added some sewing on the edges with red thread.

  To add that vintage feel, I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
Add 2 hearts, 1 small one from ECD Entwined Hearts using craft.  1 large one from TH Scribbles & Splat using red.

Cut 1 heart from ECD Stitched Hearts that fits inside the entwined hearts and then add 2 smaller ones using craft.

   For the finishing touches, splat a little white on the entire thing by using watered down gesso and a fan brush.  A knob on top, and of course the key.  Poke hole in canvas - add a Hitch Fasener and hang a key.

Come back each Monday this month to see what the Creative Guides have made using the same items in a totally different way.

Have a crafty week,


  1. Beautiful work Sandy. So effective too. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Love the kraft and burgundy colors on this Sandy - the stenciling and die cuts look great layered on the burlap! a lovely project using the items in your travel bag! Julia xx

  3. Love this vibranat and vintage piece Sandy, beautifully put together!! I just love how those hearts fit together!! Wonderful use f the travelbag ingredients!

  4. Very beautiful canvas with wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing how you made it.

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. This is fabulous Sandy! I love the use of varied textures and stitching - great to see how it came together xx

  6. Oh wow S@ndy, the colour combo works so well together, your canvas is gorgeous! xxx

  7. Great work Sandy - as I love the stitching and wonderful design x

  8. This looks terrific Sandy!! Nicola x

  9. This is gorgeous, love the textures and wonderful design.
    Linda xxx

  10. A lovely canvas! Sandy using the travel bag goodies. Lovely too to see the mixed media dies being put to great use . Fab idea to use a hitch fastener as a key hanger .

  11. Love the colour combinations used in your canvas Sandy, they marry together so perfectly xx

  12. Lovely Sandy, the kraft and red really are a wonderful combination . Love the touch of stitching too. Tracy x

  13. Beautifully designed and created Sandy, such a fabulous DI project and post xxx

  14. A great DI post Sandy x love the colours and texture, coupled with the stencilling, hearts and banners x TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  15. A lovely canvas, great colours

  16. Love the kraft and red layered hearts, Sandy - a really great take on the travel bag contents.
    Alison x

  17. The kraft and burlap looks fabulous with the deep red, and I love that you incorporated one of my favorite die cuts (mixed media) in here, too! Clever design!

  18. Sorry I'm so late commenting Sandy, I adore your canvas! Fabulous texture with the burlap background and love the delicacy of the Mixed Media die cut on top. The colour palette is wonderful, fabulous interpretation of your travel bag contents! Deb xo