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Monday 23 October 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 3

Welcome vintage travelers, it's S@ndy here waiting for you at Terminal 3 for our next Destination Inspiration.  For this month we have some wonderful things to work with in our travel bag so let's take a look.  

Crackle Paint or Paste
Die Cutting
Fall Colours
Corrugated Cardboard

We have had some great inspiration earlier this month from Anne and Alison, thank you ladies.

I love fall and all the images and colours that go along with it so I just had to use a pumpkin.

Here's how I made it so let's get started-

This is a 10" square canvas that, truthfully, I had in my stash from another project that I started but never finished.  This time it got used for a completed project.  When I found it, it looked like the photo below.

Before I added all this blue spray it started out with the corrugated cardboard, a coat of gesso and then some stenciling with modeling paste.  Another coat of gesso. I don't know the name of the large stencil but the 2 smaller ones are designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD).

The next step was to knock down the blue and turn the colours into fall colours.  That was done with a coat of Picket Fence and then some Forest Moss Distress Stain.  When the stains had dried I moved on to some Viva Rusty Paper Paint covering most of the blue.

Next I wanted some more depth so uses some DecoArt Qunacidone Gold which pushed back the blue even further.  The final paint was dry brushed on using DecoArt Diarylide Yellow.

While waiting for paint to dry - I began working on the pumpkin.  Using orange cardstock I cut 3 large ovals using the ECD Fitted Ovals.

Using a Finnabair, Prima, stencil and Prima artExtravagance Clear Crackle Paste the pumpkin parts were stenciled and set aside to dry.

When the crackle paste is dry - edge each piece with Vintage Photo Oxide Ink and put together.  I used foam tape to give more dimension.

To make the stem and top of the pumpkin I used the Tree Branch Die from Tim Holtz.  I cut it several times using chipboard, colouring and then cut the tree apart using the bottom of the tree for the stem.  For the stem and top of pumpkin I embossed using the Bark Embossing folder from ECD.   I later used the tops of the trees as branches around the finished pumpkin. 

Now for the finishing touches - wrap some wire loosely around the canvas.  You will want to tuck the garland and pumpkin under it later.

Next I used a leaf garland that I had and wrapped it through the wire.  I added a dowel rod up the center of the canvas and glued in place, if you don't have a dowel rod you can use a pencil.  Place your pumpkin over the dowel rod and glue down on the edges near the top and center so you can tuck in the rest of you leaves and branches.  Use the tops of the trees and more leaves and garland to finish. Near the top of the pumpkin I used a thin piece of cardstock that I curled around a pencil.

I hope you have enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it.
Have a creative week and tune in next week for another inspiring project from Julia.



  1. What a fantastic Fall project Sandy! The way you transformed that canvas you had flying around is brilliant, - such great textures, - and I just absolutely love how you did the pumpkin. The crackled harlequin stencilling mkes it look so cool, and so clever also how you created the stem and top of it! The leaf garland is the perfecct finishing touch! Fantastic use of the travel bag contents, -super creation full of inspiration, thank you!!

  2. This is Gorgeous ! Sandy. Love all the fabulous texture on your canvas and you worked those colours so well to create such a deep autumnal brown background for your stenciled pumpkin. Adorned with the foliage, your pumpkin makes a very striking focal feature. A really wonderful project. Thanks for sharing the process

  3. Great that you were able to put that fabulous textured canvas to use, and I love its new incarnation... amazing texture and layers of colour. Brilliant pumpkin too - the stem is so clever - and it looks wonderful perched in its leafy nest. Wonderful work with the travel bag contents.
    Alison x

  4. what a wonderful panel Sandy! Love the textures on your background and the fun harlequin stenciling on your great pumpkin. The foliage along the bottom makes a beautiful nest upon which to set it! Love all the fall colors on this! Julia xx

  5. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents Sandy. I love that textured background ! amazing! Jennie x

  6. What a wonderful way to use that canvas S@ndy, it is absolutely gorgeous and I just love the way you made up that pumpkin!! Anne xx

  7. I absolutely love rescuing abandoned work and am delighted with how beautifully you turned this bright canvas into an earthy fall masterpiece. Simply stunning! Hugs, Autumn

    1. Thanks so much Autumn, always nice to use something from the stash.

  8. Amazing creation Sandy. Love the recycled canvas and the fab texture and your autumnal arrangement is brilliant. Nikki xx

  9. Hi Sandy, love love how you created your pumpkin and the colours are wonderful. Fantastic background texture too. Lovely piece. Tracy x

  10. Wow, Sandy! This canvas is gorgeous and so perfect for our Autumn Colors theme this month! I love that you rescued the canvas, and the texture you've created is nothing short of amazing! I love, too, how you've textured and colored your pumpkin and popped the center piece up. So inspiring! Hugs!

  11. This is fantastic, Sandy!!!! I have to say that all I could think of as I read, other than how creative you are, is the extent of the mess you must have made in your craft room!!!! Sorry about that---xoxo.

    1. Oh! she knows me so well. Thanks for your nice comments.

  12. This is fabulous - what a transformation!

  13. Sandy, this is pretty darn gorgeous! What a perfect make, even using something that was destined for another project! Love that Pumpkin!! Well done you!
    hugs,Jackie ")

  14. Totally fabulous DI post Sandy x Love the revamp of your canvas background and the colours used, the leaves look stunning too. Love your pumpkin, which looks mighty proud sitting there amongst the foliage.

    TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

  15. My gosh Sandy, that is fabulous! Love how you reclaimed that wonderful background and coloured it perfectly for your autumnal creation and that pumpkin is so great, love how you used the Tree Branch die to make the stem and the Harlequin stenciling was a wonderful addition. What an inspired use of the travel bag contents, thank you so much for sharing it with us! Deb xo