I tried something a little different…again!


I’m stopping by to share another fun art project I made this past weekend!

I needed a gift for my dad, the man that has everything! Usually I end up making my Dad a card and buying him a golf shift but this year I thought I would try something different…

Instead of buying my dad a golf shirt I made him a golf inspired canvas art piece and he loved it! 

I was immediately hooked on painting and designing on canvas after I made my Ann Ellis inspired piece and couldn’t wait to bring this golf scene to life!

Warning…there is no stamping on this canvas (sorry!) but this scene is inspired by the YNS Stamp Golf Scene designed by Dale Simpson.

Even though I didn’t actually use any stamps on this canvas I did use lots of crafty materials including the YNS Flower Fun Scallop die, it’s the light green portion of the tree. 

You’ll notice that my canvas is a little on the ‘cutesy’ side. I wasn’t even sure I should give it to my dad after I made it but he knows that my creative style is ‘cute’ and I find it hard to steer away from cute and fun designs so he got a fun and cute canvas for his birthday! Brandon (my 4 year old) thought I should have made the flag with glitter paper…I opted to go with red dot paper instead ;o)

I started off by painting the background and then starting to piece everything together. I used the YNS Flower Fun Scallop for the main part of the tree and then a round punch for the layer under the button. I had cut the tree trunk, the flag and pole as well as the green and used a small scallop and quick cuts tree top for the bushes.

Here’s close up of the texture on the green

Creating the green was my favorite part of this project! 

Here’s how to create the green and get all that awesome texture…

  • hand cut the green using a thick sheet of kraft colored paper
  • coat it with a clear sealer/glue like Mod Podge 
  • stick tiny glass beads to the base of the green
  • once it’s dry you can paint it – I used different shades of green and some brown too
  • after you’ve coated it with paint be sure to dab it with paper towel to soak up some of the excess paint so you can get the nice texture from the beads
  • once the paint is dry coat it again with a glossy sealer

All I can say is FUN!!! I loved making this project and I think my next canvas will be one for my master bathroom! We recently moved and I desperately need to get some colorful and fun art pieces onto our plain walls. My mother suggested using Bubbly Fun Fhiona…love her idea!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a fun and creative day!


I tried something different…

I’ve always loved painting but haven’t pulled out my paints in years until last week when I had this vision of a mixed media canvas which was inspired by the new stamps Ann Ellis designed for YNS. 

I’ve never painted on a canvas and I’ve never tried mixed media so when I got started I really had no idea what I was doing and must admit I had so much FUN creating and learning along the way! 

I started with a 6×6 canvas and after a little research discovered that I needed to prep my canvas with Gesso so after that dried I got to the fun part – painting, stamping and creating!

This is my finished canvas…

I used the Ann Ellis Sun Hat stamp set and lots of stuff I had on hand like Bazzill Flowers, Twinkling H2O’s, Glossy Accents, shell buttons, YNS Glittered Skittles, acrylic paints and finished off the canvas with a clear glossy gel glaze to seal it and give it shine. 

The sentiment I used is computer generated and I sponged with distressed inks before sealing it and pasting it to the canvas.

I LOVE how it turned out and I hope it inspires you to try something different too! 

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Enjoy your day!


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