Several birds, one stone...

I know I am behind on my posts, but I really do have a good excuse.A couple of weeks ago, I went to have a thyroid ultrasound because of dizziness. Well, my thyroid was fine. My right carotid artery wasn't, with a 90 percent blockage. I now have a very clean artery and a lovely new scar to wear to my class reunion. I'm thinking it might look good with a swirly tattoo....

This past weekend, I went to Jackson, Tennessee for Artiscape, a day-long event smothered in creativity, good friends and good food. I have to say this was the best ever and feel really sorry for those who missed it. The basis of the project I'm posting was the brainchild of Veronica (Ronnie) Goff, a very talented CHA designer member. Ronnie's project was all pink and blue and purple, but y'all know I can't leave anything alone, and I've never followed instructions well. I just have to give it my own special touch.

Half of this project can certainly be called a Father's Day project, so I'm calling it that for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. The theme for this piece is supposed to be "Where did I come from?", but you could make the lower portion for a nice Father's Day tribute.

I used Impress Art's metal letter dies  to add my name and my sister's name to the little dangle at the bottom. I love these Impress Art tools, especially on mat board! Their hammer, tape and steel block make it super easy to align your letters and keep things looking nice.

Here's how I made it:

Impress Art Metal Alphabet dies (Impress Art)
Two 8" square canvases (Dick Blick)
Adirondack sprays (Stream, Lettuce, Butterscotch, Cranberry)
Pages from an old book
Brenda Walton Adhesive Swirls, BW Flora & Fauna Swirl Adhesive Borders  (K & Company)
Inka Gold, Gold (Viva Décor)
Hot Fix Copper Rounds (Viva Décor)
Sizzix Sizzlets Die 3PK - Decorative Flourshises and Decorative Swirls Sets (Ellison)
Metal Hardware, bookplates and key (Tim Holtz Ideaology)
Copper Chain and Jump Rings
Small amber bottle (Seven Gypsies)
Paper Ephemera (Jolee's French General)
Self-adhesive lace (French General)
Computer-generated family photos and names printed on Stampin' Up!® Very Vanilla cardstock
Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
Walnut Distress Ink (Tim Holtz Distress Inks for Ranger)
Copper chain (18")  and small copper  jump rings
Ephemera (paper scraps, buttons, etc.)

General Directions 
 These are for the lower canvas, but the top one follows just about the same sequence.
1. Spritz canvases lightly with Adirondack colors, blotting with a paper towel as you go to achieve texture. Set aside to dry.
2. Tear book pages, dip them in water and wad into a ball, squeezing out excess liquid. Spread out to dry. When dry, spritz with Adirondack color sprays or dye ink pads. Adhere to canvas according to photo.
3. Rub Inka Gold over e.k. success and Sizzix die-cut swirl. Adhere in place.
4. Ink edges of photos and names and glue in place.
5. Write "XXX" on scrap paper, sponge edges with brown ink and adhere to bottle. Glue in place.
6. Run scrap of gray paper through Big Shot to texturize. Rub Inka Gold over the surface, then glue in place. Adhere key. Apply Inka Gold to key if desired.
7. Adhere nameplate and paper ephemera.
8. Adhere Hot Fix round copper dots as desired.
9. Place a small screw eye in the bottom center of the canvas. Color screw eye with copper Sharpie.
Begin with the center letter of your word for perfect positioning. 

1. Pound brass blanks with hammer to distress, then use metal alphabet to write names.
2. Attach to chain with small copper  jump rings.
3. Thread beads onto copper eye pin, add small copper heart to bottom and attach to small screw eye with jump rings.

1. Attach screw eyes to back of canvas (top and bottom on top canvas and bottom only on lower canvas). Bend them over toward the closest top or bottom edge so that the ring is flush with the canvas back.
2. Attach 10" of chain between the top two screw eyes for a hanger.
3. Attach an equal amount of chain between the bottom of the top canvas and the top of the lower one.

Now for the good news! We have a new cover photo on our Designer Crafts Connection Facebook Page and we are asking readers to go to our page and identify where the photo was taken. Leave your answer in the comment section on our Facebook page and if you have the correct answer, you'll be registered to win this Baby Boutique package.

Have a wonderful day and get out to enjoy this amazing weather! 

I received product from Impress Art, Viva Décor, K & Company and Jolee's.


Barbara Rankin said…
This is such a pretty piece, and I got to see it in person. Believe me when I say, the pictures do not do it justice. It is so much more beautiful in person. The colors are wonderful. I wish I could say I made it, but of course, I cannot. :( Candice, great job on this piece. This is a real winner.
Candice Windham said…
Barbara, I am humbled by you over-the-top compliment. I think we have a mutual admiration society, because your work is always stunning!

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