Amanda here with you today and I have a little story to tell. It pulls us away from our families (at times), makes us spend money we don't have, and no matter how good it makes us feel, we always need to do just...one...more. We do it alone or with friends, and sometimes we even do it at parties. I have even been known to sneak some into my suitcase before a trip. And sometimes the really good stuff comes from across the border. No, not drugs silly! Crafts!
A few years ago my sister made a cross stitch that said "Do crafts not drugs" and I have loved the saying ever since! And for those of you who craft, you know that crafting IS like a drug. As an aficionado of sarcasm, I thought a wall hanging with this saying would be a perfect fit for my craft room.
Wanna know a secret? This frame is regular ol' white stretched canvas turned around backward! Not only was it less expensive than a traditional frame, but the burlap was already there. I cut strips of paper from the Sweet Tooth collection and Mod Podged them to the edges of canvas to cover up the exposed staples and rough edges.
To make the flowers for the corner bouquets, I fussy cut (a gazillion) flowers from the Sweet Tooth collection and layered them with foam squares. To make the spiral tendrils, I wrapped narrow strips of paper around a wooden dowel, securing the ends with tape, and lightly spritzed them with water. After the paper strips were dry, I unwound the spirals and gently stretched them out.
I die cut the letters, adhered them with foam, and embellished each letter in the word 'crafts' using a variety of tried-and-true paper crafting techniques: twine wrapping, distressing, a button trio, a flower with rhinestone, a tag tied with jute twine, and a pearl embellished butterfly.
Now move along before you start to suffer from crafty withdrawal!
Supplies: From the Sweet Tooth collection: Sour Cherry Paper (1559), Sprinkles Paper (1560), Sweet Tart Paper (1562), Sugar Cookie Paper (1561), Chocolate Kisses Paper (1554); The Twinery baker's twine (Pink Sorbet), May Arts jute twine (SM09), Martha Stewart butterfly punch, KaiserCraft adhesive pearls, Sierra Pacific Crafts stretched canvas, Echo Park rhinestone brad, Avery mini tag, buttons (unknown)