Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring the Close to my Heart Canvas Display.  It is a great way to create a piece of artwork that you can display in your home, or give as a gift to someone special.  Read on to see my "Canvas with a Splash", featuring our Surf's Up paper and shots of my family enjoying our new pool!

Close to my Heart offers 2 sizes of canvas to purchase:  a 12x12 canvas comes in an exclusive WOTG Kit, complete with directions, an exclusive stamp set and Embellishments for only $39.95.  We also offer a smaller 6x6 canvas for just  $4.95.  And lastly, any CTMH products can be used on artist canvases that you get from the arts and crafts store.

  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around
  • If you came from the crafty Arlene’s “Creative Space” blog, then you are going in the right direction!
  • And if you want to follow us from coast to coast, then please start at the beginning with Michelle S.’s blog “My Creations With Michelle”.  The complete blog list is also found here if you get lost along the way. 

This canvas display showcases one of my favourite moments of last summer.  We had family visiting from Toronto and from Halifax and we were trying to get the most from our new pool.  These pictures feature the five cousins, and I love the "action" shot of them jumping into the the pool.

I used a 12x12 canvas purchased from the craft show.  The first thing I did was was mix up some reinker and pearl paint in my spray pen and gently sprayed the top right and bottom left corner.  The spatter turned out great, but I had to make sure to let it dry overnight.

Then I wanted to add some punches of colour but I also wanted to keep it simple.  The Surf's Up paper pack was perfect, and I had some scraps left over from another project.  I inked the edges with Chocolate ink to give some added umph, and curved the pieces over the sides of the canvas so it makes it look like the artwork continues on and on.  The zipstrip with the beach balls placed across the center of the canvas added a perfect touch.  I embellished some of the beach balls with Liquid Glass.

I also embellished the canvas with a black sparkle flourish and blue sparkles.  They shine like the water did that day!  I love it!

And finally, I jazzed up the simple title, cut using the font on the Cricut Artiste cartridge with some black sparkles to mirror the flourish.


Keep on hopping!  Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the talented Brae's "The Brae-er" blog.

Please take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we all love to get feedback from our viewers.  Maybe it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do, or you just want to leave words of encouragement.  By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you!

Thanks for hopping along with us.  We hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Canvas projects using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way.


  1. I love it! The jump word says it all!

  2. Makes me wish summer was here already. Love it!

  3. very nice! love using canvas and all these great ideas!

  4. I love this canvas. You used so many elements but it still looks so simplistic.

  5. I love the pearl paint spray. Definitely completes the project

  6. This is so much fun! The swirls look like splashes! Great job!

  7. I found myself counting 1, 2, 3..... as I was looking at your work. Good Job !!

  8. Super project! All the elements really compliment each other. Lucky cousins!

  9. very nice, thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. Love it, great job with the spritzer background and way to save the memories.


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