Christmas canvas and Christmas shopping

Craft packages ordered =0, craft packages received =0

Today, there was no choice, Mr Beez and I had to bite the bullet and brave Meadowhall, Sheffield’s big shopping centre, to do some shopping. Now I  LOVE shopping, but not at Meadowhall and, for someone who loves Christmas, I’m not overly keen on Christmas shopping. Once I know what I’m looking for, I’m fine but it’s generally the case of having no idea at all and if I do see lovely things I want one for me too! Our foray wasn’t totally without success. Mr Beez was surreptitiously making lists when he thought I wasn’t looking and I did come away with one or two names on my “nice list” ticked off.

Having braved Meadowhall it is quite remarkable that I have also managed to make a little something to share over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s string themed challenge.


I love these little canvases and they are really easy and cheap to get hold of. I’ve used some old book paper (remember that altered book a few weeks back – I’m still using up the bits I cut out?!) and coloured it with some Vintage Photo distress ink. Once the ink was applied I spritzed it with water to make it blotchy. I then added water to the left over ink on my Splodge Mat and splatted some over the top of the canvas.


Once dried, I wrapped some string around the lower part of the canvas and dabbed on some white acrylic paint.


The tree is the roof part from one of the Dylusions Little Houses stamp set. I love to use it as a Christams tree. I’ve stamped onto green paper and then gone over some of the lines with a white gel pen.


The words are from a sheet that I bought from Etsy.


The finishing touch was to add a little gold star.



As I reach the end of this post one thing is very clear. I absolutely do need the M & S “Twelve Days of Christmas” nail varnish box set. Anyone heading for Meadowhall??!!

Thanks for buzzing by.




Christmas canvas and Christmas shopping — 9 Comments

    • Thank you Roberta. I can honestly say that it was as easy to do as it looks – which quite often isn’t the case, or so I seem to find!!

  1. So pretty, and a very frosty scene – your camera has caught some glitter on the string which makes it all twinkle and works well with your white ‘fog’.

    Dionne xx

    PS Did you M&S deliver?

    • Thank you. I’ve realised that taking photo’s in virtual darkness (couldn’t be bothered to get the light box out for just this!) tends to show off the glitter but not so in darkness xx

  2. I hate to shop so I feel your pain. There are only 3 things I like to shop for…vinyl albums, crafty/arty supplies and fabric. One can never have enough of those. I almost refuse to shop for clothing, I have been know to pay people to do it for my daughter.
    Your canvas is simply adorable. I was thinking how sweet they would be on the Christmas table, one at each place setting perched on tiny wooden easels.

    • I love the idea of someone shopping for your clothing! My worst thing is that I want everything so I buy nothing and then regret it. Funny that vinyl is your thing – my son is a huge collector of vinyl and, as you know, it doesn’t fit through the letter box. The quantity he orders also makes it heavy so I don’t think the postman is our biggest fan! I love your idea of place settings on easels and then everyone could keep them as a memento. Brilliant! x

  3. So cute, love your little canvas. It says what it needs to and is decorative. You never cease to amaze me, I have some of those little canvases, never used them. After going shopping at a mall you still have energy to craft?
    If I go with my hubs I’m exhausted just little while being there. He has to walk all over the place to see everything, same with grocery shopping. We do our major shopping on payday, which is day we get our Social Security. Getting so I really dread the day, not getting money part but the grocery shopping part, groan. I even get too tired to go to Michaels, Jo-Ann’s or Hobby Lobby. Do you have any of those stores where you are? What do you have for crafts supplies?
    Happy week

    • Thank you for your kind comments. We don’t have those lovely craft stores over here – it is my ambition to visit them one day although I can imagine my husband’s reaction if I took him all the way to the USA and then ended up craft shopping!!! We have a shop called Hobbycraft which isn’t that great and neither is it very cheap. I tend to buy online (including Ebay) but what I tend to find is that you can never get everything from just one shop so end up paying lots of p & p. Having said all that, I really shouldn’t be buying any more stash – but that’s what we crafters do!!!!! Happy week to you too – this is one I want to get over and done with.

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