Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A dream in the woods - Maja Design September Mood Board

Hello sweet people!

Very rarely do I post two days back to back and I must say I'm rather excited about this one! Maybe because it was an effort of consecutive days of soaking in Pinterest and youtube tutorials and blog hoppings that birthed this canvas that I created for Maja Design's September Mood Board challenge.

Here's the inspiration:

Such lovely cool colors aren't they? And my take on it:

For lack of a suitable title, I used the "Dream" sentiment found on the little resist canvas butterfly which I added as an accent. The story behind this creation is that a few Sundays ago after church, the husband was quietly telling me that I had a huge tear in my very old pair of Levi's jeans which accompanied me for 10 years. That pair of jeans was rather special as I had bought it while holidaying in San Francisco celebrating my birthday. Rather reluctant to throw it away, I decided to immortalize it by using it in a canvas since well, the color scheme fitted and it was something different. It was also a reminder of how the me 10 years ago was so full of dreams and aspirations, and the world was my oyster. 

Some close-ups:

I cut up a vine into a few pieces and tucked them into the pocket with some leaves and blooms, doilies, a metal keyhole thingy and some distressed tags from 7 Gypsies. I love their philosophy - life is really all about the journeys we make and our experiences that make us who we are.

A chippy flourish from Kaisercraft. I used Tim Holtz distress embossing powder. The canvas was also from Tim Holtz District market. I hoarded it for about a year before I decided to put it to good use. See that piece of drywall tape on the left? They are my new favourites now! Depending on which part of the world you live in, they are called either drywall tape or fabric tape, and are available at most DIY home improvement stores. 

Lovely distressed and misted blooms under a layer of crackle paint and textured paste

LOL, and the title which I conveniently used. The little knot was done with threads which I frayed out from torn edges of the pair of jeans. Bottle cap was from a drink I had while doing this canvas. 

More fabric tape and textures of denim, lace and gauze. Testing out my new EK success punch and using the punch-out leftovers. Denim comes to me as a crime scene exhibit most times at work, so it's really quite refreshing to look at them differently here!

Layers of punches, lace and trims and more texture!

Well I hope you had fun viewing this creation. Don't forget that I'm also having a RAK for the PaperHaus Fall splendour blog hop. The PaperHaus event is over, but you have until 18th Sept to leave a comment here for a chance to win a little sweet prize from me. 



  1. This canvas is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the colours, the textures ... everything is just amazing!! Fabulous work! ox

  2. Thanks for your kind words Margaret!

  3. Goodness this is absolutely incrddible. Love your background work! Hope you will play along at my challeng blog too. Scrap Around the World. WOW!!!

  4. Oh Helen, thanks so much! I really must get myself started on a project for SATW, especially when this month's mood board is sooo interesting! b/w - how cool is that?!

  5. Now HOW cool is this!! he he might nick hubby's old jeans, they've got a huuuuge tear and he loves them to bits :))
    Absolutely ADORE your canvas Jelissa!! have always been a fan of your style since I first my eyes on one of your projects over at PHM. The SATW October challenge has just gone live, me thinks you might find Mr Mojo stirring when you check it out!! Come play girl!! hugs,


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