Monday, October 10, 2011

Challenge Me Monday...

Happy Monday to you and Happy Columbus Day!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and for those of you who also have today off...enjoy!
It's time for another Challenge Me Monday over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and we have a fun challenge for this week....

Decor And More!
* Remember that your project must have at least one Cricut cut on it somewhere!

I have been working on a lot of Halloween and Christmas projects over the last few weeks, so I thought it was about time try my hand at a Thanksgiving project.  I used Cricut's Celebrate With Flourish for all the cuts on today's projects...

For my project, I started with 6 X 6 canvas squares that I picked up at Michael's.  I painted each square with Delta's Red Iron Oxide...

Next, I cut 2 layers for each canvas.  The dark brown layer of cardstock is cut at 5.5 X 5.5 inches and the printed olive green cardstock is cut at 5.25 X 5.25 inches.  I inked up the edges of each layer using Versafine's Vintage Sepia ink and adhered the layers together using glue only in the center because my next step is to use my sewing machine for a zig-zag stitch....

After stitching all around the layers, it's time for some ribbon.  I knew I wanted to use some Crinkle ribbon, but I wanted a different look.  So, back to my machine to add a gathering stitch down the length of my ribbon. After stitching, gently pull the thread to gather your ribbon...

I used 3 different Spellbinders die cuts for the sentiment mats (details to follow) and the sentiments are all from the Bountiful Blessing stamp set from Pink byDesign.   After adjusting my ribbon and sentiment mats, I adhered the cardstock layers to each canvas piece. I used Zip Dry glue for this step. Next, I cut, layered and added my images.  I will have the measurements for you under each individual photo...

Pilgrim Hat
 * The hat is cut at 4. 75 inches.  I used Glossy Accents on the flourishes and on the buckle.
* I cut extra leaves at various sizes (2 -3.5 inches) and embossed them with Forrest Branches.
* The mat for this canvas was cut with Spellbinders' Ribbon Tag Trio.
* The turkey is cut at 4.5 inches. I added Glossy Accents to the flourishes. 
* This sentiment mat is from the Spellbinders die Lacy Ovals.
* I tucked a couple of leaves under the mat and in the bottom corner.
* The cornucopia is cut at 2.75 inches.  I added Glossy Accents to the flourishes and to the pumpkin.
The sentiment mat is from Spellbinders' Grommet Tags.  I added a couple of brown gems to either side of the sentiment and tucked a few leaves around the sides of the mat.

I am really happy to have some new Thanksgiving decor for my home this year!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me today and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about my project.  Please stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and see what the other designers have created for your inspiration today!  I happen to know that there are some fabulous projects waiting for you!

Until next time,


  1. Wow! Simply gorgeous! TFS:-)

    ~Tammy S

  2. Wow! I love it!!! This is so beautiful! I always enjoy seeing handmade home decor. I need to take out my sewing machine, but first I need to make room for it :) TFS!!

  3. Great wall hangings for Thanksgiving! :)Amy

  4. Tanya...these are gorgeous !!! I love the red color you use to paint with and your sewing is perfect!! I love all the images and the sentiment labels and the ribbon! They are just beautiful !!!
    xoxo Joy

  5. Beautiful projects! Love the stitching and ribbon--so many beautiful details!!

  6. These are FABULOUS, Tanya!! The burgundy paint makes for a fantastic frame around the papers. Thanks for all the information as well as I would never have thought to adhere paper to canvas so was curious to learn how you did it. Your art makes for such a lovely way to decorate for Thanksgiving!

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love the cuts, the ribbon and the way you framed them. Great idea!

  8. These are fantastic! They turned out absolutely amazing! I love the details, the ribbon really adds to it! Nice job!

  9. These are stunning-- all of the attention to detail that you have added-- is just over the top wonderful! Love it :)

  10. Awesome ideas for Thanksgiving. I am still Halloween mod, but that will end soon and here comes Thanksgiving and already have ideas, thanks. Love all three frames.

  11. OMG...these are just BEAUTIFUL!

  12. Oh Tanya, this project is just wonderful. I love it. You found the perfect images and sentiments. Thank you for the great tutorial as well. I love how you gathered the ribbon. I struggle with crinkle ribbon, but that's a great solution.
    Many hugs,

  13. OMG love how you made the gathered ribbon!

  14. These are really wonderful home decor items....I love the sewing..I can't believe how easy a gathering stitch is...looks so complicated, and blew my mind when I could actually do it...I love the colors to...the use of grey was a pleasant surprise...beautiful work!

  15. Oh very pretty Tanya, I love them! What a creative project. I love the colors you used to keep them all uniform. And the images are just great too. This is a wonderful Thanksgiving home decoration!

  16. Oh Tanya, These are PHENOMENAL!!! I just can't believe what I am seeing. I just got the Splish Splash lite cartridge and I wanted to do something for our guest bathroom and this is EXACTLY what I wanted to do... I just didn't know until I saw your brilliant design! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  17. Gorgeous project! The gathered ribbon is just perfect.

  18. Love It! Beautiful! :0)

  19. Awesome...I need to come down for a sewing lesson! I have a machine, but I am terrible at sewing. haha

    I love the flourish, that is one thing I don't know how to add to my projects very well.

    Great project!

  20. Wonderful project! Love all the detail!

  21. Amazing canvases! Love all the stitching and how you did your ribbon.The colours,design,all of it, looks amazing together.TFS.
    Jayne x

  22. These canvases are gorgeous. Every bit of time was well worth it. They would make beautiful gifts.

  23. OMGOSH! These are GORGEOUS!!!!! Seriously GORGEOUS Tanya! I LOVE the paper and colors and your stitching... The ribbon turned out Fabulous! LOVE THEM! :o)

  24. Oh MY- these are fantastic. Very creative.

  25. Oh wow, these are gorgeous and so creative. Love all the detail you put into them.

  26. Awesome job! Thanks for the fabulous DT job and pic tutorial. Trying that one day! x

  27. Tanya your project is beautiful!! Thanks for the steps!! Is really amazing!! TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

  28. Hello Tanya, your fellow DT member here. I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your project on FCCB's Fantabulous Friday post. Come check it out this friday!


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