Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas On Canvas - Cheryl

Hi! I'm Cheryl Glass Arbo, and I'm happy to be a Guest Design Team member this month to help Flamingo Scraps celebrate their Christmas in July event. When Suzanne asked me if I'd like to participate, I didn't hesitate to say "YES" ! I've been scrapping for about 15 years, have been married to my best friend for 36 years, and have two beautiful granddaughters who call me "Gamma". I'm a little bit Yankee, a lot Southern, and have been living in the wild west of Fort Worth, Texas since last September. For this project I chose the Christmas In July Kit - Traditional


 I started off by putting a layer of Gesso onto a 12x12 canvas with on old paint brush and let that dry overnight.

I trimmed 2" off each piece of the double-sided papers and cut them again in a variety of sizes from 5" down to 1/2". I used twelve rolled strips for the tree and one additional square piece for the trunk. Using a narrow paint brush I rolled each piece of paper around the paint brush barrel to get it curled tightly. I then removed it from the brush, and then keeping it tightly rolled, I glued the back edge of the paper closed. I then laid all pieces on top of my canvas in the form of a Christmas Tree and glued them down.

Once it was complete, I laid my full sheet of designer paper over the top of the tree and using my fingers, I  found the three edges of the tree and using my craft knife I cut through the paper from the middle of the tree top, down to the bottom and then along the bottom edge of the tree. I opened the paper, rolled it back to the canvas, and used two brads to secure it.

I layered two chipboard snowflakes and used another brad to secure them together from the Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas Decorative Brads pack.


 Next, I cut squares and rectangles to make the gifts and topped them with pieces of narrow ribbon.

 I cut the 2013 using two circled numbers from the paper collection, along with the Santa's  list from the collection using the sticker alphabets and numbers.

I scattered  the chipboard pieces from the Echo Park Layered Chipboard Season's Greeting pack on the canvas

Last ,I used a dark brown ink to edge the gifts, the green drape on both sides of the tree, and all sides of the canvas.

I really enjoyed working on canvas for this project and I LOVED playing with this nice collection of papers, chipboard pieces, and brads. I had tons of papers and goodies leftover and will use more from this collection on my next post.  I hope I have inspired you to get started on YOUR Christmas in July! Thank you!


  1. Just gorgeous Cheryl!!! So sorry about the posting glitches, but it is soooooo worth waiting for!!!!!

  2. Thank you Suzanne! I had a blast and look forward to my second project on the 31st. I think the posting will be much easier the second time around! lol

  3. LOVE this canvas and my favorite is the tree!! What a fun project!!!

  4. Thanks Ramona! First time playing with canvas......I am hooked!

  5. I love this!! So fun for the season!


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