Basically Bare

Hey all! Happy Friday.

I was reading my latest edition of Creating Keepsakes and on page 40, I found the cutest little accessories from Basically Bare. I hopped online to find out where I could get my little hands on them — and found out they were having a design team call. I thought, “Why not?” My order came in just one week ago today, and I loved every single piece! I’ve spent every spare moment in my craft room working on these projects. Take a look! (Click on the images for a larger view)

Love Canvas

I made this for my mom, who lives entirely too far away. We had an awesome day about a year and a half ago making homemade apple cider at her friends’ home. It was a great day – and Emily had such an awesome time making the cider – she loved every step of the process. I snapped this one photo of Em and mom together and wish I had taken more. I don’t have nearly enough of the two of them together.

A local craft store, Dee’s, had a canvas hanging on their walls covered in burlap. I knew I wanted to scraplift that idea — but I also knew I wanted to add pictures (which they didn’t have on theirs.) I absolutely love the way this turned out. I masked the letters LOVE and painted the canvas hearts with some Claudine Helmuth paints and then stamped swirls with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I also used the doors from the houses set to make a few of the small banners.

I covered the sun in paper and added a chipboard button. I left the clouds plain — because I think they look really cute just the way they are.

Sailboat Canvases

Right from the start, I knew I wanted to make a sailboat out of the banner. On the sail, I used my gelattos, when the paint dried, I outlined it with my Micron. For the boat, I cut the shape out of one of the corrugated hearts and painted that as well. I made one fish from the leaves from the flower set and I painted it with my gelattos. The felt fish I stamped with ink. On the third canvas, I used one of each of the three shapes and materials from the banners. For the straight-edged triangle I cut off the scallops – I didn’t want it to look too much like the sail. I used Angel Mist on the white felt banner.

Cupcake Gift Card Box

A while ago, I saved this little Laughing Cow cheese box — figuring someday I’d have the need to alter it into something. I thought it would be cute to put a little mini-album inside. However, when I got the Basically Bare cupcakes (HOW CUTE ARE THEY???) and my sister-in-laws birthday loomed in sight, I was inspired to turn it into a gift card holder. All of the relatives pooled their money together to buy her gift cards at her favorite restaurants and movie theaters. I made the box and inside “pages” and that’s what we gave her for her birthday. She loved it! I always look at packaging now before I recycle it — because you can create SUCH cute things out of what would be waste. Love it!

Heart Canvas

I’ve seen similar canvases on Pinterest — and when I was ordering my Basically Bare (from, by the way!), I bought a few different packages of hearts because I wanted to try it out. I knew I wanted to use each material — canvas, felt, chipboard, and corrugated paper in two ways. That gave me 8 spots, and clearly the canvas would have 9 holes. So, I bought the houses and turned it into a canvas about our “home” — the W for Waterman, 1999 for the year we got married, etc. I love the overall effect.

I can’t tell you which surface I liked best! On the canvas I used rub-ons which I loved because the beauty of the canvas was left in tact. I also used my gelattos on the other canvas — and LOVED the painterly effect once I blended the blue and green with a bit of water. I think this was my favorite technique with the canvas (I used the gelattos on the sailboat sail, too)

I also really like the distressed look of the corrugated paper, as I used it on the “W” heart. I painted it with acrylic paint, stamped the W and outlined it with my Pitt Artist brush pen, then I ripped back some of the surface to show that awesome corrugated texture.

The felt really likes to be spritzed! I used a stencil on this heart.

Altered Starbucks Box and Bottles

This is an oldie-but-goodie way to present a little gift for a teacher, hostess or a good friend in need of a pick me up. I used the flowers here in conjunction with a random Basic Grey felt flower on the front of this case. I love how perfect they look together. I used the large felt flower with a chipboard one on top of it. And, a smaller chipboard flower covered with paper. Buttons added to all really pulled the Basically Bare flowers together with the Basic Grey one.

Owl Notepad Box

Here’s a quick one I made with the owls — I used the canvas leaves from the flower set — they are the same size and shape of the wings, and I really liked using all the different textures on this one owl. I have about 6 more projects I want to make with this owl — he’s just so stinkin’ cute — but I ran out of time!!

Home is Where the Heart Is banner

I had originally thought I’d use these homes as a standing-up mini-album. But, once I started playing with them, I decided to turn it into a banner. I doodled all around everything — and had so much fun putting this together. This is an old Close to My Heart paper packet that I LOVE — and it looks so cute with the houses — so warm and cozy. Love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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