Saturday 4 May 2013

Rogue Traveller Canvas Passport to Fun challenge

Hi again,

I'm sure it wasn't just me, this winter was the longest, most drawn out test of seasonal affective disorder EVER! When we returned from Southeast Asia, I thought it would have been spring. No such luck.
To cope, I started making paper palm trees. I designed this 11x14 canvas to put on display in my living room, using the fabulous picture of a classic VW camper van as my jumping off point.

I found the picture on Pinterest. The photo credit linked back to  A thousand apologies if this is not correct. It's an awesome pic and it reminds me of the jungles in Indonesia that we visited in February.
to start, I made the trunk of the palm tree with some recycled paper bag, twisted it, and sprayed it with color shine.  The fronds were die cut from BoBunny paper, and more recycled packaging for the "looking glass" compass element. I fussy cut a bunch of leaves from the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue collection.
 I can't remember the company which the background paper is from. I found it in the sale bin at my local scrapbook  store.  I added some lightweight modelling paste around the edges and also created a stencil from the palm frond die to add more visual interest on the edges.
 here you can see the recycled plastic packaging I used to make a cool compass.  I added some remnant rubs to the canvas as well.  Those packs are awesome. You can put them on everything (like Franks Red Hot hahaha) I glued some jute twine around the plastic to give it a more finished look.
I knew I needed some more red on the canvas to visually balance it with the picture, so I stitched some great metallic thread through the one side.

I really love how it turned out. I am going to submit this piece to Simon Says Stamp and Show for their weekly challenge:


  1. Fabulous piece and that photo is really cool. Great textured background and nature elements. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. congrats on your win at SSS!! love your page

  3. Stunning page and congrats on winning one of the top three places!!

  4. Laurie....congratulations on being named as one of the TOP THREE at Simon Says Stamp and Show for our passport challenge. Your piece is so original and lots of creative thought went into it! <3 Candy

  5. Congrats on being Top 3 to on SSSaS. It´s a great canvas you have made. Beautiful and intense colors, that really describe your journey.

  6. Thank you for the kind words everyone. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my work.

  7. Cool - love the old VW photo! Great win at SSS!