Monday, January 7, 2013


the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
the most typical example or representative

pronunciation HERE
Did you know?
Long ago, when people believed that the earth was made up of four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—they thought the stars and planets were made up of yet another element. In the Middle Ages, people called this element by its Medieval Latin name, "quinta essentia," literally, "fifth essence." Our forebears believed the quinta essentia was essential to all kinds of matter, and if they could somehow isolate it, it would cure all disease. We have since given up on that idea, but we kept "quintessence," the offspring of "quinta essentia," as a word for the purest essence of a thing. Some modern physicists have given "quintessence" a new twist—they use it for a form of so-called "dark energy," which is believed to make up 70 percent of the universe.

from Merriam-Webster Online
I discovered a new challenge site called Electic Paperie, it's pretty awesome, loving all their ideas.

"The Get Altered Challenge is about exploring your creative journey, about stepping outside of your comfort zone, experimenting with new products, and creating altered and mixed media art."
from Electic Paperie
To me, that's a challenge explanation in it's quintessence .

also entering this in:
PanPastel UK Challenge 1 - Anything Goes

So in that spirit I added canvas material to my board. Most of you that know, know I paint on board so this was a fun venture for me to create a wall hanging using canvas material. First I adhered the material to my board, then spray painted it a light pink. Then I painted the 2 red hearts. Next I punched the holes through the canvas and board ( would have been so much simpler to have done this step BEFORE adhering it to the board..::sigh:: ) anyway...I sewed on the flourishes.
The scissors were created by sticking down my metal Flashing tape to computer paper, printing out the scissor clip art onto it, embossing the wet ink, cutting it out and then running it through my Big Shot using a Fiskar swirly embossing plate.
Our Daily Bread - Sewn with Love stamp
Stazon ink
Fancy Pants - buttons ( they are acyually for Christmas, just turned over )
Faber Castell - PITT pen
measuring tape ribbon - misc.
Primo Elite - Charcoal pencil
The stick pin was created by Sherry Ellison of Creatology ( who sent it to me as a surprise RAK Christmas present, check out her Etsy store! )


CraftygasheadZo said...

This is fab, I love the tape measure! Great stitching too, looks fab. Take care Zo xx

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh this is so great and i totally love the sentiment- great job

Eliza said...

I think your comfort zone has now expanded in leaps and bounds. I am trully impressed with the sewing by hand this is something that I never ever do..... LOL

No really fantastic, love it.


Redanne said...

Hi Sandee, I love your canvas work, it is a beautiful piece, the sentiment is brilliant and I love, love, love the ribbon! Hugs, Anne x

Pat N. said...

Ohhh, Sandee! I LOVE this wall hanging. Bet you'll have lots of requests for this one!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is great! I had a chuckle at the punching holes would have been easier before you mounted the canvas to the board.... yeah, glad to hear I'm not the only one that insists on doing things the hard way 'round.

Createology said...

Sandee this is wonderful. I love sewing and this really speaks to that love. Thank you for the link. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Unknown said...

Wow super design I love all the texture.Thanks for joining in this week.

Kerry DT Leader PanPastel Uk

Jean said...

How cool is this!!! Another gorgeous work of art!!

Sorry you did not get the jump start newsletter. Maybe I can forward them to you.

Katie said...

I love that you sewed on this canvas! It looks amazing!

Kim said...

Amazing, Sandee! I adore the stitching and the scissors...adorable project! Thank you so much for playing along with the eclectic Paperie canvas challenge!

Erin Smetak said...

Beautiful work! I can't believe you sewed on your canvas! And sewing after adhered made me laugh! I do that sort of thing all the time!
You did a really great job!

Annette Green said...

How whimsical and fun. Beautiful job!

wwilloww said...

Another beautiful piece of art Sandee!!! It is so beautifully done. I especially love your handsewn flourishes, they are so well done!!!

Words and Pictures said...

Such bold colours, and I love the blended pink on the canvas texture! Great piece, Sandee, the swirly stitching is such a great touch. Great to have you play along with us at eclectic Paperie!
Alison x

Micki said...

Adorable, love how you sewed on your canvas and I definitely can think of several sewers and quilters that would love one for themselves. Great canvas. Thanks so much for playing along with eP's Get Altered Challenge

Gwen said...

Oh this is fun on so many levels!!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a great canvas! Love your scissors and the way you tied the measuring tape ribbon into a bow. Thanks so much for joining us at Eclectic Paperie!

Tamika said...

Lovely card design my favorite part the thing I can't do yet sewing! and the measuring tape!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! What a fabulous design, I love the hearts and scissors and the tape measure ribbon is beautiful, LOVE it. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Rita said...

Cool using canvas. I'll have to check out that website. This is really cute. :)

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Wow, breathtaking! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog too! :)

Tracy said...

Woohooo Sandee I love your canvas....all the details and the hearts are stunning...I am a hearts kinda girl!!!
Thank you so much for the lovely comment on mine, now you know I am mad.
Your blog is beautiful .
Tracy xxx

Alexa said...

Hi Sandee - I've just found eP too - how spooky is that?!!! Love your canvas and your hand stitching is SO neat. xx