Thursday, January 10, 2019

When You Care Enough

Welcome. It's the very first Ten on the 10th of 2019!  

Our Christmas tree is put away.  (Well, barely.  I love Christmas and keep it up until the Epiphany on January 6th.)

Now it's time to start thinking about making people feel treasured on Valentine's Day.

For less than the price of a Valentine's Day card, you can give the special people in your life a unique, personalized, painted canvas.  Even a non-artist like me can paint a heart!

For my first attempt, I brushed on a heart, let it dry, added the foam sticker letters, then dabbed some paint on the letters to incorporate them.

The supplies are very inexpensive and easily obtained.  I found little canvases at Target and Michael's priced between $1.49 and $2.00 each.  I purchased the gold foam alphabet stickers ($3.99) and gold acrylic paint ($2.49) in the craft aisle at Target.  This project was actually inspired by the quirky style of these foam sticker letters.  

Originally, I thought I might do a heart with my husband's and my initials (EM + DM), but oops, there was only one uppercase M.  

So... I came up with some other ideas.  Word to the wise,  if you want to do initials, and you're married to your sweetheart.... you may want to buy two sets of alphabet stickers.

For my second effort, I glued the letters on first and then painted the heart over and around them with more of a dabbing technique. 

I purchased these little bling dots at Michael's (2.51 after 40% coupon).
They were supposed to be "stickers," but I found they only stuck to the package they came in.
So, I pulled out my trusty clear glue, an old tweezer, and had fun blinging out the heart below.

If you have time and patience, you could do a lot with these little blings.

Okay, I just noticed the missing H in the watermark above.  Turns out that it's kind of a fun pun, so it stays the way it is.

Remembering a special date is also an option.  I found these gold number stickers at Michael's and used the bling dots between them.

I hope this has inspired you to pull out a paint brush and create a little "masterpiece" for someone special.

Please be sure to visit all today's great Ten on the 10th posts!

Benita at Chasing Quaintness

Carol at BlueskyatHome

Cindy at CountyRoad407

Eilis at My Heart Lives Here (me)

Laura at Decor to Adore 

Susan at Homeroad 

Barbara at French Ethereal

Patti at Pandora's Box


  1. I often wondered how to use these little canvases - this is a great idea - and for any holiday, too! These would make cute birthday cards!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You "eart" definitely lives in this cute and crafty project. So fun!

  3. Eilis, I love these! I think that first one is my favorite because of the heart creative and such a sweet gift for someone for Valentine's Day. I can only paint by numbers. :-( BUT, I may get the hubster to draw a couple for me that I could trace onto canvas and try painting them in! Such a great idea! Hugs!

  4. This is great -- I love those little canvases and have more than a few and I especially love the hearts! Really sweet.

    And it is so nice to see you here. I do miss your blog but it's fun when you post!

  5. So cute! I love the mini canvases. I may have a few in my stash that I need to try this out on.

  6. This is an adorable project on mini canvases! So pretty and the possibilities are endless!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Your mini canvases are beautiful, Eilis. I might have to get one now that I have some inspiration! Thank you!

  8. Each idea is so stinkin cute! I love the initial idea. Plan to try this soon.

  9. Oh my gosh, those little canvases and their stands are just darling!! I have a craving to run out and buy several and start painting now!!

  10. Eilis, this project is so sweet. I love the different versions. You gave great options and suggestions. Aren’t stickers the best?

  11. What fun ideas and so many, Eilis!!! Love all these hearts and Yes, I noticed the missing H right away and I wonder why?? Guess the mind picks it up when something is off. Was a fun pun, too! ;) Happy to be an alternate on the 10 on the 10th blog hop with you. <3 Happily pinned your main photograph yesterday but came back to finish visiting and reading today. :)

    Pinned a few more, too. We are 10-10-87. Happy 31st anniversary to you and your hubby!
    Barb :)

  12. Eilis,
    Adorable... one and all. Amazing that you can make one of these for less than the price of a card.


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