First, I have a winner winner chicken dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The prize is some random yumminess from the Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop and from the Twinery and Clearsnap!!!

Smooch Spritz, twine, a spring ephemera kit, handmade felt flowers, 15 yards of gorgeous lace and trims, a set of American Crafts pens, bling flowers, beaded sprays, hand sewn leaves, a handmade felt and paper bag book and more!!!!!!!! All in this cute little basket :)

And the winner is…………..

Your blog is fantastic! I've heard your name for a long time, I'm ashamed of myself for not stopping by sooner! So much inspiration and beauty.. I'm following you on Pinterest, Love your boards~

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! Please email your shipping addy to [email protected]!!!!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming :)   

I love to cruise the clearance aisles and I always see things that are damaged on clearance. A whole range of thought go through my head:

“Does the store seriously think someone should pay money for this crap?”

“Ugh, if only it was broken/scratched? torn?marked up!!”

“Someone with alot of time on their hands could probably do something with that”

“Did the store pull this out of a dumpster and think someone would pay only 15% off for it?”

“Maybe if I could use a coupon on this…”

I usually talk myself out of buying broken or messed up things because they usually sit in my house for months until I finally throw them away or give them to Goodwill. 

I bought a set of two gallery stretched canvases in the home decor section at Joann's for $5.97 each on clearance–each had black marks on them and they were just a god-awful shade of peachy pink. It did not match anything in my house. But I figured the cost of the canvas alone was worth $6 and I could always paint over them.

They sat in my house for 6 months.

I finally broke out the paint and decided to alter them! I recently redecorated my guest bath in a bird theme with robin's egg blues, pretty sea foam greens, and a touch of warm brown. When I received my goodie box for the Tombow USA challenge with Canvas Corp, I knew what I was going to do!!

The canvas had good “bones” — I loved the design but there was a big black mark on it and the colors were … let's be “real” here: hideous.

Here's how I took the canvas from terrible to terrific :)

I received some gorgeous White on Kraft Damask CCP2722 patterned paper from Canvas Corp as well as a premade canvas flower. I gathered paints, inks, and other embellies to match the colors of my bathroom and went to town:

I used the Tombow 3D Foam Tabs to add dimension to the dress — I did not want a flat decoupaged look–I wanted this dress to stand out!! The beauty of Tombow's 3D Foam Tabs is they have incredible tack and will hold, even in moist conditions like a bathroom. 

I diecut the canvas sheets from Canvas Corp using a Sizzix die and created more flowers to round out the design:


  • Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
  • Tombow Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive
  • Canvas Corp White on Kraft Damask CCP2722 Patterned Paper
  • Canvas Corp White on Kraft French Home Sampler CCP2717 Patterned Paper
  • Canvas Corp Canvas FabricPage
  • Canvas Corp Canvas Flower CVS3309
  • Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe CVS3311
  • Smooch Spritz in Ice Rink, Spash, and River Mossy by Clearsnap
  • ColorBox Premium Dye Inkpad in Chocolate by Stephanie Barnard
  • Clearsnap Rollagraph Jumbo Handle and Stamp Wheels in Define It, Simple Dots, and Splatter
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Cat's Eye in Chestnut Roan
  • Sizzix Bigz 3D Flower Die
  • Canvas by Joann's
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Lime Sorbet, Paradise, Metallic Bronze, Bambi Brown
  • KaiserColour Acrylic Paint in Sea Breeze
  • Rub-Ons by Studio Calico and Jenni Bowlin Studios
  • Artistic Wire Gun Metal Colored Copper Wire, 24 Gauge
  • Glass Glitter by Jolee Jane
  • Mini Frame by Melissa Frances
  • Printed Ephemera by Jen Johnson at Spark No. 3
  • Crown Charm by Teresa Collins
  • Punchinella, Chandelier Crystal, Glass Bottle by

And here it is in my new bathroom design:

So next time you see that cast-off, sad clearance item, put aside all those bad thoughts, buy it, and paint new life into it :)

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday: I bought a "scrappy" canvas

  1. Oh Jennifer, I love what you have done with these canvases! I will be back to watch the video and take lots of notes :) Congrats to Renee!

    Posted on May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  2. love your canvas. the skirt is just beautiful.

    Posted on May 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm
  3. Beautiful canvas…. Tfs

    Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm