Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trash to Treasure...with a little help from SCAL

I have completed my project that I've been working on for about a week. Butterbean and I stopped by a thrift store a week or so ago and found these not so clean but lovely canvases...I especially liked the Fleur de Lis scroll on the top of them.

I asked the sales lady how much they were and she sort of made up a price of $3, then quickly added "a piece"...well, honestly I didn't really want to pay $6 for something I may or may not be able to re-purpose, so I asked her if she would go lower...she told me "NO"!!! So I begrudgingly put them back and low and behold, guess what??? Those not so clean canvases suddenly went down to $2 a piece....YAY ME!!! Anyway, I began to pay for these jewels and call it karma, bad luck or what have you...but I had no cash and the "oh so helpful" sales lady didn't know how to use the credit card machine...Oh well, it wasn't meant to be...Butterbean and I loaded up in the car dejected and somewhat annoyed that my husband was right about me maybe needing cash one day (I never carry cash, it just clutters up my purse), when I look over and see something shining at me like a great big beacon of "buy what you want" joy. I scraped together enough quarters, dimes and nickels to buy my coveted art....
Now that I had them home I sprayed them with the garden hose, because I was a little heebed out about where they may have come from. They dried and I removed the great Fleur de Lis scroll and spray painted it with my favorite crafting item...ORB. Then I painted over the somewhat hokey art work that was currently on the canvas with an acrylic paint. I let it dry and reattached the scroll....wow, I loved it.

But then I was really perplexed as to what to put on these newly re-purposed canvases. It took me about a week to decide that I wanted to monogram them. But what type of monogram would I use? I only have two Cricut cartridges and the letters on them aren't that great. While lamenting I decided that this would be a great time to bite the bullet and download SCAL (Sure Cuts Alot). Per my previous post, I had a coupon code and it was on sale at Craftedge. Boy am I glad I did...this is the result....I have never been so pleased about a purchase in my life. If you have a Cricut...you definitely need SCAL. Right now, open a new tab and buy it. It is the best investment ever.

So what do you think, this is just one, I am probably going to do the other one the same way and hang them on my doors for the summer. I love them and especially for $4.
If you have a suggestion about what to put on the other one let me know...I haven't started it yet and would live everyone's input. Happy Tuesday!!


  1. WOW what a differance! It looks beautiful, good job!

  2. This looks great!

    I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

  3. Love it! I bought SCAL a few days after I got my Cricut. I have never used the cartridges. Ha Ha

  4. Adorable. Love it! Be blessed. Cindy

  5. Its so so LOVELY:)
    I love Re-vamping things [so to soeak]
    its so FUN

  6. This is so clever! Looks great on the door!

  7. I never carry cash either. This is lovely. It turned out great!

    Loved the story..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party....

  8. Turned out great! Love the black and tan combo!


  9. Very nice. Always keep spare change in the car. That's what I learned from this post. ;) Really, it looks great! Do you have 2 doors on the front of your house? You could put "friends" or "neighbors" or "no soliciting." ;)-

  10. Wow, that looks fantastic with your black and glass door! Thanks for joining the party!

  11. You are so creative to come up with what you did on that canvas. It looks so classy. I loved reading your story about scraping up quarters, etc. I did that exact same thing just Wed! I thought I was going to have to go to the car to see if I had anymore change. :) Love your writing style too.


  12. What a cute "Welcome" sign! Thanks for linkin' up to the POPP.

  13. I love your story..very enjoyable! You're putting me in the mood to thrift shop.
    This is great idea for some old ugly mass produced things I have laying around my storage area. Thanks!

  14. It's beautiful! Great job!! Stop by for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance. Happy Blogging!

  15. I love it when I find old canvases ... you did good!


  16. I luv luv your project.
    Since we are sponsored by Provo Craft I've never used Scal..

  17. I guess it was meant to be after all ~ mean old thrift store lady or not! : ) I love this and I think it looks great. Maybe you could do your house number on the second one.

  18. I love it! It looks awesome!!!!


  19. What an amazing transformation. They look fabulous on your door - and what a deal! Love what you have done with them - fabulous job! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  20. I love this on the front door. I'm so jealous of how it looks! BTW-I love your planters!