Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beaded Canvas Project

Hello, again! I can't remember if I mentioned it on Monday, but I had the pleasure of teaching TWO awesome Workshops at this year's Retreat. I've always had a special place in my heart for hand-made books, and this little beaded beauty is no exception. I just love the edgy, rustic nature of the frayed canvas cover and the artfully torn inner cool!

The color scheme of the class version is just beautiful...a gorgeous combination of peach, coral and teal. The beaded canvas cover is one of those things that looks intricate and difficult, but it's really quite easy...especially when you have l'il 'ol me to guide you in the free video tutorial (included with purchase). I couldn't resist grabbing a couple of Memories Mists in complementary colors to spritz over the flourish "mask" from the Versailles kit. Didn't it turn out great?

As with other Retreat projects, there are a few color variations available that I'd like to share with you.

The cream, peach, and clay palette of the "Sedona" version was perfect for the pictures from my trip to Arizona. I stamped the canvas cover with a medallion image from my Adobe Unmounteds, and stitched on a handful of beads included in the package. With a quick spritz of copper metallic and golden yellow pigment ink mist, this awesome mini book was complete.

This next version is called "For Him"...but really, this book was all for ME!!! The color palette of denim, blurple (yes, that IS a color...a blend of blue and purple, lol), and olive green was the perfect complement to photos taken in my flower garden. The cover was embellished with images from the Dashing UM, beads included in the kit, and some coordinating metallic spray mists. Simply divine!

Finally, the third and final version of this project is called "Theme Park". My good friend Kay snapped up this variation, and put her own spin on it...with plenty of cool little details...just like Kay is famous for! Decorated with UM stamps from the Retreat 2012 collection, she even added an adorable mini book that is stored...get a precious little pocket sewn into the front cover! awesome is that?!?

With 36 pages, this little book comes with plenty of real estate ready for your photos or other would even make a really cool journal! And it's nicely sized at about 5x7, so it's totally portable (think brag book for moms or grand-moms!)

Be sure to check out all of the variations available for the Beaded Canvas Project online...coming soon!

Creatively yours,


  1. Hi Karen, I just wanted to tell you how much I loved this book. I haven't worked on it yet, but really loved the rough edges and fun beading. Great job on the video too! :)

  2. I made my book and want to make more! Great job on the videos!

  3. Karen, I gotta tell you - when I heard the name of this project, my first thought was 'hmmm, I'm not really into beading, so I don't know if I'll like this - but then I saw the project (and all the cool variations) in August, and I gotta say - this book really rocks!!! Can't wait to make mine :)

  4. Karen,
    Thanks for such a great class in August with this book. The possibilities are endless, I am thinking Peacock, or Serenity stamps accented with beading, I can't wait to make more. They would also make an excellent gift.
    Thanks again,

  5. Oh, Karen! Another super delightful project! Sooo bummed I missed the retreat experience -- I just LOVE your classes!!!

  6. This is a stunning design. You are so creative - thsnks bunches


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