(And since the entirety of this post is aimed at gently
ripping off imitating their idea, let's just be subtle and call our particular store...um...Shmottery Shmarn.)
Several of you e-mailed me to report that you actually tried out this clever little crafty idea, and I did too. With the kind permission of the e-mailers in question, I thought I'd show you what amazing things people are up to with their canvases.
Let's start with mine, because they're the least good in the batch. I used super-cheap Wal Mart canvas, painted them, and used decoupage glue (Modge Podge is my favorite) to adhere the designs cut from scrapbook paper:
There were too many ripples in the paper. When I try this again, I'll probably try a wallpaper roller to help smooth out the wrinkles. Because Modge Podge is FOREVER, and once those wrinkles set in, you're sunk.
Linds of This Abode used an old pair of jeans, fabric and ribbon to do this adorable canvas:
Tami of Muddlin' Thru Motherhood made this canvas as a baby shower gift for a friend:
Tracye of TracyeCakes didn't mess with the decoupage, she just painted. And look how great it turned out, customized with the child's name:
Here's a funky idea by Anne--wouldn't this be cute in a preteen's room?
Danielle of Mississippi Mama did this little green and blue number:
Kate did these beautiful flowers using only Modge Podge (in matte finish) and paper, and she said the entire project cost her only $16:
My sister-in-law, who has artistic ability coming out her ears, did these great pieces for my nieces' room:
If you try your own version of this project, I'd love to see the results!