Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Three Cups of Coffee

Coffee.  Caffeine.  Java.
It's not morning in my house until my first cup o' Joe.  After that, you can try talking to me; however, you'll be better off waiting until I've had my second round of caffeine.  OK, now I see you.  Good morning!   Oh, you want to have an interactive discussion?  In that case, pass the coffee pot so I can fill my mug one more time. 

If you are also a caffeine addict, or know someone who is, then this altered canvas project is perfect.  I call it "Three Cups of Coffee."

This project starts with three [printed] canvasses I found in the $1 bins at Michael's (before they raised their prices to $1.50--what nerve!).  Each canvas measures approximately 6" x 6" square. 

I painted the canvas sides and front (1" in on all edges) in French Roast and Mocha tones.  I wanted to go with a coffee theme, so it was easy to choose my color palette.

Once the paint was dry, I Mod Podged my paper (cut just slightly smaller than the canvas) onto the front of the canvas.
I used coordinating coffee-theme paper on the other two canvasses as well.  After the Mod Podge dries, embellish away!  Here is what I did:

Canvas #1 
"Caution HOT Beverage" punched from a coffee cup sleeve, using my tab punch, fastened with two brads; paint chip sample collaged on top of a Peet's gift card; coffee cup images stamped on printed paper, cut out and collaged on top of paint sample; a wooden numeral "3" that I painted, finishing it off with a small chipboard tag painted, stamped and edged with liquid chalk, and tied on with hemp. 

Canvas #2
Embellishments include coffee bean linen ribbon, stacked buttons, a Starbucks gift card, flower transparency and a beautiful vintage floral button. (I have been saving this piece for years!!)   Check out the detail on this exquisite treasure.

Canvas #3
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Embellished with strips of coordinating paper (used on first two canvasses), "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf" gift card, a metal corner, Prima flowers topped with a clear rhinestone, and a clock transparency that I collaged right on top of the word "coffee break." 

And my other treasure is a vintage silver spoon, which I picked up in an antique store many months ago. 

I used Mod Podge and my hot glue gun to adhere everything, and made sure to give each finished canvas a final sealing of Mod Podge. 

And that's it!  What's great about this three-piece set is you can arrange them on a wall in many ways:  horizontal, vertical or on a diagonal. 
You could even stand them up on small easels.

Now that I've finished this blog post, I am craving a delicious latte.
Make mine with low fat milk, an extra shot of espresso and thick foam please!  Now where did I put my gift cards?

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  1. Thank you SO much for leaving your link on my blog. I checked it out and LOVE your style. Now a follower. My one request. Is there a way you can add the regular "subscribe" button to your blog. I would love getting your post via email.

  2. Love it!!! Have you ever heard the saying "Behind every great woman there is a cup of coffee"?... Well I'm your new follower can't wait to see what you make next.

    O and I have a post you might be interested in:

    Check it out, I bet you won't be disappointed.

  3. Doreen, this is super cute! I'm going to share with the Mod Podge Rocks Facebook group this next week sometime. Plus I love Heidi's comment above (although behind this great woman is a double espresso, yikes!)

  4. Love these!! They turned out so cute! I'm so glad you found my blog and directed me to yours :) Can't wait to see what you do with those jars you have!

  5. Wow ... Gorgeous, fun and impressive! Thanks for being one of those people who share the knowledge instead of one of those who think it's all about them and no one else must know their secrets!

  6. yummy craft (I say as my coffee is a'brewin' in the other room)! I am going to have to do something similar, at some point (add it to my list of craft desires). Nice job, and thank you for sharing!

  7. Love this! I am a new follower, too!

  8. Hi, I'm a wannabe crafter...I keep buying bits and pieces of wonderful things and putting them in my "someday" stash! I think I bought 4 of those little canvases a couple of months ago. Funny, mine had different tea/coffee cups on them...LOL Two of them were actually just hanging by my kitchen sink until I put up my Easter decorations. But I'm SURE that whatever I wind up doing with them they won't be as beautiful as yours are.... (: Oh, and I was only on my 1st cup of coffee when I was reading your post!

  9. Love this idea and would like to do this near my coffee pot! I can't seem to find any coffee themed paper - any suggestions? Thanks!

  10. Note to Becki - Thanks for visiting. I agree, coffee-themed paper is difficult to find. Several years ago, I found some different designs on e-Bay, and bought some then. Just type in "coffee" in the craft section. Good luck.

  11. I love these, now that I have had 1/2 a pot and can read and type. Great results and I think the button is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Adorable! I especially love it on the easel. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. I love the transformation of these three coffee canvases.


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