You would think that having the focal point would make doing this canvas so much easier. Not for me. I ended up doing the canvas 4 times before I got it to the way I could live with it. Pastels for me are hard to work with, so once I darkened up my palette, it was much easier for me to get past the creative block. I decided to go with a simple approach as well.
I went with a simple bright tomato red color I layered on several G45 papers from the French Country 6 x6 pad.
Using a paper pattern that I free hand cut a paper heart from, I used it to cut the shape out of a pair of old jeans. Using embroidery floss, I did a sloppy stitch around the border to give it more of a home-spun flair. I added a piece of adhesive backed Recollections red lace to the middle of the heart.
Kim sent me this wonderful ATC. She certainly knows how to make things come to life. I love all her intricate details including shading and highlighting. The only changes I made were: I swapped out the orange button for a quilted red heart button I had in my stash and I inked over the top of her inked edges with red.
I decided not to overdo it on the embellishments and went simple. I used a jewelry finding and strung on the letters BFF with the hearts. I cannot believe how long I have had those in my stash. To cover the edges of the finding, I used these little gingham bows that I had received with an order I made last year.
Overall I think the canvas came out pretty well. Now to choose the next style to work on.