Author Archive | Jenny Chesnick

Canvas Corp

Reported by Jenny Chesnick

I had the pleasure of discovering this company at 2010 Winter CHA in Anaheim, CA. They are family owned and operated company and while this was not their first CHA, it was the first time they appeared in the Scrapbooking and Paper crafts section of the show. Their website is mainly geared toward the interior design segment of their business. You can find updates on their crafting wares on their facebook fan page. Their product line includes canvas, burlap, thinstock, cardstock, thickstock, wood frames, metals, vintage pins, spools, cork & tacks. You can see many more photos of their scrapbooking and craft products on my original review here.

I picked up several pieces of their product to work with, including a raw piece of 30″x 36″ canvas, painted clothespins, and a 12″ x 12″ doubled up scrapbook “page.” These canvas mini banners were my very favorite item in the ENTIRE show! If you have not been on the banner craze these may change your mind. They come in packs of 3 and 2 banners sewn together. So technically you could pull them apart and use them singly. The banner measures 4 inches on the long side and 3.5 along the top. They are raw canvas and can be sprayed and painted without issue.

Originally I started out with Ranger Masks and spraying the word Family on the banner. This photo shows that the canvas took the spray, sewing and masking without issue. I didn’t like how the letter was not defined so I used a Marvy Marker to outline the masked letter. The marker did not bleed or run even after spraying with Glimmer Mist a second time.

The canvas held up nicely and so I turned it over! to try again. So on the second go around I used some fabric to embellish the canvas. On these pieces I re-sprayed, sewed and sewed and glued onto the same banners from before. No issues what so ever, the banner held up much nicer then I believe a normal piece of fabric would have. It took all of my abuse and came out delightfully!

The final piece came out beautifully (if I do say so myself!)


  • Cute designs & fresh ideas
  • Crafting, Sewing and Scrapbooking versitility
  • The Canvas is “raw” so you can paint, spray and sew with it
  • Cost for the banners seen above is $2.00(MSRP). If you were to separate the pieces you get 6 total banners


  • Hard to locate a retailer who sells their wares
  • Website is not geared toward crafting
  • No blog for inspirational ideas, but you can follow their projects on their facebook page
Has anyone had the chance to play with these canvas goodies? I would love to see what you have created and here your stories!


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Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line

Reported by Jenny Chesnick

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line is part of an artist quality paint collection by Ranger. They are semi-gloss, highly pigmented and come in 15 different shades to choose from. They are acid free & archival safe. You can use a color chart provide by Ranger to mix the 15 standard colors into 51 custom colors using the PDF file provided HERE.
I was introduced to Claudine paints from an artist/scrapbooker friend this past summer. I have always been a big fan of the Adirondack Dabbers from Ranger. I will admit I was a little put off by the “artist quality” label. I was not so sure I would even use them if I had purchased them. Well was I wrong! While the average MSRP is a bit higher for the Studio Line over the Adirondack the easy of use and difference in quality on my projects had me sold after my first bottle. The finish of the Studio paints is much different then your average craft store paint. I tried to use a comparable paint color to show the variance in finish and color of the two paints.

On the left piece of chipboard is the Studio Line and on the right is the Adirondack line. You can see the Studio line is nice and smooth as opposed to the matte finish of the Adirondack paint.

While I have not ventured into an artistic use for these paints, I do use them regularly on chipboard. The paint gives my projects such a nice sheen and does not soak into the chipboard like craft paint. I have used Glimmer Mist & Colorbox chalks over the paint as well with no issue. On the banners below I used the Traditional Tan and Blank Canvas (white). The colors are very true, and the white is nice and bright!


  • Semi-Gloss finish
  • Easy of use and care
  • Does not dry out, nice creamy texture in the bottle
  • Needs no gesso or primer on chipboard


  • Small color choice
  • Cost, Average MSRP is $5.50
  • Availability
  • 2 oz size
Do you own any of these fabulous paints? I would love to see your projects you have used them on. I had a chance to speak with Claudine at CHA and she showed me how to use her new Extra Time Studio Medium with her Studio Line paints to extend the drying time. She was demonstrating how to use that with stamping. So tell me, what do you think?
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CHA Paper Lines & More: Melissa Frances

Melissa Frances could not have said it better, she is a mix of soft, feminine, and modern vintage. Vintage Posies & her line extension to Attic treasures were just that. Melissa showcased new papers, bingo minis, envelope minis, new stickers, ephemera, bottle brush trees, crepe paper, crystals, pearls and so much more. Below are some photos from her booth. Click here see her entire 2010 catalog.

You can learn how to make these amazing vintage roses on Melissas Blog:

Attic Treasures Album:

Ephemera Board:

Resin Frames:

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