I met my wonderful friend June when she was having her first infusion of Tysabri, a drug to help modify the symptoms of MS. She had only recently been diagnosed and when she was moved to a different day for infusion we swapped e-mail addresses.
We've talked through all of our feelings towards MS and I sent her a photo of my MS canvas. She said she wished she could express her feelings like that, but instead she sent me something about how she felt trapped like a bird in a gilded cage and not able to enjoy her life.
As soon as I saw this I had an idea of what I wanted to do for her, but I wasn't sure she'd appreciate it as our feelings are so personal. I rang and told her about it before I sent it in case she'd be upset. She was thrilled that I had made something for her.
I used a 5" x 7" canvas board for the base and coloured it using Broken China and Crushed Olive DI's. Then I cut the TH bird and bird cage out of grungebord and coloured the bird cage with Crushed Olive DI and embossed it with Vintage Photo Distress EP. I wanted to make the cage appear to be rusty.
I used the Sissix 3-D Flower die to cut some Artylicious paper to make roses for the canvas. Even though I'd cut both sizes I found that the smaller ones fit best. I used a long handled quilling tool to actually make the roses. I had to wait for a time when my hands would let me turn the tool to make the flowers. With a little persuasion and some Glossy Accents they worked!
And this is the finished canvas. I really enjoyed making it and June loving it has made it all the more special!