It’s A Cinch

Do you remember the impossibilities challenge?

If you do…..wasn’t it inspiring?

If you don’t… here to see 361 people who set out to accomplish their Impossible

                                                               ……..and did it.

Recently it’s been kind of lonely around here without all those impossibles.

I miss them.

I mean we have told each other what we wanted our blogs to be when they grew up and we wrapped ourselves in smocked burlap and hit the town and wondered what life would be like without the letter Q.

But even so… just wasn’t the same.

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Until now.

Introducing a years’ worth of Mission: Possible.

Are you as excited as I am?

We are.

We….as in…

Kelly from Eclectically Vintage

Andrea from The Cottage Market

Linda from it all started with paint

Karah from the space between

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We are partying this year like it’s 2099.

And we are kicking it all off in March with “It’s a Cinch.”

From the overwhelming “impossible” to the “easy peasy.  The 20 minute project.  No long tutorials.  No complicated directions.  No 24-hour drying time.


That’s how we roll.

I’ll start.

Actually, I started with pinterest.

Seriously, why re-invent the wheel when you have pinterest?  If you haven’t noticed, pinterest is full of cinchy projects.  I pinned an entire board of them.

Here’s the super cinchy project that was my inspiration.


4 x 4 Blank White Canvas from craft store

lowercase metal alphabet letters from craft store

grey paint (in many introspective shades from other projects) 🙂


(1)  Take the blank canvas and sketch a pencil line in the shape of part of a heart.

(2)  Decide on your quote.  I chose, “Life is a series of moments called now.”

That’s 31 letters.

Then take those 31 letters and stick them on to your canvas following your pencil line.

(3)  Keep sticking the letters…..following the pencil line of the half-formed heart until it looks like this.  Don’t worry if you can see the pencil line.  You’ll paint over it after the next step.

(4)  Then take out your introspective grey paint and paint the canvas.

I painted one coat of grey and then invented a cinchy finish that involved dipping the brush in different greys and pouncing the brush onto the canvas.  If you are not up for pouncing with your brush.  Leave it plain grey.  We are going for cinchy….remember.

(5)  Seal the entire canvas with water-based polyurethane.

That’s it.

The entire project took 17.25 minutes (and that included taking the plastic off the canvas).

So if you can find an extra 17.25 minutes, I would love to see your project.

On March 27.

Link it up.

Show it off.

Let’s party.

I’ll be the one eating coconut M & M’s 🙂

PS  I am partying at the Pinterest Party with Katie and Sherry and Erin and Cassie

PPS  I am also pinning it up here:

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  1. Ooh I’m totally gonna party with you all!!!!
    And I absolutely love that canvas – going to do one!!!
    xx Nat

  2. Great idea!! I’m in! Who has much more than 17.25 minutes to do a project these days anyway? lol! See when I squeeze my projects in here —

    I KNOW you can relate!!
    xo Heidi

  3. Ooh, Karianne. This is on cinchy project that I love.♥

  4. How convenient! My sweet husband just finished putting the paneling that needs liming back on the wall…there will be a whole lotta lime going on! (And it will take under an hour, I promise.)

  5. Coconut m&ms???? Now I’m the one who’s been living under a rock!

    I love your project… should have led with that one but the coconut m&ms threw me off topic. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


  6. Wait….there are coconut M&Ms???? 🙂 I need to find those!

  7. You are one “cinchsational girl”…I was wondering what plans you had for all those painted letters! Now we know and it is “cinchsational”…

    I am all for the “cinchsational” (have I said that enough?) projects….however your project looks as though you spent countless hours on it…I HEART, HEART with all my HEART your canvas of “moments”..

  8. I love it. I thought it was white, but either way it looks great.

  9. Looks fantastic, and I love the message.

  10. What a great project. Seriously. I love it.

    And I’ll be the one eating the pretzel M&Ms …



  11. Even I could commit 17.25 minutes for this! A true cinch – my kind of craft!

  12. wait a minute…are their coconut m&m’s???? oh my GOODNESS…just came back from google — WHERE HAVE I BEEN!!! this is like the best news ever…getting these today!!!

    now your it’s a cinch project is magical!!! love it and you!!! : ) hugs and let’s toast it’s a cinch!!!

  13. this just in…there are coconut 3 musketeers also! wow what a day!!!! hugs

  14. Well, now I’m totally distracted from the rest of the post. Loooove cocoanut m&m’s! 🙂

  15. What a great project and a great idea for a party! You take such awesome pics!

  16. LOVE how your heart is always open! =>

    However, I am stuck here with what a 4X4 canvas is. 4 inches? 4 feet? 4 centimeters? 4 millimeters? If I can figure that out, it’ll be my cinch project, ok?


  17. Oh dear. I’m not that crafty. But I can try. . . I love your link up parties….so let the mission begin!

  18. SOOOOOO cute. Now if you would just drop by and make one for me 🙂

  19. Wow, that is gorgeous!!! I love it, I want to make one. Your party sounds fun, I’ll do everything I can to be there!
    Btw, I pinned all of your ideas from that board, I am always looking for fast, fun crafts, I have a girls club that loves crafts.
    Hugs, Cindy

  20. Love it! That is such a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m not very crafty, but you made that look easy and fun.

  21. Very cute and creative! I will be sure to find a cinch-y project and link up! You have everyone’s head spinning with the knowledge that they now make coconut M&M’s!!!! Who knew? (Well, I guess you did!) 😉

  22. Great idea! Both the linky party and your project! I’ll definitely be joining in! Thank you guys!!

  23. LUV this project, Karianne! I just hadt to Pin it! lol! 🙂 What size letters did you use?

    xoxo laurie

  24. Looking forward to seeing many great, quick projects! I love this one. I need to explore the craft store a bit more! Didn’t even know there were cool, metal letters like that. I’m going to grab your button and try to come up with something to share… I have an idea, but will have to time it!

  25. Read about this on Karah’s blog and I’m excited! Linky parties are always great motivation!

  26. Just yesterday I saw some little carboard letters like these and wondered what I could do with them – what a great idea. And I already have some spare canvases !
    If I think of something linkable that’s likeable and not impossible, just cinch-able I shall
    join you all at the party !!

  27. So cute! Works for ME. All my stuff is easy. I’m the lazy crafter 😉

  28. This is gorgeous!

  29. I love this project and I will have to plan to link something up! I just finished my girls’ room makeover and did stenciling that only took about 20 minutes so I can attest that quick results is how I roll as well.

    You are crafty!

  30. Another amazing idea! I’m in and can’t wait to see so many other great ideas! I love the artwork! You’re one talented girl!

  31. This is so exciting!! I love your latest project. It is truly wonderful!

    Come over to visit, I have a New Giveaway I think you will love!

    Art by Karena

  32. Subtle genius…that’s what you are…

    Might actually be able to participate in this one!

  33. Looking good in a nice, understated kind of way. Just my thing!

  34. Now that’s cute. I’m not sure what little metal alphabet letters are though, and just for the record, coconut m&m’s got nothing on a regular Mounds candy bar.


  35. I love, love, LOVE this project! And I love the idea of an “It’s a Cinch” blog party. It’ll be nice to focus on an easy-peasy project for a change – no building & installing railings this time around! 😉 And I think I have the perfect project for the party. Looking forward to it!


  36. I’m so excited about these new parties! Time to brainstorm one of my MILLIONS of must-dos that will work for it!

  37. I love your project…looks fabulous.
    I am craftyLESS so I don’t hook up with many craft ideas. I burn myself if I use a hot glue gun…I spray myself if I use spray glue….or paint…I can’t draw half a heart….I hate sewing…can’t even sing !!
    Poor Pitiful Pearl….:)
    But I sure do enjoy looking at all the talent in Blogland, including YOU.:))
    xoxoxo bj

  38. Ok first up I read the title of this post and thought it said “I’m a crinch” then started reading it and had to go back and read the title again as it has nothing to do with being a crinch………….lol

    Secondly it may be a cinch for you but not sure if it would be for me, I am the most untalented person………….lol

    Thirdly I want to try coconut M & M’s haven’t found them in the shops yet just seen the add on telly for them………….

  39. glad you ladies turned this into a series.

  40. Ok, so I may sound like an idiot…but this idea is new to me and I would love to join this “Mission: Possible!” Am I supposed to do the same project that you showed us, or come up with my own??

  41. Adorable!

  42. so gorgeous – awesome job. 🙂

    * visiting from YHL

  43. This is really cool. Where did you hang it? I would love to see it in its new environment! 🙂

  44. You had me at metal letters…sigh! Your heart canvas turned out super cute. March 27th huh? I’ll have to rummage through my stash and see what I can come up with. I love cinchy projects. I will just have to keep repeating…20 minutes…only 20 minutes.

  45. I LOVE these. I love how the message can be changed for any individual or home… but all with the same <3.


  46. This is a really neat project! Thanks for linking up again!


  47. I found your project on Pinterest, Loved it, so I decided to re-blog it and make it myself. Thank you for sharing this project, love your blog I will defiantly be checking out more! Feel free to check out mine