Thursday, May 21, 2015

JOY®-ful Letters

Add a letter or two, or three, or more, here and there to label something special.  I have never used these letters before and found them easy to use. plus an attractive addition for any type of base.

First comes this little white linen bag that I created for a previous manufacturer challenge for Decorative Trimmings.  Someone happened to give me a suggestion (thanks Julie), about using these wonderful letters for this challenge.  Personalizing items for any occasion can be fun, why not something for a brides special day.  Take this idea beyond the bride and add the names of your bridal party to a special item for this special day.

Why not add a monogram to all your traveling paraphernalia. Here I added my own initials to a fabric travel pouch that I made for myself.  I definitely like the look of these on the pouch and think it would be a great idea to add them to all my other travel bags.

Totally love the look of these large letters when I first saw them.  My original plan was to make something for my two youngest granddaughters that they could use for taking on a trip or a sleepover.  Unfortunately I made a big mistake when choosing the letters and could only make one.

Using a purchased plastic tote from Michael's, it was perfect for the base of a cute carry-all.  These great letters were glued on and stand out on this tote, add some die-cut duck tape flowers and iridescent gems and that's all that is needed for sweet carrier for any little girl - what JOY!

Use this link to check out and read the Creating with Joy blog: Link

Monday, May 11, 2015

Working With "Earth Safe Finishes" Begins

After becoming aware of Earth Safe Finishes a few years back and using them in a teaching venue, I realized how I enjoyed the versatility of all the mixing aspects of the products in this line. Now as a part of this team, it will be a great way to further work with these products and discover more about them.  I look forward to learning and experimenting!

This first effort is an easy one but I was still impressed with the results.  I have worked with the majority of paints that are on the market throughout the years. The first impression that stuck me was with coverage of the Earth Safe Finishes paint.  The way the paint performed for this little project surpassed my expectations.

There was a need to create a project using this wooden chalkboard holder, but wanted to change the original wood finish.  I began by sanding the wooden surface to remove some of the slick finish. Wipe away the sanding powder with a tack rag or slightly damp cloth.  I brushed on a coat of ESF Chalk It Up Huckleberry Cobbler paint.  It was so easy to apply to all the surface of the wooden frame.  There were not brush marks and it went on very smoothly.  After drying, which was quickly, another coat of paint was applied, but the first coat gave great coverage.  After allowing the paint to dry for an hour, I applied a coat of the ESF No Voc Wax, folllowing manufacture's instructions.  This was the first time I had used something other then a brush-on finish.  The finish of the painted surface was lovely and I can see using this product for many future projects.

To add a bit of color for the project theme, I took yellow ESF Colorant and just dabbed it onto the back of clear plastic pouch and let it dry.

Using three products changed the look of two surfaces for this Graduation Celebration display.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mixing It Up With Makin's Clay and Mother Nature

There is a new post up on the Makin's Clay blog!  Had some fun playing around with the clay.  This project shows texturing, stamping, molding and coloring.  Stop by and read the post!

Link to Post HERE

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Zig-Zag Album for Arnold Grummer

This little project is something that could be used as a small photo album for any occasion by just changing the type of handmade paper and paper casted embellishment.  It could also become a small journaling book or mini scrapbook keepsake.

VIsit the Arnold Grummer blog to find the information you need to create your own, yhen check out the other interesting ideas from the other contributors to the blog.  You will find some fun things to try!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Decorative Trimmings Ideas With Designers Craft Connection

Another fun design challenge this time using trims from Decorative Trimmings.  This particular project was made using just one of the requested trims for this months challenge.  I am excited about the others I requested and received and will be using them in upcoming projects.

The theme given to follow was "Weddings".  Here I created two items for a bride on her special day.  Two white linen bags, one to hold make-up and a small  tote to hold anything a bride had to have on hand for the day. This same combination of bags could also be made for the bridal party in a color to match their attire.  This would make a lovely bridesmaid gift from the DIY bride-to-be.

Close-up of 1" White Star Guimp Trim

White Star 1" Guimp Trim #02550-001
White Linen Fabric
White Lining Fabric
Iron On Low Loft Fleece Interfacing
White Thread
White 8" Zipper (or slightly longer)
Sewing Machine

For Bag
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of white linen
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of white lining fabric
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of fusible fleece interfacing
Cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 23" pieces of white linen (Handles)
Cut 2 - 11" lengths of White Star trim for bag
Cut 2 - 23" lengths of White Star trim for handles

For Cosmetic Bag
Cut 2 - 7" x 8 1/2" pieces of white linen
Cut 2 - 7" x 8 1/2" pieces of white lining fabric
Cut 2 - 8" lengths of White Star trim for cosmetic bag
Cut 1 - 6" length of white ribbon for zipper tab


Iron fusible interfacing onto the  wrong side of lining piece of fabric according ot manufacturer directions. Place right sides of fabrics together for the front and back of bag.  Sew along the top (10 1/2") edge, using a 1/2" seam.  Turn and press along the top edge.  Place a cut length of the decorative trim onto the right sides of bag pieces, placing both in the same spot.  Stitch down center of trim using a slightly longer stitch.  Place the front and back pieces together,  with right sides facing  and  matching the trim on both pieces, sew around the bag.  Trim seams if necessary, cut with pinking shears, then use a zigpzag stitch to finish the seams.  To form the bottom of bag - Form a corner at the seam line, measure about 2"  up from the to point, draw a line about 4" across; the stitch on the line across, backtacking at both ends.  Repeat for other corner.  This will make the bottom of the bag flat.  NOTE: Either trim the points for leave and use some Fabri Tac™ glue to hold them down.  

Iron the two handle pieces in half; iron the raw edges to the inside fold; press strips well.  Place the longer length of decorative trim onto the handle strips and stitch down the center.  NOTE:  Make the trim piece slightly longer so about an inch of the trim can go around the ends of the handle pieces; pin to hold in place, then sew.  Hand stitch the handles onto the bag.

For cosmetic bag, sew front fabrics and linings together along 7" edge for the two sides.  Turn and press the edge well.   NOTE: Use a 8" or longer zipper so it can be trimmed.  Place the metal "stop"  and pull  at least 1/2" from outer edge of fabric pieces.  Sew one of the pressed edge  pieces to the zipper, using a zipper foot and topstitching about 1/8' along edge.  Repeat with other side piece, making sure side edges of both pieces are even. Continue the sewing using a regular sewing foot. Place and sew a length of decorative trim to the bag panels, as done for the larger bag.

Open zipper to about the middle of the bag.  Place the two sides together, rights side facing each other: pin to hold.  Start sewing at the top of one side, sew around the three sides of the bag.  NOTE: Use a 1/2" seam.  Sew carefully through the zipper at both ends. Backtack both spots.  Trim the excess zipper away.

Like the larger bag, measure 1" from each  of the corners at the bottom of the bag, draw a line about 2" long.  Sew across the line, backtack to hold ends. Trim the corners neatly.  Turn bag right side out; push out corners.  Tie a length of ribbon through the zipper pull; trim.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Deflecto Design Team - Celebrate & Honor

Almost every month brings reasons to celebrate or honor someone, be it family or friend.    The first idea to share is a twist on a banner.

From Deflecto magnet sheets, I cut a banner flag shapes.  NOTE: Cut as many flag shapes for the greeting of your choice.  Cut decorative papers to match the magnet shapes.  Attach the papers to the magnet shapes using double-sided tape.  Cut a square from Scotch Brand chalk tape and trim the edges with decorative scissors.  Place the chalk tape square onto the magnet flags.  Each of the flags are embellished with a die-cut 3D paper flower and two punched paper leaves.  NOTE:  Each of the flags and the paper leaves are shaded around the edges with some inks.  Use chalk or a chalk marker to write you greetings on the squares. With a hole punch, make two holes near the top of each flag.  Lace a length of ribbon through the holes, space evenly.  Place the banner on a door.

One of my very favorite Deflecto frames is this floating-type frame.  On its own it is just a lovely frame but it does lend itself to a wide variety of embellishing techniques.

To add just a slight touch of color I used clear acrylic stickers.  Stickers are a very easy way to add a personal touch to a plain frame.  With these stickers I added foam dots to the center backs for placement on the frame.  By adding one or two layers of dots you can arrange the stickers for a more dimensional look.  NOTE:  After placing the dots on the backs and before removing the release, brush the adhesive part that shows with a little bit of talcum powder to remove the "stick".

The last of the acrylic frames once again has some simple embellishments that can give it just a little something extra.  Four shapes were made from Makin's Clay.  Directions for this are as follows:  Make the casting using a mold of choice and follow directions from manufacturer, using white Makin's Clay in the molds.  When dry, paint as desired.  Cut a decorative background paper of choice for inserting in frame.  Glue the Makin's Clay elements to the corners of the frame.  Add a tiny banner that spells out the special someone you are celebrating with alphabet stickers.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Handmade Flower Garden

So while the weather finally warms and nature begins to spring forth a new season, here are some visions of blooming flowers of a different kind

Some of my many handmade flowers - made from handmade papers, decorative papers, fabrics, felt, felted wool, burlap, plastic fun foam, stitched and metal.  All are used for various decorations, cards and wearables.  That is how my garden grows!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Keepsake Princess Frame with Makin's Clay

Creating this little keepsake frame to commemorate two occasions with my youngest grandchildren was fun with the help of Makin's Clay®.

The inspiration came from seeing the latest version of the Disney classic fairy tale "Cinderella" with them.  While visiting Disney World last Spring, with the girls and their parents, I captured the instant moments when they met each of the "Princesses" during our visit.  Wanting to create a keepsake that included a special photo and elements from the new movie, I combined several for the finished frame.

Now use this link below to visit the Makin's Clay Blog for all materials and instructions to create something special for any little princess in your life