Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Challenge over at Creative Embellishments

Challenge time over on the Creative Embellishments blog.  Spring is definitely in the air.  You should check out the amazing projects by the design team.  Come play with us and show us your creation.

Spring has sprung in our household.  I made this to sit on my mantle.  I pulled out my Once Upon a Springtime collection from Graphic 45 and fussy cut images.  I added papers from the collection to the blocks I painted white.  I love the 6 x 6 chipboard panels.  I painted the quarterfoil one white and cut it up to unify all the pieces.  I have a spring floral swag that will be draped over the top when it the blocks become my spring centerpiece.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trash to Treasure for Unruly PaperArts

Hi all.  Our sponsor over at Unruly PaperArts is the wonderful Rubber Dance Art Stamps. Check out her awesome selection at RubberDance.com.  Our theme for March is Trash to Treasure.  Head on over to UnrulyPaperArts.com to check out my full article and tutorial.  I love how my project came out.

Here is a sneak peek:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sewing Box for Creative Embellishments

Today's project is a sewing box for Creative Embellishments.  I have had this box in my craft room for several years.  It was falling apart and all the sewing items were just thrown in there.  It was time to either throw it out or give it new life.  I started with repair work by reinforcing all the seams of the box. I painted all the edges with black gesso and TH black soot crackle paint. I used Marion Smith papers to cover both the inside and outside of the box.

The sewing machine set is divine.  The picture doesn't pick up all the detail, but there is engraving details that really pop when painted.  I have painted the chippies black, added touches of silver Rub-N-Buff.  I accented a few of the pieces with the distress script stamp embossed with snow white embossing powder.  I made a flower from TH fabric, sprayed with Heidi Swapp black Color Shine spray, topped with a chipboard button from the set and added lace as leaves.

For the top of the box, I made a pocket to hold the manual for the sewing machine.  I added trims, a dress form from the set, and a chipboard flourish.

For the bottom of the box, I organized my supplies into empty Heidi Swap Color Shine boxes.  I love when you can reuse items you would normally throw away.  I created belly bands and layered labels.  I topped each with the coordinating chippie of what was inside the box.

Supplies Used:

Sewing Machine Set

Distressed Script Stamp

Flourish 17

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Grungy Fabric Flowers for Creative Embellishments

I really like fabric flowers and want to include them in my projects.  The only problem is I can only find ones that are more on the shabby or elegant side.  I took it as a challenge to make a grungy version.  So I armed with Tim Holtz Eclectic Fabric, a glue gun, felt, and YouTube.  They were very addicting to make.  I started off making a bakers dozen of them.  I know that I will be making more and trying different styles.

For the centers I use medium and small chipoard gears, propellers, and loose parts using distress stains and patina gilder's paste to color.  I finished off with Prima metals.

supplies used:

Gear Set 2 Medium
Gear Set 2 Small
Loose parts