Monday, January 25, 2016

Made my First Fabric Cuff

I recently joined a group on Facebook
that does a lot of mixed media textile swaps.
We've done collages, tags, ATCs etc.
The newest swap was for a Fabric Cuff.

I have never made one before but loving the idea, 
plus the opportunity to pull out my lace and sewing machine, 
I jumped in.

I can't believe how quickly and easily this was.
Like layering paper, except this time  it was
fabric and lace.

I went with a blue theme. 
Mixing in some beige lace here and there.

As my focal I stitched on a fabric flower with a button
on top.
Added some beads and a metal butterfly.
We had an ice storm this past weekend and I am desperately wishing Spring was here.

This is how it looks on my wrist.

This is the side where it attaches.
I used a vintage Mother of Pearl button as my fastener so both sides
have something interesting on them.

Now that I have made my first I will definitely be making
more of these.
They are kind of addicting, and give you the perfect opportunity 
to pull out all the lace & ribbon you've been hoarding.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Heart ATCs

I have been working on a lot of
different projects lately and in doing so have tons of little scraps leftover.
Since I tend to throw NOTHING away,
these become perfect tidbits for creating

These heart ones were all created for trading 
with others in an ATC group I belong to on Facebook.
I love the ATC's size. 2.5 x 3.5 inches means you can create quick
and use up even the tiniest scraps.

All of the hearts and backgrounds were from previous projects.

The words are all from various sticker sheets.

Black Soot Distress marker and a white Gel pen 
were used to outline the hearts.

Some stamping and splattered mist finished them off.

The size of these are also perfect when you don't have a lot of time 
or space to create.
Next time you have some leftovers from a project, 
try creating your own ATC.
But watch out...they can be addicting.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Quick Card Share

Share a quick card I did up today
to send overseas.
I am not usually a card maker. 
For some reason I find the space incredibly constricting
(go figure as I often work on ATCs which are much smaller).
The background in book text splattered with Gesso
and watered down acrylic paint.
The heart was cut freehand from a piece of "paper"
I made a while back using layers of
tissue paper, watered down glue, and acrylic paint.

Stitched the heart onto the card and left the tails flowing free.
Add a bit of text and into the mail it will go.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January Hop with Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Welcome everyone to the January Hop 
with the Ladies of
Craft Hoarders Anonymous.
Every month on the 5th a group of us will share inspiration
on how to use up your hoard.
Since this post is happening right after the Holidays hopefully many of you
received new supplies to play with.

You should be coming here from Karen's blog.
After head back to Gloria's for the full list or to start at the beginning.

Today I am sharing an Art Journal
page I created using masking tape, my hoarded mists, some stamping,
and machine stitching.
I recently watched a video on YouTube by 
Magda Polakow which inspired my page.

I used mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang and Tattered Angels for color.
Black Gesso added after to tone down some of the white that still existed.
Seeing as I was working on scraps of paper from the scrap bin I needed to sew them
together into my final page.
A few word stickers and a new page for the beginning of 2016 is done.

Below is a list of all the other blogs to visit.
Make sure to check out what everyone has created to kick off the New Year.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Documented Life Project 2016: The unPlanner

So I once again joined up with the
This will be my 3rd year participating and the title this year is
The un-Planner.

The first challenges went up yesterday.
As I am still trying to figure if I want to do the planner part or keep it solely as an art journal 
I decided to just do the first part.
I made a tag, 
which in my zeal turned into a tag book.
And a small card that I will somehow incorporate into a future page.
This was the front of my tag book.
Here are the inside pages.
I kept it fairly simple (for me)
the color is distress ink over gesso with some stamping on top.

I picked out a word or 2 for each page along with a corresponding 

Some cheesecloth was misted with Tattered Angels mist and sewn in.
The little canvas pieces I found in the
$1 bin at Michaels.
Sprayed with the same Tattered Angels mist and glued in.
Stitches were "added' with a gel pen.

These are the back pages.
I left the very back page blank for journaling or as a spot to adhere to my journal.
Again I haven't decided how I am going about this so lots of random pieces right now.

This is a little card I did up to add somewhere as well.
The words are rub ons.
The flowers stamped then colored with gel pens.
Finally some seam binding stitched on.

This is looking like it will turn into another fun year long project.
Love how it is open to each of us to interpret as we wish.

Thanks for stopping by and