Donnerstag, 31. Oktober 2013

It's not a trick - It's a canvas

Boo - lishes greets my friends. I hope you have a great Halloween night. It's my fathers 75th birthday today and before i'm leaving to his party i want to show you a mixed media canvas, i've created in june already.
It fits the actuell CraftStamper Challenge, so it's a great reminder for you too, because there is still enough time to paticipate. Read all about the Challenge here.

I started with a dripping - running  and splattered paint background

These are the colours i've used from DecoArt, besides acrylic paint black, Metallic Lustre and Duraclear matt varnish

I've also used some paperclay

I stamped into the clay with a script stamp

Wrote the saying by hand and traced the people with a pencil

Painted the people and used a matt varnish on top

Painted the paperclay with black paint

Drybrushing with Metallic Lustre and paint


Have a nice weekend
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments


Montag, 28. Oktober 2013

Non Sew Burlap Purse

Happy monday, dear crafty friends (:o)

 The inspiration for my purse comes from Mr. Skinner itself. He was holding a workshop at The Craft Barn yesterday which i couldn't book because of my residence, but i used some of his elements and colours for my purse. He was showing his wooden book with drawers in halloween style on facebook
Most of my creations have a more vintage and dark - timeworn feel. In this case, i felt in love with Mr. Skinners colour combination.

I've made a simple purse out of  corrugated cardboard and just in case you want to make your friend a gift or you need a treat bag.....

The step by step and measurements click on the picture for a larger view

Besides strong glue like Aleene's *Tacky Glue*, burlap ( hesian for my english readers), cotton fabric and a hotglue gun, i used the following products from DecoArt:
DecouPage, DecoArt Traditions Acrylic Paint *Phetalo Blue*, *Medium Grey Value 6*, *Quinacridone Burnt Orange*, *Quinacridone Gold*, *Titanium White*, Americana Acrylic Paint *Spiced Pumpkin* and corrugated cardboard.
You'll find an actual list of online stores with DecoArt products here

The template mesurements are 45 x 20 cm or 17,7" x 7,8"

Cut holes for the handles
2,5 x 4 x 12 cm
1"  x 1,6" x 4,7"

Cut holes for handles on both sides

Cut two templates same size

Now you use the cotton fabric for the inner purse

Cut fabric with 2 cm ( 0,8") seam and use strong glue

Do the same with the second template and burlap

Use a strong glue on cardboard first, the turn around...

My burlap is very stiff, that's why i'm using the hotglue gun to glue down the seam of the burlap. For another..maybe more rustic feel it can be nice to use the fastener.

I use the end of a pencil to stick down the burlap with the hotglue, otherwise you'll burn your fingers!!

That's what you have so far....

I'm using the actuell measurements of the purse for the fabric you'll need to close the sides

It's better to cut wider, than too small. I used a bowl to trace the round part with a diameter of 14 cm ( 5,5" ) Before i glue down the side fabric, i do the painting of the burlap first

I started with a layer of phetalo blue, followed by a mix of grey and phetalo blue.

The smaller pieces of burlap got  several layers of a mix of spiced pumpkin with Quinacridone burnt orange.

In between i'm dying my lace in a plastic container with a mix of water, phetalo blue and grey.

Prepared some other embellishments also

Used the hotglue gun to adhere the small burlap pieces and the hand - dyed lace underneath

Then, cut the fabric to size of the height of the purse

Glue side fabric inside with a little help of masking tape.

A view inside the purse, after adhering the fabric to the sides. Now, glue the inner purse inside, too.

A little bit more embellishing and you're ready

When i'm creating with Apoxie Clay, i've always some small left over pieces of clay. I stick them on a bamboo stick, create little faces and let them dry.

3 of these little faces i'm using on this purse. I also did a little drybrushing with white acrylic paint on the burlap and frame


My handles are not completly glued down, because i'm waiting for a magnet closure.

The bling skull is from a deconstructed key chain

 I finished the purse with a good layer of DecouPage

Notice, you can always play with the measurements. You can make the purse as big as you want.
Hope i could give you some inspiration.
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments.


Freitag, 25. Oktober 2013

Lost and Found - ICAD

Happy friday, dear friends (:o) I still have to work tomorrow, but i want to sweeten up Laura's day with her .. oh soooo beautiful ICAD ... which arrived yesterday after five weeks going through the post and customs. I know how crabby you can get, after such a long waiting time and i guess she thought it was lost. Well, i'm very happy that i've found my last and such a beautiful ICAD in my mail box yesterday.

Thanks so much Laura. It was really worth the waiting time.
Looove it!!
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments.
Have a happy ( crafting ) weeekend