Craft Discoveries

Sharing the love of crafty-goodness!

  • 1st October
    2014
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  • 30th September
    2014
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stephdart:

More experimenting with new ways of sending artful mail! Today I tried making mixed media self-mailers following Karen’s painted pages tutorial.
I’ve painted a paper or two in my time so I got right to it. I chose a few pages from old JPG magazines because their pages have some weight to them and a sort of satin finish. I distressed them a little with sand paper, then used my trusty spatula, stencils and craft foam stamps to lay on the paints. In between different layers of paint I spot-applied some spray varnish. After all the paint layers were down and dry, I applied a thin coat of diluted acrylic medium. I kind of hate the chalky feel of dried acrylic.
After all that came some vintage magazine people saying some snarky stuff! I didn’t do anything to the backside (the side that ends up outside when it’s all folded up) because they looked cool enough as-is.

stephdart:

More experimenting with new ways of sending artful mail! Today I tried making mixed media self-mailers following Karen’s painted pages tutorial.

I’ve painted a paper or two in my time so I got right to it. I chose a few pages from old JPG magazines because their pages have some weight to them and a sort of satin finish. I distressed them a little with sand paper, then used my trusty spatula, stencils and craft foam stamps to lay on the paints. In between different layers of paint I spot-applied some spray varnish. After all the paint layers were down and dry, I applied a thin coat of diluted acrylic medium. I kind of hate the chalky feel of dried acrylic.

After all that came some vintage magazine people saying some snarky stuff! I didn’t do anything to the backside (the side that ends up outside when it’s all folded up) because they looked cool enough as-is.

  • 30th September
    2014
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  • 30th September
    2014
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  • 29th September
    2014
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Art Journal Challenge #2: Dawn made some pretty bees from card stock, and we each picked one to start with. Dawn was inspired by Chuck’s beehives from Pushing Daisies. She used several types of pens in her artwork: a Burgandy LePen to outline the hive, N0. 82 mustard Marvy Le Plume II for the hive background, and a ZIG Fudebiyori Metallic pen in copper to create the basket weave. The deep, dark black of the entrance was made with a Japanese brush pen, table colored with a Marvy Le Plumme II No 79 Grape pen (as well as the highlights in the basket cording), and the grass was made with a green ZIG Fudebiyori Metallic pen. Finally, the whole scene was finished off with a Wink of Luna brush pen in metallic blue for the sky and a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to give the white clouds a touch of shimmer.

Mine was inspired by a honeycomb stencil my other daughter gave me. I spread some texture paste over it, dried it then spritzed it with a combination of Dyelusions and Heidi Swapp Glimmer Mists. I highlighted areas with Picket Fence Distress paint using my fingers. I drew flowers on the color concentrated areas and finished it up by inking everything with walnut Distress Ink. On the opposite page I spritzed over the bee shape and used it as a journaling spot. I had a lot if fun this one!

  • 29th September
    2014
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titancia:

So, I don’t know if this is stupid or not, but lately I’ve latched onto the idea of making my own planner. I made one specifically tailored to the web job I do (so I won’t be sharing those pages!) but I am stuck with endless ideas for my personal one. I’m a big list making person (I also like filling out surveys) and I am trying to be more organized, so I figured I’d throw them up on Etsy as I get some of them done. I have 7 so far, and if they sell, they sell, and if they don’t, at least I had some fun making them. :)
(via Music Mix CD Tape Mixes DIY Planner Halfsize by TitanciaCrafts)

titancia:

So, I don’t know if this is stupid or not, but lately I’ve latched onto the idea of making my own planner. I made one specifically tailored to the web job I do (so I won’t be sharing those pages!) but I am stuck with endless ideas for my personal one. I’m a big list making person (I also like filling out surveys) and I am trying to be more organized, so I figured I’d throw them up on Etsy as I get some of them done. I have 7 so far, and if they sell, they sell, and if they don’t, at least I had some fun making them. :)

(via Music Mix CD Tape Mixes DIY Planner Halfsize by TitanciaCrafts)

  • 29th September
    2014
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  • 28th September
    2014
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  • 28th September
    2014
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  • 27th September
    2014
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donnaberlanda:

Finished a new reversible #jacket for the upcoming #fashion show. Deep olive ultrasuede on this side, and sage green brushed denim for the reverse side.  #CTWeeklyChallenge #thecarryoncollection

I admire the type of talent Donna has for creating clothing of this caliber.

donnaberlanda:

Finished a new reversible #jacket for the upcoming #fashion show. Deep olive ultrasuede on this side, and sage green brushed denim for the reverse side. #CTWeeklyChallenge #thecarryoncollection

I admire the type of talent Donna has for creating clothing of this caliber.

  • 27th September
    2014
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  • 26th September
    2014
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doxiequeen1:

The finished “Fall Flower Fairy” dress and crown. I like how this dress turned out, I think it’s really cute and it makes me happy! Hopefully i’ll be able to get proper photos of in a pumpkin patch or someplace autumny. 

The whole thing was made in a week from chiffon, organza, tulle, and sixty dollars worth of fake flowers. It was really easy and fun to work on.

I have three blog posts that about the process of making this, they can be viewed here. I also have three videos about it posted here!

  • 26th September
    2014
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  • 25th September
    2014
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therealmardallie:

This won’t become a craft blog, I promise. Here is the Klimt project I was talking about last night. The top photo shows my (meager) progress. My best decision was choosing black cloth so I don’t have to stitch those areas - also, more texture to the finished product.The bottom photos are details of the border and the beads on the woman’s dress. I’d say I’m about 1/6 done. Let’s see if I can get it half done by April 1st.

therealmardallie:

This won’t become a craft blog, I promise.

Here is the Klimt project I was talking about last night. The top photo shows my (meager) progress. My best decision was choosing black cloth so I don’t have to stitch those areas - also, more texture to the finished product.

The bottom photos are details of the border and the beads on the woman’s dress.

I’d say I’m about 1/6 done. Let’s see if I can get it half done by April 1st.

  • 25th September
    2014
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tinteddy:

A really easy, but really effective way of transferring the “left over bits” of an outline sticker so you can use them too.

I have just tried this myself and it worked perfectly.  Certainly a LOT easier than trying to reassemble them yourself!

I knew they made transfer tape for vinyl stickers, but I had no idea masking tape could be used. Great tip!

Another tip, if you weed/peel the entire background away and toss it when you open the package, it makes it easier to see exactly where each sticker begins and ends.