Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bags, baskets and bowls....

I've been sewing lately.  Wrapped clothesline bowls, baskets and bags to be specific.  It started with some girlfriends and a get-together one afternoon last March, where we all decided to try our hand at this little effort and well, it kinda went crazy from there.  Its the fabric.  Ohmygoodness. all. of. the. fabric!  I can't help myself.  

So I started with this little yellow and red bowl.  Got some kinks worked out and a few techniques figured out so that the following ones could be even cuter.


 Then I moved on to this yummy one.  All made from one piece of multi-colored batik dyed fabric.  At the point above,  I really had no idea what it would be.  So I just kept going.  That's generally a good idea, I think, to plow ahead when you don't know what you're doing??  Actually in this case it worked ok.


And then I went fabric shopping again.  

In my defense I went to help a girlfriend find some colors she needed.  


This was the result.  3 nesting fabric bowls that I have no idea what I'll use them for.  Unless it's to gift.  So don't be surprised if they show up in your stack of gifts next birthday!


Then came the uber-trivet.  A thing of beauty AND usefulness!  



Basically, just a bunch of variously sized circles all sewn together and sprayed with ScotchGuard for easy clean up.


This basket is actually not quite finished.  Later this summer, my son will bring me some of his leather strips and add handles.  And I will store things like towels, in it.  And it's lovely natural clothesline cotton-ness will be elevated to functional.  Even better.



But I've been saving the best for last!!  

A rainbow combination of all the yummiest batik prints I could find at the fabric store.  I added leather handles to it, and it's amazingly sturdy, and has already hauled any number of books, snacks and sundries halfway across the continent.  



Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you found something to interest or inspire!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fun with Die Cuts...

Hi again!  I don't have much to say today, just a few more cards to show as we get to the bottom of the card basket!  Whew, right!?

Sometimes I just like to die cut a bunch of shapes from a variety of mediums, vellum, gold glitter paper, chipboard, and plain old printer paper!  Then they sit on my table just waiting for a chance to get picked up and used.  Which was the case for most of these.  Also, I needed a whack of sympathy cards.

This first card was done when I was playing with foiling and all that magic!!  The hello was die cut from adhesive foam and foiled, and the butterfly was entirely covered with Zig 2-way adhesive, left to dry and then foiled.



A stenciled background and some plain chipboard on top.


Oh yeah!  Dug to the bottom of the bowl and found that old peel-off sticker on some chipboard and decided it needed to go on a card!


Well lookie here.  A practice piece of Inkagold and silver UTEE and a vellum die cut!


More watercolor and die cutting fun!



That green background is 2 colors of Sharpie marker colored on vellum.


A bunch of random miscellany come happily together!  And what is not improved by a polka dotted feather??


Watercolor stripes and feathers.



Well so much for being of few words today!  Sorry 'bout that.  But thanks for stopping by again today!!

If there are any specific dies you're wondering about, leave me a comment and I'll respond!



Sunday, June 21, 2015

This Moment….

If you think you've already seen this layout somewhere, you're right.  The other one is here.  I was motivated to clean up my work table and these leftover letters cut out for the first layout were wanting to finally be used.  Or put away already.  
Oddly enough, I'd forgotten the format of the first layout and when I was finished and saw them side by side, all I could do was laugh.  I feel like I don't really have a style of my own.  But apparently I do.  Twice, anyway.

It's a layout that celebrates three of my favorite things.  The beach at Lido Key in Florida, the phone app that turns photos into beautiful watercolor paintings (Waterlogue) and the color combination of blues and greens!  


Three favorite things in one place!!  The alphabet letters were all cut from a sheet of watercolored paper, using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Block Talk Alphabet die.  


Best of all is, the letters all got used up and I didn't have to find a place to store them OR throw them away!!  Makes me pretty happy, that!  And then it makes me think of pulling out a fresh sheet of watercolor paper and making more!!


This layout is posted at Love is in the Details today.

Thanks for checking back again today!



Friday, June 19, 2015

Totes Adorbs….

Hi y'all.  Back again today with a layout!  I did this one for a recent Paper Issues lift challenge of Sherri Funk.  You can see her layout here.

I love this photo taken last summer at the lake, of my son and his beautiful wife!  My Daughter-the-Photographer took it….one of many gorgeous photos she got that day.


I'm loving layering die cuts these days and there are so many fantastic collections to choose from.    The ones here are from WeR Memory Keepers, Crate Paper,  Pebbles, Fancy Pants, and more.


And some MAJOR stash busting happened with digging out those old Basic Grey Monogram Alphabet letters!!  Can't actually believe I still have them.  Clearly it's time for another purge.  I machine stitched over top of them to give them a bit more emphasis.


The sentiment stamp is from a Gossamer Blue kit from last year.  Actually my new sewing machine got a bit of a workout on this layout!  And it's performing beautifully!  


Thanks for checking in again today!



Monday, June 15, 2015

Stencil fun...

Still cleaning out the to-post box folks.  Hope you don't mind!

These cards came about as a result of learning about molding paste and how it can be altered with paint or ink.  As well as playing with InkaGold paste.

It's such a cool way to use your stencils and create a dynamic background that is more than just a piece of patterned paper!  I've used Memory Box, Heidi Swapp and Prima stencils.


As I've mentioned before, I keep a big dish on my table where all usable cutoffs, and bits and pieces get thrown rather than find their original home again.  So when I sit down to play with something like these dried molding paste papers, I can reach for that dish and pull out some of the most random items to come together in a much more creative way than my little brain could have designed!



These last two cards are still playing with stencils, but for them, I mooshed (fairly certain that's a word) colors of watercolor paint on wet watercolor paper, laid the stencil down on the wet paint and left it to dry.  


Kind of a cool effect, huh?


Love all the different ways there are to use stencils! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Smooshy backgrounds...


This is a technique I seem to be particularly fond of.  If my to-post box (where I found all of these) is any indication.  The smooshed watercolor background with a stamp or die cut on top.


For this card I used a mix of yellow, pink and orange paint and just let them dry-blend as they would.


This was just a fun way to experiment with color combos, and the big-brush-swipe.  That'd be what I've determined to call it.  You might not find it in common usage.  Just yet.



The leaf on the card below was also a result of messing with mixing watercolors.  I've used foam dots behind the leaf to give it some fun dimension.


This last card was stamped and painted first, before adding the background color.  A bit trickier, but nothing a little care and attention can't handle.


If you haven't tried watercolor painting yet, I encourage you to try!  Just pull out some brushes and play.  You will be happily surprised with the results!

If you have any questions about products used, leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Life...




Last summer most of our kids made it out to the cottage at the lake for the same sequence of days and it was good.  Wonderful!  And the daughter who is a photographer thought it would be good to do a styled shoot with the married-for-one-year couple using some of the perfect props from the cabin where we were staying while we worked on our own.  You can see more of that shoot here, and here.


I used a lot of the Kaisercraft Oh So Lovely line on this layout…the background paper and the die cuts.   I also added a Studio Calico stamp behind the die cut and then to help unite the two, I doodled around the edges of the die cut with a Sharpie liner pen.  


A Forever 21 clothing tag, a miscellaneous badge I can't remember how I got, and those yummy Dewdrops from Robin's Nest help to embellish the layout.


I cut the word 'happy' from wood paper with a Studio Calico die and the chipboard alphas are October Afternoon.  


This layout is featured over at the Love is in the Details blog today.  Thanks for stopping by again!