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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wearable Art to Share... Creative Scarves Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Welcome to a special bloghop celebrating the launch of the book "Creative Scarves" - 20+ Stylish Projects to Craft and Stitch by Tiffany Windsor, Heidi Borchers and Savannah Star. This new book changes the outlook on traditional scarves and shares fun and creative ways to DIY beautiful scarves for all seasons.

I don't know how to knit or crochet... so I was thrilled and intriqued when Tiffany invited me to participate in the book launch party. I love to wear scarves, but living in the near year-round summer heat of South Florida, it's not really practical until the temps drop below 70 {which is a rare, but celebrated occasion}. This book is fantastic and I have so many fun scarves in the works - repurposing clothing that is taking up space in drawers and hanging in the closet. 

Many of the techniques and projects featured are great for beginners {or even seasoned seamstress} as many are NO-SEW projects - perfect for getting the kids involved! All the projects would make for great handmade gifts... as I am starting my Christmas gifts already. I have sisters and several nieces who love all things girly.

Here's a sneek peek of the scarves of spring - bright and colorful with interesting uses of fabrics and texture. My first venture was off to my overflowing t-shirt drawer and gather a few that I know I can cut up straightaway. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal most every day and making a cute girly recycled scarf was fun and so easy while I waited for the load of laundry to finish washing other shirts up for redux.

I have loads of wide organza ribbon from my stash cut in squares to make a variation of the orange and creme beauty in the center.

Here's me wearing my first make from this book. It's totally ME! I cut up the bottom halves of three t-shirts using my trusty Fiskars {I don't have a rotary cutter}. This project gives you a fun upper body workout while stretching the strips out to make the yarn. Snip, snip, snip and then pull, pull, pull and in under a 1/2 hour I'm ready to wear!

This design is fun and can be wrapped and tied to change up the look. I've even worn it to work and the guys at the printshop didn't even say anything {that is vote of approval - they have an opinion of e-v-e-r-y-thing LOL}.

Since it's so warm out now, I wanted mine to be less bulky. I divided all my strips up so I have two scarves from my handiwork. One for me and I'll give the other to my sister - she loves green. I'm having so much fun with these projects!

Here's another sneak peek - the scarves of summer... bright an summery all perfect for accenting any occasion for summer at the beach. I look forward to making all of these and revamping clothes of season's past into something new!

This t-shirt that I colored with Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dyes is next up for my trusty Fiskars. I was thinking this would look nice as the infinity fringe like the peach one above in the summer overview photo. What do you think? Or maybe this one would be pretty cut into t-shirt yarn, too??

Now this wouldn't be a proper blog party without a giveway and there is an amazing prize for the "Creative Scarves" Book Launch Blog Hop. Follow the rafflecopter instructions below for your chance to win the prize... a signed copy of the book plus a $100 gift card from Dharma Trading! International readers are welcome to enter, too. GOOD LUCK!

CLICK HERE to see the entire bloghop.

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I really love this book and the projects. I plan to make all of them using stuff in my crafty stash and at the same time having fun clearing out the closet. Special thanks to Tiffany Windsor for inviting me to participate in this event - it is truly an honor. I would love to  hear about your creative scarf creations - please share in the comments. Thanks for visiting!  Sb :)

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Framing Up a Special Friend... #Cre8time Memory Keeping with Deflecto Craft Frames

Greetings Friends! Springtime is finally here - though here in South Florida we're already feeling the summer heat. Today I am sharing a special commemorative gift that I made using one of the beveled edge craft frames from Deflecto. 

About a week ago we heard that my brother in law's dog had gone to the big dog park above. Rusty was more than just his dog... he was the family dog - a gorgeous golden retriever with a heart of gold. We have a family dinner this weekend so I want to bring a special gift for my brother in law framed in one of my Deflecto Craft frames. I have several photographs of Rusty that I had taken back in 2009 for use in one of my "Wreck this Journal" projects. He was such a good sport in partnering to help me with some creative madness.

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This month the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team is sharing a variety of creative and seasonal uses for Deflecto Craft products so you'll want to CLICK HERE to jump over to the Deflecto Craft Facebook Page or Deflecto on Pinterest to see more of the teams creations.

For this special commemorative gift I used the 5"x7" Deflecto Beveled Edge Frame Item #799593CR. A premium clear acrylic frame featuring a beveled edge with metal knobs that unscrew easily to be used vertically or horizontally. The edge has a tint of green so that it looks like real glass and photo/signage floats securely between two plastic panels. It's modern, sleek and will blend perfectly with any home decor. 

First thing I needed to do was select a photo then do a little creative photo editing in Photoshop. I cropped my photo to 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", the same size as the frame edge to edge and printed it out on my color laser printer {I could also take it on a disk to the drug store photo lab to get it printed}.

I mounted my print to a sheet of black cardstock for the backside and trimmed to the fit the frame. I needed to use a hole punch to punch holes where the screws secure the photo between the two plexiglass panels.

Now I need a custom piece to finish it all off. For this I got out a little metal dog tag that I have in my stash of items to mold. I mold this using Amazing Mold Putty to make a custom embellishment for my framed photo with Rusty's name. This is a two-part molding putty that is quick and easy to use and cures in about 15 minutes.

Now to prepare for a bit of resin. I brushed the mold with Alumilite Bronze and Silver Metallic Powders to add color that will adhere to the poured resin.

I prepare a small batch of Amazing Casting Resin - a 2 part resin that cures an opaque white that cures in about 10 minutes. It's lightweight and perfect for making embellishments in a jiffy. I added no dyes - the grey color is from the metallic powders swimming around during the curing process... a little happy magic that happens in small castings.

When cured I remove the tag. I'm really happy with the metallic sheen from the metallic powders. I punch the hole through and gently sand the edges on the back. I use some metal stamp letters to hammer "RUSTY" into the tag. I finish off with a silver brad and tie onto the frame with some black fibers. I was going to hang the tag from a section of a dog collar I picked up at the Dollar Tree - but it was a little out of sorts with the simple design of the frame. I want our special friend to be the focal point.

Remembering Rusty...

This one of a kind special gift turned out amazing and my BIL really loves it. I'm glad I made a mold of the tag - I'm pretty sure I'll be making a few more of these for other family members too. Rusty was a traveling dog and he never missed a family gathering.

How would you memory keep with Deflecto Craft Frames?

Thanks for visiting! Please join me each month when the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team will has a new Deflecto product challenge to debut.  :) Sb

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Showers Bring #Handmade Paper FLOWERS

Hello Everyone! Another month is speeding along and the first Monday of April started another Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop... this month we bring you a floral fantasy! Our creatives are sharing projects and techniques with "Handmade Flowers" to inspire you for the Spring  and Summer seasons ahead.

What to do with that lone leftover piece of tissue... make flowers??! Can you believe these flowers are tissue paper??? Really - that's it! All you need is a sheet of tissue paper folded over several times, a circular or scallop paper punch, a pushpin and a brad. It's super easy and customizable to any colors you desire!

You punch 15-20 circles {I used a 1 1/2" scalloped circle punch and this punch with three mini blossoms} then layer them all together. You want to make sure your punch is sharp (or the tissue will just tear}. You can certainly do this with steelrule or thinlet dies too.

My selected punches haven't been used in a while and were a bit oxidized, so I had to prime them by punching though some aluminum foil. **A BONUS... THIS GIVES YOU A WHOLE SET OF METAL BLOOMS! **

Layer a stack of 15-20 punched pieces {less if thicker paper or foil}, and punch a hole in the center using a pushpin or paper piercer {or a small hole punch}, and affix with brad.

I used a pushpin to poke a hole in the center of my blooms.

After poking hole through stack, I poked a mini brad through the center and opened the wings to secure. Depending on how large the shape of the circle, the brad need not matter because after you scrunch up each layer of tissue towards the center, you won't see it anyway.

The flowers look pretty enough like this... but I'm going for some eye-popping 3D blooms here! Now it's time for the fun stuff - the fluffing! 

All the work is in the scrunching... to fuss about with the petals to make them just so. I find myself obsessing a bit at this point - LOL! These can be finished off with some paper cut into leaf shapes, or added directly to a frame or shadowbox project. 

These were so fun and easy to make - I made all of these in under an hour. These are so lovely - not even chalked or inked; and the more mushed up... the better! Grunged up with a little creamy brown chalk ink or dry-brushed with white they would be perfectly shabby chic. Embellished with some ink, glitter or shimmer spritz... oh the possibilities!

"Fanciful Flowers"

Thanks so much for visiting! Continue on the Designer Crafts Connection "Handmade Flowers" Bloghop by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below to enjoy all of the wonderful inspiration. Happy Creating! Sb :)
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