Tuesday, May 31, 2011


May Arts May Craft Challenge is going BACK TO THE BEACH!!! .  I decided I wanted to take part in this challenge, now this is my first time entering a challenge so I'm a bit nervous - also because I am not used to making tutorials on how I come up with a project.  I am not used to working with themes, usually I just sit and make whatever comes to mind.  Having a theme has made me realize that I rather just make whatever comes to mind, simply because I had so, so many ideas, I had to make a decision as to what to make, and I think I'm going to make some jewelry too, but for now here it goes; my first item.  Hope you all like this as much as I do.

1.  Gathering all the materials to use;
(a) May Art ribbons #'S HX34, 369-15-04, 369-15-02 & AW33 (used for this project);
(b) tulip's  glitter champagen, soft fabric paint glitter sapphire, slick royal blue and color change white/blue;
(c) Fabric Mod Podge;
(d) shells (my sister just happened to give me these last week not knowing that I needed some) 

Some more materials, I realized I needed:
 (e) Bedalon non-tarnish wire (medium hard);
(f) Beacon Fabric Tac glue;
 (g) several pliers
(h) the tote I used was given at a craft social by Tulip fashion arts ( a sponsor)

Step 1:  I took Tulip's Glitter Champagne dimensional fabric and painted  about 1/3 of the bag ( this represents the sand)

Step 2: I used Tulip's Soft fabric paint glitter sapphire to paint right above the champagne color -  then I took tulip's slick royal blue and went over the sapphire - last color I used was Tulip's color change white/blue to paint the top part of the bag.  I tried not to let any of the paints dry, I like blending colors while wet for a nice effect.  Once done with all the painted, I let all the paints dry before going to the next step.

Step 3:  I used fabric mod podge by adding to the bag directly, I hand pleated the ribbons on the bag as  you see here on the picture; I let the glue dry overnight.

Step 4:  I added more fabric mod podge to the ribbons to ensure these will stay  after washing;  now the brown flower you see here is made from May Arts ribbon ( wired) I took one of the wires and gathered the ribbon, wrapped the ribbon into the shape of a rose, and once I had the flower as I wanted I stitched it as I wrapped the final flower .  Once I was done stitching I used beacon's fabric tac to glue the flower to the bag, I used it to on the small shells and glued them where i wanted them.  I waited a few hours while the glue dried.  I used Beadalon's wire to attache the star and some light pink shell beads I had to the purse as an added decoration.   I also used beacon's glue to add the blue ribbon on the top trim of the bag.

This is the final piece, I think I just might add some pearls to this bag,  some hanging from the rose and some at the bottom of the bag right below the ribbon. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

X-Mas gifts made with shrinky dink

I received a greeting card from one of my sisters, I think any how it had three little angels  so I decided to make it but made a few changes - these became my three little angels - starting with Nicole - Michael - George!! they were little when I made this one. 
Some years back I found out about shrinky dinks papers - well had to try them and since I love precious moments I got a couple of coloring books - had lots of color pencils.

I decided to make some Christmas ornaments that also served as greeting cards.  So I picked designs that would go with the person that was going to get these.  I gave them out and everyone loved them.  The ones you see here are the one's I made for my kids and some I made just cause I liked the image.

for the favorite teacher added some tiny glass beads to the bottom

I drew this from the cover of the movie when i got it for my daughter - this hangs on my wall @ work

I just loved this one - so I had to make it (still have it)

I made this for my son Michael when he was little he loved carrying flash lights and  felt this was perfect

this little girl looked so much like my baby girl - I gave her long hair and gave to my baby

never had the chance to give this one away but it's just so cute!

this I made for my eldest son George! he loved music since little and felt he would grow up to be a musician and he is one!!

my baby girl made this one in a class I gave @ her school her and the rest of the girls were amazed at how this paper works when it's placed in the oven
All I did was place the image behind the shrinky dink paper and used my color pencils to color the entire image - I added shadows to make the image more interesting.  Hope you enjoy these pictures.  I have not used this material for a while, I know there's a lot you can do with it - I just don't have enough time in the day to craft as much as I want.  I'm always working on something different - for sure i will be making something new soon.   for now, this is what I wanted to share - I didn't take pictures of all the ones I gave away!


So, I love flowers - specially when they don't die.  I made all of the flowers used on all the hair accessories you see here - I made these last weekend.  And last night I made lots and lots and lots more flowers - I will be stitching them together during my lunch break soon.  Hope you enjoy looking at these - I hate to have to sell them but I've done so much this year I have no choice....  here are pictures of some of the hair clips I've done and pony tail holders

blue satin flower hair clips

red satin hair clips

hair clip

hair clip

hair clip

ponytail holders

ponytail holder

ponytail holder

ponytail holder

ponytail holder

ponytail holder with a t-shirt flower

Below are pictures of the headbands.....
headband with three recycled flowers - the materials came from a floral top and a white t-shirt i recycled

another headband with similar flowers these one only has 2 flowers

the flower on this headband came from a recycled t-shirt and the center piece from a recycled piece of jewelry

headband with recycled fabric flowers

headband with recycled fabric flower and white tulle

purple headband with a white t-shirt flower

blue headband with two t-shirt rosettes 

this headband has a rose I made out of both duct tape and fabric - this is the first project I make that includes both materials - so far I have made flowers of either only duct tape or fabric this is my first try to see how it comes out and I like the effect.

this black headband has a flower I made out of cream satin with green tulle - it is my favorite and the flower is pretty big  compared to the other flowers I've done pictured here - I am going to make some more big flowers - actually I will be working on some shortly..

here is a side view of the headband just to show the size of the flower

here is a pink headband with a white flower I made there is pink tulle on the bottom of the flower, this flower too is  bigger then the others

blue headband with a fabric flower

clear headband with sheer fabric flower

another view 

black plastic headband with red sheer fabric flower and tulle

red headband with red sheer fabric flower and green tulle

white fabric headband with cream sheer fabric flower and green tulle

another view

pink fabric headband with two light pink satin flowers  with  light pink tulle 

another view

this metal headband is wrapped with dark blue fabric from a recycled tank top - used  glitter blue paint to add sparkle 

black hairband with pink tulle and light pink satin flower

white hair band with a white sheer fabric flower and green tulle

pink hair band with sheer fabric flower and tulle

green hair band with sheer fabric flower and green tulle

brown hair band with two sheer fabric flowers with tulle

blue hair band with two off-white sheer fabric flowers and tulle

this headband is made out of a recycled t-shirt added some tulip glitter white paint and  rhinestones 

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