Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pirates Ahoy!

My nephew recently got married and as he and his new bride are into pirates, I thought a unique gift might be the thing.  I decided to try this pirate pillow, using black denim (I prewashed first) and appliqu├ęd with machine zigzag.  I decided to colour in the details with a black sharpie pen, testing a sample first to ensure it would be color fast.  For the back, I found some neat buckles that I also sewed on, and added some red piping to finish it off.  Overall, I’m pleased with the result and I’m glad to say, so were the newlyweds!  The entire pillow is about 22” x 24” and was not overly difficult to make.

As an added note, I don’t own a fancy sewing machine that embroiders, etc.  My faithful White has been the outlet of my creations since 1973 when I got it brand new!

A fun pirate pillow makes a great gift for pirate wannabees!

The back - a couple of buckles for the opening
adds to the theme.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recycling Onion Skins

When I saw this technique on Michael Strong’s blog, I knew I had to try it.  I saved my onion skins and discovered I only had high gloss Mod Podge with sparkle, but went ahead.  I just love the result and what a neat background this awesome technique makes (although mine is a bit shiny!)  You should use a heavy card stock so it won’t curl.  I added a couple of leaves cut from a Dollarama wreath, and a bit of fun yarn so your eye focuses on the background, and overall, I’m very pleased with the final result!  This card really costs only pennies to make. 

I've included a sample before cutting to fit a card.  You can use spray adhesive, but I think white glue works better.

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Friday, September 9, 2011


The idea of my workshops is to let your imagination soar – so mine did the other day and I came up with this very odd card.  It’s not exactly something you would mail in the post; I would have to hand deliver it, perhaps even using a ‘puffy box’ envie (easy to make and is perfect for thicker cards, or with puffy ribbon).

I used a bit of trim for curtains or pillows, it already had the tassles attached.  The frog is made from bronze UTEE and the multicolored background from Ranger alcohol inks.  Although you can’t see it in the picture, it is metallic looking with copper accents.  The thin strip was made with embossing powder applied on an ultra sticky double sided tape.  This is another card that made me smile - it’s a bit silly, but hey, that’s part of the fun!

A fun card to make and give -- definitely unique!
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Recycling can be Fun!

A friend from the West Coast (thanks Judith!) saved these magnificent bath salt packages for me and what a lovely gift they made.  I came up with a couple of cards for you to see here - not only is the paper gorgeous, but they smell divine!  I had to find a way to cover up the logos, but I kept the ‘Moonflower’ fragrance text and added a big ornate button over the logo.  I find it a bit humorous having this huge button as a moonflower, but I think it looks neat. 

I discovered these fabulous buttons in a big bucket at a local Len’s Mill Store for only pennies.  Cutting off the back loops, I ground them down with my Dremel tool and they make ‘out of the ordinary’ embellishments!  Take a look around your home and see what you can use.
These bath salt packages smell heavenly and are perfect for paper arts.
An ornate button makes a fun focal point.

Just to be a bit 'different', I offset the patterned paper.  An embossed leaf covers up the logo.
Don't forget - the inside should be appealing too!  I used the package flap to enhance the sentiment.