Thursday, January 31, 2013

Clear Scraps Creating made Easy Kit - Glittered Heart Card

Have you checked out the Clear Scraps New Kit Club!  The Feb kit features papers from Basic Grey and of course, wonderful projects from Clear Scraps!!

You can find the full tutorial for this card on the Clear Scraps - Creating Made Easy Blog - along with daily inspirations of projects you can make with this kit.

Go check it out!!!

Happy Valentines Day!
Enjoy the kit!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Funky Upcycled Denim Cuff Bracelet

At the beginning of the school year, I bought my daughter several pairs of jeans.  By Christmas they were all to short!  She is also pretty rough on jeans and several pair were too ripped up to even send to had wanted to work on some upcycled projects, and the denim I was about to throw out seemed like the perfect material for a fun glittering fiber project.

For this project I used:
Materials:  Denim from old pair of kids jeans, a cardboard core from a roll of packing tape, Blue acrylic paint, Acrylic sealer (brush on type), Acrylic sealer (Spray on type)  Art Glitter Fabric Dries Clear Adhesive (FDCA), Art Glitter Ultrafine glitter:  #117 Goldilocks, #65 Old Gold, #48 Emerald, #249 Woodberry, Embossing powder, Art Glitter Fantasy Fiber - English Ivy.

Tools and supplies:  Iron, Teflon sheet or parchment paper, Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Die, assorted bottle lids and caps, paint brushes

Cut a section about 1" - 1 1/2" out of the tape core and gently bend it into the size and shape needed to get on and off your wrist and wear comfortably.    

Paint the inside and edges of the core with blue acrylic paint and seal by brushing a layer or two of acrylic sealer.

Used Sizzix and Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Die to cut flowers from excess denim.

Paint a little Art Glitter Fabric Dries Clear Adhesive on the tips of the flower petals.

Sprinkle a mix of Art Glitter Ultrafine glitters on the adhesive, one color at a time.  

Repeat this on each of the flowers.

Spray the front of the flowers with clear acrylic sealer and gently press the flowers into various caps to give them a little shape, and set them aside to let them dry.
Cut a piece of denim that is long enough to go around the outside of the core + 1/2" and about 1/2" wider than the core.  You want to cut with the grain of the fabric (not on the bias), so this piece was cut by cutting straight across the back of one leg.

Run it through the washer and dryer with a load of clothes to fray the edges

Sprinkle the fabric with embossing powder.  Any embossing powder should work, but will show through the fibers slightly, so you'll want to pick a complimentary color.  This one has gold sparkles that show through for a little extra sparkle.

Position clumps of Art Glitter Fantasy Fiber over the fabric.

Cover with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper and iron according to directions.  I actually held the iron too long in one spot and got a little more copper color there - see the iron imprint to the left?  Since I liked the variation of color I wasn't too worried about that.  But note that if your colors are changing to a lot of copper tones, you are probably holding the iron on too long, or have it too hot.

Trim off the extra fibers that are extending past the edge of the denim.

Use FDCA to glue the layers of the flower together and glue the flower to the bracelet piece.  I decided not to use the daisy shaped piece in my flower, so I'll save that for another project.  Glue a button or other bling in the center of the flower.

Use FDCA to adhere the denim bracelet to the tape core

Thanks for visiting!  Please visit the Art Glitter Blog for more glittering fun!  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Clear Scraps New Release Blog Hop

Clear Scraps is introducing 140+ NEW PRODUCTS for 2013 and we're celebrating with a BLOG HOP and GIVEAWAY!! Hop by all of the fabulous Design Teams' blogs to see the new products and amazing projects! Leave a comment at EACH BLOG for a chance to win an amazing prize package filled with Clear Scraps Goodies!!  (Over $30.00 retail value!)

For my project, I am sharing a frame I made using two of the new frames -  Small Rectangle Deco Top Frame and Medium Rectangle Deco Frame.  
I love the shapes of these frames!  So great for so many projects!
Be sure to drop by the Clear Sraps blog in Feb for a tutorial on how to add floral details like these to your acrylic frames!

Now....back to the hop......

Here are the Links.  Be sure you visit all of them!!
Clear Scraps

Happy Hopping!!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Visit the Art Glitter Blog today to see this project!
WOW!!  2012 FLEW by!!!  Early in the year I made a commitment to myself to explore different crafting interests.  I felt that I had fallen into "cookie-cutter" crafting - trying to crank out as much as I could for craft shows, sales and festivals.  The joy of creating and experimenting was gone - it was all about the money......So I took a year off from craft shows and fairs.  But...I still wanted to create with a purpose so I applied for spots on a few design team.  I was thrilled and amazed to be chosen to work with some extremely talented people and work with really great products.

As I reflect on 2012 and prepare for the new challenges of 2013, I wanted to re-visit some of my favorite projects from the past year.

Cigar Box Purse - April

Dollar Store candle

Double Glittered Butterfly Card
Take the Plunge

Haunted Castle

Crystal, Glitter & Acrylic Snowflake

Thank you to my new friends at Connie Crystal, Art Glitter, Red Rubber Designs and Clear Scraps for giving me the opportunity to grow as an artist.  I am constantly inspired by the other designers and challenged to create projects that live up to the reputation of these wonderful companies.

Happy 2013!!