Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tie-Dyed Deli Paper Background Technique

I'm reposting this fun tie-dyed deli paper technique. Click HERE to check it out and also download some freebie fractal backgrounds.  

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Take a Ride on the Birthday Train

My friend and I worked on another ATB for the 
Birthday RR that I'm participating in.  
I added the paper flowers, the white dots on the dog, 
the rhinestones on the wheels and the birthday candle- 
after I changed the color of the candle using 
alcohol inks.

My friend Alberta added Spot's 
adorable dog house to the back.

This adorable Birthday train is 
ready to roll on home to 
it's owner!

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Last Chance: 1000 Steampunk Creations Giveaway

Just a reminder its your last chance to sign up for the following 
giveaway July 2nd is the last day to sign up!

Aileen's Musings: 1000 Steampunk Creations Giveaway: "Its Here! If you love the steampunk style art you'll find this book to be very inspiring to look through and it will surely get you..."

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts 
Learn how you can save money and enjoy quality family time by making your own fun craft supplies.

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Carmi has a new tutorial featuring the sweetest little elephants!

Craft Buds 
Sewing with oilcloth is fresh and fun, and these sandwich bags will help you reduce waste! There's a little debate over whether or not laminated fabrics are safe for food. Do you know a food-safe alternative?

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there is Year of the Rabbit knit pattern based on the kanji of the Chinese zodiac, a tutorial on how to make a hollow lampwork glass bead along with a chance to win a copy of the book- The Glass Artist's Studio Handbook it's from, a call for entries and a free cute clip art crab perfect for summer art.

Crafty Princess Diaries 
Tammy disovers some retro crochet items and has a brief moment of nostalgia. 

Cross Stitch at 
You're the Designer! See what Irene did with Connie's Hummingbird Outline chart and try your own hand at designing and stitching too.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Here are a couple of ways to make hybrid cards to match a gift. Gift baskets of all sorts make lovely eye-appealing gift packages. Coordinating the elements is easier than you may think.

Lindsay Sews 
Have you ever tried the quilt-as-you-go method? Lindsay wraps up a rainbow ticker-tape quilt this week and experiments with a disco-floor layout.

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi has finished piecing and stitching her little bird quilt top, and now she needs advice on what to do with it! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
Computer key ATC card inspired by the book Inner Excavations.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Garden Delights

Just a little garden delight... soothe the soul,
and add a bit of whimsy 
to your day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mr Kevin rolls over

Mr Kevin rolls over
I just love the look of surprise on his 
face when he realizes he did it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

She's Finished!

It feels so good to have my Keely inspired doll 
completed! I'm really pleased with how she 
turned out
Molly the Elf

Click HERE to view 
workshop pictures.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

I'm having issues with blogger this week, finally was able 
to post this...every time I did it would just freeze in time!  
What has been up with blogger lately!?

About Family Crafts 
Check out several Summer themed beaded safety pin patterns can be use to make fun jewelry to wear to celebrate summer and they also make great gifts! 

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Carmi debuts her project for the a special Canadian workshop at CHA. 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to use spray starch to make a hand applique, a recipe for white chocolate cranberry blondies, tips on carving your own rubber stamps from the book Unfurling. 

Crafty Princess Diaries 
To give her hands a little bit of a break, Tammy is checking out the possibilities of loom knitting. 

Cross Stitch at 
Great gifts for Dad for Father's Day or any other day. Do you stitch for Father's Day? Vote in the poll and let us know. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Most silk scarf painting/dying is done with a stretcher frame. But if you don’t want to spend the money on a stretcher and are not planning a detailed design, this easy dye method can yield beautiful results as well. 

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi continues her experiment using an antique trading card for quilt inspiration! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
See how to make a tiny scrap fabric dress decoration inspired by the book DIY Art at Home. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fabulous Workshop Weekend!

Had an awesome weekend taking a workshop from 
the fabulously creative Keely Benkey! You can
check out her creations HERE & HERE
Here are the faces I sculpted It was so relaxing! 
I originally was going to create a sun face but 
instead this purple elf emerged instead so I went 
with it.

My doll isn't quite finished yet but I knitted 
and felted the body now I have to put it 

Group shot of a few of Keely's funky dolls!

Christy's adorable giraffe and 
a combined effort doll by Bev 
and Keely.

Christy's second doll 
almost finished.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Spruce up your outdoor Umbrella!

A few posts ago (HERE) I posted about some great fabric flag banners I found at Target.  Since then I have borrowed my friend Kris' idea and turned my faded patio umbrella into a festive umbrella! I first sprayed them with PYM II to protect and seal them from fading then I used a regular stapler and stapled them onto my umbrella.  This picture shows just one strand of flags, but to finish the entire umbrella it took 3 1/2 strands of flags.

Is that not cute as can be!?!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Creative Chandelier!

Awhile back I posted the picture below of 
a chandelier I was in the process of making. 
I had started with a wire hanging basket that 
was meant for hanging and putting candles in it.

1. Originally it was cream colored, so I first spray
painted it pink and then added the 
crystals-wish I had thought to take a before 
picture...just think plain vanilla LOL

2. Next I removed the decorative covers over a string 
of outside party lights, wrapped each light with 
painter's tape, then spray painted the strand pink 
to match the wire baskets.
3.  Once that lights strand was dry I removed the 
tape and begin wrapping it around the wire baskets 
then I mixed up the decorative light covers from 
2 strands...inside the baskets I used metal can type 
covers and for the other lights towards the 
center I used flower covers. 
4.  Next I spray painted an extension cord the 
appropriate length and then hubby added a turn switch 
for me so I didn't have to unplug it each time.

Here is my chandelier all  lit up! I have to say my 
husband wasn't overly thrilled with it until he saw 
it lit up and then he loved it!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Every Inchie Monday's Challenge: Sisters

"Sisters" is the challenge 
word for this weeks 
Every Inchie Monday
Challenge. I chose a 
picture of  me and my 
art peep sistahs!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Beading Arts 
Copper tubing makes wonderful copper beads! 

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Carmi has a tutorial for the Crafter's Companion this week.

Craft Buds 
Need to whip up a Father's Day gift? Craft Buds has a roundup of free sewing patterns for Father's Day, including a tie, an ebook reader cover and an interesting hat.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there are two chances to score yourself copies of cooking and crafting books just by leaving a comment, a free eyeglass box template, along with a "ransom type" quote embellished mirror, step-by-step comic 
drawing and inside peeks into Astounding Knits! in honor of World Wide Knitting Day (this Saturday).

Crafty Princess Diaries 
And the knitting goes on as Tammy graduates to smaller knitting needles. 

Cross Stitch at 
Fans of variegated flosses and newbies will both find helpful information in these tips for using it. Also, be sure to vote in the poll! 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Here’s a cute idea for personalized ceramic wedding favors. If you don’t want to buy the dye sublimation equipment yourself, find someone who already has it.

Lindsay Sews 
A creative way to wrap up a tie for the man in your life on Father's Day, with no wrapping paper involved! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
An interview with Jema "Emilly Ladybird" Hewitt, author of Steampunk Emporium along with a fun gear and Swarovski crystal earring project. 

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Cool Product Alert!

 I stumbled upon these fabric flag banners at Target
the other day in the Party isle.  
If your a banner lover 
like me who doesn't really like to sew these are perfect 
to buy and embellish! There were, I believe, 8 different 
styles and they're only $3.99....even if you loved 
sewing you really can't beat the price!
Click HERE to view some of the 
banners I've created in the past.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

New Mr Kevin Pics

Mr Kevin 
5 1/2 Weeks

Big Guy Little Guy

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Printable Dad Banner

Download this printable Dad 
banner and create a banner for the 
dad in your life!

Click HERE to be 
taken to the files.

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Every Inchie Monday's Challenge: Home & Merriment

I'm playing a bit of catch up with my inchies!
Here's last week's challenge word
and this week's challenge word

see all the other inchies submitted :-)

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts  
Drop by and participate in the current make-it-over craft challenge. What can you create using duct tape?

Carmi's Art/Life World 
I have a great tip for adding embellishments to summer t-shirts. 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
This week at Craftside there are tips on fixing pressing errors, how to write a book proposal interview with Jennifer Worick, 2 free heart clip art images, a fun recycled rebus affirmation project and info on two events with author of Painted Pages, Sarah Ahearn

Crafty Princess Diaries 
Listen up to Tammy's recent interview on FaveCrafts Radio. 

Cross Stitch at 
Connie's free Musical Notes Collection will be the perfect patterns to use for a project to give to a musically inclined person.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Come along for a virtual visit to Caracas, Venezuela, where Artist Patty Sucre decoupages and sells beautifully-crafted trays, boxes and other wooden items. Que maravillosos!

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi explores how to combine soy silk fusion with other backgrounds! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
Stefanie shares her experimentations with fabric circle pom poms and paint stick stamping, two of the techniques in the book Sharing Stitches

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

1000 Steampunk Creations Giveaway

Its Here!
If you love the steampunk style 
art you'll find this book to be very 
inspiring to look through and it will 
surely get your creative juices flowing!

A big congrats to Hubby for having 
his  Floydagain Thermometers 
published in it!

If you'd like to purchase a 
signed book click HERE

Enter to win a 1 signed book by leaving a comment 
telling me what you like about the Steampunk style AND mentioning this giveaway on your blogs, twitter or facebook, and/or by follow me...each time you do this you will have your name entered again provided you leave a separate comment for each type of entry and a link back to where you posted it.

The Winner will be announced 
on July 2nd, 2011 

If you'd like to see
Floydagain's Steampunk 
click HERE

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