Thursday

Fabric Cards

First a Valentine card using paper, fabric and my sewing machine.


Material used:
Kraft cardstock & envelope
Crafters Workshop Stencil - Mini Arabesque
Tim Holtz Stamp - Heart
7 Gypsies Paper - Lille & Cambden




How about a complete fabric card... I love creating these!



Double fold card





And a trifold card






Saturday

Stamping on fabric


Fabric is such a great surface to stamp on!

I use natural or white coloured linen, calico or muslin. Muslin has an open weave and it is not easy to get a clear impression, it does give a vintage look to it. To give calico and linen fabric a vintage look you can dye it with tea or coffee. I sometimes add some vanilla for a nice fragrance :)

A huge advantage of stamping of fabric is that you can use the stamped pieces in many different projects. Cards, altered art pieces, fabric collage / books and so on. It is my favourite technique!




Draw string bag materials used:
Coffee dyed Calico 
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Classics #1
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Broken China, Musterd Seed, Peeled Paint.


Front

Back

Inside

Fabric card / book materials used:
Calico fabric, lace and other fabric pieces
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Broken China, Mustard Seed
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Peacock Green
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black & Coffee
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Classics #1
Indigo Blu - Honeycomb Background
Lost Coast Designs -  Wish Upon A Star




Materials used:
Coffee dyed Calico
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee
Stampendous cling - Bluebird Branch (CRM285)
Crafty Individuals - Chicken (CI-289), Seagull  (CI-344),  Robin (CI-357)



Materials used:
Rangel Archival Ink - Coffee
Coffee dyed muslin
Crafty Individuals - Praying Angel (CI-056)



I had some questions about this technique, this is what I keep in mind when stamping on fabric:
  • It is easier to colour the images with (distress) inks on a thinner fabric but the ink is most likely to bleed.
  • When using distress inks your project is not washable.
  • Acrylic paint is more opaque and can cover the lines, project will be washable.
  • You get the best impression when using a foam mat (for example mouse pad) as stamping underground. 
  • Contrasting colours like black on light fabric give a good and clear stamped image.
  • The tighter woven the fabric, the better the stamped result.
  • Most stamps are suitable for stamping on fabric, rubber stamps however give the best result.
  • Ink that can be used to stamp on fabric are Ranger Archival inks or Stazon.
  • To enhance the image you can outline with a black marker (I use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen).

Make a wish

Peace Flags provide you with a special way to express some of the most important wishes of your heart. In words or pictures, you can display positive wishes for yourself, your family, friends, community, or the world. You may wish to convey something especially for one person (for example, health, success, prosperity) or affirm a concept you would like to see manifested in the world (for example, peace, cooperation, equality, understanding, compassion). (excerpt from Prayer Flag Project)

I just love the recycle *smile*. The flag I made this time has a little envelope where you can add a note with your wish. Whenever you feel like you need to express a new wish you can exchange the note. (The angel stamp I used is from Crafty Individuals).




Wednesday

A new start or just more of the same...

The weather has entertained us the past year with rain in every shape and form and most of it in large quantities and our traditional Christmas walk along the lake was a wet but fun one.



I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy start of a new year. I stay far from resolutions like I will blog more, health regimes, less eating and big bold plans for the future with the start of a new year, to avoid disappointments *smile*.

During the holidays I kept my hands busy... mainly to relax my mind. I have finished my first crazy quilt block, I'm not sure what to do with the finished block... maybe hang it on my wall or something. Anyway I feel I have stepped into the new year with a peaceful mind :)




Sunday

Just some sharing

Regular blogging has not been on my agenda lately, there is so much going on in my life at the moment that I cannot find the time or energy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all  my followers for your kind support and comments, I want you to know that I greatly appreciate your support and I hope to be back posting more regular soon.

Thought I share pictures of my creations from the past couple of months, some of which have been sold in the craft fair.

Prayer Flag - Embrace Change

Altered flower pot Pin cushion

Primitive Peg Angels

Christmas Fairy

Merry Christmas Bird

Craft Fair

What a day it has been.... here is a quick video of my table at the fair.




The table was quite empty at the end of the day and I received some wonderful comments and feedback. My feet are hurting from standing up but all in all I can say it was worth it.

Tuesday

Recycle

Re·cy·cle

Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into
new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials,
reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials,
reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution.


Materials used:
Old frame altered with vintage pattern paper, 
vintage buttons, Calico fabric, embroidery floss,
Walnut ink.

Working on more items for the craft fair (in November), this little frame is one of them. I have more ideas and will be sharing what is next. I'm trying to create a variety of items. I hate creating the same over and over again besides it is nice to try new techniques.