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Monday, August 5, 2019

A Place To Start-August 2019 - A Crafty "Piece of Mine" - Bee Happy

Hello, Crafty Folks!
I am having a very difficult time getting back into the swing of crafting.  Maybe my mojo went back to D.C. with the grandkids.😊
This month's challenge at A Place To Start is
"A Crafty Piece of Mine"
Use Paper Piecing on your Project!
We are eager to see your creative use of paper piecing for this challenge.  Paper Piecing die cuts is my new personal challenge. It has been hit and misses on my practice runs but no doubt I will nail it down.  For this current challenge, though, I stuck with a very straight forward, typical application.
The image body is paper pieced.  The face and arm are the only parts of the image that were colored.  I added glitter to her dress and sealed it with a spray gloss.
I have had this cute little stamp set for a minute.  As usual, I had many ideas of how I wanted to use it and, as usual, none of those designs happened.  I am pleased with the outcome.  I stamped and colored grass and flowers for the bottom panel but the look was too cluttered so I left them off.

I must purchase more of the large frame sentiment dies.  I love the many possibilities they present.

Stop by A Place to Start and share your paper piecing masterpieces in our challenge!


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge 401 - Base it On a Book

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
The fortnight challenge at 
Shopping Our Stash is
"Base It On A Book!" 
For me, there was only one choice...
Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"
I chose to alter an Altoids tin and use it to house a fold-out booklet.
The front and back covers are an attempt to capture the theme of the book's title as well as Ms. Angelou's writing career.

Following through on the book title, I used music themed paper to cover the bottom of the tin.  I also cut smaller birds from newsprint and music papers.
The pages of the booklet were designed to capture certain moments in Ms. Angelou's book, for instance, the second panel pays homage to the fact that Maya was the first African-American Cable Car Conductor in the City of San Francisco.
I applied Gesso to my tin and then used DecoArt® Moss Pearl Metallic paint as my base coat. I used Rub n' Buff™ "Patina" and "Autumn Gold"  to finish distressing the tin.
I think I need to practice my paper tearing technique. I wanted to keep the front of the tin fairly "clean" so that the title remained the primary focus.
I cut out several small birds and placed them in the cage behind the large bird in the forefront.  I used foam tape to create some dimension.
The most difficult part of this project was trying to get my paint color to match the ribbon I chose to secure my booklet.  My success came when I mixed Ranger's Broken China Distress Ink with DecoArt's Moss Pearl Metallic Paint.  I almost removed my large bird because he is so large but he has grown on me and I really like him there!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us at Shopping Our Stash!

  Always Fun Challenges - Anything But A Card

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Place To Start /Mid-Month Project -Stencil Me In

Hello Crafty Peeps!
It is time for our mid-month DT make at A Place To Start.  I decided to create this fun pincushion using an Ann Butler tutorial.  This is my first attempt and I had a few issues but decided to post it anyway because our blog is all about new beginnings!
I used Ann Butler's Easy Design Elements (EZ-De's) Stencils for Stencil Girl to create this cute little pincushion.  I don't often use my very fancy Brother's sewing/embroidery machine but as part of my self-challenge for 2019, I am using sewing more on my projects.  The stitching was a little "wonky" so my corners did not turn out as evenly as they should have and there were a few other "oops" but in general, I am pleased with the outcome.
I am posting the link to the tutorial down below but I want to share some changes I made when creating my pin cushion.
  • I really did not want to purchase more craft inks, so I decided to see if the Distress Oxide Inks would work and they did. 
  • Because I am capable of losing anything while I am working on a project, I added a tassel to my pincushion.  
  • I also decided to use two buttons in the center of my cushion instead of one.
  • Rather than filling my pincushion with Fiber Fill (used in pillows, etc.) I used ground walnut shells.  This material keeps your pins sharp.
I am including the YouTube Video but I recommend that you use the Step Tutorial HERE on Ann's Blog for correct measurements and cutting and sewing instructions!

Links to Stuff I used:
Fabric: Muslin



Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your fabulous stenciled project in our challenge!