01 Apr 2013
Tags: bags, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, fabric
The start of a new week and a new month. To kick off this new month there is the announcement of a new challenge theme at Crafty Individuals. The challenge theme has been set by the fabulous Gio who asks you to be inspired by Spring In Fashion. To enter you must include at least one Crafty Individuals product on your artwork. To read rules of entry and the prize up for grabs please visit Jean’s Crafty Individuals’ Blog.
Stamp – CI-324
I am lucky to have a few fashion related Crafty Individuals stamps and looking at CI-324 the women look as though they are dressed for a beautiful Spring day with their pretty dresses. As soon as I read the theme I knew it would be a tote bag I would alter as I adore bags and it worked perfectly with the fashion element of the challenge theme. Wanting to infuse colour into this project I decided to layer fabric onto the canvas tote and I knew I had just the fabric to use, which I was lucky enough to receive from my lovely friend Maria (please visit her beautiful blog if Maria’s name happens to be new to you – Made By Maz).
I wanted to stamp onto fabric but the pattern would obscure the stamped image so I tore another piece of the same fabric, flipped it over and stamped CI-324 onto what is the back of the fabric. The result, you see the faint design of the fabric coming through on the stamped side which creates a background for the stamped image and all I had to do was add some extra colour to their outfits to co-ordinate with the fabric. A vintage style button adorns this panel. To finish, I layered pink lace and trim at the top adding a piece of torn fabric and the final adornment, a piece of lace tied to one of the handles.
At Jean’s blog you will also be able to view what the other Crafty Individuals team members created for this theme.
Thank you for visiting this post. For April I have quite a few projects to share:- some new, most created earlier in the year and one or two from the end of last year. I certainly look forward to seeing your creations throughout this month.
05 Feb 2013
Tags: altered art, bags, Oxford Impressions, Oxford Impressions' DT artwork, Pretty Packaging, Valentine's Day
This is a DT post for Oxford Impressions using the Giant Distressed Alphabet (by now you are all fully aware how much I love this set!)
I used this set of stamps for Christmas when I not only decorated boxes and white gift bags. For this post I’ve decorated white bags once again. The other stamp set used on one of the bags is the lovely BonBon stamp plate.
Lots of lace with a simple declaration of love for this bag.
Can you see the hearts with ribbons that were stamped onto the second bag before I layered the tulle style panel over the top? That stamp is from the BonBon plate as is Valentine which was stamped onto the paper doily before stamping and cutting out 14 and two stamped hearts to finish. If you are a friend of my Blog you will notice I have been absent (and continue to be). Sorry I have not visited your own Blogs for several days, hopefully I will manage to do so soon enough.
Wishes and Thanks for the lovely comments I will catch-up on in a few days time.
12 Dec 2012
Tags: altered art, bags, Christmas, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, masks, paint effects, Pretty Packaging
Today I return with a quick, festive post for Crafty Individuals.
Crafty Individuals Supplies:-
Elegant Swirls Mask Set
White Bag (no longer appear to be in stock)
CI-369 seemed a good choice to decorate a bag as the vintage femme she reminds me of a woman from the 1920s who would enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping, her arms weighed down with beautifully packaged gifts in boxes and fancy gift bags all adorned with ribbons and bows.
Believe it or not, I am not a fan of glitter and avoided it for so long preferring to add a shimmer with the aid of a Stardust pen then I made the discovery of glass glitter and DekoIce and since then I have found myself more partial to a smattering of glitter. Here there are the merest of touches on the stamped image, some of the stamped elements were layered.
I find myself reaching so often for the Elegant Swirls set (you will see it in use again very soon). The glimmer doesn’t translate in the photograph but the paint catches the light beautifully. To adorn, some pearly white fabric flowers and pink velvet style ribbon which was also formed into a bow.
Thank You for visiting as you are no doubt so busy at the moment with your own festive preparations. At the time of posting I have another post scheduled for tomorrow, with the 25th looming I am running out of days!
Just a note to add that it is worthwhile signing up for the Crafty Individuals Newsletter if you have not done so already. You receive notification of new stamps and products and also special offers.
06 Dec 2012
Tags: altered art, bags, Christmas, Oxford Impressions, Oxford Impressions' DT artwork, photo realistic stamps, Pretty Packaging
This post is an Oxford Impressions’ DT post using the Season of Giving stamp plate. Since I started working with this set back in July I have used it for cards, tags, gift boxes, glass ornaments, gifts and packaging which shows its versatility as a stamp plate.
Two photo real stamp images were used to decorate white gift bags. I kept to a simple colour scheme of white, winter white and a soft grey.The beautiful holly stamp was used for both bags but I also incorporated other Oxford Impressions’ stamp plates such as the BonBon plate . I stamped one of the text stamps from this plate onto the white doily and on the second bag the sentiment belongs to the Sleigh Bells plate.
Seam binding, lace, glitter cardstock, pearly embellishments and faux crystal drops were some of the items that were added to adorn the bags. As I looked at my notes on the Christmas items I still have to post on my Blog I realised I could be in trouble to fit them all in before the 25th of December, it is crazy how fast time is whizzing past!
A note on the stamps used. You should be able to source some or all of those Christmas stamp plates in the U.K. either from The Craft Barn or That’s Crafty.
Thank you for visiting this post and I will be catching up with you soon to view your own artwork.
P.S. I bought those white bags from Crafty Individuals some months ago. They are a lovely size at nearly 12″x7″.
28 Nov 2012
Tags: bags, Christmas, fabric, Pretty Packaging, The Stampsmith, The Stampsmith (D.T. artwork), The Stampsmith Challenge
I actually had no plans on posting this item but as I was sitting organising photographs I realised it fitted in with the latest challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge, White on White. Not too long until this challenge closes so if you would like to enter then you need to be quick. All rules for entry and prize details are available at TSC Blog.
I simply stamped Joyeux Noel, from Christmas Greetings stamp plate, onto a white muslin bag. Lace, pearl beads and seam binding bow adorn the bag. What is tucked inside? Well I will leave that to share in another post, another day.
It surely feels as though I am bombarding you with posts at the moment, sorry there are so many but with several projects being Christmas related and the days whizzing past I sense the need to get those posts out there before the 25th of December is upon us.
25 Nov 2012
Tags: bags, Christmas, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, fabric, gift ideas, Pretty Packaging
If you ever shop at Crafty Individuals on-line store do you happen to browse through their Must Have section? If so then you might have noticed the muslin bags they sell, two in a pack and really they are perfect for any time of the year but definitely for Christmas if you are looking for a quick way to present a gift.
Crafty Individuals Supplies Used:-
The new Christmas Tree stamp is wonderful with its bold design, stamping up a treat on the fabric. I simply added a pearl beads, a dash of lace and seam binding. The CI Challenge, Festive Sparkle is still underway and if you enter you are entitled to 25% discount on your on-line order from the Crafty Individuals store. Not only that, at the on-line store there is a wonderful special offer at the moment, well worth a peek!
Thank You for visiting today and also this past week as all your visits and comments are appreciated.
30 Oct 2012
Tags: bags, canvas, gift ideas, home decor, Oxford Impressions, Oxford Impressions' DT artwork, Pretty Packaging
To end this month of October I thought I would share an Oxford Impressions’ DT piece using the Giant Distressed Alphabet. The word giant is appropriate as each letter measures approx 2″ in height. Although they could certainly be used for papercrafting, there are lots of possibilities for scrapbooks/memory books and imagine the possibilities for home decor items and wearable items.
When I received this stamp set I knew I could use them to alter boxes I had laid aside, gift boxes received at Christmas (the type that have a high shine or holographic style pattern, do you know the ones I mean?)
Apologies in advance for the length of this post. I planned on having it as two separate posts but it looks better as one post, it will make sense soon enough. This box measures 13.5″x9″. I had to spend a lot of time preparing the box as that shiny surface was not paint friendly! After three coats of Gesso I painted with my all time favourite emulsion paint, Camisole Pink. I then distressed using the dry brushing technique and a white patina paint. You can see the patchy appearance in the photo. Each letter was stamped, cut out and added to the lid. I wanted an under-stated appearance, trying to mimic a chic Parisian style adding only black lace to accent the lid. Edging the lid (sorry, no photo) I stamped one of the text stamps from Dressforms & Corsetry onto tissue paper.
The box could house vintage ephemera or documents etc but I had in mind a gift idea and nobody wants to receive an empty box. This is a large shoulder tote. I kept it simple, stamping directly onto the tote.As an accent I stitched a grey vintage button to the I .
Next month I will share some Christmas boxes using this stamp set. Talking of next month, on the 1st there will be the announcement of a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge so I will return then with my DT sample and another challenge theme to be announced is Crafty Individuals, so a busy start to the month.
Thank You for visiting particularly as this is such a long post today.