Friday, January 15, 2010

Fabric + Origami = Boxes

I love making origami boxes.

I also love working with fabric.

Thus, Fabric Origami boxes....

I’ve seen the pattern a few times on the internet but I really like this tutorial by Nicole Heady of Inspired/Papertrey Ink (formerly “Capture the Moment”).

I have more fabrics...just haven't had the time to turn them into boxes.

Hopefully, soon though...

Caardvarak Sketch Challenge…

I didn’t think I would be able to make the deadline for this challenge…

I started classes at the University this week (after a 3 decade hiatus)...I forgot how much homework Professors can assign!

But…I had an image in my mind for this card when I drifted off to sleep last night…

using these fabrics that I had just purchased (at my newest favorite store in town) on Wednesday.

I don’t have classes today (just tons of homework) and decided to spend some time playing.

I love the color combination on the coffee mug/cup fabric…so soft…and had some leftover stripped paper from the Paper Source.

The coffee mugs, swirly fabric and the “steam” are attached using fusible web.

I like the card concept but feel it needs to be sharpened up a bit.

Thanks for letting me play….

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A(nother) New Year’s Aspiration/Dream…

Along with the dream of designing paper, I would love to create some stamps...or images that could somehow be used in card making and crafting.

Some designs I created a few months ago using (mostly) the 'free form line' in auto shapes in MS Word’s “Draw” feature.

I had to “build” each outfit.  So...if I want to use the black dress with green strips, I have to cut and paste the lines individually.  Or, to pull the outfit with the red top, jacket (as well as the belt buckles and pockets, etc). I have to piece it all together. 

I found out too late (after I had already created these designs) that Paint would probably work better.

I have used a few of these and some of my other drawings/outfits on cards for family and friends and would now like to try and create some in Paint.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fabric & Wood Tags

A few months ago I discovered Balsa wood at the local hardware store.

Since then, I’ve been using the thin sheets of wood to make cards and tags. (Also see first post.)

Since we just recently relocated to the western side of the U.S., I decided to make holiday tags with a western theme and using wood and fabric.

Below are just a few quickies I made for family and friends for the holidays.

I used pieces from two different fabrics on these tags for some little friends.

Used complementary fabric to create the jean/pants and some bling on the following tags.

This tag is my favorite...

Next time around I’ll add more fabric, paper, etc. for a more vintage, decoupage look.

So in love…

with this shop...

It’s located downtown in my new little home town.

There was a really large, wonderful fabric store near my home back east and I was worried…

But, I haven’t been disappointed…except for ribbon.

They don’t carry much in the way of ribbon, and I love ribbon, almost as much…if not more…than fabric.

Just a few of the fun fabrics they carry...

Best of The West II - Boots

Northcott Novelty Cowgirl Boots highlighted with metallic gold

Northcott Novelty Cowgirl Hats highlighted with metallic gold

Coming up...

A few tags made with these fabrics.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Making no New Year’s Resolutions…

Instead...I’m jotting down some dreams and aspirations for this new and exciting decade (i.e. see previous post).

(Who am I kidding…isn’t it all one and the same?!)

I’m in a new place as we begin this New Year…literally and figuratively.

We moved cross country this past summer so my husband could take up a new job…his dream job.

We left behind friends and family and moved to a place where we know…no one.

But it’s all been fine and good and I’m amazed how much I’m enjoying my new life…even though there have been times when I’ve been so incredibly lonely.

But it’s been a time of reflection: Where have I been…and where am I going…with/in my life.

It’s also afforded an opportunity to “reinvent” myself…of sorts.

I’m going back to school…

I’m putting my “crafts” out there…something I’ve not really (comfortably) done before, because back where I come from everyone knew “me” before they knew of my crafts.

Know what I mean?

Here…I meet people because I “craft.”

And because it’s a small town, new friends and acquaintances see me as I put forth my craft (at fairs or at shops) and so they see my craft as being a part of who I am, right off the bat…

And not as an after-effect as in…”Oh…you craft…Yada…Yada…Yada.”

Am I making any sense?

That’s okay…as long as it makes sense to me.

Who knew moving to a new place could be so…




I certainly didn’t!

Happy New Year to you as you find/start your own new adventures…

Fooling around...with Paint

I want to explore designing my own paper...but I have no idea how to go about doing that.

Something I created in Paint...

I would love to print and use it...

But then it would use all the ink from the printer cartridge...and I know the colors won't be as vibrant.

Back to the library and the internet...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Do I dare?



My first post...

Christmas Tags