Monday, December 28, 2015

Superhero Sampler

Michaelangelo had the Sistine Chapel. I have a superhero sampler from weelittlestitches. 

Ok, so that's slight exaggeration. But after two years of off-and-on work, this baby is finally done and gifted to my nephew. It pales in comparison to several Lego sets and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sewer play set that he received (he is four, so quite understandable), but his parents loved it.

Here are a few close ups. It was sort of odd stitching the Hulk's nipples.

Electra is showing a bit of skin.

Wonder Woman is my favorite. 

I am proud of my signature! Totally winged it.

I don't see myself doing another piece of this size anytime soon, but I do feel accomplished. My attention span rarely sees a project like this to the end!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vintage Christmas

I have a thing for vintage Christmas decorations -- and by thing, I mean borderline obsession. This is a little shelf area in our kitchen that needed a bit of merrying up, so I though I'd display some of my treasures.

I got this Santa at a yard sale, along with the ornaments that are still in their original box. 

The trees are not actually vintage -- they just look vintage. (Wink, wink.)

I picked up the little churches at another sale. It's so much fun to find goodies like these in the middle of summer!

Oh Christmas Tree...

Here's a tiny Christmas post for the day -- the season has been incredibly busy for us this year. (Isn't it that way for everyone?)

I made this little tree last year, and I'm still enjoying it. I sprayed a white bottle brush tree with a bright green spray ink, then went crazy with mica flakes. It is sitting in a mini plant pot that I covered with dictionary paper and painted with a red wash. A bit of green glitter ribbon and a flower for the trim and voilĂ ! You now have a very sweet "vintage" Christmas tree. 

This would make a lovely swap gift!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Golden Girls Counted Cross Stitch

"Thank you for being a friend... Traveled down the road and back again... Your heart is true... You're a pal and a confidant..."

Now you'll have that in your head all day. You're welcome.

This was a counted cross stitch project that I worked on a few years ago for my college roommate -- we share a long friendship and mutual obsession with the Golden Girls. The pattern is from weelittlestitches on Etsy, and It was a joy to work with.

I took this photo with my Hypstamatic app to make it look old school. Much like me and my college roommate. (I'm Dorothy and she's Sophia, btw.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

All You Need is Love Mixed Media Canvas

More love today -- I found this in the Craftin' archives. Sometimes, all you need is a great quote to inspire you. Oh, and love.

This 12x12 canvas was created for a Craftster swap. I covered the canvas with an adorable tissue paper that has music notes all over it, and got out my ink sprays for the background.

I added paper hearts and a little washi tape banner that I made from baker's twine. The letters were from a pack of die cut alphabets that I had, then jazzed up a bit with a white gel pen.

There are some stenciled hearts in here too -- the white gesso picked up some of the spray inks, which I love. LOVE. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mumford & Sons Pyrography

Last year, I got a bee in my bonnet about learning to do Pyrography, or wood burning. Turns out, it's pretty easy to learn and produces some great results! 

I made this piece for my husband in celebration of our anniversary a year or so ago. We are big Mumford fans, and these are some of my favorite lyrics. I designed the lettering myself, and the plaque came from Michaels.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Peace Prayer Flag

I made this a few years ago for a prayer flag swap -- it was one of my first sewing projects. I also incorporated some paints and stamping into it, which opened up a new door for me in terms of mixed media. Painting on fabric feels kind of rebellious for some reason! You put paint on that fat quarter? You wild woman, you!

The purple swatch behind the text was made from a plain piece of fabric that I stamped metallic paint onto with bubble wrap. (Bubble wrap is one of the best craft supplies out there.) The peace text was done using a stamp set, and I inked in the open spots in the letters. The background fabric behind the peace sign was also created with bubble wrap and paint. More rebellious fun.

I thought maybe we could all use a little bit of this today. I hope you find peace today in your little corner of the world. And may there be messy painting on fabric in your near future. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Rainbow of Mixed Media Tags

I adore making tags. There are days when my attention span can only focus on something small, and it's almost like having a tiny journal page to play on. Instant gratification.

I created these tags using a mixture of spray inks, Hero Arts inks, stamps and embossing powder. I'm a big fan of stamps that just look like doodles, and these are some of my favorites. 

Retro starburst -- I feel like I got this for about 50 cents at Michaels, and it's one of the stamps that I use the most! The backgrounds here were done with spray inks. I'm really digging the pink and yellow one in the middle. The colors mingled a bit, so this lovely orange made an appearance.

Another cheapo stamp that I like -- lattice work.

Finally, we have the circle doodle stamp. Another bargain bin find. The background on this was created using the Hero Arts ink daubers. I wanted a child-like effect, which I think worked out.

And one more, with the same technique.

All of these colors perked me up during a dreary November. I'm looking forward to the sparkle of December!