Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Altered Clothespins

Aren't they cute? These started out as just plain ol' clothespins. Spray paint to the rescue!!! I painted them aqua blue, stamped the sentiments with Stazon and glued the little crocheted flowers from Stampin' Up! And voila! cute, cute, cuteness. So simple but I love them. I've been making lots of different versions of these. These are my favorite so far.

I am off to pin this on Pinterest! Are you on Pinterest? I am so addicted!! Follow me and I will follow you back!! Here's my link http://pinterest.com/lorrietori/. Now, go start pinning!!!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Repurposing and Making Things Cute

I have always loved little jars and bottles. I think that love started when I was a little girl. My Grandmother stored buttons in a little pimento jar tucked inside of her sewing box. Nothing fancy,
just a little jar with buttons in it. I had a couple of pimento jars from making homemade pimento cheese and so I washed them up and put buttons in them. I wanted to do something to the lids like maybe paint them some happy colors, but then I started seeing little pin cushions on Pinterest and other awesome blogs. So of course I wanted to do that! Isn't it cute?

The rosey fabric is from Stampin' Up! I don't remember where I got the ribbon or lace. I cut the fabric out with a scalloped die cut a little bigger than the lid and hot glued 3/4 around and stuffed it with polyfill and finished hot gluing it closed. Then I glued the lace and then the ribbon. TaDa! Total cuteness!! Here's a better view of the top.

I keep it next to my sewing machine and when I look at it, I can't help but think about Grandmomma and it makes me smile.

That's all I have for today. Until next time....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Big Pink Flower

This card started out in a whole different direction than what it turned out to be. Again, I had some scrap pieces on my desk left over from other projects and just built it from there. The flower started out as scraps left over from my canvas project a couple posts back. I just stamped the french script background stamp and ink distressed the edges. I originally had not planned on using it, but it just seemed to be the right thing for the card. Funny how things work out that way.

close up of the flower
I also decorated the inside of the card, which is something I don't normally do. But I really like it, so I am going to start doing that more often. I don't have a lot of sentiment stamps like this one on the inside of the card, so maybe that's why I don't do the insides much. Then I had a light bulb go off in my head. I can type my own and print them out, duh. Yeah, sometimes the brain is slow, lol.

That's all from me for now. Still have other projects to share and will very soon.

Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Gearing Up for Love Day!

Been working on some things in the craft building. Still trying to get organized and getting rid of the clutter so I can share some pics of the space, it's just not going as fast as I had hoped. I get in there and start organizing the little things and look around and it's still a mess. Looks like I haven't organized a thing! At least it's getting to where I can find things, lol.

This card is one of the projects I've been working on. I got my inspiration from one of Melissa Phillips' cards on her blog, LilyBean's Paperie. If you haven't been to her blog, you MUST check it out. She is so talented. I've said this before, but I want to be like her when I grow up! lol. I used a lot of stuff on this card. You probably already know that I love layers and this has lots of them! I used mostly scraps that were just sitting on my desk from other projects. I sewed on it, too! Lovin' my sewing machine my Mom gave me for Christmas. Thanks, Mom! You're the best!!! I also used the Lock and Key die cut from Papertrey Ink. Love it for so many different reasons! The heart is sewn down the middle and the lock is attached with a piece of tied baker's twine.

I have also been working on some cute things this week. I've been repurposing items to be more functional and of course, cute! More to come very soon, I promise!

Until next time...

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Monday, January 2, 2012

The only creative thing I've made all year!

Well, considering it's only January 2nd, I think I am ahead of the game, lol. Last year I did nothing creative until well into January. One of my New Year's resolutions is be more creative and spend more time in my studio. I have definitely done that in the last two days. I've been seeing these scrapbook pages being created on canvas and I really wanted to try it out. I am beyond loving this project and am really proud of myself!! Now I am addicted and can't wait to make more!!

The baby is my sweet granddaughter, Elizabeth. She was only 3 days old in this picture and now she is almost 4 months old. My how time flies! The canvas is 20 x 17. There is a lot of stuff on it, lots of layers. In case you don't know already, I LOVE layers!! I started by painting the canvas with Gesso and then added pink, green and blue paint, sort of in a mottled way. In some places, the paint took on a yellow tint from the paints mixing together. It was a little too bright for the look I was going after and my initial thought was to glue tissue paper all over, but I didn't have white tissue paper, so what's a desperate girl to do at 1:00 in the morning? Ahhh, I have these coffee filters laying here for another project that's bouncing around in my head. Although the coffee filters are thicker than tissue paper, I love the texture and depth that it added. I crumpled them up and then pressed them out and glued to the canvas with Mod-Podge, with creases included to give it added texture. Then I just added layers and layer of different papers. I also stitched on the layered mats for the picture and also the strip of paper at the top. I got a sewing machine for Christmas and this is the first project I used it on. I also used my Cricut machine for the first time! Dan AKA The Boyfriend AKA Hey Dan, gave me the Cricut for Christmas LAST year and I have been too chicken to use it. What was I thinking? That thing is AWESOME!!! I will definitely be using it a lot from now on. Here's a couple of close ups of the canvas.

Lots of distressing and lace and ribbon and beads

layered flowers with tulle tucked in between the layers. one with a
button center and one with a zipper flower in the center.

One last picture of the whole thing shall we?

Such a sweet baby! (sorry for the glare on the pic. it was a little
hard getting a really good shot without the glare)
Hope ya'll have a fantastic New Year! Until next time....

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