Monday, September 1, 2014

My Second Tilda Doll

Tilda number two is inspired by the  "Tilda's Spring Ideas" book by Tone Finnanger.   This doll is featured on the front cover and I think she is darling.    The patterns in the book are not easy and I had to work with them to fit my needs.  Thank goodness I've been sewing for many many years and at least had a clue.  
Here she is and I have not given her an official name yet:

Everything about this doll is either machine stitched or hand stitched. Her little beany cap was crochet by me and I'm not too experienced with crochet.
Here she is with not much of a profile: LOL
It's a bit hot out today so now you can see without her denim jacket.
And a close up of her sandals. I made these using a  craft foam sheet that has adhesive on one side. This  was perfect to adhere the fabric to.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always I love to hear from you.  Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Very First Tilda Doll

Hello to my visitors.  Well after viewing a variety of You tube videos I was inspired again to try another type of project.  I fell in love with the very first Tilda doll that I saw.  I am so new to this,  that I had to do some research.  Tone Finnanger is the author  of the Tilda  books.  These books have patterns and lots of ideas in them.  I found a free pattern on the web and manipulated it to  make this doll and ( I got  "The Tilda Characters Collection" in the mail today!  Lot of inspiration and patterns!!!! )  Let me introduce my doll and I named here  "Cappy"  (that's what my grandmother use to call me so many years ago)

I made the dress which consists of three individual layers.  Also I made the tote bag and filled it with any crafter's necessities : Sissors, camera and a key!   I made her hat too.  Yes I found another You Tube video that had fabulous instructions.   I hope you're ready for some more pictures!  I also like her hair rolled up on the sides but my hubby likes the long braids.


Next a back view of her dress:
And of course she has on her gutchies.  Another one of Grandma's famous words.
I machine sewed the doll and dress but all other parts are hand sewn.  Her eyes are French knots with a dot of Glossy Accents.   I did use fabric glue to attach the pearls and little flowers.  I'm not sure if this qualifies as Tilda Fabric but I love the print anyway.  
Thanks so for visiting.  I hope you are inspired to try to craft something outside your comfort zone.  I really enjoyed working on this doll and look forward to many more.  Have a fantastic weekend! Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Altered Project

Howdy friends, followers and visitors.  I'm so happy that you're taking a moment to see my latest creation.  It makes me so happy that you are here today.  Lately I've been in an altering mood and I think this one turned out fabulous.  This is an altered pot holder turned into a stick pin holder. I was inspired by so many fabulous crafters on You Tube. Thanks ladies!

Here is a before picture of the pot  holder that I bought at the Dollar Tree. (actually the package held two potholders)  I covered the colored portion of the pot holder with Gesso just to be safe of any unwanted color showing through.  The Gesso covered well but stiffened the fabric just a little.  No problem since I have several layers of assorted lace and appliques.

Next I sewed a lace pocket  to completely cover the entire pot holder except the little loop.  I'll use that for the closure.  All laces and appliques were applied next.  I made the largest flower on the front cover and all of the flowers and leaves on the inside. The padding of the pot holder makes a great place for the stick pins that I also made.  All of the gems are from my stash.
Now a view of the back side:

Another view  of the front with the closure opened
I'd love to hear what you think and "Thanks so much for visiting and Happy Crafting!!!"


Friday, August 1, 2014

An Altered Bottle

Hello fellow crafters and visitors.  I completed my first altered bottle after viewing a You tube video by Gabrielle Pollocco here.   Thanks Gabrielle!   This was so much fun to do.

I love the shabby chic style and also any kind of lace.  I made the flowers and leaves from ribbon.  Some laces and flower were dyed using avocado skins.  The vintage image was found on Pinterest and I framed it in a piece of lace from a top I found in Marshalls.   The ladies on You Tube are really inspiring me with the use of lace.  

Here's what I started with:

I covered the entire bottle with Gesso than applied acrylic paint.  Distressed it in some areas but you would never know it.  More  pictures of various views:


I printed the image on fabric from an old wedding gown then covered it with Mod Podge.  The topper on the bottle is a gem I found at Pat Catans in the jewelry dept.  Gems and pearls are from my stash.  
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Leah!

 Today I'm wishing my daughter a Very Happy Birthday!  She is now 39 and has been a blessing in our life.  I love you sweetie.
I  created a card that is relatively simple.  I used three different embossing folders and a couple die cuts plus a Magnolia stamp.

Here's Tilda with Love Cake colored with Copics:

I placed Tilda in front of embossed candles and embossed layers.

 Thank you so much for visiting.
Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Altered Box

Hello everyone!  I've been slacking on the blog posts.  Sorry :( ,  but I've been working on a project that has taken me several weeks.  The mojo just wasn't cooperating.  Finally yesterday it all came together for me.  Praise the Lord!

Several months ago I came across a clearance sale at Hobby Lobby.  I spotted a small wooden box that was white but the lid was in wild colors and marked $1.25.  SOLD!!!! 
Since then I've been viewing many You Tube videos especially pertaining to lace.  (I've always had a love for fabric and lace) Once again I was inspired  by Angela Holt here.  Thanks Angela!!!  I found some lacey clothing along with a wedding gown at the Thrift Store that I bought with intentions of cutting them up for future projects.  I died many laces and fabric with Avocado skins.  (on you tube here)  The results are outstanding.
I fussy cut flowers from one of the garments from the Thrift store.  Here is a glimpse of before the cuts

Ok on with my altered box.

That's the results of Gesso applied first, then stenciling with Modeling Paste and many different types of paint.  Most of the trim is also from Hobby Lobby that I distressed with Gesso and Distress Inks to get the aged look. 
On the lid I made the flower and applied bits of lace , appliques, gems and other goodies.  I replaced the wooden knob with a distressed knob from my stash.


Next is a peak if inside the box.  Since I always decorate the inside of my cards,  this box can not be any different.  LOL!


Thanks so much for stopping by and as always I'd love to hear from you.   Thank You all so much!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stamping Scrapping Design Team Projects #2

Hello fellow crafters, followers, friends and visitors.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  One of my projects was inspired by seeing Cindy's craft room (posted   Here) which has many gorgeous dress forms in it.  Also I watched a video by Angela Holt  Here that totally convinced me to give this a try.  Thank you Angela for your fantastic tutorial.  I had much of the lace in my stash but the flower cluster  (actually a shoe clip) was purchased at the City Mission along with a wedding gown for  $25 that had at least a 6 foot train.  I bought the gown so I could cut it up for the laces and appliques, pearls and sequins.  So as soon as I got home I threw it in the washing machine and then dried it outside on the clothes line.  I have many ideas to use this fabric up too!  Here's a front view of the dress that I applied to the paper mache dress form.  The bodice has some of the appliques from the wedding dress.  I also added some diamond gems for added sparkle.

Next a view of the back

I altered a gem for the bow center with some pearls.  I made the bow with  the Zutter Bow It All.

Next I constructed a card that  relates to a wedding.

Stamps:  Wedding Tilda, InkaDinkadoo 97892 Wedding
Dies: Spellbinders  A2 Card Creator Floral Ribbon Threader, Floral Flourishes
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Geometric Rings
Punches: Nellie Snellen FLP 031 Rose leaf Jumbo
Pearl strands and flowers are from my stash.

The inside of this card has lots of texture from the embossing Folders, Spellbinders 3-M Bossabilities Framed Labels 18 and Darice Corner Scroll. I also used the Spellbinders Labels 18 die cuts.
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Thanks so much for visiting and as always I love to hear what you think!
Happy Crafting!!!