March 21, 2010

Inspired by Fiber arts

Fiber arts are something I truly love, and if I had the space in my house, I'd own a weaving loom. After taking a class in college I was in love with weaving. It's truly therapeutic. Since I was a child, I've been interested in different forms of fiber arts--sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, sculptural sewing, weaving, tapestry (though I've never done any tapestry). So since I now do paper arts and love doing them, I decided it was time to incorporate some of the fiber arts into the paper arts (which, by the way, is a form of fiber art). This card was made using a penny rug pattern I found on the internet. If you've never heard of them, google it. There are some amazing things done that are penny rugs. the basic concept is to use scraps of fabrics cut into circles or other shapes and made into these miniature rugs--usually no more than 15 inches across. So very little stamping took place on this card. It's made with punches and Sizzix dies.

March 16, 2010

Fun with miscellaneous stuff!

I've been a busy girl lately working on just stuff! Here is some of it. I'm thinking I need to open an Etsy shop or something for this stuff.

The big flower pins are made with the big Sizzix flower die that SU sells. It's a really cool die.

The bracelet is a hodpodge of supplies: felt fusion flowers, filligree brads, pretties kit and epoxy brads on a bracelet blank.

The cute little flower pin is made out of tie dyed felt, and I think I may rework that one a bit. you can use the table setting die to get a more accurate flower, but I don't own it so I was trying to make it work without it.

And last, but not least by far, is this glossy little pin. It's made entirely of paper and beads. Got this idea from another blog, but took it in a slightly different direction.

March 15, 2010

Holy cannolli (or however you spell that!)! has it been that long since my last post. Well, I'm still here. It's been a little crazy around here for the last month. Sick child, sick husband, sick self. Well, I'm still struggling with mine a month later, but I think it's slowly getting better and I'm back in the swing of things full force.

What have I been up to? Well, lots of things.

First of all, I've been working as team leader on a project that is near and dear to my heart. On April 10, 2010, Cards4Cancer through Spirit Jump is going to be delivering cards worldwide to cancer patients in an effort to bring a bit of sunshine to their day. That leads me to our team name--Sending Sunbeams. People have donated lots of cards to this cause, and I have a friend who has been a huge help in keeping me on time and in line with this effort. If it weren't for her we still wouldn't have a team name. This project is a very special cause for me. Recently, a family member I have loved and adored my whole life was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently going through chemo and let me tell you it is horrible for her. Even though things are very difficult between her and I right now, I love her very dearly and even though I can't be there for her, I hope these efforts will at least cheer someone's day who is suffering just as much or more than she. If you know someone who is in the same situation right now, then you know what I am talking about. Her whole world has been turned upside down and inside out by this monster that is hiding inside her body. The medicine feels like it is tearing her apart, but that's how vicious the monster inside her is and it takes a mean offense to kill it off. so, please take the time today to write a note of encouragement to someone that is battling cancer. They can all use it just to know they are not fighting alone or in vain.

Secondly, I've been sewing. Sewing up a storm to be precise. I have nearly finished one Silver Mist fairy costume for my niece and have to start a pirate costume for my nephew. So when I haven't been collecting cards and working on those, I've been tied to the sewing machine.

Now, as a bit of a break from the costumes, I'm going a little nutty making flower pins of all different kinds, and different sizzix accessories out of felt and/or various fabrics. It's been a blast. I've also made a little bit of jewelry with various miscellaneous SU hardwares I've had laying around here for a while.