Thursday, February 20, 2014

eP eTeam Picks Challenge and Valentine Winner

I don't always have the chance to play along with eP challenges but when I out! Andiepants in the house!

Altering a bag. hmmmmmm....I've done this before. Didn't turn out so well, so here was my chance for redemption.

First, I dug out this Master Cam bag that my hubby brought home from a machinist trade show about a decade ago. 

I decided I didn't want 2 handles so I started by using my seam ripper to remove the handles that were sewn on.

To color the handles I soaked them with water first. This allows the mist to spread more evenly over the fabric. Next I sprayed my Dylusions mist in Vibrant Turquoise generously over the handles so they were well covered. You may want to use gloves. I did not :(

In order to cover that gawd awful picture I decided I would cover the thing in gesso. Remember when working with fabric to place a piece of cardboard in between your layers to avoid bleeding and soak through. Here I just used an insert from a 12x12 Prima mask.

Cover generously with gesso. If you feel you need more coats make sure you dry thoroughly in between coats. Honestly I remove the handles and covered in gesso before dying the handles in order to give my bag some additional air-dry time.

Once covered to my liking I then used Distress paint in Broken China to color the background. after that was dry I sprayed some Vibrant Turqoise in order to allow some congruency to the piece. I did this to both sides of the bag.

You will want to do the handle next since you need to reattach it to the bag. Make sure your sewing needle is a large enough gauge to handle the material of the bag. I sewed my to pieces together to make one long handle, sewed a piece of trim down the middle, and then sewed each end to the seams in the bag.

You can see here where I attached it on the inside.

The rest is just like scrapbooking! For the front I adhered a piece of burlap using gloss gel medium in various areas. I adhered the large lace at the top using the same method and allowed that to dry. Arrange your clusters and take photos so that you know where to put them when you're ready.

Next I used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste in black through a Martha Stewart silk screen to attain the large black shape (Above) and the smaller one coming out of the bottom of my cluster. I then adhered the flowers with fabric glue in my hot glue gun and I sewed the small blue Prima baubles  on by hand in the bottom cluster, top cluster and across the lace.

For the back side, I gave a good coating of water and then added more Dylusions in Calypso Teal and Dirty Martini. 

I first added all the lace piece using the gloss gel medium and let them dry. You can add dimension with your lace as I have and the gel medium will allow it to dry stiff and hold it's shape. Next I used the Hollyhocks stamp with Stazon jet black ink

and added a script stamp in Stazon Timber Brown. Notice that I even stamped on the lace. It's subtle but a nice touch.

I used a leftover scrap of cheese cloth to make a rosette with a slight tail, added an altered flower that was leftover on my desk, a random button that was sitting there, and finally added the Prima border. Again I used gloss gel to adhere the Prima border so that it was sure to stay.

I definitely think I've redeemed my prior shame of altering a bag. I quite like this one.

And for the giveaway...

The random winner is Geri!!!!  Please email me your address at

Thanks so much


Saturday, February 8, 2014

eP Get Altered Challenge and 7Dots January Challenge

Get ready to be shocked...I love 7Dots! 


I know right? Anyway...I purchased Messy Head through the Swirly boutique a while back on an impulse. I'm not a big pastels scrapper but I! why not.

Of course...I fell in love. What is with this paper company?! For realz! The brick wall patterns and splatters are  instant faux texture on your page. Anything you layer on top just makes it that much more fabulous. 

7Dots has a monthly challenge over at their blog. This month was geometric shapes. Instantly my tiny circles template came to mind. I had to use it!!!

This is a photo that my GF Kim took while she was here scrapping for the weekend. I was coloring flowers and didn't have any protective gloves.

 I decided I wanted to do something monochromatic so I stuck with pinks and only added black and white to accent the photo since my shirt was black and white.  I used the Kaisercraft gems to accent the pink on my fingers in the photo. The clock is Prima and covered in gesso and the doily is Kaisercraft as well.

This photo illustrates the texture created with the tiny circles stencil. LOVE IT! I used Wendy Vecchi paste in white through the stencil. The detail is amazing. The resin piece is from my stash and I did some rarely seen stitching with my sewing machine. I love the look but the time to clean off the sewing table, thread the bobbin, and then the jamming...THE JAMMING!!! Happens whenever I sew on paper. I'm a paper crafter gals...not a seamstress;)

Here you can see the doily stamp that I used randomly all over the page to accentuate the circle motif. I've  had these little metal frames FOR-EV-ER and when I realized I was doing circles....they were perfect. I used the salt and pepper letter stickers from 7DOTS Domestic Goddess for the titles and placed my pop dots under the stickers to lift the letters. 

For the eP get altered challenge we were to alter playing cards. I made this little trinket for my hubby...52 reasons I love you.

The cover is actually cut from cardstock and added in but is not actually a playing card. I used an older line from Echo Park that has been in my stash for the cover and the numbers on the title. The banner is stamp which I fussy cut.

I used basics for this since I was doing an entire deck. Gesso, mist, a little washi tape, and a permanent marker.

Started by covering each card with a layer of gesso. Then I laid out as many cards as I could on my spray mat and sprayed with dylusions mists in calypso teal postbox red.

Because the pattern which I laid out the cards was random the mist for each card was random.

For the last card I had originally set this one aside to make the cover and then realized I would not have 52 reasons!!! By this time I had put away all my mists so I used some of the washi tape that was on other cards and made the last card different

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.

Don't forget to leave a comment on my giveaway post for your chance to win a Time Holtz layering stencil. Winner will be chosen February 14th.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine's Giveaway and 7DOTS Domestic Goddess

I can't believe it's February already...but you know what that means...


And what would Valentine's Day be without hearts and love and 


However, in the true spirit of valentine's, I decided to create a LO of my darling daughter and use the gorgeous Domestic Goddess line with all the glorious reds and pinks.

I adore how this LO turned out. I'm not much of a red scrapper so I was really surprised at what ended up on the page. 

 Here is a closeup of my fussy cut pieces. I used the Raspberry pudding paper from the Domestic Goddess line and fussy cut some of the lace shapes. The clock is piece of Prima packaging and the bling is a piece of Prima cut into various sections.

For the cluster up in the corner I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil and a Kaisercraft script stamp over it. Layering the inking is one of my favorite techniques. The Chipboard piece is Dusty Attic and is covered with Art Anthology Dimensional velvet. This stuff is FANTASTIC!!! Kim carries all sorts of colors in the eP store! Just click on the link on the right side of my blog under "supplying your obsession".

For the large heart piece of DA chipboard I used the dimensional velvet again and then sprayed with Lindy's in Poinsetta red gold. I made it darker on the corner to more splattered here on the edge and then went over the bottom edge with distress ink. I love faded effects.

The flowers are Petaloo and were originally pink but I went over them with Silks glazes in Va Va Voom red to make this dark rich color. So much fun to customize my embellies.

And now I have a special Valentine treat for you. I have a Tim Holtz layering mask to give away to one lucky person.

All you have to do:
1. Become a follower of this blog (if you aren't already)
2. Like eP on Facebook or Pinterest
3. Leave a comment on my blog here

I will choose a winner via random generator on February 14th!

Good luck!