Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Pins

It's been a while since my last post. I have been busy working on my latest pins. My friend June provided inspiration with fabric yo-yo's. I experimented with tulle and decided it should be an element to my new pins. One of my favorite holidays is Halloween, so naturally I wanted to start with some Halloween Pins.

I am working hard to get ready for upcoming craft shows. The first one will be on Saturday, October 30th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Denver, CO. I received notice I was selected by the Denver Handmade Alliance to exhibit some of my work in an exhibit to be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit will be held from October 15th through October 30th. On the 30th, they will have a Market Day. I will be one of the vendors at Market Day. I am excited to be a part of these events.

It will be a new experience and one I hope to share with my daughter Laura. Laura will be spending the day with me and be my assistant. I look forward to spending the day with Laura.

So, here are pictures of the Halloween Pins I just made. The back have two type of pins, one is the regular pin and the second is an alligator clip. Adding versatility is important to me, so the pins can be pinned to a jacket, tote/purse or used as a hair pin. The decorative centers are halloween theme brads, buttons, beads and buttons.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Canvas #3

On this canvas artwork, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens as a mask as I applied shimmer mist. The frayed flowers were made with muslin fabric; then sprayed with color using glimmer mist and added beads to the center. The leaves are from felted wool sweaters and the stems is just ribbon twisted with bakers twine. The butterfly is from Prima.

This project combined many of my favorites, paint, fabric and butterflies.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Canvas #2

This is another canvas artwork that I created. I used frayed rolled flowers with vintage button centers. I printed the text on the computer and cut it up. The butterfly, I purchased from Prima. This was a fun project.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Creative Craft Nights with Junebug!

When June came to visit from San Antonio, Texas this past weekend, we just had a great time. Unfortunately, the change in altitude affected June and she had to take a nap in the late afternoon or early evenings. Thankfully, after her nap, she felt better and we were able to spend some time crafting Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

June recently opened a shop on Etsy. It's The June Leyen where, among other things, she sells felted wool, yoyo and button pins. Very much like the one I made here:

When we went to the Creative Needle, I purchased a yoyo butterfly maker. I tried it out on a soft cashmere felted wool sweater material. It took some tweaking but in the end I was happy with my new butterfly yoyo pin. I added some beads and was even happier!

I tried the same yoyo butterfly with a linen fabrics, it was a different effect. I will have to try it using different type of fabrics and decide which type I like most. For this pin, I just added a vintage button and wire for the antennae.

June wanted me to teach her how to make the felted wool rose pins. We picked this felted wool sweater because we liked the color, but after working with it, I realized perhaps the thickness of the felted wool was a little too thick for this type of flower. So, we called these our "Cabbage Roses" since they were kind chunky! June will try these at home with a thinner felted wool.

June taught me how to make these paper ribbon bows. They were a bit technical at first, but really quit easy. The key is to measure and mark then its downhill from there. These add a nice decorative touch to special gifts!

Lastly, we worked on a project June purchased for us at the Fancy Tiger. I don't have a photo of "our" pumpkins but I used the photo from Fancy Tiger's Etsy Shop. It's a pumpkin needlefelting kit which can be purchased at Fancy Tiger's Etsy shop. It's really cute and mine is almost done, I just need to finish the stem. The kit comes complete with everything you need, including a felted June and I were felting the orange wool roving into a ball and then into a pumpkinish shape. Somehow June broke her needle. So after I finished my pumpkin shape, including the indentations around the pumpkin, I gave June my needle so she could finish hers. Somehow she broke that too! Too funny!

The sad thing is, I have extra felting needles but I could not find them, I could not remember where I put them away!! So, we had a good laugh and someday we will finish our pumpkins.

P.S. June, yesturday, I found the needles...whoohoo!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bo Bunny Halloween Hoo-ligans Class at Archivers

I love Halloween! So, when Archivers announced one of their classes was a Bo Bunny Halloween Hoo-ligan's Class, I signed up. This class was a birthday gift from my kids...they know how much I love going to the scrapbook store to take classes.

I took this class yesturday was lots of fun. We completed 8 projects..
This is whoo-ligans project kit by BoBunny.

Bo Bunny is one of my favorite scrapbook companies. I love their papers and embellishments. I also like to visit the BoBunny blog for ideas.