Monday, January 26, 2015

Heart Sachet or Pincusion


Create that one of a kind gift that will for sure make someone's day! Make them in bunches to give out as a friendly random act of kindness during the days that lead up to Valentine's Day!










Heart Sachet or Pincusion @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #valentines #day #sew #diy #


Supplies:

    10” square of fabric
    10” square of fusible fleece, I like the Pellon brand the best
    Polyester fiber fill
    1½”-2” x 12” piece of ribbon or fabric

Directions:

1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the fabric.

2. Quilt as desired. 


 3. Cut square in half on the diagonal.

 4. With wrong sides together, using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the 2 halves together leaving a 2” opening on the long side of the triangle.

 5. Clip the corners off close to your stitching and turn right side out, poking the points out with a pencil or bamboo skewer.  



  6. Fill with polyester fiber fill and lavender or your favorite potpourri for a sachet. Fill with cedar shavings, walnut shells or rice for a pincushion. Push the filling into the bottom corner but don’t put much filling in the 2 ends that you will be joining on the top. If you want some weight on the bottom, you can begin filling the heart with poly pellets.


7. By hand, stitch the opening closed. Bring the 2 ends up to meet in the middle. I hold mine together with binding clips. Clothespins or safety pins would work fine. Stitch together.


8.  Tie with fabric or ribbon to cover your overlapping ends.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Starting an Art Jornal by Dana Sanchez

 
Art journaling and mixed media are fun because everyone can do it.  No skill level is required.  Supplies are whatever you choose.  No measuring is needed if you don't want to.  Art journaling is your story.  It’s that memoir you always wanted to write.  It’s that list of goals you’d been meaning to make.  It’s favorite quotes.  It’s your story and no one else's.  

I highly recommend the Ranger Dylusions art journal.  I have purchased cheaper blank page journals. However, in my experience, they don't hold up to lots of liquid use and inks bleed through the pages.  I think anyone who buys this journal will love it. My local Craft Warehouse has a lovely stack of them - and they are just so tempting. I'm pretty sure I need to stock up for the next few years.  
For this spread, I sprayed one layer of  Vibrant Turquoise, moved it around with some sprays of water and a baby wipe (also known as an art wipe). Once I let the blue dry, I used the Dylusions Shattered Stencil with a few spritzes of the white color.  I couldn’t just have one color when I want to play with so many colors. Another benefit to these inks visiting their buddies is that they do blend beautifully. I would advise against too much fraternizing between the colors to avoid an over-abundance of dirty dark brown. 


One way to use these sprays is to layer elements on different pieces of paper. I sprayed yellow and pink on a separate piece of paper, dried it, then used Tim Holtz Distress paint with Tim Holtz Hearts stencils. Lastly, I randomly applied the Dylusions Checkered Dots all over the paper.  The Distress paint is slightly thicker to hold the shape of the stencils a little better.  It’s not perfect, but this is play time. This is learning what I like and what works for each piece I create. This is not a test.  This is art.



The yellow and pink make these amazing dawn colors.  Which helped me know what I wanted to make – a sky.

I enjoy mixed media because I get to use different kinds of supplies.  

Trying new things keeps my projects new and interesting to me.  I'm don't feel like I am really great with a paint brush, but I saw the Niiji water brushes and knew there were lots of things I could do with one.  I loaded it with a little of the Pink Bubble Gum Delusions Ink and water and used it to paint my word of the year.  



Have you tried any of the Wink of Stella brushes yet?  They come in different colors, and have this lovely bit sparkle to them.  They are filled with water based ink in a pen complete with a brush on the end.  If you like stamping, these would be so lovely to add a bit of extra sparkle just in areas you wanted.  I played with the pens a bit to get the feel of them. Once I felt comfortable with their application, I used them to highlight my word and a few other things --- it was really hard to put them down.  



I cut clouds out of the peachy dawn papers, and made a bird from a free pinterest download. The next step was creating a trial layout to get an idea where I was going.


Can you see the sparkle in this picture?  These pens are really easy to use.  The ink flows without much effort, and the delicate glide of the brush is sublime.  The pens are much easier to use than I expected. As a bonus, they didn’t pick up too much of the Dylusions which was an initial concern.

I used: GL Red 029, GL Pink 027, Gl White 000, GL Clear 999.  I like the basic black as well, especially for writing but I didn’t think this spread needed it.

I also used a Uniball Signo White pen.  This is The White Pen - the pen on every art journalers must have list.  Opaque,  it glides onto a dry surface and it will write over matte or glossy gel medium or Mod Podge. There are other pens available, however I've only found them online.  Those other pens don’t matter though.  Craft Warehouse has the Signo - and that is all you need.   If you come to Vancouver I can even show you exactly where in the store.  I don’t work at Craft Warehouse, but I like to visit these pens often and invite a couple to come home with me.


My word for  year is Fearless, because I am going to live and create Fearlessly. Do you have a word for 2015? I’m learning to avoid comparing  myself to others and put myself out there.  I am so honored to share my art journal with you here on the Craft Warehouse blog.  You can see more of  my play with these products on at my blog, Dapoppins.com.    That’s my story for 2015.    What is yours? 

Design Team Member Dana Sanchez


Welcome back to our Designer Spotlight where we feature local artists like NW mixed media artist Dana Sanchez! We love Dana's style and her art completely wowed us when we saw it! We knew we wanted her to share some of her knowledge with our customers and are pleased to have her designing for our store! Here is a little bit about what inspires Dana to create...





How long have you been crafting?
 

 As a mom of four and creative person I've been scrapbooking since 1998 when I decided to personalize my son's baby book.  I searched for weeks for post-bound book that I could add my own pages to.  Baby books are filled with questions to answer and pages for specific photos. This felt so confining to me.  I wanted to be able to add my son's story and all the things that were important to me, plus, I didn't want to be confronted with the guilt of leaving spaces empty.  As three more children were added to the mix, they each needed a personalized baby book, by the time I had my daughter,  I'd moved on to the 8 ½ x 11 albums and started working with 12x12 and I had more than enough of a “stash” to start making a family album.



What inspires you to be creative?


There are so many things that inspire me to be creative.  First it was this need to “remember and save” the memories.  I've read articles on how sometimes it is important for mom's to come out from behind the camera,” But I have to say, with four children born one right after the other, their days pass in a blur.  I cherish every photograph I ever took and wish I had taken more -with a better camera.

These days, as I become more comfortable in my creative skin, I find everything inspires me.  My Faith, my family, bright colors, Pinterest, illustration, new technique videos- my ten-year-old daughter is an amazing illustrator. The scraps and comics she just leaves laying around the house often inspire me and I've created a couple of mixed-media canvases with them.

I have to be careful, I see a different style, or something with bright colors, or something wonderfully altered, and I'm just, “Oooh shiny!  I want to make that!”



 What Craft Warehouse products do you love to use?

There are just not a lot of local art resource options and Craft Warehouse is my go-to spot.  I love walking into that store.  They have lovely home decorating displays to explore, (which often inspire the mixed-media craving in me)  but the big draw for me is the scrapbook and Arts section.  Pretty much everything on the left side of our Vancouver store!  Craft Warehouse carries Tim Holtz, Thickers, Pima flowers and Petaloo, Teresa Collins, and We R Memory Keepers to name a few.  I  love the Tim Holtz Ideology line, and I think both boxes of the Tim Holtz tissue papers that I use in my collaged-mixed-media were purchased from Craft Warehouse when I found them on sale. 

Plus, there is a great selection of wood that can be altered for projects.  My absolute favorite surface right now for mixed media and collage is this 12 x 12 that set in a little box frame.  I can't find it anywhere else, it's a locally made product and only Craft Warehouse has it.



How can you encourage others reading this column?

When I started my first scrapbooks and my first mixed media project I kept telling myself that it was for me, and nobody else.  I am the audience I'm making this for me and I'm the only one who needs to be satisfied.  I would encourage others to make art for themselves, as a way to tell and express their own personal story.   Stories are everywhere around us, in our families, our history, in our day.  Knowing where you come from helps you know where you are going. The story is everything.   Even if we don't have time for eloquent journaling or finding the perfect quote, the story is in the photo.  Once you have your story, don't compare yourself to anyone else. It's your personal story!

I am just a home crafter who has never even taken a class because of time restraints and financial reasons . I've learned as I go, and I love learning new things.  Anyone can do this.  Everyone should do this.

Creating with myself as my audience helped build confidence to start creating for others.  When one of my boys took special mini book I had made him to show and tell while simultaneously reading through it so much it became dog eared- It's hard to describe how pleased that made me.  Or when I made my eleven year old laugh with a story/mini-album I had made for him.  Or that time I made my husband cry...

I am more than just someone who plays with paper- I have lot's of stories to tell, share, and give away.  My Grandma always wanted to write a book, my mom says someday she still might write her book, but I have two shelves of albums stuffed with already written stories to share with my family and cherish the rest of my life.

There are so many ways to ease into this paper-love hobby, so many ways it can go, that there is no reason anyone can't do it and feel like they have accomplished something wonderful.

Visit Dana on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and Pinterest to be even more inspired!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Wood Star


 ICE Resin is a fun and versatile product.  Although used mostly in jewelry, there are many other uses for the product and I had a lot of fun showing you a new way to use the product to create a beautiful Christmas Inspired Wood Star for your home.








Christmas Wood Star @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #resin #homedecor #diy

Instructions:

Start with the wood star, cutting various pieces of paper to create a collage on the bottom of the star.  Once you have it adhered, spray with red color spray to give a nice uniform base to the project.


Cut out Santa, words, postcard or any that you desire and adhere to the paper inside the wood star. 



Also cut out other images that we will also cover in resin to add to the outside of the project.  They also make cute ornaments once you cover in resin, as well.



Mix your ICE Resin and pour a thin layer in the bottom of the wood star.  Use a foam brush to move it around and cover the entire bottom surface.  This will create a base.  Mix more ICE Resin and pour into the wood star and create an even layer of the resin. 


Add your found objects, glitter, mesh, etc as the ICE Resin will serve as an adhesive to hold the items in place.  Keep your wood star flat on your surface, the resin takes 24 hours to set.  Be sure the layer is thick enough that heavier items sit down into it. I have added small real gears into Santas beard to give him a Steampunk feel.




Leave overnight to set.  Then you can use a cream colored paint to give it a distressed look.


Christmas Wood Star @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #resin #homedecor #diy

- Candy Rosenberg

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Craft Warehouse Design Team Member Candy Rosenberg


 Welcome back Northwest mixed media steampunk artist and Craft Warehouse Design Team Alumni Candy Rosenberg! We love Candy's style and so does our customers! We asked her what inspires her to create and this is what she had to say...










How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a child but started scrapbooking and mixed media art about 8 years ago.  When I started my style was not norm in any way, it was 3-5 layers deep, vintage colors and serious amounts of fussy cutting.  There were no products for me to use until Graphic 45 came along.  Finally I was able to truly create what I wanted.  So thankful to have spent several years designing and working for them along with so many other fabulous companies along the way.

 


What inspires you to be creative?

I am inspired by paper first and foremost.


What Craft Warehouse products do you love to use?

I love the variety of products at Craft Warehouse, it is inspiring to walk the aisles but I typically go for the bare wood home decor pieces.


How can you encourage others reading this column?

Never stop creating for yourself.  Be true to your style.

You will love Candy's mixed media and ICE Resin piece being featured right here on our blog tomorrow! Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, visit Candy's blog and her Facebook page to see more of her work and leave her some love!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Ornament Rubber Band Bracelet


There is still time to get creative before Christmas! I love making handmade gifts for my family and friends! Especially using loom bands because I can make a quick gifts in ten to fifteen minutes each! This fun ornament bracelet is using "Dress It Up! Buttons" and is oh, so cute!!! I used the "Vining Leaves" no loom instructions to make it look like garland.





Christmas Ornament Rubberband Bracelet @craftsavvy @createoften #craftwarehouse #rubberbandbracelet #noloom #loombands #diy #christmas


Supplies: 

Green Loom bands
Dress It Up! Ornament Buttons
Loom Hook
Hooked On Rubber Band Jewelry Book by 11 year old Elizabeth M. Kollmar

Christmas Ornament Rubberband Bracelet @craftsavvy @createoften #craftwarehouse #rubberbandbracelet #noloom #loombands #diy #christmas


Directions:

1. Follow the Vining Leaves directions on page 27 of the book. Do the first motif and at B7 use a band that has a button threaded through it.

2. Continue as many motifs as you need to fit your wrist and using a button at each B7.

3. Bind off and give to a friend for Christmas!

* 300 count Loom Bands on sale for .77 each (reg $2.99) until December 21, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washi Tape Holiday Craft Frame






We are here to help you make one of a kind gifts fast and easy so that you can cross those names off your list and get to enjoying the season! It doesn't get any easier than this project!
Washi Tape Holiday Craft Frame @craftsavvy @sarahowens #craftwarehouse #diy #vinyl #holiday #frame

Supplies:

12x12 White Craft Frame
Washi Tape
Vinyl of your choice

Directions:

1. Trim and place your photo inside the 5x5 opening.

2. Add vinyl of your choice according to package directions.

3. Place tissue washi tape around the edges of the frame.

4. Pour yourself a glass of eggnog because you are done!

* 12x12 Craft Frame $9.99 (reg $12.99), Christmas Washi Tape 30% off regular prices, and all Vinyl Sayings 40% off regular prices until December 17th, 2014

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