Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Dressed to the Nines" Dress Form Blog Hop

Welcome! This post is part of a blog jump. You should have arrived here from planlady19. If not, you can start at the beginning of the jump here! There were quite a big group of ladies that signed up for Jana's dress form swap on the CMB. We decided to make a blog hop out of some of our creations. There were multiple categories, and since it's my favorite holiday, I had to sign up for a few Halloween groups! The tag I'm going to share with you is one of the tags for that category.

First, I cut the dress form out of chipboard with the TH sewing room die using my cuttlebug. I painted it green since I made it into a witch. For the dress, I used purple satin. I cut out a really basic shape around my dress form, including a "neck line" that was pretty much a square. Then I used the same flame technique used for making satin lollipop flowers, so that the edges of the satin wouldn't fray all over the place. I used fabritac to glue the satin on the dress form, and then used some thin black ribbon for a Belt.
For the tag, I used a manilla craft tag and covered it with paper from K&Company. I used Black Soot distress ink around the edges, then used my crop-a-dile to punch a hole and add an eyelet. I found these little brooms at Hobby Lobby in the doll furniture section (I think) and thought they would be perfect! Before gluing on the broom, I stamped on some Halloween inchie stamps that I ordered online. I used Archival Ink for that, and then attached the broom using fabritac again, since it's got a good hold.  For the back, we were supposed to make a pocket and then include a card or tag with our info on it. I sometimes have trouble shoving things into pockets, so I decided to make mine using foam mounting tape. That way, if someone wanted to, they could easily put something thicker in there, like a gift card.

Well, what's a blog hop without some blog candy??  I will be giving away a package of Tim Holtz embellishments (in the above picture). In order to win, become a follower of my blog (if you aren't already) and leave me a comment on this post. I will pick a winner with on Monday! Please make sure you leave me a way to get a hold of you if you win!! Let me know your username on the CMB or an email address.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Your next stop will be Just Jean's.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Matchbox Swap

I am currently hosting (for the first time!!) a matchbox swap on the CMB. My partner has already received her box so I thought I would post pics here! I found some blue and brown vintage looking paper at Hobby Lobby, its the Ella Blue line from gcd studios. I first painted the matchbox with a few layers of gesso, then with shimmery turqouise paint. Then I cut the pieces of paper and inked them with distress ink - faded jeans around the edges and antique linen in the middle to give it a little more color. I used some trim on the two longer sides, and I added some Recollections roses, bling, and beads as feet for the box and a pull for the drawer.

Inside the box, we were supposed to have 3 stickpins, 2 flowers, and 1 charm. For the stickpins I thought I would try to make a little matchbook to hold them. I used the same paper as I used on the box, just inked it differently. I ended up sending 6 flowers. Two I made using the same paper line and punches. I orginially was going to use these on the box but decided against it. Then I made two blue satin lollipop flowers. They were all kind of small, so that's why I decided to make two more. I made the brown one using kraft paper, vintage photo distress ink, and a scallop punch. I found a tutorial for a Paper rose on Youtube, and that's what I used to make the larger blue flower.

And lastly, the charm. I really like the way it turned out! I used a TH swivel clasp and TH tag on the bottom. The beads are from Hobby Lobby as well as the rose charms. The key charm was part of a set I recevied in a swap. Thanks for looking!!