October 7, 2012

It's In The Bag

BURLAP .... mmmmm I love the smell of burlap and even though it's messy and sheds all over the place I just adore the texture. I have sewn it, painted on it, used it as a mask for misting over. I have stamped on it, Modge Podge'd it used it in flower arrangements and gift wrapping. The list goes on and on with burlap. Just recently got a big pile of it at the fabric store... so what to make???? Well as you can see from my previous post I embellished some pumpkins for my front porch, but I wanted to make something to sell in my Etsy shop so I came up with this gift bags.

Very simple to make and such a cute way to gift wrap something little for a friend or loved one for the holidays. I used my Oxford Impressions Alpha Stamps for the lettering and I found that using black gesso for stamping worked wonderful as it dried very fast. I then used black jute and basted it around the bag to use it as a draw string. Dusty Attic Heart chipboards were painted and papered and strung through the jute just for added embellishment. So go get yourself some burlap see where your creativity will take you. BUT... if your not into making these you can always purchase them at my Etsy store. 

October 6, 2012

Trick or Treat

It's such a fun time of year because people that don't normally craft jump right in with that glue gun and start creating and I just love to be inspired by others. Decorating for the holidays is without a doubt... one of my most favorite things to do. I had these pumpkins from years back and decided to alter them up a bit for the front porch. 

Carve a hole in the stem to insert your ribbon of choice.  I used burlap, I love the texture and it just screams "fall". This ribbon can be purchased in my Etsy store
Next, Oxford Impressions just came out with a new set of ALPHA stamps and their size works so well when creating home decor pieces. I used black gesso to stamp the words on my burlap. 

 Set aside to dry... it doesn't take very long at all...
Meanwhile... the left over pieces of burlap I decided to run through my vagabond to make some flowers so to give it substance I Modge Podged the burlap to black cardstock and then die cut my flowers.  

Last step was putting the flowers together and attaching it to the pumpkins added some black & natural jute to hang from the stem and we have a quick and easy decoration for the front porch. Just a note * I used Modge Podge on the edges of the burlap ribbon to keep it from shredding. Hope this inspired you to get out  and customize some decorations for your home. 

art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.