Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome Summer blog hoppers!

You should have arrived here from Janell Blog ( if so you are on the right path, if not please click on the link to start at the beginning as we'd hate you to miss out any letters. I hope you are inspired by my project and are enjoying the blog hop so far, when you are ready please hop over to Leslie blog at and continue the fun.

I decided to do a Dress form pin cushion as my Summer project. This had to be one of the easiest projects I have done. I chose a beach theme, but think of the possibilities..... You could do anything with this girl.

Supplies used:

Muslin (for dress form & sash)
Wooden spool
Wood dowel
Wooden sun (from Hobby Lobby)
Making memories (buttercup paint)
Perfect pearls (mandarin)
Small sea shells
Adirondack ink (wildflower)
Flourish stamps
small letter stamp

Stick pins
Two Summer charms
Ric rac and ribbon

1. Cut muslin dress form front and back. mark darts with an air erase pen. Stitch darts. Iron darts toward center.

2. Stitch dress form front to back with 1/4" seam allowance. Leave opening on bottom as shown. Trim points and clip curves. Turn dress form right side out.

3. Assemble dress form base glue dowel into spool, paint and add paper and ribbon.

4. Paint the sun base and glue a light coat of sand to the center. Let dry and then lightly dust with Perfect pearls "mandarin" an add the micro beads around the edge. When finish glue the spool to the center of your base.

.5. With flourish stamp add decorative markings to front of dress form. I also stamped the sash and added some perfect peals to highlight it.

6. Stuff top half of form firmly. Insert dress form onto dowel and continue stuffing. Place a little glue around dowel to hold in place firmly. Add finial to the top of your dowel and glue it in place.

7. Start arranging and gluing sea shells around the base. Then stitch your sash and charms to the dress form.

8. Lastly I glued little shells to the stick pins.

Happy Summer hopping :) Next stop is Leslie.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bind it all WINNER!

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Skull Appreciation Day blog hop

Hello smudged and inked blog hoppers!

As the old saying goes "I decided to kill two birds with one stone"! I needed to make an altered paint can for a friends birthday and she just so happens to LOVE skulls. I must admit that I am addicted to altering these cans and I am considering a self help program. So if anyone knows of a good "paint can addiction 101 class" please feel free to forward the information.

Hopefully she will like and enjoy it the can:)

Supply list;
Autumn Leaves - Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer - Flourishes
12x12 Creative Imaginations - Caution Girl Collection - Paper - Cherry and Skull Paper
12x12 Random stripped paper from my stash
Ranger ink- acrylic paint dabber- snow cap
Ranger ink- acrylic paint dabber- pitch black
Heidi Swapp - Chipboard Alphabet - White
Mod Podge- glossy
White felt (used to make skull and cross bones)
Embroidery floss (two different colors)
Buttons- three
Various ribbons that coordinate with your paper

Altered paint can

1. Remove the handle from the can. (this will makes it a lot easier in the long run when adding your paper and embellishing).

2. Cut two pieces of card stock, patterned paper or fabric 7 1/4 x 10 3/4. This will leave you some overlap at the seams and a small gap at the top and bottom. You can easily split the 7 1/4 measurement in half if you want to use 2 different papers to cover the can.

3. Place a mark about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of your paper and use a 1" circle punch to cut out holes for the handles.

4. Once the paper is cut and the handle holes punched, you can stamp, ink, sew, draw or right on the paper before it is adhered to the can.

5. Adhere your paper to the can.

a. If the paper is lightweight, you can use double sided tape (I like Terrifically Tacky Tape) to attach the paper along the seams. I just run one piece of 1" wise tape up each side of the can, right under the handle.

b. If you're using heavy weight cardstock, or if you want your can to be a bit more durable, you'll need to use Mod Podge or some other decoupage medium. If you use a wet adhesive like Mod Podge. Use a foam brush to apply the paste to the can and then place the paper. I like to slather on another coat of Mod Podge over the paper. You can do this tidily or really sloppy, depending on the look you're trying to achieve. I usually allow it to dry over night before adding embellishments.

6. To create top or bottom borders, or a horizontal stripe around the middle of the can, cut a strip or paper or a ribbon and adhere with double sided tape.

7.I use a compass set at 2 5/8 inches to yield a circle with 5 1/4" diameter. (Be warned, when I used a compass I had an ugly flashback to geometry class.....). Again, adhere the paper to the top of the can with double sided tape or Mod Podge.

8. Once the surface is dry, you're free to embellish your can as you wish.

9. Replace the handle of the can.

10. Tie ribbons or add beads around the handle and decorate finish off by adding a paint key.

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Off to the next blog you go! Enjoy Dawns creations :)

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