- Start my printing off a template for the collar (here) and cut it out. (use your paper scissors for this!)
- Fold your felt piece in half and pin the collar template onto it. Carefully cut around so you will be left with two pieces that are identical to one another.
- Now comes the tricky part. You want to match the two points so that they slightly over lap. remember that this is the time to decide how narrow or wide you would like your collar to be. (I’ve shown the paper version to see better)Sew the middle piece together starting from behind and ending from behind. Once you feel it is secure, move on.
- Before placing down your embellishments and decorating your collar, plan out how you want it to look. You don’t want it to end up with mismatched collars because you ran our of something.
- Once the placement is set you’re ready to glue everything down.Squeeze a small amount of glue out of the tube to use. Using a toothpick, spread the glue on the backs of the gems and pearls you are using and give them a good press into the fabric. It is better to squeeze out a little glue at a time because the E6000 will start to clump as it dries out and won’t be as effective.
- Once this embellishing is complete, take out as much ribbon as you may need (remember, you can always trim off the excess!) sew the ribbon into the edges of the collar, about 1.5 cm inwards.
- The last step is to add on the snap buttons where you want to, or if you didn’t cut your ribbon too short (!!) You should have enough ribbon so that you can just tie it behind.
- An old frame (from a Thrift store or on a curb side like I did!)
- Black Chalkboard Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
My original framed image contained a matted painting that was timely and old. I took one look at the frame and fell in love with the gold and black trimming. I saw it on a curb, someone was getting rid of it and I immediately thought I would be able to do something with it. I decided that turning an old frame into a chalkboard would be really easy with the Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint that I purchased for about $5.99.
First I used the black acrylic paint to cover the old painting and although the matte on the frame was white I still covered it with black acrylic to have a uniform look. Once this was dry, everything was black and covered up.
The next thing I did was covered the frame in the black Martha Stewart chalkboard paint. I coated it with one layer and let it dry for one hour and then applied a second coat. I let it dry for about 12 hours although it was very tempting to write on it right away, I had to hold off for the paint to cure.
That was it. An easy way to turn an old frame into a chalkboard!
I love this display, the use of the crates in such a creative way. I love the look of crates, they are very rustic and give a unique look. The wine barre is tucked in neatly and blends right in and stands out at the same time. I will be using this to inspire my own craft show display.
I am in love with this apothecary cabinet. I first saw it on tv and called it the ‘Guys with Kids’ cabinet. After that I saw it as a display at anthropologie. I need to get this in my possession as soon as possible! It would be perfect for my craft room because its full of tiny drawers. I will be scouring thrift shops and yard sales for this gem. It is the best way to organize all the small bits and bobs that come with crafting.
- Design your own gift wrap $10
- Design your own giftbox $11
- Design both items : $12
- For the first gift I stamped using a large polka dot background I have and some black pigment ink. I did not aim for perfection because it was really not needed for a gift wrap. I wanted this to look like I had handmade it and not bought it preprinted.
- While this was drying I punched out a strip of white paper using the Martha Stewart Double Edge punch in doily lace. This is one of my favourite double edge punches. It is so simple but you can do so much with it. I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to get the edges distressed in a colour that matched the kraft paper.
- I added some vintage book paper around the wrapping paper and the top bit of the doily lace punch at the bottom portion of the gift.
- I distressed a tag with the same Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink and ran some twine though the top, stamped a small camera in the corner and the recipient’s name.
- My last two touches were tying jute twine around the middle of the vintage book paper and adding a handmade flower (Which I will do a tutorial for soon!)
- I started this with a kraft box so the wrapping part was skipped over
- I took a piece of japanese paper I purchased at the Paper place on Queen Street in Toronto. I wrapped it around the centre of the box lid.
- I took a tag (as you can tell, I am in love with tags!) and used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo again to get the same matching look with the kraft box. I then punched it on both edges with a Fiskars scalloped eyelet punch.
- I punched a small christmas tree in the coordinating colours and added small ornaments with red stickles.
- Lastly I tied a piece of jute twine around the box with a bow and added the tag.
3)My third piece is simple once again.
- I started with a kraft coloured bag
- Stamped on a leaf/fern
- Poked two holes with an awl on the bottom leaves of the image
- I pulled through a piece of red and white twine and tied a bow and added a jingle bell
- I took a sheet of black faux leather contact paper and measured it out to fit onto the lid. I used some cut outs from a Topshop magazine and pasted it over top for a different and unique pattern. I always save nice patterns from magazine ads to reuse.
- I covered the sides of the container in the same style
- Tied a matching yellow ribbon around as well as adding a charm and tag which I backed with the same magazine paper
5) For her other gifts I just took some plain white paper and a plain white bag and went crazy with some stamps!
- I folded a regular sheet of printer paper, folded in half and glued down the edges.
- I stamped two different doily stamp styles all around the bag and made sure to do some off the edges to look like a continuous patterns
- I poked holes in the center and sides of the bags and threaded some bakers twine through.
- I die cut leaves out of silver paper and attached it to all three gifts to coordinate. The cut outs from the centre of the leaves and put them into a wax paper envelope to make a small tag.
- I stamped on the tags for the recipient and couldn’t wait to give it away!
6) The very last one! Once again, simple yet effective.
- I misted some ribbon over a sheet of kraft and the negative of that left a really nice pattern and glimmer on the kraft paper.
- I picked out some pine cones, simply dipped it into some glue and then purple glitter to match the misted paper.
- I stamped a vine pattern onto some paper, cut in random angles to create a geometric look, and once again edges it with Tim Holtz vintage photo to match!
- I tied a piece of lighter twine around the gift and attached the pine cone and tag.