Saturday, July 26, 2008

Something good out there waits...

Those who know me would tell you I am not a "cutesy" person. Lately I am being won over but some wonderfully sweet faces. What can I say, they remind me of my just turned 8 y/o dd and 9 y/o ds. Shh, don't tell okay? ;-)

Check out "All Things I Love" where Bev has lots for eye candy and a nice blog candy contest going on right now too! You have until August 9th on her blog!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Two more bamboo purses

Another of my bamboo purses featuring Embossing Arts Stamps.

This one uses stamps by Evolving Images
These tiles were a bit larger.

My First Blog Candy!

So you want to make your own Bamboo purse? Here are the two main ingredients needed. Yes, both the tile mat and purse liner could be yours if your name/number is called.

How do I win you wonder? It is simple!
Just add my Artistic Extras Blog link to your blog and leave a comment telling me where to see it.

Don't have a blog? Just leave a comment about my purse and promise to share my blog with at least 3 of you best artist friends.

Seeing as my blog is so new I will use a random generator to pick the winner on (or about) August 15th!

Bamboo Purse Tutorial

By Cindy Cade©

This is probably my most popular tutorial. Should you decide to make one expect a lot of compliments and questions.
We begin with a simple bamboo tiled placemat. Do NOT take the mat apart. Depending on the size and shape of your mat you will fold in half either vertically or horizontally.
Some that are longer will not work out to even rows and will not have an actual flat bottom. The ones I carry are a bit smaller and you end up with an extra row at the bottom which is very handy!
Now depending on the color of your tiles, you will either clean them and stamp directly or put down a coat of paint to stamp on.
Once cleaned and dried we are ready.
First take a scan of your mat. You only need the amount of rows that will make up one side of your purse. Print. Take whatever stamps you think you might like in your layout and stamp them onto a piece of transparency. Cut the pieces out. You can move these stamped pieces around on your template to see if the stamps will work well on a tile
grid and where the best placement will be. If you happen to have a digital camera, I suggest taking a picture of the completed layout to use as a guide.

Now, ink up your unmounted stamp with a permanent ink. I chose Stewart Superior India Ink Black. Pick the inked stamp up carefully by the edges and lay on the bamboo tiles. Hold in place with one hand while gently pushing all over with the other until you feel you have transferred the entire image. Lift carefully. Most likely you will make a mistake or two along the way, they are quite slippery. If you do, quickly remove the spot
with a rag. If that doesn’t work use which ever ink remover is recommended for your brand of ink. Finally if it is already set into the bamboo you can sand.

(Side 2)
Heat set after every stamping so as to avoid smearing.
Now to ad color. You can use about anything, Versacraft inks, oil pencils, markers, dye inks, just be sure to dry and heat set. After coloring the images ad lots of color (well I do!) to the background by applying with your fingers. I used both Adirondacks dye and Archival inks.

Once the coloring is complete dry fully. Seal with several coats of Krylon UV protective matte sealer and a coat or two at the end with gloss if desired drying fully between coats.
To build the purse: This next step is very fortunate since my sewing machine is unreachable at the moment. The mats I use are the perfect size to combine with the child size tote bags found in the craft department at Walmart as your liner! They do make a nice size, not too big, not too small, purse too.

Personally I like the addition of fibers. To add them I punched holes in the liner and added eyelets to tie them through. See the picture.
Plan where the eyelets will line up with the spaces left between the tiles in the bag when inserting.
Lace up the side of the mat. I have used both organza ribbon and satin cording for this. Don’t lace too tight as you want to be able to open your purse! You may begin lacing from the top down or visa versa.
I added the fibers to match (ribbon/cording) and tied beads.
Finally, attach Velcro to the purse by cutting adhesive backed strips about the vertical length of the tiles. Attach them to the tiles with the scratchy side facing the tiles and the fuzzy soft side facing the liner. Remove the backing from the smooth side now and adhere to the inserted liner. This way they will line up perfectly. It is the Velcro that will carry the weight of the bamboo and hold the purse together.
I highly suggest that you sew the smooth side to your liner for extra strength.
Your purse is complete. Make a matching key ring if you happen to have bought extra mats.
All rubber stamp images used for this sample are the property of Hearts In Touch.

Random Thoughts

Tutorials, techniques, tips, shortcuts, substitutions on a budget, yea I love all of these things.
As I figure out what all it is that I want to accomplish here I will be adding some of my tutes and finds from time past. If you are in a hurry for them feel free to join my CC's Tutes yahoo group. With this blog I may eventually just switch it all here. I am not sure just yet.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Flourished Windows

What does one do when they don't have all the going trendy tools? Why they improvise of course! And so I have.

I wanted to use one of my Shakers and Movers die kits, the one with three windows. (I purchased mine from Terryfic Times). Now, I am sure I could have used the window die three times to get nine windows, but I like things easy and knew they would be a great investment so I purchased three of them. Bam, nine windows and the card cut in one run. If you think I am compulsive, you will be sure when I tell you I just ordered two more of these 3-window dies so I can make cards with 15 windows at once. LOL

Okay, on with the card. Having cut the windows, I stamped my chosen image (imagine it has windows too, I see a clear theme here....) called "Scripted Sculpture" from Diva Impressions on an orange/white cardstock. I then added more color with Marvy Matchables #5 yellow, #92 celery, and #9 pink.

Next I wanted some flourishes that are so popular right now stamped on the background but alas I have none. So I took my Sizzix Bigz Die - Decorative Accent w/Flower and cut a piece of fun foam. I slapped that baby on my acrylic block and a stamp was born. I stamped with Stewart Superior India Black. I also cut some doodles from the same die using Prismatics swatch book (also from Terryific Times).

I glued my pieces in place and backed the windows with yellow ochre cs.

Finally I doodled lots of white dots and stripes with my Ranger Opaque White pen.

Is this fun or what? LOL! It was a good Sunday.