Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Faux Metal Finish Wood Letter for ClearSnap

I've been really into wood and typography letters lately. ClearSnap sent me a box of goodies, because I'm currently a Guest Blogger. There were a lot of ColorBox metallic pigment inks by Teresa Collins, which made me think of faux metal finishes. I bought a cheap wood letter and got to work combining the products for a faux metal and textured home decor wood initial. This works really well with my mantle decor, which is a mix of textures, metallics, metals, and glass.


1) Stamp the ColorBox® Archival Dye pad in Wicked Black all over the top of the wood letter. Try to blend the pad edges, so they don't show. The coverage is close to full, but with some wood peeking through. This MDF letter has a low texture, which adds interest.

2) Snap a stylus blender foam stamp onto a stylus handle. Load a stylus blender foam with Gold Shine. Stamp the pigment ink on different sections of the letter, blending the color so it's heavy to light.

3) Remove the two ColorBox® Mini Molding Mats from the Blending Kit. Use Glitz Gold with the hexagon mat and Platinum Silver with the brick mat. Press the mat onto the pad. Press onto the wood. Overlap the patterns and colors as desired.

4) Lay a sheet of paper(not shown here), under the letter. Snap a clean stylus blender foam stamp onto a stylus handle. Load the stylus blender foam with embossing ink. Stamp the embossing ink on the dark areas, blending the edges. Sprinkle clear embossing powder on the embossing inked sections. Tap off any excess powder onto the paper. Fold the paper in half carefully shifting the excess powder to the center. Pour the excess back into the jar. If you have a small bottle of embossing powder, use the funnel in the bottle opening, when pouring the powder back into the bottle.

5) Melt the embossing powder and set the pigment ink with the heat gun. I have an industrial heat gun, which I set to 650. It's similar to a very hot hair dryer, so don't blow it on your skin!

6) Lightly stamp Platinum Silver over the embossed sections, to define the texture. Rub it over the embossing to keep the color at the top.

7) Remove a ColorBox® Art Dauber from the Blending Kit. Load it with Loft Black. Stamp the wood letter edges black. Leave some wood color showing. Set it with the heat gun again.

That's all for this tutorial. If you prefer colors, you can mix those instead. For the colors to pop, use a light background. I like dark grungy combos for metals, and light and bright for colors. I'll be Guest Blogging on ClearSnap through October, so head over there to see everything I'm making for them. Lots of collabs with other companies, infusing my style with products you don't see me use often. Changing it up and surprising you...or something. What ever you make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Monday, August 10, 2015

BAG DIY: Di$count Univer$e Inspired OlyFun Eye Clutch

Ever since seeing Di$count Univer$e's Fall/Winter 2015 collection, I've wanted to make an inspired version of their evil eye clutch bag. I've been working with OlyFun a lot lately, playing with making high fashion and artistic accessories, as a Fairfield World Master Maker. With Halloween season full on in my brain, this was the perfect excuse...as if I needed one...to bring this bag to life in my own way. I went with a pastel coloration, inspired by a lot of Japanese fashionistas and pastel loving artists I've been following on Instagram. It's bubblegum sweet in that creep it's an eyeball way, which is how I roll. Anyway, OlyFun cuts like paper and doesn't fray, making it a great no-fuss fabric for this project. Though it's not sparkly like the Di$count Univer$e bag, it's a contrast and design that I think Elsa Schiaparelli and Man Ray would enjoy.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. You should be comfortable drawing, sewing in layers and close to edges

CRAFT TIME: 1-2 hours, depending on how fast you draw and sew

Fairfield World supplies me with the OlyFun for my projects. They paid me for this project, however I'd have made it anyway. The thread links are Amazon affiliate links. They serve as a color guide for your reference. However, if you make any purchases with the Amazon links, I'll receive a small commision. This goes to fund more wacky projects...and pay off those fashion design college loans.


1) On the Jet Black OlyFun, trace the smaller circle object with the white pencil. Cut it out with scissors. This is the pupil.

2) On the Sea Green OlyFun, trace the larger circle object with the regular pencil. Cut it out with the scissors. This is the iris. Pin the pupil in the center of the iris.

3) Place the pinned together pupil and iris onto the Snow White OlyFun. With the regular pencil, draw an even eye shape around them. For precision, you can create a symmetrical pattern of the sclera (the white of the eye) and trace this onto the Snow White OlyFun. Pin the three layers together. Cut out the sclera with scissors.

4) I used a photo of the real Di$count Univer$e clutch as a reference for the eyeliner and lashes. Lay the eyeball onto the Jet Black Olyfun and pin in place. Using the white pencil, draw a stylized eyelash and eyeliner design around the sclera. It should appear symmetrical, but it doesn't need to be perfect. I freehanded the drawing, but use a ruler if desired. Use small scissors to cut out this layer.

5) Lay the pinned eye layers onto the Bubblegum OlyFun. Trace around the shape, leaving about 1/2" seam allowance and connecting the curves to points at the side. Pin all the layers together. With scissors, cut out the pink shape.

6) Trace the pink shape once on Bubblegum OlyFun and twice on Orchid OlyFun. Cut out with scissors and set aside.

7) At the sewing machine, straight stitch around each shape using the matching thread. Keep the stitching close to the edges of the shapes. Don't stitch around the pink yet.

8) Cut a 1 1/2" piece of lilac hook and loop tape. Angle in the short sides, making trapezoids. Cut two 2" pieces of lilac hook and loop tape.

9) Pin the fuzzy trapezoids at the top center of one Orchid Olyfun eye shape. Pin the fuzzy rectangle pieces on either side of the trapezoids, matching up the short sides, so they pieces curve around the eye shape. Repeat this for the other Orchid OlyFun eye shape and rough hook and loop tape pieces.

10) At the sewing machine with lilac thread, stitch around each hook and loop tape piece.

11) Match 1 Bubblegum and 1 Lilac OlyFun eye shape together. With pink thread, stitch 2" beyond the hook and loop section. Repeat for the other Bubblegum and Lilac shapes. This makes the bag opening.

12) Skip this step, if you want a normal clutch bag. I like wristlets better, because I need to two available hands for most things. I'm less likely to lose my bag, if it's attached to me. Measure around your flat hand. Add 4" to that measurement. Cut a rectangle of Bubblegum OlyFun 3" wide by that hand measurement. Fold the Bubblegum rectangle into thirds lengthwise. At the sewing machine, with pink thread, zigzag stitch the folded handle.

13) Match the front and back of the bag together, with the hook and loop tape together. Pin the outer edges together. Pin the handle in the desired position. Angled pointing up on a side of the top curve is comfortable to wear.

14) At the sewing machine, with pink thread, straight stitch around the bag about 1/8" from the edge. Backstitch at the handle and where the bag opening stitching stops and starts, to reinforce those sections. Use the small scissors to trim away any wonky edges, so all the pink and lilac layers appear even.

Like any sewing project, the colors can be changed to suit your style. If you want something less glam, you can certainly make this look bloody. Instead of eyelashes, Cherry Pop blood drips would look hot. Use a fabric marker to add red lines on the white, for bloodshot eyes. OlyFun takes well to fabric paint, so blood splatter is possible. That would be a cool background. All this talk of making it grotesque, gets me thinking about making a hatchet bag. That would be a handy slasher costume accessory that you could store your ID, keys and money it. Certainly a conversation piece! "The drink is X dollars." "Give me a moment while I find money in my hatchet purse." It could be a thing. I'm going to make it a thing. My daughter wants to be an evil doll this year with her bestie, so it's the perfect reason to get extra creepy this year. However, if you're like me, the eye bag I made will be a year round accessory. No excuses needed! What ever you make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MAKEUP DIY: Temporary Watercolor Body Art Feather Tattoo for Clearsnap

I started guest blogging for Clearsnap, this month. For my 1st project, I drew a temporary watercolor body art feather tattoo on my daughter's arm. I was challenged to use the NCAA body writers, which are licensed for various colleges, for students to show school spirit on their bodies. Clearsnap provided me with the requested Body Writers. Expect more Clearsnap projects over the next 3 months, and hopefully longer. I went to an art college without sports teams, but I can appreciate the enthusiasm for sports and fandom. As a tattooed lady, I enjoy seeing tattoo trends. The abstract watercolor tattoos are a personal favorite, as I'm really into modern painterly styles lately. If you don't want to get this trend permanently on your body, using these body writers and liquid eyeliner, is a great way of joining in for a little while. You could add some body glitter too, for a bit of the metallic trend. Head over to Clearsnap to learn how I created this temporary body art!

BAG DIY: Orange Slice Straw Clutch

Summer is still going strong here, so keep cool with my Orange Slice Straw Clutch over on Craft Paper Scissors. This is an inexpensive project using dollar store straw placemats, fabric paint, and some things you should have in your craft stash. I created an orange, but you could use any citrus fruit...lemons, limes, grapefruit. If you can't find brightly colored placemats, you can dye some natural straw ones any color you desire. Go forth and make your summer a little juicier and fun.

I'm a blogger for Craft Paper Scissors, so I'm paid to create projects and write tutorials for them. Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun for this project, because I'm on their Master Makers design team.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SEWING DIY: Fleece Bean Bag Body Pillow

For those days when you just don't want to get out of bed, but want to seem productive, I bring you this massive Fleece Bean Bag Body Pillow. Head to Fairfield World to make your own enormous pillow for your lazy day needs. Because let's face it, some days you just don't want to be a responsible adult and I respect that adult choice. Secondary choice is to prop this up against a couch and become a floor potato, right in front of a huge TV, surrounded by crafts, snacks, and cats. Not that you've seen that happen in this house...but you can sense it does. Happy Makery!

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They supplied me with their products to make this project. They paid me to make this massive pillow. The remaining supplies...fabrics, thread, sewing machine, expensive college, and years of skill, were paid for by me...though grandma helped with those last two.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SEWING DIY: OlyFun Paint Splatter Play Mat

Over on Fairfield World, I made this OlyFun Paint Splatter Play Mat, for the messy kid in your life. This is an abstract project, taking advantage of OlyFun not fraying like traditional fabric. No hemming needed! I used my freehand embroidery foot on my sewing machine, to sew on the paint splatter. This foot allows me to draw with thread, which adds to the artistic vibe of the play mat. I chose a bright palette from the 18 available OlyFun colors. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own abstract artsy play mat using OlyFun!

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They provided with me with the OlyFun and paid me to make this project. The concept, work, instructions, and photos are my own.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BAG DIY: OlyFun Cactus Crossbody Bag

This OlyFun cactus crossbody bag is perfect for festivals and theme parks. It's big enough to hold a water bottle, money, IDs, keys, and lip balm. The OlyFun is a great fabric for quirky bags. It cuts like paper and doesn't fray, so any shape is possible. It comes in 18 colors, and takes paint well. Cactuses are having their well deserved moment. I've seen a lot of faux cactus projects, so I wanted to offer a new and wearable project to the mix. While I was in the midst of making this bag, I found colored hook and loop tape at Jo-ann. The light pink is perfect for the cactus flower closure. You can see all the colors I bought, over on my Instagram. Pineapples are also having a moment. With my trip to Hawaii coming up in mere days...a pineapple bag might be needed in celebration of a much needed tropical vacay.

Speaking of Instagram, I'm transitioning my photo content into two accounts. My original account is now for more personal life stuff, which lately has been a lot of abstract photos. My 2nd account for just Crafty Lady Abby projects...from process to final. Both accounts are public, so follow both if you want...or just the one you dig.

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They send me their products for free and pay me to create projects. OlyFun is my favorite of their products to play with, which is why you see me work with it so often. Speak of OlyFun, Walmart, Jo-Ann and Hancock now all carry it. There are more colors available online than in store. Walmart sells craft packs online and by the yard (4-10 colors) in stores. Walmart also carries a refreshed range of Fairfield World products including batting and Poly-Fil, in different sizes and weights. Jo-Ann sells it in project sheets and by the bolt online, but in-store, you can buy it by the yard. I use the yards for big projects, my Weeping Angel costume for example. The craft packs are what I use the most often. The project sheets are 12"x12", which is perfect for most computerized cutting machines. I've already tested OlyFun in my Silhouette Cameo, and it cuts perfectly! It's better with simple than complex shapes on my machine, but it cuts well with scissors and craft knives too. Ok, enough of this stuff...time for what you came here for!!!

Some of these are Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made through those links, will provide me with a small monetary compensation from Amazon. This goes to pay for more craft projects.


1) Using a pencil on the Kiwi OlyFun, draw a cactus. It can be any size or shape you want. Keep in mind where you want to add the strap ends. They work better placed at the the top of cactus arms. Using scissors, cut out your cactus

2) Trace your cactus 3 times onto the Kiwi OlyFun. Cut out the three additional cactuses. You should have four now.

3) Using the pencil on Bubblegum OlyFun, draw 3 different size flowers, matching them up to your cactus arms. Cut them out with scissors. Trace the two smaller flowers once. Trace the bigger flower three times. Cut those additional flowers out and match them up.

4) Pick two OlyFun cactuses that reverse each other. These will be the bag outside. The other two will be the inside lining pieces. Using the white paint and detail brush, paint little cactus spines on the Kiwi cactuses. I did a pattern, inspired by my friend Barry Lee's artwork, but random is good too. I have this print of his...for obvious pirate loving reasons. When they dry, match them up with their inside pieces.

5) Cut a piece of hook and loop tape about 1/2" smaller than the width of your center large flower. Separate the tape and place it on opposite flowers. At the sewing machine, stitch the tape on around its sides. Make sure the tape and flower sides match up when put together. Separate them.

6) Match the center flower pieces with their mates. Each one should be a tape and plain piece. At the sewing machine, with pink thread, stitch the mates together about 1/4" from the sides.

7) Sammich the the big center flowers at the top between two matching cactuses. Pin in place. At the sewing machine, with green thread, stitch around the center cactus arm, making sure to catch the flower's bottom. Repeat for the other cactus and flower sammich.

8) Wrap the tape measure across and around your body, at an angle from one shoulder to the opposite hip. I like crossbody bags to hit high on my hip, about where the waist of jeans would sit. Arrange the tape measure ends about 6" apart. Add 1". Write down that measurement.

9) Cut out a long rectangle of Kiwi OlyFun 3" wide by that crossbody measurement long.

10) Fold the long rectangle in almost thirds lengthwise, overlapping the long edges down the center. Pin in place if desired. At the sewing machine, wide zigzag stitch down the center, catching both long edges at once.

11) Sammich the little flowers over the strap ends, so the bottoms match up. Match the flower edges up. Pin in place. At the sewing machine with pink thread, stitch around the flowers 1/4" from the edge. Trim the flowers if needed, so the sides match.

12) Sammich the strap ends between the two cactus sammiches. Overlap the edges about 3/8" inch. Pin the cactus top and sides into place, matching them up as best as possible. Remember the painted sides are the outer. Leave the closure opening without pins, as that's finished.

13) At the sewing machine with green thread, stitch around the bag 1/4" from the edge. Remove the pins as you sew. Overlap the stitching about 1/2" up the closure section, for re-enforcement. Trim the bag edges, so they're all even.

I used the Kiwi and Bubblegum OlyFun colors for this cactus crossbody bag. I think the Clover, Pine, Orange Crush and Lemon Drop OlyFun colors could also work. I painted little spines, but stripes would look smashing too. There are all sorts of cactus varieties that could be transformed into a bag. My bag is a floppy at the top, which works fine for keeping my stuff inside, if it's not stuffed with a water bottle. It add stiffness, you could insert stiff interfacing like the 2 Sided Stiffen Interfacing by Fairfield World. It's not available in stores or by the yard yet, but that's being worked on. Anywho, enough rambling on for now. I hope you all have a magical week making anything...music, art, creative chaos, smiles... Happy Makery!

Friday, July 24, 2015

WOOD DIY: Chalkboard Checkerboard Game Tray and Pieces for Walnut Hollow

Over on Walnut Hollow, I made a Wood Chalkboard Checkerboard Game Tray and Pieces. I used a Walnut Hollow serving tray, Creative Versa Tool, Hot Stamps Letter Set, acrylic paint, Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk Finish, and Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard Topcoat. This game board can be used for multiple games, other than the obvious chess and checkers. The game board and pieces have a chalkboard coating, so they can be drawn on with chalk. I'm loving the clear chalkboard finish, that turns any surface into a chalkboard, eliminating the need for pre-mixed chalkboard paint. I used it over paint, but you could topcoat paper or other surfaces. If you're family is like mine, you'll get a lot of use out of it. I'm going to test it on a beach trip tomorrow with two tweens. I hope it keeps them entertained on the long car ride there. Head over to Walnut Hollow to learn how to make this project!

I'm a blogger and influencer with Walnut Hollow. This means I get paid to design projects using their products that they send me for free. Plaid Crafts provided me with the new Mod Podge formulas to use in projects, for free. They hold up to what they claim to be, which means I'll happily use them in projects. My dad cut and my daughter sanded the wood game pieces for me...but I don't think the FTC requires I disclose that part. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FALL 2015 COUTURE: Viktor and Rolf

Viktor and Rolf's Fall 2015 Couture collection gives us a literal interpretation that fashion is art. I've always been intrigued by their work. Their couture collections are where they explore construction and the artistry of creations. There are many artforms, and clothing is one of the most collected and utilized. Though often couture is impractical, it's a way to showcase your skills in a dramatic display. This collection is comprised of wearable pieces that are constructed to hang on wall, harking to the most classic of art forms, painting. The inspiration uses impressionistic and abstract artwork. Given the surreal concept of a melted or broken framed oil painting, these artistic choices are fitting. While these might not we wearable in the traditional sense, I can see this collection being redesigned for ready to wear. Printed dresses, skirts, and jackets with the impressionist artwork and gold frame borders, in pleated silhouettes. Something softer and more wearable with a nod to the original vision. To fully appreciate the craftsmanship of this work, I encourage you to watch the runway video below the collage.

To fully appreciate their vision, you must watch their presentation.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

BAG DIY: Enid Collins Inspired Wood Box Bag for Walnut Hollow

I love a good quirky bag. I've made a lot of weird bags, but mine don't compare to the queen of kitch, Enid Collins. I'm a regular contributor on Walnut Hollow now! WEEEE! This means that monthly I get to make my own projects using any of their products. For my 1st contributor project, I chose to make an Enid Collins Inspired Wood Box Bag. This purse incorporates decorative painting, basic drilling (for handle and latch) and lots of sparkle. I noticed a lot of Enid's box bags used big gems, so I raided my stash and built my design around what I had on hand. Check out Enid's original designs for inspiration to make your own version.


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