Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Swimsuit for Ruby's AG Doll

Back when Ruby was born we were given this swimsuit as part of a "beach themed" baby gift.  Since Ruby was born in March the "pickins were slim" said the gift giver. The bikini was a size 6X and way to teeny in the material department.   (I prefer my daughters swim bottoms with more coverage!)  Still I put it away in a drawer till today when it was decided Crystal (Ruby's AG doll) needed a suit.  Time for a quick little refashion!
 Original Swimsuit
The top required only removing a 5 inch strip from the original's back and then sewing it back together.  For the doll bottoms I cut off the front portion of the suit by the strings and past the lined crotch.  I sewed the sides in and then stitched the remaining strip up and over.  Crystal's new suit on left - leftover material on right.
AG Swimsuit Refashion
And here's Crystal in her new suit!  She's cute and still covered.
AG Swimsuit Refashion
Seems like quite sometime since I've done any sewing on this blog but believe me I've been at the machine.   I'm working towards a few craftshows and time is a flying!   Summer always seems that way.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Paper Spiky Flower Tutorial

 Here's another tutorial I created for Paper Studio.  A fun "spiky" paper flower that would work well on a wreath or in place of a bow on a present.
Spiky Flowers
Let's get started.
Step 1: Gather you supplies.  I used the following:
Double sided paper 1 1/2" x 12"
Zips (clear adhesive lines)
Supplies for Spiky Flower
Step 2 : Score down the middle the full length of your paper strip. My paper piece was 1 1/2" so I scored at 3/4".
Spiky Flower Step 1
Step 3: Fold paper strip in half along score line.  Cut along the fold at a 45 degree angle 1/4" strips.  Leave at least an 1/8" along the bottom uncut.
 Spiky Flower Step 2
Step 4:  Apply Zips adhesive to one side of your still folded and cut paper along that bottom 1/8".
 Spiky Flower Step 3
Step 5: Start rolling round and round your cut paper strip while unrolling your zips backing.  (Here's a view of the backside while doing this.)
 Spiky Flower Step 4
Step 6:  Finish going round and firmly press flower base. 
 Spiky Flower Step 5
Step 7:  Your flower will look a bit stiff and squat till you "fluff" the petals.  Do this by gently opening the petals along the score lines with your fingers.
 Spiky Flower Step 6
Finished Spiky Flower!
Spiky Flower Step 7
There are lots of possibilities with all the different colors, thicknesses and lengths of paper choices available.   So happy flower making! - Misty

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Embossing on Epiphany Crafts Vintage Setting

The following is a tutorial I made for a posting on the Paper Studio blog a few days ago.   I love the finish it creates so I'm sharing it here now.
You can emboss on Epiphany Crafts Vintage Settings to give them a gilded antiquity or metallic look. 

Here's how...
Epiphany Crafts Embossing Tutorial
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
I used the following:
Epiphany Crafts Vintage Settings - Cabana
Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Snap Tray
Embossing Tool
 Epiphany Crafts Embossing Tutorial
Step 2: Ink the top surface of your Epiphany Crafts Vintage Setting with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink. 
 Epiphany Crafts Embossing Tutorial
Step 3:  Place inked Epiphany Crafts Vintage Setting into Snap Tray and cover the inked surface with embossing powder.  Lightly tap off excess into Snap Tray.  Place Vintage Setting aside and pour remaining embossing powder back into original container. 
 Epiphany Crafts Embossing Tutorial
Step 4: Emboss the Epiphany Crafts Vintage Setting with an Embossing Tool or similar heat gun.  Make sure your Vintage Setting is on a nonflammable hard surface before embossing and let to cool a few minutes following the embossing.
Epiphany Crafts Embossing Tutorial
Step 5: Admire the beautiful new gilded look!  From pretty to antiquity! 
Here's my finished card.
Epiphany Crafts Card
It's so much prettier in person.   The colors didn't photogragh as well as I'd hoped.  Here's the list o' ingredients.
Epiphany Crafts Card Ingrediants
This is really easy to do.  So try a little embossing on your Epiphany Crafts Vintage Settings for a truly stunning effect!
 I'm thinking I've probably lots of crafting items in my stash I could emboss on, I'm going to go digging now.
Happy Embossing! - Misty
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