Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Make a marbleized treasure box

marbleize smooth surface with alcohol inks

This is one of my all-time favorite techniques to use on smooth surfaces like coated papers, acetate or plastic. Alcohol inks have a funny way of spreading out when they touch a non-porous surface - the ink moves like a little amoeba while it's still wet. Then it dries so quickly in the air, that it leaves a hard line where it stops moving. You can manipulate the ink while it's moving and drying with quick tapping motions of your applicator, and it starts to look like marble. Adding a second or third color blend and/or removes the first color in a way that adds to the cool marbly effect. 

Click here to learn more about this technique and my little treasure box project over on the Bella blog - part of my biweekly #craftyourstash series. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Enter to win two packs of Craft Attitude Inkjet Film!

Recently I was a guest on the Digi Scrap Geek podcast and we had a great time talking about all kinds of crafty things - click here to have a listen

One of the topics we discussed was about products that help a digital scrapbooker try other kinds of crafts. My favorite digital "crossover" product is Craft Attitude Inkjet Film. It's super fun and easy to use on any surface, like paper, wood, canvas, metal, acrylic, glass or craft foam. Just print out your favorite images in reverse, coat the surface smoothly with a glue stick, then peel back the paper liner and press the film on to the surface (ink side down). This film has a soft matte finish, so it seems to just melt into the surface. Use it to customize anything you want with your favorite photos and digital graphics. Click here to see some of the projects I've made with it.

My friends at Craft Attitude gave me a couple packs for a prize drawing - enter to win by June 30, 2015. Internationals are welcome, too - good luck!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A special pillow for the pup

personalized puppy pillow

The Designer Crafts Connection is having a good old-fashioned pillow fight, courtesy of Fairfield World. Fairfield makes great pillow forms in all shapes and sizes - and for the rest of June you can save 20% when you shop on their website with the code AMYCOUP.

I stitched up this little tuffet in just a few minutes with one length of fabric folded in half - it will be nice to keep in the car for my dog to sit on. She's real good about getting in the car, buckling up and going for long rides, but without some extra cush under her tush, she's apt to get carsick. This nice, big fluffy pillow is perfect for absorbing some of the car's vibration and it also helps her sit up a little higher to see out the window.

personalized pillow with rick rack and buttons

I adhered a flower cut from another fabric with a sheet of double-sided fabric adhesive, then glued on Joy Embroidered Letters for her name. I sewed on a couple buttons and a length of extra-large rick-rack from Decorative Trimmings to finish off the front. I didn't want to embellish the other sides because Suzie might accidentally tear things off with her paws as she shifts around on the pillow.

Use the DCC logo in the sidebar of each of our blogs to see what all the designers did with their Fairfield pillow forms. You can also visit the DCC blog to see lots more great projects.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What can you do with wood spools?

vintage wood spools jewelry hanger

I painted some of my vintage wood spools and used them with a wood plaque to make a jewelry hanger. The width of the spools help prevent necklaces and bracelets from getting twisted and tangled. Click here for my full #craftyourstash tutorial over on the Bella Crafts blog.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Masculine scrapbook layout

masculine scrapbook layout lisa fulmer

I got a call the other day from a very nice woman who commissioned me to make a special gift for her boyfriend's birthday - a framed scrapbook layout featuring their photo and the lyrics to their favorite song.

As he is an older man, the design needed to be masculine and bold, which was a fun challenge for me. I kept it simple, but a little rough around the edges. She told me he likes to go to the redwoods, so I used that color as an accent. I also happen to have some redwood bark in my yard, which added some nice texture under the sentiment.

The layers of torn corrugated remind me of a wood fireplace mantel in a rustic cabin, where their photo might be sitting while they listen to their song. I printed the lyrics on Craft Attitude film, then mounted them on a thin sheet of cork. The frame is a 1" deep shadow box, so I had room for lots of dimension on the page. Sure hope he liked it!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stamped fabric and burlap accent pillow

stamp fabric and burlap pillow lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is playing with a fun line of stamps and ink, designed by my friend Ann Butler for Clearsnap. I used two of her 4-1/4" square Background Basics stamps, along with three colors from her Crafter's palette of pigment inks, to make a nice, neutral fabric panel for a small 15" accent pillow.

stamping fabric lisa fulmer

After stamping a grid with the Checks pattern in Desert Sand on cream cotton fabric, I over-stamped the center block with the Picnic pattern in Lilac, and two of the corner blocks in Blueberry.

fusible tape on fabric edges

I trimmed the fabric and folded the edges back, then secured them with fusible interfacing tape. I used a double-sided fabric tape to adhere the stamped fabric panel on to gray burlap. Then I pinned that piece right-side-in against a second square of burlap and sewed 3-1/2 sides with a tight zig-zag stitch. After flipping the pillow cover right-side-out, I stuffed it with polyester filling and stitched the pillow closed.

double-sided fabric tape for ribbon trim on pillow

I had this pretty hand-dyed silk ribbon in my stash, which I adhered to the borders of the fabric panel with double-sided fabric tape. Minimal sewing, maximal cute!

Look for the DCC logo in each designer's sidebar to hop through their blogs to see what they made with Ann's stamps and inks. Click here to visit Ann's blog, too!

stamped pillow hand-dyed ribbon trim

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Decorate a CD tin for a round greeting card

altered cd tin and round greeting card by lisa fulmer

I'm still blogging over at Bella Crafts Publishing, after finishing my 20 Ways to Inspire series of weekly posts. Now every other Monday, I'll be pulling something from my stash and crafting with it - like this CD tin and a big roll of pink polka dot washi tape. Click here for the full tutorial.

Gotta get busy and #craftyourstash, people!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fourth of July tabletop decoration

independence day tabletop decoration lisa fulmer

Today I taught a craft class at my local library - we made this 4th of July tabletop decoration. Click here for the full tutorial.

The good people at Smoothfoam and Craft Attitude were kind enough to donate some supplies for my class! My library has lots of really nice activities for the community and they're all free to attend.

red white blue smoothfoam block lisa fulmer

We painted, we glittered, we blinged - and we had fun doing it! And by the way, this Monday is the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. Our theme for June is party crafts - this project fits the bill perfectly, whether you're planning a big Independence Day block party or a small family barbecue. Look for the DCC logo in the sidebar of our blogs to click through and see each of our project ideas for your next party.

fourth of july tabletop decorations

Above are some of the students' projects. My next craft class at the Concord (CA) Library will be in July - we'll be making a vacation shadow box. The class and supplies are free, but space is limited - you have to click here to register!

Friday, May 22, 2015

CHA Paper Arts Show Blog Hop with KaiserCraft

paper leaf winter wreath by lisa fulmer

Today is the last day of a week-long blog hop hosted by the Craft & Hobby Association to promote the Paper Arts+ Show in July in Chicago. I'm so happy to be part of the hop!

CHA designers teamed up with craft product manufacturers who will be exhibiting at the show to highlight some of the exciting new products coming out this year. Be sure to check out the prize drawing details at the end of this post.

I'm working with KaiserCraft's new holiday line called Silver Bells - romantic, floral Christmas papers (two-sided) in muted shades of teal and rose.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Creating with Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters

love washi tape handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is hoppin' with our friends at Joy - makers of embroidered iron-on letters and appliqués for wearables and home décor.

Always the one to ignore the rules, I decided to use my letters on a greeting card instead. I really like the softness that the dimensional embroidered letters bring to a papercraft project, as opposed to chipboard.