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Art For the Home

Art for the Home: Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop!  This month, the team was given a mixed media challenge.  Specifically, we were asked to create art for the home.   The team put on our Mixed Media Boots and dug deep into our crafty stashes and came up with some amazing art for the home.

In a deep dark corner of the Closet of Shame, I found a stack of mulberry paper that I purchased in the late 1990’s.  Do you remember the mulberry paper craze?  I determined that I would find a way to incorporate it into my project.  Here’s what I came up with:

August Linky 01This little wall hanging measures 11″ x 8″.  I created the base from two sheets of gold mulberry paper.  Here’s how I did it.

  • Lay the two sheets of mulberry paper on top of one another.
  • Fold in half to create an 8.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle.
  • Place the folded mulberry paper in the embossing folder of your choice.
  • Run it through your die cutting machine, using the recommended sandwich.
  • Use Vintage Photo Distress Ink to lightly sponge the raised areas of the mulberry paper.  This will make the design “pop” off the background.
  • Stitch around the edges.
  • Decorate

Pretty, simple, right?  I did make one “boo-boo” when putting this together.  If I could do it over again, I would stitch my black lace between the layers of mulberry paper.  But to be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t think about adding the lace until the very end of the project.  So I ended up using Scor-Tape to attach my lace to the back of the mulberry paper.

August Linky 02The focal image is from our beautiful Sew Nice Double-Sided Creative Scraps.  I stitched it onto black cardstock and then layered it with other goodies from Sew Nice.  The tape measure is from our Creating with Vintage Typography CD.   I added some vintage lace, a piece from a yellow zipper, and hand made cloth flowers that I topped with little grey buttons.  Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon ties everything together.

August Linky 03The dress form was die cut from scrap chipboard, painted with chalkboard paint and then stamped and embossed.  I tied a little sash around the waist using the same material that the from which the flowers were made.  I borrowed a great idea from Ginny Nemchak and used a black paperclip to create a fun embellie.  I just slipped my material over the paperclip and added a button.  Easy peasy!

august Linky 04I love the sentiment on the focal.  It says : “Let us grow old like beautiful lace. Cherished and treasured and cared for with Grace.”   See that cute little calendar sticking out from behind my focal image?  I cut that from our Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps.   Even though the dates on the calendar are “off” for 2015, they add a pretty layered element to a piece like this.

August Linky 05I clipped the whole piece onto a shabby chic hanger and then topped it with a bodacious bow tied with 1.5″ wide Black Circus Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.  The I topped this with a loopy bow tied with black and yellow burlap string.  I used the other half of the yellow zipper to make the rosebud.

august Linky 06I had a little bit of mulberry paper left over, so I stitched a pretty panel from the Sew Nice Creative Scraps onto it to create a cute little bookmark.  I painted a chipboard sewing machine, stamped and embossed it and then glued it to the top.  A little bow made with Daffodil Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was the perfect finishing touch.   And, I still have lots of cute images and backgrounds to use on other cards.  I super love Creative Scraps.

Now, pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Blog where you will find sneaky peeks from the other designers’ blogs.  I have already seen their amazing projects, and I know you will not want to miss a single one of them.  Then, create your own project using Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up to the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge blog postYou do not have to follow this month’s theme, but you DO have to use Crafty Secrets goodies to be eligible to win this months $25 digital shopping spree in the Crafty Secrets Online Store.

What’s that you say?  You don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies?  Gotcha covered!  Visit the Linky Challenge blog post and download this month’s free paper and image in your project!  See, we’ve thought of everything?  No reason NOT to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Hello, Friends!

One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting beside my mother while she sewed on her old White sewing machine.  Using newspaper patterns that she drew and cut out herself, she would take one of her old coats that was stained on the front (coffee…she was a coffee hound) turn it inside out and stitch up a darling little coat and bonnet for my baby sister.  Or, she’d take old sheets and stitch them up into ruffled curtains for the kitchen.  She really was “the Queen of the Machine; there was nothing she couldn’t sew.  When I found this beautiful image on the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD, it made me think of her and I knew I wanted to use it in a project.  Then, while out “junkin'” one day, I found a hideous shadowbox for just a few pennies.  So today I got out paint, glue, paper and some fun vintage embellies and transformed it into an altered frame worthy of Mom’s stamp of approval.

Kathy by Design/Sew Decorative Altered Frame 01I thought it would be fun to give you a look at the original version of this altered frame.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 05I told you it was hideous!  Clearly I was speaking the truth. After giving it a good cleaning, I removed the frame back and added a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal Decorative DIY paint to the inside and outside.  The paint was thick and creamy, covering up the ugly gray paint and smoothing out the surface.  After this dried, I dry brushed on a coat of Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, and when that had dried, I sponged the frame lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  What a transformation!

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 04I hit the surface lightly with sandpaper and I love the wonderful vintage shabby chic finish this gave.  I lined the outside edges with this fancy trim and added the little silver scissors and Petaloo Blossoms.  The leaves are made with and old book page.  I tucked a loopy burlap bow made from both ivory and natural burlap string beneath the flower.  I debated adding more to the outside of the frame, but decided I liked it just like this.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 02The hardest part of making this altered frame was deciding which papers to use.  The Sew Decorative CD is loaded with gorgeous papers, ephemera, frames, spool ends, buttons images, button cards and images like the one seen here.  I wrapped a vintage spool with Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon and glued it inside the frame along with a miniature cast iron sewing machine, a miniature yardstick and other assorted goodies.   These are all bits and pieces that I’ve picked up here and there.  But one of my favorite sources for affordable embellishments like this is the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This frame would be adorable hanging in a sewing room…who knows, maybe I’ll even hang it in mine!  Actually, I think I’ll load it up into my ETSY shop, so if you want to purchase it for your favorite seamstress (even if that favorite seamstress is YOU) you can find it there.

Thanks for stopping by,



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