Mixed Media Denim Jacket – Life is Art

Painted denim jacketWho of us does not have a plan denim jacket sitting in their closet just screaming to be “arted up.” This funky denim jacket was the funnest project I have done in a while. Using products by Jacquard, I created this colorful wearable to wear to the upcoming CHA show in Chicago.

Painted sleeve
I knew that I want some portion of the jacket to painted, so I started out painting the back part of the sleeve Neopaque white. This will serve as a great blank canvas for stamped images etc. I outlined the sleeve seams with Lumiere in Metallic Turquoise.

Stamped sleeveSo here goes the stamping with pigment ink in black (which can be heat set with an iron set on low). I choose a script stamp and stamped several times across the sleeve to get a subtle, yet bold effect.

Painted backPainting the rest of the jacket, I decided to sort of dry brush the colors on so that the denim shows through the paint. This creates a graffiti effect. I chose Lumiere Metallic Magenta for the back. I picked different colors for the other parts of the jacket including Lumiere Citrine (my personal fav) and Metallic Silver in addition to the Neopaque white and Lumiere Metallic Turquoise. It made for a super funky color palette.

Applique birdsTo add the applique birds, fuse fabrics from your stash onto some fusible webbing. Paper side up, die cut birds using the Birds with wing die by Sizzix. I cut my birds using a big shot machine. Make sure your birds are going the direction you want them to, which in this case is towards each other. In this case, one bird is cut paper side up and one paper side down. Peel off paper backing and fuse to top of jacket in place. I used teardrop shaped black wool felt wings which were also fused in place. Make sure you paint the background in the color you would like to use which in my case was lovely Lumiere Citrine Green.

Sentiment on jacketThese days, my favorite quote is “Art is Life and Life is Art.” Well- using the Serif Essential Font by Sizzix I chose (and love), all that was not going to fit, So I just went with the first half of the inspiring quote. I die cut the appropriate letters from fused black wool felt, which ALWAYS must be cut out paper side up!   

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Back to the jacket- I used my sewing machine and thread to stitch the squares, letters, birds and wings in place. Make sure you get the needle for your machine appropriate for sewing through denim. I broke five needles during this process!

Here is a full view of the back of the jacket…

Art jacket 1The front turned out nice too, here is my fav detail…

Art jacket 3

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Live Life Creatively,


Make Spring Cupcake Toppers

Cupcake Topper Ideas

cupcake toppers

We love to throw a party around this house and my 8 year old daughter is no exception. When her birthday rolls around each year, she’s full to the brim and overflowing with ideas. Thankfully she’s old enough now to help carry out some of her party planning details. 🙂

This year we decided to throw a “Spring Fling birthday picnic” and for the cake and cupcake decorations we made butterfly picks.  It couldn’t have been more simple. I set her down with some pretty papers we  chose , a butterfly punch, toothpicks, medium wooden skewers, and double sided tape. While I baked cake, she punched, and while the cakes cooled we taped.

After everything was frosted and assembled, she topped all the cupcakes and I did the cake. They turned out just as cute as we had hoped.

the birthday cake