Hand dye pre-made white clothes from a big box store for a custom look. My toddler loves colorful clothes and especially rainbow colored clothes. The more colors the better. I can never find clothes that are as colorful as she is. I make my own by using a hand dye technique that is very simple and the results make her very happy.
Tip: Often at the end of the season I will buy a bunch of white clothes on the discount rack in a size or two larger. Then when she is ready for the new size I hand dye them what ever color she is into at the time. Right now she cannot get enough of pink and purple. When I hand dyed this piece she was totally into rainbows. Who knows what next season will look like?
Versa Magic® Cloud White and Jumbo Java Ink, Cosmic Copper BRILLIANCE Ink, Fantastix Applicators, ink Blushers™ (Imagine Crafts)
Silhouette CAMEO, CAMEO Cutting Mat
The base is constructed of a navy cardstock with an orange peel texture. This is inked with Versa Magic® Cloud White and Jumbo Java Ink, Cosmic Copper BRILLIANCE Ink applied with Fantastix Applicators and ink Blushers™ from Imagine Crafts. The textured pieces were cut from a smooth black cardstock that was embossed with a folder from Spellbinders paper arts, and also inked. The center section of the house and the background behind the doors were cut from My Minds’ Eye patterned paper that was inked with Jumbo Java Versa Magic® Ink.
TIP: If the piece you are embossing is larger than your folder, choose something with a repeating pattern. Start on on side, and align by overlapping a bit and repeat as necessary.
The accent pieces like windows and doors were also cut from smooth black cardstock and inked. To add some of the details around the attic windows and to the roof, a Fantastix Applicator was used around the edges and along score lines. The three colors together have a fun distressed effect on the house.
ArtGlitter Dries Clear Designer Glue is perfect for working with paper as it dries clear and not shiny, so any small bits left over will not be seen. The trick to a large piece like this is to take your time, and really make sure each piece is well glued before moving on.
Thanks for looking! To see more of the creations by Allie Gower check out her blog or Facebook. I love building with paper. What will I build next? Any guesses?
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Note: Squirrel and Sentiment all cut from Ivory Cardstock and hand colored. The squirrel is cut at the pre-set size. The heart was resized to fit the sentiment, then welded, and a mat was offset for the new shape.
I stamped the large tag with a chicken coop stamp and Gray Flannel Memento™ Dye Ink. I picked this up from a garage sale, and I’m really not sure where it came from – I suspect it is a Stampin’ Up! stamp. I distressed the edges with Peanut Brittle and more of the Gray Flannel Dye Ink.
I cut a smaller tag, and I also cut an offset outline to use as a stencil. You can see the file below, and how it was used.
Make a no sew peacock tutu for your little girl or ballerina in the making. I personally have a passion for peacocks and when my daughter said she wanted to go as a fluffy tutu dancer for halloween I knew I could surely come up a costume. I decided on the peacock. Not only I will love the costume and she will completely enjoy it. I went to search for tulle and I could not find the colors I wanted so I dyed the tulle in the colors I wanted. Cover everything and take extra precautions when you are dying. It can get really messy.
Update 2014: Tulle is now available in most big box stores on rolls in tons of colors. Skip the dye step and purchase them. SOOOO much quicker.
To dye the tulle for the tutu:
Use the colors of your choice and place it in the the hottest water available. Let is soak for at least a half hour. Rinse in cool water and hand on a line to dry. Make sure you do it over grass or us a drop cloth to catch the drips.
Cut the tulle into 6 inch strips that are 18 inches long
Stretch the headband around a full roll of paper towels. This will serve as your form.
Tie the tulle strips on the headband holes using every other one. On the first knot I used one layer of tulle. Then I decided to go even fluffier and an I layered 2-3 strips of tulle together. That is what gives you the super fluffiness.
Instructions for Super Fluffy Peacock Tutu :
I started with one strand of tulle for the first couple of loops and I KNEW it was not going to be super fluffy like I wanted. Ummm, like Gigi wanted. SO, I double and then I quadrupled the strands. That is right I used 4 strands 6×18. Going for the supper fluffiest of all tutus ever made. EVER!
I used the roll of paper towels to keep everything uniform and to hold it during the process. I could only work during naps and daddy was out of town the week I made it. SO, this momma simply made do. Trim strands that are too long.
To dye the tank top, use one of the colors used to dye the tulle. Rinse it in cool water then wash according to manufacturer directions.
I will show how to make the Peacock Mardi gras style mask in another post later this week. To finish off the tutu and tank top I added a flower purchased already dyed and glittered and on clearance.
trick or treat bags are a requirement for Halloween. You have to carry all that candy in something. Why not make stylish and reusable trick or treat bags?
Make your own trick or treat bags this year. You can use an old pillow case or muslin. I am an avid crafter and I buy muslin by the bolt. It is great to have around. For the Frankenstein bags I used Rit Liquid dye. I created the color I wanted by mixing two colors.
If you can open a jump ring or string a button on some cord, you can create easy button necklaces for Fall.
I created these fun button necklaces for Buttons Galore and More – you can click on any of the photos to be taken to the original post for supplies and directions.
Connect buttons with jump rings and dangle a charm at the bottom and make your own pretty pendant.
Place jump rings on small buttons and string onto a chain for a fun, clustered look.
Fun jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to make. These pieces can easily be changed out to match your favorite jacket or outfit. They make great, inexpensive teacher gifts as well. Have the kids help choose the buttons and design the necklaces. Most kids can even handle smaller pliers and learn to make their own jewelry.
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I love making gifts in jars. I also love Potato Soup, how about you?
It’s delicious! Everybody loves soup when the weather starts to turn cold!
I created this popular project for Well Trained Paper a few years ago. It’s inexpensive and easy, and you can save some for your family too.
I just decorated a simple mason jar with a tag, and included instructions, then filled with my favorite recipe. I’m about to stock up my pantry with a new batch, so I thought I would share with all of you.
Quick ‘n Easy Potato Soup in a Jar Recipe
2 cups dry, instant potatoes
1½ cups instant milk powder
2 tablespoons instant chicken boullion
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp powdered garlic
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp dried thyme
Combine all ingredients in a resealable one gallon food storage bag and shake to mix.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes 1 quart.
Place ½ cup soup mix in a bowl, cup or mug.
Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.