Friday, October 30, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop(e)

Sometimes I hear people say that the internet is impersonal. I say that's baloney. Especially, on a day like today, when we have a chance to come together in unified spirit in support of breast cancer awareness.  What a great opportunity to share projects with other crafters around the country for a common purpose!

Hopefully you're not lost, and are enjoying going through Michelle's wonderful Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop(e). If you need to go back to the beginning, please start here. My card was made with memories of my grandmother May, and our dear family friend, Mary Lou, both who have fought breast cancer. Mary Lou died of it last summer after fighting for almost 10 years. My grandmother died of regular little old lady causes in September after being a SURVIVOR for over 25 years. Her picture is below.

My card is made using Papertrey Ink stamps, paper and ink - with a little ribbon that I received from some sweet Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members who were passing these out at a hockey game (of all things) that we recently attended. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it!

To friends and visitors who are struggling with cancer, other health issues, financial issues, and the other curveballs life throws at us - please hold on to those little sparks of hope. Sometimes they are very dim, and lurking in the darkest places. I encourage you to find it and hold on tight. I've been doing this a lot of this recently. We've had several friends and family die or become very ill this year, not to mention my own recent scare with Olivia. Things are tough, but we are enjoying every day to the fullest.  Hang in there!

Next Stop: Vickie Y - -
I had a chance to visit her blog today and it's AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Amy Butler Love:I Love It!

I really am "sewcrazy." (Blog title, duh) And if you read yesterday's vent you'll know that I've been thinking a lot about how I spend my time. I love crafts of any and every variety. Especially sewing and fabric. I've set it aside for the past couple of years as I finished graduate school and tried to take care of some things at home though. I had to leave my beloved sewing machine & tools in Indiana, which I'll be getting out of storage as soon as I possibly can. Believe me, once that happens I'll be sewing up a storm again!

In school, I was lucky to have two friends that were as obsessed with fabric as I was (xoxoxo Jenny & Rachel). We even had a blog! We'd spend the hours of constitutional law IMing each other links to various fabric sites. And I didn't really understand why law school required students to have laptops until then, it's really the only way to overcome the sheer mind-numbing boredom of the commerce clause without shooting myself in the foot.

So I was super excited today to come across the newest fabrics from Amy Butler. It's to-die-for gorgeous. Not only are her fabrics incredible, the patterns are great as well. Click here and here and here to see some older projects I made using Amy Butler.

And speaking of fabric love, check out the great Halloween projects (sewing & papercrafts!) from Heather Bailey and other bloggers this week.

I hope you're week is going well, and that you are inspired to revisit the activities you are passionate about as well!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Glow In The Dark Freezer Paper T-Shirt

Another freezer paper t-shirt made using Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) and my Cricut Expression. The font is Halloween Regular, available for free here.

I used the only glow-in-the-dark fabric paint I could find at Michael's, Tulip Dimensional Glow in Natural Glow. I probably could have used regular glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint, but I really love the texture of these Duncan fabric paints, and it was pretty much a sure thing. The only issue I foresaw was that the paint was labeled "dimensional," so I didn't know how it would out spread thin as I would have to do it to fill in the stencil.

After a little experimenting with applying the glow paint directly to the black t-shirt, I realized that the paint would have to be applied over white paint (over other light color) to work. So, I went ahead and painted in some white fabric paint, and allowed that to dry for about 8 hours. I then added a layer of the glow paint. I'm guessing the glow paint wouldn't need to be over a white layer if I had used it as a dimensional paint. However, because I needed to be able to spread it thin to fill in all the stencilled areas, painting it over white really seemed to do the trick. After drying, I removed the freezer paper stencil - and, voila! A custom glow in the dark t-shirt! And yes, it really did glow - I tested it out in the closet. :)

I might add a glittery pumpkin or witch hat to the shirt. These are so fun and the kids really love them!