Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Steampunk Boots

Altered Boots???  What a great Father's Day Gift:o)
 
Ya, I was inspired!  One of the ladies I work with at Scrapbooker's Paradise created one of these altered boots and it's a pen holder for a desktop.  Hers is so adorable in hot pink, with pretty pink papers and pearls.  It was all the buzz at the till yesterday.  So, it got me uber inspired and wanting to make a Steampunk one!
 
 
 
The boot is a little kids boot size 8 I picked up at the Thrift Store this morning.  I removed the laces and scuffed the patent leather to distress it!  Takes out the shine:)
 
 
I had a hard time locating a tube for the pens.  I tried juice tins, too big...toilet paper rolls, too small.  Off to Home Depot where I hit the plumbing isle with my pint size boot!  I found some pipe insulation, dirt cheap, $2.49 for 6ft.  I found the 1 1/2" fit the best.  Easy Peasy to cut too!
 
 
I didn't want paper to wrap these insulation tubes so out came a sheet of oven liner:)

 
Once I cut my strips I embossed.  TIP; Cutting a slit (leaving about 1/4" on the ends) in the top of your folder allows for this long piece to be embossed.  Tags too!

 
I wrapped and hot glued the embossed liner to the tube.  But I curled the tongue of the boot down and that needed a little embossing too.  Then I grabbed some great metal embellishments!  Just use what you have and keep that hot glue hot!
 
 
Be sure to have lots of hot glue sticks! Here is my finished boot!

 
I attached a few strips of Film Strip Ribbon to add some layer and break up the embossing.  I added a clock to the tongue to fill in the space.
 
 
I LOVE this pocket Watch.  It's another great element and focal point.   I layered the mini sprockets, an enamel tag with inspirational words and the key to the mini lock!  I picked up these wee locks at the $1 Store.

 
The pocket watch is attached with a swivel clip.  It's so masculine these 2 pieces together.
 
 
To minimize the insulation tube I attached some tinsel to the top, heat embossed for a distressed look then added a little bit of Black Soot Distress Paint.  This softens the tinsel.

 
I grabbed some of the hinges attaching with the brads to the boot eyelets.  All the while applying hot glue!


The toe of the boot was missing something. So, attaching this pull label with some inspirational Word Rubs just finished the boot off. 

 
My hubby will be getting this for either Father's Day or his birthday a couple weeks after?  What a great addition to his desk at work...If I can wait!  The best part...I have a second boot to make another one:)
 
Thanks for checking out my Steampunk Boot.  I know I was inspired when I saw the altered boot;)  I hope it inspires you.  

Simon Says is having a challenge starting with the Letter S!  I think my Steampunk Boots fit the challenge;). 
 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Father's Day Pin Stripe Card

It's a Tag...it's a Card and it's a Pin Striped Suit! 
 
A very Masculine card just in time for Father's Day.  The best part, this card has a very Vintage feel.  To achieve this tag turned card you'll need a #10 Tag folded in half.  Cut a piece of black soot distress paper to match the front of the folded tag.  I scored the black paper at 1/4" then sanded to create the pin stripe.  Be sure to line the stripes of the pocket to the stripes of the suit.  The pocket is hand cut and I used the Torn Notebook for the top of the pocket.
 
Fold the "Lapel" back to expose the "shirt", then simple stamp.  I stamped a compass stamp.

 
Add some brads and the swivel clip and attach to your clock.  You want that Pocket Watch feel.

 
I little strip of Film Strip Ribbon pops the pocket and tuck in your clock adhering with a glue dot.  Attach the pocket with the tiny attacher and then add a pen nib.

 
A simple card just in time for Father's Day.  I adore this Suit Card!  Check out Simon Says Challenge Blog and add your Father's Day project! 
 
Hoping this inspires your Father's Day crafting.  This one is going to my guy for Father's Day;)
 
 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Assemblage Clock

I really adore this Tim Holtz Crafty Clock! Taking something as cool as a Vintage Clock and being able to craft with it is truly inspirational!  I haven't seen much out there though when looking for these crafty clocks.  For this I was pretty much on my own and dug through my tin of Curiosities for inspiration.
 

I started with rusting.  I considered alcohol inks but since I am putting this in my Media room I needed it to rust to go with the other rusty things I have.
 


You can coat the clock with 2 coats of the iron paint but I wanted it to be streaky so I only did one.  Once the clock was layered I added the rust activator to get it rusting.  Apply until desired effect. Don't worry if you go onto the glass...I liked this look. 


I used oven liner for the back of my clock. I pressed down on the sides of the clock backing to get my impression then cut!  this will be the base for my design.


Once you have the back cut I used my embossing folder to create texture.


Using the new Distress Paints and Stains I layered one at a time heating and sanding between layers.


Sand until you get the amount of distressed look you want.


There's those new rub on's again!  I wasn't sure if I would like this look but it really works for me.  It's subtle, just what I wanted.


You can see in the back the embossed and inked oven liner.  It really helps the layers pop! 

Can I just say the Enamel Tags are my new Fave!  Adding the rub on's to the tag and to the little metal frame is so great in small spots.  The sprockets are attached with the Tiny Attacher and a strip of Film Ribbon. The gent leans on the lantern as if to hold it. 


This Brit is a fantastic stamp, perfect for my clock.  I stamped onto grunge board with Black Archival then cut him out.  I popped him with a little Rock Candy but just on the black parts. 


For the lantern I modified the back, punching a hole.  Then I attached the battery pack on with Velcro.  This way the pack doesn't sit on my shelf...nice and hidden.


It's a bit grainy because of the dark however the lantern is on!



I was challenged to come up with something unique for this Clock...I hope I didn't disappoint:)

I'm excited to add this clock to my Media, along with some of the other cool things I have down there. I picked up another clock too!  Halloween anyone?  I thought I'd play along with Simon Says and enter this into their challenge blog:)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope this inspired you to make a clock of your own! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

12 Tags of 2013- May Tag



WOOHOO THIS TAG WON FOR MAY'S TAG!!!!




Were you on Facebook?  Did you see what I picked up? 

I only got 2 out of the 3 Rub sets and maybe I'll add the number rubs?  I really love the Enamel Tags so I was excited to add them to my collection.  I'm not a rub fan and I took to Facebook to ask about them.  I got the hang of it after one floating finger (see below) and I would use these again.  But I don't think all the time.  They were cheap just how I like my crafts;p


OK no Mona for me.  I've never been a fan of her smile and when I was at the Louvre last year and saw her for real...she still didn't do much for me.  But LOVE my new Gent from the Paris Memoir set.


See... floating finger below to the top left of the balloon.  Once I took the back sheet off it got easier.


I used the stains (I just started collecting them) and inks I have on hand.  I love combining the stains and inks.  MESSY!


I wasn't going to stress about some exposed manila tag where the stain didn't catch.  That's where the ink can fill it in.  The resists is a big plus for these little rubs!


See how crafty I am, I lined the Gent up to hold the Balloon with his hand.  This is why the floating finger happened.


Now that the Gent is holding my balloon I stamped the chicken wire randomly. 


I only have a few Alcohol Inks.  I don't use them often so I grabbed the first one I saw.  This Enamel tag is fantastic!


Now for those little word rubs.  I do like words and I kinda rubbed at will!


My finished Tag!



I stamped the Gent half on the rub...cool!


Look, he's holding the balloon! 

It's kinda hard not to go rub nuts.
 
Pounding the brads is always a good time.
 
 
My tag all pulled together
 
 
Using the Rubs in the end was pretty cool.  I really love anything that acts as a resist and this is really accomplished using these.  I would saying adding these to your stash (I'm a newbie) is good and they are really inexpensive.  It was a good "New" technique I would have otherwise overlooked.
 
Thanks for looking!  Onto June... 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Vintage Camera Card

Say Cheese!
 
If you know my blog then you know I love Easel cards.  I love to load and layer cards and the Easel card is perfect for staying upright. 
 
I love the new TH Travel/ Compass embossing folder set and it's perfect for this 5x5 Easel card. 

 
I inked grunge with my daubers and distressed for the worn out Vintage Camera die.  For an added layer I inked a little piece of acetate with alcohol inks.  This way you can see the embossing!

 
Once the Easel is open there's more stamped grunge with the camera from Travel Blueprint. the new Mini Film Strip is a perfect layer along with the film strip ribbon.  I love all these layers together.

 
I have a back log of crafts to post.  I'm a busy girl with 3 kids and a husband that travels.  I'm still around though;)  Thanks for popping in crafty peeps.  I'll post again soon. 
 
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