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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Catch a #Cre8time Dream... Designer Crafts Connection Smoothfoam Wreath Challenge


Hello friends! I have been dreaming of having some Cre8time revisiting my newest obsession... weaving. Last month some crafty pals and I tried our hands at weaving {click here to see more}, and today I am weaving in the round for the latest Designer Crafts Connection challenge using Smoothfoam™ Ruled WreathsCLICK HERE to hop on over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see a ROUNDup of seasonal decor!

For this challenge, Smoothfoam™ generously provided 12" and 14" Ruled Wreaths to let my imagination run wild! These brand new wreaths have molded lines and numbers stamped into the foam to make design and layout simple. 

The wreaths come in five sizes from 8" to 16", are round and will not break like the extruded Styrofoam wreaths.

The Smoothfoam™ Ruled Wreaths make design and layout easy with 12 sections divided with lines and numbers... 12 sections on one side, 10 on the other. NO MEASURING... say what??! As someone who is short on time, taking out the steps of having to measure/divide things out is very exciting!!!

I've always loved dreamcatchers, and these ruled wreaths are the perfect base to try out some weaving in the round. So I gathered up a few supplies from my crafty stash and set off to getting messy painting natural twine. 

I took a 12" wreath outside and quickly sprayed it a light teal blue with Design Master Über Matte spray paints in Mist.

I wrapped the natural paper rafia around the wreathform aligned with the pre-measured sections... easy peasy. This part took the longest to wrap the raffia flat and taught around and around {I got in a nice upper arm workout too}.

I kept wrapping all the way around, leaving a gap at each of the section markings where I will use twine to weave the center webbing.

To secure raffia wrapping, I set with some staples at the back to ensure it doesn't come loose. YEP! This is a NO-GLUE project.

Before moving on, I also tied a knot in a section of twin to fashion a hanger on the back and stapled in place.

I dry-brushed the sections in some earthy, beachy hues with Ranger Distress Paints, adding just enough color and giving a weathered feel.

Now it's time for weaving the magical web in the center. I roughly followed a tutorial by Kat from "We Can Re-do It" HERE. The divided lines in the wreath make it easy to space out wrapping to create a woven pattern. I went around the wreath twice to nicely fill in the webbing.

Since this dreamcatcher has taken on a weathered beachy feel, it is only natural to add a special piece in the center of the weaving... a clear resin cast crowned starfish. I had pulled out so many other beads and baubles to add, though I really like the simplicity of the woven twine.

I fashioned a bow for the top with the same natural paper raffia that wraps wreath form.

The finishing touch is tails added to the bottom fashioned from knotted sari ribbon. So pretty!

Catch a Seaside Dream...

As summer heats up here in South Florida, I'm going to enjoy this touch of the beach I have added to my powder room. The touches of color complement the neutral and white paint and accents... looks like I need some new hand towels to match ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! CLICK HERE to hop on over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog for more ideas to deck your walls with Smoothfoam™ Ruled Wreaths! and a chance to win some for yourself!  :) Sb

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Sight for #Cre8time Eyes... Altered Eyeglass Collaborative

Hello friends! I'm so excited to welcome you to a very special bloghop today... a MUST SEE!!! Several creative pals and I gathered to take another challenge posed by the super imaginative Tina Walker. This time she posed the question, "could we alter old eyeglasses"?? Tina wears glasses and she said she had plenty to donate to the Cre8time cause to have our crafty playtime with.

These are the eight pairs that she had and she graciously donated for us to use if we didn't have our own in our craft stash. I was squealing with delight!! I selected pair No. 8 as it was the perfect size and shape for a bunch of metal and electronic junque I have been hoarding for years... just waiting for a magical project to use them in.

These are my blank canvas upon which to create! CLICK HERE to jump over to Tina Walker's blog who is our hostess and VISIONary of this Cre8time adventure.

These glasses have nice sturdy frames, though the arms posed a challenge as they were thin - I had to be creative in attaching bulky items to them as there isn't much surface area to glue things.

I knew exactly what I was going use before my pair of glasses arrived. My whole project is centered around this recycled component that I have been hoarding for years {I'm not ashamed to say it}... saved perhaps for an altered book project with a bunch of other electronic disassembled junque. My hubs goes crazy taking apart stuff that no longer works. I think this came from a pre-historic digital camera or an old cel phone.

I created an eyelid and eyelash with a small computer board and some fringed metal pieces that I can only imagine serves a cooling purpose. The COOLEST stuff is inside electronic stuff.

Combined with some found rusty pieces and old broken jewelry pieces, I layered to create a contrasting eye for the other lens.

I added some color with paint pens and alcohol inks, then I layered and glued items together with some E6000®.

After a couple of assembling fails... creative and strategic wire wrapping was the best method to mount the bulky items.

I scuffed up the edges of my lenses with some sand paper {since I scratched one of them attempting to drill tiny holes on the frame} which added some interesting dimension. Frames were painted with a combination of plum and metallic alcohol inks - easy peasy!

More layering and adding and wiring and gluing... my vision is coming together!

Enjoy all the fabulous details of seeing through my "curious" eyes... perfectly titled by a recycled tea bag tag message.

Please take a minute to visit
the other VISIONaries of the
"Altered Eyeglass Collaborative"...
at the links below.

Thanks for dropping by and hanging around until the end! Thank you Tina for your boundless creative vision!!! 

I hope you are inspired to alter something and create something interesting and new! Have a creative day :) Sb

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#Cre8time New Beginnings... Artist Weaving Collaborative Bloghop

Hello friends! Welcome to a special "Artist Weaving Collaborative" bloghop that I am participating in with a group of my creative pals hosted by Tina Walker. Tina has been inspiring us with loads of woven and textile creations and she gathered a group together who would like to explore weaving. 

I am totally new to this art form and was excited to try something completely NEW! I found this was right up my alley as I could create using household items and yarns and fibers in my crafty stash. If you google "weaving tutorial", several fabulous how-to's come up. I really liked this one by, this one on weaving on the etsy blog, and this one using a clipboard as a base at - which is the one I followed along to make my wonky woven wall hanging.

If you arrived here in the middle of the hop, you can CLICK HERE to jump over to Tina Walker's blog who is our hostess and organizer of this Cre8time weaving adventure and her gorgeous framed woven masterpiece.

Since I am a total novice to the weaving, I plodded along leisurely and didn't track my steps via photos. I found that I really enjoyed this process and that it's so easy, anyone can give this a whirl with stuff you have on hand. The only tools I used was a pair of scissors, a knitting needle and large eyed embroidery needle. The knitting needle came in really handy to pick up the rows to pass the needle and fiber through.

I didn't mount to a dowel rod like traditional hangings - I liked how the burlap twine bunched up at the top made a fun triangular shape. So I just tied it off at the top and wrapped with some coordinating fibers.

Of course... most of my yarns and fibers are my favorite color purple! I have an unopened crochet and knitting kit in a box with pretty yarns/fibers with fond memories of my desire to learn one day. Weaving has filled the need for working with textiles, without all the counting and complicated stitching. I'm excited to see everyone's tapestries and to read and learn more from all the ladies joining me on this woven adventure.

To visit all the other stops of
"Artist Weaving Collaborative"...
check out the links below.

Thanks for dropping by - I hope you are inspired to try something new! Have a creative day :) Sb
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