Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oz Themed Mardi Gras Ball 2018

I mentioned in my last post about making a few Wizard of Oz Themed items prior to making the float.  So this is actually the prequel to the Oz Float.

My oldest brother, Bobby, was selected to participate in a local Mardi Gras Ball.  The theme was "Emerald City, There Is No Place Like Home."  I wasn't sure if he and his wife were really aware of all that goes into being part of Mardi Gras Ball.  I was a member of a krewe many many years ago so I knew exactly what they would be doing...basically.  I offered to help with anything they would need and about a month or so prior to the event my sister-in-law called.

She was looking to have small gifts made for each of his guests and didn't want to spend a large amount.  She also needed a Tin Man Heart.  Yes, my brother was the Tin Man.

The actual ball was amazing and my brother absolutely killed it and stole the show.  

Here was my small contribution.

First were the gifts that I came up with that would be for the guests.

An aluminum key chain with images printed via sublimation on each side.  It was expensive and it was a nice keepsake.  I created the design myself.

Wizard of Oz Key Chain
Wizard of Oz Key Chain

I also decided to make everyone a Heart Clock like the Tin Man received in the movie.  This was a bit time consuming but I knew what I wanted it to look like.  I just had trouble getting there.  I eventually did and they were great.

I used plastic heart ornaments that I filled with red cellophane.  I made a small clock face with vinyl and sublimation and attached beads to make it a necklace.

Small Heart Clock for Tin Man

The final item was the large Heart Clock that the Tin Man would actually wear during his performance.  It even had lights!

Tin Man Heart Clock with Lights
And the last pic I will post is of my brother as the Tin Man with my beautiful mom.

The Tin Man and Mom

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float 2018

I recently entered a contest sponsored by the office building I work in.  Those of us who chose to participate were asked to use a decorate a shoe box to look like a Mardi Gras Float.
I am pretty sure they do it every year but I just never really paid much attention.  
This year I decided to give it a go.  I found out/realized about it on a Friday afternoon and was told it would have to be submitted by the following Monday.  Yeah....that's a problem.  I tend to go overboard on many of my projects.
Anyway....I was determined to make an amazing float and have it in on time.  
I spent most of Friday evening trying to figure out what I wanted to make.  I went through my entire craft room and both craft closets trying to get inspiration.
Then I remembered I just made some items for a Mardi Gras Ball with a Wizard of Oz theme.
So I decided to make a Wizard of Oz Float.
It was pretty much all hand made stuff using what I had at home.  I had a few other ideas I wanted to put on the float but I just didn't have the time.  I worked straight through the weekend until around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.  I didn't even have time to clean up some of the minor issues I had but it was done and that was that.

Here is my final Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float

Wizard of Oz Themed Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float

Wizard of Oz Themed Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float

And here are the other 2 entries with the final result.
I won!
1st Prize to Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Burlap Ruffle Wreaths

I recently had a request for a couple of burlap ruffle wreaths and of course I said no problem at all.  Ha!  I have made burlap wreaths just not the this particular type because for some reason I couldn't make it work the way I saw in several tutorials.  

I went out and gathered all of the necessary materials and probably watched/read 10 different tutorials on how to make them and just could not wrap my head around the concept.  I found one tutorial that said that it was so easy that it could be done in under 30 minutes.

Well, I am a bit picky with the way my wreaths look in the end so I tend to take longer just because that is what I do.

Anyway, after spending almost an entire weekend trying to figure out how to make it work for me......I was finally able to get one completely wrapped.  The problem....she wanted 2 identical wreaths for her double doors.   Yay!  

I was finally able to get them both done to my liking and they actually look pretty good.  I then decided that I would make another one for my mom but with different colors.

So the first photos are the 2 original wreaths that I made.  I also made the bows myself.  I just used a wired chevron print burlap ribbon that I attached to red burlap that I already had in my stash.
(These will be the ones with the letter "F")

My mom's wreath has a beautiful peacock feather ribbon with a robins egg colored burlap that I just happened to have in my stash.

The last couple of photos are follow up wreaths for a few people that saw the first ones I made and just had to have one.  I very rarely, if ever, so no.

I have gotten quicker with the burlap wrapping by still no where near 30 minutes.  

My customer sent me a photo of her wreaths on display.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Collection of Sublimation Coasters I Have Designed

I am really bad at not updating this space often enough so when I do take the time to do it...I have so much to share.  
This is going to be just images of hardwood coaster sets I have designed and made as per specific requests as well as random things that I think about trying.

I do have a section in my Etsy Shop for my Coasters....stop by and check it out and I can do custom designs for pretty much anything you need.

I do all my layout and designing in Photoshop.  I am not super great but getting better.
UL Ragin Cajuns Coaster Set 1

For both of these sets (UL Coasters) I really played around with textures and shading just to see how it would turn out.

UL Ragin Cajuns Coaster Set 2 

This was actually the first set I made as a special request from my mom for a former boss lady.
Chicago Bears Coaster Set

Superman Coasters

Batman Coaster Set

LSU Tigers Coaster Set 1

The first design is one that I made for a reverse decoupage platter I made a year or so ago and looks equally amazing on the coaster with the sublimation printing.

LSU Tigers Coaster Set 2

Jesuit High School Coasters

Mount Carmel Academy Coasters

Not My Circus Not My Monkeys Coaster Set

This next set was lots of work but well worth it in the end.  The young lady pictured is a former co-worker and she wanted something different as a gift for a guy.  At the time I was hooked on Polaroid frames I found working with Photoshop so this is what I created for her.  Even down to the fake sharpie hand written info on the bottom of each.  They were pretty great.
Polaroid Frame with Wood Panel Photo Coasters

I used one of my favorite wedding photos just to see how the image would come out with the sublimation process.....and great was the answer!

USMC Eagle Globe Anchor Coasters

The OHIO Coaster Set started out as a burlap print if memory serves.  My mother-in-law then requested coasters as well as a coffee mug.
OHIO Coaster Set

New Orleans Pelicans Coaster

New Orleans Saints Coaster

A couple of Halloween Designs I came up with for some reason.
Halloween Coaster Set

Skulls and Argyle Coaster Set

Christmas Knits Coasters (kinda cute)

A Christmas Story Coaster Set (I just had to do it)

This last set started out as a background I made in Photoshop and changed the colors and made a beautiful set of Christmas Coasters.
Christmas Ornaments Coaster Set

Christmas Ornaments Coaster Set

Christmas Ornaments Coaster Set

Latest Canvas Print added to my Etsy Shop

In This House We Do Star Wars
11x14 Canvas Print
Currently Available in my Etsy Shop

My husband had sent me a similar design but it was just a flat image.  It looked great but I thought it needed a different take to go along with the theme of the print.

I played around with the lettering and was able to get a scrolling text effect....somewhat.  I added the space background and changed the font color and the print just came to life...at least for me.

It is printed on heat transfer and then applied to white canvas via heat press.

In This House We Do Star Wars Canvas Print

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentines Day Conversation Hearts Print

Here is another print that I had before and thought that it needed a little work.  I love the original idea and print that I made but I wanted to step it up just a bit.
Over the past several months I have been teaching myself how to use and become comfortable with Adobe Photoshop.  And that is precisely what lead me to make the new and improved Conversation Hearts Print.
The complete image with the hearts and sayings and backgrounds were are done with Photoshop and various layers and textures, etc.
I was a tedious process but the result is pretty amazing.
I also have it set up to be able to change the sayings per customer request.  Change one or all of them.   Doesn't matter.  I can be done relatively quick. I also used different background colors to provide a few options.
They almost look like real candy hearts....at least to me they do.

Conversation Hearts with Blue Background

Conversation Hearts with Green Background

Conversation Hearts with Pink Background

Conversation Hearts with Purple Background

Conversation Hearts with Yellow Background
This print is currently available in my Etsy Shop.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Burlap Print

My Mardi Gras Burlap Print is a remake on an item I already had in my shop.  Instead of printing directly onto the burlap I am using my heat press which gives a much deeper and vibrant color.

The print comes in an 11x14 Frame (varies slightly but always black) with an 8x10 mat.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Burlap Print