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 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 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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Can You Dye Burlap?

As a matter of fact...yes you can dye your own burlap and save yourself a little money in the process.
(I will preface this by saying it was my first time trying to dye anything....ever).
My sister is in the habit of asking me for information or whatever anytime she is working on a project of her own.  She knows that I can usually find things that she can't just because I will look and look and look until I find what I want.
My sister (Christy) called and asked if I knew where to find colored burlap ribbon that was inexpensive.  She wanted light blue, charcoal gray and a lighter gray as well as just plain white/ivory.  She needed quite a bit of it and couldn't find the colors she needed and what she found online cost way too much for the amount she wanted to use.
Brother Brad was on the job!  I found pretty much the same thing that she found...maybe a little less but not enough to make a difference.  Me with my bright ideas...decided to call her and tell her that I would just dye it for her.  That way I could get the natural/bleached burlap and make any color she wanted.  The plain burlap is much cheaper.
I spent the next couple of days researching how to dye burlap and I think I read every single blog post there was to figure out if I could do and how to go about the whole process.  I ended up using a combination of ideas and suggestions I found along the way.
I went to my local craft store (Michaels was my first stop) so I could gather my supplies.  Several rolls of burlap ribbon and dye.

Supplies I used:
ivory/white burlap ribbon (think it was 4" wide)
Rit Liquid Dye (Pearl Grey)
Tulip Fabric Dye (Light Blue)

I would have preferred both dyes to be the same brand but that is all that was available locally.

I started out doing a few test pieces just to see how much dye I needed and how long I needed to leave it in and how long to rinse...etc.

I basically just followed the directions on the back of each bottle of dye.  Almost word for word.
I filled a large bucket with warm water and added the amount of dye I thought I needed then unrolled the entire roll of burlap and dropped it into the bucket.
I let it soak for a few minutes and got my hands dirty swooshing it around to make sure all parts were getting covered.

(side note:  one blog I read said to just leave it rolled up and put the roll into the dye bath.  NO....don't do that.  Trust me.)

In total I think I left each batch in the bucket of dye for maybe 5 minutes max.  I then rinsed is cold water for a bit and found a nice place to lay the rolls out to dry.

I almost got the exact colors that I wanted but for my sister's purposes it was just fine.

I wish I had taken photos throughout the process but I wasn't even thinking that it would work so I didn't bother.

So does work and it's quite easy to do.

Wedding Photo Monogram Print on Canvas

I have been making monogram prints on burlap for weddings and anniversaries and just because for a few years now.  I love the idea and they make great gifts.
My mom occasionally comes up with some really great ideas for me to try.  They don't always work out but it's usually something that I hadn't though about doing before.  So she wanted one of the monogram prints for someone she worked with.  He was getting married and it would be the perfect gift.  Then she asked if I could put a picture on it as well.
Hmmmm.......I don't know....well.....maybe......ok...yeah.  I sure can!
Instead of printing on burlap I decided to use white canvas.  I also used my heat press and image transfer paper instead of printing directly onto the fabric.  I wanted a nice clean image.  
I played with the placement of the photo for a while and it wasn't working they way I had envisioned in my head.  Then I thought....background.....full size of the print....faded!
Bam!  That was it.  
This isn't the first one I made because I didn't ask if I could blast their photo all over the internet.  I used a photo of my husband and myself from our wedding and I also made another one with my niece and her husband who have recently been married.

I have this style print on canvas available in my Etsy Shop.

I absolutely love the way it turned out.

My Mom's Angel

A few months ago my mom texted me a photo that she had just taken to see if I would be able to print it for her on burlap or anything.  
I took one look at the picture and was truly amazed at the pure beauty of it.  Right there is the clouds was an angel.
It was perfect.  She said it was probably someone watching over her and I agree.

My Mom's Angel in the Clouds