Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FAB FABRIC CARDS.......step into the fairy Garden

At The Gecko Galz Retreat I did a class that taught everyone how to color fabric in fun exciting ways. I love discovering new ways to create amazing backgrounds for my cards and I will admit these ideas were a blast to do!


For this card you take your 4" x 6" piece of cotton and using distress inks in Fadden Jeans, Crushed Olive and Vintage photo you will run it down the length of the fabric in stripes using your blending tool. Then with a wet paint brush add water and let the colors bleed together.
also used on this car: Gecko Galz image, Martha Stewart tinsil yarn, sentiment stamp by Canvas corp, Viva pearl pen in white, stickles in clear.


For this card I used Metalic Crayons by crayola and with a hand held grater I got at the dollar store I grated gree, orange and gold onto my 4" x 6" cotton piece. Take a piece of parchment paper lay down your fabric with the grated crayon on it then add a piece of wax paper and another piece of parchment paper. Using an iron on a cotton setting run over piece allowing the crayons to melt into the fabric. Peel away the wax paper and there you have it.
other tools you will need: Images from Gecko Galz, stickles in Clear, Tulle ribbon


Now for this card I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to color my background fabric. I used Bronze and brown, and graphite colors and layered them on spraying from a close distance to get the intense rust looking areas. This gives a great vintage look to your fabric.
Other Tools Used: Gecko Galz images, stamp by Canvas Corp, May Arts Ribbon, Viva Pearl Pen in copper, Stickles in clear.


Though Alcohol Inks are normally for nonporous surfaces I have discovered if you use the blending solution or rubbing Alcohol you can actually dye fabric in a cool way. I layered on the following colors, Denium, Mermaid and eggplant then squeezed on my blending solution letting the colors blend together. It ends up being very dreamy looking it works even better on silk!
other tools used: Gecko Galz images, Hero Arts stamp, stickles in clear, cream tulle ribbon, viva pearl pen in cream.

Have fun creating with these awesome background ideas and please if you have any background ideas you would like to share comment on this entry I love learning new techniques!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TAG TUESDAY.......ribbons and lace

So I thought it might be a bit fun to offer up a new tag design each Tuesday for my followers and this week I have decided to use amazing products from Canvas Corp to do my little tag!

Shipping size tag
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Verdigris & Bronze
Canvas Corp lace & Kraft paper
pearl button
blue and white bakers twine by Bo Bunny
mini wooden ruler from Hobby Lobby
paper leaves from Hobby Lobby
vintage lace trim
Black Soot ink by Distress Inks
Torn fabric ribbon
Red line tape
glossy accents

begin by lightly misting your tag with your glimmer mist and let dry!
Cut out piece of lace paper to size of your tag and tear top and then ink edges with your black ink.
on back of print paper add red line tape to bottom and two sides leaving 1" at top free of tape. Fold over non taped area to form a flap then adhere the piece to top of tag (this will form a pocket). With red line tape tape down flap. Take your button and pull blue and white twine through holes and adhere to center of flap with Glossy accents.
Spray you mini ruler with your glimmer mist and let dry. Next take your leaves and using your ink lightly ink the edges.
layer on your piece of lace, your mini ruler and leaves to bottom of tag as shown. Finish by pulling strip of fabric through hole as your ribbon tie.
Here is a great little tip, hit the second hand shops to find old evening and prom dresses to cut into strips for the tattered ribbon.

Happy Crafting

Friday, March 20, 2015

FREEBY FRIDAY....... Girls Of Spring

This month I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my Favorite early 1900's China Painting Designs that will be perfect to use on cards, tags and jewelery.

Have fun with them and dont forget to share your designs here!
Happy Crafting

Monday, March 16, 2015

LIFE BY THE SEA....Altered Altoid Tin to The Next Level

So as everyone knows I recently attended the Gecko Galz retreat and one of the Challenges they had this year was to take an Altoid Tin and re-purpose it. So I  was inspired by using a collection of products from Canvas corp and did this little Beach Shrine..


Altoid Tin
Wooden Shrine from Hobby Lobby
Nautical Print Paper by Canvas Corp
Cheese Cloth
Distress Ink in Vintage photo
Sea Shells from Hobby Lobby
Two Sentiments from 7 Gypsies  Paper
Glimmer Mist  in Verdigris & Bronze
Ribbon from Really reasonable Ribbons
Alcohol Ink in Mermaid
Images from Gecko Galz
Jute twine
Mini Drawer pull by Spare Parts
Metal decorations from my stash
pearls from old necklace
E-6000 Adhesive
Scotch liquid adhesive

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UP UP AND AWAY....postcard make and take

This weekend I was at the Gecko Galz retreat and had planed to do this little make and take...but alas and alack we ran out of time so I thought I would do a tuturial here!

Postcards by Canvas Corp
Script Tissue paper by Canvas Corp
Distress Ink in Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers
Archival Ink in Black
hot air balloon & sentiment stamp by Canvas corp
Red line tape
White card stock
Glimmer Mist in Verdigris by Tattered Angels
Small ribbon by May arts
Ink blending tool
Stickles in Clear

First take your 3"x6" strip of white card stock and two stamps along with the archival ink.

Stamp your images onto the white card stock, you will want to use an ink like Archival ink or Staz On so there will be no bleeding when you do your water coloring.

It is okay if the sentiment stamp has broken areas because you will want that distressed look.

Get a piece of wax paper or plastic bag along with a bowl of water and a paint brush

Take your three distress inks and dab them onto the plastic sheet (or wax paper)

Add water to the color this will create water colors that you will use to paint your balloon with.

Don't worry if your color goes outside the lines you will be cutting the balloon out once it has dried

Take your vintage photo and Peacock Feathers ink and ink the edges of the stamped sentiment block.

Next take your postcard and using your vintage photo ink. ink the edge softly.

Take the tissue and crumple in hand.

pull apart a bit and tack down onto the postcard with liquid adhesive

Take your glimmer mist and spray tissue in spots to add a bit of color.

Cut out your balloon

Take your piece of burlap rick rack and add red line tape to the back.

Also place a small piece of redl line tape on the back of your hot air balloon

Next attach your piece of ribbon to the tape.

Layer on the the burlap rick rack to the left side of the postcard. Cut off any excess.

Place two pop dots onto back of the hot air balloon.

Also add 4 pop dots to the back of your sentiment.

place sentiment in the center of your bulap piece.

Then place the hot air balloon in the upper right corner of the postcard.

next add small pieces of redline tape in areas and attch ribbon to the tape to give the appearance of the ribbons floating in the air.

Finish off by adding stickles to balloon for a shimmer.

It is the perfect card topper or scrapbook decor.

Happy Scrapping 

Sunday, March 1, 2015


So this month I thought it might be fun to look towards spring a bit, all of you covered in snow still I know you are very much ready for a blanket of colorful flowers rather than a blanket of white! So I am doing my shout out this month to the digi stamp company POPPYSEED GRAPHICS and taking one of their beautiful stamps, that they allowed us to use, and I am asking you to be inspired by it and Create something in a Spring theme. you can do anything...card, scrapbook page, altered art the only rule is you must incorporate the image below in your design, or you can go to her site and purchase one of her amazing stamps to work with...but it must have an Poppyseed Graphics stamp in the design.

Now if you need me to send you a copy of this image please shoot me an email! Once you are done (the deadline is March 29th) just pop over to the Fripperies and Butterflies Facebook page and share a photo there of your finished project. Then check back here on April First and see the winner!
The winner will get a prize pack of Poppyseed Graphics stamps plus a $15 shopping spree with Gecko Galz! 

Speaking of winners here is our winner for the "Little Bird" Challenge in February congrats to 


Amanda you won our prize pack just contact me at fripperiesandbutterflies@gmail.com to claim your prizes!
Good Luck everyone