Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ribbons, Lace & Trimmings ... Plus WOYWW165

     I've been putting together the newer templates for the Arashi Paper dolls I got from another fangirl but had to stop in the middle of doing so... the template gets smaller. heheheh. Anyway here's my desk for the week...

Noting much going on on my desk. Head on to Julia's blog Stamping Ground to snoop at other crafter's desk. Oh by the way did I mention I hoard notebooks too? I bought some vintage looking lace and some trimmings... I'm starting an etsy shop soon and since I'm not that too confident with the stuff that I make, I decided to sell supplies first... so watch out for it... I also gave in to glitter. See those little tubes? Yes I bought glitter. I never really liked using glitter unless they're glitter glue. I don't like the little specks sticking in my hand. :p

Here's a sneak peek of the lace and trimmings I intend to sell soon...

More to come... Ribbons and buttons next...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Giveaway I soooooo want to win!

     I have never won in any raffle. I think I'm jinxed when it comes to that.  But I never stopped joining. I still hope that one day I might get lucky.
     That's why I'm joining  Ingvild Bolme's  HUGE giveaway of prima products! She's doing the give away in celebration of her new blog design. How cool is that? Check out what's up for grabs?

See? Now who wouldn't want those? I absolutely want the knife and the papers...
Now it's up to chance.. I hope my luck's gonna change...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WOWW 164 & Beaded Flipflops

     I was so excited for this week's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday that I kept on refreshing my browser and checking out Julia's blog. But then I realized that I haven't even thought of what to make  today.
     Then I realized I have put off doing the beaded flipflops that I used to sell. So what better way to join this week's WOWW other than "showcasing" these flipflops.
     Before that, here's a glimpse of my desk...

     Now before you go on saying that my desk is "clean"...  I actually just cleaned it when I remembered I needed a picture for WOWW. To compensate, let me show you the other side of the desk...

     See... the "REAL" desk is right there.
     Now on to the flipflops.  It was actually one of my students who taught me how to make this. They were wearing these during their review for the Local board and I was so fascinated by them. I asked how  she made them and she willingly taught me how.  I ended up selling a bunch during Christmas. Since it's still summer on other parts of the world ( it's rainy on our side), here's something you could do and show off at the beach.
     So here's how I did it...

What I used:

     Old flipflops
     Different colored beads - have 2 beads that is bigger than the rest
     Nylon string ( I think this is the one that's being used in fishing rods)
     Needle ( I prefer the needle used for cross stitch as it has a bigger eye and is thicker)

How I did it:

1. Take your old flipflops ( in this case, my cousin's old flipflops) and cut the the "stoppers" thingy. Discard the strap.

2. Cut two strands of nylon ( 2 strands for each flipflop). This will depend on the size of of the flipflop. I suggest you make it quite long.

3. Pass through the strands into the eye of the needle and "thread" the needle through one of the stoppers. Please check the picture below.

4. Once you have both strands through the stopper, make sure that the stopper is in the middle of the strand.  It's going to look like the stopper is a pendant in a necklace.

5. Insert the strands through the top hole of the flipflop. It's going to look like there are 4 strands of string.

6. Take two opposite strands and thread through 6 beads in alternating colors. Do the same for the other two strands. Then take one of the bigger beads and thread through all four stands.

7. Now take 2 strands and put a bead through both strands ( in my case a yellow bead). Then take 4 beads ( blue) and thread through 1 strand. DO the same thing with the other strands. You're going to have 8 beads in all. 4 on either strand. Then take 2 yellow beads and thread through both strands. This sill act as a stopper. Repeat the same procedure. You can do another color or just the same one. 

8. Stop once you think the length is good enough and would fit your feet. Tie the strands twice to lock in the beads.

9. Repeat the same procedure with the other "strap".

10. Insert the remaining strands on the bottom holes of the flip flops.

11. Thread one strand of string (from one strap, as there will be 4 strands , two on each hole) onto the eye of the needle and thread through one of the remaining stoppers. I forgot to say that it's actually hard to do, so that's that the pliers are for. Once a small part of the needle comes out, I pull it through using the pliers.  Take the other strand from the same hole and repeat the same thing. This time insert the needle into where the strand came out.

12. Pull both strands so it will reach the last beads. Tie the strands around the stem of the stopper. You can tie it a lot of times. What I did was tie it on one side then turned the string around and tie it again. Two ties before turning it around should do it. The cut the excess strand.

13. This is how it's going to look like.

14. Repeat the same procedure with the other pair.

     So here's the finished product....

Hope it fits my cousin ( she was already asleep when I did this so I was not able to fit it in her feet).

Monday, July 23, 2012

Homemade Washi tapes

     I'm so hooked on washi tapes but can't seem to buy more since... well since I have no more budget for that.
     So imagine my extreme happiness when I found a tutorial from Craftpasion showing how to make an embossed homemade washi tape. Unfortunately, I do not own an embossing gun and was not so keen about using tissue/toilet paper.  Then I realized I have a lot of patterned tissue paper. The ones they use to wrap gifts and stuff.
patterned tissue
So I tried to make my own washi tape. And the verdict?... I LOVE IT!!!

So here's how I did it...
What I used:

     Double sided tape
     Pattered Tissue paper

How I did it:

1. Cut a strip of patterned tissue paper ( depending on how long you want it). make sure it is a bit wider than the double sided tape.

2. Attach the double sided tape to the wrong side of the tissue paper.

3. Cut the excess tissue paper, so you only have the width and length of the  double sided tape.

4. Peel the back once you're ready to use them.

I used them to washify another candle.

The downside though is that you can't cut it by hand like the normal washi tapes and you can't "reuse/reposition" them. But hey, this is a good substitute if you can't buy one just yet.

There you have it. So go ahead and try it. It's cheap and easy

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WOYWW 163 & Washi-fied Candles

    I know I've been MIA for the last 2 weeks or so... I have to do an errand for my mom...
    I happen to stumble upon a blog that "showcases" what's on a crafter's desk. She calls it What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
   My desk has always been "messy". For the few times that it has been cleared/cleaned, it never stays that way. I clean my desk only to mess it up again. And today is no exception...

      I've been playing with my washi tapes ( sadly I only have 3 :( but still thinking of buying more) and wanted to do something with it...
     Dug out some of my mom's candles and "washi-fied" them...

Musical Notes
Pink Stripes
     I think... no I believe I need to buy more designs of Washi tape...