Monday, May 27, 2013

Make-It-Monday: Rubber-Stamped Fabric Keychain

Here was my process for printing the fabric for my keychain...

I was going to use Staz-On ink for this, but I couldn't find my black inkpad.  But I did remember that I had bought some black fabric paint awhile back. (I must have bought it for some project, but I can't remember what that project was).

So, you can do this with your own rubber stamp. All you need is... 
  • A Rubber Stamp (mine is a custom hand-carved stamp from Jackbear Stamps, but you can use any rubber stamp)
  • Fabric Paint
  • Foam paintbrush (you could also use a cheap foam sponge)
  • Small artist's paintbrush
  • Fabric you want to print on (I used both a cotton muslin and canvas)
  • Small piece of scrap wood (optional)
  • Iron & pressing cloth (I used a scrap piece of my cotton muslin)

Squirt a bit of the fabric paint onto the foam brush.  Use the artist brush to spread the paint around and into the foam.  The foam will be like a stamp pad. 

My stamp was a bit larger than the foam brush, so instead of pressing the stamp down onto the foam, I held the stamp in one hand and used the foam brush to dab the paint evenly onto the stamp. (I tried doing this earlier with a regular paintbrush before I decided to use the foam brush, but the paint went on gloopy and uneven, which made for a uneven, gloopy-looking print. So I definitely recommend using the foam instead.)

Press the stamp down evenly onto your chosen fabric.

I used a piece of scrap wood to help make sure the stamp was pressed evenly.

Lift up the stamp, and Voila!  Stamped fabric!
My bottle of fabric paint said to let the paint dry for 24 hours and then heat set it with an iron...but I have to confess, I only waited maybe 1-2 hours, since it seemed plenty dry, and I was anxious to make my keychain!

I cut out the design and zig-zag stitched it onto a piece of printed cotton, then made a simple, tiny pillow, stitching in a bias tape loop for the split ring to attach to.

I got this orange & white polka dot cotton fabric from a box of fabric scraps a friend gave me.  I don't work with quilter's weight cotton a lot, but I have lots of scraps with different prints that I've accumulated from friends, so I am looking forward to making more of these in different patterns!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What's-On-My-Worktable Wednesday: Rubber-Stamped Fabric Keychain

Guess what?  I made a keychain!
I had the idea for this when I was trying to come up with something to make for the RNEST Challenge for June. The theme is "Inspired By" and we are supposed to make something that is inspired by the work of another RNEST member.

I was actually inspired by two different RNEST members for this.  First, I was inspired by John of Jackbear Stamps, who was the one who hand-carved my custom monster stamp.  Secondly, I was inspired by Heather Vitticore's adorable printed animal pillows.

I submitted my entry early for once (I'm usually submitting my challenge item at the last minute!), but voting will start on June 6th on the RNEST blog.  (I'll post again when the poll is up to remind you!  By the way...thanks for voting for me and helping my Grumpy Cat Nubbin win last month's "Internet Meme" challenge!)

I am planning a tutorial for rubber-stamping fabric for a "Make-It Monday" post this stay tuned!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Etsy Favorite Friday: The Knotty Owl

Presenting my new favorite necklace by my friend Ashley of The Knotty Owl!

A cool thing about the craft show/Etsy artist culture is doing trades with other artists when you each admire each other's work.  I traded a big sweater owl for this necklace.  We coordinated the trade a couple months ago, but finally were able to meet up to make the trade when we were both vendors at Mayday Underground.

I've received a few compliments of it.  But i need to ask Ashley for some of her super-cool business cards to give out, because when people have complimented me on the necklace and I try and tell them the Etsy shop name, it kind of sounds like I'm saying The Naughty Owl instead of The Knotty Owl! (oh dear!).  I always try and make sure they get the right name, but I sound a bit like a blathering idiot in my attempt to clarify.

Anyway, go check out her shop!  She has some awesome work!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Make It Monday: Apple Ginger Carrot Juice!

We recently got a juicer (for free!) through a rewards program at my husband's job.  I remembered that there was a juice recipe I wanted to try awhile back that involved apple and ginger, but we'd had no juicer at the time. I couldn't find the exact blog (apparently I hadn't pinned it to any of my Pinterest boards) But I searched Pinterest and found a recipe for Apple Ginger Carrot juice.  

2 apples... 7 carrots... 1 piece of ginger "the size of your thumb". (although make sure it's the size of your own thumb and don't round it up to the size of your husband's big ol' thumb...because the juice turns out a bit too spicy then!)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Grumpy Cat Nubbin for "Internet Meme" RNEST Team Challenge!

I made a "Grumpy Cat' Nubbin for this month's RNEST Team Challenge!

The theme for May's Challenge was "Internet Memes".  (I actually chose the theme because I wanted to make this!)  If you like my Grumpy Cat and want to vote for me in the challenge, go to the RNEST blog and vote in the poll in the upper-right of the page. (no registration required!) There's only 2 other submissions in the challenge, but I think they are some pretty stiff competition!  So I'll need your help to win!

(a look at my competition)

 The Etsy listing wasn't even up for 12 hours before it sold!

A comparison with the Grumpy Cat herself.