Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tutu Drive 2010 - @ Samster Mommy

Samster Mommy Tutu Drive

Would you be willing to make a tutu for a good cause?  If so, Samster Mommy would like to enlist your help.  She's trying to gather 100 tutus for  The Princess Alexa Foundation.

The Princess Alexa Foundation was started by a mom named Crys, in honor of her daughter Alexa, who lost her battle to terminal cancer.  This  sweet organization matches up dress-up-clothing to kids who are critically ill, to bring a little sparkle and smile to their lives.

This is where Samster Mommy comes in. Her goal is to donate 100 Tutus for girls sizes 2t-10 by July 20th.  She is asking us to help to reach her goal. We can take part in the 2010 Tutu drive by making tutus or purchasing them (Or any other dress-up item) and sending them to her and by helping her spread the word to others who may be able to help.

You can find her address to send your donation to and get some more information about the Tutu drive on her site.

I think this is a great idea and I'm excited to be able to help out. I hope you'll join me.

I thought it might also be fun to send things like capes - if you know how to make those or tiaras if you're a jewelry crafter. Everyone can participate somehow!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Am Loved - Tissue Paper Wall Art

Hello friends!

It's been a while since I last posted, but I've been SO busy. Creating, playing and enjoying my family. I have so many exciting things to share with you and can't wait to get to it. I'll be guest blogging a few places in early July. I'll let you know more about that later, but be ready to visit some great blogs!

For now, I wanted to show you some artwork I created recently for my daughter's room. I've seen some great typography posters lately - with great lines and simple text.  Here's a link to one I like by Persimmon & Pink.I wanted to create the same effect, for a little less mulah, and had the perfect message to share with my littlest one.

It's not perfect, but I kind of love that about it. I did, however learn some lessons (for next time).  I'll share these with you, of course, so that your creations can be a little closer to perfect than mine is.  Please let me know if you attempt something similar. I'd love to see pics!

This was a  REALLY easy project, and took about 20 minutes total. Fabulous!  Better yet, I was able to salvage a piece art board that I had purchased, painted and contemplated tossing.  

Seriously...I just flipped over my artwork, cut it in 1/2 and started again. See the clouds  - Oops!

 Aahh  <--- Much better

I used a frame from some artwork that was in our our garage sale pile. These reused items along with acrylic paint, mod podge and tissue paper brought this project to a grand total less than $1.00. That's a price I can handle!

So....are you ready to make your own? Here we go!

1. Use some kind of paper/board that will accept watercolor or acrylic paint. I used some matting board that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby. It was textured & resembled thick watercolor paper.  As I mentioned before, this was from a previous painting project gone wrong.You can see some of the imperfections around the corners of the "canvas" from my previous project.  Be resourceful! Use what you've got!

I diluted my acrylic paint with water and painted, graduating the color as I went from one side to the other. I did one layer than let it dry & repeated it again - making sure the color was concentrated on one side.

2. Gather your supplies. I used tissue paper that I had on hand for wrapping. Just figure out how big you want your letters to be and cut the paper into squares. I held mine together in a stack so that every square was the same size.

If I were doing this project again, I'd cut double or triple layers of each color, so that while I was making each letter I could layer it onto the paper. A few of mine ripped while I was mod-podging and this would have solved that problem.

Figure out what you want your picture to say & count the letters in your words. Make sure you have enough paper for each letter.

3. Lay out the paper on the board the way you think you would like for it to appear. It took me a while to choose which colors to place next to one-another. This might be easier if you purchased tissue paper specifically for the project, but if you're using what you have, please don't skip this step!

4. Trace the letters in pencil onto your tissue squares, keeping the dimensions of the square to make letter-size consistent.

5. Cut out your letters and lay them on the board where you want to place them.

6. Mod podge the canvas, CAREFULLY place the letter down (use layers if possible). Gently apply mod-podge over each letter, smoothing out as you go.

I used a glossy mod-podge because it's what I had, but I think a matte would look much cleaner.

7.  Let it dry, then stand back & admire! Impatient as always, I helped mine dry with a hair-dryer. ;)

You can frame it, or not. I did, and now it is a cheery (slightly imperfect) and wonderful addition to my little one's room.