Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CS Designs Twisted Paper Bag Flowers

I made these flowers awhile back and decided to share them here today because my head pins got such a nice response and though you might enjoy these too. The main flowers are made from a recycled paper bag but any kind of paper, fabric, ribbon or lace could be used. I haven't tried colored shoe laces yet but think is is something that might be fun.

Making the Flowers:
These are so easy to make. All I did was cut some long strips of paper bag and starting at one end twist them all the way down.Once I had a long twisted strip, I started on one end and folded the end into itself a little bit. This created the center of the flower. After that I just started wrapping the strip around and around the center until I came to the end which I tucked under neath the finished flower. On the flowers above, I cut a circle out of double sided sticky material and I peeled on side off to sticky. It was this that I used to keep the flowers in place while I was wrapping them, but I have also used a glue gun and just added a little bit to a small area as I wrapped.

Adding Color: After the flowers were finished, I did a little direct to paper on them for some extra color and dimension, but they could be dry brushed, with a bit of paint, glitter, rub and buff metallic, spatter painted or a variety of other things. 

Creating Centers. I used copper brads in the centers of these but any little doodad could be used, even little lumps of glitter or they could be left plain. These are similar to the large flower I used on my Steampunk Shadowbox.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cosmo Hold Fast to Your Dreams Art Tag

After a very long time without a printer, I finally have not only one but two, (Long Story), but the gist of it is I can finally print out my new designs and not only put them in my CS Designs Store but I can play with my own designs once again. I must admit I was going through a bit of withdraw.

This is my first new project since my Solitaire Steampunk Solitaire which you can see on the left hand sidebar. It won a featured spot on the Love To Create blog and it is my first for a challenge and was a nice surprise.

My New Art Tag uses my new Cosmo design, she is part of my ever growing Celestial Digital Design Stamp Collection, and I have grown quite fond of her, she has a quite and lovely demure and whimsical personality. Cosmo, as with most of my other work has been colored with Prisma Color pencils and blended with orderless turpentine. The middle layer of the Art Tag is a piece of recycled greeting card and the long green and brown beads are handmade and rolled from scrap paper. beads, The bottom layer of the card has been embossed with my Cuttlebug and sanded for a distressed effect.

This week Cosmo is being featured on Art With No Boundaries Challenge Blog along with the rest of my Team. This is part 2 of our challenge which was posted last week and the theme is Anything Goes and the Bonus Round is called Summer Skies.  If you create a project with the Summer Skies theme you will be elegiable to win the Original Quote / Sentiment shown in my Art Tag. This is an original quite which you won't find anywhere else on the web because I came up with it and created especially for Cosmo. I think she is such a pretty little thing and felt she needed something of her very own. Hope you like both Cosmo and the new quote.

I hope you will stop by Art With No Boundaries and share your art with us and know you will enjoy seeing the wonderful examples created but the CS Designs Team, as always they have gone all out and created some fantastic pieces.

Cosmo Hold Fast To Your Dreams is playing in the following Challenges.

Art With No Boundaries ... Anything Goes / Summer Skies
Make It Monday ... Always Anything Goes Link Party
Tammy's Scrappin Corner ... Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge ... 153-Sentimentally Yours