Saturday, February 2, 2013

Heart cut-out sweater

My Pops gave me a few shirts that didn't fit him anymore & I LOVE when he does that.
My favorite wardrobe choices for going out are a bangin' pair of leggings, an over sized men's shirt & a big belt to cinch the waist. 
So when he gave me this partial turtleneck shirt - I wanted to change it up cute & simple

I cut out the shape of a heart on the shirt & made sure it was high enough on the chest so it wouldn't be all, "BEHOLD! THIS IS MY CLEAVAGE"
which more or less worked.
Then I cut two layers of tule & fabric glues it to the inside.
It could have been stitched, but I wanted the heart to seem like it was seamless & the glue helped to hold the shape of the heart so it doesn't get too weird and floppy.

I wore it out to a Chinese Spring Festival dinner with my family.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DIY iPad cases!

I recently got a second hand iPad 1 for Christmas & I could not find a case that I liked enough for it so...I made two during the week while I was supposed to be studying.
 I LOVE the way they turned out
They're both from the original wonky black cases that came with the iPad 1.

I used Puffy Paint that you can buy from any craft store, or from National Book Store in Manila.
I picked them up & just sort of started free handing it.
I love how shiny & colorful it came it out!

Then I decided to deconstruct this black sequined tank top that I never used, cut it to size & hot glued it to the case :)

It took me less than an hour.
This one has gotten a lot of love & I've had a few ladies keen to know where I bought it & the best part is saying, "I made it!"

Left side is the front & the right photo is the back 

Then I glued a piece of soft black fabric to protect the face of my iPad

At last! After perusing the malls for iPad cases & only finding unoriginal/ugly ones, I am satisfied with how pretty these came out :3

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Those DIY Baby Onesies

Last year I made some baby puffy paint onesies for a girlfriend & gave them to her as baby shower gifts
I got the ideas for them from pinterest but there was unfortunately no attached link, but they seemed simple enough & cute enough that anyone would enjoy them!

Her beautiful baby girl has made her way into the world (and everyone's hearts) & now she's big enough to fit in them!
How adorable is this little girl?

I think the best part of gifting your crafts is when the people who receive them really like them & use them.
I love that part the most :3

Monday, January 14, 2013

Photo to canvas transfer made easy

I've been ooing and aahing over photo canvas prints & I knew that they would make the perfect gift for any occasion.
I tried looking up tutorials online on how to transfer photos to canvas, but it was hard for me to find some of the materials & the effect was more of a faded/rusted look and I was going for more of a printed look.
I had recently discovered the joys of mod podge while making these Star Wars necklaces & decided to give mod podging it a try.
I made this set as a Christmas gift for two of my good friends :)

Here's how I did it:
What you need:
  • Canvas - I found this itty bitty canvas with a cute easel on sale, it came out to around P50 at National Bookstore
  • White wrapping Tissue
  • Mod Podge - I used gloss finish.
  • Printer

Cut your white Tissue to size, it should be smooth to print on easily. If need be - take a few extra minutes to iron it smooth.
Leave space for a border.

Tape your tissue to a piece of printer paper, make sure to tape it all the way across where the paper feeds into the printer. 
This way it feeds through smooth & you don't get a terrible paper jam.
It should come out looking like this:

Carefully cut your photo out.
Be very gentle since the tissue will rip easily - I ended up needing to print my photo twice because I wasn't gentle enough the first time :(

Apply a layer of mod podge onto the canvas.
Carefully place your photo on top & let it dry for a few minutes.
Apply another layer of mod podge on top.

It might be a little wrinkly, but I ended up really liking the way it turned out & so did they!
It was a great gift!
I can't wait to make a few for myself :]

Hope everyone is doing well this Monday :)
Happy Crafting <3

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My First CO+K Feature!!

My ultimate favorite craft website, Cut out + Keep, featured one of my projects!
This is my first time being featured for any of my crafts & I'm pumped!!

Crafterella (the website's mascot) chose my Whisk Earrings Tutorial to feature on the home page! 

Now my pretty project gets this sweet ribbon to go with it :)

I'm so giddy!!
I never really thought of having a project featured :3
Whenever they did post a new featured project I would always check it out and think, "Genius!"
It prompted me to take a peek at some of my old projects & my first posted project on the site, the one that got the ball rolling last year, was this poorly thought out T shirt to laptop snuggle (which I still use)

It hasn't really been very long since I started making my own jewelry - not even a year & I've learned so much about jewelry making from techniques, styles I like, things that work & don't work.

I'm so glad I joined the DIY movement!
There's always something more to learn & make
Happy Crafting everyone!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The spiked clutch!

I LOVE screw on spikes
They are amazing
One of the fastest add-ons to anything & look good on everything.
So there I was...
The first day of Uni the next day...
It's 3 in the morning...I can't sleep...
What do I do?

The only thing I can do of course....DIY

I have a bunch of assorted spikes that I've used on other projects - mostly on shoes & Ive put them on a sweater temporarily once.

I decided I wanted to jazz up this adorable black clutch I got for Christmas.
I was worried about mixing gold and silver spikes at first, but I love how it ended up

I haven't stopped using it ever since
I feel like I just weaponized myself... I'm walking around with it on the street like, SOMEONE TRY AND GRAB MY PURSE! JUST TRY IT!!

but no really, I'm just kiddin o__o
And now for the fancy quality photo:

Happy Crafting All!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DIY Whisk Earrings using paperclips

These are perfect for the baker or chef in your life!
You can also make these using thin jewelry wire - but I didn't have any so I used paperclips :)

What you need:
  • Paperclips
  • 2 Coil Ends
  • 2 Earring hooks
  • Plies & jewelry cutters
  • Hot Glue Gun/thick glue

Bend your paperclips & cut them evenly

Bend your paperclips close together like this so it will fit into the coil ends

Bend up a loop from your coil end - this is to attach the earring to later :)
You have to do this a little fast if you're using hot glue.
So have your paperclip bits ready
Put in a small drop of hot glue into the coil end & push in the paperclip bits as fast as you can & turn them a bit so they face different directions

Attach your earring hooks & you're all done!!