Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sullivan's Parachute Cord Blog Hop

parachute cord necklace lisa fulmer

This week the Designer Crafts Connection is working with a brand new type of parachute cord from Sullivan's USA. It's very thin and shiny and it comes in really pretty colors. I received wine and lavender - gorgeous!

We were asked to knit, crochet or knot with it...I don't knit or crochet, so I opted for some super simple knotting. This lovely cord was a bit too thin for my poor hands and eyes to do the macrame project that I originally had in mind.

sullivans parachute cord

Then I realized how pretty it is all on its own, so I created several different 6-strand lengths with randomly placed overhand knots and a few lovely glass beads.  A couple lengths have only a couple knots in the center to give the necklace a bit more of a fiber look. The knot at each of the ends were tightened and trimmed, then gathered together to be tightly wire-wrapped with a loop. The two loops connect with a large spring-closure ring. I really like this randomly ropey style of necklace - loose and casual, but still makes a nice statement.

Look for the DCC logo on our sidebars to jump back and forth between the blogs on the hop. There are some designers with way more dexterity than me who have knotted up some lovely inspiration for you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Basic beading - necklace and earrings

beaded necklace earrings DIY

This past weekend I taught a beginner's beading class about a few basic tools and techniques and how to go about choosing beads that look nice together. Everyone made a lariat necklace with matching earrings. I made this sample set from a kit - a little southwest style with silver and turquoise colors.

We had a lot of fun and my photos are only so-so, but these women created some really lovely jewelry!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

A no-sew Halloween costume for my dog with Oly*Fun

dog halloween 49er costume

Time for another fun blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection, sponsored by Fairfield World.

My brother is a huge San Francisco 49er fan, so I thought a 49er "jersey" as a Halloween costume for our dog, Suzie would be the perfect way to play with Oly*Fun - a cool, non-woven craft fabric from Fairfield that you can sew, die-cut, paint, stamp...whatever you want! I can't believe I got a nice shot of Suzie on my brother's favorite 49er blanket - she's a fidgety pup!

Oly*Fun comes in lots of colors and it's easy to work with because it resists fading, tearing, fraying - and it's water-resistant too. I chose the three colors in the 49er logo - black, white and brick. I brushed gold paint on some of the white for the accents.

49er dog coat pattern

I used my dog's quilted coat as a pattern to cut the red Oly*Fun fabric to the same shape. This costume is all no-sew. I used Aleene's Fabric Tape on all the layers of white, black, gold and red. The "SF" lettering was printed on to Craft Attitude film and adhered to a white oval with glue stick and then trimmed out. I added adhesive Velcro strips to the flaps that go around her neck (at the top) and her belly. I also cut a little slot where the buckle from her harness can poke out to attach her leash...and she's ready for some trick-or-treating!

Be sure to check out what the other designers made with their Fairfield products - look for the DCC logo in our blog sidebars to hop back and forth between us. Bonus - there's a giveaway to enter too! Have fun and good luck!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Craft Your Stash Book Tour and Blog Hop

Dozens of your favorite designers will be sharing their thoughts and projects after reviewing my new book, Craft Your Stash.

Visit their blogs and enter for your chance to win a signed copy of my book, plus lots more craft books and supplies to add to your stash...shipping anywhere in the world, baby!

10/6/14 UPDATE:  Congrats to Ruth from Colorado who won the prize!

The tour runs from Saturday, September 27th through Sunday, October 5th. Follow #craftyourstash on social media.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Duct tape accordion wallet for artist trading cards

duct tape artist trading card wallet lisa fulmer
I recently demo-ed another spin on my favorite ATC wallet - using a sheet of 12x12 black cardstock and some fun duct tape.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Junk mail artist trading cards

junk mail collaged atc lisa fulmer
Last week, my local ATC group met for our monthly swap - our theme was junk mail. We had to use junk mail somewhere in our cards. Everyone was so creative with how they incorporated bits and pieces into their ATCs! My junk mail had been less than inspiring for some reason, so I ended up repurposing some pretty blue and yellow chipboard packaging instead. I had fun with these new lace-up arch chippies too - I dabbed iridescent white paint on them, stamped my favorite fleur-de-lys on top and threaded some hemp cord through the holes.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Craft Book Month Blog Hop with Craft Buds

fabric collage craft your stash lisa fulmer

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds and I'm very happy to be part of the celebration!