How I turned a Craft Fail around!

Naturally, as a graphic designer for iLoveToCreate, I am constantly surrounded by wonderful designs that are awesomely executed using various Tulip® Paint products. It’s astounding the designs that the craft designers execute! They have a lot of experience and technical skill that I truly admire.

So being a somewhat experienced crafter myself, I’d like to think that I’m at their level; however, there are times like yesterday when I realize I have A LOT to learn. Ha ha.

This is how it went down. Tomorrow, I’m attending a gift boutique honoring the Teen Choice Awards and we are going to be featuring Tulip® Fabric Spray Paints in our make and take. We were told that it would be nice if we wore something we wore using the Sprays and I was all about it! My friend picked up a top for me at Target and I got started…

First, I wetted my shirt and dried it for a bit. The next step was to pleat the design (I wanted the cool Shibori pleats that are really popular right now).

Fold/pleat

After that I started spraying it with various bright colors.

Spray

Pretty soon, it was starting to look pretty awesome!

All over spray and pleat

This is what it looked done after all my spraying was done and before I threw it in the wash…looks pretty cool, right?

Design before washing

Well, I threw it in the wash and this is when things go sour. It came out a much paler shade of color and almost muddy. Thinking I could correct the problem, I went over it again with yellow spray. It still looked pretty dingy.

After wash - colors are dull

The first think both Pattie Donham and Cheryl Ball asked me was, “Is the shirt 100% cotton?”. Hmmm…needless to say it wasn’t. It is 60% cotton/ 40% polyester. That was the kicker. If I had more experience I would have known that the spray doesn’t work on cotton blends!

So now you have a little insight that I didn’t realize! For the record if you dye or spray a shirt with Tulip® products, ALWAYS make sure it is washed beforehand to remove sizing, ALWAYS make sure to make sure the material is 100% cotton, and ALWAYS make sure to wash and dry it afterward. You can find a lot of this information if you follow the instructions on the box or the label of the product. Go figure, huh?

Well, not all was lost in the end! My friend Allee told me that I should cut the shirt up and make a bracelet and I took her advice! Here is the result:

Tulip® Fabric spray braided bracelet

It turned out super cute. By the way, I did spray the fabric just a bit more with the Tulip Fabric Spray, so it’s a bit more colorful than the drab shirt it started out as! So what do you think? If you are interested, I could show you how to do this project next week on my blog!

Oh, and by the way, I did make a new shirt! I will try to show it as well sometime soon. Maybe I’ll take a pic tomorrow to share. This time it was 100% cotton. I made sure! Check out my updates tomorrow on the iLoveToCreate twitter or facebook page!

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa

One of these days I will get to that…

If you are a die hard crafter like me, it is more than likely that you have a large stash of unused or never opened packages of fabric, beads, buttons, paper, paints, or surfaces that you have stored in your craft room. And if you are also like me, they are stowed away in a random plastic shopping bag that you haven’t searched in for months (even years). You had every intention at the time of purchase to create something great, because you were so inspired that you had to get right home to make something fabulous! In reality, the project left your mind because you moved onto that other “great idea”.

So with that in mind, I thought I would share my projects and supplies I was so pumped to do that still remain unfinished!

orange vinyl for wall
This is a piece of orange vinyl sticker that I intended to make something for this spot on the wall. I put it up on the wall so I would be inspired. 3 or so months later, nothing has came to be. My friend Katie’s boyfriend was so nice and gave me this piece of vinyl from his work, and I want to do something cool, it’s just that I would like coverage over the entire wall, but I don’t have enough to do that. I have had ideas to do a coocoo clock, cutout cool words in a modern font, or starbursts or rain drops like this. I just don’t know. I should just dive into it one evening and figure it out.

beads
Fell in love with this yellow focal bead and the other purple iridescent beads in the pack; however, I just don’t know where to go with it. I haven’t come up with anything yet I want to do. Too bad there weren’t 2 focal beads so I could go the easy route and make some earrings.

cigar box purse
I want to make another photo/graphic purse like this and cover it in Envirotex Lite. I need to come up with a theme/photo I feel inspired to do something cool with. Something colorful with numbers and a distressed look sounds cool to me at the moment. Just haven’t gotten there.
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I have a few of these embroidered letters that I bought like 9 months ago at Hobby Lobby (for 17¢ each, by the way). I would like to take the collegiate-like letter and used it in a mixed media way on a shirt or bag or wall hanging. We’ll see what happens.

bracelets
I have had these different bracelets (wooden and plastic) for a while. I want to do something different and unexpected with them, but haven’t felt the inspiration at all to do them. I’m thinking this would be more fun to create some bracelet crafts with a friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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And unfortunately, I’ve never gotten around to use my sewing machine for a cool project. I want to whip up some pillows, cuffs, and sewing basics like figuring out how to do a darn zipper! My mom gave me some money toward sewing lessons, but I never took them (sorry Mom). It’s not that I don’t have the interest, it’s just that I haven’t a lot of time. Between blogging, working, concepting, and crafting (which admittedly, I haven’t been in all that of a mood to do as of late), I haven’t made time for it. I think part of that is that the sewing machine is a challenge and doesn’t come naturally to me, so I need to just jump in and figure it out. That being said, I also have the same feeling when I think about getting around to designing my new Swelldesigner home page. It’s been sitting idle for close to a year.

What idea/project have you not seen to completion or thought of in a really long time? Tell me about it 🙂

Until next time Swellions!
Alexa