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31  super cute awesome mappy-atlas tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: February 28, 2012 01:48:09 AM
Ok ok ok, I saw this fabric in my local upholstery store. It's AH-MEZZIN. mappy-ness, I love maps and I haven't found any lovely thick map fabric anywhere so when I saw this I was like WOAAAAHHHHH got to have it! And then it sat in it's little bag waiting for the perfect project. Well. The perfect project hasn't come along yet (ideas welcome) but I had to make SOMETHING, so I knocked up a quick tote and stitched an old doiley to the front which acts as a pocket! I raken through my vintage button box and found two big buttons to stitch onto the base of the handles and tadahhhhhh! One super cute awesome mappy-atlas tote!

These amazing old atlas and stamp badges that bekibutton made for me will go perfectly with it!

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32  New book from meeeee complete with butterfly stencil! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: February 11, 2012 03:33:58 AM
Ahhh I love love this one SOOOOO MUCH! My uncle has this sheepskin laying around for about 20 years not being used and so gave it to me! Well, I made a book with some of it yesterday and I'm thrilled at the outcome. I also managed to get hold of some freezer paper (yey) and this stuff taken stencils perfectly Smiley

It's filled with gorgeous handmade cotton rag paper (found a fab local supplier - yey!) that I've torn down to size leaving the lovely deckle and hand torn edges for a rustic look which I love Smiley

What do you think?

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33  first go at freezer paper stencils. BUTTERFLIES ♥ in Stenciling: Completed Projects by loukr on: February 06, 2012 07:25:44 AM
Ok, this was my first go with freezer paper stencils so forgive me if it looks rubbish compared to everyone elses awesome stencils!
I live in the UK and have never found anything like this but managed to get some online.
I did this straight onto fabric so will probably make a tote or something else cool with it and I kept the cut outs and made a negative too - think I'll make an internal pocket with it Cheesy

How did I do?

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34  Made a new scrapbookywooky thing! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: January 29, 2012 01:08:29 PM
Hellooo! I just wanted to stop by and show off my latest book. I'm completely obsessed - still!
This one's a scrapbook ready to be filled with loveliness. Made using reclaimed leather and a selection of handmade papers, cotton rag paper and vintage atlas pages. I'd love to know what you think! ♥

I can't wait to get started on more!
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35  Re: Business Cards in Crafty Business Discussion by loukr on: November 30, 2011 08:07:02 AM
I get mine from moo because you have the choice of having a different image on the back of every single card! So I have examples of my photographs and crafts on the backs and this is the front. I've since added my mobile number to the bottom!:

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36  Adventures in Bookbinding - Super cool reclaimed leather sketchbook for meeee! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: November 30, 2011 07:45:06 AM
OOOOOOOOkkk.. so I wrote out this huge post about my project and then craftster went and died on me when I clicked on 'post'..! So here it is again!

I literally finished this book this morning, bookbinding is definitely my new obsession!
It's made using reclaimed leather (i have about 3 bin bags FULL) and has 200 blank pages for me to scrawl all over! This was only my second attempt at a book like this, I've also made a bunch of those seriously cute mini book pendants which go down a storm! (I've posted a couple of pictures of my first attempt at the bottom of the post!) I'd LOVE to know what you think!

For anyone wanting to give it a go, this thread should help you out and I've added a few sites that helped me which you can find on page 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=174813.0

FYI, here's a photo of my first attempt. I tried this one without researching so it definitely could've been better! The thread I used was old crochet thread which snaps really easily (but I've used a nice strong linen for the newest one). The binding is also too loose on my first attempt but it really helped me figure things out! I love the pages too. coooooooool!

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37  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: August 17, 2011 04:12:25 AM
I am inspired by this dress made by loukr

and want to make something similar.

This is what I'm striving towards for the bodice (it's mostly pinned to the dressform and still needs to be sewn together)

WOWEE! Katara that bodice looks amazing, it has a beautiful 1950s vibe! Love the shape and fabric, can't wait to see what it turns out like!

I still haven't finished that dress of mine, it came off the mannequin and went into my unfinished projects bag, along with the next dress, and the next which I can't remember if I posted, so here it is:

Sorry about the photo, it's taken on an app on my phone and it's the only one I can find at the mo! The bodice is draped from vintage napkins and the skirt part is a curtain! It's rather tame compared to what we've all been working towards in this thread, but it's scrappy none-the-less, so figured it was worthy! Cheesy Cheesy however, this one has come off the mannequin to make way for a new dress I need to make for saturday as I have a photo shoot so fingers crossed I can post MORE after the weekend!
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38  super fairy wishes for help with vintage fabric era identification here asap ♥ in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by loukr on: July 28, 2011 01:45:18 PM
Ok guys, I'm absolutely desperate here.. I'm going to a vintage festival on SATURDAY.. 2 days away, and I have all of TONIGHT to make my dress!!!! I have this fabric but I just want to check it's the right era before I cut into it and sew!!! I've tried twitter, FIVE times on BOTH of my twitter accounts. I've tried facebook twice and nothing..!

I want to make a 1960s shift dress with it (with a peter pan collar!) to wear with pale tights but.. I'm stumped, I want to get it right! Sad

WHAT DECADE IS IT FROM?Huh?? HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!! ♥ I'll love you forever if you can help!

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39  TUTORIAL - Vintage style decoupaged mannequin in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: March 22, 2011 04:00:55 PM
please please tell me this is in the right section?! *whispers - I have no idea where to post this project* GAH! Anyway, I am copying this over from my blog as I felt the world of craftster needed to see it!

I picked up this female torso at a car boot sale a few years ago and she's been hanging around in my wardrobe ever since just waiting for the perfect project to come along. I don't know why, but last week I suddenly had an overwhelming desire to try out decoupage and what better project to try it out on than this?

Like it? Here's how I did it:

First of all I cleared the area I was going to be working at, laid newspaper down and arranged my materials. For this project I used some old incomplete patterns I've had kicking about for a while, some cheap brushes and some PVA glue.

Other papers on my list of 'things I can use' were vintage letters, comic book pages, maps and sheet music but I opted for the pattern paper as it seemed more fitting & would be easier to work with as it was thinner.

I started off with a base layer of glue. Whilst waiting for it to dry I began tearing up my papers. Smaller bits are easier to work with - large pieces will only end up folding, creasing up and over-lapping where you don't want it to (as you can see on the first layers I laid down - duh).

Next up I put some glue down and started layering my paper. I found the glue to be a little too thick to work with to begin with so I thinned it by mixing it with a bit of hot water until I had a usable consistency, making it much easier to work with. As you can see, the pieces I started off with were too big to smooth nicely over all the curves, but I liked the textured appearance the larger pieces left on the torso, so I left them there.

I picked out as many interesting bits of print that I could, and placed them on the torso so they could be seen clearly. The little "Vogue Pattern" marks are my favourite and I put the little buttons on her neck.

I started off layering printed bits of the pattern paper but wasn't particularly keen on the bold appearance so went back over it all again with plain pattern paper to fade the lines out a bit.

I felt she was still looking a bit too naked, so I used the lines of the patterns to 'draw' a corset onto her.

After she'd dried I patched up some bits that needed a few more layers, folded over any over-hanging edges and glued them to the back so she is now smooth around the edges!

She's certainly not 'perfect', but overall I'm really happy with how she turned out and I now have a beautiful new mannequin to display my work on at craft fairs, and when she's not being used she'll look fabulous propped up on display in my home!

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40  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 07, 2011 04:57:39 AM
Ludi, looking forward to seeing what you've come up with this time Smiley

Here's what I've done last night and this moring, the images are so bad I'm sorry!:

Firstly i've added a lace trim right around the neckline:

Secondly, I've started filling in all that plain boring fabric on the back with scraps

Thirdly, I've introduced the skirt to some lace! Lots more to do though, the dress now no longer fits on either of my mannequins (I had to switch to my small one but now it's too teeny to fit on that too!) :
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