rubber to purse: DIY rose stamp

Step 1: Draw a rose on the eraser. Use dark pencil. Keep your lines consistent.

Step 2: Start carving the outer outline.

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Step 3: After carving the outer areas, carve around the inner lines.

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Step 4: Trim around the drawing. Practice stamp to see if your lines are consistent.

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Step 5: Practice stamp some more. Cat approval optional. 
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Step 6: Handstamp on fabric using textile paint. Let dry for five minutes. Iron to cure.

And here is the handstamped rose canvas in purse form:

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These purses are quite large, measuring 9 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches. I made several of this rose stamped design for the upcoming CIS Christmas Bazaar over at Marco Polo Cebu. It’s on the 29th and 30th of November.

I will also be posting one of the rose purses and some of the designs below over at the SHOP.

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the 2015 adventures of thimblecap girl

For Christmas last year, the boyfriend gave me everything I needed to start watercolor painting. I started painting forms right away but I stopped after several tries. I was using the wrong kind of paper, I realized half a year later.

Half a year later, I picked up my brushes again and let my inner rude lady out. I used good paper this time and eventually, proceeded to giving forms another chance. The best subject, I realized was Thimblecap Girl. Thimblecap Girl is the “mascot” of my handmade brand. She is a little lady who has a thimble for a cap. She has a cat named Lint. She lives in a house shaped like a sewing machine. She loves to garden and sew. She loves baked goods and books. She is whimsey personified (er… mini-personified?).

So I painted and painted until I had enough pieces for a collection. Well, a calender-size collection, that is.

This 2015 Thimblecap Girl Watercolor Calendar comes with 4″ x 7″ pages. They are printed on beautiful matte board 275 gsm thick.

The art for each month showcases a glimpse into Thimblecap Girl’s life.

January – her favorite tea set on a bottle cap tray | February – her downstairs desk | March – drying flowers

April – watering can on a die chair | May – sewing | June – zipper slider hook

July – her bedroom | August – gardening boots on a scrabble tile step | September – Lint playing with a ribbon

October – favorite satchel | November – radio and cactus on tea tin box table | December – buying bread

She has the sillies ideas, I tell you.

And she would love to bring a smile to your 2015 by letting her adventures and favorite things grace your wall (or desk or craft nook or bedside table).

The calendar set is available for purchase on my shop:

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Each set is priced at P300 (+minimal shipping fee within The Philippines). I will accept international orders but the transaction must be done via email {handmadewhimsy@gmail.com}. 

THANK YOU!

 

maker’s market cebu + hello, creepy dolls

You know how I have always complained about the lack of handmade fairs in my city? Well it finally happened.  We had one; organized by CraftMNL and ANTHILL Fabric Gallery. And I was there, woot!

Okay, it seems terrible of me as a Cebu craft blogger to write about the fair AFTER it took place. My only defense was that I got busy. Yeah, yeah, what else is new, right? But truly, I was. Not only did I have to spend twice the amount of time on sewing and general handmade production, I also had to prepare for my second rubber stamp craft workshop.  Oh yeah, we also joined an art toy show and spent many hours making our pieces as well.

Before I talk more about the toys, check out what I wrote about the Maker’s Market HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Back to the toys. Or Blister Sisters, to be specific. 7586_969730086376303_5771837254458727055_n

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When the boyfriend was invited to join the toy show,  our first idea involved making cat softies. The theme for the show was Kaiju, by the way. We were shopping for materials for the softies one afternoon when we stopped to have lunch. And that is when the following idea took shape:

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grilled chicken sandwich is an ingredient for creepy ideas

 

The Blister Sisters have doll parts for the head, arms, and legs. The torso is a miniature house made of matting board.

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gratuitous photo of palette

 

For the finishing touches, we added miniature sweets inside the torso houses. Bathed them in two layers of Mod Podge and packaged in macaroon boxes.

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Creepy cute, yes?