Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Hop With Craft Attitude


I'm excited to be participating in this blog hop with StencilGirl and Craft Attitude.  I'm always willing to try out a new product and this was a fun opportunity. If you are not familiar with Craft Attitude, the product I played with is a printable craft film that comes packaged in 8.5" x 11" size, with 8 sheets per package. It works in your inkjet printer and can be used on so many craft surfaces.

About 10 or so years ago, I purchased a recipe box. It really wasn't a design that I loved, but I couldn't find anything I liked better at the time. I've lived with these chickens, as cute as they are, for all these years. For a few years now I've thought about redoing the box but just never got around to it. This was my chance. Finally!


The first thing I did with the box was empty it out and then sand all of the outer sides. There was a film of some sort that took a little effort to get off. Then I applied a couple layers of gesso.  In the photos that follow you can see my progression of adding color and design. I used acrylic paints.

First layers of paint--pink, orange, light green.

A little black was added

Some white was added

Yummy rich red!

Stencil design added in yellow.
Stencil: Spider Flower 6"

Stencil design added with teal paint.
Stencil: Inky Circles 6"

Stencil design added with purple paint.
Stencil: Square Dancing 6"

Stencil design added with lime green paint
Stencil: Curvy Stems 9x12"

I am going to add some text to the box and wanted to make sure it would show off and not get lost with all the colors in the background, so I added a section of white where the text will go.

I printed out my text on plain paper.

I positioned the paper on the box to audition the size. Looks good!

I went back to the printer and reversed my text and printed it on a piece of Craft Attitude film. Following the package directions, I allowed the printer ink to dry completely and then cut out my shape. I applied glue stick to the area of the box where the film would go and then applied the film. I burnished it well and then allowed it to dry. For the final step I applied some coats of sealer.


I totally love how my recipe box turned out!

I also wanted to try the Craft Attitude film on a fabric project. I found an image on my computer to use. It was a face I had painted and then scanned into the computer. I wanted to make a market tote and I usually use cotton duck fabric for that tote. Because cotton duck is a more textured fabric than just white quilting cotton, I decided to apply my design to a piece of white quilting cotton first and then applique that to the cotton duck.

I stenciled two pieces of fabric with the same designs. One was the cotton duck and one was the white quilting cotton. I used a piece of white quilting cotton that was large enough so that I could apply my design to one part and then have enough left over to use for the bag's lining. I used Tumble Dyes to apply the stencil designs. It is a fabric paint that you spray on and it leaves a nice soft hand to the fabric.

To apply the Craft Attitude film to the piece of stenciled fabric, I used my favorite fusible web, Mistyfuse. I cut the Mistyfuse about 1/4" smaller than the craft film and then layered the fusible and craft film on the fabric. I covered the layers with a protective ironing sheet and pressed according to the craft film directions. I then appliqued this piece onto the tote bag fabric before it was constructed. Then I finished the tote bag construction.

The stencils used on the tote bag project are:

I had so much fun using the Craft Attitude and I know that I will be thinking of many more projects in which to use it.

And now for the extra fun part. You can have a chance to try out Craft Attitude and get yourself some StencilGirl stencils:

Leave a comment to win! All comments on each post during the hop will be entered in the giveaway. One comment per post please. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Monday, January 26th @ 11:59 PM Central. Winner will be posted on StencilGirl Talk blog on the 27th.

Please visit these blogs for more fun with Craft Attitude:


51 comments:

  1. Great projects! I love them both!

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  2. Wow! You knocked this out of the park, Terri! Love both your recipe box and tote bag!
    Your rich layers of brilliant colors are beautiful in the box transformation! Love those teal inky circles!!

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  3. great projects Terri! Love your recipe box and that bag... wow!

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  4. Love the color and original design now of your recipe box...great ideas. These materials make being creative so much fun.

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  5. gorgeous project. love the colours and the bag.

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  6. Now I know what to do with my old recipe box. Excellent ideas as always Terri. Want to try that Craft Film. Of course love all your work. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wonderful projects! I especially love how you did the tote bag. Thanks for showing us your process!
    deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  8. Love all the layers and colors on your recipe box, it's so fun! And I love your market tote too... I hadn't thought of using the Craft Attitude on fabric, but it turned out wonderful!

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  9. so love your projects really bright colours and great fun

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  10. Thank you for the step by step. I love the addition of the black!

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  11. Thanks for that. Tote bags are so useful, and yours is gorgeous. Would be a great gift.

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  12. What a great way to upcycle that recipe box and that tote bag is absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try the Craft Attitude. jessica (at) jleighdesigns (dot) com

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  13. Lovely projects. This looks like a great product!

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  14. I loved your spice box, loved how you built your layers using acrylics and stencils !! Beeeautiful colors too !!

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  15. Brilliant projects!! I so love your color palette for the recipe box and that fabulous tote! A really great way to end this awesome hop :) neenfrance (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. Beautiful. I just love your happy style. I an so loving the blog hop too. Sunmoongal@medotcom

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  17. Love the idea that you can dress up and customize everyday items. Great for up-cycling things we might otherwise cast aside. Great projects!

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  18. Thanks for all the new ideas! I can't wait to try them out
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  19. Oh my goodness Terri! Wow!!! Love the layers on your recipe box and then the bag!! What a beautiful bag!

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  20. Love your projects and this product looks like it would be fun

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  21. Already LOVED your recipe box...but WOW that bag is just fabulous!!! Thanks so much for hopping with us!!!!

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  22. Two great projects - I especially love your bag!!

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  23. What a great bag and what a great gift it would make for all shoppers! Must make a few or more...

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  24. What a great way to use your own artwork and incorporate it onto your own painted fabric projects. I think I need some "Attitude!"

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  25. your box change amazing!!! looks so vibrant!

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  26. I'd love to learn how to use the Crafty Craft Film, sounds like a real nifty product.

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  27. Would like to try Craft Attitude on different projects. Like how it worked on your recipe box.

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  28. Love the altered recipe box way more than the chickens LOL! Great tote bag too!

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  29. Love your recipe box, such a great way to doll it up an make it your own!

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  30. Wow - amazing transformations!!

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  31. Wow, two for one! these are both gorgeous projects

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  32. Love them!! The bag had an extra oooh for me :)

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  33. Well, the chickens are adorable, but what you turned it into absolutely rocks!!! Love the bag, too. Thanks for sharing your fabulous projects!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  34. I love both of your projects, but the bag is particularly stunning! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Loved both projects, and once again I envy your courage. If I just painted different colors of paint all over and then put different stencils on, I would end up with an ugly blob of a wooden box. Same with your tote, you added different colors and stencils and it looks wonderful! I need to grow some kahunas, whatever those are, lol. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  36. I love the way you use color. The layering and designs just amaze me. I loved the projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. So glad you shared your process and this product!! Living in a "cave" I missed this product!!!!

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  38. I love your use of color and whimsey!

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  39. Love the bright colors you use! Such fun projects too, thanks so much for sharing!~kim
    blueroseblogger (at) gmail (dotcom)

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  40. love both projects!! thanks for sharing

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  41. Great project! Love it! I also love the giveaway opportunity! Thank you for sharing!

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  42. This is so cool! I've never ventured into this type of crafting before and I would love to try it! Your box is so bright and colorful and I live for lots of color! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  43. Oh my I want them! Yep I want the recipe box and that glorious tote! I will be looking for more information about using stencils and fabric paint - I love them both and the fact that my usual painty/inky stuff could be adapted onto fabric. Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration and for sharing how you created them Karen x

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  44. Both of your projects are so much fun! Its hard to say which one I like best. Probably the box. (Too sad those adorable chickens had to go though)

    Great to know that Craft Attitude works on fabrics as well. It really is a limitless mixed media tool!

    nonersays (at) gmail (dot com)

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  45. I am so ready to run to a thrift store and find an unloved box. What an amazing transformation! Love, Love, Love!

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  46. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!

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  47. I love the way the craft attitude lets you put text on the box without there being a background. Great projects. I ove the colors and the stencils you chose for the box. Thanks for sharing.

    redrider55 (at) gmail (dot com)

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