Supercraft-Kit December 2013

Supercraft-Kit December 2013


I found supercraft more by chance - I was browsing through Dawanda and stumbled upon the fabric they were offering from one of the past boxes. Immediately after reading about the concept I was hooked and subscribed for a year (per-Christmas-treat).

The whole subscription process and delivery went smoothly and I got to unpack my first beginning of December.


Everything was packed nice and neat and all the supplies arrived without any damage.

The first thing I browsed were the magazine-like instructions. It tells you exactly what is in the kit, what supplies you need to provide for yourself and then gives you a myriad of possibilities to get creative!

Necessary additional supplies

Provided Supplies

In this kit, it was all about wrapping Christmas presents. So you got wrapping paper, gift-tags, stickers, two stamps, a black ink pad, fabric ribbon, foam rubber (to make your own stamps), acrylic colour and a monthly birthday-calendar to decorate yourself.



I especially loved the stamps... they make a versatile addition to any stamp collection and will definitely also work outside Christmas season.



So I got to stamping!

And let me tell you - it ain't as easy as it sounds! My last encounter with a self-made stamp was in kindergarten and involved a potato...

But nevertheless I started out with a snowman and a star and stamped away!





The snowman wrapping paper didn't look half as good as I imagined, so I added some heart-shaped snowflakes to distract from the nicely strung snowmen... and wrapped a package and sent it off to the US! Out of sight out of mind...

The stars looked better, especially on the round stickers. I also did another sheet of wrapping paper with the stars, and it looked somewhat better (sorry for the bad lighting... winter-darkness...).


Then I tried my best with the fabric ribbon... The instructions were clear and the outcome looked beautiful, so I tried to copy this "chipped" look, but it was smudgy and uneven. So in a second attempt I went for triangles, which worked out much better!

The regular stamps also worked really well on the ribbon, so I made two of those, too.


I haven't bought wrapped all my presents yet, so stay tuned for more pictures!

Summary
Overall, I love the concept of a bi-monthly box, because I think a monthly subscription would just be too much. It gives you the opportunity to try out new crafts, without going through the hussel of researching the right supplies and instructions.

Although the provieded color wasn't entirely to my taste (I'm more of a green-red-white-Christmas kind of gal...), it all matched and made me go out of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing!

The price for a yearly subscription is 24,95€/kit (one-time order is 34,95€), which is a lot, but I did get many supplies that I get to use outside of this project. So I think you definitely get your money's worth. And it is also a nice idea for your Christmas/Birthday-wishlist!

The instructions are clear with lots of pictures and some great inspirations and suggestions.

I will continue to post about the boxes, so maybe my opinion changes overtime, but for now I'm very happy with the concept!

Oh, yes, and nobody payed me to write this (I wish...). I subscribed out of my free will and wrote my completely honest opinion!

What are your experiences with home-made stamps? Would you subscribe to Supercraft-Kit (or a similar DIY box)?


Coasters to Pin-Board Tutorial


Coasters to Pin-Board Tutorial

When I built my sewing/cutting table, I had to rearrange the furniture, so I would be able to use it from at least two sides. The rearranging resulted in a large, white wall with two sad, plain pin-boards. Since it takes years for me to decide what pictures to hang on a wall (and since I share this space with my boyfriend, we also need to agree on something…), I went for more pin-boards!

I bought these pot coasters at IKEA, not really sure what I wanted to do with them. A few days later I found the smaller ones at a supermarket, and since they were small and cute they also went home with me.


My first thought was to use spray adhesive, but after the rearrangement of the furniture, I couldn’t find it… and since it was Sunday (and in Germany, Sunday everything is closed…) and I didn’t want to wait for Monday, I went for Mod Podge.



Then I had to choose fabric, and since I don’t have a certain color scheme in the room, I went for colorful with some green to calm it down.


Here we go:

1) Mark the size of the coasters on the fabric and cut it out with ca. 3 cm allowance for the large coasters (remember, that you have to fold it over the side, so you’ll “lose” ca. 1 cm there) and ca. 1,5 cm for the small ones.



2) Smudge the Mod Podge on the cork with a brush. Cork is quite porous, so make sure you apply it thickly.


3) Lay out the fabric right side down, so you see your marks, and put the coaster with the smudged side down onto the fabric.



4) Turn the coaster over, roll over the top with a foam roller (or something similar, just remember that you will have some glue residue on it) to straighten the fabric. Then apply some more Mod Podge with a brush, but not too thick.

5) Let it dry, until you can touch it. Then cut into the fabric in ca. 1 cm intervals all the way around.
DON’T cut all the way up to the coaster! Leave a gap in the size of the edge of the coaster, so when you fold it over, you don’t see the cuts around the boarder. (Does this make sense?! I hope you can tell what I mean from the pictures…)

6) Now, put Mod Podge all around the edge and the back of the coaster. Then one by one, fold the fabric strips over to the back, so that they overlap. I used my brush (and fingers…), to glue the strips down.


7) Let them dry completely.

8) Then attach hooks on the back and put ‘em up on your wall! I didn’t put hooks on the small ones, because they are too thin for nails and glue wouldn’t hold the hook in it’s place. So I just nailed them straight on the wall!






What would I do different?

1) You can’t really pin something on the small boards because they’re too thin, so either find thicker ones or glue two together (I might just do that now…)
2) If you want to pin a lot on the boards, use spray adhesive instead of Mod Podge
3) Paint the coasters white first, so the cork doesn’t shine through


Products:

Fabric:
Solid green: pulled from stash.
Large prints: from a scrap-bag I bought ages ago, either from Josiemart or from Starlit Nest Fabric. 
Small flower print: a Japanese fabric I bought at a local fabric store, also a very long time ago. This one is pretty similar; other options are here, here and here.