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Monday, June 10, 2013

New Fabrics!

I have just recently purchased some new fabrics to decoupage my small luggage with.  I am so excited!

The first one I bought at Joann's while looking for map fabric...

I love Coral and White together in one fabric.

The next two fabrics I purchased online at Hancock Fabrics...

I am sure there will be several people who agree with me that the colors in this fabric are calming and yet are happy colors at the same time.


I've always really liked Paris-themed fabrics, papers, etc...  This fabric is especially nice as it is a soft pink on a cream background.  It is unbelievable in person!  I really liked it when I saw it online and fell hopelessly in love with it when it arrived at my house!


I have not purchased this fabric yet, but it is next on my list.  It is also at Joann's.  I think it will be perfect for any travel case that I will use it on.


The next fabric you will all recognize from my previous train cases.  I needed to purchase more of this fabric as I have a commission for a case with this fabric.


I love decoupaging these cases, I love taking something that is already very cool and making it more interesting.  Like I have said before and probably will say again, I have always had a love for vintage luggage.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Paper instead of Fabric

Paper instead of Fabric is just not my thing when it comes to decoupaging traincases.  This one turned out nice enough, but I just prefer the clean lines of fabric rather than paper.  I used music sheet patterned paper for this train case.  




I decided to just clean the inside of this one because it was still in good shape and had front and back pockets that would have been removed if I attempted to recover the interior of the case. 



The case turned out nice and sold quickly once I put the word out that it was up for sale.  But I believe I will stick with fabric from now on.

Thank you for coming for a visit and checking out my latest projects.  I will be posting again soon, this time I will be showing the fabrics I plan to work with on future projects. Please come back soon.  And as always, thank you.
Brenda  :-)

Past and Future Train Case Projects...

I thought I would show two more of the train cases that I have decoupaged in the recent past before I show the fabrics for some future case projects. 

The next case I decoupaged was a commission.  The client requested that I use the same fabric as the first.  But on this one I covered the trim of the case because the trim was not in as good condition as the first one.  

This is the before pic of the case.



Here is the picture of the exterior half-way finished...


And here is the exterior finished!  I am very proud of how it turned out.


the top/front view:


Side View: (sorry about the lighting)

Top/rear view: (still not great lighting)

Bottom view: 

Interior view:  I used glossy patterned paper in the inside and seam binding for the trim to hide the seams of the paper.


This case has a large mirror permanently attached inside the lid, and I did not want to risk breaking it by attempting to remove it.

The client was extremely happy with the end result which makes me extremely happy, lol!  I will be posting my next case later today, so please check that out too.  As always thank you for coming for a visit and please come back soon.  Also, I would love for you to subscribe.  Thank you again.

Friday, May 31, 2013

I Have Always Loved Vintage Luggage





I have always loved vintage suitcases.  I had a collection of the brown leather suitcases that I would stack for decoration and use for storage.  I finally had to give them all away when we were packing to move from Oklahoma to Texas.  I did manage to keep my small collection of train cases.
 I have recently added a couple of beauties to my collection...






I’m very proud of these finds.  

 I have decided to start altering their appearance and sell them online.  

I started with this one:

I started off attempting to decoupage it with patterned scrapbook paper...
 It was ok looking, but I was not happy with it and started picking at the loose pieces of paper, and couldn’t stop myself and here is what I ended up with:
 LOL!  The ladies that had watched me decoupage this on ustream were horrified when they saw that I had torn off all of the paper!  But I was not happy with the paper.  So I started over.

This time I looked thru all of my fabrics to see what I liked.  I found some beautiful map fabric that I had been hording. 


 I thought this fabric was very fitting for the train case, not to mention how beautiful it is.  I tore out the insides of the case because it was not very pretty, and put in a tan/yellow fabric backed by chipboard.  It turned out really good for my first time.  This gave me the courage to do a live stream on covering the exterior of the case with fabric. My name on Ustream is blmoffett if you want to watch this process in real time, there is also the speeded up video broke down into parts on YouTube and my channel name is FabricPaperAndBeads.  Here is the result of my first fabric decoupaged train case, and I am very proud of it.

   
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