Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Do Snippets Make You Nervous?

That question may sound a little strange so let me explain. The other day I was showing a friend some snippet trim I was designing. She looked it over really good and with a furrowed brow said, "It's pretty, but it kind of makes me nervous. There doesn't seem to be any order to all those bits of whatever and the colors don't match."

Well, I just had to laugh. I couldn't help myself. It struck me how intimidating those "bits of whatever" could be to someone else. Being the  Dim-Witted creative that I am, I find chaos and disorder to be wonderful design elements. But I wasn't always that way. In the beginning, when learning arts and craft techniques, everything had to be just so, all measured and squared up!

Learning to let go and just do what felt right at the time resulted in my adventure with snippets. And also my inability to throw away the tiniest of scraps, since eventually, I had to find ways to use them.

Snippets lend themselves to several design styles like freedom, boho, shabby chic, street, grunge, and many more. I love using them when embellishing art and junk journals, scrapbook pages, planners, and even my diary.

So, even if it makes you a little nervous at first, why not try using a few snippets in your next project.

See more of my designs at Icky Chic Designs

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Three Reasons Why I Love Vintage Fabrics?

New in my Etsy Shop - 5" vintage fabric squares
Why do so many of us never lose our love of vintage fabrics? The answer would probably be a little different for each of us. So I'll just give you three of mine and you can add to the list by dropping a comment below.

First, is because they're FUN! My favorite cotton fabrics come from the decades between 1930 and 1960. So many of these designs were colorful, cheerful, and soft.

Second, is because they tell a mysterious STORY of times before our own experience or remind us of treasured times in our own past.

Third, is the ROMANTIC appeal, especially if I'm using vintage apparel in my designs. I can't help but think about the person who might have worn the item. Why did they choose it for their wardrobe? Where did they wear it? Was it a gift from someone special in their life? A ticket of imagination comes with each vintage garment I use when designing new projects.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

VIRTUAL Junk Journal Retreat - JUNE 3-16

Facebook Craft Fair - Exclusive tutorials and artist showcases.

Are you ready to learn about junk journals, see some amazing journals and art, receive exclusive printables, receive exclusive tutorials and videos, receive exclusive coupons to various shops and artists? For example; Linda Israel, Calico Collage, Heavenly Designs, thatsjustpenny, Ichy Chic Designs, Vintage Faith Journals, Dollar Digital with Marcy Coate.

Then you don't want to miss this June Retreat filled with items each day, several times a day.

Fourteen days filled with instruction videos, journal flip throughs, tutorials, and exclusive discounts and offers from a growing list of vendors.

GO HERE for more information and registration guide.
GO HERE if you're interested in signing up as a vendor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge. Have you joined the fun?

We're 4 months into our 2019 Challenge. How are you doing?

I hope you're having fun finding a zillion ways to tackle those bags of scraps you've got stashed away. One small project each month is doable and stress-free. Don't overthink or plan elaborate items. Just create something you'd like to keep for yourself or an item you'd like to give away.

It's never too late to join the challenge. Jump in and have some fun... Have you fallen behind in submitting your challenge projects? No problem - check the challenge update here for instructions on how to catch up.

Current Challenge Standing:
Carrie - 4 of 12 - projects submitted
Kitty - 5 of 12 - projects submitted
Anne - 5 of 12 - projects submitted
Marsha - 2 of 12 - projects submitted
Wilma - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Shirlee - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Lynda (Me) - 5 of 12 - projects submitted

Here are the new projects submitted for our challenge participants.

Anne is new to our challenge and has submitted five projects that catches her up and she is now current and on track.
Project 1: Piano keys attached to a credit card tape to keep clean and rolled up

Anne Project 2: A jeans decoration for a package decoration.

Anne Project 3: Letters of my grandsons names glued on scraps

Anne Project 4: A new pc of material made from scraps of material and ribbon that I sewed on using wash away to keep them in place. Then I will cut heart shapes or other shapes to use as applique on jeans purses or little girl's blouses.

Anne Project 5: These are page bookmarks.
You put it on the corner of the page.
The triangle can go on either the right or left corner. It's 2-1/2" sq, 1 rt side up, 1 folded

 Kitty's Project:
I've been thinking about art journaling so I thought I would dress up the the little binders I use a lot. I.made slip covers for the front and back covers.

My (Lynda's) March Project is Junk Journal and Scrapbook page embellishments. Created using fabric, trims, laces, and paper.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Be the ONLY ONE to own one of these ONE-OF-A-KIND journal/scrapbook embellishment collections.

This month at Icky Chic Designs the focus is on soft colors and shabby chic elegance. Bringing those elements together in a fun and versatile collection of embellishments for all your journaling and scrapbooking needs is going to make May an exciting and creative month.

Soft color tones mixed with lace, custom trims, ribbons, and the perfect paper gives shabby chic its romantic appeal. It's one of my favorite styles and I never get tired of designing them.

Want your project to stand out from the crowd? Keep it original. That's hard to do when using kits and downloads that everyone else is using. Adding elements from Icky Chic Designs'  
ONE-OF-A-KIND collections will take you where you want to go.