Thursday, September 5, 2013

BabyPunk Shoes???

Hi Crafty People!!! Hope everyone is well out there. 
First, I'd like to say a big "Thank you!" to those of you who have sent me some happy mail recently...you know who you are! I am deeply grateful and humbled you would think of me. I LOVE blogland for many reasons, but the biggest one being that I have met so many people that I call friends! You all mean so much, despite never having seen your face. I treasure you!!!
Now back to business. When I went to the Create n Connect Summer CHA in July, I was so fortunate to meet many new and talented people. Eileen Hull, who designs her own Dies for Sizzix...check them all out here...was one of the people I met through my buddy Amy Bowerman, who was helping Eileen demo some of her new Dies for her Cherished Series, which is all about the little ones in our lives.
I was lucky to be given some of the precut Dies of the new goods...thanks Ladies! One of those was the new Baby Shoe Booty, and I just fell in love with it. I instantly had tons of ideas to bring these "Booties" to life, like maybe making ice skates, or high heeled shoes, or golf, football, and baseball shoes, or shoes for every holiday, or even roller skates!
(*Note - The Die is not up for sale yet, so I do not have a thumb to link it too, but you can see all information on it by clicking the above link. I think it will be out in February, 2014.)
So I went with roller skates and was debating on whether or not they would be the traditional pink or blue...for baby you know...except they quickly morphed into an industrial flying steampunk'd out pair, and I had to go with it. These are certainly not your typical gift for a cute, little, precious bundle of joy, so I'm very sorry if my project offends anyone. However if it doesn't, then grab a cuppa as there are many photos.
Eileen is well known for using Mat Board with her Scoreboards 3D dies, and I can totally see why. It is extremely durable and holds shapes and folds so well...no tearing here. I began by covered the pieces with Ranger's Foil Tape Sheets.
I ran all the pieces through Tim's Riveted Texture Fade from Sizzix.
Everything received a little coating of Pitch Black Paint Dabber, and after it dried I sanded some of it off the raised parts to reveal the foil underneath.
I traced half circles onto some scrap manila using various jars I had laying around, and after cutting them out I sprayed them with Ink Refresher on both sides, and began to crumple them up a bit. Yes...here comes Tim's Faux Leather Technique (Remember my video?)!
Perfect Pearls came next, along with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I used Glue N Seal to adhere the leather like pieces on.
Lots of brads, er rivets, came next.
It was pure joy to go crazy adding lots of Idea-ology and other metal pieces. I had a hard time stopping myself from adding more!
Finally it was time to attach all of the pieces together, and affix the wheels on, courtesy of some Match Box toy cars. I used a piece of soft balsa wood to hold the wheels by drilling a tiny hole on each side to allow for the axles.
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I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

68 comments:

  1. Well, they may not be cute but they are adorable!

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  2. Oh my gosh Anita what an incredibly constructed pair of skates. Just love the punky design and all the industrial details. So creative and so clever.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  3. Beyond divine, that's all I can say ... Your imagination is definitely endless ... WOW! Hugs, Suzanne x

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  4. These are fantastic Anita!! What a creative imagination you have. Love that you even went to the trouble of adding working wheels on the bottom of each of these wonderful booties. Hugs, Jenny x

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  5. Oh my Anita. how simply gorgeous. your talent never ceases to amaze me

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  6. Anita these are AMAZING! Love the term babypunk and what a fantastic description for these tiny works of art. Incredible attention to detail - I LOVE the tiny propellers on the back - genius design feature! Have to keep going back to look - so many intricate details to take in. Tell you what Missus - you've well and truly got your Mojo back! Whoop whoop! Big Hugs MMx

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  7. Hi Anita - I love this project - I can see the little baby now - just whooshing along - wings flapping and propellors spinning!!! Poor Mum will never catch the wearer of your magical booties! Hugs Helen x

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  8. OMG Anita! These are STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING! They remind me of Mad Max movies! I LOVE the sides, then the backs, then the fronts, then the wheels - all over BRILLIANCE and wonderfully playful! So good to see you back with your fab creative genius. Nicola x

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  9. Soooooo unbelievably cute!!! I love the little headlight light bulbs on the front and the propellers on the back! Now I'll be singing that 70's song "Brand New Key" all day long!!!

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  10. Soooo unbelievably cute!!! I love the little headlight light bulbs on the front and the propellers on the back. They make me think of that 70's song "Brand New Key" which will now be rolling around in my head all day long!!

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  11. Un freakin believable! These rock so hard I want to wear them everywhere I go! Girl you have out done yourself....so so cool!

    Amy*

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  12. Can you make those in adult sizes??? OMG, these are beyond cool! Love all the punky details and you even lighted the path! Love these! Hugs!

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  13. Oh my! Anita you have outdone yourself! These shoes have never looked cooler :-) Every detail is amazing- I love the hinged wings and figurehead lady on the fronts... and the the propellors! SO amazing! I love this- off to share!

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  14. WOW these are Fanfreakintastic!! I want a pair!! really awesome make Anita!
    wow!

    kazx

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  15. These are so cool Anita!! Love all the textures, metals, details. Such a great idea!!

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  16. That's incredible! You are incredible!!!!!!! I love these steampunk baby shoes! I've no words, i'm really stunning!BArbarayaya

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  17. Wow Anita - these are awesome!!! How fun!! Roller Derby anyone? ;)

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  18. Amazing, stunning, creative work Anita! Wow, these skates are amazing! So glad they morphed into steampunk. What a terrific imagination you have and what stunning results. I am pinning these wonderful skates! Hugs, Anne x

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  19. Hello Anita
    One word.... Amazing.
    I would label this conceptual Art.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  20. Cool! This is one of the most whimsical pieces of yours that I've seen. Blessings!

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  21. I love it! This is one of the most whimsical pieces of yours that I've seen. Blessings!

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  22. Wow, Anita, what a fabulous pair of shoes! Gotta love the wind-up key in the back--perfect addition!!

    :)

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  23. What a cute pair of booties. I love the steampunk and the wings. Awesome use of this die.
    Kate

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  24. These are really incredible. What a creative project!!!

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  25. Oh my my! From the title I thought, uh oh, she's gone cutesy on us...never fear steampunk remains! These are so cool! Now these ARE baby shoes to crow about!

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  26. This is totally insane, in an OMG-how-do-you-ever-think-up-these-wonderful-crazy-ideas kind of way. Me thinks you had a ton of fun making this and you have your groove back on.. Anita Houston at her bestest. You go girl.

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  27. Brilliant, just brilliant! Love the way you have taken this project so far out the box it is just unreal! These are the most fantastical baby shoes eva!

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  28. O my word! I Love them...only you could have thought of these creative bootees Anita....the attention to detail is outstanding...Incredible work... you are such an inspiration...roller boots amazing idea... Love, Love, Love them....Great tutorial too... Hugs May x x x x

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  29. They are spectacularly gorgeous & I completely LOVE them. Well done for avoiding the pink/blue silliness.

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  30. Insanely fabulous! Who could possibly be offended by these... they are just sensational, and far more up my street than cutesy booties would be!! Brilliant make, Anita - looks like the mojo well and truly kicked in for this one... Fantastic process photos, too, taking us through your amazing creation - thank you!
    Alison x

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  31. I'm speechless! Such amazing creativity, a fantastic project totally unique xx

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  32. Wow, those are some rocking skates! The way you used the wind up key was fabulous! Those wheels from the toy cars are so great! I am glad to see you back and creating only as you can!

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  33. Now these are my kind of baby shoes. Simply amazing....your attention to details is incredible. Makes me want to create a pair of my own. Tiny little master pieces of art.

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  34. Are you crazy... who would be offended by these? THEY ARE CHUFFING AMAZEBOBS!!!!! I LOVE THEM!!! I needs me a pair!! Awesome art as ever hunny... miss ya xxx

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  35. You are insanely creative! My eyes are popping out and my jaw is hanging open. These are the COOLEST things I've seen in forever - truly a steampunk masterpiece! Amazing!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  36. You are THE BEST!!!!! Amazing work!!!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  37. Oh my gosh!! These are spectacular. So loving the propellers on the back heels. I agree, a masterpiece.
    Hope you don't mind but I pinned these!!

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  38. Wow, wow, wow - that's a breathtaking project, really a masterpiece.

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  39. I agree with what Linda C. said...eye popping, jaw dropping creative goodness! Absolutely spectacular Anita!

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  40. OMG, Anita, these are fantabulous! Love love LOVE. The hinged wings are killing me... what an awesome make!

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  41. Absolute stunners! what Mommy wouldn't love these?! So cute.

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  42. FANTASTIC Anita!! How cute :) I love this. The details are so whimsical -- what a joy to explore them all. It looks like you had a blast making these. We certainly have had a blast looking at them!!! Thanks for sharing these with us. -- Mary Elizabeth

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  43. Oh my word Anita! What an amazing pair of steampunk shoes! I so appreciate all the time and creativity that went into designing these! Absolutely stunning! Have a great weekend!

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  44. This is way beyond clever, creative, amazing....

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  45. WOW your steampunk baby shoes are breathtaking. Your neverending unique ideas are adorable.
    Have a nice weekend,
    hugs Anja

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  46. Well I can see you blew everyone's socks off with these my dear, oh man I looooove how your mind works, these are OUT OF THIS WORLD..I'm plugging my kettle on right now:O),okay watch your video, fabulous. You can see how much fun you had creating these, I stand to applaud you this is a BRILLIANT make, love, love, love them and I'm not even in to steam punk, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend..

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  47. Wow Anita these are awesome ! I love how you add so much detail, truly amazing ! Looks like your mojo might just be back on track ! Sue C x

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  48. Oh... wow... Anita, this is so creative! I love those great textues and beautiful embellishments you've added to the shoes. This steampunk project is absolutely amazing! :)

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  49. Wow Anita :-) what a wonderful grungy project. Love these dies and techniques you have applied.

    Best wishes and crafty hugs Annie x

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  50. Hello my creative friend, you have out done yourself with these. I want a pair, think of all the gas I would save wearing a pair of wind-up shoes with wheels. You have the imagination of a Walt Disney, pure genius :)
    All that I can say is WOW!!! Fantastic!

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  51. These are amazingly wonderful!! WOW!

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  52. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. wowee, totally amazeballs.
    Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. Anita you brought baby shoes to a new level, they are so cool. Makes mine look rather tame. LOL
    Hugs Lynn

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  55. Я в восторге! Ты очень смелая, Анита! Разве, создавая работу, ты руководствуешься мнениями и вкусами других людей? Вряд ли... Ты позволяешь своей фантазии и своим рукам творить чудеса, к которым стремится твоя душа. Именно это меня и восхищает в тебе! СПАСИБо тебе за это!...

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  56. Hi Anita, hope you are well. All I can say about this is WOW and WOW. Amazing. Tracy x

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  57. I just love the steampunk designs.

    Regards diane

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  58. These steampunk skate shoes are amazingly cool!!!! I love them. Thank you for sharing, I found you through Eileen's post on the sizzix blog. Great thinking outside the box.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  59. Way far out there GF!!! Just love it, how amazing............You not only rocked this die, you STEAM-rolled it!!!!!

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  60. Don't know how I managed to miss these but so glad you linked back to them in today's post.... No wonder they got so much attention, they are spectacular!!!! My mouth is on the floor, seriously!!

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  61. These are just too cute. Mercury's baby shoes maybe? Fantastic.

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  62. Seriously......soooooo way better than bronzing baby shoes!!! Your brain is just amazing. Stiletto baby shoes....LOL...now how cool would that be?
    These are just wonderful and I love that they come with wheels and wings. very appropriate for symbolizing kids growing up and flying the nest.
    Hugs to you and keep on keeping it inky.....

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  63. these are somewhere beyond completely.crazy.amazing.
    wow-de-wow - you are awesome!

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  64. LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes! what an imagination. they are so cool. I might have to buy the die just to make a pair. thanks!!

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  65. Oh I love this cool shoes. They are fabulous WOW :)

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