Re-purposed Heart Tote Bag

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Being that I am a little frugal, I love to recycle things whenever possible. This canvas bag is a great example of that. The bag is from a previous project that did not turn out how I wished. At the time, the acrylic colors bled through from the other side and did not work for what I was creating. We all have those days, don’t we! I kept the bag because I loved the organic color combination, and hoped to use it one day. Using the ScanNCut to cut out a word and hearts made this project so easy. I hope you will enjoy creating your own “Sweet” bag!

Supplies:

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12×12 inch
Brother ScanNCut Standard Cut Blade
*Canvas bag
Sticky Back Canvas Sheet 8 1/2”x11”
Red acrylic paint
6 red buttons
Red sewing machine thread
Sewing Machine
Embroidery needle
Fabric adhesive (optional)
Seam ripper

*Create a similar bag by diluting acrylic paints and dripping them onto a similar blank canvas bag. Dry paint between colors to ensure the colors do not mix and create a “mud” color.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

Step 1.
Using a small knife blade or seam ripper, remove stitching from one of the side seams of bag.  This step will allow lines to be stitched on the bag later in the instructions.

 

place canvas sheet on mat

place canvas sheet on mat

Step 2.
Place sticky backed canvas sheet onto mat (canvas side up).  Set machine for blade depth of 7, pressure of 9, and one time to cut.  Load cutting mat into the ScanNcut.

pick heart shape

pick heart shape

Step 3.
Select heart shape from shape menu.  Adjust height and width to desired size.  I made mine approximately 5.25×3.25 inches.  Touch set.  Repeat, creating two, 2″ hearts.  Touch set.

Cut word and hearts

Cut word and hearts

Step 4.
Select the word Sweet from the word menu, keep the preset setting for height and width.  Touch set. Load mat (with canvas) and press cut, cutting out the hearts and the word Sweet.

 

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

Step 5.
Peel cut elements from mat and paint with red acrylic paint.  When dry, peel off film from the back of hearts and word.  Press elements onto bag with firm pressure.

 

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

Step 6.
Using a sewing machine and red thread, stitch straight lines randomly onto bag.  For extra security, machine stitch through hearts and word (if desired) as well.

Step 7.
Refer to photo and sew or glue buttons to bag.

finished bag

finished bag

New Mixed Media products by Rebekah Meier

 

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Projects created with Mixed Media Art Paper Sheets & Mixed Media Foam Sheets

Projects created with Mixed Media Art Paper Sheets & Mixed Media Foam Sheets

 

Hi everyone!  I’m so happy and excited to announce my partnership with  thermoweb.  We have been working for months on My new program.  The new products are Mixed Media Art Papers, Mixed Media Art Tape, Mixed Media Medium, Mixed Media Foam Sheets, and Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets, and luscious Foil Transfer Papers.  All you design yourself!  I have also designed techniques to go along with each product.  Please stop by the thermoweb booth #513 and see me and I will show you all the details.

Sign up to receive my posts for new projects and techniques!

Rebekah

 

 

I am a guest on Make It Artsy!

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Hi everyone!  Last spring I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to tape three segments for the new  Make It Artsy show hosted by  Julie Fei Fan Balzer.   Here are some behind the scenes photos I took while there.  So much prep goes into getting ready to tape each segment both by me and the production staff.  Most of the steps I complete at home, but there are  always last minute things to do.  I really do not get nervous taping the segments, as long as I am prepared. Julie and everyone at KS productions are very helpful in keeping us all on track. Did I mention Julie is a stitch? Yes, she is!   The set of Make It Artsy, is so cool.  The background is a brick wall which makes  for a great back drop.   We all also taped a “teaser” of one of our segments.  Mine is promoting my Mixed Media Mandalas segment.  Here  is the clip, and I am such a dork in it, but the technique and project rock.  The episodes begin airing on PBS stations tomorrow 9-29-16.  My segments are #103, #112, #113.  Check your local listings for details.  Note sometimes it can be a short while before all the stations air it.  You can also watch the show on-line at makeitartsy.com and follow Make It Artsy on fb.  I would love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

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Designer Craft Connection and Fabric Elements giveaway!

 

Mini Paper Quilt Kit

Mini Paper Quilt Kit

 

I am so happy the day is almost here!  Tomorrow designers from the Designer Craft Connection group (DCC), will post their projects from the Fabric Elements blog hop.  I sent each of the DCC designer participants a Fabric Elements Mini Paper Quilt kit.  My only direction to them, was that they use all of the contents with in the kit.  Other than that, they can create whatever they wish.    I am so excited to see what each designer has created.

For those not familiar with Fabric Elements, here is a little background.  Award winning Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques.  It is a collection of my stencils, tissue paper, and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods – such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions to create endless mixed media and fiber art projects.  I love to take the ordinary – like quilt batting and interfacing – and combine them with paint, inks, and other embellishments to elevate them into something extraordinary!

Fabric Elements Giveaway

Fabric Elements Giveaway

To celebrate the creativity of the DCC blog hop, I am having a  Fabric Elements giveaway!  All you need to do is hop on over to  the DCC blog to enter, starting August 25, 2016.

Check out my Etsy store (RebekahMeierDesigns) to purchase Fabric Elements™ products.

Enjoy Life’s Moments Canvas Collage

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I have been so excited lately!  This week I had a chance to create with my new stamps.  I have partnered with ArtFoamies and now have my own stamps!  This canvas was created layer by layer.  I used ink, paint, and crayons to add color and texture.  The prints are phone book pages, washi tape, and my Butterflies Tissue Paper from Fabric Elements.

Materials

ArtFoamies Daisy Vintage Large Stamp

ArtFoamies Daisy Vintage Small Stamp

ArtFoamies Mesh Stamp

Fabric Elements™ Tissue Paper by Rebekah Meier

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Place a piece of masking tape onto a silicone mat.  Apply a slight coat of white acrylic paint onto the tape.  Stamp tape with archival ink and script design.

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Load stamp pad (stamp pad will come with each package) with black acrylic.  Stamp small Vintage Daisy design onto painted masking tape.

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Load scraper with white acrylic paint.  Swipe paint downward, creating horizontal lines.

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Apply a 4″ paper doily with matte medium.  Stamp Large Vintage Daisy design onto doily.  Apply embellishments and word stickers.

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Apply stamped masking tape onto canvas.  This will create a nice texture on the canvas.  Stamp corner of canvas with Mesch ArtFoamie stamp.

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Fabric Elements™ products are available at my Etsy store

Fabric Elements™ Tag Book

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Completed Tag Book.

  • Fabric Elements™ Paintable Fabric  Papillon Cotton Fat Quarter
  • Fabric Elements™ Printed Tissue paper
  • Fabric Elements™ Lace
  • Fabric Elements™ Peltex® Firm Stabilizer
  • 4- 10″ x 5″ pieces of canvas fabric
  • 1- 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of double sided fusible web
  • Art Anthology Spray, Avocado
  • Jacquard Lumiere Brass (gold) acrylic
  • fabric glue
  • iron
Cut book pages

Cut book pages from canvas fabric cut four 10″ x 5″ pieces.

Place two canvas pieces together.  Find and mark the center horizontal width.  Machine stitch on the horizontal line.  Also, machine stitch 1/8″ from edge of top and bottom of page.  Repeat with remaining pieces of canvas.  You should now have two book pages.

Machine stitch spine

Machine stitch spine

Cover and interfacing

Cut two, 10 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ pieces from Fabric Elements Papillion paintable fabric. Cut one, 10 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece from Fabric Elements Peltex, firm stabilizer. Machine stitch 1/8″ around perimeter of book cover. Machine stitch 6-7 times down the center of book cover.  Spray or paint cover (back and front) with thin acrylic or ink.

Mark down the center of book pages.  Place book pages onto inside of book cover.  Machine stitch down the center of book, through book pages and cover.

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Tissue size and ink

Cut a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square from Fabric Elements Printed Tissue Paper and fusible web.  Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply fusible web to the non printed side of Tissue Paper.  Using a cosmetic sponge, apply ink around Tissue Paper.

 

 

Fuse tissue onto front book cover.  Using a small brush, apply gold metallic paint.  Measure book with elastic lace.  Glue ends together.  Place two paper flowers secured together with a decorative scrapbook brad.  Glue flowers to lace.  This will be the closure for book.

Check back soon when I will show you how to create tags for your book!

Fabric Elements™ can be purchased in my Etsy shop

Join Me for a Mixed Media Collage Class!

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It is again a NEW year!  I am so excited how Fabric Elements™ was received at CHA last year.  Winning the new product award was the cherry on the top of the whole show!  Only one more week until I leave for CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) 2016.   We have added new additions to the Fabric Elements product line.  I have been working non-stop coming up with more fab ric, tissue and stencil designs for the program and with some surprises.   More on that in another email.  I will be teaching a Mixed Media Fabric Collage Art Quilt class at the show.  The details are listed below.

Assigned Date of Workshop: Friday, 1/8/2016
Assigned Time of Workshop*: 10:30:00 AM – 12:00:00 PM
Length of Presentation: 1.5 hours
Room Number: 212A**subject to change
Attendee Type: All Buyers (Retailers, Distributors, Designers & Creative Professionals, store owners)

Workshop #: W303
Title: No-Sew “Fabric Collage Art Quilt”
Facilitator Name(s): Rebekah Meier

This class is designed to be a sampler of sorts, showing how to become more familiar with  Fabric Elements™ techniques and products.  Also how you can use other products you might already have to compliment the Fabric Elements™ line.  I would love to see you in class!

Easy Peasy Cheery Pumpkins

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Easy Peasy Cheery Pumpkin

I am getting the chance to play more with my materials from Fabric Elements!  Today I picked my dot fabrics to create pumpkins.  These cheery pumpkins are so easy to create.  All that is needed are Fabric Elements dot fabrics which are sold in fat quarter size, available at JoAnn Fabric and craft stores both online and in store.  Also available at limited Michaels stores.  Simply cut one 12″ circle from each of the dot fabrics.   Using a running stitch and strong thread (button thread) to stitch around 1/8″ from the raw edge of the fabric.  Pull gathers slightly and fill the pumpkin with polyester fiberfil.  Pull gathers tight and knot off.  Tip:  once pulled tight, make another stitch through fabric to secure.  Tear green strips of dot fabric into 1″ wide lengths.  Stuff green strip into the top hole of the pumpkin.  Finish the pumpkin by gluing a stem (twig) into the center of the pumpkin.  How about filling a basket full of pumpkins.  Or, make a smaller size circle and use as a place setting marker.

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And there is a giveaway!  Check out the details here  on the Fabric Editions website on how you can be a creative winner.  I can’t wait to see what you create!!!

Michaels Stores Now Has Fabric Elements

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October brings news!  Michaels Stores now has Fabric Elements.  It is in a 20 store “test”.  That means if it does not do well in the test stores, Michaels will not pick it up in their remaining stores.  So, I am asking for help to spread the word.  Fabric Elements in Michaels is located in the sewing, yarn, fabric department.  Here is the list of Michaels stores that now have it, and Michaels has some kick but coupons this week.  Check it out at Michaels.com

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MEDFORD3475 Crater Lake HwyCrater Lake PlazaMedfordOR97504-9259
1069
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HSTN-CYPRESS25715 Northwest FwyCypress Town CenterCypressTX77429-1047
1328
94
AUS-WESTLAKE3201 Bee Caves Rd Ste 112West Woods Shopping CenterAustinTX78746-6696
3024
94
LA-LA VERNE1951 Foothill BlvdLa VerneCA91750-3501
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SANTA MARIA1934 S BroadwaySanta MariaCA93454-7808
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JAX-SOUTHSIDE9041 Southside Blvd Ste 140Southside Square Shopping CenterJacksonvilleFL32256-5484
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HARRISONBURG, VA277 Burgess RdHarrisonburg CrossingHarrisonburgVA22801-3718
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GAINESVILLE3644 SW Archer RdButler Plaza CentralGainesvilleFL32608-2420
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PITT-GREENSBURG5280 Route 30 Ste 6Westmoreland Mall SouthGreensburgPA15601-7832
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SCRANTON1150 Commerce BlvdDickson City CommonsDickson CityPA18519-1688
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PHI-WARRINGTON1055 Main StValley SquareWarringtonPA18976-2488
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NWK-PARSIPPANY1099 Rte 46 ETroy Hills Shopping CenterParsippanyNJ07054-2177
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NYC-QUEENS/FRESH MEADOWS18704 Horace Harding ExpyFresh Meadows Shopping CenterFresh MeadowsNY11365-2716
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PITT-WASHINGTON339 Washington RdStrabane SquareWashingtonPA15301-2701
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AKRON-FAIRLAWN3750 W Market St Unit YRosemont CommonsFairlawnOH44333-4803
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MADISON-MIDDLETON1700 Deming Way Ste 120Greenway StationMiddletonWI53562-4757
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ST. L-FLORISSANT2427 N Hwy 67FlorissantMO63033
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CHI-KILDEER20505 N Rand Rd, Suite 230The Shops at KildeerKildeerIL60047-3004
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CIN-COLERAIN9657 Colerain AveNorthgate MallCincinnatiOH45251-2003
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LEXINGTON-NICHOLASVILLE RD150 W Lowry Ln Ste 170Regency CentreLexingtonKY40503-3008

I have yet to visit the Deerpark store here in Illinois, and have not seen Fabric Elements.  Could anyone that lives near any of these stores next time you shop there take a pic for me?  It would be even better if you took  a selfie next to it.  Also, please be sure to sign up for the Creative Challenge.    I need your help spreading the word!

Fabric Elements and Jo-Ann Stores

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Hi Everyone!  I wanted to give you all an update on Fabric Elements and Jo-Ann Stores.

Thank you to everyone who has searched their local Jo-Ann’s for Fabric Elements! Though the products were scheduled to be in stores the week of September 6, several stores are behind in putting out the product. In light of the delay, the deadline to enter the #FabricElements Creative Challenge is extending to October 25th. On October 26th, I will announce the top 20 finalists. The finalists’ projects will be shared on the Fabric Editions Facebook page and the photo with the most likes on October 30th will be the winner.  You can find the details of the Creative Challenge here on the Fabric Editions website:
http://blog.fabriceditions.com/index.php/fabric-elements-creative-challenge/

If you still are not quite sure what Fabric Elements is check here for all the details!

If you go to your local Jo-Ann store and Fabric Elements is not yet out, talk to the store manager.  Let them know you are interested in the product line, and would like it put out.

Thanks to all that have seen the Fabric Elements program in person and your nice comments!

All this month my creative friends have been posting awesome projects created with Fabric Elements products.  I encourage you to visit their sites for an overload of creativity!  Here are the links so far:

Rebekah Meier (9-1-15)
Cheryl Boglioli (9-3-15)
May Flaum (9-8-15)
Tammy Tutterow (9-10-15)
Julie Fei-Fan Blazer (9-15-15)
Madeline Arendt  (9-17-15)
Fabric Editions (9-22-15)
Rebekah Meier (9-24-15)

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