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.

10-15-15 set of three pumpkins 2

10-15-15 gathered orange pumpkin 1

10-15-15 orange pumpkin gathered

10-15-15 blue pumpkin top

10-15-15 twigs for stem

10-15-15 set on cinder block

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!!!

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)

Love and Peace

 

I miss my husband Brad.    I wanted to share with you my new stencil I created with his passing in my mind.  His  birthday is  August 17th.   I wanted to make something that could hang in my studio so he is there with me every day.    About a month and a half after he had passed, I created this stencil for The Crafters Workshop.   It was released this month.

It is to remind me of  our adventures, and that day on Santa Monica pier, where this photo was taken.  It was such a beautiful relaxing day for both of us.

   It encompasses Brad so well.  Being at the beach and people watching.

 

Finished Canvas

Finished Canvas

My Love

Santa Monica pier 2014.  

 

Tape Peel

   Tape Peel

heart stamped with script

heart stamped with script

I  started with a 12″ x 12″ burlap frame, and used gel medium (any brand) to apply a sheet of collage paper (found at Jo-Ann stores).  While the paper  as still a little damp I placed masking tape onto the paper and lifted it.  Some of the paper came off, giving it a beautiful torn effect.  I diluted some gold metallic paint and painted over the paper.  When it was dry,  I stenciled the words of the stencil onto the paper using black acrylic.  I outlined the words with a taupe color marker to make them pop.  I kept the stencil in place and stenciled the remaining designs with robin’s egg blue acrylic paint.  I created dots and circles (paint cap) with gold paint.  Lastly I stamped a rubber stamp with a script design onto the broken heart.  When you break it down in steps this canvas was really very easy to create.

Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat-Fusible Art Sheets

 

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I would like to share the other class I will be teaching at Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat.   Fusible Art Sheets!  This is one of my favorite classes to teach.  Students are very surprised when they learn the technique for creating  a fragile piece of fusible paper.  Once created these sheets can be fused to almost anything,  including but not limited to  journals, scrapbook pages, canvas, and cards are just a few of things that will look beautiful with Art Sheets.    This class is so easy!  I hope to see you in class.

Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat

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 I just wanted to remind all of you that the early bird discount for the Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat August 1, 2015 is approaching quickly.  I have looked over the classes and I am blown away with the offerings.

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

 

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal book

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal

It was a good design day when I came up with the idea to use inexpensive coffee filters for my mixed media art.  I like that the filters are paper and can be painted, stamped, and stenciled upon and  when applied to a surface, such as a journal, it will show what is underneath.   Each will be different and unique to each student as they put their own aesthetic into the mix.  A few other techniques will be saved for those of you that take my class!  You can also apply them onto a canvas or use them for decoupage.   The possibilities are endless on how you can create and use them.    I will have on hand my stencils from my TCW stencil line for students to use.  Check back tomorrow and I will post about Fragile Fusion!

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