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.

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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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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

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!!!

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