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

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

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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Hi everyone!  Here is the line up for the Fabric Elements blog hop.  Next up will be Julie Fei Fan Balzer on Tuesday, September 15, 2015!  Be sure to enter our Creative Challenge!  Details are listed with each designer’s blog post!

Rebekah 9-1-15 http://rebekahmeier.com
Cheryl 9-3-14 http://cherylboglioli.com
May 9-8-15 http://mayflaum.com
Tammy 9-10-15 http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Julie 9-15-15 http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/
Madeline 9-17-15 http://madelinesthoughts.blogspot.chttp://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/com
Fabric Editions 9-22-15 http://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/
Rebekah 9-24-15 http://www.rebekahmeier.com

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