Sunday, June 21, 2020

Barnyard Tissue Cover with Animal Coasters

Hi Plastic Canvas Lovers!

Herrschners has re-released an older design of mine that many of you have requested.  I'm so happy to see it again and I hope that those of you who requested the design will see it.  Go to Herrschners and look under the plastic canvas heading.  Which is your favorite animal?  I'm partial to the pig myself.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Altered Tin

Hi Everyone!

I've always wanted to alter a tin and this decoupage blog hop with Designer Crafts Connection seemed the perfect time.  I found some nice tins in my stash of stuff that were the perfect size.

I sanded it and painted it with Caramel opaque paint (PaperArtsy).

I decoupaged some wallpaper (Tim Holtz) inside the tin.

Next, I printed out some words on the computer.  I decoupaged these to the front of the tin along with some acrylic roses.  Then, I glued on the lock.

I dabbed the roses, lock and words with some translucent PaperArtsy paint in Autumn Fire.  I had previously punched some holes in the top of the tin.  I threaded some wire through and added a few beads and twists.

Here's the inside:

Here are the edges:

So much fun!  Of course, as with all my creations, I immediately think of something I would do differently.  But, that leaves room for more creativity!  I'm off to look for more tins!

Want more decoupage ideas?  Of course you do!  Head to the Designer Crafts Connection blog.

Image may contain: text that says 'DESIGNER 00 CONNECTION CRAFTS'

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Festive Foil Wreath

Hi Crafty People,

I collect recyclable materials.  One of my favorites is the foil seals that you find on the top of coffee cans and nut cans.  You can bend and shape and cut these foil seals.  I have been saving these for some time and when FaveCrafts announced a Stay Home and Craft challenge using items you can find around the house, I was prepared!

I cut these foil seals on my Big Shot and cut out flowers and leaves, which I shaped with my fingers.

Then I painted them and glued them onto a wreath form to create this Festive Foil Wreath.

FaveCrafts selected my wreath as one of their top ten crafts in the challenge.  You can see the others in the top ten here and vote for your favorite.  The instructions for this craft are here.

What will you create with this fabulous recyclable foil?  It's easy to cut with scissors or a die cutting machine and can be painted or sprayed with inks or metal paints.  Add the cut-outs to banners, make a pin or a bracelet, decorate the top of a box or add them to place cards.  There are so many possibilities!  Have fun with this idea!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tree of Life

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are all enjoying the magnificent spring we are having.  We are warming up in Sonoma County and the roses are blooming as fast as they can.

The last couple of days, I have been trying my hand at making a wirework Tree of Life.  Here are a couple of the results.

This was my first attempt:

It was a very small space in which to work, and it's hard to get the wire tight around the ring though I love the texture and color on the TierraCast ring.

The next time I researched Pinterest (Search "wire tree of life").  There are some amazing wireworkers creating so many variations.  I found a tutorial on Instructables to use as a guide.  On this pendant, I left some roots before twisting for the trunk.

This has a bigger diameter, about 1 1/2".  And, I used smaller chips.  It's 16-gauge wire for the ring and 24-gauge for the tree.  I'm excited to try another one with an even larger diameter.  There seems to be no end to the possibilities with this.  

What are you trying that is new to you?  It's a great time to explore.  

Friday, April 17, 2020

Unique Batik Necklace

Hi Everyone!

I'm thrilled once again have a necklace design included in Beadwork Magazine.  This is my Unique Batik Necklace.  It's included in the Fast and Fabulous section of the June/July issue.  Our inspiration for that month was to use mainly black and white in our compositions.

Beadwork Magazine June/July 2020
This necklace is created using mainly using batik beads and howlite beads.  Batik beads are created using carved bone pieces which are then bleached in the sun.  Hot wax is applied to create a pattern.  Then, the beads are dyed with a natural dye.  The wax acts as a resist, leaving a white or cream pattern in contrast to the brown or black dye.

For more on this ancient process, check out this link.  And, try your own version with these fascinating beads.  Look for more Fast and Fabulous black and white necklace designs in Beadwork's June/July 2020 issue.
Photo by Terry Ricioli

Happy Creating!

PS  Love black and white?  Now all the Fast and Fabulous Black and White designs are all in one pattern pack.
Black and White Pattern Pack

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wintry Snow Globe Tissue Cover and Ornaments

Hi Folks!

Here's my latest plastic canvas designs from Herrschners.

Wintry Snow Globe Tissue Cover
Wintry Snow Globe Ornaments
These were fun to design and I hope you will enjoy stitching them.  It's a great new project for those who need to stay at home.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Kids' Crafts Book

Hi Everyone!

Looking for kids' crafts to occupy the little ones?  Bella Crafts to the rescue!  This is a digital download book filled with 75 different ideas. There are games and activities as well as crafts of all sorts.  And, it's free!
Bella's Crafty Kids
Each craft in the digital book will link you directly to the designer's page that donated the craft.  I contributed an easy beaded cross and an angel made from coffee filters.  There's a wide range of crafts and something for all ages to enjoy.  Enjoy crafting with your little ones and treasure this special time with them.

Looking for more crafts?  Sign up for Bella Crafts free magazine.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tutorial: Fringed Rope Earrings

Hi crafty friends!

Here's an easy tutorial for the earrings that I made last month.  Thanks for your encouragement Crafty Hope!  Stop by her blog for more crafty goodness!

I made these with rope from Hemptique:

I used the natural but it comes in a lot of different colors and combinations.

For the wire hoops, I used TierraCast Charm Keepers in the 32mm size.  You could also make your own hoops with some heavy wire.

Charm Keeper Hoop 32mm inside diameter 15 gauge wire, Oxidized Brass, 6 per Pack

The other materials are 24 gauge wire in Vintage Bronze and a pair of brass ear wires.

For this tutorial, I'm using hoops that I made myself from 16 gauge copper wire.  I hammered them after I made the hoop to give it some texture and harden the wire.

Cut 2 1/2" lengths of the rope.  Cut about 4" of the 24 gauge wire.  Fold the rope over the hoop and wrap the 24 gauge wire close to the fold.

Trim the wire and press the ends into the rope.  Unravel the rope completely.

Keep adding fringe until it is as full as you like.

Brush and fluff the fringe and trim any stray ends.

Pretty easy, right?  This also makes a fun pendant as well as earrings.  Have fun with it!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Unboxing new craft goodies

Hi crafty friends,

This Designer Crafts Connection blog hop we are sharing our favorite products, techniques and crafts.  Which one to choose?  I love so many crafty things.

I just got a new box of craft goodies from Plaid as a result of a fortuitous meeting in their booth at AFCI in January (Thank you, Julie and Shauna!).  So, I thought I'd show you their quite generous shipment.

Wow, right!  Plaid has been generous to designers ever since I've been in the industry - and they continue to be.  New brushes, several different brands of paint and plenty of Mod Podge!

But, the item that I was most excited about was a product from their Bucilla line.  I love yarn and thread, fiber and fabric.  It's where I started crafting - stamped embroidery, sewing and needlepoint.  Now, I can add weaving to the mix with the Weaving Loom.

I have strung the loom with the warp threads (vertical threads) with some Hemptique twine.  Then I took a length of yarn and started weaving.  I found a lot of blue shades in my stash.  I started with a yarn that has a lot of tails to give it some texture.  I did have to go back and pull the tails to the front.

I continued with a few different kinds of yarn ends - sari yarn, t-shirt yarn and novelty yarn.  Then, I finished it with some rya knots on the bottom.  I tied all the warp threads on the bottom and the top, and then overcast the top edge.

I decided to add a hanging bar.  I used a piece of grapevine for a rustic look.

I really enjoyed this project and learned so much (like leave more length to tie off the warp threads!).  I can't wait to try another weaving with different stitches besides the plain weave and some thick bulky yarns or strips of fabric.  And, there must be a way to add beads!  The only problem I had was reading the instructions - the print and the background were too close in color to be easily read.  And, although I used the wooden needle in the set to weave, I used a tapestry needle to weave in the ends because it was smaller and easier to use for that.

I found a nice weaving site to help a beginner like me:  The Weaving Loom  She has a lot of good tips.

Ready to see more fun projects?  See the Designer Crafts Connection blog.  We've got lots of ideas!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Stone and Wood Cairn Earrings

Hi Everyone!

Today, I'm taking some time to play.  I haven't had time lately to try a challenge, but I finally have the energy and time to try one.  One of my favorites is on the We're All Ears challenge with Erin Prais-Hintz on the Earrings Everyday blog.

Here's February's We're All Ears challenge.  It's based on the land art by an artist from Wales, Jon Foreman.  His website, Sculpt the World, shows his amazing natural art.  He uses leaves, shells, stones and sand drawing to create wonderful patterns.

Here is one of his stone patterns:
Sculpt the World
Here are the amazing beads Erin created for the Reveal:

I was so inspired, I had to try something similar.  I had some polymer clay lying around that I bought to try some time ago.  It is Sculpey Premo in Granite, so it's perfect to create rock beads.

Here's what I created - some stone beads, a molded face and a donut.

I took some of the stones, some wood chips and some waxed thread and created some rustic earrings.
Stone and Wood Cairn Earrings
I like the natural woodsy look of these.  Working with the polymer clay turned out to be so fun!  I'm ready to try more!  Now, I need a bead rack, some mica, a clay oven, etc. etc!

Take a look at more of our inspiration at Sculpt the World.  And, check out the other wonderful designs at the Reveal.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Fringed Rope Earrings

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.

I had time for some fun this week and created these earrings using Hemptique rope and TierraCast hoops.

Fringed Rope Earrings
Should I write up a tutorial for these?  Let me know in the comments.

Happy Creating!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Post Creativation

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet.

January has been very busy since I got back from Creativation.  I prepare tax forms for our family business plus I had three projects to finish by the end of January.  So, there will be more jewelry and plastic canvas kits coming in the future!

I didn't take many photos at Creativation.  Sometime it's just a blue and I forget.  I am too busy ooh-ing and ah-ing and talking and touching!  I took a few, but I'll point you to a couple of my friends who took a lot more.

Here are mine.  Even though I don't scrapbook or make many cards, I just love the paper from Graphic 45.  Here are a couple from their booth - Farmhouse and Ocean Blue.

Graphic 45
Graphic 45
Here's a few from Plaid.  If you are into cosplay, they have paints for you to transform the foam you use to construct these costumes.

I thought this display at the Plaid booth was cool, especially the barnacles made from egg cartons over on the left.  Clever!
And, this showcases their Mod Podge Ultra.  This display is right up my alley with the driftwood and other pieces hanging in the old window and old bottles crusted in sand

Here Lorrie and Sue helped me take a selfie at the StyleTech booth.

I spent a few hours in the Hemptique booth creating a tassel with some of their hemp fabric, rope and twine.  Great materials with which to work!  You'll see more of this in my designs!

I also took a couple of classes - one in needle felting from Clover and one creating a sculptured journal with Quick Cure Clay with Jamie Dougherty.  Both were great classes and amazing techniques, which I hope to incorporate somewhere down the line.

Here's the journal:

It was an amazing trip this year.  I got to see family, had two fantastic roommates, hung out with designers from all over the world and saw some exciting new products.

But, this is just a tidbit.  For lots of photos from the show floor, see Julie McGuffee's blog, Life in the Craft Lane.  For another view on trends, see Cindy DeRosier's site.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Creativation 2020

Hi Everyone!

It's January and I'm heading to Phoenix.  Sonoma County is rainy and cold today, so it will be a treat to see some sunshine!

Creativation is an industry-only tradeshow where we can see all the latest innovations and new releases in the craft industry.

After last year's amazing show where I participated in the Project Embellish competition, I'm excited to see what the possibilities and connections will be this year.  It's a time to reconnect with friends in the industry, meet new suppliers and vendors and take some interesting classes.  This year, I'm taking a class on felting and embroidery and a class on a quick-cure clay.  It's always fun to play with new materials and techniques and see where they might fit into my designing.

So, stay tuned for photos and new ideas from the show.  I hope to post some on Instagram, so look for them there!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Llama Coasters and Tissue Cover

Hi Folks,

There's some new kits on the Herrschner's site including some designs I made for them.

Here's one of my favorites that I have made recently - a set of llama coasters and a tissue box.
Llama Coasters
Llama Tissue Box

And, here's a Scatter Kindness sign with coasters.
Scatter Kindness Wall Hanging
Scatter Kindness Coasters

Head on over to the Herrschners site for more details.

Happy Stitching!