Friday, July 26, 2019

Countdown to Christmas!

Hi Crafty Folk!

Sometimes I lose track of the time!  This Countdown to Christmas Wall Hanging was designed back in March.  Sometimes Christmas designing is done six months ahead for magazines or catalogs!  It can be confusing!

But, I'm on track now!  Yesterday was the 25th, so we have just under five months until Christmas!  And, plenty of time to make this new design!

Happy Stitching!

You can find this cheerful snowman on the Herrschners site under Plastic Canvas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Christmas in July Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Stitchers!

Herrschners has released a few more of my plastic canvas designs, and I can't wait to share them with you.  It's like Christmas in July!

The first is a look through a window at a winter scene:

And, the second set is more Christmas-y - fun ornaments that hold candy canes!
Check them out on Herrschners and have fun stitching!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Everyone!

Herrschners has come out with a few of my plastic canvas designs.  Head on over to their site to see them and all the other new designs.  They have a lot of cute, summery ones.

Here's a Pueblo House Tissue Cover.  You can place those little appliques wherever you want on the box.

And, some Pueblo Pottery Coasters.  Those were fun to design - I love Southwest motifs!

And, last, another set of coasters of Country Barns:
Have fun stitching some summer designs!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Joy-ful ideas

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Over on the Creating with Joy blog, there are always great ideas on how to embellish your projects with Joy letters and embroideries.

Here's a few that I have created recently as a member of the design team.  (I receive compensation for these projects and a lot of letters!)

I like to create games for the grandkids.  Here's a Bowling Game that I designed using chocolate milk bottles.  I love when you can reuse things.  This uses some multi-surface paint from Plaid.

And, for the graduate, I made a Mortarboard Gift Box, which can hold a gift card, or your graduate's favorite gift - cash!

Here I've use some Kunin stiff felt and a recycled box.  Add your favorite saying and personalize it with the school colors of your grad.

And, back in April, I created a sign for the yard to point the way to the Easter egg hunt!  Joy letters make it so easy to create a sign!

There are so many ways to use JOY letters - games, signs, gifts.  Stop by the Creating with Joy blog and see more ideas from the design team!

Friday, May 24, 2019

We're All Ears:: Encapsulated Potential

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.  Today I created a pair of earrings inspired by Erin Prais-Hintz on the We're All Ears post from May.  This is the photo inspiration from the post.  It is Ruth Asawa's wire sculptures.  Read more about her and her amazing art on Erin's post.

Here is a set of earrings that were inspired by Ruth Asawa's sculptures:

This doesn't show any encapsulation, but I like the way they came out.  Getting the globe to sit well on the wire was solved with the bead caps that sit inside the mesh bead.  The next photo shows how they sit in the large hole.

This was a fun challenge, but I was too late to post a photo on the blog.  Go here to see the other designs inspired by this amazing wirework.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Steampunk Butterfly

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm participating in a really fun blog hop using new products from {a vintage girl}.  These vintage and steampunk chipboard shapes are designed by Candy Rosenberg.

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As a designer participating in this blog hop, I received free product to use in my designs.  I used the Wicked Wings, letters from the Alphanumeric sheet and a gear from the Trinkets sheet.  In addition,
I used a canvas, various paints including some from Paper Artsy (from a Seth Apter class) and Perfect Pearls metallic powders.  I created the face using a push mold from Sculpey with some clay from Crayola.

I painted the canvas in layers starting with a dark, brownish red and layered with orange, brown and cream colors added on with a toothbrush.  The chipboard pieces of the butterfly and letters were painted with metallic with added layers of the same paints.  The face was also brushed with metallic and brown.  The body of the butterfly was cut from the chipboard in between the wings.  The arms are pieces of corrugated cardboard.  As the butterfly image morphed and developed (I started out thinking I was creating an angel) as my art pieces tend to do, I decided "emerge" was a good word to go with the butterfly.  Then, it needed a chrysalis from which to emerge.  I played with more corrugated cardboard, but that didn't look quite right and finally decided on twisted pieces of natural tissue paper.

Terry Ricioli

Thanks, Candy, for the opportunity to play with your new products!  I had so much fun!  Happy Birthday!

Now, browse our blog hop and see all the other fabulous designs using these fantastic new products.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beachcombing Necklace

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.  I am pleased to be able to share one of my necklace designs with you today.  This one is published in the June/July issue of Beadwork in the Fast and Fabulous section.

I love the ocean and visit as often as I can.  But, when I can't visit, I like reminders of it - a shell, a piece of driftwood, a shiny rock or sea glass.  With this necklace, I've created a collection of elements you might find on the beach - a piece of driftwood, different types of shells and sea glass beads.  But, the matte beads in the necklace weren't churned by the ocean.  I used etchall® dip 'n etch to create the soft, matte surface on shiny, glass beads.  It's so easy and quick to do this (15 minutes!) and I love the look.  Go to this post to see the easy process or search my blog for etched jewelry.

Beachcombing Necklace
Close-up showing etched beads
Close-up of the bottom of the necklace
I really had a lot of fun making this one.  It's a freeform style that's open to whatever you have around as far as shells, wood chips and beads. And it's all knotted making it easy and quick to do.

Here it is hanging on a wooden stand:

The editors and photographers at Beadwork did a fabulous job of photographing and showing the details of this necklace, so I hope you'll check out the magazine.  You can get it in print and digital.

Happy Creating!