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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Quilt Roundup

Blue and White Quilt
I haven't been doing very many paper related projects and quilts take a lot more time before there is anything to show!  This is part of the reason for the gap in my posting. It has been difficult to find a good place to take pictures of the quilts I've made.  But I wanted to share what I have been up to for the last several months. Here are the quilts that I've finished over the last few months.

Disappearing 9-Patch
 All of these were started before 2005 except for the one made completely of leftover scraps shown below (with the dog.)

"Free Quilt" made out of leftovers from previous projects.
 I used a fleece blanket from Target for the backing and did not use any batting.  It makes a nice couch cover for dirty paws.

This Halloween quilt protects the piano from the cat. :-)

 The quilt below is from the book Candy Coated Christmas by Lynette Jensen.

Snowflake - Thimbleberries pattern

My current project is a new quilt to go with my daughter's freshly painted bedroom:

Black, white and aqua-green striped bedroom

I designed a quilt using EQ7 and hope it turns out the way she and I want!  It should be done by the end of the month. Stay tuned... :-)

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Perpetual Calendar with Leftover Embellishments

Most of us have leftover bits and bobs from previous projects.  Items that are too nice to throw away but too few to use on a new layout or set of greeting cards.  Maybe because Christmas was still on my mind, I was thinking about ornaments.  Or maybe I just like dangly things that sparkle.  Regardless, I knew I was going to make something three-dimensional and practical the next time I played with my stash of stuff.

I have been wanting to make a new perpetual calendar for awhile and finally decided to start the New Year with one. It met the criteria of useful with ornament-like attributes.

This is super simple and did not cost me anything since I already had everything!  I love free projects!

The frame came from CTMH. It would be easy to make one, though.  A picture frame and some wire and some way to secure it and voila!  The little hooks to hang each of the dates are from Oriental Trading.  They are called "Artist Safety Pins".  However, it would be easy to just use some wire to make a loop. Or yarn, string, floss, thread, etc., would work as well.  If you have lots of eyelets lying around you might use those up to add stability to the hole.

If I did not already have a frame, I would have used a piece of wood and arranged nails on it in a grid to hang the ornament/dates.

If you decide to make one, I would love to see it! 
Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Resolutions, Goals, Guidelines

Happy 2017!  Sorry for the long gaps in posting. One of my goals for January is to post on a more consistent basis. It may be more along the lines of a guideline rather than an actual resolution!
January 2017 Intentions in Composition Notebook

I no longer make New Year's Resolutions.  It seems like a great idea to make plans to live a better life. So I try to do this on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.  Because I am 'goal oriented', my list is usually formatted as goals or intentions.

Here is an overview list that I made. It is in the back of one of my art journals and I can refer to it when I make a new page of resolutions.  From this big-topic list, I make specific goals.  For example, on my January 2017 Intentions page posted above, I am choosing to be more mindful about my level of exercise.  This is stated with the goal of increasing the difficulty of my exercising throughout the month.  The time that will be spent on the exercise did not change from the previous month but I stated it just so I'd know what I am expecting of myself.  It may sound silly to have to write it down.  However, this helps me to stay focused.  And when it comes to exercise, every bit of focus helps!

Even though this isn't a goal or intention, I thought I would share my meal planning page for the next two weeks.  It is in the back of my regular planner so it is very handy. Meal planning is an ongoing thing that I do and it helps me with shopping and health goals.

Wishing you the very best in 2017!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Painting on Fabric Using Pigment Powder

Lately, I have been working with fabric. It has provided a great outlet for me to play with my stash by dyeing, painting, quilting, incorporating surface design techniques, and anything else which I can think up. Today, I decided to try using Colourarte's Primary Elements pigment powder to paint on some fabric that I had dyed a few months ago.

Hand dyed denim on left and cotton scarf on right
The original fabrics were white or off-white and now they are beautiful shades of blues and a bit of pink/magenta.  These seemed like great choices to paint upon.

Obviously, blue is a first choice for me when it comes to adding additional color! I used several different colors of Primary Elements but chose to stick with a cool palette. (Maybe even a 'cold' palette, as in sherbert! *See note below.) At the time, I was thinking of a tone on tone effect.  But as I was painting, I realized that more contrast would be more interesting so I grabbed some solid fabric to paint, too.  Those pictures are below the scarf.

Stargazer, Bolivian Blue and Green Pearl Primary Elements on tie-dyed scarf
In order to see how the rich colors of the pigment powder would work with a colorless extender I mixed about a teaspoon of the pigment powder with about a tablespoon of medium.  This is what I used:

It was fun to mix the powders and see the results. Sometimes paint colors change quite a bit when they are dry, so the anticipation of the end product was part of the fun! I decided to add a bit of white Brusho Colourcraft powder to the pigment powder to see if it would change the opacity much.  It may have been that I did not add enough but it wasn't a very noticeable change.

Forest Green Primary Elements is most noticeable on the top left piece
The pink denim fabric was left over from when my 11 year old daughter and I made an apron together several years ago. She wants me to make a book bag from today's painting experiment!  I love how the large stencil from this month's Stencil Girl Club collection made this project even easier!  The colors of the fabrics and the paints remind me of summer days with ice cream and sprinkles.

The lighting is wonky, but this is actually an intense pink color!

*Colourarte is having a "sherbert challenge" and I thought of Raspberry when I pulled out the fabric. The painted colors showed up a lot better on the solid color fabric.  And the picture below is a better representation of the background fabric!

The large piece of blue dyed denim in the top couple of pictures was painted also. But I will share the outcome of that on another day when I have sewn it into something!
I hope you have a wonderful, warm day with a cold treat! Thank you for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Steel Die Storage Update for Spellbinders, Sizzix, etc.

Wafer Thin Die Storage
As my collection of tools grows, so does my need to find new ways to organize and store them.  Today's post is about using steel dies as artwork for the wall.  No, not really.  It is about the latest evolution of my storage system for dies that are used with die-cutting machines.

The video below explains this and shows examples of how I've stored dies in the past. I wrote about this in 2011 here and here. The first link has a video explaining my initial storage method at the time and the second one has some photos of the systems I used.

Here is a link to the magnetic sheeting that I hung on the wall which is shown in today's video:


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Stencil Storage Ideas

My stencil collection has been growing and it was time to find a new storage system to keep up with it!

Here is a video that shows you the evolution of my storage system for stencils of all different sizes.

Several months ago, I bought self-adhesive hooks on ebay. Unfortunately, I can not locate the seller at this time. Here is a link to the same type of lightweight hooks that I bought to hang the stencils:

Here is a link to the 4-pocket page protectors that hold 6" stencils mentioned in the video:

And this link is for the single pocket pages. I stored 12 x 12 and 9 x 12 stencils back to back with a piece of cardstock in-between the stencils.

I'd love to hear how you store your stencils.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Creative Roundup - Lots of Photographs

For lack of a better post title, the following is some of what I have been doing the last few months.
Dyeing scarves
Chenilled a puppy quilt from hand dyed flannel
 The puppy quilt was for the little fellow pictured below.  We got him from a rescue and he turned out to be sick.  I spent several weeks tending to him and cleaning up the evidence of his tummy troubles.  I am happy to report that he is doing great, now. 
New Puppy

 It has been a long time since I dyed fabric, maybe more than a decade! The process is really fun.  It was nice to ease back into it with some scarves and a little bit of cotton yardage. Because of the dyeing success, I decided that I would like to try painting on fabric. This shirt was very plain and off-white is not a very flattering color for me. Jacquard paints to the rescue!
Fabric painting with Stencil Girl stencils
Front of shirt was done with a tiny stencil from the March Stencil Girl Club set that I moved around a lot to make it into a flower-like shape. The back was from another stencil from March's Club set.
Back of shirt painted with Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow

There isn't a lot of continuity in my workflow, but here is some more evidence of how I spent my time since the start of the year.

Art quilt bed topper for my mother's 80th birthday

 The bed topper pictured here was a work based upon what I thought were important moments or objects that formed part of my mother's life. Like so many things in life, it isn't the entire story, but hopefully part of a good story.
Freehand cut orchid applique for the quilt

3 dimensional aspects to the quilt include this little pillow
Photos printed on fabric make up part of the background
My helper needed to pre-fur it 

 For the most part, I feel the time was well spent.  It is nice to be able to spend time following creative pursuits.

And playing with animals.
Happy Puppy
House cat playing with daughter
Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

What I Do While Creating Art -

My number one thing I love to do while quilting or papercrafting or doing mixed-media work is listen to audio books.
If you are interested in subscribing to Audible, here is a link to get you started:

 Otherwise, I check out audiobooks on cds or through digital downloads with my local public library. I have used Overdrive and One Click with equal ease. I love that my family can listen to them together. We always get books for long car trips. Rick Riordan, Jonathan Stroud and Cornelia Funke are some of our favorite authors.  Let me know if you have any favorite family-friendly titles to share.

I hope to be back posting some art soon.

Monday, November 30, 2015

CyberWeek Sale at CTMH!

For five days only, a selection of items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price! Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount! Shop here for the great deals.

The sale is only available Monday, November 30, 2015 (9:00 am MST) through Friday, December 4, 2015 (4:00 pm MST).

There are thirty-nine products included in this sale, which come from our current idea books. Their item numbers are listed below. Additionally, all items will be shown in a special shopping menu entitled “Cyberweek Sale!” on my Online Business Address located here
Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold 
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver 
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver 
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program 
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit 
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album 
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags 
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags 
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags 
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags 
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box 
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box 
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag 
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray 
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray 
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard 
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box 
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box 
Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container 
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album 
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box 
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album 
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book 
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book 
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album 
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container 
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection 
Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch 
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch

I hope you are able to take advantage of this sale. This link will take you to the website: Cyberweek at CTMH.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Halloween Countdown Magnetic Board - Dyspeptic Acres

Tin pail with magnetic spiders
Magnetic Board Decorated for Halloween Count-up

Spiders on Magnetic Board
On Wall
While I was working on the Countdown to Halloween Activity jar posted here and here, I started thinking about a simpler countdown project.  This is the brainchild I created.

This is one of my favorite home decor items that I have made.  It was easy, and a tiny bit time consuming, but loads of fun. My husband said it really should be called a Halloween Countup rather than a countdown because the spiders are added instead of taken away. Each day a new spider is placed onto the board in numerical order. Here is a video explaining it a little bit further:

However you use it, I hope you have a good time with this project.

"Dyspeptic Acres" Magnet Board for Halloween Countdown

Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Materials and Cricut Cuts:
Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Artistry Cricut Collection

Black Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Whisper Cardstock
White Daisy Pigment Ink
Embossing Powder
Artiste page 76  Web is Accent 4 - Slate fit to page = 10 3/4
Artiste page 76 Cat is Card Shift - Black 2"
Artiste page 77 Spiders are Accent 4 Shift - Black 1 1/2" (Autofill cuts 42 pieces)
Artiste letters are Caps cut at 2 1/4" 

Artistry page 43 Bats are Shift key - Black 1" cut qty 3
Artistry page 43 Bat border is Background Shift - Black fit to page = 1"

Artbooking page 54 Owl is Border Shift - Slate fit to page = 35 1/2"
Artbooking page 54 Spiders are Overlay Shift keys - Black 6" and 7" 
Artbooking page 55 "Halloween"  is Title Shift - Black fit to page = 12 1/2"
Artbooking page 55 Rat is Overlay Shift - Black 
Artbooking page 71 Big Bat on wall is Icon Shift - Black fit to page = 38 1/2"
Artbooking page 71 Haunted House is Border Shift - Whisper fit to page = 15 1/4"

Little Monsters Stamp Set  C1630 and Etched Alphabet Set A1182 (available after September 1, 2015) stamped with archival black ink. Monsters colored/shaded with watercolor pencils. Alphabet was used to make sign for haunted house on scrap paper.

Thank you for stopping by today!