Sunday, August 29, 2010

i love a good shortcut

i am all about the shortcuts...if I can't start and finish a project that sparks in my head within one or two sittings, chances are it won't get done at all.

i have a love/hate relationship with fabric. it's like candy, it's beautiful, i love to buy it and i want really badly to work with it more in quiltmaking and fiber art. but i'm soooo not fond of all the cutting and piecing and trying to get perfect seams and points. nor do i enjoy the measuring or pattern-following so much. i have made a couple small wall quilts and one day i really want to make a bed quilt...we shall see.

i do like stitching in general though, and my cheap little singer sewing machine has served me quite well with its whopping two stitch styles, straight or zigzag. i finally figured out that i like doing fabric collage with raw-edge machine appliqué. i like the thready edges of the pieces and the ease of placing pieces on a foundation.

i used a dresden plate template to cut the batik fabrics for this piece that is still in progress...i really want to finish this one!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

tag book

tomorrow i am co-hosting an all-day charity crop that benefits a local elementary school. i'll be teaching two classes for attendees, many of whom are parents of the school kids and they have never scrapbooked before.

since i am not much of a 12x12 layout type gal, this cute little tag book will be their project in my "scrap 101" class. it's a 5x7 tag-shaped board book - covered with cute papers, ribbons and simple embellishments.

we'll discuss how to organize photos into a group that tells a story, choosing papers and embellishments, and writing journal entries. it should be really fun!

Monday, August 16, 2010

photo cube ornament

today on cool2craft, i demo-ed how to make this ornament using a blank board block. i chose vintage clip art pics, but these would be so cute with family pics, hanging on doorknobs, lamp switches, or on the christmas tree.
it's easy to make...i think the secret is in the paper selection and a wavy cutting blade, that's what makes it look extra pretty. i use a lot of scrapbook paper, but i think some the most beautiful papers are the sheets from india, thailand, etc. that you can get in the art supply store.

click here to watch my demo along with the rest of a very fun and creative show!

i will be teaching this project this saturday, august 21st at a charity crop in richmond, california. all are welcome - click here for more event details!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

sponging and stenciling

lately cosmetic sponges have been my go-to tools for painting...i love the subtle texture they impart and the rectangular shape. they're great for blending colors too. for this atc, i just picked up both colors at the same time and started dabbing them on to my card stock.

after it was dry, i laid a flower template on top and spritzed some iridescent ink spray over it for a little extra texture and sparkle.