Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A Quick and Easy Throw Pillow

Hello friends! I can hardly believe it's November but I am loving the cooler weather! What is the weather like where you are? Today I'm sharing a fun and easy pillow using the new Abandoned from FreeSpirit Fabrics designed by Tim Holtz. These fabrics are stunning with their vivid colors, typography and striking designs. check your local store Abandoned will be there very soon! 

Here's what you'll need.

Requirements:
2 1/2" strips of the 9 Abandoned fabrics
1/2 yard Abandoned fabric for backing
16" x 26" FJÄDRAR pillow from Ikea (or the like)
thread to match
rotary cutting tools
sewing machine

Cuts strip of fabric 2 1/2" wide by width of fabric. Then cut the strips in half they will be approximately 2 1/2" x 22"ish

Layout and arrange the strips as desired. 

Sew the strips together alternating the seams. Continue sewing the strips until you have the desired size to cover your pillow. 

I purchased the FJÄDRAR pillow from Ikea, you really can't beat the price anywhere. 
My pillow is 16" x 26" so I will cut my sewn fabric piece to 16" x 26". I like the cover to fit snugly. 

Create a backing for your pillow I chose to overlap two pieces of fabric but you could also add a zippered panel. Place the fabrics right sides together and sew around the edge using 1/2" seam allowance. 

Clip the corners and turn right sides out. 

Insert pillow and enjoy! I love the colors of this fabric and it's going to be a perfect addition to my leather chair in my studio. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dear Santa Divided Box - Tim Holz Idea-ology Christmas release

Hello friends! I'm so excited to finally share one of my favorite makes from the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology Holiday release. Such an amazing release so you can create festive projects for the holiday season. If you missed the Facebook Live you can see all the details on Tim's blog. 

Here is my Dear Santa Divided Box. 
My sweet granddaughter Clara choose the Dear Santa charm,  

Loving the new colored lights on my tree. And do you see the Cathedral Windows with a vellum snow scene out the window. 

Santa is delivering presents to the little girl at this house. How does Santa look so great after coming down the chimney? He's from the Snippets Ephemera Pack. 

The Tiny Snow Globe looks like a little vintage snow globe. I added a few Remnants Rubs and then splattered it with some white paint so it looks like its snowing inside. 

The big half tree is adorned with Antiqued Gems. I love the sparkle and you could even alcohol ink them for colored ornaments. 

Noel has a few Remnant Rub words rubbed on them and the candy vellum scene back lite with the Tiny Lights. The top is adorned with the new Velvet ribbon which ties in a bows so nice and the Little Dear Santa Token that Clara choose for my project. 

Stay tune! I'll be doing some mini tutorials on some of the special techniques I used on this project. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you are inspired to make something for the holidays! 
Richele

Check you local Scrapbook store or here are the links to Simon Says Stamp. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Wobbler Cat - Tim Holtz HaLLoWeeN Snarky Cat

Hello friends! Everyone loves a little Snarky Cat, right! The new Tim Holtz Snarky Cat Halloween set from Stampers Anonymous is perfect for those Halloween cards you need to make. And adding the Wobbler action on the cat makes him do a little shake shake, makes everyone smile. 

He looks like he just got in trouble for getting into the candy stash. Haha!

Stamp your favorite Snarky Cat, pumpkin and witches hat with Black Soot Archival Ink. 


Cut out all the stamp images and cut off the tail, don't worry we'll re-attach it later. 

Color the images with Distress ink and a waterbrush.  I think the new Crackling Campfire Distress Ink would be great for that pumpkin. when coloring it's so hard to keep the eyes clean so I stamped another set of eyes cut them out and adhered them after I was all done coloring. 

Position the new dot shifter stencil over an old book page and ink with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Re position stencil lining up the dot to the engraved image on the stencil and Ink with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. I like to use the Oxide Inks for this, they are a little opaque and I love that. 

Add a few stamped spider webs and of corse some spiders too. I used the Distress Oxide ink in Black Soot for the ink. 

Cut cardstock to mat your background. I used black Metallic Kraftcore and an orange card base. Do a little sanding on the cardstock then ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.

Adhere the background and black piece together then add so random stitching around the edges leaving the loose ends of the thread. Use foam tape to adhere4 the pumpkin. 

Adhere the Witches Hat and the tail to the cat. Now add the cat with the wobbler.

Stamp the message with Wilted Violet and create a little flag and adhere with foam tape. 

Wow wouldn't love this cut cat and the wobbler make its even more fun. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Check your local scrapbook store or follow the links below and head over to Simon Says Stamp. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Free to Imagine Card! New Tim Holtz Stamps

Hello friends! I'm back with a new card from the Stampers Anonymous fall release from Tim Holtz. I loved this stamp set the first time I laid eyes on it. The images are so beautifully detailed. If your didn't see the Tim Holtz Facebook Live video be sure to check it out, the cards and projects were stunning and so inspirational. 

I really like all the textures this card has....the crackled texture paste, the script text in the background and of corse the beautiful butterfly. 

First I positioned my stencil on to Media Heavystock and taped it down with removable tape.   Next I forgot to take a picture but I added the Crackle Paste with a palette knife. TIP: When I put the Crackle Paste on I only swipe in one direction to help prevent seeping underneath the stencil. Next carefully remove the stencil and then set aside to air dry. 

Stamp butterfly with Black Soot Archival Ink on to Watercolor cardstock, (ink must be waterproof) Color with Distress Ink and a Waterbrush. 

Add color as desired layering as needed being sure to dry between layers. 

Once the Crackle Paste is dry spray with Distress Spray Stains and a little water to help the ink flow and blend, repeat as needed drying between layers. 

Adhere vintage lace as desired to 6 1/4" x 4 1/2" base card. 

Stamp background with a script stamp using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Layer with black cardstock and add stitching as desired. Sew a few buttons to the corner. Adhere background piece to card. Wrap twine around card and tie with a bow. 

Love the detail of the buttons sewn on the card and look at the yummy cracked texture. 

Cut out the butterfly with scissors. Adhere butterfly with foam tape on the outer portions of the wings and adhere body directly to card with Distress Collage Medium. 

Add the word "imagination" to the center of the butterfly and adhere with foam tape. 

Color the metal flower with Alcohol Pearl Inks and adhere to card at twine bow. 


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Richele

Check your local scrapbook store for all the supplies I used on this card 
or click on the links below and head over to Simon Says Stamp. 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

A Haunting We Will Go! Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous release!

Hello friends! I'm back today with a card using Stampers Anonymous set CMS408 Sketch Manor from Tim Holtz. Love this set comes with all the components to create the perfect Haunted Manor! 

Distress Oxide Sprays and Inks are perfect to create this night sky and full moon glow. 

Lets start with the Haunted Manor. Cut a piece of Woodgrain Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Spray a piece of Woodgrain Cardstock with Distress Oxide Sprays (Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce) then spritz with water to blend out the colors. Dry with a heat tool. 

Add more Distress Oxide Sprays (Iced Spruce and Walnut Stain) and spritz with water again and dry with heat tool.  

As the color is dried you will get a totally different color then you think. After the piece is completely dry run the piece through the Vagabond or die cut machine a few time to flatten out the Woodgrain Cardstock a little. 

Using a Stamp Platform Stamp the Haunted House with Black Soot Archival Ink (must be a waterproof ink). You will need to stamp a few times to layer the ink. Just look at how cool the woodgrain shows through! 

Add color with regular Distress Ink (Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet) this way the ink is translucent. Apply the ink to your craft sheet and pick top with a water brush and color the windows and doors. 

Create the background for a slim line card by cutting Distress Media Heavystock to 3 3/4" x 8". Spray card with Distress Oxide Inks (Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet). Be sure to add water to help blend the colors, dry with heat tool. Repeat as necessary drying between layers. Splater some Black Soot Oxide Ink over the background as desired, dry with heat tool. 

Adhere Halloween Label Tape to card where desired. Add black stitching around the card leaving the ends of the thread. I like to use a combo of straight stitching and zigzag stitching and I try to stitch crooked. 

Add a little BOO! at the top using the Label Tape. Ink the edges of the card with Black Soot Oxide Ink and then adherer to base card. Base card size is 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" so it fits in a #10 envelope.  

Adhere the Haunted House with foam tape.  Stamp Happy Halloween on a scrap of Woodgrain Cardstock with Archival Ink., ink the edges with Distress Oxide in Black Soot. Adhere to card with foam tape adding a little dyed Mummy Cloth (Halloween Trimmings) under the message. 

Add a Tiny Clip to hold the BOO! on the card. 

Adhere Hardware Heads to the ends of the Halloween Label Tape using a little Distress Collage Medium. 

Love the added texture of the stitching. 

You can see how the woodgrain shows through and give the house kind of an eerie feeling.  

Cut a piece of cardstock for the inside and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and then  stamp the flying bats and  a message. 

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Richele

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