Wednesday, October 29, 2014

International Quilt Market 2014 - Houston

Hello...I'm just back from Quilt Market in Houston Texas. 
I have wanted to go to Quilt Market in Houston ever since I started quilting over 30 years ago. All the new fabric releases, new machines, new products and then there was the amazing quilts. So much inspiration! I had such a great time working in the booth, meeting new friends, being inspired by all the quilts and hanging out with my dear friends Tim, Mario and Paula. 
 So project made the front cover of International Quilt Festival Magazine. Yippee!! It's the Floral Hexagon Tote.

 The Tim Holtz Honeycomb Frameworks die was the inspiration to create the front of the tote. So don't think your paper crafting tools are just for paper, many of them will work on fabric projects as well. All the details on how to make the beautiful tote are in the magazine! To order the magazine click here

Once we arrived it was time to get things set up and un-pack the crates. Here are Tim and Paula getting ready to hang the beautiful quilt.

Off to Schoolhouse for Tim's presentation on the Eclectic Elements Fabric line.

Here's Tim adding a few finishing touches to the booth. 

The Hash Browns for Breakfast quilt hanging at the back of the booth was so popular there is now a pattern. Click here for the free pattern on the Coats website. 
You can also see more projects here

The booth was beautiful with the signature Tim Holtz vintage feel. 

The new catalogues with lots of inspirational projects. 

The bolts of Eclectic Elements fabric. A girl can never have too much fabric! 

Here are a few projects that I made with the new fabrics. Ruffle floral pillow, star pillows and a small sewing wallet. I can't wait to make a one for myself. 

On the last day we were able to take a peek at all the beautiful quilts on display.

 But this display of the Ruby Jubilee was the most breathtaking display I have ever seen. 
Simply amazing!! 

Check out Tim and Paula's blog for their recap of the show.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween!

Hello friends! Our project today is all about quick! If you're like me you're always looking for simple projects at the last minute. I think these would be fantastic for your child's class or for a halloween party favor. 

The dies we are using today are Movers and Shapers Dies. Movers and Shapers dies gives you the versatility to move the dies on the magnetic platform to create a shaped window where you would like it.

I set up the In the Bag Bigz die with several of the Halloween Mini icons. Some of my favorites for this project are the Mini Spider and 31, Mini Cat and Raven and the Mini Skull and Bat

Die cut the In the Bag Bigz die using Kraft'core cardstock and don't forget to position the Mini Halloween Spider, Bat, Cat….they will die cut at the same time! How easy is that?

Use a strong adhesive like Rangers Wonder Tape to adhere the flap of the bag. Glossy Accents is also a great adhesive for our project. 

Fold on all the score lines and adhere the flap to the bag. Assemble the bag by folding the little ends in on the sides, then fold in the other large flaps. 

Push in the tab in  to create the box bottom. 

Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Adhere a 2 3/4" x 3" piece of Kraft'Core cardstock inside the bag over the Halloween icon. 

After the bags were all together I decided to stamp a message at the bottom. Flatten the bag out then stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink using the Simple Sayings set. 

This set is great for all occasions, it even comes with a little border. 

Die cut some little tags from Kraft'core cardstock using the Tag Collection Framelits set. Love this set! So many different shapes and sizes of tags. 

To stamp a little something on our tag I used these innovative stamps. They're Mason Row Pegz Stamps available through Stampers Anonymous. Just click them together kind of like Legos to create your words.

Create a few little words like boo or eek! 

Stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink on to the tiny tag. 

Punch a small hole at the top of the bag, tie Striped Paper Sting with a bow and don't forget to include the cute little tag. 

Movers and Shapers dies are a great way to create custom projects! 
Happy Halloween! 

Thanks for stopping in!

Here's all the goodies I used! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Treat Boxes for Simon Says Stamps

Hi friends! I'm very excited to be over in the Simon Says Stamp Blog today sharing how to transform the Laboratorie Paper Stash into some cute Treat Boxes for someone special. 

Check out the full tutorial here.

Hope you all had a great weekend. We had a very busy weekend around here...getting ready for upcoming classes, hanging out with my daughter who is due to have a baby girl in about a month and going to apple hill with the grandkids today!
 It actually felt like fall here today! 

I hope you all have a great week!
Thanks for stopping in.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Scary Pumpkin Configurations

Hello and happy friday! I'm so excited to be over on the Tim Holtz blog today with a spooky project for Halloween. The project features the new Distress Spray Stains and I have to say they are to die for. 

Check out the full tutorial here
Have a creative day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Card - Distress Spray Stains

Hello all! I'm very excited about my project today because as you might know Tim Holtz has just released 28 new Distress Spray Stains! I have to say after playing with them I'm totally in LOVE. I was a big fan of Color Wash so I wanted to see how they compared. Off to the studio to play. 

I really love the way the Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains dance on the surface of the paper, they are highly pigmented so you get vivid colors and the sprays have the same properties as Distress Ink which means they are reactive with water. The new Distress Spray Stains work with Layering Stencils, direct to paper, in conjunction with Texture Paste, you can make a smooth background or a dotted background, color ribbon….doesn't get much better that that! 

Sit back relax and enjoy the fall project! 

Rub on a few Remnant Rubs in various places on the Manila Cardstock. Spray the Distress Spray Stains directly on to cardstock, dry with a heat tool. Pick up extra ink from craft sheet, dry again with heat tool. Repeat as desired. 

Position Layering Stencils and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Continue adding layers. 

Die cut pieces using the Pumpkin Parts Bigz die from Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Spray the main pumpkin with Spiced Marmalade. 

Color the segment pieces with Wild Honey and the stem with Vintage Photo. 

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Build your pumpkin adhering the layers with Multi Medium and let dry. 

Apply a generous layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and set aside to dry. Once the Crackle Paint is dry ink the cracks with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Die cut two branches from Wallflower Vellum using the Spring Greenery Decorative Strip. 

Color the branches with Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Spray Stains, let dry. 

Cut a base card and mat from Kraft'core Cardstock. Sand the edges with a Sanding Grip. Distress the edges with a Paper Distresser and then ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Here is another new favorite…the new Alphanumeric Thinlits…oh my! These are going to be soo fun! I chose the word "FALL", positioned it, held them in place with a piece of Tissue Tape and ran it through my Vagabond to die cut the letters. Oh the possibilities are endless! The Alphanumeric comes with 125 thinlits for around $20.00…now that's a bargain! 

After I die cut the word "FALL" I did a little stitching with black thread on my sewing machine. Stitch under the word a few times and around the card.  

Adhere all the layers together. Use foam tape to adhere the pumpkin. Adhere the little branch with Multi Medium. Add a few Chitchat words from the seasonal pack and don't forget to ink the edges. 

Tie a bow at the top of the card with Jute String, attach a Countdown Coin with a Trinket Pin and a Jump Ring. 

So much to love…Distress Spray Stains, Layering Stencils, Crackle Paint, Alphanumeric and…what will be your next favorite??

Thanks for coming by, I'm so thankful you did!

If you're looking for the goodies I used…. Visit Simin Says Stamp!