Saturday, May 23, 2015

Quilt Market 2015 - Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric Projects

Hello friends!!! I LOVE to sew, it really sings to my soul. My first memories of sewing are sitting on my mothers lap making a hot pink ice skating dress when I was only 4 years old. I'm sure that my mother just let me push the petal but in my 4 year old eyes I made that little dress and I have been sewing ever since. 

Here is the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements booth at Spring Quilt Market hosted in Minneapolis. Tim won "Best New Exhibitor". 
I love everything about it…from the vintage settee covered in the new Wallflower fabric to all the lovely projects everyone made. 
 For a full recap of the show head over to Tim and Paula's blog. 
Photo courtesy of Paula Cheney
Here's the samples I made with the new Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Wallflower collection. I can't even tell you how excited and honored I was to make the quilt for the booth. Thank you Tim!! 

Photo courtesy of Paula Cheney

"Artful Fragments"
The quilt was pieced with over 620 pieces. The pattern for the quilt will be on the Coats and Clark website soon.

Love the way the fabrics go together. 

"Poufs"

"The Travel Bag" has to be one of my favorite projects other then the quilt. 
I really want  to make one for myself. 


"Pin Cushions"

"Zipper pouch"

"Aviary Pillow"
Love how the stitching around the bird makes him stand out.

The beauty of Eclectic Elements is how well the fabrics coordinate together. I know you will enjoy using them for your next sewing project. 

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend. 
Richele

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Winner…winner...Kraft-Core winner!

Happy Saturday!  Thanks so much for all the comments about Kraft-Core cardstock. Sounds like you all love it as much as I do!  

The winner of this card set is ….

Lulu CrumMay 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

I was S-O-L-D at the watering can!! What awesome and endless possibilities caliartgirl!! ����

Please email me your address at californiaartgirl@me.com!!

I will be back next week with another FAB 5 post! I hope you will join me.
Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend! 
Richele

Friday, May 15, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Thank You Card

Hello friends! 
I'm so excited to be sharing a card over on the 
Simon Says Stamp blog today. 

The card features lots of techniques using Texture Paste, the new Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, the Tiny Tattered Florals die and much more. 
You are going to love it! 
Head over to see all the details at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FAB 5: Kraft-Core Cardstock!

Hello friends…..I'm very excited to be starting a new series on my blog to get back in the swing of blogging. 

The series is "FAB 5"…maybe it will lead me to focus on…
5 FABULOUS things about a product
5 FABULOUS tips about using a product
or maybe even just 
5 FABULOUS products I love to use.
One things for certain it will be a journey and I hope you will join me. 

Today is 5 FAB things about Kraft-Core cardstock!

#1  Kraft-Core comes in a variety of ways… 
Nostalgic Collection, Classic Collection 
and Metallic Collection
12" x 12" pads & 6" x 6" pads

Card & Envelope Packs

#2  Kraft-Core properties…
Colored on one side, Kraft on the other
and a Kraft-Core!

#3  Kraft-Core can be… 
Sanded, Torn,
Embossed & Die Cut

and even Crumpled!

#4 Kraft-Core looks fab.. 
when you ink it!

#5 Kraft-Core is great for… 
Cards, Layouts, Mixed Media & Home Decor 

Kraft-Core is my all time favorite cardstock! Love how it looks, Love that you can write on the inside of the card, Love the colors!  
Kraft-Core is FABULOUS!! 

I'd LOVE to hear why you think Kraft-Core is FABULOUS!! 

And if you leave a comment, I will pick one LUCKY winner on Saturday for this Kraft-Core Card and Envelope set. You are going to LOVE it! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Friday, April 10, 2015

Upcoming Workshops

Hello friends…. I'm heading to the Boston area in a few weeks, April 25th and 26th to teach at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, Massachusetts. 
I hope you will join me for the fun! 

I've been getting ready all week…class kits include everything you will need to create your projects. Just bring your favorite pair of scissors! 

"Distress is Best Cards" 
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Class link is here

"Creative Collection Folio”

Saturday April 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Class link is here

"Down by the Sea Mini Book Configurations" 
Sunday April 26, 2015 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Class link is here 

If you have any questions about my upcoming workshops call 
Absolutely Everything at (978) 887-6397. 
You can also stop by the store to see the samples.

Here is a few pictures from class prep this week! 






Looking forward to seeing your there.

Richele 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hip-pity Hop-pity Easter's on it's way!

Hello Friends! Easter will be here before you know it, so here is a quick and easy project for the little ones! I know my grandchildren are going to love these. 

These new Mini Mason Jars are not only great for storage they are perfect for fun projects like this one! 

Die cut 3 Mini Bunnies and 2 little bows from Grungeboard or chip board. 

Adhere the three bunnies together leaving the bottom 1/4" unglued. This will allow the bunny to fit in to the label clip later. Paint the bunny and bows with Distress Paint and let dry. 

Apply a generous amount of Glossy Accents and spread out with your finger. Cover the entire bunny and the bows. 

Pour the glitter over the bunny and bows and shake off the excess. Do one side of the bunny, the sides and let it dry…then turn over and glitter the other side. 

Love the sugar coating it's almost good enough to eat. 

Adhere the little bows on both sides of the bunny. Insert bunny in to the back of the Label Clip. You may need to squeeze the tabs together with pliers to hold the bunny. The Label Clip acts as a little stand in the Mini Mason Jar. 

Put a little grass in the bottom of the Mini Mason Jar. 

Add the Bunny and some jellybeans. Place the cap back on to the jar. 

Tie a bow with Stripped Paper String around the lid of the jar. Choose a few words from Seasonal Chitchat and adhere just under the bow. Cut a "V" out of the end to make little banners. Don't forget to distress the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

 Pink bow for the girls…..

or a blue bow for the boys! 

Such a fun project! I think the kids would have fun making these too. 

I have a confession…..I bought the jellybeans for this project and they sat on the kitchen counter for a few days. As soon as I opened them to add the jellybeans to my project I ate and ate and ate till the whole bag was almost gone. Yummy!!! 

Thanks for stopping in!
Richele

Here's all the products I used!