Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quilted Wall Art using Fabric Elements

Fabric Elements Quilted Wall Art

Hi everyone, I am super happy to be participating in this months challenge at Designer Crafts Connection - we are working with kits provided by Fabric Elements.

These darling kits are the creation of Rebekah Meier and here is what she has to say about them:
For those not familiar with Fabric Elements, here is a little background.  Award winning Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques.  It is a collection of my stencils, tissue paper, and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods – such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions to create endless mixed media and fiber art projects.  I love to take the ordinary – like quilt batting and interfacing – and combine them with paint, inks, and other embellishments to elevate them into something extraordinary!

I created something a little different with mine kit, here's a look.

Mixed Media Fabric Art
Instead of making one large quilted project I chose to make 4 smaller ones for a collection of wall hangings. I will have a full tutorial on this coming up later in the week with step out photos, so be sure to check back.

Quilted Mixed Media Hot Air Balloons
Each one of these little quilted pieces is 4 x 5.5 and I used random stitching on them. I also used double the amount of batting that the kit called for to give them extra dimension.

DecoArt Metallic Lustre Paints
I used a huge variety of Blue Fern Studios chipboard on this project and each piece was painted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Cream Paints. Those things are the bomb if you have never tried them!

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard
It is super easy to blend the Metallic Lustre paints because they are so creamy.

Random sewing patterns
I used several colors of paint paint from the DecoArt Media line for the background, then stenciled on some texture using the Crackle Paste.

Chipboard with Metallic Lustre Paint
A white paint pen rounded out the project, adding accents here and there.

Of course we have a great prize up for grabs, so don't forget to head over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog and check out all the details.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a fabulous week!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

TX Pinners Conference - coming soon!

Mixed Media Chistmas Tags Pinners Conference Tx
Pinners Conference TX is coming soon! Are you going? We will be at the Arlington Convention Center September 9-10, 2016 and there are loads of great classes. I will be presenting a super fun Mixed Media Christmas Tag class. We are going to have some messy fun. I have some fabulous items to give away too - you don't want to miss all the fun!

Still need to pick up your ticket- you can save 10% by using the code ANITA at checkout. 

If you are like me, you love Pinterest- so come on out and check out some of the best ideas from the web come to life. There will be fabulous shopping too - who doesn't love that?  Check out some of these sponsors!

What are you waiting for?? Grab your friends and grab your tickets now! The fun is almost here!!

Table Top Easel Photo Display

Table Top Easel

Today I have a fun project to share using Deflecto Wet-Erase Sign Easel.  These handy little things come in a three pack and you can use the chalk markers shown here to make quick changes for everyday use.

Decorated table top easel

For today's project however, I wanted something a little more permanent so I started by using a paint pen to draw the uber cute border you see here all the way around the chalkboard. I matted a photo of The Princess and added that using foam tape for some added dimension.

Flowers made with Eileen Hull dies and Vintage Sewing Patterns
To make the flowers I used some of the new dies I FINALLY tracked down from Eileen Hull for Sizzix. I used vintage sewing patterns and added a resin center to the smaller one.

Folded Paper Banner

 The title for this piece was probably the easiest thing I have ever come up with! This child has the bluest eyes - they are amazing. To make the banner I cut and folded a piece of patterned paper and adhered to the bottom of the easel. Some alpha stickers and a Maya Road wood embellishment finish it off.

Be sure to check out all the fun stuff Deflecto has to offer, you can find us all over the web!

This is a sponsored post. Deflecto has provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views, and opinions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stitched With Love Purse Album - The Tutorials

Purse Mini Album Tutorial
If you took my Stitched With Love Purse Mini Album Class at the Crafty Scrapper or bought the kit, here are the extra tutorials you will need to finish the album. If you have any other questions or need more info don't hesitate to contact me. There is a button on the right side of my blog to do just that!


The spine of the album has been pre-scored for you. Notice how it is divided into narrow and wide sections - one narrow, two wide, one narrow, two wide,,,, I always number mine to keep it straight (or I mess it up every time, I promise you). Number the wide sections #1 - #8 as shown  (it doesn't matter which side you start from). Apply 1/4" tape to the numbered sections as shown.

At this point you are going to fold the paper, on each and every score mark, forwards and backwards, using your bone folder to really crease the paper. The purpose of this is to make each fold as flexible as it can be so that the pages will open up and lie flat when the spine is in the album. So, start at one end, with the first score mark, and fold it one towards you and crease really well, then fold it away from you and crease really well. Move on the the next score mark and repeat,,,,, all the way down the line.

To blameless the spine, pull the backing from ONE piece of tape at a time off and fold the two wide sections together so that you have a ridge that looks like this. Repeat 8 times.

Your spine will look like this when all the sections have been adhered together.

Next step: Clip the corners of each ridge, on both sides, then add 1/4" score tape to one side of each ridge. The tape will allow you to add your pages later on in the assembly process.

Flip the spine over.  We need to treat the back like it is three different sections - two sides and a middle. The middle section - the space between the two arrows - is the portion that will be adhered down on the center chipboard of the album. Cover the ENTIRE center section with strong tape (leave the backing on) and then cover the side sections in tape as well. BEFORE removing the paper backing from the center section, fold the two side sections up and place the center section down on the album so that you can gauge your placement. You will only get one chance to get this in the right place - so take your time. You want to have an even spacing between the top and bottom of the album (see below) and the center section should fit just about perfectly on the chipboard piece. When you feel comfortable, remove the paper backing  from the center section ONLY and carefully place on the album. Once that is done, remove the backing from one side section at a time and press those into place.

Notice the even spacing from top to bottom - try and get as close as you can. (this photo has the inside decorative papers already in place - evidently, in the bazillion photos I took I didn't get one with just the spine inside the album. :(  )


This one is coming! I have to reshoot a couple of the photos because they were blurry.