Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I had a fabulous idea to create a beautiful card for my friend from a Gelli Print. I kept putting it off and putting it off and then Cloth Paper Scissors posted a card tutorial by Tammy Northrup that I fell in love with!  Follow the link above to see what I had in mind.

I thought that rather than flicking paint at a blank piece of card stock, I would start out by stamping some color with my 3"x5" Gelli Plate.

 This was very pretty.
I wanted the bottom to be a green or yellow so I brayered a bit of yellow at the bottom so that I could splatter green over the top for the grass and flowers.  This wasn't so pretty. 
I had a hard time splattering until I found the right paint brush to get my splatters just right.  Once I did the method worked perfectly but I was tired and it was taking awhile to cover the yellow with the green.  Finally I decided it was time to start over.
For my next attempt I laid down a mask.  The dog mask was from a stencil I had created.  The painting was going okay until I decided to try taking up some of the splatters with a piece of deli paper.  OOPS!

The splatters became big blobby blobs of blobbity mess.
Looking at it now I could probably go over the blobby blobs with a pen and make them into flowers or something but I wasn't thinking very clearly that day.  That is the way some days go. 
I did try to salvage it by stenciling the dog in where he had been masked.
But. . .Blah. . . Yuck. . .No. . .
The mask on the other hand came out very pretty!
Maybe he'll get used in something later.

I put it all aside and decided to go for something different:
A blank sheet of paper with the dog mask underneath.
I filled the stencil in by stamping with the small Gelli Plate.
It didn't work out like I wanted it to.  I can't even find the piece to photograph it.  It was a lot of white and the dog wasn't well defined.  It probably just needs more layers and some drawing to define the dog.  Again this wasn't the card that wanted to be made that day.  It was time to pull out the big guns.
I took one of the "ugly" pieces and using my Silhouette electronic cutter, I cut out several dog silhouettes.  Next I pulled out my 8"x10" Gelli Plate and printed some plain-ish backgrounds, followed by a light Gelli printing with a stencil over the top.  I added some outlines with a little white pen, a piece of black card stock and FINALLY, after a full day in the studio, I had created ONE card I could get behind! Whew!
The card was Mistyfused to a second piece of card stock to make it nice and strong. 
I feel good about sending this card to my friend!
I hope she enjoys it!
Since my Gelli Plate, brayer and paints were out, I decided to continue playing.
I pulled this piece onto a black piece of card stock and I just LOVE it!  The stencil is from The Crafters Workshop (Dandelions TCW255).  I don't think I want to fold it in half for a card but I'm not sure what I will end up doing with it.  I do know that I want to play with it digitally.  Maybe something like this:
Anyone have any brilliant ideas?

Thursday, November 13, 2014


My friend, Lynn Krawczyk, has designed a beautiful new fabric line called Inked from Red Rooster Fabrics.
I had the opportunity to play with the lovely new fabrics and make a few samples for Lynn to take to Quilt Market.  I had to wait until after Market to blog about them and I'm very excited to finally share what I created with her lovely fabrics!
Ms. Chicken was made with a free pattern I found online here.
I also made two Faux Cathedral Window pincushions.  
The very easy pattern is found here.
 I love these pincushions because I feel like they are a fun way to show off a variety of fabrics!
 I really like the hand printed look of Lynn's new line!
I'm now plotting out a quilt top I think will look great with these fabrics.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Science Giveaway

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to head up the canyon and spend time working in my friend Timmy's studio.  The day was perfect!
I decided to use my time to work on my piece for The Printed Fabric Bee.
October's Queen Bee was Jackie Lams of Studio Lams
and her theme was Science.
I decided to create some drawings of different things as they look at a cellular level.  I created a thermofax screen of blood cells, brain cells, onion skin cells and eucalyptus leaf cells.
I tried them all out on paper before I moved to fabric.
Once I decided which screens would work best, 
I pulled out a piece of ice dyed fabric as my base.
I really liked the look of the onion skin cells.
They almost look like an old brick wall.
The blood cells and eucalyptus leaf cells designs seemed too heavy 
so I chose to use the brain cells in turquoise.
I made a very large piece of fabric.
I only needed a 12x12" and 6x6" piece.
I'm sure I can figure out what to do with the rest. :D
And now for the giveaway!

Pop over to 
and leave a comment for your chance to win these ELEVEN 6x6" custom made fabrics.
Don't forget to pop over to everyone's blogs to find out how their fabrics were made, and be sure to give a special welcome to our new members!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Congratulations to Bethany Garner!
The winner of Cecilia Swatton's new line of Kaleidoscope Stencils from Artistcellar!
Bethany, check your email and send me your mailing address.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kaleidoscope Blog Hop & Giveaway

I was thrilled to be asked by Artistcellar to participate in  a blog hop promoting Cecilia Swatton's new line of Kaleidoscope Stencils.  
And I know you all do too, so someone is going to win a set of their own.  
More details on that below.  
Mister loves stencils too.
Well honestly he loves anything he can get his paws into!
He is such a good model.
I started out playing with the stencils in my sketchbook.
I tried a little painting, a little doodling, all
just to see what kind of project I wanted to use them in.

I just noticed a funny little white seal with fangs and a party hat there on the bottom right of the doodle above! OH, or maybe it is a seagull with a bow tie and party hat?  What do you think?

Anyway, I decided that one of the projects I wanted to make was a birthday card for my sister-in-law.  I took a piece of sketchbook paper which I had added color to with my brayer while monoprinting.  I glued on a couple pieces of deli paper circles and then stenciled a single Sunflower from the Kaleidoscope stencil series.  I finished it off by drawing on the top with a white gel pen.
The paper wasn't as thick as I would have liked for a card so I decided I would add another brayered piece to the inside (the pink on the left is for the inside).  To create a strong bond between the papers I ironed a piece of Mistyfuse to the inside of the top piece - see the shininess?  That is the Mistyfuse already ironed on to the fabric.  Lastly I ironed the two pieces of paper together.
Easy peasy.
The two pieces of paper gave me a strong, 
beautiful card for a beautiful woman!

I tried the stencil's out on fabric too.
I was having such a great time monoprinting with my Gelli Plate that I neglected taking photos of the process!  I ended up with four lovely pieces and decided to quilt the Lily piece and then mounted it around an 8"x10" canvas.
I really, really like this!

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to play and share with you!
Artistcellar has generously donated a set of these lovely stencils to be given away to one of my readers!  Please leave a comment before the witching hour on October 31st, if you would like to be entered for a chance to win a set of stencils.  I will announce a winner on November 1st.

Now, off with you!  
Leave a comment, and then go visit the other blogs participating in the blog hop!

October 25th - Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
October 26th - Effy Wild -
October 28th - Cheryl Sleboda -
October 29th - Paula Phillips -
October 30th - Cindy Powell -
October 31st - Cecilia Swatton -