Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Magical Calligraphy Tour with the Hamilton Calligraphy Guild

I had the pleasure of teaching two very fun Gelli Printing classes at the Hamilton Calligraphy Guild's "Magical Calligraphy Tour" mini conference on the weekend.   THANK YOU ladies for making me feel so welcome and taking the class with me!

Here's a few snippets from one of the classes...   if you are interested in learning more about Gelli Printing, please feel free to contact me at the studio anytime.  Love to share this with you too!!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clay Bowl workshop with Susan Spencer Gervais

We had a fabulous Saturday afternoon on the long weekend creating unique and ornate clay earthenware bowls.

Susan Spencer Gervais educated our group about the clay, showed some tips and tricks for molding and creating true works of art.  Each bowl is stunning....  can't wait to see them fired!

A selection of the 10 bowls created

Karen's Bowl - decorated with stamps by Catherine Scanlon Designs.

Drying...   getting ready to put in the Kiln
There will be another Clay Bowl class held in June.   Stay tuned for information as I know you'll want to create one too!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday with the Team

Today on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog there is a post I created featuring my favourite Soft Gel, USArtQuest's PPA- Perfect Paper Adhesive and Prills.

I love USArtQuest products - if you know my art or watch my videos you'll know their products are some of my go-tos!!  *smile*   This technique using the Prills with the PPA is a very simple process that gives very pretty dimensional results.  
Be sure to check it out!

Find USArtQuest products in our studio and in our online store here:  USArtQuest Products

Friday, May 08, 2015

Get Well Soon Card - via ustream

I created a card for someone I was going to go visit in the hospital last night on ustream...  a soup bowl card - complete with gold fish crackers *wink*

This card features hand painted and gelli printed fabrics, papers, tissue and even painted paper towel.  It was adhered with a soft gel (PPA) and then free motion stitched in place.

See how I created the "tie dye" look in the base fabric and put the card together on the recorded video.   Enjoy!   And....BE WELL!!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Prayer Flag for Nepal

On last night's Ustream broadcast I created this prayer flag for Nepal.
I'll be hanging this in a tree at home later this week sending my thoughts to them in the wind (so to speak)  Be good to each other and have a creative day!!

Supplies Used
6x9 Canvas sheet
6 Coloured strips of fabric (from Give a Darn Yarn)
Stained by Sharpie Black Pen
Adhesive Backed Felt - (Camelot Fabrics)
Stencils - Be In Love and Daily Buzz (Crafter's Workshop)
SoSoft Paint (DecoArt)
Media Paint Misters - Red and Shimmer White (DecoArt)
Thread - White and Varigated Black

Brother Tools Used:
85e Sewing Machine  *available in Studio
SA129 Free Motion Quilting foot  *available in Studio
CM100DM ScanNCut Machine  *CM550DM available in Studio
Middle Tack Mat 12x12
*created cut file in ScanNCut Canvas

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Well, I've been busy

Yikes, I can't believe I haven't posted on the blog in so long.  My apologies.   I'll get back on that - I promise!!!

This is show season.   We were at ScrapFest earlier this month and tonight I am off to the CreativFestival in Toronto for that weekend show.   Since I would be able to broadcast on my normal Thursday night yet again this week...  I took to the airways yesterday afternoon for an impromptu broadcast where I created a fun quilted necklace to wear at this weekend's show.

This necklace was inspired by a project in Mark Montano's Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 .  Loved it (you'll see his project in the video recording below) and thought how wonderful -- and I could use some previously quilted "practice sandwiches" that I had in my stash.   Recognize the fabric?

They are the practice swatches from the broadcast entitled Free-Motion Quilting ....and Painting I did last month.  *BIG SMILES*   Told you I'd use the practice fabric!!   Love how this turned out.

Here is the recording of the broadcast where I explain the inspiration and the process.  ENJOY! See you all soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We had some fun in the studio on Saturday!

Tina came in to sew her rag quilt together.   She printed her fabric last week and Saturday was the big sewing day.   She has a secret -- She hadn't sewn before!!  Didn't she do a fantastic job!!?!!

And Gord was in reviving an older class of mine, Plastered Luminescence.  He carved a plastered wood panel and then painted it with ColourArte Silks!   SOOOOO awesome.  The picture on the left is of him sealing his work with self leveling gel.  The picture on the right is his finished project.   Look Cathy...  someone got out his old stained glass patterns for this project!  *wink*

Deanna was in printing fabric as well - can't believe I didn't snap a pic or two of her work cause it was gorgeous too!

Hope you all had a creative weekend and that we see you in the studio again soon!!