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!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Opening Doors Canvas - in support of the Cambridge Food Bank

Hello everyone.   Thank you to those who watched me put the finishing touches on my "Opening Doors" Canvas created in support of our local Food Bank on USTREAM last night.   It was a fabulous evening painting and I'm so glad those of you who were able to join me live could be a part of it.

The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank has been giving a helping hand to people in our area for 30 years.   In the 30 year spirit, this year's fundraising goal is to raise $30,000  to continue supporting the people who use their service.  One of their fundraising initiatives is to host an Art Show and Auction.   This is to be held on April 17 and the theme of the event is "the Door"....  hence the door theme of my painting.

The message on my angel reads:   Don't Stress about the Closed Doors behind you.  New Doors are opening if you keep moving forward.    Love this statement -so true!!!

Below is the Time Lapse recording of last night's ustream broadcast.   Take a peek and enjoy!   If you're able to join us at the Art Show and Auction please contact us  - we'll put you in touch of the right person/information.

Many Blessings!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Come on Spring.. We're ready!

Literally and figuratively ready for spring...  Am I right? :)

Today on the Gelli Arts Printing Page there was a post showing a fun Gelli Printed TShirt using the 3x5 Gelli Plate.   That shirt was created by Beverley Teske -  this is my version.  

Today I was prepping for ScrapFest and when I saw this I thought it would be the perfect non-paper  sample showcasing these plates.  LOVE LOVE LOVE and sooooo perfect for the season.

Want to make one too??   Bring your own shirt - SATURDAY MARCH 21 from 10am - 1pm  Contact the studio for more information.  519 267 6620 (

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Free Motion Quilting ... and painting on Ustream

I love Free Motion Quilting and we had a fun time practicing on Ustream last Thursday night here at the studio.

I enrolled in Alma Stoller's Stitched online workshop this year -- right up my alley and a fabulous way to explore mixed media with fabric.   I can't wait to play with this ideas while still adding a little Karen touches to them :)   Makes me smile!

There is a lot of Free Motion stitching in these workshops so I thought I'd practice a little on Ustream.  During the recording, I stitched a flower motif (pictured above) and then painted it with SoSoft Fabric Paints and Inktense Pencils.  Once the recording was switched off, I continued quilting fabric "sandwiches" in various stitching styles for a little practice.  Thanks for joining me LIVE on Thursday night and for those of you watching the recording...  I hope you enjoy and be inspired to play too!  If you join Alma's Stitched workshop....  I'll see you in the chat rooms!

Supplies used
Swatches of natural colour Cotton fabric to make "fabric sandwiches"
Cotton Batten lining for the "sandwich filling"
Machine Quilting Gloves
Blue Thread
Sewing Machine Used:  Brother NS85e (also available for purchase in the studio
Free Motion Quilting Foot:  Brother SA129
SoSoft Fabric Paints
Inktense Pencils

Have a creative day!!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Come take your Selfie Here for a chance to Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in the States is Celebrating National Craft Month with a Selfie Contest.   As Canadians, we are invited to share our photos on their site but we, unfortunately, will not be eligible to win the $100 prize because of legal restrictions.

SOOOOO   I've decided to extend this offer to you and let you know that any Selfies taken in our Store during the month of March will be entered in an in-house draw for a $50 Gift Certificate.   Sound fun??  YAYYYYYY!

So get your creative selves down here and take a selfie.   Be creative!!   Show us what you love about getting crafty, inky, painty....  etc etc etc!  Take the photo in the Studio and post on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #NationalCraftMonth and #theArtHouseStudio and on April 2nd (that way no one thinks this is a April Fools Prank) I will randomly select a winner from the entries.
Creating Paint Magic at The Art House Studio *wink*
One Entry per Person...   although you can take multiple shots if you like :)   The Gift Certificate is not electronic, however, it can also be used with phone in orders if you're coming by from out of town.

SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please note the small print *smile*: by entering you are agreeing that I can re-post your selfie on this blog and on our Facebook and Twitter Page.  Thanks so much!