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journal fever ~

hi there everyone,with the big wedding over, this past weekend found me playing around for couple hours messing around in the studio, and well… making a {bigger} mess!i was in the mood to make some journals, as i received a couple new stencils, from stencil girl products, and i was anxious to try them out.  {great sale, thanks mary beth}. …

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a custom sweatshirt ~ tutorial

hi friends ~i purchased a new {bright hot pink} sweatshirt this weekend. i was actually looking for something more interesting… but then i thought i would just embellish it with fabric.  but i changed… my mind!  and i love how it turned out.  i began my design process with a screen print, using a favorite designer and friend, terri stegmiller’s  …

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she felt peace ~ my first house quilt

hello everyone out there in ‘bloggy land’  it’s been awhile it seems! i was not expecting to be down so long with just a ‘little’ spring cold.  i’ll tell ya, it’s packed a big spring punch, that led to a sinus infection, and some bronchial issues. hopefully… i’m leaving the worst behind, and so back into the saddle i’m trying …

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gelli printed greeting cards ~ memorial day

hi friends ~i truly hope your holiday weekend is off to a great start, whatever you may be doing, whoever you may be helping, and in whatever ways we all may be remembering ~ love ~ and sacrifices made for our lives.   i am particularly grateful for the life of our niece’s young girl, 2 year-old ‘rina’ who was miraculously …

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new screens and giveaway by terri stegmiller

hi there friends ~ happy monday! just thought you might want to check out these beautiful new designs from artist terri stegmiller!  {fabulous!}  i have ordered a couple, and have tons of fun playing with ideas with her beautiful graphical styles… terri was recently gifted a thermofax screens, and has put her design talent to good use, making beautiful new thermofax screens. …

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how high ~ how wide mixed media

hello! lately, it seems i haven’t had enough time in the studio, and i’m not complaining.  it’s just … well spring has arrived!!  {yay!}  feels so good to have sunshine, and longer days, but i don’t know where the time goes! so in the little bits of time here and there, i play with the prints i’ve produced from the gelli …

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new paper collage ~

hi ~what do you get when you cross a gelli printing plate… old paper … fabric…  thermofax screens… paints … paper, angelina film, silver leaf foil, and black pen?  {alot of fun for sure…} wish i had a cute joke … but i don’t!  so it’s not a mystery ~ but it is a brand new collaged piece i’ve been …

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Journal # 3 ~ Gelli Covered Sketchbook

Hello sweet friends ~ This is a sketchbook I had purchased quite a while ago, which is hardbound.  And so I thought I would cover it also, using those beautiful gelli printed papers.  The detail photo below is from the front page.  OF course, I have used some black rub-ons, thermofax screens, stencils, doodles, stamps and the ranger perfect pearls paints on …

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Come On Over to My House ~

Hey there readers and friends ~ One thing about printing and experimenting with fabrics, stencils, thermofax screens, dyes, paints and mixed media, is that I’ve collected some pretty cool samples, all ready to come out and play at my house! I’ve wanted to make a house for a long time, but just didn’t know how I wanted to do it… …

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Bloom Grow Shine ~

It began, once upon a time, with a piece of my very own hand-dyed fabric.  Enter:  Margaret Applin‘s thermofax screen, in tulips.  {yes this was begun last spring!} Also enter in Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, in periwinkle blue and orange tones, as a highlight and accent on the tulips… {so fun to do!} Free motion quilting with a white King …

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Artsy Summer Flower ~

You may remember my post featuring this quilted flower, (see here), which was screen printed using Margaret Applin’s thermofax screens.  Once printed, I heat-set it, and then with right sides together, faced it with batting, and another layer of fabric.  I stitched around the perimeter,  in the shape of the flower, (leaving an opening), trimmed my seams and corners, turned it right side out, …

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Applin of My Eye ~

I got my little freckled faced fingers good and painty for a little bit last weekend ~ printing on fabrics this time — funny little moments of joy, as I oooh and aww over these gorgeous colors, textures, and future possibilities!  Naturally, I turn to one of my favorite Stars of the Big Screen – The Thermofax Screen, that is!  …

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Live Radiant ~

This quilted journey began with a favorite thermofax screen from Margaret Applin’s Etsy shop. and really, what could be called ‘simple math’ — ala journal quilting style.  Add a beautiful screen print on fabric~~~   Add a scrap or two, or three.  Or take it away…     Add a word. or two. Adding bits of leftover strips of patchwork. add …

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Collage Play

One of those leftover pieces of dyed fabric, and a quick screening Sunday eve. Will keep this in the look of another collaged, quilted piece, using up (ever so slightly) some supplies I have on hand, in cut-up, leftovers:  lace, organza, fused shapes, and who knows what all…! I do so love the paint colors as I’m screening them, as …

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Sunday Messin’ Around

This is a small piece of fabric, about 9″x12″ that I painted over 3 years ago, now.  I used  “Twinkling H2O’s” … cute little pots of vibrant, pearly color, that you wet, like watercolors, also bought a long time ago! I wanted to photograph them, but (ahem), I ran out of time! Plus — who knows what other kind of …