Monday, April 14, 2014

Rebekah Meier Stencil Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone,

My very good friend, Rebekah Meier designed some GREAT Stencils for crafting and creating mixed media projects for your home and for gifts!

These stencils can be used in many different ways, on fabric, wood, paper, metal, even on your walls! Get creative and make up something you will love! Here is a picture of the whole line. You can buy them from The Crafter's Workshop.

There are many fun stencils to work with in several different sizes, 6" and 12"
Rebekah sent me some 6" stencils to play around with and I decided to make a wooden plaque, using some of my favorite materials, Paint, glazing medium, metallic paint, and old vintage hardware.

I started with an 8" x 10-3/4" arch wooden plaque # 23426 (Walnut Hollow)
Walnut Hollow Arch Plaque #23426
I lightly sanded it with 200 grit sandpaper.

Then with Sulky's Temporary Spray Adhesive, I adhered the 6" Stained Glass stencil onto the upper part of the wooden plaque.

You may use other Temporary Sprays, I just happen to have this one. It is my favorite, because I can use it on a lot of different surfaces and it is safe. They also have a "green" label, too.


Then I spread some spackle with a metal spatula. Be sure to clean your materials, the stencil and spatula  will dry quickly.


With the large Tulip Fabric brush, I painted the plaque with Americana Satin Paint, Almond.


Dip your brush into water, tap onto a paper towel, then into the paint and with a back and forth method, paint the wood on all sides. You may want to have a can to place the board onto for drying and painting, so that you don't get stuck to your surface.  Let dry. Clean brush in water.

Mix the Black/Green paint with Delta's Glazing Medium 1:1.


Use your brush to paint over the Almond. This mixture stays "wet" a little longer for you to get the right look you want. I wanted a look that showed the color through the black/green.

Note: If it looks too dark, get your brush wet and "scrub" the area to "loosen" up the paint and then brush it to get the right look. This is how mine looked at this stage:

#rebakahmeier #stencil
This shows how to apply the black/green/glaze to your wood.
Notice that I have the edges darker? You'll want to achieve the same affect. 
After the paint dries, apply a coat of the glazing medium. Let dry. Clean brush.

With a "dry" brush, (do not dip into water, add paint to brush and dab onto paper towel to get most of the paint off) Apply, using a back and forth method,  the Decoart Dazzling Metallics, Splendid Gold, to the surface.


After I applied the gold, I realized the project needed more depth, so I dry brushed some Folkart Houser Green Light over the gold.

Then I dry brushed some Folkart Burnt Carmine (dark purple) over the top. (Leave a lighter area where you'll be placing your metal hardware)

And the final step was to add a little more gold over all the layers. Note: I also added some of the above three paints to the hardware to help it blend in with the plaque.

#rebekahmeier #stencil #vintage #metalhardware #deniseclason
I'm happy with how this turned out. It took a few layers of each paint to make it how I wanted. Notice how I also have the burnt carmine paint heavier around the edges? You want to give it depth.
Attach a piece of hardware, an old key, a metal saying, or an old drawer handle, for adornment. Apply gilding to the top of the hardware. I used Beacon's Glass, Metal and More to adhere the hardware. It needs to lie down to dry overnight. If you have nails, you can skip the glue.

Check out other Blogs who have ideas for the STENCILS! Some of the best designer's in the business! 

Enjoy!
xoxo
Denise

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quilted Wallhanging PATTERN Give Away!

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Hi Everyone!

I have been collecting items for a give-away and it is about time I have one! 
Deadline will be April 14th, 600pm PST.

4-14-2014, 6pm--The winner of the wallhanging pattern is #31, Barb! (I'll email you!)

But, I want to make this fun...so, Please do the following (1 or more, your choice):

1. Comment about what you did over the weekend....something you did just for YOU!

2. Follow my Bloglovin' page  and comment that you did.

3. Follow my Facebook page and comment that you did.

4. Follow my Instagram page and comment that you did.

THANK YOU!

For an extra BONUS chance...Please share with your friends! And...
5. Make a comment and let me know how you shared. (A total of 5 Chances!!)

Here is the give away!!! A KimberBell Winter Wallhanging! Now, this is so darn cute, I saw it at the Fall Quilt Market 2013 and it was one of my favorite patterns.
They also have Spring, Summer and Fall Wallhangings, and more, too!

This is KimberBell's Winter Wall hanging! Isn't it cute! 
Up Close picture from Fall Quilt Market Schoolhouse. SO cute!
This same pattern can make a very cute pillow!
This is a large pattern, the pages are 9" x 12" ....so, you'll have an easy time making it up! Just follow me with the links above! Thanks so much!

Good Luck!

xoxo
Denise

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Can you make an Ugly Swoon Block?

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Hi Everyone,

When I was in the Swoon Class, taught by Camille Roskelley, a week ago, she mentioned that there was a contest to see who could make the ugliest Swoon Block, well...they couldn't decide on one. So, I guess you can't make an ugly one, until today!! Here's the link to the Flickr Contest for Ugly Swoon Block. Here's a look at some other Swoon Blocks, on Pinterest.

I'm pretty sure that I've made the first ugly swoon block (the one on the left)

Do you see how pretty the swoon block is on the right?
Well, I'm just saying...there is no comparison with the one on the left!
I wanted to try to incorporate some grey into the quilt, (my first attempt) and you can see it didn't work very well. I think I needed to use a different green, something with more contrast. So you can see...this block really, does, look "muddy."

It's the same with just about anything, decorating, photography, fabric, etc. Contrast is what "makes it" or "breaks it." Can you relate?

Lesson learned! It's too bad it took me 2 hours to really figure it out...I kept saying, it will be fine, it will be fine. Well, I should've paid attention before I got so far. I could've switched out one of the colors, probably the grey. But, NO, I had to finish it before I could really see that it wasn't working.

What would you do with a, now, Orphan block? I don't have pets. So.... Should I have a giveaway???

You tell me, and I'll decide and let you know!

A little Pouty,

Denise

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swoon Class with Camille Roskelley! = FUN!

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Hi everyone!

I just got through taking a class with Camille Roskelley, from Thimble Blossoms! I took it at our local quilt store (Quiltique). Camille lives where I live and she frequents the store. So, she asked if she could do a class, as a practice class, for when she teaches in Australia! Yes, Australia, can you imagine going there to teach a class? Awesome! Camille said that she doesn't  usually teach and wanted to get familiar with it. She also has a Craftsy class, click on the link on my sidebar!

Any way, I signed up to take the Swoon class and the next day she did a trunk show. So, here are the fun pictures! Enjoy! You can find her patterns on Thimble Blossom's website. She sells them in paper or by PDF download.
Here is Camille, she's talking about her Swoon quilt. she is so cute!
She brought her Swoon quilt, straight off of their bed, She used Anna Maria Horner prints.
This Swoon Wallhanging is adorable and so "modern" looking with the straight
machine quilting.
And...here is the little mini swoon quilt...(in a baby voice) isn't is adorable, too?

Here I am, all tired, after an evening of sewing...I finished my first swoon block!

These are the photos from the Trunk Show the next day:

Look at all the wonderful quilts all stacked up!

Here is the Swoon quilt! She has 12 blocks in her quilt.
The Mini Swoon quilt! so cute! She started making these to display her patterns at quilt market. she didn't have enough room in the booth for the full sized quilt, so she made the minis...and the rest is history!
Here it is again, with a light background! I really like this one.
Mini Round and Round quilt.
This is the Scrappy Around the World quilt, that the quilt store had a class on...
someday, I'll make this one, too.
Camille's version of her Spools quilt. Held up by Quiltique's store owner Jan.

And the Mini Spools quilt.
This is Camille's Dwell Pattern.
And the Mini Dwell pattern! Love! 
Not sure of the name of this quilt, I think it is new.
Can't remember the name of this quilt, either...if you know, please make a comment. thanks.
The machine quilting was awesome on this quilt.

another cute quilt, don't know the name of this one, either...do you?
This one is called Fireworks, and I love it! I won this pattern! Can't wait to make it.
This quilt is called Niner, because of the 9-patches.
More fun machine quilting on this quilt.
this quilt is called Puddle Jumping, I also won this quilt pattern, and LOVE it! Can't wait to make this one.
And the mini Puddle Jumping quilt! You can see the size difference, with it next to the original size.
This is Raincheck! It is made from their latest line of fabric, called April Showers!
Another view! Such a cute quilt!
Up close view, each block has different machine quilting, makes for an interesting and cute quilt!
And the mini Raincheck, sorry it is blurry. But, you get the idea of how small it is.
Another pic of the Raincheck and mini Raincheck. 
This is the quilt from the Feb 2014 American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine,
designed by Liisa Alexander. A lot of the Moda designers made this in a quilt along. LOVE it, too
close up

American Patchwork & Quilting February 2014
This is a brand new quilt by Camille, called Red Letter day. Can you tell why?
Really like her large blocks!
This was the last quilt that Camille showed to us, it is a mixture of all of her orphan blocks, what a cute quilt! She's had requests to make a pattern, but, I think it would be difficult to create one....If you have her patterns, I bet  you could make one!
Oops, I almost forgot to show  you this cute little quilt, being held by Camille's son! They came by to surprise her during the Trunk Show on Saturday. He's holding the Rise & Shine mini quilt.

All in all, my National Quilt Day weekend was a lot of fun (March 14th-15th) What did you do that weekend?

xoxo
Denise