Wednesday, February 29, 2012

journal page with japanese paper

I am working away at using up the paper scraps I bought on the weekend.  On this journal page I used up a few.  I just need to find a quote to letter in the blank spaces.  Or maybe I could do some zentangles in those spaces.  hmm

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TAST couching

The top picture is the lovely new knitting fibre I bought this weekend and some hologram thread.  My favorite colors!  Usually I would use a plain thread so that the couching stitch is not noticeable.  But why not use some glitz.  This piece definitely needed glitz!  The background is a needle felted piece I started a while ago.  It definitely needs more stitching and probably some beads.
Thanks to Sharon B at

Monday, February 27, 2012

a wonderful resource

Above is a link to some clever art ideas.  You certainly don't have to be an art teacher to enjoy these ideas!  There are more than a few I can't wait to try.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Japanese paper

Yesterday was a great day!  I got to go to the bag sale at the Japanese Paper store in Toronto.  I went with a new friend and it was so lovely to get to know her better.  We shopped and had a delicious lunch and then shopped some more.  I have sorted my pile of paper scraps into piles.  Cool tones, warm tones and then neutrals.  I can't to play with them.  I think I will do some paper weaving with the skinny strips.  I also want to adhere some to fabric and then add stitch.  Fun times!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

yummy silk thread

Last week I found these yummy silk threads on clearance!  $3.00 a skein seemed like an awesome deal to me.  Not only are they silk but they have beads and sequins as well.  I am assuming that this thread would be for couching or weaving.  I don't think that it could pass through fabric because of the beads and sequins.  Aren't the colors gorgeous?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tim Holtz tag for February

When I first read Tim's blog post about the February tag I was a bit overwhelmed.  I didn't think that I would participate.  I don't have a lot of the materials that he used.  Then I thought better of that decision.  Isn't that what creativity is all about?  Challenging yourself to make something with what you have?  I really like the tag that I created.  It is similar to Tim's but not exactly the same.  I can never copy another artist exactly anyway.  What fun is that?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TAST chain stitch

Yesterday I painted a small canvas landscape with the intention of adding stitch to it.  Sharon B's take a stitch Tuesday is the chain stitch this week.  I think it worked well as a fill in stitch on this landscape.  I used DMC color variations thread.  I actually used the entire skein.  I have never done that before this!
I am concerned that I am not being creative enough with the stitches that I know.    I am stretching myself and trying new things but ....

I love this idea

I believe there is some truth in recording your vision so you can run towards it.  Whether you draw, write or collage something happens in your brain.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Earlier I posted an image I created using my Ipad and an application called Silk.  It is a fun little app to use!  I knew I could take that image further using Kaleidoscope Kreator.  I wish I owned shares in that company!  This is what I created!  I can imagine printing it on fabric and then adding beads and stitching.  Yummy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crazy quilt journal project for February

I LOVE animal prints!  I think they work quite well with the red threads, ribbons and beads. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lazy Daisy TAST

I love the lazy daisy stitch.  It is probably one of the first stitches that I learned when I started embroidering.  It is definitely a go to stitch for me.  I suppose in the spirit of TAST I should have done something more creative with this stitch since I know it so well. 
Sharon B at  is doing a wonderful job with Take a Stitch Tuesday.  I am so enjoying it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Coloricious youtube tutorials

I learned a couple of new things today.  I watched this tutorial about fabric slashing and was inspired.  This is a really cool technique with a lot of potential.  Watch and enjoy!
I also learned how to put a youtube video onto my blog!  So cool!  Coloricious has a lot of good videos!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

ipad app Silk

This is such a fun app to use.  For $2.00 it is totally worth it.  I have no affiliation.  I just love to play!  I created this on the ipad and took a photo of it.  I can see myself using the photo in Kaleidoscope Kreator or just printing it onto fabric and adding some stitching!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Crafter's Workshop stencils

I love to experiment.  The idea hit me that layering stencils could result in something interesting.  I first used the zebra skin template by Craft's Choice.  I colored with a sharpie marker.  I would use acrylic paint and stencil brush next time as it would be faster.  I then sprayed Shimmering Mist over the flower stencil.  I absolutely love the combination.  I was thinking that I would make this into a small wall hanging.  I am just not sure what else to add to this.  Probably some beads.  I was starting to think that I like this so much I don't want to ruin it.  That is really a stupid thought!  I can always recreate it if I have to!  I will be bold and go for it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chevron stitch for TAST

I am always glad to learn something new.  This stitch is new to me and I was a bit intimidated by it.  I am glad to say that it really isn't that difficult.  Well, except for the nasty thread that I was using.  OH my gosh!  It was constantly snarling, tangling and being plain nasty! 
The top picture is my first attempt.  I probably should have tried it on some even weave.  Oh well, I am a wonky kind of gal anyway.  The next picture I added it to a row of the herringbone stitch.  I like the way it looks. 
Thanks to Sharon B at  for doing Take a Stitch Tuesday.  I am really enjoying the process.

Monday, February 6, 2012

funky little duct tape journal

Diana Trout has a youtube video showing how to make a duct tape journal.  I have made a few of them now but this one is a bit different.  I took it a step further by really jazzing up the cover.  I applied beads, sequins etc.  I waited for the glue to dry and then added a coat of matte medium.  Any acrylic medium will work though.  Once it is dry I added color with alcohol inks.  I believe I learned that from a youtube video as well.  It is so nice and glitzy!  Just the way I love it!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February bead journal

This year I am stitching on photos of rust and pealing paint.  I really enjoying having a preplanned  idea.  Of course I don't know what I am going to stitch each month but I do have the base.  A heart made perfect sense to me for this month.  I really like the idea of cutting a little something away from the photo.  I may have to try that again.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a sneak peek at my bead journal for February

Okay, I am feeling rather pleased with myself!  I cut the heart shape out of the photo that I am working on this month.  I then added the stitching to stretch across the opening.  I am thinking this is a really cool idea!  I still have to add the beading so stay tuned for that.