inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

Create with Flourish

April is in bloom. As the last patches of snow melt, I’m thinking about how to plant ideas and create conditions to help them flourish. I’m envisioning paper and fabric florals in my art journal, on wall canvas, and on quilted mug rugs, placemats, and table runners.

If you’re like me, getting started is a challenge. Say hello to….

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Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Spring

This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.

  • How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?

  • How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?

  • What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?

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Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Introducing Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

What do you do on a snow day? Ice skate. Make snow angels. Build snowmen.

Celebrate memories of your favorite Snow Day by sewing paper pieced blocks with our newest PDF package of patterns. With the blocks, create wall hangings, placemats, table runners, trivets, and mug rugs.

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Warmest in Winter

Warmest in Winter

My world is warm in winter.

It may be cold outside, but today in the studio, I’m creating a day of comfort and joy. It’s time to snuggle in at the craft table and make a blizzard of gift tags.

Free Gift Tags

Hot chocolate jars are easy to make for teachers, neighbors, mail carriers, babysitters, etc.

It’s fun to find unique wide-mouth jars and ways to package these popular-on-pinterest gifts.

Get started today with FREE PRINTABLE HOT CHOCOLATE GIFT TAGS.

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How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

How to Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

Make Cross-Stitch Ornaments with Lori Holt

I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog and look what I found: (and couldn’t wait to share)

“Lori Holt and It’s Sew Emma are at it again! Just in time for the Christmas season, Lori Holt has created a new cross stitch pattern, Vintage Christmas Sampler. This Christmas-inspired sampler is filled with everyone’s favorite holiday sights — candy canes, gingerbread men and a gingerbread house, stockings, an ornament and Santa Claus. If a few of the blocks look familiar, you’re right – they are from Lori’s Vintage Christmas Book.”

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December Sneak Peeks

December Sneak Peeks

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You won’t want to miss what we’re bringing to you in December.

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks:

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Up to Snow Good

Up to Snow Good

Stamping with friends….

It’s a wonderful day in the studio, just me, the cat, Lorelei, Rory, and Snow Buddies.

I’m stamping and stitching and painting as I binge watch Gilmore Girls. This show just gets me. And because there’s so much dialogue, it’s almost like listening to a radio show while I craft.

Snow Buddies arrived. Insert happy dance. Want to see what I’m making?

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May Your Heart Be Light

May Your Heart Be Light

Remembering and Giving Back

On this Veteran’s Day, my morning pages are filled with gratitude. As I do ordinary things today, I’ll be thinking about brave veterans and their families, and finding ways to honor their service and sacrifice.

The crafting industry is filled with caring people who always find ways to give back.

Honey Bee Stamps cares.

Today they’re having a sale that gives back.

Yes, I shopped.

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How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

Tutorial for Printing on Fabric

Most of the time I use fabric paper when I print sentiment panels for mug rugs. Starting with white, I can leave the panel clean and simple or paint and ink it up with color.

For the Winter Song sentiments, I knew I wanted to print them on snowflake fabric.

Want to try it? It’s simple with the right tools and supplies.

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Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

inSpired by Kristina Werner

It’s another day in the studio for me so I’m popping in with a bit of inspiration for you. It’s a video from Kristina Werner from her new holiday card series.

On my craft table…

Freezer paper, fabric, Creative Grid rulers, rotary cutters, and an iron. Can you guess what I’m doing?

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