Monday, July 31, 2017

Hello friends! I so excited to be going back to Queens Ink in Savage, Maryland. I have 5 workshops from August 11th - 13th. I'd love to have you join me! 
Call the store for details at (301) 497-9449 

Fabric Journal/Planner

Friday, August 11th   10:30 am - 6:00 pm    
(1/2 hour lunch break included)
Combine a little fabric, ephemera, and paint to create a one-of-a-kind Planner or Journal.  The cover will have a deconstructed feel with lots of simple stitching and embellishments. The inside tabs will be colored with the new Distress Oxide Inks.  Richele will make sure you have time in class just to play and have fun.  This workshop will include printed pages for the planner, dividers, pocket pages, worn cover, fabric, ephemera, vintage buttons, etc. (Richele has also designed  plain pages available to swap if you do not wish to use your book as a planner)  Basic sewing skills are helpful but not a requirement. Please bring a sewing machine (in good working order), black and cream thread and bobbins, scissors, heat tool and your basic class kit. Approximate size of journal is 5 3/4” x 8” x 1 ¾”.  Students will have a choice of 2-3 fabrics for their cover.

Keepsake Jewelry Box

Saturday, August 12th    9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Alter a Mini Configurations book into an elegant Jewelry Box to hold your trinkets and treasures. The box will be covered with the beautiful Memorandum Paper Stash and then aged to perfection with Ranger Distress products to give it the perfect vintage look. We will be creating dimensional flowers using Sizzix Alterations die cuts. Class will include a Mini Configurations Book, Mini Framed Panel, hardware, Textile Surfaces, die cut flowers, and even a little mirror for the inside. Please bring your favorite pair of scissors. And your basic class kit. Approximate size 9” x 6” x 2”

All the Pretty Children

Saturday, August 12th    3:00 - 7:00 pm

Did you love playing with paper dolls when you were little? Or maybe you still do! We’re going to be playing with the NEW Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz and learn how to photo tint with Distress Markers, use Alcohol Ink to create a vintage look on metal and glass and more. Our project will start with the new Vignette Tray and we’ll be adding lots of NEW Idea-ology pieces like Paper Dolls, Botanical Layers, Memorandum Paper Stash, Clippings, Quote Chips, Bouquet, Pocket Watch, Hardware, etc. Approximate sixe is 6” x 12”. Please bring your favorite pair of detail scissors and your basic class kit. All other materials will be supplied. 

Cards in Distress


Sunday, August 13th   9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cards in Distress is packed with techniques to take your cards to the next level. Each card will feature a different technique to maximize and get the most from your Ranger products like Distress Oxide Inks, Grit Paste, Micro Glaze and so much more. We’ll also be using stamped images (Hipsters), Layering Stencils, new Sizzix Alteration dies (Wildflower 2 and Cityscapes), and some Idea-logy products to embellish our cards. Join me for a fun day of card making! Please bring scissors, heat tool and dry adhesive (and your basic class kit) Although Richele has designed this class for card maker enthusiasts, all of the techniques are great skills for collage, mixed media and art journaling. 

Victorian Flip Frame

Sunday, August 13th    2:00 - 5:30 pm
Transform an ordinary Flip Frame into a beautiful Victorian frame to display your favorite photo or Found Relative. You’re welcome to bring your own photo to personalize your project or a Found Relative will be provided for you! In class you will learn how to make elegant roses from Crinkle Ribbon, how to create a vintage look with Ranger Distress products and make a collage background with the NEW Ephemera Snippets. Class kit includes Flip Frame, Found Relative, Quote Band, Ephemera - Snippets, Doily, Textile Surfaces (linen), buttons, crinkle Ribbon etc. Please bring a heat tool, scissors and your basic tool kit.

If your in the area please stop by and say hello! 
Looking forward to seeing you in class! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Halloween releases from Tim Holtz

Hello friends! I want to thank everyone at Whim So Doodle for an incredible couple of days of classes and thanks to everyone who came out to classes too. The store is truly inspiring and they have everything you need for paper crafting, lettering, art supplies, gift items and even a quilting and sewing section. They also have Tim's Eclectic Elements fabric. 

Today I'd like to share a few samples I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween releases. The releases have been awesome. If you missed the Facebook live with Tim be sure to check his blog for all the details. I hope you love the new products as much as I do! 

The new Sizzix Alterations release is full of classic, spooky and whimsical Halloween dies. 
You can make cards, Mixed Media projects, treat bags and so much more.  

This card Bewitching Hour has to be my favorite card of the Sizzix release called Witchcraft. The die is a Thinlit Die and comes with the Witch holding her broom, the Cat and the Stars. 

Color the background on Mixed Media Heavyweight cardstock using Distress Oxide Inks (Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Black Soot) then die cut the Stars out of the background. The Witch and Cat are die cut from black cardstock and then I add Distress Oxide Ink with an Ink Blending Tool over the Cat using the new Black Soot.

For the word Halloween I inked the Rosettes Texture Fade with Black Soot Archival Ink and embossed it on to the Green cardstock which created this fun debossed paper. Die cut the word Halloween form the Thin Halloween Words Thinlits die.  The Thin Words die is perfect for cards! I also added one of the stars from the background for the center of the "O". I did some stitching around the card then assembled my card. 

Idea-ology is always a favorite for me! Love all the little treasures that are perfect for this Vignette box.

Paint the Finials with Black Soot Distress Paint and set aside to dry. Add Halloween Design Tape around the front edge of the large Vignette Box and wrap around to both sides. Cut a piece of the Halloween Paper Stash to fit the back of the box. 

Choose a few pieces of Ephemera from the Halloween Pack and this will be the focal point of your piece . Elevate the Ephemera off the back of the box. I used a double stack of Game Pieces (about 1/2"thick). Tie Halloween Trimmings around the Finial at the top with a Halloween Shape Token. 

Cut pieces of Halloween Paper to fit behind the Halloween Transparent Tiles and adhere them about 1/4" off the back of the box. Add a thin layer of Glossy Accents to the Monocle. An Heirloom Rose is always a nice touch for the lapel. 

Add Apothecary Vials with labels and hand made tags to tie around the neck of the bottles.  Adhere the Mini Pumpkins and Skull with Collage Medium. You can also add a Halloween Word Band to the front of the box. Adhere Finials with Collage Medium and let dry. 

Stampers Anonymous
Stamps and Stencils are a staple for creating cards and great for Mixed Media projects as well. The new Halloween stamps and stencils are spooktacular I know you will LOVE them! 

Start with a Black Cabinet Card and sand it a little with a Sanding Grip to grunge it up. Add a little stenciling using the new Distress Oxide Inks on an Ink Blending Tool and the Crossed Layering Stencil for a magical effect. Because theses Oxide Inks are a Pigment/Dye fusion the inks have enough opacity to show up on black. The background of the house was also done with Distress Oxide inks. Stamp the Haunted House with Black Soot Archival Ink, then take the waterbrush and lift color where the windows of the house are, now you can add color back with a Fossilized Amber Distress marker. Add color to the sides and roof of the house too. 

For the base of the card I stamped the Skulls background over a Kraft card. Small Talk Occasions has several Halloween and fall sayings that work great! 

Alcohol Ink the Word Band, Numeral Token, and Roses. I also dyed some Linen Ribbon with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Adhere the layers and add the embellishments for this wicked haunted card. 

I hope you find these inspiring! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Check your local store or click the links below to head over to Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Flower Garden Card - Ranger Guest Artist

Hello friends! I happy to be back on the Ranger Blog today sharing a card featuring Distress Micro Glaze in a few different ways to create these magical effects.  

I hope you will check out all the detail on the Ranger Blog! 

Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Workshops at Whim So Doodle!

Hello friends! Hope you all had a great July 4th. 

I'm super excited to be offering 3 great workshops at 
Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg, Florida. 
We'll be making cards, using fabric and learning new techniques! 
For more info head over the Whim So Doodle website 
or call them (727)-827-4911.

"Home Sweet Home"
 Friday July 21st, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Bring your imagination and journey into the world of fabric. Create this charming Home Decor panel using the NEW Vignette Tray for the foundation. We’ll be stenciling with Distress Paint, stamping with the new Cling Foam stamps and doing some simple hand sewing. Whether you love to sew or you’re just starting out this class is for you! Class will include everything to create this panel, even a set of Typography and a few choices of fabric for the house so you can make this project your own. 

"Cards in Distress"

Friday July 21st, 5:30 - 9:00 pm 
Cards in Distress is packed with techniques to take your cards to the next level. Each card will feature a different techniques to maximize your Ranger products like Distress Oxide Inks, Grit Paste, Micro Glaze and so much more. We’ll also be using stamped images (Hipsters), Layering Stencils, new Sizzix Alteration dies (Wildflower 2 and Cityscapes), and some Idea-ology to embellish our cards. Join me for a fun day of card making!

"Fabric Planner - Journal"

Saturday July 22nd, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
 (with a 1 hour lunch break)
Combine a little fabric, ephemera, paint and design a one-of-a-kind Planner or Journal. The cover will have a deconstructed feel with lots of simple stitching and embellishments. The inside tabs will be colored with the new Distress Oxide Inks with time in class to just play and have fun. Class with include printed pages for the planner, dividers, Pocket Pages, Worn Cover, Fabric, Ephemera, vintage buttons, etc.

Comel join me for these awesome workshops
July 21st - 22nd 
we're going to have so much fun!
Click here for more information. 

Thanks for stopping in! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hello and Happy Fathers Day to all the amazing dad's out there and especially to my dad who has taught me so much, encouraged me and loves me unconditionally! You're AWESOME! 

I'm so excited to have a project over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today in honor of Fathers Day.  
This Mixed Media project features some of my favorite products like Vintage Distress Collage Medium, Woodgrain Cardstock, Grit Past, Sizzix Alteration dies, Paper Dolls, Typography and more.
Please be sure to head over to Simon Says Stamp for the full tutorial. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quilt Market: Eclectic Elements Dapper Collection!

Hello friends! Hope you're all having a wonderful 3 day weekend and you're getting some creative time in. I've been doing a little hand sewing today. 
Quilt Market was a little over a week ago and I thought you might like to see the booth for the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric. I LOVE the new release Dapper with 8 designs available now and 8 more being released this fall. I can't wait for the whole collection but the first 8 designs are fantastic. 
Here they are!

Each vest and bow tie show off the new fabrics. How cute are they! 

Look at this STUNNING quilt called "Tailor's Spinning Wheel" by Erika Jackman. You can find the pattern for this quilt on the Free Spirit Fabrics web site along with some other project too, click here.

Just look at the detail of the quilting! So INCREDIBLE! 

The projects in the booth were amazing from pillows, home decor pieces, backpacks, bags, totes, apron and even a cute little teddy bear. The new Eclectic Elements Dapper collection is so versatile. 
Check out some of the INCREDIBLE projects that were made. 
What will you make with these new fun fabrics?

And don't forget the Eclectic Elements line also has big chunky Zippers in a gunmetal finish, hardware, 100% cotton Sewing Machine Tread and 6wt Craft Thread that's great for hand stitching!

Thanks for stopping by!