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Embellished fabric box finally finished

I finally found a few minutes to finish off my embellished fabric box and it turned out rather beautiful I think. I was originally going to use the ribbon fabric as the lining but it looked so good I decided to use it on the outside, and instead lined the box with a...

Fabric Box Update

The fabric box that I started last week is just about finished. I've completed the beading and hand embroidery for the top of the box and although I've used the same design for the three sections, the embellishing is slightly different on each section which makes it...

Working out of the box – fabric box that is

I had hoped to be further along with the project I started last week, but I think it's so annoying when life gets in the way of playtime! I like making fabric boxes and use them to hold all sorts of things, and I want to use this one to hold some of my sketching...

Get Creative with Water Soluble Stabilizer

Don't you just love getting creative with fun products and techniques? Water soluble stabilizer is one of my very favorite products and I love to use it in lots of different ways to create interesting thread and fiber effects such as Soft edges on quilts Lace windows...

Printing on Textured Fabric using Inkaid

Working with texture has always been one of my favorite things and I've always found it challenging and rewarding to find ways to merge both visual and tactile texture into my artwork. One of the biggest challenges though has been to find ways to successfully print...

Sewing on fabric treated with Inkaid

If you have ever printed images onto fabric using Inkaid, then no doubt you've discovered that once fabric is treated with any of these products it becomes quite stiff to rigid depending on the product type that you use. Sometimes this isn't a problem if you're going...

Exploring Photoshop: Designing Repeat Patterns

Designing your own fabric patterns has never been easier with all the amazing tools that we have at our disposal these days. And making a repeat pattern design is one of the most common ways to create designs. Although there are special programs that make this task...

Exploring Photoshop: How to make textured edges for your photos

This tutorial is presented using Photoshop Elements 9 which is similar to versions 10 and under. You can find an updated tutorial for the current version 14 here. Also, I use "Floating" documents so your workspace may look different. You can activate floating...

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You

Machine needle-lace is a versatile technique and one I use often, particularly for making embellishments. But you can also use it for other applications and one of my favorites is "see-through" designs. This needle-lace heart design is a simple project that...

How to personalize your camera cozy with a photo printed on fabric

I'm always thinking of new and creative ways to use my photos, and after spending the day out and about photographing things last week-end, and ending the day with my camera banging about with the rest of the junk at the bottom of my tote bag, I decided it was finally...

Sunrise Sunset

On Saturday I enjoyed a very early morning shoot with my photography group to take photos of the sunrise over the Atlantic - brrrrr. We caught the sun as it was rising over the Atlantic at about 7.20am. and then we turned around and caught the moon as it was setting...

Exploring Photoshop: Removing backgrounds the easy way

One of the challenges I've always experienced when editing my product images, is removing the background. Depending on the technique you use to remove the main image from the background, sometimes it can end up looking like the dog had chewed around the edges of it....

Art journaling for the time challenged

For the last several years I've attempted to keep an art journal without too much success. However this year I decided to try again after discovering The Documented Life Project which is a free online project complete with support group and weekly challenges. I like...

Exploring Photoshop: Blending Modes – Difference

If you've played with blending modes in Photoshop you no doubt have your favorites. My favorite blending modes are generally "overlay" and "soft light" because they seem to produce consistent results for the type of photo art I like to make. However this week I took a...

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Hope

  "Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all." Emily Dickinson

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