"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Good bye 2015

Only a few hours left of 2015 here in the East coast of the US… we are home soaking up some calm moments before we bid adieu to this year. What a year it has been – of challenges, of celebrations, of missing our old home and friends, making new ones, setting new goals and trying to always remember the core value of why we do everything that we do. It has been a year of changes and realizations of what is most important to each one of us. And for me, it has been a year of gratitude. So, here it goes – a collection of 9 most personally meaningful creations of Twenty Fifteen. 

Good bye 2015 … I’ll remember you fondly!



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Declutter and Re-organize, continued


Have you ever seen one of those vintage cantilever sewing boxes? I once saw one in a consignment shop. You could almost picture a lady in gown keeping her embroidery needles, thimbles and threads in the rosy velvet lined drawers. I regretted passing it up at the time and not having found another one since. It's no surprise that from the moment I saw Eileen Hull's Cantilever Sewing Box die from Sizzix, I knew I had to have it. Have to admit, it was NOT easy waiting to get my Cantilever die! 

After assembling all the parts, I decided to decorate it with bright colors and folk artsy flowers and vines. My goal was to make a cheerful catch all for paper clips, eraser caps, etc. that would sit on my desk.

Let me show you how to put this little beauty together.


Start by diecutting the pieces of the Cantilever Sewing Box. Create a Sizzix sandwich by placing the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Cantilever Sewing Box blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad - Extended. Lay a Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board White or Cream Sheet on the blade side of the Cantilever Sewing Box die and cover with a Sizzix Accessory - Premium Crease Pad, Extended. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


You'll need to diecut 6 drawers, 2 lids, 2 feet, 4 big and 8 small hinges. 


Before assembling the Cantilever Sewing Box, gather the following: hot glue gun, glue sticks, rubber bands (to use as clamps while the glue dries) and small brads (28 plus a few because some always manage to escape!)


You could refer to the box insert for assembly instruction or refer to this PDF file. Or just follow along with me.

Fold along the crease lines of the die-cut Cantilever pieces. 


Be sure to read the Hot Glue Gun Safety Instructions. Plug in the glue gun to heat up for about five minutes before you start. Run a thin line of hot glue between facing folded edges. Press the edges together. Do this for all four edges and then slide a rubber band in to hold the shape while the hot glue bonds the pieces together. Repeat with all six drawers.


Before attaching the feet to the bottom set of drawers (any two really), you could cut out a piece of Mat board with scissors to attach the bottom drawers on. This will keep the drawers from sagging in around the center when assembled. I skipped this step and just attached the feet toward the outer edge of the bottom drawers.


Next, attach the lids to the top two drawers (again, any two will do). 

You could wait to attach the lids last, but I wanted to put away my hot glue gun asap, so I did this step early.


Remove the rubber band clamps from the drawers. Start attaching the hinges with brads after lining them up along the holes on the sides of the drawers. 

Attach the two sides of the Cantilever with some glue and clamp the drawers together with clips as shown.


This is what the assembled Cantilever looks like. It's amazingly fun to watch the little parts move to reveal the drawers!


Now, to decorate! Start by painting the parts with acrylic paints of your choice. The Mat Board takes paints really nicely.


Paint your designs as shown.

You can also use patterned papers or fabric to decorate, but I love to pick up my paint brushes and give it a go any chance I get :)

Supplies:
Others: Hot glue gun, glue sticks, rubber bands, paper clips, brads, acrylic paints, paint brushes


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Declutter and re-organize


As 2015 comes to close, we are thinking of de-cluttering and getting organized for a fresh start in 2016. A clean desk, neat shelves, supplies that you can actually find when you need them - all of it contributes to a feeling of zen inside. And after the whirlwind of Holiday activities, I think we are all craving a bit of inner calm.

Not to worry, this isn't an elaborate make-over scheme! It's really about starting small and keeping it real. I am starting with a little pins and needles book to contain the sharps. I am using the new Paper Leather Sheets from Sizzix and the Needle Book die by Eileen Hull, also from sizzix.


Start by die-cutting the Needle Book cover and closure from Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets using Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Paper Leather Sheet on the blade side of Needle Book die and placing the two between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Cut two pieces of felt to fit inside the Needle Book when folded. 


If you are wondering what Paper Leather Sheets are, let me tell you in the exact words that Sizzix uses to describe them: " It’s the durable material that can do it all! Made from a latex saturated flat base to simulate the look and feel of real leather, Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets can be used to die-cut, emboss, print, ink, stitch, paint, watercolor, foil, collage or distress. Whether you wash it or use it in your printer, Paper Leather Sheets always retain their shape for a wide variety of uses. Use Paper Leather to add dimension and texture to your next cardmaking, gift tag, home d├ęcor or sewing project."

Today, I'll show you a way to paint these Paper Leather Sheets.

Use a ruler and pencil to mark off stripes. I didn't measure because I like the relaxed painterly feel of things when they are not too perfect. Color the sections blue and white (or your personal favorites) alternatively. Let dry.


Outline the sections with black pen and write Pins & Needles on the front cover.


Stack the felt pieces inside the Needle Book cover and machine stitch down the center.  

                            


Stitch the closure tab on. Hand sew a snap in place to close the Needle Book.


And here is the finished project! 

Supplies for this project:



Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets - 6" x 6" Assorted Basics, 20 Pack

Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book 

Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard

Sizzix Big Shot Machine

Others: Felt, Snaps, Thread, Needle, Sewing machine, Pen, Acrylic paints, paint brush, pencil, ruler

                          

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Monday, December 28, 2015

RG Blog Hop: Noteworthy


Welcome to Week 3 of the RG Blog Hop and a sneak peek of Richard's new collection: Noteworthy - offering vintage elements with a modern spin. Although, this week will be filled with holiday festivities, Friday's post will still go live and you will still have the chance to enter to win this week's prize package! In Richard's words, "This is still such an exciting time! Christmas, New Years and then CHA! I cannot wait to share all four collections on the show floor! If you have the chance to attend CHA 2016, please do come by the booth and say hi! You will be able to see the full collections and enter to win some yummy prizes!

For the next two weeks, I will share sneak peeks from the last two collections. You still have the chance of winning brand new products! And in the end, we will have 4 winners (one from each week) PLUS a Grand Prize Winner!

Noteworthy is the opportunity to reach out to a friend, family member or that special someone in your life. To take our ordinary days into extraordinary movements that are sure to be noteworthy. With this collection, you bring creativity to life with a simple hello or let's meet for lunch. Remember to capture noteworthy and worthwhile connections."
Above is my take with Noteworthy! And a pictorial to show you the steps.

Fold cardstock to create a 5.5" x 4.25" card base. Trim the patterned paper to 5.25" x 4".


Attach the patterned paper block to the card base.


Attach a strip of another Noteworthy patterned paper as shown.


Stamp the sentiment on cardstock.


Cut a label around the sentiment.


Mount the sentiment to the card. Doodle with a golden pen to finish.



GRAND PRIZE: Exclusive RG messenger bag with floral print inside to match one of Richard's new collections AND winner will also receive ALL four prize packages from each of the four weeks of giveaways!








You can enter to win the above pictured Noteworthy stamps/dies, Washi Tape Stickers and paper pack by completing the following steps. 
1. Follow TeamRichardGaray on Instagram. 
2. Leave a comment on this post  
3. Leave a comment on designer’s blog post by clicking on their names below. 
You will have up to 9 chances each day to win Monday – Friday! **Not all steps are required to win. Winner from this week will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 2nd here on the blog. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA.
And here's the hop list:










Have an amazing day!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Freshen your decor with a touch of Whimsy!


How about a trio of canvases with whimsical designs to freshen up your decor for the new year? Here are some ideas to do so using Lori Whitlock's Made with Love collection of dies. The above set uses Sizzix Bigz dies Fox # 2, Jar # 2 and Teapot. Check out the tutorial here!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

My Painterly Christmas Memory Journal, continued

We start our Christmas vacation today...YAY!
A few weeks back, when I was shopping at Macy's, there was a lady checking out before me. The cashier was chitchatting with her and asked her, "Are you ready for the holidays?" The customer responded, "I have to be!" Isn't that so true? Whether we feel ready or not, events come, deadlines are reached, milestones are crossed and we have to show up and deliver. That reminds me of the idiom I studied back in grade school, "Time and tide wait for none." The older I grow, the truth of that statement sinks in deeper each day.

Tomorrow is Christmas. To all those who celebrate, wish you the MERRIEST of Christmas!

I hope, you feel ready!
If you have fallen behind on your Memory Journal, don't stress about it. Live it to the fullest and record the memories when you have some downtime. After few years in a row of failed attempts to complete my Christmas journal, I think I have found my magic formula this year. Having an open ended journal made it easy for my style where I don't have to restrict myself to the size of journaling cards and pockets. Don't get me wrong... those are WONDERFUL methods of memory keeping but through trial and error, I realized it isn't the best option for me at the moment. My style can change and I can grow into pockets. But for now, I'm loving the space to just write my story. Here are some pages from my Painterly Christmas Memory Journal 2015.






If you are working on any sort of memory journal, please share in the comments. I always love to hear about your creative ventures!

If you happen to be using my Painterly Christmas Memory Journal Kit and/ or 12 Days of Christmas Add-on Kit, PLEASE share any images you have of what you are creating with it! I would LOVE to feature them here! Don’t be shy :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

RG Blog Hop, Week 2 with Celebra'tions


Welcome to Week 2 of the RG Blog Hop! This week we bring to you Richard's Celebra'tions Collection! New fun elements have been added too! With each week, we get more excited and cannot wait for you all to see the new collection in full! This will happen at CHA but we will share afterwards too! Stay tuned! Five more days until Christmas! Are you ready?! Let's get to the blog hop!



Here is more yummy eye candy for you! 

Today, I have a pocket page to share with you.


Here's the list of supplies:
Celebra'tions Washi Tape Chevron Print  
Celebra'tions Enameled Elements
Fun Stampers Journey Buttercream Cardstock 8.5 x 11
Others: pen, paint, brush

Here are the steps to making the layout.



Lay the ink pads face down on cardstock to create rectangular impressions.


Cut the cardstock out into cards.


Attach Enameled Elements to some of the cards to embellish.


Embellish the other cards with Chevron washi tape.


Arrange the cards till you like how they look together. Paint and doodle to tie the card designs together. Journal and slip into the pockets.

In case you missed Week 1, please click HERE to start from the beginning. 2015 has been an AMAZING year but 2016 will be bigger and better. Richard says, "I am excited to officially announce my participation in this winter’s 2016 CHA! For the first time EVER, I will be hosting my own space in our industry’s Mega Show where I will debut my four new collections! Let’s get this party started with some AMAZING sneak peaks, a FUN giveaway opportunity and an AMAZING MEGA GIVEAWAY at the end of our sneak peek journey to CHA!
This Celebra'tions collection is filled with color and hooray! The opportunity to celebrate that special moment and bring paper to life with yummy designs, amazing textures and an inviting color pallette is what makes this collection something to celebrate about!
For the next three weeks, I will share sneak peeks from each collection. Every week a new collection will be revealed! You have the chance of winning brand new products each of the four weeks! And in the end, we will have 4 winners (one from each week) PLUS a Grand Prize Winner!"

GRAND PRIZE: Exclusive RG messenger bag with floral print inside to match one of my new collections AND winner will also receive ALL four prize packages from each of the four weeks of giveaways!


You can enter to win by completing the following steps. 
1. Follow TeamRichardGaray on Instagram. 
2. Leave a comment on this post 
3. Leave a comment on designer’s blog post by clicking on their names below. You will have up to X chances each day to win Monday – Friday! 
**Not all steps are required to win. Winner from this week will be announced on Saturday, 12/26 at noon MST on Richard's blog. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA.
Have an amazing day!