Category: #CreativeGoodness

#SummerCamp – Shrink It Fun

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tutorials, found on a variety of blogs, for using shrink plastic.  This can be a great kid project, but depending on their age, I lean towards recommending working with this media to be a family craft project.  And I think everyone will have great fun.

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Our kid friendly activity today uses plastic that you can use permanent markers (e.g BIC Mark It) to doodle or draw, then cut them out, heat them to shrink.  While this should be an adult supervised project, it does make for a super fun family project.  There are also a variety of plastic, available in Craft stores and Amazon.com that are designed for such creative projects.  And they are actually pretty inexpensive.


I want to share with you some of my favorite tutorials that utilize shrink plastic to make inspirational and fun projects that are also kid friendly:

Ishtarolivera has a tutorial to make cute pins using shrink plastic.

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Lucky Squirrel has a tutorial to make beads using PolyShrink material.

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Crescendo has a tutorial showing how you can use stamps and ink pens to create pieces of jewelry, with shrink plastic.

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I hope you are inspired to help kids be creative and play with shrink plastics. 

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp  (note: I’m investigating how to modify this widget as it only shows the most recent ten vs all posts.  You can do a search on “#SummerCamp” to find all posts in this series):

#SummerCamp – Chalkboard Paint

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  Today I’m sharing #KidFriendlyProjects, from my list of Favorite Tutorials.  These fun activities use chalkboard paint and the possibilities of what you can create with them are endless.  They can certainly provide great fun for kids and the entire family.  I hope you’ll be inspired to create one or more of the project activities I’m showcasing today.  

Our fun  #SummerCamp activity involves Chalkboard Paint.  There is so much creativity that you can do with Chalkboard Paint and many are #KidFriendlyProjects.  As such, I’m happy to share with you some of my Favorite Tutorials for creativity with this paint.

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Homedit shared an inspirational outdoor Chalkboard, made with plywood and Chalkboard Paint, to create a perfect outdoor artistic drawing wall for kids of all ages.

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I hope you enjoy it. And, of course I hope if you and your kids create any creative projects that you’ll share them in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, but the #SummerCamp linky party is for kids or adults that create with kids – any project showcased during summer camp, which can share what they created in the summer camp linky party.

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp 

Free Pattern – The Parlor Cat, by Sara E. Keller and Pets on Quilts Show 2015

 

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The Parlor Cat, by Sara E. Keller just caught my attention.  I thought it was purrfect and I wanted to share it with you.

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This is a FREE downloadable pattern on Craftsy.

She also has a cute pig pattern ,

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a cute owl pattern, 

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as well as patterns for  rabbits, elephants, mice and more.  I guess you can say she has designed a Ark of cute critters you can knit.  All perfect to make and decorate your home, or give as a gift.  Many of her patterns are free and those for sale are very reasonably priced.

 

Of course, while your checking out Sara’s beautiful designs, be sure to check out all the new classes at Craftsy, as well as fabrics and notions, many of which are on sale.

 

Jacquie of Lilypad Quilting is hosting the annual Pets on Quilts Show this coming August.  While this is a great time to start taking photos of your pets on your quilts, it is also a great time to work on a pet themed project.  Of course, I think these cut knitted cats would look super cute on your quilt.  If you make them, I sure hope you’ll enter them in the upcoming Pets on Quilts Show this summer.  One of my favorite events of the year!

#SummerCamp – Clothespins

SummerCamp badgeClothespins can be combined with a variety of things for #CreativeGoodness, including paper, paint, pompoms, BIC Mark-It Pens, scrapbook paper, etc.. And I’m excited to share with you today a few of my Favorite tutorials for creativity.

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Somewhere in the Middle has a cute tutorial to make caterpillar clothespins.

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Hot DIY Tutorial has a fun tutorial to make airplanes out of clothespins with a magnet on the back.airplane magnet craft

Reading Confetti has a tutorial to make cute clothespin mermaids

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp


 

 

 

#SummerCamp – Be Creative by Embellishing a Sun Visor

SummerCamp badgeSummer Camp is all about creativity and having fun, for kids of all ages.  Our activity today is for embellishing sun visors that kids can use throughout the summer, as well as gifts.  I hope you’ll get your kids, or any kid, to be creative this summer and have them participate in our free virtual #SummerCamp.  Of course, adults can join the fun by working with kids too!


Foam sun visors come in a variety of colors and are inexpensive, making them perfect for crafting.  And today I wanted to share with you some of my Favorite tutorials.

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Crafts by Amanda has a sweet tutorial that is #kidfriendly to make Ladbug sun visors.

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You may even want to make a Patriotic visor, but the possibilities of   embellishing a visor are endless!  And you can choose to embellish your visor any way you wish while you participate in this virtual summer camp.

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp

#SummerCamp: Building Traps

 

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  

Ok, this may sound like a bizarre “creative” project, but after you understand it, it really is a great Summer Camp project that is actually quite creative.  I was also very impressed with the young man that created this project and felt it was an inspirational project that I wanted to share with you today.

 


If you  have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu3hvHEfQTo

 

I hope you enjoy it. 

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp 

#SummerCamp: Quilt Pattern: Timeless Treasures Fabric, Ship to Shore, by Nan Baker

Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  

Today I want to share a pattern designed for beautiful nautical fabric from Timeless Treasures,  called “Ship to Shore”,  by Nan Baker.    This lovely fabric and quilt design just looks like a fun quilt project to make and one that would also be great for teaching a kid to sew, making it a perfect project for our virtual Summer Camp.

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This pattern is available for purchase from Nan Baker (Purrfect Spots), but you can also Downloadable a fabric requirements document from the Timeless Treasures website.to make this sweet quilt that finishes at 51″x 63″

 

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This lovely quilt was created using a Sand  Surf  Sun 24″ Panel

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It also includes a variety of fabrics from their “Beach” fabric line:

Whales

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Anchors

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Crabs

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Lines

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp 

Summer Camp – Wooden Spool Knitting

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Do you remember knitting with a wooden spool, when you were a kid?  This is a fun summer camp project, that is inexpensive to make and a great #KidFriendlyProject.

Club Chica Circle has an excellent tutorial to make your wooden knitting spool and show you how to use it for knitting.

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp 

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A new modern cutting tool: The Gyro-Cut

While attending the recent Craft and Hobby Show (CHA show), I learned about a new cutting tool called the Gyro-Cut. It has an interesting blade that can rotate and cut in any direction, like a knife slicing thru butter.  And I think anyone who likes just about any form of #CreativeGoodness is going to want one!

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It is a crafty product that is marketed to cut things like paper, card stock, vinyl, plastic, etc..  At the show, I was told that this model doesn’t do a good job cutting fabric and they were working on developing a blade specifically for fabric.  I struggled when I saw the demonstration, as I  felt that if the fabric was stabilized appropriately it could cut fabric. Fast Forward:  It does cut fabric!

Gyro-Cut is made in the UK by Crafty Products.

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I was given a Gyro-Cut to evaluate and try it on fabric.  But this review represents my honest opinion of this product – I think it is a great tool and is very reasonably priced.

I first used the Gyro-Cut to cut paper, as  this is a good way to get used to holding this tool.  You hold it as if it were a writing pen to get a good cut.  I then moved on to cutting card stock and other materials.

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It even cut the tiny hole for this bookmark.  I was amazed, but once you get the hang of it, the blade rotates better than a sports car turning corners!

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I cut plastic templates with the Gyro-Cut.  It would actually be quite easy to create  your own quilting stencil with this tool.

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I then wanted to cut fabric, but knowing cutting fabric had been challenging for the Gyro-Cut product team,  I knew stabilization would be critical.  As Quilter’s are aware, cutting fabric typically means you can be cutting with or against the grain, or on the bias.  And such change in direction can cause a challenge for many cutting tools. 

I had had such great results with Terial Magic on my Silhouette Cameo, this was my first choice for stabilization for cutting with the Gyro-Cut.  And the combination of using Terial Magic and the Gyro-Cut worked perfectly!  

I first cut small circles to make 3D fabric flowers.

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I then pulled out my set of Flip-N-Cut Magic templates from OmniGrid.  I had originally thought these detailed templates could be used with a small rotary cutter, but found I could never get the shape cut out perfectly as the blade just couldn’t get into some of the angles,  as I wanted.  And, I was forced to use them as marking templates as my only option, until the Gyro-Cut.  I found  Gyro-Cut the Gyro-Cut tracked super close to the template, able to handle the sharp corners, curves, and inside of all the sharp angles.  It did a fantastic job and made cutting with acrylic templates a breeze!  

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I now have a large stack of shapes ready to applique’ on a quilt.  You’ll have to check back, as I’ll show you the quilt, once I have it completed!    I’m just so amazed how fast and fun it was to cut all the shapes with the Gyro-Cut (and Terial Magic).

I also used the Gyro-Cut to cut some “Shrink Plastic” for a another crafty project and found the Gyro-Cut tool much easier to use than scissors and I wouldn’t have wanted to use my rotary cutter on this plastic.

Another thing that I really like about the Gyro-Cut is you can’t cut skin, making it a safe cutting tool for kids.  I also found it to be a handy an economical tool for perfect cutting of:

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– vinyl
– papers, card stock
– fabric (when appropriately stabilized)
– duct tape
– cut an image out of an old card or calendar
– freezer paper

 

What I don’t believe the Gyro-Cut would be a good tool for:

– cutting knits, fleece, flannel
– leather
– thick quilter’s plastic
– acryllic templates (LOL!)

 

Again, I had great luck stabilizing my fabric with Terial Magic.

As I play with using iron-on and other stabilizers, with the Gyro-Cut, I’ll happily share my findings.

Here is a video that you may want to watch, to learn more about the Gyro-Cut tool:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-nsOqJFGLc

Currently the Gyro-Cut can be purchased from their on-line store and/or Amazon.com.  They are also accepting wholesale orders, so I anticipate this tool to soon appear in many craft, quilting and sewing stores.  Of course, you can let them know you are interested in them carrying it, as they may not yet be aware of it.

GYR0-Cut USA generously offered FREE SHIPPING to followers of QuiltShopGal living in the USA.  To take advantage of this offer, type in “CreativeGoodness” in the discount area when checking out at www.gyrocutusa.com

You can find Gyro-cut at:

http://gyro-cut.com/

www.gyrocutusa.com (may have some downtime this week, as web developers are doing some work on this site).

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Terial Magic

I have been researching Terial Magic, for sometime, but it wasn’t until I attended a recent #CHASHOW that I was able to get many of my questions answered.   Terry McFeely, the creator,  was giving demonstrations, as well as showing her kits for creating spectacular fabric flowers.  As I had not had any hands on experience with Terial Magic, this event gave me an opportunity to learn, get answers to my prepared list of questions and more.  I came away seeing many possibilities for quilting, sewing, embroidery and crafty enthusiasts when using Terial Magic.

Terial Magic copyWhile I obtained a sample of Terial Magic, for evaluation purposes, my review honestly represents my own opinion.

Terial Magic is a liquid that comes in a spray bottle. It works differently than common starch, or Best Press, and is marketed as a low or no fray spray stabilizer.  You simply spray it on your fabric, wring out the fabric, allow it to dry somewhat (~15-30 minutes), then iron and use as desired.  Once pressed, your fabric picks up a paper like quality, which I found made it very easy to work with.  My goal for evaluation of this product,  was to try Terial Magic on a variety of techniques to see how it compares to other stabilizers commonly used for quilting, sewing, embroidery and crafting with fabric.

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I quickly learned a little bit of Terial Magic goes a long way.  Many fabrics that I previously had great difficulty cutting with various tools were actually quite easy to cut, once stabilized with Terial Magic.

For situations where we work with small pieces of fabric, such as detailed applique, as well as precision piecing of small pieces, Terial Magic made it easier to work with.  I also realized that that possibilities of #CreativeGoodness when working with fabric, actually grow significantly, when your fabric has been stabilized with Terial Magic.  I truly now feel possibilities of what you can create with fabric are endless!  I’ll share some insights with you today on how I’ve used it so far, but I also plan to share more in-depth insights in the near future.  And, needless to say, Terial Magic has now become one of my favorite stabilizers for quilting, sewing and embroidery!

I found cutting fabric on Silhouette Cameo was significantly easier after applying Terial Magic. (SVG and machine embroiderydesign by Marjorie Busby / Blue Feather Designs)

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I used Terial Magic on a variety of machine embroidery projects and experienced great results all around.  For machine embroidery applique’ (MEA) I found that I consistently got better results.

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I was also pleasantly surprised that with some machine embroidery stitch outs I had great success, without using any traditional stabilizers.  I’ll share more on this in the near future, as I want to do more research.  But for now, I want to encourage those that enjoy machine embroidery to try Terial Magic with and without traditional stabilizers on a variety of projects.  I’m seeing great results on many projects without the expense and time of applying traditional stabilizers.

Terial Magic works great for stabilizing fabrics for Craft projects.  I’ll soon share more about these fun and fast 3D fabric flowers:

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After using Terial Magic to stabilize fabric, I was able to get great cuts using acrylic templates that I had previously not had a good experience with. This is another project, I’ll be sharing more insights with you soon, but I wanted to encourage you to try Terial Magic when using acrylic templates.

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I also found fabric stabilized with Terial Magic enabled crisper cuts when cutting with die cutting machines such as AccuQuilt, Sizzix, or eCrafter.  I have found I get less threads caught in my die, as less shreadding of fabric when cutting certain low thread count fabrics with such die cutters.

After having time to try Terial Magic on a variety of projects, I found it to be an excellent all around stabilizer and is now my preferred form of stabilizing for crafty 3D fabric projects, applique’, machine embroidery, miniature quilts, as well as whenever you are working with difficult fabrics.

Here are some insights about Terial Magic, Terry McFeely, the founder of Terial Arts:

The idea for Terial Arts began April 2011 when founder Terry McFeely wanted to make single-ply fabric flowers that could be life size and 3 dimensional without all the fraying typical of any cut fabric. Terial Arts launched Sept. 2012 with this fabric solution product Terial Magic and Terial Arts patterns to make beautiful fabric flowers. Terial Arts is sold at quilt shops and online at terialarts.com.

 


If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L35ZUuG7eVc#t=62

 There are a variety of tutorial and inspirational videos on the Terial Arts website, as well as free tutorials.  Their newsletter also shares projects with #CreativeGoodness, such as this cute floral pin that used a piece of burlap:

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Terial Magic even helps to make burlap manageable.  Here is a link to a free downloadable tutorial for 3D fabric flower pins:  http://terialarts.com/content/Mini_TG_Trends_Snap-clip_instructionsPRINT.pdf

Terry is frequently adding new tutorial videos, as  well as free downloadable patterns.  She has also designed many stunning patterns for 3D wallhangins, 3D flowers and more.  Plus, you can purchase complete project kits that she has designed:

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Here is a sneak peek of Terry wearing Terial Arts new DIY Fairy Wings.  This pattern will be released this Summer!

 

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You can purchase Terial Magic online at Terial Arts, Amazon.com and it is also appearing in many quilt shops and sewing centers.  If you don’t find it in your local stores, do let them know you’d like them to carry it as they may not yet be aware of it.

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You can find Terial Arts at:

http://terialarts.com/terial-magic/
http://terialarts.com/videos/
http://terialarts.com/blog-1/
https://www.facebook.com/TerialArts
https://twitter.com/terialarts
https://www.pinterest.com/terialterry/
https://www.youtube.com/user/terialarts

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