Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crafter's Workshop Samples.... USTREAM recap

Getting ready for CHA and my template's big debut! I hope Jaime doesn't mind me posting this but I thought that since you have already seen my templates in numerous posts I'd be safe:)

During the USTREAM Broadcast, I created with my Crafter's Workshop templates -- Whimsical Hearts, Vines and Houses. How fun is that!? (yes, you see many others there too! Love me some stencils!)

Thank you to all who joined me today -- a Saturday afternoon. I'll be back broadcasting live on Friday Night next Friday... hummm what will I do then?

Anyway -- hope you liked the broadcast.
If you have any questions about what you see here or online, please don't hesitate to email me anytime. Love to hear from you and answer your questions "on air" and on this website.

Have a creative day everyone! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!! Stay safe and have fun tonight!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hi all... Sorry - no USTREAM broadcast tonight.
I have some ladies here in the studio and we are sewing -- that just won't translate well on the webcam.


Paints and Crafter's Workshop Templates :)
Hope you can join me then!! See you on air tomorrow

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Poppy Pillow 2

Sheri was in the studio when I created the first Poppy Pillow and absolutely loved it. So, I thought I'd make her one for Christmas.

We had our "Friends Christmas" last night and I gave it to her then. *smile*
This one, although a little hard to see, is made from a neutral coloured linen (not the muslin that I made mine from) Also different, I made this a pillow case (envelope style) and stuffed it with a prefab pillow form. Much nicer... hummmm... maybe I should have given her mine! *wink*
Have a creative day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crocheting again... but....

This time with wire....

I have a blue crochet and bead necklace that I love to wear that I purchased at the One of a Kind Show last year. I LOVE it ... and, when people stop to admire it, I am always asked if I made it. The answer is no BUT, I sure could and one day I will make another one for myself.

Well, here it is. I've been wanting a purple necklace and earring set for a while now and since I caught that crochet bug again I thought -- hey, why not *wink* Love how it turned out....

Hope you like!! and just a hint -- watch for it next month on the Mixed Minded website! *double wink*

Have a creative day everyone!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Week Sale

Yes, we are having a pretty big sale -- I think it's our biggest ever!
CLICK HERE to View the Newsletter with all the details!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I had a wonderful time felting LIVE on USTREAM and with Bonnie here in the studio last night. Thanks for joining me again!!

I LOVE the Needle Felted Pocket Warmers (Pictured left) I know I'll be using them this winter once the snow flies! And I'm sure 'the kid' will too!

The Soap felting was funny -- WOW did I ever have clean hands
after all was said and done! I felted another soap after the cameras were off and shockingly ... it went much better! LOL Go Figure! Oh well, the joys of joining me live and watching me create something outside of my crafting comfort zone! hehehe But it was fun!! I'm looking forward to using these. I'll let you know how they work out. I think out of the two pictured here... the green one will be the best. It looks like it felted together nicely. YAY!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend -- and for those of you who celebrate Christmas, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I am in the studio today until 2pm and then I'll be back Tuesday for my regular hours.
I have people coming in all next week to create in the studio -- let me know if you'd like to join us! LOVE creating with you all!

xoxo Karen

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!
I will be broadcasting live tonight at 6:30EST from the studio on my

Tonight I'll be Felting
I want to make some felted soaps for hostess gifts this week (being Christmas and all) and I have been needle felting pocket warmers too -might need a few more.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Art Journaling Night

I had a wonderful evening with the "kid" and the girls creating in our Art Journals last night. I decided that I was going to work in a new book. New Year (well almost...) - New Book *smile*

So, out came the paints and the Crafter's Workshop Stencils and I set to work:
Tulips have always made me happy...

It's true - Tulips and Poppies. Not sure why ... but I've always loved them
Hope you like the page!

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Busy Busy BUsy

I have been super busy crafting for Christmas... as so many of you are too!
I wish I can post some of the things that I've been making but that will have to come AFTER people receive them! *smile*

I am taking a little break tonight for
ART JOURNALING NIGHT here at the studio.
Hope you can join us!!

Have a creative day!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Painting up a storm and a WONDERFUL evening

There wasn't a USTREAM broadcast yesterday (as I mentioned before) because I had full house last night here in the studio for a crafting Christmas Party. Such a nice time! Thank you girls for the fun and munchies ... mmmmm.... Loved having you here - as always!!!

Earlier in the day I had another couple of gals come in to create too! I kick myself for not taking a picture because Judy specifically came in to create one of those drippy crayon canvases that I tried earlier this month on USTREAM. So fun!! And it looked MARVELOUS! Have you tried that yet?

The above is what I created yesterday... I used a white latex masking liquid to draw a design and then painted painted painted with my Crafter's Workshop Stencils. Can you see them? I used My Whimsical Hearts and Vines, Julie Balzer's Chevrons & Punchinella and I used the center of the Trendy Bracket stencil too... humm... any more? ....Yes, just saw Daisy Cluster in there too! Talk about layering! I really like how this turned out. I think I need to experiment with this a little more too!! Oh the things that make me happy!

Have a Creative day everyone!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Recognize this technique?

If you read your Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine (Winter 2011/12) you just might!!

Yes, I created these fun gift tags/ornaments using the Styrofoam Stamping technique I showcased in the current issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. How fun are they?

I've made these to give away this season - in cards and on top of gifts for friends and neighbours. Hope they like!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love these Canvases

Deanna and Paulette were in the studio yesterday afternoon taking the Ornament Canvas class... and I loved it!! We had so much fun painting and masking and using UTEE. Thanks Girls! Love how they turned out!

(Gotta love Paulette's purples!!)
Thank you for a wonderful day girls!!

Hope you had a creative day too!! And if you'd like to take a class at the studio... let me know. Classes are offered all the time!!

Case in point... there is still room in Manuela's Felting Classes Tomorrow night and next Thursday Night too (both at 7pm) We made two classes for those intersted!! It's going to be fun.
Manuela will be teaching you how to create Phone/Camera Cozies or Mittens from recycled Wool Sweaters. $24 (plus tax) Class runs from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Let me know if you'd like to join us!
Now, go make something today!!! *Smile*

Saturday, December 10, 2011

So, here they are -- my finished projects from last night's USTREAM broadcast. THANK YOU to everyone who joined me last night. I really loved creating with you!

I love how the Music Set turned out for "the kid's" birthday. I hope she likes them.
And here's the house collage one I created for me :)

So sweet!! And I love it too! Going to wear it today :)

Here are the other pieces I glazed with resin. Remember they were PaperClay.
I had rolled, stamped and cut the clay earlier and left the pieces to dry for a few days and then pulled them out to play with last night...
I coloured them with lots of different products... here are the results...

AND I love the resin paper "leaf" I made too!! I know you'll see this is a future project. In fact, I know you'll see all of these again soon because they'll make great embellies!!

Have a creative day everyone!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Christmas Tag Swapping....

This week I participated in a fabulous tag swap with some amazing women! Just take a look at these tags!! Each one as different as the person who created them.

There were 17 of us who got together for some fun and festive frivolity and tag trading. What a lovely time and a great way to get together with friends over the holidays. Thank you so much for including me this year ladies!

This is the tag that I created. Yes, the tag/project that got my crochet bug in full swing again! *smile*
I crocheted these fun little hearts out of Baker's Twine and attached them to the tags with masking tape and my home made washi tape! (Stamped some Tissue Paper and then ran it through my Xyron machine! Works like a charm!) Sewed the tag to some muslin and frayed the edges and all is good and "ready to gift"

I will be streaming LIVE on USTREAM tonight.... Hope you can join me! The Broadcast will start at 6:30 EST
Have a creative day!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Crocheting up a storm...

See? I told you I've been working with wool! LOL
Here are two things I made this week -- A Headband and Hat... and more of those fabby crocheted flowers too! ...just cause I love them!

I'm on a roll!!
Some people have come in to the studio while I've been crocheting.... and a request was made. -
PLEASE teach a class on how to crochet small hearts and flower embellishments using baker's twine (I'll share with you the project that inspired that tomorrow...) sooooo Yes, there is a class in the works. I'll post it here when I'm done and you can let me know when you'd like to come in and learn how to make them.

back to the yarn..... and twine..... *smile*

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Must be the weather....

I'm feeling the need to work with wool of all kinds!
See what I created on Saturday? Yes!! Wouldn't Donna Downey be so proud! (Poppies AND me sewing!) *smile*

Yes, I will very freely tell you that this was directly inspired by something else I saw on Pinterest (LOVE that pinterest) so if you follow my boards, this will look very familiar (originally posted by L Kluver-- it's a Poppy Fields Pillow: by OutonaLimbDesign)! ..It's all good! Also good? The fact I christened my Felting Machine - Finally! Oh why, oh why, did I wait this long? LOVE needle felting and now I an see myself doing bigger projects too. Although I used my machine, you can easily do this with the clover needle felters -- the 5 Needle Felting Tool would be perfect!!

This will look Fabulous in my living room!! On the couch under my Poppy Field Painting. (hehehe) Might have to make another one!

Have a creative day everyone!