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NEW Product Alert! Modern Surrealist shapes for Electronic Cutters

I am super excited to announce a brand new collection of shapes I designed for the Sizzix eShape Store! With my limited edition collection of steel rule dies for Sizzix nearing the end of their run, we’ve decided to make all of those shapes available in digital form for use with electronic cutters! And to commemorate the occasion, we’ve rolled out 25 BRAND NEW SHAPES to keep the crafting inspiration going!

Of the new collection we have a complete set of zodiac shapes which are perfect for last minute birthday cards and gifts! We also have hoop and chandelier earrings that you can cut and wear and a super cool three dimensional bow which you can use to embellish all sorts of fun projects! And don’t even get me started on the graffiti font and spray paint can! Insanely cute!

Here are some quick and easy greeting cards I created with the sneaker and unicorn shapes. For these I incorporated some adhesive holographic Duck Tape sheets and exotic paper from the USArtQuest One Pound Bag of Assorted Art Papers.

I’ll admit I used to shy away from electronic cutters, opting instead for the manual steel rule dies. Like a lot of crafters, at first I was intimidated by the technology and thought it would be hard to learn and use. Not so! I’ve been working with the Sizzix eClips2 with Bluetooth technology for the past few days and the transition could not have been easier! I now feel silly for waiting so long to take the leap into digital crafting! If you are like me and want to see just how easy it is to get started, check out this video tutorial:

Now I invite you to hop on over to the Sizzix eShapeStore to check out my entire collection of shapes! There is something there for everyone! And be sure to stay tuned to the blog for MORE cool inspiration projects coming soon!!!

May Color Challenge with Modern Surrealist Surfacez Inks

Clearsnap-MAY-2016-Color-ChallengeClearsnap’s May Color Challenge was inspired by the colors of spring and Cinco de Mayo and includes the new line of Surfacez Inks by Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko!

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Check out this vibrant frame project created by Kymona Tracey for the May challenge! Kymona made clever use of my Tiki Teal and Passion Purple ink pads to amp up this plain frame and floral embellishment!

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Shop the entire line of Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko Surfacez Inks on Amazon.com. These vibrant and versatile inks stick to any prous or non-porous surface, making them the ideal colorant for all your creative crafting projects!

Westcott Crafting Focus Group 6/9 in Fairfield CT

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CALLING ALL CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS IN THE CONNECTICUT AREA!!! Westcott Brand – Makers of the World’s Favorite Scissors – would LOVE for you to attend our next focus group! We will be discussing new and current products in the craft space. The date is Thursday, June 9th from 5-6PM at the address below:

55 Walls Drive, 4th floor
Fairfield, CT 06824

Focus group attendees will each receive a $50 American Express gift card for attending!!!

If you would like to sign up please email marisa@modernsurrealist.com

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ALL YOUR CRAFT ENTHUSIAST FRIENDS IN THE CONNECTICUT AREA!!!

Dress It Up Button Embellishments Product Review

Attention sewing and crafting enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to tell you all about my latest creative obsession, Dress It up Button Embellishments!

 I saw Dress It Up’s amazingly diverse collection of buttons at the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show and was instantly hooked! The wide variety of novelty button designs Dress It Up offers is absolutely mind-blowing!

Being a lover of all things miniature, I have a great appreciation for all of the little design details that Dress It Up puts into their colorful and very fun buttons! And the best part is they have a button for every theme and occasion!

 I’ve been doing a lot of Disney machine embroidery projects with Brother Home Sewing and these licensed Dress It Up Disney buttons will add the perfect touch to special projects centered around all of our favorite Disney characters and movies!

 In addition to being the perfect buttons for all your sewing projects, these beautiful buttons make great accents for all kinds of no-sew crafting projects! Clip the loop off of the back of the buttons and glue them onto cards, invitations, paper crafts, ornaments, jewelry, accessories, room decor and more! The possibilities are endless!

I particularly love the Decadence, Destination France and Uncorked buttons! The attention to detail is off the charts and they remind me of that Paris honeymoon my husband keep promising we’ll take! I believe eventually we will take it, and perhaps then I can add these little embellishments to a scrapbook commemorating our trip!

Another wonderful thing about Dress It Up Button Embellishments is that many of the packs are variety packs, so you get lots of options for embellishments and can really have a lot of fun with mixing and matching! I really love these fun hippie and biker theme designs!

Here’s a close up of some of the dragons so you can see the amazing attention to detail that is but into these buttons. The quality is the best I’ve ever seen! Each one is like a mini work of art!

They even have these In Your Own Words customizable buttons! Have fun writing little words and phrases on these buttons to give an extra special customized touch to your projects and handmade gifts!

 Another fun use for these buttons is decoden! Decoden projects are all the rage and Dress It Up Button Embellishments are perfect for taking your decoden projects to the next level! I am currently working on an awesome decoden project featuring many of these Dress It Up Button Embellishments, so stay tuned for an upcoming post on that!

Here’s a close up of the high heeled shoes buttons so you can see the amazing detail. Keep in mind these are just shy of 1″ in size, so the quality of detailed patterns on the shoes is impressive! And I absolutely LOVE their flocked fuzzy button designs! These would be perfect for projects for Mother’s Day, Bachelorette Parties, and your Girlfriends Birthdays!

Winnie the Pooh is a very popular theme and this fun variety pack includes all of your favorite characters! The three dimensional quality really gives them life and the colors are so cheerful and robust! These would be perfect for upcycling plain kids clothes into fabulous customized outfits!

Check out these aquatic characters. They each have so much personality! I could totally see these on a kids bathing suit or as accents on an invitation to a beach party! You could even dress up a plain gift bag or bow to tie into the theme of the party!

Be on the lookout for some very fun and inspiring  project ideas featuring Dress It Up Button Embellishments coming soon! If you are someone who enjoys all things miniature and coordinated theme projects, I highly recommend that you visit Dress It Up’s website to peruse all of the amazing button options that they offer. This is just a small smattering of them, so have fun looking through them all to find the perfect buttons for your next project!

Product Review of Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine with Built in Disney Designs

 Hello friends! I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today! I am the proud new owner of my first home sewing and embroidery machine! I recently joined forces with Brother Home Sewing and Embroidery and they are kindly sponsoring my journey into the world of sewing and machine embroidery!

 I’ve actually been sewing ever since I was a little kid. My mother and I took mother daughter sewing lessons together with the late Marilyn Goddard. As a teacher, Marilyn was a total stickler for details. I remember fondly creating my first button down collar shirt with a paper pattern, following all the intricate tailoring details correctly. The project took me so long that, by the time I’d finished the shirt I had literally OUTGROWN it!

Ever since that experience, I’ve had a tendency to gravitate toward projects that are quick and easy. I’ve had the opportunity to explore so many different project materials and techniques, but after seeing what wonderful projects my friend Linda Chilcott had created with machine embroidery, the technique had remained one of my “bucket list crafts” for quite some time. That is, until NOW…

Brother has been so kind as to provide me with one of their new state of the art Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery machines with built-in Disney designs! They also sent me several rolls of stabilizer and an assortment of polyester embroidery thread in a multitude of beautiful colors!

I must admit the reason machine embroidery remained a “bucket list craft” for so long was because, truthfully I was intimidated. I don’t have a lot of free time and I assumed that it would be a difficult and lengthy process for me to figure out how to use the machines, so I kept putting it off. Until now, when I decided to take the leap and finally try my hand at machine embroidery and boy was I wrong!

I started out with good intentions by first picking up the manual that came with the machine, contrary to my usual impatient style of just charging forward. The instructions in the manual were quite easy to follow and a few pages into chapter one, I was thrilled to discover that this machine actually contains a built in help application. This feature literally shows step-by-step illustrations on the screen on how to thread the machine, wind bobbins, replace the needle, etc. Right then I thought to myself, well so far so good – you can DO THIS GIRL! It was quite a relief!

 

I had no problem getting the machine threaded, so I forgot all about the manual and just started experimenting with lots of different stitch patterns. During the process, I noticed something. This machine has so many automated features that make sewing really easy and efficient! I particularly love the automatic thread cutter, needle threading lever, automatic backstitch feature and the button that lifts the needle up and down. Previously, I’d been sewing with the same old machine I’d had since childhood, so I had not realized how far technology had come!

Before even picking up the manual for a second time, I’d stitched buttonholes in various sizes, rows of cute alligators and my son and husband’s names in different fonts. I even figured out how to create my own custom stitch pattern of repeating alligators chasing hearts. Needless to say, that was a very proud moment for me! Between the vast varieties of stitch patterns and ability to create different combinations of them all, I realized there is no end to the creative possibilities that this machine offers! And yet, I hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface of actual machine embroidery! So, I figured if everything up until now was this easy, what have I got to lose!

So I picked back up the manual and guess what? Within minutes I was creating my first piece of machine embroidery, a modern joyful Mickey Mouse in profile! I was working very carefully, reading the manual, getting everything set up and following the directions step by step. Then I got to the step where I press the start button, and before I realized what was happening, Mickey quickly began appearing before my very eyes! I could not believe how easily this was all happening! I shouted downstairs to my son Joey to see the Mickey in progress! You could not imagine my delight when he immediately bolted up to my sewing room and enthusiastically exclaimed, “That is so COOL!” Mind you, my ten-year-old son is what I refer to as “craft spoiled”. Indeed it’s a very rare occasion when I actually impress him with one of my crafts. So naturally, I was thrilled thinking of all the fun ways we could bond over our new found passion of machine embroidery!

The Innov-is 990DCombination Sewing & Embroidery machine comes pre-loaded with 35 designs featuring Disney characters! Brother is the official licensee of Disney Embroidery Designs and is the only manufacturer to offer embroidery machines with built-in Disney designs as well as downloadable Disney designs on their exclusive embroidery download site, iBroidery.com. It also comes with 105 built in embroidery designs, 6 embroidery lettering fonts (in addition to the stitched fonts in my photo), 168 stitch styles and 120 frame pattern combinations. I haven’t even gotten into the frame patterns yet, but that’s what is so exciting about this new collaboration with Brother! I get to learn how to use this awesome machine and you get to join me in the adventure! Together we will start off simple as beginners by learning the basics, and before you know it we will be creating all sorts of fun and inspiring projects together!

So stay tuned! The adventure of a lifetime begins today!

Disclosure of Material Connections:

I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.