This year I had a chance to stop by the Cheery Lynn Designs booth and see their new releases for 2014. For 2014, they will have 42 new designs to choose from, and there were some gorgeous samples on display to show them off! Here is a peek of some of the ones that were on display at the CHA 2014 Mega Show.
One of the reasons I was excited to review “The Brushstroke Handbook” was because I know nothing about fancy brushstroke painting. I can paint walls and furniture, and I can even use stencils. But I wanted to give my skills a little boost.
It turns out this is a great book for beginners because the author, Maureen McNaughton, is noted for her clear and concise directions. She also goes into detail on the supplies that she used for the book and why they work well for the techniques described. I used a different brand of acrylic paint and brushes (because it is what I had on hand) and I was missing the paint “extender” that she mixed with each color to change the paint’s consistency a bit. I will have to get this before I start any serious projects. Continue Reading →
One afternoon last week I got busy in my craft room. Pulled out a canvas and brushed on some paint as a base for the stencils I was planning to try out. While my base paint dried, I chose two stencils from the Fancy Pants Designs Artist Edition to use on my project. I chose a diagonal pattern and a chevron pattern. Unlike other stencils that I’ve used, I had to punch out all the drop out pieces. I actually ended up decoupaging those drop out pieces to my canvas and painting over them for an additional texture. There’s no waste in my craft room!
The CHA 2014 Mega Show floor was the first time that I got to see the Jesse James Beads mixes all in one spot. It was eye candy for the jewelry maker soul. I just loved looking all the strings of different types and colors of beads hanging on their bead wall, which was taller than I was. You could not walk past the bead wall and not stop to admire the different shapes and textures of the beads on display. Continue Reading →
Premier Yarns showed off their new 2014 Winter Collection at the CHA Mega show this year.
One of the first yarns to catch my attention was the new “Enchant” line of yarn. This yarn has soft sequins that are very lightweight, yet give off a great sparkle. These sequins are called Payettes and they are very soft, so this makes this yarn great for jewelry making projects. The gauge on this yarn is equal to a D-3 Crochet hook. Continue Reading →