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Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

This month’s Tag Exchange had to do with the holidays.  We were to make a tag based on the theme of a favorite Christmas carol.

I chose “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as I can still remember as a kid how big and grand they hymn would sound during the holidays.  It was very jubilant and full of life.

I enjoyed coloring and decorating these tags because of the rich colors and textures that I was able to use.  It always amazes me how you can start off with a beautiful foundation Character Construction Rubber Stamps by Catherine Moore and build upon them.  I used stamps from three different series, Mad Tea Party #2, Bee Keeper’s Tea #7 and Bird & Bee Paperie #10.

I am very excited to do this exchange and get the feedback from fellow artists.  I hope you enjoy as well.

May my angel bring you a very merry Christmas!

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!


I spent today in Temecula at with Frank Garcia of Prima Marketing.  Frank taught a Christmas Tag class at The Stampin’ Post that I have been wanting to take for over two years.   Frank is amazingly talented and he is the Marketing Director for Prima and he is an incredible Brand Ambassador and teacher.

I always enjoy being the only guy in a class of 20 – 30 students.  Frank was hilarious as he would refer to the group as, “okay ladies- and Greg”.

Frank has many followers that take his classes on a regular basis.  What I like about Frank’s work is that he uses numerous layers on each card and has a great sense for color and detail.

I hope you enjoy as we get ready for the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

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Holiday Bag Order

Cluster of bags for the holidays.
Cluster of bags for the holidays.

This week I have been working to complete a large order of the fabric drawstring bags that I have been making for people.  I enjoy making these bags because I get to choose beautiful fabrics and put together different combinations that are certain to put a smile on the face of the recipient.

The bags come in various sizes and fabrics.  I always choose the primary fabric and then select a contrasting fabric for the top of the bag and then a third fabric for the interior.

I always try to make the interior of the bags as nice as the outside by creating an element of surprise with the fabrics that are chosen.  Here is an example of the lining of the bag with the personalized label sewn to the interior.

Soft Pink floral print bag with orange gingham interior lining and pink drawstrings.

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Ab Five Mickey….. or should it be Minnie…. or even better- Jillian!

Quilt design: Ab Five, using Mickey & Minnie fabrics with a splash of yellow, black and red. Jillian was appliquéd  using a blanket stitch. Hand stitched binding and quilting by Greg.

This is a toddler quilt that I made for my very dear friend Jillian.  I took the  Ab Five pattern, using their unique template, and created the quilt using various Mickey and Minnie themed fabrics, “Mickey Mouse and Friends” by Camelot Fabrics.   I also incorporated Red and Yellows to break it up a bit.

Close-up of fabrics and Ab Five quilt design.
Detail of blanket stitch appliqué and hand stitched binding

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Haunted Wishes!

A distressed Halloween greeting comes your way!

This year Anson and I wanted to do something a little different than previous years. Just to give you an idea of a few of the steps-

We started off with watercolor paper and used Distress Spray Inks to created the magical background. We masked off the moon and then stamped the haunted house and raven. From there we stenciled on the skull and crossbones so that they were barely apparent.

The highlight of the card was the very intricate gate which was cut out with a dye stamp and then embossed it with gold and patina embossing powder.

Hope you will enjoy!

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“Witches, Witches, Witches”

“Witches, Witches, Witches”, Halloween 2016 Tag Swap, using Character Construction stamp plates: Theatre of Dreams #1, French Laundry #6 & Mad Tea Party #2. Dress was trimmed with black lace and silk trims.

I belong to this tag swap group that is obsessed with Catherine Moore’s Character Construction rubber stamps.  Each year she creates a series of stamps, ranging from 6 – 24 sets that can have from 1 – 8 images per set.  There is a theme each year.  Some examples are:  Circus, Timekeeper’s Garden, Paris, Beekeeper’s Tea, Bird & Bee Paperie, etc.

Each month our group decides on a theme that typically relates to the holiday for the month (if there is going to be one).  We create 5 tags, keeping one for ourself and sending the other four to Cathy, our group coordinator.  She in turn sends us back four tags from different people from all parts of the US, Canada and Europe.  So much fun!

For Halloween the theme was “Witches, Witches, Witches” and you can imagine the end result.

Close-up detail of face and coloring with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.
Close-up detail of witch with broom and lace dress overlay.



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Lucy’s Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt


Lucy claims the Disappearing Four Patch to be her quilt of choice.

Earlier this summer I took a class at Sewing Arts Center in Santa Monica with Susanne Cole.  It was a variation of the Disappearing Four Patch.  The class was a lot of fun and in the end I used over 90 different fabrics for this quilt, with each square having four different colors and they were not repeated in other blocks.

As you can see, Lucy claimed this quilt earlier on in the process. While I was sewing the binding by hand she was laying on the quilt and each time I moved the quilt she would get right back on it.  For those of you that have four legged kids- you know that they always get their way!

I was very happy with how the quilt turned out.  The white background help to give the eyes a bit of a rest from all of the colors that were used.



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New Discovery, OR Should I Call It a New Passion!

This is very typical of the Aboriginal fabric designs.

Aboriginal fabrics are designed by a group of native Australians known as Aboriginals.  They have been designing these patterns and fabrics for generation after generation and there is so much symbolism with each design.

They have an extremely limited distribution in the US.

Australian Aboriginal Designs arise from a heritage that goes back thousands of years.  Aboriginal “Dreaming Stories” are passed on from generation to generation and explain life and are central to their culture and relationship to the natural world.  Aboriginal art illustrates their “Dreaming Stories” with a series of symbolic motifs.  Each design has a story and historical significance. The abstract dot and circle designs, based on these stories, have become a trademark of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement,” HeartSong Quilts.

Here is some of the symbolism that has been used over the centuries:




Other Aboriginal fabrics:


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By Plane, by Train, by Car, by Boat… Away James Goes!

Wave quilt using Dear Stella!, “On My Way” fabrics. There are waves of transportation that go across the quilt: airplanes, cars & taxis, boats and his favorite of all- trains!

This is the quilt that I made for James for Christmas 2016- shhh, don’t tell him!

The Dear Stella!, “On My Way” fabrics were perfect for this quilt, featuring different modes of transportation:  planes, cars, taxis, boats and his favorite- trains!  The backing of the quilt was this very comforting cloud print.

I find that binding the quilt by hand is very soothing and gives me great satisfaction that the recipient will hopefully understand the difference- maybe not at 3 years old, but some day.

This was my first time tackling a wave quilt and making it flat in the end- as opposed to a curved mess!

I quilted it using a wave pattern that kept with the mood of the quilt.
Fabric Swatches of the Dear Stella!, “On My Way” collection.

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Cotton & Steel line of fabric, “Checkers” was used for my design, playing off of my childhood memories of gingham prints.
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When I first saw the Chckers line of fabric it reminded me of a board game with all of the boxes and strategy that is involved. I am really looking forward to constructing this quilt.

Today I started working on a new quilt that I designed myself.  I titled the quilt “Checkmate” because I used all of these new fabrics by Kaufman that are various sizes and colors of checks. … it actually reminds me of the gingham prints that I have always love.

Let’s see how it turns out and I hope that you like it.

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