Thursday, January 9, 2014

On My Way to CHA!

I have been so crazy busy the last month and a half getting ready to go to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim. I've been designing samples, AND getting ready for my very first Designer Showcase! I'm nervous and a little scared, but if I don't bite this bullet I'll regret it later. I hope everyone likes the things I'm showing. If you are at CHA this week, stop by Booth 14 and say hi! 
I'm also participating in the Charity Wings "Banners of Hope". Charity Wings helps to support people who are ill, as well as give art classes to those who need healing, and partners with other charities. They do some incredible work, and put on some fabulous shows at CHA. There will be several designers making a banner piece, and the banners will be displayed at locations where the Charity Wings volunteers go to help. It's such a cool idea!!!
I finally got to use my Eclectic Elements Fabric by Tim Holtz, and I sewed all over it. However, my bobbin on my sewing machine hates me, so the back doesn't look so good. I hope no one turns it over :0)!!! I gave it a good coat of watered down Claudine Hellmuth Gesso to strength the fabric, and make it feel like canvas. It worked perfectly!
Then I stamped and heat embossed the word Hope. It's fun and easy to heat emboss on fabric...it goes much faster.
I frayed the edges of the letter pieces, and sewed on some burlap to the back.
Then I embellished the banner up with inked lace butterflies and buttons.
Join me on my Facebook page for highlights from the show! 
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27 comments:

  1. It's so fantastic!!! I love your artworks and everyone there to ;0)
    I wish you a lot of fun. Dagmar.

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  2. Your make is beautiful and what a great thing to do! Hope CHA is fun cannot wait to see your thoughts! Hugs trace.

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  3. That's beautiful! I love all the different fibres & fabrics. Have a WONDERFUL time at CHA & good luck for your showcase - you'll be terrific! Looking forward to reading all about it afterwards.

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  4. Hello Anita,
    This Banner is lively and stunning, I love to see any creation using fabric and this design is unique, more like a work of Art. Good luck at CHA, I am sure you will enjoy the time there very much once you receive all the positive feedback, I only wish I were able to attend.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  5. Good for you Anita. You don't need luck, you need courage, and it's wonderful to see you grab this opportunity with both hands. Have the best time and enjoy the positive feedback you will definitely get on your work. Can't wait to see it now! Jenny x

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  6. Your banner looks fantastic Anita!! Wishing you lots of good luck and loads of fun at the show!!

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  7. Oh Anita, this is such a stunning piece! The red burlap shows those letters off to perfection and I love your stitching here and there, along with those gorgeous butterflies - wow! I hope you have the most wonderful time at CHA, you will be brilliant in your first Designer Showcase! Just have fun. Hugs, Anne x

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  8. OMG! I LOVE your banner! Hope is a great word to use for it. Have fun at CHA!

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  9. Beautiful banner Anita. I love the stamped fabric and the butterflies are perfection. My whole sewing machine hates me o I have yet to try Tim's fabric. Good luck at the show. I hope to Coe down one year.

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  10. Really beautiful project and for a great cause!! Have fun at CHA Anita!!!

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  11. What a fantastic banner for a great cause! Have fun at CHA!

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  12. Wow! I love this, really great way to use those fabulous fabrics, I love the way you've stamped out the letters and that little touch of burlap is a perfect finish . Have a brilliant time at CHA. Anita you rock ! Believe it ! Xx

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  13. Don't you worry about a thing and just know you will rock it! This banner is gorgeous! Have a blast and wish I could be there! Hugs!

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  14. Great piece for Charity Wings. I'm sure you'll be like a rock star performing, enjoy it.

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  15. Very cool piece! Have so much fun at CHA! :)

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  16. You will be amazing...no need to worry..Have fun... Your banner is AmAzing,,,Love the design & fantastic stitching great use of the red burlap...Looking forward to your posts from CHA....Hugs May x x x

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  17. Fingers, legs, eyes, arms...you name it, crossed for you! You're gonna do AMAZING!! Have a blast and I'll be thinking of you.
    hugs,
    Lisa

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  18. Beautiful piece! I am sure you will have the time of your life at CHA! :)
    KimMJ

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  19. A wonderful piece of art. I'm sure you'll have wonderful days.

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  20. Your banner is definitely made with love - it is gorgeous! I can't wait to hear all about your CHA adventure! Have the bestest time!!

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  21. Hope you have (are having!!) the most magnificent time... I bet you'll be a complete hit - I only wish I could pop by Booth 14... maybe one year! Can't wait to hear all about it!
    Alison xx

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  22. Such a gorgeous creation, Anita. :)

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  23. Oh you are so lucky to be at CHA and to have your own stand too. I am thrilled for you and wish I could be there. Love your EE fabric make. I have still to use mine too, maybe next week.

    Take care and have a blast. Here from you soon

    Annie xx

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  24. This is amazing!!! Beautifully materials and lovely butterflies :)

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  25. Gorgeous make! Love it! The fabrics are so pretty! How wonderful that you are at CHA right now and have your own stand! Have fun! Hugs, Sandra

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  26. Congratulations on having your own designer showcase! The "Banners for Hope" project sounds wonderful, and the banner you designed is amazing. Blessings, my friend!

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