November HeARTs Giving: Week 4 Update

WOW! I almost ran out of quilted hearts as the last 9 days of my #30daysofheARTsgiving yielded 24 embellished heARTs!! Read on to learn more about the inspiration, materials, and techniques used to create all these heARTs...

22/30: Bling

Bling on the sequins and hand stitching!!

The stars in the sky served as inspiration. As I was stitching along, I started to hum the song below...
Sun down to sun rise
Dance all night
We gonna dance all night
Dance all night to this DJ"
--Written by Fred Neil / Andy Gray / Seth Brooks Binzer / Paul Mark Oakenfold

23/30: Fiber

Attack of the rainbow rick rack!! Elmer's School Glue was used to baste the rick rack into place before topstitching with some pearlescent thread!

"The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness."
--James Gates Percival, American Poet

24/30: Artist's Choice

I've FALLen in love with stamping on fabric! Today involved using a combo of Folkart Color Shift and DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paints to stamp fallen leaves. Any leftover paint on the foam dauber was stamped to create overlapping circles.

The stamping along was fun and lovely. Check out the transformation as each shape was outlined with a black Uniball Signo pen. The photo below has half the leaves outlined to create fantastic contrast.

It was super simple but really effective in creating a bit of contrast between the stamped and stitched elements in each heART. The circles got a bit more embellishing with asterisks and spirals making them more presentable to send out into the world.

These leaves were perfect way to get into the festive Thanksgiving spirit!

25/30: Fibers

Earlier in the day I went for a neighborhood walk to send some more heARTs out into the community. Running around the local parks provided great exercise as I worked up an appetite for our Thanksgiving meal. 

After dinner, a bit of slow stitching helped to digest our delicious feast.

26/30: Fused Scraps

Yellow roses in honor of the dear friends in my life...

The fused scraps were from my 100 days of mark making and Dice Compositions. The leaf elements were cut out for one rose, with the negative space used to create the leaves for the second rose. Once fused into place, topstitching was done with metallic gold thread for a glittery accent.

"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
--John Leonard, Australian Poet

27/30: Mark Making

The gears were turning as I started with a bit of stamping with some gear-like ArtFoamies stamps and a Lego plate. It was late at night but I couldn't resist adding a bit of hand-embroidery to complete the transformation!

Here you can see the stamped before and stitched after photos of each heART...

So much fun layering on stitched, painted, and hand-embroidered textures!

28/30: Bling

This was my first time blinging out with bugle beads...and certainly not the last!

"I'm interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them."
--Ray Bradbury, American Author/Screenwriter

29/30: Mark Making

"You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart."
--George Michael, British singer, songwriter and record producer

Listening to my heart during tonight's creative meditation using Uniball Signo pens to doodle and play.

30/30: No Roll--Just Play!

"Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise."
--Julia Cameron, American Author/Artist

The past 30 days has been a complete mystery as I never knew what a roll of the dice might inspire me to create. Today, I skipped the dice roll and opted to play with some of my favorite supplies and techniques.

Round 1 involved stamping with jewel-tone DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paints and ArtFoamies stamps.

Round 2 involved hand embroidery along with some sequins.

Here are all 24 finished and tagged heARTs from the final week, several of which have already been sent out into the world on Thanksgiving Day!

Over the next few days, I will be sending out some more heARTs and reflecting on this creative journey. Stay tuned for a final post with a reveal of all 75 embellished heARTs!