New Template Mini-Packs Coming Soon!

We’re putting the finishing touches on a new line of add-on template pack products for our popular Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software.  Our downloadable Template Mini-Packs bring fun new shapes to Kaleidoscope Kreator 3, adding new dimensions to your creativity.

The first two Mini-Pack products, “Snowflakes” and “Filigrees”, will make their debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston on November 4th, and will be available via our online store on November 12th.

Snowflake Mini-PackOur Snowflakes Template Mini-Pack combines childhood memories of paper-and-scissors snowflakes with the endless possibilities that only Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 can offer.  Snowflake shapes come in 12- and 16-segment variations and are great for any winter-themed project.

• Requires Kaleidoscope Kreator 3
• Adds fifteen new shapes
• Download only
• Retail price $9.99

Filigree Mini-PackOur Filigrees Template Mini-Pack adds delicate, lace-like shapes that enable you to create stunning designs and embellishments for your next project.  Filigree shapes come in 12-, 16- and 20-segment variations.

• Requires Kaleidoscope Kreator 3
• Adds fifteen new shapes
• Download only
• Retail price $9.99

I have been having so much fun with these new templates!  Here are just a few of the kaleidoscope designs I’ve created with them: continue reading…

Spring Quilt Market

I recently returned from Minneapolis where Spring International Quilt Market was held this year and have returned inspired and ready to create! Quilt Market is a trade show (not open to the public) where everyone who’s anyone involved with quilting as a business attends to sell, buy, promote, network, etc.

We were not exhibiting at the show this time, so I had three full days to walk the show, reconnect with friends and look for anything that caught my eye. (It’s nearly impossible to do all of that when we are exhibiting!) continue reading…

Photo Star Lanterns

We’ve hung these star lanterns in our booth at shows for a couple of years now and I’m always asked how I made them.

Photo Star Lantern

Photo Star Lantern

After the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA last week, I decided it was time that I sit down and write up the instructions.

Our booth at the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA last week

Of course, you will need Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 to make these lanterns. Also, for those of you who have seen these in our booth, please note that I used a 13″-wide printer to print them.  You can still make the lanterns with a smaller printer, but they just won’t be as big.

Click here for the printable instructions to make these Photo Star Lanterns.

Taping for Quilting Arts TV

I had a great trip out to Cleveland for my taping for Quilting Arts TV (QATV) Series 600. I had an uneventful flight on Wednesday and got a brand new (1.5 miles on the odometer) rental car. I’m sure some of you might think this is very cool.  I, on the other hand, was afraid that any little scratch or stain upon returning the car would clearly be my fault. Give me a gently used car next time please!

I arrived at the hotel in time for dinner with Linda McGehee who had taped her QATV segment earlier in the day. Linda has long been a fan of Kaleidoscope Kreator and was just back from the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo where she taught a class based on Kaleidoscope Kreator.  After dinner, she showed me some patterns/kits that she is working on incorporating kaleidoscope images. They are very creative and I can’t wait until I can share them with you!

I was supposed to be at the studio by 8am the next morning. I thought I had given myself plenty of time to stop by Starbucks first – that is until I walked outside to find a heavy layer of frost on the car and no ice scraper in the (brand new) rental car.  Argh!  continue reading…

Kaleidoscope Kreator in the Blogosphere

Kaleidoscope Kreator has been mentioned a couple of times on other blogs in the past few days.  I thought you might like to see how other people are using KK.

SewCalGal wrote an article on how to use kaleidoscope images from Kaleidoscope Kreator in Electric Quilt (quilt design software).  This is something that I’ve been meaning to research for quite a while now, so I’m thrilled that SewCalGal has already spelled out the basics!

The Design Team at Creatively Green has been busy with KK again!

If you know of any other blogs that have mentioned KK (or if you’ve written one yourself), but sure to let us know!

CHA Craft Super Show Make & Take

Make & Take ornaments

Our Make & Take project at the CHA Craft Super Show

The Dilemma

When we decided to participate in the CHA Craft Super Show (in Anaheim a couple of weeks ago), we were encouraged to offer a Make & Take project for attendees. (A “Make & Take” project means that attendees make a project in our booth and then take it with them.) The trick was coming up with a fun project that didn’t take too much time to make. I wanted to do our layered kaleidoscope ornaments, but was worried that it would take too long to cut out each of the kaleidoscope pieces. As I was wandering through my local craft store looking for ideas, I realized that we could use paper punches that come in graduated sizes – just the ticket for the layered ornaments! (You may wonder why I hadn’t thought of using punches before. That’s a really good question! ;) )

The Solution

Marvy-Uchida deserves a major shout-out here. Our M&T would not have been nearly as successful without their help!  continue reading…

Customer creation: Julie Miller Photography

Every so often a customer will send us a photo of something that they have made with Kaleidoscope Kreator. And more often than not we just love what we see! Now that we have a blog, we are happy to be able to share some of these with you.

Yesterday we received an e-mail from Julie Miller of Julie Miller Photography. She made an awesome card for the holidays using Kaleidoscope Kreator with the Quilters’ Polygons Template Pack. (I’m pretty sure she also used Photoshop to create the kaleidoscope composite and layout the card.)

Holiday card made with Kaleidoscope Kreator

Julie Miller's holiday card made with Kaleidoscope Kreator

I love this card because it shows the “genius” of kaleidoscopes.  Who would have thought that a photo of “water seen through a catamaran’s web of ropes” could look like icy snowflakes? Brilliant!

Many thanks to Julie for allowing us to share her kaleidoscope composite with you!  You can see more of Julie’s photos and some of the other kaleidoscopes that she has created at her website: www.juliemillerphoto.com.

“The Quilt Show” at Road to California

OK, I know you’re probably thinking that Road to California IS a quilt show. But this year there was a quilt entitled “The Quilt Show” that won the Judges Choice award. Why is this quilt so special? Laura Peterson (the artist) used Kaleidoscope Kreator in the making of the quilt!  Of course, that’s not the only reason the quilt is special. It is one of the most unique and creative quilts I’ve seen. Laura made 12 mini quilts (a few of them are super mini!) to hang within the larger quilt and one of those quilts was made with Kaleidoscope Kreator.  You can read all about the making of the The Quilt Show and see close-up photos on Laura’s website: http://laurapetersonquilts.com. Check it out! And congratulations on your award Laura!

The Creatively Green Design Team Challenge

Kaleidoscope Kreator was the Featured Product for the January 2010 Creatively Green* Design Team Challenge! The designers came up with some very creative projects using Kaleidoscope Kreator and we were very pleased to have designer Jennifer Hansen’s cards in our booth at the CHA Craft Super Show. Take a look at their creations (a small sampling is shown below) and be inspired!

Creatively Green Design Team Projects

Creatively Green Design Team Projects

You can find more details about the projects on the Creatively Green blog:

Getting Scrappy by Jackie Laing

Kaleidoscope Kreations by Nicole Terry

Creating a Tangible Memory by Alison MacDonald

Easy Vintage Paper Posies by Nicole Gailliot

Recycled Container Idea by Amy Duff

Not Just for Flowers by Marcie Morgan

Sweet and Sassy Layouts by Nicole Gailliot

Creating Your Own Patterned Paper by Nicole Gailliot

Card Creations by Jennifer Hansen

*Creatively Green is dedicated to providing you with unique, quality, eco-friendly, art and craft supplies. Check out their 100% recycled card stock (and if you like Nicole’s paper posies, you can find those in the store too!)

Welcome!

Welcome to our new blog!

Here’s where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks for Kaleidoscope Kreator, project ideas and other (hopefully interesting) aspects of my crafting work.  If you scroll down, you’ll find I’ve already added some posts that you might enjoy. Your feedback is always welcome – let me know what you’d like to see!

Thanks for visiting!