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ISSUE NO. 6 NEWSLETTER february 2012


new sewing patterns


the inside scoop on Designer Workshop

february 2012

letter from carina 2012 is already well under way, and I am so excited to show you what we have been working on in the studio! We have some amazing things planned for the year. I’m just bursting to the seams with all the wonderful things we have been creating, imagining, crafting, and sewing. There are some fabulous things to check out in this issue! I give my inside scoop on Designer Workshop, which happened earlier this month. Susan took some fabulous pictures of the weekend of networking, learning, and laughter. I don’t cover January CHA in this issue, but you can

check out my photos on my blog here. Next, you’ll want to check out our new quilt pattern. My mother tested the pattern for me using my Dress Up™ fabric collection designed last summer for Northcott™. The quilt turned out beautifully and I am excited to bundle up in it as I watch TV. Oh, and there are the new sewing patterns. We started shipment of the patterns in January, and you should be able to find them at a local quilt market near you. We have added a number of distributors in the last two months so be

sure and check out our listing on page 10. If that wasn’t enough, we have some fabulous tutorials for you including a camera strap using the brand new Dainty Blossoms™ fabric collection I created for Riley Blake Designs™. The CG Creative Team have cooked up some amazing hybrid projects using digital scrapbooking products from my Well Traveled Collection at JessicaSprague. com. Be sure and check out the Studio Calendar on page 35. It will give you some “sneaks” into what’s to come. For one, we are currently building my tradeshow booth for Quilt Market International. We hope to see retailers, bloggers, and distributors at the show in May (this year it is in Kansas City. MO). I’ll announce our booth number the moment we get it! We also have been working on getting photos of the new studio together. Get ready to see my studio all cleaned up in our next issue. Happy creating!

Carina Gardner, Desginer

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table of contents table of contents page 3 Paris & Company Fabric Line page 4 In the Press page 5 New Sewing Patterns page 10 Sewing Pattern Distributors page 11 Carina’s Inside Scoop Designer Workshop page 23 Dress Up Quilt page 27 Dainty Blossoms™ Camera Strap page 29 Travel Journal Tutorial page 31 Scrap-o-Dex Tutorial page 33 Travel CardsTutorial page 35 CG Studio Calendar page 36 Wholesale Information

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introducing Paris & Company™ fabric collection Fabric line for Riley Blake Designs and My Mind’s Eye Carina’s newest line—Paris and Company™ will be hitting fabric stores April 2012 and is currently on presale to retailers. This collection is a sophisticated line of browns, golds, and blues. Many of the fabrics have a decor feel. The collection will come out in 100% cotton fabrics. You will also be able to purchase some of the line in Riley Blake’s laminates. Paris and Company™ was created for both My Mind’s Eye™ scrapbooking company and Riley Blake™. You’ll love the simplicty of the elegant fabrics. We see the line being especially fun in quilts, hand bags, and kids clothing. Check out all the fabrics in this line by visiting the Paris and Company™ Digital Magazine. Retailers can purchase this line by visiting: http://www.

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in the press

Carina was featured in Utah Business Magazine’s February 2012 Issue as one of Utah’s Top 40 Executives Under the age of 40. Here is the excerpt from the article: Carina Gardner, Ph.D. Owner, President, Designer, Carina Gardner, Inc. | Age: 32 It’s easy for Carina Gardner to stay motivated on the job. “I get to do for work what most people do as a hobby,” she says. As founder, president and designer at Carina Gardner, Inc., Gardner spends the daily grind designing fabric, paper and digital scrapbooking products. “We have such a fun time, it’s sometimes hard to call what I do work!” Gardner, who earned a Ph.D. in design, launched the company while teaching at the University

of Minnesota. “At the time, I was developing a body of work on color theory and marketing research. I created Carina Gardner, Inc. to be a design firm to handle multiple medias,” she says. Today, Gardner’s company and its products are widely popular throughout the crafting community. “My business philosophy is simply to work hard, do your research, think creativity and then work hard some more,” Gardner says. “I believe that your business can be your lifestyle. For me, that means trying to incorporate beautiful thinking, people and For more information on these things into my life.” or any other articles on Carina, please visit the blog at Carina was also featured in the Spring 2012 Issue of Where blog/ Woman Create Magazine in Riley or the press page at Blake’s The Business of the Studio. press/.

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new sewing patterns Check out the brand-new Carina Gardner sewing patterns at your local quilt shop! The sewing patterns were shipped out to distributors January 2012. So what’s new? There are two more children’s sewing patterns. By popular demand, the new patterns now go up to size 10 (2T-10) and include approximate Euro sizing. There are also MORE things you can do with these children’s patterns since there are plenty of outfit variations included. The Garden Party Outfit includes 2 different dresses, a blouse, and skirt. The Chic Mademoiselle Outfit includes 3 variations on the blouse and a ruffled pant. As always, metric charts and a glossary are included with the patterns. These children’s patterns retail for $14.95. Two of the new patterns branch out into soft goods and fashion! The Rini Doll and Mermaid sewing pattern features several different plush doll variations for home sewers. The Dainty Blossoms™ Sling is an easy bag for the woman on-the-go. These patterns retail for $12.95. All the new patterns feature Carina’s Dainty Blossoms™ fabric line for Riley Blake™. You can see all of the Carina Gardner patterns including yardage and descriptions on the website at http://www.

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the garden party outfit

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the rini doll and mermaid

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chic mademoiselle outfit

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dainty blossoms™ sling

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sewing pattern distributors We have added new distributors for our sewing patterns. If you are a retailer, please feel free to contact these distributors to purchase Carina Gardner Sewing Patterns. This is our entire listing of distributors at this time. Feel free to visit our wholesale page at wholesale/ for more on Carina Gardner wholesale products. Carina Gardner Inc. 2025 Stratford Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 84109 phone: 385.204.4054 fax: 888.370.3113

Christensen Wholesale 106 East 13200 South Draper, Utah 84020 phone: 801.816.0540 888.768.8454 fax: 801.816.0542

Checker Distributors 400 W Dussel Dr., Suite B Maumee, OH 43537-1636 phone: 1-800-537-1060 fax: 1-800-258-6416

Petersen-Arne 4310 West 5th Ave Eugene, Oregon 97402 phone: 541.485.1406 800-547-2509 fax: 541-485-3459

Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies 3702 Prairie Lake Court Aurora, IL 60504 phone: 800-676-6543

Moda/United Notions 13800 Hutton Drive Dallas, Texas 75234 phone: 1.800.527.9447 fax: 1.800.468.4209

Creative Smocking/ CS Distributing 2336 NW 5th St. Bend, OR 97701 phone: 800-424-2232 fax: 541-383-8908

Notions Marketing 1500 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507 phone: 1.800.748.0250 fax: 1.800.678.3400

Home Sew 1825 West Market Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 phone: 610-867-3833

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And of course, we ate. We started the day eating and ended the day eating. I’m a foodie, but it was even a lot of food for ME. The Little America put us up in an intimate room that was set up classroom style in the front with banquet tables in the back. This worked out perfectly so that those (ahem, Heidi Swapp and assistant Susan Haglund) who needed a little relief from the designing could hang out in the back and act as the peanut gallery.

carina’s inside scoop on designer workshop

photographs by Susan Haglund I feel like it was just yesterday that I made the call to the Little America to book the meeting space for Designer Workshop. Talk about a great learning and networking experience for all of us (even me!). The workshop included a number of different paper, digital, and fabric designers, and we all worked together to discover tricks to make designing easier.

I spent part of the day with each designer talking about her portfolio and to answer any questions. I’ll be honest—this was my favorite part of the day! I do love teaching to a large group, but it is the one-on-one interaction between two designers that makes my work so fulfilling. I love seeing people learn to create or springboard their careers into another medium.

walked out of the room, I heard all sorts of fun and ruckus going on! I’d walk back into the room with the room bursting in laughter over a comment by Heidi Swapp or an embarrassing moment related by Samantha Walker. Ahh, good times. Friday night we headed to the Gateway Mall for dinner. The group spilt between those that love sushi and those that don’t. Once, again I over ate (I was in the sushi camp and will recommend the Sweetheart roll at Happy Sumo to anyone who loves avacado!).

I think the designers liked the one-on-one time for different reasons than me. The moment I

On Friday, Susan signed folks in and handed out swag bags. Riley Blake donated Deena Rutter’s Scoot™ and my Dainty Blossoms™ to the bags. We also threw in come scrapbooking papers, a CG sewing pattern, a paper pad, water, pens, and I’m sure some other stuff that I can’t remember at this moment. Friday, we concentrated on building patterns and brushes. Everyone hard at work on their laptops

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Casie from Echo Park Scrapbooking Company joined in with her wit and know-how.

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(Designer Workshop continued...)

Carina explaining something that looks like how to sing the itsy bitsy spider.

Saturday was all about building elements. We started out with a demonstration on extracting elements. We spent a good portion of the the day in Illustrator. Since Illustrator is my main design program, I was a little more at ease teaching. Plus I love it when students have “aha!” moments and there were plenty of those that day! The rest of the day was devoted to portfolio reviews, which went right up until dinner. The guys started to arrive to join us for the final event. Dinner ended with a humongous-make-you-sick chocolate cake. I think I had five bites of mine before deciding I had enough. It was a such a fun event, I hated it to end (which was evident by the fact that I didn’t leave the hotel until after midnight chatting with designers). What can I say? I couldn’t stop having fun!

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Chocolate cake maximus

Susan demonstrating the size of the cake

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dress up™ quilt instructions Fabric designed by Carina Gardner Quilt designed by Carina Gardner Quilt skill level: Beginner Finished Size: 72" x 89" NOTE: Please read through all instructions before starting this quilt. All seams are 1/4" inless otherwise noted. Yardage 3 yards of white fabric (tone on tone designs work well. We use the Love Nest™ white flower fabric) 3/8 yard each of 10 coordinating fabrics for the blocks (We use 10 of the fabrics from Dress Up™ in our example.) 7/8 yard for border fabric 1 yard for binding Tools Needed Ruler/rotary ruler and/or yardstick Scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat Hand-sewing needle Iron Blocks There are three types of blocks to cut out. First is eighty 6.5" x 6.5" colored blocks. These blocks can be cut from scraps of fabric or using the yardage above. The second block includes eighty-eight 2.5" x 6.5" white blocks. The third block includes eighteen 2.5" x 42" white strips. B A


Final strips cut: A. 80 colored blocks (6.5" x 6.5") all fabrics B. 88 white blocks (2.5" x 6.5") C. 18 white strips (2.5" x 42") D. 8 border pieces (3.5" x 42") Final number of blocks: 186 key colored fabrics white fabric

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Instructions 1. Lay down the first vertical strip of the quilt by alternating block B (white) and block A (color). Start and end with block B. Use 10 A blocks and 11 B blocks in one strip.


key right-side of color fabrics right-side of white fabric wrong-side of fabrics

Sew together the blocks by placing wrong-sides of the fabric out and rightsides together. Sew until the entire strip is one continuous piece. Press. Repeat 7 more times with the remaining A and B blocks until there are 8 long strips. 2. Next, sew together the short end of two of block C by placing right-sides together. Press flat.


Repeat with the remaining C blocks to create 9 vertical strips. 3. Lay out the vertical strips starting with a C strip. Alternate the strips between the A-B vertical strip and the C strips. A C strip will start and end the quilt. Sew together the pieces with right-sides facing in. Press. Cut off any excess material on the vertical strips of block C (These pieces will be longer than the A-B strip and will need to be trimmed.) 3.

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Instructions (continued)



4. Add the border of the quilt by sewing together two each of block D. There will be 4 finished strips.

5. Sew together the border to the quilt by first placing a strip on the vertical edges of the quilt (longest edge). Sew together the border to the quilt by placing right-sides together. Press.

6. Finish the border by sewing the the final two boarder strips (D) to the top and bottom of the quilt. Place right-sides together and sew along the edge. Press. 6.

7. Prepare the back the quilt by measuring the final size of your quilt and preparing the fabric (usually by sewing together 3-4 yards with another 3-4 yards of fabric). 8. Have the quilt machine-quilted or use a walking foot to sew together the front, batting, and back.

9. Cut the bias for your quilt by opening your fabric. Lay it RIGHT side up. Fold one corner RIGHT sides together matching one selvage edge to make a triangle and press the edge. Open the fabric and cut along the creased edge. Measure and mark 2 1/2� from each end of the cut edge. Continue to cut strips by measuring out 2 1/2� evenly along the original cut.

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10. Join the bias strips into one continuous piece by placing the end of the strips perpendicular to each other with the RIGHT sides together. Stitch across the diagonal edges. Trim the edges. Continue to sew together strips until you have a long enough piece to cover the edge of the quilt.

11. Fold the bias strips in half. Match the raw edge of the bias strip with the raw edge of the quilt. Sew together the bias strip to the front of the quilt. Close with a perfect bind. Hand-sew the binding to the back of the quilt.

Hints about this quilt: We love this quilt because the white blocks make the fabrics shine! Using scraps works really well in a quilt like this because the white blocks balance out the colors.

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dainty blossoms™ camera strap A free download of the instructions will also available for this project at

Materials * 3/8 yard of two Dainty Blossoms™ Fabric * Scissors or Rotary Cutter * Needle and Thread * Sewing Machine * (Optional) buttons, strips of extra fabric for ruffles, flowers or any other embellishments Instructions 1. These straps will fit any standard DSLR camera strap. The example strap shown here is about 2" wide. Measure your strap first and adjust the measurements in this tutorial accordingly. First, cut a strip 5.5” wide and 27” long. (If your strap is a different size then simply measure fabric that is double the width of the strap and add 1 inch for seam allowance). (Optional) Add padding if you would like by cutting a 5.5” x 27” piece of fusible light fleece interfacing. Just iron on the fusible interfacing using the directions and trim it to fit the fabric. 2. Taking the strip of fabric, turn the short end over 1” and then 1” again to create a hem. Then sew three lines 1/4 of an inch apart across the hem. Not only does this give it a nice look but it also makes the strap sturdy. Repeat this process on the opposite short end. Any embellishments such as buttons or ruffles should be added at this point. 3. Now fold the strip of fabric in half with the right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim off the excess fabric so that there will be room to slide the strap in and turn it right side out. 4: Optional: Add a ruffled flower by cutting a 2" x 27" piece of coordinating fabric. Use pinking shears to along both of the long sides of the fabric. Next, sew along the middle of the strip of fabric using a long or gathering stitch. Make a ruffle by pulling on one end of the thread and pushing the fabric to create a gather. Turn the ruffle around itself into a circle to create the flower. Handsew the bottom of the flower to secure the ruffle and create the petals. Add decorative buttons to the center with hot glue or by hand sewing them in. Turn the camera strap right-side and hand stitch the flower onto the camera strap. Slide it onto your strap.

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travel journal tutorial tutorial by Carey Bridges

Materials *Well Traveled Paper Set 1 by Carina Gardner *Well Traveled Paper Set 2 by Carina Gardner *Well Traveled Paper Set 4 by Carina Gardner *Well Traveled Postage Frames by Carina Gardner *Well Traveled Stamps by Carina Gardner *White cardstock or matte presentation paper *(2) Chipboard pieces, cut to 6 x 8 inches *Cream cardstock, cut to 6 x 8 inches (for inner pages) *Brown distress ink *Strong adhesive *Hole punch and binding

Instructions 1. Using your photo editing software, open desired paper for front and back covers, stamps and embellishments. Crop paper to 6 x 8 in. Add stamps to front and back covers. Place postage stamp frame on paper, clip paper to fit frame and add “You Are Here� stamp. 2. Print paper and desired embellishments onto white cardstock or matte presentation paper. Cut out and ink edges with brown ink (if desired). 3. Adhere covers to chipboard pieces using strong adhesive (since the journal could get some abuse on your travels). Decorate covers with printed embellishments. 4. Bind book by punching the covers and inner pages (cream cardstock). You can use a hole punch, such as the Crop-a-Dile, and bind with rings, or you can use a binding system with spiral binding, such as the Bind-it-all (shown).

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scrap-o-dex tutorial tutorial by Joyce McCall

Materials *Carina Gardner Well Traveled papers and elements *Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas *Matte presentation paper *Adhesive and embellishments *Tiny alphabet stickers (making memories) *Tim Holtz ornate plate with brads Instructions 1. Print desired patterned papers onto sticky-back canvas. Use software to size your pieces to 4X6 vertically/portrait orientation. You’ll need 4 total. Adhere to the base unit of the scrap-o-dex. 2. For the cover card print patterned paper at 4X6 horizontal/landscape orientation. Add stamped title and attach ornate plate to frame it. I also added a travel path to the map with a marker, and I added glossy accents over the compass on the patterned paper. Cover the back of the card also! 3. Select patterned papers for the chipboard cards. Embellish with digi elements before printing, or with physical elements after printed, or do a little of both! 4X6 horizontally was the right size for mine. On the tabbed cards, add a small strip of patterned paper to the tab before adhering the main piece. Use a craft knife to trim out the bottom notch. Sand outer edges if you have paper that overhangs. Use alphabet stickers to add titles to the tabbed cards. (tip: cover fronts, sand edges, carve out notches, THEN work on the back sides) 4. Assemble your finished chipboard cards back into the scrap-o-dex!

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travel cards tutorial tutorial by Laurel Flechtner

Materials *Carina Gardner Well Traveled Paper Pack 1 *Carina Gardner Well Traveled Paper Pack 2 *Carina Gardner Well Traveled Paper Pack 3 *Carina Gardner Well Traveled Paper Pack 4 *7 Gypsies black binder ring *Cricut & Sure Cuts A Lot 2 for cutting album pages *Adobe Photoshop CS5 Instructions 1. Cut and adhere a front and back paper for each page of the album. 2. Select, print and adhere photos 3. Add embellishments and journaling

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cg studio calendar page 35

march 2012 fabric Paris & Co.™ on presale at Riley Blake Designs™ fabric Songbird™ on presale at Riley Blake Designs™ digital scrapbooking PhotoMasks released classes Tips for Rockin’ Illustrator begins at

april 2012 fabric Paris & Co.™ is shipped to shops

may 2012 tradeshows Visit Carina at her booth at Quilt Market in Kansas City, MO

june 2012 paper announcement of new paper lines fabric Songbird™ is shipped to shops classes Designer One-on-One Workshop Session 2 begins

july 2012 tradeshows Visit Carina at the Craft and Hobby Show in Chicago, IL

on-going classes Illustrator 101, Illustrator 102, Illustrator 201 and Tips for Rockin’ Illustrator digital scrapbooking Monday new releases 25% off Wednesday $2-$5 select digital goods

wholesale information fabric Carina Gardner’s fabrics are manufactured by Riley Blake Designs. Riley Blake Designs 106 E 13200 S Draper, UT 84020 p | 888.768.8454 f | 801.816.0542

sewing patterns Carina Gardner’s sewing patterns are manufactured by Carina Gardner, Inc. Carina Gardner, Inc. 2025 Stratford Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84109 p | 385.204.4054 f | 888.370.3113 e | Distributors include: Carina Gardner, Inc. Brewer Quilting and Supplies Christensen Wholesale Checker Distributors Creative Smocking/ CS Distributing Home Sew Moda/United Notions Notions Marketing The Pattern Peddlers Petersen-Arne

digital products and classes Carina Gardner’s digital products and classes are available at

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love your creativity

Carina Gardner Newsletter Issue No. 6 Feb 2012  

This newsletter includes several hybrid tutorials, instructions for the Dress Up quilt pattern, introduction to Carina's newest sewing patte...

Carina Gardner Newsletter Issue No. 6 Feb 2012  

This newsletter includes several hybrid tutorials, instructions for the Dress Up quilt pattern, introduction to Carina's newest sewing patte...