Sneak peek of a quilt in progress

I am working on a quilt at the moment. Done the patchwork and applique plus quilting – binding to do. Next I am adding 3D fabric flowers. It’s going to take me a while but I’ll share when it’s finished.

AW Quilt progress 3

I have used recycled cotton sheets for the patchwork. I added a new fat quarter for cutting the applique. I have had my first play with my Accuquilt cutter and dies. I used 4.5 inch squares, 2.5 and 1.5 inch strip dies for the border. The applique was cut using the Heather Feather dies. So much quicker to cut than with scissors – had the applique all cut in minutes. The lettering was cut on my Brother ScanNCut (built in font) electronic cutting machine.

I quilted using free machining. Some of it freeform and some using quilting rulers (from Alys Stitchy Fingers). It’s my first play with the rulers and they are fab for more controlled/accurate patterns. I also added some decorative machine stitching too.

I used another recycled polycotton sheet for the backing and will be making the flowers from recycled sheets and pillow cases too. Even the wadding is recycled from curtain interlining (I prewashed it to check suitability – some interlinings are too ‘fibrous’ and would shrink unpredictably plus shed fibres etc.).

I love to create something new from recycled stash.

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Floral Rocker card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This rocker card was one of my samples using the Tangled Garden stamps from Chocolate Baroque. The stamps went perfectly with one of my embossing folders from Sheena Douglass. Something bright and cheery on a gloomy day x.

 

AW Floral Rocker

Materials:

  • Tangled Garden and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • Hammered card and stamping card (white)
  • Inkpads: Marvey Matchables Dye based (Violet), Versamark
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Fuchsia)
  • Brusho Powder (Purple)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (peacock, orange, pink and Clear Overlay)
  • Gel (orange) and glitter pens (blue)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (purple)
  • Fine tipped pen (purple)
  • Glitter glue (aqua) and PVA pearls (orange)
  • Glycerine
  • Glass seed beads (silver lined green)
  • Circle Rocker die (Tattered Lace), sentiment panel die (Sizzix)

How it was made:

  1. The circle rocker card blank was cut using the die and embossed with the floral embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped with purple ink and cut out. Peacock Sparkle Pen colour was blended over the surface using a sponge. I used the technique recently demonstrated by Sheen Douglass: Add a drop of glycerine to the craft mat and work into sponge. Then pick up some pen colour, after scribbled onto the mat. The glycerine makes it blend onto the card like a Distress Ink.
  2. The card and sentiment panel were edged with alcohol marker and the fine tipped pen used to draw faux stitching.
  3. The flowers and leaves were stamped with Versamark and embossed with pink powder, cut out and coloured with sparkle, glitter and gel pens. While wet a little Brusho powder was dropped onto the petals for extra colour and texture.
  4. The flowers and leaves were shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel.
  5. Glass beads were glued to the flower centres. Finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue.

Butterfly Screen Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good evening. This was another of my show samples for the butterflies stamps recently featured on Hochanda from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Oriental Butterfly Screen 1

AW Oriental Butterfly Screen 2

AW Oriental Butterfly Screen 3

AW Oriental Butterfly Screen 4

 

Materials:

 

How it was done:

  1. I cut the main card blank in black card (A4 sheet) and trimmed out the trellis from the central panel.
  2. The background panel was cut in blue card. The swirls were stamped on the left and right hand sides of the panel. The rest of the scene was hand drawn in using the fine tipped pen and pencils. I used a circle die as a template for the moon.
  3. The butterfly was stamped onto the background and coloured with the sparkle pens. The background panel was then glued to the card blank.
  4. The blossom and branches were cut from blue and white card and the blossom coloured with sparkle pen.
  5. The butterflies were stamped onto blue card, coloured with sparkle pens and pencil, then cut out.
  6. The cut out elements were then glued to the card. Thin foam pads were used for added dimension.
  7. I finished with dots of glitter glue for added sparkle.

Tribute to lovely Molly

AW Our Lovely Molly

 

Sadly we had to say goodbye to this lovely lady a couple of weeks ago – she was 17 years old and had remained happy and fairly healthy right up until her last night.

She was actually my neighbour’s cat but had simply moved in – sharing my bed for the last 2 years. My bed is so empty without her. As soon as I was ready to settle down she would come up and under the top cover with her little head peeping out and her whiskers tickling my face while we went off to sleep – tee hee.

The only good pic I had of her was looking over the top of my notebook while I was trying to type up a beading tutorial. I took the photo into Serif Craft Artist and set her into a garden peeping over the top of a garden wall. She was a mischievous little character so this setting fits her perfectly.

I used craft Artist to draw the arched frame. Printed it separately and used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out. I glued several layers of card together for strength.

The decorative elements were created with the Flowering Dogwood stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To protect it and make it longer lasting I used Crafters Companion Spray and Shine on the photo and frame, and Spray & Sparkle on the floral embellishments.

Now I have a lovely tribute to her sitting on my desk.

Lace Edged Parchment Card created with Tattered Lace Best of 2016 Brother ScanNCut USB

AW Lace Edged Parchment Card

Today I am sharing some instructions, as promised, for my latest TV show samples created for Create & Craft TV and the Brother ScanNCut.

This one is created by embossing on parchment. I have then done a little hand embossing to add some whitework ‘shading’, and some colour with alcohol pens. I love this new feature of the ScanNCut.

This one is another fairly simple make using the Brother ScanNCut USB, Best of 2016 from Tattered Lace (cutting files in FCM format). A fabulous set of files that sold out very quickly. This has to be my favourite set yet. Well worth grabbing a copy when it returns.

Materials:

  • Tattered Lace Brother ScanNCut USB 8 – Best of 2016
  • 1.5mm embossing tool, embossing tool holder and mat
  • Butterfly Garden strip embossing folder (Tattered Lace)
  • Hand embossing tool approx. 3mm and parchment embossing mat
  • A5 card blank, parchment and card (purple)
  • Alcohol markers (light green, brown and pink)
  • Pergamano sticky ink
  • Extra fine glitter (white/clear) and PVA pearls (Vintage Plum)

How to make it:

  1. Load the Lace Edged Rectangle 2 design. Delete all but the outer frame and resize to approx. 6.38 inches high. Load the bow from the All Tied Up set. Cut from purple card. Settings will depend on your card thickness and density (I used speed 5, pressure 1, standard blade depth 5.5).
  2. Load the Lace Edged Rectangle 2 frame again, group all the elements together and resize to fit inside your cut purple mat (approx. 6.34 inches high).
  3. Next load the Cherry Blossom design. Resize, flip and rotate it to fit inside the Lace Edged design. Using one of the built in machine fonts write the sentiment. Finally group everything together and mirror flip it ready for embossing. You need to do this a designs are always embossed on the back of the parchment.
  4. Load the parchment and emboss the design using the 1.5mm ball tool. Again settings will vary depending on the brand of parchment that you use. I used a pressure of -4 and speed 1. If desired emboss again on a higher pressure (-2) to get whiter results (do not unload the mat until fully finished). Note: I rubbed over the parchment with a used tumble dryer sheet before embossing – it helps the tool to glide better.
  5. Hand emboss on the back of the design to add ‘whitework’ shading. Add some colour with alcohol pens. It could be cut out using pricking tools and traditional Parchment techniques. I used scissors to cut around the outer embossed line.
  6. Note: I find it tricky to cut the parchment on the machine after embossing as it doesn’t stick down well or lay flat on the cutting mat. Probably it would be best to cut out the parchment first, then place on the embossing mat and scan in the mat to work out where to place the embossing design. Not tried this but you would need to leave a bit of extra room around the edge so that the tool doesn’t directly hit or get caught on the embossing mat or edge of the parchment. I need to experiment a bit.
  7. Cut the small plain butterfly from parchment (Essential Butterflies) and emboss the texture with the embossing folder. Colour lightly on the back.
  8. Glue the parchment to the backing mat using tiny dots of glue behind the flower centres (where it will not show through). Glue to the card front and stick on the bow. I added some little vellum ‘waste’ cut flowers to hide a couple of small tears in my parchment. Glue down the butterfly body leaving the wings free for shaping.
  9. Finally finish with glitter (using Pergamano sticky ink) and PVA pearls. Note: sticky ink is not as wet as PVA glue which can cause curling of the parchment.

Pearl Doily Clock created with Tattered Lace best of 2016 Brother ScanNCut USB

 

AW Pearl Doily Clock

Today I am sharing some instructions, as promised, for my latest TV show samples created for Create & Craft TV and the Brother ScanNCut.

This one is not a working clock as it was created as a sample – but it could easily be adapted, real clock fixings are readily available to make it into a working piece. I may make another in different colours to fit my décor with an MDF backing. Spray varnish would also protect it and make it into a more durable piece of home furnishing.

This one is another fairly simple make using the Brother ScanNCut USB, Best of 2016 from Tattered Lace (cutting files in FCM format). A fabulous set of files that sold out very quickly. This has to be my favourite set yet. Well worth grabbing a copy when it returns.

Materials:

  • Tattered Lace Brother ScanNCut USB 8 – Best of 2016
  • Standard pen holder and black pen
  • 12 X 12 card and paper: pale pink polka dot paper, cream card, dark grey card and 4 sheets of grey board (recycled from 12 X 12 paper pad back covers)
  • Versamark inkpad and clear heat embossing powder
  • Glitter pen (gold), alcohol marker (black and light grey)
  • Cosmic Shimmer glitter glue (Autumn Twinkles) and PVA pearls (Black)
  • Gilding Wax (gold)
  • Brad to hold the hands

How to make it:

AW Pearl Doily Clock mat

 

  1. Load the Precious Time numbers and clock hands and cut 4 sets from cream card. I created a file to cut all in one go from a sheet of 12 X 12 card. Settings will depend on your card thickness and density (I used speed 5, pressure 1, standard blade depth 5.5).
  2. Glue the elements together to make thick ‘chipboard’ components. Use a fast grab wet glue spreading the glue thoroughly so that all layers are well stuck down. Leave to dry.
  3. Colour the numbers and clock hands with black alcohol marker. Coat with Versamrk ink and heat emboss with the clear powder. Lightly rub over with a little gilding wax to give a slight aged effect.
  4. Glue together the 4 greyboard sheets and leave to dry. This makes a good strong back for the clock.
  5. Load the Pearl Doily design, centre on the mat and cut from grey card. Keep the central doily for another project.
  6. Load the smaller Doily designs, centre on the mat. Draw the designs onto the pink paper using a black pen and the standard pen holder.
  7. Glue the drawn background mat and frame to the base backing. Leave to dry.
  8. Hand colour the image with gold glitter pen and grey alcohol marker. Note: the machine does now have a colouring fill function. The way that I have coloured my clock would be a bit tricky to programme into the design as I have coloured negative spaces and just outlined some of the shapes.
  9. Punch a hole into the centre of the clock (I used a long reach Cop-A-Dile) and fix the hands with a brad. In a rush for the post, could I locate my brads? No! I ended up using a jeans button with prong fixing as it was all I could find before rushing my samples to the post office – tee hee.
  10. Glue down the numbers.
  11. Finally finish with glitter glue and PVA pearls, plus a little gilding wax.

Meadow Sweet Card created with the Tattered Lace Best of 2016 Brother ScanNCut USB

AW Meadow Sweet Card

 

Today I am sharing some instructions, as promised, for my latest TV show samples created for Create & Craft TV and the Brother ScanNCut.

This one is another fairly simple make using the Brother ScanNCut USB, Best of 2016 from Tattered Lace (cutting files in FCM format). A fabulous set of files that sold out very quickly. This has to be my favourite set yet. Well worth grabbing a copy when it returns.

Materials:

  • Tattered Lace Brother ScanNCut USB 8 – Best of 2016
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank, cream and white card, floral background paper (Victoria Nelson – Village Fete)
  • Tattered Lace 8 X 8 Rose Garden and Calligraphy Script strip embossing folders
  • Glitter glue (clear) and PVA pearls (Cosmic Shimmer)
  • Large ball tool and embossing mat to shape flowers
  • Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)

How to make it:

  1. Load the Meadow Sweet background mat design and cut from floral paper. Settings will depend on your card thickness and density (I used speed 5, pressure 1, standard blade depth 4.5).
  2. Enlarge the mat by approx. half an inch and cut again from cream card (my card needed blade depth 5.5).
  3. Edge the mats with Distress ink and glue together, offsetting the cream base mat to create a ‘drop shadow’ effect.
  4. Emboss the card front with the Rose embossing folder and a strip of cream card with the script. Lightly apply Distress ink to bring out the texture. Glue the strip in place, then the panel mat using 3D foam pads for added depth.
  5. Next load the Meadow Sweet floral frame and sentiment and cut from white card. Lightly shape the flowers with an embossing tool and pull up some of the petal details. I used a thicker stamping card so it would hold its shape (increasing blade depth to 6.5).
  6. Finally glue the floral frame and sentiment to the card front and finish with glitter glue and PVA pearls.