My first set of samples for the Tattered Lace Christmas Shows

Hi all – I can reveal my first set of samples for the Christmas Cuties 4 day deal on Create & Craft TV. I hope that you like them. I will blog some instructions for you over the next few days.

Penguin place setting

Christmas Party place setting.

Penguin Rocker

Penguin rocker card.

A few with the lovely Twinkle die set:

Not really featured in the shows but listed in the show products at a sale price, A lovely die set.

Twinkle Card 1

Christmas card – I die cut the frame in wax paper and ironed onto stamping card to transfer the wax, then spritzed with inks to create this one.

Twinkle Card 2

I snipped into the frame to create four corners, mounted onto black card and coloured with glitter pens.

Twinkle Love Card

I combined with other dies from Tattered Lace to create this one.

Twinkle Tag

I cut the holly from foam to make a stamp. The little boots were created from waste pieces from the die cut.

Twinkle Scene Card

I snipped the frame and created an archway for a stamped scene (stamp from my stash).

Twinkle Bag

I treated some fabric with Terial Magic and cut the frame and flowers. This is fabulous stuff. I used an oil cloth effect fabric decoupage glue to glue on the frame and make a small make-up bag. It doesn’t have to be for Christmas.

More details to follow, Anne x.

Sneak Peek of samples created for the Tattered Lace 4 Day Deal Christmas Cuties Shows

I have been sitting on some exciting news – I am on the Tattered Lace Design Team – woohooooo!

Here is a sneak peek of my samples created for the 4 Day Deal Christmas Cuties Shows starting tomorrow at 8am on Create & Craft TV. Some fabulous cute dies and more lovely dies for Christmas projects.

I will be blogging full details and instructions for making over the next few days.

Penguin place setting sneak peakPenguin Rocker sneak peekTwinkle Bag sneak peekTwinkle Card 1 sneak peekTwinkle Card 2 sneal peekTwinkle Love Card sneak peekTwinkle Scene Card sneak peekTwinkle Tag sneak peek

I have finished my first set of Kanzashi Flowers

I have finished my first set of Kanzashi fabric flowers using wonderful kits available from Gina-B-Silkworks. Gina’s instructions are so easy to follow. Loved making these. They are a great technique for using up tiny fabric scraps too.

Now I have to decide what to do with them. I think that I will use them to decorate a little sewing box.

AW Kanzashi

AW Kanzashi 2

Art Bag Created for Chocolate Baroque TV Show

I created this sample for the recent TV shows from Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel. Lesley Wharton was fantastic and gave some wonderful demos using the new background stamps – Floral Weave, Open Weave, Studded Lattice and Baroque Orchids. They are so versatile for so many projects and styles.

AW Art Bag 3

AW Art Bag Close (2)

I have used recycled curtains to create myself a large Art Carry bag. I used all four of the lovely new background stamps to decorate my fabrics.

Now I have a lovely new bag to carry my unframed paintings to exhibition. You could easily adapt the design idea to make a shopping or handbag, or to decorate a ready-made bag.

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. I first made a simple strong bag to fit my board mounted artwork pieces. Simply 2 rectangles sewn together with handles to fit over my shoulder. This is a very large bag so it is easy to decorate and sew on the applique pieces while made up. For smaller bags and shoppers it would be easier to decorate the panels before completing the construction.
  2. Ironed Bondaweb onto the back of the cream lining. Leaving the paper backing in place cut out flowers and leaves with the dies. Printed the text to create a template for cutting the lettering.
  3. Stamped all the cut shapes with textile paint using a random mix of all four stamps (see tip). Left overnight to dry and cure.
  4. Stamped the front of the bag with the Floral Weave stamp. Left overnight to dry then fixed the paints with an iron (this makes the paint permanent and washable).
  5. Peeled the backing paper off all the cut out shapes and ironed onto the bag. This secures the shapes and heat fixes paints.
  6. Finally I stitched around all the shapes using a straight stitch and free machine embroidery. This is where you drop the fabric feed dogs and freely move the fabric beneath the needle (like drawing with a sewing machine and thread).

Tip for stamping with paints: I used to use a standard sponge for applying acrylics or textile paint to my stamp. I would apply paint to a palette then pick up with a sponge, dabbing to remove excess paint before applying to my stamp. After a short while the paint would start to dry on the palette. The detail of the stamping was also gradually lost as clumps of paint built up in the stamp crevices after repeat application of paint. When this occurs you need to stop and clean up the stamp before continuing.

I now use Cut-N-Dry foam and the results are so much better. I apply plenty of paint directly to the pad and work it well into the foam with a palette knife. The foam can now be used to apply paint to the stamp repeatedly without reloading. Placing the foam paint side down on a craft mat while not using also keeps the paint moist for ages. I find this method gives much sharper printing, uses a lot less paint and is easier to clean up when finished.

Clean up well and do not leave paint to dry onto your stamp. I use a little soapy water and a soft tooth brush if needed.