Summer T-Shirt decorated using Tattered Lace dies to create stamps and stencils

Good evening. I hope that you like my summer themed project. You may of seen my stamped and decorated summer top in my last posting. This time I have created a variation using dies to create the stamps.

I designed this to showcase how dies can be used to create stamps by cutting from funky foam. Stencils can also be created by cutting acetate or plastic stencil sheet.

Use the coordinating stamps or stencils to complement die cuts on cards, or use them to decorate fabrics for sewing projects, or to decorate ready made items.

AW T shirt front


AW T shirt back


AW T shirt tag

Decorated tag to match


*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface paint (Spring Pasture) and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW T shirt - Fabric Paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

AW T shirt - Stencils masks stamps labelled

Use the dies to cut funky foam shapes. Apply Zig 2 Way glue and leave to go tacky (this glue is blue on application and dries clear to give a repositionable tacky surface). Mount stamps onto acrylic blocks for stamping.

Cut the butterflies from waste acetate and use the apertures as a stencil.

Stamp the butterflies onto copy paper and cut around the outer edge to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use (or place face down on a wet cloth until ready to clean).

AW T shirt Stencil

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stencil the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images.

Finally add glitter glue to the butterflies on the shirt front.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.

Take Time mixed media tag screen created for Chocolate Baroque

The last of my recent TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel using the Words of Wisdom, Gothic Fragments and Mini sets.

This is a tricky one to give a full step by step but I will do my best.

Anne x.

AW Take Time 1

Laid Flat

AW Take Time 2

Standing Screen

AW Take Time Back

Screen Back

AW Take Time Panel 1

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  • Words of Wisdom, Gothic Fragments , Mail Art, Curiosities and Mini Scripts stamp sets
  • Cream mount board, cream and white stamping card, black card
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine (Black Onyx), Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet and Old Paper)
  • WOW embossing powders (Pomegranate)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Glitter pens (pink, purple and green)
  • Mr Huey’s Color Mist Spritzers (Leaf Green, Sunshine and Blue)
  • Viva Décor Kristall Gel (dark cerise – 501) and acrylic paint (lime)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Inscribe glitter glue (Mermaid), glitter (blue/green)
  • Heart sequin waste (to use as stencil) and Texturised stencil (Crafters Workshop – Ronda Palazzari)
  • Dies: Pin Dot Hearts (Tattered Lace), Artist Trading Card and Tags #3 (Sizzix BigZ die), Hinges, Latches, Handles and Photo Turns (Sizzix Originals Red die), smaller tags (Trimcraft)
  • 3D glue gel and foam pads

How to make it:

  1. Die cut 5 tags from waste mount board and randomly spritz the backs with inks and paint with acrylic. When dry apply pink Kristall Gel through the sequin waste with a palette knife to cover the backs. Randomly drop some glitter into the wet gel.
  2. Cut hinges from black card and join the tags using 3D glue gel to make a panel. Apply gilding wax to get a metallic effect.
  3. I reinforced the hinges with some silver duct tape across the tag fronts. This was so they will cope with lots of handling while on the shows. It will not be archival so possibly the glue will seep through into the artwork with time. I believe that there are specialist tapes available, used by Scrapbookers for creating albums etc. I would recommend a proper tape when creating something that you want to last over the years.
  4. Cut 5 more tags from cream stamping card. Randomly colour with inks. Dry.
  5. Stamp the poem onto white card with black ink. Cut out the words and phrases and edge with black alcohol pen.
  6. Cut 3 smaller tags decorative tags from cream card. Colour with Distress inks and add texture with the mini crackle texture stamp. Stamp with the mini ‘love’ and ‘dream’ verses and the building.
  7. Cut small hearts with black card. Colour with acrylics, texture gel and gilding wax.
  8. Stamp the mandala from the Gothic Fragments set onto the top of each main tag with Versamark and heat emboss with the pink powder. Stamp the scenes with Versafine. Colour with glitter pens and Distress inks.
  9. Add more texture with the crackle stamp and with the paste and sequin waste. Dry.
  10. Stick down the main tags flat onto the tag screen with acrylic glue. Stick down all the embellishments with 3D glue gel. Finish with glitter glue.

Let it be Gothic Fragments card created for Chocolate Baroque

This was one of my TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel using the Gothic Fragments stamp set. Sorry that it has taken so long to blog the details – never enough hours in a day – tee hee.

Anne x.

AW Let it Be


How to make it:

  1. Colour the yellow card randomly with diluted Brusho colours and spritz with gold mica spray.
  2. Stamp randomly with the texture stamp using darker Brusho colours. Cut out with a tag die.
  3. Stamp the arch with Versamark and heat emboss with gold powder. Stamp the sentiment with black ink and edge the tag with alcohol marker.
  4. Trim a strip of card away from the right hand side of the card front. Stamp the inside edge of the card with Versamark and heat emboss with gold powder. This then creates a border visible on the card outer.
  5. Stamp and heat emboss the card front with the texture stamp.
  6. Attach the tag and embellishment using 3D glue gel. Finish with the sparkly faux gems.
  7. I used a ready-made bead and wire embellishment from my stash, but it would be easy to make from left over 4mm beads and some copper jewellery wire (use 0.6 to 0.8mm thickness for stability – depending on your bead hole size).

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

Quick and Easy stationary set using Punky Flowers stamps from Chocolate Baroque

I have created some tags to go with the quick and easy notelets that I made previously using the Punky Flowers stamp set along with some patterned papers from my stash. If you missed that post I have given step by step for everything here.

AW Punky Flower 4

AW Punky Flower 6

To keep the set together I have also created a stationary wallet.  This obviously takes a little time with measuring and scoring but it is really easy. I created myself a paper template first to check that the pieces fitted together ok, but also to keep in my stash for future use.

AW Punky Flower 7

This is a very simple wallet with an outer sleeve and 2 inner pockets. It could easily be adapted with the addition of a flap closure or possibly made into a pizza style box so that it is all enclosed to keep the notelets safer.

Great quick projects that are ready for those emergency cards and gift tags for any occasion. Why not decorate some envelopes to match too.

This was also sent in as a sample for the recent TV shows on The Craft Channel with Lesley Wharton.


Optional for wallet: Gold gilding wax, edger die (Heartfelt Creations – Regal Borders and Pockets) and scoring board with box and lid scoring sides (I have the Ultimate Pro system from Crafters Companion)

Step By Step:


AW Punky Flower 4

Choose patterned papers with a subtle Baroque style pattern. Trim to 10 X 14.5cm to fit the A6 card front leaving a border. Edge with the black marker to frame.

Stamp with Versafine and heat emboss the image using the clear powder. This makes colouring really quick and easy and adds a bit of textural interest.

Colour with glitter pens choosing a darker colour version to match with the paper.

Attach a ribbon strip and glue to the card front.

Finish with PVA pearls.


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Trim the patterned papers to fit the die cut tags. These are then stamped and coloured in the same way as the notelets (above).

Notelet Folder:

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Take an A4 sheet of Kraft card and trim off approx. 3cm (see template picture).

Find the centre and make 2 score lines 2cm apart (1cm either side of the centre) to create the spine (important – see tip below).

AW Notelet Wallet Template 1

Cut 2 more pieces for the pockets at 17 X 13cm. Score 3 sides at 1 and 2cm depth in from the edge (see template picture). Trim away the square corners.

AW Notelet Wallet Template 2

Mark approx. 5.5cm up from the bottom edge and cut across on a diagonal. Use a trimmer or a decorative edger die. Make the 2 pockets a mirror image of each other (see the open folder picture to see how the pockets are placed). I used one of my decorative edger dies and added a little gilding wax along the edge.

Tip: In order for the pockets to fit inside the outer folder and close neatly the spine needs to be slightly wider than the combined pocket depth. I achieved this on my ‘boxer’ scoring board by using the ‘lid’ side to create the outer spine (actual measurements i.e. 2cm) and the ‘box’ side to score the pockets (which are actually slightly under the 1cm). These score boards are designed to make the base slightly smaller than the lid to accommodate and enable fitting of lids onto boxes. If you do not have one of these then just make the depth of the spine a little over 2cm and it will work for you.

Trim decorative papers to fit on the outside and inner panels of the sleeve. Edge with marker. Stamp the front panel and add ribbon to match the notelets.

Fold in the pocket edges and glue onto the sleeve. If you align the bottom edges of the pockets with the outer sleeve it will stand upright on the desk.

Quick and Easy Scene Cards and Tag created for Chocolate Baroque

The gorgeous stamps from Chocolate Baroque are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways, from complex mixed media pieces to really quick and simple cards. This month we have been asked to create some quick projects which take under 15 minutes to make.

Here are some quick scene projects for you using the Tall Trees stamp set. This set is on a special offer at the moment.

Do have a look at the Chocolate Baroque Blog to see some more quick and easy projects from my lovely Teamies this week.

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  • Tall Trees and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • A6 white card blank (suitable for stamping) and tag cut from watercolour card
  • A6 purple card blank, white stamping card, pale turquoise card (for layering)
  • Inkpads: Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers) and dye ink (purple)
  • Alcohol ink pen (dark purple)
  • Glitter glues (turquoise and purple) and PVA pearls (turquoise)
  • Watercolour brush and spritzer bottle

The cards and tag were stamped using Distress Inks. To create the quick scene on the white card I stamped the tree three times without re-inking the stamp. On the purple card and tag I lightly spritzed the paper with water and used a brush to drag out and spread the ink and gift a softer diffuse effect. I used the purple marker to outline the card, tag and topper – just to give it a frame. They were finished with the stamped sentiment, glitter glues and PVA pearls. Really quick and easy.

Christmas Gift Wrap using Sparkling Trees from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I have been finishing some last minute Christmas preparations. This simple brown paper gift wrap has added luxury with a stamped tag and bright satin ribbon. Great for wrapping a gift of Lottery scratch cards.

AW Gift wrap

I just love the Sparkling Trees stamp set – it is so versatile. Of course I had to add one of those lovely stamped reindeer.


  • Sparkling Trees stamp set
  • White and red stamping card, brown wrapping paper
  • PVA glue, 3D gel glue
  • Inkpads: Versamark and Versafine – Black Onyx
  • Polychromos pencil
  • Embossing powders – Glitter in white base
  • Clear glitter glue, Glossy Accents (Ranger)
  • Satin ribbon and small die cut snowflake

Stamped the reindeer, added shading with pencil and cut out. Stamped the tree, embossed with sparkle powder and cut out. Coloured baubles with pencil and added Glossy Accents.

A simple wrapped parcel looks luxury with the stamped trimmings.


Pretty Little Tag Created using A Little Bird Told Me Stamp Set from Chocolate Baroque

Here is another of my designs created for the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel for Chocolate Baroque – using A Little Bird Told Me stamp set.

AW Little Bird Tag Front 2

Taken with a flash you can see the sparkling gold mica.

AW Little Bird Tag Front 1

Taken without flash you can see the gorgeous base colours of the paints.

AW Little Bird Tag Back 1


  • A Little Bird Told Me stamp set
  • Leafy Stencil (Crafters Workshop 12 X 12 template)
  • White card tag
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), multicolour inkpad (pink/orange), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Spritzers (green, blue and gold with mica)
  • Glitter markers (green, purple, pink and orange)
  • Pink acrylic paint with gold mica
  • Small offcut off a trellis die cut and small die cut flowers, satin and organza ribbons

How it was made:

The background was created by picking up spritzed ink off the stencil (after spraying though and colouring card for another project). The edges were inked with Distress Ink. The tag was extended with the trellis and the little motifs were then stamped with multicolour ink.

The bird and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Ink, and the birdie coloured with glitter pens and acrylic paint. Finally embellished with the tiny flowers and ribbons, then added a bit more sparkle with glitter glue.

Anne x.