Thread Wrapped Buttons created for Gina B Silkworks.

Gina has another TV show on The Craft Store on Sat (23 Oct at 10am). It’s going to be a special show celebrating 10 years of Gina appearing on crafting TV shows with a brand new book launching too, featuring one of her specialities – thread wrapped buttons.

Here are a few of my thread wrapped buttons using techniques from Gina B Silkworks – I am going to put some of these into a journal so that I can keep a reference.

Various Deaths Head buttons using a variety of threads, colours and moulds.
A variety of thread wrapped buttons – various techniques.
More lovely thread wrapped buttons

National Button Day is coming soon – 16th November. I will share more of my buttons and projects made with them over the next few weeks.

Oriental Mixed Media Canvas with Teneriffe Lace and Powertex

Mixed media canvas created with Powertex and Teneriffe Lace motifs created using Looms 1 and 3 (starter kit looms) from Gina B Silkworks.

Heather Tree Creative Designs by Anne Waller

I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.

AW Oriental lace canvas

The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island) using the newly released looms and instructions from Gina-B Silkworks. I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first (until I read the instructions properly – tee hee), plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. My technique soon improved but I wasn’t sure what to do with these first experiments. They nearly went into the bin! However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.

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The variegated blue threads…

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Autumn Birthday Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Card created with the Tall Trees, Autumn Edges and Birthday Words stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

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AW Autumn Birthday

Good afternoon. Catching up on a bit of blogging today. This was another of my recent show samples using the Autumn Edges stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.


How it was done:

The edge was stamped directly onto the card front with Versamark and heat embossed with gold sparkle powder. Coloured with sparkle pens. The yellow Gelato was dissolved in water and painted around the border.

The topper was stamped with Versafine and blended with Distress Inks. Glued to the card with 3D gel for added depth. Finished with…

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Quick and Easy Fruit Tree Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Quick and easy card created with Tall Trees and Fantasy Woodland stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque x.

Heather Tree Creative Designs by Anne Waller

AW Fruit Tree CAS

Another quick and easy card for you today.

This 6 X 6 inch card was created with the Fantasy Woodland along with the verse from the Tall Trees stamp sets. Images were stamped with Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink. Colouring was really quick and easy using watercolour brush pens. A small ‘dab’ of colour was quickly laid down onto the darker areas of the image, indicated by the stamp detail. A damp brush was then used to draw out the colour giving shading and tonal variation, really quick and easy. The edge of the stamping card was inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and the roughed up using the edge of my scissors. PVA pearls and faux stitching was added. I then added Glossy Accents over the apples for added shine. Just about achievable in 15 mins x.

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Happy Birthday card created for Chocolate Baroque

Birthday card created with Tall Trees, Fantasy Woodland and Birthday Words stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

Heather Tree Creative Designs by Anne Waller

AW Happy Birthday

Good afternoon. This was another of my recent show samples created for Chocolate Baroque using the Fantasy Woodland and Tall Trees stamp sets.


  • DL card blank and white stamping card
  • Fantasy Woodland, Tall Trees and Birthday Words stamp sets
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Marvy Matchables (Purple dye based)
  • Embossing Powder (Crafters Companion Holo Twinkle)
  • Water based inks (Spectrum Noir Aquatints, Lyndy’s Stamp Gang Spritzers) and Brusho Powders
  • Alcohol marker (purple)
  • Fine tipped marker (opaque white)

How it was done:

  1. The main tree and sentiment were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the white sparkle powder.
  2. The background was coloured with water based inks and some Brusho crystal dropped into the wet inks.
  3. The background trees and foliage were stamped with dye based ink.
  4. Touches of white pen were added to extend the scene and highlight. The topper was edged with the purple marker to frame and glued to…

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Quick and Easy Tall Trees Scene card created for Chocolate Baroque

Quick and easy card created with the Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

Heather Tree Creative Designs by Anne Waller

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Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick and easy card using stamps from the Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets. The background was created by spritzing and splattering with lime green and bright pink ink sprays. I then quickly stamped the trees with lime and dark green ink. The sentiments were stamped in dark green ink. I used green alcohol marker to frame the image before gluing to the card and added faux stitching with a fine tipped pen. I finished with the obligatory PVA pearls and clear glitter glue for sparkle (I just cannot help myself – tee hee).


  • Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets
  • A5 blank card
  • Heavy cartridge paper
  • Spray inks (lime with mica and bright pink)
  • Dye based inkpad (dark green)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pen (dark green)
  • PVA pearls and clear glitter glue

How to make it:

  1. Lightly…

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Haunted House Using the New Halloween Stamp Sets from Chocolate Baroque

Halloween project that I thought I would share again – I love a bit of fantasy xxx.

Heather Tree Creative Designs by Anne Waller

I couldn’t resist making a spooky decoration with the FAB new stamp sets this month – perfect for a Halloween party. I used both the ‘Put A Spell On You’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ stamp sets and the little Wood House Shaped Shelving which is on sale at the moment.

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  • The house was first painted with black and white gesso to seal and prime the bare wood.
  • Recycled corrugated cardboard was used to cover the roof, make the chimney and extend the bottom sides. I used a punch to create the scalloped roof edging from black card. Highlights were added using gilding wax. The ceilings and some walls were painted with orange acrylic.
  • The sparkly clouds and wispy spider webs were created using Angelina fibre. A fine mesh of fibre was laid out and ironed between two sheets of baking parchment. The fibre melts and bonds to itself creating a fine…

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