Cute Penguin Christmas Place Setting created for Tattered Lace

Good evening. I am sharing some instructions for some of my TV show samples today. This one is using the Penguin die from the Christmas Cuties range.

Penguin place setting

A special Christmas Cuties Multibuy bundle is still available on the Create & Craft website.

Materials:

  • Christmas Cuties Penguin die
  • Decorative Centre Stepper – for the little branch and mini tag dies
  • Black and white card
  • Sentiment stamp from my stash
  • Versafine inkpad (Onyx Black), alcohol markers (black and yellow), Stickles glitter glue (Diamond), PVA pearls (black)
  • Organza ribbon
  • Sentiment for tag printed on a laser printer
  • Optional: Holographic silver toner transfer foil (such as Midas Touch) and Minc Foiling machine (or laminator)

How to make it:

The procedure is a little complex to explain in words but hopefully it will become clear as you try it. If you are unsure then try it out using some cheaper card or paper first.

  1. Cut the Penguin in white card. Score the card along the line of the small edge cuts from the die and fold. To create the table place setting trim to approx. 3.5cm high X 11cm using a craft knife.
  2. Where the Penguin has cut from the back there will be a hole. Cut another piece of card to cover the back (3.5 X 11cm). Place the bottom part of the Penguin onto the top edge positioning to correspond with the cut Penguin on the place card. This is done so that the base card will not show through the lacy tummy of the penguin on the finished card. Glue to the back.
  3. Cut the Penguin in black card. Snip away sections (eyes, beak, tummy, feet) and glue down onto the white Penguin. Colour the beak and feet with alcohol pen.
  4. Stamp the sentiment and edge the place card with black pen.
  5. Cut the little branches in black card.
  6. Cut the printed sentiment with the tag die. I has used a laser printer and foiled my sentiment with toner foil. Alternatively use a plain printed or stamped sentiment.
  7. Outline the tag with black marker and add ribbon. Glue the tag and branches onto the place setting. Finish with touches of glitter glue and black PVA pearls.

Happy crafting, Anne x

Cute Penguin Rocker Card created for Tattered Lace

Good afternoon. I am sharing some instructions for some of my TV show samples today. This one is using the Penguin die from the Christmas Cuties range.

Penguin Rocker

A special Christmas Cuties Multibuy bundle is still available on the Create & Craft website.

Materials:

How to make it:

The procedure is a little complex to explain in words but hopefully it will become clear as you try it. If you are unsure then try it out using some cheaper card or paper first.

  1. Cut the largest plain circle in heavy white card. Score down the centre and fold in half to create the rocker card.
  2. Place the bottom part of the Penguin onto the folded card aligning the small protruding edges just above the fold. Cut through both layers to remove this section. You may need scissors or a craft knife to completely remove the section if your card is very thick and it doesn’t cut completely through the front and back layers. This is done so that the base card will not show through the lacy tummy of the penguin on the finished card.
  3. Cut the decorative circle in blue card and cut in half. As above, cut away the Penguin base from the top edge of the semi circle. Align the blue half circle onto the card front to help you align the die to cut away the corresponding section. Use the white pen to draw faux stitching along the edge.
  4. Cut the Penguin in white and blue card and snip the penguin free. Snip away the tummy, eyes and beak sections from the blue card and glue onto the white Penguin.
  5. Cut the Penguin again in white card. Using a ruler extend the small edge cuts made by the die, and cut away the background from the top half. I used a steel rule and craft knife. Alternatively mark the line with a pencil and cut with scissors.
  6. Use the torn edge circle die to cut the bottom half into a semi circle, leaving the Penguin intact on the top edge. Tip: Lay the blue half circle onto the die cut Penguin aligning the bottom of the Penguin and top straight edge. Now lay the torn edge circle die on top to align it into the desired position. Carefully ease the blue card away and tape down the die. Ensure that the top half of the Penguin is sitting over the die, and not under the cutting edge. You will end up with an embossed edge from the die across the Penguin but this will be covered up.
  7. Glue the semi circles onto the card front. Glue the separate blue and white Penguin onto the white edger Penguin. The Penguin will be nice and strong ready for repeated ‘rocking’.
  8. Cut the twigs, flower centre and petals in blue and white card. The small poinsettia is made up from 2 sets of the smallest petals. The large poinsettia is made by cutting the largest twin petals 3 times in blue and white. One petal is snipped away to create the 5 petalled flower. Shape the flowers to add dimension. I used a ball tool and embossing mat.
  9. Stamp the sentiment with blue ink. Glue on the flowers. Finish with sparkly glitter glue.

I hope that I haven’t given you a headache with the instructions – it really is easier than it sounds.

Happy crafting, 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

Skirt Restyled using the All Geared Up Collection from Heartfelt Creations

I have used stamps and dies from the All Geared Up Collection to revamp a skirt that I got from the Charity Shop for just £2. I thought that the style suited a Steampunk makeover. I love it.

Sadly this Collection is no longer in stock from Heartfelt Creations but you may be able to get hold of it elsewhere if you don’t already have it. Alternatively use any one of the lovely floral Collections available to jazz up your garments.

AW Geared Up Skirt

AW Geared Up Skirt 2

AW Geared Up Skirt 3

Heartfelt Creations Materials:

  • Cogs and Gears stamp set (HCPC-3636)
  • Tarnished Gears stamp set (HCPC-3634)
  • Shifting Gears stamp set (HCPC-3635)
  • All Geared Up die set (HCD-754)

Other Materials used:

  • Evolon Standard weight – non fray polyester mix fabric (Colourcraft)
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints in pinks, oranges and yellow (Satin finish: Carrot, Part Streamer, Pollen and Easter Egg. Pearl finish: Tiger Lily and Fruit Punch)
  • Jacquard Lumiere paint with mica – Halo Pink Gold
  • Vallejo Textile Paint – Red and Bengali Rose
  • Badger Airtex Opaque fabric paints – White and Yellow
  • Cut-N-Dry Foam (or sponges)
  • Card – shim for die cutting
  • Fabric to Fabric Matte Decoupage Medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Pinflair Glitter Wand – gold (glitter glue suitable for fabric)

How it was made:

First I used the stamps to create a background along the upper and lower skirt hems, stamping randomly and overlapping some areas. The Martha Stewart and Textile paints are semi translucent and so give subtle results on dark fabrics. I wanted soft results for the background painting. I mixed yellow or white opaque paints in with other colours to create stronger colours for some areas of the stamping along the hem of the upper skirt where I wanted more obvious design detail. Tip: While multi stamping place the stamps face down onto a damp cloth between uses. This helps prevent the paint drying on the stamp. When finished clean the stamps quickly with warm water.

AW Geared Up Skirt 1

I coloured a piece of Evolon randomly with the acrylic colours. When dry I cut out using the dies. From the waste I then cut out some swirly stem shapes using scissors. Tip: add a sheet of card over the fabric when die cutting. This gives the die something to ‘crunch’ into and ensures that it cuts right through. Keep the card cuts for another project.

I used the fabric decoupage glue to glue the flowers and stems onto the skirt front, applied with a brush. Finally I added some dots of glitter glue (suitable for fabric), and left overnight to fully dry.

The paints and glue were then heat set by ironing (making the garment washable). Tip: If you intend to machine was your garment it may be an idea to add some stitching to the applique for added security. It is not essential to over sew all the edge as Evolon is non-fray. Just a few running stitches would be sufficient, or maybe embellish with embroidery.

Fabric Bangle created using the Arianna Blooms Collection from Heartfelt Creations

I used shrink plastic and the Arianna Blooms Stamp and Die Collection to create some lovely beads to embellish a bangle. I was delighted with the results – I hope that you like it.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 1

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 2

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 3

Heartfelt Creations Materials:

Other Materials used:

  • Translucent Polyshrink Plastic (2 X A4 sheets – approx. 21 X 29.5 cm)
  • Evolon Standard weight – non fray polyester mix fabric (Colourcraft)
  • Wire bangle frame approx. 4.5cm deep (Beads Direct)
  • Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints (Martha Stewart – Green Curry, Folk Art – Aqua)
  • Acrylic Textile Paint (Vallejo) – Black
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (Crafters Companion) – blues (IB1, IB3 and BT5), pinks (CR3 and 6), yellow CT1, green (LG5)
  • StazOn Inkpad (Tsukineko) – Jet Black
  • Cut-N-Dry Foam (or sponges)
  • Fine needle, sewing thread and strong beading thread (Nymo D) to co-ordinate
  • Approx. 3mm beads (large enough to cover hole in flower centre) and size 11 seed beads (yellow)
  • Card – shim for die cutting
  • Hole punch
  • Fabric glues – Fabric to Fabric Matte Decoupage Medium (Martha Stewart), Stick & Spray for Fabric (Crafters Companion)
  • Pink velvet ribbon approx. 4cm wide (for backing)
  • Organza gift bag (optional)

How to make it:

  • Stamp the shrink plastic with StazOn ink. Colour the back with alcohol inks, 3 sets in blue and 3 sets in pink. Cut out with the dies. Tip: add a sheet of card over the plastic when die cutting. This gives the die something to ‘crunch’ into and ensures that the plastic cuts right through. Keep the card cuts for another project.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Stamping

  • Punch the flower centres to create a hole and heat shrink with a heat gun. Tip: They will curl up wildly at first, but keep going and they will flatten out when fully shrunk.
  • Colour a piece of Evolon with green paint and stamp with the floral branch and extra leaves using black acrylic paint. Tip: clean the stamps quickly with water to prevent acrylic paint drying in the stamp crevices. Cut out with the matching dies. Add a bit of shading with the green alcohol pen. Tip: using a card shim also helps when cutting out fabrics.
  • Colour another piece of Evolon with aqua paint, large enough to cover the bangle with a wide margin to wrap over the wire edges.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Components

  • Plan out the design area by creasing the fabric over the wire frame. Snip the floral branch and lay out pieces and extra leaves along the middle of the Evolon. Glue down using Stick & Stay spray glue. This is great for flat gluing and it dries quickly.
  • Layout and stack the flowers to work out their arrangement. I took a quick picture so I could remember where to sew them down. Wrap the wire frame and use spray glue to hold the fabric in place. Stitch all around the edges with sewing thread. Make the stitches neat on the front but don’t worry about the back (this will be covered).

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Plan

  • Sew on the flowers with beading thread. Attach them down by sewing from the back, through the centre hole, adding a larger and small bead, and then going back down the larger bead and hole to the back again. For strength stitch through a couple of times and anchor the thread somewhere under the flower (i.e. where not seen on the front) before moving to the next flower.
  • Finally glue down the ribbon to finish the back of the bangle using the decoupage glue. Leave to dry overnight.
  • I used a couple of spare leaves and a flower to decorate an organza gift bag to match.

Birthday Card using the Birds and Blooms Stamps and Dies from Heartfelt Creations

I made this card for a friend on her 91st birthday. I combined papers from the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection with stamps and dies from the Birds and Blooms Collection. Shaping of the die cuts added dimension and depth. The little birdies sitting amongst the floral branches just look so cute.

AW Birds Blooms Card

Heartfelt Creations Materials:

Other Materials used:

  • A5 white card blank (approx. 8.25 inch x 5.75inch, 21 X 15cm)
  • Medium weight white card for mat and die cuts
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die set
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (Crafters Companion) – blues TB1 and 3, browns EB2 and 3, yellow CT3, greens DG1 and 3, plus alcohol blender
  • Distress Inkpad (Stormy Sky)
  • Clear glitter glue, Glossy Accents (Ranger) and PVA pearls (pale blue)
  • PVA glue and 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  • Cut the 7 X 5 inch panel and small square tile from the Cut Mat Create Paper. Coat the tile with Glossy Accents.

AW Birds Blooms Papers

  • Use the tag die to cut the small sentiment tags, and Spellbinders oval die to cut the oval panel from the paper. I cut an extra small tag from white card to personalise my card (handwritten 91 today).
  • Cut a mat from white card and mount the 5 X 7 panel. Ink the edges of the mat and oval with Distress Ink. Glue to the Card front.
  • Stamp the birdies, leaves, branches, flowers and floral branch onto white card. Colour using alcohol markers. Colour outside of the stamped lines to avoid white edges showing after they have been die cut.

AW Birds Blooms Stamps

  • Cut out all the stamped elements with the matching dies and shape using a ball tool and mat. Glue to the card front with 3D glue gel, along with the sentiment tags.
  • Finish with touches of glitter glue and PVA pearls.