Friday, 10 December 2010

Iron-on glitter and flock fabrics

I love being able to create designs for t-shirts,bags, tablecloths etc (in fact, anything you can iron). I created this design to add an Australian feel to Christmas. I cut it out on my Pazzles electronic cutter. I added it to a black bag as well as a white apron.

If you want to see how it was done I created a YouTube video. Be gentle with your critique as it is my first and way too long. It ends early as well as I think the file was too big even for YouTube.

You can find it by searching for 'Iron-on fabrics with the Stencil Specialists'.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Glitter, foil, flock and Jac.

 Both of these cards were done using glitter and foil on Jac paper. The difference between the two cards is that the first one was using Dreamweaver Stencil LG675 Pine Cones and the second was using the Christmas Doily Cottage Cutz die. Both had Stampee foil used on them and where the foil didn't stick I rubbed black flock powder onto the sticky paper. The copper colour foil is beautiful.
This one was the time consuming card as each small part of the die cut Jac paper was removed before each colour glitter was applied.

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Calendar from my American friend.

This calendar was made and sent to me for my 50th birthday by Donna who lives in San Diego.
I had to share it with you as it showcases Lasting Impressions products as well as Cottage Cutz. There is a lot of work put into this and I will treasure it.

Thank you Donna.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

These are two of my favourite things.

Both are Cottage Cutz dies.

The cat is a 4 x 4 and the ice-cream truck is a double 4 x 4. Both borders have had the same treatment. I punched a strip of pink cardstock along two edges then backed it with double sided Jac paper. Then I added the glitter which went through the holes to give a hint of glitz.

This border is a little glam for the old ice-cream truck but what the heck. I punched the edge of the strip and put it onto a pice of double sided Jac that was wider than the strip.  Then I added the glitter and finished it with the ribbon. The background was dry embossed with  Dreamweaver LJ 890 Flourish background stencil. I also went to the trouble of adding acetate windows and colouring them on the back instead of using paper or cardstock.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Polly's technique

The first card is using a technique I saw at a craft show in the U.S. Polly from Polly's Pals in California was demonstrating it.

The white base card was dry embossed with the pine trees stencil LL570. It was then coloured with pigment ink. I made it fairly dark. I then used clear Embossing Medium through the stencil on a piece of thick vellum 170gsm. While it was wet I sprinkled opal glitter over the image. When it was dry I brushed it down and matched up the images and glued the vellum to the card along the spine with a glue pen. I then added the greeting and the ribbon which was wrapped around the entire front of the card and tied   in a knot.
A very pretty effect isn't it?

This is yet another Cottage Cutz die card inspired by a beautiful card I saw in a Swedish magazine put out by the Magnolia Stamp Company (purchased at a Newsagent). I used one of the new Martha Stewart punch sets to create the lattice work.
The puppy die has a back to it but wasn't needed for this card. Keep an eye out for it done as a back and front card.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Cottage Cutz Gingerbread House

These are pictures of the Limited Edition Gingerbread House which is a triple die set. I used copic markers and ink to colour a lot of the small detail and it still took me 6 hours to complete it. It is set into an 8 x 10 frame so it is quite large.

The second photo is dark as you could see a reflection of me in my P.J's when taken in proper light and nobody wants to see that! (No.....they were perfectly respectable flannelette shirt and pants with hot pink ladybugs on a bright blue background.)

The Christmas shop will be next but don't hold your breath for a completion time. Maybe next Christmas. The gingerbread house
was done whilst I was on a retreat so I had no interruptions.
If you would like to order this one you can contact Craftywitch
direct and they can give you a time frame for delivery as it is
not in their regular line.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Fan and Orchid stencils

 I love the new stencils from Dreamweaver.
The large open fan LJ903 gives so much scope to use with other stencils. The black eyed Susan background LJ902 has become one of my favourites already. On this card I dry embossed the fan then coloured with Stewart Superior Hybrid inks using a finger dauber. I then placed the daisy stencil over the fan stencil and used gold embossing paste through both stencils. I removed the stencils and added gold glitter to the wet medium. When it was dry I brushed the extra glitter away then dry embossed the diamond pattern around the image using the LJ841 Fleur de Lis stencil without the Fleur de Lis. The metal tag is from a Lasting Impressions senti-metals pack which was attached with foam mounting squares.

Isn't this card pretty? It's unfortunate you can't see the transparent stars foil on the plant. I used LL3006 Tall Orchid and coloured with pigment ink and a finger dauber. I went over the design with Versamark, took off the stencil then added Stampee's Stuck on You powder and melted it with a heat gun. Then I put the transparent foil over the image, popped it between two sheets of paper and put it through my laminator. It's amazing how the colours become so much brighter with the foil over the top.
The Double Happiness Character was added using Dreamweavers gold embossing paste. The dragonfly is a brad and the dots for the flight path were done with a glue pen and gold foil.

Both of these cards were done as swaps for the Embossing Exchange which is a group dedicated to the use of metal stencils. There are a few Aussies there as well as at least one Brit that I know of. The main moderator is Canadian but my friend Donna is co-moderator. She is American as most of the other members. They are always looking for new people to swap with so if you would like to join us you would be made very welcome.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Foiled Christmas Pear

This card was created using Dreamweaver stencils, inks and Stampee Transparent foil. The foil is the Mirage pattern which gives a diagonal striped effect. It's a little paler in the picture than in real life and is designed to look very 'Olde Worlde'. The pear was dry embossed onto cream cardstock then coloured with pigment ink. It was then covered with Versamark ink, covered with Stampee heat and bond powder which was then melted with a heat gun. The foil was then placed over the design and run through a pouch laminator (without the pouch) between two pieces of paper. The foil was removed when cool and the other designs were stencilled around the outside of the pear. I filled in the stencilled areas with ink the same colours as the designs to fill them in a bit. Any ink that got onto the pear was removed with a clean cloth. Extra ink was smudged around the edges of the card and in between the designs.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Cottage Cutz

Isn't this Bluebird adorable? He has been placed on acetate in the window. It was difficult to find an insert that didn't detract from the image so I went for a pale blue check. Next time I'll dry emboss the front before I put it together.

 The Gingerbread people come with a boy and girl face stamps. They didn't have buttons either so I used some black adhesive pearls. The hair and lollipop come on a separate die that is one of three available accessories dies for the 'dolls' dies.

 This is another 'dolls' die. the mittens, bow-tie and buttons are included as well as the face stamps but the Santa hat was on the same accessories die I used on the previous card. I added the pearl necklace and earrings with adhesive pearls. The silver foiled blue background paper is an Alison Ellis paper from the latest Christmas range. The snowflake is one of the flakes from a Cottage Cutz die.

 This card was made using the two die Cottage Cutz set. I did it in three sections. First the chimney then Santa and last of all the presents. Cutting out all the parts was time consuming so it will be done with copic markers in future. When I get it done I'll post the picture of the card and you can do a comparison.

I will be in Toowoomba tomorrow doing as stenciling class and a demonstration of the iron-on fabric.........which reminds me, I haven't posted any of the pictures of the samples I have created with this wonderful product. I will remedy this ASAP.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Stencils at last

I finally got to play with this new stencil from Dreamweaver. It is LL3005 Holly Leaf. There are 3 cards that I will be teaching in a class at Stamp Antics in late September.

This first card was embossed, coloured with pigment ink and then I cut the edge away from the design. The red paper insert just makes this pop. The greeting was done on my computer.

I used Dreamweaver Metallic FX powder on this           
one. I've tried both Versamark and Stewart superior
glue pads and the heat activated glue works best.
This card has the black glue under the powders
to give it rich colour.

The third card was created like a glitter card....sort of.
Double sided Jac paper was placed on the card first, then
the soaped stencil was placed on top of that. Foils were
then rubbed into the design areas. Black flock powder
was then rubbed over the entire design to fill in the bits
where the foil wouldn't go. Opal glitter was used on the
rest of the Jac paper once the stencil was removed. I
then dry embossed the background using the new
LG731 Holly Flourish.

Monday, 30 August 2010


I am currently doing sample cards using the Cottage Cutz dies from Craftywitch so expect to see quite a few cards featuring them for a while. I will occasionally slip in a stenciled card. Todays effort is the chickens die.

If you can't read the writing the first one says 'We're expecting!' and the second one says 'Happy Birthday from one old chook to another!'. Insted of cutting tiny pieces of the design with different colour card I did them all in white then coloured them with Copic markers. Quicker than cotton tips and pigment ink.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

This is the Cottage Cutz 'Giraffe' die done in soft pastel colours. I shade all the pieces using pigment ink before I piece them together. Sometimes the area I am shading is big enough for me to use a finger dauber but smaller areas I use either a stencil brush or cosmetic cotton tips. The difference between cosmetic cotton tips and ordinary cotton buds is that one end is pointed so I can get into very small areas and do highlights with white ink on the smallest pieces. If I can get away with it I use adhesive beads for eyes rather than fiddling with tiny cut out dots. Only the head has been raised with foam squares. I print my sayings on my computer. This was inked around the edges so that it stood out from the background.

My very first post

I started this blog at the request of a few of my customers. I think it's a great way to keep everyone I know up to date with where I am and what I'm up to as far as work is concerned. Knowing me I won't be able to stop myself from adding a few personal notes every now and then about my family. However, my main aim is to show new products, share ideas and display pictures of my work. As soon as I get the hang of this I'll be posting pictures of the cards I have created using Cottage Die Cutz.