Monday, 26 December 2011

Small cell honeycomb paper

Our newest product for the coming year is our small cell honeycomb paper. It is available in 10 colours and can be used to enhance any card for any occasion. here are a few ideas.

This first card was printed using Lasting Impression software. I created a template by tracing the parts of the design I wanted to pop out when the card was opened. I am aware that the black and yellow bands are not exact but in real life you don't notice because there is a coloured print under the paper.

This second card was created the same way but I used a Nitwit Collections software design. Most of the designs I use this way are not symmetrical but it doesn't matter that you can see some small areas of the printing.

I really like this one. Only his mustache was honeycombed but it makes a big impact.

Most people enjoy plum pudding. I certainly do. The one thing I took away from doing this card is to keep the design s simple. There are a few drips down the sides of this pudding that just weren't necessary and don't show well anyway.

I actually stenciled and coloured this one by hand. You can draw, stencil or stamp your designs. Keep in mind that any design you choose will have to be symmetrical and rounded otherwise it just won't work.

So what is different from our honeycomb paper to that which you can get from party supply stores? The size of the cells. The cells are 1/4" instead of 1". That means you get more honeycombing happening for small designs. You cannot open our honeycomb paper 360 degrees like you can normal honeycomb. You know how Christmas bells open out to create a full bell well you can't do that with the small cell paper unless you glue two identical pieces together back to back as it opens out 180 degrees. Perfect for inside cards.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as you celebrated the season with family and friends. As you can see I am back to work as I took quite a bit of time off before Christmas. I hope you all get to relax and rest  before the next year arrives.

Health and happiness to you all,

Friday, 25 November 2011

Christmas Carousel

I have been playing with Cottage Cutz dies again. I love the way this one turned out and thought I'd share it with you. now that I have done it as a Christmas card I am looking forward to creating a pretty birthday card with it.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

First Grandchild.

I would like to announce the safe arrival of our first Grandchild. Ian and I are the proud Grandparent of a little boy, Jackson Peter Arthur Makela. He arrived 12th October, 7lb 4oz or 3750g and 52cm long.

Isn't he beautiful?                                                                       


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Diamonds are a grils best friend.

I love a challenge, don't you?
Liz from The Scrap N Patch in Toowoomba asked me to come up with a few display cards to show her customers various ways you can use the Dreamweaver Diamond background stencil (LJ882). Of course you can do these following techniques with other combinations of stencils. You are only limited by your imagination. However, having said that we all have imaginations that can be given a little push by something we see. This is called inspiration. I hope the following cards inspire you.

 This card was created with foils, flock and glitter on Jac paper. You can see previous posts for the explanation on how this is done.
I used LL568 Grape Cluster for the main image. LS96 Hello was embossed with black embossing medium (paste).
The difference here is that before the opal glitter was added after the grape stencil was removed the diamond background stencil was placed over the top of the Jac paper. You have to secure it with tape or glitter will sneak under the stencil. The opal glitter was added then the diamond stencil removed. I finished it with gold glitter. It works best with fine line designs.

This card is called faux tiling which I learned from Lynell who owns Dreamweaver stencils.
The diamond background stencil is dry embossed first. The flower stencil (LG625) was then embossed through the first stencil. The flower was then coloured with ink and light blue ink was smudged around the flower. I removed the flower stencil and cleaned the ink from the diamond stencil (slip a piece of paper between the stencil and the paper to help prevent smudging more colour onto the background of the design).
Use clear embossing ink with a large finger dauber all over the image through the diamond stencil. Remove the stencil and add clear embossing powder and melt with a heat gun. I used ultra thick and it gives the look of a hand made tile. You can add another layer to get a clear glossy finish.

The Kimono (LG634) was dry embossed and then double embossed with the Dragon (LL588). The dragon was coloured with ink and then removed. The diamond background stencil was then placed over the Kimomo and the back panel was dry embossed and then coloured very lightly with pale blue ink. The background stencil was then removed and the rest of the Kimono was coloured. You don't see very well in the picture but the diamond areas were then puffed up with a shaping tool on a soft pad the create a quilted look. It was then cut out leaving a fine white border around the edges and mounted with foam tape onto the beautiful panel of foiled paper from Alison Ellis.

This was done by taping around the edges of the card first. The Grape Cluster was dry embossed and coloured. The diamond background was placed over the image and softly stenciled with purple and green ink. Note: it is not dry embossed. I didn't go over the grapes at all as I wanted to create a halo effect. When the tape is removed there is no need to mat the image as you have already created a frame.

I hope you are inspired enough to try a couple of these ideas yourself.


Monday, 29 August 2011

Stencilling on foiled paper

This is Dreamweaver LL3017 Cameo stencil dry embossed onto Alison Ellis foiled music note paper.
I coloured the image with black pigment ink before removing the stencil. The ink was then wiped off the foil. I added dots of graduating sized pearls with the Viva paint Pearl Pen on each side of the single dark red rose. A cream bow was added just under the rose.The black mat was created with Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Square die. I dry embossed the front of a square card with Dreamweaver LJ820 Flower Lace background stencil. Red and black ink was added around the outer edges.

This card was done exactly the same way as the first only using Dreamweaver LG676 French Horn and Alison Ellis cream and gold foiled script paper. I finished the card with a piece of cram and gold lace ribbon and large gold self adhesive metal dots. Three cream paper roses were added to the design over the middle of the embossed bow.

I hope you like these as much as I do.

Have fun crafting.


Monday, 23 May 2011

Coloured aluminium sheets

I know, two posts in one day! Incredible. LOL.

We are the Australian distributors for MercArt. So far we have a small selection of tools and alumimum sheets but I am still learning how to use them. That involves a level of trial and error as I don't have access to the classes run by MercArt in the States. You can use a stamp on the back of the metal sheets or your own design with a permanent marker but the easiest way is to use a metal stencil. If you aren't into hand tooling then you can always use an embossing folder. Her are a few of my practice pieces.

 This is a stamped image with an embossed stencil background. When I sanded the gold colour off the design I then coloured the raised sections with copic markers.
The lesson I learned with this one is to let the filler dry before trying to sand or do anything else as you can knock the puff out of your design. The teapot is a bit flatter now than when I sanded. I used the MercArt filler which hardens as it dries. Don't let the crust fool you as it can look dry but still be liquid underneath. Patience is the key.
 This is the same gold sheet but coloured with alcohol inks before being embossed. The colour is then sanded from the raised sections. I filled the back of this one with clear embossing medium and it worked well. I was happy with this one.
 For this card I used a stencil for the bee as well as the background. Again I used copic markers to highlight the design and filled the back with embossing MercArt filler as the design is a lot deeper and it definitely dries harder than the embossing medium. I did the extra swirls with a glue pen and foil. The sentiment is done with black embossing medium and a Dreamweaver stencil.

This is a close up of the bee.
The border is created with a decorative wheel.                              

If you want to do a class with me on these techniques let me know. I would prefer if you come to me rather than me traipsing all over the countryside. Let me know if the June long weekend would suit those of you who are store owners.


Sunday, 17 April 2011


Hi everyone. This week I was inspired from two different sources. One was the Magnolia Stamps magazine and the other was Cristina Re papers.
I love the elegance of the Cristina Re papers and I knew I could create stunning backgrounds for my cards similar in look to these with Dreamweaver stencils.

I used a lustre cardstock with Dreamweaver
LX 7001 Tapestry stencil with white embossing medium. The motif was cut out of the same cardstock with a nestabilities die and shaded around the perimeter with blue ink before using white embossing medium and LL 3011 Lovebirds heart. Glitter was added to the lovebirds while the medium was wet. The dry motif was mounted onto the card with foam squares after the ribbon with rhinestone buckle was attached to the topper and then affixed to the white card base. It was then just a matter of adding the embellishments.

I was tempted to add more to this card but I think it would have been too much of a good thing so I let the elements speak for themselves. I masked off the perimeter of the card with low tack white tape before I started then added the design with black embossing medium on gold metallic cardstock. This design is the same as the Tapestry stencil on the first card but in actual fact the stencil is smaller and is called Damask LJ 907. The actual size of the pattern is also smaller than Tapestry. I wanted to add black flock to this but couldn't lay my hands on it before the medium had started to dry.
I finished the card with a strip of black cardstock then mounted the rhinestone buckle which had silver edged and plain black organza bows threaded through it onto the black strip.

Both of these cards were simple in construction and design but I think they are both beautiful even if I do say so myself. Having beautiful stencils to work with helps a lot.


Monday, 28 February 2011

Dreamweaver Plaid stencil LX7002

I did this card before I went to CHA. I used to do something similar years ago with another brand but it was made from plastic and the lines kept moving. Now I have this one and boy am I happy. It is large enough to do the whole front of a card without having to lift it. Expect to see many more tartan designs in the future.

I used LJ907 Damask with silver Embossing medium and silver glitter on the black card. The silver strip at the bottom is double sided tape with the same glitter over it.
I dry embossed the LL594 Open Bird onto white cardstock then did random blocks of colour using a finger dauber through the stencil with pigment ink.
I masked one of the larger stripes on the Plaid stencil to allow enough colour to come through and using black ink I added the stripes through the two stencils then again after turning the stencil 90 degrees.
You could get way more pedantic than me by making the blocks of colour on the bird stencil match the stripes exactly. It depends on how much work you want to put into it.

Quite frankly I don't have the time or inclination to get that fussy. I think it looks great as it is. What do you think?


Owl and Puppy Cottage Cutz

I don't know if you have guessed this or not, but I have a love affair going with die cuts, especially Cottage Cutz dies.Craftywitch has all of the designs I put on this blog for sale to you retailers. How can you resist?

I used a deckle edged rectangle for the night sky and a plain circle for the moon. I wish you could see how he wobbles on his branch. I used a new style of spring I found at CHA to mount him onto. Just brilliant.

This die is a double set with lots of little pieces. It makes it easier if you break down the image into sections. For example, I did each puppy then the box before I put it all together. Fiddly but not difficult and look at the result.

Check out the Craftywitch website to see all the other great designs they have in stock.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Back from CHA

Hi everyone.

I had a great time in the States and met some lovely people at CHA. I enjoyed my time showing Dreamweaver Dream Team designers, reps and store owners my latest foil techniques with stencils.
Here are a few more cards using these techniques with the new Rooster stencil LG732.

The first two cards were done on a base of Jac paper.
I used small amounts of different coloured foils on the first design
before filling it in with black flock. Notice one short edge of the Jac was punched first.
I only ever use opal glitter on the background after the stencil is removed as other colours muddy the image and can even make your image disappear into the background.

This card was done exactly the same as the last one only I used only
one colour of foil. In this instance it is the Copper foil.

 This card is done differently. I dry embossed the image and then coloured it with pigment inks. I removed the stencil and covered the image with 'Stuck on You' powder from Stampee. The powder was then melted with a heat gun. Transluscent foil in the Water pattern was placed over the image and run through a heated pouch laminating machine (without the pouch) between 2 pieces of copy paper. The foil was then removed quickly after it had cooled.
I then dry embossed around the outside of the rooster to add extra dimension.

This was done exactly the same as the previous card only I used different coloured inks. Instead of dry embossing the background I sprayed the card with Blue Hawaiian Memories Mist. The foil acts as a resist so you can wipe the image down and not affect the image.

This card was done the same way as the last two only Silver Bubbles foil was used on black card. You don't have to colour the image first if using a solid colour foil so I used the Palette brand glue pad but you can use Versamark. Note: you do have to dry emboss though.

More to come in the following days using the newest Dreamweaver stencils.
Have a great day,

Monday, 3 January 2011

Sneak Peak

 After a time of rest and relaxation I suppose it's back to work!

I have been busy creating sample cards for the Dreamweaver stand at CHA which is being held in Los Angeles at the end of this month. I will be spending time on both the Dreamweaver and Stampee stand showing their customers and designers how I use their products. I use stencils and foils together but not all the time so I won't be doing exactly the same things on each stand.

The tie stencil is one of newest in the Dreamweaver range which will be released at CHA The first design uses ink to colour and Stampee transluscent foil to add the shiny rainbow effect.

The second sample card uses the new 
Heritage background design on the tie
but this time with the addition of solid gold foil.

This sample differs by using the new Stripes Background stencil to add the design which was then coloured with pigment ink. To add the foiled stripes I used thin strips of Jac paper in the centre of the widest stripes then pressed the foil over the exposed sticky areas. The base cardstock has a pinstriped texture and is a metallic colour which made a great suit effect to mount the tie and 'shirt' topper on to.

I hope the New Year is good to all of you.