Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer time tag with burnishing paste.

Summer is here and with the versatile sticker range from Chiswick you can create gorgeous summer projects! So this week I wanted to create a tag with some pastel undertones – light and fresh. What essentially started off as a dark base turned out to be just perfect once i added some Burnishing paste to tone down things a bit.

I started off by creating a patterned background using Gesso and a Heidi Swapp stencil.
 i then added some colours using dye inks – brown, orange, green and yellow combined. I left the ink to dry completely highlighting the Gesso stenciling.
 Next up is where the magic really happens – I covered the entire piece of cardstock using Metallic Bronze Burnishing paste from Chiswick. The colours are still visible but toned down with a beautiful bronze shimmer to them.
 I added some background stamping using a script stamp from this gorgeous stamp set.
 and lastly i stamped some feathers onto the technique scraps created for my background. I used my versatile Chiswick scissors for the fine detailed cutting.
 i used the range of stickers to assemble my tag together with my stamped feathers and some embellishments.

 dimensional stickers combined with borders and flowers – delightfully summery!

I used these wonderful projects for my summer tag – available from your nearest craft store or visit to view all the products.
Craft Guillotine 6.25″
Burnishing Paste 25ml BronzeA2 Cutting Matt
Embroidery scissors
Embossed stickers
Layered stickers
until next time – I hope your summer is amazing!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Silhouette CAMEO home décor project.

I am constantly amazed by the possibilities of the Silhouette CAMEO®. I always knew it would be the one thing that can be used in a million different ways – but now I am living it. So this week I wanted to create something using vinyl, but since it meant a trip to the shops I settled for something I can do here and now using my American Crafts smooth black cardstock until I can get to the shops. 

I wanted to create two little wooden vintage looking plaques for our dogs. I had the wood and with some cardstock I would set about making these cute little wooden signs in no time at all using the Silhouette CAMEO®
I started off by importing a Jack Russell silhouette image into my library.
I wanted to cut to of the same images but the one inverted from the other one simply because I have another project in mind, and simply flipping the cut image over would not work for this purpose.
So I went to my Object menu and clicked onto the Replicate tab, and then selected Mirror right – this flipped my image over so that my doggie was now facing left instead of right – so cool in a simple click.
 I then dragged my images where I wanted them and deleted the extra images.
i t hen traced my images by selecting both images and then clicked the trace outline button.
  deleted my black images which left me with my red outlines only – my cutting lines.
 Once I was happy with that I loaded my cutting medium, black smooth American Crafts cardstock and cut my images.
 I kept the cut out paper, which created instant stencils for me to use on my next project I have planned.

The silhouette images I am going to use for my plague is going to be adhered to a piece of wood. I used my Tombow Mono Multi adhesive and added a thin layer all around the image, and left it to dry until the glue was totally clear and tacky.

  • TIP: did you know that leaving Tombo Mono Multi to dry on a surface and then adhering it makes if a temporary adhesive that you can lift and re-apply several times – so we made our own sticky backed stencils.
 Once the glue was dry I adhered my image and painted my brown chalk paint over it, being careful not to apply too much paint otherwise it might run under my cardstock image.
 Once the brown was dry I added a layer of cream chalk paint and left that to dry.
 Once the cream chalk paint was dry I used my Couture Creations paper piercer to catch the cardstock image and lift one end of it carefully.
 I then carefully lifted my image off of the painted block of wood.
 Lastly I sanded and distressed the plaque and added layers of dark and clear was to seal the paint and add a nice vintage finishing touch.
This was a fun project to make, and although I didn’t have my vinyl, I could easily adjust it slightly by creating cardstock silhouette images to use instead.
If you are looking for images to cut, a quick Google search for FREE doggie silhouette images helped me out this time around. Products used in this project

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bleached out stamped images - did you know you can bleach Distress Stains and ink?

So, did you know you can bleach out Distress Stain and Inks? bet you didn't! well
last year i was pushed to the limits and wanted to see if the ink and stain from ranger would bleach? Because that's what a girls does right? Right!
I was amazed and smitten with the outcome - so today let me share another little card i did for Chiswick using one of their beautiful stamps to bleach out.

So last week i used bleach on the Chiswick cardstock and loved the effect – this week I am using their stamps together with some inks to create a beautiful and pretty card for someone special.
Sometimes all you need is a gorgeous image and some scraps of paper to create with. I create a coloured background using inks and then stamped my bodice image in black in onto the coloured cardstock. I then used bleach and a paintbrush to colour some portions of the dress dummy – the bleach, bleached out the ink on the background highlighting the stamped image – and making it the focal point of my card.

I absolutely love this effect! A few key embellishments, machine sewing and a stamped sentiment is all i needed to finish off this card.
The main focal point of my card remains in tact, and my embellishments supports the theme rather than distracting from it.
 The more bleach you add the whiter the ink will go!
The darker your inked background is the better the image will bleach and the more amazing the effect will be - warning: this is addictive!
Tips and tricks:
remember to use a black permanent ink pad to stamp with, otherwise the bleach will also bleach out your stamped image totally.
Return unused bleach to it’s opaque bottle once done – when bleach comes into contact with light, it looses it’s functionality.
Avoid working with bleach when you are wearing new or dark coloured clothes....just don't
Just a warning - i tried this technique on many different cardstocks, and my technique cardstock works the best!

What have you used your Chiswick stamps for lately?
Hop on over to the Chiswick website at
to view their stunning range of stamps to create your next project with!

PS: and here's my first card i did using the bleach on distress stains

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Die-cut Vintage cards.

I can hardly believe time has flown by so quickly - but am delighted to be on the blog once again!
Todays post is all about combining die-cuts out of different materials and adding some mixed media to it as well. What started off as a mess and took hours to dry in the end turned out to be a fun experiment in texture and pattern.
I started off by cutting the lattice lace die Tied Together | CO723249 die out of a sheet of old book paper, as well as a sheet of double sided cardstock. For the old book paper cut i used my scissors to cut a piece out of the center and chucked the frame portion
I then added some Gesso to another sheet of old book paper and adhere the cardstock cut to the top of that.
I tehn adhered the cut portion of book paper Lace die on top of the colored cardstock die slightly off-set. I added some sewing and also a focal point to the front of my card using the 1950’s Albert & Simonetta | CO723719 die.
I embossed the 1950's die-cut in sparkle black embossing powder for a silhouette look.
 I adhered them to the front of my card and added a simple stamped sentiment. some sewing around the edges finishes off my vintage looking 1950's card.

After i had all my die-cut lace pieces done, i was left with loads of diamond shaped pieces - and because something can be wasted i started on another project. I simply added a thick layer of gesso to a scrap piece of cardstock and then started placing the diamond pieces randomly into the gesso.
Now it's just a matter of waiting for it to dry and then i can add some more creative bits for another card with gorgeous dimension.
Couture Creations Products used:

Tied Together | CO723249
1950’s Albert & Simonetta | CO723719 die.
15 x 15 Cutting Mat ^Premium Craft Tools Couture Creations handheld tools

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