Saturday, 18 August 2012

Cupcake on a saucer card - Waltzingmouse Stamps August blog party

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This is the first time I've joined any blog party and have really enjoyed making this card.

In my last post I made a teacup and saucer card and it gave me the idea to change it into a cupcake for this blog party.

I had fun working out which stamps to use for the icing and doily. After stamping the half doilly from Dainty Doillies 2 Small I used the trim from Eat Cake to finish off the icing. The scallops around the trim were punched using a corner punch with the guard removed. The plate is made from the Cheery Lynn English Tea Party die and a circle cut with Nestabilities Big scallop circles with the circle from the Dainty Doillies Large set. The happy birthday is from Frame It.

This card packs flat to fit in an envelope and then stands up for display.

You can join the blog party and find out all of the details here.

STAMPS: Dainty doillies large and small, Eat cake, Frame it - Waltzingmouse Stamps 
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight - Stampin' Up!
INK: Melon Mambo - Stampin' Up!
DIES: English tea party - Cheery Lynn, Big scallop circles - nestabilities
EMBOSSING FOLDERS: Distressed stripes - Cuttlebug

Teacup and saucer card

I've wanted to make these cute cards for ages. I first saw a version here. To make a simpler version I used this template and placed the top edge on the fold before tracing and cutting out. To make cutting the finger hole easier I used an egg shaped punch. The Cheery Lynn English Tea Party doily die really sets off the design I think. I used the Elements of Style stamp set and Not Quite Navy ink and card stock from Stampin' up.

The card packs flat so that it fits in an envelope and stands up for display.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Hand stamped cosmetic purse and sunglasses case

Earlier this year I came across a great Etsy shop called Yardwork where Susan the owner designs and sells, among other items, clear stamp sets that can be used to create repeating patterns. I used them to create the patterned fabric to sew this cosmetic purse and sunglasses case. To give it durability and gloss, I covered the fabric with iron-on vinyl before sewing. It's amazing how 2 stamps can create such a striking pattern. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and now just need to find time to create some more!

When I do any sort of fabric colouring or stamping I use products from Genesis Creations. They have a fabulous range of Australian made and developed non toxic fabric paints and liquid colours for fabric colouring (dyeing).

I have a neat tip for colouring the lining fabric to match the outside design. When I am finished with the small foam roller that I use to apply the paint to the stamps, I soak it in a small container of water. That coloured water is then used to colour/dye the fabric. Genesis Creations fabric paints have a soft base cold cure formulation which means they are colour fast and fully washable after a few days of curing. Curing is as simple as leaving the fabric to dry and sit for a few days. So no nasty chemicals to set the dye and you are using something you would  normally wash down the sink!

I'll include a more detailed post about how to do this within the next few days.

Sunday, 24 June 2012


Hi and welcome to my first foray into the blog world. I really look forward to showing all of my latest ideas and designs. This is a hand dyed kanzashi hair clip that I really enjoyed learning to make.
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