Wednesday, 28 December 2011

12 days of Christmas Swap 2011


We did this swap again this year, and there were some beautiful things made. This was my effort:


First off I made 12 sheets of silk paper using Cocoon Strippings. You lay these out on a piece of baking parchment, spray with water cover with another sheet of baking paper and iron until dry. Once they were dry I painted them with a thinned down acrylic pearl paint and again allowed to dry. I stamped using a foam stamp and metallic acrylics, and then, using a different stamp, stamped a smaller design using Stazon. When this was dry , the whole sheet was painted again, using a watered down silk paint, in  similar colours to the paints already used.


                    Silk Paper Sheets for Xmas Swap    


I then free machine embroidered around the larger stamp designs, and did a little hand stitching on some of the sheets.


                       close up atc holder  


The sheets were then cut to size and lined using some of my hand coloured fabrics attached using bond-a-web.

Once that was done I satin stitched around the edges. I now had my covers ready. Next step was cutting and folding the pages from hand made papers. I attached the pages with a wide zig-zag stitch and ribbon.

                          attahed pages


I then used double sided tape to attach plastic ATC holders to each page, and cut some metallic paper to pop into them.


The finishing touches were to add the fastenings, and I used Polymer clay pieces and ribbons, which I  attached with Golden Gel Medium.


                    silk paper atc holder 2




    I also made an ATC, to go along with this:


                            Christmas 2011 ATC


              Here they are, all wrapped and ready to go:


                        all wrapped up



Jan Hoefler and I arranged a tag swap just for the 2 of us. It was great fun and here are the tags I made.



       Tag5                 Tag6 

         Tag1              Tag2

        Tag3            Tag4



More alphabet ATCs

ATCQQ , a mini quilt ATC. Various toned fabrics cut into squares, joined and  free machine embroidered.


ATCRR for Romance, silk paper background, lace and a romantic image.


ATCS S for silk paper, stitch and sequins.


ATCTT – it takes two to Tango, embellished background, image printed onto silk and funky foam letters, painted with Viva Ferro.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Autumnal Colours Fabric Postcard

  Made this today for a swap.

                        Autumnal Colour Postcard          

The background was made using silk tops and  non-fusible Angelina Fibres covered with  organza and felted using the embellisher machine. The photograph is one of my own which I played about with in Photoshop Elements , and then adding the quote. I printed it out onto some plain white fabric (poly cotton maybe). The flower was made from various pieces of fabric die cut using a Tim Holtz Die and then stamped with Olive Green and Pumpkin Stazon Inks. This was attached securely and then a wooden button was stitched into place. A couple of beads were then added and the button coloured with Treasure Gold (Spanish Topaz). I used Pelmet Vilene for the backing and machine stitched around using a zig-zag stitch.


Thursday, 3 November 2011

3 more ATCs from the same piece of fabric.





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Monday, 31 October 2011

Playing with fabrics

Last week I decided to have a play with fabrics and my embellisher. I dragged out lots of fabric bits in blues and greens and then got out the embellisher. Oops, I had a problem, my foot control was not working, and there was an ominous rattle when I shook it. So no embellisher, I decided that I would have to sew instead.

This is what I did :random stitchingsI randomly stitched bits of fabric together, using different stitches and either green or blue thread. I stitched on some thick threads too.

I then decided to add some coloured copper curls and to cover the whole piece with some blue organza, which  was attached using the darning foot and free stitching.


                                   covered with enamelled copper curls and blue organza,


Here is what I did with some of the piece:


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Beaded inches , using jewels and a couple of circular paper clips, which I hand stitched around. I hand stitched leaves and stems for the flower jewels. I attached them to pelmet Vilene, which on reflection was a little to thick, as I couldn’t stich around the edges. To neaten them I added some cord, which I attached with white glue.

I also made these:


I hope those who receive these in a swap will like them.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Alphabet ATCs–O and P


Latest alphabet swap ATCs.


O is for Opals embossing powders. These are nice thick crystals, which are not brittle when used to make tiles. I used black for the first two layers, and then sprinkled different colours for the last layer. Whilst it was still hot, I stamped into it with a Tim Holtz stamp. I  then added the sunflower to finish it off.



P is for Pear. I stamped the pear onto a piece of dyed cotton and attached it to the same dyed cotton as a background. The word pear I hand stitched (!) using a simple chain stich. The rest of the stitching was done by machine, with the thick thread in the bobbin (ie stitched from the back). I mounted the whole lot onto a piece of pelmet vilene and zig –zag stitch around it. To finish of  I painted on a little Jo Sonja’s Gold dust for subtle highlights.



Sunday, 23 October 2011

Conjoined ATCs

For this swap we had to make 3 ATCs that were joined together in some way. This is what I did.

                        Joined ATCs

Proverb ATCs

Three ATCs I made for a swap.


Proverbs 1Proverbs 2Proverbs 3 closedProverbs 3 open

Odd Sized Art


Not really an odd size, but Pauline very kindly sent me some plastic holders that were sized approx. 6.5 cms x 13.5 cms, so I arranged a swap to utilise these. Each participant would receive a holder back, along with her ‘odd sized’ art.

Here are the pieces that I made for this swap. I think we will be doing it again in the new year, as we did not do backs.




Odd size6Odd size 1Odd size 2Odd size 3Odd size 4Odd size 5

These were really great fun to do.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Silk Tie Phone Case


                              Embroiderd silk phone case - made from a tie



This was made from a silk tie I picked up in a charity shop. I took it apart and there is a LOT more fabric in a tie than I realised!

I cut out a pattern , backed the silk with a medium vilene , and did some random stitching with a Maderia metallic thread.  I then used bondaweb to attach a silk lining. I cut around the whole thing to get the correct size, folded it , and then stitched around the sides and edges of the flap.  The closure gave me some problems, but eventually I settled on a pop –fastener.

Luckily it fitted the phone it was intended for Smile


ATCs with Moveable Parts–Part 3



                      Moveable Parts 3

These were made using a stencilled moulding paste background. The stamp is one I have had for ages, not sure where it came from though.

ATCs with Moveable Parts–Part 2


                       Moveable Parts 2

I had the background for these ATCs in my stash. They’d been made for a different swap, but I changed my mind(not unusual!) They were stamped, and embossed using Distress embossing powders.

The gears are diecuts, which I coloured using Viva Ferro Paint (Iron). They were then attached with brads and the words printed on my Dymo machine.