Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shirt revamp #2

 Following on from my last post I thought I'd show the second shirt I made from my bargain buy.

Starting with this $2 shirt....

I sketched this eagle picture onto paper and cut it out with a craft knife to create a stencil.

I painted the design onto the shirt by dabbing some black fabric paint over the stencil.

After I lifted off the stencil, I flicked and splattered some watered down fabric paint over the eagle design. I love doesn't matter if you make a mess!

The finished design...

As you can see, it really doesn't take much to jazz up your plain old shirts.  Why not give it a go!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shirt revamp #1

So while out and about shopping for some affordable kids clothes, I came across two of these shirts at $2 each.

Great price - the only trouble was they seemed just a little dull...  so I decided I would jazz them up a little!

I got out my fabric paint and went in search of some stamps (thanks tan!).  I was going for a grungy look so I found a cross-hatch stamp and stamped with some watered-down black fabric paint.  I also splattered some paint with my paintbrush and squeezed the paintbrush for the larger droplets.

My son has wanted a 'Team Amber' shirt for a while so I grabbed my old foam alphabet stamps 

and started stamping TEAM when tragedy struck!! I stamped the E back-to-front......aaaaaaargh!

I could have gone for a funky 'I meant to do that' look but I think it would have looked strange so I ended up painting and splattering over it then re-stamping the right way around.

To do the 'Amber' text I wanted a hand-written type of text so I found a font I liked and printed out the text from my computer.

On the back of some cotton material, I ironed some Vliesofix  (Bondaweb) just bigger than my text and transferred the writing to it (reversed).  Then cut it out...

I then peeled off the backing and ironed it onto the shirt.

 Then stitched around the outline.

All done...xxxooo

Just like a bought one  :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Birthday celebrations and two-tone icing tutorial

My little man Nathaniel was 5 yesterday!!
It seemed like he had a week long celebration with cupcakes at preschool Wednesday then cupcakes at Early Intervention Friday then more cake with the family yesterday....he loved it!

Here are the cupcakes we took to Early Intervention.

The group had really loved reading a fire engine book earlier in the week and always love the fireman puzzles so we went with fire engine cupcakes.

I wanted to make the icing look like fire so I used yellow and red two tone icing.  The fire engine was made from fondant and white chocolate

How I made the two tone icing:
1.  Mix up two (or more) different colours of icing (I just used a buttercream icing).

2.  I used a medium star nozzle with my piping bag (see pic below).

3.  I then spooned one colour down half of the piping bag and the other colour down the other half.  

I forgot to take a photo so I drew up this diagram of what it kinda looked like when I put the icing in the piping bag, although mine was nowhere near as neat as this...
NB.  I have seen some tutorials that put the different coloured icing into separate piping bags (that don't have nozzles) and then put those bags into another piping bag (with nozzle) and pipe that way which probable gives a more uniform finish but seems like too much cleaning up to me.

4.  Pipe out some icing (onto a plate or small bowl) until the desired two-tone effect comes through.

5. Starting from the outside of the cupcake, spiral around until you reached the centre. 
NB.  If it doesn't come out how you want, just scrape it off and try again.

Here are the cupcakes that Nanny made...

Nathaniel just LOVES Mario so Nanny (and Poppy) printed out some Mario images, laminated them and stuck them onto sticks to make Mario cupcake toppers (and because Nanny is so good she did 3 colours in her icing).  The best thing was they made 2 of each image so now he has a set of Mario cards that we can play snap or memory with....great idea Nanny and Poppy!!

The last cake was a dinosaur cake to have with the family after dinner...

The dinosaurs were shaped from fondant....and didn't last very long!
poor dinosaur!
Well we are definitely caked out for the time being!  luckily we have another couple of months before our next birthday celebrations. 

If the instructions aren't clear or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Happy creating!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heart Cards - Harrisons Little Wings Appeal

During the week, I have been making some cards for the new Heart Cards appeal for Harrisons Little Wings Charity. 
For those of you who don't know about HEART CARDS, it is an ongoing project set up by Shazz Pratten and is "set up to give communities that have been affected by devastating events, such as natural disasters; and community groups, a way to say "Thank You" to those who have helped them out in times of need." (description taken from the Heart Cards blog).

In this particular appeal Shazz is collecting cards for Harrisons Little Wings.  This is such a touching tell you a bit more here is an excerpt taken from the Heart Cards blog:

On September 14, 2010 a little boy was born.His name was Harrison.
On September 15, 2010, Harrison died.

Instead of taking Harrison home from the hospital, his family took home a box of memories that the Mater Mothers Hospital had kindly made up for them. This included Harrison’s monitor wiring, his foot prints, sunnies and ear muffs - just to name a few.

Being an avid scrapbooker, Mel, Harrison’s Mum, has started making 6 x 6 albums of scrapbooking pages to be included in the boxes, for other Angel families to take home in their boxes..
Mel has found scrapbooking Harrison’s photos a form of therapy, and a wonderful way to preserve the very special photos her family holds dear.

You can read more about Harrison’s fight for life here –
And more about the Harrison’s Little Wings Charity here –

Heart Cards would like to help these families say thank you to the medical staff; support staff, family and friends who have helped them through a very sad and difficult time in their lives.

We are asking paper crafters to please make 10 thank you or blank cards to be given to families of these little angels.
Please be mindful that these cards are for grieving families so use appropriate papers and embellishments.
Personally I think the more simple the card and design, the better in this case.
Please make the cards non-gender specific; i.e. no boy or girl cards.
A paper butterfly is placed on the door of the rooms where families have lost a baby so a butterfly may be an appropriate embellishment on your cards.
Feel free to enclose 10 postage stamps which will be divided between packs depending on the number we receive.

Cards MUST be made to the size of approx 10cm x 15cm - fits a C6 envelope - (landscape or portrait aspect) to allow ease of packing and also to allow them to fit into the boxes given to the families.
If you use a card with a shiny surface, please add an insert into the card to allow ease of writing.
Please do not put postage stamps on the envelopes.
All cards will be accepted but may be put aside for future appeals if they are deemed to be inappropriate for this appeal.

Please forward your cards to Shazz Pratten, 9 Windsor Court, Goonellabah, NSW, 2480 by July 29.
The cards you send will be repackaged and delivered to Mel to placed in the boxes given to the families of these tiny angels.

You can keep up to date with the Harrison’s Little Wings Appeal via our blog -

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause.

The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool;
the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people.
--De Frain, 1991

Here are some examples of the cards I have made for this wonderful project.  I have kept them very simple.

If you are a papercrafter, can I encourage you to create some cards for this very worthwhile project.  Or if you aren't into card making but want to help out, I'm sure Shazz would gladly receive donations of postage stamps to help with postage costs.

If you need a starting point, I've included a simple sketch based on the cards I have made.
Happy creating!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wedding embellishments and a quick tutorial

A couple of months ago my beautiful sister Jess got married to her handsome hubby Kiel and they asked me to help make some things for the wedding - table number cards, seating lists, and labels for the lolly buffet jars (which was soooooo yummy!!). 

Here's a pic of me and my lovely sisters all done up (which doesn't happen very often for me).
Me, Jess, Anita

She wanted things kept very simple and with a theme roughly based on 'secret garden-y' I designed the items around this. 
Here are some of the finished projects...

Seating lists.
Seating lists were displayed in the foyer as guests arrived at the reception.

Lolly Buffet labels

Table numbers

As a little extra decoration, I made some little butterflies to go on the wine glasses for the reception tables.  They looked so pretty when they were all set up  :)

So here's an easy little tutorial on how to do them...
These are soooo easy and is an idea that can be used for any party or special occasion - especially for those girly get togethers!

You will need:
  • a butterfly punch (I have used a 2 inch punch).
  • paper / cardstock
  • scissors
  • optional embellishments (eg glitter, embossing powders etc)

Step 1.  Take your punch and cardstock and punch out your butterflies.

Step 2.  Embellish as desired.  To do mine, I have swiped the edges with a VersaMark inkpad, added embossing powder then heated.  If you don't have embossing powders you can easily just add glitter or ink around the edges or alternatively just leave them as is!

Step 3.  Cut a slit for the butterfly to sit on the glass edge.  To do this just fold the butterfly in half and snip with your scissors as shown below.

slip onto your glass and you are done!

Hope this adds that something a little extra to your next party!

Happy creating!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Reflective journaling ...

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get away for the weekend with some great friends.  I spent this time reading, reflecting, eating chocolate :) and had a go at some journaling. 

Here's my first attempt, reflecting on Matthew 10:29-31.

I used Smooch Spritz, Distress Inks, stamps and journaling pens...

I love the shimmer of the Smooch Spritz (hopefully you can see it in the photos).

and another attempt...this time using mainly watercolour pencils and journaling pens...
This one was very basic but I found the whole process very therapeutic.  There's something about creating as an outlet and expression and not having to meet any deadlines.  It was more about the process and not the finished product. 
Anyway...enough rambling -  will definitely be doing it again!

I so enjoyed my 'time out' but when I got home reality met me at the front step (quite literally) and had me thinking.....when is the next weekend away!

Take care and happy creating!