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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Stampers' Sampler Spring 2013 in SnC

The much-anticipated results of our Dress Template Challenge are in, and we think you’ll agree with us that they do not disappoint! 

From eye-catching embellishments to perfectly paired color palettes, each dress is sure to inspire you to rethink this simple shape. 

Articles in this Spring ’13 edition run the gamut, from cards showcasing a flawless antiquing technique, to a circus-themed collection that is awe-inspiring, and even a stylish and chic set of table place cards that you’ll want to duplicate for your next special gathering. 

We’re also excited to announce that following a short hiatus, our Themeless section is back and better than ever! This issue is jam-packed with creative inspiration for you to try.

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Click HERE to get your copy now.

Don't forget to check the wide range of Stampington & Co publications available in too!

SnC May 2013 Crop.Arty with Dr. Soo Ling Koh-Howard

If you're into mini albums, this May 2013 Crop.Arty at is for you!

Formerly an Associate Professor at a university, Dr. Soo Ling was actively involved in promoting craftwork among youths in Subang Jaya and Kuala Lumpur for 10 years prior to to moving to Ireland where she resides with her family.

Her passion continues despite leaving our shores as she continues to conduct craft workshops for adults in County Clare. Specialising in paper craft, acrylics and needle craft, Dr. Soo Ling writes - out from Ireland - for the New Straits Times, where she has a fortnightly column. 

As she'll be in town this May, Dr. Soo Ling will be conducting a Crop.Arty at on 11th May 2013 between 2 pm to 5 pm.

She will be guiding us through a 16-page mini album; an art form she simply loves as:

"Mini albums make fantastic scrapbooking gifts for friends or family that they'll love and treasure always. You can showcase only the best photos of any major event and the pages have lots of pockets, tags, pull-outs, doors and little hidden treasures. Making your own mini album gives you such a sense of accomplishment. You can easily complete one in an afternoon or a weekend."

As for the creation she'll be sharing, here what Dr. Soo Ling has to say:

"When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black and white. Black, and its opposite white represent polarities.

Black is cloaked in mystery. It symbolizes protection, power and elegance. Its dramatic presence denotes strength and authority. A black Mercedes, a black suit and a little black dress all evoke strong emotions.

White on the other hand is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and safety. It is considered to be the colour of perfection. Remember the days of the black and white photography and films?

Though different, these two colours co-exist in perfect harmony."

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Craft Blog:

New Straits Times Published articles: 

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11th MAY 2013

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location's Scrap.Abode

RM 80

Class Level
Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Scrapbookers, Paper Crafters and Wedding planners

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In addition, all participants will get :
FREE flow of related embellishments @ the Crop.station
FREE use of tools, punches, paint et cetera @ the Crop.station
FREE sneak peek of new arrivals 
(be the first few to get items not available in any other store yet)

FREE flow of fun, laughter and ideas...
Discounts off selected items in our Scrap.Abode

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REGISTRATIONS can be made via our online store.

QUERIES can be made by emailing
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Monday, April 29, 2013

SnC ANNOUNCEMENTS: 2013 SnC Celeb ART RETREAT with Iris Babao-Uy Photos!

Heya! Here's the much awaited photos … of our recent Celeb ART RETREAT with Iris Babao-Uy.

More photos are available on's Facebook Page
{click on the camera icon on the top right hand panel of the blog to link there}
{ !!! note however, we are having some difficulty in uploading them last night - 28th April 2013 - so give it some time ya!}

We'll also be emailing participants their group photos and any lovely photos of themselves crafting away.

So, without further ado …

DAY 1 - 20th April 2013 - Canvas Album + Bonus Watercolour Layout

Day 1: Group Photo - looking fresh despite a grueling day!

Day 1: Iris Babao-Uy demonstrating both the canvas album with the application of many different mediums, pigments, paint, pastels, gelatos (sounded yummy after some time!), masks, mica … etc. and watercolour layout with the finish products done by one of the 17 participants.

DAY 2 - 21st April 2013 - Canvas Art (am)
DAY 2 - 21st April 2013 - Art Journal (pm)

Day 2: Group Photo - it's seriously amazing that we could fit everyone in the photo frame!
Despite the complaints that we should take Group Photos at the beginning of the day, hey ladies, you all look awesome and glowing!

Day 2: Canvas Art - Iris Babao-Uy giving everyone a Golden Artist Medium 101 lesson!, demonstrating the Canvas Art steps and promoting the sponsored Golden Artist Kit by Golden especially for attendees only.

 Day 2: Art Journal - Iris Babao-Uy demonstrates and shares short-cuts to misting and stenciling the Art Journal and close-up of the textured surface created on chipboard with Golden Artist Medium.

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If you've enjoyed it so much …
if you're kicking yourself for missing the 2013 SnC CELEB ART RETREAT …

good news is is bringing in a Mixed Media artist from Europe 
(details to be revealed in the next few days!)

Be sure to tune into this blog … and psst… hop over to's Facebook page to play the guessing game (of who the European Mixed Media artist is) and stand a chance to win a voucher.'s Everlasting Gift for Mother's Day … the gift of endless ideas

Running out of ideas to give mom a gift that will be lasting, memorable and affordable?

Check out the various hobby and craft publications available in HERE

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: Stamping 101 - Colouring In

In the last blog post, we looked at colouring stamp images with Copic pens, and explained what made those particular pens so special.  I must admit, they are my favorite colouring medium, simply because they are quick and give great results.

But there are of course many other ways you can colour in your stamped images, so I thought I’d share a few of them today.

Before you stamp your image, give some thought to which ink you should be using – different inks suit different mediums.  Because I am working with water-based inks here, and using water as well, I am using Ranger Archival Ink.  This gives a clear image, but most importantly it is waterproof, so the image will not bleed with any of the below techniques. sell a wide range of pens, and all of these can be used for colouring in. Perhaps the most popular at the moment are the Ranger distress markers, partly because they match the rest of the distress palette, and partly because they react so well with water to give different effects.

In the first two photos, I have used the same colours for both images - Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey for the flower centre, and Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Dusty Concorde for the petals.

The markers give quite a dark shade of colour, and it can be worth testing them on a piece of scrap paper first, especially if you are more used to using the colours from the ink pads.

In the first photo, I coloured the image, and then used a watercolour brush to go over it. (You could also use a normal paintbrush with water.) In the second, I coloured it in the same way, but then sprayed it generously with water. For both of these methods, the water enables the inks to blend more.  The first way gives more control over your finish, the second gives very little control at all, but that's part of the fun!

In the third photo, I have used distress inks again, but this time I have swiped an ink pad onto my crafting mat, and picked up the colour with my watercolour brush, then brushed it onto the image, again enabling the ink to blend.  You can see that, although I have used exactly the same colours, the effect is much lighter.

Finally, in the fourth photo I wanted to show you what effect watercolour pencils give. You can buy these in most stationery shops, but a lot of people don't realise that you can use them with water. I chose colours that were similar to the distress inks I used for the other flowers. I simply coloured in with the pencils, then went over the image with my watercolour brush. You’ll be surprised at the difference a little water can make when using these pencils!

Of course, you don't have to stick to inks and pencils when colouring - you can use pretty much anything. Sprays, such as the ones from Dyan Reaveley, can be sprayed onto a craft mat and picked up with a brush, and of course you can also use all different kinds of paints.

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If you plan to use water as part of your colouring technique, you will get a better result if you use watercolour paper. It absorbs the water well, making it much easier to blend colours while avoiding unwanted puddles of water.

Friday, April 26, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Webster's Pages Vintage Charms in SnC

If you're looking for embellishments to spice up your art work and need some vintage touch, drop by A whole shipment of vintage charms from Webster's Pages have just arrived and let's say, they are just simply irresistible!

Be sure to check out other accompanying embellishments as well to truly bring out the artist in you.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Webster's Pages and Allison Kreft Colour & Composition Collection in SnC

Oh yes! Here's yet another stunning collaboration between Allison Kreft and Webster's Pages -

I've been waiting for this for ages now … and finally it's here at!
Needless to say, I've helped myself to it - what's the point really of having a scrapbooking store otherwise? - but relax, there's still some to share!

Buy them NOW at

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Bazzill Heritage Collection in SnC


NEW! Beautifully document your family’s genealogy or just add a vintage touch to any paper project. It’s easy to incorporate your family’s facts and photos into a handwritten, 12×12, four-generation personal family history album. The patterned papers that coordinate with this collection will quickly become staples for all your favorite paper projects.

Click HERE to buy now

For some inspiration ...

and those who wants the hassle of matching taken away from them!


Monday, April 22, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Webster's Pages Best Friends in SnC

 Webster's Pages Best Friends Collection is a beautiful collection full of vibrant colours, sophistication and a dash of whimsical - so very Webster's Pages in short!

Check out the collection below to know exactly what I mean!



Friday, April 19, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Webster's Pages Modern Romance in SnC

Here's yet another lovely collection from Webster's Pages - Modern Romance - now available at

 I love the abundance of gorgeous floral elements in the papers (perfect for those who love the fussy cutting type projecs).  And in a strange way, the black and white houndstooth paper in this collection makes an interesting and pretty contrast to the fresh pretty pinks and whites!  

Click HERE to get your very own Modern Romance collection from

TIPS & TECHNIQUES: Golden Acrylics on Fabric

The four lines of GOLDEN Acrylics that are of interest to the fabric artist include the Airbrush, Fluid, Heavy Body, and Matte Colors. The main difference between each of these product lines is paint viscosity (thickness) or consistency. The Airbrush Colors are the thinnest and are ready to spray. Fluid Colors are similar in consistency to a heavy cream. Heavy Body and Matte Acrylics are thick, with a buttery consistency. These various acrylic paint lines, each using the same lightfast pigments, allow the artist to combine the effects of spraying, staining, brushing and other application techniques.


Hand Brushing
GOLDEN Heavy Body (including Iridescent and Interference Colors), Matte, Fluorescent, and Fluid Acrylics are appropriate for hand brushing techniques and heat-setting is not required. To provide a softer hand 1, which also prevents cracking in thicker passages, blend 1:1 with GAC 900 or GOLDEN Silk-screen Fabric Gel (for thicker paint applications). The GAC 900 and the Silk-screen Fabric Gel contain a special polymer additive that is designed to impart a softer hand, while offering excellent launderability 2 when properly heat-set (see directions below)

For best results, blend GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium. Start with a 1:1 mixing ratio, and increase amount of GOLDEN Airbrush Medium as desired to increase sprayability and/or transparency. When artwork is complete, spray a thin coat of GAC 900 for least color loss. GAC 900 can be added to the system if a softer hand is desired (follow heat-set directions below). For durability and washability in a spray application, this is the recommended system, and will perform significantly better than GOLDEN Airbrush Colors alone.

GOLDEN Fluids blended with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium do not require heat-setting for launderability, yet equal the performance of fabric paints that do. Using GOLDEN Fluids generates a saving of time, energy, and money. Allow for garments to cure for at least 4 days prior to washing (Note: heat-setting will speed the curing time required and may increase the launderability).

GOLDEN Heavy Body, Matte, Iridescent, Interference and Fluorescent Colors can also be sprayed onto fabric; however, their thicker viscosities warrant more dilution with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium which yields weak, transparent coverage.

Although not recommended for fabric use, GOLDEN Airbrush Colors may be blended 1:1 or more with the GAC 900 to aid in washfastness (properly heat-set according to directions listed below). This blend, although better than GOLDEN Airbrush Colors alone, is still not equal to the launderability performance of the Fluid Acrylics/Airbrush Medium mixture.

Areas containing soft spray applications such as gradated areas, shading, and any skylines should be sprayed with a light coat of GAC 900 to increase launderability.

The viscosity of GOLDEN Airbrush Colors is ideal for tie-dye and staining applications. Pre-wetting the fabric with water and using the GOLDEN Airbrush Colors in place of fiber-reactive dyes creates brilliant patterns. Adding GOLDEN Acrylic Flow Release can also help the paint penetrate into the fabric (follow directions on label). To increase the launderability, blend the GOLDEN Airbrush Colors 1:1 with GAC 900. After applying the paint to the fabric, wait for it to be completely dry before heat-setting or washing. This will maximize the amount of color that "sets" 3 into the fabric. If GAC 900 is blended with the Acrylics, follow the directions for heat-setting below. GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics may also be used for this technique, but will require the addition of water to thin to the proper viscosity, along with the GAC 900 to increase the launderability.

GOLDEN Heavy Body, Matte, Fluorescent, or Fluid Colors blended 1:1 with GAC 900 or Silk-Screen Fabric Gel produce silk-screen inks with excellent durability on fabric. The mixture used is dependent on two factors: the material to be printed and personal preference of paint consistency. (Refer to GOLDEN Information Sheet on the Silk-Screen Fabric Gel for the most complete information on this technique).

If screening onto heavy, cotton material, a thinner mixture of Fluid Colors and GAC 900 may be desired, as its thin consistency helps to penetrate into material. If printing on a polyester or synthetic material, a pastier mixture of Heavy Body Acrylics and Silk-Screen Fabric Gel will work better due to a lower tendency of the ink to "bleed" into the material. Some experimentation is needed to find the system that is best suited for your work.

Mixtures (1:1) from Thickest Consistency to Thinnest
  • Heavy Body or Matte Acrylics/Silk-Screen Fabric Gel
  • Heavy Body or Matte Acrylics/GAC 900
  • Fluid Acrylics/Silk-Screen Fabric Gel
  • Fluid Acrylics/GAC 900
Both the GAC 900 and the Silk-Screen Fabric Gel will impart softness of hand, while offering excellent launderability. Proper heat-setting is required for both products (see below for heat-setting instructions).


Proper product selection, heat-setting, and care ensure long garment life.

Application of Large Areas or Long Lines
Filling in large areas with thick paint will produce a very stiff, uncomfortable garment. Blend color with GAC 900/Silk-Screen Fabric Gel to reduce the stiffness of the acrylic paint. If painting in a thick manner, short strokes of paint will hold better than long lines. The longer the line, the greater the chance of cracking when washed. A washing machine's agitator may stretch the garment beyond its limit and thus cause cracking.

Material Considerations
Test materials thoroughly before large production runs or when using a unique fabric.The looser the weave of the fabric (cotton/poly blends), the better the penetration and hold the paint will have on the material.

Thicker fabrics (sweatshirt-type weaves) should be slightly stretched with a backer-board to allow for better penetration of the paint into the material.

To increase the adhesion onto any fabric a very light misting of water (e.g.-with a plant-mister) will increase the penetration into the material. Care should be taken with this technique, as over applying the water could result in bleeding of the color.

Heat-settingFabrics treated with GAC 900/Silk-Screen Fabric Gel-modified paints must be heat set if maximum launderability is necessary. Products conform to ASTM D4236. All GOLDEN products should be used in accordance with safe handling practices. Read product labels prior to use. The polymer must first air dry to the touch to form the initial bond with the fabric, followed by one of the heat-set methods listed below:
  • Heat Press according to press manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Iron for 3-5 minutes with a medium-hot iron on the reverse side (side opposite of the application). On delicate fabrics where lower heat levels must be used, a longer ironing time will be necessary.
  • Professional Oven Cure for 1-2 minutes at 300F; 4 minutes at 250F.
  • Clothes dryer: Commercial: medium-high temperature for 20-40 minutes. Household: high temperature for 40-50 minutes.
Washing and Drying
  • Let paint dry thoroughly (at least 4 days) before washing.
  • Hand-washing will dramatically increase garment life.
  • Always turn garment inside-out for laundering.
  • Avoid hot water washing. This will tend to soften and loosen acrylic paint from the garment.
  • Cold water works best for automatic washing of the painted garment.
  • Heat-set when appropriate.
  • Set washer to gentle cycle.
  • 'Drip-drying instead of using the clothes dryer will increase the life of the garment.


GOLDEN Artist Colors Acrylics are professional artist paints.If properly prepared and cared for, GOLDEN Artist Colors Acrylics will produce a fabric artwork with good durability. GOLDEN Artist Colors Acrylics are produced with 100% Acrylic Polymer Emulsion. This produces a film with excellent flexibility, and chemical, water, and ultraviolet resistance. The milky emulsion dries transparent, allowing pigments to show their full color. All pigments in GOLDEN Acrylics are chosen for the greatest clarity and permanency within each chemical class. GOLDEN Acrylics dry quickly and may be painted over immediately yet complete drying/curing will take longer. Avoid freezing. Minimum film formation temperature is 48oF/9oC.To thin, use water or GOLDEN Mediums. For slower drying, use GOLDEN Retarder. Do not mix with oils. Paint on any non-oily surface. Non-absorbent surfaces should be abraded for increased adhesion. Clean tools with soap and water. Keep tools wet during use.

DEFINITIONS1Soft Hand - decrease in the hardness of the paint when dry, leaving a comfortable and breathable feel to the fabric.2 Launderability - the ability for the fabric to be washed.3Sets - after washing, it is the remaining color left in the fabric.4Bleed - a halo effect around the brushstroke.

Quick Reference Chart
for Choosing GOLDEN Acrylic Paints for Fabric Use.

GOLDEN Acrylics
to use for Fabric
Hand BrushingAirbrushing or SprayingTye-Dyeing of StainingSilk-Screening
Airbrush Acrylics+
Fluid Acrylics*+**
Iridescent Acrylics****
Interference Acrylics****
Heavy Body Acrylics+*+
Fluorescent Acrylics****
Matte Acrylics***
* Can be used for this technique
+ Best Recommendation for particular technique

Quick Reference Chart for Choosing Which GOLDEN Gel/Medium to
Blend with GOLDEN Acrylics for Fabric Use.

GOLDEN Mediums
to use for Fabric
Hand BrushingAirbrushing or SprayingTye-Dyeing of StainingSilk-Screening
Airbrush Medium+
GAC 900+*+*
Silk-Screen Fabric Gel*+
Acrylic Flow Release *
* Can be used for this technique
+ Best Recommendation for particular technique
The above information is based on research and testing done by Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and is provided as a basis for understanding the potential uses of the products mentioned. Due to the numerous variables in methods, materials and conditions of producing art, Golden Artist Colors, Inc. cannot be sure the product will be right for you. Therefore, we urge product users to test each application to ensure all individual project requirements are met. While we believe the above information is accurate, WE MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, and we shall in no event be liable for any damages (indirect, consequential, or otherwise) that may occur as a result of a product application

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