Monday, 26 September 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Something for the boys

This is another older design from my collection and another favourite as I drew the design around the time my son was trying to learn how to skateboard. It's a woodmounted stamp:
FRW006 Skateboard Dude

For the greetings I have used words out of these two sets:
FRCL079 Male Relatives
FRCL080 Mixed Greetings

I'm not sure if the wording is up to date as it probably should have the words sick and bad on there!!

I have used paper piecing for the clothes and skateboard. The face, hands and wheels are coloured in. I have added some highlights with my Sakura clear glaze pen.

I used quite muted colours as boys do not always go for bright ones... I used stripy paper for his trousers which I thought was fun!

I've used a Woodware mini punch for the star and added some Nailheads to the corners of the panel.

Why not pop along to the Woodware Blog this week to see what other creations my team mates have put together.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Inspired by the colours of Autumn

I was not sure if I would enjoy this challenge or not... as although I love the colours of Autumn, I do not often go down that road when I pick colours for my work!  but I surprised myself and really enjoyed it...

I mentioned last week about re-visiting old stamps and the one I have used is one that I designed when I had my license with Stampedous in 2001. It is a favourite of mine and along the years I have used it in lots of different ways [If you like a challenge try paper piecing it- it is a challenge but well worth the effort!] It's very giving and never seems to go out of fashion.
The stamp is:
XXP001 Garden Sampler
I have scored and folded a 14cm square gate folded card. It made a nice change from just mounting the panel on a normal square card.

It's difficult to see the highlights on the colouring but I have used the clear Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen to make the detail pop.  

The greeting come from a brand new set called:
FRCL207 Ribbon Banners
the greetings can be stamped on a ribbon banner or used individually as on this card.
In the corners I have used silver 'Metals' which I have coloured orange using a Sakura Identi Pen. The coverage is excellent and of course you can also use the pens on your Peel Off's .

For all the stamping I have used the Coffee Bean Brilliance inkpad. It's a great colour for a more muted effect.

If you have enjoyed this card why not pop along to the Woodware blog to see what the other designers in the team have produced!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Sugar and Spice

 This week's challenge - Sugar and Spice... lots of possibilities such as baby girl, girly or sweet things? I chose the girly theme and used my set 
FRCL131 Mary and Friends
I have not used this set in ages but the challenges are good at making me re-visit some great sets and stamps!
I enjoyed colouring the little girl with her pals and the greeting from the set is quite appropriate to the image as well as to girls in general and their friends. My trusted Sakura Pens - white and clear glaze have helped to bring the image to life.
The tag has been punched using the blue Woodware Price label punch. I've added some gingham ribbon from Woodware's great ribbon selection.
What I've enjoyed the most about this card is using the Zig Zag border punch:


The waste is fabulous [as well as the border itself!]. You get lots of little squares - I've used some in the corners of the panel. You get small sections of zig zags which you can stick and link - I did some faux stitching on mine. Great!!

There is more ribbon threaded through the button at the top of the card.

The card shape is A6 but you cut your A4 longways and fold strip in half. It just makes a change from the usual A6 card.

Finally I've used craft card for the strip and matting. I like it because it is quite neutral and goes well in almost any colour scheme. So if you ever get stuck and can find the right coloured card turn to craft card!

Why not pop along to the Woodware blog to see what the other team members are doing for this challenge.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Dove Too

 As promised another version of the 'Patchwork Dove' 

FRS107 Patchwork Dove

This time I've used 6 by 6 pad 'Happy Heart' from 'My Mind's Eye'.
It's available from The Glitterpot.

I've used another greeting from
FRCL207 Ribbon Banners going up the side [This time without the ribbon banner].

The stencil for the gold 3" circle is:LJ 899 Petals background.
I ran it through my Cuttlebug.
What I like about this card is that you do not have to necessarily use Christmas Papers to do the paper piecing. You make the card 'Christmas like' by adding the gold card and the greeting.

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Glitterpot Demo

I wanted to say thank you to all those who came to chat to me at the demo weekend at 'The Glitterpot' on the 3rd of September. 
I had a lovely day and we sold lots of stamps!
I was asked by quite a few of you to post some of my cards on my blog especially the cards made using this beautiful brand new dove stamp.
FRS107 Patchwork Dove

I love my paper piecing at the moment and it is proving very popular with all the lovely 6 by 6 paper pads available. I adore the 'My Minds Eye' pads. I have used the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' pad for this card
I ran the gold 3" Mirri circle through my Cuttlebug with a beautiful Dreamweaver stencil:
LJ 891 Holly swirls

The greeting is from a brand new set also;
FRCL207 Ribbon Banners

You can stamp all the wordings within the set in 4 different ribbon banners. The greetings cover all the most popular ones including birthdays and Christmas.

Pop back tomorrow to see another dove!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Winner of Dreamweaver Blog Hop

BIG drum roll please!!!!...... the winner picked at random from the comments left on my blog is:
Junie Moon - Well done!

Junie can you please contact; to give her your details to receive your prize.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. I was really touched by the really nice comments left on my blog.

Woodware Design Challenge - Sketch

Ted is back! I have designed another set that shows what a big heart Ted has:

FRCL199 Love You Ted

Ted is featured in three different positions with hearts/flowers. The nice thing about this set is that you can use it for lots of occasions such as Valentines, general 'love you', anniversary and birthdays. There are quite a few greetings to choose from within the set. I do like using hearts all year round. 

This is my take on this week's sketch challenge. It's a very simple layout so great for quick and easy cards.

I've used Woodware punches for the tag/sentiment and the 3" oval. The paper is from the 'Oslo' range number: 22260. This range combines really well with lots of different colours. I like it with reds and blues.

For a change I have used Glossy Accents for the hearts and Ted's nose. His blue t-shirt really pops out but also helps the overall effect to work.

 Up close you can see the glossy accent on his nose and the hearts. The LOVE U on the t-shirt is tiny but stamps out beautifully.

I've used the Sakura white pen to add some highlights on Ted and the hearts on the card.

Do pop over to the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the team has created using this sketch.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Dreamweaver Blog Hop

Welcome to Woodware's first bog hop and giveaway.The Dreamweaver design team is partying with the UK Woodware design team to bring you innovative ways to use our wonderful Dreamweaver stencils and supplies all week long! By the end of the week, you'll have seen stencils used in inspirational ways you just couldn't have imagined, and you'll see that, although our stencils are wonderful for paper crafting, they have SO MANY other uses too! We'll have several posts a day for you, from Monday August 29th to Saturday September 3rd. At the end of our celebration, each designer will randomly select a winner from all blog comments to receive a free Dreamweaver stencil. We look forward to you partying along with us!

Here's my entry for today:
I wanted to show how the Dreamweaver stencils can be beautifully combined with stamped images.

The Dreamweaver stencil I have used is:
LJ840 Peacock Bkg
It's a beautiful stencil and it goes really well with my set:
FRCL205 Proud Peacock
I used my Cuttlebug to run the stencil through with a piece of silver Mirri card. You must use the base plate [A], rubber mat, two B plates and between 4 to 8 sheets of extra card go get the right pressure.I used 5 extra sheets.

I then used the ink from a Black StazOn pad to distress the card and make it look like old metal. You have to work fairly quickly to remove some of it with some kitchen roll. I also used the most tiny amounts of alcohol blending solution with a cotton bud  to remove more ink in more selected areas.

If you wanted more colourful results you could use Alcohol inks instead of the StazOn ink. 
This is such an easy way of using your stencils and very effective. I love it!

I wanted a monochromatic look and I love the combination of  silver, grey and black.
To complete and dress the card I've used white ribbon, Nailheads, Metals and the Sakura Silver Metallic pen. 

You can find all the supplies you need right here:

Your next stop along the hop is to LOUISE at 
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