Thursday, 11 September 2014

Woodware challenge - punches

This is one of my favourite new Woodware border punches and it can make a very stylish Christmas tree. With some added liquid pearls to dress it up, it looks very contemporary.

The card is 7" x 5". Cut up your coloured card into 2" wide strips and punch one side.
As you punch organise the pattern to alternate and stick the strips so they
overlap each other. Then cut your tree shape.
You might have to stick down some of the design so you don't have too many loose bits.

The border punch used to make the tree

Friday, 5 September 2014

Woodware Craft Canvas

I used my piece of Craft Canvas to make a new lampshade for our guest bedroom.
You will need to make a paper template of the shade shape before cutting the canvas.
The following step by step pictures show you how its created.
I have used two Sizzix dies to make the flowers, the canvas die cuts really well.
Use a Crafters ink pad to stencil and stamp. Its ideal for fabric (and its permanent too!)
The only sewing I did was a simple running stitch along the ribbon to gather it up.
Everything was stuck to the shade with a hot glue gun.

Cutting the canvas shape
Using Crafters brown ink to stencil a background
Stamp an image with the Crafters
A selection of die cut canvas flowers
Edge the die cut flowers with Crafters brown ink
Stick the flowers to the shade with a glue gun adding buttons and beads 
Gather a ribbon and stick guessed it...a glue gun! 
Add some sparkle with Mica Flakes stuck with the glue gun
The finished lampshade
Teddies new friend

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Woodware challenge - sketch 37

Here is my take on this weeks Woodware challenge.
I have used my Winter Trees set of clear stamps JGS346, stamped them on smooth white card with black Versafine ink and embossed them with Crystal embossing powder.
Each one is cut out.
I have used a Woodware blue punch to create the black squares and cut
my own white squares from linen finish card.
The greeting is on the stamp set too.
The base card is made from linen finish card and edged in a very pale grey/black ink.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Woodware challenge - Tools I love!

At the moment it's got to be the Creative Palette by Stampendous.
The background to my Christmas card below is made using the
Crafters Ink refills on the palette.
The stamp is new for Christmas 2014 and is called Bubble Bloom - Festive Tree JGS355.
I've used the Christina card candi, key lime liquid pearls and red glitter glue to dress it up.

Drawing in the ink on the palette using bubble wrap and a plastic fork!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dreamweaver blog hop

Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!

Here is my design for this weeks blog hop.....using my favourite stencil design (LG743).

I've paper pieced, paste embossed, blind embossed and metal embossed this image as well as Zentangling it. It's so versatile!

I love metal embossing and the stencil is a simple design which makes it ideal for this technique.
The Mercart tools I used are the cup and ball, wheel and brush, teflon tool and the decorative wheel. Rub over the embossed surface with a black alcohol ink and wipe off the excess rubbing it into nooks and crannies!
The border punch is CP18-02.
I've draw the fine line border with a 01 Micron pen.
A close up of the embossed metal.
The gems on the metal are new Black Rainbow Elements
from Woodware.

Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK andNotions Marketing in the USA.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Woodware challenge - Midsummer's Day

This week our retailer theme has been chosen for us by Teresa of Philpotts they are an online store with a lovely website and blog which is peppered with inspiration you can find them and don’t forget to visit there blog PhilpottsBlog you can also find them onFacebook.

I drove down to Bournemouth over midsummer and the grass verges were full of poppies and huge daisies. My card has been inspired  by what I saw.

The flowers are made using the Woodware 3" super duper daisy punch. Each petal from white card was cut up, shaped separately and stuck to a 1" sized daisy punch.
You will need to make two of these and stick one on top of the other.
The centre is a 1" circle punched from yellow card which was shaped into a dome before adding glue and dipping into yellow flock.
All the shaping techniques I use on my flowers are from the Floral Punch Craft books stocked by Woodware using the tools and moulding mat.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Woodware challenge - Masking technique

I love the masking technique. You can punch, die cut or cut your own shape from a stamped image to create a positive or negative mask.
I use the amazing Woodware 'Mask-It' sheet to make my masks. It has a stampable surface and is easy to cut plus you can use the mask over and over again. The sticky or tacky surface is brilliant and never leaves a residue. The other good thing about Mask-It sheets is that your entire mask will have a tacky back making it easier to use.

Here I created a mask from my new stamp JGS363 Trinket Tree.
Stamp the image in black and emboss it with clear powder. Stick the mask over the image and run over the surface with a brayer inked with Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea ink pad.
I then peeled away the mask to reveal a white tree. The image has been stamped again onto a second piece of card, coloured in the same way and the top layer cut
out to create a 3D area over the tree.
The background has been splattered with bleach.

Tall Christmas trees

Tall Christmas trees
A Creative Palette background shows off these stamped and embossed trees