Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Woodware Spring and Summer stamp release

Please take a look at the Woodware blog over the next two weeks to see card samples using the new Woodware stamps due out in January 2014.
Here is a little taster for you of one of the stamps I've designed and
featured on a card I made.

This is just a small area of the whole image

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Woodware challenge - Good Luck

I've added a little sneaky peek of one of my new 2014 stamp designs on this card.....
it just so happens I have a mini stamp (JGS900) with the words 'good luck' on it along with another image which I won't reveal right now.
So it seemed a perfect opportunity to add it to my peel off card for this weeks post.
The peel off is in gold (code 94678) and I have coloured it in with
a black Sakura Stardust pen.
The black appears like a very dark blue/grey once you add a water wash.
Draw in some detail with the same pen.
I've added a strip of washi tape across the card too.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Woodware sketch challenge

I spent a fabulous day at A Maze of Memories in Oxfordshire yesterday. I did a demo in the morning and a class in the afternoon, so we were pretty busy! 
Christina and the girls made cakes and the customers were wonderful. 

For the demo I carried on the Woodware coffee and cream idea and made
some Christmas cards in those colours.
I had a few bits left over so I've used them on the card for todays post.

The stamp is JGS317 Many Christmases which has been stamped out four times. Once on cream card, twice on coffee/chocolate coloured card using brown Crafters ink and clear embossing powder. The fourth time onto cream card using gold embossing powder.
Then just cut them up!

The added punch holly using some music paper from a Craft Work Cards paper pad called Tea Dance Collection adds some festive cheer.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Woodware challenge, coffee and cream

As I've been very busy creating cards with my new Woodware stamps for Spring and Summer 2014, I've pulled out a card from my stash for this weeks post.

I've chosen coffee, chocolate and cream card, stamped with a Magenta image (I.0385) and white embossing powder. Then cut up the card into cheese shaped wedges, mixed them up and then stuck them down onto a card. Added a hand cut 'wave' from coffee coloured card and stamped a greeting along it. Finish it off with some punched flower shapes.

The flowers are old punches I'm afraid but Woodware have some great alternatives especially a new multi punch with several flowers and a leaf on it.
You can see all the new Woodware products on their web site.

Magenta stamp I.0385

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Quick Christmas

Now this really is a quick card to make, just a little cutting out involved!
Stick the dove peel off (94671) to some white card, colour in and cut out.
Attach to base card with foam pads and decorate with glitter glue.
Finish off with some curly wording from another peel off sheet 94670.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Woodware sketch 28

I've turned the sketch this week on it's side and have used a peel off design coloured with Sakura pens. The leaves are punched using Woodware CP32-11 Japonica leaf and I've added extra shading and vein character.
I have used washi tape to decorate the base card.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Crafty Card Makers - paper piecing

We are pleased to be playing along with the Crafty Card Makers this week, the challenge will be open on their blog for two weeks. If you would like to play along with us please check the Crafty Card Maker rules then use the link on the Crafty Card Makers Blog to add your card or if you are not a blogger yet you can e-mail your card to me as usual  and I will post it and add it to the Crafty Card Makers Blog.
A Zentangle inspired stamp of an owl, JGCL524 Wise Owl.
The image has been stamped several times on different pieces of contrasting paper. I then shaped them from the back using a large embossing tool and reassembled the pieces to give depth and roundness to the owl.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

A Maze of Memories challenge - Treasured Memories

Christina from A Maze of Memories has set this week challenge I thought that it would be a good idea to do something for Elliot.
 I have a little memory book for my cat Elliot,
who sadly is no longer with us.
The cover and pages are made from CDs. The cover CDs are covered with felt and sewn together and the inside pages are CDs are covered with patterned
papers which I have decorated.
The rick rack and ribbon are all sewn on to the felt before stitching around the CD.

Inside the CD memory book are pages for photos
I am looking forward to my trip to A Maze of Memories in December to teach, they always have good cake!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Woodware challenge - Travel

This weeks blog post is quite apt for me this week....I traveled up to Skipton and Kendal to do a demonstration at Grosvenor Papers and could not get home by train last Monday because of the storm so stayed with Judith from Woodware at her very
welcoming home for an extra day - what a bonus!

I had free use of the fantastic craft cupboard at the Woodware warehouse so was able
to do some class prep and make this 'travel' card for the blog.

The elephant stamp is by Magenta (code CL0001). The text is from a Stampendous set (code SSC1177 butterfly charms), the post card image from the
set is perfect for the travel theme.

The word 'journey' is from a Woodware set (code FRCL026 Fran├žoise alphabet).

I used Stampendous Pearlustre embossing powders in garnet, emerald and carnelian
to stamp and emboss the elephant.

Make the beads with long, slim, triangular shaped pieces of paper wound round a cocktail stick from the thick end to the pointed end. Roll onto an embossing pad and dip into clear embossing powder and heat to make them nice and shiny.

The beads are made from paper and covered with clear embossing powder

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Woodware challenge...circles

These flowers are made from scallop circles nested together.

Punch three or four different sized scallop circles and ink around the edges.
Cut between each scallop but not all the way to the middle and curl each cut section with the floral punch moulding tool and mat.
Stick together and decorate the centres with smaller circles and buttons.
The greeting is from JGCL519 essential birthdays.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Woodware sketch challenge 27


Here is my take on this weeks Woodware sketch challenge using my

Nordic dove JGS176 stamp.

Sometimes you need a quick Christmas card design that enables you to

make lots as simply as possible.

I've used some washi tape instead of ribbon for a splash of colour and

added glitter glue to the stamped image for a festive touch.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Monotone Christmas.....

What could be better than an all red card to show off this weeks
Woodware challenge, monotone!
I've used JGS317 to stamp the background using, you guessed it, a red ink pad!
The main image of the carol singers is from JGS315.
There are two greetings on the stamp, one for the front of the card and the other can be used in the inside of the card.
I've coloured the image with a selection of red Copic markers, red glitter glue and to finish it off a few punched snowflakes and red black spotty organza ribbon.

Thanks to CraftRange for coming up with this great challenge. It's a wonderful shop in Burnley and they have the most scrummy cafe in the shop too.

Craftrange on Facebook

Craftrange website

Craftrange Blog

Friday, 4 October 2013

Alter it or recycle it....

When I make my card samples for the Woodware catalogue I never seem to use the envelopes from the card packs. So what to do with all the left overs? 

The answer....make a book.

Use the envelopes as the pages of the book with pockets.

I made this 'birthday' book a couple of years ago and it would also make a great scrapbook for any occasion, use the pockets to hold photos, recipes, mementoes or
seed packets for keen gardeners.

Its so simple to make....decide how many pages you want for your book and find some envelopes all the same size. Seal them and cut a sliver off the tops to make the pockets. Cover each side with a patterned paper. Decorate as you wish. Punch some holes on the left side as you see in my photos.

Cut two thick pieces of card the same size as the envelopes for the covers and cover those with papers. Punch holes in the sides in the same place as the holes on the envelopes and use the big Woodware book rings to keep it all together. Decorate with ribbons.
I've made 12 big tags to go in my envelopes with each month of the year written on the top.

The finished 'birthday' book
Decorated with punched flowers, ribbon and hand written quotes
The tags all have a ribbon attached so I can get it
out of the pocket easily
Punch a half circle in the tops of the pocket
to make it easier to pull out photos, etc

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Look what I did with my Magic Stamp....

I cut up my Magic Stamp block into different sized squares.
I then used some Woodware flower buttons to create the pattern
on the heated Magic Stamp.
Using coloured ink pads, ink up each square of the Magic Stamp and create a nice background and focal square for your card.
Stamp a greetings and add some of the buttons which have been tied with green narrow ribbon to the square

Monday, 16 September 2013

Crafty Card Makers, winged Things

We are pleased to be playing along with the Crafty Card Makers this week, the challenge will be open on their blog for two weeks. If you would like to play along with us please check the Crafty Card Maker rules then use the link on the Crafty Card Makers Blog to add your card or if you are not a blogger yet you can e-mail your card to Dorothy as usual  and she will post it and add it to the Crafty Card Makers Blog.

 My Bubble Butterfly stamp (JGS252) seemed to fit the description of this weeks challenge.

Keep the background simple and really go to town with gems and glitter to make this butterfly look rich and colourful.

You can use anything to fill the circles on this image, buttons, gems, glitter, micro beads, Card Candi and even quilled paper. 

The greeting comes from JGCL519 Essential Birthdays

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Woodware challenge - Sketch 27

My sketch card today using one of my peel offs flowers (94455 in silver).

I have used the Woodware Magic Tape peel off sheet to take my flower off the backing. The tape has a tacky back and is idea for picking up complex and open peel offs from their original sheet. It comes on a similar sized sheet as a peel off.
I cut mine into three and re use it loads of times.

The image has been coloured with Sakura Stardust pens and the outer border has been draw by hand using a no 01 an 03 Sakura black Micron pen
and coloured in with the Stardust pens

and here is the sketch if you would like to join in with the challenge.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Brownies for Woodware

I've made a batch of flour free brownies to take with me this weekend for the girls at Woodware when we set up ready for our retailer event in Oxfordshire.
One of the team can't eat wheat, so guess what...... these brownies are
made from black beans plus other goodies like maple syrup.
I've just tried one and its yummy....

How can a batch of brownies make this much washing up?
Every last morsel was put in the baking dish
Just out of the oven

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New peel offs are here....

Here are a few photos of some cards I have made using my new peel offs. I've never been a peel off person but now that I have my own designs and love using them.
The designs are so good for colouring in because they have some BIG spaces. The samples in the photos are all done with Sakura Stardust or Metallic pens.

This is not one of my new peel offs but
I love the border I've draw around it....
so just had to show you the card.
This is one of the new base cards from Woodware,
pre printed and ready for you to decorate.
After taking the outline peel off off the sheet, you are
left with the negative. With a little care, patience and
a piece of Woodware's Magi Film you can
pick up all the remaining shapes.
One of the Christmas images and new
festive words.
Both come on separate sheets
This could be a stained glass window!
Another Christmas design. There are three on a sheet.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Jen Wear Crafts Challenge - Layers

This A6 card has lots of the tree and in the snow.

Its a design I have used for many a year and is always popular and easy to make.

Choose your card, textured preferably, and punch four tree shapes from the Leone Em punch FPC6-01. The photo left shows how to cut up the shapes. You need to remove the two tabs on the first shape, then each time cutting off one, two or three 'petals' to create the set of six pieces needed for the tree.

 Next, sand the card with the Woodware file if your card has a white or paler core, it gives a little bit of a 'distress' effect. If your textured card does not have a white core, then use a darker green ink pad and colour the tips if the points. This will give a bit of definition.

Place each shape on the moulding mat and use the character shaper tool to curl the points. It's important to hold the tool as in the photo and slide the tool from the tips of the points to the start of the solid area on each shape.

Assembly is easy, just apply a bit of PVA glue to the top of the biggest shape and stick the next one on top. Repeat with the other shapes until you have built your tree.

I've added some Stampendous shaved ice and diamond glitter glue to the finished card. The greeting comes from JGCL551 Christmas verses.

Click on the link to get to Jen's web site  Wear Crafts

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Funny mini star card

Something with a little bit of engineering for the Woodware challenge this week.

We made a similar card to this at a class at The Glitter Pot a few weeks ago
and it inspired me to make another.
So I've made it into a Christmas decoration but you could add some little photos inside and turn it into a mini album as a gift for a special occasion.

Cut five 4" square pieces of paper (you could do six if you want). Edge each piece with a contrasting ink pad on both sides.
Fold each square in half both ways and make one diagonal fold.
Use a bone folder to get crisp folds.
You can use any paper or thin card, patterned, plain or why not stamp your own.
Stick one of the plain squares on the shape to the square on a second shape.
Keep the pointed ends together.
Continue to do this until all are stuck together. Don't stick the first shape to the last shape.
Close it up to see the resulting 2" square mini card.

Now the fun part of decorating....I've used three Woodware snowflake punches and some silver paper. You need to punch a snowflake for each shape that appears inside the card. Stick a snowflake on each section within the 'star'.
Cut two 2" squares and some smaller squares to layer inside to make the two covers, layer together and attach an 8" length of ribbon to the back of each on one corner.
Stick a cover to the front and back so the ribbon will be at the top when you close it up.
Decorate the covers with a punched snowflake.
Thread a few pretty beads onto the ribbon (put both ribbons through the bead) and tie a knot on the end of the two ribbons. The beads keep it together.
Close it and hang it up or open it and hang it up.
Either way they make fun little decorations.

You could make some really mini ones by using a 3" square instead
of a 4" square piece of paper.
The five folded shapes edged with coloured ink

The finished mini star card hanging in my Magnolia tree in the absence of a Christmas tree

A close up of one of the shapes folded and ready to assemble 
Sticking the flat square sides together
....two shapes stuck together 
The five shapes stuck together 
Once opened out, it would look fabulous on the Christmas tree
The three punches I used and the little silver ink pad

Friday, 23 August 2013

Woodware challenge - Girlie Things....

This is one of my new images for Autumn 2013 JGS311 Rose Buds.
It's ideal to send to a close girl friend to show how much you appreciate them.
Its coloured with Copic markers and highlighted with red glitter glue.
The red and white twine adds a touch of 'just picked from the garden' to the card.

Another version but with added liquid pearls to create flourishes.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Dreamweaver Hop...Christmas stencils

Welcome to the annual Dreamweaver and Woodware Christmas in August extravaganza week! Monday through Saturday we will be knocking your Christmas stockings off with fun and inspirational ideas for the upcoming holidays. All that you need to do is hop back and forth across the "pond" on each day, oohing and aaahhhing as you go, and leaving us plenty of holiday love. In return, you'll be entered to randomly win one prize package for a UK commenter, and a second prize package for a US commenter, featuring products distributed in the UK by Woodware...including Dreamweaver and Stampendous!

Prize includes four stencils, one die, and two stamps, selection may vary.

I've used  a new Dreamweaver stencil, LJ925 Merry Christmas, for my project this week.

Instead of a card I have made a door knob hanger, children will love one of these hanging on their bedroom door this Christmas, they could even make their own.

This is a big stencil with nice fat letters perfect for Zentangle!

Place the stencil onto card and draw inside very lightly with pencil around the letters.
Then start Zentangling, I've used a fine Sakura red pen for my hanger.
Layer it onto coloured card, punch or die cut a circle big enough to fit over a door knob and decorate as you wish.
I've used a Woodware holly punch (blue size) and some red card Candi.

Now's the time for you to leave a comment and move on to the next designer for today:

Tabitha looking cute

Tabitha looking cute
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