Thursday, 24 December 2015

Another knit….

Another little taster for you knitters…a card showing two of the new stamps
from Woodware out in January!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Woodware's 2016 cards

Take a look at the Woodware web site blog over Christmas and new year to
see more card samples using the new stamps designs by Fran├žoise and myself.

Here's a little taster of things to come.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Woodware challenge - sketch number 49

Todays sketch is nice and simple and I've used a Woodware punch (code number 840-09).
Edge the trees in a darker green ink and decorate with
liquid pearls once adhered to the card.
The paper comes from a Forever in Time 6" paper pad, this one is called 'Best Gift of All'.

The Woodware punch with multiple shapes.
The shapes punch out much larger than the
image on the front of the punch.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Woodware challenge - Bring on the sunshine

We do really need some sunshine at this time of year!

For this weeks challenge I have started my 'inspirations' book.

I bought an A4 spiral bound book from The Paper Warehouse at Grosvenor House Papers
in Kendal where I teach once a month, a wonderful craft shop.
The book has 35 sheets of 140gsm white cartridge paper and a strong hard cover.

I used 'dylusions' paints and large Woodware daubers to create my background.
I then added a stencilled area using a Dutch Doobadoo design and white paint.
I've stamped a panel using a ColorBox mini moulding stamp
called 'Botanical' and a turquoise ink pad.
The hearts are drawn freehand once the paint is dry using a black Micron
pen number 04, the inspiration comes from a book by Joanne Fink.

I have also coloured in some areas using a pink Sakura Koi pen and
a white Sakura gelly roll pen.

I hope it brings some sunshine to your home today.
Doodling like this is sooooo relaxing, perfect for miserable days in the
winter at home by the fire and with the cat.

My finished piece. I did paint another background and used the lime green,
white and turquoise paints. 
My first attempt showing a mix of
colours on the white paper.
Then I changed my mind and just
used the lime green and turquoise
on another page for my masterpiece above!
Yummy colours of 'dylusions' paints and large
daubers at the ready.
The book from where I took my inspiration.
This picture shows the stages from basic drawing on the left
to a finished heart on the right.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Woodware sketch challenge

For the sketch challenge this week I've used shrink plastic and a
Woodware stamp JGS176 Nordic Dove.

I've stamped the white shrink plastic with black StazOn ink, cut it out just away
from the stamped outline and then used a heat tool to shrink the image.

One tip to give you when using shrink avoid the
plastic sticking to itself in the shrinking process, stamp your image, cut out and
dab with an anti static bag (used for embossing too) on both sides before you begin to heat.

Heres the stamp and the little shrink plastic dove, soooo cute!

and here is the sketch

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Woodware challenge - Zentangle with stenicils

This is my favourite Dreamweaver stencil designed by Lynell Harlow. It's code is LG743.
I've added pencil shading to the Zentangle to give the image some depth. 
The hand drawn border holds it all together on this white card and it's finished off with a hand draw birthday greeting. Hand lettering is nice to use with Zentangle.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Woodware challenge - Christmas decoupage

Using my Woodware stamp JGS316 Christmas quilt, stamp once onto a
blue card then several times more onto different patterned paper.

Cut out each image and remount on top of the blue card.
My pieces of paper are flat but you could 3D them.

Add some glitter glue and liquid pearls for a festive finish.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Bubble Bloom and Card Candi

Jane has made a short video with the Michelle Bubble Bloom Stamp and Card Candi

I hope that you enjoy it!


Friday, 13 November 2015

Woodware challenge - White embossing

My card this week features my Woodware stamp JGS169 Christmas date.

I have stamped it twice onto plain card and cut out the holly and
number 25 from one of them.
The holly is coloured and shaped before using silicone glue to attach it
to the prepared background.
The numbers have been covered in watermark ink and sprinkled
with Stampendous shabby white embossing enamel then stuck back over the stamped piece.
I have punched some extra berries, shaped them and stuck them to the holly.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Woodware challenge - Christmas punches or dies

There's something so easy and quick about picking up a punch and creating
a fabulous shape, no machines to set up or plug in!
My card today is a collection of Woodware punches to create a
Scandinavian style Christmas card.
When creating something like this and if you are using a one sided textured card,
remember to turn the card over in the punch so you get a 'mirror' image.
Edging each piece with a mini pigment ink pad helps each shape to
stand out from the plain background.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Woodware challenge - sketch 47

I've not quite followed the sketch challenge this week. I put my
sentiment on the panel instead!
I have used two stamps here, for the background I embossed the
fir branches from JGS414 deck the halls in gold.
Then over stamped with a green ink another of the fir branch stamps from the set.
The greeting comes from JGS404 Christmas cheer, this has also been embossed with gold.
To finish off add some gold berries with Liquid Pearls in dark chocolate.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Woodware challenge - Christmas animals

My theme for the Christmas animals challenge is a reindeer.
The stamps used are older designs from a couple of years ago.

Using stamp set JGS177. Embossed in gold.
The background stamp is JGS317.
The same stamp JGS177 but stamped onto shrink plastic, its so cute!
The greeting from JGS551.
Using stamp set JGS321. The background text
is from JGS319

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Woodware challenge - flourishes

For my flourishes card I've used a peel off design of mine which has some flourishes.
I've used Sakura Stardust pens to colour in.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Mirror Crack'd challenge - Wallhanging

This wallhanging/greeting card is made from a hand drawn heart shape
cut from a piece of card then covered in individual strips of patterned paper.
The heart is about 25cm across at the widest part.
Decorate the wallhanging with any stamped or die cut image.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Woodware challenge - Sketch 46

Here is the sketch....

My version for the sketch this week uses my Woodware stamp JGS419 We Three Kings.
The stamp set has already made an appearance a few weeks ago on the Woodware blog and this card matches the tags I made for that post.
The crowns are gold embossed, cut out and stuck to the card with silicone glue.

The liquid pearls in gold added a nice finishing touch

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Woodware challenge - paper pieced Christmas

This card is made using one of the new Woodware Christmas stamps JGS196 Rocking horse.
A card made by Kim Reygate using the same stamp inspired me to make a similar one.
I've used the wording on the stamp set to create a text background which has
been stamped onto pink paper.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Woodware challenge - One colour wonder

A simple card in blues using JGS173 Primular wreath stamp.
I've coloured it in with Sakura Stardust pens which give a wonderful shimmer.
Embossed in gold onto linen card it also has a neat gold frame made from a peel off.
The greeting comes from another stamp set.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Woodware challenge - trio of Christmas tags

My tags have been made with hand cut tag shapes using craft card.
I have used my Woodware set JGS419 We Three Kings which have
been stamped and gold embossed.
I have cut out the crowns and stuck them on to the tags with silicone glue
and then added liquid pearls onto the crowns.
The little text stamp that comes with the set is used to stamp the panels in green ink.

A close up showing the text used to make the background

Monday, 31 August 2015

woodware challenge - sketch 45

A very girlie card for a fashion conscious teenager!
I have used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil on the top panel, a text stamp on the
lower panel and my trainer stamp set JGS389.
I've used a Copic marker to create the dots on the shoes and have
added pink glitter glue to the laces.

here is the sketch 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Woodware challenge - texture, texture, texture

My texture is on my background.
I've used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and Dreamweaver white embossing paste
to create the look and feel of snow.
The image is a new stamp from Woodware, code JGS199, a cute little house on a hill.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Woodware challenge - Mechanical designs

Rather than a card with moving parts I have made a card with cogs and wheels to show the 'mechanical' design.
The design is embossed onto a heart shaped piece of metal using a Dreamweaver stencil.
Coloured with dye ink and I've added some clock parts too.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Mirror Cracked challenge - make a mask

Woodware are again sponsoring The Mirror Crack'd Blog

The Craft Barn in South Nutfield stock these paper mache masks among other
wood and paper mache products ready to decorate.

The pack of seed beads and fine glitter come from Stix2 and I had some
large clear, flat backed gems in my stash.

I covered the mask with Dreamweaver silver embossing paste, half at a time
and decorated first with the large gems pushing them into the thick paste.

Then sprinkled the large beads over the wet paste, then the seed beads and finally the glitter.

Repeat with the other side taking care not to touch the other half as it will still be wet.

I guarantee you will have seed beads and glitter everywhere on your work surface, but hey...its great fun and the mask is really stylish and sparkly!

The selection of products used to decorate my mask

Monday, 3 August 2015

Woodware challenge - New Home

One of the house images (there are three plus the words) from my new
Woodware set of stamps, code JGS408.
It's stamped in black and embossed with clear powder.
Coloured with Sakura Koi colouring brush pens.
The house itself is cut out and adhere to the base card with foam pads.
I like the little shadow that this creates.
Hand draw the grass and add dots of blue for flowers using the Koi pens.
I added glossy accents to the windows but it's not showing up on the photo.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Woodware challenge - By the Seaside

I don't have any suitable sea side stamp images so I decided to make a picture with dunes, grasses and the blue sky using 'Dylusions' paints, card and a little artistic flair!
The paint covers card beautifully and once its dry you can write on it too.
This technique is easy to do and I want to try and make a meadow next and add lots of
blue for cornflowers or red for poppies. 
I hope the pictures that follow explain the technique. I'm hooked!

My finished card.

Daubers and paints to colour a piece of white card to
create my, dune and sky.
My finished background
Add some brown paint to a tile and cut up some card
into different lengths
Dip the edge of the card into the paint.....
.....and touch the edge onto the painted
Using a shorter length of card and curving it to give
the grass the impression its being blown by the wind.
Next add some green paint in the same way. 
Work in progress.
Dab on some blobs of yellow paint
for flowers 
Draw in some seagulls with a black 01 Micron pen
Dab on some yellow with a large dauber to create a sun. 
Add a greeting suitable for the image. This is JGCL575.

Tabitha looking cute

Tabitha looking cute
Look, I’ve just caught you another mouse!