Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Woodware challenge - Thank you

Now's the time to batch make some thank you cards to send to all those nice people
who invite you to parties, buy you presents or have you round to stay over the festive holidays.
With a little help the children can make these simple cards with punched or die cut shapes.

Hand draw in the tail feathers and wing and the google eye adds a bit of fun.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Crafty Carmakers - non traditional Christmas

These are not traditional Christmas trees even though the stamp set has been
designed as a Christmas one.
Its quite modern and you can add so many things to the image.

Here I have stamped in black and embossed with clear powder.
Then gone over the whole image with  faded jeans Distress Ink.
Once that covered all over, I use thin, household bleach to take away the ink.
Use an acrylic paint brush and here I've painted bleach onto all the circles
and have given an outline to the trees.

I also added extra dots of silver glitter glue.

Add some star gems and ribbon to finish.

If you don't want to use bleach, stick some blue or silver gems over the circles.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Woodware challenge - sketch 57

I've used a selection of music stamps to create this card.

The stamps used are…

JGS467 Christmas horn
JGS111 sheet music
JGS110 music notes

and here is the sketch that inspired it

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Newbury Papercraft Show

I'm teaching three workshops at the
Newbury Papercraft show
on the 28th January 2017

Show time is 10.30 till 4.00
at the Berkshire Stand, Newbury Racecourse
Newbury Berkshire RG14 7NZ

Booking for the workshops are taken on the day, on a first come, first served basis.
Bookings can be made at the workshop booking desk from 10.00am.

Classes are....
10.30 till 12.00      12.30 till 2.00      2.30 till 4.00

We will be using Brushos and rubber stamps to create a double Z fold card
using four different techniques. Maybe you could bring an apron with you!

Here's a little taster.....

Woodware challenge - Christmas tags

Here is my little snowman tag made from….

three circles in different sizes from white card
two googly eyes
from card, hand cut a red scarf, brown twig arms and an orange carrot
black marker pen for his mouth

I have stuck the circles together using foam pads.

You can either write your message on the reverse or around the edge of the circles.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Woodware challenge - Quick Christmas

All you need for this quick'ish card is…..
white linen card
stamp JGS357 delightful dangles
Watermark ink pad
silver embossing powder
marker pen in your choice of colour
silver card for layering

All the images on this card are on the same stamp set.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Woodware challenge - Table decorations for Christmas

I just love making these Christmas trees from paper mache cones, Dreamweaver
white embossing paste and as many embellishments from my craft stash.
This can include buttons, sequins, gems, beads, card candy and more.

Just spread the paste in small area first, push in the buttons or gems, spread more paste
and continue till its all covered. Don't be tempted to cover the whole thing
with paste because it will start to dry before you have finished.

I've used a small sherry glass as my stand and have put some
chocolates in the glass as a surprise.

Why not make one for each guest at Christmas lunch with their favourite choccie in the glass.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Woodware challenge - sketch 56

I like this sketch and it lends itself to die cut letters brilliantly.

I've used my stamp JGS102 Rudolf and have coloured him in with Copic and the Pointillist technique. It's lots of dots basically.

I like to colour my background with a light shade and use three darker
colours to do the dots. I've added a grey line under the image
outline to create a shadow effect.

You will need a set of die cut letters and cut up some little squares to fit.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Woodware challenge - Christmas greetings for the men in our lives

My slipper stamp set JGS428 man slippers, has come in very handy for this weeks challenge!

Stamped in black, they have been coloured using a combination of Copics
and marker pens to create the 'tartan' effect.

I've used two mini pom poms as decoration and have stamped a tag onto shrink plastic.

I had to write the 'to my husband' underneath the greeting using a permanent pen!
It adds a personal touch I think!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Woodware challenge - from our house to yours at Christmas

Using my Woodware stamp set JGS408 three houses, I've created this folk art type Christmas card using marker pens, glitter glue and fluffy stuff.

I punched the heart and hand wrote the words with a Sakura white pen.

I also cut out the windows and stuck some yellow card behind the house image in 3D to create the look of a warm, cosy festive interior.

I also cut out the windows and stuck some yellow card behind the house image in 3D to create the look of a warm, cosy festive interior.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Stamping and card making class at The Craft Barn 10th November

It would be great to see some friendly faces on my class on Thursday 10th November
at the Lingfield Community Hall, Lingfield, Surrey.

Please join me for some Christmas and spring cards made with my
Woodware stamp designs.

There will be die cutting, colouring, folding and a fancy fold or two.

Here is a little taster of one of the cards.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Crafty Carmakers challenge - Things that go BUMP in the night!


Woodware are again sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers this week the theme is Things That Go Bump in The Night the theme runs for two weeks on there blog.
Don't forget to check out the Crafty Cardmakers blog and play along with us all, we have a prize!

As I don't have any Halloween themed stamps I've made a dinky little
gift bag for sweets which you could give away to those trick or treaters.

The finished bag is only about 8cm x 8cm and is made from a piece of orange paper
that measures  18cm x 11cm. You could make any size you like though.

Hopefully the following photos will guide you through the step by step.

I decorated the bag with a hand drawn cob web using a Sakura black pen
and made my own spider. I'm sure there must be a spider die out there.

Cut paper to 18cm x 11cm
Fold both sides to the middle overlapping a little and
stick together
Fold the bottom up by approx 2cm and fold
the top down about 1cm
Open out the bottom folds so it looks like
his and keep it flat
Cut a small piece of matching paper
big enough to cover the base and stick over the folds
The base finished. Put your hand inside to
open out the bag, fill with treat!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Woodware challenge - Falling Leaves

For this weeks Woodware challenge I am revisiting an old stamp
called English Leaves JGCL566. 
It has a selection of six leaves on it, four of which I have used on this card.

I have distressed the background, spritzed it with water and blotted the water away.
Some leaves are stamped onto the card and some have been cut out
and put on with foam pads.
I use a Kaleidacolor ink pad in Autumn Leaves, quite appropriate!

The greeting comes from a Woodware singles stamp JWS003.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Woodware challenge - Sketch 55

This week we have a sketch a bit of a wobbly effort from Dorothy but perfect for this stamp set...

For this weeks challenge I've used JGS477, my football boot stamp set.

Stamp out nine football boots, cut out and arrange over a piece of contrasting card.

Attach the cut out and coloured boot to the corner of the card so it swings around.

I've attached the stamped football boot to the
corner of the card so it swings around.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Woodware challenge - Make Christmas special with Metallic F/X

My photo doesn't really show how metallic this background to my card is. Shame!

But this is what I did.....

Emboss your image (I used JGS458) with white embossing powder and heat set.
Mix up a teaspoon of hand sanitiser gel with a little
Dreamweaver Metallic F/X of your choice of colour.
Brush this over your stamped piece and wipe away the excess with kitchen paper.
Thats it! Its really easy and very effective.

I've coloured in the berries with a marker pen or you could use a white pen.

The mixture you make will colour a few pieces of card so have some
spare stamped images ready.
Add more powder to the gel to make a darker colour.
Just experiment, you can't go wrong.

Use a wide flat brush to apply the gel
P. S. you will find some extra pictures on Woodware Witterings I was fascinated by the technique! Dorothy

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Woodware challenge - A 'POP' of colour

For this weeks challenge I have embossed my snowflake flower (JGS461) with 
white embossing powder and have made a wash of colour with a marker pen.

Highlight the shapes for that 'pop' of colour with the same pen.

Add some glitter glue to give it a bit of sparkle.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Woodware challenge - A time of mellow fruitfulness

This title is a challenge!

I don't have any 'fruity' stamps.

I've chosen a favourite card of mine from the archives and I think its perfect
for this weeks challenge as its coloured in fruity colours!!

Colour lots of differently sizes circles with dye inks, stamp over the top
and assemble to what ever size you like.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Woodware challenge - Sketch 54

I've put this weeks sketch challenge the other way round as it suited my idea better.

I've used my football stamp set JGS477. A Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Abstract stencil and some washi tape.

All the images are on the stamp set.

here is the original sketch

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Flip it, fold it and frame it demo

Just a little reminder that I'll be demonstrating and teaching at
A Maze of Memories near Thame, Oxfordshire
on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September.

Both days are the same topics and I demo in the morning and the class is in the afternoon.

Here is a little taster of flipping and folding!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Woodware challenge - Traditional Christmas

What could be more traditional than a snowman? These two are firm
friends and are out to have a good time.

Here I have used my stamp JGS109 skating snowmen

With a little antiquing effect with ink around the edges and some glitter glue, this card is really simple and quick.

Don't for get to check out what the rest of the team are up to this week on Woodware Witterings!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Crafty Cardmakers challenge - by or under the sea

Woodware are once again sponsoring and playing along with Crafty Cardmakers

Here is my card for the challenge only I had a tiny problem...

 As I don't seem to have any under water or sea themed stamps I had
to create something from scratch.

I've drawn a submarine and cut it out of grey card.
The surface of the sea is made from lots of 1" punched circles stuck to a strip
of card and then ink over.
I used bleach to create the air bubbles and have added some
hand drawn seagulls and white pen highlights.

I like this submarine so much I think it could be a stamp in the
making so watch this space folks!

My punched sea shape

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Woodware challenge - Gem overload!

You can't have enough shoes… is a pair to die for using a new
Woodware stamp JGS476 Glamour Shoes.

Use lots of self adhesive gems, pearls, dots of liquid pearls and anything else you
can cram onto these stylish shoes.

The card is cut away above the top of the shoes revealing the lovely
lace paper (also from Woodware) in the top right hand corner.

The black and white text paper is from Forever in Time paper pads 'Vintage 2".

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Woodware challenge - Black and White

Everybody loves a black and white card.
Here I have used several new Woodware stamps with a music theme.

Stamps used are JGS110 music notes, JGS111 sheet music and the words on the white shrink plastic are from JGS481 hand drawn sentiments.

I have also added black peel off music notes (code 91703), Clear Scrap border music notes, these are acrylic shapes you can ink, paint and stamp on. Here I've just used a music note that I have dipped into Stampendous aged black embossing powder (FREG026).
Be careful when you do this as then you melt the embossing powder the shape becomes soft and will curl. Leaving it to cool on a craft mat it soon becomes reasonably flat again.

I've added a wrap around using a brilliant tag punch from Woodware (CP-807 tag top punch) and some self adhesive music themed ribbon. I had in my stash.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

I hope to see you all in Kendal, Cumbria

I hope to see you all in Kendal, Cumbria on the
20th August 2016
for the
Papermill Direct Summer Craft Event

It starts at 10.00am and goes on with a host of great demonstrators including
Sheena Douglas and Janet Young herself till 4.00pm.

It's free entry, free parking and free refreshments too.

You can find them at Westmorland Business Park, Kendal LA9 6NP

Friday, 5 August 2016

Woodware challenge - Sketch 53

My sketch card this week shows off one of my new butterflies from stamp set JGS483.

I have used Sakura Koi pens to colour in the butterfly.

The decorative strip is a Designer Paper Tape from the Forever in Time series.

Here is the sketch

why not pop over to Woodware Wittering to see what the rest of the design team have been up to?

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Woodware challenge - Wrap over/around

This tag punch from Woodware is so useful and here I have used it to create
a flap or wrap over and have stamped my images on the tags.
They lift up revealing the Christmas greeting underneath.

The tag's code is CP-807.

The base card is a tent fold made from dark green card.

I have used JGS459 Traditional Tree stamp set, a green ink pad and have inked all the
edges of the tags and card.
The tartan ribbon and red glitter glue on the trees adds a lovely festive touch.

Showing the flaps on the back of the tags which will
stick to the back of the card.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Woodware challenge - summer birthday

Using one of my new stamps just released, here is my 'summer birthday' idea.

I've used JGS473 Mixed Bunch stamp set, Craftwork Cards paper pad 'Chambray & Lace', Woodware fabric ribbon and Sakura Koi marker pens to colour in my image.

The image itself has been stamped using Versafine sepia ink pad and embossed with
clear powder, a lot softer than using black ink. Add some blue gems to finish.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Woodware challenge - Good Luck

Here I have used my 'Wishy Washy' watercolour technique (check out a video I did showing how to do it on the blog). I've used JGS483 butterflies and a
Just Words stamp JWS004 for the good luck wording.

Use watercolour card for the Wishy Washy technique, you get much better results.
Don't forget to add a wash of colour to the greeting too.

Add some gems for sparkle

Tabitha looking cute

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