Saturday, 31 December 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Thank you

For this challenge I thought it would be a nice idea to make a set of mini cards. If you made a few you would always have a card at the ready.
I was looking through my box of punched shapes when I found the hearts and a trio of tortoises all beautifully coloured in. The light came on... it flickers at the moment! and this idea came up...
Simple and effective and a good way to use up these bits and pieces.
The tortoise comes from this set:
And the greeting comes from this set:

I coloured them in using Tombow markers and I have added some Diamond Stickles and Glossy accents to the eye and little hearts. These tortoises are meant to be fun and funky!

The ribbon is from the Woodware gingham collection of ribbons and simply tied in a double knot.
The greeting set I have used is perfect for outside and inside wordings. It's about all the things you say thank you for in everyday life e.g thank you for listening or for your smile or for being you. I haven't used it for a while but it was perfect for this.

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to discover more ways to say thank you...

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Elegant reindeer

This one of my all time Christmas favourite sets.
FRCL143 Winter Wonderland

It does not need much in the way of colouring. I like to stamp it in black and add light washes of a single colour as in this card where I have used teal. For the moon, grass and trees on the teal panel I have used a Starlight Black Brilliance inkpad. Its a dark silver or pewter gray. 

Yes... the cute rabbits come in the set. This set is all about building a scene so the elements vary in size and some are solid. There are greetings included in the set and I have used one on the main panel.
The main part of the card is a 14.5 cm square card but I have cut off a section from the front panel. Then I have made a smaller card for the main reindeer panel. That card is stuck to the inside of the card and it opens the opposite way. I think the photo just about shows the mechanics...

I have used 3mm 'Nailheads' for the corners and added one for the reindeer's nose to glow! The silver card adds to the wintery effect.

The trees could be used all year round and not just for Christmas...

Monday, 19 December 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - The richness of red

I think this is what the challenge meant?... Maybe it was supposed to have more red in it (lol) but still I enjoyed making this card. It was quick to make and I think the end result is quite effective.

I have used a wood mounted stamp so it's an early design;
It's one of those stamps that doesn't really need any colouring in so it's ideal for a last minute Christmas card.
I stamped it using a 'Rocket Red Brilliance' inkpad. As I wanted the red border to match on the matting and layering I cut a piece of white card and sponged the edge with the same ink. It's a great tip if you cannot find a piece of matching card stock.

The paper is from the 'London' collection of Woodware papers. Of course there has to be some bling... red 'Nailheads' and look at that wonderful ribbon! For a final touch I glazed over some of the solid areas with a clear Sakura glaze pen.

This is the challenge for the week so pop along each day to the Woodware Blog to see other fab ideas.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Look what I did with my tin

Apologies as I know some of you might have seen this tin before but I am snowed under with sample and magazine articles to complete. I think... well I know that Christmas day will be a rare day off in the coming weeks!

I have used elements from this set:
FRCL157 Time for a Cuppa
as well as 'Chippies', Nailheads and papers to decorate my tin. The silver Nailheads almost look as if they are part of the original tin. Being silver they are very versatile in that you can alter the colour to suit by using Peel off's pen, Sakura Identi Pens and alcohol inks.

 I have painted the 'Chippies' with acrylic paints. The paint goes on very well - no lifting or buckling!

I also like 'Brilliance' inks on the 'Chippies'. Woodware have two alphabet packs both containing two sheets with two complete aphabets.I have also used the 'Bracket' frame on the tin.
I have filled the tin with some individual special tea bags. So a perfect gift for a tea connoiseur!
Think outside the tin...

Pop along to the Woodware Blog for other ideas all this week using tins.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Girly tags

Two girly tags using one of my early clear set from my collection: FRCL034 Girlie Fun

I have stamped on pale lilac card with a 'Victorian Purple' Brilliance ink pad and used some of the ink watered down to add some shading. The highlights and stitching are added with a white pen. The Sakura Gelly Roll white pen is excellent for this and I do recommend it.

The papers are very early Magenta papers. The tag was cut using a Sizzix die. One of my all time favourite dies. I remember buying it in the US and being thrilled with it... how things have moved on since then!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Sketch

How about some bright colours to cheer us up during these short grey days!

Another card using some of my black Peel Off's:

As usual I have not followed the sketch rigidly but adapted some of the elements. I sponged bands of Brilliance 'Pearlescent Thyme' ink at both ends of the panel for a softer look. My band in the middle goes behind the main image instead of in front.

The greeting is from this stamp set:

Instead of working with white card I have used Woodware pale green pearl card for the background behind the funky flower window. The Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pens work really well on this card as it is coated and less absorbent. 

I have also used a green Stardust pen for some sections of the leaves to contrast with the Glaze pens. In the spaces between the flowers I have used a pale blue Glaze pen to create a faux mosaic effect. I prefer this to filling the spaces completely. I do love using the glaze pens with Peel off's as they work perfectly together.

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other ideas on how to use this sketch.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Down on the farm...

This is a card I made when I was fixated on easel cards! Still like to make them but at that time all I wanted to do was easel cards. 

I've used one of my 'Tots' sets:
FRCL167 Garden tots
For the colouring I've used my Copic pens and a Sakura Gelly Roll white pen for the highlights.

I generated the wording on the computer as I do not have a stamp with those words! I print it on the same card as I'm using for the card itself so that it co-ordinates.

All the borders are created with Martha Stewart punches: grass, farm animals and fence. The farm yard animal punch was a bit of a luxury buy as I mainly wanted it because it goes so well with this stamp set. I have used the grass and fence borders a lot.

All the elements such as the bush and chickens are in the set. The 'tot' can be a farmer or gardener and the little girl with the watering can is very sweet. I did add the birds with a fine line Sakura Micron pen.

This sort of card brings a smile to your face!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Tags for gifts

A modest offering this week as I must complete cleaning and setting up our single stamps for the Spring release.

I've used a set from last year's Christmas release which is great to play with:

I went for square tags and used up some scraps which is good as otherwise they just sit in a big box! 

As I was stamping the circles I thought these would also look good on the envelopes for my Christmas cards. There is even a wording 'Do not open until 25th of December'. 

Please pop along to Woodware blog to see other samples from the design team.
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