Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Woodware Challenge - Spooks and Treats

 We don't really celebrate Halloween in our house but for some reason or other I quite like playing with Halloween images and I like the colour palette associated with it... lime green, purple, orange and black.

My treat is a recipe for 'Witches' Halloween Brew' ... quite nasty really but I had fun putting it together!
I've combined two sets to make the card:
FRCL203 Spooky Tots
FRCL137 Treat or Trick

I have highlighted my colouring using a white Sakura  Gelly Roll pen and lots of Diamond Stickles glitter glue. I used the glitter glue in the background to create webs.

I'm really into Mark Richards 'Candy Bonbon'. That's the green and orange dots you can see here and there on the card. They have very fine glitter inside them so they sparkle and the colours are perfect for Halloween.
Here is a close up of the recipe... please don't try it at home!!!

I have grunged all the edges of the panels and stripy paper with black ink but used some lime green ink on the recipe card.

Where do the spiders come from? no not my garden... a very cheap purchase from my local Asda! I say cheap as the glitter is not very secure. When I saw them I had to have them...

Hope you have enjoyed my version of the Woodware challenge. Pop along to the Woodware blog to see other variations.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Another welly Christmas

Back again with another take on the Christmas welly!! I did have a good play last week...

I found this cute die cut teddy in my stash. It's another 'Quickcutz' die from a while back. I've used another 6 by 6 pad for the paper piecing this time from 'My Minds Eye'.
I had great fun coming up with the computer generated welly greetings.

I would love to hear what you have done with your welly stamp!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

It's a welly Christmas!

I did a demo at 'Samuel Taylors' in Leeds on the 8th of October. Sue Hobbs who invited me to demo had sent me some pics of her Christmas welly. I was well impressed! so... here is my take on a Christmas welly.
I really enjoyed doing this card. Christina from 'A Maze of Memories' had given me a lovely 'Echo Park' Christmas 6 by 6 pad to play with so I had to play!!
I dug out some very old 'Quickcutz' dies for the parcels and the holly corners are made from a Martha Stewart punch and some 3mm Nailheads.
I used some larger red Nailheads to accessorise the welly. The greeting is computer generated.
What fun [lol]....

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Teardrop Christmas - Orange

Another variation on the teardrop theme. This time I've used the 'Desert Heat' Kaleidacolor ink pad for stamping.

The background paper is from the 6 by 6 Basic Grey paper pad 'Nordic'.
This time I've used 'Candy Bonbon' in orange for the corners of the bauble panel.

If you want to see the other colour variations pop on to my post for yesterday and the day before.

Friday, 21 October 2011


For those of you now searching for the 'Evergreen' Kaleidacolor ink pad I do apologise it is actually called 'Fresh Greens'. Thank you for pointing it out to me!!!

Teardrop Christmas - Green

Last Saturday I had a lovely day at A Maze of Memories. This lovely shop is situated just outside the village of Long Crendon [lovely village also]. I did a demo in the morning and a Masterclass in the afternoon. 

I caught up with lots of very friendly and keen crafters. Christina had done a super job getting the kits ready and of course there was lots of lovely cakes!

I prepared this sample for the morning demo as Christina had asked me to use the set from which this stamp comes from. So after showing you a blue version I thought I would show you a green version stamped with the 'Fresh Greens' Kaleidacolor ink pad. I've used a gold Sakura 'Metallic' pen to add the tiny dots between the teardrops and for washed gold highlight on some of the teardrops. Another variation tomorrow...

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Woodware Challenge - Blue Christmas

 This week's challenge was just perfect for me as I love the colour blue. I'm a blue and silver fan rather than blue and gold. Blue is a cool colour so it goes well with cool silver.
For the two cards featured in this posting I have used elements from my set:
FRCL204 Teardrop Christmas

In the set you have two trees, a bauble, star, sparkle and two greetings.

As a set it's quite a departure for me as it's a solid design and as most of you know I love colouring in! However this stamp lends itself really well to quick cards and what I call instant stamping.

I have use a Kaleidacolor ink pad for the stamping. This particular ink pad is called 'Blue Breeze' and is made up of graded blues from light to dark. If you have never used one before it is carries die based inks and is very cleverly constructed to avoid the colours mixing in storage. The ink is also virtually  waterproof.

I used the fade out technique for the stamping which involves continuous stamping without re-inking the stamp. There is no masking involved. You might need to huff on the stamp before the third print to get the most of the ink left on the block.

Finally to decorate and complete the cards I used Mark Richards silver 3mm Metals and Blue 5mm Nailheads.
Put your metals on the teardrops before you add the Diamond Stickles glitter glue.

The 'Metals' come on a continuous  sticky strip so they are very easy to pick up and place to make a hanging string for the bauble.

For the greetings on both cards I have used one of Jane Gill's set called:
JGCL551 Christmas Verses

If you have enjoyed these cards why not pop along to the Woodware blog to see more ideas and inspiration from my fellow designers.

Friday, 14 October 2011

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

 What a challenge!!.... I'm not a big flock person... however when I got into it I enjoyed it and it made me realise that I should make more use of my flock!
I decided to use my new Ted set which is FRCL199 Love You Ted.

I decided to flock the scalloped circle. So I applied a piece of double sided sticky paper to some black card and punched the scalloped circle [3"1/2 punch]. I then removed the backing and generously spread black flock all over it. It worked really well.

Ted was stamped on a 3" circle and I added further stamped hearts. I used brown flock on the bear. I did colour him first. I didn't smother him with flock as I did not want to loose the detail on his face. He looks kind of threadbare which make him even cuter! I used the Sakura Quickie Glue pen for this stage of the flocking and it worked really well.
I've used some of our new papers at Woodware. This sheet comes from the London Collection and is covered with lovely tiny heart flowers.
All the words come from the same set so plenty to play with!

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other flocked creations!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Sketch

 This week's challenge was another sketch. You can see the actual sketch layout over on the Woodware Blog. My version has changed the layout of the background slightly. It didn't help that the main panel should have been the other way up!! .... but still I was really pleased with the outcome. 

I like this set as it's a complete change from all the other images that are popular at the moment. There are nice elements to play with to create borders and backgrounds.

 FRCL158 African Holiday is the name of the set I have used.

The gated card meant that I cut through the middle of the background panel before  sticking the sections on the card. I'm always into square cards but at the moment it's gated square cards.

I've chosen quite a bright colour scheme that reflects the beautiful african textiles you see in programs about Africa. These are also colours found in the African national flags.

I've stamped using the Brilliance Coffee Bean inkpad. I started off on white card and used a black inkpad and the effect was just not in keeping with the African theme.

It's not easy to see but I have used my clear Sakura glaze pen to highlight some of the colouring. 

I used a green Sakura Identi pen to colour over some gold 3mm Metals.

I opted for raffia instead of ribbon again to keep to the African theme

If you enjoyed my take on this week's sketch why not pop over to the Woodware blog to see other versions of the sketch.
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