Thursday 28 July 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Summer Fun

Well I've finally completed all my cards for the catalogue... 53 cards! Very pleased with all my hard work.

So back to this week's challenge. Summer fun for me conjured up lots of ideas but I went for a summer palette of colours and applied it to summer clothes. What you might wear to look glam walking along the pier or to a race meeting.

I decided to use black Peel Off's [my favourite as you already know] to make the colours really pop. I limited my colour palette to three colours : blue, yellow and orange.

The Peel off's are: Françoise Collection
98526 Shoes, 98531 handbags, 98528 Hats and Stampendous 90724 Tiny Messages

 I coloured in the hat, shoes and bag on white card then carefully cut them out leaving a small border. I've use a white pen the highlight the images.

The dress was made using a large Woodware punch:
Evening Dress 2 839-28 
I punched it three times from blue, orange and white card and layered up the dresses. I used waste dots from the Peel Off's sheets to create the polka dot effect.

The background is created from squares and rectangles that have had the corners rounded off. It shows how you do not always have to use patterned paper in the background. The card is from the Woodware Recycled range.

I completed the card by using some of the flowers that come as extra on the Peel off's sheets. I also added some ribbon and a nice chunky button.

If you have enjoyed this card why not pop along to the Woodware blog to see what the other design team members have created. Lots of inspiration to be had!

Friday 22 July 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - A Touch of Pink

Still busy putting those Christmas cards together!

Anyhow I'm back again for this week's Woodware challenge, which I have enjoyed doing as I like pink... but I'm not a girly girl!

I've used a set that I designed for the Russian Doll trend and also because I have a lovely set of my own given to me by my dad. His work took him out to Russia.

The set is FRCL150 Babushka and I've used the greeting from FRCL154 Salutations.
I coloured the dolls using the Tombow pens, Sakura Clear Glaze and White Gelly Roll pens.

I have used the Glaze pen to make the faces shinny and to highlight the detail.
The white highlights are what bring the colouring to life. I really like this effect.

I punched a scalloped square to make a background for the dolls and I have added gold metals for decoration.

If you have enjoyed this project why not visit the Woodware Blog for other inspiration from the Design team.

Saturday 16 July 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Anything But a Card

I'm back! Apologies for a lack of posting but I am extremely busy making over 40 samples for the next Woodware release/catalogue.

This challenge was quite challenging! It's easy just to go along making cards.

So I decided to make a matchbox pinwheel sandwiched between two pieces of the Woodware plain 'Chippies'. I used another one of my favourite sets FRCL162 Fairy Tots to make the topper.

I made and used a template to cut, fold and glue 4 matchboxes. I used gold 6mm Woodware brads to make little handles. 

I cut covered the two pieces of chipboard with Magenta gingham paper before rounding off the corners and sponging. 

The little birds are stamped directly on the gingham paper.
I have fond memories of collecting matchboxes when I was little to make a similar project at primary school. More people smoked then and plastic lighters weren't an option.

I used the Sakura clear Stardust pen to highlight the colouring. Added some gold 'Metals', Diamond Stickles, white sheer ribbon bow and faux stiching to complete the project.

If you have enjoyed this project why not pop along the Woodware blog to see what the rest of the design team has created,

Monday 4 July 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Sketch

For this week's challenge I decided to use one of my favourite sets;

FRCL193 Patch an Owl

and I've done just that using paper piecing to make up the little owl. I've used the 'Stockholm' paper collection which are stocked by Woodware.
To add detail I've used the mini heart punch to make up a little bow. I've added googly eyes and made some little flowers using a Woodware daisy punch. 

I have drawn quite a lot of faux stitching using a black Sakura Micron pen.I've used the clear Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen to highlight the little bit of colouring in I did on the beak and tummy.

The greeting comes in the set along with other owl related wordings.
This picture shows how to cut out the owl for the paper piecing. If your adding googly eyes then you can save time by cutting through the right hand eye as the cut will be covered.
You need to stamp three owls on three different papers. So once you cut them up you can make up 3 owls.
Once all your cutting out is completed you need to stamp your owl on some card to make a base to stick your pieces onto. For sticking the pieces use a glue stick. I always recommend the Tombow glue stick as it does not go lumpy. I only ever use a glue stick for this type of work or for sticking little paper pieces. I do not use it for matting and layering.

Tip: Make sure to spread glue over the whole piece. If you don't do this the edges will lift.

Tip: using a glue stick gives you a little bit of time for moving the paper pieces into place. Instant glues are very tricky to use and you have to be very precise.

If you have enjoyed this card pop along to the Woodware blog during the week to see other designs created with this sketch.

Friday 1 July 2011

Simple cupcakes

Here is how you do a simple version of a cupcake! 
You use the casing from the Super Large Cupcake punch and punch out a 2" circle and a small 1.5 cm circle for a cherry or chocolate drop.
I then added some faux stitching for a little bit of detail using a Sakura 'Micron' pen and a highlight on chocolate drop using a Woodware white pen.
Here are some variations. 

You can have some fun using up scraps of patterned paper. Polka dot paper works really well.

For another alternative you can also use a 2" scalloped circle.
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