Saturday 27 August 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Funny Folds

My take on this week's challenge 'Funny Folds' was to put together a stepped card [I think that is what you call it!!...]. I found the original template on a blog and changed the measurement to suit [it was originally too small and not wide enough to do much on it].

I love this new set that I have designed for Christmas called FRCL209 'Patch a Bauble'. It follows on from the success of my patchwork designs.
I have taken photos from various angles to show how it folds. It's quite easy to measure and cut without a template.
I have used paper piecing to fill/patch the baubles. I've used what I call the fancy bauble from the set. There are three to choose from. My favourite is the bell shaped bauble.

The paper comes from this 8 by 8 pad:


It's not a Christmas pad and with this set you do not necessarily have to use Christmas colours or paper.

In the set there is a holly/berry corner that I have used to stamp the thin side panels on the card. I was taken back at how well it worked to stamp a random background.

I've added some colour to make the detail of the patterns, such as the holly leaves, stand out. There is also a touch of Sakura Clear glaze pen to make the berries and buttons stand out. Extra 'Faux' stitching has been added to compliment the patchwork theme.

Why not visit the Woodware Blog to see what other wonderful projects have been created by the Design team

Monday 15 August 2011

Woodware Design team Challenge - Two Colours

For this week's challenge we had to choose two colours to work with. I chose pink and green - well I'm not sure if I've followed the brief exactly as I've added gold and you also have black and white in the mix. However from my teaching days I do remember that black and white are not considered colours because you use them to alter colour tones. 
Away from the art lesson! I really enjoyed this challenge and I think it shows.
I've used another favourite stamp; FRP022 Cherry Blossom
It is a wood mounted stamp but there is a smaller variation in a clear set;
FRCL070 Oriental Ladies
I've used the greeting from that set.
The kimono is paper pieced from a scrap of pale green stripy paper. I've shaded over the top with green pens.

For the border I used the Woodware Crafty Edger with the Japanese Fan cassette [love it!]. The flowers are made using these three punches: Cherry 821-82, Grass 1 821-68 and Stamens FPC1-01

I have used lots of Mark Richard bling for decoration: 3mm Nailheads and Gems. I also highlighted some of the coloured detail with the clear Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen.

Of course if you know me there has to be a bit of ribbon. I've also used Gold Hat Elastic RIB901 to tie into a knot around the card. It looks like Japanese paper cord.

I start the week off and I hope you will go to the Woodware blog through the week to see what my other team mates have done for this challenge.

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Woodware Christmas Stamps

Francoise new Clear Magic Singles are new in stock at Woodware the rest will be here very very soon! 

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Look what I did with my file folders

This week's challenge was very challenging!!!

I'm using the file folders that come in a pack. Each sheet has different size folders on it, die cut ready to go. They are white so my first task was to sponge them with yellow ink to remove the starkness. I then used elements from this set:
FRCL020 Background Textures
to stamp blocks of colour across the folders. For this I used the 'ColorBox Queues '
I have used 6 files in total. I had plans to stick them together a certain way so the all matched at the edges but when I started stamping the  enjoyment took over and the plan disappeared!! [lol]

For the flowers I have used this set:
FRCL134 Flowers and Stems
I stamped using the fading out technique so some of the flowers/textures have been stamped without re-inking. This gives more depth to the stamping.
Finally I have used this set to add greetings at random on some of the pages.
FRCL129 Garden Greetings
which is very appropriate given the flower theme.

To finish off I have punched some butterflies, using my favourite Woodware punch, and sponged them before gluing them into place. I decorated the butterflies with 3mm pearls. 

Not forgetting some ribbon for good measure.
This type of project can go on for ever... and you could add charms, tags etc..

Pop along to Woodware Blog to see other great ideas from the team.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Sketch

Back again for this week's Woodware Design Team Challenge. I'm on a break for this week... to recover from all those Christmas cards!

The photo shoot for the catalogue went really well and as soon as it's released I'll post some of the cards I made to give you a taster and hopefully excite you to get one!

I find it quite strange working to a sketch as I do my layouts intuitively and I like to go with the flow. Anyhow it gets me thinking in a different way which is always good. 
I've used the following sets:
FRCL162 Fairy Tots
FRCL128 Circular Greetings
The Circular Greetings can be punched out using the 1 1/2" circle punch [Yellow]. I've mounted the circle onto the 2" daisy. There are flowers to use for the middle of the circle in the set but I choose to punch one instead. I've added little ribbon tabs, which I really like.
I've coloured the little fairy tot with Tombow pens. I've also used the Sakura Clear Glaze, Clear Stardust and white pen for those highlights and finishing touches. 

By the way I added the grass and butterfly trail with a black Sakura 'Micron' pen. Those bits are not on the stamps!

I you enjoyed this version of the sketch why not visit the Woodware blog for other ideas from the Woodware design team.
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