Monday 30 January 2012

woodware Design Team Challenge - 3D delights

Not to sure if my contribution this week is really what was meant by 3D delights [lol]... it certainly covers the delight part and jelly beans are 3D. Well it's my take on the wording. 

I've used one of the owls and greetings from this set:
FRCL193 Patch an Owl

I've stamped using the Coffee Bean Brilliance inkpad for a softer look. The owl and flowers have been coloured in using a mixture of marker pens and Sakura Glaze pens. So no paper piecing! ....but this shows how easy it is to colour instead.

For the topper I have used Woodware punches: 3" circle and 31/2" scalloped circle. I have sponged the edges of the circle, scalloped circle and oval with inks; pink, yellow and green.
I then cut a shaped panel that I folded in half to make the holder for the bag of Jelly Beans. I stamped some patchwork flowers on the holder using the flower which is in the set. The ribbon is decorative but also secures the flaps.

As home baking is becoming popular again you could put some homemade cookies or chocolates in the bag or maybe healthy nuts!! Whatever takes you fancy...

Pop along to the Woodware Blog for other takes on this challenge.

Thursday 26 January 2012

More New Peel Off's...

This time it's a new circular design with Mum flowers. The little elements in the corners are from the same sheet as the circle.

Again I have used Sakura Glaze pens to colour in the image. I've kept it quite simple as black Peel off's are quite striking and do not need over done. 

The image fits into a 3" punch so no cutting out by hand is needed!

This sample will go on show at Paperworld 2012 which is a big trade show in Germany. This card was one of many I made over Christmas.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Template teasers

For this week's challenge I have turned my crafting hands to doing some scrapbooking! Yes it is quite unusual for me as you probably already know. I have never used the Artemio templates before so I thought I would just follow the instructions to see if it was easy or hard to do. I actually found it quite easy to do as the instructions are very clear. I used the following template;


I started by selecting the theme and photos I wanted to use. As I chose pictures from our holiday to Santorini an island in Greece I chose a blue and white theme as in the flag. Blue and white colours appear on buildings also!

You need a piece of 12 by 12 cardstock for the base. Use a retractable pencil to mark out the cuts and scores. Once you have marked these on the card, do the scores for the folds first using a fine embossing tool. Then do the cutting on a mat using a nice sharp blade on your craft knife to avoid tears. You do need to be fairly precise if you want it to be neat and fold up well. Use a good rubber to remove any pencil marks.

 This is my front cover and shows my mini book all folded up.I printed off a couple of maps that I found on the internet and a Greek flag. 

On the template there is a little flap which you use to hold the mini book shut. You could ignore it and add ribbon instead or some string. I wanted to use it to see if it worked. It does the job but it might get worn if it is over used. I would recommend not to mat and layer every photo especially if you use the back and front of your mini book like I did
 On the template there are different size windows which you can use as view finders. You can move them around over your photo to select which area you want to cut out. You can also use the windows to cut matting layers for your photos. That is a really helpful tool as you don't have to do it by eye!

Make sure to use a photo glue on the back of the photos to avoid lumps and bumps...

I really enjoyed doing this project. I was not sure to start of with about using this diamond shape but it's worked really well. Now I have a little brag book all about our beautiful holiday!

I do love Greece..... the sun, food, islands, churches....

Enjoy the rest of the pictures and pop along to the Woodware Blog to see how other templates have been used.

Monday 23 January 2012

New Peel Off's- what fun!

I though I would give you a sneak preview of some of my new Peel Off's coming out at Stitches and Paperworld 2012. 

This one of the samples I made and sent to Holland to be on show at Paperworld. 

I've coloured the fish,bubbles and seaweed using Sakura Glaze pens. I did some sponging on the back panel using a bubble element as a stencil.

I love it when I have new designs to work with!!!

Another sneak peek in a couple of days...

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Winter Wonderland Cool Cool Colours

Another quick and simple card from  a take forever kind of card maker!
As I start to write this up I have just seen two [not just one] foxes cutting across our wintery garden... At least the frost has lifted completely today. So this card is quite appropriate for this time of year.

I think I have followed the brief for once! I have used the trees, greeting and little bunnies from this set:
FRCL143 Winter Wonderland

There are 3 trees in the set and I have used the largest and middle ones. The stamping is very simple using two Brilliance inks, Graphite Black and Starlite Black [that's the deep silver]. 
A little tip when stamping the moon; stamp it twice, first on scrap paper, second on the card panel to soften it. I have added grey and blue highlights using Sakura Stardust pens that I have watered down with water. You can just about see the little paw prints of the bunnies in the snow. I have added my obligatory piece of ribbon!

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other great ideas for the sketch.

Thursday 12 January 2012

woodware Design Team Challenge - Handbags at Dawn

No stamping this time! Instead I have used some Woodware Handbags - JL726 'Chippies' which I have covered with paper and sponged at the edges with red ink. The sheets on which the handbags come also have lots of small extra elements that you can use for decoration. I have also used some Mark Richards gold 'Metals' and 3mm red 'Nailheads for a little bit of bling!

I have used two handbags of the same shape and size and joined them together at the base with a folded piece of background paper. Fold the paper so you have a valley, peak and another valley. From the side it looks like a W. This helps the whole structure to stand as with a single fold it wouldn't... It also means you can put a gift inside like a chocolate bar.

So all us ladies need is a posh handbag and chocolate! [lol]

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other variations on this challenge

Friday 6 January 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Sketch

This is a quick one as I'm still really busy getting the samples for our spring catalogue ready for photography on Monday and Tuesday...
This week it's another sketch... which I'm gradually getting use to![lol]. 
I've used this set;
FRCL185 Fancy Labels
I have stamped it using three inkpads, all Brilliance;
Starlight Silver for the frame, Graphite Black for the greeting and Pearlescent Purple for the little flowers.

I like this set because you can mix and match. The frames are empty and you get two frames. There are really useful greetings to choose from and you get the little elements to embellish the frames.

The beautiful paper in the background is a lovely new Magenta paper from the 'Colour Me Softly' Collection.

I've added some Mark Richard bling, gems and pearls. The ribbon is from Woodware's newest range. I love them all. They come in colour co-ordinated boxes and have different patterns on them. They are even too nice to want to use!!

Why not pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other variations of this sketch.
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