Monday, 26 January 2015

WOODWARE - EASTER DELIGHT

I know it seem a long way off yet, but this week at Woodware we have been asked to make an Easter card. So I thought I would use my newest Stampendous "Happy Hoppers" cling stamp for my Easter card. 



As you can see it is very cute and perfect for Easter!! I stamped it in brown ink and coloured with watercolour pencils and blended with a wet paintbrush. 
To finish off, some simple layering with die-cut ovals and some punched daisies and leaves. 


Bright and cheerful!! Unlike the weather at the moment. I am first to post this week on the Woodware blog so it will be fun to see what the other girls come up with.
Have a good week.
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Woodware - Silver Wedding Celebrations

This week at Woodware we have been asked to come up with a card for a Silver Wedding Anniversary. For some reason I always struggle with Anniversary cards. So I have kept this one very simple.




The background was made using a Stampendous stamp CRV268. This beautifully ornate scroll is lovely on it's own or used repeatedly to create a background. In this case it was stamped with silver ink onto parchment paper and embossed with silver embossing powder. Unfortunately the photo does not do it justice. It is so difficult to get good pictures at this time of year!!
The centre square was stamped with a script stamp (Celebrate) and embossed with a detail silver powder as it was such a fine script.
The numbers were die cut from some graphite coloured card which I stuck onto a piece of double sided adhesive film. Once cut I peeled off the backing paper and covered with a multi-crystal glitter.


To finish off I added some silver gem stones and a ribbon. Ideally I would have used a wider silver ribbon. But I could not find any despite having two baskets stuffed with ribbons...... isn't that always the way. Debs made a lovely card yesterday on the blog and I am looking forward to seeing what the other girls come up with.
Keep warm and keep crafting.
Siobhan x


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Woodware - Focus on Grandparents

This week over at Woodware the theme is cards for a special Grandparent. My special Grandad is no longer here but I know he would have liked this card. I recently bought this Stampendous stamp CRW113 Rooster Elements. 


I love these collage stamps, they stamp really well and then only require a little colour to bring them to life. 
And here is my card :



The background was made using blended Distress inks and a honeycomb mask which looks a bit like chicken wire. I cut a strip of burlap and frayed each long edge to go across the middle of the card.
For the rooster panel I stamped twice onto white card stock. Then I added colour with inks and brush markers. Then I cut out one rooster to decoupage on to the base panel. I added some Frantage embossing powders, glass glitter and mica flakes along the base of the panel.


I love Frantage for adding a bit of texture. 


Then I decided to make it into an easel card. I used the same technique for the small panel  at the base. The words were computer generated and printed onto white card. The little bee is an old Stampendous stamp the I have had for years. I just wanted a little something to finish off the base plate. 



Then inside I stamped a Woodware sentiment that seemed appropriate!


I really like this stamp and I am sure it will get well used.
I wonder when I am a grandmother will I get handmade cards from my grandchild? I hope so. That's all for this week. I need to get back to making wedding invitations for my daughter's wedding later this year. I have finished the day ones, now it's the evening ones!! 
Remember to pop over to Woodware for lots of great ideas.
Have a good week.
Siobhan x

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Woodware - Sketch 41

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. But its back to the daily grind. After a couple of weeks off for the festive period the Woodware DT are back to showcase all the lovely goodies available from Woodware stockists. 
This is the first sketch challenge of the year. 



So a nice simple sketch to kick us off. And here is my take on it:



After making so many Christmas cards it was good to make something different. I chose the little Stampendous bird as my focal image. A sign of spring ... wishful thinking!!
The background was made using my favourite technique of blending several blue and green dye inks. Then add layers of stamping. I started with water stamping to remove some ink with a flourish stamp. I love seeing it all come together.


The little bird was stamped by applying brush markers directly onto the stamp. A light spritz of water gives you the effect that the image has been water coloured.
The quote I used as my sentiment comes from a Woodware set designed by Jane Gill.
That's it for now, time for a cup of tea and Silent Witness!!
Siobhan x

Friday, 19 December 2014

Woodware - Why Thank You

This week at Woodware we are making Thank You cards. Well it's good to have a break from making Christmas cards. I definitely need to start earlier next year .... but I say that every year and never do!!


I have used two of my favourite rubber stamping techniques, resist and distress. The lovely grasses are a Woodware set of clear stamps designed by Jane Gill. I stamped these onto a 14 inch square of white card and embossed with clear powder. Then I blended Distress inks over the top. I added some text stamping and some water splattering.


The sentiment was stamped with gold ink onto a piece of parchment paper or vellum. I embossed with gold powder then I tore the strip to size and wrapped around the stamped panel.

Hope you all enjoy the Christmas period. And of course the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday. My hubby is cooking so I will be having a few gin and tonics for the final!!

Siobhan x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Woodware - Inchies

Well that's another hectic week gone by in a flash. So it was quite nice to sit in my craft room for an evening for some time out!! This week at Woodware we are using "inchies". I have done a few cards in the past with inchies and I like the whole idea. of putting together small images to make a sort of collage effect.
As I am still short of Christmas cards this year I decided to make a Christmas card with mine.




All the images I used are Stampendous. I stamped the images onto scraps of card first. Some I embossed with gold powder. Then I used the 1 inch square punch to cut out the portion of the image I wanted. I wanted to use mine as diamonds just to change things up a bit. I then layered them onto green squares and assembled as shown:


To finish off I used some die cut corners and some pearls. Then a die-cut flower just as a final embellishment. 
I hope you are all coping with the stresses of the run-up to Christmas. My Irish Christmas parcel is ready to go this morning and this afternoon I am putting up the tree. Last year I had a melt-down because I could not get the tree to stand up straight. I nearly chucked the whole lot away!! I am hoping for a less stressful time this time!!
While I had the green and gold out I made a batch of quick cards with a lovely Penny Black stamp.


I had already stamped out the images previously ...... something I should do more of!!
Have a good week and try to stay calm!! My mantra for this week!!

Siobhan x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Woodware - Sketch Challenge No 40

Well it's nice to be back. It seems ages since I last posted anything. I was in Ireland for 3 weeks helping look after my Dad. He had to have a big operation to remove a blockage from his bowel and now has a stoma and bag. He was doing great to start with but there were a few problems along the way and he was quite poorly while I was over. Thankfully he seems to be on the road to recovery now and getting stronger day by day.
While I was over I was fascinated by the variety of toadstools I saw when out walking my Dad's little dog Trixie.
Here are a few of my favourite ones.








And here is Trixie. 


Firstly I would like to thank the very talented Kim Reygate for filling in for me while I was away. As always her cards are lovely and very individual. 
Back to this week's Woodware challenge. It is a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch: 

So a very simple sketch this week. I decided to have a rest from Christmas card and chose a Stampendous set SSC160 Changito Dos. These cheeky little monkeys are great for cards for men and boys.

And here is my card.


The leaf punch is great for jungle scenes. The photo corner was made using a scallop square punch. I cut it diagonally in half and then used a plain square punch to cut a bit out of the middle.



A quick card to make as all the stamps are in the set. 
For other ideas on this sketch challenge, go to the Woodware blog to see what the other girls do.
Have a good week!! It is a bit scary that this is the beginning of December already. 
Siobhan x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Woodware - Sketch Challenge 39

This week is another sketch challenge at Woodware. This is the sketch we were given to work with :

I have rotated the design 90 degrees and used some snowflakes for my interpretation of this week's challenge. 



I stamped some large snowflakes (these are by Stampendous and you can buy the matching dies) with Versamark and embossed with white powder. I stamped them in the position of the circles on the sketch.
I then blended over some soft pink and blue dye inks, spritzed with some water to distress a little. Then I splattered some pearl mica paint for a snow flurry effect.
Now I don't have the dies that matched the stamps (yet!!). So I used some other dies I had to cut the 3 snowflakes on the white glitter card. I used some white mesh ribbon behind the snowflakes to give a lovely cob web effect.


Once assembled I added some small and medium glitter domes to embellish. 

I will be away when this post appears. My Dad has had a big operation recently and I am taking a couple of weeks off work to go over to Ireland to help look after him until he gets back to normal. I am not sure yet who on the Woodware team are going to look after my postings while I am away. If it is the lovely Kim Reygate then you are in for a treat as her cards are always lovely. 
I will be back on my blog by the 3rd week of November. Then hopefully I will get a wiggle on and get my own Christmas cards made.
Siobhan x

Monday, 20 October 2014

WOODWARE - White Christmas

This weeks challenge from Woodware is "White Christmas". I decided to make a button tree. I have made these before but usually with lots of colours. So here is a white one. 



These are so easy and such fun to make. Before cutting out my triangle of card I covered it with some double sided adhesive film. Peel off the top sheet and press your embellishments onto the sticky surface. I have used a mixture of buttons, pearls, snow domes, gems and nail heads. Then cover the whole thing with a nice fine glitter and you have a lovely sparkly tree. I used multi-crystal glitter from Stampendous. It has speckles of other colours in it which really catch the light.


I used some torn paper to create some drifting snow. This was edges with a glue pen and glitter as was the sentiment. So get raiding the button tin to make some great Christmas trees.
I am first up this week so be sure to pop back to the Woodware blog to see what the other girls come up with. At this rate I will have all my Christmas cards done by the end of November. Now that will be a first!!
See you next week.
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Woodware - Traditional Christmas

This week's Woodware challenge is "Traditional Christmas". What can be more traditional than decorating the Christmas tree. Stampendous have a lovely collection of House-Mice Designs designed by Ellen Jareckie. So I decided to uses these cute little guys decorating their tree but keep it more traditional with the colours.


There is not really much to explain with this card. I coloured in with brush markers and added a glittery finish to the berries and bows with a Sakura stardust pen. Sadly it does not show up well in the photo. I also added some red and gold nail heads.


I hope you enjoy the inspiration this week on the Woodware blog. Have a good week and keep crafting!! 
Siobhan x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WOODWARE - Christmas Decorations

At Woodware this week our challenge is to make a Christmas decoration. The decoration I have made was inspired by ones I saw years ago at a craft fair using ribbon. I tried it with strips of folded paper, a polystyrene ball or cone shape and some dressmaker's pins. I was quite pleased with the result.


First I chose some paper. This came from a new Christmas pad by Craftwork Cards. I usually try to pick something with a small pattern as this tends to work best.


I cut some strips of paper in 2 sizes. You need about 12 smaller strips for the top of the cone and the same for the base (2.5 x 5cm). Then for the middle section you need to cut slightly bigger pieces (3 x 6cm). The rule of thumb is that the length is twice the width.

Next you need to fold your strips in half. Then fold the two bottom corner points to the top centre fold. So far so good!!




Now take four smaller pieces to cover the bottom of the polystyrene ball making sure the points of the triangles all meet at the centre of the base of your shaped ball or cone.


See how the pins are placed at the base of each triangle. The next layer is using 8 pieces of the small strips. Think of tiles on a roof, you are overlapping each join of the previous layer. I always pin opposite pieces on both sides then fill in between those with the remaining 4 pieces.


As the circumference of the ball is now getting bigger I switch to the bigger strips for the next few layers. I did four rows this way and then for the last 2 layers I went back to the smaller pieces.


To cover the top I punched a circle of paper and added a loop of ribbon and some punched or die-cut foliage to finish off.


You can add glitter if you wish and I like to spray mine with a Christmas room fragrance for that finishing touch. 
The only difficult thing about making these pine cone baubles is putting the pins in so I use a thimble to save my fingers!!
I hope you are enjoying the inspiration this week on the Woodware blog, I know I am.
Have a good week and enjoy your crafting!!

Siobhan x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Craft Retreat in Beamsley

A couple of friends have asked to see what we did at the Beamsley Babes retreat this time. September is usually "Do your own thing". And usually I make some Christmas cards for my Dad. But this time I thought I would make a start on my own. I recently bought one of Tim Holtz's blueprints range and wanted to use all 4 in the set to justify having bought it in the first place!!
I really enjoyed using them as they are not my usual sort of Christmas stamps. And here is what I made.



So these are the stamps. My friend Liz had the snowman with dies set so I was able to borrow the dies to die-cut my snowman.



My next choice was the toy soldier. I thought this was my least favourite but I really enjoyed using it.



Next up was the Christmas tree and I did a few variations on this one.



The punched green strip was a new Woodware punch I had just been given. You can set it to punch just an edge or a double sided strip which I thought was a great idea!!
Then my final image was the snowflake.



The snowflakes in the background were embossed with a fine crystal glitter powder but sadly that doesn't show up in the photo.
Janet also lent me another Tim Holtz stamp of a Santa and this is the card I made with him:



Janet also had a little extra project to try of an advent calendar made from a small block of wood. This was a lovely fun thing to make and I was quite chuffed when I finished it.



The numbered tiles just flick over towards the bell as you count down to Christmas. 



So thanks Janet for the idea.They all looked quite different as people put their own twist on it.
Talking of inspiration, my friend Liz made me a lovely box. The image was a stamp I had previously given her and she had used pyrography onto the wooden box. How cool is that!!



We all had a great weekend. It just goes far too quickly. But we always come home with lots of ideas and things we want to try.
Thanks again Linda for being such a good friend and crafting buddy ... it would not be the same without you.
Siobhan xx
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