Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Woodware Design Team - Dreamweaver Week

Welcome to Woodware's first blog hop! And we have a giveaway too! We are really happy to be joining with the Dream It Up Team to bring you innotive ways to use our wonderful Dreamweaver stencils and supplies all week long. By the end of the week, you'll have seen stencils used in inspirational ways you just couldn't have imagined, and you'll see that, although our stencils are wonderful for papercrafting, they have SO MANY other uses too!! We will have several posts a day for you, from Monday 29th August to Saturday September 3rd. At the end of our celebration, each designer will randomly select a winner from all blog comments to receive a free Dreamweaver stencil. We look forward to you partying along with us!
Next to stamping I love stencils. You can do so many different techniques with them, especially now with all the different pastes on the market.
We were asked to make a home decor piece. So here is mine - a canvas with bevelled edges.
Flying Geese
  • I sponged colour onto the canvas using pigment inks. I gave the canvas a light covering with yellows and soft orange.
  • I used a piece of scrap paper to create a mask for the mountains. I sponged slightly darker tones along the mask and towards the bottom of the canvas to create my mountain range (I live in Scotland - I am obsessed with mountains!!!)
  • I punched a largish circle out of scrap paper and sponged oranges and reds through the mask to make my setting sun.
  • I then placed the stencil of the geese (LG687 - Flying Geese) onto the canvas and pasted with white Dreamweaver embossing paste. Repeat with the bulrushes (LL517 - Cattails).
  • When completely dry I put the stencils back on to apply the colouring to the geese and bulrushes. I tend to use stencil brushes and pigment ink. I find them easier to use and as a stamper I have lots of colours. 
  • I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of card and die-cut the frame plate to finish off.

The geese in more detail
The edges of the canvas were bevelled, so I used a little border stencil (LM282 - Leaf Border) on each side for a little extra interest.

LM282 - Leaf Border

Here is a card I made in a previous post. For this I stencil embossed the geese with my light box onto the background paper and coloured with pigment inks. I then stamped the trees along the bottom. 

Home to roost

I have a little story to share about the geese. My father lives near the coast in South East Ireland. In the autumn there are often flocks of geese flying in to rest over night in the fields. My mum always loved to see them especially when the sun was going down and the sky would be all orange, pinks and reds. After she died of cancer a few years ago I made a card for my Dad with the geese stencil. I told him it represented him in the front with me and my sister close behind as we carried on our own life journeys without my mum. He is not normally sentimental, but at our first Christmas without her my father surprised us both. He had a local silver smith to make us each a pendant featuring the three geese. Needless to say there were lots of tears but we both have something to cherish that means so much.
Here is a picture of the pendant.

 Here is the card that I made - it was in the earlier days of me and stencils so it's a bit basic. My Dad however loved it and it sits in a frame in his hall.

Thanks for visiting. 
You can find all the supplies you need right here . Your next stop along the hop is to Wendy at Paper Therapy
Enjoy the trip!!


  1. I love your geese creations!!! And the story of your family is so poignant...and so wonderful to hear about how you used your artwork to connect with each other at that time in your lives when it was so important to remain close. Truly an inspiration!

  2. All of your creations are beautiful. I love the scenes you created and the way you colored and shaded everything in them. The story about your mother and father touches my heart. The pendant your father had made for you and your sister is so very special. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. That is such a beautiful story Siobhan to go with a beautiful & inspiring piece of artwork. Thank you for sharing both with us!Well done! x

  4. Stunning art work as usual Siobhan and a very touching story. The pendant is beautiful and something you will treasure I've no doubt. Hugs x

  5. Oh boy, that brought tears to my eyes Siobahn,i know about losing a mum,lovely story to cherish, luv Georginax

  6. Beautiful geese projects. Such a lovely post to read.
    Regards Florence.

  7. Cool picture Siobhan and thanks for sharing your lovely family story.....

    hugs Diane xx

  8. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I am huge fan of the outdoors (being from Montana, USA) and this creation is FABULOUS!!! I love how you finished the beveled edge with the Leaf Border!!!! Great job!! It has been so inpspiring this week seeing everyone's creations. By the way....your coloring with the stencil brushes is AWESOME!!! Good job!

  9. Your creations with the geese stencil are wonderful!

  10. This was a beautiful post and a beautiful and moving story. Thank you so much for sharing it. I love what your dad did for you and your sister as well. It is truly amazing to see how one image can inspire so much--truly the job of art.

  11. First of all, have to say that I love the look of your blog! As for your stenciled projects...WOW! I love that beveled canvas with the geese. Gorgeous coloring, and the border on edges is fabulous. Your family story just completes the post. I love it when there is a heartfelt reason behind creations.
    Dreamweaver team

  12. So VERY beautiful Siobhan...and of course, LOVED your story...

  13. Hi Siobhan. Your canvas is beautiful and your little bit of family history is just as beautiful.
    Love and hugs

  14. I love the way you always finish everything off, most people would not have stencilled the sides. I awe as always. X

  15. Your touching story of family strength has inspired so many beautiful projects, each one exquisitely done.

  16. That beveled canvas is wonderful, and the inspiration behind it brought tears to my eyes. You and your sister are truly blessed to have such a thoughtful father and cherished memories of your mother.

  17. Hi Sis,
    you have brought a tear to my eye as well. As you know I cherish my card with the geese and the sentiment behind it. Thanks for sharing the story it is lovely to see all the lovely comments from your followers of your blog. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Michelle x

  18. amazing! GREAT job and the pendant is lovely!

  19. Your work is beautiful Siobhan and so is your family story, thank you for sharing it with us.
    xxx Hazel.

  20. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I will never look at that stencil the same way again. And your work is so lovely!

  21. Siobhan what a beautiful and touching story. I love your canvas it is so beautiful.

  22. Loved the items you shared and the great story that goes with them.

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