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!!

Monday 29 August 2011

Creative Expressions - Christmas

I think I mentioned on a previous blog that I am trying to batch some Christmas cards to take over to Ireland next month. I always try to make some for my Dad to send out.  So I have just done a few of this one.

Winter Wonderland
This stamp is from a lovely Creative Expressions set I bought last year called Winter Wondeland. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with Detail White embossing powder. I then used this as a resist by rubbing soft blue and lilac pigment inks over the top. I then die cut with the Spellbinders Labels set 17. And layered up as seen. I love these colours for Christmas!! The snowflake just finishes it off.

Dreamweaver Blog Hop

This is an exciting week for our Woodware DT. We are joining in a blog hop with the very talented ladies from the American Dreamweaver DT. As Woodware are the UK distributors of Dreamweaver in the UK we were all very willing to join in and showcase some of the fantastic designs available.
My post is on Wednesday but if you want to join in now then go to Caz's blog  for the first post and she has linked to the next member in the hop. I have already been hopping this morning and I can honestly say I think it will be a good week.
Remember to leave a comment as you could win a Dreamweaver Stencil at the end of the week.
Here's an old sample I did using the beautiful Oriental Dragon stencil using metallic paste and foil. Nothing to do with this hop but just another sample of a Dreamweaver stencil!!

Saturday 27 August 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge #30 - Travel

I love having a go at The Stamp Man Challenge as it's usually a chance to get a bit dirty and grungy. I decided to have a go at a box for a change. 
I coloured the box with a combination of Distress Stains and Inks. The stamping was done using Rangers Archival Coffee ink. This is definitely one ink pad I could not manage without. The background stamp came from the Stampers Anonymous set" Papillon". The car and quote are both from Stampers Anonymous "Road Trip".  I added some flourishes with gold ink and embossed with gold powder.

Travel Box
I used gold ink and antique gold embossing to add some texture to the PARIS plate and to the keyhole on the side of the box.

Detail on the lid of the box
I can't manage the hinges myself, so hopefully I can talk my hubby into doing those for me. I am very fortunate... I have spent the afternoon in my craft room while Graham is cooking. He is really good. Tonight's dishes are all Spanish. I recently bought him Rick Steins new book.

I think I might give this to my son for all the foreign coins he has lying around his room!!
Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

A Wish for Peace - Penny Black

This month's challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts is "free and easy". I am going to Ireland next month to see my Dad and sister. Since my mum died I started making cards for my Dad to send out at Christmas. Now he likes them every year. So I am trying to make a batch every week so I have his supply ready to take over to him!!
This is a stamp I bought last year from Penny Black called "A Wish for Peace". 

A Wish for Peace
I used Tom Bow brush markers directly on the stamp and spritzed lightly with water. It is such a delicate scene so I kept the background quite muted and soft. 
I know it's only August, but this year I am going to be organized...........!!! I bet you have all heard that before.

Woodware Design Team - Funny Folds

I am not really into all the wierd and wonderful ways of folding, so it took me a while to decide what to do. Once in a workshop for Stampaholics we made a tri-shutter card on a Scottish masculine theme. It was quite fun to do so I decided to use that idea for this week's challenge.
I have used the lovely CRP119 Dragonfly vine  stamp from Stampendous as my centre piece. For the rest I used one of the Magenta puzzle sets CSET 001. These sets are ideal for this type of card as they are all framed, so easy to cut out.
Tri-Shutter Card
If you have not tried this then here are the scoring and cutting lines. I have also included measurements for the matting layers. You can just use the larger sizes if you want a single layer, but the inner matting sizes are there should you want them.

I wonder what the rest of the team came up with. If you want to see then hop along to The Woodware Blog.
Here is the Scottish version I mentioned earlier.
Proud to be Scottish
Enjoy your day!!

Monday 22 August 2011

Ethel and Murray - Out for a Drive

This week I decided to use Ethel and Murray in their car for this week's card for the Creative Expressions DT challenge. This image is from the set "Wrinkles Don't Hurt" as is the quote. I thought I would have a go at a side- step card. I found the instructions on-line. Just google "Side-Step Card" and plenty of sites pop up. All the trees came from another set - "Create-a-Scene  -  Trees." These are ideal for this type of thing.

"Out for a Drive"
I have a long weekend coming up and I suggested to my hubby that we should pack up a picnic and head off for a drive into the hills (with our dogs Alfie and Rory). So with this in mind I created a little autumnal Scottish mountain backdrop to set the scene.
Coming soon on the Creative Expressions website will be links to all 6 DT members. So you will be able to check out all the different samples from a talented and varied bunch of stamper's.

Saturday 20 August 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils - Wisteria

Tomorow the girls (Lin Rosie and Carey (and Alan) are coming over. They were all part of the Stampaholics team and I have been meaning to organise a wee get- together for ages. So I am looking forward to seeing them all and having a good old natter!!
So not much crafting this weekend - I have had to clean the house and cook!! I must sound like a right mink!! But I am sure you all know what I mean. I dread when my mother in law comes as she is so house proud!
Anyway here is another sample of a Dreamweaver stencil. Some of my old customers might remember this one.

Dreamweaver Wisteria stencil
For this piece I used matt black embossing paste. When the paste was completely dry, I put the stencil back on and applied versamark onto the dried paste with a sponge. I took off the stencil and I then used mica powders with a brush to add the colour. A big soft brush was used to brush any excess off the background card. I then spritzed lightly with water to set the powders. Unfortunately you can't see the lovely shimmer that you get with the powders but it really is very pretty.
Hope you like. Thanks for dropping in to have a look.

Friday 19 August 2011

Woodware Design Team - Take Two Colours

Our theme this week was to take two colours and design a card. Well that's easy for me. My favourite colour combo is pale aqua and brown.
I wanted to use the lovely Stampendous Bird Frame stamp (CRP 126). As you probably all know by now I love anything with birds on. To give me more room to work with I used half a sheet of 12 x 12 Bazzill, folded so that the fold is at the top (tent card). I stamped the birds onto some aqua scrapbook paper with coffee ink and added some faux stitching around the edges.

New home
I also used the Woodware Crafty edger. The cassette I used is the one that came with the starter set. I thought it resembled a fence (upside down, I know!!)
To finish off I made a shabby chic style flower and finished with the lovely delicate maidenhair fern punch.  The instructions for this flower are in a previous post

As I couldn't find my new home stamps I used computer generated words for the sentiment tag. 
Very simple, but often less is more!!
Hope you like it. To see what the other girls have picked for their colours please visit the Woodware Blog

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Ethel relaxing at the Beach

This is my first card for the Creative Expressions DT. We were sent a set of stamps "Wrinkles Don't Hurt". This range features two characters Ethel and Murry. This is Ethel!! There are loads of fun sentiments to go with the images. Check out the Creative Expressions website to see the full range.

Ethel on the Beach 
 The card is pretty straight forward. I sponged through part of the Spellbinders Impressability stencil "Sea Scape" to add interest to the background.

The lobster and starfish are also Spellbinder shapeability dies. And I found the seagull button in my embellishment box.

Dreamweaver Stencils - Ginger Jar

Coming up in a couple of weeks, our Woodware DT is joing the Dreamweaver USA DT for a blog hop. I have made a piece for that which will be posted that week. But while I was looking through my box of Dreamweaver Stencils I remember fondly using many designs over the years in workshops at Stampaholics. Woodware are the UK distributor of Dreamweaver in the UK. So I thought it might be nice to share a few projects with you, just to remind you how versatile brass stencils can be!!
First up is the beautiful outline stencil of the Ginger Jar. You can use so many different techniques to decorate it. Here's a card I did recently as a commision for a Wedding Anniverary.

The Ginger Jar
I am going to enter this into the current Dreamweaver challenge. If you like stencils you will love the work of the American girls. Check it out at the Dreamweaver blog

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Bright and Beautiful

This month's challenge over at Crafty Individuals has been set by been set by the amazingly talented Helen Chilton . The words "Bright and Beautiful" always remind me of primary school. It was the hymn we sang nearly every week at assembly. So the inspiration for this piece came from the words "all creatures great and small".
Swallows are one of my favourite birds and I love the Crafty Individuals stamp with the silhouette of the swallows on the telegraph wire.

The foliage is all from a CI Elements set, and the words is an old Penny Black quote which I love.
 At the hospital where I work we have swallows nesting just outside our back door in the loading bay. My colleague Pam and I are now watching them rear their second lot of chicks.

Saturday 13 August 2011

Woodware Design Team - Look what I did with these folders!!

Yes this was definately a hard one this week. I had great ideas but most of them ended up in the bin. So in the end I went for very simple. The Woodware sheet comes with several different sizes of mini file folders. Great for gift tags to suit all sizes of gifts.

A nice idea for a gift would be to make a selection of these for various occasions and put them in a nicely decorated box. I like to use coloured tissue paper for gift wrapping and often don't have time to make a gift tag from scratch.

The larger ones are perfect little holders for the credit card style gift cards that are widely available. To make this seem more a gift in itself why not make this cute little folder to pop the gift card in.

This little folder is quick to make:
  • Cut a strip of card 8.5 x 25cm
  • Score at 10.5, 11.5 and 22cm
  • Fold on the score lines.
  • At the short flap end round the corners with a punch.
  • Mark 2 holes in the middle of the flap about 1cm apart.
  • Punch holes with a punch. Close up the booklet so that you can draw through the holes onto the card below. Punch these holes out.
  • Cut a piece of nice paper 8 x 7 cm and attach to LHS of front panel.
  • Decorate as desired. Thread ribbon through holes on front panel.
  • Colour and decorate largest size file folder from the sheet.
  • Attach to inside of folder. Insert gift card. Thread ribbon through holes in flap and tie in a bow.

I really am looking forward to see what the rest of the team have done this week!!! Why not check out the Woodware Blog for yourself.

Thursday 4 August 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge - Show us Some Stitching

The new challenge at The Stamp Man this fortnight is "Show us Some Stitching". One of these days I will get my sewing machine set up so I can actually use it!!
So it's either hand stitching or faux stitching I do at the moment.
I bought the Tim Holtz Alterations Sewing Room die from the Stamp Man when I was in Skipton a few months ago. Therefore the perfect choice to go with the stitching theme. And I went all pink and girly for a change - what is happening to me, I ask myself!!

A Stitch in Time
I stitched the zig-zag borders down both edges with very fine shimmery metallic thread. At the top I added little clusters of beads. I know you can't see it but I also stitched along the top of the lace so that it could be gathered to form the skirt around the mannequin.
I think I know someone who would like this!! 
My daughter Catriona was home for a couple of days. When I went to import this picture from my camera I found a couple of photos she had taken of our dog Rory. He looks so cute, I thought I would share it with you!

Rory asleep in the garden!!

Monday 1 August 2011

Woodware Design Team - Sketch Challenge 3

This week it's another sketch challenge. I quite like these as the layout is already done for you. So here is the sketch that we were given.
Anyone who knows me, will probably remember I have a thing for dragonflies. So I am always on the look-out for something new to add to my collection. This one is a new Stampendous cling stamp CRP119 Cling Dragonfly Vine. I love these cling stamps. They are proper rubber, but the image is printed on the back of the stamp making them so easy to position. That enabled me to use the tips of the vine to stamp onto the tag.
Dragonfly Vine
The background was created by using 3 shades of blues and purple tombow brush markers onto my white panel (cut with a nestie but a plain rectagle would do). I then spritzed with bleach which I added a little water to. It makes great backgrounds. Then I stamped the dragonfly in a waterproof ink like Memories or Stazon.  I then used the bleach neat with a brush to lift the colour off the wings and create shadows along one side of the dragonfly and some of the vine tendrils.
The layering up was easy. I used one of the new magenta papers as the background, and some Magenta printed vellum at the side. For the black layer I used one of Woodware's fabulous Crafty Edgers. I was and am a fan of Martha Stewart punches, but I have to say the Woodware system is so easy to use for effortless matching. 
To finish off I painted a little interference blue and violet from my Pearl-ex Watercolour palette, onto the wings for a little shimmer. I also found little purple nailheads to embellish the vine.

I think this will be a stamp I will use regularly!! I think I am first to post this week for the Woodware Blog but be sure to check back to see what the others have come up with.
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