Friday, 31 August 2012

Woodware - Sending a Smile

This week at Woodware we are sending a smile!! For my effort this week I have used a combination of old and new in a very simple card.

The old is the sentiment and flower. Both Stampendous stamps. H248 "Everyone Smiles" is a wood mounted stamp that is still available and the swirly flower is a cling called Ruffled flower. I embossed the flower with white powder on white card stock and used a DTP (direct to paper) technique with 3 shades of blue to colour the flower. Once cut out I added some crystal glitter to the ruffled edges and some pearls for the centre.

 For the new I used the lovely fern from a new Woodware set designed by Jane (JGS274 Ferns). This I stamped onto some text paper (from my trusty French dictionary!!).
Then I used my new crafty edger "Garland". 

A bit of ribbon and a few pearls finish off this quick and easy card. 
Have a good weekend whatever you are doing. 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Alter It at The Stamp Man

There is a new challenge over at The Stamp Man. I have literally just finished my project and my fingers are still covered with ink. My daughter Catriona has just moved back home for a while as she has just got a new job in Perth. So while I have been covered in paint  last weekend, it was for the walls and not a craft project. And for what seemed like ages I couldn't get anywhere near my craft desk as my craft room was filled with boxes!!
However normality is slowly returning and I have had a pleasant afternoon crafting. 
Now I have never done anything even remotely Halloween before, and I had not intended too but somehow this is what I made.

It started life as an Ikea mirror. I made a patchwork of stamped pieces to cover it. The sides of the mirror were painted and stamped with a texture stamp.
All the pieces were white card stock and I blended Distress inks, using a palette of oranges, reds, browns and purples. 

To each piece I added a few details like gold embossing or embellishments.

The stamps were all Stampendous and Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous. I absolutely love this raven. He is new from Stampendous. The Stamp Man stock lots of lovely Stampendous stamps at really good prices.

 This wrought iron gate is also from Stampendous.

And this lovely little owl came from a hair slide from Primark!!
If you want to join us and have a chance of winning a £10 voucher then all you have to do is alter something. It could be a frame, a box, a note book, a bottle or anything you like. There are some gorgeous samples made by my team mates to inspire you. 
Siobhan x

Dreamweaver Blog Hop

All of this week, the Dream Team and the Woodware UK teams are celebrating the release of the new holiday designs from Dreamweaver Stencils. Of course, no celebration is complete without prizes...and there are some fabulous ones for those commenting on both sides of the "pond". 

Each team will be providing the opportunity to win four prize packages of stencil designs, perfect for the holidays. Just leave your comments each day on each players' post as well as the Dream It Up! and Woodware UK blogs, and the Dreamweaver and Woodware Facebook pages. Two random commentors  will be chosen from the batch of weekday posts, one each from the DW and WW Facebook pages, and from the big hop on Saturday...from each side of the pond!* That's a total of eight prize packages up for grabs! Here's what you could win:
I chose this lovely new Dreamweaver design LJ921 Heart Ornaments. I just loved this simple design as soon as I saw it. I decided to go vintage for my first card.


I blended 3 or 4 colours of dye inks on some white card stock. I lightly stamped the music background in brown ink (Stampendous music score). A few splatters of water adds to the vintage look. Then I stencil embossed the design and added colour with pigment inks and a stencil brush through the stencil.

I stamped through the stencil with a flourish border (from Stampendous clear set Elegant Borders ). I added some Stampendous Frantage Aged Gold to the edges before mounting onto the background.

The background paper was very simply stamped with a new Stampendous pine boughs and embossed with gold powder. 

To finish off I used one of Woodwares new crafty edgers and some green and gold organza ribbon. And of course a pearl or too!!
I haven't had much time this week to go blog hopping so I am looking forward to sitting with a cuppa this afternoon and catching up with all the girls both sides of the Atlantic to see what they have created with their stencils. 

Don't forget to leave me some holiday cheer as you move on to the other players for today:

Remember to follow along with the challenges on the Dream It Up! and Woodware UK blogs for more prize opportunities, and more crafty inspiration, as well as "liking" DW and WW on Facebook.
*Winners selected must be from USA/Canada/UK only.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Woodware - Paper Piecing

I am first to post at Woodware this week. And the theme is "Paper Piecing". This is not something I normally do much of as I am not into fiddly cutting out. But I guess thats why we have so many different challenges. Some suit and others take you out of your comfort zone. 
After a rake through my Woodware stamps I came across this useful set designed by Francoise. It is a clear set FRCL 132 Looking Good. Being clear stamps, positioning on patterned papers is easy. Francoise is really good at this technique so I knew I better make a decent effort at cutting out all the pieces. 

The papers came from a GCD 8x8 pad called Planes and Trains. I like plaids for men's cards, and this one worked a treat.

Here are a couple of close ups of the paper piecing panels. I used coloured pencils for the guy's neck and background for the trousers.

To finish off I added a few buttons from Woodware's coffee and cream mixed bag. These bags of buttons are great value for money. I keep all mine in little spice jars from Ikea on top of my ink pad wall unit and they look great!! Sad I know!!
Be sure to stop by Woodware this week to see what the others make. There are sure to be some great samples as most of them are more into this technique than I am.

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Stamp Man - Precious Medals/Metals - Olympics - Gold, Silver of Bronze

Time for another new challenge over at The Stamp Man. Angela is hosting this challenge and she wants us to make something inspired by the Olympics. Team GB have done a fantastic job representing our country and winning so many medals. My only regret is that I haven't been able to watch more of it. Although I did see Andy Murray win his gold medal!!

So my project is a loose interpretation of the theme. I had a chipboard circle and ring (Wendy Vecchi Art Parts) as my starting point. I thought the ring would represent one of the Olympic rings.

I covered the ring with aluminium tape (from B&Q), then used metal tools to add rivets etc. I used alcohol inks to colour the silver tape. Once dry I wiped over a black StazOn pad then sanded with some fine grit paper. During the opening ceremony the forged rings came out of the fire and then all fused together. So my faux metal ring came from that idea. I wanted it to look like a porthole looking out to a world of possibility ...I know, I do get a bit carried away at times!!
The background was made using blended distress inks and a few flicks of water, then over stamped with various Tim Holtz stamps.

Then to finish off I wanted my umbrella man looking out about to step out into a brighter world ....right that's enough of the poetic licence!!
To fit the gold theme I build up about 4 layers of gold embossing powder then sunk in a beautiful flourish stamp (this on is my favourite and is from Hero Arts). I had inked the stamp with Versamark before making the impression. This allowed me to dust over a little bronze mica powder to highlight the flourish. You don't really see that in the photo unfortunately.

Why not join us on the Stamp Man challenge blog and enter a project. You never know, it could be you winning a place in the top 5. 
Thank goodness it's Friday, another very busy week and I am so looking forward to a quiet weekend!! Hope you all have a good one too!
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Woodware - Black and White with a Pop of Blue

I have just got my hands on a few new stamps from the latest release from Stampendous. As soon as I saw this Raven on the script background (CRR152 Cling Raven Background), I knew I had to have it. And a perfect choice for this week's challenge at Woodware - "Black and White with a pop of Blue".

The frame was made using another new Stampendous stamp CRR145 Cling Decorative Grate. I cut out the frame from thick white card, stamped all round with the grate stamp in black pigment ink then embossed with clear powder. I just liked the Gothic feel it gave to my main image.

 I 3-D'd the raven, added a bit of blue to his hat along with a black pearl. For a final pop of blue I made a flower from lots of large daisies punched from an old dictionary I picked up from a charity shop. Before assembling the flower I mixed some blue Pearlex powder in a little spritzer bottle with some water and sprayed all the flowers. Once dry it's a case of putting all the layers together with a small brad, a bit of scrunching and a big white pearl to finish. 

To get more inspiration, check out the Woodware blog this week to see what the other girls have made

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Woodware - Shrink Plastic

Normally I love shrink plastic. The brand that Woodware sell is what I used to stock in my shop and I use it myself. Somewhere in my garage is a box with some shrink plastic in it. But at the moment the garage is filled with boxes of my son Paul's belongings while he is away travelling to Canada. One look and I decided that I would have to abandon that idea!! But as luck would have it I found a whole sheet of black shrink in my craft room. Easy I thought...intaglio!! Have you ever had one of those evenings where every good idea you have ends in disaster!! Well it was one of those times and everything I tried ended up in the bin!!
So eventually I found a little scrap of white plastic, just enough to punch out a jumbo tag. I thought I better play safe and stamp it to make an embellishment to go on a card. Here it is.....

This is for a friend who loves music and birds and I went for nice vibrant summery colours. I used a Stampendous stamp "Music Score" and a Magenta stamp called "Shadow Branch" to stamp the background.

As the shrink plastic was white I very lightly sponged with soft orange tones before stamping the bird with black stazon. The branch was stamped with Stazon Gold metallic ink. I love this little mini bird, it is so sweet. 
To keep the sort of natural theme I used garden string rather than ribbon to attatch my tag.

The lovely bird stamp is another Stampendous stamp. I have used this many times before and it is still a favourite. If you are looking for Stampendous stamps check out The Stamp Man. They stock a really big range and their prices are very good.
At the end of the day, not what I had planned but I was quite pleased with the result in the end.
Siobhan x
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