Wednesday 27 February 2013

Woodware - Animals Wild and Not So Wild

An unusual theme this week from Woodware. I am late again sorry!! I am still playing catch-up from not being well for a couple of weeks. Although I am back at work I have to admit I am struggling a bit. Anyway here is my card for this week's theme. As my sister and her family are into horses in a big way i am always on the look out for stamps to use for their birthday cards. This little DaVinci horse is by Stampendous.

 To give it more impact I stamped it 3 times in a row then added some colour with watercolour pens as a wash.

To finish off I added some brown and cream gingham ribbon and a button. 

I also found the little cowboy boots in my charm box to finish off. 
That's all folks as i am dashing off to catch my bus to work.

Thursday 21 February 2013

Woodware - Shining Silver

Hi everyone. This is a very quick post this week as I have been ill. The theme this week at Woodware is "Shining Silver" I pasted a Dreamweaver thistle stencil with metallic silver paste. Once dry I cut it out and layered up with a bit of tartan.
Not my finest hour!! But better than nothing I guess. I am starting to feel better so hopefully next week will see something a bit better!!

It is a lovely stencil and one I find quite useful for men's cards. Usually though I stencil emboss it and add colour with a stencil brush and pigment inks.

But that's the beauty of stencils .... they are very versatile. Promise to be more on the ball next week. Got to go back to work tomorrow which I am dreading. But at least there are only two days to get through until the weekend.
Siobhan x

Friday 15 February 2013

Woodware - Wedding Stationary

This week at Woodware we have been asked to make Wedding Stationary. First of all apologies for the late posting of this project. But on Wednesday night I was struck down with a nasty bug. I hardly left my bed yesterday. But today I am feeling a bit better and am sitting up in bed writing this post. 
I am not really a hearts type of person so I wanted to design a very simple set of wedding stationary that would perhaps suit a more mature couple tying the knot. I wanted it to be simple and elegant. Also I think too with the high cost of postage many people are looking to have less dimensional cards that will post at the normal cost.
So here is my selection :

The image I have chosen is the beautifully detailed  Stampendous Magnolia stamp. I felt that it really needed very little done with it.
For the main invitation I have embossed it with a detail gold powder. This really makes a difference if your stamp has lots of fine detail as this one has.

To soften the edges and make it have a vintage feel I blended a brown ink over the edges of the card.
Next the evening invitation :

Just stamped in a dark brown in and layered with a green/gold metallic card.
I think nowadays it is quite common to include a RSVP card so another simple card to easily include into your stationary set.

And to finish off my little collection I made a little folder which could be used as a wedding favour. This template came from Splitcoast Stampers and is a tea bag folder. But I often use it as a little gift with a couple of flat chocolates. But you could also put a lottery ticket or scratch card in one side.

The inside is very simple to make.

So I hope you like my selection of stationary. I have always steered away from making wedding stationary. But I have promised to make my daughters stationary when the time comes. At least then it will be a labour of love, but I doubt it will be anywhere as simple as this!!
Siobhan x

Saturday 9 February 2013

Woodware - Sketch Challenge

Time for our next Sketch challenge over at Woodware this week. I am last up this time and there have been some lovely samples this week, with a few glimpses of some of the new stamps just launched. So be sure to take a peek!!
So this is the sketch : 

For my offering I have turned the sketch 90 degrees. I have chosen the lovely Stampendous stamp "Springtime in Paris". I have stamped it simply in a dark brown ink and added gold to the flowers from one of my USArtQuest Mica Palettes. 

The frame behind the images was made with Frantage powders Shabby White and Aged Gold. 
The stamped border at the top is from a clear Stampendous set called Damask chair. It is such a lovely intricate border that always adds a touch of elegance. 

The background was made using the Stampendous music score stamp and my favourite technique of spritzing water onto a stamp and lifting off to remove ink. 

My flower was several layers of parchment daisies. I stamped and embossed with a detail gold powder before punching out with a large daisy punch. 
To keep with the French theme, my text paper was torn out of my old French Dictionary. I was always useless at French at school but at least I have found great uses for my French Dictionary!! 
Remember, if you enter our sketch challenge you are in with a chance of winning a Woodware voucher to spend at your nearest stockist.
Have a good weekend. I believe we may get more snow on Sunday!! So winter is not over just yet.
Siobhan x
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