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
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