Monday 26 January 2015


I know it seem a long way off yet, but this week at Woodware we have been asked to make an Easter card. So I thought I would use my newest Stampendous "Happy Hoppers" cling stamp for my Easter card. 

As you can see it is very cute and perfect for Easter!! I stamped it in brown ink and coloured with watercolour pencils and blended with a wet paintbrush. 
To finish off, some simple layering with die-cut ovals and some punched daisies and leaves. 

Bright and cheerful!! Unlike the weather at the moment. I am first to post this week on the Woodware blog so it will be fun to see what the other girls come up with.
Have a good week.
Siobhan x

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Woodware - Silver Wedding Celebrations

This week at Woodware we have been asked to come up with a card for a Silver Wedding Anniversary. For some reason I always struggle with Anniversary cards. So I have kept this one very simple.

The background was made using a Stampendous stamp CRV268. This beautifully ornate scroll is lovely on it's own or used repeatedly to create a background. In this case it was stamped with silver ink onto parchment paper and embossed with silver embossing powder. Unfortunately the photo does not do it justice. It is so difficult to get good pictures at this time of year!!
The centre square was stamped with a script stamp (Celebrate) and embossed with a detail silver powder as it was such a fine script.
The numbers were die cut from some graphite coloured card which I stuck onto a piece of double sided adhesive film. Once cut I peeled off the backing paper and covered with a multi-crystal glitter.

To finish off I added some silver gem stones and a ribbon. Ideally I would have used a wider silver ribbon. But I could not find any despite having two baskets stuffed with ribbons...... isn't that always the way. Debs made a lovely card yesterday on the blog and I am looking forward to seeing what the other girls come up with.
Keep warm and keep crafting.
Siobhan x

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Woodware - Focus on Grandparents

This week over at Woodware the theme is cards for a special Grandparent. My special Grandad is no longer here but I know he would have liked this card. I recently bought this Stampendous stamp CRW113 Rooster Elements. 

I love these collage stamps, they stamp really well and then only require a little colour to bring them to life. 
And here is my card :

The background was made using blended Distress inks and a honeycomb mask which looks a bit like chicken wire. I cut a strip of burlap and frayed each long edge to go across the middle of the card.
For the rooster panel I stamped twice onto white card stock. Then I added colour with inks and brush markers. Then I cut out one rooster to decoupage on to the base panel. I added some Frantage embossing powders, glass glitter and mica flakes along the base of the panel.

I love Frantage for adding a bit of texture. 

Then I decided to make it into an easel card. I used the same technique for the small panel  at the base. The words were computer generated and printed onto white card. The little bee is an old Stampendous stamp the I have had for years. I just wanted a little something to finish off the base plate. 

Then inside I stamped a Woodware sentiment that seemed appropriate!

I really like this stamp and I am sure it will get well used.
I wonder when I am a grandmother will I get handmade cards from my grandchild? I hope so. That's all for this week. I need to get back to making wedding invitations for my daughter's wedding later this year. I have finished the day ones, now it's the evening ones!! 
Remember to pop over to Woodware for lots of great ideas.
Have a good week.
Siobhan x

Thursday 8 January 2015

Woodware - Sketch 41

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. But its back to the daily grind. After a couple of weeks off for the festive period the Woodware DT are back to showcase all the lovely goodies available from Woodware stockists. 
This is the first sketch challenge of the year. 

So a nice simple sketch to kick us off. And here is my take on it:

After making so many Christmas cards it was good to make something different. I chose the little Stampendous bird as my focal image. A sign of spring ... wishful thinking!!
The background was made using my favourite technique of blending several blue and green dye inks. Then add layers of stamping. I started with water stamping to remove some ink with a flourish stamp. I love seeing it all come together.

The little bird was stamped by applying brush markers directly onto the stamp. A light spritz of water gives you the effect that the image has been water coloured.
The quote I used as my sentiment comes from a Woodware set designed by Jane Gill.
That's it for now, time for a cup of tea and Silent Witness!!
Siobhan x
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