Monday, 28 July 2014

WOODWARE - Masking

Well I am first up this week for the Woodware challenge. Between the lovely weather and the Commonwealth games it has been a challenge this past week to get into the craft room!! But hey ... who's complaining!! The Scotland team are doing fantastically well so far.
When I first started rubber stamping, masking was one of those techniques where I thought "Wow ... that's amazing". So that inspired me to go back to basics for this week's project.
For this children's card I used an old stamp designed by our own Francoise - Patch Elephant. And for the background I used another set of Woodware stamps also designed by Francoise "Retro Jungle".


I stamped the elephant onto a piece of white card stock and also onto a post-it note. I embossed the main elephant with clear embossing powder. After cutting out the post-it elephant I laid that on top of the main elephant and stamped all the jungle elements on top. When you remove the post-it the jungle looks like it's behind!! 


Then I used the bigger leaf from the jungle set to make a background and also for the birthday sentiment. And a few green nail heads to finish off.
My colleague has a little boy soon to be five so I think this will be perfect for him.
I think this could be an interesting week on the Woodware challenge blog to see everyone's ideas on masking. 
Have a good week.
Siobhan x


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

WOODWARE - Mixed Media - Summer or Body Beautiful

This week's challenge at Woodware is an interesting one ....mixed media. This an area I would love to do more on. There are some amazing mixed media artist out there and I always feel my efforts are so mediocre that I rarely show anything I have tried. But as I had t o come up with something this week I have used paints, inks, stamps and stencils to make a canvas panel.
I started by covering the my narrow canvas with acrylic paints. I used some soft blues and greens and put a few spots onto a paper plate and spritzed with water. Then I applied them with my fingers remembering to cover the edges as well. Then I used a piece of burlap and a text stamp to create a bit of texture.
As the theme I chose was summer I pulled out a selection of oriental stencils (all Dreamweaver). I used parts of them with ink pads to create my little Japanese garden scene.


Oriental Summer Garden 

The sentiment is from Stampendous. I also stamped the sides of the canvas with a scroll stamp.
The edges are finished off with gold. For this I mixed some gold Pearl-ex powder with a little water to make a paste. I applied this with my finger along all the edges. It helps frame the piece and gives a lovely shimmer.
I also made up a spray with interference gold Pearl-ex and sprayed the whole panel lightly. Sadly you don't see the lovely soft shimmer in the photographs.

























The die cut dragonfly also had interference Pearl-ex applied to the wings.


This photo is just to show the stamping done on the sides of the canvas panel.
So that's my attempt at a mixed media piece. I am so looking forward to seeing what the other girls come up with this week. Visit the Woodware blog to see them all.
I hope you are all enjoying the fine weather this week. It's too nice to be at work!!
Siobhan x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Woodware - Sketch Challenge 36

Time for this month's sketch challenge at Woodware. This is the sketch we were given to work with :



So a nice simple sketch this week. I have stuck very much to the sketch. I used a beautiful long stemmed rose stencil from Dreamweaver (LL375). In fact it was one of the first Dreamweaver stencils I bought way back in 2002. 
I stencil embossed the rose onto some canvas paper to give some texture. Then I added colour with sponges and ink pads.



I don't think you can see the canvas texture on the photo very well, but it does make it stand out a bit more than being on a flat, smooth card.


I added some simple layering and sentiments to finish. My husband does not like fussy cards, so I think I will keep this for our next anniversary. He will probably wonder what on earth is going on ... as we don't normally give each other anniversary cards!

Remember to visit our challenge blog for lots of great ideas from the other girls.
Siobhan x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

WOODWARE - Poppies ...... as we remember

Our July Retailer is Linda who runs LLinda’s Craft Shop in Laneham, North Nottinghamshire. LLinda’s is a shop full of inspiration and with regular paper crafting workshops. Linda is one of the talented bunch that qualified as Certified Dreamweaver Teachers earlier in the year. Llinda’s Blog will give you a glimpse of the goings on in the shop. You can find workshop details, directions and much much more on LLinda’s Website. As this is an important year of remembrance the theme that Linda has chosen is
The Poppy….as we remember 

Woodware like to involve their retailers in our challenge blog. And as a previous shop owner I remember how important it is to support your local retail craft shop. Buying on- line is all very well but nothing replaces the pleasure of being part of the crafting community that naturally forms as part of a good craft shop. Linda has chosen a theme that is obviously close to her heart. And here is my take on her poppy challenge.


I have used my two most favourite techniques for this card. First a background of blended dye inks then distressed with a few flicks of water. The poppies come from a clear set from Artemio which I think is called "Meadow Flowers". I used brush markers to colour directly onto the stamp and then spritzed with water to mix the colours. I used a mask of torn paper to sponge black ink along the base of the card to look like the ground.


The words come from a Woodware set that Jane designed with grasses on it. I thought the words were just perfect to finish off the card. 
I don't know about you but I watched a lot of the programs over the D Day celebrations earlier this summer and was just in awe at some of the stories I heard and just how many young men lost their lives. It really does make you think and appreciate what we have now.
Remember to take a look at all the other gorgeous poppy creations on the Woodware blog.
Siobhan x

Friday, 4 July 2014

WOODWARE - Card in a Box

I must admit I was filled with dismay at this week's challenge from Woodware. I am not known for making dimensional cards. So I had to go on to "Splitcoast Stampers" to see if I could find a tutorial on how to make these cards that fold flat but then pop up to make a box filled with flowers!! My friend Linda had shown me one she made a while back and so I knew what was expected. I used Dina Kowal's excellent tutorial (click on the Splitcoast Stamper's link above and it will take you straight there.
Well I have kept mine quite simple and have chosen a wedding theme as most of the other girls on our DT had chosen flowers for their boxes. And I actually enjoyed making it!!



The main image is one of my favourite Stampendous stamps "Happy Couple". I have added a bit of colour to the stamped image and of course some crystal glitter for her dress.



The sentiment is another Stampendous stamp which was released as a Christmas stamp. But I thought it worked as a wedding sentiment too. The bit you can't see says "and friends that care".



And yes!! It does fold flat and will fit in to a C5 envelope. 

Now that I have made one I might make it again for different occasions. 
Thank goodness it's Friday. Hope you all have a good weekend! Shame we won't be watching Andy Murray in the men's final at Wimbledon. 
Siobhan x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

WOODWARE - Pink and Green

This week we are using pink and green as the colour combination for this week's challenge on the Woodware blog. I am last up this week and there have been some gorgeous cards this week. I wanted to try out this Stampendous stamp "Bowl Bouquet"



I stamped it onto watercolour paper with Versamark and embossed with white powder. Then using watercolour pencils I used a wet paintbrush to pick up colour directly from the pencil and puddled it over the image. This gives a lovely delicate watercolour effect and the white embossing acts as a resist. Then I added a few splatters from the brush to finish off.
Here is the finished card:



I layered up with pink card and a birthday sentiment. Check out the Woodware blog for other pink and green creations.
I have had a few requests to make cards for people at work lately so I thought I would share a few of these.
A work colleague asked for an engagement card for her daughter. Her boyfriend proposed during a picnic so I used that as inspiration for this easel card :





I love this Lili of the Valley stamp of the couple!!
Next a birthday card for someones friend who loves hillwalking:


Then a 60th birthday card for a colleague's husband who likes shooting pheasants and loves black labs :


And finally for our work colleague Ed who has been known to play air guitar in the corridor at work ... we recently got an I-Pod and docking station at work for the patients to listen to music whilst having their scans!! Ed obviously enjoys it too.


Right folks I am away to tidy my craft room ... it is a bit of a mess!! I have a new table to put up which does not sag in the middle like my current desk. But I need to make a bit of space first to get it in!!
Hope you have a good weekend whatever you are doing!
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

WOODWARE - Featuring Buttons

This week at Woodware we are using buttons. I love buttons and have used them before in our DT challenges. So for my project this week I decided to use one of Francoise's word stamps. I recently bought the "Happy Birthday" stamp. I have seen lots of lovely samples of these stamps using a paper piecing technique. But as I find that very fiddly and time consuming I have used a different approach.

I stamped the image onto white card in black and then coloured in the letters with bright zingy colours. I also stamped it onto a piece of double sided film. I cut it all out using a scalpel blade. Then peel off the backing and carefully stick it down onto the coloured letters. Take your time to try and get a good match for a better finish.



I then pressed onto the sticky film a selection of little buttons, gems and pearls. Then I covered the whole piece with an ultra fine crystal glitter. Shake off the excess and you are left with a softer version that up close looks like sorbet!!


Sadly the photos don't really do it justice. I had fun making this and I am sure I will use this technique again on these word stamps. I have a couple of others to try it out on .... one of these days when I have time!!
For lots of fantastic button ideas this week check out our Woodware blog!!
Ah well ... back to the ironing!!
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Woodware - Sketch Challenge

How is it, that within a week of getting back from holiday you feel like you need another one!! Never mind .... I am sure I will get over it!
This week at Woodware we are doing our monthly sketch challenge. It is a very simple one this time.



I got this fairly new Stampendous image "Orchard Pear" a couple of months ago and so I thought it was about time I actually used it. So I stamped and coloured it in. It is a lovely image and I didn't want to make it too fussy. 
For the background I decided to make my own instead of spending wasted time searching the stash for just the right paper! I used a ghosting resist technique. It is an easy way of achieving subtle layers on your background. I stamped a leaf sprig onto white card stock with white pigment ink. 




Once dry I then used a few shades of yellow and green Colorbox cat's eyes and a DTP method of applying the ink. Start with the lightest colours and blend over the card. Then buff with a bit of kitchen towel for the white resist to show through. I stamped the leaf again with a soft shade of green. Simple but effective.


Then a stamped sentiment and a few pearls to finish off!!


I think this image would look good in autumnal colours too. Remember to check out the Woodware blog to see what the other girls have done with the sketch.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Woodware - Child's Play

This month Woodware are sponsoring the challenge over on A Little Bit Crafty the theme is Child Play and the challenge is open until the end of June. So pop over there for some inspiration and to join in with the challenge! Here is my take on Child’s Play…

Hello everyone!! I am back! The lovely Kim Reygate held the fort for me during the month of May so that I could meet all my deadlines at work and then chill out for two weeks on the beautiful Hebridean island of Eriskay. We had a great holiday, just what I needed to re-charge some very flat batteries.
I sent off my card to Dorothy (Our DT leader) on Monday night, only to discover that Debs has used the same stamp as me. Well as they say "great minds think alike ...." Her card is lovely but thankfully quite different from mine!!
This Stampendous stamp is from a fairly new ranger called "Hoppers" created by the lady who designs the "House Mice" range.


As a little girl, like most little girls, I loved dressing up in my Mum's old clothes and shoes. So I thought this little bunny fitted the bill perfectly.


I just added a little sparkle with a Sakura stardust pen. I think this makes a lovely birthday card for any little girl.
Be sure to check out the Woodware blog for lots of other ideas and inspiration. 
Siobhan x 




Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Woodware - What do you do with your brayer!!

First of all apologies for no blog post last week. I am recovering from a nasty chest infection and I spent most of last week in my bed. But I went back to work today and am trying to get back on track!!
This week we are playing with our brayers!! How many of us have them and hardly use them ...... indeed!! Although I did actually do workshops using brayers in my Stampaholic days. One of my favourite techniques is using the brayer and paper masks to create mini landscapes. So this is what I did for this week's Woodware challenge



I cut out a line of hill tops from some scrap paper and lay that onto my panel of white card stock. I then inked up the brayer with a dye ink (Mountain Rose Adirondack). I rolled off the first revolution of the brayer onto scrap paper. Then roll several times in one direction over the card and mask. Then lift the mask and move it up and along a bit. Repeat the brayering without re-inking to get a line of softer hills behind. Then I moved the mask down towards the base of the card stock and re-inked for a darker layer of hills in the foreground.


Then it is just a case of some over-stamping to finish off. I like to use purples, blues and greens for this technique depending on the mood I am trying to capture.
Well that's it for now. I am having a month off the DT. The very talented Kim Reygate is going to be filling in for me until the end of May. So be sure to check out the Woodware blog to see what she and the other girls are up to!!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Woodware - Sketch Challenge

It's sketch time this week on the Woodware Challenge blog. This is sketch number 33. I was quite glad it was a sketch this week. I am having another "STOP the world ... I want to get off" moments. I am sure most people have them from time to time but at the moment I just have too many deadlines and not enough time. I don't get much time to craft so having to do a project every week makes me do at least one thing a week. A little bit of me time that is very precious!! 
Anyway enough moaning ......!!
I kept very true to the sketch this time as you can see!!


This cute little bear is a cling from Stampendous. So I just layered him up with nice papers and as I had my sewing machine out I did some stitching.


I think Dorothy was surprised when I sent this to her as I don't often do cute. But he is adorable and I haven't had a chance to use him until now.
Hope you all enjoy the Easter weekend. 
Siobhan x

Friday, 11 April 2014

Woodware - Sweet Dreams

This week our theme on the Woodware challenge blog is "Sweet Dreams". I was going to make a card using one of the cute house mouse stamps. But a few of the girls were thinking along the same lines. So I thought I had better think of something else. There weren't however many sweet dreams this week for me. For the first time I had to attend for jury duty. I never win anything in a raffle or the lottery. So out of nearly 100 people I never thought I would get picked..... but I did. I did find it very interesting, if not particularly pleasant, since the accused was facing charges of rape, sexual assault and robbery. I found that I didn't sleep too well especially the night before we had to reach a verdict. We returned a unanimous guilty verdict and I am happy we made the right decision. But I really don't want to have to go through it again!! After 6 days I was actually looking forward going back to work!

Back to this week's project ..... I decided to make a "quilt" effect for my background. I cut some strips of card in various widths. Then I stamped them tone on tone colours to add more interest. I then cut out a 14cm square of white card and covered it with double sided adhesive film or tape. it is then very easy to lay on your strips to build up your patchwork. I then trim off all the ends.



Then I finished off with some faux stitching and buttons and pearls.


The sentiment comes from a new clear Stampendous set. Remember to stop by the Woodware blog for details of the latest challenge and lots of inspiration!!
Looking forward to the weekend and spending some time tidying up the garden!!
Siobhan x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Woodware - Only Words

Well I am last up this week at Woodware this week. Our theme is "Only Words" I have always loved word stamps and have quite a collection. The one I have chosen for this week's card is an old Stampendous stamp which is now available as a cling.


I have used several text stamps for the various elements. My flower was made up with about 6 layers, each of which was stamped with a script stamp. If you have never tried one of these then this is how I make them:

  • Punch out or die cut at least six flowers in an appropriate size
  • Put all the layers together, trying to offset the petals in each layer.
  • Fasten with a brad.
  • Working one layer at a time, spritz with water and gently scrunch up the petals.
  • After the last layer you should have a scrunched up ball.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Gently unfold the petals from the outside in.
  • Optional - spritz with a mica spray for a little glimmer.

I keep meaning to make a pile of these on a lap tray watching telly so that I have a ready made stash!! Best laid plans .....
This has been an interesting week. I was cited to attend for jury service at the beginning of the week. Never expecting to be selected I went along and found myself coming out of the ballot. So I have been at high court this week in Perth as a juror !! We have to go back on Monday, hopefully for the last day. It has certainly been an interesting, if not enjoyable experience. But I will be quite glad now for it to be over!! 
Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
Siobhan x


Monday, 24 March 2014

Woodware - Acetate

Acetate is one of those things in my stash that I rarely use. However at Woodware this week I have been asked to use acetate. It probably took me as long to find the acetate than actually make the card ...... such is the life of a crafter!!

Staying on a dragonfly theme I used this gorgeous Stampendous cling of a dragonfly. I stamped it on to a piece of acetate with black Staz-on. Once dry I pressed a clear embossing pad on the inked side. Then I brushed on some mica powders, I used perfect pearls but any make will do. Be sure to "pounce" it well with a flat brush to make sure ti sticks to the acetate, then lightly brush off any excess with a soft brush.

Once you turn it over the mica powder shimmers through the mica but both stamped image and powder are protected behind the acetate.


Sadly I found it hard to capture the shimmer on the camera but it is lovely when it catches the light.


I also die cut a dragonfly from acetate and used the same technique on the wings. I also used the same dragonfly stamp to gold emboss onto gold metallic card for the background panel.

I am first up this week on the Woodware challenge blog. So it will be interesting to see what the other girls do with their acetate. Hope you have a good week. 
Siobhan x


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Dragonflies

I actually managed to finish the mirror I started at the retreat last weekend. Thanks to the lovely Anne Hunt's inspiration I went a bit grungy. We were also talking about the Stamper's Anonymous stamp "Odonata". This stamp was given to me by a very special lady and friend Jean who sadly is no longer with us. She brought it back from a trip to the States because she knew I loved dragonflies. I think it makes the perfect centre piece for my altered frame.



I am looking forward to having another go and experimenting more with texture paste. 


I must use this stamp more often ... I had forgotten how beautiful it is. 
Have a great weekend whatever you are up to.
Siobhan x

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Woodware - Spring Flowers

This week's theme over at Woodware is "Spring Flowers". Spring seems a bit late up here in Scotland and I am only just beginning to see daffodils coming out. I was recently given this newish Stampendous cling CRW 122 "Cherry Bird"



I coloured the bird then added some splatters of gold from one of my US Artquest mica palettes by flicking the paintbrush. I also added some detail by stitching beads onto the main blossom.


Then I punched out two sizes of sakura flowers and some ash leaves from a Leon-M punch. After shaping I stuck them down and added the pearls. I also stamped and embossed with detail gold powder some of the oriental writing that is on the main stamp. 
Remember to visit the Woodware blog for some great ideas.

Siobhan x

Monday, 17 March 2014

Retreat in Yorkshire

My friend Linda and I are back after our little trip to Beamsley in North Yorkshire for the Beamsley Babes craft retreat. We had a great weekend crafting, eating, laughing and catching up with our fellow crafting friends from all over the place. The theme this weekend was backgrounds using Tim Holtz products. We got a lovely goody bag to start us off. The folder was an ideal place to store our finished tags and will be a great little reference library of all the techniques we tried.


I thought I would share some of the tags I made.



This was blended distress "Spritz and Flick" and probably my all time favourite technique for making quick backgrounds. We were also using a lot of the new Tim Holtz masks. And I just adore these Paper Artsy fish.

This was made using Distress Stains and adding water to let the colours run into each other. I just finished it off with an Indigo Blu stamp. 

















These were made by applying Distress paint through a mask and then adding colour on to. The paint acts as a resist.


I love the elephant stamp and just had to use it somewhere!! And I bought the spider charms which I also just had to use.


The bunny was covered with Picket Fence Crackle paint. Once dry we used Distress Stains to add colour and really show off the crackle. I will definitely be using this technique again.



















This technique is called marbled stains and done which Picket Fence and 2 or 3 other colours. I liked the sort of chalky effect with this finish. 

Liz Smith gave us a little tutorial on Zentangling. I always struggle with this but today decided to have a wee go. I hope to improve with practise. But I like the idea of having the little notebook in my bag so I can doodle anywhere. So Liz thanks for inspiring me to have another go.


And finally on Sunday morning we had a go at decorating a white Ikea mirror. Mine was made using a mixture of die cuts and texture paste through a mask. It is very much a work in progress and once finished I will post it.


So Ann thanks so much for your class and inspiration. Linda and I managed to get the barbed wire die on the way home!!
So as you can see a busy weekend. I really do not want to go back to work tomorrow as I just want to stay at home to play!!
I will back tomorrow with this weeks project for Woodware. Luckily I made it before I went away....!
Have a good week.
Siobhan xx


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