Friday, 21 October 2016

Woodware and Crafty cardmakers - Things that go bump in the night

 This week Woodware are again sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers this week the theme is Things That Go Bump in The Night the theme runs for two weeks on there blog.
Don't forget to check out the Crafty Cardmakers blog and play along with us all, we have a prize!

Halloween seems to increasing in popularity here in the UK, the main cards I have done have been for friends in the USA although I have sent the odd one to family here in the UK.
Halloween means different things to different people, and is represented by different  things everything from witches to skeletons and ghosts and ghouls.  All things that may go bump in the night.  My card this week is on I made a couple of years ago.

So here is my take on Halloween.   

I used Dreamweaver Tree Line Die DG745, Dreamweaver Spider Stencil LS28, Stampendous Stamps: CRM315, CRH309 and SSC1174
Co-ordinations card in various colours.

The techniques I used were dry embossing for the spider then sanded back, simple stamping for the images. I coloured the Mr Skelton in a soft lead pencil and the colour with Souffle pen and Copic marker. The die was cut from black card, the edges of some panels were distressed.  I thought it was quite 'Halloweeny'.

Sorry for the short description and details in the post, but I hopefully you can follow the techniques that I used. Hope you like my card.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Falling Leaves Day 4

Well Autumn is really here the weather has definitely changed, and the temperatures have dropped so I think Autumn has now arrived and with Halloween only a couple of weeks away.  This year is certainly going on at a real rate of knots.   This week we are looking at falling leaves,  I always try to think of something that is not just stamping.  So this week I have used the Dutch Doobadoo  Autumn leaves, colour powders or you can used ink sprays and a basic card. This week also I haven't used and patterned paper

The instructions are fairly quick this week so apologises for this but I' m sure you will be able to follow just looking at the card.

So here is my card

Things used

Card blank either white or cream, I used some of both throughout the card
Jane Gill Music stamp
Dutch Doobadoo Autumn leaves
Momento Grey ink pad
Spray paints or pixie dust powders
Distress ink pads in various colours for distressing the tag, edges of the matts
Organza ribbon for bow.

This is how the card was made

Take the colour sprays/powders and colour the Autumn leaves laser cut sheet and colour really randomly.  Use distress inks to colour the tag and the matt from behind this.

On the matt stamp the music image and repeat to colour the whole piece. Take one of the dark ink pad and go around the matt  and also the edge of the tag this will help to make them separate and pop.

Once the Autumn leaves are completely dry decide which ones you want include in you design.  Don't forget that you can cut them into smaller pieces.

I placed my chosen ones on the tag to make sure I was happy with them and then stuck them on to the tag, using only a minimum amount of glue, so that the leaves could be tucked under each other once these at in place.  Cut a slightly larger piece of black card for the matt next to the tag this again will  make the tag pop. 

I also decided that a black matt behind the stamped panel would also add dimension.  Finally layer all the pieces together and add the bow to the top of the tag.  I didn't tie it into the tag but simply placed it on the top.

There you have it a quick, and I think themed falling leaves is covered.

Hope you like it.  For more inspiration and ideas check out the Woodware blog.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Sketch 55 Day 1

The week we have a sketch to follow, and I must admit I was struggling, I couldn't think what I was going to do and then as sometimes happens I thought punch some circles, add embellishments on each.  The embellishments could also be punched so off I went and found my flower punch, circle punch and I was away.

So here is my card

What I used

7 x 7 base card
Circle punch in 2 sizes
Flower punch
Mirri card silver
Craftwork cards 8 x 8 patterned paper
Scrap of patterned paper
Piece of white thin card
Self adhesive gems for centres of flowers
Sentiment stamp

This is how I completed the card

1  Take a scrap piece of thin white card and punch 9 circles with the smaller punch.

2  Do the same with a suitable thickness of silver card punching 9 circles.

3 These 2 sizes of circles are then layered together


4  Take the flower punch and punch 16 flowers from a patterned paper

5  With 8 of these punched flowers add some dimension by curling the petal in your fingers and then pulling them up to form a cup shape.  then layer one flat and one dimensional flower on to each other.

6  Take the base card and cut 1 matt in silver and 1 in the patterned Craftwork Paper

7. Take the base matts that have been cut in the silver mirri and the Craftwork card patterned paper and attach to the base card. 

8  With the final white circle stamp the sentiment and then layer with silver and attach to the centre of the card 

9  Place the remaining circles so that you have 3 rows of 3 circles

10  In the centres of the flowers add an embellishment of your choice.  They could be small buttons, adhesive gems, glitter and glue, stickles glitter glue

11  Finally I added a bow under the sentiment panel

There you have my Sketch 55 card for this week.  Hope you like it.  For more inspiration and ideas check out the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Make Christmas Special using Metallic FX Day 2

Here's my creation for this week:

This is what you will need:-
Dreamweaver Stencil LL3046 Tall poinsettia
Silver Embossing Paste
White card
Burgundy card
Patterned paper
Dreamweaver Metallic FX powders :- Forestry, Rose Berry, Plum Royale, Amber Gold, Kiwi.
Stencil brush
Palette knife
Low Tack Tape
Silver Mirri board
Heat Gun
Cleaning products for stencil

And this is how I created the card:

1 Take the Stencil and attached to a piece of white card on all 4 sides apply the silver paste, and remove stencil place in water for cleaning.  Take the Dreamweaver Metallic FX powders and using a stencil brush tap the powders over the paste design in the areas you want coloured.

2 Using a heat gun start to heat the design. I always give a quick blast of heat to the back of the card before concentrating on the front.  As the paste is heated it starts to blister and bubble.  If large bubble appear I tend to burst them so the there is no danger of them cracking and flaking off when the design is finished.

3 Cut all the matts and layers and with the layer of patterned paper cut around the design so that the stencilled design will tuck in. Put your card together.

4 You can add to the card by using ribbon around the spine.  I decided that I wanted mine to be clean and simple.

For more inspiration and ideas check out the Woodware blog

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Pop of Colour Day 3

I think we have all seen cards that are quite bland and then they have a small area of colour.  I hope my card this week fills the theme.  As usual the card didn't take over long to make.

So here is my card:

What was used:

Black base card A5 size
Silver mirri card
Black card
Versamark ink pad
Clear  Embossing powder
Jane Gills Indian summer stamp
Colouring medium of you choice
Gold gilding wax
3D foam
Dark green  organza ribbon
Grey Momento ink pad


1  Fold black base card, cut silver mirri matt for the base layer of the matts, cut a black matt that is 1/4'' smaller on all 4 sides.

2  Use the Versamark ink pad and  stamp the full image on to the centre of the black matt, cover the stamped image remove the excess and heat the card and embossing powder.  Once the  embossing is done put this piece to one side.

3 Take the stamp make sure it is clean and use the grey Momento and stamp the part of the image you want to pop.  Make sure the surrounding image is also stamps, this will make sure the image will continue out from the circle

4  Colour your image and a little further out.

5 Use either circle punches or compass cutter and cut a circle around the 'pop of colour' flower and also cut another circle that is 1/4'' larger out of the silver mirri card.

6  Take the gold gilding wax  and very gently go over the stamped and embossed image so that there is just a hint of the gold wax.

7  Attach the base layer to the stamped layer and then take the dark green organza ribbon and tie around these 2 matts and tie a bow. These layers can then be attached to the base card.

8  Next the 2 circles are attached together and then matched to the design on the main card and attached to the card.

There you have it my pop of colour card, hope you like it.  For more inspiration and ideas check out the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Time of Mellow Friutfulness Day 4

Well the seasons come and seasons go and with Autumn fast approaching, the colours seem to be leading to the greens, reds, golds, and oranges and all colours in between.  People are staring to think of Harvest festivals and thing like that.  So hopefully my card reflects some of this.

So here is this weeks card:-

What was used :-
Piece of Kraft card (2 pieces)
5'' x 7'' Cream base card
Scrap of cream card
Jane Gill's Leaf Quilt Patch Work of Leaves
Stazon Black ink pad
Black Pigma Micron pen 0.3
Coloured Pencils
Stickles glitter glue pale gold
Liquid pearls red


1  Take the scrap of cream card and use the Black Stazon ink pad to stamp the Leaf Quilt.

2 Take the scrap of Kraft card and repeat step 1.  Once stamped I decided which of the small block on the design I was going to cut out and 3D.  This avoids colouring areas that don't need to be coloured.

3  Use the coloured pencils and colour in the designs required on both the cream and Kraft card.  I used orange, brown, yellow, red and 2 different greens.  I coloured the green areas first and then blended the other colours.  Some areas in the outer border were solid coloured. On the cream card don't colour the panels that will have the Kraft card images and on the Kraft card only colour the pieces that will be 3D on to the main panel

4  Cut out the entire cream based image on the edge of the outer stamped line.

5  Cut out the 3D pieces from the Kraft card cut on the outer lines of these panels.

6  Cut a matt of Kraft card that is 1/4'' larger on all 4 sides than the stamped panel.

7  Layer the base card, Kraft card and stamped panel together with double sided adhesive.

8  Use the black micron pen and faux stitch round the Kraft layer with dashes and around the base card  with dashes and crosses.

9  Take the pieces of stamped Kraft and apply them to the card use 3D foam to attach the pieces, this will given some depth and dimension to the finished card.

10  The final steps are to apply the liquid pearls to the spray panel on the stamped image (see picture above).  The stickles was added to all the dots and circles in the outer border.

There you have this weeks card, hope you like it.  For more inspiration and ideas check out the Woodware blog

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Sketch 54 ...........Day 5

Everyone struggles from time to time from mental blocks--------What should I do, How can I achieve this, What  do I want for my card, What is the theme.  These days numerous magazines include sketches to get you the design idea and an idea of what the design looks like.  As well as the magazine sketches there are websites and books that deal totally with sketches.  This week we have a sketch to follow, the sketch is only an idea and doesn't have to be exactly the same when you complete it.

The card I have done this week is really quick and could be done as a batch card.

So here is this weeks card

This is what I used

7'' x 7'' cream card blank
A4 Sheet of Gold Mirri
6'' x 12'' piece of very pale patterned paper
Stickles glitter glue Red
Distress ink pad mid green
15mm Red organza ribbon
Merry Christmas, Christmas topper
Blending tool

This is the process I used:-

1  Cut 4 pieces of the gold mirri.  The sizes are 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'', 3 1/4'' x 5 1/2'', 3/4'' x 5 3/4, and 2'' x 4''.

2 Cut from the patterned paper 4 pieces, These pieces are all cut so that there will be a 1/4'' border around them of gold mirri.  The sizes are 6 1/4'' x 6 1/4'', 3'' x 5 1/4'', 1/2'' x 5 1/2'' , and 1 3/4'' x 3 3/4''.

3  Use the bending tool and ink pad and blend around the edge of the front of the card base, and also around all the patterned paper. This will give a distressed edge and definition between layers.

4  Layer up all the pieces in pairs.

5  Select the largest pair of square pieces (They are already stuck together) and stick to the base card.


6  Complete sticking the pieces of the design on to your card following the sketch.  I used double sided tape.

7  Once all the pieces are attached in place take the Santa embellishments and place on to the card.

8  Use the red stickles glitter glue and put a dot in each corner of the patterned paper and also in the top left and bottom right I put 5 dots of the glitter glue.

9  Finally  you guessed it I tied a bow and stuck this to the horizontal bar below Santa.

There is my card, I hope you like it.  For more ideas and inspiration check out the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.