Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Woodware - Christmas Greetings for the Men in Our Lives

I am taking over Gill's blog today as she has had a domestic disaster so I hope that my card does her proud.

The theme is thinking about male cards, so for this one I have gone with a black and white theme.

I started with the background and used a very dirty Watermark Pad from ClearSnap and a Jumbo Dauber.

around the edge a page of black and white from the 8 x 8 Tartan Pad and embossed it in silver. Then I distressed the edges with the Woodware Scruffer

I usually use the scruffer before I emboss but this time I did it after to give a contrast.

I have used one of the stamps from the Jane Gill set Christmas Cheer that has five thoughtful Christmas verses. The card is the Black Textura 12 x 12 and I have used the Tag Top Punch, I really don't know what I did before I had these punches.

I have used the Spoonful of Snow embossing powder kit on a snowflake brad.

A very simple and fast card that you could do in any colour of tartan if you don't think black and white are Christmasy.

Thanks for popping in, hopefully Gill will be back with you next week, and remember to check out the rest of the posts on Woodware Witterings this week.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

From our house to yours Day 4

Christmas 'From Our House to Yours' is the title of this weeks blog post.  Guess what I've changed   my title but it still is one home to another.  I think there are many people who have friends and family overseas and so I have used the  phrase 'Across the miles'.  I have friends over the pond and would happily send this card to them. 

So here is my card

This is what I used

1 sheet white card
Small piece white card
Piece of Patterned Christmas paper
Piece of 'Map' style paper
Grey pearl card.
Green Holographic Alphabet Stickers
Artemio Snow Village stamps
Stickles Diamond glitter glue
Aquarelle pencils
Colorbox wicked black ink pad

This is how I made the card

Take the sheet of white card and cut a triangle from the top long edge.  Score 2 lines one at 10cm and one at 20cm,  fold the card so that it forms a concertina.  Using the Christmas patterned paper and cover the front of the card  leaving a border of 5mm. With the card folded  cut a matt to cover the inside back panel.  Again a border of 5mm needs leaving around the edge, attach the 2 Christmas patterned panels to the card.  The final               panel for the centre panel is cut from a map based paper the 5mm border is appropriate  for this piece also.

The House panel is stamped using the Colorbox Wicked black and then very lightly with Aquarelle pencils and then cut down to the size required.  Edge this piece with black ink.  The next pieces to cut are a matt for the house panel and the 2 top panels for the 'Across the Miles' to on.  Cut these from the silver pearl card.  Decorate the stamped image with Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue

Edge the back panel of the houses with the ink pad again.  Attach all the pieces to the base card.  The final step is to place  the alphabet on the card ...... ACROSS THE MILES........

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, 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.

Thanks for stopping by


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.

Thanks for stopping by.


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

Thanks for stopping by.


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.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Traditional Christmas Day 6

I think that we have now reached the time of year again where all card maker's are starting to get their heads round the fact that Christmas isn't too far away and cards need to be made.  What style will they opt for Traditional or the more contemporary style.  Hopefully this week I have covered the theme of Traditional.

The stamp I have used is one of Jane Gills 2016 collection.  The card has also used the distress inks and water brush.  Also its fairly quick to complete.

So here is this week card

What I used
Christmas Horn Stamp JGS467
Distress ink pads
Stickles red glitter glue
Red organza red ribbon
Cream card blank 7'' x 7''
Gold mirri card
Patterned Paper
Small piece of cream card

This is the process for completing the card

1  Take the 7'' x 7'' base card and fold in half.

2  Cut a piece of the patterned paper so that you have a 1/4'' border all the way round.

3  Cut a piece of gold mirri card smaller leaving a 1/2'' border.

4  Cut a smaller piece of patterned paper leaving 1/4'' border all round.

5  Cut a piece of gold mirri  card that leaves 1/8'' border 

6  Cut a piece of cream card that leaves a border of 1/8'' all round.

7  On to this last piece of cream card cut, stamp the image of the Christmas horn, and using the distress inks paint /watercolour the piece in.

8  Its time to edge and get the layers together.  Take the brown distress ink pad and run this down the all the sides of the patterned pieces and the stamped piece.

9  For edging the gold mirri card I used a brown alcohol marker and ran this down all the edges.

10 Go back to the base card and using a blending tool distress the edges that will show when the matts are applied.

11 Start to layer up the matts, until the stamped piece and with this one use the blending tool and apply the brown ink blending so that h edge is darker than the internal section.  Once done apply this to the card

12 The final steps are to make a multi looped bow and stick this to the card and lastly use the stickles glitter glue to add decoration to the corners of the card

There you have this weeks card, a quick and simple card with a vintage, traditional flavour.  I hope you like it and for more inspiration and ideas go to the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by



Friday, 26 August 2016

Woodware and Crafty Cardmakers - By The Sea

What a mixed summer.... sunshine, windy, rainy - its all happened. I just imagine a sunny warm day, sitting under an umbrella near the beach and ocean.  I hope that my card reflects my dream...
Woodware are again sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers this week the theme is 
                                     By or Under the Sea the theme runs for two weeks.
Don't forget to check out the Crafty Cardmakers blog and play along with us all, we have a prize!

So here is this weeks card:-

This are the products I used:-

8 x 8 white card base
Sheet of white card
1 sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper
7 x 7 piece of white pearl paper
6 x 6 piece of patterned paper
Small scrap of sand patterned paper
Black micron pen
Dreamweaver stencil LL329
Stickles crystal glitter glue
Stampendous Sailboat Jumbo Cling Rubber stamp CRS5089
Selection of Sakura Gelly Roll pens - metallic and glaze
Mark Richards pearl white clusters
Mark Richards 5mm Mint gems
Circle die or compass cutter.

This is how the card was made:-

1  Take the card base and fold in half to give the 8 x 8 card blank

2  The 12 x 12 sheet is cut into 2 pieces of the right size.  1 piece is 7.5'' x 7.5''  and the other is 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8''.  Put the smaller piece of paper to the side for later.  Stick the larger piece of paper centrally to the front of the base card.

3  The pearl paper is cut to 7 x 7  and this piece can then be attached centrally to the base card.

4  The 6 x 6 patterned paper is also attached to the base card.

5  Cut a piece of white card 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and attach centrally to the base card.

6  The next step is the slightly tricky one use one of the left over pieces of the 12 x 12 patterned paper and cut a piece of this 5 1/4'' x 2 5/8''

7  Cut a piece exactly the same size from the sand patterned.

8  The blue patterned paper is the stamped with the wave stamp and a blue ink pad.  It doesn't matter if some of the images overlap - after all they are waves.

9  Once step 8 is completely dry match the sand and the wave pieces together and use low tack tape to join them together.  This is only needed until the aperture is cut.

10  Once the pieces are matched cut a 3 1/4 circle from the centre of the piece.  Put this piece to one side  for later.

11  The next step is to cut a piece of white card  and using low tack tape and the stencil attach to the white card,  this is done only until the design has been drawn on the card with the micron pen.

12  Remove the stencil once drawn and colour in the design with the  Gelly roll pens.  The colouring medium can be your own choice of course.

13  Use 2 ink pads on the background to blend the design in to the image panel.   The lower portion was done in a light/medium colour and the top portion was done in a blue colour

14 The stamped panel is then attached to the base card BUT before it is permanently attached check its position as the aperture. and when all are the right place attach them to the base card.

15  The next step is to faux stitch around the white pearl edge, the white card, and round the circle.

16  With the self adhesive pearls they are attached to the white pearl  layer and are placed 3 along and done on each corner.  The next ones are placed on the corners of the 6 x 6 layer and are placed 2 along and down and the next ones are place in the corners of the apertures.   Also a strip  of the gems is placed on the joins of the aperture panel.

17  Next to give a little sparkle and texture to the front of the card I used the crystal stickles glitter glue randomly on the stamped waves.  I added the white pearl clusters to the top, bottom and side as I thought of the sea foam reaching the shore.

18 Finally I added a bow to the spine side of the card.

So there is this weeks card, I hope you like it.  For inspiration  and to get more ideas and inspiration go to the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

You can never get enough gems Day 2

Hello - lots of bling this week - bling, bling, bling all the way.  When I'm making cards they usually has some element of bling on them. That glint of sparkle turns plain into something a little more striking.

So this week I thought what could I used to give the required effect of lots of bling and 'many gems'.  First of all I thought of the Dutch Doobadoo stencil - wavy strips.  This would be ideal.  Next it was a trip to my craft room and looking for crystal gems.  As the design has different sized circles, different sized gems.  The perfect gems would be  the Mark Richards Crystal Sticker clusters.  Once these were found all that was required was the card.

So here is my card

This is what I used
Different Mark Richards crystal sticker clusters
5mm gold nail heads
Dutch doobadoo wavy stripes stencils
0.1 Black Pigma Micron  pen
Grey texture card
A4 sheet patterned card Base Card
Silver mirri card
Stampendous frame dies
Numbers or sentiment stamp
Black Stickles Glitter glue

This is the method for the card:-

1 Cut a panel of the grey texture card 2.5 inches by 8 inches.

2  Attach the stencil to the grey textured card using stencil tape or low tack tape.  Still tap this tape on to some fabric to lift some of the sticky from the tape.

3  Use the black pen and drawn round all the designs.  At this point you can decide of the size of the design.  I used 3 of the stripes but you can decide on the depth and length at this point.  Ensure that when drawing round the circles you hold the pen upright, this will avoid damaging the pen point.

4  Now the fun starts adding all the gems and nail heads.  The crystal clusters are ideal for this card as there are varying sizes of the gems and these are needed for this design.  I found the easiest way to use these was to cut small pieces of the clusters and then to cut out the largest gems and leave the largest stone on the backing acetate. Peel the clusters off the backing and snip the gems apart single and apply the gems in a very random order, the larger drawn circles on the panel.  The really tiny circles were coloured in with the black pen.

5  Matt this panel on to the matt of black card, leaving a border top and bottom of about 1/4 inch.

6 At this stage again I had a choice either to put a sentiment on the card or to put numbers- this would be ideal for those special birthdays  If stamping a sentiment then I would stamp in Black on to white and then cut one of the Stampendous frame dies and a matt of black.  Whilst with the numbers I cut the numbers in black, a matt in silver for the numbers to go on and then a larger matt in black.

7 The end of the construction is almost here and we now need to put all the matts and layers together, add a few dots of black stickles glitter glue.

8 The final step is tie a ribbon round the folded edge of the card.

There you have the card, it is a little more time consuming  but well worth the effort.  I hope you enjoy the card and to get more ideas and inspiration go to the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by


#4  The fun starts now, using whatever gems you have and nail heads start to attach them to the design.  I found the cluster crystals very useful as there are different .