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.

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#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 .

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Black and White Day 3

Classic, elegant, clean and crisp - that is what black and whit designs mean to me.  The technique of doodling and zentangling  are mostly completed in black and white.  My card this weekI have gone back to one of what in the past was an all time favourite .........Peel offs.  Instead of the card just being plain  I have added to the focal point  by doodling in all the areas of the peel off.

So here is my card for this week

 This is what I used

2 sheets of white floral peel offs 4088W
2 sheets of black floral peel offs
8 x 8 black base card
6 x 6 white card
33/4 x 33/4 black card
3 x 3 white card
0.01 Black micron pigma pen
3D foam
Double sided tape

This is how the card was completed

1  Take pieces of white and black card and cut to the sizes given in the requirements

2  Using the black  base card and the white peel offs, and place one of the flowers in each corner and in between place groups of 3 leaves. Put this piece to one side.

3  With the larger of the white card pieces place one of the black flower peel offs into each corner. Put this piece and the smaller black to one side.

4  On the smallest white card piece place one of the black flower peel off in the centre.
Continue with this piece and doodle in each area of the peel off using the black micron pigma.

5  The next step is to put the layers together.  The large white piece is attached to the base card with double sided tape.  The rest of the layers are attached using 3D foam.  Instead of putting the last 2 layers on to the card straight I put them on the diagonal to give texture and dimension.

There you have this weeks card very quick to make.  I hope you like it and for more ideas and inspiration have a look at the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, 4 August 2016

Sketch 53 Day 5

This week we are using Sketch 53 which can be used for Christmas, Birthday, Hello, Just a Note........the list goes on.  As quite a few people (including myself) are getting our thinking caps on for Christmas I figured Christmas might be an idea.  The card comprises of folding, using the Edging punch, some of the new Stampendous dies.  Also as usual I have used pieces of patterned paper from the 'scrapbox'.

Here is the sketch:-

So here is my card:-

  This is what I used

Hougie board and scoring tool
Circle die or compass cutter
Deluxe Crafty Edger
Scraps of 2 patterned papers
Sheet of White card
Small scrap of card (colour doesn't matter as it will be hidden behind the rosette)
Stampendous  Fitted Frames Dies
Sheet silver mirri card
Ink pad colour of your choice for sentiment
Christmas Sentiments
Holly die from the Tweets Die set

This how the card was made:-

1  First make the rosette.  Cut 2 strips of one of the patterned papers 1 1/2'' wide.

2  Take the Hougie board and using the cm side score both strips every 1cm.  Take time when scoring and score cleanly.  Once both pieces have been scored concertina the strips. the next step is to join the 2 pieces together and then join the other 2 ends together. This piece is then stuck to the small scrap of card.  It is important to us a strong adhesive.  I use a hot glue gun and apply the rosette to the glue on the scrap of card.  Keep your hand on the rosette until the glue has the circle held in place.

3  Cut a circle of plain card 11/4'' in diameter. This will go on the top of the rosette for the decoration to go on.  In this case the Holly die from the Stampendous Tweets dies.  The holly can be cut as many times as you want, and the berries can be either done with red stickles glitter glue or self adhesive' or even with small buttons.  This is where the design becomes your own.  Add shape and dimension to the leaves by shaping with an embossing tool.  As you shape and manipulate the leaves start to place them as you want on the top circle of the rosette.  Once all the work has been done with the rosette place to one side ready  for a later  section.

4  Then next stage of the card is the border that goes across the card.   For this part I used  the remainder of the patterned paper used for the rosette, and the Deluxe Crafty Edger.  I cut 1 border along the full width of the A4 patterned (this was plenty for the card.) Once this strip has been punched cut a strip of Silver mirri card that is about 3mm wider than the border both top and bottom.  These 2 pieces are glued together , a strong PVA glue was used for the sample card.  As this piece is completed again put it to one side so that it can completely dry.

5  The sentiment panel is next.  I chose the sentiment I wanted to used and stamped this on to white card, and using one of the Stampendous die frames.  These dies come in pairs and using the smaller of the 2 dies it is placed over the stamped sentiment and cut.  The larger of the pair is cut in silver mirri.  As before these 2 pieces are layered together.  Mine were attached together with double sided tape.

6  Put the step above to the side and now cut the 2 main matts,  the bottom one is silver mirri and is smaller by 5mm on each side to the base card.  The matt on the top of this is a patterned paper which is cut to 5mm smaller on all sides to the silver mirri layer.

7  Time to put the card together, start with the 2 matts cut in step 6.  The next step is to attach the mounted punched strip and mirri card across the middle of the card.  The rosette with the holly decoration  is placed to the top edge of the strip and fractionally over the edge of the based card.  Finally the sentiment is applied on  to the border strip.

There you have it. It is a fairly quick to make, the time is taken in making, but its worth it. 

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and for more ideas and inspiration have a look at the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer Birthday Day 6

There are lots of birthdays over the Summer months.  I know that I've got quite a number between June and August.

This is my Summer birthday card

This is what I used

Clear Magic Deco Rose stamp
White base card
Colouring medium of your choice
Piece of white card
2 pieces of patterned paper
Versamark ink pad
Magenta Frame
Stampendous Aged Silver Frantage 
Versafine  black ink pad

This is how I made the card

1  Take a piece of white card and stamp the rose bowl using a dye based black Versafine ink pad.

2  Using the colouring medium of your choice colour the rose bowl in.  I didn't colour all of  bowl only the patterned part of the design.

3  Once the design is coloured in, cover the uncoloured sections of the bowl with glossy accents.  I left mine about 1/2 hour and decided I wanted to get on with my card, so I got my heat gun out and started by heating from underneath and again getting impatient I started to heat from the top, I found that the  Glossy accents blistered and when the heat gun was removed and the substance had cooled slightly  if it was pressed down (carefully) it gave the impression of crackled surface.

4  The next step is the Magenta frame.  Take the versamark ink pad  and cover the whole of one side of the frame with the  glue.  Move the frame on to  a spare piece of paper and scatter the Aged Silver Embossing powder over the frame  lift the frame from the paper and place on a flat surface.  When using the heat gun to melt the Aged Silver powder start with the heat gun a fair distance from the frame and as it starts to metal lower the heat gun down to complete the embossing process..  I put 2 layers of embossing powder on to the frame. For the 2nd layer I repeated the same process as for the 1st layer  

5  With the completely dry stamped panel trim the piece down so that it fits behind the frame.

6  Almost finished next take one of the patterned papers and cut a 6'' x 6'' piece and then with the second patterned paper cut a piece 6.5'' x 6.5''

7 Matt and layer all the pieces together.  To attach the centre panel and the frame use a strong wet glue to ensure the pieces hold.

8 Finally place small adhesive gems on the dots in the stamped image.

So there is your Summer Birthday card,  hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and for more ideas and inspiration have a look at the Woodware blog.



Monday, 11 July 2016

Woodware Good Luck

The message good luck can give someone the boost they need when facing situations that aren't usual, it lets someone know that your thoughts are with them.  You might want to wish someone how is going to take their driving test or a sporting occasion and many others. The card is usually for an individual but can always be used for teams as well.

So here is my card for a team

This is what  was used

Clear Magic stamp set ...Sports  FRCL041
Clear Magic Just Words Good Luck .... JWS003
Colouring medium of your choice.  (I used alcohol )
A5 card blank
White card
Versafine Black ink pad
Light coloured ink pad
2 pieces of coloured card to go with the coloured image

This is the process

1  The A5 card blank should be folded ready for decorating.

2  Take the piece of white card and stamp the relevant sport stamp for your theme.  I chose Rugby, so I stamped the shirt and shorts, boots, Rugby posts, Rugby ball and Cup.  The images were stamped in irregular pattern using the Versafine ink pad.  Once the images have been stamped I then used the pale ink pad to randomly stamp TRY in between the images.  Trim this piece down for the top segment of the card.

3  The sentiment panel is next, this needs cutting before the stamping is done.  When the piece is cut the stamp the sentiment Good Luck and to the side of this the rossette is stamped and coloured in. The TRY sentiment is stamped over the Good Luck words. In the centre of the rossette I wrote No 1

4  To highlight the word TRY the letters were coloured with a light grey pen and then small black lines were added to enhance the word.

5  Once the colouring is the glossy accents is applied over the top of the cup and the centre of the rossette.  These panels need to left to completely dry.

6  When the pieces are dry Use a distress ink pad and blending tool and go around all the edges, I didn't do this carefully as this was to give impression of the mud that could be on the field.

7  Cut a matt from each of the coloured cards, and layer all of these together with double sided tape.

8  The finished panel is then placed on the A5 blank card.

There is this weeks card,  I hope you like it. 

Thanks for stopping by, for more ideas and inspiration check out the  Woodware blog.



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Woodware Colour Blocks Day 2


This week we are looking at colour blocks, my interpretation of this title you can see below in my card.  Also the stamp I have used is a new stamp from the new released from Woodware and should be available in stores from about 6th July.  So this week my card is a SNEAK PEEK at one of the latest Woodware Clear Magic Stamps.

So here is my card

Items used

Glossy Accents
Black Onyx Versafine Ink pad
Colouring medium of your choice, they do need to be strong colours.  (I used alcohol pens)
Piece of hammered white card
DL card blank
Scraps of red, orange,yellow, blue and green card
Black pigma micron pen


1  Take the card blank and fold, so that the size is DL

2  With the Black Versafine ink pad stamp the monster image on to the piece of white hammered card.  Whilst waiting for the image to fully dry take the  black micron pen and faux stitch around the outer edge of this white panel.

3 Once the ink and the faux is done and dry use the colouring medium of your choice and colour in the monster images in.                                                  

4 Use the Glossy Accents to colour in all the eyes, I left mine overnight to make sure the Glossy Accents was really dry.

5  Take a piece of black card and cut a matt with a very narrow border to go behind the image panel.  This black will make the image pop.

6 The scraps of red, yellow,  green, orange and blue are cut so that on the finished  DL card the colours will be revealed behind the image and appear as blocks of colour.

7  Cut another Black mat which covers the entire front of the DL card.  The image panel is then placed centrally on this black panel, this in turn is attached to the DL card .

There you have my interpretation of 'colour blocks' as well as a Sneak Peek at one of the new  release stamps.

Thanks for stopping by, for more ideas and inspiration check out the  Woodware blog.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Crafty Card Makers and Woodware Shabby Chic or Distressed Card - Day 3

This week we have been looking at shabby Chic and distressed cards and are sponsoring the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers

One of the easiest  ways to distress is to emboss the card  and then use a sanding block to remove the surface, or by roughening the edges with a distressing tool to 'distress' the .edges.  I figured the  card I have made could be used for many occasions.

So here is my card

These are the items used

7'' x 7'' White base card
2 pieces of different black card both white cores
Francosie Collection Fancy Flower FRS207
Small piece of white card
2 Random embossing folders
Corner rounding punch
Black Pigma Micron pen
Cream adhesive vintage lace

This is how the card was made

1  Take the 7'' x 7'' Base card and fold in half

2  Take one of the pieces of black card  and cut 2 smaller pieces of card and next take the second piece of black card and cut a slightly larger square and finally with the small piece of white card cut a square that  will leave a border showing on the black larger black square. You will also need to cut 2 strips of one of the black cards

3  Before going any further use the corner rounder and round all the corners on all four pieces. 

4  Using one of the embossing folders and the 2 smaller black square and emboss.  Use the other folder and the larger black square and emboss.

5  Use a sanding block and gently rub over the surface of the embossed squares.  Then use the distressing tool  and run this along the edges  to give a rough texture to the edge. The 2 strips are also distressed with the tool along the long edges.

6  At this point I put the card together as far as I could.  The strips are attached top and bottom about 1/8th inch from the edges..Along these strips place the adhesive lace, cut off at the edge of the card.  The smaller squares are placed centrally about 1/8th inch from each side, the larger black is attached using either 3D foam or silicone glue.

7  The final stages are using the white square.  Take a black Momento ink pad and stamp the flower image, only ink the flower don't include the stem and leaves.The image should be stamped on the diagonal of the square.

8  Its now time to doodle and colour areas of the flower, as you can see in the picture above.

The doodles were not complicated as some of the areas are very tiny.  The last thing is to attach the white panel to the central black square, and again I used silicone glue to get dimension.

There you have the card, to be honest I don't do distressed but I think with this card I managed and enjoyed the process.

Thanks for stopping by, for more ideas and inspiration check out the  Woodware blog and d
on't forget to check out the Crafty Cardmakers blog and play along with us all..