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Woodware Challenge Set by A Maze of Memories – Treasured Memories

This weeks Woodware Challenge has been set for us by our friend Christina at A Maze of Memories, the bar started high and the girls have done some wonderful things this week, I have spent a lot of the week thinking about what to do!

Way back in February of 2012 I did a Frantage project that was a scrapbook page in a large Ikea frame, the theme was a trip to Berlin, so this time I have done a trip to Milan. This is an annual holiday that happens in October when I go away with my oldest friend and our daughters. Our Mums used to go on holiday together and the girls are friends in there own right and holiday together so it really is rather special.

Our Milan trip happened in 2012, perhaps I will get this year (Lisbon) done soon!


The aperture in in the centre is 12 x 12 inches all of the photographs except one are of The Duomo, and us.


After choosing my photographs I laid them out using both the aperture and the wide mount


I penciled around the pictures so that I could decorate the mount and then place them back in the correct place.


I used Francoise’s  Leafy Swirls Clear Magic set and silver embossing powder.


I really don’t know how I managed without my Craft Funnel!


I added a touch of Aged Silver Frantage powder around the mount.


I small piece of journaling.


Milan is an interesting city, with lovely parks and culture, and food, Leonardo’s painting The Last Supper was amazing to see, but for me Milan will always be the place that I bought my 10 euro red handbag that has been much admired! I didn’t want to add it to all of the photographs of the marble cathedral so it sits on a tiny tent card inside the frame.


and here it is hanging on the wall, I will have to re-organise so that it fits better, and find somewhere to put the frame that I had to remove, but it is safely on the wall!


Thank you to Christina for setting the challenge so that I got this done, you will find lots of crafty inspiration on the A Maze of Memories blog  and pop over to the Woodware blog to see what else the girls have been up to

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Woodware Challenge – Around the World

On the Woodware blog this week we have been going around the world, I have just had my first trip to Paris which was very exciting. I had planned a scrapbook page, but I thought that I would do a picture for the wall.

Dorrie4Sorry my photographs are not very good, it was dark before I got them taken.


I used some Lavender Mulberry Paper  you can see here that I placed it on the mount to do the first lot of stamping. I have used the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Charm Collection stamps and a variety of ColorBox dye inks. I decided to emboss the Effel Tower in green, but it really didn’t work!

To stick the mulberry paper to the mount I used USArtQuest PPA this is my favourite glue, it spreads very easily, and you don’t have to use very much.

Dorrie1So I have stamped it again on some paper from one of the GCD pads  stamped with Raisin Pigment ink, then cut it out (roughly) and then covered the whole thing with a Watermark Pad and embossed it with clear powder  I sprinkled a tiny bit of silver halo glitter on the powder. I used the Raisin Pad and the Stylus Tool with a round tip and inked all over to give a distressed look, this knocked back the black stamping, which I didn’t like.

The embossing around the two sides is mainly Aged Silver Embossing Powder and Shaved Ice and Silver Halo Glitter, but their probably has been other things added to it.

photographThe photograph is a collage that I made in Photoshop it measures 12cm x 12cm.

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Woodware Challenge – Red, White and Blue – London

Over on the Woodware blog this week the theme is Red, White and Blue, but with a difference. We are all using the London Cling Stamp from Stampendous.

The Stamp was designed by Fran to help us celebrate this special year in the UK’s history.

I had some photographs that I took a few years ago on an early morning walk around the Houses of Parliment.

So the London stamps fits them very well for a scrap booking page. I put in the Big Ben Tower but the other photographs are of the Queens Gate which she uses when she goes to open Parliment which she has been doing this week.

For the London stamp I used Wicked Black Archival Dye Ink from ColorBox and then coloured with Tombow pens.

I have three ribbons layered together to give me the red, white and blue. They are 15mm white organza, 10mm Grosgrain (red with white dots on the reverse side) and 7mm navy blue.

The crown is from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Charm Collection, I stamped and embossed with silver powder. Then I used the Aged Silver embossing powder to edge the red card that I mounted it on, I really like the Emboss Gloss from Clearsnap for edging card to hold my embossing powder, it is nice and thick and wet so it works very well with the heavy Frantage embossing powder.

The border is from the Artemio 5 Frames Scrap Booking Grid. The grid comes with a different border on each side but the scallop matches so it is easy to turn and match. I used the ClearSnap Stylus and the Oval white sponge tip to apply the ink which is Stormy Sea from the ColorBox Limited Edition range of pigment inks.

I really should do more scrap booking I always enjoy it when I do, it is nice to remember happy times.

Thank you for visiting why not pop over to the Woodware Blog and see what the rest of the girls have been up too this week.

 The Red White and Blue challenge is open all month so why not play along with us? You will find out how here.