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Woodware – Master Board – The Mirror Crack’d

Woodware are sponsoring The Mirror Crack’d this month so pop over to there blog for some inspiration and the join in on the Mirror Crack’d blog.

Master board seems a very grand name for cutting up what you make, but it is fun.


This is what I have done with mine. The box is the largest one of a set of three wooden boxes that are available from Woodware.

For my master board I started with a sheet of white 12 x 12 card.


and sprayed it with Banana Clearsnap Dye Ink Spray through the Mandala Art Screen.


Just roughly


Then I added some Strawberry and Spearmint sprays I also used the Swirldot Art Screen.


Then I moved back inside and added some stamping in Bark Crafters ink. This is the Stampendous Carte Postal.


I have also stamped the Calligraphy Sampler in red ink


Then I got out the Dreamweaver Embossing paste and made a very messy job of pasting (deliberately I might add)


I repeated this across the card.


I should have started in the middle, but it didn’t matter as I am cutting up the board anyway!


Then I used the Rust Spoonful kit to heat emboss the paste. I just added it roughly.


Then I used the circles from the Kaffee Klatsch set. I have embossed it with the Seasoning Embossing enamel.


Then I chopped up the card I have edged them with Bark ink. I didn’t measure the length I just measured the height of  the box and cut 7cm sqaures.


The box has been painted with the Dylusions paints that we are still waiting to arrive.


The paints go on really well.


I have only decorated the two long sides.


I attached the panels with Woodware Crafty Glue.

The burning question is do I decorate the other two boxes with the rest of the master board


Or do I do something completely different?

Thanks for visiting see you soon.

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Woodware Christmas Collage

On the Woodware Blog this week they have been looking at Christmas Collage and there have been some stunning cards, I decided to make a canvas. I love the work of  Wendy Vecchi, Wendy uses Dreamweaver Embossing Paste branded under her name, but it is the same good stuff in the jar, so while this can not be compared to anything from Wendy, she is my source of inspiration.


I must admit I am rather pleased with it. The canvas is 7 x 9.5 inches.


Lynell the Queen of Stencils sent me this stencil which I have had for a while and not used so I figured it was about time, it is a very pretty Holly Swirl which I have masked and sprayed with Clearsnap Artichoke Dye Ink Spray (I love the colour). I did mask but I was not too fussy about it.


Then I spritzed it with water.


and more water.


but you can see the stencil ghosted in the background, I really love the look, and yes I did plan this.

When it was dry I turned it over…


and put a large acrylic block underneath, it could have been made for he job.


so that when I turned it back to work on the canvas is supported by the block. Thanks to Siobhan the Recovering Stampaholic for that tip.

I have covered the whole of the canvas with Translucent Embossing Paste not in being fussy about getting it smooth. (this is the part that was inspired by Wendy Vecchi)


So when the background was dry I used the Crackle Paste on the Coil Christmas Tree. The crackle paste has to go on an acrylic base so that it has something to hold on to the translucent paste is perfect and i could have used this just under the tree, but I hadn’t decided if I would only use the tree directly on the canvas so it was simpler just to put a thin layer all over.


Next Alphabet Chippies


I have Frantaged the letters, this tip is mine, I put the letter in a spoon and heated from underneath the metal of the spoon heats up easily and the heat is transfered to the letter. (don’t use the spoon for soup afterwards)


Then I got out my Dreamweaver Dies and cut 2 sizes of bauble with the Nested Ornaments Die. On the small one I added Frantage mix and some copper embossing powder lines which I drew with the Versa Mark Pen. On the other bauble I used Watermark Ink through the Holly Swirl stencil, I applied it with the Stylus Tool.


Then I cut the Nested Stocking and embossed the tip.


the top of the stocking has has the crackle treatment, but applied in my messy way.


when it was dry I cracked it a bit more, this time instead of having paste underneath I coated the top with Matte PPA so that the crackle will not fall off.

I next attached all of the pieces with the PPA glue.


With my Stylus I rubbed in Raisin Pigment ink to the tree.


I added some extra stenciling to the stocking with the Holly Swirl and the Colorbox Art Screen Mandala


this pulled all of the images together.

with some Frantage at the corner I was finished and very happy.

Thanks for visiting see you soon and please pop over to see what the rest of the team have been up too on the Woodware blog

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Woodware are Dreaming of a White Christmas

This week on the Woodware blog we are hoping for a white Christmas, I love snow, but only at Christmas and at the weekends!


For this card I have used the Dreamweaver Rhinestone Tree Stencil


and Dreamweaver Glossy White Paste, while the paste was still wet I added Multi Crystal Glitter and left it to dry.


When it was dry I added some Rhinestone Border gems and edged it with Sabby White embossing powder.


for the background I ran the Dreamweaver Snowflake Stencil through my big shot.


Ripped around the edges and then added the new Stampendous Spoonful Kit in Snow


I used the white self adhesive lace down the edge of the card.

I hope that you like my white Christmas card, why not take a look at what the rest of the girls are up too on the Woodware Blog?

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Dreamweaver and Woodware Blog Hop

Yes! It’s that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the “pond” with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!

I liked my card for the blog today, well until I looked at the Pampered Stamper on Friday morning, the talent of that woman is so upsetting, why did Pam get so much that is what I want to know?!?
Still too late, here is my one and only offering for this years hop, I promise to try to do better next year!
I have used the Patch Robin Clear Magic Stamp designed by Francoise Read, and two Dreamweaver stencils the Jumbo Tile Grid and the Plaid Stripe.
I have stamped on Hairy Manila recycled card with Crafters Bark ink.
Then I ran it through my Big Shot.
rubber mat
2 plates
as you can see from the picture this is a very old brass stencil the new stencils are thicker so the embossing is deeper, but this one is fine.
While the stencil is in place ink the whole area with a Watermark Pad and add embossing powder, I have used Chunky Deep Impressions
Knock off the excess before heating to make sure that the grid is visible.
I have used three coats of powder, I have re-inked in between so remember to put the stencil back in place. You can if you work quickly add more powder while the first coat is warm and tacky, then you don’t need to re-ink.
For the background I inked with the Plaid Stripe and my Stylus Tool I have used Jungle and Limon Crafters and just one sponge tip so that the colours blend easily.
I then used various widths of zig zag stitch along the  lines.
For the greeting I rouged the two inks with a brush, the stencil is the Large Sleigh.
 I love this stencil technique and I think that this shows how easy it is to mix stamps and stencils.

Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week’s posts on the team’s blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:


*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK andNotions Marketing in the USA.


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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 – Week 93 – Spring Blooms

I couldn’t have picked a worse week weather wise to think about spring blooms, as snow and gails   be sweeping much of the country, but hopefully the my floral booms will brighten your day.

DorrieThe stamp is a Stampendous Cling Rubber Jumbo Spring Bouquet

Dorrie-tagI stamped the image with Bark Crafters ink and then embossed it with clear powder. Then I coloured it in with Tombow Dual Marker Pens and the Tombow Blender Pen. Can you see the section that I have missed?

Dorrie-tag2After colouring the missing piece I embossed the edges with a mixture of Frantage Powders, Mica and Halo Glitter.

Dorrie-BaseCardThe border also comes from the Jumbo Spring Bouquet set, and the words are Jane’s from the Hedgerow Single Clear Magic stamp.

Dorrie-CupI attached the panel with the wording around three sides, to make a pocket. I have edged the card with ColorBox  Raisin Pigment ink.


Thank you for visiting today, please pop over to the Woodware Blog see what the rest of the team have to share this week.

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Woodware Challenge – Week 75 – Sketch Challenge 17

Over at Woodware this week we have our sketch challenge for November….

This is the sketch that I have used for my inspiration.

and here is the card that I have made. I have used two of Jane’s stamps the background is Faithful and Joyful which I have embossed with Aged Gold Frantage powder. The main stamp is Christmas Date which I have stamped with white  Stazon on red paper and green paper.

I have used a red Yink and the ColorBox stylus tool to edge the papers, well I say edge but I seem to have got a little carried away with the colour, but I am happy with it.

I also got carried away with the Stickles with Christmas red for the berries and Star Dust for the dots in the background. I have also used the Sakura Green Star pen to colour the numbers but not the holly.

For the bling I used the 5mm Mark Richard Elements, but I didn’t have any green ones to hand so I used my Peel Off pens to colour clear ones green.

The sketch is open for you to enter so pop over to Woodware to find out how to play along, thank you for popping in.

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Woodware Challenge – Week 74 – Frantaged Christmas

I do love Frantage! Christmas is always a good time for shimmer and sparkle!

I decided to use a cute stamp for my Frantage creation. The stamp is one of Francoise’s designs Santa’s Here he is one of the Clear Magic singles.

I have sort of got carried away with my Frantage, but first I stamped and embossed Santa with bark embossing powder I then coloured him with a mixture of Tombow pens and Sakura pens. For Santa’s fur I used the Clearsnap Embossing Fluid and the Chunky White powder.

Next I placed the stamped image on to red card and used the Embossing Fluid again on the red card and the white card so that it would match when it was stuck together, but by embossing it before sticking the two pieces together you don’t have to worry about the heat effecting the sticky stuff, on this  part I used Shabby Ivory powder. Then I did a square of a silver based mixture and  then a copper based mixture. The mixtures contain Aged Silver powder, Shaved Ice, Silver Halo Glitter, Pearlised Mica Fragments among other bits and pieces. The Bronze selection includes Aged Bronze powder, Mica Fragments in Tea Stained, Bronzed Fragments, Champagne Glass Glitter and lots lots more…

I used the Aged Silver powder on one of the Star buttons and used the Aged Silver with some extra bits around the greeting. The greeting comes from a set designed by Jane Bubble Star.

These buttons are punched with the Super Silhouette Buttons and I have tied them up with Red Striped string.

Here is another card that I have made with this stamp

Thank you for visiting today!

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Woodware Challenge – Week 55 – Teachers Gifts

Here in Scotland it is almost the end ot term, they only have two more weeks to go so time to start thinking about teachers presents and that is just what we are doing over on the Woodware blog this week. I have done a note book cover to fit an A5 note book.

The first thing that I did was to paint some calico fabric with watercolour paint from a USArtQuest Mica Pallette I used the metallic one, but used it with a lot of water as I just wanted to have a wash of colour.

It had to be hung out to dry, but we have had some sunshine!

While it was drying I went to work on the decorated panel.

I used the Jumbo Rollagraph Simple Dots with a Lipstick Red Chalk Ink Pad. The dots are in a pattern but I like to roll it in various directions to make it messy, I ironed the ink to set it and while I was ironing it I decided that I liked the reverse side best so I used a much more muted dotty pattern.

Then I got to work with my Emboss Gloss, it is embossing fluid that looks like a lip gloss and is nice and wet, so it is perfect for using on fabric, although it is really designed for card. I used the Emboss Gloss to draw the lines and the splodge and I have used Aged Gold , Aged Rose, and Shabby Ping embossing powder. I also have various Mica Fragments and some Shaved Ice in the mix. Just I big mix of FRANTAGE! Oh I love it!

I used Dicro Fibres and the Butterfly Post cling rubber stamp from Stampendous. The easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp with a strong colour of pigment ink, the pigment ink gives you longer to get the fibres in place, lay the stamp down ink side up on a heat proof surface, then place the fibres on top, cover with Parchment Paper and iron for about 10 seconds. This fuses the fibres together and imprints the stamp into them.

Then just machine stitch the panel on the front.

Making up the cover is easy just fold over enough for a flap at either side and stitch a  couple of pockets for your book to slip into.

When embossing on fabric if you use an embroidery hoop it holds the fabric so that you can heat from underneath. It does seem like a long and complecated project but I have made cards that have taken much longer!

This is my mobile phone cover that I mad iin the same way, but it is made from two layers of velvet to protect the phone.

Thank you for visiting you will find a great array of projects for teachers or lots of other gifty occasions so why not pop over and se what the rest of the girls have been up too?

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Woodeare Challenge Week 47 – Turquoise and Brown

The Woodware Challenge this week is a colour one and Turquoise and Brown and I am first.

I have used a Magenta cling rubber stamp Sketchy Flower I have stamped it twice on brown card with a ClearSnap Watermark pad and embossed it with Stampendous Aqua Powder and once on turquoise card this time I embossed it with Stampendous Chocolate embossing powder. The background I stamped with Stampendous Dreamy Leaves and again embossed it with the Chocolate powder.

I coloured the flowers with Sakura Clear Stardust pen and the leaves with Clear Glaze.

 The greeting comes from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear set Ribbon Hope and the ribbon comes from the box set Stitched Grosgrain, which I have stuck down with double sided tape.

 I have finished the card with self adhesive pearls in 3mm and 5mm.

I am sure that the cards will be wonderful this week over on the Woodware Blog so why not take a look?

Tahnk you for visiting!