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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 84 – Sketch 19

This week over on the Woodware blog it is sketch time again.

19 sketch-19a very simple sketch this month and here is my take on it

dorrieI have cheated and used on of Francoise’s new word stamps. They will be in the shops very soon, but I don’t have a date at the moment, but I will share as soon as I can.

dorrie6It makes a wonderful centre piece to a card when you have something important to say.

dorrie1I am very pleased with my bow, the 40mm Cream Organza has shrivelled rather well with my heat tool, I have topped it with a button from the Coffee and Cream Assortment to top it off.

dorrie2In order to follow the sketch I used Frantage embossing powder in Aged Green on two sides and Aged Copper on the other two. On the layer in the centre I reversed the colouring so that the green sits on top of the copper.

dorrie5I hope that you can see the difference in the photograph. The stamp is the border from the Jumbo Hollyhock set. The paper is from Magenta and is called Autumn Leaves. I have mounted it on A4 Craft Card that I have folded and then cut to make a square card.


I taped some copy paper on my Hot Stuff mat so that I could mask the ends of the panel off, and get them to match (more or less)dorrie4I just slid the panel in so that it was in the same place each time, and the corners are mitred.

Thank you for visiting, why not check out what the rest of the girls have been up too this week over on the Woodware Blog?

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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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Woodware Challenge Week 45 – April Sketch Challenge

This week over on the Woodware blog we have another sketch challange.

This is the sketch and here is my take on it

I have made an easel card with Artemio’s new clear set New York. The card is an 8 x 8 square card and I have added a white panel at the front and then layered a slightly smaller dark purple card. I cut 2 strips of card 7 inches by 3 inches. On the first one I stamped the New York skyline with Wicked Black archival dye ink and then using a stylus handle and a round foam pad I coloured and blended with Clear Snap Limited Edition pigment ink in Stormy Sea, Blue Jean and Raisin and also Chiffon in the Mix’d Media Inx. Then around the edges I added Stampendous’ Aged Silver Embossing Enamel. When I coloured this panel I left the windows of the buildings without colour.

Next I coloured the white card in the same way as before but this time I coloured first and then stamped the  images in the Wicked Black. Again I used the Aged Silver around the edges.

For the centre section I used the foam stylus pad to ink the stamp with the burgers and bagels with a mixture of the Chiffon and the Raisin inks stamped the images and then coloured with the two shades of blue. I used the Blue Jeans ink to colour some silver grosgain dotty ribbon.

The happy birthday comes from Jane Gill’s Clear Magic set Essential Birthdays, I had to hand write the great trip, but I am sure you can tell that! The border was punched with the award winning  Crafty Edger and the Zig Zag Diamond Cassette. I then embossed the cut outs with a mixture of the Aged Silver and the new Aged Rose embossing enamel. The hearts came from the Crafty Edger Heart Cassette.

Well that is it, to see what the rest of the girls on the woodware Design Team are up to pop over to the Woodware Blog or visit their blogs.

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Woodware Challenge – Colours of Spring

This week over on the Woodware Blog we are looking at the colours of spring, and here we are having weather that is more normal for here in summer, a bit worrying as this my be our summer, last year we had two weeks in April and they were the best two weeks of the year!

This is my take on the colours of spring and I am showing off my Mothers Day gift from my daughter.

Thank you Shona, my son bought me tomato plants I hope that they I can grow them.

I have gone pink for my colour choice, not what I had started out with in my head. All of the stamps come from an Artemio set Floral Collage. The white card is 8 x 8 and I have stamped with the new Limited Edition Raisin Pigment Ink from ColorBox, which I have been using for weeks and is now in stock. The pink card I stamped with the new Mix’d Media Pigment Inx from ColorBox this one is called Chiffon but their is 16 wonderful new colours that I think are Girlie Grungy. I have been using them for weeks now but they are now in stock! (I know I am really lucky).

The main image was stamped with the ColorBox Watermark Pad and then embossed with the pastel pink embossing powder from the Woodware Pastel Embossing Kit. I then attached trimmed and attached the panel to the pink card with lots of double sided tape.

I then got to use another new product! The Emboss Gloss embossing fluid. It is similar to and embossing pen but it is much wetter so it is idea for holding the Frantage in place (looks and works like a lip gloss) I have used Shabby Pink Frantage embossing powder and then trapped some of  the Silver Crushed Glass Glitter and the Rose Color Fragments.

The ribbon is new too Woodware has 2 new box sets of ribbon this is the pale pink from the stitched grosgrain.

This Antique Pendant has a deep well for decorating I stamped the top of the fern stamp and embossed it with the Shabby Pink powder cut it to fit. I used Glossy Accents to glue the card in place and then filled the well with more Glossy Accents as a finishing touch I added more of the rose Color Fragments and the silver glass glitter.

I am off to do something with this image now

well after I have eaten, and walked the dog.

Thank you for visiting, see you soon, for more Colours of Spring visit the Woodware Blog and remember to visit Kim our guest designer for March.