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Woodware and Crafty Cardmakers – Things That Go Bump in the Night

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!

Well I hope that this card is okay for the theme, I do rather like it.


Of course it is covered in glitter so has not photographed too well!

First the background


I have used the Woodware A4 Double Sided Sheets I cut it to roughly the size of the stencil.


Place the stencil over the top, I have used the Dreamweaver Tree Silhouette Stencil. First it is important rub your stencil with something that will stop it from be permanently attached to the double sided sticky sheet. You can used vegetable soap, your anti static bag or a watermark pad, I have used soap on this one and not been as neat as I should have been, Lynell would not approve!


Add dark glitter.


Normally it is important to use glitters that give you a good contrast of colours so that they both stand out, but I have used a bronze colour for my trees from the Woodware Glitter sets.


You may have noticed that on the card I have a moon, I forgot to take photographs of the first one, and then forgot to add the mask for the moon on the second one. To make the mask punch a circle from the release sheet that protects the doublesided sticky sheets and put this on before the stencil.


The card looks quite smart without the finishing touches.

Here is Lynell showing you how to do it properly…

Now for the ghosts


punch two ovals


trim a wiggly line


add faces, and trim up the sides to add a little waist line.


I have used card to make a wobbler.


I used Glossy Accents to attach the wobblers to the glitter.

I hope that you enjoy our Things that go Bump in the Night week and why not play along at Crafty Cardmakers

Thanks for visiting see you soon!

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Woodware Christmas Decorations

Over on the Woodware blog this week we are looking at decorations, I really enjoy making and displaying Christmas Decorations and the selection that we have on show this week I hope will inspire you to get the glue gun out.

I really like the tree that Suzanne from CukyBugCrafts has shared with us, pop over and have a look.

So now here we have my effort….


It is the Craft Works Cards Poinsettia Wreath. The pack contains everything that you need to make two wreaths.


The kit comes with plenty of  the organza ribbon but for this one I used some of the dotty grosgrain

They are very easy to make…


you get 2 rings with pre-punched holes


I sprayed it with ColorBox Artichoke Dye Ink. I think this is an amazing colour.


then add the ribbon


I made my flower into piles so that I new that I liked the way that I had mixed the layers up


shape the flowers with the Floral Punch Craft tools.


My first set of seven flowers I used a a6mm brad to hold them together.


shape the leaves and attach 2 together. I have added Pine Stickles.


The other flowers I stuck together with silicone glue and added a Card Candi on top. the candi is Felicity but I have covered them with Diamond Stickles to add some sparkle and I used Cranberry Stickles on the edge of some of the petals.


 I used the pine Stickles on the embellishment pins too, and used some Card Candi as berries.


I only used 6 flowers so I have made a small card with my spare flower.

Thanks for visiting, don’t forget to pop over to the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the team have been up too.

See you soon

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Woodware Challenge – Quick Christmas

Over on the Woodware Blog this week the theme is Quick Christmas, these cards are very quick!


I used Lynell’s Power Pasting Technique to do all of the pasting.

Power Pasting is a term used for pasting more than one panel of card at a time.  I cut my card so that it is very slightly smaller than the stencil. Then securing your stencil with stencil tape to your Hot Stuff Mat using the stencil tape as a hinge. Slide the card underneath the stencil. You can paste around 4 card panels before the paste builds up on the stencil and you have to clean it.

For this card I have used the Dreamweaver Pearl  Embossing Paste on both the Star Dream Christmas Tree and the greeting.  While the paste is still wet add the glitter. I have used the Stampendous Teal Micro Glitter. This glitter is lovely and fine and the colours really shimmer.


Then set aside to dry. Trim the panels and round the corners with the regular corner rounder


I have edged the layers with silver ink pad. I used double sided tape to attach the layers and finished off with a piece of shriveled 32mm organza ribbon.

The navy card was left over from wedding invitations the main card is the aqua recycled cut in half scored and folded.

Why not have a look to see what the rest of the girls come up with for  quick Christmas ideas?

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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 – Look What I Did With My Frantage!

I am just back from Birmingham via Skipton when I have been with all those creative people I want to create but feel rather second rate, which is why I am very surprised that I am very pleased with what I have created for the Woodware challenge this week!

Fran the Queen of Frantage was with us on the Woodware stand at the trade show in Birmingham and has an array of great new products and techniques so this week on the Woodware blog we are showong off our take on Frantage!

Sorry that the photographs are not very good I spent so long making it that it got dark! In October last year I went on a trip to Berlin with some friends. We spent most of our time in the eastern part of  Berlin where all of the best old buildings are. The Encrusted Technique is really a perfect complement for the old architecture.

First I coloured the mount with a round sponge tip on a stylus tool with Stormy Seas pigment ink, (sorry it is a new limited edition colour that is not in stock yet), the colour is just enough to take the plainness away from the mount. Next I used the Aged Gold embossing enamel  in the corner. Fran always heats the powder from underneath and it means that you can add more powder which means that I was able to create various depths of powder. When I was happy with the coverage I added a premix of the new gold Halo Glitter Mix, Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Shaved Ice and an assortment of Mica Fragments.

The other corner has less bits.

The only stamp that I have used is the border stamp from the Hollyhocks Jumbo stamp. (the same one as Siobhan used yesterday) I used gold pigment ink on the stamp, I used it without an acrylic block so that I could press only parts of the stamp onto the mount board, I was happy to have an uneven imprint. I embossed the images with a mix of Aged Gold, Aged Green, and Aged Copper Embossing Enamel with some of the Gold Halo Glitter mix for a bit of sparkle.

The background paper is from Magenta it is called Dream Flight 12 x 12.

The photograph is a digital collage that I made in Photoshop.

Thank you for visiting why not pay the Woodware Blog a visit and see what the rest of the girls have been up to or check out the Stampendous You Tube channel to see Fran the Frantage Queen in action?

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Woodware Challenge Just One Layer

While here we still do lots of layers in the US they are having a trend for stamping straight on the card, not my favourite thing to do, put this card was fun, it would also be good for doing lots, I may even manage Christmas cards with this design!

I have used masking, which I first saw at a stamping show in London probably about 17 years ago! I have no idea who it was that was doing the demo but I was completely bowled over by the picture that she created with this single strawberry!

If you have never tried masking then please give it a go, this one is very very simple.

The first thing that you stamp on your card is what ever you want to be at the front of the picture. So I stamped the snowman from Francoise Clear Magic set I Love Snowmen. I like this set, very much, and  it is a very easy design to use for this as it is so easy to cut out. I stamped with black Versafine and embossed with Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder. This powder adds sparkle which changes colour depending on how long you heat it for. (I have not used it for ages and it is an old favourite.) It does not rise like a normal powder which is good for masking

To make the mask you stamp your main image on some thin paper and then cut it out. Cut on the lines so that you have no border. Then use Quickie Glue on the back and leave it to go tacky so that your mask is  reposition-able.

Place the mask directly over the image and stamp on the background stamp. I have used on of Jane’s Singles  Festive Background which works well for this cute stamp but will work equally well with a more traditional design of stamp.

You can see that I have had several uses from my mask, and it will go on and on giving you great service.

I coloured in the image with turquiose Sakura Glaze pen and added Crystal glitter. For the body of the snowman I used a Quickie Glue pen and Crystal glitter.

I love using Glaze Pens and Crystal glitter as the  glitter takes on the colur that is underneath and I make less mess than if I have lots of different colours of glitter out at once!  You have to work in small areas at a time as they don’t stay wet for as long as the quickie glue.

Well I hope that you like my One Layer Card, it will be Francoise turn tomorrow over on the Woodware Blog. 

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Woodware Challenge Week 21 Blue Christmas – Day 3

Hello while you read this I am on holiday, but not sunning myself  having a dip into the culture of Berlin, and perhaps some shopping.

I used the Magenta Rubber Stamp Under the Tree and stamped with a Clear Snap Watermark pad and embossed with Winter Wonderland Powder, it is a white embossing powder with silver glitter mixed through it. I stamped the tree once on navy card and twice on light blue card. I then cut the two light blue trees out and layered them on sticky fixers.  The greeting up the side comes from the Clear Magic set Christmas Sentiments designed by Jane Gill I embossed the greeting in white as I think that the letters are too  fine for the powder with glitter in it.

I have used glossy accents to make blobs in the centre of the baubles so that they have dimension and applied purple glitter, don’t tell anybody else on the Design Team that I cheated with the glitter colour, but it looks dark blue to me! Looks rather messy in the photo but I was not being too rough with it in case I had not let the glossy accents dry for long enough I didn’t want it to run out of the baubles! On the star I used glossy accents and crystal glitter, I used the same glitter on the parcels but I used a quickie glue pen to give me fine lines.

The border was punched with the Crafty Edger and the Star Cassette on the edge of the inside I stuck a strip of the same navy card that my tree is on, I covered the card with double sided adhesive sheet  and added the same two glitters to it.

Just to show off…….

another card done with the same stamp but in different shades of blue. The sparkle was added with the new Stampendous Shaved Ice

Well I think that is about it, I hope that you like my Woodware Challenge Blue Christmas card. The rest of the girls have done wonderful blue cards too so why not keep an eye on the Woodware Blog. Remember you can play along too.

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Layering Peel Off’s

I got a bit carried away when I was writing up the bunch of flowers post and thought I would like to do a step by step of the glitter on the peel off’s.

This is the finished card, done with the with back to front peel off’s Daisy2 in white and cerise, Chain Letter Birthday peel off’s and the paper is from the Cloisonne 8 x 8 pad

First take your peel off’s off the sheet and lay then sticky side up on your craft sheet.

Add the centre of the flowers by mixing and matching the different colours of peel off’s. Then dip them into the glitter and flock mix. Cover it well and press the glitter/flock onto the peel off’s.

Use foam pads to attach the flowers to the card to give you a raised flower.

The stems were added with a Sakura pen.

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Woodware Challenge 4 Bunch of Flowers

Bunch of Flowers

Bunch of Flowers

 This week I have used layered peel offs  for my flowers, they are really good fun and they are a nice thing to play with when you just want to watch telly and fiddle without much effort. The thing that I like about the peel offs is that you can change the appearance and creat 3D cards with them.

This photograph lets you see that the peel offs have had a home made mix of pink flock and glitter added to the sticky side of them. First peel them off and add centres then add the flock glitter mixture. I used pink, blue and purple peel offs but only the pink glitter/flock mixture. By using the various colours of peel offs I got enough colour variety without the mess that I would have had around the kitchen and the dog with lots off different glitter and flock going around.

The stamped image in the background was done with Onyx Black Versafine and is from a Stampendous Shape Shifter set, if you have not tried shape shifting you really should very exciting! Fran’s video will reveal all Shape Shifting.

The edges were done with a sponge and Stargazer Mica watecolour pallet, and the water in the vase was done with the pallet and a water brush.

Here you can see I have been adding the centres to the pale green leaves from the dark green sheet.

I hope that you have enjoyed this card pop over to the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the team have been up to.