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Christmas Table Decorations

We are not big on fancy chocolates in our house but we do like an After Eight Mint, or two, so I have made this box for them to sit on the Christmas table.


I think that I saw this on the Craftwork Cards Blog but I am not sure.


I have cut my card 9 inches square.


I used my scoring blade in my trimmer and scored at 3 and 6 inches in both directions


Then  fold and crease all of the score lines.


Use a ruler to score a diagonal line BUT don’t score the centre square as it is the bottom of the box. Score the four corners.


The stamp is Jane Gill’s Little Christmas Bird Clear Magic stamp.


I would normally use a watermark pad to stamp, but because it is a solid stamp I got better definition by using a red ink pad and red embossing powder. I hope that you can see the difference.


The background paper is from one of the 6 x 6 pads I have edged the paper squares with gold embossing.


I have made all four sides the same.


I do love the face of the bird!


I had to be careful when sticking on the birds that they are the right way up.

I punched out a square of card and drew a diagonal lines across it this I placed on the corner and punched through it so that my punch holes are more or less in the same place.


can you see my deliberate mistake, yes I drew my line all the way across.


Perfect for our After Eight Mints, I wonder if the will last until Christmas, well I wonder if they will make it to the weekend!


Gingham ribbon is perfect for holding it all together, and then I can undo the ribbon and fold it flat to store for next year.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the girls posts on Woodware Witterings this week.

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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 Sketch Challenge 30

Here we are up to Sketch 30, where does time go?

30_January 2014

Here is the sketch and this is my take on it


The dog stamp is one of Francoise’s Huge Words, the stamp comes with some words and the paws and dogs head.


For the background card I stamped and embossed the dog stamp in bark powder. The paw stamp has just been stamped with Bark Crafter’s ink.


I stamped and embossed dog on brown card and the craft card then trimmed the craft card to fit the sketch. I used double sided tape to  attach the two pieces of card and the I Zentangled the word with the new  Sepia Micron pen.


The thank you is a Just Words Tiddler, which comes with two thanks stamps. I have added Tombow pens o give the pup a touch of colour.

All of the layers were edged with the Bark Crafter’s ink and I added gold 3mm metals to the corners.

Thank you for visiting today, you can see all on the rest of the team’s take on the sketch over on the Woodware Blog

The layers

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Woodware Challenge Week 64

Hello over on the Woodware blog this week we are looking at Paper Piecing. This is fun to do and is a great way to use up scraps of patterned paper. I have used two of Jane’s new Christmas stamps they are both Clear Magic Singles.

For the background I have used the new background stamp Faithful and Joyful this I have stamped with Chiffon Mixed Media Inx and embossed it with clear powder.

The main image is Doodle Christmas and this I have embossed with gold powder. I used the Holly Green recycled card and then used the water mark pad to edge the card and embossed it again with gold powder.

For my paper piecing I have used a variety of Stockholm 12 x 12 papers, I have used this for the layer at the back as well.

I have used more of the papers to make this wreath the idea for the wreath came from Pinterest the blog is 2 Girls Being Crafty, I have adapted it to fit what I had in the house so I covered a polystyrene ring with organza ribbon.

Thank you for visiting, you will find lots of paper piecing over on the Woodware Blog so pop over and have a look.

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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 – 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 – Hearts for my Sweetheart

Over on the Woodware Blog this week the theme is Hearts so here is my offering.

The stamps are a new Woodware Clear Magic set designed by Francoise it is called Sitting Pretty.

I have stamped and embossed the image in blushing pink and then coloured in with Tombow brush markers.

The background paper is from the GCD 8 x 8 book Zen Garden and I have punched it with the Crafty Edger and the Tag Cassette.

I coloured the ribbon with the some chalk ink pads to get the shade of pink that I wanted.

I hope that you like my Sweetheart Card why not visit the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the girls have been up to this week, and you can play along too.

This is another card that I made from the same set. It was for my daughter, Shona’s birthday. I don’t understand how she got to be so old!

Thank you for visiting see you soon.

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Woodware Challenge Week 29 – Look what I did with my tin……

I am first to post for the Woodware challenge this week. I don’t like being first! This week we are using tins from the Scrapbook In a Tin range. I have used the Oval tin.

The tins come with five pages inside in a concertina

 I had decided that I wanted to make a little keepsake  for my sister in law of a family trip that we had this summer, and that I wanted to use the chippies and I chose the leaves from the Butterflies and Dragonflies Sheet 

I used 2 sizes of leaf and thick embossing on them. I coloured them with some chalk ink and then added some thick embossing powder while the powder was still hot I added another layer of the thick and then added some Stampendous embossing powders in Bark, Olive and Nutmeg. Once I was happy with it I stamped into the hot powder with a stamp from a Stampendous Perfectly Clear Set Wildflower Sprigs.

Next I decorated the pages

I drew around the chippie leaves on to double sided adhesive and cut them out and attached them to the to the pages. I used direct to paper with the chalk pads to put down some colour. I then used Bark embossing powder on the almost dry background so that I had random embossing (thanks to Kim for the idea).

Then I covered the page with various greens from the Fresh Green Kaleidacolor Pad. I then peeled off the cover from the double sided sticky sheet and added Gilden Glitz.

I added photographs and more glitzed up leaves. The photographs were punched with the Super Duper Oval punch, and edged with a Sakura gold Permapaque pen.

I hope that you are inspired by the timns on the Woodware Blog this week. Thank you for visiting.