Saturday, 21 May 2016

Boys will be Boys

Materials used:-
FRS012 Relax
Crafters inks Canyon, Limelight, Wave & Bark
Canvas bottle gift bag
Clear Scraps mask "Gears"
Large stencil brushes
Mercart Metal sheet
Woodware buttons 
Mark Richards Additions jute sheets
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk

Boys will be boys this week & which boy doesn't enjoy a cheeky bottle of wine?! With Father's day not far away this makes a great way to enhance your gift with a handmade bottle bag as a keepsake. Woodware do a great range of canvas bags, aprons & other things which are just right to be decorated using masks & Crafters ink pads. I've placed the "Gears" mask over the canvas & randomly applied the inks using large stencil brushes. The sentiment  "Relax" has been stamped onto a piece of Mark Richards Additions jute which is 6" x 6" & comes in a pack of 8.This is great stuff & looks just like linen. All Crafters inks are suggested for use on material (& a lot of other surfaces too) & are colour fast when heat set with an iron. I have frayed the edges of the jute & attached with iron adhesive to the piece of blue denim material. This has also been ironed onto the bottle bag. To finish I've die cut some gears from metal sheet & attached to the rope tie which is included  with the bottle bag & added some buttons.   




Thursday, 12 May 2016

Today at Liberty Craft - Vellum Flowers


Today for my usual Thursday morning demo at Liberty Craft Exmouth I've been creating pretty vellum flowers using white embossing powder & Woodware stamps. I think it's been a quest today to see how many designs I could get out of one 12 x 12 sheet of coloured vellum! Here are the results......

Whimsical Flower- Daisy May  

Another from the "Whimsical" series this time Sally Anne 

One of my very favourites from this spring's collection Marguerite Patch
Finally "Flowers in a Row" on a piece of torn vellum.

The thing to remember when working with vellum is to be aware how you are going to attach your design to the card blank as most adhesives will show through. On my designs above I've used glue dots on the flower heads of the first design or you can wrap the strip of vellum around the card as I have done with the one above. Other methods include the use of brads & disguising the adhesive with a punched shape, Candis or perhaps ribbon. Always wipe vellum with an anti stat bag before embossing to help prevent "speckling" & I've done some dry embossing on the rear of the image using a molding mat & ball tools. This will whiten the vellum & add some shaping & sculpting too. I've added some lilac Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers but you could also add some colour to the reverse of the image with water based pens. I had intended to do this but it would have helped if I had brought my wallet of pens!! But that's another day another demo!!

All Woodware products available at
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth  Ex8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk


Monday, 9 May 2016

Apertures & Punch Craft


Materials used:-
JGS Meadow Flowers
JWS053 Today is a Perfect Day
Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art "Chicken Wire"
3/4" punches daisy & beech leaf (green) 
3.5" circle punch   
Perfect Pearls "Bisque"
Sakura Koi water colour pens
7" square card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk

This week we're looking at a rather nice technique which I used in a demo a few weeks ago & that is using punch craft to fill or part fill an aperture. I have gate folded a square card & die cut a half circle out of each half to form a full circle in the centre. I have inked the inside of the card & the front & then used the mask to add some dimension. The message has been stamped onto a punched circle which has also been inked. The stamping comes from "Meadow Flowers" which I have softly coloured with Koi pens. I have used the daisy punch for the flowers which have been attached all around the edges of the circle & then I added a few more by attaching them to the petals of the others. To add some colour I've added some punched beech leaves & the Perfect Pearls to the centres of the flowers.




Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Jane's Bubble Bloom Stamps

Materials used:-
JGS448 Buble Bloom - Melanie
Sakura Koi water brush pens
Perfect Prints pad Vivid Dots
Spotty Blue organza ribbon
Glossy Accents
6 x 6 card blank
All available from:-
Your local  Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk
This week we're celebrating Jane Gill's Bubble Bloom series of stamps. I've used "Melanie" which was launched in the spring of this year. I've stamped onto a piece of card which I've softly sponged with some chalk inkpads. After this I've coloured the image with the Koi pens & covered the "Bubbles" with Glossy Accents. To finish add the ribbon & mount onto the spotty background. The sentiment is included with the stamp set.   

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Stix2 2016 Calendar-May

I've been working on my Stix2 calendar for 2016 & with my love for the "Curly Sue" stamp from Woodware I came up with this bright summery look for May. I've made the main background using the method we learned with Michelle at the Stix2 training day a few weeks ago. Add some colour from some water based  pens to a sheet of acetate (Project Acetate) & spritz with water before covering with another sheet of acetate. Print onto a piece of white card & you can repeat this until you get the level of colour & pattern you want. The main piece of acetate has been coloured with some Dreamweaver inks using the same method but using the acetate itself to print the image on using an Archival inkpad. I've simply filled the "bubbles" with Candis & coloured the background with Sakura Koi pens. 



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sketch Challenge 52


Materials used:-
FRS617 Time to Wine Down
Sakura Bruynzeel coloured pencils
Maple leaf punch (peach)
Burlap trim
Versafine Onyx Black
Glossy Accents
Glossy card
A5 parchment card blank
Copper brads
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk

It's sketch challenge time & a nice simple one this month. I've used "Time to Wine Down" from Francoise Read & I really love this stamp as it's so versatile & can be used for many occasions. I've stamped simply in black on the die cut oval & coloured with pencils. 
The wood effect background has been created by passing a piece of waxed paper through an embossing folder. You then sandwich the paper between 2 pieces of white glossy card glossy side inwards & wrap this in a thick layer of kitchen foil. Place this on a soft surface like a folded towel & heat with an iron.Remove the wax paper & discard & now simply dust the glossy card pieces with dye inks until the pattern appears. Assemble the sketch & to finish add the burlap trim some punched maple leaves & the sentiment. 
Here's the sketch


Thursday, 21 April 2016

This Month's Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - 1,2,3,- 1 image, 2 papers 3 embellishments






Materials used:-
FRS010 Marguerite Patch
Perfect Prints pads Sandstorm & Lavender Mist
Woodware "Curlyque" peel off
Card Candi
Lime Liquid Pearls
Sakura Koi waterbrush pens
6x6 cream card blank
"Permipens" permanent markers
All available from:-
www.woodware.co.uk
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
libertycraft33@yahoo.co.uk

We're joining the ladies from Crafty Cardmakers for their monthly challenge & this time it's to produce a design using 1 image, 2 papers & 3 different embellishments- too easy!! Here's another outing for "Marguerite Patch" which I have to say is fast becoming one of my favourite stamps from the new Woodware season. I've stamped the image onto both the lavender & lemon paper & then I've cut around  just the petals of the lavender one with a craft knife. I've then sponged the under side of the petals with a lavender inkpad before curling them upwards with the needle point of a DEET. Now just glue the lavender print on top of the lemon one making sure that all is lined up properly. I printed the image again (all with Versafine Onyx Black) onto the lemon paper & cut out the centre of the flower & attached that along with a Candi. The leaves are coloured with the Koi pens & the dots are added with the Liquid Pearls. For my third embellishment I've coloured the silver "Curlyque" peel off  lemon with the permanent markers & just added a small piece to each corner before mounting onto  the card blank.

Why not pop over to see what the  Crafty Cardmakers design team have come up with.