Friday, 19 September 2014

Ribbons, lace & pearls

Materials used:-
LG710 Large Orchid
Dreamweaver Pearlescent embossing paste
FRS259 Curly Butterfly (sentiment only)
Brilliance inkpads
5mm & 8mm s/a pearls
Woodware Doilies & s/a lace
A4 Hairy Manilla card blank
Woodware Ornate Bracket 2" punch
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 272238

We're rising to the challenge from the ladies at crafty cardmakers  this week & their theme is Ribbons, Lace & Pearls. 
I've chosen a Dreamweaver stencil & the lovely "Large Orchid" which I have pasted with Pearlescent embossing paste for a beautiful pearly look. When the paste was dry I replaced the stencil & added some colour & some more shimmer with Brilliance pearlescent inkpads.
I've used a Hairy Manilla (that name always makes me smile, I always want to say hairy gorilla!)
card blank which gives an aged look. Now you can go mad with the pearls,doilies & lace. The sentiment came from Francoise Read's Curly Butterfly & was stamped onto a label  punched with the new Ornate Bracket 2" punch. Why not pop over to crafty cardmakers & join in the challenge you could win some Woodware goodies. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

October & November demo at Liberty Craft

Hi everyone I've been busy working on the new demos which I will be doing at Liberty Craft
every Thursday morning & here it is!!

Thursday 16th October
The Colours of Autumn. Using leafy designs from Woodware with Distress Inks, embossing & Promarkers.

Thursday23rd October
Christmas with "Little Claire".I shall be using some of the new season's stamps from Little Claire designs & some of the old favourites too.

Thursday 30th October
Just One Colour. If you can't decide which colours to use, monochromatic cards can be very elegant. I shall be using more of the new Christmas stamps from Woodware with embossing & colouring techniques.

Thursday 6th November
Cute& Cuddly. Using some stamps from Stampendous featuring giggling snowmen, cats & mice!!

Thursday13th November
Winter birthdays. Birthdays tend to get forgotten at this time of year so let's look at some sparkling frosty greetings for special people.

Thursday 20th November
Classic Christmas. Traditional Christmas scenes using glitter techniques & snowy effects.

 Thursday 27th November
Still not finished your Christmas cards?Here are some quick & easy ideas using Christmas peel offs & Sakura pens.

Look forward to seeing you soon at
Liberty Craft
(opposite the library)
Exeter Road
01395 273238

Don't forget I'm on my hols for 2 weeks so after next week no demo until the 16th. Bye for now!!  


Saturday, 13 September 2014


 Materials use:-
3" 2" & 1" Evening Dress 1 punches
2" & 1" circle punch
FRS 169 Little Messages
Perfect Prints- Vivid Dots paper pad 
Floral punchcraft tools
Liquid Pearls Copper
White Organza ribbon
Mark Richards Elements - blue
A5 white pearl card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
Tel: 01395 273328

OK it's official I'm addicted to flowers! I've done it again but just couldn't help myself! Our mission this week is to make good use of these lovely dress punches from Woodware & the frilly skirt of the dress just begged to be a frilly petal!! I began by punching a 2" circle from card to use as the base & to work onto. Then punch 8 pieces from blue paper using the largest punch (3"). Cut away the top of the bodice from each dress & score from the "waist" to the hem to make the dress frill. Edge with a blue inkpad & attach to the circle of card as shown in the photo below. Place the  remaining 4 pieces between the first 4. Now repeat the process using the 2" punch placing the petals in the centre of the first layer. Punch a 1" circle from caramel card & sculpt to give it a domed effect.add some dots of Liquid Pearls
The card blank is a piece of A4 cut in half (portrait) & then I scored about 2" to wrap at the back to re assemble the card.  The background was made from the Perfect Prints pad stamped with a sentiment from Little Messages & add a bow of white organza ribbon.  
As you'll notice I have used the 1" dress punch to make a frilly border along the right edge of the card blank using the same method as for the flowers. To finish I cut some strips of blue paper with the pinking blade of the Fingerguard trimmer & added some blue Elements. Voila-one frilly flower!!

The 3 dress punches

A petal

The first layer 

A closer look at the finished flower

Friday, 12 September 2014

Lions, frogs & elephants!

 I had great fun at Liberty Craft yesterday morning creating these cute children's cards from the new Woodware  stamps by Francoise Read. I used Promarkers for colouring, they are just great with their bold colours & very easy to colour with. For the "Cheeky Turtle" which you see below I mounted him on a die cut circle which had been folded in half to form a rocker card. I also used Glossy Accents on the eyes of all the animals & the turtles toes. 

"Hoppy Birthday" frog was mounted on a "Wobbler" to make him spring & wobble just add some Card Candi & pretty scrapbook paper

"Patch Elephant" was also given a Wobbler & some Stickles for a little bit of sparkle. Great for paper piecing & baby cards.

Finally we have "Lion King" & isn't he cute on his Wobbler? I just love the paw prints & all the sentiments which are included with all the stamp sets. All in stock now at
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road (opposite the library)
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273328

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Marigolds & Poppies

Thursday is demo day at Liberty Craft  this morning I've been using some lovely floral stamps from Woodware in conjuction with Tombow pens, scrapbook papers & Brilliance inkpads. 
Marigolds from Jane Gill (JGS366) I have coloured with Tombow pens & decoupaged the marigold flowers. 

Field of Poppies by Francoise Read (FRS228)

For the first card I've paper pieced some scrapbook papers & printed the entire design onto a scrapbook paper.
For the second design I have stamped onto cream  card & water coloured using Brilliance inkpads.

Hope you can join me next week at Liberty Craft (opposite the library) when I shall be having fun with some children's cards with the great new stamps from Francoise Read. See you then!  

Monday, 1 September 2014

Craft Canvas

 Materials used:-
Woodware Craft Canvas
Stampendous CRR204 PenPattern Light
Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme, Sky & Jade
Green gingham ribbon
Green Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen
Heart brads
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT 
01395 273238
This week we're exploring a new product from Woodware the very versatile Craft Canvas. You can ink it, stamp on it, die cut it, sew it,stencil it, heat emboss it, Frantage it & use some embossing folders with it too- the list is endless. It's easy to cut with scissors or even a trimmer.
I have made a pouch which I intend to house my Kindle when it goes on it's hols but you could use it for your jewels, pencils, bits of ribbon etc. etc. I cut a piece to size & then inked all over with Sky & Jade inks. The recommended ink to use is Crafters by Colorbox but any pigment ink works well (dye inks tend to bleed). When the ink was dry I over stamped using Thyme & one of the new Stampendous stamps "PenPattern Light" which is a gorgeous Zentangle design & I've a feeling will be making many more outings on this blog!  I also prepared another piece of canvas which I used to die cut the flowers. To this piece I added some embellishment  to the pattern with the Stardust pen. After dusting off my sewing machine & stitching the pouch I added some gingham ribbon to the edges (dodgy stitching- I'm not the best at that kind of thing!!) & a button & loop to fasten. Finally I attached the flowers with some PVA glue & some little bows. The canvas won't be sculpted as you would paper flowers so to give them a little character I gave  them a goods scrunching up in my hand. Do check out  this great new product!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Words, flowers & frames

Morning everyone! I had a great first demo at Liberty Craft  yesterday & it was lovely to see so many familiar faces- thanks for making me feel so welcome. 
My theme for the day was "Words, flowers & frames" I was using one of the lovely Spellbinders frame sets which are on offer at Liberty Craft at the moment at an amazing 20% off, a great offer & too good to miss!  I also used "Tattered Flowers" die set by Tim Holtz & some lovely sentiments from Woodware. All the direct to paper technique sponging was done with a selection of Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads. Here's a look at the results.

Hope to see you next week at Liberty Craft when I shall be working with some of the new Woodware stamps, some great papers & various colouring methods.