Monday, 20 June 2016

Floral Free for All

Materials used:-
JGS446 Whimsical Flower- Sally Anne
FRS614 Old Letter
JWS03 Happy Birthday
Color Box Crafters inks 
(Bark, Limelight,Spiced Plum,Purple, Berry, Sunshine,
Tangelo, Jungle Green)
Woodware Craft canvas
Versafine Vintage Sepia
8x8 cream card blank
7mm & 15mm purple organza ribbon
s/a diamantes (coloured with Permipens) 
Hairy manilla craft card
purple & cream card
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 2PT
01395 273238

We're having a floral free for all this week so a chance to use one of the lovely flower stamps from Woodware. Now I'm simply addicted to this stamp & I can't stop using it as it's so versatile. Today I've used it with the Adhesive sheet for All Materials from the Stix2 with heat range. Simply stamp onto the fabric side of the sheet  (I've stamped 2 flowers) using Bark & then add colour to the flowers with stencil brushes & the other Crafters colours. You don't need to be too careful as the flowers will be cut out. Next I took a square of canvas & aged it a little with an inkpad before stamping all over with "Old Letter" & Versafine. Now remove the paper backing from the cut out flowers & place them onto the canvas. Cover with a piece of parchment paper & heat using the Stix2 Craft & Mixed Media iron for about 10 seconds. Leave the paper in place until the image is completely cold before peeling gently away. Mount this onto the purple card then the cream square & attach the ribbon before attaching to the craft layer on the front of the card blank. To finish stamp "Happy Birthday" & add the diamantes.  

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Today at Liberty Craft- Colour Blocks

Today for my demo at Liberty Craft Exmouth I've been creating designs using  the colour block method & although I say so myself I came up with some pleasing results. I die cut various shapes using Stix2 "Mount & Stamp Foam" to create my own solid stamps. I used Distress inkpads to print the solid shapes & then stamped over the top with a variety of Woodware stamps in Versafine black. This method works best with silhouette stamps but I've also used outline stamps & filled them in with a black Sakura Koi pen. Hope you like the results.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Raining Cats & Dogs

 Materials used:-
Woodware punches (see picture)
Craftwork Cards paper pad "Tartan"
Textura Cardstock pad "Nature"
FRS169 Little Messages
8 x 8 card blank
"Googlie" eyes
Liquid Pearls Avacado
Black Micron pen 
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
It's raining cats & dogs! Let's hope that with our English summer this doesn't prove to be the case!! I've pulled out all the punches this week to create these fun characters. You'll see all the punches I've used in the pic below plus a couple of oval dies which I didn't have in punch form. I've re-folded the card gatefold style & used the tartan paper for the background. The cats & dog have been attached to some plain green card & I think you'll see at a glance how they have been formed. To complete the design I've added some detail on the animals & a wiggly line around the border with a Micron pen & some dots of Liquid Pearls to give a bit of texture & interest.  Here's a closer look.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Happy Days

Materials used:-JGS434 Flowers in a Row
JGS390 Bubble Bloom Carol (sentiment only)
Woodware punches;-
Heart & maple leaf (peach) circle(green)  mini butterfly
Sakura Koi water brush pens
S/A ladybug embellishments
Stickles stardust
Glossy Accents
Red & green card
A5 card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth Ex8 1PT
01395 273238

Our theme this week has the rather ambiguous title of "Happy Days!" So what makes you happy? For me it's sunny summer days full of blue skies & time outdoors after the long, long winter months & I hope that I've been able to capture that in this card design.
I have constructed the card blank by  cutting a piece of flat white card in half (portrait). Then scored approx 2.5" at the left hand edge of the top piece & this has been attached at the back of the other piece. 
To set the countryside scene I've punched a circle from card & attached the punched piece  in place with some re-positionable glue to mask a "sun".  Using a piece of torn paper I have then softly brushed some blue ink at the top to form the sky & then some shades of green inks for the grass. Now place the negative that was created from the punched circle over the masked circle (mask now removed) & apply some lemon ink.Repeat stamp the "Flowers in a Row"  across the bottom of the card & colour with the Koi pens.  Print the sentiment from the Bubble Bloom set at the right hand of the card front. The strawberries are made with the heart & maple leaf punches & I think they're quite cute! Simply punch the hearts & sculpt with a ball tool on the wrong side, add some "seeds" with a black Micron pen & attach to the right side of the card with some 3D foam pads. Now add the Glossy Accents & this will be your glue to affix the maple leaves in place to form the leaves & stalk of the strawberries. I've also added a little white detail with a Sakura gel pen before adding the Glossy Accents. To finish I've punched some mini butterflies from some dark blue paper with Stickles on their wings (it's the law!!) & the ladybugs among the flowers.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Shaker Cards

Materials used:-
JGS447 Whimsical Flower Daisy May
Perfect Prints pad "Fruit Dots"
Sakura Koi pens
Textura Cardstock pad- "Pastel"
7" x 7" white card blank
Card Candis
Lemon Gingham card
Green seed beads
Yellow card
Black Micron pen
All available from:-
 Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
I have a shaker card for you this week which I think is quite fun. I've stamped "Daisy May" 3 times using Versafine Onyx Black; first onto the lemon gingham, then onto the yellow & green dotty papers. I then cut out the centre off the print on the gingham base with a craft knife & coloured the rest of the flower with Koi pens.I cut the green flower head to place under the flower aperture & also cut out the leaves to paper piece over the stamped leaves. Finally I cut the flower petals from the yellow dotty paper. I used clear, narrow foam tape to form a sealed oval centre on the green flower head & attached a piece of acetate under the flower printed on the gingham. I placed the seed beads in the centre of the green flower before carefully lining up the gingham layer to go over the top. The beads should be fully encapsulated in the centre of the flower now. I coloured the under side of the yellow dotty flower & curled the petals upwards with a DEET before attaching to the flower. To finish I have layered onto the green & yellow card & printed the sentiment before attaching to the card blank. Some broken lines with a Micron pen & the Card Candi add the finishing touches.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Hobby Week

Materials used:-
JGS427 Rucksack  
JGS426  Walking Boots. 
JGS437 Herbs
Brilliance Graphite Black.
7” x 7” white card blank. 
 Woodware canvas.
 White shrink plastic. 
Sakura Bruynzeel coloured pencils.
Hessian trim.
 Copper brads. 
 3” & 2.5” circle punches.
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road 
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238

It's "Hobby" week & there's a great selection of hobby & activity stamps to be found in Woodware's new season of stamps. Now I'm going to confess here that this project you see today is one which I taught in a workshop a few weeks ago but I thought I'd share it with you now. Here's what I did......

1.     Die cut a portion of a circle from the right front of the card blank from corner to corner. Using the print of an old ordnance survey map provided cut to measure allowing a border of approx 1cm to show on the card blank at the top & bottom of the piece. Don’t forget that you will need a piece left to punch a circle. Die cut the right hand edge as you did for the card blank. Now line up the map & trim a border at the left hand edge.
2.     Dust the entire surface of the card blank with a blend of blue inks including the exposed part circle on the inside of the card so that you have an inked area inside.
3.    Dust the map piece with brown inks to “age”. Attach to front of card blank. Randomly print footprints from “Walking Boots” with  & add foliage from “Herbs”. Add brads to left hand corners.
4.     Using the piece of canvas & Brilliance print “Rucksack”. Colour with pencils taking time & care over shading. Cut out & mount to card blank with foam pads/tape.
5.     Stamp “Walking Boots” onto shrink plastic with Stazon. Colour softly & lightly with coloured pencils. Don’t forget the colours will darken when heated & shrunk. Cut out boots.
6.     Dust boots with an anti stat pad to prevent sticking. Using a heat tool shrink the plastic. When shrunk flatten with an acrylic block while still pliable.
7.     Punch a 3” circle from the remains of the map. Age with brown ink. Print sentiment towards the top of the smaller circle & dust with brown ink. Attach to larger circle with foam pads. Attach boots to the bottom of smaller circle. Attach the whole piece at the left hand edge only to front of card blank to protrude over inner inked part circle.
8.     Attach Hessian to inside right edge of card blank.

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

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.