Friday, 26 July 2013

Punches on Parade

Shopping List
Punches used:-
3" circle 
2" Catherine Wheel & Heart
1" plum 
Large Sunflower & Beech Leaf
Regular Sunflower 1
Mini Sun
FRCL 129 Garden Greetings
Magenta Buds & Flourishes
Magenta 12 x 12 paper (Memor 190)
"A Little Bird Told Me" 
8" x 8" card blank
s/a pink pearls
Mark Richards Elements in pink
Liquid Pearls
Brown organza ribbon & pink narrow
Pearl paper
All available from:-
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Time to dust off those punches this week & I must say I really enjoyed creating this card. Start with an 8x8 card blank which I have cut & re assembled as a gatefold. Cover the front with the Magenta paper before punching the circle in the centre. If you punch a template first & lightly mark with a pencil you'll get your circle in the right place. As the paper is double sided punch another circle to use as the base for the flower arrangement which will go inside the card. 

The large flower is made with the Catherine Wheel  lightly shaded at the edges with a pink inkpad & finished with the regular Sunflower& pink element at the centre. The 2 smaller flowers are made with the plum punch with the large Sunflower & mini Sun at the centre &  finished with the s/a pearls. Before placing the arrangement inside the card I randomly stamped the back of the card using the Buds & Flourishes from Magenta with a pink chalk inkpad. 

I added the chocolate brown organza ribbon to the right hand side of the card front with a few more elements & a little twist of the narrow pink organza ribbon.  Lastly I punched 2 hearts in white & pink linen card to add the greeting & the pretty butterfly & flowers which all come from Garden Greetings from Francoise Read. Come on, get those punches out!!  

Subtle stamping for the background 

A closer look at the punched flowers

Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Great Outdoors

Shopping List
FRCL198 Sail Away
London 1(25501) 12" x 12" paper
Versafine Onyx Black & Majestic Blue
Watercolour pencils & paper
DL card blank
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I suppose living by the sea nothing says outdoors to me better than being by it. I've chosen quite an old set of stamps for my theme this week by Francoise Read, Sail Away. Stamp onto watercolour paper using Versafine & then colour with the watercolour pencils. I've let the colours "bleed" over the edges of the print for washy effect & torn  around the edges. The gingham paper is the reverse of the double sided "London" paper & the bull rushes are stamped with the blue pad . I have also placed a layer of gingham inside the card & stamped with the bull rushes again. Now simply layer the 2 stamped pieces onto some dark blue & lemon card & add some co- ordinating Candis. Hey look, I've created a men's card without even trying! That'll come in handy!!

Monday, 8 July 2013

The July Sketch Challenge

Shopping list
Stampendous Garden Gal
Stampendous Botanical Blooms 
FRCL 186 Special Wishes
Crafty Edger + Ribbon Border
Versafine Onyx Black
Sakura coloured pencils
pink organza ribbon
A5 card blank
Basil paper green
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It's sketch challenge time again & a second outing for our mysterious "Garden Gal". She's printed using Versafine Onyx Black & softly coloured with Sakura pencils. The floral background panel is "Botanical Blooms" which the observant among you will recognise as I've used  several times now in a variety of ways so it's a very versatile stamp. It's stamped with Versafine Spanish Moss & coloured with pencils again. The panel on the left is a Basil 12 x 12 paper & I've used the Crafty Edger with the ribbon border cassette (the one which comes with the Crafty Edger starter set) & laced some Baby Pink organza ribbon. The sentiment at the bottom comes from Francoise Read's "Special Wishes" which has some lovely greetings plus some pretty little icons too. Now simply layer your sketch onto an ivory hammer card blank which has been softly sponged around the edges with a pale green chalk inkpad.

 Here's the  original sketch why not play along. E mail your entry to & you could win a Woodware voucher.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

No Paper? No Problem!

Shopping list
FRCL 226 Flower Medley
Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves
Versamark inkpad
2" Label punch
Mini sunflower punch
"Hairy Manilla" craft card
Peel off "Just to Say" 94460
Mark Richards copper Nailheads
 & gold Metals
Copper Liquid Pearls
Glossy & white pearl card
6 x 6 card blank
Raffia, orange & brown card for layering
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-

We have the first of the Woodware Retailer Challenges & we are being started off by Jill Tuck.Our mission should we choose to accept it this week is to  create a design using only stamps & inks. No problem!! I've started by taking a square piece of glossy card & randomly stamping with a Versamark inkpad, some of the leaves from the flower Medley set by Francoise Read. Then using the Kaleidacolor dye inkpad I've brayered over the top which gives a lovely muted pattern & hey presto! you have your background design. Next I inked the largest flower from the set with "Autumn Leaves" & printed onto white pearl card & this created a gorgeous pearly effect (funny that!). Now simply cut out the flowers & layer the background onto the card blank. Add some raffia before you attach the layer to the card. The sentiment which has been placed onto a tag from the label punch comes from Jane Gill's new ones & has some lovely greetings in a great font. Now simply add some punched mini sunflowers, the Nailheads, Metals & Liquid Pearls to the flower centres for a hot summery design.

Here's a closer look at the flowers.