Monday, April 14, 2014

Woodware Sketch 33: Boot-Stompin' Fun!

WW Sketch 33
The Woodware team is up to Sketch #33 this week, so come play along! Just link your creation to the Woodware blog for a chance to win.

My version features this darling "Wellie" designed by Francoisé Read for Woodware. So simple and fun to paper-piece that I just had to break out my pack of patterned papers and create some super-snazzy boots! I stamped them in Onyx Versafine over various patterns, cut, and pieced as desired. Because you've now stamped a few of them, you have the opportunity to create several of this card. No rainy day could be dreary with these bright colors! I used one of the striped papers in the background, inked and embossed in Stampendous white EP using the Dreamweaver Rain Background stencil. Dreamweaver also has a fun stencil with a variety of Rainy Day Words, of which I chose one and ink-stenciled it in Onyx Versafine, leaving the rest to stencil onto the other cards that I will be able to make in a set.

Embellishing is so much fun, as Woodware has such a great variety of goodies to add to any project. I used a strip of the Self-Adhesive White Lace, a few of the White Paper Flowers, and some Card Candi, before I thought that I needed to stop. Lol. I was considering adding some fun Heart Shaped Buttons, but then I remembered the famous quote from Coco Chanel, "When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on." So, those cute heart buttons will have to wait until another time! Wouldn't want to get harassed by the Fashion Police!

Be sure to visit the Woodware blog to see how the rest of the team interprets this sketch. Jane Gill, our Flower Girl, was first up this week, and she's created a gorgeous card in shades of violet! Yummmm!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils: A Celtic Inspiration

We're already into April, and no foolin', the Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post on April 17th, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post.

I've always had an affinity for Celtic design, and love the design of a Celtic cross. I found this beautiful sunset pic on Pinterest, which became a reminder to use Dreamweaver's Celtic Cross:
I did choose softer colors for my creation, more in keeping with Spring and Easter, than the vibrant colors of the sunset in the photo. The technique that I used for the background was  Double Glitter using micro fine glitters, the trick being placing the glitter in specific areas, and if you look closely, I have not perfected that as yet. Lol. One of the best tricks is to use a plastic drinking straw, cut at an angle, to use as a scoop to spoon the glitter into the small areas. The design that I used is the new Crusade Background...a great 6" square design, perfect on it's own, or as a mixed media background, etc. I pasted the Comfort Words onto this background panel in Matte Black as I feel that a cross is a comfort.

The cross itself was pasted in Matte Black on black linen cardstock, and immediately covered in micro fine black glitter. Press this into the wet paste slightly for the best coverage, and set aside to dry. Once dry, the cross was cut out and several rhinestones were added for embellishment.

Remember, we have a wonderful guest designer playing with us this month, and the "B" team is anxious to show off their inspirational projects as well...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Woodware UK: Sweet Dreams with Creativity Cards and Crafts!

The Woodware team have been challenged by a retailer once again. This time from a store in Eastbourne in England called Creativity Cards and Crafts. Their chosen challenge is, "Sweet Dreams"...something we all enjoy, literally and figuratively! I have pulled out one of my oldies but goodies, and a personal fave as a simple celebratory card to have on hand in multiples.

I've stamped the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Cupcake on a selection of patterned papers, cut out the parts, and layered on the focal panel with 3D mounting pads. The cupcake wrapper portion was run through a Crimper for realistic texture. Holographic Peel Off Dots were colored with Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens, and applied as "sprinkles". A small triangle of paper was stamped with a chosen sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Birthday Assortment set, and adhered to a toothpick along with a pompom, and inserted into the "icing".

The focal panel was adhered over a panel of patterned papers with borders of Ric Rac Peel Offs, highlighting the bright and happy colors for a celebration.

Remember to check out all of the team's sweet treats as linked from the Woodware Blog each day!