Friday, 25 November 2016

wall art

Many of these have been around on my walls for a while - some we have done on workshops and shown previously but any one wanting to do some for Christmas has the choice - first to book decide what will be covered in each workshop

but any of the ideas can be used in upcoming workshops

Monday, 21 November 2016

mdf decorations and other items

These are some of the mdf decorations done in a variety of ways by our craft group

These are some of the candy box crafts mdf projects - the tool holder is handy and the castles are money boxes so great for christmas presents

and then of course there are always boxes to decorate

Friday, 18 November 2016

Some jewellery ideas

I put this down as a workshop for end of November / december thinking people may have finished cards and want to try present ideas. I haven't had time to come up with new ideas so have looked at old ones and grouped into different categories - basic up  to more complicated. We can do whatever is required to what ever skill level.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Additional cards

I have been playing about some more with the products opened for this Christmas and some of the ideas are below - these can be included in workshops down or on the take your pick week

I also tried this with the 3 wise men but I don't seem to have a picture for that.

The above 2 cards were inspired by commercially bought cards last Christmas, but obviously adapted to make use of products I have.

These are not showing up as well on the photos but I tried the waxing method over embossed images .using metallic gilding polishes followed by the waxes which worked quite well

Thursday, 3 November 2016


This has proved a very popular magazine set of stamps, and I just kept going....
This is the main workshop board - on the whole I have kept to traditional colours for these cards.
The NOEL at the bottom is the rich red metallic gilding polish which unfortunately isn't as red as I'd like so I went off traditional colours to use the decadent wine colour cloud on the pink one above it.
Pixie powders provided the ray of light background and the background to the dies at the bottom.

Not being too sure about my original card with the bells I decided to add them to this cracker shaped card (well I just have to keep trying to come up with different shapes we can produce for ourselves don't I )

Sunday, 16 October 2016

working with stencils plus additional Cs globes

There are some new ideas here as well as some old ones but all are useful to any one who wants to get the best out of their stencils. We can use assorted methods to suit at each workshop.
Sorry board so full but it gives some idea of what we can do

Although this stencil from dreamweaver has been out for some time, stampendous have repackaged it and put it in their Christmas catalogue so I thought I'd try this also

Then there are a couple of  different ways of using the globes from the Festive Fun creative stamping magazine stamps.

 and being me I just had to try out a few other ideas...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Using assorted dies and stamps

There is a mixture of workshop cards here/ The top ones are snowy scenes which include stampendous stamps and dreamweaver stencils and the lower ones are using other dies.
I love the effect on the middle row where pixie powders were used in the background, dies added then snow effects with stampendous powders etc. see bottom picture for a bit more detail
The same stamp has been used here with different ways of doing the snow and different frames

Friday, 7 October 2016

Woodware Christmas Stamping

Some of the cards here are the ones we did at the woodware retailer training but then I have looked at using the stamps in other ways. The snowflake flower has been a popular purchase. I have used it with different embossing powders for different effects.

I have also used the metallic gilding polishes and pixie powders from creative expressions with the festive words.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

CS34 - Festive Fun

I've done a few cards with the stamps  from the latest creative stamping magazine. Fortunately they sent me a copy of the stamps early so I could do the samples but I'm still waiting for the actual magazines to arrive! Anyway it's down for tomorrows workshop so I thought I ought to publish the cards I've done. More will follow when I get more inspired. I like some of these a lot more than others but they are all here since peoples tastes vary.

Cards from August workshop customers

First a few variations on the creative stamping cards

Then I'd had a request to  do some basic quilling from a customer. In the old days when all we had were circles and ovals to mount quilled pieces onto they looked fairly plain but nowadays we have our dies and embossing folders to set them off.
These are what the ladies produced...

Friday, 9 September 2016

Stampendous birds, penguins and cottages - multi ways

Again I looked at how many ways I could use this stamp and die set. A couple of the cards are what I did with Fran on our retailer workshop. (sorry about pictures will redo soon but since workshop coming up I wanted to get them out)

After playing with these I moved to the penguins form the stencil, die and stamp sets and tried them with flock, glitter, embossing pastes, stencilled colour and added frantage snow etc.

I still had some cottages on the shelf so I thought it would be great to turn them into winter cottages.

As usual more to follow when I get more time to play.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Multiways with Creative Expression dies

Looking back I can't believe its been over a month since I last posted. Where does the time go????

Anyway I've been busy over the last month working on how many things I can do with one die or stamp in preparation for the Christmas workshops. Some pictures have not come out too well so I'll have to redo them and post later.

Here are some of the ways with the striplet dies -  plain, glitter, foil, gilding flakes etc.

and then I looked at using the Christmas Rose in slightly different ways. I have also used the metallic gilding polishes for my backgrounds which I have then embossed and left sanded or plain.

 The double gemini die of holly and poinsettia was cut after a sale but I only had these two samples to work with as I'd sold them all. I now have them in again so will be working on more ideas this week.

Friday, 15 July 2016

creative stamping 32- Summer in the garden

We got the stamps for this magazine issue early this time so I have been able to get some cards  done before the arrival of the magazine which arrived today.
Inspiration came from the Sue Wilson shadow box dies but I thought I wonder what we could do with die sets we already have - and then of course I had to use the latest favourite product - metallic gilding polishes with them! and then use up the cut out pieces.....

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A few more floral variations

I tried playing withe the Maggie die I'd had on the shelf a while as well as more ways with the sweetheart flower die

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Baby cards

With the arrival of our new Grandson this week I needed to sort out a baby card. Lacking inspiration I took all the baby related bits I could find and started to set about seeing how I could use them. These are the results

Thinking the spares would make me top heavy for boys in the shop I then did  a couple of girl cards to make up for it.