Monday, February 28, 2011

Memories ...

Hi Everyone - Sandra Wilkinson here, and this is my first post on the WOW blog.   I'd like to share an OTP that I created for my son with the help of chipboard from WOW. 

My son loves to keep every little thing that he draws, makes, gets from friends and finds at school. I'm fast running out of places to put them, and encourage mostly that they are not kept at all!!  I have a little solution for some little treasures. I've suggested that this is used for cards, invitations or drawings that just can't be binned. 

It's just a shoebox with a hinged lid which I painted and coved in all those left over foam thickers I had.  I used the WOW chipboard 'abc123' which really suited my "School Memory Box" theme.   I've heat embossed the chippy with white embossing powder (a couple of coats) and then used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks to colour the letters.  I've used my Spellbinders Labels #7 to create the little book and have found some other schoolish embellishments - cap, bike and abc charm, staples, peg and measuring tape.

The chipboard comes as a single piece - abc123 - but I wanted to cut it to suit the placement. It really is so easy to cut to suit any project size. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Custom Ordered WOW!!!!!

My name is Jodi Dolbel 
and today i thought i would share with you what i have found really wonderful
about Words or Whatever!!

By trade, i am a function decorator.
Last year i also took on the voluntary roll of
Coveynor for the Catholic Debutante Ball.

Each year the girls select a theme
and its my job to pull the theme together spanning the whole event from the 
staging, and centerpieces

The challenge lies in trying to make sure the event looks elegant,
that it doesn't look like a wedding
and is age appropriate

In 2010 our theme was
Kissed by Snowflakes......
were a huge part of being able to bring this theme together.

With a phone call to Suzanne, and a bit of a drawing of what we wanted,
Words or Whatever supplied the perfect centerpieces!!!

I will show you some photos and you will see what i mean....

We had snowflakes hanging from the ceiling
and snow clad trees on the stage
and snowflake balloons and coloums..
Lots of white and pale blue..

So what would be the perfect centrepiece???

And thats what Words or Whatever made for us!!!

They were three different sizes.
And placed at angles to allow a candle int he centre

To decorate:
The snowflake shapes were given two coats of white paint.
Then a coat of Jo Sonias Opal Finish...
This has large glitter flakes all through the paint....

And there is what they looked like on the night.....

There were 30 tables
and they all looked so nice lined up.....

All lined up across the back tables too

And of course, i thought i would also show a photo of the beautiful Debutantes....
See that gorgeous girl in the center with the long blond curls....
thats my daughter Emelia...

We are 4 weeks out from the 2011 Deb Ball now...
And this years theme is
Catch a Falling Star....

Here is a photo we found of staging that we a going to duplicate...


But a centerpiece is always a worry...
So I emailed of Suzanne a photo of something i thought looked nice
some modifications were made
and viola
We have this years centerpiece..

The half moon shape with the falling stars....

To decorate:
Once assembled, the centerpiece was given
a coat of black paint
and a coat of fine silver glitter paint
and then dusted with purple glitter.

 I will share with you the finished product in March's blog post......

So something to think about for school functions
High School Dances
18th & 21st Birthdays...
anything in fact
if you require something a little different to decorate your table...
Go no further than 
Words or Whatever!!!

See you next month...
You can visit my blog:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Not quite a mini album!

Hello, my name is Megan Black, I am one of the lucky girls who get to be on this wonderful DT!  I am a mixed media artisan who started with art journals and cardmaking and moved onto lots of other things including scrapbooking.  I simply love techniques and I am an absolute product junky!!! I have been blessed to have some very fine teachers. I hope that I can share with you some of the beautiful techniques and some of the hot tips I have picked up, and we can inspire and encourage each other along the way.  I would love you to see more of my work and catch up with me, you can do this HERE at my blog.
I was sent by Suzanne a great mini album in the shape of a camera. How delicious! I was thinking of the photography my eldest son has been dabbling in since we have been in the bush and was going to create an album showing off some of his fave pics. However, Necessity has a lot to answer for: Not only is she the mother of all invention but she seems to be a very close aunt to the creative flow in this house!! Before I left Perth I had a stack of photos printed (got confused with Newman and the South Pole. We actually do get mail up here, LOL) and they were living unhappily in a cupboard, all dishevelled and out of reach. Not a good place at all! So with the large mdf mini album I have created a photo box.
You need to have a box, or in my case spend all day making a box, that fits snugly behind the album pages!  Next, I painted and covered the album pages with paper and then inked and coloured the edges of the pages.  For my front I decided I wanted a "real" camera quality to it, so I used black Ultra Think Embossing Enamel.  I gave the "front" page a light dabbing of embossing ink and then sprinkled UTEE over the surface and melted it with my heat gun.  While the enamel was still molten I poured over more grains and kept heating/melting, continuing this in patches until I got the desired thickness and look.  I attached this piece to one of the other pages for a back and filled the "lens" and "flash" with pva glue and sprinkled mica flakes in them, letting it dry and shaking off the excess.  I love the look of heat embossing and I think it has a great wow factor (pardon the pun), with such little effort!
After this I simply embellished the front with some pictures from Tim Holtz paper, created a title with rub-ons and some old journal paper.  I have left it quite light on for embellishments as I know this is going to get well handled.  I used a gloss gel medium to "decoupage" my images onto the front.  The gloss gel medium is lovely when working with vintage images as it is not as glossy as Dimensional Magic or Glossy Accents but gives more a soft shiny satin appearance.
I used my Dremel to create slots in one of the pages to place over the box and use as a divider.  That's the great thing about the WOW chipboard, it's sturdy and strong but light enough to cut and manipulate easily into anything you can imagine!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us at the WOW DT blog, have a wonderfully creative time between now and then!
Megan B x

Thursday, February 17, 2011

time flies when you're having fun

For those who don't know me I am a mixed media and experimental techniques artist and I just love getting my hands dirty! I love all things rusty, aged and distressed and you will see a lot of that in my work. I'm really fortunate in that I get to travel all over Australia sharing my art and ideas.
I'm a freelance artist and am thrilled to do some product designing for WOW, which you can see HERE
Some of my designs may seem a little odd but they are created with the daring artist in mind.

It's no secret that I love  to play with chipboard and here I am with some lovely Words Or Whatever pieces...

To create these elements you need:
  • black acrylic paint
  • old book page
  • rust coloured acrylic paint
  • gold metallic paint pen
  • black ink pad
  • ink applicator (latex makeup sponge)
  • vintage photo distress ink
  • PVA
  • silver metallic paint pen
  • Cuttlebug/Big Shot embossing machine & embossing folder

"Time Flies"

  • use the same faux rust technique as I have on the clock and frame.
  • torn and inked strips of book pages make great arty feathers to create wings.

  1. paint frame with gold paint pen
  2. emboss frame
  3. swipe frame over black ink pad to highlight embossed pattern
  4. squeeze a small amount of rust coloured paint on to a palette and use your finger to roughly dab and tap the paint onto the surface
  5. cover back of frame with book page
  6. use silver pen to colour clock face
  7. use gold pen to colour clock frame and hands
  8. dab rust coloured paint over frame
  9. when dry use ink applicator to blacken edges of the frame and a little over the surface 

  1. paint black
  2. when dry smear a little silver paint over the surface roughly
  3. emboss
  4. swipe across teal ink pad or paint
  5. swipe across black ink pad
  6. ink edges with sponge and black ink

have fun, make a mess!

Linda Baldock

Monday, February 14, 2011

Good evening, and welcome to Words or Whatever Blog. I am in charge of commencing week 2 of chipboard reveals showing you some techniques to utilise your chipboard and OTP projects just that little bit more.

To start with, let me introduce myself briefly. I am a wife of 7 years and a Mum to my main scrapping focus points Charlotte & Oliver. I began scrapping about 7 or so years ago when my best friend Sarah asked me to go to a class with her. I cant say the class taught us much, but it was certainly the starting point to what soon became a very enjoyable hobby that now consumes a great deal of our social time, and we now have an awesome group of girls that we get together and scrap with.

So when I opened my email the other week and it announced that I had been selected on the 2011 WOW Design Team I was no less than ecstatic. I had been purchasing WOW Chipboard from my LSS Scrapbooking Delights already, so joining this team was totally awesome!!

I received a fabulous selection of goodies in the mail from Suzanne and I have been playing with some of them already. Here is a couple I have completed.

Professional "Dance" Poser:

The word DANCE is from WOW. I am usually one for leaving my chipboard raw or simply spraying it with Glimmer Mist, but this time I decided to get all messy and jazz it up a bit.

* First I inked with pink all over
* Then grabbed a deeper pink and inked just the top half trying the get a smooth transition between the colour change
* Then using purple did the same but from the bottom.
* I added purple "frinkles" just to the bottom edge of the word
* Sprayed the whole word with Pearl Glimmer Mist
* And last but not least, the messiest part - used Dimensional Magic all over to give guessed it....some dimension!

M164 - Car Desk Tidy

Very cute little "Chev" which I am sure my little man will love when he is a little bit older. For this I have covered it all in Cardina Ink, followed by Kindy Glitz for the lights and bumper bars. The black outline I have simply used my zig pen and coloured it in.

I again used Pearl Glimmer mist, then once dry gave it a light coat of dimensional magic (my new best friend)

Included is a pen tidy, but I havent used it this time. I actually didnt put these items in the Chev, my daughter Charlotte did. I am wondering if she might just claim this for her own :)

So there you have it...My first DT reveal for WOW. You can see more of my work on my blog

Thursday, February 10, 2011

House Album!

My name is Gillian Lester (Gilly), and I have been scrapping for about 6 years now, I live in Penrith in Sydney with my husband Ben and our six year old daughter Amelia-Jane, whose nickname is Milly, and I must say she is very scrap-abused lol! I started scrapping when Milly was about 6 months old and I have been taking photos for scrapping ever since. I work within the industry, at Fred the Needle a Scrap Booking and Patchwork store in Penrith. I share my blog with my BFF Renee Iveson 
In my first blog post I've created a House Hold Maual, I know this sounds funny but we go away alot and have family and friends house sit and look after the animals, so I give them a A4 folder with how everything works in the house, but now I'll give them the new Home Sweet Home Book instead.

and the Yummy October Afternoon Modern Homemaker.
the curtains I made from strips of fabric.
1st part 'Appliance' this is everything from using the TV to when bins have to go out.
I used acetate to make the pages as it is alot stronger then just cardstock, I stuck the paper down with double sided tape making sure it was the same size on both sides and then I sewed around the edges of the paper with green and pink cotton, ( just put one colour on the top reel and another colour bottom feed).
I tried to put stickers on that kind of when with the theme of the page.
2nd part 'Pets' and yes we have lots of them.
This is one of the pages, we have male and female pigs that's why the bottom line has underlining lol!
And the 3rd part is the 'contacts' I can't show you this page as it has our number on it, and we don't want strange phone calls from scrappers lol!
Well I hope you enjoyed looking at my new Home Sweet Home Book, this is just one idea to do with new House Album, maybe you might like to make an album of the things you love in your house, like the ironing board lol!
Thanks Gilly oxo

Monday, February 7, 2011

WOW and hello to you all

My name is Sandra Staples, I am a member of the WOW dt and the first to post and start us all on the fun journey in the world of WOW chipboard.

The blog will be updated twice a week by our dt team, showcasing the fabulous product available from WOW along with some great techniques to use to alter it.

So I will start with a very simple way to alter your chip......
On this page of the "perfect ingredients' for an Aussie Day {in my opinion}, I have used random sizes of WOW chipboard circles, with fake stitching journaled on them, added a squirt or two of the white Mr Hueys Mist.
The WOW, 'Australia Day" title and map is simply sprayed lightly, again with Mr Hueys mist.
I have then used Tim Holtz, vintage photo ink to colour the edges of the chip and the page.

So thats it for me, short and sweet to start our journey. Make sure you become a friend of WOW on facebook too, as our dt will be uploading lots their fabulous work there too.

Comments are welcome, and if you would like to purchase any of the WOW chipboard, go to your local Scrap Store and have a chat with the owners.

Until its my turn again to showcase some work, enjoy your chipboard and have fun scrapping.

San xxx

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet the Design team.

Hi and welcome to the Words or Whatever Blog.
We are pleased to introduce you to our fabulous Design Team.
Please click on the photos to view some of the DTs blogs or galleries.

Please become a follower to keep up to date with  reveals and great tutorials from the team featuring
 Words Or Whatevers beautiful products.