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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rose Canvas and Leafy Trails (posted by Claire)

Good morning, I hope you're all having a lovely crafty weekend. This morning I'm sharing a couple of projects made for Lesley's last shows on Hochanda.

Do you ever start a project with one idea and go off on a complete tangent and make something completely different? That's what happened with this canvas as I coloured the gorgeous roses from Rose Stem Script with my pencils planning to make 3 CAS cards but got totally side tracked and ended up making this lol.

I used acrylic paints to create the background, adding some stencilling with texture paste and then created texture around the images to frame them. I used scrunched up tissue paper with matte gel medium and once it was all dry I added silver highlights with gilding wax. I stamped the sentiment on an acrylic tag and embossed with silver embossing powder and added some little roses that I'd made with air dry clay to finish off. I wasn't sure how the tissue would work but it's quite solid once the gel medium is dry.

My second project is a card made with PanPastels and distress inks. I began by creating the background with PanPastels and then overstamped with the beautiful Leafy Trails Big Bold Background stamp. I watercoloured the image with distress inks and then distressed around the edges with Gathered Twigs distress ink. I layered the image on cream and brown card and added the sentiment (from Words of Love) with some garden twine. I used a couple of little berries and some ribbon to finish the card off.

Thanks for visiting, keep checking back as my teamies have lots of beautiful projects to share!
Claire xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Leafy Heart (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have another project to share today along romantic lines with you. I wanted to make something that might be suitable for my lovely Husband for Valentine's Day, that was a little bit different. We have been together for a very long time, and it gets harder to come up with different ideas after so many years together! He is very fond of texture, and so I decided to create a textured piece to add to the card, keeping the colours very earthy, which would appeal to his tastes.

I used a book page to stamp the Big Bold Background Leafy Background stamp, using Versamark and gold embossing powder. I then coloured the image with water based markers and a water brush. I painted a wooden heart with Brushos, and then using Ultra Thick embossing powder, I added three layers of the embossing powder over the top. I stamped part of the same image into the heart while the powder was still soft from the last heating from the heat gun, and swirled some gold mica powder over the image. Finally, I added some toning ribbon and card to complete the project.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday, 20 January 2017

Love by Zoe

Good morning (just) Lovelies, oh my goodness I'm late, I could of sworn I'd scheduled this post 😤 I've been so busy helping my Mum with her new place I'm chasing my tail lol

So this is my second post this month for the Romance theme.

I used a die to cut my heart and stamped using Versafine Inkpad and heat embossed using a pink Pearlescent embossing powder and heat embossed the beautiful Baroque Orchids background stamp, I then blended distress inks Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw over the embossed background, tore some vellum and heat embossed using gold EP the Love from The Journal Today set, attached, added some sequins and Voila a very simple but I think pretty card.

Thank you so much for visiting, I love to read your comments, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hearts and Flowers (by Julie)

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the romance theme that we have for you this month. The stamps are some of my favourite, especially the lovely new Belle Flower background stamp that the centre piece of this decorative frame has been created with.

For this piece I first added a good coat of white Gesso to the picture frame and once dry, sponged on some gold and silver Aztec paint. To protect the finish I gave the painted frame a good coat of Acrylic Wax.
The background was all stamped with Sepia Versafine and I used the really lovely rose stamp from Harlequin Rose and over stamped it with the Love sentiment from Words of Love.
For the hearts I melted some clear and silver ultra thick embossing enamel in a melt pot and poured through a metal, heart shaped cookie cutter that I had placed on the Belle Flower background stamp. Once the enamel cools enough to remove the cookie cutter and stamp, dust the stamped image with copper mica powder and spritz with water to set.
Assemble the frame and adhere the hearts with 3d glue gel.

Many thanks for taking a peek.

Julie x 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Butterfly Inspiration (by Corine)

Today is the second in her series of three posts this month and this week Corine has put together a wonderful collection of our stamps, displaying them on a beautiful Gelli Plate background.  Here's another one for you to enjoy.


Here I am again. This is my second post in January. I will show you today a card with a butterfly stamp from the sheet Briar Rose Butterfly.

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • On a Gelli Plate background I used stamps, templates and ink. 
  • I stamped the text with black ink.
  • I also embossed the butterfly and tulip with gold embossing powder and coloured them with Zig-markers. 
  • Finally I cut the tulip and butterfly and added them to the card.
Thank you for looking and I hope you try something like this with your stamps.


I totally love the contrast of the colours on this card and all the detail in the Gelli Plate background.  This is another lovely project, thank you Corine.  If would like to see more of this talented lady's work then why not pop over to her blog and have a little nosey around!  

And don't forget to keep dropping in here to nose about at more fabulous designs from our team featuring the gorgeous stamps shown on Hochanda at the beginning of this month.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Rose garden (by Dominike)

I am back with other roses. These stamps are so wonderful that I made a lot of cards with them for the new year and it was a great success.

Here, I made different layers of papers, old book and so on.
Then I embossed the stamp with red, rose, gold, ivory and black embossing  powder. Just a little bit delicate but not really difficult. I like the result. And you ?

Have a good day.
Kind regards.

Je suis de retour avec ces magnifiques tampons. Je les aime tellement que j'ai fait plusieurs cartes de vœux avec, toutes très appréciées.
Ici, j'ai fait plusieurs couches de papiers différents dont des vieux livres. Puis j'ai embossé avec des poudres rose, rouge, ivoire, or et noir. C'est juste un peu délicat à réaliser mais pas réellement difficile.
J'aime beaucoup le résultat. Et vous ?

Bonne journée.
A bientôt.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Rose on blue (by Magda)

For my second "Romance" project you can see how with a few items you can create a unique romantic card.

Step by Step
1.  Apply Distress Inkpad Salty ocean and Picked Raspberry directly onto a craft sheet and spritz the
     colours with water
2.  Pick up the colours with a white cardstock mat till you are happy with the result and dry the mat completely with the heat tool
3.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the lace decoration of Harlequin Rose Rubber Stamp Sheet A4 
     as second or third generation stamping on the mat, in order to have a very pale black colour
4.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the rose image with the written text behind
5.  Apply Soft Form Relief Paste - Pearl through the Tando Creative Mask - Harlequin randomly and let it dry.
6.  Put some Stickles - Crystal on the rose
7.  Glue the mat on your card


Have fun this month with "Romance" Chocolate Baroque products.