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Friday, 24 April 2015

Beautiful Birdcage Collage (by Shirley)

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.

I have a design to show using a gorgeous new cling single stamp - Birdcage Collage.

The background was created with Dylusions inks and Distress Paint (yellow).   I over stamped with a stamp from the beautiful Dusky Damask set.   The main image stamped with Cobalt Archival ink was painted with water colour markers.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day,

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lady's slipper orchid (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, my card today features this gorgeous individual stamp, called Lady's Slipper Orchid. I've actually coloured it to represent a an Iris for my card, I adore the rich colours of irises, they are so beautiful.

I've used a distress ink background created using Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Seedless preserves inks. The image has been layerd up three times. the first layer was stamped and embossed with Gold EP. Next came the script background, stamped in brown on cream card. 

Lastly I stamped the flower on white card,coloured with Graph'It markers and cut out before layering the image up on 3d foam pads. I've added lace, pearls, ribbon and a button topped with a twine bow to finish off.

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Awesome Orchids - 10 min card by Florence

Hi everyone

Thank you for calling in.  

Always great to have your company.

Today, I have a really quick and easy card to share with you.

For this card, I have used one of the flower heads and the sentiment from the Awesome Orchids set.

For my main piece, I stamped the flower head randomly onto a piece of coated card stock using Orange Blossom Archival Ink and trimmed the piece to size.
Using a hole punch, I punched out half circles on both sides of the stamped piece.
I wrapped a piece of gold thread around the card, using the punched out half circles to hold the thread in place and then secured it on the reverse with some tape.
I cut out a small tag and stamped onto it the sentiment. 
I attached the tag to the thread using a little jump ring and secured the tag to my stamped piece using a foam tab.
I then made up the card as seen.

Happy Stamping
Florence x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Butterfly Dress in the meadows (by Debbie)

Good morning.
I think the warmer weather has helped wake my creative spirit up. The Design Team have new stamps that I've been playing with over the weekend and they are a delight.
I also had a play with the Butterfly Dress stamp and Briar Rose, Harebell, Thistle and Honeysuckle Butterfly Quartet stamps. I started with stamping the Butterfly Dress lady then cut a mask so I could then stamp the foliage around her. When the ink was dry I cut a moon and placed it over the lady mask. With soft brushes I added Peeled Paint and Broken China with a horizontal movement. The flowers and butterflies were coloured with alcohol pens and I covered the bodice of the dress with Waterfall Stickles that is blue tones and on the photograph looks yellows and greens. I chose purple from the dress to mount the scene and added to and 8 x8 card.
 Thanks for visiting

Monday, 20 April 2015

Butterfly Door Hanger (by Julie)

Good morning! Hope your week has got off to a good start....but if not then you have plenty of time to give it another go. I thought I would have another go with the Butterfly Dress cling mounted stamp that seems so popular at the moment, but instead of using the stamp as the main image I decided to concentrate on the fabulous detail that is in the dress.

The wooden hanger I had in my stash is slightly different to the website version but you can see a selection of wooden surfaces to decorate here.

I started by painting the hanger with a mint chalk paint, but gesso would work just as well, and then stamped the Butterfly Dress over the top of the dried paint, using Barn Door Distress paint. Afterwards I sprayed some red and green Dylusions ink  and when dry added some Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo Distress ink.
The decorative pieces were created by melting ordinary silver embossing powder with clear embossing powder in a melt pot and then pouring into metal cookie cutters  placed onto the rubber stamp. Before each pouring of the molten embossing liquid I inked the stamp with black Staz-On and to get the red or green colour I added a little bit of a Gelato crayon just before pouring. I have highlighted the texture by very lightly, dry brushing white acrylic paint across the pieces and painted all of the edges with black acrylic paint before gluing to the hanger.
If you don't have a melt pot you can still give this technique a try by melting the embossing powder in a metal cake wrapper with a heat gun.

Many thanks for looking and if you would like to see some of these pieces turned into jewellery then please pop over to my blog, but most importantly don't forget to call back tomorrow for some more Designer inspiration.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

All Tiled Up (by Asha)

Good morning fellow crafters! Inspired by tiles, I made 2 cards, both featuring the Awesome Orchids stamp set, but with different results.

My first card is influenced by the Dutch Delftware - the distinguished blue on white pottery renowned for its simple elegance.  I started by scoring a piece of white heavy weight watercolour paper into equal rectangles before stamping the flower heads with Memento Ink. With a fine brush and water I pushed the colour into the flowers, taking care not to blur the outlines. I inked the edges of each tile with distress ink and drew a line through the score lines with a white gel pen for a grouted finish.  

Here's another fun way to incorporate tiles into your card project. This time I'm using bright bold mosaic inspired background to showcase the Awesome Orchid stamp. I started by colouring a piece of heavy weight watercolour paper with Gelatos and cutting it up into little squares. Then I put them back together on a piece of white card stock before adhering the fussy cut orchid on the finished background. With a little Glossy Accent on each tile we get the perfect finish for these tiles.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having fun with your new stamps. As always, details of tools and products used are available on my blog. Don't forget to swing by often for more exciting ideas from the rest of the design team. Have a beautiful Sunday!


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Orchid Trio by Glenda

Hello everyone - I've got a quick card to show you today, inspired by Lesley's recent card (which you can see here).

I have used the clear Awesome Orchids set to create a card in sepia tones.

I stamped the flower heads first, then carefully placed the stems to connect up with the flowers.  I used Adirondack Espresso ink on watercolour paper and just touched a wet paintbrush to the image in the areas where I wanted some shading.

I cut each flower to the same size and layered each one onto dark brown card.  The card background is stencilled with a delicate stencil (called North Star) using the same Espresso inkpad and a large stencil brush.

I stuck the stamped panels on to the ivory card base with foam pads and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink at the bottom.

Not all inks will react with water like this so you need to know which of your inks bleed and which don't.  Adirondack and Distress will definitely give up their colour even after they have dried.  Memento will bleed a little if you do it straight away, but the longer you leave it, the more fixed the colour becomes.  Archival doesn't work at all, and Versafine is also waterproof once dry.

If you find inks confusing, why not make some little swatch card and test each one out.  You need to try it on different types of paper or card because that can make a big difference too. 

Hope you're enjoying the blog, the team are certainly cooking up some gorgeous projects for you, aren't they!  Don't forget to check out our Shop Blog too where you'll find even more to inspire you.

Happy creating!