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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Framed Bird

Good morning, friends! Just one more card from me featuring stamps from this month's release. The bird is from the Free As A Bird A5 stamp sheet and the sentiment is from the A Little Bird Told Me A5 stamp sheet. I coloured the bird with alcohol markers, fussy cut and adhered it to the embossed background. A little direct-to-paper action with Tea Dye Distress Ink accentuates the tree bark design. Then I loosely framed the bird.

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by again soon for more fabulous ideas from the rest of the Design Team.


Monday, 27 July 2015

Kaleidoscope Bird (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a final project to show you this month using the Birds of Paradise multibuy stamp set.

I have recently taken up crocheting, and love the brightly coloured blankets with the variation of patterned motifs spreading across from one side to the other. My background uses one of the little motifs from the stamp sets, and a range of ink colours to replicate this idea. I have added the Damask Panel to rest the bird and cage on, also coloured with the same inks.

Finally, I have added a sentiment taken from the stamp set to complete the card.

This layout would look great in black and white, or metallics as well, to create a more masculine card. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Two for one (by Lesley)

I love turning office stationery products into craft items and today I am using good old fashioned blotting paper to create this card. Bit of a long post but I hope you enjoy the technique.

Take a piece of blotting paper approximately 30 x 9cm, mist thoroughly with plain water and then spritz with spray inks of your choice. I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie. Pick up the paper and allow that colours to run into each other. Soak up the excess moisture with kitchen roll and then dry gently with a heat gun. Keep turn the blotting paper over as it will curl as it dries.
Once dry you will have the bright side on which the inks were sprayed and the reverse will be a paler version. Fold a piece of white card measuring 14.5 x 21 cm in half to make a tall thin card. Draw a curve across the top of the card and then cut out. (You can use a cup, mug or other circular object you have as a template). Using wet adhesive attach the blotting paper, pale side uppermost, to the card. Allow to dry.

Ink up the bird image from A Little Bird Told Me using Versafine Onyx Black and stamp on to the front of the card. Ink up the leaves only on the large bird image from As Free as a Bird (use a baby wipe to remove any ink that may have strayed on to other parts of the image) and stamp across the top of the card. Set aside to dry.

Take the remaining piece of blotting paper and ink the bird again, but this time just the body and stamp on to the bright side. Cut out and set aside. Ink up the leaves again and stamp onto the bright side of the blotting paper, repeat. Cut out the leaves plus the berries and leaf.  Attach the body of the bird over the stamped image on the card. Add the leaves and berries to the branch as shown and finish with a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear set.

By using the front and reverse of the same piece of blotting paper you can be sure that all the colours tone in together. And there is nothing to say you couldn't use the bright version for the background and stamp the bird and leaves onto the paler side.

Hope this inspires you to try using blotting paper as part of your crafty creations. Experiment with it and see what else you can do; it makes great paper flowers by the way!

Thank you for for stopping by and please call in again to see more ideas from the Design team.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Elegant black & white and colorful tropical (by Miranda)

Hi there,

Today my last two creations made with the birds of Paradise. All along I had the idea to create something simple only using black, white and a hint of gold. Just a simple but elegant card.
I had this black die cut frame in my stash and decided that it was perfect for this card. I had the feather dies also for quit a while and this was a good time to use them!
I have stamped the bird from ' as free as a bird' with Versafine black and added some accents with a gold ink. I have stamped the tail of the bird onto the die cut flower and coloured with the gold.
On the frame I have added some gold pearl pen accents.

Here you can see the gold ink a little better........

And now onto more colorful tropical spheres.............. quite different...isn't it?

I have used the same die cut feathers and flower. I have stamped the bird from the ' as free as bird' sheet with Archival Olive onto a distress ink background and coloured it with color pencils. I have stamped one of the fragments from the Rustic fragments on the flower and draw the same pattern as on the stamped image on the die cut leaves. I think the flowers look a bit like strawberries!

some gold accents on the tail with ink.......

Thanks for your visit and you know....I always enjoy to read your comments!
Hope to have inspired you with these lovely birdies!

Till next time,

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A Little Bird Told Me - Card by Florence

Good Morning everyone

I am sure by now, after seeing all of the wonderful makes by the team, you will agree just how  fabulously versatile the two new rubber stamps sets are.

Today I would like to share with you a card made using the new "A Little Bird Told Me" stamp set.
I have gone for a rustic feel with this card but with a little alternation it could easily be made into a Christmas Card.  Maybe giving the bird a red breast and color the background in festive colors.  Maybe a little glitter or similar to give a hint of snow. 

To make this card
Stamp the bird and mask it off.
Put some ink onto an acrylic block or plastic file folder and spritz with water.
Distress Ink or Spray Ink is perfect for this technique.
Swish a piece of white card around in the diluted ink.
Repeat if necessary, drying the ink between applications.
Leaving the mask on the bird, stamp the trees in the background.
Remove the mask and color the bird.
Tip:  If the mask has gone outside of the bird image and has left white areas, take a damp brush and blend the background ink a little to fill them in.
Optional: Apply a coat of spray fixative to fix the ink.
Make up the card as seen.

Thank you for looking.

Happy Stamping
Florence x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Thank you!

Hello everyone, firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to you all for the well wishes and support for the challenge blog as we reached our milestone first Birthday last week. It was lovely to read your messages both here and on the challenge blog, and to know that you have been enjoying the experience as much as we have. We could not keep going without you all, and it has been such a pleasure to see your creativity with each new colour challenge. We are looking forward to the next year and seeing what you create with the next batch of swatches that we have for you. There are some lovely combinations in store, and hopefully they will help you step outside your comfort zone and try new colours, perhaps for the first time.

We still have several weeks of our Anniversary month left on the Challenge Blog, so do please keep popping over to see what is going on; take a look at the Design Team inspiration, see who has won the challenge, and pick up a free digital download to use in your crafting projects. Leave us a comment if you have the time, as we love to hear from you.

This week we are going back in time to look at Challenge Six from December of last year. We had an awful lot of variety in styles and themes in this particular month. This selection is an example of how varied the projects can be for our challenge entries.

Felicie has created a beautiful floral card, full of vibrant colour:
Debbie has created a watery backdrop for her dragon:

Sheila's card is very elegant, and the lilac ribbon and gems are lovely finishing touches:

Penny's fish tank is a very clever idea, the funky fish look right at home:
Kate's Pretty Bird card makes great use of one of the digital downloads and is coloured beautifully:

Thank you ladies for supporting our challenge with your fabulous projects. It has been great to see these once more.

We hope that you will be inspired to join in one of our challenges after seeing this visit to one of our older challenges. There is a monthly prize of £15.00 to be won and all details of the challenge can be found on the 'How it Works' page of the challenge blog. If you click on this link, it will take you to our current challenge where you can enter straight away.

Lesley will be back next week with another look at the Challenge Blog so do pop back to see what she has to share with you.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Fly Free my pretty bird (by Debbie)

Good morning.
Two offerings from me today, the card is the first project I made with the stamps.
Well, actually the second. I started using the bird cages and wanted to create a display of the bird cages hanging and stamped around twenty onto card masking them as I went along. Although the idea in my head was good I could only see them cluttered when I stood away from them. It didn't go any further than the bin.
I stamped and masked the three cages and coloured with alcohol pens. I used one of the swirly bird tails to add a little detail down the right side with Antique Linen distress ink. The edges were distressed with a sharp blade and Antique Linen . The sentiment was added and I masked onto my favourite pale turquoise card.
I really enjoyed making this tag as it just flowed without a lot of thought. I stayed with two colours, Peacock Feathers distress ink and French Ultramarine archival ink. I wanted to give this bird some sparkle so I reached for the glitters and acetate. The bird was stamped onto the acetate with Stazon black and when dry I used a glue pen to add the glitter to it. The glue was drawn on in sections so I could differ the colours.
Thanks for visiting