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Monday, 27 June 2016

Palm Fan Silhouette and Tangled Ornaments (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of projects made using the beautiful Baroque Ornament stamps, you can find them here.

My first projectd is a very quick card made using Palm Fan Silhouette Baroque Ornament and distress inks. I took a cream card blank and simply stamped the image with different colours of distess inks. I used Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey.

I just added a sentiment stamped in black ink.

My second make to day is a notebook cover made with paper clay. I'm not an expert with paper clay but it was fun to experiment making this project.

I rolled the paper clay out so that it was just a little bit larger than my notebook and dusted the clay with Bundled Sage distress ink. Next I inked up the Tangled Baroque Ornament stamp with Broken China distress ink and stamped into the clay, it gives a lovely 3d effect. I repeated this process with Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. I used the cover to cut out the shape of the notebook and glued it on to the cover. I left it to dry and then sanded the edges before applying gilding wax to highlight the raised areas of the design.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Baroque Ornaments by Zoe pt - 3

Good morning Lovelies and I'm back again for my third post using these delicious Baroque Ornament stamps.

My final card I used the Dots n Stripes stamp, I used 3 colours of mica spray inks, once dry I stamped with Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed using a pale green EP it doesn't look green in the photo but it's a very pale pearlised green, I then heat embossed using a gold EP onto some vellum the sentiment which I ripped tore and adhered loosely, added a gem, very quick and simple.

I hope you've liked my designs using these gorgeous stamps, I love to read your comments. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Songbird Mixed Media Card (by Shilpa)

Hello everyone, I am back with another mixed media creation using the Chocolate Baroque Spring Bird Tulip stamp set.
I love this cute birdie from the Spring Bird Tulip stamp set, so I decided to add only him to my card.
I created the background with texture paste and a stencil. When it had dried, I used purple, pink and brown inks, and spread them on the card until I was satisfied.
The bird is stamped with black archival ink and coloured with purple and pink inks. I created a few layers of embellishments behind him for more interest.

I love how it turned out, hope you like it too.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Friday, 24 June 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards- More Time Saving Ideas

Hello everyone, it is time for the second of our monthly fifteen minute cards round up from the Design Team and Guest Design team. The girls have come up trumps again with some super card designs to show you that speedy projects can be both elegant and eye-catching. We hope that you will enjoy the wide variety of styles and techniques covered in the following samples, and that they will encourage you to try out some of the designs for yourselves.

Dominike has made a selection of tree themed cards with colourful backgrounds and inspirational sentiments.

Anne's card has been created using a pretty background paper, and added Punky Flowers. A sentiment and bow complete the card perfectly.
Julie has used a gelli plate to create a simple background shape, stamped the image, and then added pencil colouring to each image on her little notelets.

I made a quick and simple Father's Day card using linen card, and stamped a script stamp and vintage cyclist onto the top layer. Adding the sentiment onto a little tag completes the card.
Two floral cards from Magda are next. The first uses scraps from another project, a Brusho background with a kraft mosaic design:
The second is a delft inspired project in shades of blue and white:
Brenda has created some lovely cards for us this time. To create her first card, she masked a sun and created a soft background with Pan Pastels using the colour that was already on the sponges from the previous use. Using water based markers, she inked one of the stamps from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set and spritzed it with water before repeat stamping across the bottom of the card. After removing the mask, she stamped a sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp set and matted and layered the background onto the base card.

For her second card,started by stamping the image from Let Your Heart Sing with Archival Black Ink and then used Pan Pastels to build up colour on the background using a mask to create the sun.
For her final card, she used a piece of smooth watercolour card for the background. She sprinkled Lemon Brusho onto the top section and spritzed liberally with water, the same in the bottom section using Leaf Green Brusho. Some of you may be a bit unsure about using Brushos, but they create really quick and easy backgrounds. Using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, she stamped an image from the Oriental Crane stamp set and a pussy willow from the Spring Foliage stamp set, and heat embossed them both with clear embossing powder. She coloured the crane with water based markers. For the bullrushes along the bottom, you can use a fabulous stamp from the Owl Edges stamp set.
Finally, we have three super cards from Zoe to close our fabulous group of samples. She has used an image from the Fancy Flowers stamp set on her shaped card:

 Zoe has used stamps from the Teeny Weeny Meadow stamp set to create the wreath on this card:
We hope that you have enjoyed our collection of cards that have taken no longer than fifteen minutes to create, and hope that something amongst what we have shown you today will inspire you. You can click on each of our names to reach our individual blogs, where you can find more detailed instructions for the cards.

We will back next month with more quick and easy cards to share with you, but in the meantime, do check out the daily inspiration on the blog from the Design Team. Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Absolutely Fabulous new stamps launch today (by Lesley)

I am almost bursting with excitement as I am so proud to be bringing you five new designs from Sue that will blow your socks off!  

Today we are launching our Four Seasons Collection, plus a new tangled style stamp, and boy are these something.  They are all A6 size individual unmounted stamps, although they are available as part of our cling and cut service for a small additional charge. Anyway enough of the boring stuff here are the images you are waiting for.

The Four Seasons starts with Spring Awakening

followed by Summer Fair

then Autumn Medley

and finally Winter Dawn

I am sure you will agree that Sue has created something really unique with these stunning images and for all colourists, in any medium, they will be an absolute dream to play with. You can purchase these individually or we also have our usual money saving multi-buy available.

The fifth new release is entitled Tangled Birch and is another outstanding design.

All five of these stamps are so new we don't even have any finished artwork yet, but I really didn't want to keep these hidden any longer so I have released them ahead of time. Please watch out for loads of inspirational artwork to come from the Design Team who, I might add, have all nearly fainted with excitement at being able to work with these glorious images. 

Looking at these I am not sure which I would purchase first, but suffice to say that I remain in envy of Sue. Being able to draw this kind of beauty and quality of image is a wondeful talent to have and we are lucky enough to be able to share that in these exquisite new stamps. I am sure you will all agree.

In the meantime please don't forget to keep dropping by to see tons of inspirational and colourful artwork from our equally talented Design Team.  Now which one should I play with first!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A little Birdhouse in your Soul (by Rachel)

Sadly we have reached the final week of Rachel's Guest DT spot and this week she has created a magical piece of home decor. Would love this in my house.

This week I used a Tando Creative birdhouse kit which I covered with acrylic paint. Then I used the Rustic Fragments stamp set to stamp on the birdhouse and then glued it together. 

I added birds from the Fly Away with Me stamp set that I had stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and fussy cut. The greenery was part of the Tando kit and finally I added flowers stamped, coloured and cut from the Birdcage Collage stamp.

I hope you like it! I have really enjoyed designing my projects over the last three weeks and look forward to seeing you all again later in the year.

Rachel x

And we have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful creations Rachel, thank you for your time in the Guest DT seat.

Don't forget we have new projects still to come from the Design Team ladies, so please drop by again.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dots 'n' Stripes Baroque Ornament (by Julie)

Hello, it's Julie here and I am so pleased it's my turn again, so that I can show you what I have made with these lovely new Ornament stamps. Both of my projects are created with the Dots 'n' Stripes Baroque Ornament

This first card is quite quite easy. I started by covering my base card with silver mirri and then cut a matt layer slightly smaller from plain white stamping card. Next I added a circle die cut to the centre and then stamped the Ornament twice onto spare card and coloured with pink and blue Pan Pastels. I cut them out and layered them up with 3d glue gel before adding a flat back gem to the centre, surrounded by clear sparkly glitter. I inked up the Ornament stamp with Versamark and stamped all around the white card that was cut earlier, which was then followed by applying pink and blue Pan Pastel all over the card, making sure it adheres to the wet Versamark ink. Carefully spray your card with a chalk fixative and when dry attach the wired ribbon and bow. 
Assemble the card with foam pads or 3d glue gel. 

My second project is a papier mache plaque that I coated with a light brown chalk paint, before applying Distress ink through a wood grain stencil. The three flowers were stamped onto thick acetate using black Staz-on. When the Staz-on is dry, cut out the flowers and then carefully shape the leaves by rolling them gently over a pencil, then paint the reverse with acrylic paint. If you shape them after painting you will crack the paint. 
You might notice one of the flowers is quite glittery. This was achieved by applying Turquoise and Yellow Stickles glue to the reverse and again like before shape the leaves before applying the glitter glue.
When everything is dry apply a flat back gem to the centre of your flowers and then adhere to the plaque with 3d glue gel.

Many thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx