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Friday, 24 October 2014

Thank You by Doreen

Hello to you all, I am sharing a sample made from the new stamps that have just been released for October

 This is one of the stamps from the Poppy Edges stamp sheet.
I started by inking up a piece of white card with Broken China Distress ink,then stamped and clear embossed the moths and Thank You sentiment. 
On another piece of card I stamped and clear embossed the image and coloured in with again with Broken China Distress inks. A very quick and simple

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Spooky Nights (by Asha)

Good morning, everyone. Halloween is just a week away and what better time to share with you a couple of spooky makes featuring stamps from the new Things That Go Bump A5 sheet. Both cards are quick and easy projects with heat embossing and Distress Inks.

I heat embossed the spooky tree from Things That Go Bump with black EP and created the background by blending Distress Inks. Next I stamped a greeting from the Spookylicious A5 sheet and added a few purple rhinestones. The mushrooms in the foreground are from Things That Go Bump. To finish, I added a little colour to the caps to make them pop.  That's it!

My second project is an easel card showcasing the haunted castle from Things That Go Bump and the pumpkin from Halloween Edges. Both have been heat embossed with black EP. As before, I inked up the background with Distress Inks. To finish, I stitched the sentiment which was stamped onto a strip of vellum. Another super simple card done.

I hope these cards ideas will help you with your last minute Halloween cards. I'll post details of the products used on my blog. In the meantime, make sure you drop by the Design Team blog regularly for more wonderful creations by my team-mates... and yes, they are spine-chillingly good!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Guest Post - Zentangle Autumn by Angela Drummond

Today sees Angela's second guest post using the Autumn Poppy stamp set and this week she has treated us to something very special. For all of you who love Zentangling I just know you will adore this beautiful card.

I stamped the image with Archival black ink and then sat and tangled the open spaces.TIP: It's up to you how complicated you want your tangles to be, but it is best to keep it simpler in the smaller areas otherwise you will lose both the Zentangle pattern and the stamped image.

I cut the image out and matted on black card. I then cut a piece of white card to fit my card base, stamped the edge with black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder (this helps if you get extra spots as you don't see them).

To finish I matted and layered the pieces and used mounting foam to give more dimension to the main image.

Hope you like it
Crafty Hugs

We more than like it Angela, this is a really creative way to use the stamp, thank you so much for the inspiration. And if you have been inspired by Angela's art please leave a comment and also why not pay a visit to her blog A Crafty Blether

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Colours of Autumn (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping dry and warm in the changeable weather that we are having at the moment. It really feels like Autumn now, doesn't it?

I have a project using the Autumn Poppy stamp set to show you today. I created a background using my gelli plate, covering the plate with ink, and then stamping some of the images around the edge to create a frame, before I took a print. I then stamped some of the mushroom images onto adhesive labels, and coloured them with a mixture of water based markers and pencils. I cut the images out, arranged them onto the background, and then added some grey shading with a pencil.

For my next two cards, I stamped a sentiment taken from the Amazing Birthday stamp set onto a piece of smooth watercolour paper, and then added some images from the same stamp set as before. I coloured the images with water based markers and a water brush. To see how I made my backgrounds, you can pop along to my blog.  

These will be great store cupboard cards for that occasion when I need a card in a hurry, and could suit either a male or female. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014


The mushrooms on the stamp set Autumn Poppy are super, I really love them, so I made some samples here to show you how I have used them. I hope you like them!

The leaves that I used are all from the same stamping set,  this is really a set that  you can't miss, all the stamps on the set are so beautiful and useful I really adore them!

For the background  of the first two cards I've used the Indian Elephant stamp set! My background itself is made with an acrylic  block and Distress Inks. The moths I found on the Poppy edges stamp set.  I have used all the autumn colours I had in my collection (watercolours).  These were very easy cards, made with very beautiful stamps, and I think the result are quite good aren't they? I wish you a very good stamping time in Autumn and enjoy!


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Simply Bewitching (by Lesley)

 Today's card is really quick to make and the slim, tall 'A' shape is useful for a variety of styles of card.

  1. To make the card take a piece of A4 thick white cardstock and cut two strips lengthways measuring approximately 6cm in width. Cut one of the strips to 24.5cm in length and score the other at 24.5cm. Attach the two strips togther using strong double side tape to create the top folding card.
  2. Attach a strip of doubled sided tape down the centre of the front of the card and adhere the black spider's web ribbon from the Twilight Limited Edition pack. Add another strip of tape on top of the black ribbon and adhere the orange ribbon.
  3. Die cut a circle measuring approx 9cm and another measuring 4.5cm. Colour both with Adirondack Purple Twlight ink. Stamp the tree image from Things that go Bump onto the larger circle with Versafine Onyx Black and the sentiment from Halloween Edges onto the smaller circle. Stamp the tree image again on a white self adhesive label and then cut out just the moon. 
  4. Remove the backing from the label and stick in place as illustrated. Attach both circles to the front of the card using foam pads.
I hope you will try making this style of card, and if this is too tall you can always adjust the height to suit. This slim card acts like an easel to showcase your art on the front. And remember, there are still plenty of inspiring creations to come from the rest of the Design Team. Have fun

Friday, 17 October 2014

Spooky fun (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with some Halloween inspired projects created using this months new stamps (you can find them here). I adore the colours of Halloween so I really enjoyed making these cards.

This project was made using Halloween Edges

I stamped the pumpkin edge and coloured with PanPastels adding some green in the foreground. I added Violet PanPastel and the shade to create the sky and then used a scalloped piece of card as a mask and applied black PanPastel to create the clouds. I stamped in the cobwebs and the spider from Book of Spells and used a pencil eraser to create a misty effect around the smoke.

I adore house stamps and this one is fabulous, there are so many gorgeous little details from the hanging basket pumpkin to the ghosts at the window. I stamped the images from Book of Spells and Things that Go Bump  and then coloured with Distress inks and distress markers. I stamped the cobwebs with versamark and then applied silver mica powder.

My next card was a very quick project made using pearlescent PanPastels for the background, its really shimmery in real life but very difficult to photograph.

I applied the Pan Pastels, masking of the moon and simply blending green, purple and orange pearl PanPastels. I stamped the ruined castle from Things that go Bump with versamark and embossed with Black embossing powder. I then stamped the cobwebs from Book of Spells with versamark and the bats (which are from Nevermore). I was intending to emboss them too but found that the versamark removed the ink and left a great shadow effect so I left them and just dusted orange Mica powder over the sentiment. I left the bloom around the sentiment for a spooky misty effect.

My last Halloween project was a quick make with Stampbord and PanPastels

I stamped the image from Things that go Bump over a background created by applying shades of blue PanPastel to a Stampbord ATC. I love stampbord and have used it with lots of different inks and it gives a beautiful effect with PanPastels too. I used a battery operated pencil eraser to remove the blue from the clouds and the ship. The beauty of stampbord is that you can use a variety of tools to scratch the surface and remove colour, this is great for creating highlights but its also very convenient for removing colour on detailed parts of the image. You can find Stampbord in lots of different sizes here.

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx