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Friday, 18 January 2019

New Home (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, Doreen is back with her second post this month, a delightful New Home card created for a family member. Doreen has written a detailed set of instructions for her card so that you can have a go at recreating the project for yourselves.

Doreen writes:

The reason for this New Home card is a personal one, my Daughter and her family have been living at home with my Husband and myself and though somewhat cramped, we have got through relatively well. They move into a new home in the coming week or two, hence the card....

Products used are:

Chocolate Baroque Home Sweet Home stamp set
Chocolate Baroque Masking Tissue
Vaersafine ink pad
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Bundled Sage, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Pumice Stone

Permanent ink pen
Black card for mat and card blank

To make this card:

1. Stamp the image onto card and another of the image onto masking tissue, cut out the mask on the inside of the outside edge line. There is no need to cut out the tree just the house is fine.
2. Place mask over image.
3. Punch or die cut a mask from the centre of a piece of copy paper, put the circle punched out to one side and keep, then place the outer around the house, this can either be held in place or taped if desired. Using stencil brushes add Squeezed Lemonade to the centre taking colour from side to side over the house mask and this will give you your 'sun'. Remove copy paper and using small piece of low tack tape, put your centre circle over the sun to protect from colour contamination. Add Tumbled Glass to the area above the sun allowing it to fade towards the top of the card. Do the same with Bumdled Sage below the house.
4. Remove masks.
5. Colour the roof using Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey (I used a tile to put some colour onto and picked this up with a damp paintbrush, adding water to dilute the colour as needed). Crushed Olive and Forest Moss were used for the grassy area, bushes and I added some budsto the bare tree. Finally I added the Pumice Stone for shadows under facias, window sills and a watered down wash over the white areas of the house.
6. With the permanent ink pen I formed a border to the card using dots and dashes.
5. Finally stamp and add the sentiment and raise from the image using double sided foam tape.

Mat and layer using foam pads between the black card and the topper.

Thank you for looking and leaving your comments.

Love Doreen

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Golden Dawn - by Penny

Goodly morning peeps, I hope this finds you all well and warm today.  I'm back today with my second post of this month, a cheerful card from the December tv shows featuring the beautiful Bird stamps.  So for this project I have used stamps from the Let Your Heart Sing, Dawn Chorus, and Live Out Loud  sets; Distress Inks, Versamark ink and gold EP.

I took a piece of white card and, using a couple of stencils from my stash I created a scenic background with a bright sunburst created with Distress Inks.  

I then stamped the Dawn Chorus collage image at the bottom of the panel using Versamark ink and embossed it in gold.  I repeated the process with two bird in the grass images.  I wanted the images to be seen clearly above the first one, so after embossing them I lengthened the grass on one of the images by painting an extension with a fine brush and glycerine, then embossed it as normal.  I stamped and embossed the poem at the top of the panel and added gold pen around the edges of the panel.   

I matted the panel onto black card and set it aside.  On a white base card I stamped several worker stamps from all the sets around the edges with DI then attached the focal panel to it.

Thank you for popping in today and spending a few minutes with me and these beautiful stamps.  I'll be back later in the month with some more crafty fun and inspiration.

Take care until next time

                         xx  Penny xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Bright Brusho Bird (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing a project featuring stamps from last month's TV shows on Hochanda. During these dull Winter days, I wanted to create something colourful and vibrant, and so I turned to my Brushos to make some backgrounds. I made some spare backgrounds for later projects, and chose some bright, zingy colours, adding in some gold Sprinkle It for a bit of sparkle.

I stamped the large bird panel from the Sing Your Song stamp plate onto a spare piece of the blue green background, using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I also stamped the central part of the image onto a piece of my orange background. I cut the circle from the blue/green panel, and adhered the orange panel behind. I stamped and embossed the words onto a piece of the orange background for added contrast.

I matted the bird panel onto a piece of black card, trimming this to loosely match the shape of the panel. I edged all of the other pieces of card with black ink.

I will be back later in the month with more bird related projects to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first Fifteen Minute blog post of 2019! We hope that you all had a good break over the festive season and that you are ready to be inspired by what the DT have created for you this month. Our speedy projects and top tips aim to help you create cards in next to no time at all. We hope that you will feel inspired to try out some of our ideas and that they will be helpful whether you are looking for something quick and easy to make, if you need a card in a hurry, or you want to make batch cards for a craft fair or some other occasion like a Wedding, for example. Maybe you are really keen and want to get cracking with your Christmas cards nice early!

So grab a cuppa, and scroll through our blog post, enjoy what we have created, then why not get some crafty stash out and have a go at making something yourselves....?

We have a fabulous selection of cards from Brenda to start us off this month. Her first card was created with Distrss Oxides and white embossing.

She has used acrylic paint and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink to create her second card.

She has used Pan Pastels and Versafine black ink for her third card:

To create her next card, she used water based pens to ink the stamp and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping. She used the small flourish stamp to stamp directly onto the card base.

For her final card, she used a window stencil and Distress Inks, then stamped the image and sentiment with Versafine black ink.

I have used a Brusho background from my stash, and then added a mixture of images simply using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added a sentiment to create a quick and easy Anniversary card.

Pat has created two pretty cards using Lesley's fabulous new My Floral Soul papers. For her first card, she stamped the image from Let Your Heart Sing using a purple Distress Ink. She then applied yellow and orange inks using a stencil and applied the ink with a blending tool. She added the sun with the round shape of the blending tool. She layered the background onto a piece of dark blue card, and then onto a white card base.

For her second card, she heat embossed the image from the Live Out Loud stamp set using white embossing powder. She coloured the image using blue and purple Distress Inks and a waterbrush. She cut the image out and mounted it onto some coordinating blue card, before attaching it to the patterned paper.  She finished by adding the sentiment using some dark blue permanent ink.

Rachel has used some gelli print backgrounds from her stash to create two vibrant cards. The first card has feathers stamped on the background, and she has added a circle with the stamped bird on it.

The second gelli print has simple black stamping to complete the card.

Three cards from Penny next, for her first card, she stamped the bird trio from the Fly Away With Me stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and embossed with clear powder. She painted each one with a different colour, cut them out, and edged the panels with a gold pen. She used a Brusho background from her stash and stamped the tree and bird image, embossing it with clear powder as before. She stamped the curly bird's tail around the edges of the base card.The sentiment comes from the Birthday Words set.

She stamped the negative bird collage imagefrom the Sing Your Song stamp set using Versamark, and used three two-tone embossing powders to colour the image. She stamped some scrolls from the Wise Owl stamp set at the top and bottom of a white base card, embossing them with silver powder. The focal panel was edged with silver pen and matted onto black card. A sentiment was added at the bottom of the card.

For her final card she stamped the bird in tree image from the Sing Your Song stamp set in Versamark, and embossed with red powder. She did the same with the sentiment. She added glitter to the branches and dots with a gold pen. She edged the panel with the gold pen and attached it to a white base card.

Some envelope art from Zoe is up next. These fabulous pieces of artwork would really brighten up your doormat, wouldn't they? Simple masking, inking and black stamping completes these projects.

A very clever idea from Julie here on her card, she has repeat stamped the background image from the Live Out Loud stamp set to fill the area. The bird on the flower from Let Your Heart Sing has been added to a die cut circle. The monochrome colour scheme is very effective, and you could use this idea for feminine or masculine cards.

Magda has created three fabulous ATCs for us next, she has added stencilling with Distress Ink, stamped the images with Versafine Ink, and added some washi tape. Great colour combinations, Magda.

Her second project was super quick; she stamped the bird and then spritzed the background with blue and orange, another great colour combination.

Our final project is from Carole, she has used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and dabbed it along a masked area of her card and then over stamped it with the same colour. The mask was removed and the main image and sentiment were stamped in black ink. The flower heads were coloured with pencils, in muted pink and green shades.

That concludes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed what we have created. Please do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the regular Design Team posts, and we will be back with more fifteen minute makes next month.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, 14 January 2019

Still one of my favorites (by Miranda)

Hello everyone, today sees the turn of our Guest Design Team member Miranda Degenaars to inspire you with her beautiful project. Miranda has used some of her favourite stamps sets to create her card, and the stunning colour combination will definitely brighten up your day.

Hello there,

I am happy to be here again and do some guest posts. CB will always have a place in my heart.
I have played with two of my favorite Cb sheets, 'Dusky Damask' and 'Pretty Poppies'. I have worked a lot with these sheets and I never get bored using them. They are simply beautiful and so versatile to use.

I have made a background using Distress inks, resist embossing using clear embossing powder and plain stamping using Distress inks.

The focal image has been colored with Distress inks and colored pencils. Also some stronger accents with a white acrylic marker. One of the must-haves!
 The edge is embossed using snowflake embossing powder.

And ooh I forgot to mention my 3rd favorite sheet ' Artistic Expressions'.......can't do without that one together with the Artistic Affirmations!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! 
Thanks for your visit and hope to see you again next week with my 2nd guest post,

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Look at the Birdies (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post for January featuring these stunning bird themed stamp sets.

My tag is greyboard which I used Distress Oxide inkpads to colour using a blending tool and a little water sprinkled on and dried to give a little texture. I heat embossed in gold the fab verse before adhering the little squares which I'd stamped onto some Gel Press prints I'd made a while back.

I made the Christmas card using watercolour paper and sparkle brush pens and water to get that "wash" effect, and added a few little splatters of water dabbed to create some texture before drying and stamping.

Another watercolour background which I created using re-inkers onto my waterproof craft mat and lots of water, then popped the watercolour card onto it and dried. I heat embossed the image using Versafine black inkpad and clear embossing powder, and a little bit of white and gold gel pen here and there to highlight.

I started my Wise Owl card by stamping him using Versamark inkpad and heat embossing in silver embossing powder. I placed a large circle as a mask over him, then blended Distress Oxide inkpads around him and the mask with a blending tool. With the mask still in place I used a patterned stencil/mask over the whole thing and spritzed with water, carefully blotting with a dry cloth, then removing the stencil and blotting again to reveal the subtle and interesting water marks. Once completely dry I second generation stamped using a grey inkpad the verse randomly in the background.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a comment, I love to read what you think.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Moonlight song by Brenda

Morning, Brenda here with more from Lesley's December shows featuring all things Birds, I've had Let your heart sing for years, it's such a lovely stamps set and lends itself to so many occasions and for this one I went with shades of yellow with a hint of black, my thinking was moonlight but it could equally be early morning just before sunset, I will let you decide. After masking the moon I brushed on on sky, removed the mask and added some more colour across the moon and then stamped the bird image. I used my stamp platform for this along with black versafine so that I could repeat stamp to achieve a deep image.........I resisted buying one for so long and now I really wonder why, especially since my recent illness when my hands and arms have become quite weak and it has become invaluable. Finally I matted ad layered onto coordinating cardstock.

Here I took the three birdies from Fly away with me and stamped each individually onto a piece of art board using versafine toffee, then using the small egg from the same set I repeat stamped around the edges of each piece, a flourish in the corner using the tail of the Dove and under one bird added a branch from Dawn Chorus. Next I added some brick wall stencilling to the background and glazed all using repeat inking and embossing using versamark and detail clear powder, finally mounting all onto a piece of corrugated to which I added some aqua Frantage.

My final share using purple and yellow, a colour palette I always enjoy using has a central masked circle coloured with Pan Pastels and stencilled with Really Useful Leaves and Distress Inks, the mask removed and one of the birds from Dawn Chorus and sentiment from Sing your song stamped in Versafine black, both repeat stamped using my stamp platform.

My thanks as always for popping by today.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Spring is in the Air (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, it is the turn of our Guest Design Team member Doreen Sympson to share some projects to inspire you throughout the month. Her first blog post features a lovely decorated cheese board. There are lots of different MDF shapes available on the market, and perhaps Doreen's project will give you lots of ideas for creating projects for your own home.

Doreen writes:

With buds appearing somewhat prematurely on my Honeysuckle I thought to myself poor thing must think 'Spring is in the Air', how confusing the mild weather we have been experiencing is to our poor gardens. So this cheese board is the product of those thoughts.

Products used were as follows;

Chocolate Baroque Spring is in the Air stamp set
Chocolate Baroque Tissue Paper
Black Stazon inkpad
Chalk/ acrylic paints
Deco Art one step crackle
Brush on gloss glaze
White gesso
MDF cheese board

1. Paint board with gesso and put to one side to dry.
2. Take tissue, stamps and Stazon inkpad and stamp images desired.
3. Using water and a fine paintbrush dampen around the images and tear them away to separate the images.
4. Using the chalk or acrylic paints randomly paint the board.
5. To adhere the images to the board once the paint has dried I used a thin coat of one step crackle.
6. Wait for this to dry then colour images use a fine brush with chalk paints.
7. I used a cream colour for the snowdrops and to add a little highlight to some of the other images.

Finally I used a scrap of linen textured card from my odd bits of cut offs and used a fine liner permanent pen to write the words, cut these up, and went round the edges with either a chisel tipped permanent marker or black inkpad. Dry brush using the bronze to tie in with the earthy grounding of the images.

A few photos at various stages of the project.

Randomly add paint.

A close up image of the texture, the thin layer of crackle glaze, which I think adds to the earthy look at the base of the images.

 Thank you for looking

Love Doreen

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Sing Your Song ( By Marga)

Hello everyone, here I'm again with another card I made.

For the background of this card I used Distres Ink and I stamped the image and the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black. I used a white gel pen to give it some accents.

For this card I used the stamps: Wise Owl, Sing Your Song

Hugs Marga

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Spring Birds (by Julie)

Hello, the two cards I have to share with you today are following on with the bird theme for this month.

My first card is stamped with Fly Away With Me. The background has been coloured with Old Paper and Weathered Wood Distress Stains, before being over-stamped with the swirly tailed, stylised bird and egg designs.
The decorative bird tiles were inked up with grey versafine and stamped onto spare stamping card, before being cut out and coloured with Distress inks. I then stamped the two birds from Fly Away With Me using Crimson Versafine onto the panel as shown. You then need to take a craft knife and snip a little insert under each bird for one of the tiles to be placed so it looks like the birds are actually perched onto the tile. The remaining third tile can be attached with 3D foam pads towards the top right of the design.
Cut the decorative panel to size, mount onto black card-stock before attaching to your card blank.

My second card is stamped with Dawn Chorus. The base card was coloured with Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress inks and then the little bird and decorative swirl were over-stamped in the bottom left and top right corners of the card, using Onyx Black and grey Versafine.
The little Dawn Chorus scene was inked up with Onyx Black Versafine and stamped onto spare stamping card, coloured with Distress inks and then cut out and mounted onto black card-stock.
The card was finished off with a sentiment from Paisley Elephant.

Thanks for stopping by and please call back soon for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A salt pig! (by Rachel)

Hello there! How are you? Rachel here today with the salt pig I made for the December show. Here's some pics....

I used stamps from Dawn Chorus, and stamped onto the salt pig in ink then painted over in blue glaze and outlined in black glaze before sending the pot for a final overall glaze plus firing. As you can see in the last shot I put some sweets in for Lesley and David to enjoy! 

Have a great day!


Rachel xxx

Monday, 7 January 2019

Birds at any season (by Magda)

during this month I am posting projects with the beautiful stamps Lesley showcased on Hochanda at the beginning of December.
Birds can be used at any season to send warm messages to friends.

For my projects I used Versafine  Onyx Black for stamping the following stamps:
Let your heart sing
Fly away with me
Live out loud
Fat Robin

Distress Ink Pad through stencils or used as a wash allowed to change the white cardstock  and a tag into a colorful background

These following 3 cards explain my interpretation of research done on the relationship between the  bird, primary colours and songs. 

 Blue Bird : a song by Paul McCartney

Red Bird : a Children's song 1966 renewed in 1994

Yellow Bird :  an old Haitian Folk Song

I hope you enjoyed my post and thank you for passing by