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Monday, 18 February 2019

A Walk in the Garden (by Carole)

Hello everyone, our Guest Design Team member Carole is back today, sharing a delightful card which uses a background that she found in her stash. We often make extra backgrounds and 'file' them away for later, why not have a rummage through your left overs, and use Carole's project as inspiration for a project?

Carole writes:

Hello everyone.
Time for my next post. Where does the time go?
When I was tidying my craft stuff, I use this term loosely, I found a beautiful background piece that I had made with my Brushos.
I have teamed it up with an image from one of my other favourite sets, the Mackintosh Beauty.
I have used her in one of my previous Guest Design Team posts, in fact exactly a year ago, but because you can snip away various parts of the design, she can look different each time you use her. I like this versatility in a stamp.

Products used:

Stamps: Exquisite Edges, Mackintosh Beauty, tiny butterflies from Essence of Nature, words from Loving Sentiments.
Brushos, Versamark, clear embossing powder, an Aloe Vera coloured inkpad, Majestic Blue Versafine, black permanent inkpad, parchment paper.

I stamped the background with Versamark and clear embossed it.
I used a paintbrush to wet the inside of all of the flower shapes and then lightly sprinkled a blue Brusho over. The water tends to be contained within the embossed areas so the colour doesn't spread too far and the splatters spread into the sky area.
I left this to dry and then coloured the lower section with the Aloe Vera inkpad.
The lady and the tiny butterflies were stamped with the blue Versafine and clear embossed. Her dress was coloured with the same colours as the background.
The words were stamped with the permanent inkpad onto parchment.
It was a little time consuming to cut the butterflies out but I thought they were cute.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed my card.
It is always a pleasure creating projects with such beautiful stamps as these.
Bye for now and happy crafting,


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Wings ( By Marga)

Hello everyone, hope you have a nice day today. My time to show you a card today with the lovely new stamps.

On this card I used only brown colours to colour the image.
The colours I used are Distress Ink colours and I coloured it with a waterbrush.

The stamp I used is: Butterfly Perfumery



Saturday, 16 February 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly blog post featuring cards and projects created in fifteen minutes or less. The Design Team have designed some fabulous creations to inspire you, and are sharing lots of tips and ideas to save time when creating their designs. If you want to make a card in a hurry, or are looking for smething to make for a craft fair, or as a batch card, maybe as a Wedding card or a Christmas card, (it's never too early in the year!), then we have lots of ideas to share with you.

So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy this month's selection.....

Brenda has designed a box of cards using Distress Inks, Versafine Clair Inks, Pan Pastels, and stencils. The card designs themselves are very simple, and would make great 'any occasion' cards. What a lovely gift this set would make for someone, but you could just choose any one of these designs to make as a quick card.

I have made a quick tag, which could be added to a gift, used as a bookmark, or added to a card. I have used a scrap piece of background from my stash to make the tag, which was coloured with Distress Inks and water, then sprinkled with salt and left to dry.  I stamped the butterfly border over the top and coloured it with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush. I added a sentiment, which had been stamped onto a piece of scrap card, with the edges distressed and inked. I distressed and inked the edges of the tag, and added a complementary ribbon.

Rachel has made a trio of pretty cards this month. She has blended Distress Inks through a stencil to create a background for her first card, stamping the rose image and then adding colour over the top.

For her second card, she has added a hand drawn border for extra detail.

Finally, a Distress Ink background with the fabulous leafy image stamped over the top:

Carole has created a vibrant card using the Dawn Chorus, Wise Owl and Fly Away With Me stamp sets. The background was stamped with Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks using various elements from the three sets. the image from Dawn Chorus is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Pat has followed a blue theme for her cards this month, her first card was created by stamping the rosebud image from the Rose Perfumery stamp set onto a piece of paper from My Floral Soul designer papers using a grey permanent ink and colouring it with pencils. She blended some blue Distress Ink around the edges, and spritzed with water to lift some of the ink. She added the sentiment, again using permanent ink, and layered it onto blue card, then onto a white die cut layer before adding it to the card.

For her second card, she heat embossed the image from Floral Perfumery onto glossy card using silver embossing powder. She then coloured the background using alcohol inks with an applicator and blending fluid to aid coverage. She cut a strip of vellum and heat embossed a sentiment with more of the silver embossing powder. She wrapped the vellum around the background before attaching it to the card.

We have some pretty envelope art from Zoe this month, featuring some of the butterfly stamps from last month's TV shows. These would be a lovely surprise popping through someone's letterbox, but would make an equally great card design.

You could stamp a sentiment in the centre of the second one if you were using this idea for a card.....

Finally we have some great projects from Magda, who always inspires us with her time saving ideas. She has created a Brusho wash background for her first card.

She has used Distress Ink pads through a stencil to create the second card.

We hope that you have enjoyed our projects this month, and we will be back next month with more projects to share with you. In the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, 15 February 2019

Floating Butterflies by Brenda

Good morning Peeps, Brenda here, with some more shares from the samples I made from Lesley's shows using the beautiful new Perfumery stamps she showcased on Hochanda recently which were hugely popular with you all.

So for my top card I started with die cutting an arch aperture in the base card and running some fine jewellery thread down the aperture and fixing it behind the overlay. Onto this I fixed some 'flating Butterflies which I stamped and cut out from the Butterfly Perfumery stamp set. Behind the aperture on the base card I stamped the main image from Floral Perfumery and coloured in with pens and inked around with DI's. Stamped a sentiment to the top left and one of the larger Butterflies decoupaged to the top right of the card.

For this One I repeat stamped the beautiful Butterfly border from Floral Perfumery down the leading edge of a custom cut DL card and cut out around the edges, coloured in and added liquid pearls to the Butterflies thorax's. I stamped an inspirational quote from Artistic Affirmations, another Butterfly, a piece of coordinating DP and ribbons.

I kept this one fairly simple stamping the focal image from Floral Perfumery, colouring in with pens in pastel colours, stamping around the edges with Large Crackle Background and adding a sentiment from the same stamp sheet as the main image.

The background for this one is made using Ecoline inks which seem to be making a comeback, I've had mine for many years since they were popular the first time round so it was nice to give them an airing stamping the image from   Floral Perfumery, bleaching out some of the colour and then adding back in with Distress Markers and some glitter to the bottle top.

My thanks as always for your visit to our DT blog today.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Perfumery For Your Valentine (by Julie)

Happy Valentine's Day! I have two romantic themed cards to show you, my first being stamped with the rather wonderful Butterfly Perfumery.

I stamped the main image in the centre of my card and also onto some spare stamping card as I needed a second image so that the butterfly on the perfume bottle could be decoupaged. I then stamped the rows of butterflies either side of the bottle design and then the little scroll detail was added at the top and bottom of the card. All of the stamped designs were coloured with pencils and the background has been sponged with Distress inks. The card was then cut to size, mounted onto black card-stock and finished off with dabs of liquid pearl dots.

My second card is stamped with Floral Perfumery. The background has been simply coloured with Distress inks and over stamped in black and light grey inks with the little leaf stamp.
 I stamped the bottle image onto separate card-stock before taking a large metal heart die and placing it over my stamped image. Next I  drew a pencil line where the cut line would be and then cut out the parts of the design that overhung the heart cut line with a pair of scissors, before replacing the heart die and running it through a die cut machine. Just make sure that the bits that overhang the heart edge are placed over the die, out of the way of the cutting line or they will be cut off!
The heart was coloured with a mixture of watercolour and Distress ink and the perfume bottle image was coloured with coloured pencils.
Once the design was dry I stamped the sentiment onto the heart with Onyx Black Versafine and then attached to the front of the card with 3D glue gel.

Thanks for taking a look and please be sure to call back for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie x

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Butterfly perfumery - 3 ways (by Rachel)

Hello there! Rachel here with you today - I have three cards made for the January shows to share with you today - all of them used the Butterfly perfumery stamp set.

In my first sample I used flitterglu and metal leaf with the images and stamped onto black card - I also used metallic pens to finish off the bottle. There is also a butterfly that I stamped and cut out and decoupaged on.

The next sample shows a simple distress background that I overstampled with a fluorish, The main panel was stamped and coloured using distress inks.

In the final sample I decided to use the butterflies as a cut edge feature. I really liked how this worked and if I did this again I think I would add another layer!

I do hope these have given you a few ideas.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Aquarium and Layers (by Magda)

My second post for this month is a virtual Aquarium journaling page and a mixed media Tag

Step by step. : Aquarius

1. Colour randomly in blue, green your journaling page with Distress Ink

2. Spritz with water,  dry well and cover all with white gesso 
3. Stamp Mermaid Queen stamps with Archival Jet Black in first and second generation and colour 
    all with Brusho watercolour
4. Cover the journaling page with an Acetate sheet to give a glass effect


1. The background of the tag has several layers of colours as brown, blue, pink, red and  fine gesso,  
     heavy sand gesso and mesh.

2. On this background stamp with Archival Jet Black in first, second and third generation the butterfly
     and the sentiment of Butterfly Perfumery rubber stamp plate

Thanks for passing by

Monday, 11 February 2019

Poppy Congratulations (by Carole)

Today sees the first post this month from our regular Guest team Design member Carole Cann. Carole has created a lovely card to inspire you incorporating soft colours, and a wooden heart. 

Carole writes:

Good morning everyone.
I am delighted to be back again as a Guest Design Team member, during February.
I have used the beautiful poppy stamp from Poppy Meadow and the centre of Song Thrush. It is relatively quick to make too.
The poppy has been stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed, to fit onto a DL card base.
I have used a 7cm heart shape as the central element.
As my shape was wood and I wanted the blue to be crisp and clear, I painted it with slightly watered down, white acrylic paint.
When dry, the centre of the Song Thrush stamp was inked with Blue Versafine ink, and the heart was placed over the section I wanted to stamp.
All the colouring has been done with watercolour pencils.
For the top and bottom edges, I drew a line using the same blue as the rest of the card. I then pulled a damp baby wipe along the edge to smudge and soften it slightly.
The joy of poppy stamps is that you can colour them almost any colour that you like. This shape reminded me of blue Icelandic poppies.

I hope that you have enjoyed my post and I will see you next week with my second project.
Thanks, and happy crafting,


Sunday, 10 February 2019

floral perfumery (by Veronica)

Today I have a couple of canvas boards to share instead of cards.
The first one has a greeny background using distress oxides and a leafy mask. I stamped the butterfly border from butterfly perfumery twice onto white tissue paper using an elderly multicolour ink pad, painted round the dges with clean water and tore carefully round them.
I used modge podge to fix the tissue paper strips onto the board, trying not to smudge the dye inks, not always successfully.....but the smudges gave an appearance of depth.....
The main image from floral perfumery was stamped onto white card using black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils, fussy cut out and glued on.

The second board has a  different colour background, mostly using distress oxides again, although it had so many layers I can't remember how I did it! I also used crackle medium, although I think the temperature was too low for it to work well, as it took hours to dry and crackle and didn't really self level as it should have. I also mamanged to chip a bit off when putting it in the scanner, so not one of my better ideas!
The main image from floral perfumery was stamped onto white card and coloured with watercolour pencils. The flowers on this stamp are also on the sheet as a separate image, which is very useful - I stamped them, onto tissue paper and coloured them with alcohol markers before tearing them out and adding to the board with modge podge behind the main image.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Fragrant Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of cards to share with you showcasing the beautiful stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

For my first card, I wanted to show how to 'colour' the perfume bottle using the background paper. Lots of perfume bottles are made of lovely coloured glass, and this was the look that I was going for. I made two pieces of background paper using drawing cartridge, sprinkling Brushos on one of them, spritzing it with water, and pressing the other piece of drawing catridge on top. I set the pieces of drawing cartridge to one side to dry.

I die cut an oval, and stamped the main image from the Butterfly Perfumery stamp set , stamping it again onto a piece of spare card. I coloured these images with Koh-I-Noor pencils, choosing colours to match the Brusho background, and cut out the butterfly and flower from the spare image. I also stamped the perfume bottle area onto the second piece of the Bruso background and cut that out. I decoupaged all of the elements onto the die cut oval.

On the first background, I stamped around the edge with the silhouette swirl to create a bold border. I attached the oval to a slightly larger black oval, before adding to the Brusho background. A black mat finished the card.

To create my second card, I made a winkle free distress background on drawing cartridge, using Distress Inks and water. I chose a yellow and green colour palette. I stamped the little leafy sprigs over the top and coloured them using green ink.

I die cut a rectangle of card, and stamped the main image from the Floral Perfumery stamp set, and stamped the image again onto spare card. I coloured the images with Distress Inks and a water brush. I cut the flowers from the spare image, and decoupaged them onto the main image. I added a sentiment, and a hand drawn border with a fineliner pen to finish.

I will be back later in the month with more projects to share, thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday, 8 February 2019

Serenity and Tranquility by Miranda

Hello there,

Today I have made something using two gorgeous sheets; Serenity and Tranquility.
In time when these sheets were launched I was so happy.....finally some beautiful female Buddha stamps! Still find them so beautiful.......

I've made an inky background using Distress inks and stamped (using same colors) fragments of the background stamp; Studded Lattice.

And then some plain black stamping for the focal image......and some cherry blossom branches....
I did colour her using color pencils.

I made a separate border stamping the beautiful Indian designs from the Indian Elephant sheet which matches perfect with the Buddha designs. I am sure you all understand that I have a lot of favorites at CB!
I have blended with Distress inks and colored on the pattern using gorgeous sparkle can see the effect on the close-ups......isn't it gorgeous? 
I also gave some sparkles to the Buddha........using a transparant sparkle pen.

and the stunning effect of the Signo Ball glitter pens.........

Well, for now this is my last blogpost but I hope to see you again here on the DT blog......
Thanks for all your kind comments and stay creative, 
let's make the world more beautiful with our ART!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Floral Fragrances by Zoe

Good Morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post for this month featuring these absolutely gorgeous Floral stamps.

I hope you managed to catch the Hochanda shows with these lovely stamps on.

So here’s a selection of some of my samples from the show, I hope you like them?

I used a Greyboard tag, I just went straight on with Distress Oxides using a blending tool and a few drips of water to create some texture, I then used one of sentiments and the single rose stamp using grey Oxide inkpad on the background, the rose I stamped using Versafine Black inkpad and heat embossed using a clear EP, I coloured in using sparkle brush pens, a few dots and faux stitching using a white marker, I always edge my Greyboard or MDF using Gilding wax to just finish off nicely.

Very simple this card, I stamped onto my card and coloured in using pencils and stamped the image again onto the backing papers that were on the previous show and fussy cut and decoupaged, I also used the paper to mat and layer.

A set of “not quite” AT Coins, I say “not quite” because I’ve actually used Greyboard circles from the website that come with hearts too.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I love to read what you think of my creations.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Lavender cushion by Brenda

Good morning to you all, Brenda here and I am excited to be sharing my Lavender Cushion which I made using one of the beautiful new fabric panels for the show on Hochanda when Lesley launched them last month, there are six different designs available, you will find the one I used here and the others here.

The fabric has a lovely soft finish but is very sturdy and will take inks, acrylics and various colouring mediums, I used watered down acrylic paint and coffee on mine, the latter because I wanted to give a slightly vintage feel. Firstly I added a watery wash to the areas around the Rose, left it to dry for a few minutes and then coloured in the flower and flourish with the same colours but of a slightly thicker consistency. I added a few highlights to the leaves with a cream acrylic pain, again watering it down a little.

When I was happy with the colouring I stitched it to a piece of cream cotton (inside out) leaving one end open so I could reverse it, filled with Lavender which I had bought in France in the Summer, sewed up the end and then stitched the string pearls all around the front edge to decorate.

These fabric panels offer something really different to expand your crafting and I do hope you will give them a go as they are such fun to work with and make super gifts.