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Monday, 1 June 2020

Kingfisher Filmstrip and an accordion card by Rachel

Good morning to you! A new month and its time to take a look at some samples from the May shows. I adore the stamps we used this month and enjoyed making this first sample using one of the MDF film strip kits that were on April's shows.  To start with I used black gesso on the filmstrip part of the MDF then used paints to colour in the stamped images of the Kingfisher from the Kingfisher song stamp set.

My piece was reversible - I think they only showed the side above on the show but i really liked the other side (below) best of all!

Next I wanted to do a step by step of an accordion card I made for the show using the trees a crowd set. First I added oxides to my craft mat, spritzed with water and then mopped up on some card.

Once dry I cut the card into panels measuring 9cm by 13 cm each.

then I stamped on them using the trees a crowd set....

Next with each panel I added detail using moon masks, torn paper and more ink plus I did some grounding of the trees using charcoal pencil. I also added sentiments.

Finally I put the panels together on a piece of A3 card cut in half along the long edge and folded into quarters. I added the panels to the card with  4 panels on one side and the final panel on the front. This left 3 sides for writing an extended message to the recipient.

I hope you have enjoyed my 'how to' today and the Kingfisher sample too.
Have a great day.
Rachel x

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Floral plans part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post of the month.

I hope you’re keeping well, as I’ve scheduled this post I’ll assume we are still in lockdown, although they were talking about lifting some of the restrictions. Hopefully this hasn’t impacted too severely on you.

So back to my post, I love these Blueprint Floral Stamps, they are so different and versatile, I love the fact that you have the flowers without the drawings behind if you want, they are also fab for decoupaging if you want.

So my Calendar page wasn’t on the show of course as it’s still a work in progress, I created by stamping the main image and masking it, then using the square and circle Stencils that featured on another show I lightly inked through using water base dye ink pad in different colours, I used paint marker pens to add some speckles over the background, I think it just lifts the design.

So I’ve become the “Envelope Queen” as Lesley calls me on the shows hahaha! (Love you Lesley) so I cant produce samples without adding the odd obligatory Envelope now.

My first one I used Antique Linen Distress Oxide inkpad to stamp the flower, I coloured in using a water brush and Distress Oxides.

I used Watercolour marker pens to colour my other envelope.

Thank you so much once again for visiting and leaving your comments.

Stay safe, keep well xx Zoe xx

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Cornflower Blue by Brenda

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all remaining safe and well and coping during these strange times, today should have been our eldest Granddaughters wedding, then COVID-19 came along, who could have foresaw such change in our lives. But there's always craft!!

Today I have a few more cards using the Blueprint stamps, starting with a blue and yellow creation, it's a colour palette I always enjoy working with. A Distress Oxide background created simply by dabbing ink onto a piece of acetate, spritzing with water and placing over the card giving a gentle rub on the back to release the ink. Then repeat the same process with the second colour, but this time bending the acetate to make contact with the card to get the colour exactly where you want it. 

Some stencilling using Strip Stencils and Wild Cornflower Blueprint Sketch stamped in Versafine Clair blue.

I used the smaller flowers from  all four sets here Freesia BlueprintSweet Pea BlueprintWild Cornflower Blueprint and Cala Lily Blueprinth stamping around the edges of the card and colouring in with pencils. I then used several of the sentiments from the same stamp sets and cut a circle to place in the middle.

Finally a soft yellow Distress Oxide background with a little pink as well, stamping around the edges with elements from Wild Cornflower Blueprint and then Sweet Pea Blueprint focally and coloured with pencils.

My thanks as always for your visit today.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Autumn Notice Board (by Carole)

Hello everyone, today sees the last project this month from our Guest Design Team member Carole Cann, she has made a brilliant project to inspire you and will be back later in the year.

Carole writes:

Hello everyone.

This is my last project for this GDT session. Hope you like the idea.

I have found this item very useful in my household, for leaving quick messages for my husband and vice versa.
Sttamps used: Mellow Fruitfulness and Autumn Poppy
Distress Inks, Versafine, laminator, Whiteboard pen.

I coloured my backgrounds with different yellows, oranges and red, then spritzed it so the colours bled and left a speckled pattern.

The top section was stamped with black and clear embossed to give it more depth.
Some areas were then coloured with water colour pencils and highlighted with white pen.
I then cut it to the required size and trimmed the other two sheets similarly.

These were then overstamped with various designs on the sheet with Smokey Grey Versafine. If you want it bolder then use black.

Once completed they were laminated too. I used my old Cropodile to put the rings on and joined them all together with wire loops.
You could tie them together with fine ribbon, which would look pretty too.
I didn't have any jump rings big enough, so I wrapped my wire around the handle of a paint brush to make oval jump rings.
The back of the sheets were decorated too.

You can write on this with the whiteboard pen and then rub it off easily when finished with the message.

Hope you have enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoy looking at what you are all making, and happy crafting.

Stay safe,


Monday, 25 May 2020

Mica Powder and Rice Paper (by Sandra)

I'm sharing a couple of projects with you today.

My first uses the Cala Lily Blueprint set. I stamped the image onto some black, glossy card with VersaMark and then gently brushed on different coloured mica powders with a small, soft brush. Once all the ink was covered I was able to buff with a soft tissue.

My second piece, I stamped one of the images from the Freesia Blueprint set onto rice paper.  I coloured the flowers and added some crackle from Echoes of Italy. I then used gel medium to adhere the rice paper to a wooden block. Once it was dry I added some Distress Ink to the edges.

Thanks for looking and stay safe,
Sandra x

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Blueprint and butterfly Accordion by Rachel

Hello there! Its Rachel here today and I want to share two cards from the April shows with you today. You may have seen the second one on fb before the show but I thought I would show it here anyway.

The first card is the main event...its a 6 panael accordion card. To make this I added distress oxides and water  to my craft mat and made a large (A3) masterboard using a mop up technique. Once dry I cut this into 6 pieces each measuring 9cm by 13cm. There was plenty of card left over to be used another time. Each of these 6 pieces I then stamped an image on and coloured using water colour pencils. I also added some sentiments.

Here are the main 4 panels...

And the two panels that formed the back of the crd leaving room to write on two blank panels. The accordion itself was made by cutting an A3 piece of card in half along the short edge. This card was then folded in half and each half was folded in half again. 

This last card was made by simply inking through a stencil and then adding the stamped images on top - colouring was again by watercolour pencils.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my samples.

Stay safe,

rachel xx

Friday, 22 May 2020

Feeling Gratitude (by Magda)

my second post of this month is a layered Journaling Page, that brings in evidence two Chocolate Baroque stamps.
You can hardly see the first pink-brown background with the blue flowers and orange dots, the second layer of gesso with green swirls will give a nice light under the craft tag.

I stenciled the tag with light green flowers, scored the tag and blended with Distress Ink pad Walnut Stain , at last I stenciled again with white.

The decoupage "A Heart full of love" is coloured with watercolored pencils.
The sentiment on the project is in the plate Words of Gratitude  is stamped with Archival Black jet on a white cardstock coloured with Distresss Ink Pad Mustard Seed 
Glue all the pieces on the page.

As a quick idea here two ATC changing the colour but using with the same stamp Essence of Nature Words to Dazzle and Sparkle and stencil 

I hope you enjoyed my projects this time too,  hugs