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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Floral Fragrances Part 2 (by Zoe)

Good morning and welcome, here are some of my samples that were featured last month on Hochanda using the stunning new Floral and Perfume inspired stamps, so pretty.

First of all I must really apologise for the lighting on my 2 cards.

My first card I coloured in using watercolour crayons. I stamped again and decoupaged the butterfly and flower to create depth. I used a backing paper from one of the previous shows for my mat and layer.

I used a greyboard tag and gessoed first, then stamped and heat embossed. I coloured in using watercolour markers and topped with a clear sparkle pen to seal it.

I coloured my final card using sparkle brush pens.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, your comments are well appreciated.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Bold and Bright by Brenda

Morning, Brenda back again after just a few days with a few more of my Perfumery cards from the recent Hochanda release.

A rather bright and bold one above with an ecoline ink background, the Roses from Floral Perfumery stamped and cut out to decoupage onto the coloured panel with just the slightest colour added to them. The panel has been simply matted onto white, onto white again as I felt with the colour it needed little more and just a sentiment from the same stamp set which says it all.

This time an acrylic ink background, some subtle stencilling using Useful Leaves Stencil, The main image from Butterfly Perfumery stamped focally but with second generation stamping as I wanted a faded affect, then the Butterfly and Rose stamped again, cut out and decoupaged, plus one of the sentiments randomly stamped across the background.

A watery Brusho background for this one, Floral Perfumery stamped out then the colour bleached away, I needed to let it draw and bleach a second time to get a totally white finish, then matted and layered onto coordinating card stock. A note to those who are asking why I don't just use masking fluid, I could and I do have some, but I find bleaching quite therapeutic and you get some quite interesting effects and not always what you expect.....I did one the other day on some really dark blue Brushos and ended up with lovely aqua colour flowers after adding this space!!

Many thanks for your visit and I hope I have offered some inspiration.

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