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Tuesday 31 January 2012

One layer card by ikki

Wow, what a supa dupa display of artwork by my design team mates!      Here one from me using a simple masking technique.......

If you would like to know how I acheived this look, please pop over to the Cupboard where you will find details.

Take care and keep warm.


Monday 30 January 2012

Purple Honeysuckle (by Debbie)

This is my first sample from the Fragment Honeysuckle stamps set. I instantly fell in love with this image as it reminded me of my parents garden. Honeysuckle covered the fence at the bottom of the garden.
I hadn't used my watercolour pencils for quite a long time and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed using them.

I know that purple isn't the usual colour of Honeysuckle but I think it works well.

There are more beautiful cards to come from the Design Team so stop by again.


Ladybird Frame (by Claire)

Hi there, today's card features some of the stunning new stamps from the Fragrant Honeysuckle stamp sheet. I love this stamp, its such a stylish floral design. The ladybirds are also from this stamp sheet.

The quote is from one of my old favourite stamp sheets, Curly Birds.
More details of how I made this card can be found on my blog

Thanks for visiting today, pop back soon for more inspiration from my talented teamies
Claire xx

Sunday 29 January 2012

creation in Blue

Hello there,

Today I want to show you a creation made with the stylish flower from the new sheet ' Fragrant Honeysuckle'.
Again made with acrylic bloc technique and distress inks. I kept the colours in blue shades.
I stamped several layers with the same flower, using perfect pearls, distress inks ,blue and silver embossing powder. When the card was finished I found it suitable for a sympathy card. The sentiment is from the sheet 'With Sympathy'.

Till next time, creative greet        

Saturday 28 January 2012

Wisteria butterfly (posted by Elaine)

I have really enjoyed working with these gorgous new stamps. Here is a card I made with the Wisteria stamps.

I repeat stamped the wisteria image along the edge of a white card panel. I used two colours of Versamagic chalk ink, using dew drop pads so I could ink different parts of the stamp at the same time. I stamped the butterfly and sentiment in purple versafine ink and coloured the butterfly in with Coloursoft pencils. Finally I shaded the panel with Dsuty Concord Distress Ink to give a cloudy effect. I matted onto purple and mauve card, adding ribbon, gems and a die cut contrasting edge to finish.

Do keep popping by to see what we have all been up to.

Elaine x

Friday 27 January 2012

Sunset with the Wisteria Lane..........

 Hello there,

Today I want to show one of my creations made with the new 'Wisteria Lane' sheet. I have made this one using a circle template and sponged with Versa magic. Afterwards I rubbed some perfect pearls over it. You can see the shine in the photo above.

I've also added an acrylic tag , stamped on the tag and also used the same stamp on the orange paper and added perfect pearls. You can see the close up here....  On the background paper(it's from the Essence of Nature) I also stamped the Wisteria and added pearl ex powder glittery copper. Hope to have inspired for you!
Creative greetz and have a nice day,

Thursday 26 January 2012

Art Nouveau Friendship Card (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, here's another sample that I've made using some of the fabulous new stamps recently released over at Chocolate Baroque

I have chosen a quite bold colour scheme for this project, in contrast to my last card. I wanted to create an Art Nouveau feel to the card, and used some of the stamps that suggested that era to me. I have used stamps from the 'Wisteria Lane' stamp plate. I also used one of the Crealie Doily element dies, which are also available on the website to create a border behind the main image.

For full details of how I made this card, please pop along to my blog to take a look. Keep checking back to see what the other Design Team members have been up to over the next few days, as they will be posting some more of their great samples, Judith xx

Tuesday 24 January 2012

With Love by ikki

Hi, this is a card I made with the new stamp plates......
such a useful set of stamps for so many occasions!
I have listed the materials used to make this card over on my blog and would love you to drop by - you will find the link on the sidebar.


Rose trees

Hi there, I really enjoyed working with all the new stamps, and Rose Tree is such a beautiful stamp I couldn't resist using it 3 times on this card

I've created a brayered scene with the Rose trees in the foreground and a fairy castle in the background. Actually the castle is really a spooky Halloween stamp from 'Howling Moon' but I've wanted to transform it into a fairy castle for ages. The foliage along the top is from Wisteria Lane, another of the new stamp sheets, as is the delicate grass around the bottom of the trees. The scene is brayered with Memento inks and the Rose Trees are coloured with promarkers.  I love memento inks for brayer work. The butterfly is also from Rose Tree, stamped on acetate and glittered. More details of how I created this card can be found on my blog.

I think you're going to love this months new releases, my talented team mates have come up with some stunning samples again this month so watch out for them over the next few days
Claire xx

Monday 23 January 2012

Wisteria Doorway (posted by Judith)

When Glenda showed us these new stamps, I knew that I wanted to combine some of the flowers and butterflies with this lovely door from the 'Echoes of Italy' stamp plate. I have used stamps from the 'Wisteria Lane' and 'The Rose Tree' stamp plates to complete the scene.

I have chosen some of my favourite shades of purple and lilac to stamp the flowers. For full details on how I have made the card, please visit my blog
Please keep checking back over the next few days to see what the other Design Team members have been up to with these fabulous stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 20 January 2012

Delightful New Spring Florals

I'm so excited to announce our new stamps for January.  Three beautiful and very useable floral sets.  I managed to get in some playtime with these over the Christmas holiday and found myself reaching for the inktense pencils and copic markers quite a bit.


Watch out for these cards and more appearing on the blog here or over on my own,  The DT have done some wonderful cards too - stay tuned for lots of sunny warm Springtime inspiration!

Monday 16 January 2012

Bees love flowers

Here are another two samples from the Honey Bee stamps. I decided to collect together a selection of flower stamps from CB and create small scenes. I cut Nestabilies shapes from copier paper and use them as masks. For the first card I used Mustard Seed Distressed Ink and the second used Milled Lavender around the edges. Leaving the mask in place stamp the flowers and leaves.

The thistles and ferns were coloured with various greens.
I coloured the lavender with pens so that the heads were purple and the stalks green.

Remove the masks and stamp the bees and sentiment.
I'm sure we all have flower stamps that these bees will go perfectly with.

Happy stamping and thanks for visiting

Friday 13 January 2012

Punky Romance Winner

I am WAY behind here, but only because we had a rush of orders to deal with and that's a good reason to be busy so I'm not complaining.  Things have settled down now, so I'm catching up with a very overdue job - picking a lucky winner of our latest stamp set, Punky Romance.

I have picked randomly from our followers and the lucky person is: Suzanne Czosek!  Congratulations Suzanne, please can you get in touch and we'll get your stamp set sent out to you.

We have new stamps coming out soon, so watch this space for more glorious artwork coming up.

Saturday 7 January 2012

Bee Hive note card

Good Saturday morning.

I make a selection of cards in January for different occasions that can be used during the year. I tend not to add a sentiment until I need the card.
I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the Bee Hive and coloured with a mix of Alcohol pens to colour.

This is a lovely image to colour with pens, pencils, paints and we all love to colour in.

Have a good weekend

Thursday 5 January 2012

This is what's in the box

These are the cards that I made to go in the box I showed previously. The stamps are from the Honey Bee and Pretty Bird Cage stamp sets.

The cards are A5 size and are perfect quick makes. I love the spring feel to the stamps and I'm sure we are all looking forward to better weather. I'll post pictures of the individual cards over the next few days here and on my own blog.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Gold watch

I don't need much of an excuse to use the fab perforated postage papers from Chocolate Baroque and had to use some with this elegant fob watch stamp from Punky Romance themeplate.  Its so easy to create the faux postage effect, especially with the Ultra Fine Masking Tape

The watch is stamped and embossed  with gold EP and distressed with Vintage Photo Distress ink before removing the masking tape. The postmark stamp is from the Mail Art stampsheet.
The background is made with the same watch stamp, using metallic gold ink on vellum. I've used gold mirri card to mat and layer and attached the vellum with eyelets and a scrap of gold ribbon

I think this stamp will be perfect for retirement cards
Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Steampunk necklace

Hi there, my project today is a stampbord necklace made using stamps from Punky Romance and stampbord squares.  

The stampbord is painted with metallic silver paint and I used the large Steampunk corner image with black StazOn ink. I found it easier to press the stampbord squares onto the inked stamp rather than stamp onto the small squares. The squares were all triple embossed with clear UTEE and while the UTEE was hot I added some tiny watch parts. Once the UTEE has cooled I attached glue on bails to the back of each square and joined them together with silver chain.

I hope you like my necklace, I think its a great way to use those stampbord inchies.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 1 January 2012

Honey jar label (posted by Elaine)

This is my last project from the delicious new Honey Bee plate. I love making preserves and so wondered about combining stamps from the bee set and the flower from the Pretty Bird Cage plate to make a label for a jar and a cloth lid cover. Here are the results.

For the label I stamped in brown memento ink, before colouring with Coloursoft pencils. I pieced the beehive and flower images together, adding the word honey at the bottom. A friend has just given me a Xyron adhesive machine and I realised after I had finished this label, this would probably have been a great project to try it out on and stick it down more evenly.

For the lid I cut a circle of natural calico with pinking shears to stop the edges fraying. I stamped the image with Versacraft ink which is especially designed to stamp onto fabric. I coloured the image with Inktense colouring pencils. Finally I edged the lid with honey coloured ric rac and tied the lid cover onto the jar with yellow and white baker's twine.

I hope you have enjoyed the variety of projects that my DT teamies have been posting with the newly launched stamps recently - aren't they great?

Happy New Year crafters!