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Wednesday 29 February 2012

In England's green and pleasant land

Hi there, here's my second sample combining the gorgeous new Artistic Expressions and Crafty Individuals stamps with some of my old favourites from Home Sweet Home.

As soon as I saw the sentiment 'In England's green and pleasant land' I knew I wanted to combine them with a country scene so of course Home Sweet Home were the perfect stamps for them. The gorgeous bold swirl stamps are from Artistic Expressions and the Britannia image at the top of the frame is from Crafty Individuals 'Britannia . I've made the flowers and leaves using Crealies dies.
For more details, pop over to my blog
Thanks for visiting today. 
Claire xx

Tuesday 28 February 2012

'Love' Artistic Expressions (by Miranda)

Hi there,

Today a card made with a background which I already had for quit a while. I've used the doodle butterfly stamps and coloured them with pencils on kraft paper. I've cut a nestie label and used the word 'LOVE' from the Artistic Expressions sheet. Again I have die cut a butterfly out of metal foil and have been busy for quit a while taking out all of the metallic pieces.
Also use a Go Kreate die for this card model.
See you next time and have fun crafting........

Monday 27 February 2012

Breath of Spring (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, I'm back with another sample to showcase the great new stamp set Artistic Expressions available at Chocolate Baroque

The full details of how I made this piece can be viewed on my blog so you can hop over there if you are interested.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece, but with stamps like these, it's hardly surprising! I've used 'Artistic Expressions', 'Rose Tree', and 'Breath of Spring', all available on the website.

Keep checking back for more samples from the other Design Team members, and I'll be back in a few days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday 26 February 2012

Vintage, Inky heart with wings (by Debbie)

Hi there. I wanted to create a vintage grungy style card using the heart with wings and a crown from the new Artistic Expression stamp set. I chose the colours for the backgrounds first, coloured and then stamped with the Small Script from Mini Scripts with the same inks. To add more of an aged feel I used an Ink Splat stencil and distressed into the splats with the Spiced Marmalade.
The heart and crown have been stamped seperately onto white card, cut out, coloured with Alcohol pens and glued on. I stamped the words from Crafty Individuals - UM Britannia below in black so that it became a focal point.

Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo
Versafine - Onyx Black
If you would like to see the stamps I have used click on the underlined words and it will take you to the Chocolate Baroque website where they are.

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday 25 February 2012

brown and blue butterflies.... (by Miranda)

Hello there,

Today another one with the Crafty Individuals...( CI1333)and some swirls of the Artistic Expressions. This time with brown and blue shades. I find that always a beautiful combination.
Again I've used the acrylic bloc technique. The image is stamped on kraft paper and shaded with brown and white pencils. The butterflies are decoupaged and also coloured with pencils. The big butterfly is a die from Cheery Lynn and cut from metal foil. Than treated with some dabber's to make it look less shiny. Just added some pearls and voila!

Creative greetz,

Friday 24 February 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On Pastel Easel Card (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I'm back again with a sample using the great Crafty Individuals stamps available at Chocolate Baroque. The whole Britannia theme is so popular at the moment, isn't it?

I wanted to create a card using colours that weren't traditional for this theme, and set about using aqua as my basic colour. I have used a lovely Crafty Individuals swirl to decorate the background of the card, and stamped the sentiment onto seam binding ribbon. I added a large acrylic circle over the Britannia image, to represent a coin, and it makes a great stopper for the top half of the card. I had a great threepenny charm in my stash, and it was ideal for this card.

I pieced the flag together by stamping it three times in various colours onto a spare piece of background paper, then cutting out the pieces I needed. A piece of lace completes the vintage feel that I wanted for my card.

Keep checking back for more samples from the other Design Team members over the coming days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday 23 February 2012

Keep calm and carry on (by Claire)

Hi here's my first sample with the new Artistic Expressions stamps which i've combined with some of the new Crafty Individuals stamps. 

The backing paper is from the neutrals collection from Decadent Brocade cd, overstamped with the swirl from Artistic Expressions and embossed with beige embossing powder. The Crafty individuals Union Jack and the sentiment are stamped on printable canvas coloured with antique linen distress stain. I've used the wings and crown from the heart stamp on Artistic expressions,stamping the wings on vellum and the crown on beige and black card for a bit of contrast. 

I've matted the sentiment on Shapeabilities Fancy Tags 2 and attached it with some seam binding ribbon. I've added lots of faux pearls and a few gems to finish off.

I'm hope you're enjoying all my teamies beautiful projects. These new stamps are irresistible aren't they?
Claire xx

Wednesday 22 February 2012

purple and greens (by Miranda)

Hello there,

Today I will show you a card with the same CI stamp as I shown before but with a different technique, colours and lay-out.
I've used the acrylic bloc method using distress inks, mist spray and perfect pearls. For the two tiny balloons I've used the Creative Petals no.1 from Crealies. On the balloons I used the mini stamps mail art en scripts.
I've stamped the main image from Crafty Individual with Archival black. The text is from the Word of Inspiration sheet. Attached some thin silver threads around this card and layered on purple cardstock.
So, this was another variation with the same stamp, have a nice day,

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Artistic Expressions Winner

Thanks so much to everyone for all your comments - it's time to pick a winner.  The random number generator has been called into play and the lucky winner is ...

Congratulations Sharon - I will leave a comment on your blog, but could you get in touch with your postal address and we will get your stamps sent out to you.

Travel Journal Card (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, I'm back again, with another sample using the great new Artistic Expressions stamp plate recently released over at Chocolate Baroque and some new Crafty Individuals stamps.

This time I was aiming for a much more masculine feel to my project. Glenda has some great Crafter's Workshop stencils over on thewebsite, and I decided to use one of these to help create my background. I sponged Versamark through the stencil, and then used clear embossing powder, to create the design. I have added the large cogs and clock stamp from 'Punky Romance', masking off the flowers before I inked up the stamp.

I created a little book by stamping and embossing the crackle stamp from 'Echoes of Italy' in gold onto black card. I added a book plate with a computer generated title, and the great Crafty Individuals balloon image on the top. I stamped some Crafty Individuals tickets onto Kraft card, which I crumpled slightly, then stuck down the edge of the book, as if they were spilling out.

The sentiment that I used is a great one for scrapbooking, and I felt that it went really well with this project.

The other Design Team members have been really busy too, creating some great projects, keep popping back to see what they have been up to. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday 20 February 2012

Masculine card with the new stamps..... (by Miranda)

Hello there,

My creation today is a masculine one......don't make them so often but the new Crafty Individuals stamp(CI 1336) was perfect for this. I stamped the image with Archival brown on kraft paper and coloured with Derwent pencils. The car is a Marianne design die and was cut from metal foil and treated with a black dabber.The text 'Imagine' and 'Dream' is from the new 'Artistic Expressions' sheet. Also used an embossing folder from which I cut out the clock and sanded the paper. As additional stuff I've used a TH embellishment and some rope ribbon on the background.
Hope to have inspired you with these stamps!

till next time,

Saturday 18 February 2012

Dream (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, as you know Glenda has recently released a fabulous new stamp plate called Artistic Expressions over at Chocolate Baroque I absolutely love this stamp plate, as it has everything that I could possibly ask for to finish off a card or mixed media project. I love the big words, the swirls and the heart with wings. This plate is so inspiring, that I can't stop thinking of ideas!

Anyway, here is one of the ideas that I came up with, and I will be back over the next few days with some of the others, hopefully to show you how versatile these stamps really are.

I wanted to create a dreamy feel to my card, and so I used several colours of Distress inkpads to colour a piece of white card, and then spritzed the whole thing with a pearl shimmer spray. I stamped a tree from the 'Woodland Dreams' stamp plate, and a fairy from 'Dragonfly Faeries' before colouring them in with pencils. I embossed the big swirl around the edges of the card with a white pearl embossing powder for an ethereal feel.

I created a plaque using an offcut of mountboard, colouring it with Distress ink, and stamping it with the large crackle stamp from 'Echoes of Italy'. I then stamped the word 'Dream' before triple embossing it to give it a cracked tile effect.

Don't forget to keep popping back to see what the other Design Team members have created with these amazing stamps, and I'll be back in a few days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 17 February 2012

Artistic Expressions - a blog giveaway

We have launched a new set of stamps today called Artistic Expressions.  This makes a great partner to Artistic Affirmations and contains some really big words which work really well as the focal point for a card as well as being great for scrapbooking and mixed media pieces.  There are some lovely heartfelt sentiments too.

It's a full size A4 sheet and if you would like to win this set of stamps, please leave a comment and I'll pick a winner next Tuesday.

Check back for DT artwork coming along soon.

Sunday 12 February 2012

A Posy of Daisies (by Debbie)

My card is from the Rose Tree stamps and I love the arrangement of the flowers in the posy. It is a stamp that can be used for so many occasions. A simple thinking of you to a wedding card, coloured with the brides bouquet colours.

I used dies to cut the easel card with white card and my favourite moss green as layers. The posie is stamped with Memento black the the flowers are coloured with alcohol pens, pastel pinks, lemons and greens. I used one of my nestabilie shapes chopped it up and created a border. I stamped the posie a second time and coloured and cut out the flowers to place around the bottom of the base.

Stay warm

Thursday 9 February 2012

Orange Honeysuckle (by Debbie)

My card today is from the Fragment Honeysuckle stamps and I wanted to keep use oranges as it's a colour I don't use often when card making. I stamped the flower with Memento black and coloured with Alcohol Ink pens. The delicious backing paper is from the Essence of Nature cd, a definate favourite of mine


I have a few more cards that I will post over the weekend.

Stay warm

Monday 6 February 2012

Dandelion frame (by Claire)

Hi there, here's another sample using some of the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque. These beautiful delicate dandelions are from Rose Tree and the sentiment is from Words of Gratitude

Its one of my all time favourite sentiment stamps, I've used it so many times and never get fed up of it.
This was a really quick and simple card to make using distress inks and memento inks
For more details pop over to my blog.

I hope you're managing to keep warm in this wintery weather, at least its perfect for crafting and all the new stamps are a wonderful reminder of better weather to come
Claire xx

Sunday 5 February 2012

'Fragile glittering' (by Miranda)

Hello there,

Today a card I've made using the new CB stamp sheet 'the Rosetree'. The stamp I've used is a beautiful fragrant flower and I like it very much to work with. I've  made a background using oil pastel crayons and a blending solution. Also used a lot of glittering which I like always! I am really like a magpie........Also used my indispensable white gel pen this time for the centre of the flowers. I've also used the same background behind the image and embossed that with a crafts too folder. A lovely lime coloured ribbon for the finishing touch. And I've also added a sentiment from the sheet 'Artistic affirmations' 
On the picture below you can see the shimmer better, always difficult to catch on the camera.

Till next time,


Saturday 4 February 2012

Stylish Flower and one Inkpad (by Debbie)

My card today has been made using the flower from Wisteria Lane stamps. The flower has been popular with my Design Team buddies.

I searched around for my Big and Juicy Waterfall inkpad to use with the stamp. I inked the flowers from different areas of the pad to achieve the difference of colour and used clear embossing powder. The background was made by masking off pieces of the white card, brayering then moving the tape and repeating. I stamped the tiny single flower head that also looks like an ink splodge. I mounted onto navy blue cards and placed onto a fresh green card base.

Stay warm and have a crafty weekend


Friday 3 February 2012

Dandelion sympathy card (posted by Elaine)

As soon as I saw this dandelion stamp from the Fragrant Honeysuckle set, I thought it would make a very suitable stamp for a sympathy card. I stamped the images and sentiment in Versamark on a white card panel slightly smaller than DL size and embossed in the silver detail powder I seem to use so much!  The words are from the CB With Sympathy set which is very useful for these sad occasions. I edged with more silver embossing using a Versamark pen. I then matted onto medium grey. I wanted to keep the design deliberately simple.

Hope you enjoy  looking at all the ideas from the DT for these lovely new stamps

Thursday 2 February 2012

'art deco' flower (by Miranda)

This time I want to show you this creation, a very stylish one with a beautiful flower from the 'Wisteria Lane' sheet. If you like these 'art deco' stylized images then this is your sheet! Personally I like this style very much.
I 've used masking tape and sponged with only 2 colors Versa magic ink, Aegan blue and Sage, both beautiful powder colours. After sponging and a little bit of drying I rubbed some perfect pearls onto the card. You can see the shine in the close-up.....

Well that is my contribution for today........have a great day