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Wednesday 31 October 2012

Dreaming spires (posted by Elaine)

When I saw the spires on the new Gothic Fragments stamps, my fingers were itching to ink some skies. This one uses shades of blue 

I masked the sky with some masking film, before using the scallop nestie mask method to make a cloudy sky.

I embossed the spire and dome and the word Dream from the Artistic Expressions plate in metallic blue EP and finished with some shading with Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

Hope you are enjoying seeing the variety of ideas the girls on the DT are coming up with for these lovely stamps.


Saturday 27 October 2012

Christmas creations

Hi there,

It's very warm for the time of year here and I hope it will be soon more real Autumn weather! I've made some Christmas cards with the clear stamps from Chocolate Baroque and with the gorgeous sheet Pears and Baubles in combination with the Gothic fragments. Also one of my favorites(got lots of CB fav's LOL)
The 2nd one........made with the clear stampsheet 'Joyful Christmas' and on the background a fragment of the Pears and Baubles sheet. All coloured with Derwents soft colour pencils on Basic Grey scrap paper. The poinsettia is decoupaged.

The 3rd one, I've used here the Poinsettia script and again on the background the fragment of the Pears and Baubles. Embossed with pearl EP and sponged with Brilliance inks. The poinsettia is coloured on Basic Grey with Derwent pencils and decoupaged.

And the last one for now, created with the Morris Baubles, again on Basic Grey paper but now embossed with WOW silver emboss.powder and coloured with Tombo markers. On the background you can see a stylished flower from the Dusky Damask sheet.

Well maybe you are a bit inspired with the spirit of Christmas, I am always looking forward to this time of year....not only the Christmas time but also wintertime! Warm and cozy inside the house, candle lights  ......

Creative greet,

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Through the window (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with another card made using the lovely Gothic Fragments stamps. 

The background was made using a Crafters Workshop mask and distress inks to create a brick effect, I thought this would echo the bricks around the window image. I coloured the window image with promarkers and carefully cut out the 'glass' using a craft knife and die cut the image using nesties. I stamped the image again on acetate and embossed with black embossing powder and then used adhesive film to attach gilding flakes to the reverse of the image before attaching it behind the window. The sentiment is from 'Words of Comfort and Cheer' stamped with versamaemark and embossed an with an antique gold embossing powder. To finish off I added a bow andtwo delicate borders, die cut from white card using Crealies dies.

thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday 20 October 2012

Gothic Fragments by Miranda

Hello there,

Today some of the cards I've made with the Gothic Fragments. They are so gorgeous!(as all of the CB stamps)
The first card has been made with a background using Derwent Art bars. I've used them also on an acrylic bloc and sprayed with water. I've used the mini crackle from the mini stamps sheets. Also used some structure paste with a crafters template. Those pastes are fun and easy to work with!

The 2nd card is made with the same colours and materials only I've polished the bricks with some Inka Gold (silver colour) Also used the lovely spider web corner from the new Halloween clear sheet and a spot of the texture fragments in the lower left corner. The word is from the Artistic Expressions sheet.

Well hope to have inspired you, have a great day and see you next time,

Thursday 18 October 2012

Gothic Fragments canvas (posted by Claire)

Good morning, my project today is a canvas featuring the new Gothic Fragments stamps from Chocolate Baroque, combined with some old favourites from Curly Birds and Butterfly Poppy Collage

I've used acrylic paints for the background and then applied texture paste through a Crafters Workshop Template and brushed with mica powder for some sparkle. The butterflies are made from acetate, the image was stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder and I added glitter to the reverse of the image. 

The images of the window and the turrets from Gothic fragments and the birds from Curly birds were all stamped on tissue paper, embossed with gold WOW embossing powder and painted with twinkling H2os'. I applied them to the canvas with Matte Multimedium

To add a little more sparkle I created my own version of the encrusted jewel technique by sprinkling on   gold, violet and pearl Embossing powders, little star sequins and lots of glitter, I then heated from underneath to melt the embossing powder.

I really enjoyed making this canvas, hope you like it
Claire xx

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Christmas Joy

Hello!  I know that this set, Ivy Trails, was released a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share this card that I made using it.  The set, Lace Fragments, was released a few months ago.


The red card base is a textured cardstock from DCWV and the card is a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I stamped the poinsettia image from the above stamp set in dark green on white cardstock, and colored it in with Copic markers.  I used some Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up to make the leaves, berries and flower shiny.  I stamped the word Joy in black, and sponged a little around the edges of the oval with Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink.  The dry embossing was done with a brass embossing plate and my Cuttlebug.  The lace edge at the bottom was a stamp from the Lace Fragments set, which is a must-have set!  It was stamped in black on white and adhered to the back of the red panel.  I used a piece of white Vintage ribbon/lace to edge the border.  Everything was mounted on a piece of white cardstock. 


Monday 15 October 2012

Christmas Candle (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, here's a sample incorporating some stamps from the new Gothic Fragments stamp plate, and also a sentiment from one of the new clear stamp sets as well.

I stamped the window stamp with Archival Ink, and then stamped the fragment design with Matte Medium, drying this thoroughly with a heat gun. (I washed my stamp straight away, to remove all traces of the matte medium from the stamp.) I coloured the background with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, as a base, before stamping a small stamp from the Texture Fragments stamp set over the top in three different colours, to create a stone effect. I painted the window area with Distress Stains and a watercolour brush, going over the shaded areas with Distress Markers. The Matte Medium creates a great resist, and looks like a stone panel.

I have added a candle from the Christmas Angel of Light stamp set, and some Crealie flowers and leaves.

These windows, arches and spires are useful for so many different occasions. Keep popping back over the coming days to see what my Team mates have created with these fabulous stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday 13 October 2012

Spookies! (by Clare)

Spookies are made up of ghosties, witchies, pumpkies, batties, full moonies, owlies and more!  I'm just glad they are all for fun!  We do have a few little bats flying around at dusk and dark, but they're nothing threatening.  I found some Pumpkin Spice creamer for my coffee at the store, as well as pumpkin and spice bagels, pumpkin and spice cream cheese and cupcakes.  The bagels and cream cheese came home with me!  I also bought two big pumpkins, one little one, and four mum plants for my front porch.  I love fall!

Here's a Spooky card for you.  I had so much fun working with the stamps from a couple of Chocolate Baroque sets!  The colors of spooks and fall are so pretty together!

The first image I stamped was the bats and harvest moon on white cardstock, in black ink of course!  I used all of the stamps from the set Batty Owls.  I also used the ivy tendrils stamp from the set,  Ivy Trails. 

Ivy Trails
Batty Owls

I used a Sakura Glaze pen in black on the bats which made them shiny.  The trees were touched up with some black glitter and black flocking.  I used Copic markers on the moon and pumpkies, and Stampin' Up markers on all the rest of the card.  The background was colored using sponge daubers and Stampin' Up classic inkpads.  I glued the background onto black cardstock, then used scor-tape to adhere the black sequined trim around the moon halo.  The orange beads were glued around the moon.  I fussy-cut all the 3-D images, and positioned them as shown, using dimensional adhesives.  Everything was cut around with pinking shears.

I cut a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2" long and 4 1/2" wide.  I ran the whole
piece through my Cuttlebug twice, positioning it in a spider web embossing
folder.  I scored it at 3 1/4" on a Scor-Pal and folded it.  I glued it to the back
after making the lower edges even on both the card front and the back.
I hand-drew the ghost on white cardstock, and stamped the word "Halloween"
in black ink on the bottom.  I drew the eyes and mouth in pencil, then used
the black Sekura Glaze pen to fill them in.  A duplicate Jackie-o-lantern
glued at the bottom completed this card.  It was so fun to make!

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Gothic Leaf (by Clare)

I love Autumn!  I love fall!  I love the coolness and the colors!  I love Glenda's Gothics!

This Gothic Fragments spire has leaves on it, and was perfect for coloring for fall.  I thought the shape looked like a leaf, so I attempted to make it look like one.  I used an embossing folder to make the leaf imprint on the two background panels, and used some fall paper from my stash.  The ribbon was new - some beautiful glittered ribbon I found at the Dollar Store.  I stamped the image in dark green, then used Stampin' Up markers to color the leaves in, and Stampin' Up classic ink pads and sponge daubers to shade in the rest.  This was a very easy to card to make!

This is the new Gothic Fragments set, and you can go directly
to the page to see and order it by clicking HERE.  

Monday 8 October 2012

Gothic Fragments Christmas Card by Debbie

This is my first card made with the Gothic Fragment stamps which are going to be so versatile. I have a few friends who like tradtional cards at Christmas time and I had them in mind when putting this card together.
The arched window has been stamped twice with versamark and embossed with silver powder. I wanted to keep the colouring soft so I water coloured with distress inks. I used chipped saphire and antique linen. For more depth I painted more colour around the edges of the windows. I mounted them onto silver mirror card and added them to the fronts of the gatefold card.
For the inside I stamped the sentiment from the new Joyful Christmas clear stamps with black and embossed with clear powder. I cut it out with a nestablitie and framed with the larger shape that has been coloured with the chipped saphire. I also stamped one of the other arched windows and left it uncoloured as I wanted the wanted the sentiment to be the main focus.
There's alot more inspiration from the coming up, so keep popping back. Debbie

Friday 5 October 2012

Special Delivery (posted by Claire )

Hi there, Claire here with another sample using the new clear stamps, I love the oriental themed stamps but I thought it would be fun to use the stork image from Moonlit Waterfall for a baby card.

The clouds were made by sponging pink brilliance ink onto white pearlescent card. The stork was stamped with the same ink and embossed with pink EP. I made the 'nappy' with a scrap of white cotton fabric (no sewing involved lol, I used matte multi medium to hold it together and added a dinky little pink safety pin)

The nappy is hanging from some pink velvet ribbon and I've added some fluffy pink feathers and layered the stork up with silicone glue

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Spooky gatefold card posted by Claire

Hi there, Claire here with a Halloween gatefold card made using the fab new clear stamps 'Witches Brew' and memento inks For the front of the gatefold I brayered Tangelo memento ink on some glossy card stock and then stamped the fence using Memento Tuxedo Black. These clear stamps are perfect as you can see exactly where to position the stamp to extend the fence. 

I've stamped the cobwebs around the edges and added orange roses and die cut swirls.
Inside I created a little scene using my brayer and the spooky witch and cauldron  image. I stamped the cobwebs around the edges of the black base card and this time I used versamark ink and dusted with mica powders for a spooky shimmer

Thanks for popping by,
Claire xx

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Oriental kimono card (posted by Elaine)

As soon as I saw the new Oriental Crane clear stamps, I was inspired to make a little kimono. Using a base of copper pearl paper, I cut and folded a little kimono shape and I embossed cherry blossom branches in gold EP. I used this colour scheme because I had some beautiful hand made Japanese paper covered in cherry blossom, and I used this to line the kimono.

On the back of the kimono I embossed the Chinese pheasant design.
Then I made a sash with gold paper embossed with copper EP. I finally mounted the kimono onto an 8 x 8 card using the gorgeous handmade paper and a little pocket I made to tuck the kimono into. I finished off with die cut cherry blossom in blending colours and a fancy edging to my pocket.
These stamps offer so much scope for varied projects as the other girls in the DT have already show and the usual crisp detail of CB stamps make them a pleasure to work with.

Monday 1 October 2012

October's Stamp of the Month

Gothic Fragments is our Stamp of the Month for October and you are going to love what the girls have been doing with it!

This is Gothic in the sense of Gothic architecture - think cathedral spires, church decoration and the Houses of Parliament.  There are some beautiful stamps on this set and they can be used for so many different occasions.  They work very well with Halloween themed stamps, but can equally be turned into a wedding celebration or used to create texture and background interest.

At this moment in time, I have no internet connection at home, so you'll have to wait until we are reconnected to see any of my own artwork with it.  In the meantime, there is still lots of artwork to come from the team featuring this set, plus the clear stamps and September's Stamp of the Month, Pears and Baubles (introductory price has been extended on this by the way - until the end of October).

And while you wait for some eye candy, why don't you leave us a comment and I'll give a set away to a lucky winner.