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Wednesday 27 February 2013

More Fantasy Trees (by Shirley)

Hello everyone !  I hope you are doing well.

I have a couple of cards today using designs from the Fantasy Woodland,  I've had a lot of fun 'playing' with this set.   

I used Pan Pastels to create the background on the card above.   I also added a little design with TCW's Mini Solace stencil and Distress Ink.     I stamped the delicate trees from Fantasy Woodland with Versafine Black ink along with the quote from Words of Inspiration.

The background for the card above was created using Pool, Lime & Ocean Smooch Inks.    For a description of the technique please see my blog post here.     I embossed one of the small trees from Fantasy Woodland with gold to create leaves in the background.   The main tree image was also embossed with gold & I blended Smooch inks to colour.    I embossed it a 2nd time to decoupage.   The die cut is Spellbinder S5-062 and the small piece under the Owl charm is S5-063.

The photo does not do the Owl charm justice, he has lots of bling that it hard to see. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Home (posted by Elaine)

As soon as I saw the lovely landscape edges stamps, I knew I wanted to try another masked sunburst landscape. I combined the sky, birds and wall clear stamps with a house and sentiment from the Home Sweet Home set.

I coloured the sky with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye ink and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, using the sunrays of the stamped image to guide my masking of each section with post it notes. I coloured the other images with Prismacolour pencils. I die cut the border in black backed with orange to give a good contrast to the main image.

I can see great potential with these landscape stamps for myfavourite style of  ink shaded cards.

Elaine x

Monday 25 February 2013

Crafting on the Edge (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have a couple of samples to show you today showcasing the new Clear Edge stamp sets. In my first sample, I have created a sunny background with an ink wash. I then used a harlequin mask and Pan Pastels to start building up my background. I also stamped a script stamp from the Poppy Butterfly Collage stamp sheet using Versafine Ink, and then swiped Pan Pastels over the top. I added a decoupaged poppy and some butterflies from the same stamp sheet to my card, which I coloured with pencils. I created the border by using the harlequin edge stamp from the new Decorative Edges stamp sheet 


For my second sample, I created a watery background by painting inks onto watercolour paper, and dropping sea salt onto the background while it was still wet. Once it was dry, I brushed the sea salt away. I stamped a seaweed image from the Underwater stamp sheet onto the background. I then stamped a seahorse from the same stamp sheet onto a large Nestie shape, which I coloured and masked off. I coloured the background with Distress Inks, and added some more seaweed images. I then stamped the circle edge along the bottom, and embossed it with white embossing powder, to represent bubbles.

These edge stamps are so versatile, and can be used in so many different ways. Keep popping back to see what my Design Team mates have been creating. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday 24 February 2013

A spring garland (posted by Elaine)

Another garland card from me.

I repeat stamped the crocus image from Spring Foliage, couple with the primrose from Glorious Spring and coloured the images with Prismacolour Pencils. I used a branch die to add little brown branches as the base for my wreath and added a sentiment from the Birthday Wishes set.

Saturday 23 February 2013

Yummy New "Chocolatey" Stamp Sets! (by Clare)

Hello!  As you probably already know, Fantasy Woodland is the new stamp set of the month!  What an amazing set of stamps - so many different types of trees!  Beautiful images to work with!  Click on the name of the set above, and you will be taken directly to the stamp set on the website, where you can see all of the stamps in this set.  

Below are a couple of projects I made using this set, and I hope they'll inspire you a little!  There are so many great projects that the design team has made, so please check the other posts on this blog for more ideas!  The little house is from the set, Home Sweet Home, as well as the wheat grass.  The bottom border is from a brand new clear set, called Floral Edges, released February 14!  There are two other clear edge sets that have also been released - Decorative Edges and Landscape Edges - please check them out!  They are awesome!

My next sample has the orange tree image from the Fantasy Woodland set, and several "Thank you's" from the Words of Gratitude set.  Those oranges look good enough to eat!

My next card is framed with one of the trees from the clear Fantasy Woodland set.  I used several dies to cut out the shapes, and hand made the roses.  



This card was made with last month's new set, called The Rose Tree.  I used the new clear Floral Edges on the background.

I've enjoyed your visit, and hope you did too!  Thanks for stopping in!

Friday 22 February 2013

Stamp of the Week: The Rose Tree (plus winners announced for February giveaway)

What do all these lovely cards have in common?


They all feature stamps from this week's Stamp of the Week - the lovely Rose Tree.

It is on offer for just one week, so take advantage while you can!

Now, in other news, I have winners to announce ...

First up, winner of the Woodland Fantasy stamp set is Andrew - congratulations Andrew!

Love the way you have used the stamps with the pan pastels.Fantastic samples .

Then we have the Spring is in the Air winner -  well done to Gerrina!

Again some great stamps! The ATC's are beautiful! But then; I love snowdrops... that meens some saving is in order to buy them! Greetings, Gerrina

And finally, it's Elaine's lucky day with a win of Spring Foliage.

Love the spring with the new greens and bright flowers - just what we need to brighten these dull days. Great artwork and I love that catkin- very efective!!

Well done everyone - can  you please get in touch with me (  as soon as you can and let me have your postal address so I know where to send your prize. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday 21 February 2013

A fairy amongst the flowers (by Debbie)

Think I'll start by saying 'thanks for visiting' as I always leave it to the end. My card today uses another of my favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps the Fairy from Gossamer Wings. She sits beautifully between the crocus from Spring is in the Air.
I started by stamping the fairy with memento black ink so I was able to colour the wings with alcohol pens. I stamped onto a post it to make a mask of the fairy and the stamped the crocus's again with memento for colouring. For the wings I stamped onto acetate with stazon and added waterfall stickles.
The colour of the pens is just visible through the acetate. They are attatched with a little silicone glue. Rather than using distress ink to colour the ground I used the broad end of the alcohol pen. Debbie

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Yellow Snowdrops? (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, 

I have two cards today featuring two more images from the new Spring is in the Air set.   I love the delicate flowers of these Snowdrops which are normally white.  

I used my Prisma Pencils to colour the two different snow drop images that I stamped on Kraft Paper.     The background is designer paper with very little design which I over stamped with a fragment from the Textured Fragment set using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  I blended a little of the same ink around the outside edges.   The die cut is from Spellbinder S5-090.

The is next card below features one of Snow Drop image from the Spring is in the Air set.

I used similar background paper and over stamped it using another fragment from the Textured Fragment set with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.   The die cut is from Nellie's Multiframe MFD006.  The sentiment is from Bold Blooms.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Spring Notecards (by Debbie)

I love the size of these stamps for A6 cards. I have a friend who recently commented on how expensive it is to send cards and would like some smaller cards so this will be a gift for her as she sends alot of Easter cards.
The outside is made from an A4 piece of white card and scored twice along the centre fold line. Score across the bottom to create a pocket and fix with a couple of pieces of red tape. I hope the picture explains. I added paper printed from the Decadent Brocade cd.
A labels die with sentiment and ribbon was added to the front.
Here are a couple more photos of the cards.
Thank you for visiting, Debbie

Monday 18 February 2013

New Clear Stamps

I normally reserve Fridays on the Design Team blog to announce new stamps and our Stamp of the Week, but this week it just didn't happen... it's a long story which you can read over on my own blog,

Meanwhile, click on the image above to get the details of the gorgeous new clear Edges stamps we've just launched.  Here's a little taste of what you can do with them.

I am also late picking a winner for the new spring stamps, so I am going to do that this coming Friday.  And if you were wondering, our Stamp of the Week this week is With Sympathy - more versatile than it sounds, it can also be used for Easter, christenings and confirmations.  I also think the crosses are just elegant design elements in their own right.

I've interrupted the blogging to bring you this post so please scroll down to check out today's other post from Claire featuring the new Landscape Edges.

Cloudy Skies (posted by Claire)

Good morning ladies, Claire here with a card made using some of the fab new clear stamps. 

 This set is called Landscape Edges and its going to be such a useful stamp, it won't be far from my craft desk that is for certain. I've combined the stone wall stamp and the cloudy sky stamp from the new set with some old favourites, the gorgeous thatched cottages from English Cottages

I've Stamped the stone wall and clouds with versmarks and simply swiped over the top with PanPastels (Ultramarine blue  and the tint for the sky and Neutral Grey for the wall, then I've added a little shading to the wall with derwent pastel pencils.

The cottages have been stamped with black archival ink and coloured with distress markers.

The bird stamp is also from Landscape Edges and the sentiment is from Home Sweet Home.
Thanks for taking time to visit today
Claire xx

Sunday 17 February 2013

The Miracle of Spring Flowers (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have a couple of cards today and this first one features the pretty Winter Aconite (normally yellow), from the new Spring is in the Air set.  I've used a quote from the Loving Sentiments set -  it is a miracle to see flowers & plants come back to life each Spring.  

I started with water colour paper and Dylusions Inks (blue, turquoise, green & purple), sprayed with water, blotted with a paper towel roll and dried with my heat gun.  I blotted the ink away using water on the flowers & ground then coloured using Dylusions Inks with a small water barrel brush. 

I stamped the delicate Flourish Tree from the new Fantasy Woodland Set to add the flourish design around the border with Peacock Feathers DI.   Designs by my talented team mates inspired me to use the tree as a Flourish.  

I used Picked Raspberry & Salty Ocean Distress Inks around the sentiment.  The die is Spellbinder S4-143. 

And here a a few simple note cards that I created with the Tulip from the Spring is in the Air set.   Elaine suggested these could be tied up with a ribbon and presented as a little gift, maybe for a Hostess?  I coloured the Tulip with my Tombow markers and matted with a Spellbinder S5-090 die cut.

Thanks for your visit & have a great day!

Saturday 16 February 2013

Spring Bunting (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, Claire here with a project featuring the new Spring Foliage Stamps to create some bunting as a reminder that Spring isn't far away.

The bunting pennants were from Chocolate Baroque, coloured with PanPastels, i used various colours from the tints range and blended with a sofft sponge.  I dusted my trusty cricut off to cut the letters out  and then stamped everything up. The images are all from Spring foliage, stamped with memento ink and coloured with promarkers

I coloured seam binding ribbon with PanPastels to match the bunting ad added raffia, bows and then some little wooden buttons topped off with bakers twine bows. 
Here's a pic of the bunting in my dining room, I couldn't take a pic without my reflection in the glass lol.

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Colourful Tulips (by Debbie)

For my last post of the tulip stamp from the Spring is in the Air stamps, I kept it black and white. This side stepper card shows how beautiful the flower looks coloured with alcohol pens.
I started by stamping the background onto an A4 piece of white card with green ink. I scored and folded the card then added the topper and tag. For the topper I had used an old brass stencil that I was curious to see if it would emboss and was pleased with the result. The tulip is beautiful to colour and I think there are many combinations of colours to use. I made a tag and attatched to the back of the card. Thanks for visiting, Debbie