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Monday 29 July 2013

Fancy Flower and Mixed Media (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer. 

I have a design today using a little mixed media along with another flower from the beautiful Fancy Flower set along with a fragment from Lace Fragments. .

I started with a sheet from the Leafy Brocade Printable set and glued it to water colour paper with Modge Podge.   I love the printable sheets, the designs are beautiful and you don't have to store paper, just simply print when you would like one.

Next I added a thin layer of Gesso and when dry I coloured in blotches with Neocolour II crayons (water soluble).   I spritzed water over top and let the colours run together.   I stamped the images with Teal Blue Stazon Ink (permanent water proof ink)  I coloured the flower with Tombow markers and blended with a brush & water.  I outlined with a water based Sharpie paint pen.   I added stickles to the center of the flower.    The sentiment is from Words of Gratitude

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Sunday 28 July 2013

Pretty Poppy by Debbie

The weather this morning is certainly taking a turn here in the UK. The rain is pouring down the windows and the wind is howling through the gaps in the open windows. I needed to run out and rescue our garden parasol as it was on it's way into our neighbours garden. The gardens certainly need the rain but I hope there is still plenty of colour left when the weather settles. My card has one of my favourite flowers on, I love to see poppies spread across the fields growing wherever they seed.
The poppy is stamped with black ink and embossed with clear powder and coloured with alcohol pens. I usually trim around the stamped image and end up with a square or rectangle so to be a little different, drew a circle and cut it out. A little Antique Linen around the edges helps separate it from the doily behind. For the background I used red paper and kraft card to tie in with the main image. The current stamp of the week is the Carousel Horses and while moving furniture around the house I saw a project I made some time ago, it was hidden behind a vase. The first photograph is of the diorama I made and the second a sample card using the horses.
Many thanks for stopping by Debbie

Saturday 27 July 2013

Shades of purple (posted by Elaine)

This is another card using the smaller flower motif from the Poppy Meadow stamp set.

The background card is lilac and I stamped the image directly onto that in plum ink before colouring with Prisma pencils. I die cut the purple layer with a curve to reflect the positioning of the stamping and added a die cut butterfly. The finishing touches were a sentiment, toning ribbons and gems.


Thursday 25 July 2013

Poppy meadow corners (posted by Elaine)

As soon as I saw the Poppy Meadow stamp set I fell in love with the art nouveau themed corners.

For a quick and simple card, I took a 6 x 6 printed DP from Bo Bunny and embossed the corners. To do this well, I often use a very large acrylic block that I can line up with the corners of the card, to get the corners positioned in pairs at the top and bottom of the card. I used a deep red metallic EP for this design. I added the seed head which also has the characteristic art nouveau curves from the Fragrant Honeysuckle stamp set. The finishing touches were a ready made sentiment and butterfly.

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Tuesday 23 July 2013

A poppy easel card (posted by Elaine)

I wanted to make a traditional, rather old fashioned kind of card with these Poppy Meadow stamps and here is the result.

I used cream card for my base and stamped the image in Vintage Sepia Versafine. I cut the image and sentiment panels out using the lovely Spellbinder Radiant Rectangles set. I added colour with my Prisma colour pencils and added a couple of layers of decoupaged petals on the main flowers.  The main panel was ink shaded with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink while it was still in the die. The main panel is mounted on dark red card and the sentiment is mounted on another die cut in the same colour. The easel is cut from kraft card and the whole thing finished with a little bow.

Hope you are finding some inspiration here for these wonderful stamps.


Monday 22 July 2013

Seed Heads (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a card created using the beautiful seed head stamp from Poppy Meadow

I've used a shaped card blank, embossed with a prima mask before applying distress ink with a blending tool (I've used peeled paint, forest moss and vintage photo). I coloured the stamp with distress markers and  misted it with water and stamped it, using a paint brush and a little water to drag the colour out. The image was die cut with nestabilities and inked before popping it on the card with 3D foam. I've added some raffia ribbon, a wooden button and some green ribbon to finish off

This card has quite an Autumn feel, hopefully it will be a while before we start seeing Autumn colours in our gardens but hopefully this card shows that these stamps are really versatile.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 21 July 2013

Poppies in Pastels and Brights (by Shirley)

Happy Weekend everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer. 

I have contrasting card designs today using the beautiful new Poppy Meadow set.    I took some of my dies & an embossing folder out for play as well.

For the card above I stared by creating a little scene using Distress Inks, ripped card stock and a mask created with a circle negative.     Next I stamped one the gorgeous poppies from the Poppy Meadow set with Cocoa Memento Dye Ink and coloured them with my Prisma Pencils.

The white background was embossed with Acanthus Cuttlebug folder.   I used Crealies CL CF 20 & CL CS 23 for the flowers & leaves which I punched from a light blue sheet of solid designer paper which I added colour by blending Distress Inks over top.   I stamped with a fragment from the Lace Fragment set on some of the flowers.   I used a little brad from my stash to hold them together.

This next card below is quite bright with Dylusions inks, maybe you'll need sunglasses for this one !

The card above started out different but that happens a lot.  When I stamped the Poppy image onto the background I realized it was lost with the busy background.   So I decided to outline it with a Spellbinder die, using a pigment pen, and bleached the area inside the outline. I painted with Pink, Blue & Green Dylusions (I just add a little ink to my craft mat with the end of the sprayer and paint with a brush & water).    I stamped the corners with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and also used TCW Harlequin stencil with Salty Ocean DI.   Love is from Artistic Expressions.    This design is different, but I thought I would show a contrast to the first design.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Saturday 20 July 2013

Stitched Poppy by Debbie

Good morning. My project today was inspired by my lovely friend and DT buddy Judith as I thought her beautiful poppy cottage will have gorgeous soft furnishing and a cushion with a poppy on would be perfect. I recently discovered my 18 month old sewing machine could free motion quilt so I purchased a foot that would able me to play.
I cut the calico to cushion size and stamped the poppy from Poppy Meadow with black fabric ink pad into the centre and waited for it to dry. I then cut the wadding and another piece of calico and pinned together. With the pieces of fabric sandwiched together I started by machine stitching the outline of the poppy with black cotton and then the oval which I had drawn around a nestabilities oval. I drew a flourish and transferred it to the calico with a water soluble pen. I stitched around the flourish and then set to with the free motion stitching.
I hand stitched the detail of the poppy and leaves and added French knots to the flower centres. Finally, the cushion was assembled. I hope this project has helped to show that stamps aren't only for paper or card. Thanks for stopping by Debbie

Thursday 18 July 2013

Fancy Flower Clock (posted by Claire)

Good morning, I hope you're enjoying the glorious sunshine. I've got a project to share this morning using some of the lovely stamps from Fancy Flowers using some bright sunny colours.

I've used an MDF clock blank, painted with emulsion paint and sanded before giving it another base coat. I began by stamping the larger flowers and then masking them to stamp the smaller flowers and flourished. I stamped the buds too (using Memento Tuxedo Black) and then coloured the flowers with Graph'It markers. I stamped the gorgeous leafy stamp from Floral Edges around the edges using prgment ink, using first and second generation stamping to create some depth.  I used an old CD as a template to add the line connecting the sprays of flowers.  I sprayed the project with sealer and added some pearls for the remaining hours and lastly attached the clock mechanism.

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Wednesday 17 July 2013

More Poppies and Fancy Flowers by Miranda

Hello there,

Today more creations with the new Poppy Meadow and the Fancy Flowers. This time I've used an heart shaped easl card for this stamps. On the first one I've used the Fancy flowers and coloured them with Copic markers. I've added a Memorybox die (flower heart) The quote in the bottom heart is from the Harlequin Rose sheet.

The 2nd one is made with the Poppy meadow sheet and this time in blue shades. Also used here some Memorybox dies. Behind the decorative heart frame die you can see the stamped Elegant Baroque heart. The sentiment is from the 'With Sympathy' sheet.

If you want you can also hop to my blog to see two other cards made with these stamps.......

Hope to see you next time and thanks for visiting!

heart greetings

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Poppy Meadow by Clare

Hello, all!  Here in Tennessee, we are in the midst of a hot summer.  We've had quite a bit of rain, so there are a lot of flowers in bloom.

Speaking of blooming - you're going to want to get this new set of gorgeous floral stamps from Chocolate Baroque, called Poppy Meadow!  This set compliments a few other sets from Chocolate Baroque, and they are fantastic to mix and match with! 

Here is the set, and if you click on the name or the photo, you will fly directly to the Chocolate Baroque website page, where you can get more details on the fabulous set which will become a fave!
Glenda is offering both new sets for a fantastic low price!

Monday 15 July 2013

Golden Poppies (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have a poppy sample to show you today. I love poppies, they are my favourite flower, so I have really enjoyed working with these lovely stamps. For my sample, I have created a wrinkle free distress background, and then used a poppy stencil over the top with two different colour green inks. With the poppy stencil still in place, I added a script stencil, and used a permanent marker to write over the words. Once the two stencils were removed, the poppies have script over them.

I stamped the main image onto white card, adding two little dragonflies from the Flora and Fauna stamp sheet. This is another beautiful set of stamps with some amazing poppy images that would go really well with this new set. I coloured my image with Distress Markers. I made a flower using handmade paper that had been coloured with re-inkers. I simply scrunched the layers up while they were wet, and set them with a heat gun.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday 14 July 2013

Fancy Flowers by Clare

Chocolate Baroque has come up with some gorgeous new floral stamps, and you'll love working with them - I mean playing with them!  They are so fun to color!

This first card is made with stamps from the Fancy Flowers set.

This second card is so much different, even using the same stamp image!  Not a hard-to-do card at all!  I've touched up just the tips of the flower petals with a white pen, which makes them pop!  Check back soon for more inspiration!

Saturday 13 July 2013

A Blue Fancy Flower (by Shirley)

Happy Weekend everyone !

I have a quick post today with a design featuring a flower from the beautiful new Fancy Flowers set. 

I applied Shabby Shutters and Peel Paint Distress Inks to the background using the Acrylic Block Technique.     Next I stamped the Floral Damask Background stamp with Shabby Shutters.   When dry I stamped with a fragment from Textured Fragments and embossed with a blue glitter embossing powder.  I stamped the flower image from Fancy Flowers with black Stazon Ink and coloured with my Prisma pencils.   I used spellbinder dies for the shapes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Thursday 11 July 2013

Altered Tag Book (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks I have a project for you today showcasing the Fancy Flowers stamp sheet. I have used a tag book which I covered with patterned papers, and stamped the edges of the front cover with a flower stamp from the Wisteria Lane stamp sheet. I then added a sentiment from the Artistic Affirmations stamp sheet. I stamped the flower head three times onto white card, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and coloured the images with my Copic markers. Once I had worked out the position of the flowers on the tag, I stamped the dotty stems, again, from the Wisteria Lane stamp sheet, onto the background. I then attached the flower heads.

For the tag, I stamped the texture background from the Texture Fragments stamp sheet,using clear embossing powder. I coloured the background using Distress Inks, and then ironed off the clear embossing powder, to create a faux batik effect. I sprinkled the background with water, and dried it with a heat gun. I stamped the flower image twice, using archival ink, masking the first image, before I stamped the second one. I bleached the images, and then coloured them using Inktense pencils and a waterbrush. I added a sentiment from the Artistic Affirmations set to my tag, and a piece of lace that I coloured with Distress re-inkers and water. The swirls around the edge are from one of the flowers that also belong to this stamp sheet.

I'll be back in a few days with another sample, but I hope that you'll keep checking in for more inspiration from my team mates. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Poppy Mirror (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, Claire here with a recycled mirror using the beautiful 'Poppy Meadow' stamps

I created the background by giving the mirror a couple of coats of cream acrylic paint and then dry brushing pale blue acrylic paint. I stamped the images with black stazon ink and used Derwent Inktense pencils and a waterbrush to colour them. I edged the mirror with some gold gilding wax and made some glittery butterflies and a bee to finish off. These were very easy to make - just stamp the images (Butterfly Daisy Collage and Honey Bee) from  on heat resistant acetate with versamark and emboss with gold embossing powder. Add glitter to the back (you can either use a quickie glue pen and dry glitter or stickles) and once they are dry cut them out. I sealed the frame with some spray sealer before attaching the acetate embellishments

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday 8 July 2013

Poppy Meadow (by Shirley)

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

I have a card today created with the beautiful new Poppy Meadow stamp set.  

I applied Tattered Rose & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks to the background using the Acrylic Block technique.    I stamped the Poppy Seed head images with Seedless Preserves but spritzed with water first (after inking the stamp), so it created a watery effect.  I highlighted a little with a white Prisma pencil.

The main image was stamped with Cocoa Memento Dye ink, cut with Spellbinder S4-347 and coloured with my Prisma pencils.  I realized when taking a photo that the Poppy bud should be green to be more realistic, I coloured it like a Rose bud :)   Happy Birthday is from Birthday words.

Thanks for stopping by and please come back often to see the beautiful designs by my talented teammates, 


Sunday 7 July 2013

Fabulous Fantasy Flowers by Debbie

Good morning to all. I hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weekend weather. The selection of flowers from the Fancy Flowers stamps is great and the DT girls have been thoroughly enjoying them. I started with a tag in mind and coloured with Distress Inks, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon. I added a little stencilling across the centre and stamped the corners with the seedless preserves. As the card is a DL size I only stamped in the two corners. The flower was stamped with black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then coloured it with Graph It pens from the Home and Fashion set of twelve pens. I love the colours of these pens. I added white pen to the petals to help draw the eye to them. The top was chopped off the tag and it has been mounted onto black card. For the background of the card I stamped the small flower and distressed the edges. Hopefully our warm weather will last. Thank you for visiting. Debbie

Friday 5 July 2013

We have our winners ...

We have our winners courtesy of - congratulations to you both.

First up, the winner of Fancy Flowers is Sunnyfae.  From her blog, I gather she has just started stamping this year and already she is creating some lovely artwork. Hope you enjoy your stamps Sunnyfae.

As always the stamps are stunning. I could think of so many uses for them.

Secondly it's LizM - you win the Poppy Meadow set Liz.  Looks like the lucky fairy really was smiling on you this time - enjoy!

You've done it again!!! More FABULOUS flowers! I really love the Poppy Meadows - I do love a Poppy.....almost as much as I love a tree - ha ha. The Fancy Flowers are really cool, too.....I do think I need these stamps, honestly.
Looking forward to seeing how the Design Team use inspirational.
Thanks for the chance, Glenda...hoping for the lucky fairy to smile on me.
all the best,  Liz M x

Can you both get in touch (click here for our contact page) to confirm your postal details and we'll get your freebies out to you asap.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Fancy Flowers by Miranda

Hello there,

Today I want to share my version of one of the Fancy Flowers and a corner element of the Poppy meadow. I fell in love with these designs the moment I lay my eyes on them! Aren't they gorgeous?
It challenged me to do a bit of extended come and look and be inspired........ This time I've been colouring with my Copics which are very neglected by me. I extended the flower with some lines and a put them into the corner. I was inspired by several Art Deco designs. I have made more of these designs, soon there will be more and in the mean time enjoy looking at all the gorgeous artwork our DT has been creating!
and here the 2nd one........ this time stamped with white ink on kraft paper and coloured with Derwent Soft Colour pencils. If you look at the sheet of these stamps you can see I've extended the flower and repeated the shape of the leaf. It's fun doing that!

Thanks for your visit and till next time,

Creative greet,


Wednesday 3 July 2013

Pastel Poppy Meadow Flowers by Debbie

For my card I took inspiration from a photograph my husband had taken while out walking on a sunny day. I wanted the colours to be soft so used my Distress inks to paint with.
The flowers from Poppy Meadow were stamped with black Versafine and embossed with clear powder, to make it easier to colour. I stamped them twice to allow me to decoupage the poppy flower. I used Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Peeled Paint for the flowers and coloured the centre of the die cut panel with Tattered Rose. When dry I cut out the flowers and added to the oval die cut. The background paper is from the Essence of Nature CD which has such a beautiful selection of papers in many different colours. I stamped the beautiful corners with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to frame the card. Here is a close up photo of the flowers showing the poppy better.
Don't forget to scroll down and leave a comment on Glenda's post for the opportunity to win these gorgeous stamps. Many thanks for visiting Debbie

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Poppy Meadow (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, Claire here with my first sample featuring this months new stamps. I've used one of the images from Poppy Meadow for this card. 

I stamped the image and coloured with Graph'It Markers before inking the edges with Peeled Paint distress ink. The background was made using various shades of green distress ink and the wrinkle free distress technique. I over stamped the background with one of the lovely border stamps from Floral Edges. I've matted the image and background on white card then red card and added some gingham ribbon to finish off.

I think these new stamps are going to be firm favourites, they are such pretty stamps. My talented team mates have some up with some beautiful projects to inspire you so keep popping by
Claire xx