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Monday 30 September 2013

Winter Edges Village Scene (by Debbie)

Hello. Three cards from me today showing the Village Scene clear stamp from Winter edges. I make many Christmas cards for neighbours and friends, they need to be quick makes. I have piles of DL envelopes so thought I'd use them up this year. I stamped the scene and sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold Rich Wow powder.
The next two are the same layout and different colours.
I love these stamps as they are detailed and a beautiful scene so can be made quickly in batches.
The Girls have made many samples, showing how useful they are in your crafting stash. Thanks for visiting, Debbie

Sunday 29 September 2013

Poinsettia Edges (by Shirley)

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.   

We've been having a great time 'playing' with the new Christmas designs.   The following three cards all feature the Poinsettia Edge from Christmas Edges.   The new Edge stamps are fantastic, I love them (yes I know I say that about ALL of CB's designs, it's true I'm 'in Love').

I started with Distress Inks (Festive Berries & Fired Brick) using the Acrylic Block technique.   I over stamped the background using the Mistletoe fragment (another favourite from Pears & Baubles ) with Festive Berries Distress Ink.      I embossed the Poinsettia edge from Christmas Edges along with JOY from Bold Christmas Words on separate cardstock with deep purple powder and coloured with Festive Berries Distress Ink using water & a brush.   I decoupaged all three images and adhered along with purple ribbon onto the background.  I also added lots of stickles in the flower centers.

While I was working with the Poinsettia Edge, I kept seeing leaves from the Bold Bloom and Tangled Garden sets in the petals.   I thought I would try to make a poinsettia from the leaves and below is what I came up with :)


For the card above I started with Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles Distress Ink using the Acrylic Block technique.  I stamped around all the edges using the Poinsettia edge with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.   Merry Christmas is from the fabulous Bold Christmas Words set.    The Holly Flourish die cut is Cheery Lynn B148.   I embossed the leaves from Bold Bloom & Tangled Garden with gold along with the flower center from one of the flowers from Tangled garden.  I painted the flower petals & leaves with Tom Bow markers and used lots of stickles on the petals & liquid pearls in the center.

This next card was a quick make as I used some glittery designer paper from my stash.

I stamped the Poinsettia Edge from Christmas Edges and Sentiment from Bold Christmas Words onto white cardstock with Memento Rhubarb Stalk Dye Ink.   I layered as shown and added a bow & stickles. 

We have lots more to show you in October so I hope you can visit often.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday 28 September 2013

A different view (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have a card to show you today using the new Reindeer Landscape stamp set. I wanted to show the versatility of these stamps, and that they can be used all year round, not just for Christmas. I have chosen to create an Autumnal card with the lovely reindeer landscape stamp, embossing it with copper embossing powder, and colouring it with Distress Markers.

I created a wrinkle free distress background, and stamped some leaves using the Sunny Sunflowers stamp set, which I coloured with pencils. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Nature's Peace stamp set.

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

Friday 27 September 2013

Another Fairy by Miranda

Hello there,

I've got another creation made with the lovely Fairies for can find this Fairy on the 'September fairies' and I've combined her with the beautiful 'Gothic elements' sheet.I've stamped on Basic Grey scrap paper and coloured with pencils.The wings are stamped on acetate and I've put some stickles on the backside. The 'hinges' are a die cut from Joy crafts.

Thanks for your visit and hope to see you next time,

creative greet,

Thursday 26 September 2013

New Winter and Christmas stamps (by Glenda)

We have one final collection of Christmas stamps for you this year, though we do like to make our stamps versatile so you will also find images that you can use for non Christmas occasions too.

Our Stamp of the Month for October is Reindeer Landscape

The reindeer image is great for making quick cards - make a stack of gelli prints or sprayed backgrounds and you can quickly whip up a batch of arty cards.  I had to put it sideways on the stamp sheet to fit it on, but here it is right way up.

Then we have two sets of edges - Christmas Edges:

and Winter Edges:

All of these stamps are on offer at introductory prices from now until the end of October and you can save even more with the Christmas-Winter Edges multi-buy too.

As always, our wonderful Design Team have been playing with these stamps for the last few weeks and I've seen what they've been up to with them - you're in for a treat!

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Wednesday 25 September 2013

Waterfall background (by Debbie)

Hello. Another Autumn Fairies card from me using a technique I hadn't used for a long time.
The background for my card is made using shaving foam and Dylusions spray inks. I had cut many pieces of card ready to dip into the foam. I used a large tray and sprayed my husbands shaving foam onto it. Next, I sprayed many small dots of Pure Sunshine and London Blue ink all over the foam then used a coffee stirrer to mix them together. I then laid the card onto the foam and gently pressed the back, gloves are a good idea as the ink stains your hands. Lift the card off and leave to dry. Many prints can be taken before the colours runs out or is to mixed. The foam will rinse away ready to have another play. This technique is great fun as you are never sure of the print that is made. Before stamping the Fairy from the October set I rubbed with kitchen paper to make sure there was no foam left on the card. I stamped the Fairy with Versamark ink and used Black Glint Wow embossing powder. Finally, I trimmed, mounted and added to the white base card. I hope this has inspired you to try a new technique. Thanks for stopping by, Debbie

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Announcing Winners!

hi everyone

I don't know where the last month has gone, but it's high time I announced the winners from this post back at the end of August.

So without further ado ... our winners are:

I just came here from Shirley's amazing blog, which is one of my absolute favorites. Her work with your stamps is so fabulous, and I just drooled over her cards using the new Halloween stamps. I love witch images, but that winged mouse is too cute for words!
 Congratulations Shona - you win a Bewitched Moonlight set
Halloween ones are lovely, especially the candlestick, but the words would be so useful
Congratulations Veronica - you win the Nevermore set

Loving all the new stamps! I think the large word stamps would make super, elegant Christmas cards. Thanks for the chance to win some.
Well done Sandra, you win the Christmas words set.

I know we have some of you registered on our website already, but it makes it easier if you can just quickly send an email to us and confirm your full postal address.

Have fun ladies and don't forget to let us see any artwork you create with your winning stamps!

Leafy Butterflies (posted by Elaine)

I love foliage stamps and there are some super images as part of the new Autumn fairy plates. I love any nature themed images and have really enjoyed playing with these.
I started by cutting a strip of white card to fit on the left hand side of the card. I chose Two shades of lilac and mauve inks stamping randomly to cover the panel with the umbel image from the September Fairies, firstly in the lighter ink and then overstamping with the darker ink. I then shaded the whole panel with more lilac and pinky inks to build up a depth of colour. The panel was then stuck to the base card and trimmed to size. I added a thin sparkly strip either side of the stamped strip.
I finished by stamping the image directly on to the base card on the right hand side and a sentiment from the Pretty Poppies plate. I love these sentiments and find myself using them often. The finishing touch was to die cut two butterflies from two shades of mauve card with a Memory Box die and position them on the stamped strip.
Thank you for taking the time to leave comments, the DT members really appreciate your feedback.
Elaine x

Monday 23 September 2013

Autumn Fairy at Twilight

Good morning Claire here, I hope you're enjoying all the inspiration from my team mates, they've come up with some gorgeous projects with the new Autumn fairy stamps haven't they? Here is my first sample using these wonderful new stamps. this large fairy from October

I began by punching a moon from some masking tissue with a circle punch and popping it on my card. I used torn copier paper to mask the hills in the background (but if you subscribe to Glenda's Mojo Monday newsletter you'd be able to  use the fab free template for this technique, if you don't receive the email, click here to find out how you can receive it). I used an old shaving brush to add my ink to this project, I used various shades of blue and purple distress inks and build the colour up gradually. I find that lightly brushing with a shaving brush gives a slightly misty, diffused effect. I added the stamping with black archival ink using stamps from the Autumn Fairies collection.
Thanks for visiting
Claire xx

Sunday 22 September 2013

Colourful fairy forest by Miranda

Hi there,

Some other Fairy creations.........colourful........and made on the Prima Firefly scrap paper as the primary background. I've stamped the mushrooms and fairy from the 'November Fairy sheet' and mixed it with the Nature table sheet and the castle, moon and spiderweb on the background are from the 'Witches brew clear sheet'. I've die cut the flower (layered rose Dynamics) and the leafy branch(Memorybox) from the matching Firefly paper. I've coloured with Derwent Soft Colour pencils.

a close-up of the die cut flower.....

I've made these little cards  with the paper left-overs, nice to add on a gift or some flowers,

Hope to see you next time,
thanks for your visit,

fairy greet

Saturday 21 September 2013

Moonlit Fairies by Debbie

Hello. The leaves are definitely on the turn signalling cooler weather is on it's way. I love wandering through carpets of gold, red and brown. For this card I used the August, September Fairy from the Autumn Fairy DL stamps. Like the other Ladies on the CB DT I love the silhouette fairies.
With only Dusty Concorde Distress Ink and paper I created the background for the fairy. A circle for the moon and cut waves of paper for the mountains. I stamped the fairy with Versafine Onyx Black and added fern around the bottom of the image to give perspective to the scene. The backing paper was made using the fern from the set. Here are two similar cards using Stormy Sky and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.
Thank you for stopping by Debbie

Friday 20 September 2013

Blue Fairy delight by Miranda....

Hi there,

Today I have a creation with the new Autumn Fairy sheets for you.......I did feel a bit blue so......... created in blue shades. I've used the lovely cat image and several leaves and flowers which are also on the sheets. The trees are from the 'Terrific Treescapes clear sheet'. I've sponged first with pigment inks and added layers with different shades of blue.

The 2nd one has quit a different colourscheme.........I've landed on earth......... and used the lovely flower which is on the September Fairy sheet. I've blended with brown shades of Distress inks on smooth paper and after every layer I've stamped the flower with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. The first flower on the left has been stamped while the paper was still white, than I started with the lightest colour(Antique Linen) heat dried between every layer and build up to the darkest colour (Walnut Stain)
When finished I've misted with water and rolled over some kitchen towel to get the white spots. The text 'Time flies' is from the Steampunkery sheet.

Hope you are inspired to fly with me in Fairyland ..........
till next time and thanks for visiting!

fairy greet,

Thursday 19 September 2013

Autumn Wishes (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks I have a card sample for you today, using the new Autumn Fairy unmounted stamp collection. I have chosen to use the lovely Art Nouveau style seed pods as a focal image for my design. I have coloured the image with Distress Markers and added two of the butterflies from the collection to complete the picture.

To create my background, I used Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Forest Moss Distress Inks, which I blended acrooss the card. I then took a mask, and used the same colours again, to deepen two of the corners. I stamped the large word 'Autumn' onto a tag shape, and matted this onto some olive coloured ribbon, using two large black brads, to echo the large black bubbles in the main design.

Keep checking back for some beautiful samples from my Design Team mates over the coming days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Autumn Fairies (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

The new Autumn Fairy Collection designs are so beautiful and a joy to work with.   I have two cards today to show you using all three DL sets.    It looks like I'm on a 'blue theme' with these Fairies.

My background (above) started with texture using light molding paste with TCW - Cell Theory stencil and when dry, spraying Dylusions (purple & turquoise) inks.    I used images from all three Autumn sets, stamped with black Stazon Ink.   I masked the mushrooms, used bleach to remove the ink and added purple Dylusions.    I also added glitter around the texture.   The Fairy is from the September Fairy set which I stamped and embossed with black on separate card stock, decoupaged and adhered over the background.   I added pink stickles to her wings.   Wish upon a Star is from Words of Inspiration.

The background (above) is again using Dylusions spray inks (Midnight, Teal & Linen).   Using TCW - Circle Explosion stencil I sprayed more Linen ink.  I added a little pattern as well from TCW-Solace stencil using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.    I stamped the bubbles from Decorative Edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I used Black Stazon Ink for the rest of the stamping and also highlighted with a white Gelly Roll Pen.  The mushrooms were bleached a little again.    The mushrooms, branches at the top & butterfly are from November Fairy and the Fairy is from September Fairy.   The interesting flower along the edges is from Poppy Meadow.  I painted the mushrooms and wings with Purple Dylusions & water.

I hope you have enjoyed these Fairy designs.  Please come back often as my talented teammates have lots more to show you this month.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Autumn Leaves

I love working with silhouettes and the new autumn fairies offer plenty of scope for that.

For this card I started ink shading with yellow ink  across white card. I then used the Solace stencil and shaded with Spiced Marmalade Distress Distress Ink. At this point it is essential to make sure your background ink is really dry before embossing the fairy image in a plum metallic EP. I then added some darker ink shading at the very edge and to ground the mushrooms! I used pencils to add a little more shading on the fairy wings and stamped the sentiment in Plum Archival ink. To finish I punched little leaves from copper metallic self adhesive paper and mounted the panel on to black card to add a little contrast.

Hope you are enjoying the inspiration the DT have worked on for these lovely new stamps.


Sunday 15 September 2013

Cat and Mouse (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have another clean and simple Halloween card for you today, using the new Autumn Fairy stamp sheet. I made this card in the same way as my earler CAS sample, masking off the top and bottom of the card with Post it Notes. I punched a circle from masking tape to create a moon shape and placed this on the background. Using Distress Inks, I coloured the background using a sideways motion, blending the colours to create an night sky. I added lots of yellow and grey around the moon.

I stamped the large mushrooms from one of the fairy stamps, by masking off the part of the stamp that I didn't want to use before I inked up the stamp. I then added the fairy cat on top of the largest mushroom. I used the fairy mouse from the Bewitched Moonlight stamp sheet and drew connecting lines between the two sets of grasses with a permanent black pen, adding a couple of extra strands of grass. I have added white highlights on this card as in my previous sample, which is called the 'bandana technique'. Some bats and a sentiment finish the card.

The Design Team have made some beautiful samples using the new fairy stamps. Please keep checking back for more inspiration over the coming days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 13 September 2013

More Halloween creations by Miranda

Hi there,

Today two other Halloween samples made with the 'Nevermore'sheet. I like to create these Halloween cards because they appeal to my fantasy......I've made a background  blending with Weathered wood, Black Soot and Mustard Seed Distress inks. The Spiderweb is an embossing folder and I sponged some Versamark over it and embossed it with WOW Silver Bells. I did also use a bricks embossingfolder and rubbed some pearl ex on it. The swirl die cut ( Fancy Flourish)is from Dynamics.
The 2nd one is a sort of Concertina fold card. I like the possibilities with this shape of card. I've also used here the clear stampsheet 'Oriental Crane' which has a great 'creepy' weeping willow......The colours I've used; Seedless Preserves, Weathered wood, Black soot and Mustard Seed. I've also used some white Pan Pastel to create a halo around the moon.

Hope you've enjoyed this spooky journey and thanks again for your visit!

Thursday 12 September 2013

Blue Winter Wonderland (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I have a design today that takes a little break from "Spooky Creations".    I had a 'play' with the new fabulous Bold Christmas Words clear stamp set, the fonts are beautiful and the sizes are great to use as a focal point.   

I created the background using Dylusions Spray Inks - Teal, Midnight, Turquoise & White (spritzed with water & blotted with a paper towel roll).   I stamped the Big Bold Background - Snowflake Shadow with Salty Ocean & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.    Winter Wonderland  from Bold Christmas Words was stamped on a 'mop up' piece of watercolour paper and I used Spellbinder S5-015 to mat. 

Please keep come back often as we have lots more to show you this month :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Halloween by Miranda

Hi there,

I had the idea to create to 3 creations with the Halloween stamps using almost the same lay-out but different difficulty levels.
Here they are, starting with the most easy one...........I've used here some Halloween patterned scrap paper from Graphic 45, Steampunk spells. So with this one no need to make your own background but using the patterns of the scrap paper. I've only stamped the chandelier from the Nevermore Halloween sheet with Black soot Distress ink and sprayed a little with water on the stamp before stamping. Added a bit of blending with Dusty Concord and Spiced Marmelade. I've stamped the text on the label and added some bats. That was the only stamping on this card. Up to nr.2..........

I think this is still an easy card to create also for the beginner. I've used Basic Grey orange scrap paper and stamped the Gothic Fragments with black ink in the right upper corner. On the left bottom corner I've used the text fragment from the Gothic Angels sheet. And some spiderwebs from the Halloween clear sheet 'Witches brew'. I've embossed the chandelier with WOW copper and copper sparkle. I gave some accents here and there on the background with a white pencil. The white spiderweb has been inked with the mixed media ink from Donna Salazar.

And the final one which is more difficult or should I say it is more labour intensive......with this one you make your own background and everything is inked and embossed.....
I've started with a background with the acrylic bloc technique( you can look at the Monday Mojo from Glenda using this technique) using Distress inks Dusty Concord/Spiced Marmelade /Dried Marigold and a bit of Black Soot.  All the same stamps as on the background of card 2 only added the text 31st October from the 'Nevermore' sheet. The chandelier is embossed with WOW Halloween glitter and Black glint. The seam binding is coloured with the Distress stains and I've stamped the spiderweb with Stazon on it.

Well hope to have inspired you to create your Halloween cards with these possibilities,
thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!