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Wednesday 30 September 2015

Guest Post - Autumn Colours by Gerrina Poncin

Today is the third of Gerrina's project and this week she has given us a beautiful touch of Autumn. Here first card uses Autumn Edges, whilst her second features the ever popular Nature Table. Enjoy.

I am back with some work I made for my last Guest Designer team post this month. Of course I could not resist to make some cards with the beautiful autumn stamps, now Autumn is slowly getting closer:  Here is the first

Start by stamping the mushrooms and masking them. Then some more masking so you have only that piece from the card that you want to sponge. Start sponging on the bottom and work your way up with the colours of your choice. I used five colours. Remove the mask from the mushrooms and colour them with a waterpencil and Distress Inks.

On this one I stamped the big chestnuts, masked them and stamped the little ones and masked them also. I love backgrounds, so I used one of the beautiful fragments from the Lace Fragments set. On top of that background I stamped the branches with the skeleton leaves. All what is left to do next is remove the masks and colour it all.

In a few months you can see more work that I made at the Chocolate Baroque blog! In the meanwhile I am sure you will come across more of their stamps on my work...
Thanks for looking!                         


A huge thank from us Gerrina for giving us three such diverse and interesting projects, we look forward to seeing you here again in a few months times.  And of course you can see more of her work on her blog.

Don't forget to drop by tomorrow when there will be a fabulous project from one of our Design Team using the new October stamps.

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Hocus Pocus Card by Florence

Morning everyone

Today I am using the new Hocus Pocus stamp set. 

Although these are Halloween stamps they can easily be used for other occasions.

I would like to share with you an idea for a little persons birthday card.

This would also work as child's party invitation just by changing the sentiment.


 Please click on the image enlarge.

To make this card

Stamp the creature onto a piece of white card, color the image and cut it out.
Stamp just the tail onto a piece of white card and cut it out but include an extra piece at the one end of the tail for attaching purposes.
Die cut or cut out by hand the number.
Stamp a pattern onto the number and add a little Distress Ink to the edges
Glue the tail onto the back of the number so that just the front of tail shows.
Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a piece of pretty paper or card.
Mat and layer the card.
Attach the number (with the tail attached) using foam pads.
Attach the creature also using foam pads.

Do check out all of the amazing creations from the team.

Thank you for looking

Happy Stamping
Florence x

Monday 28 September 2015

Boo!!! in a Pop up Box (by Debbie)

I wanted a small project that would showcase many of the Halloween stamps together.
Fortunately I have a die that cuts the pop up box so the measuring was taken out of the making.

The white decorating panels were stamped with Memento Black ink and coloured with alcohol pens. For the edges a little distress ink was rubbed. The ghosts in clusters were stamped and cut out then glued onto the strips of card that are in the centre of the box. I adore our little owl bat so sat him at the top.
For the card I wanted to show how the open book stamp looks great with the ghosts floating above them. Other stamps from the sets work well too.

Many thanks for visiting

Sunday 27 September 2015

Spells and Spooks (by Julie)

Hello, today I have my last two Halloween projects to show you. I have really loved working with these stamps as they are really fun and lend themselves to all sorts of Halloween craftiness.

I have used both Put a Spell on You and Hocus Pocus stamp sets for my first card. It is all just basic stamping with Black Onyx Versafine and coloured in with coloured pencils. The background is Dusty Concord and Stormy Sky Distress ink with a touch of Mustard Seed around the edge of the moon. (I just cut a circle die as a mask for the moon)
The spooky lady has been mounted onto mirri card and the bat motif was partially cut out with scissors before I placed a circle die around it and under the cut out wings.

My second card is very easy and just a bit of fun. All the stamps come from Put a Spell on You and have been stamped with Black Onyx Versafine.
Using Cut n Dry foam I sponged some Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress ink through a brick wall stencil before stamping and colouring the cobweb and pumpkins. The sentiment was stamped onto white card, dusted with Antique Linen, cut out and mounted onto black card and  little dots were added to the corners to try and create faux screws.

Many thanks for looking and please call back soon.

Julie xx

Saturday 26 September 2015

Thoroughly Modern Baubles (by Lesley)

Today I want to share how I made the card that featured on Thursday when we launched our latest stamp sets.

Beautiful Baubles is a wonderful set that allows you to decide whether you want to go traditional, modern or contemporary.  I chose modern and here is how I did it.

  • Stamp the baubles onto a selection of papers from the Crafty Individuals paper pad Weekend in Seville with Onyx Black Versafine, fussy cut then set aside.
  • On another background paper stamp the flourish at the top and then stamp the same three baubles again. Tip: Stamp the middle bauble first, it will then be easier to allign the other two. 
  • Stamp the chains and bauble hanger to attach them to the flourish and then stick the patterned baubles into place with a wet adhesive.
  • Trim the background paper, mat onto black card and then on to a folded 6"square co-ordinating card. 
  • Finish by adding the sentiment.
If you wanted to add bling you could use Start Dust Stickles, or dries clear glue and very fine crystal glitter, on the baubles, just to give that Christmas sparkle.

Hope you like my take on a less than traditional Christmas, please keep dropping by to see what other creative gems the Design Team girls have in store for you.

Friday 25 September 2015

Bats and the Beautiful lady

Here is a new example with the Put a Spell on You Rubber Stamp sheet - A5.
I worked on digital paper printed by my care on my computer.

1- stamp the beautiful lady and bats with Versafine inkpad Onyx Black
2- emboss with WOW Embossing Powder Clear Sparkle
3- stamp the 2 bats on another piece of paper, emboss them and cut around the images
4- glue these images by the middle on the bats prviously stamped on the tag
5- stamp  bats on the top of the tag and emboss those which are on the right
6- stamp words on another piece of paper that you stick on the tag
7- with a fine brush paint the hair of the beautiful lady using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink Pad and Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad
8- draw the black lines of the hair, the eyes and the lips with Mini Glossy Accents.
That's all.

Et en français, je vous présente un nouvel exemple de cette planche consacrée aux chauves-souris.
J'ai travaillé sur un papier digital que j'ai imprimé à partir de mon ordinateur.

1- tamponner la jolie dame et les chauves-souris à la Versafine noir
2- embosser avec la poudre à embosser transparente
3- tamponner les deux grosses chauves-souris, les embosser et les détourer
4- les coller par le milieu là où elles ont été tamponnées préalablement sur le tag
5- tamponner le groupe de chauves-souris en haut du tag et embosser celles qui se trouvent à droite
6- tamponner des mots sur un autre morceau de papier et le coller sur le tag
7- au pinceau fin peindre des mèches de cheveux
8- dessiner les lignes noires des cheveux, les yeux et les lèvres au Glossy accent.

Voilà c'est terminé.

And just for fun a little card with the same set of stamps and Hocus Pocus Rubber Stamp sheet - A5
Et pour s'amuser voici une carte réalisée avec les mêmes tampons et ceux de la planche complémentaire.

I hope you will enjoy as I do.
J'espère que vous aimerez comme moi.

Kind regards.
A très bientôt.

Thursday 24 September 2015

Stamping on the Edge (by Lesley)

Welcome to the launch of our October stamp sets, which this month sees two additions to our Edges series. Our previous edge sets have proved very popular, so here we have two new A5 sets which are bound to become a favourite in your crafty stash.

First we have the loveable Owl Edges

followed by the elaborate Exquisite Edges

Both these sets are available as individuals or as our normal money saving multi-buy.

The Design Team ladies are in full creative mood with these designs and I know you are in for some eye catching ideas next month. Here is a card made by Zoe which shows how you can combine the gorgeous edges with that sweet little owl.

Also released today are the last of this year's Christmas stamps, both of which are clear sets.

I just know that kids will love making cards with the Gingerbread family, whilst the baubles and flourishes would be fabulous for batch making.  

Here is a card I have made using papers from A Weekend in Seville, a different to look to the traditional Christmas don't you think?

Once again Sue had designed some unusual and amazing stamps that are full of fun and versatility and will give you hours of pleasure.

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Guest Post - Creative Crates by Gerrina Poncin

Hello and welcome to the second post from our resident Guest Design Team member Gerrina. This week she inspires us all to create some very attractive storage crates.

This time something completely different! There are some little crates standing around in the house for a while now; the ones where you can buy manderins in, just waiting to get inked. Last week I started to work on them. 

At first I put gesso on it, but it looked not white enough to me, so I painted it with white acrilyc paint. I made this crate again with the beautiful Mackintosh stamp sets. First I stamped with Stazon in different colours. Let it dry completely before colouring them in with a waterbrush and Distress Ink and a little bit of iridescent medium.

Here you can see each side of the crate

As I said above there are more of those crates waiting to get some ink on. It is fun to do and my craftroom will look a little bit uncluttered again!

Thanks for looking!                                        

I think that your craftroom will look wonderful with the beautifully decorated crates Gerrina, thank you for sharing this with us.  Please feel free to leave a comment and if you would like to see more designs from Gerrina why not visit her blog. 

Gerrina will be back again next week with another inspiring project.