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Saturday 31 October 2015

It's all about exquisity.........(by Miranda)

Hello crafty people,

Today I have a lovely combination to show you made with the Exquisite edges and one of  the Fabulous Flapper ladies. I think they are a good match......
I had this background with the deco flowers for quiet a while . The flowers come from the Nouveau lovebirds. There are so many sheets in the CB collection that will combine perfectly with these edges, all elegant and stylish!

And now onto my card.......

The background was made using Distress inks onto watercolor paper. Some shading with color pencils and adding some white highlights. I have embossed the upper edge using Wow embossing powder Ruby Romance and the lower edge was done using one of the new colors, Atlantic seaspray, a turquoise with gold sparkles.

Than I stamped the lady....I used a few Memento colors to ink her up and dabbed the ink on the lower part of her dress to let it fade. Than I extended some lines with color pencils.

Hope to have inspired you, I had fun doing this one.......
Thanks for visiting and always like to read your comments,

Have a lovely weekend,

Friday 30 October 2015

Exquisite Edges meet Owl Edges (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of cards made using this months new stamps.

For my first card, I've used the beautiful 'Exquisite Edges' and combined it with an old favourite from Elegant Spring Flowers to create a Spring themed card.

I began by making a distress ink background, splodging Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters,Squeezed Lemonade and a little Scattered Straw distress inks onto my blending mat, spritzing with water and mopping up the in with my card, dabbing up any excess ink and then splashing with water. I stamped the edge stamp with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and used part of the same stamp to create the corner motifs too.

The primula image was stamped with Memento London Fog ink,coloured with Graph'it markers and inked around the edges with distress ink left on my craft mat. I've added ribbon and pearls to finish off.

My second card today combines both of the new 'edge stamps to create a kind of stepper card. I didn't do any measuring at all to make this card, I just used the stamps as a guide to where to fold my base card. I began by cutting a sheet of A4 card down to the width of the stamps and stamped the owls and branches across the top, colouring them with coloured pencils . I stamped the bullrushes and the pretty floral edge with Memento ink, coloured with pencils and cut them out, leaving a little border around the images. 

Next I used my scoring board to fold the card, using the stamped images as a guide, you can see better in this photo.

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Thursday 29 October 2015

A Bunch of Flowers (by Lesley)

Well almost the end of another month and time keeps marching on. Not sure about dark nights and soon to be dark mornings, so to keep us all reminising about summer and lazy lighter days how about a collection of fancy flowerheads to make you smile.

It's new stamp release time and our November stamps are a collection of individual flowers which are cling mounted and already cut out ready for you to play with as soon as they land on your craft table.

The first three are Daisy, Circle and Mesh Centre Flowerhead

and the second three are Daisy Ring, Swirl and Dotty Centre Flowerhead.

Of course you could collect all six in our money saving multi-buy

Each stamp measures approximately 3.5" in diameter so they are a good sized image and will be excellent for anyone who enjoys colouring, decoupage etc.  These will be fab for art journaling and mixed media too.

The Design Team have, once again, come up trumps with some fabulous creations which you will be able to see over the coming month. In the meantime here is a quick piece of artwork from me.

 And here is a close up which shows how much wonderful detail Sue has incorporated in these designs.

Hope you enjoy creating your own bunch of flowers with these fabulous new individual stamps.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Guest Post - Harlequin Poppies by Brenda Weatherill

I can't believe that this is the last post for Brenda for the time being. This week she has made a beautiful card that really captures the essence of Autumn.

It's no secret how much I adore Poppies and Chocolate Baroque have several sets of them which are just Divine. The Poppies I have used on this card are from the Autumn Poppy stamp set which is a huge A4 size packed with leaves, Poppies and toadstools.

My starting point was to create the background with a harlequin mask sponging Distress Inkpads Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door, graduating and slightly mixing the colours to create a random look. I then stamped the Poppy image with Versamark Black and Detail Clear embossing powder.

Next I bleached out the colour from the Poppies and Butterflies and coloured in with Spectrum Pencils. The sentiment is from Words of Inspiration and stamped and embossed with the same ink and embossing powder as the main Poppy image. 

To finish my card I matted and layered onto coordinating bazzil cardstock and mounted onto an 8 x 8 square card.

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my card today, you can find more of my work using Chocolate Baroque stamps on my blog Floral Fantasies.
B x

I would like to say a big 'Thank You' to Brenda for sharing her wonderful creations over the last three weeks, we have thoroughly enjoyed them and I hope you have too.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Exquisite Edges by Zoe

Good morning, I'm back again for my 3rd post this month featuring the lush new stamp sets today I used the Exquisite Edges set on Kraft card,

I stamped onto Kraft card using a glue that stays sticky and added gilding flakes and then gently scrubbed off the residue of flake to reveal the beautiful stamp design, I like how it looks quite shabby, I used the same technique on vellum to create my Butterfly from the stunning Patchwork Butterfly set, and coloured the back using Picked Raspberry Distress stain, I used the flourish from the Patchwork Butterfly set with Tea-dye Distress ink on the background and the sentiment from Words of Inspiration set using Versafine Onyx Black Inkpad.

Thank you so much for your kind comments, I have loved using these gorgeous stamp sets, have a great day xx Zoe xx


Monday 26 October 2015

Exquisite Edges - Card by Florence

Hi everyone

Today I would like to share a card made using the new Exquisite Edges.  
All of the stamps in the Edges Range can be seen here.

To make this card

Take a mask and Distress Ink and create a pattern on a piece of white coated card stock.
Stamp the Floral Edge and the Sentiment.
Make up the card as seen.

If you have missed any of the recent posts, do scroll down and check out the fabulous projects made by the team.

Thank you for looking.
Florence x

Sunday 25 October 2015

Colourful Edge Cards (by Debbie)

I hope that visitors in the UK have remembered to turn the clocks back, giving us an hour of crafting daylight during the winter months. I'm already starting to think about where my spring bulbs will pop up as I can't remember where I've planted them.
Two cards from me today showing the Exquisite Edges and Owl Edges.
I felt the first was the easier as I took inspiration from the three colours of the Distress Ink background. The palms of the stamp were coloured with red pens. The Peacock was stamped onto a spare piece of the background. I used Versamark and Black WOW powder for both.

The bulrushes from Owl Edges reminded me of a photograph my husband had taken while out walking near where we live across the pond. There was a dragonfly in the photograph and I substituted it for a fairy.
Many thanks for visiting

Saturday 24 October 2015

Framed Exquisitly (by Julie)

Hello and thanks for swinging by. I am so excited to show my creations made with this months Exquisite stamp sets, so I hope you like them.....

My first card is made using the Exquisite Edges and Fresh Blooms stamp sets and is basically two sets of frames setting off the lovely flower from the Fresh Blooms in the centre. 
So that the edge stamps do not over stamp each other I created a mitred corner by using copier paper to mask off half of the corner at a 45 degree angle. To make this easier I cut a square of copier paper approx. 10 cm x 10 cm and then cut it in half on the diagonal. I then used the two pieces to mask each corner while I stamped each edge of the card. I repeated this process for the centre panel before stamping and fussy cutting the central flower. 
The flower was coloured with Polychromos pencils, the centre frame was stamped using Cornflower Blue  Archival Ink and the outside edge frame was stamped in grey Versafine with a few added white highlights. I finished off by edging the card with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and Cornflower Blue Archival Ink.

I decided to use the cute Owl Edges for my second project and started by inking up the floral edge with Sepia Versafine and stamping each edge of the base card. I then covered the base card with Shabby Shutters and Worn Lipstick Distress inks and highlighted the bulrushes with a white highlighter pen. I then die cut a 12 cm and 7 cm circles for the centre panels and stamped them with the single flower. The smaller circle was coloured with the same Distress Ink as before but I added Tea Dye to darken it slightly, before stamping the twig and adding the stamped owl that I cut from separate card.
The larger circle was coloured with Polychormos pencils along with Shabby Shutters and Worn Lipstick Distress ink over the top.
To tie in the teal colour from the owl I added dots of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint to the outer edges of the larger circle and dabbed the same paint around each corner of the base card.
Dabs of Crystal Stickles were added around the card for a final touch of bling.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Julie x

Thursday 22 October 2015

There's not mushroom inside! (by Lesley)

Sorry I couldn't resist using this title. It is one of the dreaful puns that appear in an old Lonnie Donnegan song entitled 'My Old Man's a Dustman'. But all joking aside the October Year of Stamping stamp is crammed full of funghi images and is aptly named Mushroom Garden.

As many people know I love mushrooms, but only as images as I'm allergic to the real thing, and when I saw this design from Sue I was thrilled to bits. The Design Team have come up with some wonderful ideas on how to use your mushroom stamp and the online magazine is jammed full of their step by step projects and fabulous full colour photos.

I have written an article about Stampbord and Judith has made two extra projects which are featured on this week's Shop Blog. So there really is an enormous amount of inspiration around this month.

If you have yet to discover our unique project club then please take a moment to visit this page to find out more information. And once you purchase one of our Year of Stamping Stamps you will be able to join our private Facebook group and share in all the inspiration from other members. You could even have your artwork published in the next edition of our magazine.

Here is a sneaky peek at this month's front cover, I have to say I think each issue is more colourful than the last.
And one final thing, you can still purchase any of our previous months' stamps and receive a copy of the relevent issue of the magazine. If all this whets your crafting appetite then why not visit the Year of Stamping section now and see what you can find.

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Guest Post - An Indian Summer by Brenda Weatherill

I just love seeing how everyone interprets our stamps in such different and interesting ways and this week our Guest Designer Brenda has created a zingy garden by combining a stamp from the East with one of the stamps from our Fairy Collection. Over to you Brenda.

Hello to you all, Brenda here again, this time with a card using the gorgeous Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles and June Fairy stamp sets.

  • I started by dabbing Distress Inkpads Mustard Seed and Broken China on to a craft sheet and spritzing liberally with water then dragging the reverse side of a piece of single sided cardstock through the wet inks.
  • When dry, I use a heat gun to speed the process. I took the lids from two different sized pots of embossing powder and ‘inked’ the edges with the same two distress inks and randomly ‘stamped’ circles onto the inked cardstock. It’s a good idea to give another quick blast of the heat gun before moving on as distress ink can tae a little time to dry.
  • Using a Versafine Black Inkpad I stamped the large flower from the stamp set, added Detail Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Next I bleached out the colour from the flowers using household bleach and a fine paint brush.
  • I coloured the bleached out flowers with Dylusions Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Vibrant Turquoise. I then stamped the trailing Ivy from the June Fairy stamp set an also added a hint of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise to the berries.
  • After matting and layering on to co-ordinating cardstock I added a matching organza bow.

Many thanks for visiting us today and you can find more of my work on my blog Floral Fantasies.
B x

Such a beautiful and bright card to put a smile on all our faces, thank you Brenda.  Can't wait to see your third and final post next week.