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Friday, 9 October 2015

From the TV (by Lesley)

I hope you have managed to catch up with one of our TV shows on The Craft Channel. It has all be very exciting if not a little hectic and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your encouraging and supportive comments. This means a lot to all of us at CB towers, we are a team and so on behalf of Sue, Val, Judith, Debbie, Julie, Claire, Zoe, Ann, Florence, Asha, Miranda, Dominike and myself


I also appreciate that many of you may not yet be able to watch this channel and so I am posting one of the cards I demonstrated on the first show.

  • To achieve this card take a piece of patterned paper, I used one from the Crafty Individuals paper pad Travels in Italy and stamp the large tree from Patchwork Landscape in Versafine Onxy Black. 
  • Use a black fineliner pen to extend the outline at the bottom of the tree so that it is grounded.
  • Use coloured pencils similiar to the colours in the paper to colour the foliage of the trees and use shades of green and yellow to create the slope under the tree.
  • Stamp the word Imagine, from Artistic Expressions and then mat and layer on to first black card, then a toning background paper (the one I used was kindly donated by Judith and was made with her Gelli Plate) and finally on to a large 8" square black card.

I hope this will encourage you to look at your background papers in a different way and that you will give this technique a try.

Thank you for stopping by and please visit us again to see some fabulous designs from our ever talented Design Team.


  1. Die Karte ist bezaubernd, und mich hat sie direkt verzaubert :-)

    Sophie xx

  2. Lovely card, really wish I could have seen you actually make this. I can watch online but the shows are not on at the times they say they will be - really sorry but this is very annoying and confusing!

  3. What a beautiful work. I like the result. C'est magnifique !

  4. Love this Lesley, it's what I saw at Port Sunny last weekend and looks even nicer 'in the flesh' ;)

  5. Oh wow; this card looks great! Have to look in if I can see that show later...

  6. Lovely card, Lesley. Hope to see more of you and CB in TV. :) xxxAsha

  7. Using a background designer paper is a clever idea. Beautifully done.

  8. This is a beautiful card Lesley and love the stamping on to a patterned background which works so well. I have found it a trifle confusing because when they started you could only watch on line in the evening but I notice they have now changed their channel so hope that they are now on HD tv in the evening too. Annoyingly I did miss you yesterday but hopefully they may repeat it so will keep a look out. x

    1. Sorry, in case I have confused a few people they are still on the same freeview channel, I read the information wrong! x

  9. Hi Lesely, managed to watch on my laptop, but the streaming wasn't great so it started and stopped, but I saw most of the show and so I did see you make this card, which is fabulous. I loved your demos and learned so much.
    It would be good to see you on the other craft channels too, easier to watch for more people, kate x

  10. this is lovely Lesley! I haven't managed to see the shows sadly as i don't have sky - but if we can access it online that would be cool! Hugs rachel x

  11. I agree with CraftyJo having watched Lesley create with these gorgeous stamps and papers. They were stunning!

    Lesley Xx

  12. Absolutely gorgeous card Lesley (sorry for late commenting and watching!), and using one of these CI paperpads... this is such a great idea to use them in these ways indeed!! Thank you for the inspiration, very beautiful with this tree stamp delicately colored!
    And I've finally watched a bit your show yesterday.. That's great! :)
    Wishing you a lovely day, hugs Coco xx


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