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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Cards in a Flash- More Quick and Easy Projects

Hello everyone, are you looking for simple, easy cards to make? Do you feel put off by complicated designs and that they are beyond your capabilities? Are you looking for quick batch cards, or designs to make for craft stalls? If any of these questions apply to you, then we have the solution to your problem. Twice a month, the Design Team, and the Guest Design Team come together to create cards and projects that take no more than fifteen minutes to create. We want to show you that simple can be just as beautiful and effective as something that has taken several hours to make. There are so many fabulous Chocolate Baroque stamps that you may already have in your stash that could be used to create some of our examples. We hope that you will enjoy our selection in the first of our posts for this month.

Anne has created some lovely tags to match some cards that she made previously. She combined the cards and tags in the end to create a fabulous stationary set. Her tags would make a beautiful addition to any gift. By choosing different coloured background paper, but using the same stamp, and some glitter pens, you can create a beautiful co-ordinated set in a very short space of time:
Brenda has created two beautiful projects for our post this time. Her first card uses Pan Pastels to create a beautiful soft background, masking the sun, before applying the pastels. She used Distress Ink and a stencil to stencil in some sun rays. She stamped a tree from the Spinney stamp set in Black Archival Ink, and used two of the small stamps in the set to add leaves and blossom, using Distress Inks. Finally, she repeat stamped one of the sentiments from the Words of Inspiration stamp set.
For her second card, she stamped the butterfly from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear detail powder. She then coloured the butterflies with Brushos Lilac and Yellow. Next she stamped a sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp set along the bottom of the piece, and using a fine line pen and a ruler, drew a box around to frame the stamping. She then matted and layered onto co-ordinating cardstock.
Claire has created a super quick five minute card, using Dylusion sprays to create her background, and added a gold embossed peacock as her focal point.

Dominike has made some beautiful vibrant backgrounds for her cards using Brushos. These are just perfect for creating quick cards, and every background is different. Whether you choose to use an image, or a sentiment as your focal point, as Dominike has done in her final example, you can create stunning cards.

I know that it is currently very warm, and the last thing you are thinking of is preparing for Christmas. However, I have created three Christmas card ideas for you, because it is never too early to start getting your Christmas cards started! I have used embossing on all three cards, and Brushos, selecting some of our Big Bold Background stamps, which make creating cards so quick and easy.
For this first example, I chose blue and purple Brushos, added white embossing, and stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of card which I trimmed from the original background. I added a few gems in the centre of the snowflakes, and used blue card for matting and layering.
This second card was completed in much the same way, using gold embossing, but sprinkling the red, yellow and orange Brushos onto the baubles, and using the green for the background areas, before spritzing with water. I left the card to dry naturally before matting onto co-ordinating card.
For my final card, I stamped with Versafine OnyxBlack Ink, and used clear embossing powder, for a crisp image. I painted the baubles using green, turquoise and lilac Brushos and a waterbrush. I then painted the background areas liberally with a waterbrush before sprinkling Black Brusho onto the areas very carefully. Again, I chose a toning card to mat the background.

Magda has created a very pretty card using a gelli plate background and our newest clear heart stamp. She has added some glitter detail to the flowers.
Finally three colourful samples from Zoe. She has used her gelli plate to create the first two shaped cards.

Her third card is so cheery with these bright zingy colours, and upbeat message.
We hope that you have enjoyed our varied selection this time around, and that we have inspired you to create something using the tips and techniques that we have shared with our projects. You can click on any of our names to visit our blogs, where you will see lots more inspiration. Look out for our second Fifteen Minute blog post coming later in the month.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Some great creations with minimal stamping and the colours are all very pretty. I love the blue snowflakes and the gelli plate pink background with the Baroque Heart and also the circular shapes which add extra interest to the cards. x

  2. What talented and inspirational ladies you all are, your creations are stunning, thank you, Kate x

  3. Such a lot of beautiful art, thanks everyone :)

  4. So many beautiful and inspiring projects !!

  5. What a bunch of beautiful cards, dear Judith , I really love your cards!! the small tags are so lovely and easy? to make, and your summer tree is gorgious with all the flowers on it, you are really a very talented lady!!

    Have fun!!

  6. Wow ladies so much different beauties again!


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