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Friday, 15 July 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards- Quick and Simple Ideas for You

Hello everyone, it is time for the first of our bi-monthly fifteen minute blog posts for July. Through these blog posts, we aim to share with you some simple, yet effective designs that can be made in fifteen minutes or less. These projects may be clean and simple in design, or simply a creation that has taken a short time to complete. If you are a beginner to stamping, or need a card in a hurry, hopefully you will find inspiration among the projects that we have to share with you today.

The Design Team have been joined by members of the Guest Design Team yet again, providing a host of ideas for you, which will hopefully encourage you to try some of the ideas out for yourselves.

Magda has created a pretty card using the reverse of her flower to create a mask to ink around, such a clever idea.
She has then created a beautiful trio of tags, using multicoloured stamping and some of our Poppy stamps.

Lesley has created three cards by creating a larger background, and then chopping the paper to size for her cards. This is a great way of creating batch cards. She took a piece of 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper and roughly scraped some acrylic paint in vaying shades all over the paper with an old credit card. She then finished with a couple of rough brayered layers of paint on top. There were a few areas of the paper showing through in places.
She stencilled over the paper using white acry;ic paint.
She stamped the images with Black Archival Ink and added a sentiment.
Finally, she edged the pieces of paper with a black marker before adhering them to the card blank.
The paper goes a long way, leaving enough for a few more cards, depending on what size you choose to make.

Zoe has been busy making some mail art for you this month:
 She has also created some stunning quick cards:

This card just uses a portion of a much larger stamp, clever masking of a square allows you to use the stamp in this way.
Brenda's selection of cards showcase a fabulous array of tips and techniques.
For her first card, she created a background, using brushes and Distress Inks, then spritzed the brush with water, and dragged through the sky area. She added some hills. Using a piece of torn paper and black dye ink, she then stamped the rabbits from the Glorious Spring stamp set, and repeat stamped the top section to add some grasses and added the willow from the Spring Foliage stamp set.
This is a great way to use up smaller cards, these are just 10cms by 10cms. Brenda used the corner stamp from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set and stamped four times to create a frame. She stamped a sentiment in the centre using stamps from Words of Inspiration and Pretty Poppies, and applied some soft shading with Distress Inks around the edges.
Using the crackle stamp from the Echoes of Italy stamp set, she used water based markers to ink just the centre of the stamp, spritzed with water, and repeat stamped to the left of the card. The flourish is from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set, stamped with Black Archival Ink and the sentiment is from the Words of Inspiration stamp set.

For her next card, the background has been created with brushes and a mixture of Distress Inks and dye based inkpads, using a mask of torn paper to create the hills. The focal image stamped wirh black ink is from the Indian Textiles stamp set, and the sentiment is from the Words of Inspiration stamp set.
Brenda has used Brushos to create her background on the next card, then randomly stamped the harlequin stamp from Decorative Edges using Distress Ink. She stamped one of the images from Pretty Poppies, and using bleach, took away the colour from the image. Finally, she added some lace along the bottom.
She used three colours of Brushos to create this background, and stamped a quote from Words of Inspiration. Next, she stamped an image from Butterfly Flourish Swirls onto some spare card, cut out the two butterflies and coloured them with the same colours of Brushos. She added wire antennae, and fixed them to the base card.

Dominike's lovely card uses one of our tree stamps, a gelli plate background, and a cheery sentiment, sure to brighten anyone's day:

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about our selection of cards and projects, and will try some of the techniques and designs out for yourselves. You can visit any of our blogs by clicking on our names, as you scroll through the blog post, for further ideas and inspiration.

Join us later in the month for another jam-packed post filled with lots of tips and more inspiration, where we share our quick makes and time saving ideas with you. In the meantime, do check in for a daily dose of our regular Design Team inspiration here on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Some of the best cards from a Design Team, that Ive seen anywhere! .. Splendid work!
    Eileen xx

  2. Some wonderful Inspiration here for making quick cards Judith. x

  3. Fantastic inspiration thank you x

  4. Fantastic inspiration thank you x

  5. What wonderful inspiring cards from the very talented CB ladies, Kate x

  6. beautiful makes ladies - lovely xx

  7. So beautifully inspiring - thanks all :)

  8. Beautiful cards and great ideas.


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