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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing more of our fifteen minute makes with you. Twice a month, the Design Team put together a compilation of cards and projects that have taken no more than fiteen minutes to complete. These cards, tags, ATCs, etc., may be simple CAS designs, or just quick and easy to complete, but they all use wonderful Chocolate Baroque stamps and show that you can create fabulous projects in a very short space of time.

If you are a beginner stamper, just starting on your creative journey, or a more experienced crafter, looking for a card that could be made in batches for a speedy Christmas card, for example, then we have lots of ideas in these blog posts. You can reach the Design Team members' blogs for further explanations of their projects by simply clicking on their names as you scroll through this blog post. So, enjoy what we have to share with you, and try out some of the ideas for yourselves.

Corine's beautiful Cristmas card incorporates crisp stamping in monochrome blues:
I have created two cards using a gelli plate and Distress Inks for the backgrounds. On the first card, I simply stamped the image and sentiment directly onto the background, adding some colour with pencils for detail.

For the second card, I stamped the image and sentiment onto die cut ovals, used the same colour Distress Ink to add some shading, and again added some colouring with pencils.

Anne has created two lovely Christmas cards for us using one of our newest individual Christmas stamps. She has used glittery embossing powder on black card for a dramatic effect. She dissolved some pastel pigment in water and painted over the scene, and added a little colour onto the trees with glitter pens. She spritzed the scene with white opaque spray to create a snow effect and added mica spray for extra shimmer. She added a peel off greeting and drew a border with a metallic pen. Once she had added the background to her card, she drew a border using a black pen.

Annes's beautiful Nature inspired card uses the reed border from the Owl Edges stamp set and the sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp set. She used ink sprays to colour the background and sparkling embossing powder for the reeds.

Brenda has created a wonderful array of cards for us again this time, showcasing the stamps in a range of styles and techniques. For her first card, she used a background from her stash, which she had created using a marbling technique with shaving foam. These backgrounds always produce such beautiful results, and they are fun to try at the same time!
She stamped the butterfly image from the Tangled Garden stamp set onto a spare piece of card, cut it out and coloured it with the same colour inks that she had used for the background. She then matted the butterfly onto a piece of embossed white card, and then black card before adding it to her marbled background.

For her second card, she stamped the bunny image from the Glorious Spring stamp set using Archival Ink, and then used a natural sea sponge and Distress Inks to create a mottled background.

Using a selection of water based markers, Brenda inked and spritzed with water before stamping one of the images from the Indian Textiles stamp set across the bottom of her card. Using the same markers, she stamped across the top using and image from the Decorative Edges stamp set, and finally added a sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp set.

For her final card, she started by repeat stamping the bluebells from the Spring Foliage stamp set using water based markers to ink up the stamp. She stamped a sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp set, used a circle mask, and a torn piece of paper with Pan Pastels to create the sky. Finally, she drew some birds.

We have two lovely clean and simple Christmas cards from Lesley. For her first card, she stamped the image onto a die cut shape using Versamark and heat embossed using sparkly embossing powder. She coloured selected areas using watercolour metallic paints. She dusted around the edges using Pine Needles Distress Ink, and attached the die cut to the card base. She stamped a sentiment and die cut using a smaller die cut shape. She added a ribbon and attached the sentiment using 3D foam pads.

To create her second card, she stamped the image onto a die cut using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and lightly dragged out some of the ink with a waterbrush. She added a little pale grey shading around the image with watercolour. She inked the edges of the shape with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using Cut 'n' Dry foam. She stamped the sentiment using Black Archival Ink and then adhered the main image to the card base with 3D foam.

Dominike has created a pretty pink floral card for us, using a bold flower image, repeat stamped across the card.

Magda's floral card uses the lovely Flora Musica stamp, set against a water splattered Distress Ink background.

Finally we have a lovely set of Christmas tags from Zoe, using some of our Christmas script images. These are really lovely tags, and would mke your gifts stand out as something special. Minimal colouring of the images is all that is required to complete these tags.

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of projects and we will be back later in the month with more projects to share with you. In the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the Design Team girls.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Wow! What amazing cards you ladies come up with, fabulous inspiration here,thank you all, Kate x

  2. Fantastic quick ideas as usual, they are all beautiful but I really like the first snowflake card, might do something similar for my Christmas cards this year. Thank you all for the great inspiration.

  3. Wow beauties and so inspiring again!

  4. Just wonderful work by the DT so much inspiration, thanks for your great ideas everyone!!! Just what we need to make that quick card.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  5. What a feast for the eyes, all these cards quickly done are very beautiful! They make a great gallery for inspiration, thank you Judith. x

  6. These are all wonderful using creative ideas for producing easy cards when you want something relatively speedily. Thank you for the inspiration. x

  7. Wonderful inspirations, love very much the firdt ones!

  8. Wow.. what a beautiful cards and inspiration. Greetings Janny

  9. So lovely, all of them :) Do they really only take 15 minutes???

    1. Yes Jo, the DT are given strict instructions- fifteen minutes or less! Judith xx

  10. Wow these are all great cards, quick to make but they all look like you've spent longer on them! Brilliant :) x


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