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Thursday 29 December 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today sees our final fifteen minute card blog post of 2016. We hope that you have been enjoying our inspiration throughout the year, and trying some of the projects out for yourselves. Hopefully some of the Christmas cards ideas  have helped you finish your own cards in less time than usual, and you have been able to take inspiration from lots of our other ideas as well.

The Design Team girls have come up with some beautiful ideas to share with you for today's post, so we hope that you will enjoy their projects, and give some of them a go. You can click on the individual person's names to reach their own blogs, where you will be able to obtain further information on each project.

Julie has created two pretty cards incorporating butterflies and flourishes for us. Her simple blue and gold colour scheme is very elegant:

Dominike has been using up some of her gelli print papers to create her selection of cards. These lovely projects would be suitable for lots of different occasions and are so versatile:

Brenda has made two lovely cards for us this time. For her first card, she stamped the tree from the Spinney Design a Tree stamp set onto a a piece of card previously coloured using the shaving foam technique. She then repeat stamped the flowers from the same stamp set using Distress Inks.

For her second card, she used another snippet of card previously coloured using the shaving foam technique, and stamped a border from the Springtime Edges stamp set using Black Archival Ink. The flowers are coloured with sparkle pens, and the sentiment is die cut.

Magda has created two pretty tags for us using the new floral stamps. The first tag is a pretty blue creation with a little bit of shimmer added to the image itself:

The second, she has coloured the flowers and added repeat stamping to the background.
Magda also created a simple decorated envelope, which could be used to match her card from this month's earlier post. The design could be adapted to use lots of other stamps:
Zoe's card combines the use of stencilling and added stamping to accentuate one of our fabulous sentiments.

We have a collection of beautiful cards from Lesley, she has created a range of cards for us, all so different. The first, combining stamping and stencilling:
The second card uses old book pages as a design feature, always look through your stash for things to add to your cards, you can use lots of small pieces of leftovers to create beautiful backgrounds.

Finally, she has used a tree stamp to stamp onto a piece of paper from Crafty Individuals, adding some stamping to the background using a co-ordinating stamp to create a border.

Sadly, this will be last time that Lesley will be providing us with her beautiful cards, as she has decided to hang up her GDT wings. We have loved seeing her creations on the blog, and will miss her elegant designs. We wish her well in all of her crafty endeavours.

Anne's pretty set of cards has been created by stamping the images with Versamark adding sticky embossing powder. She then added mixed colours of gilding flakes to the surface of each image. Daisy Centre Flowerhead, Mesh Centre Flowerhead and Palm Fan Silhouette.

Finally, we have two cards from Penny for you. She created the first card by embossing a piece of kraft card, dry brushing it with gesso, and then edging it with Distress Ink. She stamped an image from the Fancy Florals stamp set and coloured it with watercolour pencils. She added some hessian, cord and a sentiment to finish.

For her second card, she used Distress Inks to blend a background and stamped the diamond hearts. The main heart was stamped and embossed, then coloured with Distress Inks. All stamps were from the Punky Hearts stamp set.

We hope that you have enjoyed what we have shared with you today. We will be back in the New Year with another selection of time-saving ideas. Until then, please do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Beautiful cards everyone...some fantastic inspiration. Sorry to see Lesley leave, I think your cards are stunning and beautifully put together. Julie x

  2. How many beauty today!! Love all the projects, such fantastic inspirations from all the DT ladies!
    I wish you all a Very Happy New Year!

  3. This has been a wonderfully inspiring series. Sorry to see the final posting for 2016. Hope you will start again in 2017.
    Thanks so much for sharing

  4. This has been a wonderfully inspiring series. Sorry to see the final posting for 2016. Hope you will start again in 2017.
    Thanks so much for sharing

  5. Great ideas everyone, lovely cards. Thank you for all the 15 minute ideas this year, this feature is such a help when you need a card in a hurry. Looking forward to see what everyone comes up with for inspiration next year. Have a great New Year everyone.

  6. Fabulous inspiration from the GDT, very talented ladies, Kate x

  7. What a fabulous selection of 15 minute cards again and the inspiration is very useful for when you need an idea for a quick card. Good luck to Lesley and I will miss her beautiful cards too. x

  8. Wow only 15 mins, amazing creativity in such time. Love all the inspiration x

  9. So much inspiration! Well done ladies; they look like fun to make! Happy New Year!


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