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Tuesday 31 August 2021

Florals and Birds by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my final post of the month.

Here are some more of my samples from last months The Craft Store shows.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Monday 30 August 2021

Perfectly Perched

Perfectly Perched

The stamp used in the making of these cards is called
It is a very detailed stamp and full of potential. The first one is quite easy to make as is the second of the cards although it is a bit more fiddly if you choose to cut it out as I have.

The Bauble is made using a stencil, but if you don't have one fold a piece of paper in half and cut the shape you would like. Using a low tack tape position your bauble in place, stamp your image through the stencil, using the Distress Inkpad and a soft blending brush define the shape of your bauble. Spritz your paints with water and colour your image.
Then finally using the twig from the Owl Edges stamp sheet and the Versafine Clair Green Oasis stamp randomly around the image. 

This second card was stamped using a White Inkpad and White Embossing Powder onto Black Card. I used Iridescent Watercolour Paints to colour this piece and mounted the image after fussy cutting it onto a gold satin card with some green sheer ribbon on two of the corners. The image is mounted onto the card using a silicone glue gel. 

Thank you for looking in today

Love Doreen xx 


Sunday 29 August 2021

July samples mark 3 by Rachel

 Hello there, 

Rachel here today with my final set of samples from the July shows.  The first one includes a super image that I have made into a tag. The image is called The Gift and I have simple stamped it and heat set in clear embossing powder. I have then used mica powders to paint in the image. 

In this second sample I have used a piece of calico fabric which I painted randomly and then stamped an image from the Butterfly Dreams stamp set onto it. I then used paints to then add more details to the stamped image and added to an embroidery ring.
My final make is a canvas that went back to using the delicious polygon Poppies set. First I used a stencil and added texture paste to the background before painting it all over in shades of purple. Next I added stamped and coloured images from the stamp set. The images were coloured using water colour pens.

Hope you have a great day!
Rachel x

Saturday 28 August 2021

Pink Digitalis by Brenda


My final post for this month with  three more shares of work from last months TV shows. Above and below a hexagonal box and a set of cards using stamped from Honey Bee which is such a useful set. I  stamped, coloured and cut out several Digitalis to decorate the top of the box.

Below a Winter card using the Robin from The Gift and a collection of worker stamps used to create a wreath into which I place the Robin after colouring and cutting out.

My final share is a stepper card using Majestic Crane and Owl Edges all stamped, coloured and cut our to add to the 'steps'.

Wishing you all a good weekend, perhaps with a little bit of crafting as well.

Friday 27 August 2021

Butterfly Dreams (by Lorraine)

For my final blog post this month, I'm featuring the main stamp from the Butterfly Dreams set.

This is a beautiful stamp, and the temptation is to colour it and leave it as is. I stamped the image on 300gsm card using Nocturne Versafine Clair and embossed with clear powder. As this is quite a large stamp, I did use my stamping press to ensure a good image. The flower centres need careful treatment to ensure that they stamp out nice and crisp. The butterflies were coloured using watercolour markers. The berries called for glitter pens, although the slight glitter effect doesn't show up well in the photo. I then carefully divided the image into 4 and matted it onto blue corrugated card, itself mounted onto a 7 x 7 card.


Wednesday 25 August 2021

pick a poppy or two

I adore poppies, so this month's stamps were definitely up my street! 

The first sample is fairly simple, with the main stamp from polygon poppies  stamped in versafine and coloured with koh-i-noor pencils. The background was sponged with distress oxide inks and randomly stamped in the same ink with some of the smaller stamps and one of the leafy stamps from walk tall

This one is a bit more fiddly, I made a similar  A4 background using distress oxides then trimmed it into 2 panels to fit an 8" square card blank with the front folded back. The main image stmaped in black versafine onto spare card , coloured with pencils and die cut into a hexagon, mounted onto a black hexagon and glued over the centre front fold. The smaller poppy hexagon stamp was stamped twice onto spare card, coloured with pencils and die cut, then matted onto black, and glued on the back panel to line up with the larger hexagon.

 My final sample used the larger poppy from flora and fauna stamped into the centre of a square of card. I then sponged distress oxide inks in blue and grey through a diecut mask to create a patchwork effect and randomly stamped images from polygon poppies in the grey ink.

The blue ink was blended round the main image which was coloured with pencils


Tuesday 24 August 2021

Bee Friendly


I am sharing some more of my cards from the recent shows on The Craft Store. These are made using the lovely Honey Bee stamp set.

For my first card, using archival ink, I stamped one of the Foxgloves, masked it with masking tissue and then stamped the second one. I then stamped the Bees and the sentiment also in archival ink, I then used watercolour pencils to colour in and some Stickles to finish the Bees wings.


My next card uses the Beehive from the set. I stamped in Archival ink and coloured with watercolour markers.  The sentiment is from Summer Poppies.

My last card from this set uses the single flower and the honeycomb which I have coloured with Distress Inks. I've also used a honeycomb stencil in the background using Distress Ink (Wild Honey of course!).

My last piece from the show is a board using the Polygon Poppies. I used Distress Oxide spray for the background and used a flourish stencil with Oxide ink pad. I then stamped the grass heads from Walk Tall in archival. I stamped the main poppy image to one side and coloured with watercolour pencils. I used the numeric stamp to create a grungy edge and the polygons, words and numbers to give some interest to the other spaces.

Thanks for looking

Sandra xx

Monday 23 August 2021

Honey Bee Projects (by Caroline)


This will be my last Guest DT blog post for August, so I thought I would show you my samples from July's show using Honey Bee stamp set.

With these samples I used Distress Oxides and watercolour paints to colour the images, as well as to create the backgrounds.

I love it when bees are in our garden being busy, so when I got to use this stamp set, I knew I would love using them to get creative.

Thank you for stopping by.

Take care
Caroline x

Sunday 22 August 2021

Beautiful Poppies (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am back with some projects featured on last month's TV shows. 

My first project was created by using Distress Ink on some Drawing Cartridge. I then stamped the main image from Polygon Poppies, adding a smaller corresponding stamp and a bee from the Honey Bee stamp set. I coloured the image with pencils, and decided to add pops of blue to coordinate with the bee wings. I added the silhouette hexagon stamp in blue and edged the background using the same colour. Finally, I chose a couple of the sentiments from the stamp set and added them to the background.

I created another Distress Ink background for my second card using a pale pink and bright green. I stamped the image from Flora and Fauna around the edges and coloured it with pencils. I added a sentiment from Loving Sentiments in the centre. 

For my final project, I created a plain coloured background using a gel plate and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. I used a variety of hexagonal images from Polygon Poppies, creating a collage, and sticking to a palette of black, orange and red. I added some of the numbers into the blank hexagons, and coloured the images with pencils. I added a few bees from the Honey Bee stamp set, and overstamped a few of the words from Polygon Poppies.

Poppies are one of my favourite flowers to work with and these stamps are no exception. I hope that you have enjoyed some of my ideas. Thanks for stopping by, take care.

Judith xx

Saturday 21 August 2021

Poppies and Bees part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post for this month.

Here are some of the samples I made for last months The Craft Store show featuring these beautiful stamps.

I love making Bookmarks and tags they are quick and easy to put together and what’s nicer than a bookmark with a beautiful Poppy on it.

Thank you for visiting today, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Friday 20 August 2021

Walk Tall (by Lorraine)

Walk Tall

This is another stamp set that Lesley included in her July Craft Store show. It's a really versatile set, both in its own right and as a companion. 

It's funny how an image quite often suggests something - this large grass immediately made me think of feathers. I suppose they have similar properties. I decided to incorporate one of my favourite stamps into the design, the Just Useful Stripe. I started by stamping the stripe in three different blues from the Versafine Clair range. On reflection, I should have used a lighter blue for the first one, to show off more of the detail from the grasses stamp. When the stripes were dry, I stamped the grass over the top, using Versafine Clair Nocturne, no embossing powder this time! I had already notched the dark blue base mat, but felt that the main image needed something more. I opted to use just the tip of the smaller grass in the corners, in Morning Mist so as to avoid over powering the design. I had cut this mat using a die, so the dashes around the edge, which are just visible, framed the image.

Thursday 19 August 2021

Floral Delights

Floral Delights

Today I have two samples from the last months shows, both are from the beautiful
The first of the images used is the stunning Morning Glory, such a beautiful yet delicate flower. This set has so many fabulous images (16 in total) six of the images are large and make a real statement, but the others on this stamp sheet are equally as beautiful and detailed in their own right and very useful too.
The second is an easily recognisable Cala Lily and although I would love some in the garden my hubby dislikes them with a passion, so I content myself looking at the wonderful display in my neighbours garden.

The Morning Glory was made first by using a Gelli Plate with dye inkpads and a sheet of kitchen roll applied whilst the ink was still wet, taken off fairly quickly and then using a sheet of card larger than the size needed for the finished card and take a print then set to one side to dry.
Stamp the main image onto another piece of card, then using your dye inkpads as paints colour your image.
I then tore the edges of the card and with a soft brush applied ink to the edges of the torn piece to add definition.

With the Cala Lily I stamped the image then coloured it using Inktense Pencils and a Clear Sparkle Brush Pen to blend. I stamped and coloured the dragonflies in the same way. The clear gems were added once the image was dry,

Thank you for looking in today

Love Doreen xx


Wednesday 18 August 2021

The birds and the bees by Rachel

 Hello there! Rachel here with you today with more inspiration from the July shows. In this first sample I have used the honeybee stamp set to create a ceramic plate. I stamped the images in ink and then painted in glaze before having the paint fired in the kiln.

In this next sampe I have used a piece of patterned paper in the background and to that I have added a simply fussy cut stamped image from the Majestic Crane stamp set. I like the contrast between the background and the white image. I love that sentiment too.

For this final make I used the owl edges stamp set and created a bookmark. I stamped the image on white card and coloured it using mica powders. Another very quick and simple make.

I hope I have given you some inspiration on ways to use your stamp sets.
Big Hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Pappavero by Brenda

Hello everyone, sharing a few more samples from the July TV shows and another card above using the fabulous Polygon Poppies, I just might have mentioned once or twice before that I absolutely love these stamps. I die cut a hexagonal card base to reflect the shape of the worker stamps in the set, stamped the focal image in black and simply added some colour to the Poppies and stamped the hexagons in red .

This is a re-cycled empty tissue box covered in CB Black and White DP's which I first sprayed with Distress Oxides. After stamping images from Walk TallButterfly Dreams and Majestic Crane I added some colour with Distress Markers and fixed around the box.

My final share again uses some of the Black and White DP's, this time sprayed with pink Kitsch Flamingo Oxides, some of the leaves coloured with Distress Makers. The large flourish from Butterfly Dreams and grasses from Walk Tall stamped in black and a Butterfly also from Butterfly Dream stamped, coloured and cut out.

I hope I have offered a little inspiration today.

Monday 16 August 2021

Brushos and Butterflies (by Caroline)


I hope everyone is well and managed to see Lesley's shows on The Craft Store last Friday? the shows were brilliant and busy!!

This card is one I made using an image from the Butterfly Dreams stamp set. The background I created using Brushos and left to dry naturally. I then stamped the image using Versafine Clair Nocturne onto the Brusho background. I then used a white gel pen, added highlights to the flowers and to filled in areas of the butterflies, plus the circular areas of the flowers. Left to dry and then layered onto black card and put onto a card blank.

I hope you liked this card. Anyway, bye for now.

Caroline x

Sunday 15 August 2021

Tag and Cards - ( Wild Meadow, Eastern Grasses, Orchid, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle, Curiosities, Amazing Mackintosh Words, Gothic Fragments

 Hello everyone,

I am here this time with a tag and two cards for you.

-  The "Thank you Tag" has a pale violet stenciled background accordingly to the vibrant violet of the flowers of "Wild Meadow"and in contrast to the green of the stems.   I colored the tag with Distress Ink Pad Old Paper and stamped on it the flowers with  Markers. In "Amazing Mackintosh Words" I have found the right sentiment for this tag, 

- I wanted to give an old look to the "For my Friend " card. Therefore I stenciled at first the background, glued a tissue paper on it and covered all with white gesso.  Separately I prepared the mat, I stamped with Archival Jet Black "Orchid", blended randomly only on the script Distress Inkpad Old Paper and colored the flower with watercolors pencils. I cut the mat as a decoupage and glued it on the card. You can find the sentiment in the plate " Words to Dazzle and Sparkle "

- The "Birthday Wishes " card is another version of the one of last month, using this time a green, ochre and blue Brusho wash. I stamped in grey "Gothic Fragments" and in Archival Jet Black "Curiosities". The sentiment Best Wishes is one of "Amazing Mackintosh Words" and stamped on a leftover of the mat.

I hope you liked my projects of today and wish you a nice rest of August.  Hugs                                   Magda