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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Near the sea (by Dominike)


Christmas holidays are coming and it's always the same thing, for me, holidays is the sea...
So for these beautiful stamps, I prepared cards with blue and gold. In France we send cards overall to celebrate the New Year.

c'es bientôt les vacances et pour moi, cela signifie, la mer...
Alors, pour ces magnifiques tampons, j'ai réalisé des cartes de voeux, bleu et or.

J'affectionne ces tampons.

This is my last post for 2017. I wish you a Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year. I will be back on January 2018.

Kind regards.

C'est là mon dernier message pour 2017. Je vous souhaite un Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année. Rendez-vous en janvier.

Portez vous bien. A bientôt.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Flower Cards (by Magda) -

Hello girls,  I want to share with you three cards I made with the lovely stamps that Lesley demonstrated during the December TV Shows.

These projects have used the same technique : I used Versafine Onyx Black for stamping
Hydrangea  Tag
Breath of Spring 
and coloured the flower with Distress Ink Pad  .  I spritzed the background of the mat with the same Distress colour and stamped again part of the stamp on the background of the card.
I used some  Stickles on the flower and some mica too to lighten the cards

I hope you liked my projects today and I wish you a nice crafting week.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today sees the last of our Fifteen Minute Blog posts for 2017. We hope that you have enjoyed our monthly dose of inspiration, sharing our top tips and ideas for quick cards and projects made in fifteen minutes or less. We will hopefully continue to inspire you next year, but for now, please enjoy what the Design Team have to offer you this month.

We have a collection of floral cards from Brenda this month, using a range of stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. Brenda has created a diverse collection of cards ranging from bold and bright, to pastel and subtle, there is something in her collection for everyone.

Her first two cards were created with Brushos, blowing the watery paints across the card in the first, and colouring the image with the same colours of Brushos:

For her second card, she used the Brushos to create a 'splat' for big impact. She added a stamped image over the top:

For her next card, she masked her background, leaving an oval aperture, which she coloured with Pan Pastels, and stamped the flowers using water based markers.

She used blue ink to stamp the images on her next card, colouring the Fuchsia with sparkle pens:

Another card using masking and Pan Pastels next, this time, she created a band of colour across her card, and while the masks were still in place, she stamped her images over the coloured area.

She created lots of flowers on this card using a selection of the leaves found on the stamp plates. She used water based markers, and spritzed with water to intensify the colours:

Finally, she created a wavy band of colour using masking and Pan Pastels across her card, and added some stencilling. She removed the masks and stamped the butterfly and sentiment:

We have a selection of cards from Rachel next. Her first card was created by stamping the large flower onto black card using clear embossing powder. It was the coloured with metallic crayons, fussy cut, and adhered to the background:

The next card was created by adding alcohol inks onto yupo paper, and stamping the image with Archival Ink:

A kraft card project next; using white embossing, and simply colouring the main hydrangea image:

Finally, she has used film and fibres when stamping the pot and flower image in her last card.

Marga has created a pretty monochrome card, stamping the flowers in matching tones of Distress Ink for her first card:

Her second card, with its colourful background has been made with pigment powders:

Anne's bold card was created by stamping and embossing the blooms onto black card using a mix of pink and purple embossing powder. The sentiment has been stamped onto metallic card using Stazon. To complete her card, she has added twiggy die cuts, pearls, ribbon and glitter glue:

The first of our Christmas makes come from Gerrina, who has made two fabulous CAS style cards for us. To create her first card, she stamped the trees with Distress Ink, then added the baubles and drew the hills with more Distress Ink and a water brush:

For her second card, she stamped the images with black ink, and then coloured everything in and drew the scenery with Distress Ink and a waterbrush:

Three Christmas projects from Magda next; the first was created by stamping onto a patterned background. We all have remnants in our stash boxes, and this is a great way of using some of those pieces up, especially at this time of year, when we need to make lots of cards.....quickly! Magda has chosen beautiful muted colours, very reminiscent of this time of year:

The last two cards have added texture using gesso, but you could use texture paste, glitter glue, whatever you have lurking around in your craft room:

We have two pretty Birthday cards from Julie next, she has used a combination of stamps to make this first delightful card, which would really put a smile on anyone's face. The ladybird is so cute! The tone on tone background stamping is very clever, filling in the gaps, but giving quite an airy feel to the background.

She has used a lovely combination of colours for her second card, useful as a card at any time of year:

Carole has created a very stylish Christmas card, using a simple colour scheme of red, black and white. She has stamped the pine cone image three times, placing the final image on a die cut circle for added interest. Some red ribbon and subtle matting gives the card a vibrant pop:

Last but not least, we have a very stylish card from Zoe, who has used a shaped card, and added a lovely teasel image:

We will be back with another Fifteen Minute post for you next month. In the meantime, do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the Design Team girls. Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Imagination Meets Reality (by Anne)

Good morning. This one is another of my recent samples for the Steampunk shows. I used Soft Form Relief Paste to create the 3D embellishment, the lovely lace with cogs stamp to create the border and stamped onto a pretty floral paper from Crafty Individuals. I thought that the sentiment ‘imagination meets reality’ was fitting.

I mounted everything onto a ‘recycled’ 8 X 8 inch card which was a previous sample that had gone badly wrong. Rather than throw it away I just covered up what was originally there. No-one would ever know – ooops I just told you – tee hee hee.

How it was done:
  1. The background paper on my ‘recycled’ card was created using the shaving foam technique. This is a fun method for making pretty marble effect papers. Shaving foam is spread onto a shallow tray and inks dropped onto the surface. Paper is then lowered onto the surface to pick up the ink. Versamark was then sponged through the leaf stencil and heat embossed with pearl powder. Distress Ink was then blended over the top, the embossed areas repelling the colour. A ribbon band was drawn on with pen. This was then mounted onto and 8 X 8 card. Faux stitching was added around the edges using a piercing tool and drawing with a fine tipped black pen. PVA pearls were then added to the corners.
  2. The lacy border and sentiment were stamped with Versafine onto the decorative floral paper, then mounted onto black card to frame. I had a spare scrap of this paper from another project so cut out the daisy and shaped it to add dimension and decoupaged it up onto the background.
  3. The beetle stamp was coated with StazOn Ink, then a thin layer of Relief Paste and left to dry overnight before peeling away. It was then trimmed to neaten up and glued to the card.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Red and Gold Poinsettia (by Rachel)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts this month from our Guest Design Team member Rachel Fisher. Rachel has created a very striking Christmas card for her first project.

To create her card, Rachel first covered the Big Bold Background Poinsettia stamp with Gold Soft Form Relief Paste, and allowed this to dry for twenty four hours. Once the paste was completely dry, she peeled the film from the stamp and stamped the image again onto red card. She fussy cut the image, and decoupaged it, layering it onto the gold image.

Rachel will be back next week with another project. Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, 11 December 2017

flower power (by Veronica)

 Today I am sharing some of the flower samples for the recent shows on Hochanda - something cheerful to brighten a very cold (but not yet snowy) day.

My first one uses the lovely hanging fuchsia stamp, simply stamped in grey versafine in the top corner of a 7" square card blank, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The greeting using black versafine was stamped in the bottom corner - I used a stamp press to make sure I got it straight.

I also used the stamp press to create the wreath on the next card, using a 7" square of white card as the base. I used two of the small foliage stamps from the lily set inked in iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, then added the small solid fuchsia stamp using picked raspberry distress inks. The greeting stamped in grey ink in the centre.
The 8" square card blank was sponged with hickory smoke distress ink and randomly stamped using the small foliage stamp used in peeled paint foer the wreath.

 My final card used the big hyacinth stamp, stmaped in black versafine onto white card, and coloured with watercolour pencils. I edged the card with purple ink - think it was dusty concord distress ink - before mounting it onot a 7"x5" white card blank that i had coloured with distress oxide inks and spritzed with water then blotted to give a marbled effect.
Greeting stamped onto a spare piece of white card and edged with the purple ink before mounting in the corner.

We all really enjoyed using these versatile sets of flower stamps, there are some beautiful samples from my teamies still to be shown..........

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bold Blooms (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a card made using one of the beautiful images from Bold Blooms.

I began with an inky background using Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I used the large mandala stamp inked with gold acrylic paint to roughly stamp the background creating a shadowy effect. Next I stamped the large mandala image and some of the leaves several times on white card. I used a quickie glue pen to add glitter to the images, cut them out and layered them up with 3d foam pads.

I added a stamped sentiment, a pretty bow and some sparkly gems to finish off.

 I hope you're keeping snug and warm in this cold weather ... 
perfect to bunker up in your crafty space!

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx