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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Oval Aperture Poppy Card (by Brenda)

Hello everyone, today sees the final visit of the month from our Guest Design Team contributor Brenda, I am sure that you have been enjoying her lovely projects this month, and this last design will be no exception. 

Brenda writes:

I started by stamping the poppy image from the Pretty Poppies stamp set onto a piece of card, slightly smaller than an A5 card, and then cut around the flower element only.

Next, I used an oval die cut to cut an aperture, fixing it behind the cut poppy flowers to keep them intact, so that they overlapped the bottom section of the aperture. Using the same die and one slightly larger, I cut a green frame and fixed it in place.

I then stamped one of the images from the Glorious Spring stamp set onto a piece of card and stamped the grass element again onto the opposite side, making sure that it would all fit within the aperture. Masking a sun, I used Pan Pastels to create the background.

The poppies were then coloured in with pencils, foam pads added to the back of them and they were fixed over the stamped scene before matting and layering with co-ordinating card.

A wonderful finale to your month with us Brenda, thank you. Brenda will be back with us next year for another spell on the Design Team Blog. You can see her projects featured regularly in our bi-monthly Fifteen Minute Blog posts, here on the Design Team Blog, and you can visit her own blog here, for more samples of her work.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Autumnal Woodland (by Julie)

Hello, lovely people. Like a lot of crafters, Autumn is my favourite season as it is full of gorgeous rich tones of reds, yellows and browns. This card created with the fantastic Fantasy Woodland set hopefully captures some of these wonderful colours....

The main design has been created onto water-colour card and die cut using a circle with a 13 cm diameter. The tree design was coloured with brush markers directly onto the rubber stamp before being stamped onto the card-stock, then a damp brush was used to go over the leaves so they have a  hand painted look. The background has also been water-coloured with brush-markers and Distress inks and the outside edge has been inked with Walnut Stain.
Next I cut another circle with a diameter of approximately 15 cm. This can be from any card-stock as I just used the waste left behind as a stencil to add a circle of Distress ink around the edge of the main design. It also acts as a guide to help place the stamped leaves/trees around the edge. The mini tree was inked up with dye ink and stamped at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. Once these four points are stamped it is easier to judge filling in each quarter so there is no special measurements or gadgets needed.
Another decorative tree was stamped in each corner and along the edges of the base card and Old Paper Distress ink was blended across the base card. 
Crystal Stickles was dabbed over the design for a finishing touch.

Thanks for taking a peek. Please call again soon, for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Monday, 24 October 2016

You said sardine can ?

Yes we can.
Hello, Today we are playing with sardine can and other spiders.
It's a game with Mireille, a French friend. We keep all cans we use and they are the objects of our projects.

1-Take a piece of fabric colored with brushos
2- Stamp the owl
3- Glue breads and fibers 
4- Glue the fabric at the bottom of the can

5- Stamp the ghosts on a green tea bag and cut around

6- Stamp the mushrooms on a piece of paper and color them

7- Stamp the beautiful lady on a page of an old book
8- Glue scraps of tea bag all around the can and glue the ghosts, the mushrooms and the lady.
9- That's all. Your theater is ready.

Avec mon amie Mireille, nous jouons à récupérer des boites de sardines et les utilisons dans nos projets. Cela nous donne des scènes amusantes, délirantes parfois et le résultat est toujours différents. Aujourd'hui je vous propose de jouer avec moi.
1- Tamponner le hibou sur du tissu mis en couleur avec des brushos.
2- Tamponner les fantômes sur un sachet de thé vert
3- Tamponner les champignons sur une cartonette
4- Tamponner la dame sur une page de vieux livre
5- Coller le tissu au fond de la boite, des morceaux de sachet de thé autour de la boite et coller vos pièces découpées.
Le résultat n'est-il pas sympathique ?
Merci de votre visite. A bientôt.

I hope you'll enjoy playing with me. Thank you for having had a look.

Kind regards.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Card for Halloween Party by Magda - Put a Spell on You and Twillight Zone

For my last project of this month I suggest an invitation card:

  1. Colour the mat using the blending sponge with Distress Inkpad Carved Pumpkin and darken the edges with Distress Inkpad Black Soot
  2. Stamp the house from the Twilight Zone stamp set and the spider from the Put a Spell on You rubber stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black
  3. Connect all spiders with a black trembling line
  4. Stamp the ghost from the Put a Spell on You stamp set first on a sheet of paper with Versafine Onyx Black, in order to have less colour on the rubber stamp
  5. Put a coat of Soft Form Relief Paste Copper on the stamp and let it dry completely for about 24 hours
  6. Remove the shape from the rubber stamp and trim the excess 
  7. Glue the shape as decoration on the card
  8. Stamp the sentiment from the Put a Spell on You rubber stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black
  9. Lighten the eyes of the spiders with a white pen and the windows of the house with Stickles Star Dust. 
  10. Glue the mat on a black cardstock card cutting from A4 cardstock 200 gsm 
Thanks for passing by and enjoy your Halloween party night

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Christmas Birches card (by Anne)

Good morning. I have had some little Xmas bauble stickers in my stash for years and thought that they would be perfect hanging from the Tangled Birch for a Christmas card. Think that I will make a few more of these and get my stickers used up.

Unfortunately I had a little trouble photographing this one. It is mounted on shiny mirror card and has lots of sparkly glitter texture which is very difficult to see in the photo. It looks lovely in real life. It would still work without the baubles, or perhaps with some gems of die cut snowflakes. I hope that you like it.

  • Tangled Birch stamp and sentiment from Christmas Candlelight
  • 12 X 17cm black card blank, silver mirror card and white stamping card
  • Ink sprays (blue, yellow, orange, opaque white and clear mica)
  • Inkpads: Versamark and Memento (Tuxedo Black)
  • Heat embossing powder (silver with glitter)
  • Alcohol markers (black, mid and light grey)
  • Watercolour pen (yellow)
  • Glitter pens (red and green)
  • Christmas bauble peel off stickers
  • Fine crystal glitter
How to make it:
  1. Stamp the tree and heat emboss with sparkly powder.
  2. Cut a small circle to act as a mask and spritz the background with sprays. Remove the mask and colour the moon with yellow watercolour pen.
  3. Add touches of colour to the stamped image with glitter pens. Add some shading around the outside of the trees and at the base of the scene with grey alcohol marker.
  4. Trim the card, outline with black marker, mount onto mirror card and glue to the card front. Stick down the baubles.
  5. Stamp the Christmas banner with Memento ink. Colour with alcohol and glitter pens. Cut out and glue to the card front.
  6. Finish with fine crystal glitter on the foreground and tree branches.

Friday, 21 October 2016

'Tis Near Halloween (by Asha)

Hello again, friends! I'm back with another project for you. Today I want to share with you an easy Halloween card featuring stamps from the Witching Time stamp sheet.

I stamped the image with Archival Ink and used Distress Inks to create the background. Next, I coloured the image with alcohol markers. And to finish the card, I added a few black bling.

I have more pictures and details of tools and products over at my blog. Thank you for stopping by today and come back soon for more amazing creations by the rest of the Design Team.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

brusho halloween

 I watched Lesley demoing a new way of using brusho powders on the Craft Channel last week, and just had to try it out! To a certain extent it is more controllable, but you still get the colour variations.
I used tags, and they were small enough for a trial run but large enough to work on - and Halloween images as it is that time (and I'd managed to find a set!)
Stamp set was nevermore, and I stamped the images first, then added the brusho.
Basically, you sprinkle the powder on very meanly, then use a brush and clean water to activate the brusho, working on a small area at a time and keep wiping the brush clean as you go. I used black brusho, hoping for a varied sky effect, and was quite pleased with the effect I got, even if it was a bit blotchy in places.
I used a window stamp from gothic fragments as a base for the window shape on the top part of the tag, and a much heavier sprinkle of black brusho.

Similar method for the second tag, apart from using the window stamp as a more defined arch, and yellow ochre brusho to colour the stonework.

Thanks Lesley for the idea, will be using this again!
Hope you enjoyed seeing these, more details on my blog
Have a great weekend