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Monday, 27 February 2017

Sparkling Meadows (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you today incorporating the 'Caught in Crystal' technique and using some of the lovely silhouette flowers from both the Silhouette Grasses stamp set and the individual Baroque Meadow stamp.

I created a large piece of caught in crystal background, and you can find the full instructions on my blog. I then stamped the Baroque Meadow image, adding the three little silhouette butterflies, using a permanent black ink. I trimmed the piece of background to size, and matted it onto black card.

I found a larger piece of wrinkle free distress background in my stash of left over backgrounds, which was a lovely bright orange, and simply added some pink Distress Ink around the edges so that it toned in with the caught in crystal panel. I added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set, and adhered the background to a large black card blank.

I had a piece of the crystal background left over, and die cut an oval piece from what was left. I stamped an individual flower and one of the little butterflies onto the oval, before matting it onto black card as before. I created a background using Pan Pastels, and added some foliage using Versamark, and Pan Pastels over the top. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Old Stone Bridge by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, back again with my 3rd project this month featuring the fab new stamps.

I started here with Brushos, just lightly sprinkled and spritzed, I laid some bubble wrap over it and left it for a short time, removed it then let it dry naturally, I sometimes leave the bubble wrap on to completely dry but this time I wanted to get a more "watery" effect, I stamped my image's using Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad, once dry I used Brushos to very roughly paint the image, I was aiming for a more "organic" look lol. I added some glitter glue to the foliage but sadly it never photographs well I find, I edged my design with distress ink to create a bit of a frame, I matted and layered using black card.


Thank you for visiting, I hope you like my card and I've inspired you? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Watercolour Scene (by Marga)

Hello all, today I will show you this beautiful stamp from the Kingfisher Song stamp sheet. I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black and coloured it with Distress Ink. I punched a round hole in a piece of paper for the sun. I put the piece of paper down on the image where I would like to have the sun and then I coloured the sun with Distress Ink. Around the sun and the image I added some shadow. The sentiment I usd is from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp sheet, and I stamped this with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I hope that you all liked my post.

Best Regards,

Friday, 24 February 2017

Word Cloud Meadow (by Julie)

Hi there, thanks for stopping by. I have a bumper, three card post for you today using the fabulous stamps that Lesley recently demonstrated on Hochanda. If you managed to catch her shows you may have seen Lesley demonstrate a card using this technique so if you did you will be ahead of the game lol!

For the word cloud I have used the sentiments from Words to Dazzle. Basically you need to choose your sentiments and then arrange them onto an acrylic stamp block. Ink them up and test stamp them onto scrap paper. When you like the appearance of your stamped arrangement you are ready to stamp onto your project.

My first card also uses Baroque Meadow and Silhouette Grasses. The base card is the Silhouette Grasses inked up with Moss Green Versafine and then Fired Brick Distress ink was added over the top. The topper was created by stamping the Baroque Meadow in a very pale dye based ink before over-stamping with the word cloud. For this card I coloured the sentiments with brush markers. Don't worry about the ink drying before you are ready as you can reactivate the ink by giving a good huff onto the rubber before stamping. Before mounting the topper onto the card I edged it with Distress inks.

My second card is almost an exact copy of the first but I have used very muted colours. If you find you do not have any pale inks then you can get around this by using your brighter inks but stamping them onto scrap paper before stamping onto your project. Also known as second generation stamping.

Finally for my third card...I have used the same word cloud arrangement as before, however I have inked up the Silhouette Grasses using yellow, purple and grey dye based inks and stamped onto plain white card. I managed to do this without creating any ink splodges so decided to leave the crisp white card background as it!

Thanks for taking a peek. Please pop back and visit again very soon as there is Design Team inspiration everyday!

Julie xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I miss you (by Dominike)


Parfois, un seul mot suffit pour dire ce que vous pensez.
Parfois, il suffit d'un dessin pour dire combien il est difficile de ne pas pouvoir voir quelqu'un que vous aimez.

Sometimes you don't have to speak for saying your mind.
I think that all is said here.

These wonderful Chocolate rubberstamps are here. They are great !

Kind regards.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Never Stop (by Magda)

I had fun in playing with my thoughts for this card.

Step by Step
1.  On your white card blend very lightly in different areas  Distress Inkpad  Cracked Pistachio and
     Fozzil Amber
2.  Position your stencil on the card and apply with varying pressure Distress Inkpad  Lucky Clover
3.  Move the same stencil slightly and apply Distress Inkpad Fossilized Amber
4.  Stamp some grasses from Silhouette Grasses with Versamark Inkpad Onyx Black directly on the
5.  Stamp on white cardstock the sentiment of Words to Dazzle & Sparkle, blend the edges with
     Distress Inkpad  Lucky Clover and attach it with sticky foam on the card.

The stamps of Silhouette Grasses are so stylish and versatile,  I think you have to try them.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Blue and White Crocus Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my samples with the new stamps recently featured on the shows with Lesley Wharton on Hochanda. I have got a 'thing' about blue & white scenes recently! Tee hee.

  • Spring Bird Crocus stamp set
  • 6 inch square card blank and white stamping card
  • Distress Inkpad (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Fine tipped pen (blue) and gel pen (white)
  • Dies to cut square frames and mats
How to make it:
  1. Cut the frame and square mats for layering. Edge with Distress ink and add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  2. Stamp the image and sentiment with Distress Ink. Pull out the colour using a damp brush. Add some ink to a craft mat and use as a paint to add extra colour and shading. Use the white gel pen to add back some highlights if needed.
  3. Mat and layer onto the card front using 3D foam on the topper for extra depth.