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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Elegant Peacock Mask (by Penny)

Today sees the final project from our Guest Design Team member, Penny Butler, for this month. She has created a fabulous Venetian style mask in a bold peacock theme.

Penny writes:

Hi everyone, I hope this finds you all well. I have a fun project today for you as my third Guest Designer post here this month.

I have used stamps from the Tangled Peacock and Peacock Parade stamp sets, gold gilding paint, Versafine Ink, gold embossing powder, black artist's pen, Distress Ink, gold acrylic paint, and gems from my stash.

On some white card, I stamped two tails and the body of a peacock, and embossed them in gold. I then cut the images out and painted them. I painted the mask with gold gilding paint, and when dry, I used a couple of worker stamps to decorate it. I then used the black marker pen to accentuate the eye holes. I added some gems from my stash to accent the tails, and added some more to the mask. I attached the tails to either side of the mask, and the peacock body to the centre above the nose. I also added a couple of tiny gems to the corners of the eyes, and finished the project by adding some ribbon to tie the mask on with.

A beautiful fun project for parties, home decor, or a keepsake.

Thank you Penny for such an inspirational way to use these stamps. Penny will be back to share more projects on the blog with us in a few months' time. You can see her work featured regularly in some of our compilation posts each month here on the blog, and she also contributes to the TV shows on Hochanda. Penny's blog can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Happy summer (from France by Dominike)

It is a sunny summer in France. Time spending with my grandson is a wonderful time.
I made cards with colors and one Chocolate Baroque rubber stamp. I like playing with the same subject for different projects.

Il fait très beau en France et passer du temps avec mon petit-fils est un moment merveilleux.
J'ai fait quelques cartes avec un seul tampon CB. J'aime beaucoup ce jeu. J'espère que vous aussi.
A bientôt.

I hope you like this.
Kind regards from the sea.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Best Wishes (By Magda)

Hello Ladies, this time  it was quite difficult to choose only some of  the beautiful Mackintosh collection sets for my card.

Step by Step :

1. Stamp twice one near the other the stamp from the set Mackintosh Beauty using Versafine small 
    Inkpad Onyx Black on a white card
2. Colour only the background portion of the stamps dabbing with a Watercolor BrushDistress Ink 
    Pad Tumbled Glass to a create a transparency window glass
3. Stamp again the stamp of point 1. on another white piece of cardstock
4. Colour this time only the flower and the leaf with watercolor pencils
5. Colour between the leaf and the flower with Distress Ink Pad, as done at point 2.
6. Cut as decoupage the contour of the flower glue it with Ranger Triangular Collage Glue Stick
    between the two white flowers of the card
7. Stamp with  Versafine small Inkpad Onyx Black the sentiment of the set Mackintosh Sentiments
    and decorate the bottom of the card.

I hope my project has made you curious to learn more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and the Mackintosh Style.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Winter Shaker Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my recent show samples using one of the lovely seasonal ladies – Winter Dawn. I just had to go over the top with sparkle and bling for this one – tee hee.

This one does make a nice Christmas card (sorry to use the ‘C’ word) - but it could just as equally make a nice winter birthday card too.


How to make it:

  1. Stamp the image with Versamark and emboss with the silver powder. Colour with pencils and use fine tipped black pen to darken eyes. Use the white pen to enhance highlights. Add glitter glue to snowflakes. You could stop at this stage and simply mat and layer onto the card front.
  2. Cut a frame from holographic card. Using texture paste add the lettering through the stencil. Quickly coat with loose glitter. When dry enhance the lettering by drawing on a drop shadow with black pen.
  3. Trim the acetate to fit behind the frame. Add snowflakes using Kristall and applying through the stencil. When dry glue to the back of the frame with strong tape. Apply the framed window to the card with 3D foam tape ensuring that there are no gaps. Before sticking down add a pile of crystal glitter to the middle of the card.
  4. Finish with die cut snowflakes.

Summer Day and Winter Solstice (posted by Claire)

Good morning, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I love all of the gorgeous seasonal ladies and it was a real treat to find that Lesley had produced some lovely stencils to go with them. I've used both the stamps and stencils for my projects today.

To make Summer Day I began by stamping Summer Fayre on to kraft card and colouring her with Lyra pencils. I dry brushed around the image with white gesso and also applied gesso to a piece of corrugated card. Once the gesso was dry I applied different shades of green acrylic paint through the Useful Leaves stencil to create the background, this is definitely a useful stencil but so pretty too. I added the lettering using the Seasonal Journey stencil and a little red acrylic paint. To finish the wall hanging I added some ribbon, gingham trim and little paper poppy.

I've used a much darker more dramatic colour palette to create Winter Solstice. I began by stamping 
Winter Dawn onto white car and coloured her with Graph'It Markers. I outlined the image with a black marker annd then applied black gesso all round and then added some colour using Twinkling H2O paint in blued and purples. I stamped the image again on acetate using versmark in and embossed with a sparkly white powder. I cut the snowflakes out and layered them up over the image. I added a little glue and glitter too give some more dimension. I added some stencilling around the image using the Seasonal Elements stencil and glassy gel medium, sprinkling with more glitter while the medium was still wet. The colours of the paint have bled through this while it was drying, a happy accident as I love the effect!  I applied clear versamark ink through the stencil to create the wording and embossed with white sparkly powder. I added a little scrap of ribbon and a snowflake embellishment to finish off.

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beauty Blooms With Grace (by Asha)

Hello again, friends. I come bearing an Art Journal featuring stamps from two utterly gorgeous sheets: Mackintosh Beauty and Mackintosh Windows.

I created the floral arrangements in the corners by cutting up the various images from both sets and adhering them together to form a bouquet. I framed the page with a lace stamp from the Texture Fragments sheet, stamped with light grey ink.

The background is a blend of soft shades of pale pink and lavender acrylic paints.

As always, I have details of the tools and products used on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and drop in soon for more designs by the team.


Friday, 21 July 2017

seasonal ladies

 I have three of my sample cards for last month's tv shows to show you today. It was hard to have favourite ladies, but I think these two stamps are well in the running!
For both cards the summer fayre stamp was stmaped using black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils, masked with masking fluid, and brusho backgrounds added.
For the first card I partially diecut the lady out, leaving the butterfly and poppies outside the die. The base card was coloured with distress oxide inks, leaves added using the useful leaves stencil and overstamped with the large crackle stamp. The poppies in the foreground are from the floral notes plate, stamped onto leftover paper coloured with brushos and fussy cut out.

The base card was done in the same way for the second version, but the lady was cut down to a rectangle and matted onto gold card. I  sprinkled red brusho over the green background to try to create a poppy field effect, but it didn't quite work....

For the autumn medley stamp I tried to create a wood effect with the brushos, using my version of a  technique found on Youtube. I started with a piece of white card, sprinkled brown and red powder at the top, and used a damp sponge to drag the colour down the page. The colours are more blended together than the original, which used acrylic paints to blend the powders, but i was quite pleased with the result. back ground mounted onto black and gold, then onto white base card blank.
The lady was stamped with black versafine ink,  coloured with pencils and fussy cut out. I stamped the hair part again several times onto a spare piece of card coloured with orange, yellow and brown brushos, and fussy cut out the best leaves and decoupaged them onto the original.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blue Poppies (by Penny)

Hello everyone, here is the second post this month from Penny Butler. She has made a pretty card incorporating some stunning blue poppies.

Penny writes:

Hello again, I hope everyone is well and still enjoying our Summer. Today I have a lovely 'worker' card for you, my second post here as Guest Designer this month.

I have used the Poppy Meadow and Words of Inspiration stamp sets, Kraft paper, black card, Distress Crayons, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, metallic colouring pencils, and bits and bobs from my stash.

I scribbled the crayons onto the Kraft paper and blended them with a little water. I added Distress Ink around the edges, matted the background onto black card, and attached it onto a white base card. On another piece of black card, I stamped and embossed a poppy. I coloured it in with pencils, then cut around it leaving a small border. I attached it with dimensional glue. I then stamped and embossed a sentiment in black onto a piece of Kraft paper, die cut it into a tag, and added ribon. I added the same ribbon, some lace and a button to the card with some adhesive tape, then added the tag. I finished the design with some Stickles glitter glue.

Penny will be back with her final project of the month next week,