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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Christmas selection (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a selection of Christmas cards made for Lesley's shows on Hochanda.  

To make this acetate card I cut the front off an 8x8card blank leaving a little border (about 2cm) along the top and used red line tape to attach an acetate panel. I stamped the gorgeous little house from New England Winter on watercolour card and added some colour with watercolour paints, highlighted with glitter and glossy accents. I cut this out and then tore several strips of card, adding glitter to the torn edges. The important thing with this style of card is to add some weight to the front of the card otherwise it doesn't stand up properly so the strips of snowy card give the front some strength. Layer the strips of card, popping the house in between. I added some 'snow' with a white Posca Pen and some icicles with glue and glitter. I stencilled the moon using Seasonal Elements stencil and white gesso with a sprinkle of glitter. The sentiment is from Let's Get Festive. I made the background using watercolour paint, creating a very dilute wash of colour. 

My second card was made using Frosty Trees. I began by stamping the slender trees with a rainbow ink pad, it doesn't show too well in the pic but the trees are actually shades of blue/green and purple. Next, I stamped the ornate tree with gilding glue and applied some silver holographic glitter. I used the same stamp to create a border around the white card. I stamped the sentiment (from the same set) with gilding glue and again applied glitter. 

I love these pretty birds and made two colour variations for the show using the Winter Birds set. This one in shades of pink and brown was fairly quick to make. I watercoloured the image and die cut with a spellbinders die before dusting with distress ink (Picked Raspberry and Tea Dye) and added some frantage embossing powder. The sentiment is from Let's Get Festive, I stamped with versamark and carefully embossed with gold embossing powder, carefully missing the word Hearts which I coloured with pink EP. Again this was die cut and distressed before layering up on a shaped easel card made using the same die. 

My last card for today features the same stamp but in more traditional Christmas shades of Red and Green.

I watercoloured the image, adding some glitter for a snowy sparkle and splattering some paint here and there for the background. I stamped the holly border using the little silhouette stamps from the Winter Birds set. I stamped them in green and added red berries using a fineliner pen. I added some dots of white glue and dusted with some glitter. 

I hope we're giving you lots of inspiration for your Christmas cards, this year is whizzing by and it will be here before we know it. Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Christmas Old and New (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing some Christmas projects with you today that were featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. Some of these were old projects that I made a few years ago, but I hope that you do not mind seeing them again.

I will start with a new project, where I created a background, using soft blues and pinks to represent a Winter sky. I added some deeper blue hills using torn paper masks, and stamped the tree from the Frosty Trees stamp set and the sentiment from the Let's Get Festive stamp set, using dark blue ink. Ensuring that the background was completely dry, I added some snowflakes using white embossing powder, and then used some flat-backed gems for added sparkle.

Using another tree from the same stamp set, I created an icy background using metallic paints, and on a smaller scrap of card, I stamped and embossed the tree panel using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder, for a crisp image. I matted the layers onto black card, and added some small black gems. The sentiment comes from the Let's Get Festive stamp set once again.

 I wanted to create a piece of home decor especially for Christmas using my favourite sentiment from the new stamp set. I painted a chipboard heart in soft blue, adding some crackle medium here and there, and then added a vintage white paint over the top. I then stamped the sentiment in a bold red before adding the fabulous pine cones from the New England Winter stamp set around the edges. I used water based markers to colour the stamps, allowing me to add colour exactly where I wanted. A red ribbon completes the project.

This next card is an adaptation of an old card that I first made several years ago, using the Winter Birds stamp set, but I have made it in a different size. These days, I like to make 8" x 8" cards, and so the card does look slightly different from the original. I have added one of the new sentiments this time around as well.

Finally two golden oldies for you, I remade the first one, which was originally given as a Birthday card to someone. It just goes to show that these beautiful stamps can be used at other times of the year, not just at Christmas, with a change of colour. I have used the large image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set, embossed with copper embossing powder, and coloured with Distress Inks and a water brush. The background was also created with Distress Inks, and I have then stamped leaves from the Sunny Sunflowers stamp set, and coloured them with pencils. The sentiment comes from the Nature's Peace stamp set.

Finally a luminary, also using the large image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set. I die cut an aperture from four large printed tags. The images were stamped and embossed onto parchment using white embossing powder, and coloured from behind. I used metal tape to join the tags, which I embossed, and aged with a little bit of black paint.

I hope that my projects have given you some ideas using these fabulous stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Christmas in September part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, here is my second post for this month, featuring the projects I made for the recent Hochanda show, wasn't Lesley fab? 

My first card I splattered with wax, once dry I then stamped the fab Ivy leaf using Gesso, I inked over using Distress inks and dried thoroughly, I then stamped again using Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed using a sparkle gold EP, I tore some vellum and stamped and embossed one of the fantastic new Christmas Sentiments using Versamark and the same EP.

I used a chalk spray ink for my background and heat embossed the pretty design using a pink pearlescent embossing powder, torn vellum and a Christmas sentiment in silver EP

Some simple partial blending using Distress inks and some random stamping in the background using the same inks, the design I used pigment inkpads directly to the stamp.

Simple heat embossed in black EP and coloured using water colour markers which I dotted in various colours to create some texture.

I used Archival inkpads to stamp this beautiful corner stamp and creat an ornate tree, the smaller corner and "Believe" are the stand of the tree.

I hope you like my creations, thank you for visiting, I love reading your comments, have a wonderful day, xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Butterflies and Flowers (by Corine)

Hope you enjoyed the first post last week from this month's guest blogger Corine. This week she has created a project using butterflies and flowers, always a popular theme. So here we go.


Here I am again. This is my second post in September. I will show you today a card with a stamp from the sheet Briar Rose Butterfly

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • Stamp the flowers with butterflies with Stazon Jet Black on watercolor paper and colour with markers/alcohol pens etc. 
  • Cover the paper with a stencil of your choice and sponge with Distress ink. 
  • Stamp the sentiment with MementoTuxedo Black.

See you next week!

Corine van Kuilenburg

Love the way the Briar Rose image just pops out of the stencilled background. Thank you Corine for yet another lovely project.  She will be back again next week with her final one for this month but in the meantime you can catch up with her here.

And don't forget our regular design team girls have loads of fabulous tv samples to share with you, so please keep dropping in for a few minutes of daily inspiration.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Roses and Reindeer's (by Brenda)

Hello all, I'm here again to share a few more of my samples from last months Hochanda shows where Lesley inspired us all with more beautiful stamps.

For my first share I gave a piece of watercolour card a watery covering of DI then stamped Crackling Rose with Versafine black and coloured in with sparkle pens. The sentiment is from Loving Sentiments which I cut into several pieces to arrange around the bloom. The edges have been lightly inked, matted onto coordinating cardstock and a organza bow added down the side.

Reindeer Landscape is such a lovely stamp and I decided to keep it fairly simple. I stamped the main image and added some watercolour to the sky using a mask to block out the moon plus a little shading to the hills, then stamped part of the image twice onto a larger piece of card so that I could raise the focal coloured one in the centre to carry the scene either side. I also stamped one of the Deer again, cut it out and decoupaged offsetting it to the left.

My last share is a bit more inky indulgence using die cuts to create the base card which I then inked with Oxide inks and stamped with Harlequin Bouquet and Floribunda Net, coloured in with the same inks and the sentiment from Loving Sentiments stamped with Versafine black. I also added some leaves using leaves using the Useful Leaves stencil. Finally the three pieces were then tied together with seam binding threaded through eyelets.

Happy day all.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Christmas Cards (By Marga)

Hello all, yes it's time again to slowly make some Christmas cards and today I would like to show you some.

Here I stamped the image on kraft paper and coloured it with pencils. I cut it out and put it on brown paper.

Here I used Distress Ink to stamp the image and with a water brush I coloured the image.

Here I also stamped the image with Distress Ink. I used different colours and with a water brush I went over the colours to create a watercolour scene.

Stamps I used are: Reindeer Landscape, Winter Birds, New England Winter and Lets get Festive



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Roses (byJulie)

Hello, today I have a couple of cards on a Rose theme.

My first card uses the rather lovely Crackling Rose stamp. To start with I stamped the design onto the centre of the card and then onto spare stamping card. I coloured the design on the spare card with Magic Pencils and then cut it out with a die cutting machine and an oval die. Next I added the extra crackles by partially inking up the Large Crackle Background and then just pressing it onto the card with my finger. (no need to use a stamping block). I then used 3d pads to adhere the oval panel to the front of the card. I then cut a frame from lilac paper and ran it through a die cutting machine with an embossing folder. I finished off with a sentiment from Loving Sentiments

My second card is stamped with Floribunda Net. I cut a couple of tags and stamped the Floribunda Net onto the white card stock tag before colouring with Magic Pencils. I created the Brusho background with just yellow and grey, but also added dabs of gold gilding wax as well. Before mounting the tags onto the card I threaded them with a feathery ribbon that I found in my stash and finished off by stamping the sentiment from Loving Sentiments 

Many thanks for popping in and please call back soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx