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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

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Birthday Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing two cards today that were featured on one of last month's floral TV shows on Hochanda. Although both cards are similar in style, I have used very different methods to create them.

For my first card, I chose to concentrate on the Fuchsia stamp plate, and masked an oval area in the centre of a piece of smooth watercolour paper first of all. I stamped and embossed the small fuchsia silhouette stamp, and then covered the background with Distress Ink. I added a touch of shading around the oval using a grey pencil to add the impression that the oval was layered on top of the background.

I removed the mask, and stamped the large fuchsia and sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set inside. I coloured the image with Distress Inks and a water brush. Finally, I attached the background to a large black card blank.

For my second card, I coloured a piece of drawing cartridge with Distress Ink, and then spritzed it with water, to achieve a mottled effect. Using the same colour ink, I stamped a tiny flower sprig from the Hyacinth stamp set randomly over the background. I attached a scrap of book page, some cream lace and brown ribbon across the centre, before moving on to the focal point of the card.

I coloured the edge of a die cut oval with the same colour ink as I had used on the background. Using dark brown ink, I then stamped the daisy head from the Lily stamp set three times, masking them with masking tissue. I stamped the grass image from the Hyacinth stamp set, filling in the gaps between the daisies, and using second generation stamping at the back, for depth.

I removed the masks, and using a brown fineliner pen, I extended the stalks of the daisies, to complete the image. I coloured the images with Distress Inks and a water brush, before attaching the oval to my card. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set onto the background.

I will be back later in the month with some more floral projects for you. Do keep checking out the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from my team mates. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

Something floral by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you’re all prepared for the holiday season, I certainly am.
Anyway here are some of the projects I made for Hochanda.

My first is a grey board heart which I first Gessoed, I used Gelato’s for the background, I stamped the beautiful Hydrangea onto a another piece of card and coloured with watercolour markers, I added some touches of glitter pen, I used the Butterfly stencil with texture paste and stamped over using the coordinating stamps and coloured using the markers again, decoupaged my flower, Gilding waxed the butterflies and edges to finish off.

Very simple, heat embossed the Teasles and coloured using glitter pens and water brush.

Blended Distress inks and created Bokeh effect with White pigment ink through a stencil, I drew the stems using a marker pen.

Repeated the colours and stamps to one corner inside just to create some interest.

I hope you like my creations, I loved creating them and it’s such a boost seeing them on the ol telly box.
Have a great day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Imagine by Brenda

A very good morning, Brenda here with today's share of more samples from Lesley's recent Hochanda shows which featured he most beautiful floral and Butterfly stamps that were a joy to work with.

My starting place for the above card was a background of Oxide Distress Inks which like so many of us I am totally addicted to. Onto the background I stenciled an arch window using Distress Ink, stamped what is probably my favourite Chocolate Baroque sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp sheet using Versafine Toffe and using the same ink stamped a selection of leaves around the edge from the Tangled Garden stamp sheet. The beautiful Butterfly is from the same set stamped onto Bristol cardstock and coloured with distress inks, the same colours as the background but not Oxides as I find the chalky finish can detract from the detail of the image.

For this card I used the blooms from Bold Blooms and leaves from the same set and Tangled Garden, stamping all onto a piece of card coloured with Distress Inks and Pearl Mica Spray, I like to add that to inky backgrounds sometimes as it helps to bleed the colours and also leaves a nice sheen. I used a piece of torn paper to create a sunray effect when I wanted to place the flower which I layered up after cutting our three different sized blooms . I cut he leaves out and arranged onto a hand drawn stem with a little bit of doodling to ass interest. The lovely Wordsworth quote is also from Bold Blooms.

I had an idea to create a shadow box surrounded by Butterfly, so started out with the base made using a die set. I coloured a large sheet of card with Distress Oxides concentrating on keeping within a tonal colour palette of oranges and yellows. Onto that I stamped several Butterflies from Tangled Garden and cut out ready to assemble around the frame. The fairy within the aperture is from June Fairy set and grasses from Silhouette Grasses stamped with Versafine Toffee and a masked and inked background plus a few small stamped Butterflies. Finally I layered the Butterflies around and within the layers of the shadow box.

This one to coin Charlie of Hochanda's words is "heavy on the grunge", I started with acrylic paints and brushed them randomly over a piece of 600gsm Fabriano cardstock, it's so sturdy that it takes water and wet mediums without warping. Next added some texture paste through a stencil to the top corner and applied some gilding polish to lift the pattern. I also added some gold gilding flakes here and there. The Lily is from the Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy stamped with versamark and heat embossed with copper detail powder and then colour added using the same acrylic paint as the background, the sentiment is from Birthday Words and finally some lace tied across the bottom.

On the rare occasion I find myself with time on my hands I make up a batch of inky backgrounds as I find it really handy to have some in reserve when I am up against the clock to get sample made. This is one of those using acrylic paints and crackle glaze onto which I randomly stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words and then the focal bloom from Breath of Spring  using Versafine Black and then colourd in with sparkle pens and stickles. The base has been stamped with several of the foliage stamps from the Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy.

As always my thanks for taking the time to visit today.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wishing you...(by Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn to show you something

I first made the background with Distress Ink. Then I made the background stamp from the Dusky Damask stamp set wet and stamped over the background. It takes some of the ink from your paper.
Then I stamped the Lily image and coloured it also with the Distress Ink.

Stamps I used are:
Dusky Damask
Birthday Words

Hugs Marga

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Floral Delights (by Julie)

Hello, today I have three cards that I made especially for Lesley's recent Hochanda shows.

My first card is made with the absolute gem of a set titled very simply as lily .
To start with I stamped the Gerbera style flower onto copy paper and cut out to make masks. (I only stamped the Gerbera once but folded the paper so that when I cut the flower out I had 3 copies) This is so that I can cover the stamped flowers on the main design and then go in and stamp the foliage stamp over the top. The foliage then appears in the background when you remove the masked Gerberas from the card front.
I coloured with a blue Distress ink and splattered with acrylic paint.
The design was finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words, which I cut out using a circle die.

The focal panel on my second card is again made using the Lily set as before. I have simply coloured the background with Distress inks and then stamped the designs with Onyx Black Versafine before colouring with pencils and adding white paint pen highlights.
The base card was stamped with the Hyacinth from the set of the same name and then coloured with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. 

My last card is stamped using the Hyacinth set. The background is coloured with Distress ink and the  main image was stamped in a grey ink before colouring with pencils. Using a pale ink loses some of the detail once the design is coloured so I filled some of it back in with a fine tipped black pen. The base card was stamped with one of the little foliage stamps from the same set and the card was finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words as before.

Many thanks for take a look. Please call back soon for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx