Saturday, 18 April 2015

Eret's favourite stamps


Good morning, it's time for our mid month inspirational post and a reminder that this months theme is 'Pretty in Pink", there is a fabulous £40 store voucher to be won from PDA who sell not only great quality cardstock and essentials, but much more as well including stamps, embellishments and products from many of our favourite crafts stores such as Imagination and Hobby House.

This time it is Eret who is sharing her five favourite stamps with you. Eret lives in Estonia and I think the beauty of her Country shows through in many of her cards, I will hand you over to her to tell you more about her choices........

"Hi! It's my turn to share my favorite stamps. Oh boy....It's much more difficult than making a card. I have to admit that I failed. I am not able to choose five single stamps. I bring out five stamp sets and try to select favorite images from them.

I'll start with my favorite background stamp: Sparkle N Sprinkle Crackle Background. It's fabulous for adding pattern and texture to all kind of projects.

On this suitcase I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Copper Flame and Caramel embossing powders. I like how this pattern makes it look like an old leather.


Crackle Background looks awesome on masculine cards. On this graduation card it's stamped again with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Detail EP.


I love butterflies. I reach over and over again to the Hero Arts Butterflies #3 set. I can't choose which butterfly from the set is my favorite.

On following card I used butterflies as embellishments. They are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Promarkers and fussy cut.

http://kaardimaania.blogspot.com/2013/08/wings-and-things-and-touch-of-vintage.html

I also love flourishes and swirls. I have many sets but Viva D├ęcor Floral Embellishments I like most. My favorite stamp in there is the largest.

Here's a card with the large flourish and previously mentioned butterflies. Flourish is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and I added some stickles to it.


Shabby Chic Birdhouse  is most gorgeous stamp set I have. I love these pretty images and beautifully designed sentiments.

The bird from this set is so adorable. It's perfect for spring cards. Here's one earlier card I used this image.
http://kaardimaania.blogspot.com/2014/02/bird-cage.html

I also used the birdhouse and sentiment on a chocolate pocket card.

http://kaardimaania.blogspot.com/2014/03/chocolate-pocket-card.html

Here is one more beautiful stamp set - Dahlia. Again, I'm not able to choose one favorite stamp from the set - maybe two: largest flower and leaves. But they are all wonderful.

You can make awesome layering with those images. On following card, largest flower is popped up in four layers.

http://kaardimaania.blogspot.com/2013/10/dahlia.html

That's it! Full details of all the cards are linked to my blog".

Thank you so much for taking the time to share more of your lovely work with us Eret.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April challenge - Pretty in Pink


Welcome to our April challenge and a very Happy Easter to you all.

Our theme this month reflects the pretty blossoms that are bursting into flower at the moment.......

******Pretty in Pink******
We would like to see your predominantly pink creations!
We have two new Design Team members to introduce this month as Maddy has left the team, we will miss your inspiration but hope you will join in some of our challenges in the future. Both of the new girls have been previous winners of our challenge so you may be familiar with their lovely work and crafting styles, please join me in giving a big welcome to Gerrina and Viv.

Now for this months wonderful sponsor and we are pleased to welcome back PDA who are offering a fabulous £40 voucher for their store to one very lucky winner.


PDA sell quality cardstock, pre scored cards and envelopes, essentials such as Spellbinder dies and embossing folders, Imagination Crafts beautiful Sparkle Medium, and some cute charms and crystals from Hobby House. The website is always changing, so call back regularly for all the latest products. 

Now for some inspiration for the Design Team who have as always pulled all the stops out with some stunning pink creations.

Brenda
Using PDA Advocate smooth 330gsm card blank, Stardream 120gsm Pearl and Colourplan 135gsm matting papers


Eret

Gerrina


Lynne
Using stamps from Card-io Majestix sets Secret Garden & Golden Daffodils from PDA.

Sally
 All papers, card and Woodware stamp from PDA


Tracy

Viv

Now it's over to you to wow us with your pink creations.


Friday, 3 April 2015

March winners


Morning all, time to announce the winner and Top 3 from our March masculine challenge and what beauties you shared with us, I no longer believe this myth that us crafters shy away from male cards as there were some absolute stunners.

And of course that meant our job of selecting our winners was extremely difficult but these things have to be done and the overall winner is............

Diana please see note below
Great shape, dimension and composition


Congratulations Diana, please mail me within seven days (in line with our published rules above) with your full name and postal addy so I can arrange your prize. Note added 11th April, sadly Diane did not make contact and I have been unable to locate an e.mail address for her so the prize will therefore be carried forward to a later date as per our rules as listed on the top menu bar.

Voting was very close so our top three are a top four this month and in no particular order they are..........

All the heat embossing looks super


Sue
Such a tranquil scene

Great image and colours

Fabulous detail and texture

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back Sunday with our April challenge.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Joan's favourites


Good morning, just popping in with our mid month inspirational post, the last few months the DT have been taking it in turn to share their favourite five stamps and some artwork using them and this month it is my pleasure to introduce JoanJoan is one of our newer team members but had been a regular entrant and winner of our challenge and has fitted into the team perfectly. 

Don't forget our March 'One for the Guys' theme is still running  with a £35 gift voucher from FoilPlay to be won and you will find the post below this one. Now I will had you over to Joan.......................

"My turn for mid month inspiration in which we are to choose five favourite stamps and show something made with them. Well its an almost impossible task to choose only five from my enormous collection, I have been a rubber stamp addict for over twenty years and have never parted with any of my stamps, my favourite stamp is always the one I'm just using ,anyhow here goes

I'm a great fan of Inkylicious stamps so this is just one of them, "Live Your Life" and also vine flourish



My second choice is a Penny Black Stamp called scented message, lovely for birthday cards


And next is a Stampendous stamp, Ranunculous,  great for stamping on inky backgrounds


Now I know Brenda used this one last month but I had to include it too , love the butterflies but the text stamp must be my most used background stamp ever ! Papillon


And finally this is actually a set of stamps, Stampin Up Gorgeous grunge, my "go to" set for quick and effective cards - especially for men!

  

Thanks you so much for sharing your lovely cards with us Joan, I am sure everyone has enjoyed seeing them as much as I have.
 
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