Saturday 28 November 2020

TV Demos

 These are my 4 demonstration cards from Hochanda TV last weekend.
No.1 is Groovy Blooms stamped and masked before stamping the flowers.  I also then cut around the top half of largest flower before scoring the card.  Coloured with alcohol markers.
No.2 is some of the elements from the Best Friends: Girls clear stamp set, stamped around a cut out circle (otherwise I wouldn't be able to maintain the circle shape).
No.3 Petalwork Passion embossed in white onto kraft card.  The same with the leaves but they have been sponged with a green Distress Oxide.  The background is kraft card coloured with Distress Oxides.
No.4 The elements from Best Friends: Boys.  The puppy has been stamped onto our Christmas Tag and '5 Today' is from our Typewriter Alphabet clear stamp set.  The background of the card is one of our inksplat stamps.

Saturday 21 November 2020

Hochanda TV today

Our new Petalwork Passion and Groovy Blooms will be on Hochanda TV today at 11am.
Both sets of rubber stamps were hand drawn by Vicky.
For these cards Vicky has embossed in silver on coloured vellum.


Saturday 14 November 2020

NEW Best Friends : Boys

Best Friends : Boys is our next brand new clear stamp set designed by Sherry West.
You can find it on our website here.
Both cards created by DT member Alysha Sheridan
You can see that again Alysha has used many of the elements included in the set to create the wreath of bugs.
I think these images that Sherry has created are adorable, we will be featuring all these new stamps in our Hochanda TV show on Saturday 21st November at 11am.

Friday 13 November 2020

NEW Best Friends : Girls

 The first of our new stamps just launched is Best Friends : Girls
A clear stamp set designed by Sherry West.
You can find this new clear stamp set here.
The set includes the girls but also the elements that DT member Alysha Sheridan has used to create the wreath.  Both cards created by Alysha.
When I'm trying to create a circle I use a punched or die cut circle as a template to work around otherwise mine would be wonky.
Sentiments from our clear stamp sets.

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Upcycling Light Bulbs as Christmas Decorations

 If you've visited our store you might have seen our chandeliers, we have 9 and the total number of light bulbs is 45 - yes 45!  
So when we replace bulbs every couple of months we then have an abundance of dead bulbs, 
so Vicky decided to start decorating some.
Vicky used the Stix2 3D PVA glue to create the patterns on the bulbs and then covered them with glitter, but before she started  she did wipe an anti-static bag over the bulbs to make it easier to remove the excess glitter.
It's very easy and fun to do.

Saturday 7 November 2020

Otter Snuggles

 Vicky decided to experiment with some different colours on the animals and this is her Otter version which she painted with aquacolour crayons.
It could be the reflection of the water giving their coats that blue sheen.

Friday 6 November 2020

Kingfishers by Irene

 Our DT member Irene Carolan likes to make big cards, so that leaves lots of room for some great background papers like this stripy one.
Plus a sentiment from one our clear birthday sets.
Kingfishers designed by Teri Sherman

Thursday 29 October 2020

Foxes or Wolves

During our Hochanda TV show with Adam he was convinced these were wolves, even though the stamp is called Foxy Mama.  So I looked for an image to compare the 2 and yes they are very similar so it could be used for either.  And for anyone that was watching the show you will be pleased to know that the artist Teri Sherman was also watching a making a list of other animals that were requested, so watch this space.
Cards created by DT member Alysha Sheridan.


Wednesday 28 October 2020

Double Waterfall Cards

 Vicky was determined to make our 12 Days of Christmas stamp sets into waterfall cards, but it turns out they have to be double waterfall cards as you can't have more than 6 (but best with 5) in each waterfall.
So this is the result using our 12 Days of Christmas original set and the mini set.

Monday 26 October 2020

Kingfishers on Shrink

 If you are a regular visitor here you will be well aware of my love of shrink plastic.  Now I didn't think these new stamps would lend themselves to shrink but DT member Debbie Watts proved me wrong with several of her hards so I decided to give it a go.
Here I have stamped the Kingfishers with Black Stazon Pigment inkpad onto the smooth side of sanded shrink plastic.  I gave it a couple of minutes to dry before turning over and colouring onto the sanded side with Pastel Chalk Pencils.
Remember the colours intensify as it shrinks so don't go too heavy with your colouring.

Sunday 25 October 2020

Otters by Irene

 DT member Irene Carolan created this card with our new Otters by Teri Sherman.
And words from our clear stamp sets.

Saturday 24 October 2020

Hochanda TV today at 3pm

 DT member Irene Carolan created these using the Kingfishers and Puffin Love by Teri Sherman.
And the Scriptilicious Blooms in the background.
We will have these and more on Hochanda TV today at 3pm.

Friday 23 October 2020


 DT member Alysha Sheridan created the top card and Brenda Weatherill the bottom card using our new Kingfishers by Teri Sherman.
What you can't see is the sparkle on the top card giving it a beautiful shimmer.
See these and more on Hochanda TV on Saturday 24th October at 3pm.

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Foxy Mama by Brenda

 DT member Brenda Weatherill created these lovely samples with our new Foxy Mama stamp by Teri Sherman.
Our Scenic / Rolling Hills are in the background.
See these and many more on Hochanda TV on Saturday at 3pm.

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Marbled Black Cat

 Vicky stamped our Mini Italian Marble background stamp with Distress Oxides and then stamped over the top with our Black Cat  in a black ink.  But as you can see you can still see the veining of the Oxide Marble shining through.

Monday 19 October 2020

12 Days of Christmas - Waterfall Card

 Vicky was determined to make this work as a waterfall card but had to split it into 2 strips of 6 as it really did not work with all 12 together.
Vicky has also made a version with the Mini 12 Days of Christmas.

Sunday 18 October 2020


 Vicky has been playing with the new designs by Teri Sherman.
As this is the Kingfishers coloured with Aquacolour Crayons.

Wednesday 14 October 2020

12 Days Shrink

 You know how much I love my shrink plastic so I decided to shrink the 2" 12 Days images on white shrink, and then I have placed it beside a card with the 12 Days Mini so you can see that the original shrinks to a smaller size than the mini - Mini's are 2.4cm and the shrunken originals are 2cm.
I stamped onto the shrink with black Stazon pigment and coloured with Brushables.

Tuesday 13 October 2020

New - Puffin Love

 The fourth and final instalment of our new releases by Teri Sherman is Puffin Love, you can find them here.
These gorgeous birds with bright coloured bills, known as the clown among seabirds, are under threat worldwide and there has been a severe decline in the UK breeding population.
Card by Alysha Sheridan

Monday 12 October 2020

New - Otter Snuggles

 Third in our new release by Teri Sherman is Otter Snuggles available here.
We are lucky enough to have Otters in our local river (River Great Ouse) which runs through town and contains lots of wildlife.
Card by Alysha Sheridan

Sunday 11 October 2020

New - Kingfishers

 The second of our new animal pairs from Teri Sherman is the Kingfishers available here.
These are such beautifully colourful birds that I find fascinating to watch.
Card created by Alysha Sheridan.

Saturday 10 October 2020

New - Foxy Mama

 Artist Teri Sherman drew a range of images that are pairs of animals, we have previously released Nuzzling Cats and now we have 4 new ones, this is Foxy Mama which you can find on our website here in either cling mounted or unmounted.
Card created by Alysha Sheridan

Friday 9 October 2020

12 Days of Christmas - 2"

 I only recently realised that I had omitted to add our original 12 Days of Christmas to our website, the mini version was on there but not the 2" version, so this has now been rectified.  You can find it here.

We've decided to add this stamp set to our next Hochanda show on 24th October as well as bringing back the Mini version.  So obviously we needed to pull out the set and have another play.
These are what I made this week using our Square Postage Frame and Flourished Frame, I was aiming for non Christmas cards.
Frames are all embossed in white on kraft cards and 12 Days images are stamped in Potting Soil Archival onto kraft card and coloured with Lyra Polychromos pencils.

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Jessie with a Jar and Marbled Paper

 Do you remember Jessie with a Jar by Sherry West.
Here she is on a background of Marbled Paper by JudiKins.
Thank you for our Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set.
Card created by Irene Carolan.

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Mix of Mini Backgrounds

Brenda Weatherill has used a mix of our new Mini Background stamps to create these cards.  On the top card she has used all 4 of them on some MDF circles as well as Arabesque on the card.

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Marbled Paper

Marbled Paper by JudiKins is always an image I have loved because it reminds me of old books, I used to love browsing the old bookstores in Cambridge to find the interesting looking books to add to my bookshelves.
Brenda Weatherill created these cards, the top card is Marbled Paper stamped in black over a coloured background and the bottom card is Marbled Paper embossed in white over several layers of dark blue card.


Tuesday 29 September 2020

French Love Letter

Our Mini French Love Letter Background (by JudiKins.
Cards created by Debbie Dickson using our Vintage Rose as well as the Sweet Pea Botanical (by JudiKins).
Sentiments from our Birthday clear stamp sets.


Monday 28 September 2020

Arabesque Background

I think of the 4 new backgrounds that Arabesque might be my favourite, but that could change tomorrow.
Irene Carolan created these cards using our Blossom Girl (by Teri Sherman) and Fuchsia Botanical (by JudiKins).  Sentiments from our clear Birthday stamp sets.
I think you'll agree that these are stunning cards.


Sunday 27 September 2020

Is my stocking empty?

Another adorably cute design by Sherry West.
These 2 cards were made by Irene Carolan.
Happy Christmas is from the Poppi Pokkadot Christmas set
All of these are clear photopolymer stamps available on our website here.