Friday, February 16, 2018

Carabelle Studio at Topflight Stamps......

Hi everyone, welcome back to the Topflight Stamps blog. Barbara here today with 3 ATC's made with stamps designed by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio, called DUTCH TULIPS.
These are the very first ATC's I've ever made, but I think I'm 'hooked' 
TOPFLIGHT STAMPS carry a massive range of Carabelle Studio stamps, why not pop over to the website and check them out. 
 I made the backgrounds with Distress Oxides, then stamped the images in Versafine 'Clair'......a bit of shading & doodling and I was done.
These will definitely not be the last ATC's I make.....I already have a few 'ready-inked' for future projects
Please leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking, or have any questions.
Catch you soon,
                                                 Barbara x

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hi Topflight fans! Kristina CraftyPaws here today to share a card made with the crazy cute Duke's Gang stamp set by IndigoBlu.

I did a lot of masking as I stamped each adorable cartoony dog stamp over and over all the way around the card front. I wanted to make sure that I didn't stamp any one stamp next to or behind the same image, and toward the end it got a little dicey so I actually added some spots, extended the bodies, or doodled in more fur lines to some of them to make a few pups look a little more different.

I Copic colored all the pups in a rainbow of colors and when I was done, I was left with a open area right in the middle that was perfect for a sentiment. I borrowed the sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp "You Are Pawesome" stamp set and heat embossed that onto a strip of vellum. I wrapped the vellum strip around the whole width of the card front and secured it to the back. Then I tacked down the vellum with dabs of glue, which I covered with sequins and small metal confetti hearts. 

I wanted to add a little sparkle and interest to the base of the top folding card (I had cut the card front with all the pups down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/2"). So I used a scrap of patterned paper that had "LOVE THIS" written over and over that I glued to the bottom of the card base and then edged it with a bit of glittery washi tape. Then I finally popped on the card front backed with fun foam to add some dimension. 

Thanks for joining me today! If you're interested in any more details about this card, please check out my blog post HERE.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Topflight, Rubber Dance et Visible Image

What a pleasure today to gather on a page of my art journal

Rubber Dance and Visible Image

Here are the stamps I used

Rubber Dance "I Heart Art"

Visible Image "Live Life Now"

I created my page with DécoArt paintings
Violeta Africano
Soft Green
Deep Red
Antique White

TCW Mini Chicken Wire
Tim Holtz Mini Collection Set 9

Nathalie Fournier/Topflight Stamps

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Watercolored Rose by Studio Light

Hi and Welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog! 

It's Jenny here today with you and I am sharing a watercolored card using a GORGEOUS stamp by Studio Light.

The stamp is from their Romantic Botanic Collection and is called Botanic Background Rose.  When I saw this in store at Topflight, I just had to get it.  It's a clear stamp and is big enough to entirely cover an A2 size card (4.25" x 5.5").  

The sentiment on my stamp is from an IndigoBlu sentiment set that you'll have seen me use before called 'Dreams Come True'.  It's a great go to set for sentiments. 

To create my card, I used Cold Press watercolor paper (I used Arches) trimmed to 4.5" by 6 " and then heat embossed the image using Versamark embossing ink and white embossing powder.   

I then painted the image using Daniel Smith watercolors.  The technique I used was wet on wet - adding clean clear water to the image first, then dropping in the paint and letting it wick out.  To create a two-toned look, I used two colors for each part of the image.  The colors were: Leaves: Prussian Green and Green Gold; Rose: Pyrrol Scarlet and Alizarin Crimson; Branches/Buds: Sepia, Burnt Sienna.

When the image was dry I stamped the sentiment directly over the top using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, trimmed it down to the size of an A2 card, and then backed it to a card base using double sided tape.  As a finishing touch, I scattered drops of clear Nuvo Jewel Drops to look like dew on the petals and leaves!

That's it!  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed coloring this - it was SO relaxing.  The Studio Light Romantic Botanic stamps are simply stunning, and Topflight carries several.    Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.  Full supplies can also be found over on my blog.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Divine Paperartsy Flowers

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog. It's Clare here with you today sharing with you a tag made using another of Paperartsy's fabulous new release stamps!

Using Jofy set #59 & Jofy mini stamp JM58 I stamped onto card painted with Paperartsy Fresco acrylic coral paint using a mixture of inks and embossing powders.  I doodled on the flower & leaves using a mixture of gelli roll pens and a white Sharpie.  After fussy cutting I set to one side.

I stamped the sentiment onto some painted card and added some stitching to the outside edge, unpicking a few of the stitches.

I die cut a tag out of some cardboard packaging and distressed it by pulling off the top layer of paper in random areas.  With a dry brush and some chalk Paperartsy paint I brushed over the card, dried and was able to assemble the layers of my tag.

I truly hope you have enjoyed your visit to the Topflight Blog today.  we are open for inspiration every day so remember to keep checking in and see what we have all been creating.

Happy crafting,


Friday, February 9, 2018

Visible Image at Topflight Stamps

Hi bloggers, Barbara here with a tag I've made for Topflight Stamps, using stamps from Visible Image and an inky background.
I started by stamping the ballerina from the 
Born To Perform set, (see below) onto heat-resistant acetate with Versamark, then heat-embossing in black. This was then trimmed and 'glittered'.
 I adhered the ballerina to my inky background. Then I added the two stars, which I filled with glitter,  and a sentiment from the same set. A bit of doodling and I was finished. 
The fibres I've used are 'silk-throwers' waste.... the pic doesn't do the colours justice, they're beautiful.

 Hope you like my little tag....Please leave a comment, if you've enjoyed looking.....good or bad. (I'm a big girl, I can take criticism 😇) 
Catch you soon,
Barbara x

Thursday, February 8, 2018

It's the Doggy Olympics!

Hi Topflight fans! Today I'm coming to you with a piece made in honor of the 2018 Olympics (which starts today) but made with a CraftyPaws (aka doggy) twist. 

I was inspired by the Visible Image Stars and Stripes Stencil. I wanted a distressed/blurry look so I used kitchen and bath latex caulk like modeling paste and was able to get a great texture of stars and stripes. Then to achieve a mottled, bokeh look for the field of blue and red stripes, I used Ken Oliver Color Bursts and spritzed it with some Heidi Swapp Sheer Color Shine for some shimmer.

I used the Katzelkraft Dogs stamp set and Katzelkraft Funny Accessories stamp set to create the doggy athletes representing the USA, UK and Italy (randomly chosen based on the accessory stamps). I did a little bit of stamp altering and doodling to make the American Doberman, British Husky and Italian Basset Hound, and I Copic colored, fussy cut and popped them all up standing on the medal podium.

This project was so much fun to think up and craft. Thanks for joining me today. If you're interested in any more of the details or watching a process video of stenciling with caulk, please check out my blog post HERE.