Friday, November 15, 2019

Christmas Baubles

Happy Friday! Our weather here in Houston, TX has finally turned chilly and its feeling a little more like winter. Today, I'm playing with this beautiful set called Baubles from Pink Ink Design.

This set has a variety of beautiful ornaments that are perfect for any type of Christmas card.

I chose the biggest stamp in the set which is large enough to cover an A2 card.

I can't wait to use this set to create more Christmas cards. For more details on how I created this card, stop by my blog Strangely Creative.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Season's Greetings Canvas

Hello to all my crafty friends! Mary here with my 2nd November Guest Designer for Topflight Stamps Blog post.  

Today, I have for you a small holiday canvas using a Carabelle Studio Christmas Tree Stamp , a Visible Image- Go To Christmas Words stamp and a Lavinia Stamps Icicles stamp to create this wintery scene. 

I started off with a 4x5 canvas, collaging ripped snowflake/ woodgrain paper onto it with collage medium.  Then I pushed glass bead gel through a random dots stencil and put it aside to dry.

While waiting for the glass bead gel to dry, I stamped the Christmas tree onto four different green scrapbook papers using black ink, cut them apart into sections, and glued them onto a piece of kraft paper into multi-colored trees.   I cut out some tree trunks from the left over kraft paper and glued them onto the trees.  I edged the trees with brown distress ink for a more finished look.

Then, I stamped the icicle stamp onto gray/blue paper with embossing ink, poured silver glittery embossing powder over top of the images and heat the powder to set.  I fussy cut them out after they cooled down a bit.

After the glass bead gel dried, I scraped snowflake paste onto the bottom of the canvas to make some snow and glued down the icicles at the top of the canvas.  I then filled in the gaps between the icicles with more embossing ink and silver glittery embossing powder, heating it to set. I then set it aside to dry again.

After the snowflake paste dried, I secured the trees to the canvas with foam tape to give them dimension and then splattered some white acrylic paint so it looked like it was snowing.

I stamped the sentiment onto green scrapbook paper with black ink, fussy cut it out, then secured it down with foam tape also. 

To embellish the trees a bit more, I cut four stars from a string of dimensional stars and glued them on top of the trees. 

I felt like the snow at the bottom of the canvas needed a little help matching the icicles, so I painted the paste with white paint, and then used gray/blue distress in the shadows to create some cohesion with the top of the piece. 

The last thing I did was to paint the edges and sides with a gold paint pen to create a finished look.

I hope this canvas gets you in the mood to create some fun holiday crafts!  

Here are the stamps I used:

Find me on social media as Motley Mixed Media on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

O Christmas Trees

Hello, Topflight Fans!  Today I'm using the For the Love of Stamps O Christmas Tree set to create 3 different Christmas cards that are really quick to make, which is exactly what I need during this busy holiday card making season.

For the sparkle and shine card I sponged the card front with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers as well as Prism Ink Wild Mushroom and the Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil.

I stamped the tree and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black. That gold background?  I used Deco Foil spray and Deco gold foil with my laminator.

For my second card, I used some leftovers, including the plaid background (Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers) and panel stamped with Ultimate Crafts Fractal Snowflakes and white pigment ink.

I used Prism Ink Red Chili for the tree and Prism Ink Roasted Coffee for the sentiment.

My final card uses the last of the For the Love of Stamps O Christmas Tree images, stamped in Versamark and embossed with Ranger White Detail Fine Embossing Powder on a panel I had sponged with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.

The background uses the Ultimate Crafts Fractal Snowflakes and a variety of Distress Oxides randomly stamped on there.

If you'd like to check out my other creations, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Snow is Falling...

Hello everyone!  Betsy on the blog here know it's coming...SNOW!  Actually as I was making this card it was snowing outside my window!

I am using this Visible Image card: "Snow Is Falling"

I love the look of spontaneity that marks the Visible Image style and this stamp set does not disappoint.  It's also a very uncomplicated card that could easily be mass produced...just in case you were making a ton of winter cards!

I first cut my background paper to 4" x 5 1/4".  I heat embossed the large snowflake in white 
on the upper portion of the panel.

I then die cut a small strip of white for the ground using a stitched die and
 heat embossed in navy the sentiment.  Then I adhered this to the bottom of my card.

I added tiny clay snowflakes and used my shimmer pen for added sparkle.

I covered the base of my white top folding A2 size card base with a panel of navy blue and
the mounted my finished panel on top.
And that finished my card!  How easy and not very many steps!

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:

White Top Folding A2 size card base
Navy Card Stock
Patterned Paper
Scrap white card stock
White & Navy Embossing Powders
Shimmer Pen
Snow Sequins/clay bits
Stitched cutting die

For a more detailed tutorial on this project please visit my blog at:

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Ephemera for Junk Journals with PaperArtsy

Hi Topflight Stamps Fans, Karen Bearse here making ephemera with PaperArtsy infusions for this Mix Media Monday. I had so much fun playing & experimenting with these crystal gems. I encourage you to see what great backgrounds, paper for die cuts or journal cards you can come up with. The possibilities are limitless. I have a full tutorial on my blog here.

Here is some of the fun created with this play!

To start with you definitely need some Infusions. I used mainly Lemoncello, Emerald Isle, Black Current, Black Knight, Sunset Beach, Royal Blood, & A Bit Jaded.

All the stamps used were by PaperArtsy. This is ZA18.

Here is a fun Christmas set that is great for some background image as well as focal points. ESN40

When creating holiday projects remember you can use images & quotes from other sets. The Don't forget to fly is perfect for Christmas! ETS27.

Here is one of my finished tags, you can see the stamping in the background, the stamped images which were colored with watercolor paint & some extra ephemera. This tag is perfect for art journal, December Daily or your scrapbook page. I hope you get a chance to get inky today!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Snowflakes & Coffee

Happy Friday! I hope your week has been going well. Ericka here and I have one more coffee card for you as part of the Coffee Lovers 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. To check out the Topflight Sponsor post click here.

For my card I used the IndigoBlu Snowflakes set, the Coffee Cup Washi from Alexandra Renke, and the Katzelkraft set Coffee & Tea To Go.

I love this washi tape and the watercolor look of the coffee cups.

To find out more about how I created my card, stop by my blog Strangely Creative. Have a wonderful day and I hope your weekend is filled with some creative plans!

Top Flight Stamps carries lots of fun Coffee themed stamps you can see them HERE.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Black Crow Stamped Tag

Hello Topflight Stamp fans – I'd like to introduce our November Guest Designer, Mary Szymanski! We are excited to see what she's going to cook up for us this month. Here is a little bit about her:

I am a wife and mom living in Southeastern Michigan. I’m a self taught Mixed Media Artist who loves to work with color and texture. I usually work small, on ATCs, small journal pages and canvases. I’ve been known to work on bigger canvases a time or two. I enjoy sharing my work and teaching budding artists how to make their own projects with fun textures and supplies. 

Now check out this cool mixed media tag she's created for her first project! Read on for her directions on how this came together:

Hi, crafty friends!  Mary Szymanski here on the Topflight Stamps Blog as the November Guest Designer showing you how I used some wonderful stamps you can get on Topflight Stamps to create this fun tag.

I started off by swiping a #8 manila tag through watered down distress inks in greens and blues.  I love the abstract look of that technique.  Kind of looks like the sky and trees to me. 

I then took the beautiful Carabelle Studio Indian Inspired #1 by Birgit Koopsen stamp (pictured below) and stamped it all around the tag with brown distress ink with and without water sprayed on the stamp.  The image is not whole or perfect and that's what I was going for.  It makes the tag a little grungy looking.

I also used the brown ink to edge the tag. 

I stamped the beautiful Lavinia Crow Drake Stamp (pictured below) in the bottom right corner.  I ripped brown and white chevron washi tape and made a "branch" for the crow to stand on. 

To add a few more focal points, I stamped the small flower from the PaperArtsy JOFY 64 set (pictured below) on white cardstock and colored them with light green, orange and yellow markers, cut them out and glued them down.  Then I drew in the stems and colored them in with a green paint pen.

I made some marks on the bottom of the tag with a green paint pen to make "grass".  For a final touch, I added a black and white quote sticker which says, "there is beauty in simplicity".

I tied some fancy string and seam binding through the hole and viola!

Here are some closeups of the finished tag:

I hope you are inspired by this project I created using Topflight Stamps and want to create a fun tag of your own!

Visit me on social media here to see more of my art:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Autumn Fairy

Ahh, Autumn.  My favorite time of year!  Today's card features Lavinia Autumn Fall Large but you could easily substitute Lavinia Tree Goddess Luna, Lavinia Raven, Lavinia Three Dancing Fairies and many more for this scene.

I started the card by sponging the card front with Distress Oxide Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, and Candied Apple. I then used the PaperArtsy JOFY PS147 Stencil to represent the floating path of leaves.

I spattered PaperArtsy Autumn Fire and Terracotta Fresco Chalk Paint onto the background. I did water it down a bit for easier spattering.

I stamped the Lavinia Fairy images and the PaperArtsy Alison Bomber 04 using Stazon Jet black and my MISTI.

I used Stazon as I wasn't sure if my go-to Versafine Onyx Black would smear on the paint spatters.

For the falling leaves I stamped a leaf from L'Encre et L'Image Falling in Love onto Studio Light Art by Marlene Collage Paper #3 using Versafine Onyx Black.

You know I love that paper--lots of oomph without the mess!

If you'd like to check out my other creations, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board.
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