Tuesday, May 30, 2023


 It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project with you. This week is an "Anything Goes" week and I decided to go quasi-Steampunk with a slimline card featuring the "I Saw a Ship" Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set by Pink Ink Designs. This is a really cool stamp set with a gorgeous hot air balloon and a basket, sailing ship, house, and cake that you can suspend beneath it. The set also includes two sentiments and three banners. 

Here's my card.

The ship from the "I Saw a Ship" Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set by Pink Ink Designs with Copic-friendly ink towards the bottom of a 4" x 9" panel of white cardstock and onto repositionable label paper. The label paper version was fussy-cut then placed over its counterpart on the image panel as a mask.

The hot air balloon from the set was positioned (a bit off center because perfection is overrated) and stamped onto the image panel and onto repositionable label paper.

Light blue ink was brushed horizontally over the masked images to create a cloudy sky.

The masks were lifted and the images were colored with Copic markers. The image panel was trimmed to 3.75" wide and edged with light blue ink. 

Using a stamping platform, the Cityscape Reflections Rubber Cling Stamp by Andy Skinner for Creative Expressions was positioned against the edge of the platform. The image panel was positioned so that it was a bit more than .5" from the edge of the platform so that the city's reflection would be omitted. The stamp was inked with Grey Copic-friendly ink, then stamped.

A banner die was used to cut white cardstock. The die-cut was brushed with the same blue ink used previously. The "Adventure" sentiment was stamped with grey ink onto the die-cut.

The image panel was adhered to a slimline card created from grey cardstock. The banner was adhered at the top as shown.

Please pop over to my blog, Kat's Tales of Stamping, for in depth instructions and complete supply lists.

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Monday, May 29, 2023

The morning commute

Hello there lovely crafting people. MEL PILLING here today, with this bright bookmark featuring the beautifully detailed ocean themed stamps by Crafty Individuals.  I feel bookmarks are a wonderful gift for those of your friends who still like to read real books.  To me, there is nothing like the feeling of getting a new book and having a beautiful new fresh bookmark to slip inside.

This bookmark measures 11 x 3 1/2“.  I used a 12 x 12”   Gelli Plate with ELEMENTS INK in  BLUE LAGOON .  I splashed this with water lightly using a FAN BRUSH  and took a print.  Once dry, I used a STENCIL BRUSH to strengthen the colour at the bottom in Blue Lagoon, BLUE ATOLL  and some Distressed Ink in Prize Ribbon.

I ‘smooshed’ Elements Ink in CONFETTI , LIME PUNCH  and RUSSET ORANGE   on to clean card.  Smooshing is when you stamp your ink pads directly onto your craft surface. Spray with water move the edges just slightly with your finger so you don’t have straight lines.  Then dip your card stock in to the pools of colour. Make sure you dry your card each time between smooshing so you don’t muddy the colors. 

When this was dry, I stamped the fish on top using VERSAFINE CLAIR NOCTURNE  then I fussy cut the fish out. I also stamped the hats on clean card stock and fuzzy cut.  I stuck the hats on the fish then the fish on the bookmark.

I stamped the seagull onto the bookmark first, then onto clean card. I water coloured him with watercolour markers then fussy cut just the bird and stuck it on the bookmark.  I extended the Piling underneath the water and coloured it with a lighter tone underneath the surface of the water to give the impression it was underwater.  I then drew some grasses.  I backed all this with black card stock and added ribbons in similar shades.


Adding a personal message with white pen on the back, I believe,  adds value to your bookmark when giving it as a gift.  

Thanks for dropping by the Topflight Stamps blog today. See you soon.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

One layer Sympathy Cards

Alanna here sharing a pair of very clean and simple one-layer cards with you today. They feature the this beautiful stencil from PaperArtsy. I blended on some inks through the stencil onto white A2 notecards. After my ink blending was done, I stamped the sentiment which is from the With Sympathy set from Visible Image. It has the larger sentiment along with a beautiful verse that would be perfect for the inside of cards.

If you're like me, you often find yourself needing a sympathy card but don't want to have to make one when you actually need it. These cards fit the bill to create and have ahead of time so that when you need one, your stash is stocked.

I hope you've been inspired. Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna

Find these products I used on my cards at Topflight Stamps.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Craft Emotions Gel Press Flowers


Happy Friday crafty friends! Ericka with Strangely Creative here and today I am playing with a gel press print and these beautiful flowers from Crafty Emotions called Kate 4 Background

I saved a gel press print that I made and wasn't too sure I liked. I decided to stamp and heat emboss the Kate 4 Background with WOW! Embossing in Pea Coat.

I then took out my colored pencils and colored up a couple of the flowers to make them pop on my busy background.

I finished my by adding this funny/snarky sentiment from AALL & Create's Bite Me Ephemera Die Cuts. There are so many great sentiments in this package. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Topflight Stamps Supplies Used

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Craft Emotions Stamps - Have a Jawsome Day

  Hi Everyone,

Cornelia here today. This week we are featuring Craft Emotions stamps on the Topflight blog. 
I love making under water scenes and Craft emotions has such wonderful sets for this. I first masked of a strip on my card and sponged it. Layered the stencil over it and wiped it with water to take off some of the ink for the waves. I stamped the fish onto scrap paper and colored them with alcohol ink markers and cut them out. Added the water plant and the sentiment. Added the cut out fish. 

I hope you liked this. Thanks for visiting. 
See you next week with more Topflight Stamps inspiration.

And here are the stamp supplies I used: 
Waves stencil (I used a different one, no longer in the store),Versafine Clair ink

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Happy Bird Day!

 It's Tuesday, so you've got Kathi here today to share a project with you. This week my teammates and I are showcasing the wonderful products by Craft Emotions. You might not know this, but I'm a bird watcher and a bird brain, so when I saw the fabulous new Birds 1 and Birds 2 Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Carla Creaties for Craft Emotions, I just had to get them.

I envisioned two of the birds from the Birds 2  as celebrating a bird day by dancing a do-si-do country style. Here's the card.

I used a stamping platform to get the positioning I wanted for my dancing bird pair. 

The bird on the left, from the Birds 2 Clear Polymer Stamp Setwas stamped with Copic friendly black ink onto white cardstock and onto label paper, which was fussy-cut and used as a mask.

The bird on the right was positioned with his left wing tip touching/holding his partner's. The bird was inked with Copic-friendly black ink and stamped onto the image panel and onto label paper, which was fussy-cut and used to mask the image.

A piece of plastic was placed horizontally over the top of the image and Copic-friendly tan ink was brushed under the birds to ground them. The plastic was flipped and blue Copic-friendly ink was brushed over the birds to create a background. 

The image panel was set aside while I created the rest of the card. White cardstock was brushed with Paprika Elements Ink by Lavinia Stamps. The ink was heat set and I used second largest rectangle die from the Card Passe Partout Rectangle Essentials Die Set by Studio Light to cut the inked cardstock. I then used a scalloped rectangle die from the set to cut the rectangle, then used the stitched rectangle die to cut a frame in the scalloped rectangle die-cut. 

The image panel was cut smaller than the scalloped rectangle frame and adhered behind the frame. Kraft cardstock was cut with a rectangle die from the set and used to mat the framed image panel.

The Checkered Stencil by Darkroom Door was placed over the large rectangle die-cut then Emperor Red Elements Ink by Lavinia Stamps was sponged over the stencil onto the rectangle die-cut. The same ink was used to edge the stenciled die-cut.

Kraft cardstock was cut, scored, and folded to form a card. The stenciled die-cut was adhered to the card and the matted image panel was adhered as shown.

Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink by Imagine Crafts was used to stamp the "Happy Bird Day" sentiment from the Birds 1 Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Carla Creaties for Craft Emotions onto the interior scrap from the Paprika-sponged frame, heat set, and cut with a circle die. A piece of kraft cardstock was cut with a scalloped circle die and used to mat the sentiment. The matted sentiment circle had its top cut off, was sponged with Emperor Red Elements Ink, then adhered as shown to finish the card. 

Please pop over to my blog, Kat's Tales of Stamping, for instructions and complete supply lists.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Finding spring joy - Craft Emotions Stamps

Hi MEL PILLING here. This week our team is highlighting the beautiful stamps by CRAFT EMOTIONS.


The card dimension is 5 1/2” x 7”.  The picture dimension is 6” x 6”.  I did the bottom part of the picture using mix media card and left the coil holes on for dimension.  I used a 6” x 6” square GEL PRESS with ELEMENTS INK  in PINE.  I splashed lightly with a FAN BRUSH and water and took a print.  Once dry,  I used a STENCIL BRUSH, and a hill mask and using Pine, and SUNDANCE shaped some hills.

All stamping was done with VERSAFINE CLAIR INK in FALLEN LEAVES directly onto the card. 

I stamped the hedgehogs, butterfly, ladybug and mushrooms, on clean card stock also. I coloured and fussy cut them a then adhered them to the card.  The flowers I stamped with Versafine Clair in GLAMEROUS.

I rough cut over the Hills with scissors and glued the art onto plain black card stock.  I then used a fine black non bleed pen to add extra spikes to the hedgehogs.


Thank you for dropping by the Topflight Stamps blog today.     See you soon.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Choose to shine

 Hi MEL PILLING here today with an art journal page, using a 12x12 GEL PRESS to do a reflection.


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I begin by stamping my unicorn in VERSAFINE CLAIR-NOCTURNE onto a GEL PRESS, and then took a print. Then I turned my page around, so the first unicorn was upside down.  Then I stamped using a Stamping platform, leaving a space in between the two images where I would place the ground.  I made an elongated oval mask with copy paper to mask off the moon.  Then I used a BRAYER to ink up the 12 x 12  Gelli plate with ELEMENTS INK in BLUE LAGOON .  I splattered this with small droplets of water using a FAN BRUSH . I then placed the moon mask onto the centre of the plate. Leaving the mask there, I took a print using my stamped unicorn card.  Once dry, using a stencil brush, I brushed the edges of the moon with ELEMENTS INK SUNDANCE.  Then using the Lavinia stencil (Stone) and ,ELEMENTS INK GRAPHITE.         I faintly textured the moon only. (Including the reflection).

I did the land using a paper hill mask the real one first. For this I ran Washi tape at a point between the unicorns to mark the line between land and water.  Then I flipped the mask over, re-applied the Washi tape  and did a fainter version for the reflection.  I used Elements ink for this in MIDNIGHT BLUE and DARK DENIM.

For the trees,  I did the reflection side first.  The same way as the unicorn, directly onto the Gelli plate.  Then the usual style of stamping for the real trees.

I edged the picture with the darker blues, and some dark purple distressing to highlight the centre of the picture

For the water I put streaks of all the blues, using a flat paint brush and added light with white paint in the same manner. The stars were done with the white gel pen. Then I highlighted the unicorn mane with white gel pen, and glitter pen.


The Gelli plates make reflections very easy, and because they turn out a little bit fuzzy and a little bit paler than regular stamping it lends accuracy to the reflection.   There are quite a few methods out there for creating reflections, but I find the Gelli plate to be the easiest and most convincing.  Just my humble opinion.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today. See you soon.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Darkroom Door Mixed Media Journal Page


Hello friends! Ericka from Strangely Creative here and I have a mixed media journal page I made with a variety of Darkroom Door supplies. I started with a gel press background I made using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints in Beach Hut, Baltic Blue and Aquamarine. Before I pulled my print I used some bubble wrap packaging for a unique design.

I used the Darkroom Door Handwritten Ledgers and stamped the images with Versafine Clair inks in Nocturn, Warm Breeze, and Twilight. I then used some WOW! Embossing powders ti add some sparkle and shine to my ledgers. I added additional texture on my background using the Darkroom Door Diamonds and Grunge Border stencils.

I added the Darkroom Door Flower from the Sunflowers set that I heat embossed with yellow embossing powder on vellum and fussy cut out. I finished my page with a white heat embossed sentiment from the Darkroom Door Dream Big sentiment strip.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Topflight Stamp Supplies Used

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