What Lies Ahead

Hello! Thank you for visiting our blog today. Well what a busy show we had on Create and Craft last Saturday, sold out of virtually everything in less than half an hour! This was followed by a very very busy week which has flown by so fast!!!

Apologies for neglecting our blog, but I (Helen) have been ill all week so it’s been a struggle to get everything done. Hopefully you follow us on other social media sites and will have seen some of the amazing inspiration we have been sharing!

So, we are playing catch up here on the blog again and we have a wealth of stunning projects coming your way over the weekend.

First up today is Corrie Herriman…


Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a card I made with Destination Unknown, one of the NEW stamp sets from Visible Image.

I have used a gelli printed background.


 


I think these paper boats are so cute!



Love this card Corrie… perfect sunset over the sea background!

You can find more of Corrie’s projects over on her blog.



We will be back with a stunning card from Dot next!

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Mark & Helen xx

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Welcoming Jane Tyrrell

Hi there! Thanks for visiting our blog today. It’s been an incredibly busy week shipping all the orders from last week’s trade show and finalising all the preparations for this Saturday’s show on Create and Craft TV! We will give you all the details for that tomorrow, first of all we have some exciting news to share…

Last year we had some guest Design Team members, one of which was the wonderfully talented Jane Tyrrell. We recently asked Jane if she would create some samples with some of our NEW stamps and she kindly agreed. We were so impressed by them that we have now welcomed her back to the team as a full Design Team member!

Here’s a little bit about Jane along with her first official blog post as a DT member…


Jane Tyrrell

Hello I’m Jane from Jane’s Journal and after working for 34 years, until April 2016, as an NHS physiotherapist I am now free to follow my crafting journey.

I have been creative since I could hold a pencil and I have been paper crafting for over 15 years, more seriously since 2012. I am also a silversmith, jewellery maker, keen photographer, gardener and occasional cake decorator.  I have been lucky enough to have some of my cards published and I now sell my cards at a local vintage tea rooms.  I enjoy using different crafting techniques and styles and you will see me create anything from shabby chic, vintage to cute. I make cards, art journal pages, tags, mixed media pieces and altered objects and I love playing with new products. However my first love is, and always will be, stamping. I still own my very first stamp! I discovered Visible Image stamps in their very earliest days and I have been delighted to watch their meteoric rise in the crafting world. Their stamps really offer something different in this very competitive crafting market. I am thrilled to now be joining their team and to be a part of their ongoing creative journey.

I write a blog where I share my inky creativity as well as my photography. I am totally inspired by my surroundings and by Mother Nature. I am lucky enough to have a little garden studio where I create during the warmer months of the year, surrounded by my flowers and “helped” by my sweet cat Billy.



I have been very busy with some secret crafting for the last couple of weeks, which I can finally share with you. You may remember that I did some Guest Design work for my favourite stamp company, Visible Image, last year from September to December?

They had a new stamp release in February which has taken the crafting world by storm as they are so fabulous. Helen, of Visible Image contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in making some samples for their latest TV appearance on Create and Craft, using 2 of the new sets. Of course I said yes and once my stamps arrived I shut myself away for a few days and made them 5 cards.

My regular blogging buddies know that Billy our cat features big time in our life.
He loves climbing wall and fences and can often be spotted sitting on them.


So one of the sets I chose to work with just had to be their awesome cat set. It’s called Curious Cats…


Isn’t it brilliant?


You can also see all the new releases over in the Visible Image shop.

 

I thought I would share my first cat sample here today. It may very well be visible in the background on Create and Craft this Saturday, 4th March. I shall keep an eye out and wave if I spot it 😉. The show is on at 10am (GMT) on Sky 674 or Freeview 23 or you can watch it via the Create and craft Website here. I have set up my recorder in case I’m not around at 10am.


Here is my card….inspired by my sweet Billy……I have called it Billy’s Fence. He also has a friend called Blackie who visits him and looks just like the cats walking along the fence here…

2017-03-02 Visible Image - Curious Cats - stamps - Jane Tyrrell



I made the fence with lots of DecoArt paints on card. I also used some crackle paint to give lots of worn texture.
I then distressed it…literally by removing some panels and added the large cat face.



The small walking cats were embossed and fussy cut out



I created a sunny scene using Distress inks and used the cat’s whiskers stamp from the set for my grass.


To finish off my card I added glossy accents to the eyes and nose.

I even decorated the inside…and used the sweet paw print and the sentiment which also comes with the set.



Here is my card once more…

2017-03-02 Visible Image - Curious Cats - stamps - Jane Tyrrell


I had to share this photo too…whilst photographing my other samples Billy got in on the act in my light tent.


He is certainly true to the sentiment eh…..😼😻😺


I am really looking forward to sharing their onward creative journey as part of their Team.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Take care 💓
Bye for now,
Jane x



We absolutely love this card, very clever designing! It’s very ‘curious cats’ indeed!
And isn’t Billy adorable in those photos.. I think he is wondering who his new friend is!!!

We are so happy to welcome you to the team Jane, and cannot wait to show off some of your other samples!
They are stunning ♡



We will be back with more NEW stamps inspiration soon.

Thanks again for visiting today.

Mark & Helen xx

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Stay Curious!

Hi again! Yes we are back with MORE gorgeous inspiration… think this is our 10th blog post this weekend!!!

We’ll pass you over to Nicky Gilburt…


I am SO in love with this cat. I don’t think there is an EASIER stamp than this one, Curious Cats, to start from, but the effects you can achieve are incredible. Those eyes are just amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stamped image that’s so realistic. Anyhow, enough of my enthusing…




Created on a background of….yes… Distress Crayons! I blended some neutral tones and then picked up some distress ink colour in greens and orangey browns, making them watery and then making long drips across my card with a paintbrush. A bit of drying time and then I repeated the process at the other side. So rather than top to bottom, you get a bit of a cross stripe. And my tatty tabby was born!

Once I’d stamped and coloured the cat’s features (because my base card was coloured I stamped an extra pair of eyes onto thin white card and cut them out to stick over the original ones, you can’t tell!) I added the whiskers (all stamped with Versafine Onyx Black), and a little bit of depth with my Spiced Marmalade ink pad and a blender, and some paws and the repeated word ‘Curious’ across the top and bottom. It only remained to stamp the sentiment in black, and mount the image, and the card was complete.


2017-02-26 Visible Image - stamps - Cat face stamp - Nicky Gilburt


Happy crafting!
Nicky



 

Purrfect background for our cat Nicky! Love it.. thank you ♡


We are totally overwhelmed by the number of orders we have received for this set and we eagerly await more stock!


We have one final post to share with you today…

Mark & Helen xx

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Believe…

Hello there! Veerle Moreels has another wonderful card to share with you today…


I’m here again with… yep a project made using one of the new releases of  Visible Image. When my daughter saw this set she immediately fell in love, ok ok I’ll admit i fell just as hard ^.^  My daughter just fell in love with this beautiful moon stamp and me… I fell for the clouds.  For now I used them as a cloud but I can tell you I do have another idea in my head for them ^.^

But today a card where it’s actually one of the stars that get’s the full attention. I kept the card CAS and monochromatic ( shouldn’t be any surprise with me) only the star really had to shine so I used metal foil to put it in the spotlight…



2017-02-26 Visible Image - stamps - anything is possible quote - moon stamp - Veerle Moreels


If you are curious to see all the newly released stamps and would like to find more inspiration…check out the social media links below:

Shop: where you will find all our awesome stamps!
Blog: see all the latest posts here
Facebook GROUP: join in with the banter and enter the ‘Show & Tell’ Monthly Challenge
Facebook PAGE: give us a like and enter the weekly giveaways

You can also follow Visible Image on:
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Stamp set used:


Believe in Unicorns

Visible Image Believe In Unicorns moon stars COL stamp set




Thank you Veerle this is another absolutely stunning card. That delicate touch of foil is really beautiful ♡


We have a few more wonderful projects to share today, so we hope you will visit us again soon.

Mark & Helen xx

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Creativity is…

Hello! We are back to share another incredibly inspiring project created with some of our awesome NEW stamps!

Over to Teresa Morgan…



The response to this year’s new release of stamps has been amazing!! We are all thrilled at how much you love these new designs, and are enjoying looking at what you are making with them. Today I have a funky card using one of the new sentiments, and the Face It! stamps:



2017-02-26 Visible Image - Face stamps - Face it - creativity quote - Teresa Morgan


I took some card and spritzed some zingy Dylusions spray inks onto it  to add a bright splash of colour.
Once dry I stamped and embossed the eyes onto it. I also stamped and embossed the eyes onto a piece of white card
and carefully cut them out, then glued in place over the coloured piece. (I felt this would give a cleaner result than
masking them off before spraying as the inks are very wet and may have seeped under the mask).

I added a little colour to the iris’s with Distress Ink.


Visible Image Stamps - Creativity, Face It!

I then took some black card and tore a strip out of it, then arranged over my eyes so that they were peeping through the gap.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment, matting the ‘creativity’ onto an offcut of inked card.
The remainder of the words were stamped and embossed directly onto the black card.


Visible Image Stamps - Creativity, Face It!



Stamps Used:


Face it!

Visible Image Face It eyes face dream COL stamp set


Creativity

Visible Image Creativity sentiment journal COL stamp



This is such a WOW card! Amazing idea! Thank you Teresa ♡


We hope you are feeling inspired to get your hands on these stamps and show us how creative you can be!

Thanks for visiting… and come back soon as we have more inspiration coming your way today.

Mark & Helen xx

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Dare To Swim

Hi there, we still have a few more stunning projects to share with you today here on the blog, as we catch up with everything our incredible team have been creating with our NEW stamps!

Over to Elina Strömberg…

Hi!

Today I’m sharing with you a card I made using the new ‘Dare To Swim’ stamp set by Visible Image:


2017-02-26 Visible Image - jellyfish stamp - dare to swim - Elina Stromberg


Aren’t those stamps gorgeous!


I stamped the images on light blue cardstock, and coloured them with a few blue and green Promarker colours.
The darker blue shades I inked with Distress inks.



For the white highlights I used a gel pen, and the white quote I stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of white vellum.
Attaching vellum especially on a dark background is sometimes tricky as the glue dots may show through.

The easiest solution is to fold the ends of the vellum strip on the back of the card and not to use glue on the card front at all.

The dark blue plants are die-cut using a Sizzis/Tim Holtz die from some time back.
Before gluing them on the card front I added some lighter colours on the leaves (with a white gel pen and a light blue pastel pen). Done!


For more information on the lovely Visible Image stamp set please click on the picture below:



Wishing you a beautiful week!
Hugs,
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Wow such a beautiful card ♡ Thank you Elina!


Thank you for visiting today, hope you will check out the rest of the projects shared this weekend on here on our blog.

Mark & Helen xx



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Shop where you will find all our awesome stamps!
Blog see all our latest posts here!
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Life Can Be Tough

Hello! Yes we are back with even more gorgeous inspiration! If you have missed any of our catch up posts this weekend you will find them HERE!

Over to Veerle Moreels who has a beautiful card and a video tutorial for you…


Today I have a CAS card made with the Face it stamps and another beautiful words stamp.

I have to admit…these words already ended up on a lot of cards, I’m completely in love with it.


Even though it’s a CAS card I did film it, just to show how easy it is to keep the eyes nice and white…



The end result…


2017-02-26 Visible Image - face stamps - life can be tough quote - Veerle Moreels



Stamps used:


Face it

Visible Image Face It eyes face dream COL stamp set


Life can be tough

Visible Image Life Can Be Tough sentiment journal COL stamp



This is so beautiful ♡ Thank you Veerle!



Stay tuned for more awesome inspiration coming this afternoon.

 

Mark & Helen xx

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Create Yourself

Hi there! We have an incredible project to share with you next, together with step by step photos of how it came together. We’ll pass you over to Nicky Gilburt…


2017-02-26 Visible Image - face stamps - unicorn - believe quote - Nicky Gilburt



Today I am sharing a big piece of work, it took me a few hours to accomplish this,
but I enjoyed every minute, even though it was challenging, and at times I didn’t breathe…!


This 20x20cm on Mixed media card was put together using these sets from Visible Image:

Believe in Unicorns


Face it!



Face shape mask and stencil



So it was quite the creative play!!!



1. I began by making my watery cloudy background on a piece of A3 Mixed Media Cardstock.
I used Nuvo Aqua Flow pens in Indigo Dawn, Azure Blue and Aqua Splash. In turn, and drying
with a heat gun between each colour, I applied strokes of brush colour to my glass mat, spritzed it
with water and pressed my card stock onto it. By drying it I had more control over what went
where and I built up a whole A3 background very quickly.


Then I selected the area on which to work and cut it down to 20 x 20cm size.


2. First stamp was the moon, the clouds and the stars. I heat embossed the moon and stars with
silver pearl, having positioned it so that I could then stamp one of the eyes and brows over it



3. I brushed over the eyelashes with an embossing pen and added some ultra fine clear
sparkling embossing powder over it, for a touch of glitter



4. Then I stamped the unicorn. and used a mask to cover it as I stamped the nose and mouth with
Archival ink. Then I added more clouds with distress ink. Also a few more stars


5. By applying the mask over the face and rubbing a blending tool with a little colour on, outwards,
I gave her some real definition in seconds



6. From the Create It set I added the tree, some falling leaves, and then some cracks, some flowers…
I just played with the piece until I was happy



7. I tweaked the unicorn by adding touches of white pen, just by following the picture
on the front of the stamp set


8. Penultimately – the words. I used white pen to highlight the ‘Believe’ sentiment, but I stamped
and embossed the ‘Create Yourself’ in white, and used lilac distress ink and a tiny paintbrush to create shadow on the page




9. And finally – a bit of bling – sequins, randomly planned and distributed,
glued with strong pva, and one gemstone, right over the splatted ink under the face’s left eye!


Happy crafting!
Nicky
 



This is incredible Nicky! Thank you so much ♡ You can just gaze at it for ages.. there is so much to discover!
Love the ethereal feel to it… magical! Really shows off how much you need the mask and stencil to play with too.



Thank you for visiting our blog today, we still have lots more inspiration to share with you.


How lucky are we to have such an AMAZING Design Team showcasing our awesome new stamps!


Mark & Helen xx

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Curious Cats

We are back with some more fabulous NEW stamps inspiration for you. Over to Pauline Butcher…


Hello,

 It’s my turn to share a creation using some if the awesome new stamp sets from Visible Image Stamps.


I’ve used a couple of sets on this card…



2017-02-26 Visible Image - stamps - Cat face stamp - Pauline Butcher

 

I am totally in love with the Curious Cats set, such a gorgeous face….. anyway,
I decided to make a scene background, using Distress Inks, I blended the ink,
added a couple of trees from the ‘Create It’ set, and used the ends of the whiskers for the grass.


I stamped the two small cats in the foreground, using Black Versafine, then stamped the pussy’s face
and the sentiment with Versamark, and heat embossed using Black Glint Embossing powder by Wow.

I bleached out the eyes and nose, and coloured them with Distress inks.

Lastly I added a bit of contour to the face, using a pencil.


Stamps used:


Visible Image Curious Cats cat face COL X stamp set.jpg


Visible Image Create It face extras COL stamp set

 


Thank you for your visit.
Hugs, Pauline xxxxx



Wow! Such a stunning scene! Just look at those eyes ♡  Thank you Pauline!



If you have missed any of this weekend’s ‘catch up’ posts you will find them HERE!

We still have lots to share with you so grap a cuppa and enjoy.


Mark & Helen xx

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All our social media links:
Shop where you will find all our awesome stamps!
Blog see all our latest posts here!
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Stay Wild

Hi there! More amazing NEW stamps inspiration coming your way! Over to Teresa Morgan…



It’s time for another new stamp project, and this week I have been using the amazing Stay Wild set.



2017-02-26 Visible Image - inky wild horse stamp - stay wild - Teresa Morgan


I stamped and embossed the beautiful horse using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.
I wanted to create a ‘herd’ so stamped three times, overlapping the image each time. I then created
some definition by inking the splatter edge of the stamp with black Archival ink and stamping randomly
over the embossing powder. This created a more layered effect rather than one flat area of white.

My background is a mixture of watercolour paint, Neocolour II crayons, Karisma pencils and fineliner.
I also stamped in some crackles using one of the Create It! set of stamps. I finished by adding some
shading around the horses using a charcoal pencil.



Stay Wild - Visible Image stamps



Stamps Used:


Stay Wild

Visible Image Stay Wild horses COL stamp set.jpg


Create It!

Visible Image Create It face extras COL stamp set



Awesome card Teresa thank you! Love this horse embossed in white ♡


We’ll be back shortly with more fantastic inspiration…

Mark & Helen xx

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Swim Deeper

Hello! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration as promised.. show much to share with you today!

Over to Dot Leathbridge…

Dare To Swim is one of the new stamp releases from Visible Image.

Blue Bottles are the jellyfish in our region that we often see washed up on the beach… painful too if you go swimming when they are about! They are only tiny, but they pack a fair punch.


This set has everything! From jellyfish, to weed, to fish, to bubbles – along with a sentiment.



2017-02-26 Visible Image - stamps - Dare To Swim - jellyfish stamp - Dot Leathbridge


For this card my distress crayons were used for the background.

It gives a lovely muted look and reminds me of what it looks like underwater.
The drips are done with the crayons too – so versatile!


Stamp set used:


Dare To Swim


Visible Image Dare To Swim jellyfish COL stamp set.jpg

 

This is such a gorgeous scene Dot.. beautiful background ♡ Thank you!



Stay tuned for more…

Mark & Helen xx

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