Friday, July 21, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in July!

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Irit here today and I am going to share my Christmas in July inspiration for Topflight StampsLet's begin from two odd things first.

How can we even think about making Winter and Holidays  projects with this heat outside? But, actually we all do. Lots of sites  show Christmas releases and projects right now. It make the outside less hot, for me at least. Second important odd thing is that I am Jewish and we don't even celebrate Christmas, but we do celebrate New Year and Winter season.

But for me Christmas is all about my childhood. I was born in Ukraine and moved to Israel when I was about 15, so I still remember and adore all Holiday symbols, colors and tastes and I really love to craft for my friends and part of my family.

Finally, here is my Christmas in July card for you to see.



As you can see it's a layered scene made with one single stamp set- IndigoBlu " Looks like rain, dear" red rubber stamps set.
For my card, I used the small stamps from the set, all five of them. Some were stamped directly on the card stock and some were stamped and hand cut and then glued over the card. The sentiment spot was stamped, die cut and added on the corner.



As you can see I used 4 wave dies (just non-branded cheap ones) to make the snow landscape.
I used  acrylic paint to make the blue background and added "snow effect" with white pearlized 3d paint.



I hope that you liked my Winter inspiration today and next week I am going to share the totally different project made with the very same stamp set. And as for now- run to the shop and see the largest in USA selection of non-USA artistic stamps and  the best ever Holiday section.

If I made my very first Holiday project you  should think about it too. And if you want to visit my blog and to see more of my work- you are mostly welcome!

Irit

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time to Make The Christmas Cards!

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Karen Bearse here to bring some HOHOHO to your day! I decided to start working on my December Daily by making a journal card. It is all ready for me to add my journal info on it.



This card was made using the wonderful Christmas Tree stamp by Katzelkraft. It has fun doodles inside the tree & Merry Christmas written in different languages.


I hope this helps you with your Christmas card decisions, I have a wee tutorial on my blog you can check it out here! See you next week when I will be playing with something that requires lots of snow... Thanks for stopping by & please sign up for our newsletter so you get all the deals!!

Karen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's Christmas at Topflight!

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog!!

It's another day of Christmas in July at Topflight Stamps. It's time to start thinking about what you will do for your Christmas cards this year. I hope I will give you some inspiration today. I created this card for my first Christmas in July post. 


I used this beautiful set Carabelle Studio stamps. 
It's called "Des cadeaux de Noël"


I used Carta Bella "Christmas Day" papers and Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Paper stash"


I hope you enjoyed my card. I'll be back next week for more Christmas Inspiration.  

Have a good day!

Nathalie


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wishing You Heavenly Holidays

Welcome to the Topflights Stamps Blog!

It's Steph here again showcasing another wonderful stamp set from Topflight Stamps and this one comes from England. 

I've used a stamp set from Creative Expressions -  Stitched Angel Ornaments.  This stamp set has 13 stamps including 4 phrases. 

Stitched Angel Ornaments

To create my distressed card, I stamped the stars randomly on a white panel with blue ink, then inked around the stars with brown ink.


I created a square card, added pattern paper and tied a ribbon around the card.  Then I matted the panel with cardstock, and added it to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.   The phrase was stamped as previously described and added to the card front.



Thanks for stopping by and please pop by my blog for more crafty inspiration. 

See you next Tuesday.

Steph





 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Carabelle Studio Christmas

Welcome to the Topflight Stamp Blog!

It's Clare with you today and this week at Topflight Stamps we are creating Christmas in July!  Now I probably only make a handful of Christmas projects each year as working in a school, it is one of the most busiest times of the year.  What with carol services,  nativities and fitting in the Christmas shopping, it doesn't always leave me with an abundance of time for creating.

Now a sensible crafter would be making their Christmas cards throughout the year!  Maybe I should take stock and start creating a few so that I'm organized! 


I started off by stamping the snowman from Carabelle Studio A6 - Snowman.  
Snowman

I Stamped the snowman again onto a post it note and cut it out to mask off Frosty.  Using some Hickory Smoke distress ink, I worked the ink around the card.  I stamped the snowflakes around him too.  Using the same colour distress ink and a water brush I added some colour to our frosty friend to give him some dimension.


I'm feeling rather pleased that it's only July and  I'm already ahead of the game for Christmas!

Pop back tomorrow for some more Christmas themed inspiration.

Crafty Hugs,







Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog!

We're starting Christmas in July today.  It's never too soon to get started on your Christmas Cards. I've used a Katzelkraft stamp called Sapiens de Noel. I colored the images and the card base edges with Tombow Markers. I love how the trees are Zentagled. It'a fun and unique Christmas stamp. Stay tuned for more Christmas in July inspiration. 

Sapiens de Noel



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mermaid House

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog!

Today we have an amazing creation by our Guest Designer Lisa Hoel. She has created this beautiful underwater scene featuring the Lavinia Alana Mermaid Stamp. To see how she created this fun and whimsical Mermaid House check out her blog

Did you know that Lavinia Stamps has a monthly challenge? If you love Lavinia Stamps you might want to enter. This month the theme is "Create a Landscape." And, of course they have some stamps that are perfect to use in building landscapes. Be sure to check it out. 

Alana Mermaid

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Holiday Fun

Hello, welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog!

This is Irit here today and I am going to share my Summer Holiday Fun Mixed Media card.
One of the great things about Topflight Stamps are the full themed sets from stamp companies around the world.
And when our topic is Summer/Sea/Nature some of the best are Rubber Dance stamp sets.


This is a set I used for my Mixed Media Nautical card: Retro Beach stamp set
To make this card I used not less than 9 stamps from this set and they connect in the most perfect way to make any Nautical project.


Rubber Dance - Retro Beach Stamp Set


The background layer was stamped with the nest stamp all around. I used white embossing powder and then painted the embossed image with emboss resist technique to get the outer frame for my card.
The inner "post card" was stamped with black embossing powder and the main image was colored with distress markers.


The background around the main stamped image was painted with a mix of blue paints and then some stencilled dots were added with clear/ gold texture paint. Some misted splashes were the last color touch for the card.


Small sea creatures were stamped and then hand cut to make the corner embellishment cluster on the right.
Three stamped hand cut words made the left corner sentiment.


As you can see no embellishments were used to make this card, but stamped image and mediums. I only added the twine piece to connect the corners to the anchor.

I hope that you liked my Nautical project and you can see more of my work in my own blog HERE.
Thanks for being here with me today and see you in a week with something totally different.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nautical Art Card & Tag using Joy Crafts

 Welcome to the Topflights Stamp blog.  We're sharing summer projects on the blog this week. We're also having a HUGE sale on all our Summer Stamps. Be sure to check it out!!


 Hello from the Topflight Blog. This week the DTeam are playing with summer or nautical theme. Karen Bearse here asking how are you inspired?  One way for me is browsing the web and looking at all the wonderful art that is being created. All of a sudden inspiration strikes. I decided to make an art card using postage stamps, paint & sewing based on my recent muses. 


I got to play with the Joy Crafts Seashore Icons set. I have to say I love how detailed these stamps are. Hot Tip: Use an archival ink the first time you stamp with clear stamps & don't clean the stamp after. It will help other inks stick to the stamp & create a clearer image. 


My 2nd project is a tag that was already in progress. I keep a tin of tags next to my desk that are partially worked on. This one was perfect to add some nautical images! 

I have a quick tutorial on my blog on how these tags were put together & some close up shots which you can find here. Thanks for joining me today! See you next Thursday.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Topflight, Crafty Individuals and Summer!

Welcome to the Topflights Stamp blog.  We're sharing summer projects on the blog this week. We're also having a HUGE sale on all our Summer Stamps. Be sure to check it out!!


Summer Sale Link


This week at Top Flight, it's summer!
The stamp for my first post





My basic medium used

The blue and green Bistre
That I applied on a SB paper
And then sprayed with water


I then applied my stamp with ink
Stazon "timber brown"




I discolored the basket, the flowers and the bird with
bleach


My two TCW stencils

"Mini complicated hearts" 6 X 6
"Mini art is" 6 X 6

Inks used for my stencils
Distress Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy

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Nathalie



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summertime Fun

Welcome to the Topflights Stamp blog.  We're sharing summer projects on the blog this week. We're also having a HUGE sale on all our Summer Stamps. Be sure to check it out!!


Summer Sale Link

Steph here again with some fun stamps from the store.    These wonderful stamps are from The Netherlands!


Barbecue

I've used the Campfire Die from Joy Crafts.  To make it more realistic, I die cut it from 2 pieces of cardstock, cut it apart and reassembled it.

Campfire Die


Using the tent stamp from the Barbecue stamp set from Joy Crafts, I used a masking technique to add 3 different colored tents.


The Barbecue stamp set from Joy Crafts has tons of stamps to work with and also a grill die.  Using the grill die as the focal element, I worked a variety of stamps around it.



Thanks for stopping by and please pop by my blog for more crafty inspiration. 

See you next Tuesday.

Steph

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Sun & Island Escapes

Happy Monday Folks!

It's Clare with you today at the Topflight Stamps blog and  this week we are all in the mood for summer.  More recently the weather in the UK has been awesome!  Lots of warm summer days & nights have been some of my inspiration along with a superb selection of stamps from Topflight.



I used a versatile stamp set by Kaisercraft, 'Island Escape', all the way from Australia.  Along with some Distress Oxides through a stencil, I stamped the palm trees & the cheeky sentiment included in the set.


My next make was made in a similar way with the Distress Oxides but this time I chose to stamp using Visible Images 'Face It' over the top and add the flowers from the Island Escape set with 'Sand, Sea, You & Me (I love that sentiment!)

Every month I enter a postcard swap in the UK and with this month being a summer themed swap I decided to use the stamps to go on to my card.


I'd like to think I was sat under that palm tree sipping cocktails, I can dream right?


https://topflightstamps.com/collections/kaisercraft-australia/products/kaisercraft-island-escape-clear-polymer-stamp-set

This stamp set is a really fabulous set with the flower and palm tree images and three sentiment stamps, the possibilities are endless and drumroll please...wait for it!  It is on special offer this week so pop over to the Topflight Stamps online store and grab yourself a bargain!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit today? We love to hear your comments.  There is something happening every day on our blog so hit the follow button for regular updates.

Happy Crafting,







Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Cocktails

Welcome to the Topflight stamps blog. Today we start a week of Summer inspiration. From today until Saturday, July 15 at midnight EST all stamp in the Summer, Nautical and Travel Categories will be 25% off!! It's time to stock up on your summer stamps!!

Today, I'm starting off our Summer Inspiration Week with a card featuring a stamp from Carabelle Studio called Cocktails. I love the light and summery vibe of this card. I stamped the Cocktails with Versafine ink on Prima Watercolor paper and colored them with General watercolor pencils. I also created the sea and sky background with watercolor pencils. I was inspired by Sandy Allnock to create my own background - something I rarely do! The pink paper is from a Heidi Swap paper pad called Sunshowers. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see all the FAB summer inspiration from our awesome new design team!!  Donna
Cocktails

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Glimmer of Light

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog. Today we have an awesome card created by our FAB guest designer Tenia Nelson. She used the Visible Image Stamp Set called Glimmer of Light. Be sure to check out Tenia's Blog for more info on how she made this very cool card. 

And be sure to join us tomorrow as we kick off a week of Summer inspiration from our new designers!!

Glimmer of Light




Friday, July 7, 2017

Design Team Reveal Day 5

Welcome back to the Topflight Stamps Blog. Today we are so happy to introduce our 5th and final design team member Irit Shalom. Here is more about Irit in her own words and her first post. 

"My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer and Mixed Media artist. In my “real” life I was a working full time Dentist for 33 years and last year I decided to retire and to spend more time with my family and my crafty addiction. I am a Mom of 4 grown- ups, a wife of a high police retired officer and a Grandma of 3 adorable little people. I am a versatile crafter: I scrapbook, make cards, create Mixed Media projects and Out of Page ones. I am also very versatile on my styles and they totally depend on the products I use.  But, in any of my projects and my styles I try to add some stamping. Over the years I have been a Design team member for dozens of manufacturers around the world. I am published in numerous print magazines and a CHA design section member. I hope to inspire you with my projects here and I am honored to be on this great team."

Hello my Dear Crafty Friends!

I am thrilled to be one of the new Topflight Stamps Design Team members. This is my first post. We were asked to make something in our style and I had a huge problem as I am not sure what my style is. Usually I call it "my no style" style, as I work in every possible style, but cute. My style depends on the products I use, my state of mind and the time I have  to make the project. Sometimes this can be a big dark industrial or Steampunk project. Sometimes it can be shabby pastel or brown vintage one. Some days I am in this clean and simple state of mind and some days it's graphic or totally classic project.

Today I am going to share one of my most visible projects and I call it "Light Mixed Media". By " light" I mean that I used mediums and even a lot of them, but the products are not totally clustered and you can see the actual products and to be able to identify them when you are going to shop.

Let me promise you,  Topflight Stamps has the best non-USA stamps collection and not only in USA!

Here is my project for today- an altered Mixed Media door hanger made in a kind of modern and even graphic way.


The base of this project is a very thick chipboard door hanger (Tando Creative UK) that was covered with Art Anthology stencils and mediums. Then the chipboard hexagons were added and I moved to the stamping.

I need to say that one of my always used techniques in stamping is heat embossing. I love the shiny result of heat embossed images and the easiness of coloring inside when you heat emboss your stamped images.

I used two different  Rubber Dance stamp sets from Topflight Stamps shop and this is a company that I designed for two and a half years in the past, so I love their stamps a lot and I am very familiar with them.


Happiness is a state of mind is a most perfect sentiment stamp from Rubber Dance Something Wonderful sentiments set. This is a MUST TO HAVE set for any Mixed Media artist!

Rubber Dance - Something Wonderful Sentiment Stamp Set

The busy bees are two different  sized stamps from the same Rubber Dance Beautiful Bugs stamp set.

Rubber Dance - Beautiful Bugs Stamp Set

The stamped bees were  stamped with clear embossing ink, heat embossed with black embossing powder, hand cut and colored with dimensional paint and then misted all over with golden mist.
And here is one more photo of the project (no staging this time):


And if we are talking about my "no style" style, there is a print published page I want to share here. This is the latest Summer 2017 issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine and it's a column about styles. Two of the projects are mine and there is a bit about my "no style" there. The real reason  for adding this page is the Rubber Dance card that is there in print and made with one of the gorgeous stamp sets you can buy in Topflight Stamps shop.


I am not going to add much more about this card and you can read about it in the article if you wish.
But I am going to link to the stamp set as it's most gorgeous one!

Rubber Dance - Sew Sweet Sentiment Stamp Set
I hope that you liked my altered project for today.Thanks for reading my pretty long post. If you are interested to see more of my art work you are kindly invited to my own blog HERE!
See you again soon!