Friday, 30 April 2010

...Say Hello to Vintage Labels 10

I can't believe the release is tomorrow!!! (If you're new, I release new clear photopolymer stamp sets every month, tomorrow is a huge release!!) You folks haven't seen the half of what's coming! LOL! Seriously, you will need to tune in twice tomorrow, in the morning there should be a couple more samples and then at 7pm my time the Actual release will commence, I will announce the winner of the BIGGIE and I will show all of the stamp sets on my blog!

Phew it's gonna be a busy day, and of course there is the DT blog waltz!!! I CANNOT wait for you to see what my ladies have been up to!! lol.

OOOh and don't forget to peep and see what the DT ladies are previewing today: Bonnie, Lisa, Jennifer, Anya, Laurie and Julia

So, today's first card is my interpretation of the sketch challenge currently running here, you'll have to be quick and enter the deadline is midday on the 1st May, but it might be worth it!, all 8 new stampsets from the May release are up for grabs for one lucky random winner! Quick, run to that craft room!

I know, I know, I cheated a tad, but hey, that's the point, make it yours!

I used the largest stamp from the new Vintage Labels No. 10 set to make a pretty frame for the sentiment which is from the Words of Wisdom set, also releasing May 1st (tomorrow!)I cut the die shape first and stamped after, it's much easier this way (thanks Joan!). I used Versacolour inks because I like how they come in a little spongy pad which is perfect for blending colours on the actual stamp.

I wanted a little dimension and so I cut out a second label shape, this time in a heavier kraft cardstock. I placed strong adhesive (tape) at either end on the back of the cream sentiment die cut and stuck the left hand side down first onto the kraft die shape. I set the cream die cut slightly in from the edge and stuck it well down, then I stuck down the right hand side, also slightly in from the edge, this gave me a pleasant 'bump' in the centre! LOL, I like how it pushes the sentiment out and emphasizes it.

My background was made using a Spellbinders Impressability! I used it to emboss the cardstock but they are also good for stenciling and I've even heard tell of folks cutting them apart to use as little accents! I LOVE how crisp the embossing is, the range of designs seems to be way more detailed than my cuttle bug folders, I feel a whole new addiction starting...

I cut out the embossed panel, and mounted it onto a larger than ave kraft card base, I think this card was approx 5x6.5 inches...or thereabouts...

Mounted the sentiment panel on to that, added some flowers and some fabby Zva pearly swirls that my good buddy Lynn sent over, aren't they fabby?

Below you can see the versacolour ink pad and how spongy it is, I just rub it straight on the embossed card for a lovely soft colour.

I am delighted to say I will have a hand-full, and just a hand-full of these fabby floral Impressabilities available in the store tomorrow.

Next is a little tag for a baggie of speciality sugar cubes. I used another Vintage Labels no. 10 stamp to make a frame for my tag. Handily, the frame includes a space at either end which is perfect for bling or to punch a hole through, as I did here. I love it when things look planned. I stamped a sentiment and cup from Afternoon Tea Sentiments and two cups in different sizes from Afternoon Tea. Coloured the larger cup with a red copic and added white gel pen dots. I decided they were too bright and coloured over them in red to tone them down a bit! Stamped the steam in cream ink, Vintage Cream I believe.

This is a notebook inspired by Julia, she suggested the fabby sentiment "Things to do after I have tea." LOVE that. I am a huge list maker and skinny notepads are no use to me, I fill book after book and I'm still no better organised...but at least I'm trying, right/ lol

Another of the frames from Vintage Labels No. 10 and two wee cups from Afternoon Tea to dress it up a bit, they are paper pieced and shaded with a copic marker. This is a versatile wee frame that will be equally at home on formal or casual projects.

And lastly I have to sneak another Asian gardens sample in, I so love this background using two stamps from the set. I went in after with the white gel pen and dotted up the flower stamens (?). The panels are cut out with a labels 11 die, the smaller panel was made by cutting the die shape and then sliding the die cut up the die and cutting again, you can do this with a die that has two parallel straight edged to get any length of label you want, neat??



  1. OOOO.. those impressabilities thingies look just the biz!!! LOVE your samples... my absolute fav is the journal.
    Angela xxx

  2. Oh I just love that teaset! Can't wait to see it all - and the impressability looks Fab!

  3. NO not tickled TOTALLY STOKED!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  4. I could just copy and past all of my comments about your creations, Claire. Awesome, spectacular, jaw-dropping fantastic, creative, innovative...totally amazing! Each time I visit, I'm inspired beyond belief. Well done!

  5. Gorgeous cards! I can't wait until tomorrow to see all the new stamps!

  6. Claire these projects are awesome! That card is stunning! WOW! I can't wait to see it all tomorrow!!!

  7. Hi Claire

    Again beautiful love your ideas and can hardly wait until tomorrow to see it all.


  8. I just love dropping in here to see your inspiring projects Claire! The popped up label and the sponged embossed bg are just gorgeous - and the tea notebook is so fun! Can't wait for the 'Waltz' tomorrow!!!

  9. Tickled?! I love these! I'm a huge fan of labelling as well and I really think this #10 will be a hit around here. I also love how it looks with ovals, my fave shape!
    Your first card is an example in class. Love it to pieces!! I have an impression thingy and it really makes beauty, doesn't it?! Love the Zva-sigh. Time to stop looking and start using mine... today :)
    Once again, you have inspired me!

  10. Oooooooh Ahhhhhhh Amazing!!!!!
    Do you use your Impressabilities through a Cuttlebug?
    I bought one to try and wasn't that happy.....might have to dig it out and try again. Love all these projects Claire. Those little cups are gorgeous as are the labels.
    I'll be back tomorrow for sure.

  11. Love the wee tea cup! And the background on the first card is amazing. And the tag... well heck the whole thing is to die for!

  12. I am speechless again and totally inspired!! These are all just amazing creations. I am dying to play with Afternoon Tea - everything you've made with it is gorgeous. Love the tip about changing the size of the dies! You're one smart cookie!!! ;)

  13. Oh, gee, I'm weakening on my promise to myself that I wouldn't buy any more Spellbinders......

  14. Just gorgeous!can't wait untill the tea stamps and the labels 10 and the sentiment stamps...oh i just want them
    Look forward to seeing them all tomorrow :0),
    Take care
    San x

  15. This is just so great! I love all that you have shown us. Can't wait to see the complete sets.

  16. Oh Claire, these are absolutely AWESOME!!!

  17. All the projects are just stunning and so inspiring. Love this label and can't wait to see all the new goodies tomorrow.

  18. Wonderful cards, Claire! I love the journal, too. Who wouldn't love to receive that as a gift?!

  19. More lovely samples Claire. Love how you bumped out that label and the embossed background is perfect!
    I'm gonna miss tomorrow - how did I end up on an all day demo when you were due to release these? Will have to wait until tomorrow evening - aarrrgghhhh!!!!

  20. Gorgeous projects Claire! Your first card is utterly EXQUISITE!! Love the sentiment on the notebook - oh HOW true :0) and so appreciate the heads up on changing the size of dies when you cut them. Looking forward to seeing things in their entirety tomorrow! (One of the DT blogs mentioned a few days ago that you were under the weather - feeling better before the big day yet?? Hope so!)

  21. Sigh... lovely, soft, dreamy samples today Claire! Your stamps are just awesome :)

  22. I'm loving all of these tea stamps!

  23. So gorgeous Claire! Love the first card - the colours are soft and gorgeous! and of course the tea set creations are just fabulous!

  24. Such beautiful samples! I can hardly wait for this release.

  25. Hi Claire-
    i saw this little tip on sponging the raised surfaces on the embossing from your blog. My latest project ( uses it and i just wanted to let you know: "Thank You!" :)


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