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Today I’d like to share a picture of a Christmas card I made using Anna Griffin clear stamps. I bought the stamps from QVC last year and I love them, they are so classic and versatile.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

  • Inks Used; Versafine Onyx Black
  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps Christmas set
  • Card Used: Watercolour card (holly piece). Paper Mill; Hammered card

Don’t forget the inside and the back of your card too;

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share my first attempt with brayering glossy card stock. I’ll be turning this into a Christmas card, for very special people.

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Definitely need a bigger brayer, mine was a short Ranger one and the card is A6! This card was stamped with various Anna Griffin Clear stamp images. If you have a brayer in the back of your cupboard, break out the dye based ink and glossy card and give this a go. It really is down to practice and the right card/ink combination.

The techniques I used were shown on Create and Craft by Barbara Gray from Clarity stamps. There is a regular tutorial show on the first weekednd of every month. Watch the Classroom shows online on; In the Classroom

Have fun

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a Christmas card I made using Anna Griffin clear stamps. I bought the stamps from QVC last year and I love them, they are so classic and versatile.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Inks Used; Versafine Onyx Black

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps Christmas set
  • Card Used: Watercolour card (holly piece). Paper Mill; Hammered card
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die: Curved Rectangles

Don’t forget the inside and back of your card too. If you have one of those stamps or stickers with your address on it, it really helps if you put your details on the back of the card. Friends and family sometimes loose your details and even if they would like to send you a card, without the details on the back of the card or envelope they have no way of doing so.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Have also been playing with my brayer for the first time, after seeing Barbara Gray on C&C demonstrating step by step. Will share that picture with you very soon.

Best wishes

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the card I created using the flower ATC I created recently

Rock n Roll Flower Card using Zig Art & Graphic pens

Rock n Roll Flower Card using Zig Art & Graphic pens

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Hope you like it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar Day 24

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. Hope you have enjoyed this project and I wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this blog, and for your kind comments. They make all the hard work worth while.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;   

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Flourishes set

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Flourishes set

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Anna Griffin Clear stamps

Reason For Buying

I have been a big fan of Anna Griffin’s wood mounted stamps for many years now. However they are very difficult to get in the UK. A few years ago I discovered that the shopping channel QVC occasionally stocked Anna Griffin stamps and other products. Now I kep an eye out for her products on there. At first I was wary of buying clear stamps as some other brands I’d tried were not very good, but I trusted Anna and felt sure she wouldn’t risk her good reputation with poor quality stamps. Here are the results of my purchases of many of the Clear stamps by Anna Griffin through QVC   

Pros/Cons

Pros   

  • Ease of use. Positioning is SOO much easier with clear stamps.
  • Good quality image. Be gentle with these stamps, you don’t need much pressure to get a perfect image.
  • Storage! These kinds of stamps take up much less space than their wood mounted versions.
  • With pigment ink these stamps work perfectly every time. They will accept dye ink, it takes some practise to get a perfect image but you can do it.

Cons   

The only downside is you don’t get the pretty coloured image on the back of the stamp,  just a printed sheet with the stamp design printed in black. It would be nice if the printed sheet still had some colouring tips, by which I mean a coloured in image, as some of Anna’s later wood stamps had.   

Build Quality

Excellent! Be gentle with the stamps, as they are a little more delicate than red rubber, so don’t rip em off the backing sheet. Tease them off, as some can be more intricate, especially the frames. This kind of stamp is great if you have dexterity issues (like me). When you stamp your image you don’t need to press anywhere near as hard as you used to with wood mounted stamps.   

Value for Money

Excellent!! You get whole ranges of stamps in a single sheet. It’s nice to have coordinating collections like these. They work as stand alone stamps but also combine with earlier sets which gives you so much scope to design.   

Would I buy them Again?

Definitely! I have even bought designs that I already had as wood mounted stamps, in their clear versions. In some cases they were a different size, but mainly for the positioning options that the clear stamps give you.   

Summing up

Don’t think all clear stamps are created equal, they aren’t. Anna Griffin clear stamps are excellent quality, keep them out of the sun and stored nicely and they will last you a long time. You get all the quality of Anna’s wooden stamps in a more versatile medium and one that is easier to store. If you haven’t got a set yet…why not? If you love Anna’s style they are definitely worth it. Anna has even designed binders to help you store your stamps.  

Links

Anna Griffin’s Website   

Anna Griffin’s Blog   

QVC UK   

QVC.com   

HSN.com If you are based in the USA you can find Anna’s products on there too. (The do not ship to the UK from there though)   

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon   

Billie :)

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