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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 20

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 20

Advent Calendar; Day 20

  • Stamps Used; Penny Black; 2800K The Sound of Snow. Anna Griffin; Clear Stamp Border
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle. Versafine; Vintage Sepia
  • 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. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

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 16

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 16

Advent Calendar; Day 16

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin; Clear Stamps. Hero Arts; LL471 Tiny Snowflakes
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Cranberry. Distress Ink; Weathered Wood
  • 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. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

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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In today’s post I would like to share an Anna Griffin style card that I created for my friend’s anniversary. 

Anna Griffin Style Anniversary Card

Anna Griffin Style Anniversary Card

This project features 

  • Stamps; Anna Griffin
  • Inks; Tim Holtz Distress ink, Chipped Sapphire
  • Card; Paper Mill; White Hammered Card, Purple card. Rymans 200 gsm White card.
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder; Birds and swirls
  • Spellbinders die; Lables One

Hope you like it. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Just had to share my latest favorite product for creating; Baker’s Twine

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

Having bought some lovely vintage style stamps from Anna Griffin, I HAD to buy some of this lovely twine. Baker’s Twine is very popular in the USA and they have all kinds of colours, it’s harder to find in the UK. When the going gets tough….the tough go to EBay :) :) and lo there was the twine. I bought my selection from Green Ridge Designs, 100 yards of each colour in the Red, Green and Blue. It’s gorgeous, the green is a proper Christmas green and the red is the perfect true red for Christmas projects too. The Blue is a lovely ink blue and will be great for vintage birthday projects. I’ll be sharing some projects that feature this twine in the coming weeks. Watch this space as they say ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Very excited, the parcel from the shopping channel with Anna Griffin stamps arrived earlier in the week. These are the latest Christmas stamps and also the Flourishes sets.  

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

HAD to be done. I couldn’t resist them. Have been stamping them all out, then cutting the images up, so I can plan designs.  

Images stamped from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Images stamped from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Here is a sneaky peak at a few projects I’ve made with them so far. I’ll post some close-ups and more details next month.  

Projects created from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Projects created from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Don’t you just love Baker’s Twine! I bought mine from EBay from; Green Ridge Designs. It’s THE perfect Christmas Green and Red. The Blue is a beautiful ink blue, which I thought would be good for birthday projects later on. I couldn’t decide between the red and the green on the first tag, so I used them both :) Looks good don’t you think? Having started nice and early I’ll be making my own tags for my Christmas gifts and this twine really finishes them off. If you love Vintage then you need this thread.  

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

I was hoping to give a link to the Stampbord project being published this month, but there has been a little delay, so will let you know as soon as I hear that its gone live.  

Best wishes  

Billie :)  

Appologies to those who read this posting before the pictures went in. Time ran away with me and I hadn’t edited the pictures in time. OOPS!

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In today’s post I would like to share the first of this years Christmas card designs.

Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

This card features

Stamp: Anna Griffin for main motif and holly from Flowersoft Lamp Post stamp sheet.

Base Card; Paper Mill

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Stickles in Red

Nestabilities: Labels 1

Here is the inside of the card;

Inside the Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

Inside the Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

This is a simple quick design for making bulk cards. I like simple and elegant designs. What do you think?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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