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Friday, 22 May 2015

A Trio of Tags

Hello everyone, I have created three tags to show you combining the Sewing Stamps multi-buy and the Peacock Parade/Tangled Peacock multi-buy. I wanted to create some designer haute couture style dresses, and decided to use the peacock tails as skirts combined with the bodices of two of the mannequins from the sewing sets. I stuck to a peacock themed colour palette throughout the three tags.

I cut three large tags from watercolour paper using the Crealies extreme labels and tags die. This is a super set of dies, and I used the largest die for my tags. It has embossed stitching running around the edges, so was very appropriate for my project.

I started the three tags by stamping and embossing the lace strip along the bottom of the three tags, using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I then stamped the foot of one of the mannequins on each tag. I stamped each peacock tail onto a tag, using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink, and coloured them in using watercolour paints. I used the same paint to colour the bodices, which I stamped and embossed onto a spare piece of card.

I inked each background using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and then chose a corresponding ink colour to blend around the edges, (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves). I used the same ink colour to stamp an assortment of sewing notions as a border. Finally, I added a sentiment to each tag.


Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lots to show you!

Hello everyone, my post is a dual purpose one today, as I have a Design Team project to show you first of all, and then I would like to show you a little something that I have made for the challenge blog.

My card uses stamps taken from the Sewing Room/Floral Mannequins multi-buy stamp set plus the Dressmaking Collage clear stamp. I have combined these stamps with an older stamp set: Haberdashery, to create a collaged card. I have chosen to cut the Dressmaking Collage stamp up into individual stamps, but you can leave it as one piece if you like, the choice is yours.

I started to make my background by stamping the buttons in two corners of a piece of watercolour paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. As I was using a mixture of both clear and rubber images, I set the rubber buttons out on a block first, stamped those in each corner, and then set the clear buttons on the block next before removing the rubber images, so that I could work out where to place them. When I stamped the clear images on my card, I could line them up to the rubber images to complete the corners without any problems. I coloured the images with pencils, and then painted the images with Acrylic Wax to protect them. I spritzed two pieces of tissue paper with red and orange Dylusions spray, crumpled them up, and dabbed the background to create a mottled effect.

I stamped and embossed the silhouette mannequin onto the background, and then stamped and embossed the floral bodice onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the bodice using Distress markers and a water brush. I coloured another piece of card firstly with orange and red Distress inks and stamped and embossed the lace flower twice, which I cut out and layered together. I then coloured the card with Scattered Straw Distress Ink to create a little banner for the sentiment.

I added some background stamping using one of the border images, and finally added some hand drawn stitching, before placing the background onto a black card blank.


 This week over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, we have a free digital download. I have made a card to provide you with a little bit of inspiration.This paper made me think of tranquility and oriental imagery, so I decided to use stamps from the Tranquility and Serenity rubber stamp sets to complete my card. I stamped the flower and main image onto white card, and coloured these with Polychromos pencils. I coloured the wisteria images with Distress Markers and stamped them onto the background, embossing them with clear embossing powder. I edged the card with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, before matting onto a black card blank.

Hop over to the blog to collect the free download paper and see a fabulous card made by Florence.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


Monday, 4 May 2015

A collaberation

Hello everyone, I have a project to show you today which is a combined project made by Lesley and myself using the new sewing stamps from Chocolate Baroque. We decided to do a shared card when we were in Portpatrick last weekend at Glenda first workshops.

I started the card by masking a section off at the top and bottom of an 8" x 8" card blank, and then coloured the middle section using a selection of yellow, orange and red toned inks. I added a selection of haberdashery images to create the background. I removed the masks, and then stamped the border from the The Sewing Room stamp set above and below the coloured section. I coloured a spare piece of white card using the same colours of inks as the main background, and then posted the project to Lesley.





















Lesley stamped and embossed the embroidered flower from the Floral Mannequins set, five times onto the coloured card and then fussy cut it out. She used the sentiment from the Thinking of You Sentiments clear stamp set and and finished the card by attaching the flowers with gel adhesive.

I love the way that Lesley has used the coloured card to achieve a graduated use of colour to the flowers cascading across the card, and her choice of sentiment goes perfectly with our joint project.

Lesley and I live several hours away from each other, and often wish that we could craft together. This card is proof that if the desire is there, you can achieve that goal. As Lesley has mentioned on the Design Team blog, from its conception to completion, this card completed a round trip of approximately 633 miles!

My projects from Glenda's workshop are not completed as yet, I have a bit to do on most of the items, but the classes were so much fun, and it was great to craft along with the other participants. We created some decorated blocks, using various collage techniques, and here are my works in progress, I will show you the finished articles at a later date:

We also spent a session creating some very colourful tags, using a variety of techniques. Again, I have yet to finish mine, and I will show you them once I have added the images and embellishments:

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

An Irish Blessing



Hello everyone, I have been enjoying working with the beautiful Butterfly Dress cling mounted stamp so much this month, that I have another card using this stamp to show you today. I decided to incorporate a bit of an Irish theme into my card, so used a palette of mainly greens to create my card.

I started my background, by adding Memento Pear Tart ink to a piece of scrapbook paper through a Prima Mask using a stencil brush, and then added some script using a stamp from the Mini Scripts stamp set. I used Memento Bamboo Leaves to ink the stamp. I stamped the main image onto a die cut oval of scrapbook paper, and again onto a spare piece of the paper. I coloured the images with Polychromos pencils. I decoupaged the butterflies from the spare image onto the main image. I added some of the flowers, along with some shamrock style Crealie die cuts to a sentiment taken from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Honeysuckle Hues for the Challenge Blog

Hello everyone, there is a brand new challenge starting over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog today. I have made a card as part of the inspiration provided, using the new colours for this month's challenge. I have gone for the cheerier end of the spectrum, unusually for me, but the sun was shining, and I couldn't help myself!

I started my card by making a wrinkle free distress background, using Antique Linen and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then added a layer of Shaded Lilac over the top. By drying each layer, this means that the purple tones do not muddy in with the orange tones. I used a great stencil over part of the background, called 'Fabric' by Dutch Doobadoo, and completed the background by using a small honeysuckle stamp from the Elegant Edges stamp set.

I stamped an image from the Honeysuckle Butterfly stamp set onto an oval die cut, using Imperial Purple Versafine Ink, and heat set this with my heat gun, before colouring the image with Distress Markers. I added a touch of shading around the edge of the oval, using Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Finally, I used some deep purple card to mat the image and background, and added some pale pink organza ribbon to finish the card.


There is more DT inspiration over on the challenge blog, and you can find out how you can win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque goodies by heading over there. I hope that you will join in the challenge. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Birdcage Collage using Stampbord


Hello everyone, I have a Chocolate Baroque Design Team project to show you using one of this month's individual stamps, Birdcage Collage.

I started my project by inking up the stamp, and then placing an ATC sized piece of Stampbord onto the stamp to take a partial print of the image. I stamped the image again onto a piece of white card. I coloured the Stampbord image with pencils, and also the areas of the image on the card that would not be covered by the Stampbord image.

I created a tile effect on the Stampbord using Versamark and UTEE. Once the Stampbord had cooled down completely, I attached it to the card image, lining up the two images so that they matched each other.

I created the card background using the wrinkle free Distress technique: adding Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to my craft mat, and spritzing it with water, before dragging my card through the ink. I dried this layer, and then patted the card onto the mat again to pick up some of the left over ink droplets, and dried the card again. I added Salty Ocean DI and repeated the process. I used a Crafter's Workshop template and the same colour Distress Inks to add a trellis effect to two of the corners of my background, and stamped a small berry stamp taken from the Woodland Dreams stamp set onto the other two corners.

I attached the background to an 8" x 8" crd blank and added a sentiment from the Card Sentiments clear stamp set.

 
Thanks for stopping by, xx


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Playing with Brushos again

Hello everyone, it's time for another visit to the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, as it is our weekly blog post slot over there today. I have a tutorial for a card this month in our regular Design Team tutorial blog post. I have made a card using a technique using Brushos and spray starch recently spotted on my travels through Facebook and Pinterest.  Here is where I saw the technique originally: http://cakescardsandcraftybits.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/spray-starch-and-brushos.html

I took a piece of pearlescent card, and spritzed it with spray starch, before dropping small amounts of Brusho over the card. I used Prussian Blue, Turquoise and Purple, in keeping with the challenge colours. I then spritzed the card with spray starch again, and covered the card with cling film, crinkling it up as I covered the surface to create lots of creases.

I removed the cling film after 30 minutes, and then left the card to dry naturally. I then painted some leaves onto the background using a Crafter's Workshop stencil and white paint, but gesso would do fine. I stamped and embossed some marine creatures onto spare pearlescent card, using white embossing powder, and coloured the images with Copic markers. I highlighted a couple of the fish with pencils for extra detail. Once I had added the marine creatures to the background, I used a layer of green card before adding the background to a black card blank.





Dark colours seem to work very well for this technique, as do coated cards. Glossy card seems to work much better than pearlescent card, but in this instance, I was going for an irridescent underwater look. Here is a sample of glossy card that I made during a practice session:




So you can see the difference in the two card surfaces quite clearly. It's a really fun technique to try out, and a much better way to use up that spray starch in my opinion!

Head over to the challenge blog if you get a chance, take a look at the information regarding our latest challenge, and why not go at entering yourself? You could win the monthly prize. Thanks for stopping by, xx



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Butterfly Dress


Hello everyone, I have been working with one of the new individual cling mounted stamps currently available on the Chocolate Baroque website, Butterfly Dress. The image is full of my favourite things, flowers and butterflies, and I had great fun creating this card.

I stamped the flower edge from the Floral Edges clear stamp set across the bottom of the piece of smooth white card. I needed to stamp the image twice to fill the space. I stamped the image again onto a piece of spare card a couple of times, so that I could colour some extra flowers to decoupage onto the original image. I stamped the Butterfly Dress image above the flower border, and cut a mask of the image and covered it over. I used a cloud stencil and Memento Summer Sky to create clouds across the background, however you could use a frilly edged die cut to achieve a similar effect. I stamped the Butterfly Dress image twice more onto a piece of spare card so that I could decoupage the butterflies.

I coloured all of the images with Inktense pencils, and cut out the extra flowers and butterflies before adding them to the card. Finally, I added a layer of green card to correspond with the grassy green of the lady's skirt and the grass of the border.


Thanks for stopping by, xx

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Eggs are not just for Easter!


Hello everyone, I have been working with the incredibly useful Natural Eggs stamp set to make a clean and simple masculine card to show you today. Cards for men are so difficult to make, and these eggs lend themselves to a Nature themed card suitable for any time of year.

I took the solid stamp, inked it with Versamark, and stamped it across the bottom of a piece of beige linen card four times, overlapping the edges. I coloured the eggs with Pan Pastels, using a lighter colour at the top of each egg, graduating to a darker colour at the bottom. I then used the speckled stamp over the top of each egg, using a Potting Shed Archival Ink.

I added a sentiment from the Thinking of You Sentiments stamp set, and matted the background onto dark brown card before placing it onto a kraft card blank.


I have made a bonus tag project, using a Prima tag, but a piece of scrapbook paper cut to size would be just as good. I started by inking the solid egg stamp with Aqua Adirondack Ink, and stamping the image at the bottom of the tag. I used a whole image, and two partial images. I dried these with a heat gun. I then added the crackle image using the same colour ink. I took a swirl stamp from the Dawn Chorus stamp set and added this to the top of the eggs using Espresso Truffle Memento Ink. I stamped two birds from the same stamp set onto the tag, one perched above the eggs, and another higher up the tag. I filled in some of the background with feathers to create the feeling of a nest, and then added some more swirls, using the aqua ink, because my background contained elements of the same colour.

I added a bit of grey shading around the eggs using pencil, to add a bit of definition, and coloured in the swirls on the birds, also using pencils.


This was a quick project to make, and I hope that I have shown you just a couple of ways that you can use these stamps to use them throughout the year. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A very colourful workshop

I recently attended a workshop run by the very talented Lin Brown whose classes I enjoy enormously.This class was a bit different to the usual classes that she runs, because she decided to look at composotion with us, rather than presenting us with a specific finished project to make. We looked at how to use pieces of scrapbook paper that we might have lurking around in our stash to form the basis for our backgrounds, and then how to build up a series of layers on that paper to produce a backdrop for the stamped images. I was not very keen on the piece of paper that I had to start with, and almost asked to swap it for something different. However, I figured that I was going to be covering it up fairly well, so I would just run with it and see what happened. I really like the finished piece, so I am glad that I stuck with the original piece of paper, and it just goes to show that you can use up those pieces of paper left over from paper pads that you do not want to use for anything else.

Lin showed us how she creates her layered backgrounds step by step, using opaque and transluscent Fresco Finish paints from Paper Artsy. I have seen her demo many times, but it is always fascinating to watch her create a piece of artwork. Her background was much busier than I had realised, and it gave me the chance to experiment with trying this new look out. We had a lot of fun with her vibrant paint colours and the latest stamp images. She also showed us how to make some cute little padded birds to add to our project if we wanted to.

This is my finished project, which I actually completed at home. I had one or two things that needed to be put together after the class. I added some extra stamping to the background to ground the flowers and yet another layer over the white detail, with the little black dotty stamp.

I had such fun making this project, and it sits in my craft room where I can see the vibrant cheery colours to brighten up my day.

Thanks for stopping by, xx



Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Big Bold Butterfly

Hello everyone, it's the start of the final week of the current challenge over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. There are some fab projects from some of the contestants which we are taking a look at this week, plus a free digital download from Lesley which you can use to create some beautiful cards and projects. The Design Team have made some cards using the download for your inspiration.

I decided to use some of my favourite stamps to create a card using the download. I chose a large flower from the Tangled Garden stamp set which I stamped twice using Archival Jet Black ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder. I also stamped several leaves from the same stamp set. I then stamped the body and one wing from the large butterfly belonging to the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set. I coloured all of the images with watercolour pencils and a waterbrush.

I layered the flower and the butterfly using 3D foam pads. I assembled the card, adding a deep plum matting and some die cut sprays in the same colour behind the leaves. I used some flower stamens for the butterfly antennae.


I hope that you will pop along to the challenge blog to take a look at the rest of the inspiration over there. Grab the freebie and make a project with it, it would be great to see what you come up with. If you use Chocolate Baroque stamps currently available on the website, and enter into the challenge, you could win a £15 prize to spend online at Chocolate Baroque.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Springtime Krafting


Hello everyone, I have a couple of cards to show you today using the Spring Birds multi-buy rubber stamp set. There are some fabulous little stamps on these stamp plates, that often get ignored in favour of the larger stamps. I wanted to create some cards using these smaller stamps to show their versatility.

I started my first card by cutting a circle in an 8" x 8" kraft card blank. I then stamped and embossed a small motif around the edge of the circle opening, using Versamark and vanilla white embossing powder. I stamped a small flower seven times, masking it each time, so that I did not stamp over it with the next image. I chose two sprig stamps from the Briar Rose Butterfly/Harebell Butterfly multi-buy stamp set to create the background foliage for the flowers. I coloured them with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress Markers. I used first and second generation stamping to create depth in the foliage.

I coloured the flowers, using the same two shades of Distress Markers and a water brush. I stamped two butterflies onto the background and then stamped them again onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the spare butterflies with Distress Markers and then decoupaged them onto the background.


When I was making my coloured seam binding for a previous card recently, I used a scrap piece of card to mop up the excess liquid from the seam binding. The design was really attractive, and I decided to use it as a background for my second card. I stamped the two sets of tulips onto the card, masking one set before I stamped the second. I then stamped both sets of flowers onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the images with pencils before cutting them out and adding them to the background.

I stamped the small motif  across the top and bottom of the background using Archival Ink, to create a border. I added some of the orange seam binding, and then matted the background onto black card. Using another small motif, I created two lacy strips by stamping onto a piece of orange vellum with Versamark and vanilla white embossing powder. I cut the strips out, and stuck them to the top and bottom edges of the black card before placing this onto an 8" x 8" Kraft card blank. Finally, I stamped a sentiment using Archival Ink onto the background.


I hope that I have given you some ideas on how to use some of the smaller stamps. Thanks for stopping by, xx
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