Monday, 5 October 2015

Owl Tag

Hello everyone, I have chosen to make a tag to show you today using the Owl Edges rubber stamp sheet showcasing the current stamps of the month from Chocolate Baroque.

I started my project by creating a wrinkle free distress background on a plain tag, using Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. I stamped the bullrushes across the bottom of the tag using Emerald Green Archival Ink, and added the small branch up one side of the tag using Coffee Archival Ink. I stamped the little owl onto a sticky label and then coloured it with Polychromos pencils. I also coloured the branches with pencils. I added some shading around the edges of the tag using Distress Inks for a bit of depth, and stamped a sentiment from the Steampunk Birds rubber stamp set onto the background.

Finally, I added some co-ordinating ribbon to the tag.

I hope that you have a chance to pop over to the Craft Channel today, as our lovely boss Lesley is demonstrating some of our older stamps on the television. I am sure that she will do a brilliant job, and if you watch the show, you will see lots of the Design Team samples along the way. Thanks for stopping by,
Judith xx

Monday, 21 September 2015

Here be Dragons

Hello everyone, I have another Halloween card to share with you today. As usual, I have been mixing and matching stamp sets to create a night time scene. I love to look back through my older stamp sets to see what I already have that will work alongside the newer stamp sets, and I hope that this project might inspire you to do the same.

I stamped the owl from the Hocus Pocus stamp set and the dragon from the Here be Dragons stamp set onto a piece of smooth watercolour paper, and then covered them with a mask. I coloured the background with Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Seeded Preserves, and spritzed it with water. I added some foliage from the Spring Foliage stamp set, using first and second generation stamping. I added some stencilling with a spider's web mask, using the same colour inks as I had used on the original background.

I removed the masks and coloured the images with  Polychromos pencils. Finally, I added some bats randomly over the night sky. All of the black stamping was done with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Not just for Halloween

Hello everyone, I have a card to share today using this month's Halloween stamps, but I wanted to show how the stamps could be used in a very different way.

I have created a clean and simple graduation card using one of the book images and the starburst on a diamond die cut to represent a mortar board. I added a tassel underneath from the Baroque Eggs stamp set. I coloured the images with pencils. I coloured the centres of the starburst image with a gold Wink of Stella pen for a bit of sparkle. I added a flourish in the corners of the card from the Butterfly Daisy Collage stamp set, and finally stamped a sentiment from the Loving Sentiments stamp set onto a small tag.

The simple black and white colour scheme makes this card suitable for both male and female recipients, and could be adapted to add particular University colours. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

Out of the smoke

Hello everyone, I have a spooky card to share with you today, showcasing some of the fabulous new Halloween stamps from Chocolate Baroque. As always, I have been mixing and matching new stamps with old, to hopefully give you some inspiration on how to stretch your stamps a bit.

I started my card by using a background from my stash. It is a leafy background using a technique taught to me by my very dear friend Elaine during a crafty get together several years ago. I love this technique, because it uses leaves from my garden, and because it reminds me of my friend at the same time. Essentially, you add spots of colur to your base card, and then stipple around the outside of a leaf using a brush. Move the leaf slightly, twisting the angle just a little bit, and keep repeating this manoeuvre until you have filled the original empty leaf shape. Keep making these leaf patterns all over the background until you have covered the card. You may need to use more than one leaf, as the leaves deteriorate with use!

I wanted the 'witch' to seem as if she was appearing out of the smoke, so I did not decoupage the image onto the background, I stamped the face straight onto the card. I used the Lady in Hat cling mounted stamp, but masked off the top of her hat before I inked up the image. I then stamped the brim and the pumpkins onto some spare card. Once I had the main image placed on my background, I added the book and the bats underneath the face. I stamped a border of cobwebs using a stamp from the Halloween Edges stamp set, and added a few spiders.

I coloured the images with Aquarelle pencils, adding the pumpkins and extra brim to the image, before drawing the rest of the witch's hat and colouring that the same way. Finally, I coloured a small tag with Distress Ink, and added a sentiment. I matted the background onto a black card base.

I had a lot of fun creating this card, you can really let your imagination run riot with these super stamps. I hope that you will pop over to the Design Team blog throughout September to see what the Design Team have created with them. I will be back with more spooky designs to show you soon. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

A Light in the Window

Hello everyone, I love mixing and matching stamp sets, and my card today is no exception. I have made a CAS design which I hope will give you a little bit of inspiration for your Christmas cards.

I have stamped one of the candle stamps from this month's Christmas Candlelight stamp set and then masked the image, before stamping the Dressmaker's Window clear stamp. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for a lovely crisp impression. I coloured the images with Polychromos pencils to give a soft effect. Finally, I added a sentiment to complete my card using Versafine Crimson ink.

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back in a couple of days with some angelic inspiration for you! xx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Learning a new skill

Hello everyone, I have something new to share with you today. I have always loved felt, I love the texture, the feel, and the look of felt. I am fascinated by the way that it can be created, and have aways wanted to be able to work with it myself in various ways. I drive my Daughter nuts when we go shopping, wanting to buy various bags, and items of clothing made of felt, and my love of felt is a bit of a long running joke between us.

I go to a crochet class once a week, and the lady running the class mentioned last week that there was a needle felting class this week, and did anyone want to go? I jumped at the opportunity, it was too great a chance for me to miss! The class was two hours long, and there were only three of us attending, so we had lots of attention from the tutor. We each had lots of time to practise various techniques on a piece of felt backing; applying various different items, and I even made a flower and a leaf- not bad for a beginner!

Our tutor then let us have a go at making a picture, leaving the composition entirely up to us, a rather daunting prospect! I decided to go for a scene, incorporating fields, sky, and some more of those flowers. I added some complimentary wool to break up the fields, and some fluffy clouds. The tutor showed us how to make great two tone tree trunks, and I set about designing a twisted tree. I am fairly happy with my little scene for a first attempt, and may add a bit of stitching later for added texture. Even my OH was fairly impressed with what I had achieved, which can't be bad.

I have lots of felting supplies which have been gathering dust in my craft room for a few years now, so I am definitely going to get them out and have a play. I had a lot of fun learning my new skill, and found it was very relaxing creating my textured artwork. The tutor has promised to come back and teach another class, possibly some kind of shawl next time, so watch this space for more felted creations. You can find her on Facebook under the name of Dizzydollylou.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bright Butterfly

Hello everyone, it's time for a brand new challenge over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog this week. I am providing part of the Design Team inspiration for the lovely new colours that you can play around with for the next four weeks as part of the challenge.

I chose to use a technique demonstrated by our lovely leader Lesley recently on the Design Team blog, using greyboard, masking tape and gesso to create a background.  I covered the greyboard with strips of masking tape randomly, using horizontal and vertical strips until the surface was covered completely. I burnished the surface with an old credit card. I then painted the surface with gesso, and left it to dry.

I coloured the surface using Dylusions paints and a baby wipe, blending them where they met, and dried this layer with a heat gun. I then added some purple paint around the edges, just using my finger. I stencilled three flowers onto the surface using white paint, and dried this thoroughly. I then coloured the flowers using pencils. I added some buttons to the cenntres of the flowers.

Using some Olive Wow embossing powder, I stamped and embossed a sentiment onto the background. I used the same embossing powder to emboss the moth onto some scrap card. I then coloured this image with Distress Inks, before cutting it out and gluing it to the background.

Why not pop over to the challenge blog and see the other Design Team inspiration, and read all about the new challenge? If you enter, you stand a chance of winning a £15 prize.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 10 August 2015

CAS Christmas Card

Hello everyone, I have a CAS Christmas card to show you today, using the lovely new Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I love to mix and match old stamps with new, and this project is no exception. I have created a clean and simple card that will be great for making up in batches when you need to make lots of cards in a hurry, always handy when you have so many cards to make.

I started my card by stamping the pine cone sprig three times across the top of a 7" x 7" white card blank. I coloured the stamp with Distress Markers so that I could get the variety of colours on the stamp. I used two tones of brown on the pine cones for extra shading. I added a greeting from the Bold Christmas Words stamp set at the bottom of the card, also using Distress Markers. Finally, I stamped and embossed a bauble from the Christmas Decorations stamp set onto scrapbook paper three times using a Rudolph's Red Nose sparkly red Wow embossing powder. I cut these out and used 3D foam pads to attach them to the card. You always need a bit of sparkle at Christmas!

I will be back in a few days with some more Christmas makes for you, thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Hearts and Flowers

Hello everyone, it's time for another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, and this week there is a free digital download for you to collect. It's a beautiful download, just great for those floral cards that you might like to make, but if you pop over to the challenge blog, you will see that Florence has made something very different!

I have chosen to make a romantic card that could be used as an Anniversary or Wedding card. I have combined the download with kraft card and cream lace for an alternative colour scheme. I stamped the Poppy Baroque Heart onto a spare piece of kraft card using Versamark and vanilla white embossing powder. I stamped the image again onto a piece of pale scrapbook paper. I coloured the second image using watercolour pencils, toning in with the digital download, before blending the colours with a waterbrush. I cut both images out and layered them up.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Sweet Nothings stamp set onto the download background, and then stuck this to a kraft card blank. I added a piece of cream lace, and then adhered the heart using 3D foam pads.

Hop over to the blog to see Florence's inspiration, join in the current challenge yourself, and find out how to win a £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A Get Well Card

Hello everyone, it's time for another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, and my turn to provide a bit of Design Team inspiration this week. I have made a Get Well card for someone special who is having an operation this week, and wanted a lovely cheery feel to the card.

I created a wrinkle free distress background using Scattered Straw Distress Ink, and then added ink through a stencil over the top, using Latte Adirondack Ink, and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I then stamped a tree from the Fantasy Woodland stamp set around the edges, using Memento Ink in Pear Tart and Grape Jelly, plus Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.

I coloured some cartridge paper with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, and Pear Tart Memento Ink, and then stamped two small trees from the same stamp set several times, using darker ink. I cut these out, curled them slightly, and stuck them onto the background. I added a green button into the centre of the flower. I added a sentiment from the Card Sentiments clear stamp set.

I matted the background onto purple textured cardstock, and die cut three butterflies from some of the left over card. I added these to the background to finish my card.

Hop over to the challenge blog to see some more DT inspiration, and find out how you can take part and win a £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Kaleidoscope Bird

Hello everyone, I have a final project to show you this month using the Birds of Paradise multibuy stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.

I have recently taken up crocheting, and love the brightly coloured blankets with the variation of patterned motifs spreading across from one side to the other. My background uses one of the little motifs from the stamp sets, and a range of Distress Ink colours to replicate this idea. I started my background by painting a section of smooth watercolour with a wash of aquamarine acylic paint, and dried this thoroughly. I drew a grid of diamonds with pencil, and then chose my colour palette of inkpads. I stamped the little motif across the background, and once it was dry, I rubbed out the pencil lines.

I painted a smaller piece of watercolour paper in the same way, using the acrylic wash, and then coloured the Damask Panel  using Distress Markers in the same colours as I used on the background. I stamped and embossed the birdcage onto a piece of pale green vellum using gold embossing powder. My bird was stamped onto a sticky label and coloured with Polychromos pencils to match the overall colour scheme.

Finally, I have added a sentiment taken from the stamp set to complete the card. I used a dark blue Distress Marker to edge all of the pieces of watercolour paper.
This layout would look great in black and white, or metallics as well, to create a more masculine card. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Birds of a Feather.....

I have done a couple of collaberative pieces of work with Lesley lately, and recently had the opportunity to join together with my Design Team mate Debbie in a couple of canvas projects. We decided to make two canvases between us, one horizontal, one vertical, and swap them over once we had each created a background. 
Debbie started her canvas by sticking small pieces of Melange Tissue and flowers from a serviette to a canvas panel with Glue 'n' Seal. Next she mixed some gesso with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint to make a tint and brushed it randomly around the canvas.

I used some Melange Tissue on my canvas along with a different serviette, covering the remainder of the canvas with gesso, and adding a wash of teal and linen acrylic paints, toning in with Debbie's colour scheme. Here are the canvases before we swapped them over:
Using the cherry blossom image from the Tranquility set I stamped it several times onto tissue paper and then coloured the images with Polychromos pencils. The bird, from A Little Bird Told Me was stamped on 160gsm white cardstock and then also coloured with pencils. Finally I stamped the sentiment from the See Beauty clear stamp set onto tissue paper as before. I attached everything using matte medium.

You will need to pop over to the Design Team blog to see what Debbie did to my canvas. We had a lot of fun creating these, and I hope that we have given you a bit of inspiration along the way. Thanks for stopping by, xx
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