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Friday, 2 December 2016

Floral notes by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and happy December, where has this year gone?

I'm so excited to be flying out to Canada on the 9th to spend Christmas with my beautiful daughter for 3 weeks, we've just returned from Morocco after 11 days holiday.

I've scheduled this post so forgive me for not going into holiday details, I needed to get ahead with all my DT work. It's been an emotional time lately with moving our gorgeous foster boy onto adoption, so I think I've deserved the breaks?

So onto my project, I've use one of the stamps from the stunning new set - Floral notes

I started by randomly stamping the wording around the edges using a grey inkpad, then using one of Lesley's fab techniques - inking up an acrylic block with various colours, spritzing with water and swiping across the tag, once dry I then added droplets of water here and there and heat dried to create more texture. I love this technique and the results. I stamped the flowers twice, once onto the tag itself and again onto some spare card, coloured with distress markers and a water brush, cut just the flower heads and buds out and decoupaged.


I hope you like it? I'm in love with these stamps, so pretty, different and versatile. Have a great day, see you later this month, while I shall be away enjoying my daughter xx Zoe


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Faux Candles (by Julie)

Hello crafters! The countdown has begun...are you ready? What do you mean no!
If you would like a quick decoration idea then you are in luck as I have two faux candles to show you. They are both stamped with the rather lovely Winter Edges and really don't require too much effort.

Firstly take some copier paper and place it down in portrait style. Ink up the Winter Church Edge with Onyx Black Versafine and stamp along the bottom of the page to make a continuous border, then cut your page so it measures approx 8.5 cm high. You will need to cut a piece of acetate the same size.
You will then need to reach for your Pan Pastels and sponge over Blues and Greys, with yellow around the silhouette. Take off the excess dust with a kitchen towel before patting the entire strip of paper with Versamark, or any other clear embossing ink before adding clear embossing powder and heating. Do this twice so you have a nice smooth finish.

Next step is to staple your pre-cut acetate to make a cylinder and then wrap your embossed design around the outside and secure with double sided tape. Dab silver Distress Paint around the edges, top and bottom, then place the finished candle over a battery operated tea light.

The Christmas tree candle is made in the same way, however I allowed more height to take account of the design being taller than the Winter Church scene, so this candle is 10.5 cm tall. The trees were coloured with brush markers and I swapped the dark blue Pan Pastel for a lighter, icier blue.

Many thanks for looking and hope to see you again soon.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for our second compilation of quick cards and projects brought to you from the Design Team this month. We have another bundle of inspirational ideas to share with you that can be made in a flash, and still produce stylish and elegant projects, all using fabulous Chocolate Baroque stamps.

We hope that you enjoy this month's selection.

Asha has created a card using one of our lovely Fluttering Hearts images, and combined this with a quick stencil background:
Rachel has created two lovely Christmas cards, stamping her images, then masking them, and adding a background strip using Distress Inks:

Anne has made two cards to share with you; the first incorporates stamps from the Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp set. The background was created by spritzing and splattering with lime green and bright pink ink sprays. She then quickly stamped the trees with lime and dark green ink. The sentiments were stamped in dark green ink. She used green alcohol marker to frame the image before gluing to the card and added faux stitching with a fine-tipped pen. Finally she added PVA pearls and glitter glue for her usual sparkle:

For her second card, she has chosen a pretty image from the Wild Meadow stamp set, and a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments stamp set.  She stamped the images onto an ink spritzed background and heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Corine has provided us with another delightful Christmas card, what's not to love about this CAS design, using the elegant reindeer from the Damask Reindeer stamp set?

Claire has used the same basic technique for each her cards, adding ink to an acrylic block with gridlines to create the background, but chosen a variety of colours and images to create a stunning range of cards:
She has added hand drawn borders to each of the images, avoiding the need to mat and layer the backgrounds.
The textured acrylic block has created a pattern on the background, doing two jobs at the same time.
Brenda has created a selection of cards for us; the first was created by masking the edges of a square piece of card and using Distress Ink to repeat stamp inside the mask. She used two stamps from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set to create the background. The sentiment is computer generated.

For her second card, she stamped the willow from the Spring Foliage stamp set using three colours of Distress Ink, and matted the images onto co-ordinating card. She added a computer generated sentiment.

For her final card, she die cut a heart, and stamped sentiments from the Words of Inspiration and Pretty Poppies stamp sets onto the heart. She fixed some black and white ribbon across the botttom of a white card blank and placed the heart over the top.

Zoe has created some Christmas tags, using coloured embossing powder to create variety in the designs. These would be great for colour co-ordinating with your wrapping paper:
Finally we have an elegant card from Lesley, who created the card by stamping the image onto the card with Versamark, and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. She stamped the sentiment with Black Archival Ink, and coloured the lettering using pencil crayon. To finish, she added sticky backed gems for baubles:

We will be back next month with more quick projects for you, but in the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the Design Team girls. Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

1 stamp, 5 tags... (by Dominike)

Today I want to show you how I play with short pieces of paper colored with my Gelli plate and a single stamp. But what a beautiful stamp ! Here it is...

I like this work and hope you a good day.

Aujourd'hui je veux juste vous montrer comment je peux m'amuser avec des petits morceaux de papier travaillés à la gelli plate et le même unique tampon. J'aime beaucoup ce travail.

Je vous souhaite une bonne journée.

Kind regards.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Red Postbox (by Magda) - Vintage Postbox

I like to experiment and thought it would be interesting for me to see the result of transforming a school blackboard into a Christmas decoration.

Here for you the result of this project :

  1. Clean a school blackboard and wipe it with the Magic Anti-Static Bag
  2. Stamp on the blackboard the new stamp Vintage Postbox Single Rubber Stamp  with Versamark and emboss with Wow Embossing Powder Clear Gloss
  3. Colour the postbox with Distress Paint -  Fired Brick  several times till you are happy with the colour 
  4. Colour the fence with Distress Paint - Walnut Stain
  5. Put some Distress Paint - Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn on both sides of the bottom of the postbox  
  6. Add Soft Form Relief Paste - Pearl to create the snowflakes using a stencil, the snow on the fence, on the postbox and on the ground using a spatula
  7. Colour the wooden frame of the blackboard  with Distress Paint - Black Soot, then use a gold metallic acrylic to give an antique look to the frame. 
  8. Punch some holly leaves and colour them with gold metallic acrylic and with Distress Paint - Mowed Lawn and glue the leaves as decoration
  9. Finish the project adding a golden ribbon and some Stickles - Star Dust on the snow and on the leaves

I hope you will try to paint a school blackboard too and will enjoy this experiment.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Floral Notes With Love card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick card using the lovely new Floral Notes stamp set. There are so many gorgeous images in this set.

  • Floral Notes and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • A6 scalloped card blank (red), white stamping card and a strip of copy paper
  • Versafine inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Pencil and watercolour paint (red)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pens (black)
  • Sparkle brush pen (clear)
How to make it:
  1. Trim the stamping card to fit the card front. Cut a strip of copy paper and lay onto the card front (mask). Stamp the images in black. Stamp again onto spare card and cut out one of the flower heads.
  2. Using the fine tipped pen draw the border and fill in any little gaps in the stamping (i.e. so that they join up with the border). Colour the lower edge of the border with pencil.
  3. Colour the flower head with watercolour. Curl the petals slightly and glue to the card.
  4. Brush over the flower petals with sparkle pen. Difficult to see in the photo but it just gives a little lift to the design.
  5. Outline the topper with alcohol pen and glue to the card front.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Bird on Pie (by Asha)

Good morning, friends. Christmas is just around the corner. Oh yes it is! Tomorrow is Advent Sunday and what better excuse to share a festive make with you featuring the brand new Mr Robin stamp.

I know Mr Robin is a red breasted chap but I decided to give him a red coat this Christmas instead. So here he is, proudly perched on a mince pie. I coloured him him alcohol markers and used texture paste to add wintery interest to the background. And don't forget lashings of glitter and shine... it is Christmas after all!

I have more pictures and details of tools and products over at my blog. Thank you for stopping by today and come back soon for more amazing creations by the rest of the Design Team.