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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I miss you (by Dominike)


Parfois, un seul mot suffit pour dire ce que vous pensez.
Parfois, il suffit d'un dessin pour dire combien il est difficile de ne pas pouvoir voir quelqu'un que vous aimez.

Sometimes you don't have to speak for saying your mind.
I think that all is said here.

These wonderful Chocolate rubberstamps are here. They are great !

Kind regards.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Never Stop (by Magda)

I had fun in playing with my thoughts for this card.

Step by Step
1.  On your white card blend very lightly in different areas  Distress Inkpad  Cracked Pistachio and
     Fozzil Amber
2.  Position your stencil on the card and apply with varying pressure Distress Inkpad  Lucky Clover
3.  Move the same stencil slightly and apply Distress Inkpad Fossilized Amber
4.  Stamp some grasses from Silhouette Grasses with Versamark Inkpad Onyx Black directly on the
5.  Stamp on white cardstock the sentiment of Words to Dazzle & Sparkle, blend the edges with
     Distress Inkpad  Lucky Clover and attach it with sticky foam on the card.

The stamps of Silhouette Grasses are so stylish and versatile,  I think you have to try them.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Blue and White Crocus Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my samples with the new stamps recently featured on the shows with Lesley Wharton on Hochanda. I have got a 'thing' about blue & white scenes recently! Tee hee.

  • Spring Bird Crocus stamp set
  • 6 inch square card blank and white stamping card
  • Distress Inkpad (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Fine tipped pen (blue) and gel pen (white)
  • Dies to cut square frames and mats
How to make it:
  1. Cut the frame and square mats for layering. Edge with Distress ink and add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  2. Stamp the image and sentiment with Distress Ink. Pull out the colour using a damp brush. Add some ink to a craft mat and use as a paint to add extra colour and shading. Use the white gel pen to add back some highlights if needed.
  3. Mat and layer onto the card front using 3D foam on the topper for extra depth.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Krafty Kingfisher (by Asha)

Hello, friends! I'm back with another project idea. This time I'm going for an intensely vintage look using an image from the Kingfisher Song A5 stamp sheet.

I stamped the kingfisher onto a piece of kraft cardstock using Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink and coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos. For that aged look, I applied Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo all around the edge of the card. Finally, some Stardust Stickles and little white dots on the water to brighten things up.

This image is such a joy to colour and its so versatile too. I've got more details of tools and products over at my blog. My team-mates have created a few beauties  with this stamp to inspire you. And make sure you swing by the DT blog for more project ideas using Chocolate Baroque stamps featured on Hochanda.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Friday, 17 February 2017

monchrome bridge (by Veronica)

 I thought I wouold try something different using the lovely bridge stamp from kingfisher song, too nice an image to just use in the background.
i stamped the stones from sticks and stones in the foreground, and then the bridge, with the clouds from the seashore scenes stamp set.
The sky was sponged roughly with distress inks, with white pencil highlights to the moon and clouds.
I used grey brusho powder for the bridge and river, with black and grey watercolour pencils for the trees and stones, with more white pencil highlights.
The second version used a mask for the moon, and the iris leaf stamp repeated across the front to give depth. I added some turquoise brusho powder to the grey this time for the river, and stamped the leaves several times across the base card.
I had great frun doing these, and was pleased with how they turned out, so hope that you like them too.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing more of our quick and uncomplicated projects with you. Starting this month, we are only having one of these posts a month, and we are really giving you a value packed edition! The Design Team have created some beautiful cards and we hope that you will enjoy what we have to share with you. The cards and other projects have all taken fifteen minutes or less to complete, and are suitable for beginner stampers, for those of you looking for quick cards to make, maybe for someone who needs a batch card to make for a special occasion, like an invitation or a celebration, perhaps? These cards could be great for craft fairs, or fundraising, as you can make as many cards as you wish, as long as you are hand stamping each item.

You can click on each Design Team member's name to reach their individual blogs, where you will find more information about their projects, and also see more of their fabulous work. So, grab a cuppa and scroll through this month's selection of fifteen minute cards.

Claire's sepia toned card shows a very different way of using this lovely stamp image. You can create a lovely card for the men in your life in a short space of time, using a limited colour palette:

I have gone for a bright and bold background to display the lovely Baroque Meadow silhouette stamp, adding the little butterflies and a sentiment. This card was so quick to make, and the sky is the limit when you change the background colour:

Brenda has created two lovely cards for us this month, the first was made by masking around four squares on the background of the card with masking tape, and inking them with Distress Ink. She then stamped the branch and Kingfisher, colouring them with the same Distress Inks and using one of the flowers from Glade Design a Tree to add some flowers to the branch. She added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

For her second card, she scribbled three colours of Distress Crayons onto a craft sheet, added water and brushed each colour onto the background.Next she stamped the silhouette flowers using Black Archival Ink, tied a piece of seam binding, and added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

We have two cards from Zoe next, both on a circular theme, but very differemnt from each other. For her first card, Zoe has picked some of the smaller foliage elements from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set and created a Christmas wreath. This such a simple looking card, but very effective:
For her second card, she has used a circular mask to create a blue moon, added colourful grasses, and a lovely sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set. The little butterflies from the Baroque Meadow stamp plate complete the card.

Dominike has created a set of three lovely watercolour effect cards, and you could use so many of the floral images from Chocolate Baroque to create a card like these. Simply use a water soluble ink like Distress Ink, ink up your stamp, and spritz the stamp with water before you stamp the image onto your background.

 Each card will give different results:
 The amount of water that you use determines how watery your image will appear.

We have a selection of cards from Penny to share with you this month; the first was created by stamping a tree using black ink onto a background from her stash. She used a fine liner pen to 'ground' the tree, by drawing a landscape onto the background. She added leaves using first and second generation stamping. She used a white gel pen at the centre of the leaves, edged the panel with a gold marker pen, and matted it onto black card. She stamped the leaves onto her base card using Distress Inks and added glitter. When the glitter was dry, she added her focal panel to the base card.

To create her second card, she stamped the peacock using Versafine Ink onto a background from her stash, and embossed the image using gold embossing powder. She die cut a panel around the peacock, and then also cut a mat which she edged with gold pen. She stamped a border at the top and bottom of the base card and added gold pen. She stamped and embossed a sentiment, die cut a panel, then attached both panels to the base card.

For her final card, she stamped the flowers and butterfly onto a gelli plate background from her stash, and embossed them with black embossing powder. She then painted the images with pearl paints, and added some Gothic corners, embossing them in the same way. She matted and layered the panel onto some embossed kraft edged with Distress Ink, and attached it to a base card.

Rachel has created a beautiful collection of cards, the first has been made using Brushos and white embossing:

For the second, she created a background using Distress Inks, and stamped the images using Black Archival Ink:

For her third card, she used repeated stamping and rotation of the base card, using Archival Inks:
For her next card she has used alcohol inks on yupo paper, and then stamped the image using Archival Ink, which she then wiped away, creating a faux resist effect. She added more stamping using Archival Ink over the top. The background was created using Archival Inks.
For her final card, she masked a circle and stamped in Archival, created a Distress Ink background, and overstamped using Distress Inks.

Julie has created a pretty textured card, using the bubble effect stamp from the Sticks and Stones stamp plate. She has used it to create both a background and to decorate her heart embellishments. The hearts have also served as masks for part of her background, and she has used these spaces to add her sentiments from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

Her next card is a lovely project, using watercolour markers to colour the Baroque Meadow image, creating a very quick clean and simple style card. The coloured butterfly and sentiment are lovely additions.

We have another clean and simple style card from Vronnie next. This card would be so perfect for a sympathy card, such a difficult card to make, but this simple image with the right sentiment is just right.
Vronnie's second card by comparison, is very colourful and cheery, and the beautiful watery background is stunning.
Magda's leafy card would be another great masculine card, the earthy colours are perfect for this leafy stamp:
Anne has given us a super selection to share with you; her first card was created by stamping and embossing the image with white embossing powder. She coloured the background, and lifted some of the colour off, by sponging through a stencil with water, and blotted the excess away. She completed the card by stamping the sentiment and twig, then used a green pen to edge the card and frame.

For her second card, she stamped the images onto a tag using Distress Ink. The card was edged with black pen and a little Distress Ink to frame.

Last but not least, we have a card from Marga, our newest Design Team member. Marga has created her card by placing a selection of the foliage images from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set onto an acrylic block, and inking these with different coloured inks. She stamped the images twice and stamped a small grass image in between the open areas. She cut a square from one of the stamped images, and after matting onto coloured card, placed it over the other stamped image in the corresponding place.

We hope that you have enjoyed our bumper post this month, and we will be back again next month with more projects to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Kingfisher Meadow (posted by Claire)

Good morning all, Claire here with a couple of projects made using this months lovely new stamps.

For this card I began with a background made with mica pigment powders on watercolour card, it's really shimmery in real life but sadly it doesn't show too well in the pic. I overstamped the background with lots of lovely foliage stamps ( you can find all the new stamps here). I stamped the kingfisher on white card and painted him with the same mica pigments, he looked a little flat so I had a rummage in my craft room and found some very old Sakura stardust pens which my some miracle still worked so I used them to give him lots more detail. I cut him out and layered him up on 3d foam pads.  A stamped sentiment in a little punched envelope were added to finish the card.

My second project today is a tag and a pendant made with the leftover ink from making this card. I had a tiny bit of colour left on my craft mat so I misted it with water and mopped it up with some white card. I cut out the tag and stamped with some delicate foliage and edged with silver embossing. I stamped the rest of the card with foliage and used glossy accents to glue a cabochon in place, once that was dry I cut it out and popped it in a bezel and added some green velvet ribbon to make a pendant.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you're enjoying the new stamps and don't forget to share your projects with us on facebook.
Claire xx