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Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Chocolate Baroque Sewing Bee

Today we are launching our May stamp designs and the clue really is in the title.  This month all our stamps are based a sewing theme.

First there is The Sewing Room

























swiftly followed by Floral Mannequins

























Available as individuals or as our usual multi-buy



















As you can see both of these A5 sets are filled with images that would not be out of place in any sewing room and our the Design Team have had a ball putting together some stunning projects for you.

Here is a card designed by Judith which has a wonderful vintage appeal.


She has used an old paper pattern for the background and mixed and matched one mannequin with the stand from another.

We are also launching two new single clear stamps today.

Dressmaker's Window
























and Dressmaking Collage
























I can visualise the window being used with a variety of our stamp designs, creating both interior and exterior scenes. And although the collage is a single stamp you could cut out each image and have a collection of small individuals stamps; fabulous for creating embellishments.

Finally I have to make an announcement with regard to our wonderful Design Team.   Sadly today we are losing two of our members, Shirley and Maria, as both ladies wish to pursue other areas of their life. 

Glenda and I will miss their colourful and unique artwork and also their comradeship - they have been stalwarts of the team.  We hope you will join us in wishing them well and we look forward to spotting some of their creative talents popping up on their own blogs. Goodbye ladies and thank you so much for all your hard work and contributions to this blog.



Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Faux Decoupaged Auricula (by Julie)

Hello, today I have a trio of cards that I have created using the fabulous Auricula Script cling mounted stamp.
I have cheated a little with this faux decoupage technique by stamping the image just once, colouring with pencils and then arranging a set of nesting dies on top of the design before passing it through a die cut machine. This will then leave you with a set of frames of your image.

 The next step is to cut the whole shape of the nesting dies  from plain card-stock and glue the stamped frames to its corresponding plain shape. You can then layer them up using silicone glue so that it looks like you have stamped the image 4 or 5 times.
Distress inks through elements of the 12 x12 Well Rounded stencil have been used to create the background. If you squint slightly I think you can almost say that the splat design from the stencil looks like the flower head, what do you think....have I got too much imagination?
The cards have been finished off with a With Love sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set.
Thanks for your visit today. You are most welcome to hop over to my blog for another Chocolate Baroque make, however please pop by again tomorrow for another Design Team member's creation.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Auricula (by Asha)

Good morning, fellow Chocoholics. Today I'm playing with the new Auricula Script cling stamp.

For my card project, I heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder and sponged it with Distress Inks. After a little fussy cutting, I adhered the image to a piece of red card stock and secured it to a couple of pieces of green card stock with little green brads.

The sentiment is from Pretty Poppies, heat embossed in white. I finished the card with a little green twine and tiny yellow bling in the middle of the flowers.

Thank you for stopping by today. As always, details of tools and products used are available on my blog. Don't forget to swing by often for more exciting ideas from the rest of the design team.

Beijinhos,
Asha 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Mackintosh Ovals (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying the inspiration provided by my team mates this month. I have a card to show you today, using one of the images from the Floral Eggs clear stamp set, along with some older favourites of mine.

I started my card by stamping and embossing the Mackintosh style egg repeatedly onto a piece of black card, using Versamark and some platinum embossing powder. I also stamped and embossed the oval part of the central image several times onto a spare piece of black card. I mixed some blue and green Brusho powder with iridescent medium, and coloured areas of the images and left them to dry. I cut out the ovals from the spare piece of card, and stuck them to the background card inbetween the Mackintosh egg images.

I stamped the main image, from the Mackintosh Windows stamp set, onto a piece of white card, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and embossed it using clear embossing powder. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils and a water brush. I coloured a die cut of white card with pencils and a water brush before stamping a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set. I chose a toning green pearlescent card to mat all of the layers before assembling my card.


Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Brusho and template (by Maria)


Hello crafters, I have another sample to show you today,  I hope you like it and will try it too.



I made this card with a stamp from Awesome Orchids clear stamp sheet, a flower template and some Brusho. I took some smooth white paper, stamped my image and stamped it again on masking paper. I cut it out and put the mask on the flowers, then I placed my template over the top and sprayed a tiny bit of water over it. You do need to be careful not to use too much water otherwise it goes under the template and you get a messy background. Then I took my orange Brusho and sprinkled a tiny amount all over the background. I took away the template and the mask and dried the card with a heat tool. Normally you have a white card with the orange flower background, but I wanted more colour, so I coloured it with some orange Distress Ink. I coloured my flowers with some alcoholic markers and I gave them some accents with a yellow gelly pen to look like daffodils. I hope you will try this project.
Have a wonderful day and a lot of fun!

Greetings,
Maria

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Just in case (by Lesley)

How many times do you wish you had a card right now? Perhaps for an unexpected birthday or that time when you forgot or even just because you want to cheer someone up.  Today's card has been made for when I need a standby.

  • Stamp the Ladys Slipper Orchid image onto watercolour paper with Versafine Onyx Black. When dry colour with watercolour paints or pencils. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  • If necessary add extra colour and shading using coloured pencils and then fussy cut around the lace edge.
  • Cut two pieces of co-ordinating background paper; one at 15 x 9.5cm and one at 15 x 10.5cm.
  • Attach the larger piece portrait style on the front of an 8" square card with double sided tape (make sure the fold of the card is at the top to make it tent style).
  • Fix a piece of ribbon across the second piece of paper and the attach across the first piece as illustrated.
  • Position the watercolour topper using 3d foam pads.
You will notice there is no sentiment on this card and that is because, as yet, I don't know when I am going to use it. But I have one ready, just in case.

So the next time you have a crafty session, why not make up some of your work into finished cards but leave out the sentiment, just in case!

Thank you for stopping by today. Please keep popping in so that you can receive a daily dose of inspiration from the very creative Design Team.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Beautiful Birdcage Collage (by Shirley)

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.

I have a design to show using a gorgeous new cling single stamp - Birdcage Collage.


The background was created with Dylusions inks and Distress Paint (yellow).   I over stamped with a stamp from the beautiful Dusky Damask set.   The main image stamped with Cobalt Archival ink was painted with water colour markers.



Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day,
Shirleyx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lady's slipper orchid (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, my card today features this gorgeous individual stamp, called Lady's Slipper Orchid. I've actually coloured it to represent a an Iris for my card, I adore the rich colours of irises, they are so beautiful.


I've used a distress ink background created using Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Seedless preserves inks. The image has been layerd up three times. the first layer was stamped and embossed with Gold EP. Next came the script background, stamped in brown on cream card. 

Lastly I stamped the flower on white card,coloured with Graph'It markers and cut out before layering the image up on 3d foam pads. I've added lace, pearls, ribbon and a button topped with a twine bow to finish off.

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Awesome Orchids - 10 min card by Florence

Hi everyone

Thank you for calling in.  

Always great to have your company.

Today, I have a really quick and easy card to share with you.

For this card, I have used one of the flower heads and the sentiment from the Awesome Orchids set.




For my main piece, I stamped the flower head randomly onto a piece of coated card stock using Orange Blossom Archival Ink and trimmed the piece to size.
Using a hole punch, I punched out half circles on both sides of the stamped piece.
I wrapped a piece of gold thread around the card, using the punched out half circles to hold the thread in place and then secured it on the reverse with some tape.
I cut out a small tag and stamped onto it the sentiment. 
I attached the tag to the thread using a little jump ring and secured the tag to my stamped piece using a foam tab.
I then made up the card as seen.

Happy Stamping
Florence x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Butterfly Dress in the meadows (by Debbie)

Good morning.
I think the warmer weather has helped wake my creative spirit up. The Design Team have new stamps that I've been playing with over the weekend and they are a delight.
 
 
 
I also had a play with the Butterfly Dress stamp and Briar Rose, Harebell, Thistle and Honeysuckle Butterfly Quartet stamps. I started with stamping the Butterfly Dress lady then cut a mask so I could then stamp the foliage around her. When the ink was dry I cut a moon and placed it over the lady mask. With soft brushes I added Peeled Paint and Broken China with a horizontal movement. The flowers and butterflies were coloured with alcohol pens and I covered the bodice of the dress with Waterfall Stickles that is blue tones and on the photograph looks yellows and greens. I chose purple from the dress to mount the scene and added to and 8 x8 card.
 
 Thanks for visiting
Debbie

Monday, 20 April 2015

Butterfly Door Hanger (by Julie)

Good morning! Hope your week has got off to a good start....but if not then you have plenty of time to give it another go. I thought I would have another go with the Butterfly Dress cling mounted stamp that seems so popular at the moment, but instead of using the stamp as the main image I decided to concentrate on the fabulous detail that is in the dress.


The wooden hanger I had in my stash is slightly different to the website version but you can see a selection of wooden surfaces to decorate here.

I started by painting the hanger with a mint chalk paint, but gesso would work just as well, and then stamped the Butterfly Dress over the top of the dried paint, using Barn Door Distress paint. Afterwards I sprayed some red and green Dylusions ink  and when dry added some Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo Distress ink.
The decorative pieces were created by melting ordinary silver embossing powder with clear embossing powder in a melt pot and then pouring into metal cookie cutters  placed onto the rubber stamp. Before each pouring of the molten embossing liquid I inked the stamp with black Staz-On and to get the red or green colour I added a little bit of a Gelato crayon just before pouring. I have highlighted the texture by very lightly, dry brushing white acrylic paint across the pieces and painted all of the edges with black acrylic paint before gluing to the hanger.
If you don't have a melt pot you can still give this technique a try by melting the embossing powder in a metal cake wrapper with a heat gun.

Many thanks for looking and if you would like to see some of these pieces turned into jewellery then please pop over to my blog, but most importantly don't forget to call back tomorrow for some more Designer inspiration.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

All Tiled Up (by Asha)

Good morning fellow crafters! Inspired by tiles, I made 2 cards, both featuring the Awesome Orchids stamp set, but with different results.

My first card is influenced by the Dutch Delftware - the distinguished blue on white pottery renowned for its simple elegance.  I started by scoring a piece of white heavy weight watercolour paper into equal rectangles before stamping the flower heads with Memento Ink. With a fine brush and water I pushed the colour into the flowers, taking care not to blur the outlines. I inked the edges of each tile with distress ink and drew a line through the score lines with a white gel pen for a grouted finish.  



Here's another fun way to incorporate tiles into your card project. This time I'm using bright bold mosaic inspired background to showcase the Awesome Orchid stamp. I started by colouring a piece of heavy weight watercolour paper with Gelatos and cutting it up into little squares. Then I put them back together on a piece of white card stock before adhering the fussy cut orchid on the finished background. With a little Glossy Accent on each tile we get the perfect finish for these tiles.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having fun with your new stamps. As always, details of tools and products used are available on my blog. Don't forget to swing by often for more exciting ideas from the rest of the design team. Have a beautiful Sunday!

Beijinhos,
Asha 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Orchid Trio by Glenda

Hello everyone - I've got a quick card to show you today, inspired by Lesley's recent card (which you can see here).

I have used the clear Awesome Orchids set to create a card in sepia tones.


I stamped the flower heads first, then carefully placed the stems to connect up with the flowers.  I used Adirondack Espresso ink on watercolour paper and just touched a wet paintbrush to the image in the areas where I wanted some shading.

I cut each flower to the same size and layered each one onto dark brown card.  The card background is stencilled with a delicate stencil (called North Star) using the same Espresso inkpad and a large stencil brush.

I stuck the stamped panels on to the ivory card base with foam pads and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink at the bottom.

Not all inks will react with water like this so you need to know which of your inks bleed and which don't.  Adirondack and Distress will definitely give up their colour even after they have dried.  Memento will bleed a little if you do it straight away, but the longer you leave it, the more fixed the colour becomes.  Archival doesn't work at all, and Versafine is also waterproof once dry.

If you find inks confusing, why not make some little swatch card and test each one out.  You need to try it on different types of paper or card because that can make a big difference too. 


Hope you're enjoying the blog, the team are certainly cooking up some gorgeous projects for you, aren't they!  Don't forget to check out our Shop Blog too where you'll find even more to inspire you.

Happy creating!


Friday, 17 April 2015

I love flowers and colours too! (by Maria)


Hello everybody, today I have some colourful examples for you, just the way I like them.


I have made a card to show you and four ATC's. I took some watercolour paper and my favorite Dylusions ink. I sprayed some water over my paper and then took some green and pink Dylusions sprays and sprayed them over the paper. For the card I used the pink and green part of the paper, for the ATC it was only the green area. The final ATC has a bit of blue too. Then I sprayed some salt, here and there and let everything air dry. When the paper was dry, I stamped the flower from the Awesome Orchids stamp set first, masked it and then stamped the stalk. I stamped the flowers again on some other paper that I had coloured with Dylusions ink and cut them out. With some 3D foam I placed them on the stamped flower on the card.

For the ATCs I did the same with the bottom two, but on the top two, I took away the colour with some bleach and coloured them again with alcoholic markers.
I hope you like my samples, and try out the techniques some time, it was real fun!

Greetings,
Maria

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Lucky Butterflies (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have another card using the beautiful Butterfly Dress cling mounted 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 some colour to a piece of scrapbook paper through a Prima Mask, and then added some script using a stamp from the Mini Scripts stamp set. I stamped the main image onto a die cut oval, and again onto a spare piece of scrapbook paper, and coloured the images with pencils. I decoupaged the butterflies from the spare image onto the main image. I added some of the flowers, along with some shamrock style die cuts to a sentiment taken from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set.


Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ladys Slipper Orchid with Lace (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have a design today featuring the gorgeous new cling single - Ladys Slipper Orchid.


The larger background was created with Evergreen and Pistachio Distress Stain Sprays.   I over stamped using a fragment from Lace Fragments with Evergreen Distress Ink.  When dry I embossed a lace stamp with white across the top and bottom, also from Lace Fragments.    I coloured the Orchid with pencils.   The ribbon is purple which looks very dark in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirleyx

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Brusho Birdcage Collage (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, have you seen the gorgeous new individual stamps released this month? Goodness me they are stunning and the perfect price for a crafty treat without breaking the bank too.

This one is called 'Bird Cage Collage' and is a gorgeous image and I really enjoyed colouring it.


I began by having a play with my Brushos and water colour card which I used to create my background. I stamped the image with brown ink and distressed with Tumbled Glass distrss ink. Next I stamped the image with versamark and embossed with gold ep before cutting out and colouring with distress inks. I stamped the focal image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloured with my Graph'It markers and carefully cut out before popping up on 3d foam pads.

I've used purple card for matting and layering and simply adding some gems to the corner to finish off.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Ladys Slipper Orchid - By Florence

Hi everyone

Thank you for stopping by. 

I hope you have had a great weekend.

If, this is your first visit to the Chocolate Baroque blog, then a big warm welcome.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a good look around.  There is a new post every day with inspiring projects and fabulous ideas on how to use the stamps.

Today I would like to share two projects made using the new Ladys Slipper Orchid (Cling Singles) Rubber Stamp. 

There are four new amazing stamps in the Cling Singles Range .
To see the set "Bird Cage" multi-buy offer please click HERE.


My first project is a fridge magnet but with a small alteration this could also be a book cover, a little hanging or an embellishment for a wooden box.



To make this project

Paint a piece of MDF (approx size 9cms x 13 cms) with Gesso.
Apply a coat of purple craft paint and leave to dry.
Apply a coat of cream colored craft paint roughly over the purple and remove some of the cream paint, using a wet wipe, allowing the purple to show through a little.
When the base coat is dry, add a tiny hint of yellow craft paint using a dry brush.
Sand if necessary to give a good smooth stamping surface.
Stamp the image onto the prepared piece using Black Archival Ink.
Color the image with diluted Distress Ink.
 Fix the ink with a spray fixative.
Apply 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal the project.
Edge the piece with gold wax or sponge on some gold craft paint.


Chocolate Baroque have a large selection of MDF and wooden products on their website which are ideal for painting and stamping onto and which can be seen HERE.


My second project is a quick and easy card.


To make this card

Apply some Distress Inks to a piece of white card stock (approx size 9 cm x 13 cm).
Stamp the image using a permanent ink.
Using a damp paint brush, remove some of the Distress Ink from the stamped flower image.
Fix the inks with a spray fixative and (optional) seal with a gel medium.
Make up the card as seen.

Thank you for looking
Have a great week.

Florence x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Auricular Flower (by Debbie)

 
I have two cards today using the Auricular Script stamp. For a large stamp it gives a great impression.
 
 
 
 I used black ink on both, Memento for the first as I coloured with alcohol pens. Versafine with clear embossing powder for the second and coloured with pencils.
For the first I stamped onto white card and when coloured used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the edge to tie in with the embossing on the background card.

 
 
I love to stamp onto Kraft card but it definitely need the embossing powder to help the stamp stand out. The pencils I used were quite soft so they gave a really good strong colour. I matted with green and black to frame the stamped image and added to a square card.
 
 
Many thanks for visiting
Debbie

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Butterfly Lady (by Julie)

Good morning to you and I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Today I have a card created with three wonderful Chocolate Baroque stamps, but the main image is the very new and very beautiful Butterfly Dress single, cling mounted stamp.

  • This card measures approx 22 cm x 18.5 cm. I started by stamping and embossing the Butterfly Dress with a black sparkle embossing powder and then coloured with a selection of alcohol markers. 
  • The sun rays are created by plotting a few lines with a ruler and a very light pencil, before filling in with Distress ink using a sponge and the edge of a stiff card as a mask. 
  • On a separate sheet of card I stamped the border with one of the Floral Edges rubber stamps, inked up with black Versafine ink. I used masking tape to cover an existing stamped bit of the border so that there was not too much over stamping and mixing of the image.
  • I cut out the centre of the border card, coloured with colouring pencils before mounting onto the base card with silicone glue.
  • To finish I added lots of Crystal Stickles and two stamped butterflies from the Honeysuckle Butterfly set that I coloured with Distress Ink.
Many thanks for looking. If you wish you can see a much simpler version of this card using just the Butterfly Dress stamp over on my blog, but as always please pop back tomorrow when another Design Team member will have a fabulous new project.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Fly Away With Me (by Asha)

Hello and Happy Friday, everyone. Today I want to show you a card I made showcasing the Butterfly Dress individual cling stamp.

I stamped the image onto a piece of bleed-proof paper and coloured it with alcohol markers. The extra sunflowers are from the July Fairy DL stamp sheet. I masked the images to get the flowers to overlap. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Dreams A4 sheet.



Here's a close up of the Butterfly Dress project. With a sharp craft knife I cut around the wings of the butterflies to expose the blue layering card stock below. The butterflies look like they are about to take flight...




Butterfly Dress is undeniably a gorgeous image, which can be worked in so many different ways. I hope you'll find time to play with your stamps this weekend. As always, on my blog you will find more pictures and details of products used.

Have a super crafty weekend!

Beijinhos,
Asha

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Birdcage Collage with Stampbord (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a 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 covered the piece of Stampbord with Versamark and sprinkled it with extra thick clear embossing powder, melting it with my heat gun. I added embossing powder twice more while the embossing powder on the Stampbord was still molten. You need to be very quick to do this! 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 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 a second colour and repeated the process. I used a template and Distress Ink 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" card blank and added a sentiment from the Card Sentiments clear stamp set.

 
Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

ATCs themed book "FLOWERS" (by Maria)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying the new stamps available on the website. Today I am going to show you how to make an ATC book using both new and old stamps. I hope you will enjoy it.

I made this ATC book with the following stamp sets :
Awesome Orchids clear stamp sheet, Poppy Meadow stamp set, Pretty Birdcage stamp set, Spring is in the air stamp set.


The products I used  are: Distress Paint Antique Linen, Distress Stain Spiced Marmelade and Distress Spray Stain Cracked Pistacchio. For the golden text I used a mask and some metallic gold embossing paste.
The flowers are cut out of a paper that I coloured with Dylusions and metallic spray. I made this paper a long time ago, and so I cannot remember the colours. I added some accents with yellow, orange, rose and green gelly pens.







White paper (10.5cms x 30cms) x4
Golden embossing powder, Versamark and heat tool
Black card stock 6 x (8.9cms x 6.4 cms) for the ATCs
Black acrylic paint

Instructions:
I started with my backgrounds; I put some Distress Paint on my craft sheet and with my Distress Spray Stain I sprayed some green on the paint. I added some orange Distress Stain further down, and I sprayed some water all over it. I took my white paper and went through the paint and the stains, covering my white paper. I sprayed some water over the whole paper while drying it with my heat tool. When everything was dry, I did it again to have more variation on my background.
I did the same with my second paper, so that my colours where almost the same, then I cut out 6 pieces of 8.5cms x 6cms, these pieces became my coloured parts of the ATCs. The two other papers (10.5cms x 30cms) I coloured on both sides in the same way.

Now the ATCs: I first stamped my flowers with black Versafine ink on the ATCs and added some colours. I used a stencil and with some embossing paste I gave some structure to the ATCs. I took the paper that I had coloured with Dylusions and metallic spray and stamped the flowers on the areas where I liked the colours the most. I cut the flowers out and placed them onto the ATCs with some 3D foam.
With some golden embossing powder I made a small border around the ATCs, then I took my gelly pens and added some nice accents here and there. Then I glued the ATCs on the black cardstock with some double sided tape.

Then I started with my book (9cms x10.5cms) x6. I took the two other pieces of coloured paper (green and oranges) and scored at 9cms, 18cms, and 27cms, I did this on both papers. I then glued them together to make a long strip, with one of the left over 3cms, placing it behind the other panel so that the front looked neat. I cut away the second 3cms strip. I took some orange Distress Ink and went around all of the edges, so that everything blended together.

For the covers I took some cardboard (10cms x 11.5cms) x2 and painted them with black acrylic paint. I dried them with my heat tool. I also put some embossing powder on the edges. I placed a ribbon in the middle of my last page on the outside of the book. Both sides of the ribbon were the same length. I did this also at the other end of the book. I placed the book in the middle of the cover, and then added the other cover on the other side of the book. To decorate the front of my book, I made another card (8.5cms x10cms) and placed it on my front cover.

I hope you enjoy making this project, it was a lot of work, but worth the end result.

Have a nice stamping time,
Maria





Tuesday, 7 April 2015

When you need to be quick (by Lesley)

There are times when we want to give a hand made card but time is of the essence and when you are up against the clock is usually when your mojo has gone into hiding! Know that feeling? Me too, I knew that I was scheduled for today's blog post however we were spending a wonderful Easter break with Glenda and Adrian; time was running out.







































  • Stamp the Ladys Slipper Orchid with Vintage Photo Distress ink onto smooth white cardstock.
  • Using a fine detail waterbush start brushing the colour from the inked outline of the orchid head. 
  • Work through the whole flower and, if necessary use a heat gun to ensure the image is dry. 
  • Cut around the lace edge and mount onto contrasting card with 3d foam.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear set with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.
  • Fold an A4 piece of cream cardstock in half and trim to size. Add the ribbon and attach the topper with double sided adhesive tape.
TIP:  Use a very light touch and a semi dry water brush with this technique (keep a piece of kitchen towel to hand so that you can take off excess water from the brush). By not flooding the image with water you can be more precise in the colouring and shading. Also, start with the head of the flower and work your way down to avoid smudging the leaves.

So the next time you're in a hurry why not give it a try.

Thank you for dropping by today and don't forget you can see new artwork every day created by the wonderful design team.




Monday, 6 April 2015

Awesome Orchids (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Easter.

I have a few designs to show today using the beautiful new Awesome Orchids clear stamp set.


I used the new Abandoned Coral along with Picked Raspberry Distress Inks in the background (using an Acrylic Block & water).   Next I added texture with white acrylic paint, a small stencil and a bottle cap.  The little dots were created using the 'snow' stamp from the Frosty Trees set.   I painted the pretty little Orchid with Inktense pencils.

I used the same colour theme below:


I used the same background technique as the first card.  I stamped the Orchid stem & leaf image three times onto the background, and one of the flower heads on separate card stock.   I coloured the leaves and flowers with the same Distress Inks along with Seedless Preserves, cut them out and attached.

And the last design is a quick CAS card:


Using a circle cut from cardstock as a mask, I blended the new Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed Distress Inks over top and used a stencil for the texture.  I coloured the image with pencils.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can visit often to see the beautiful designs by my talented teammates.

Shirleyx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Floral Eggs (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks and a very Happy Easter to you! I hope you have a lovely day with lots of chocolate and of course some crafting too lol. Today's card features the gorgeous new clear stamps from  called 'Floral Eggs'. I've used this beautiful image to make a topper for my card but I think it would be a stunning pendant too.


I began with a distress ink background using Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw distress inks and stamped the corners using one of the stamps from Spring Bird Crocus with black ink, adding faux stitching around the edges. 

I stamped the image onto smooth white card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with my Graph'It markers. I cut the image out and triple embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I layered the image over a pretty heart shaped doily and added a little black bow.

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx