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Monday, 18 January 2021

Branching out - by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post of the month.

I hope you managed to catch the shows last month on Hochanda featuring a fabulous variety of stamps.

Here are some samples I made for the show.

I really enjoyed creating with these stamps.

The film script grunge flower I coloured acetate with Alcohol inks and some gold foil and just created an overlay strip, then decoupaged the flower.
It was a technique that I’d seen the lovely Leonie from Hochanda TV demo and just loved the look of it, that “pop” of colour really lifts it I think.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 17 January 2021

All in a row by Rachel

 Hello there!

Rachel here today with some more makes from the Kim Moody stamps featured in one of December's shows. This time I am sharing the house stamps - this first one features Gran's house that I stamped multiple times and then highlighted a small area by colouring it.

In this second sample I stamped the shop, the posh house and our house and coloured them all using watercolour pencils. Then I fussy cut them and mounted them onto a backing card that I had coloured already to try and make the scene complete.

I think they make a great trio but you could equally well do a full row of shops or a row of just our house. Lots of possibilities here.

Emjoy your day!

Rachel x

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Take Flight - by Magda


shall we take a good flight into the new year ? Well, I start wishing to everybody a Happy New Year with this journaling page.

The step by step will help you if you like to create a similar page 

1. On a gessoed page, spinkle  Distress Acrylic Paint  Stormy Sky with a cotton buds for the sky 

2. For the ground blend more green shades  of Distress Acrylic Paint

3. Stamp with Archival jet black different hot air balloons of Steampunkery into the sky

4. Scribble with a wooden stick white Acrylic to emphasize the air and the moving clouds

5. Stamp in black the sentiment Take Flight of Steampunkery

6. Stencil the numbers 2021 and fill them with Distress Paint Abandoned Coral using a wooden stick

7. Blend dark green and brown  of Distress Acrylic Paint on the foreground and stamp in black partially and randomly the lace of  Steampunkery

I hope you will now have a go and post your creations, hugs


Friday, 15 January 2021

Floral Grunge by Brenda

Good morning, it's my turn to share some more work using the stamps featured on last months shows on Hochanda TV and today I have a YouTube video making the above card using are Floral GrungeEphemera 1 and Ephemera 2

The card is not unlike one I shared at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge and my own blog last month but this one has an acrylic paint background using a palette knife to scrape and spread the paint, a really quick and easy way to get a background that looks a bit different. I won't go into all the making process as it's explained in detail along with the stamps used on my video.

There are more videos using Chocolate Baroque products and stamps here and I'm trying hard to add more as time permits.

My second share is a simple make, a masked piece which again is CB Drawing Cartridge, Oxide sprays through a stencil, remove the making take and the large tree from Trees a Crowd stamped in Versafine black, an inspirational quote of my favourite set Words of Inspiration and the bunny from Glorious Spring.

As always my thanks for your visit today, stay safe and well.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

grand mansions.....

More of Kim Moody's houses to share today, from the once posh to the normalish.

I started with the posh house, which definitely looked like it could do with a make-over rather than a house-warming! 
I stamped the tag shape twice on white card using brown ink, and inked round the edges with the same inkpad.I stamped the house on one tag and the words and keys on the other. in the same brown ink. I added shading to the house using a waterbrush.
I stmaped the house twice again on spare card colouring just the doorway and the urns, and fussy cut out the urns, doorway and just the door frame. The cut out bits were then decoupaged using foam pads 
The background square of card was randomly sponged with the lighter brown ink and stamped using stamps from make your mark and edged with the darker brown . Tags added at angles to finish.

The normal house was used to make this stepper card,  from a pack bought may years ago and rediscovered..... I stamped the house on the upright and coloured using watercolour pencils. The house was stamped out three times onto spare card twice using marker pens to colour the stamp and a stamnping pklatform to repeat stamp until i had enough depth of colour, and once using grey ink. these were cut out and glued onto the the steps to create a city scene

My final sample shows the same house coloured with marker pens again but in brighter colours and stamped onto a cream DL card blank

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Bright and Cheerful Flower (by Christine)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts this month by our Guest Design Team member Christine Patch. She has created a colourful card to inspire you.

Christine writes:

May I start off by wishing you a very Happy New Year - let's keep our fingers crossed that it will be a considerable improvement on the year just finished, even if it might take a bit of time!

I decided to kick off my turn on the Blog with a very bright and cheerful design to be added to my journal.

I chose one of the designer papers and added some additional stamping to give it more detail. I used a Versafine Clair in a toning purple to add some butterflies and hatching.

Having picked one of the lovely postcards for a mat, the lovely large flower stamp allowed me to choose strong bright colours as decoration. I decided on Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I wanted to use Alcohol Pens for the colouring. I stamped two of the butterflies on white card and one on the same postcard for a point of difference. Glossy Accents added dimension to the bodies.

I found a wooden button in my stash that was the perfect colour and added that as an embellishment to the flower centre. I used the same flower stamp to edge the postcard and then the designer paper to bring it all together. Finally, I added a sentiment that I think is so pertinent to us all: Live life to your own design. 

Chocolate Baroque products used:

Designer Papers 8" x 8" - Chic Script                

Seriously Gorgeous A6 Postcards

Flower stamp taken from Tangled Garden stamp set

Open Weave cling mounted stamp

Just Butterflies stamp set

Sentiment taken from Freesia Blueprint stamp set 

Happy Crafting!



Monday, 11 January 2021

Tall Stories

Hello, I am sharing some of my cards today using Ephemera 1 and  Ephemera 2
I love ephemera, all the stories and memories that they hold.....

My first card was made during the first lockdown when Lesley started some Challenges over on the Facebook page. I do recommend you take a look as there have been some fabulous entries over the months. Certainly kept us motivated!

This card uses some pattern papers, die cuts and flowers to make a pretty 21st birthday card. I have highlighted the 21 with an inked bottle top.

For this card I used parts of ephemera and over stamped with the Tall Trees stamp set. I added the focal point from Gerbera and Friends.

This is known as a "W" shaped card and is a great way to use smaller stamps and quotes from Tall Trees, each becoming a little work of art in their own right.

My last card uses the main stamp from Tall Trees, a large bare tree. I have stamped it over a Distress Ink background which I added droplets of water for a snowy effect. I stamped and embossed the trees in white and cut into 3 equal parts and then glued onto a piece of dark card.

 Thanks for looking

Sandra x