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Sunday, 27 September 2020

Choose Your Own Colours (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you today showcasing the beautiful stamps that were on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. Both projects feature the lovely Parsley Clock stamp set.

 My first project is a very clean and simple card, and I started out by die cutting a large circle from a piece of drawing cartridge. I stamped the images from the stamp set across the bottom of the circle, and coloured them with pencils. I added some shading to the background loosely with Distress Inks, not worry about getting to close to the images, as this gave a feeling of a cloudy sky, leaving patches of white.

I went around the edge of the circle with a pair of scissors to give a distressed finish before attaching it a piece of Textured Art Card and then to a white card blank.

To create my second project, I painted a small canvas with acrylic paint in various pastel shades. I stamped the large Parsley Clock onto tissue paper, and coloured the image with pencils. I went around the image with a wet brush, and gently pulled away any excess tissue paper, leaving a ragged edge. I added matte medium to the reverse of the image, and adhered it to the canvas.I added more matte medium to the image to blend it into the canvas.

I added some background stamping using grey Archival ink, a sentiment from the same stamp set, and the very useful splatter from the Floral Clock stamp set.You could recreate something very similar to this in card form, but I really like making these canvases, they do not take very long at all. I have not coloured my parsley regulation white in either case, but I wanted to show that you can choose to colour your flowers however you like, there are no rules. Just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.

I hope that you have enjoyed what I have shared with you this month, and will try out some of my projects for yourself. Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay safe.

Judith xx


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Parsley, sage, rosemary and time? (By Rachel)

Hello there, Rachel here with my final showcase of the month - this time i have focussed on the Parsley Clock stamp set but the Florl clock has snook in again at the end! 

For this first card I stamped the image in black ink and set it with clear embossing powder. I only added colour to the plant and butterfly - not parsley coloured I know but I thought it could easily represent other flora. I painted the image using mica powders. The background of the card was created using distress oxides and blending the pastel shades together before adding some random stamping using the smaller stamp from the set.

This second was was directly onto one of Lesley's postcards and again I stamped in black versafine and heat set with clear embossing powder. I added colour to the 'parsley' using paint. The smaller image was then used all over the back of the card.

My final piece is one that I kept for myself - another pottery piece but this time a jug for flowers. I painted the images in glaze then this piece went into the kiln.

I used the floral clock on the other side. Although the jug cost me £25 and a few hours of work I hope you'll agree its worth it - I love it!

Enjoy your day!
Rachel x

Friday, 25 September 2020

flower power (by Veronica)

 In my final post for this month I have a selection from all the stamp sets.
My first card uses the floral clock set - the background was created using the make your mark set of stamps, a very useful set for adding interest to backgrounds. I used grey ink pad for an olde world feel, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The extra butterfly was stamped onto spare card, cololured, fussy cut out and added to a strip of acetate fastened between the image and the card blank.

 The single flower from the same set was stamped onto tissue paper in black, coloured with marker pens, torn out and stuck with modge podge onto the lid of  a box painted with acrylic paints.

The last two use the parsley clock set again, first onto a candle and then simply stamped onto one of Lesley's lovely postcards with the flowers highlighted with white pen. 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

The Lovely Lily (by Doreen)


This different but very beautiful lily is not the type that many of us are used to seeing, but I think it is exquisite. it comes from the DL Lily set of stamps, although it does actually have a four leaf clover, ladybird and several other worker stamps in the set. The sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms set.

Products used in the making of this card are:

  • Chocolate Baroque Lily DL stamp set
  • Sentiment from the Chocolate Baroque Bold Blooms set
  • Versafine Clair Nocturne
  • Clear embossing powder
  • A torn out page from a discarded or old book that has an aged look but has probably seen better days.
  • Koh-I-Noor watercolour pencils
  • Satin finish mirri card for mounting on

1. Trim page from book but keep excess for stamping and mounting sentiment.

2. Stamp and emboss image.

3. Roughly colour the image in your favoured shades and blend using a little water on your brush.

4. To enhance the image go round using either a grey or light blue pencil and drag out the colour with a little water.

5. Stamp the sentiment using the Versafine Clair onto a piece of the scrap from the printed page and trim quite close to the stamped image. Edge the sides using your inkpad, then mount on another piece of the scrap from the page, and edge again using the inkpad.

6. This is a flatish card, no foam tape was used in the mounting of this onto the satin card or for mounting the sentiment, so perfect for the post. 

As an afterthought, if you like a card to have some sparkle, then instead of using water just use a clear sparkle brush pen to blend the colours. This will leave a subtle sparkle not as noticeable as glitter.

Thank you for looking

Love Doreen

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Shades - (by Magda) - Autumn Edges, Sketchy Doodle Landscape, Amazing Mackintosh Words

 Hello Girls,

As the other colors, also Black and White have shades and I  played today with them using Distress Paint .  

You can clearly notice in the first picture the difference of the shades, while in the second picture the contrast is brought out through the hot embossed Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp.                        Differently from the common use of VersaMark for embossing the flower, I humidified my finger with a baby wipe, dipped it in the embossing powder first, then gently I passed it on the page before heating.                                                                                                                                                         The result of the Dust around the flowers was surprising,  you can better see it zooming in the second picture.                                                                                                                                                                 I took the  sentiments from Amazing Mackintosh Words , where you can find a large choice of thoughts.

Small bookmark
I stamped the mushrooms of Autumn Edges on a craft tag using Versafine Vintage Sepia     and colored with brown, light and dark sepia, white and black Charcoal pencils 

Thank you for passing by,  see you in October and  take care


Sunday, 20 September 2020

A bit of Home Decor by Brenda

Today I thought I would share one of my projects created for last months Craftalong with Lesley on Hochanda TV. I t was actually created way back in February but due to COVID the show had to be cancelled so my makes have been in wraps until recently.

The kit included some lovely stamps and frames aimed at home decor so I used all three of the large stamps to create my frame. I treated the wooden frame to acrylic paint and crackle glaze and carried the soft green through to the base pieces for the three apertures along with wilted violet DI. After stamping the three focal images I coloured them with Distress Markers and fixed all together into the frame.

This month saw the start of the new We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge, myself and the team have been thrilled to see so many entries and have enjoyed visiting them all. There are of course prizes from Chocolate Baroque and the winner will be announced on Friday 30th, when we will also announce our first Featured designer selected from entries using Chocolate baroque stamps. Future challenges wills start on the first Sunday of the month. All start and finish dates are listed on the challenge blog here.

Thanks as always for your kind visits and words of encouragement which always mean so much to myself and the CB family.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

More Autumn inspirations (by Miranda)


Hello there,

It's me again with more Autumn inpirations........
a similar technique and also using the toadstools.....

This is my favorite technique and style although I als enjoy too play with other mediums and styles....

Watercolor backgrounds, using watercolor paints or Ecoline inks, acrylic inks....anything that can flow with water on the paper. And then adding color with color and pastel pencils......

these are the stamp sheets I have used:

and a little fun using some photo editing....

And some oldies but maybe not seen by everyone of you.....still love these ones......
Also nice to combine with some die cutting too! I will just add them for more inspiration but if you want to know more about these cards, just ask in the comments below......

On these two cards I have use the 

On this card I have used the 
(A cling mounted stamp in a choice of two sizes (or multibuy) 

her I have used the 'Autumn Poppy' (see link above)
Here the 'Autumn Edges' (see link above)

Well, that was a whole lot of Autumn inspirations!
And you can see that I am a real lover......

Thanks for your visit and see you next time,