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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

canary bird

Today I am sharing samples using  three new designs by Dawn. The first is the lovely canary bird rose, a wonderful image to colour in, I used watercolour pencils. the background was using distress inks and brushes with the leaves of the flower randomly stamped 

My second sample uses the big dream petals flower stamped in blue ink onto a distress ink background and coloured by dragging the ink out with a damp brush. The sentiment stamped round the flower is from the third set

The main image from the third set is a lovely twisted tree, which i stamped with versamrk ink onto black card and gold embossed it before painting with metallic mica paints,


Monday, 23 November 2020

Echoes of Italy


I am sharing some more samples from the Hochanda show in October

These feature the wonderful Echoes of ItalyWisteria Lane and Silhouette Grasses stamp sets. 

These lovely stamps bring back memories of holidays spent in Italy, hoping it won't be too long before we can go on our travels again....

All my cards have been coloured with watercolour pencils and Distress Inks. I have stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black.

My first card uses the Doorway and Crackle stamps. I think it looks like the entrance to an old house, full of treasures inside! I've added some of the Silhouette Grasses to the entrance. 

My next card depicts a beautiful villa with cypress trees and a crumbling archway. I cut a piece of black card and die cut an aperture to frame the lovely stamped image.

My next card shows a closer view of a villa with a sun (or a moon!) The detail in these stamps is amazing and can be coloured in many ways. 

For my last two cards I have used Silhouette Grasses and Wisteria Lane stamp sets. 
I have made backgrounds with Distress Inks and blender brushes. I created the mountains with torn copier paper.


Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Life is Wonderful (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well. Today is my Wedding Anniversary, and I should have been in sunny Mexico, but as with so many things this year, it was not meant to be. Like so many of us, I know that family, friends and the simple things in life are far more important than holidays and lots of possessions. Enjoyment of Nature, the changing seasons, and the promise of Spring and lighter nights always seems to spur us on.

I have made some projects using the beautiful stamps showcased on last month's TV shows on Hochanda which I am sharing with you today. The first card uses the lovely Be at Peace stamp drawn by Dawn. I have given the card an Autumnal feel by colouring the leaves in different colours, so quick and simple to do. I added the sentiment in a circle around the tree, and distressed the edge of the background before matting onto kraft card.


My next two projects were created using the Life is Wonderful stamp set. I created a gelli plate background using green ink and a texture tool, and then stamped the little dragonfly over the top. I coloured the image with pencils.

My final card was created by stamping and embossing onto black card with white embossing powder. I painted the image with Koh-I-Noor paints, and added some splatters with white paint. I used one of Lesley's zingy Designer Papers A5- Background Splash to matt the design onto. Definitely much bolder than my previous design!

Thanks so much for stopping by, as always, stay safe, and take care.

Judith xx

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Versatile Florals part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome back.

I’m showcasing some more wonderful stamp designs that were featured last month on Hochanda with our fab Lesley demoing.

I used a photo mount as a frame for my Watercolour style project.

Of course the mandatory Envelope, using chalky pencils and smudging with fingers to create a soft halo around the flowers.

Stamping over the petals to create a more “mixed media” effect, I used Intense pencils to colour my flower and also edge to give a 3D effect

Using a light touch through a dotty stencil from my stash just to add a touch of texture to a very simple stamped envelope.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you like what I’ve created.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Italian dream (By Rachel)

 Hello there - Rachel here today with some of my italian samples from the afternoon shows in October. I adore these stamps - I have a bit of a thing about Italy and have been fortunate to spend a little time there - mostly in the North. Fabulous country. I was obviously overjoyed when Lesley said she was bringing these stamps to the October shows!

In all samples I used the Echoes of Italy stamp set - its a stunner! In this first one I used one border stamp to make a frame using gilding flakes and did a bit of watercolouring with one of the main images - not quite an italian masterpiece but I was pleased with it!

In this next one I used the other main scene and coloured it using inks and combined it with the crackle stamp and some corrugated card. I thought this added a bit of texture.

Finally I made a scenic folded card - and combined it with another border stamp. All the colouring was done with watercolour pencils and distress inks.

I do hope this has given you a little inspiration of ways to use those beautiful stamps!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Today is Your Day by Brenda

Hello everyone, I have a few more shares from my samples from last months Hochanda shows.

This beautiful bloom called Canary Bird Rose was probably my favourite from the stamps on the shows as it's so versatile. After stencilling some spots onto the background using Strip Stencils I stamped the flower head onto an offcut inked with Crackling Campfire Oxide and cut out and placed into a die cut circle. Next I used the same colour inks to stamp some background interest using the worker stamps from Gerbera and Friends. A sentiment from Canary Bird Rose placed into a ring sourced in the greenhouse.......I think hubby uses them for his cucumbers! 

A misty oxide background and images from Silhouette Grasses stamped randomly, some flicks of white pen and sentiment from Artistic Affirmations.

Finally a bright and sunny creation using the big Sunflower from Gerbera and Friends, stamped with Versafine Clair and cut out twice to decoupage, some die cut leaves and a rarity for me some DP in coordinating colours. A sentiment from Dream Petals and Dragonfly from Life is Wonderful.

Have a good Thursday and thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Candy Box and Decorations - (by Magda) - The Christmas Garden, A Tomte Christmas, Dusky Damask, Let's get Festive


It's nearly time to think how to be creative for  Christmas.

I will start with this second post of November to propose you some ideas, and this time it will be a candy box and some gift tags, that you can use as tree decorations too.

Candy Box :  I cut the mats from a white cardstock, stamped with black Archival the images of Chocolate Baroque stamps "A Tomte Christmas", the top of the pointed figure of "Dusky Damask", a part of "The Christmas Garden" stamps and Joy of "Let's get Festive". I used watercolor pencils for coloring the stamps and Distress Ink Pad to darken the edges of the box. 

Gift Tags :  I stamped with black Archival the Tomte images, colored with watercolor pencils and cut the contour considering the joint for the opening of the double tag.




I hope to see you in some weeks again with another Christmas project, hugs