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Saturday, 28 May 2022

Butterflies And Blooms (By Tracy Thompson)


This is my final post for this month showing samples from April's shows, for my first creation I am using stamp sets Dream Petals and Butterfly Mind.   So I started with a background, using Distress Oxides and stencil brushes gently built colour up in green and blue, I kept it soft and subtle.   On some separate card I stamped out the flowers from the Dream Petals and cut them out.  I always cut out first and colour afterwards as if using water colours the card doesn't cut as crisp when damp.  I coloured with distress inks and when dry used a white gel pen to highlight in the centre of the flowers.  I adhered them to the bottom of the card overlapping them.
I then stamped two butterflies and cut them out, I coloured them the same way and put them on as if fluttering above the flowers. Finally added a sentiment.

For this creation I used the stamp set Life Is Wonderful with a sentiment from Birthday Words.  I started with the background, I used Cadence Metallic Acrylic paints found here,  I sponged them in two different colours all over and left to dry.  Meanwhile I stamped my image twice, and coloured the main one with Aqua pencils, I then cut out parts of the image, the butterfly and the biggest flower then coloured them.  I decoupaged the the cut out pieces.   and adde3d some glitter to the centre of the flowers and the butterfly wings.

I will be back with new posts next month, thank you for looking.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 27 May 2022

show catch-up (by veronica)


My third post this month for Chocolate Baroque is a bit of a mixture, catching up on other stamps featured in the April show on Create and Craft.

The  canary bird rose stamp is lovely to colour in, but I just used bleach to take the colour out. The background was from a batch made using the inky plate and distress inks with some added stencilling- the leaves and stem were coloured with pencils 

Another inky plate background for the tree from be at peace, with a reflection below it created using acetate, coloured with pencils again. the sentiment was stamped on an offcut of the background piece, cut out and edged with black ink
Another inky plate background, with the open weave  background stamped in grey first, then the floral weave stamp coloured with felt tip marker pens stamped twice to build up the colour - I used a stamping platform for this.

Sentiment on a scrap of the background and a black mat.

 The final card used the flower from life is wonderful stamped in black ink onto a sponged background. The flower was coloured with pencils and the butterfly with shimmer paints. The flower head was stamped onto spare card, painted with watercolours ,fussy cut out and glued over the original image.  Random parts of the open weave stamp were stamped on the background using a green distress ink and then I doodled round the edges with a fineliner pen. The sentiment was stamped onto spare card, cut out , more doodled edges.


Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Summer Landscape (by Gerrina)

Again the last project that I made as Guest Designer for Chocolate Baroque this month, so you can see my card at my blog as well. It is lovely and hard to choose one of the stamps from all those beautiful stamps and to avoid looking at what you made before with this one, but just to make what you want to make now and what pops up in your mind. Later on you can look at all the projects you made with this stamp and be amazed about how much you can do with the same stamp... Today I choose this stamp and made it into a summer landscape and had so much fun by sponging and mashing the background:

Used Materials:

Stamp: Floral Notes

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmelade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles

Other: Stamping and Masking paper and a blending tool

Creatieve groetjes,



Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Life is Wonderful by Sandra

Hello, I am sharing some more of the cards I made for the April shows on Create and Craft.

My first card uses a 6.5" square of smooth card stock. Using Memento ink I stamped the main image, the dragonflies and the sentiment from Life is Wonderful. I then coloured the images using alcohol markers in shades of Warm Grey and Cool Grey. I then mat and layered this onto some toning card and then onto an 8x8" base.

My second card uses very similar sizes of card, but this time I have used the Be at Peace stamp set. I decided to use some non traditional colours for a more fantasy feel.

 Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Monday, 23 May 2022

Floral CAS Cards (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are keeping well. I have some clean and simple cards to share with you today for my final post this month. I demonstrated these designs on Create and Craft last month, and I hope that you managed to catch the TV shows.

My first two cards are similar in design; I used a round gelli plate to create a background, inking up the plate, and for the first design, I stamped the Open Weave stamp onto the gelli plate before I stamped the gelli plate straight onto my card blank. I then stamped one of the large flowers and a leaf three times from the Sunny Sunflowers stamp set onto the card using Veesafine ink. I used a fineliner pen to draw some little stems for the leaves. I could have used Masking Tissue to mask the flower, then stamp the leaves, but these cards are all about making life simple. I coloured the image with pencils and added a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set.

For the second card, I again inked up the gelli plate and then stamped the Floral Weave stamp onto the gelli plate before stamping the gelli plate straight onto the card blank. I stamped a couple of sunflowers onto the background and coloured them with pencils. I added some black dots with a fineliner pen and some glitter glue in the centre of each flower for a bit of sparkle.

For my final card, I stamped Studded Lattice onto an 8" x 8" card blank using Distress Oxide ink. I added a couple of sunflowers and some leaves in opposite corners. Using a fineliner pen, I drew some lines and curls to link the flowers and leaves together. Do not be aftraid to draw things freehand yourself to add to the stamps. I could see elements within the stamps that I could use to embellish the images and extend the design, you can try this youself. Practise on a piece of paper until you feel confident, and then just go for it! Be brave and do not hesitate, that would be my best advice.

I hope that you will try some of my suggestions, thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Beautiful flowers part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post for May.

Today I’m showcasing my samples I made for last months fabulous shows with Lesley and Judith.

These stamps are just so beautiful.

I love making Bookmarks and Envelopes.

My first one I used a different design, this is folded at the top and opens like a card so you can slot it into the page.

My card and envelope were coloured using Watercolour markers.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Friday, 20 May 2022

Purple Pleasures by Doreen

Purple Pleasures

Hello everyone, welcome to my second post of the month, today I would like to share one of my makes using the Floral Weave stamp set. 
 This is a detailed stamp and so versatile it could easily make a nice little set of thank you cards by simply stamping onto a round or square blank and then mount onto to card, even half and half if you make 6 cards make 3 with round images and 3 square images. Even stamped in monotone they will look fabulous.

With this card I used a Brusho background using Yellow, Turquoise and Green. Leave it to dry naturally and then I stamped using Versafine Clair Purple Delight.
To bring out extra detail in the stamp I used a Black Fineliner Pen and a White Gel Pen, using the detail of the stamp to guide me. 
After looking at the finished piece I felt it needed something else so using a Clear Sparkle Brush Pen I decided to paint over the floral features of the stamp.

I mounted the topper onto a piece of Cerise Mirri Card from my stash of card. Then I cut and folded a piece of black card to make a card blank to mount the topper onto.

Here are a couple of other samples using the same stamp.

Thank you for looking in today and until the next time enjoy your crafting and hopefully some lovely weather too.

Love Doreen