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Tuesday 31 May 2011

More shoes from Glenda

I thought it was about time I added some pictures of my shoes here as well.  Like Lesley, this is not normally a project I would tackle, but I enjoyed being able to play with trims and embellishments and surprised myself with what I did make.  I found heels too fiddly so just made mules!

This green shoe has a sole made from the Butterfly Bliss CD and the top is made from a zingy lime  card called Lustre card (a bit like mirri silk).  I wouldn't recommend it actually, it was difficult to bend into shape and had to be severely reinforced underneath with extra strong tape.  I stamped it with Abstract Flowers using purple StazOn and added a lavender sequin trim to it.  The bow is a piece of organza threaded through a copper buckle.

This one uses a paper from the neutrals collection on the Essence of Nature CD and the top has been stamped with a flower from Doodle Butterfly.  The white trim was something I've had for ages and never used (sound familiar?)

This one was actually the first I made and I even got the needle and thread out to sew the ruffled ribbon!  I used a flocked paper that I'd saved from a birthday present and stamped plain card with an ornate leaf design from the Breath of Spring stamp set.  I used a chalk ink that was very similar to the colour of the card, so you can hardly see the stamping.  I added a glitzy ribbon trim all the way round the sole and finished with layered Prima flowers.

I would love to see what artful shoes you can come up with - we have a free shoe template available on the website, so why not give it a go?

Leave a link to your creation here in the comments and if you use Chocolate Baroque products, we may even feature it here on the blog!

Sunday 29 May 2011

If the shoe fits ...

When Glenda asked the Design Team to put together shoes using papers from the companies CDs and stamps, the crafty side of my brain kicked in. There are a few templates around on the internet.
Glenda has put a template onto Chocolate Baroque website. It's a free download.
Print the template onto printable acetate, cut out and then you can place it where you want on beautiful papers. Or print it out on paper and draw around it on card ready to stamp on.

The photographs are a few of the shoes I had fun making and 2 of them were featured in the Chocolate Baroque newsletter.
I hope that the photos we have added will inspire you to have a go.
Have a crafty bank holiday weekend

Saturday 28 May 2011

Paper shoe from Miranda.......

Hello dear crafters,

Today I like you to show my version of the paper shoe. My other teamies created also very beautiful shoes....... take a look at their blogs.
You can download a template of the shoe for free at the CB website.

I made this shoe from craftpaper and use of the beautiful sheet from CB paisley Elephant. I stamped with brown ink and added some gold embossing and a white pencil for some accents. It has a eastern look...... hope to have inspired you. Enjoy the paper shoe journey!

Greetz, Miranda

My Shoe...tique! (posted by Lesley)

Happy Bank Holiday to everyone,

When Glenda issued the Design Team with this challenge I have to confess to a sinking heart, lol!  This sort of thing is not normally my cup of tea at all but I decided to give it my best shot and guess what? ...............  I had so much fun!  I had no preconceived ideas of what I wanted to achieve, I just started with a particular paper or a set of stamps and let it flow and this is what I came up with.

For two of my shoes I changed the shape of the toe to a 'chisel'.

For this 'sandal' I printed Glenda's lovely paper design onto Sticky Backed Canvas which I then stuck to co-ordinating card before cutting out the pieces of the shoe.  I then stamped different flowers from the Big Flowers set onto Grungepaper, cut them out, inked them with Distress Inks before shaping, layering and positioning on my shoe and finally adding some Stickles to the centres and petal edges and a few punched leafy branches.

For my second shoe I went back to the pointy toe (that takes me back to my teens I can tell you and it was a loooooooonnnnnnnggggg time ago, lol) and went for Parisienne Chic.  I also gave my shoe a little heel.

After cutting out the pieces of the shoe from plain card, I blended Distress Inks all over and then overstamped with images from the Paris Postcard A6 plate.  Over the toe piece I stamped and gold embossed the lovely script stamp from the Antiquities plate and then assembled the shoe.

I stamped just a small section of the Notre Dame Cathedral image from the Paris Secrets plate onto a 1" Stampbord tile and used this as an embellishment together with some trim I found in a charity shop from which I made the flower.

This final shoe was my favourite bit of frivolous nonesense.  I used two paper designs from the Peacock Summer Party cd printed onto a heavyweight paper.  I stamped a lovely lacy border onto tissue paper, trimmed it and arranged it in a frill on the shoe.

I stamped a dragonfly  onto Angelina Fibres and repeat stamped the flower from Butterfly Daisy Collage to make the roses.  I also used some wire stemmed flowers from my stash together with ribbons to create the little arrangements in and on the shoe.

I think I'm going to make one of these with a little tag inside instead of a birthday card for my Mum.  It's just the sort of thing she will appreciate.

I hope you've enjoyed your trip around my little Shoetique and thanks for looking.

Lesley  Xx

Friday 27 May 2011

Stepping out in Style!

A little while ago, Glenda issued us with a bit of a challenge on the Design Team. She asked us to make some dimensional shoes. I had seen some lovely examples of these around on the Internet, but wanted to give a very distinct feel to my samples, that reflected the style of Glenda's stamps and papers. I wanted my shoes to look as though they were made of rich fabric, but all with a very different colour and texture from each other.
I used the same template throughout for my shoes, using Bazzil card for the base that matched the inks that I chose to colour the rest of the shoe. My first shoe was a very bold pink and black affair, with a handmade button, and lovely satin ribbon. I stamped the black design, using a stamp from the Filigree Fusion stamp plate. I embossed it with clear embossing powder, and then coloured the card with my Memento Lilac Posies Inkpad. The button was made from chipboard, and covered with Glossy Accents.
I made a matching tag with a Birthday greeting to go with this shoe, adding some black pom poms along the bottom.

The second shoe that I made was a much more subtle creation. I embossed a design from the Tall Trees stamp plate, using a pearly white embossing powder. I then applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and stamped a tiny blue flower over the top. I added some pretty white lace to the shoe.

My last shoe was my personal favourite, it reminded me of Marie Antoinette at the French Court. I added a little heel to this one. I started by covering plain card with French poetry, and stamping a small rose from the Harlequin Rose stamp plate randomly all over. I coloured the roses with Inktense pencils, adding shading. I made a flower with a Nestability die, adding a large pearl brad. I used some pretty peach velvet ribbon to trim the shoe.

I thorougly enjoyed making these shoes, which was a very different venture for me. I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my brief foray into paper cobbling! Thanks for looking, Judith xx