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Friday 29 July 2011

Home Sweet Home - Winter on Acetate by Lesley (Craftymamma)

Hi Everyone,

This is one of the projects I made recently using the fab Home Sweet Home set of stamps.  It's such a versatile set and I love the grasses with the sun/moon.  For this particular card I decided to make it wintery little scene and added to the effect using a spikey branch punch to create a snowflake effect.

Don't forget to keep an eye out on my DT friends' blogs and leave a little comment.  You never know the winner of the stamp set could be Yoooohooooooo!

Have a lovely weekend all.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday 28 July 2011

New Home Sweet Home stamps

We have just launched a brand new set of stamps over on the Chocolate Baroque website called Home Sweet Home.

This is a lovely little set (it's A5 size) which would work beautifully with many other landscape themed stamps.  I can see it working well with other sets such as Eastern Grasses, Tall Trees and Wild Meadow to name just a few.

I made this card for my father-in-law who is in hospital at the moment.  He loves the fact that all the hospital staff have been admiring it and he proudly tells them that I made it especially for him.  Hand made cards really do spread a little happiness.  The card was stamped with Versafine and coloured with Coloursoft pencils.

I also made a couple of videos showing how to make the card below using masking and coloured pencils.  If the embedded videos below don't work for you, you can find the videos (Sunburst 1 and Sunburst 2) on my YouTube channel.

I have a set of these new stamps to give away to a lucky winner and I will be picking one of our DT blogs at random, then picking one lucky winner from their comments at random.  That includes my own blog and this blog, so get your commenting hat on and who knows, it could be you.

Watch out for more artwork from the rest of the Design Team coming soon.

Another Christmas Decoration(s)....with the Herringbone technique

Today a 2nd card I have created with the Christmas Decorations sheet. This time I have used the 'Herringbone' technique. Again a technique with different strips of the papers I have used in my previous post. I embossed the ornament with white EP and cut it out. The 'ivy' image is stamped with two colours brilliance on a nestie. A nice detail is the ribbon which was white......I coloured it with my copics.

Hope to have inspired you with these techniques, creative greetz

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Christmas decorations with the Bargello technique

Hello there,

This is one of my creations with the Christmas decorations sheet. In a way I was fascinated this week with patterns and designs of Zentangle, Bargello and Herringbone. I must say it was very nice to play with.

I still had some large paint strips from the DIY shop and some leftovers of distressed paper. I stamped the ornament with two colours of Brilliance and added some glitters and pearls. A lovely two toned ribbon add the finishing touch.

If you like this Bargello technique, here is the link.

Have a creative day, greetz

Monday 25 July 2011

Christmas diamonds by ikki

I called this card Christmas diamonds - well it would be nice wouldn't it! 

The diamond stamps are from the Christmas Decorations theme plate and the embossing powder was preordained to be silver, as was the embossed edging, wire and beads.   You can created this irregular edging with a glue stick and embossing powder.  The decorative paper is from the Spirit of Christmas range and makes a great foil for the diamonds.  

Card materials list:
Card : White 8” X 4” + extra white card for embellishments
Purple card 7.¾” x 3.¾”
Stamps – Christmas Decorations UDLSP0304
Decorative Paper: Spirit of Christmas
Inkpads: Versamark Clear
Embossing Powder: Silver
Glue Stick
Wire, Beads

On my Chrissie list:  why diamonds of course!  


Diamonds for Christmas Anyone? (posted by Craftymamma)

Hello everyone, I made this card as a Design Team submission a few weeks ago after revisiting a few of the lovely Chocolate Baroque 'back issue' Christmas stamp sets. As usual, I have mixed my stamps from 3 different sets - Christmas Reflections, Christmas Decorations and Frosty Trees for the sentiment, which is one of my favourites.
My card started with a lovely piece of acetate I had coloured with alcohol inks an absolute age ago, found when I was looking for something else and I wondered how I could use it. I decided to use it as a layer for backing the diamond images and then chose the colours of my card to co-ordinate with the lovely golds and coppers of the alcohol inks. I stamped the diamond images and heat embossed using copper embossing powder and I then coloured the baubles with Twinkling H2os in shades which are not quite the norm for Christmas. I then stamped the pretty holly border usuing Coffee Archival Ink directly onto my base card, positioned the diamonds and attached them with 3D foam and finally stamped the sentiment. The only measuring I did for positioning was to mark the centre of each edge of the base card, everything else was done by eye.
Hope you like my Christmas in July offering and that it whets your appetite for looking back at previous years' Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps where there are so many beautiful images. Hugs Lesley (E) Xx

Saturday 23 July 2011

Inner Reflections Card (posted by Judith)

I have made a card using the Mistletoe Joy and Christmas Reflections stamp plates. I created an A5 card, and covered the front with dark green card, followed by a layer of lime green card. I then used a printed paper from the Spirit of Christmas paper pack. I stamped the Mistletoe ball onto white card, and coloured this with pencils, and blended them before cutting the image out, and matting it onto a white oval. I then matted the oval onto a larger dark green oval, and placed this onto my card.

I lined the inside of my card with the same red printed paper that I had used on the outside of my card. I then took a piece of A4 white card, and scored and  folded it in half. I drew an oval shape in the middle, and cut it out. I then folded each outer edge inwards towards the middle, and created another fold line.

I stamped the holly down each outer edge with Forest Green StazOn, then using Crimson Red Versafine, I stamped the two Peace images at the bottom. I stamped and coloured the Christingle ball, before cutting this out, and used some cotton to hang this from the central crease of the inner card, fixing a small amount of tape behind the card.

I then taped the two outer panels only, where the holly is stamped to the inside of the main card, taping all around the panel for stability. The final touch was to add some red Stickles glue to the berries on the Holly stamp, and leave them to dry.

Keep checking back to see what the other Design Team members have created with the Christmas stamps, thanks for popping by today, Judith xx

Thursday 21 July 2011

A Green Christmas! (posted by Elaine)

This card uses the gorgeous Christmas Reflections A4 stamp sheet.

I randomly stamped and heat embossed the background panel with the small holly stamp in Ranger Queens Gold embossing powder on hammered dark green card. This embossing powder, recommended to me a while back by Glenda and her staff, is my favourite gold, a bright shiny finish, that gives a pleasing effect every time.

The pomander and sentiment are embossed in the same way and then I used dark green H2O paint to highlight the ribbon on the pomander. I used a favourite nestie die from the labels 4 set. I matted all the panels onto gold card and added a dark green velvet trim before matting onto the final medium green 8 x 8 panel using foam tape to give depth.

The finishing touch for this card is poinsettias die cut and embossed from green pearl vellum using a Marianne die, with leaves cut from gold paper with a Crealie die, all held together with large green pearl brads.

I hope this inspires you to get going on your Christmas cards with these lovely stamps.


Wednesday 20 July 2011

Forest of Christmas trees by Debbie

I usually start my Christmas cards in August so that I'm not last minute churning them out. I've been working (playing) since the beginning of June. I like to have an idea of which I can make in multiples.

The base card is an A4 cut in half, scored along one edge so that it can be opened. Two holes were punched and ribbon tied in a bow to join the two pieces. I coloured the tree stamp from the Christmas Decorations set with different shades of purple. Stamp onto the background three times then stamp another three that are cut out and fixed using foam pads. By varying where you put the inks on the stamps helps make them look different and Waterfall Stickles adds a little bling.

The forest of trees was mounted on purple card and stuck onto paper from Spirit of Christmas papers which will be available in the Printable Downloads section of the website soon.

The Design Team will be posting some more lovely cards this week so keep popping in for ideas.


Tuesday 19 July 2011

Christmas in July

Well I know some of you will run screaming from the 'C' word, but we are launching new Christmas stamps next month, so have been thinking about Christmas for a few weeks now.

In fact, I set the Design Team a bit of a challenge to create some artwork using some of our older Christmas sets and all this week we will be sharing the results of that challenge.

First up is a card I made using a set called Christmas Reflections.

I made use of torn paper masks to create my little winter scene, flipping them over to make the reflected version.  The starry tree comes from the Frosty Trees set and because it is virtually symmetrical, you can turn it upside down to make the reflections. 

One of the other things I love doing with these big words is stamping them onto acetate.  Because you can use the mirror image version of the text, you can put the foil or glitter onto the stamped side of the acetate, which means that when you flip it over, your text appears the right way round, but can't rub off or get smudged.

Christmas Reflections is currently on offer when purchased as a bundle with Mistletoe Joy - we have a small quantity in old packaging - click on the image below for details or visit the Christmas Specials department to see all our Christmas offers (wholesale offers available too).

Stay tuned for more Christmas cards this week - the girls have done us proud.


Tuesday 12 July 2011

some creations with the doodle butterflies........

Hello there,

Just want to show you some creations with the doodle butterflies sheet. I like those stamps very much because they are so great to stamp with white ink and colour over with pencils. One of my favourite techniques. Most of the time I stamp with white colorbox ink but recently I heard that the Adirondack white is great to use. So I will certainly try that.... Well off to the cards now...

Maybe I have inspired you to get your pencils out........ and have some fun!, creative greetz, Miranda