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Saturday 28 February 2015

On kraft paper (by Maria)

Hello crafters, here are some more samples with the Sketchy Doodle Flowers stamp set.

This time, I have made you some samples on kraft paper.  Using Versafine black ink on your stamps, stamp the flowers on some kraft paper. My white cardstock is 30cms x 11cms. I folded it in two so that I had a card of 15cms x 11cms. I took some larger kraft paper stamped my flowers, and looked at how I could  take the best part of the card and cut it out 1cm less than my cardstock so, 14cms x 10cms. I coloured the flowers with pencils and the white part I coloured with my white gelly pen. I placed the sentiment on a free spot, put some golden pearls for the contrast, then I took some black cardstock to frame the kraft paper with. I put it all on my white card. I hope you like these cards, they were very easy to make, enjoy!


Friday 27 February 2015

Flower Power (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have a couple more designs to show today using the fabulous Sketchy Doodle Landscape set.

The background was created with Dylusions and Brusho inks.  I over stamped with fragments from Abstract Fragments.and Harlequin Fragments.   I also added circles with white Acrylic paint and a small empty bottle.

The flowers were stamped with archival ink, sprayed with Fuchsia Dylusions ink, highlighted with a white pencil, carefully cut out and attached to the background.

The card below was quick to make:

The background was stenciled (TCW Echoes) and the main image was coloured with pencils.  Best Wishes is from Mackintosh Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Thursday 26 February 2015

Signs of an early Spring with our new Stamp releases (by Lesley)

The days are starting to feel a little longer, the sun is shining a little more and March is just around the corner. So today I am pleased to announce our latest stamp releases which I hope will help us all feel a little closer to Spring. Plus there are some new clear stamp sets that should really help you get your words straight.

First we have three DL sets, Spring Bird Crocus

Spring Bird Tulip
and finally Spring Bird Daffodil.

Of course these wonderful sets are available individually or as our usual money saving multi-buy.
And now for the clear stamps.  

I don't know about you but stamping words in a straight line has always been a bit of a problem for me. However, once you can see through the stamp it is much easier and there is less chance of ruining the project that you just spent hours creating.

So the clear stamps we are releasing today are all sentiment sets that you won't want to be without. First is an A5 set entitled Sweet Nothings

followed by two A6 sets, Thinking of You Sentiments
and Card Sentiments

Both A6 sets are also available as a multi-buy.

All our Spring sets are just asking to be coloured with your favourite mediums. Here I stamped the tulip stems and heads onto spare pieces of card that had already been coloured with Brushos. After cutting them out I glued them onto the folded card, which was covered with patterned paper. I added a little distress ink around the edges of the card and finally stamped one of our new sentiments. A relatively quick make because I used saved scraps of card for the flowers and I didn't need to mat and layer the sentiment. Sometimes we just need quick and simple don't we?

As you can imagine the Design Team girls have gone to town with their Spring creations, so please keep coming back every day to see a new piece of inspiring artwork.

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Sketchy Doodle Landscape (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, my project today is a little wall hanging made using the beautiful little scenic stamp from Sketchy Doodle Landscape and stampbord. I've always loved stampbord as it takes ink beautifully and I wanted to experiment with my distress markers.

I began by making a mosaic using a mixture of pieces of stampbord, I attached them to my non stick craft sheet with double sided tape so that they didn't move while I was working.
I used distress markers to colour the rubber stamp and then misted lightly with water before stamping the image onto the stampbord mosaic. Stampbord has a really absorbent surface to it takes the ink really well and worked a treat with my distress markers. I took a paint brush and a little water and blended the ink here and there before distressing with Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo distress inks. The sentiment is from Artistic Affirmations, I stamped it with potting soil archival ink. Once the piece was dry I glued it to some white card and then ran a versamark inkpad around the edges before embossing with Gold embossing powder.

I mounted the mosaic on some greyboard that I'd applied texture paste through a Crafters Workshop Brick effect stencil. Once that was dry I coloured the bricks with PanPastels in Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Sketchy Doodle Flowers - Cards By Florence

Hi everyone
If, this is your first visit to the Chocolate Baroque blog, a big warm welcome. 

Today I would like to share two simple card designs using the new Sketchy Doodle Flower Stamps.
I hope you like them.

If you are new to rubber stamping sometimes it can be a little daunting stamping straight onto a large card.  A simple solution to this, is to use a smaller base canvas to stamp onto and then add it to your card as a topper.

I cut a circle out of white card stock and stamped the flower just off the edge of the circle and added a small butterfly.
I colored the flower and butterfly with water color crayons.
I then colored the edge of the stamped card circle using a sponge and Distress Inks.
For the base I stamped the Harlequin pattern and the sentiment onto a piece of white card and trimmed it to size.
I made the card up as seen using foam pads to attach the focal piece.
Ink used : Archival Ink - Black and Cornflower Blue.

Please note that the butterfly stamp I have used on both of these cards is not included in the Sketchy Doodle Flower Set but is from the Butterfly Doodle Set.

For the card above, I stamped the image using a multi colored dye ink pad onto coated card stock.
I added the small butterfly using Black Archival Ink.
For the heads of the flowers I stamped just the top of the flowers onto coated card stock using Vermillion Archival Ink, cut them out and then decoupaged them onto the main image.
I made the card up as seen.

It has been a real joy working with the new Sketchy Doodle Flower Stamps this month.  I have made a few more projects using these stamps which can be seen on my card blog here.

Thank you for looking
Happy Stamping

Florence x

Monday 23 February 2015

A Black and White Classic

Sketchy Doodle Flowers
This card was so quick to make,the stamp is just one of the images on this sheet and you don't need anything else with it. I did consider adding some colour but decided against it.
I have simply clear embossed this with black Versafine ink and then matted onto black and white

Sunday 22 February 2015

Dramatic Doodles (by Asha)

Good morning, friends. It's my turn to show you what I've been up to with the the Sketchy Doodle Flowers stamps. This time I decided to challenge myself by making simple cards. But since it's Oscar night why go for something bold and dramatic as well. And that led me to the opulence of gold and the simple yet timeless elegance of black.

My first sample is all about textures. I ran the card front through an embossing folder. Next I heat embossed the flowers and leafy element from the Sketchy Doodle Flowers A4 sheet in gold on black card and coloured them in with colour pencils. Next I fussy cut and adhered the leaves down to the card front and popped up the flowers with some foam tape. The sentiment is from the Loving Sentiments A5 sheet, also heat embossed in gold.

For my second card, I decided to make a One Layer Card. Now that was a challenge for me! I started by heat embossing directly on to the card base and colouring in with pencils. I also heat embossed the greeting from the Birthday Words A5 set and it would have been a One Layer Card ... had I stopped there. At the last minute I added a fussy-cut gold-embossed leafy sprig to balance the sun burst.

Gold on black is quite a dramatic and elegant combo. Add to that heat embossing and colour pencils - the possibilities are endless ... and they work so well with these Sketchy Doodle Flowers.

As always, I have more pictures as well as details of products and tools on my blog. Don't forget to swing by often for more crafty inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.


Saturday 21 February 2015

Blue and Gold (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a card to show you today using the Sketchy Doodle Landscape/Flowers Multi-buy stamp set.

I started my card by colouring a piece of smooth watercolour paper using Distress Inks in shades of blue and Lilac. I misted the background with water once I had finished, and left it to dry. I mixed some Acrylic Wax with gold mica powder, and applied it through a Joggles stencil. I then used the same stencil and Distress Ink to complete the background.

I embossed several flowers and some leaves onto different shades of blue vellum, using Versamark and gold embossing powder, before cutting them out. I arranged them onto the background, and stuck them down with adhesive. Finally, I chose a dark blue card to mat the background onto.

Keep checking back for more inspirational projects from my Design team mates over the coming days. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 20 February 2015

Sending a Miranda

Hi there,

Today it's my turn again to show you a creation made with the lovely Sketchy Doodle Landscape. And this time I have used the landscape stamp and decorated this with a lot of decoupaged flowers and leaves from the same sheet. Maybe not a very quick card but still very techniques........only plain black stamping onto coloured scrap paper, cutting and layering. So take out your left over papers and have a go.........
Because I love to color I also played with my color pencils too. And finally added some white marker accents and pearls.
The matching sentiment is from the Mackintosh sentiments.

I was in the mood for lots of color, vibrant and joyful colors! The sun is shining here today and it's very cold. But on this card it's already Spring!

from a different angle........

and a close-up of my beautiful flower garden.........

Well, I think it will be a card for somebody who can use a little sunshine, color and warmth!

Hope to have inspired you, thanks for your visit and I always enjoy to read your comments,
till next time,

Thursday 19 February 2015

Wonderful Brusho (by Maria)

Hello stampers!

Today I will show you some more samples made with the beautiful flowers of the Sketchy Doodle Flowers stamp set on a Brusho background. I hope you like them, they really were fun to make!

I put a tiny quantity of yellow and green grains of Brusho on my smooth white paper and sprayed some water on it, the background looks just fine. I stamped my butterflies, my flower and branch with Versafine Onyx Black ink on my background. On a plate I took some grains of yellow Brusho and sprayed some water on it, which creates some Brusho paint to paint the yellow parts on the butterflies and the flowers.  I used some green to create a new paint, etc.
This background is made the same way as my first one, but I used some blue and yellow Brusho crystals. The butterflies are painted with blue Brusho and the branch is cut out of brown cardstock paper with a branch die. The flowers are stamped on a paper coloured with Brusho and cut out. The leaves are cut out of a branch stamped on a green coloured paper and glued to the cardstock branch. Here and there I added some accents with my white gelly pen.

Do you like my samples? I hope that you try to make some Brusho cards too.

Have nice and creative week, enjoy!


Wednesday 18 February 2015

Let's create a rainbow (by Lesley)

Today I want to show you how easy it is to create a rainbow landscape using Dylusions Ink Sprays and the Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp set.
  • To create the background spritz a selection of Dylusions Sprays randomly across a sheet of A4 160gsm white paper/card. (I used Bubblegum Pink, Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest and Cut Grass). Dry each colour with a heat gun before spraying the next. This gives a layered effect and provides you with more control over the blending of the colours. Once finished allow to dry completely.
  • Using a Versafine Onyx Black inkpad stamp the landscape scene on the background paper. Then ink the individual flowers and stamp on different coloured areas of the background paper. You will need five flowers. Finally, ink up one of the trees and once again stamp onto the paper.
  • Cut out the flowers and tree. Crimp the edges of the flowers with your fingers to give a crinkled appearance. Curve the tree slightly to add dimension.

  • Cut out the landscape and attach to a piece of dictionary paper using 3d foam pads. Add the flowers and tree using silicone glue or glue gel. Trim the dictionary paper to suit your frame, which can either be left its natural colour or stained with Brushos or spray inks. 
  • Finally, fix the landscape into the frame.
Colouring an A4 piece of paper is a quick way to create a background which can have a variety of uses, including die cutting and stamping. Why not try stamping over it with a selection of the Sketchy Doodles Flowers which you can then cut out and use for embellishments. Or die cut a selection of shapes which you can use for sentiments. And always make a batch of backgrounds in one go, that way you will have a good selection to choose from. After all, if you're going to get inky you might as well make it worth while!

Thanks for looking and don't forget that there is a new project every day created by one of the talented Design Team girls.

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Vibrant Doodle Landscape (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I have another vibrant design to show today using the fabulous Sketchy Doodle Landscape set.  I love this doodle image which is also available as a Cling Single .

The background is once again Dylusions inks (many colours).   I stamped one of the fragments from Harlequin Fragments it picks up one of the doodle designs in the landscape.   Did I say I love this landscape yet?   I really like doodle and tangle designs so this is 'right up my alley'. 

I used water colour markers to colour the scene with lot of water to create the 'clouds'.   I added liquid pearls to the flower centres.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day :)

Monday 16 February 2015

Sunny Sketchy Fun (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, Claire here with a quick card made using some of the stamps from Sketchy Doodle Landscapes. It seems  to have been a long dark winter so I felt like creating a sunny card to brighten someone's day.

I stamped  the flowers and leaves using Memento Tuxedo Black and masking with masking tissue. Next I stamped the butterfly and then got to work with my Graph'It markers and coloured using yellows. oranges and limes. I added a background by dotting in paler shades of the same colours. To add a little definition I edged the topper with the chisel end of a black Graph'It marker and popped it on a card blank.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 15 February 2015

Sketchy Doodle Flowers - Owl - By Florence

Morning everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Today I would like to share a project I made using the new Sketchy Doodle Flower Rubber Stamps.

This project has a hint of recycling to it so you can imagine how much fun I had making it.

It'll owl be right on the night!

The Base

For the base of this project I used an old LP which I sanded down one side with sand paper and gave the vinyl two coats of Gesso.
*I then applied some paint all over the surface of the LP using the black side of a piece of Cut'n'Dry.
When the paint was dry a gave it a couple of quick spritzes of Spray Ink and let the excess ink run down the surface a little.
To make the circle patterns, I used plastic container tops, dipped into paint and stamped them onto the base as seen.
I gave the surface a quick spray of a fixative to fix the inks.
*An alternative base idea would be to paint and decorate a piece of card and then attach it to the LP using glue.

 The Owl

I colored some white card (cut to approximate sizes to match images) with Distress Ink and stamped all of my images using Black Archival Ink.
I then cut all of the pieces out, added a little bit of Distress Ink to the edges of each piece and gave them a coat of Mod Podge.
I used Silicon to attach my pieces, firstly to the LP and then to build up the layers as seen.

Thank you for looking
Happy Stamping
Florence x

Saturday 14 February 2015

Sketchy Doodle Landscape (by Debbie)

Hi. A quick and simple card from me today.
I loved this stamp from first looking at it and decided that as the stamp is so detailed I didn't want to add any colour.
I chose a black Versafine inkpad as it is great for detailed stamping. I die cut an aperture from the white card and then a slightly smaller from black card. I stamped the sentiment which is from Amazing Birthdays clear stamps. The clear sentiments are ideal for positioning. I glued the black frame to the inside of the card and then the stamped piece of card.

Thanks for visiting

Friday 13 February 2015

Thank You

 I am sharing another sample made from the new stamps 
that have just been released for February 

Sketchy Doodle Flowers

I started by inking my card with Distress inks Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Picked Raspberry,then  sprayed some water through a circle stencil and after a few seconds dabbed it with some tissue . I then  stamped my main image  and the leaves with Black Arcival ink. I cut a piece off the top of my card to use for the sentment. I then matted this onto some white card to make it

Thursday 12 February 2015

Tropical Flower (by Asha)

Good morning, friends! I have a simple project to share with you showcasing stamps from the Sketchy Doodle Flowers A4 sheet. Today I'm combining 2 of my favourite techniques: embossing and water colouring, to create an easy birthday card. I was inspired by a silk scarf I purchased in Hawaii many moons ago. It has a huge pinkish red hibiscus surrounded by swirls of delicate foliage.

I started by heat embossing the leaves in white on a piece of heavy water colour paper before colouring them in with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The background is colour washed with Distress Ink and I did some free hand swirls. The greeting is from the Birthday Words A5 sheet.

I also heat embossed the bloom, this time with rose pink embossing powder, followed by Distress Inks, adding a darker shade of red each time. When dry, I fussy cut the flower and adhered it to the card over the leafy background and off the card base. Finally, I gave in to a little shine with the Wink Of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker in Clear ... couldn't be helped!

This really is an easy card and the embossed outlines make water colouring a breeze. You know me, I don't go for complicated techniques! These sketchy images are perfect for colouring in the lines. The card is also flat as a pancake - ideal for mailing!

As always, I have details of products and tools on my blog. Don't forget to swing by often for more crafty inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.


Wednesday 11 February 2015

Chalk and Cheese (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have really been enjoying working with the current stamps of the month, Sketchy Doodle Landscape/Flowers Multibuy, and my samples today are no exception. I wanted to show you the versatility of these stamps, and hopefully I have shown that with the following projects.

I chose to make a set of pastel cards for my first project, and began by masking the top and bottom of the cards, leaving a large strip of the card exposed across the centre. I poured a bit of Acrylic Wax onto a craft mat, and using a piece of cut 'n' dry, I applied the wax onto my stamp. I stamped the image randomly across the card, reapplying the wax to the stamp each time. I cleaned the stamp immediately I had finished stamping the images. Once the wax was dry, I covered the area with Memento ink, choosing soft pastel shades on each card. The wax acted as resist, so that the images were visible through the ink. I removed the masks, and stamped a sentiment onto each card from the Amazing Birthday stamp set using black ink. I stamped some of the butterfly and dragonfly images using Versamark and white embossing powder onto vellum and cut these out, before attaching them to the cards.

My next project was created using a piece of MDF as a base, which I painted with gesso. I added a honeycomb diecut and some lace, which I also painted with gesso.

I embossed several of the sketchy flowers using Versamark and white embossing powder onto a textured card, and cut them out. I added some dark brown die cut pieces, the flowers, and some gessoed metal flowers and butterflies to the board. I layered several of the sketchy flowers up, and added jewellery findings to them, which had been gessoed as well. I sprayed the whole piece with a mixture of blue and lime Dylusion sprays, which I had decanted into mini misters. I wanted a finer spray, without the big droplets that you sometimes get from the normal spray bottles. Finally, I added a bit of gilding wax here and there for a bit of metallic sheen.

I had lots of spray left on my craft mat after this project, so I decided to create a 'mop up' project using some of the left over flowers that I had. So, I dipped a tag through the inks, and also some of the white flowers. I stamped a sentiment from the Rose stem script stamp set over the background using Memento ink. I die cut some leaves from the scrap white card, and added some sari material to the top of the tag.
 I hope that I have given you lots of ideas with these stamps, and that you will have as much fun as I have had. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Black and white.....10 minutes card(by Miranda)

Hi there,

I know now that if you need a quick card because you are running out of time....than this is such a card. 
Black and white and a bit of gold.......just mask the areas you don't want to stamp the flowers in and stamp and mask the flowers with black at the top and at the bottom. Remove the masking tape and stamp the quote. Than score some lines. Add some gold pearls and card can be posted!

I've used the Sketchy Doodle Landscape here and a sentiment from the Mackintosh sentiments.

Hope I have inspired you to create such a quick and easy card and still create something elegant!

Have a nice day and hope to see you next time,

Monday 9 February 2015

Just my kind of stamps ( by Maria)

Hello everybody.
Yes they really are, just "my kind of stamps", I just love them, and I really couldn't wait to play with them, but I had to have some patience!  Here are my samples, I hope you like them and please try these stamps from the Sketchy Doodle Flower set, which are great for all kinds of occasions.

As you can see these stamps are useful to make larger or smaller cards,  I really enjoyed these projects. I really want the second set Sketchy Doodle Landscape, they are so pretty too!

Now, how did I make them? I made my Dylusions background, with the salt technique, (this is my favourite technique).  I stamped my twigs with Versafine Onyx Black on my background, then I stamped my flowers again on a piece of paper coloured with Dylusions sprays, and cut the flowers out. I placed  them on the background with some 3D foam. The small roses are the centre of the bigger flower as you can see, please take only a small piece of your coloured paper, put your stamp with Versafine ink upside down on the table and press your coloured paper on the rose, so that you don't lose too much coloured paper. With some bleach I took away the colours of the flowers where I wanted them to be white, and after everything was dried with my heat tool I coloured those spaces in with my white gelly pen, to be even more white. I gave the flowers a coloured heart with a colourful brad, and than placed it on the card. I really hope you love my samples and please try them for yourselves. These stamps are just fantastic, enjoy!


Sunday 8 February 2015

Vibrant Retro Flower (by Shirley)

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.

I've been working with Sketchy Doodle Landscape this month.  These stamps are great fun and seem to beg for vibrant colours but they are also great in subdued designs.

The background was created with Dylusions Inks along with white Brusho crystal inks.  It's not difficult - I spray Dylusions inks, spritz with water, sprinkle a tiny bit of white Brusho powders and spritz a little with water (if needed) again.   Once the background was dry I over stamped with a fragment from Abstract Fragments.  I embossed the main images from Sketchy Doodle Landscape with black, coloured with Dylusions ink (using a brush and water on a craft mat).    'With Love' is from Mackintosh Sentiments.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day.