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Wednesday 31 May 2017

fantasy castles (by Veronica)

For my last post this month here are two cards using one of the stamps from fantasy castles, along with my favourite brusho powders.

They are both very simple cards, with the brusho background done first, then the image stamped using black versafine ink over a suitable part of  the background. I used A4 sheets of card for the backgrounds, and trimmed them down after stamping the castle -the spare unused bits always come in handy for other projects, so they are not wasted.

I used Lesley's brusho technique to colour in the trees and the domes - sprinkle the powder in the area you want to colour, then use a wet paintbrush with clean water to add the colour where you want it - brilliant for the trees, as you get all the different greens, and you just shake off any excess powder.
On the first card, I added an extra tree by stamping the tree on the left of the image again on the right, and on thesecond card I sponged hickory smoke distress ink through a stencil to create a foreground.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Woodland Fairy (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing my last Fairy project of the month with you today. I hope that you have enjoyed the beautiful projects that the Design Team have brought to you this month using these lovely stamps.

I have created my project using Pan Pastels for the background, adding stamps from the Fantasy Castle stamp set initially in the back of the picture, and then I added images from the Design a Tree collection to create a forest effect. I used coloured ink to add the little flowers to the trees, and a deeper shade of Pan Pastel to ground the trees, so that they did not float in mid air.

I stamped the fairy from the Spring Fairy collection onto a separate piece of card, and coloured the image with pencils, before cutting it out and adhering it to the background.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday 29 May 2017

Not a fairy in sight (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of projects made using the Spring Fairy Collection but there isn't a fairy in sight lol. 

My first project is a little MDF heart. I gave it  a coat of white gesso and once that was dry I applied distress ink in Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass to create the background. I stamped the flowers along the left side of the heart and coloured with pencils. I stamped the clouds from Fantasy Castles in the sky with Black Stazon and added a little white gesso. This is where I should have stopped as it looked lovely but no, I had to carry on and added some grey paint which to be honest doesn't look as nice. I stamped the little scroll around the edges with Versamark and embossed with Gold. I added a little acetate butterfly, again embossed with Gold embossing powder and glittered on the back.

My second project today is a little shaker card.

I die cut a frame from cream linen card and backed with acetate. I stamped the silhouette butterflies with various colours of Brilliance Ink and overstamped with the sentiment. I layered the frame up on 3d foam making sure there were no gaps and popped it over the butterflies, enclosing a sprinkling of little flowery sequins from my stash. 

Thanks so much for visiting, keep popping back as my teamies have lots of inspiration for you
Claire xx

Sunday 28 May 2017

Fantasyland (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies, back with my final post this month with my projects using the Spring Fairies and Fantasy Castles stamps which were featured recently on Hochanda.

My first card is heat embossed onto water colour card and painted using water colour paints, finished off with a coat of shimmery water colour paint on the wings and dress, I used a flower crackle background stamp with a pale pink Inkpad just to give a very subtle texture, flicked some black ink to give splatter effects and stamped my sentiment.


I used my small Gelli plate for my second card, i brayered inks onto it and stamped directly onto the plate with a background stamp using Versafine ink, I inked around the edges with ink applied with a brush to get a more "airbrushed" finish, stamped the fabulous Pegasus, clouds and flowers to finish off.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you have liked my creations, have a great day xx Zoe xx 

Saturday 27 May 2017

Magical Fairies (by Julie)

Hi there! Today I have my last two cards for this month and they are both Fairy designs.

My first card is stamped with  April Fairy and to start off I stamped Pegasus towards the top of the card with Onyx Black Versafine and then with a mask I created from a circle die cut, coloured in the moon with Distress inks. The background was created with a wide brush and water colour inks, so I blotted out the colour with a wet wipe where I wanted to stamp the fairy and once dried stamped her with grey permanent ink, before colouring with brush markers. I inked up the leaves of the little bird design with Olympia Green Versafine and stamped around the edge and then finished off with acrylic pen dots and Crystal Stickles.

This second card is stamped with the March Fairy designs. I stamped the fairy with grey permanent ink onto watercolour card and also stamped a second image onto copier paper to create a mask. Cut the mask out and place over the fairy. Once in place spritz the card with green and yellow spray inks and then remove the mask. Once dry colour the fairy with brush markers. I have used the butterflies from both the March and April Fairies to create the background. Just stamp a few of the butterflies onto spare card, colour with Distress inks then cut out and adhere with 3d glue gel. The edge of the design has been sponged with white gesso and once dry, coloured with Distress inks. To finish off I mounted the panel onto a white card base.

Thank you for stopping by and please call back tomorrow for some more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Friday 26 May 2017

Fairy Bookmarks (by Magda)

Everyone likes fairy tales, the children who listen to them and moms who read them. So I thought, that a nice bookmark would be very useful and a good friend between the pages of the "Goodnight Fairy Tales" book.
For this collection I used the the following products you can find on the Chocolate Baroque website:

1.   A4 White Cardstock 250 gsm to cut into a bookmark size 5cm x 13.5 cm
2.   Distress Paints for the background and Distress Ink Pads for colouring
3.   Versafine Inkpad Onyx Black
4.   March Fairy rubber stamp set, Fantasy Castles rubber stamp set
5.   Stickles - Crystal
6.   Rayon Seam Binding 14 mm coloured with Distress Ink
7.  A light coat of Dina Wakley Media Gesso White at the end, on top of the left bookmark with the
     castle to obtain a foggy atmosphere

Have always fun in reading  Fairy Tales, and thank you for reading my post today.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Rustic Spring Tag (by Penny)

Hello everyone, today sees the last of our visits this month from Guest Design Team member Penny Butler. She has created a fabulous folk art style tag as her project for you today.

Penny writes:

I used stamps from the Breath of Spring stamp set, acrylic paints, gold embossing powder, and gilding wax. I created a crackle background on a tag, and stamped the large floral image in black ink. I painted the image using a folk art technique.

I embossed some swirls and a sentiment in gold, then added some gilding wax and a ribbon from my stash.

Thank you Penny for another inspirational project. You can check out more details from Penny's tag on her blog. Penny will be back with more projects later in the year.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Mystic Night (by Anne)

Good morning. Here is another of my samples for the recent TV shows on Hochanda featuring the Spring Fairies stamp sets. I had so much fun with these.

  • Spring Fairies Collection (March Fairy, Butterflies from March, April and May)
  • Floral/foliage stencil and circle template
  • 13.5 X 18cm card blank, card (black, turquoise glitter and white stamping)
  • Watercolours with mica (green, pink)
  • Watercolour pencils (flesh, blue, green, pink)
  • Clear sparkle pen
  • Stickles glitter glue (Star Dust)
  • Glitter paste (turquoise)
  • Versafine (Onyx Black)
How to make it:
  1. Apply glitter paste through the stencil onto black card using a palette knife. Leave to dry.
  2. Paint the background and moon using sparkly mica paints. Use a circle template to help (I used a circle die to draw around). Glue mats and layers to the card front.
  3. Stamp the fairy and butterflies onto white stamping card and cut out. Colour with pencils and paints with mica. Shape and glue to the card front with 3D glue gel.
  4. Finish with Stickles for added sparkle.

Monday 22 May 2017

Dotty roses (by Dominike)

I am back after a compulsory rest due to an accident of bicycle and a broken wrist.
Here is my project for this beautiful month : a tag to incorporate in an art journal.

Bonjour, me voici de retour après une période de repos forcé du à une chute de vélo et un poignet cassé.
Voici mon projet du mois, un tag à incorporer dans un journal d'art.

  1. cut two tags, in an handmade paper and another one on a white paper
  2. make the background with a gelli plate, rose acrylic, yellow and gold acrylic.
  3. apply the white tag onto the gelli
  4. stamp three times the dotty rose rubberstamp on three pieces of paper. Cut around the images.
  5. stamp the dotty rose rubberstamp with black archival on your tag
  6. protect your stamp with one dotty rose stamped
  7. stamp another dotty rose near the first one
  8. protect your work with two dotty roses stamped
  9. stamp the dotty rose one more time
  10. protect your three dotty roses stamped on the tag and stamp the leaf stem rubberstamp
  11. stamp a message
  12. tie the two tags together with a beautiful ribbon

Ce tag a été réalisé avec la technique du masque, une fleur tamponnée est cachée par la même tamponnée sur un morceau de papier brouillon. Ceci a été répété trois fois pour chaque fleur avant de tamponner la branche.
Enfin les 2 tags sont assemblés par un noeud.

I like the result. And you ?
Thanks to have a look on my work.

Kind regards.

J'aime beaucoup le résultat. Et vous ?
Merci pour votre coup d’œil.
A bientôt.

Sunday 21 May 2017

Magical Birthday (by Asha)

Good morning friends! Here's one more Fairy focused card for you using the Spring Fairy Collection Multi-Buy DL sheets. I've created a simple meadow scene with lots of sparkle and pearl dots to make it extra magical.

The fairy and flower are from the March Fairy DL sheet, which I coloured with water colour pencils. For the hills, I did some masking wth torn paper and applied Distress Ink.

The sentiment is from Words to Sparkle and Dazzle A6 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will have an amazing day too! Be sure to swing by often for more magical makes by the rest of the team.


Saturday 20 May 2017

fantasy castle (by Veronica)

The second of my samples for the shows last month uses one of the lovely images from the fantasy castles set of stamps - I have to admit these were far more my scene than the fairies!
This started out as playing with distress oxide ink pads on white card, without any idea where I was going. I thought that the palace stamp would fit, as it looked as if it was on a shore, and I already had a watery effect at the base of my very rough landscape. I stamped it with black versafine and clear embossed it before adding colour with brusho powders and watercolour pencils. The palace was stamped onto acetate with the versafine, turned over and  matched up with the original, rubbed firmly to transfer the image onto the watery area. It didn't transfer cleanly, but that didn't matter.
I added foliage from the tranquility stamp set using first and second generation stamping to frame the scene and give an impression of depth - it also toned down the rather bright sky!

Friday 19 May 2017

Spring Fairy Concertina Frame (posted by Claire)

Good morning everyone, Claire here with another project made using the beautiful Spring Fairy Collection stamps. These stamps are so lovely I wanted to show them off so I made a little concertina frame card (I'm not really sure what they are called but I do love making them lol)

I won't go into detail describing each panel or you'd fall asleep but the backgrounds are all made using distress inks and overstamped with some of the worker stamps from the Spring Fairy Collection, I've also added the Large Crackle Background and the hilly treescape from Magical Landscapes into the mix for my background stamping. 

The focal images are all coloured with Lyra pencils and all the edges have been given a bit of distressing with my craft knife and a shimmer of gilding wax. 

I've added a couple of butterflies to the inside, these were stamped on acetate with Versamark and embossed with Gold embossing powder before being glittered on the back. I used gold vellum to create the concertina frame effect but you can't see it on the photos so you'll have to use your imagination lol. I didn't give it a thought when I was taking the photos so apologies for missing that. I've also added a little tag stamped with the pretty little primula stamp

I really enjoyed making this, what could be more fun than playing with inks and colouring?
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Thursday 18 May 2017

Little Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, the weather is so changeable at the moment, but hopefully like us, you have been getting some much needed water for your gardens. Our flowers have certainly needed a good watering, which brings me onto the subject of my blog post today. I have created floral projects for your inspiration, using stamps from the Spring Fairy Collection stamp set. I like to use the often disregarded smaller stamps from a stamp plate to create all occasion cards, and these cards are no exception.

For my first card, I used the same stamp to create both the background, and main image for the card. You might have seen this card on the April TV shows on Hochanda. I stamped the image using Versamark and white embossing powder randomly over a kraft background, and then heat set the images with a heat gun. I coloured the images with water based markers and a water brush.

I stamped the main image onto a piece of die cut smooth watercolour paper, inking the egdes of the background with Distress Ink whilst the die was still in place, so that there would be a white border around the oval. I coloured the image with water based markers. I punched two holes through the oval, and threaded the ribbn through the holes from the back, so that I could tie a bow at the front. I left two longer pieces behind the card, which I adhered to the kraft background, as I stuck the main image down. I coloured the ribbon with Distress Ink and water, so that I had a good match to the colours that I had used in my project.

For my second card, I cut a strip of smooth watercolour card, and coloured it using three different colours of Distress Inks, blending them where they met. I stamped the flower image, graduating the height of the flower across the background. I added a couple of butterflies from the same stamp set, and a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set. Finally, I mounted the background onto a black card blank.

I will be back later in the month with some more projects for you, but do keep visiting the blog for more fabulous projects from my Team Mates.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Gothic Card (by Penny)

Hello everyone, today we have another project from our Guest Design Team Member Penny. She has created a fabulous Gothic style card using a range of techniques.

Penny writes:

To create my card, I used stamps from the Gothic Fragments and Words of Love stamp sets. I used Distress Inks, dies, stencils and an embossing folder from my stash.

I created the background by blending Distress Inks onto a piece of card, faux bleaching, stamping and stencilling. I added some die cuts and a sentiment.

You can find more details about Penny's project over on her blog. Penny will be back next week with her final project for the month.

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Flowers by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back with my second post this month featuring the beautiful Spring Fairies and Fantasy Castles stamp sets that were on Hochanda recently.

My first card is very simple, just heat embossed using Versamark Inkpad and white embossing powder and just blending Distress inks over, I heat embossed my sentiment in gold on some torn Vellum and edged the card using Versamark and gold embossing powder.


My second card is using the "Wrinkle free distressing" technique with Distress Oxide Inkpads, I simply stamped my flowers, butterflies and the foliage from the little bird on a branch, I coloured the pretty Iris flowers with Distress inks and a water brush and added some glitter glue once dry.

I hope you like my cards, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Monday 15 May 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, welcome to our monthly selection of  quick projects that take no longer than fifteen minutes to make. The Design Team have created a fabulous selection of ideas, as always, to inspire you, and we hope that you will try a few of these designs out for yourselves. You can click on each of the individual Design Team members' names, and visit their blogs for more information. You can also see lots more of their work while you are there.

First up from Zoe, we have a large tag, to which she applied Gesso with oversized bubble wrap. She then applied gelatos, which she spread with her fingers and a wet wipe. She added gold gelato around the edge to look like gilding wax:

Her second project is a postcard, using Distress Inks to create a wrinkle free Distress background. She used a metallic pen to create highlights, and gilding wax around the edge to create a border.

Her third project is another tag, incorporating gelatos, and black gesso applied with bubble wrap again. The colours are very zingy in contrast to the dreamy colours of the first tag:

We have two lovely cards from Rachel next. The first card was made using masks and she applied the inks using brushes to create a landscape.

The second card was made using Distress Inks to blend her background.

I have made a simple gelli plate background for my card, choosing a small gelli plate, adding Distress Ink to the plate, and pressing bubble wrap onto the plate for texture. I stamped the plate onto the card blank, and then added my chosen image. I coloured the image with pencils, and then also added a sentiment.

Claire has created two very pretty cards, using the Spring Fairy Collection stamp set. She has created a soft washed background, adding the fairies over the top, and giving their wings just a touch of colour.

Penny has created two very diverse cards for us this month. The first, a stunning peacock themed card, was created by stamping the peacock onto black card with Versamark Ink, then dusting the image with mica powders. She die cut the card into a shaped panel, then edged the panel with gold pen before matting and layering. She added a sentiment and some turquoise gemstones.

She created her second card by stamping onto some printed paper from her stash using Versamark and copper embossing powder. She die cut the panel and blended Distress Ink around the edges. She matted and layered the panel onto black card, then edged the panel with a copper pen and attached the panel to a card blank. She stamped the sentiment in copper ink, and added some Stickles for highlights.

Julie has used some of the smaller stamps from the Spring Fairy Collection stamp set to create a kaleidoscope effect design, radiating out from a central circle, and using a simple colour palette of blue and yellow, this is a very effective design:

Magda has used left over pieces from other projects to create her first card. A great way of using up your stash, and cutting down on preparation time as well.

For her second card, she has simply spritzed her background and added a Springtime floral image:

Brenda has been busy making some beautiful cards again for us this month. Her first card was created by cutting one corner of the background with a honeycomb die, then adding the Large Crackle Background stamp. She added the Rose Stem Script stamp, which she coloured with Distress Inks and added some sequins and a ribbon.

Using Pan Pastels, she created a background through an oval mask, then stamped an image from the Spring Bird stamp set. After removing the mask, she stamped and cut out a butterfly from the Just Butterflies stamp set, and coloured the image to coordinate with the background.

Using a circle mask and Pan Pastels, she created a background, then stamped an image from the Spring Bird stamp set. She coloured the image with pencils.

For her next card, she stamped an image from the Fantasy Castles stamp set twice, and used Pan Pastels to create some background colour. She then repeat stamped the scroll stamp from the May Fairy stamp set to create a border above and below the focal image, and added a sentiment. from the Echoes of Italy stamp set.

Using two ripped pieces of paper as a mask, she used Distress Inks to colour a panel. She then stamped a floral image from the Spring Fairy Collection stamp set and added some colour with pencils. Finally, she stamped a sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp set.

She stamped a fairy from the Spring Fairy Collection stamp set and coloured the image with pencils. She then repeat stamped the trees from the Magical Landscape stamp set and used Pan Pastels and a stencil to add the background.

Using a piece of ripped paper, she created the sky and sea with Distress Inks and brushes, then she stamped images from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set. She drew some birds by hand, aded liquid pearls, and added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

For her final card, she masked the centre of the card, and stamped images from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set in two colours of Distress Ink. She removed the mask, and stamped a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

Finally, we have some super projects from Anne, her first card, is a lovely Thank You card, using one of the pretty floral images from the Spring Fairy Collection.

Her next two cards use the fabulous little bird on a branch image from the same stamp set, but show just how versatile this stamp can be, depending on what background you choose, and the colour of card that you use. The first card with its black and gold colour scheme is very opulent:

The following card is much more subtle, and the use of the Big Bold Background on her gelli print is a lovely idea:

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of cards this month. We will back with more speedy makes for you again next month. In the meantime, do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the Design Team girls.

Thanks for stopping by,