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Saturday 30 September 2017

Je fais rien que des bêtises (by Dominike)


This is a title of a French song wich says "I do nothing other than something stupid".
Les Françaises vous connaissez cette chanson ?

For this card, I repeat two mistakes.
First, I stamped the trees on my background with an old ink. So it seems to be a shade.
Second, I try to stamp the Frosty tree with another ink. Same result !
Pour cette carte j'ai cumulé les erreurs. Tout d'abord mon encre était vieille. Résultat on voit une ombre d'arbre. Puis j'ai re-tamponné un autre arbre avec une autre encre. Même effet.

OKay. You want to resist to me... I decided to stamp another time with Versamark, and I embossed with black powder. But it was not einough. And I embossed two more times with gold powder.
D'accord, on veut me résister... J'ai donc décidé d'embosser mon sapin avec une poudre noire. Mais l'effet était moindre. J'ai donc à nouveau embossé, deux arbres à la poudre dorée.

The background is a piece of try with pigments.
Le fond est un morceau de papier sur lequel j'ai fait des essais de pigments.

And now, the result.
Et voici le résultat.

You know what ? I'm happy. Because I hate throwing and I like this card. And you ?
Et vous savez quoi ? Je suis heureuse. Parce que je déteste jeter et que j'aime bien cette carte au final. Et vous ?

Kind regards.
A bientôt.

Friday 29 September 2017

Two projects (by Magda)

There is still time for Christmas, but these beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque have tempted me to try two very different projects.

Long Card :

1. Blend Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen on 3 white ATC cards
2. Stamp with Versafine Olympia Green  on each ATC a different subject, from Frosty Trees
    and New England Winter set
3. Decorate with red gems and Stickles - Crystal
4. For the background of the card blend Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen, Old Paper, Mustard Seeds
    and Rusty Hinge.
5. Stamp with Versafine Olympia Green  a sentiment from the Frosty Trees set

Journaling Page:

1. Colour your journaling page with green, red  and yellow acrylic paint
2. Cover all the page with Dina Wakley Media white gesso 
3. Stencil spots randomly with Distress Ink Pad Pine Needle 
4. Stamp with Distress Ink Pad Pine Needle and Walnut Stain the tree from the Frosty Trees set  in order to create a scene
5. Use Dina Wakley Media white gesso  on the snowflakes of Seasonal Elements stencil 
6. Stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia the sentiment Let's get Festive
7. Decorate with some red gems and Stickles - Crystal

Thank you for passing by


Wednesday 27 September 2017

You can do it! (by Corine)

It's hard to believe that we are already at Corine's third and last post for this year, time really does seem to fly.  And what a colourful project she has for you today, please enjoy.


Today it is my 3rd and last time to post a card a guest designer. I hope you enjoyed my samples. 

This week I used stamps from the sheets:

  • On watercolorpaper I used Brusho with water. You have to dry your paper before stamping the lace.  
  • I used Memento Luxe ink to stamp the lace patterns.
  • I colored the butterfly with Zig clean color real brush-pens, but this would work with any marker pens or coloured pencils.
  • The sentiment is embossed with clear embossing powder on Bahama Blue Memento Luxe ink.

Look forward to see you next year.
Corine van Kuilenburg

Well we have been treated to three beautiful projects and I hope you have enjoyed Corine's visit this time.  All being well she will be back again next year with more inspiring ideas.  Until then you  catch up with her on her blog.

And don't forget, if you have been following us on Hochanda then you will see many of the gorgeous samples created by our amazing Design Team on here. There will always be something to delight you. Thank you for reading and following us.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Harlequin Bouquet Canvas (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a small canvas created with the lovely floral collage stamp - Harlequin Bouquet.

How to make it:
  1. Stamp the image onto stamping card with Versafine and heat emboss with clear powder. Colour with water based pens.
  2. Randomly Spritz the canvas background and cover with UTEE while wet. Heat to melt. I wanted a bit of a random texture rather than smooth glass effect. If you want more texture pour a bit more powder onto the hot UTEE and melt. Ink the sentiment with StazOn and press into the molten UTEE. Leave until it sets before peeling away. I found the image was a little feint so darkened using an alcohol pen – drawing into the impressed lettering.
  3. Apply the glitter paste with a palette knife onto the background using the leaf stencil. Apply modelling paste through the butterfly stencil. Leave to dry.
  4. Lightly spritz the watercolour card with inks (you want it to be lighter than the canvas background so that it stands out). Cut out the frame with the decorative die and apply some ink to the edges with a sponge to define. Trim the main image to fit behind the frame and glue together. Mount onto the canvas with 3D foam.
  5. Finish with touches of glitter glue.

Monday 25 September 2017

Falling Leaves (by Asha)

Good morning, friends! The leaves are falling, the air is cooler and the days are getting shorter... hellooooo Autumn!

It's my turn to show and tell on the DT Blog and I've created an art journal page with a seasonal theme. Just so you know how wonderfully versatile Chocolate Baroque stamps are, I'm featuring a stamp not usually associated with autumn: the Flora Musica rose.

The falling leaves are cut out of gold tissue paper and I've layered them for texture and dimension. The floral image is stamped directly onto the background using Plum Ranger Archival Ink and I've coloured it with polychromos and alcohol markers.
As always, I have details of the tools and products used on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and drop in soon for more designs by the team.


Sunday 24 September 2017

winter (by Veronica)

 I used the lovely house stamp from New England winter, stamped using distress markers to colour the stamp. Thanks to my friend Janet for introducing me to the combination of dusty concord and iced spruce, which i really liked and makes a nice change from the usual Christmas colours
I used the same colours to ink up the pine cones from the same plate to create the background, with some second generation stamping to add interest.
The sentiment from lets get festive was also coloured with the marker pens, and the die cut edged with the same markers. i also coloured the mats with the marker pens to get matching colours

The next two cards use the large stamp from the reindeer landscape plate.
For the first card I stamped with versamrk onto black card and clear embossed it, before adding colour with distress oxide ink pads. I dragged colours across the sky to try to give a northern lights effect. The snow was a white pigment ink sponged on, with a little of the oxide colours added for a reflection of the sky. Some white glitter in the foreground to finish before trimming right down and adding white and pink mounts. The greeting from the same plate was stmaped in a silver grey ink.
I wanted to see if i could make a shaker card using this stamp - I stamped the edges of the stamp onto the base card using hickory smoke distress ink to extend the scene.  I stamped the image onto spare card , colouring the stamp with distress markers, and trimmed this down to a 62 square. I die cut a circle from another piece  of card the same size, backed it with acetate and fixed it over the image using foam pads having first added some sparkly silver snowflakes I found lurking in a drawer.                                   The whole thing was then added to the base card after sponging more grey ink round the edges. The sentiment from lets get festive was stamped and silver embossed  , edged with grey and mounted on top.                     

Saturday 23 September 2017

Christmas selection (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a selection of Christmas cards made for Lesley's shows on Hochanda.  

To make this acetate card I cut the front off an 8x8card blank leaving a little border (about 2cm) along the top and used red line tape to attach an acetate panel. I stamped the gorgeous little house from New England Winter on watercolour card and added some colour with watercolour paints, highlighted with glitter and glossy accents. I cut this out and then tore several strips of card, adding glitter to the torn edges. The important thing with this style of card is to add some weight to the front of the card otherwise it doesn't stand up properly so the strips of snowy card give the front some strength. Layer the strips of card, popping the house in between. I added some 'snow' with a white Posca Pen and some icicles with glue and glitter. I stencilled the moon using Seasonal Elements stencil and white gesso with a sprinkle of glitter. The sentiment is from Let's Get Festive. I made the background using watercolour paint, creating a very dilute wash of colour. 

My second card was made using Frosty Trees. I began by stamping the slender trees with a rainbow ink pad, it doesn't show too well in the pic but the trees are actually shades of blue/green and purple. Next, I stamped the ornate tree with gilding glue and applied some silver holographic glitter. I used the same stamp to create a border around the white card. I stamped the sentiment (from the same set) with gilding glue and again applied glitter. 

I love these pretty birds and made two colour variations for the show using the Winter Birds set. This one in shades of pink and brown was fairly quick to make. I watercoloured the image and die cut with a spellbinders die before dusting with distress ink (Picked Raspberry and Tea Dye) and added some frantage embossing powder. The sentiment is from Let's Get Festive, I stamped with versamark and carefully embossed with gold embossing powder, carefully missing the word Hearts which I coloured with pink EP. Again this was die cut and distressed before layering up on a shaped easel card made using the same die. 

My last card for today features the same stamp but in more traditional Christmas shades of Red and Green.

I watercoloured the image, adding some glitter for a snowy sparkle and splattering some paint here and there for the background. I stamped the holly border using the little silhouette stamps from the Winter Birds set. I stamped them in green and added red berries using a fineliner pen. I added some dots of white glue and dusted with some glitter. 

I hope we're giving you lots of inspiration for your Christmas cards, this year is whizzing by and it will be here before we know it. Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday 22 September 2017

Christmas Old and New (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing some Christmas projects with you today that were featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. Some of these were old projects that I made a few years ago, but I hope that you do not mind seeing them again.

I will start with a new project, where I created a background, using soft blues and pinks to represent a Winter sky. I added some deeper blue hills using torn paper masks, and stamped the tree from the Frosty Trees stamp set and the sentiment from the Let's Get Festive stamp set, using dark blue ink. Ensuring that the background was completely dry, I added some snowflakes using white embossing powder, and then used some flat-backed gems for added sparkle.

Using another tree from the same stamp set, I created an icy background using metallic paints, and on a smaller scrap of card, I stamped and embossed the tree panel using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder, for a crisp image. I matted the layers onto black card, and added some small black gems. The sentiment comes from the Let's Get Festive stamp set once again.

 I wanted to create a piece of home decor especially for Christmas using my favourite sentiment from the new stamp set. I painted a chipboard heart in soft blue, adding some crackle medium here and there, and then added a vintage white paint over the top. I then stamped the sentiment in a bold red before adding the fabulous pine cones from the New England Winter stamp set around the edges. I used water based markers to colour the stamps, allowing me to add colour exactly where I wanted. A red ribbon completes the project.

This next card is an adaptation of an old card that I first made several years ago, using the Winter Birds stamp set, but I have made it in a different size. These days, I like to make 8" x 8" cards, and so the card does look slightly different from the original. I have added one of the new sentiments this time around as well.

Finally two golden oldies for you, I remade the first one, which was originally given as a Birthday card to someone. It just goes to show that these beautiful stamps can be used at other times of the year, not just at Christmas, with a change of colour. I have used the large image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set, embossed with copper embossing powder, and coloured with Distress Inks and a water brush. The background was also created with Distress Inks, and I have then stamped leaves from the Sunny Sunflowers stamp set, and coloured them with pencils. The sentiment comes from the Nature's Peace stamp set.

Finally a luminary, also using the large image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set. I die cut an aperture from four large printed tags. The images were stamped and embossed onto parchment using white embossing powder, and coloured from behind. I used metal tape to join the tags, which I embossed, and aged with a little bit of black paint.

I hope that my projects have given you some ideas using these fabulous stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday 21 September 2017

Christmas in September part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, here is my second post for this month, featuring the projects I made for the recent Hochanda show, wasn't Lesley fab? 

My first card I splattered with wax, once dry I then stamped the fab Ivy leaf using Gesso, I inked over using Distress inks and dried thoroughly, I then stamped again using Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed using a sparkle gold EP, I tore some vellum and stamped and embossed one of the fantastic new Christmas Sentiments using Versamark and the same EP.

I used a chalk spray ink for my background and heat embossed the pretty design using a pink pearlescent embossing powder, torn vellum and a Christmas sentiment in silver EP

Some simple partial blending using Distress inks and some random stamping in the background using the same inks, the design I used pigment inkpads directly to the stamp.

Simple heat embossed in black EP and coloured using water colour markers which I dotted in various colours to create some texture.

I used Archival inkpads to stamp this beautiful corner stamp and creat an ornate tree, the smaller corner and "Believe" are the stand of the tree.

I hope you like my creations, thank you for visiting, I love reading your comments, have a wonderful day, xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Butterflies and Flowers (by Corine)

Hope you enjoyed the first post last week from this month's guest blogger Corine. This week she has created a project using butterflies and flowers, always a popular theme. So here we go.


Here I am again. This is my second post in September. I will show you today a card with a stamp from the sheet Briar Rose Butterfly

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • Stamp the flowers with butterflies with Stazon Jet Black on watercolor paper and colour with markers/alcohol pens etc. 
  • Cover the paper with a stencil of your choice and sponge with Distress ink. 
  • Stamp the sentiment with MementoTuxedo Black.

See you next week!

Corine van Kuilenburg

Love the way the Briar Rose image just pops out of the stencilled background. Thank you Corine for yet another lovely project.  She will be back again next week with her final one for this month but in the meantime you can catch up with her here.

And don't forget our regular design team girls have loads of fabulous tv samples to share with you, so please keep dropping in for a few minutes of daily inspiration.