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Tuesday 30 April 2019

Punky Love by Penny

Hello peeps, I hope you're all well.  I'm back with my second post this month, and in this project I've been able to indulge my passion for Steampunk!  I have used stamps from the Punky Romance set, some acrylic paints, a stencil from my stash, and a metal embellishment and chain also from my stash.

I began by stamping the large mechanical image, some cogs and the clock image in black Versafine onto black card and embossed them with clear powder.  I masked the images and then used a sponge to add acrylic paint, creating a textured look to the background.  I removed the masks and painted the images.  On spare card I stamped and embossed the pocket watch cover and the word 'Love', embossing one with gold and the other with copper powder, then cut them out.  I matted the panel onto black card.  

On a white base card I stamped a couple of cogs randomly along the edges and stencilled a few as well.  I attatched the focal panel to the card, added the word with 3D foam pads, and attatched the pocket watch cover with 3D pads and a chain with a butterfly at the end.

Thank you for popping by today to look at my post, I hope you enjoyed it.  I'll be back next month with some more crafty fun!

Take care,

                          xx  Penny  xx

Monday 29 April 2019

Bubbles and Butterflies (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you today, showcasing stamps featured in last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

For my first project, I wanted to compare the card that we brought to the show, a mixture of gloss and matt card, and to see how each surface worked with ink. I embossed an image from Punky Romance on both pieces of card using Versamark and white embossing powder, before creating a background, blending Versafine Clair Ink on the surface. I stamped another image from the same stamp set using Memento Ink in a deep purple shade over the top, taking care to rub away any ink that covered the white embossing.

It is not very easy from the photograph to tell the difference between the two surfaces. The glossy card (on the right) really shines, and takes the ink really well. The matt card (on the left), apart from the embossing, looks printed, it is so smooth. It depends which effect you prefer, I like them both. This card will be a staple product on the website in the future, just like our Drawing Cartridge and Textured Art card.

I embossed three butterflies onto vellum using the white embossing powder, and cut them out, adding them to the background to complete the card.

To create my second card, I created a wash over a piece of drawing cartridge, using blue watercolour ink. I added a bit of sea salt and left the background to dry. I stamped the heart image from A Heart Full of Love onto another piece of card using dark blue ink. I coloured the image using water based markers and added a bit of sparkle using a silver sparkle pen. Once the background was dry, I removed the salt and stamped around the edge with a bubble image from Floral Heart, adding highlights with the silver sparkle pen.

I hope that you have enjoyed our romantic inspiration this month, and we look forward to sharing our house and tree projects with you next month. Don't forget to look out for more TV shows in May too! Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday 28 April 2019

Love Steampunk by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome back to my last post this month featuring the fab stamps that were on Hochanda last month.
I simply stamped and heat embossed my first 2 cards which I coloured in using Inktense pencils.

I used a Gel Press for the backgrounds of my last 2 cards.
I had some Greyboard hearts in my stash and used UTEE and stamped in gold into the molten UTEE.

Using textured Embossing powders on the “Love” I fussy-cut it and Decoupaged over the fab winged heart Stamp, some Greyboard cogs also heat embossed with textured EP’s to match the word.

Thank you so much for visiting today, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Saturday 27 April 2019

Amber Butterfly by Brenda

Hello Peeps, Brenda here again with my last post for April and today I have another collection of Steampunkery hearts and flowers starting with a rich amber offering. My starting point was an Oxide base piece over which I randomly stamped the harlequin from Punky Hearts using Verafine Clair, followed by Punky Romance using Versafinre black and around the edges the little accent worker stamp from Punky Hearts. Finally I stamped, coloured and cut out the Butterfly from Fluttering Hearts and placed focally.

I used a sun ray stencil and several colours of Distress Inks to create the background, rotating the stencil from a central point until I achieved a full circle around the page, it takes a little while but worth the effort for the finishes effect. I the stamped the heart from  Punky Hearts in the middle and a sentiment from A Heart Full of Love.

Using a brayer and Distress Inks I created a random background onto which I stamped the floral image from a A Heart Full of Love, stamping some off the page too balance out the piece. I then coloured in with pencils, if you don't use too much colour on the background there is no need to bleach out the colour before colouring in the flowers.

This one was quite time consuming but fun, I stamped various hearts from Floral HeartFluttering Hearts and Hearts Full of Love with Versafine and embossed with various colours of EP, cut out and fixed at an angle and placed a small twine bow on each. The sentiment is from Punky Romance and embossed with one of the EP's.

As always many thanks for your visit and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Art Journal Page (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, Guest Design Team member Gerrina is back for her final post this month, and she has created a pretty Art Journal page featuring some of our butterfly range of stamps. 

Gerrina writes:

Feels so is my turn again to show some things I made for the Guest Designer team at Chocolate Baroque! Three weeks in a row you will find my makes with the beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque. This week the last of the month, again an Art Journal page.

I am a big fan of their stamps, so you will see more of them here on my blog.

Used Materials:

Stamps: Chocolate Baroque Patchwork Butterfly
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide: Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters, Carved Pumpkin
Other: Watercolour paper and Masking paper, water, Sparkle brush and blending tool

The shine/glimmer from the sparkle brush:

Stamp the butterfly twice and mask both.
Mist some water over the watercolour paper and stamp directly with the lilac, yellow, green and pink inkpads on the paper in a nice pattern. Let dry completely.
Stamp the swirl stamp several times over the paper with the orange and let the stamp go 'over the edge'. Mist the paper and let dry.
Stamp the text and go over the two butterflies with a sparkle brush.
Make a soft edge with the lilac ink by going over the edges with a blending tool.

Creatieve groetjes,


Tuesday 23 April 2019

Birthday Mail ( By Marga)

Hello everyone, here is Marga with two new cards I have made.

The first card I have made with Distress Ink and I used the stamp set Punky Romance. I made the background with Distress Ink and I used silver embossing powder. The edges I made with a black gel pen.

The second card I made is from the stampset A Heart Full of Love. I stamped the image and coloured it with Distress Ink and cut it out. The background is a scrapbook paper.

Hugs Marga

Sunday 21 April 2019

Clock of Your Heart...(By Julie)

Hello, I am back with two more cards to show you all.

My first card is stamped with both Fluttering Hearts and Punky Hearts.
I started this card by spritzing white card-stock with pink dye ink and once dry, stamped over the top with the images from Fluttering Hearts. Make sure you leave enough room to stamp the trailing, string of hearts from the Punky Heart set as it adds a feel of movement to the card.
Colour with Polychromus pencils and finish the design by sponging gesso around the edges of the design. Once dry, cut to size, mount onto black card-stock before adhering to the front of your card blank.


My second card is stamped with Punky Romance.
Start by stamping the Love sentiment in the middle of your card. Follow this by repeatedly stamping the cluster of clocks around the edges.
Lightly ink the background with a light brown and blue dye inks, before going over the background again with the blue ink and a cloud stencil.
Add white paint pen high-lights, cut to size before mounting onto black card-stock and adhere to your card blank.

Thank you for taking a peek and please call back soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx 

Saturday 20 April 2019

A heart full of love by Rachel

Hello there! Rachel here today with some more makes from the March shows! I have mostly used stamps from A Heart full of love stamp set but will indicate others where they crop up.

This first card uses stamps from a heart full of love - colouring  is in pencil. 

In this one I stamped the background first using versamark and heat setting with white embossing powder ... I added distress inks onto the background using stencil brushes then added some same colour stamping with stamps from a floral heart stamp set. Lastly I stamped the focal image and added it having fussy cut it first.

In this card stamped one image from a heart full of love 4 times to create a wreath. The colouring was in pencil and the bubbles from the floral heart set. 

This final one comes from the punky romance set - I love these timepiece flowers and couldn't resist making a meadow with them.

I hope this has given you some inspiration today!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Friday 19 April 2019

Time Flies (by Magda)

As second post  for this month I am proposing for you a Male Card and 2 Bookmarks.

Step by Step:   Time flies card

1. Blend Distress Ink Pad old paper on a white cardstock
2. Let brown and green Brusho watercolor flow on it
3. Stamp the gear set and the flowers of Punky Romance, and randomly
    the sentiment of Steampunk Travel plate with Distress Ink Pad brushed corduroy
4. Highlight with a brown Aquarelle pencil  the shape of some stains.

Bookmarks :

1. Colour the bookmark with Distress Crayons of set 1 and set 2
2. Use baby wipe to blend the colours
3. Stamp with Versamark the set of  Fluttering Hearts and heat emboss  
I used the same technique for the second blue bookmark, but for this one I  just stamped in Jet Black  Archival  the little hearts of Fluttering Hearts and the sentiment of Floral Hearts 

I will be back next month with other ideas for you,  hugs

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Poppies (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, we would like to welcome Guest Design Team member Gerrina back with her second blog post this month. She has created a beautiful Art Journal page for us this time, and is sharing her step by step instructions so that you can try the project out for yourselves.

Gerrina writes:

Feels so is my turn again to show some things I made for the Guest Designer Team at Chocolate Baroque! Three weeks in a row you will find my makes with the beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque. This week the second one of this month. Now an Art Journal Page for my nature Art Journal:

Used materials:
Stamps: Chocolate Baroque Autumn Poppy and Artistic Affirmations
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Salty Ocean
Other: Watercolour paper, Watercolour brush pencils, water based markers, water brush, ruler, blue and purple fine point pencil

Stamp the poppy stamp twice with Versafine Onyx Black twice, using a stamp positioner to place them as close together as possible. Colour them with the watercolour brush pencils. Draw the blue lines with a ruler at an angle all over the paper and the purple lines all starting from at point in the middle at the top of your paper.
Splatter with your water brush and some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and some extra water to add the little splatters around the flowers.

Creatieve groetjes,


Tuesday 16 April 2019

bleach and brusho (by Veronica)

The first card  the heart was stamped in black versafine onto a brusho background and clear embossed.  The heart, leaves and small flowers were coloured using more brusho applied with a water brush. Once it was all dry, I bleached the colour out of  the larger flowers- it did take a couple of applications of bleach to get rid of all the colour.
Sentiment added in black, and a mat to match the heart to finish off.

Same technique for the second card, this time using the matching flower spray stamp and just bleaching the flowers out, before edging with a marker pen.

Monday 15 April 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly selection of quick projects and time saving ideas. Each month the Design Team create a series of cards, tags and other items that have been made in fifteen minutes or less. Our aim is to show how you can create fabulous cards in next to no time at all, whilst sharing our tips and ideas with you. Whether you are just starting out on your crafting journey, or have been stamping for a while, we hope that you will find something to inspire you. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy this month's selection.

Brenda is kicking off our blog post this month with this beautiful card. She used a pre made background, and stamped the rose using Versafine Clair ink, embossing the image with clear embossing powder. She coloured the image with water based markers. The sentiment was embossed with lilac embossing powder.

For her next card she created a Brusho background and stamped the roses with Versafine Clair ink.

Her next card was created by making a background with Distress Ink, stamping the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and colouring with water based markers.

To create the following background, she brayered acrylic paint, then stamped the image using Versamark and burgundy embossing powder. Highlights were added with a white gel pen.

Magda's first card was coloured with Distress Ink and stencilled:

To create her next card, she stamped the image with watercolours and marked with a black permanent ink. The background was stencilled with Distress Ink.

She created a Brusho background for her tag, stamped with Archival Ink and coloured with watercolour pencils, adding Stickles all round the edges.

I have created two projects, the first card was created by stamping and embossing the heart image randomly over a piece of scrapbook paper using a teal embossing powder. I used the same colour for the sentiment on a smaller strip of the paper. I edged both pieces of the paper with Teal ink, allowing them to dry before assembling the card.

For my second card, I stamped the broken heart using red ink onto a white card blank. I then stamped the heart again onto a mini gelli plate before then using the gelli plate as a stamp and stamping the image from the gelli plate beside my first stamped image on the card blank to complete the heart. I added the sentiment using black ink, then flicked some watered down red ink over the card to create splatters.

We have some fabulous Mail Art from Zoe next, she has created three striking envelopes using some of the Steampunk stamps that we have been working with recently.

 You can see how she has used different ways of creating an area for the address. The little heart and scroll is perfect for framing the address, don't you think?

The balloon image looks such fun on this kraft envelope embossed in white with the key details picked out in colour.
Rachel has created three very pretty makes for us this month, showing that Steampunk does definitely not have to be grungy! She has stamped the heart onto patterned paper using white embossing powder and coloured the image slightly with watercolour pencils before adding it to kraft card.

For her second card, she used a stencil with Distress Ink before stamping over the top and colouring with pencils.

Finally, she stamped the image, added a bit of Brusho powder, and coloured the image with pencils.

A card from Julie next, she has stamped the image using black ink, adding some stencilling using Distress Ink.

Vronnie has created two fabulous cards using Brushos, stamping and embossing.

A card from Pat next, she has stamped the dandelion clock onto a piece of white card using purple Distress Ink to create a border. She has then created a smaller background using Distress Ink spritzed with water, picking it up from her craft mat. She stamped the dandelion clock onto the coloured background using purple and orange ink, adding a butterfly stamped with purple and spritzed with water before stamping. The background was matted onto purple foil before being added to the base card.

Finally we have two cards from Penny, her first was created by stamping an image repeatedly across a piece of kraft card with Versamark to create a watermark effect. Once this was dry, she stamped and embossed her main images down the centre of the panel using white embossing powder. She stamped and embossed the sentiment panel again on a spare piece of card and cut it out. She painted the hearts and the flowers around the sentiment red. She added a white border around the edge of the background. She used 3D foam tape to attach the sentiment panel.

To create her second card, she stamped the image using Versamark and embossed it using clear powder. She painted a wash over the background using two shades of blue ink. Once dry, she stamped the butterflies repeatedly down one side of the panel using dark blue ink and added clear sparkle pen as a highlight. She stamped and embossed the button three times on spare card, adding sparkle pen and cut them out.

That brings our selection of projects to a close for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed what we have created, and will try some of the ideas out for yourselves.  We will be back next month with more time saving ideas for you, but in the meantime do keep visiting the Design Team blog for lots of inspiration from our regular posts.

Thanks for stopping by,