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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Kaleidoscope of Spring Butterflies by Brenda

Morning to you all, the final collection of samples from last month's Hochand shows. 

A Brusho background with a die cut trellis as a base for a kaleidoscope of Butterflies using Butterfly Blush, silhouette stamps are a favourite with me so these Butterflies tick all the right boxes and I make no excuse they are coming up again in the card below.

I used Versafine Clair inks and kiss stamped the Butterflies onto various CB backgroind stamps and fixed into place over he trellis.

For this one I used the circles from Strip Stencil set using DI's to shade the edges then with the stencil still in place stamped worker stamps from Eastern Grasses and Fresh Florals and placed a butterfly over each using the same set and kiss technique as the card above.

Thistle Butterfly takes centre stage in my final card stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp onto a panel created by masking, inking and stencilling then dragging some of the colour from the image.

Thanks for your visit and kind works of encouragement which are always appreciated.

Monday 29 March 2021

daisy candle (by Veronica)

For my last post this month I have used a stamps fromhoneysuckle butterfly  to create a candle and a  box 

I used the daisy stamp stamped onto white tissue paper with versafine and coloured with alcohol marker pens to create the candle.

The same stamp was used to decorate the panels on the sides of the gift box, and one of the daisies was stamped onto spare card, colourted and cut out to go on the top flap of the box. I used velcro to seal the box

For the card I used the carnation stamp from fresh florals  using distress markers directly onto the stamp. 

I did have to stamp it twice to get the colour, using a stamp platform to make sure the images matched.   My base card was a DL size, so the  image was trimmed down to fit over a base layer in a toning blue/purple shade, and the sentiment added using versafine onto a scrap of white card.

Sunday 28 March 2021

Mixing it Up


I am sharing the last of my samples from the February show on Hochanda.

As we all know, Chocolate Baroque make the best stamps for card making, but they can also be used for many other things. Here are a few items I have made from Harebell ButterflyThistle ButterflyHoneysuckle Butterfly and Briar Rose Butterfly stamp sets. 

My first is a mini album using the Butterflies and foliage from the sets. I used acrylic paints on the covers and Distress inks and stencils inside. I used lots of quotes, mainly from Words of Inspiration

Next, I have a grey board die cut which I covered with wood effect paper. I stamped and fussy cut two of the butterflies and added "No3" from Lupin Blueprint

This is a MDF piece which I have covered in Black and White Papers and sponged some acrylic paint around the edges in blue, green and copper. I then fussy cut some of the butterflies and coloured in more muted shades to resemble moths. I stamped the word "moth" using Distressed Alphabet Lower Case. I then added a die cut lamp post for the moths to flutter around!

My last piece is a round MDF coaster to which I have added self adhesive cork. Even though this was quite thick, I was still able to use my stamping platform to stamp the leafy sprig from Thistle Butterfly  into a wreath. I stamped the butterfly in the centre, but it didn't show up too well, so I stamped it onto one of the blank sheets in the Black and White paper pack and used a gel medium to stick it over the stamped image. I finished by using a white paint pen to highlight the berries and the butterfly. I used a matt varnish to seal it.

Thanks for looking.

Sandra x

Saturday 27 March 2021

Really Useful Cards (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I wanted to show you some really useful ideas for cards. We often need a card in a hurry, and need to rustle up some thing in next to no time. Lots of these cards could be made in different colour options, you could make a set of them and give them as a gift to someone.

My first two cards were made using textured linen card, and I blended three colours of Distress Ink over the background first. I used a circle mask to create a sun in the sky. I then stamped the foliage from Eastern Grasses across the top using Versafine Clair ink in a couple of colours. I used first and second generation stamping to create a bit of depth. I added a sentiment from the stamp set using the same inks as before.

 You could make lots of these and just choose your favourite colours, they are quite quick to make, just vary the sentiment to suit the occasion.

I have left the sentiment off the next card, it could be used for any occasion. I chose a large bloom from Fresh Florals and inked it up with two different colours of red Versafine Clair. I stamped the image randomly over a piece of kraft card to create a background. I stamped the poppy image onto an oval of drawing cartridge and coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor watercolour paints. I added a touch of Distress Ink around the edge.

This last card is an older card that I made some time ago, but I thought that I would share it with you again. I used some very thin masking tape across the background and then added Distress Ink inbetween each section. I removed the masking tape and stamped the image onto the panel using black ink. I backed the panel onto black card. I coloured some ribbon with the green Distress Ink, and once it was dry, I stamped the ribbon with the words from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set using black Archival ink.

I hope that you will try some of these ideas for quick cards. Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and take care,

Judith xx

Friday 26 March 2021

Fluttering by part 3 - by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my final post of the month.

These are the samples I made for Lesley’s Hochanda show last month featuring these beautiful flowers and butterflies.

I created a DL card using Inktense pencils and cut out the Butterfly to create dimension.

A one layer card which again was coloured with Inktense pencils.

My bookmark is Watercolour card and painted with watercolours.

My final card was painted with Watercolour markers and mounted on card that had been sprayed with coordinated spritzers.

Thank you for visiting today I hope you like my creations.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Freesias Again (by Gerrina)

Today my last post for this month as a Guest Designer. I find the stamp set that I used last week so beautiful that I couldn't put it away before I stamped some more with it.

I used stamps from the beautiful Freesia Blueprint stamp set again.

First I stamped the beautiful blueprint stamp from the set, next I stamped the circle of flowers with the two small flower stamps from the set, (the 'worker stamps'). After that I stamped both the text and the two flower stamps twice. I drew one of the lines from the blueprint stamp all the way down and drew the lines around the text and the flowers. Then all that was left was the calming colouring of all the flowers.

Used materials:

Stamps: Freesia Blueprint

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover and Peeled Paint.

Other: white aquarel paper, black marker, ruler and water brush.

Hope to see you back here later this year or at my blog.

Creatieve groetjes,



Tuesday 23 March 2021

A little bit of sewing by Rachel

 Hello there! Rachel here today with my third and final installment from the February shows. This first piece gave me lots of joy in the making. I used a piece of calico and stamped on it using the main honeysuckle butterfly image in versafine ink. I then painted it using translucent paints and then I got my needle out and simply stitched around the outline of the flowers plus the stamens. I then added the ring and folded the extra fabric into the back and covered it with felt to make a small hanging picture.

This next piece was made using one of the wooden plaque/signs from the website. First I used gel medium to adhere one of the black and white papers to the plaque then stamped butterflies from the butterfly blush using pink ink onto card and then overstamped using the corresponding stamps from the just butterflies set before fussy cutting.

This final accordion card was made using all of the butterfly floral stamps each stamped in versamark on black card and set with white embossing powder and then roughly cut out and mounted onto black and white papers.

Hope you have a lovely day - I will see you next month!
Rachel xx

Monday 22 March 2021

Butterfly trio by Brenda

Morning Peeps, popping in with a few more of my shares from last month Hochanda shows, starting with one showcasing three Butterflies from Butterfly Blush, using Versafine Clair and kiss stamped onto various CB background stamps. The background is stamped with the postcard from Baroque Ephemera 2 and to finish some watery DI's in coordinating colours flicked onto the background.

Another Oxide background with gold paint flicked over it, Briar Rose Butterfly stamped and heat embossed with detail gold EP, coloured and cut out. The lovely sentiment is from Loving Sentiments.

A simple one to finish using another of the images from Briar Rose Butterfly stamped and coloured onto a fancy die cut mat and a bow added to carry the colour.

Sunday 21 March 2021

Spring Perfume ( by Magda)

 Good Morning,

Are you already feeling the nice warm spring air ?                                                                                       Here below I share with you my Step by Step of  "Katya is smelling the Perfume of the Spring Air" 

1.  Blend on the Journaling Page a red colour of  Distress Ink Pad                                                                                2.  Cover all with white gesso and let dry                                                                                                        3.  Blend several blue colors of  Distress Ink Pad  on the gesso                                                                       4.  Rub a baby wipe on Katya stamp to have the perfect humidity before stamping                                       

5.  Stamp Floral Perfumery with Versafine on a white cardstock,  colour the stamp with
     watercolors and cut the contour                                                                                                                                                  6.  Stamp  with Archival  the words  Perfume from  Floral Perfumery and Spring                                             
     from March Fairy on a piece of scrap cardstock colored with the same color                                                        
     of the flower of point 5                                                                                                                               7.  Glue the decoupage cuts on the journaling page and stamp little butterflies in black                                      
     around Katya,  as shown and don't forget to use a nice ribbon as label holder.

I hope you had a spring inspiration from my page and  thanks for passing by, hugs

Saturday 20 March 2021

butterflies (by Veronica)

Today I have cards featuring butterflies to show you.

The first uses the main image from honeysuckle butterfly, stamped in grey versafine ink onto white card and coloured using watercolour pencils for the honeysuckle and the artway shimmer paints from the last month's shows for the butterflies. trimmed to a square. mounted onto a square of black card and then onto a white card blank.

The second card uses the briar rose butterfly, stamped in versmark ink onto black card and white embossed. Thie time the whole image was coloured with the artway paints, sprinkled with white brusho powder and spritzed with water. 

The white base card black was randomly stamped with just the flowers - the stamp was coloured with distress markers .

main image diecut into an oval


Thursday 18 March 2021

Keeping it Simple

Hello, I am here to share some more of my samples from the February show on Hochanda.

These were all relatively quick to make with some stamping and embossing and a little bit of colouring.

My first piece uses an MDF board which I have covered with Chocolate Baroque Black and White Paper (Series 2) using a gel medium. I'm not sure if these are still available, but Series 3 are!  I have then added some watercolour inks, starting with purple, then blue and green. When it was completely dry I stamped the Carnation from Fresh Florals and a sentiment from Artistic Affirmations and embossed in white.

For my next card I used alcohol inks in shades of purples and blues at the top and greens at the bottom on some yupo paper. I then stamped a dragonfly and a few butterflies from Butterfly Blush using Alcohol Lift ink. I did the same with some of the foliage stamps that were also on the show and added a sentiment from Sow the Seeds.

My next card uses the Daisy stamp from Fresh Florals. I stamped with Archival and used watercolour pencils for the flowers and Distress Ink for the edges. I have added a sentiment from Fly Away with Me.

This card uses two of the foliage stamps from Eastern Grasses. I used my stamping platform and stamped the larger of the stamps first, rotating my card each time. I then used the smaller stamp to fill in the gaps. I coloured the open seed heads with a red glaze pen and added the sentiment to the centre. Very quick, but effective.

My last piece features an accordion style card from a die. I stamped the butterflies and dragonflies from Just Butterflies onto some white card and die cut the panels out and glued onto the card base.

 I love how the stamp sets mix so well with each other.

See you soon

Sandra x

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Freesias and Memories... (by Gerrina)

Today my second post this month as a Guest Designer, so you can see my card here and on my blog as well. I used stamps from the beautiful Freesia Blueprint stamp set and got totally in a 'Zen-mood' by colouring the beautiful flowers and some of the blueprint stamps. The only thing I miss right now, is the lovely soft, a bit fresh and intoxicating smell from the freesias; that is one of the nicest fragrances that I know...It reminds me of one of my grandmas who not only liked the flowers, but also thought the smell of them was super...

The moment this set were released I knew I wanted to stamp with it, so I did not waste much time to do that when the post brought them...

Used materials:

Stamps: Freesia Blueprint

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Kraft paper, and black cardstock 

See you again next week!

Creatieve groetjes,





Tuesday 16 March 2021

Bold and Beautiful Butterflies (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing more butterfly cards with you, following on from my last post. Butterflies are such a universally popular image, and I hope that you will enjoy what I have to share with you today.

I created my first card using the Just Butterflies and Butterfly Blush stamp sets. I coloured a piece of drawing cartridge using Distress Oxides and then stamped some of the butterflies from Butterfly Blush using Versafine Clair. I added some white dots using charcoal through a stencil, however, you could achieve a very similar look by using white paint and one of the dotty stamps from Make Your Mark.

I added some texture paste to a piece of MDF, and once it was dry added some paint and gilding wax. I stamped and embossed the butterflies, cut them out and layered them up onto the panel. The sentiment from Butterfly Mind was stamped onto a spare piece of background.

The following two cards are older projects, but once again, I hope that you do not mind me sharing them with you. I masked off  the edges of the cards, and added Distress Ink in the centre of the cards. I was aiming for aurora borealis effect, and hopefully achieved that feeling in these cards. I added water splatters, and then stamped the foliage from Briar Rose Butterfly along the bottom using black ink. The butterflies were stamped onto sparkly acetate using Archival Ink and I added coloured vellum to the back, but you could just stamp them onto card, colour them as normal and use a sparkly pen over the top to achieve a similar look. The sentiments come from the Birthday Words stamp set.

By changing the colours and foliage, you can create a completely different look, these are really pretty and would make a nice set to give as a gift as well.


Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and take care,

Judith xx

Monday 15 March 2021

Fluttering by part 2 - by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post of the month, featuring the gorgeous stamps from Lesley’s Hochanda show last month.

Butterflies and Flowers, you can’t go wrong.

I used a heart Die and Linen texture cardstock, I love how the texture looks when it’s inked.

Just very simple but I think a pretty card.

My little wall hanging was coloured using Distress inks and sprinkled with water to create some texture, simple stamping for the background, I then used Acetate which I coloured with Alcohol inks, I stamped the butterfly using Stazon, cutie out and Decoupaged it on, finished off with gold gilding wax around the edges.

My Envelope is just simple heat embossing in white EP, I coloured the flowers with pencil, added a sprinkle of chunky EP to create some interest, and some light inking around a mask for the aperture.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today, I hope you like my creations.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Saturday 13 March 2021

Flowers and foliage by Rachel

 Hello there! Rachel with you today with a second installment of my samples from the February shows. For my first sample today I have painted a ceramic piece with glaze using the Thistle Butterfly and Honeysuckle butterfly stamp sets. Once dry this was overglazed and then fired in the kiln.

In this next sample I used the Eastern Grasses stamp set. I started by creating the background of the card using a light green ink on my stamp. Next I stamped the topper on  a piece of card coloured with inks and layered this onto some black card. Finally I added the stamping on the right hand side using a darker green ink.

My final card was made using the fresh florals stamp set. Firstly I stamped the poppy image onto the left hand side of my card and coloured it using watercolour brush pens. Next I stamped the same image onto black card and painted it using mica powders. Its so shiny! I decided to layer it up using some red felt so its quite a tactile piece. 

Hope you enjoy your day!
Big hugs
Rachel xx