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Friday, 28 April 2017

Doorway to Colour





Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have another of my recent tv samples to share with you today featuring the Chocolate Baroque stencils.  I have used the Russian Spires and one of the Silhouette Palace stencils;  Distress inks, Brushos, gilding wax, gold pen; a sentiment stamp from the CB Words of Inspiration set; wood grain embossing folder from my stash, grey-board embellishments. 
  


I used linen textured card for the base card and die cut an arched door on the front half.  I then cut some Kraft card in the same die and embossed it in a folder.  I blended DI over the Kraft card to emphasise the pattern, then attached it to the card.  I added gold gilding wax to a couple of grey board embellishments and attached them to the door as hinges.  



I added a brad as a handle.  I then used the Silhouette Palace stencil across the top of the card front with DI.  I stamped the sentiment along the bottom of the card and blended DI around the edges.




On another piece of card I used black DI through the Russian Spires stencil.  I coloured the image with Brushos, let it dry then covered it with the matching mask.  I used watercolour ink to create a background and added turquoise Brusho.  I used gold pen onto another piece of card to create a mat for the focal panel, and attached it.




I attached the focal panel to the inside of the base card.  The idea is that you look through an old doorway to a castle.






I'm so pleased with the result of this design.  I had the idea for it but I wasn't sure that it would work - luckily it did!  I love the way the old door opens and you can look through the doorway to the colourful castle inside.  I love using Brushos, and I think they work so well in this design.  
Thank you for popping by today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and I'll see you again soon  :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Russian Fairytale




Hello there and welcome to my blog today  :)  I'm sharing another of my recent Chocolate Baroque tv samples with you here, featuring a stamp that I actually helped to name!  The stamp was originally going to be called 'Russian Headdress' then I mentioned to Lesley that whilst making the samples I had been calling my stamp 'Katya'.  Well Lesley thought it was a nicer name for her so she changed it!  I feel so privileged to have had some influence in naming her!   For this card I have used CB stamps Katya, Babushka, and a couple of stamps from other CB sets; Distress inks, Versafine ink, black embossing powder, pearl paints, glitter, pearls and gems, gold pen; stencil.



I started by stamping images onto copy paper and cutting them out.  I used these to plan the composition of my focal panel before stamping onto card.  This way I can move the images around until I'm happy with the composition.  I used a photo from Pinterest as the inspiration for this design, and for the colours.



 I stamped Katya and a castle in black Versafine ink and embossed them in black powder.  I masked the images, then created the sky with a stencil, and the background with Distress inks.



I stamped and embossed some trees in black on one of the background hills, then stamped part of another image to give the impression of shrubs and foliage.




Now that the background was completed I could concentrate on Katya.  I removed the masking fluid and coloured her face with alcohol pens.  I then painted her dress and headdress with pearl paints and added glitter and pearls.
  




I removed the masking fluid from the castle and painted it with Distress inks.


I used a gold pen around the focal panel then mounted it onto black card.  I took a white base card and stamped Russian dolls along the top and bottom edges, then blended the ink around the edges.  I attached the panel to the base card, stamped and embossed a sentiment in black, die cut it then edged it with Distress ink before attaching it to the card.  I added some pearls to complete the project.



I totally LOVED creating this card! ( can you tell lol!)  All the Russian themed stamps are beautiful but Katya is my favourite, not that I'm biased hee hee!  I think this is a beautiful design for a special occasion, or perhaps a piece of wall art. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and will pop in again soon  :) 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Scripted Palace



Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I've got one of my samples from the recent Chocolate Baroque tv shows - A Taste of Russia - to share with you today.  I absolutely loved working with all the stamps for this call out, and I was lucky enough to work with the FIRST EVER Chocolate Baroque masks and stencils!  I have used one of the Silhouette Palaces mask and stencil set; Mini Script stamp; Glimmer Mist, black Versafine ink, gold pen; an embossing folder from my stash.
   


I took a piece of white card and attached the mask to it with stencil glue.  I sprayed a red/gold Glimmer mist all over the card and left it to dry naturally.  When I removed the mask there was still a lot of colour on it so I spritzed it with water and took a print with another piece of card, to use on another project.
  


I then placed the matching stencil onto the card and stamped the mini script through it using black ink.  I die cut the card into an oval panel,blended gold ink around the edges and added gold pen. I then matted it onto black card.  



I embossed a piece of Antique Gold pearl card in a folder from my stash and attached some ribbon with a bow along the top.  I added a gem to the centre of the bow.  I then attached the focal panel to the card.



I'm really pleased with this one, I love the script inside the Silhouette Palace, and I wanted to capture a sense of elegance and opulence.  These stencils and masks are going to be so useful!  I think this is another great worker card - for various occasions, male and female cards.  
Thank you for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and that you'll come visit again soon  :)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blingy Blue Roses



Hello there and welcome to my blog  :)   I have finally got around to blogging the last of my Chocolate Baroque samples from the beginning of this year Yaay!!  :)  These lovely stamps were featured in the debut show on Hochanda.  I have used stamps from CB sets Harlequin Rose,Rose Stem Script and Belle Flowers; pearl paint sprays, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder, gold pen.



On a piece of white card I spritzed a couple of pearl sprays and left to dry.  Next I stamped the background stamp in Versafine ink and embossed in white.  I edged the panel with a gold pen and matted it onto black card.


I stamped a rose image three times onto some more sprayed paper and embossed them in white, then cut them out.  I attached the background panel to a white base card, then attached the roses with dimensional glue.



I die cut a tag from the sprayed card and embossed a smaller rose in white onto it.  I stamped a sentiment onto acetate and embossed it in gold, cut it out and attached it to the tag.  I edged the tag with the gold pen, added Stickles in the corners and some ribbon then attached the tag to the card with dimensional glue.  



I die cut some foliage from black card and added it around the roses.  
  


I really love this card, it was one of my favourite samples for this DT call out!  I've always been a fan of ink and paint sprays, and these pearl colours are just beautiful.  I think the white embossing really makes the stamps pop too!  This is another great worker card which could be used for various occasions and for men as well as women.
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you enjoyed this post and will pop in again soon  :)  

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Beautiful Bluebells



Hello there and welcome to my blog  :)   Today I am sharing one of my samples for the recent  Chocolate Baroque Spring inspired tv shows.   The shows featured a range of beautiful Spring themed stamps, some of which I've used for this card.  The stamps are from the Spring Foliage set with a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle set; Brushos, Distress inks, white embossing powder, Stickles.



On a piece of white card I stamped some Bluebells in black ink and masked them.  I sprinkled Brushos randomly over the card, spritzed with water and let the colours run.
  




When the Brushos were dry I stamped some catkins down both sides of the panel and embossed them in white.
 


I removed the masking fluid and painted the flowers.  I added some Stickles to the catkins and the Bluebells, then I blended DI around the edges.  I matted the panel onto some coordinating card and added some ribbon to it.  
  


I stamped some foliage around the edges of a white base card with DI, blended the ink around the edges then attached the focal panel to the base card.  
  I took some buttons from my stash and attached some gems in the centres of them, then added them to the ribbon.



I stamped a sentiment onto white card and embossed it in gold.  I die cut it, added DI through the die, and edged the panel with gold pen.  I attached the sentiment panel to the card. 




I loved creating this card, these stamps are so easy to work with and they produce beautiful results with minimal effort!  Spring is a lovely time of year when nature starts to wake up from the long Winter, and I feel this card captures it very well.  This would make a great worker card for many occasions.



Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will pop by again soon  :)

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A Dragon's Garden



Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing a touch of the Orient with you.  I wanted to christen the third Dragon from my new stamp set, and I thought he had a look of an Oriental Dragon about him.  So I decided to create an Oriental garden for him.  I have used stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Here Be Dragons, Eastern Grasses, Sticks and Stones and Steampunk Travel sets; Aquatints, Aztec paints, Distress Inks, gilding wax; stencils; die cuts; black Versafine ink, black and gold embossing powders. 



On a piece of white card I stamped some rocks, embossed them in black, masked them then repeated several times.   



I stamped some grasses and foliage and embossed them.  
  


I then stamped the Dragon and lantern onto black card and embossed them in gold.  I painted them with Aztec paints and cut them out.



I created a colour wash for the sky and added some clouds through a stencil.  I added some foreground with a green DI, then stencilled some blossom in the top corners with black DI. I removed the masking fluid and painted the images, then I stencilled an Oriental scene in black and blended ink around the edges of the panel.  



I die cut a couple of blossom branches and gilded them with gold wax, then attached them to the panel.  I attached the Dragon and the lantern in 3D.



I matted the panel onto black card and attached it onto a white base card.  



I created this card just to Christen my lovely Dragon stamp, and I'm really pleased with it.  I think this design would make a great card for lots of occasions.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dragon Mountain



Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I had some more new stamps to play with so I thought I'd christen them by creating another piece of mixed media for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge.  The fantasy genre is a favourite of mine - books, films and craft.  And I LOVE Dragons!  I have used stamps from CB Here Be Dragons, Underwater Kingdom, and Sticks and Stones sets; Aquatints, Aztec paints, Distress Inks, Pebeo sand texture paste - black, copper marker pen, black Versafine ink, a stencil. 



I arranged the images (stamped and cut out on copy paper) as a draft.  I wanted to create a rocky mountainside as a backdrop for the Dragons, so I stamped the larger set of rocks, masked them,  then stamped again.  I repeated this technique several times to build up the mountainside.  I included a bare branch which I have used as the remains of a burnt tree at the front of the mountain.   I also stamped a silhouette branches image at the side of the mountain.  



I wanted to create a dramatic stormy sky, so I washed over the whole panel with Aquatint and dried it.  I then added DI through a cloud stencil.  I really like the effect this gives me.  




I removed the masking fluid from the mountainside and added some texture paste to the rocks.I used the black paste to give a scorched effect to the mountainside - thanks to the Dragons!  I painted the bare tree in front using brown and black DI's to make the tree look burnt.  




I painted the rocks with a mixture of Aquatints and DI, and I added copper Aztec paint to the texture paste.  

 


I matted the panel onto black card, then I coloured a border onto hammered card with a copper marker pen.  This gives the effect of beaten copper.  I then attached the panel to the hammered card.

    


I stamped the Dragons onto black card and embossed them in copper, then cut them out.  I painted them with DI's and Aztec paints.  





I attached the Dragons with dimensional glue to make them 3D.




I stamped a sentiment onto white card and embossed it in black.  I cut the card into a strip, blended DI around the edges, then splatted and splodged paint on it too.  I tore and distressed the edges, then curled the top and bottom edges, to create a piece of 'old parchment'.  I then attached it to the card.





I am so pleased with my first creation using these Dragons!  The whole composition of this piece has worked out just as I wanted.  The paste adds texture and depth to the rocks, and has ended up looking like scorched moss on them.  The sentiment parchment sets the piece off perfectly.  As always the stamps are amazingly detailed and beautifully drawn, which makes them a pleasure to work with.  
Thanks for popping in today, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and will visit again soon  :)