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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.
Thanks for popping in today, I hope you've enjoyed visiting my blog and will come back soon  :)

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  :)

Monday, 20 February 2017

Golden Daffodils




Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing another sample that I created for the recent Chocolate Baroque tv shows today.  I have used stamps from the CB Spring Bird Daffodil and Spring Foliage sets; alcohol pens, Distress Inks, coloured embossing powders, gold embossing powder.  




I stamped the daffodil images onto Neenah card, as it is great for colouring with alcohol pens.  I coloured the images in, using dark to light colours for shading.  I outlined them with grey to make them pop.



I added some DI around the edges of the focal panel and matted it onto dark card.  



I cut two small slits into the panel with a craft knife, then threaded a ribbon through and added a bow.  I attached some tiny gems to the ribbon.  



I stamped a sentiment onto white card and embossed it in gold,  then die cut and embossed it.  I added DI through the die like a stencil, then added gold pen around the edges.  



On a white base card I stamped some foliage images in Versamark and embossed them with coloured powders.  I then blended DI around the edges of the card.  I attached the focal panel to the base card, then added some die cut letters to spell the word Spring.  This is such a pretty design with a lovely fresh feel to it.  I think this design is another great worker card, suitable for all sorts of occasions.  
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I hope you'll pop in again soon  :)  

Spring Beginnings



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing another of my samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque  shows on tv.  I love creating vintage / shabby chic pieces and this image was so cute it was perfect.  I have used stamps from the CB Spring Bird Daffodil  and Spring Foliage sets; Distress Inks,  Sparkle pens, white embossing powder; a stencil.



I stamped the bird and nest image onto Kraft card and embossed it in white.  I coloured it with DI's and Sparkle pens.   I then added a hint of some trees  through a stencil with DI.  I blended some ink around the edges of the panel, then matted it onto dark card.  I added some cream lace, threaded twine through a button and attached that to the panel. 



On a white base card I stamped several images in DI around the edges, and blended ink around the edges to age it.  I then attached the focal panel to the base card.
  


I stamped a sentiment onto a spare piece of Kraft card and embossed it in white,  I then die cut and embossed it.  I added DI around the edges, matted it onto dark card and attached it to the card.




This is a fairly quick and simple design, but I absolutely LOVE it!  As always the beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque have made creating this lovely card easy.  I think this is yet another great worker card, suitable for all occasions and male or female cards.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will come back again  :)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Flights of Fantasy



Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  Today's post is a piece of mixed media that I've created for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #32.  I love to join in these challenges, they are a perfect excuse to play and get creative and messy!  For this piece I have used stamps from the CB Steampunk Travel  and Steampunk Butterfly sets; Aztec paints, Aquatints, Distress Inks, Mica powders, copper embossing powder, black sand texture paste; acetate, die cut cogs.



I started by creating the main focal panel with a piece of black card.  I had previously die cut some cogs of various sizes out of more black card and I used the 'waste' as a stencil to apply the texture paste to the panel.  I also just dropped the paste on in a few places too.  I set that aside to dry, and painted all the cogs.  I used the Aztec copper paint for some of them, and mixed antique gold paint with DI's for the rest.  I stamped and embossed several images and words onto white card, painted them and cut them out.



By now the texture paint was dry so I painted the panel with copper and gold Aztec paints.  I wanted to replicate a piece of rusty metal , so I dribbled some of the copper paint down the panel, then mixed white and teal Aquatints to make a verdigris paint which I added to the panel, cogs and stamped images.  I added glossy accents to the clock on the hat, and clear sparkle pen to the wing.  I also added sparkle pen to the wings of the butterfly.  



On another piece of black card I stamped some cogs around the edges with Versamark ink and blended Mica powders over the ink.  When dry I attached the focal panel to the black border.  I stamped and embossed  a small image 4 times onto acetate and cut them out, then added them to the border corners.  I also stamped and embossed the clock face from the hat onto the acetate and cut it out, then attached it to the little house.  I painted a piece of corrugated cardboard with copper paint and added some antique gold in places, then attached the panel and border.


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I then arranged all the embellishments onto the piece and attached them




I used some 'waste' pieces from the  cogs as bolt heads on the corners of the focal panel.  




I'm so pleased with this piece.  I love Steampunk and these lovely stamps inspired me to create a mixed media piece ( which I also love).  The Steampunk Travel set is new, as are the Aztec paints, and I think this has been the perfect way to christen them!  
Thank you so much for popping by my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :)