Saturday, 16 September 2017

Frosty Forest

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing my FIRST Christmas card of 2017 with you!   I wanted to create something special with my new Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps, they are so beautiful and different from any of my other Christmas stamps and I have SO many ideas for them!
I have used stamps from the Reindeer Landscape, New England Winter, and Winter Birds sets; dies from Crafters Companion and Sheena Douglass; Chocolate Baroque Seasonal Journey stencil, Designs by Ryn Floral Spirals stencil; Distress Oxide inks, white Gesso paint, Brilliance ink - Ice Blue, Silver Aztec paint, clear EP and Opal EP.

I began with a piece of white stamping card then applied DOs straight onto my glass mat.  I spritzed the inks with water then dragged the card through the inks in a circular movement to give a distressed, textured and blended look.  I then stencilled silver paint with a sponge randomly all over the background panel to represent an icy wind blowing.   I stamped some snowflakes randomly over the top third of the card with white gesso to complete the background.

Next I stamped the Reindeer scene image onto the panel with Versamark ink and embossed it with Opal powder.  I wanted to extend the scene as the BG panel is square, so I removed the ink from one edge of the image before stamping and embossing, then re-inked, stamped and embossed the image again.  A faint line was left but I was using a die over the whole panel so it didn't matter too much.    

I took another piece of white card and die cut a stag scene, embossed it then blended DI  over it to accentuate the embossing.

On a white base card I stamped and embossed the snowflake corner and some of the snowflake images, then stamped other worker images around the edges of the card to create a border.  I added two types of 'snowy' glitter on the background panel and the front panel.  I attached the BG panel to some mirror card, then attached that to the base card.  I used 3D foam to attach the front panel as I wanted to create some depth to this piece.  

I stencilled the word 'Winter'  in one of the bottom corners of the card which is where I would put a sentiment.  I wanted to create a card that would be suitable for a winter birthday as well as Christmas.

I added some gems to the stamped snow flakes then die cut several snowflakes, attached them to the card and added some gems.  

I really enjoyed creating this card!  It's quite technique heavy - like a lot of my designs - but it was loads of fun to do and the finished piece is just as I wanted it to be!  The whole design has a peaceful, frosty fun feel to it.  Definately a special Christmas card.  
Thank you very much for dropping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and will pop in again soon  :)  

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Metal and Sparkle

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a piece of mixed media to share with you today, something I created for the Country View Crafts Challenge blog;   Their theme for September is 'Metal' and I decided to create my take on a set of steel tool drawers, like the ones found in many garages.  I have used an MDF set of drawers, black card, embossing folders,die cuts, paper clay and moulds, skeleton leaves, gilding waxes, Dyna paints and Sparkle pens.

I started with a small MDF set of drawers with wooden handles.  I painted the whole thing with black gesso,taking the drawers out, painting each one and letting it dry.

While the paint was drying I embossed several pieces of black card in folders, one with a grid pattern and one with cogs.  I then added gilding waxes to give an effect of aged metal.  

I covered the drawer handles with each of the gilding waxes, then cut the embossed card into panels to cover the drawer fronts.  I used strong glue to attach the panels then blended waxes around the edges. 

I then attached panels to all sides of the chest.  I didn't cut the card to fit each side exactly, I used several smaller pieces on a couple of sides to give the appearance of patched sheet metal.

 I left the front of the chest black so that the drawer fronts really pop.

Next I made all the embellishments; some out of black paper clay, some out of die cut card, and a frame that I made by attaching two thin wooden frames together then painting it with black gesso and gold paint.  I painted the little face in the same way, the cogs and flowers were painted with Dyna paints.  I then used Sparkle pens on the flowers to enhance the textures.  I gilded the die cuts, but I left the skeleton leaves as they were already a lovely colour of blue.  


I used the gold paint to accentuate the features of the face.

I attached a small panel of mirror card to the back of the frame , then attached the face inside the frame.  I added a tiny flower to the frame and some tiny cogs to the face.  I then arranged and attached the other embellishments.

To complete this project I used the waste from die cutting cogs to create faux rivets  for the 'sheet metal' panels.  

I had an absolute blast creating this project and I'm really pleased with the result!  I love the combination of the hard metal effect with the softness of the flowers and the delicate skeleton leaves.  Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post - I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment - and I hope to see you here again soon  :)  

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Rustic Russian Dolls

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm taking you back in time today with one of my samples from the Chocolate Baroque Russian shows on tv earlier this year.  I absolutely loved this collection, it's so different from the norm and lovely to work with.  For this card I have used stamps from the Babushka, Fantasy Castles and Words To Dazzle and Sparkle sets; Distress Inks Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apples, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade; Versamark ink, white embossing powder and white gesso, gold artistmarker pen.

I love using white embossing powder on Kraft card, and this design is no exception.  I stamped and embossed the castle and dolls first then positioned,stamped and embossed the clouds.  

I painted the clouds with white gesso thinned with water, and painted the dolls and castle with Distress Inks.  The castle spires are coloured with gold pen.  I then matted the panel onto card that I have coloured with the gold pen.

On a white base card I stamped several dolls along the top and bottom edges in Vintage Photo and blended the ink around all the edges.  I attached the focal panel to the base card.  I then stamped and embossed a sentiment in white on a spare piece of Kraft card and die cut it.  I blended ink around the edges and attached it to the card.

I really enjoyed making this card.  I love Russian Dolls and have several sets of them in my home, and I've had great fun creating designs with these stamps!  I love the rustic look  of this design coupled with a splash of gold Imperialism.  This design is great for any occasion and for male or female cards too.
Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you have enjoyed this post, please feel free to pop by again  :)  

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Chequered Shine

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing a sample from the July shows today featuring the beautiful Chequered Flowers stamp and a sentiment from the Mackintosh Words set; Versamark ink, mica powders, gold gilding wax; and an embossing folder from my stash.  

This is a quick and easy card to make, but it looks just as beautiful as some of my more complex designs.  I started with the focal panel using black card.  I stamped the floral image onto the card with Versafine ink and brushed mica powders over it to colour.  I love using mica powders, they give such a lovely shimmer and sheen to any project.  I then matted the panel onto some bright green paper.

I took another piece of black card and embossed it in a folder.  I added gold gilding wax to it and attached it to a white base card.  I then attached the focal panel.  I stamped a sentiment onto black card as before and coloured with mica powders.  I then die cut the sentiment and matted it onto green paper, and attached it to the card.


As I said this design is quick and easy to make, but still looks very pretty and luxurious.  It is a card for all occasions as the sentiment is ambiguous and the colours can be changed to suit.  These Chequered Flowers are good for mens cards as well as womens too.  
Thank you for taking time to drop by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and will visit again soon  :)  

Frosted Blue Rose

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing a card that I made for the first of Chocolate Baroque's August tv shows.  This one is featuring the beautiful Crackling Rose stamp as well as some from the Words of Love and Take it or Leaf it sets; Distress Oxides Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce and Broken China, Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio and Broken China, colouring pencils, silver marker pen, black and greyVersafine inks, Stickles.   

I began with the main focal panel.  I stamped the rose onto a piece of white card using grey ink, it gives a softer, hand drawn look. I coloured it with pencils, and added blending and shading.  I wanted the rose to look like it had been touched by Winter's first frost, so I added Stickles.  

To complete the focal panel I die cut and embossed it, then added ink around the edges before taking the die off.  I edged the panel with silver pen then matted  it onto black card.

Next I created the background panel.  I put the DOs onto my glass mat, added water and swirled a piece of white card in them, picking up all the ink and letting it dry.  I'm a little bit addicted to this technique - and these inks lol!  I then used the DIs to stamp the leaves and the word 'LOVE' randomly all over the background panel. I edged the panel with silver and matted it onto black card as before.

I took a spare piece of card and coloured it with DOs as before.  I then stamped a sentiment in black ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I die cut it, embossed and inked the edges as before then added silver pen before matting it onto black card.

To complete this card I attached all the panels to a white base card.  I am so pleased with this design, the background is noticeable but not too overpowering, it showcases the main focal image beautifully.  This card would be great for a lot of occasions, and for male or female recipients alike.  
Thank you so much for popping by my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and will come back again soon  :)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Leafy Mandala

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing another tv sample from the recent Chocolate Baroque shows featuring their lovely new floral and leaf stamps.  I love leaf stamps so these are right up my street, and I had the idea to make a Mandala pattern with them.
I have used stamps from the Take It or Leaf It, Leafy Trails, Patchwork Butterfly,Just Butterflies and a sentiment from Words of Inspiration sets; Distress Oxides - Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Fossilised Amber, Sepia Versafine ink, gold embossing powder, gold gel pen, orange and clear Sparkle pens and a gem from my stash.

On a piece of white card I created a watercolour background by putting the DOs onto my glass mat and spritzing them with water then dragging and dabbing the card through the inks.  I  repeated this on a second piece of card and let them both dry.

On one of the backgrounds I stamped the Leafy Trails in sepia ink then coloured the berries and leaves with Sparkle pens.

On the other background panel I stamped the two sizes of leaves repeatedly, and embossed them in gold.  I then cut them out and started to arrange them on the leafy background.  I added some DI around the edge of the panel.

On a white base card I stamped some swirls around the edges using DOs, matted the background panel onto black card and attached it to the card.

Next I attached the individual leaves one by one, building the Mandala design and shaping each leaf as I attached it.   I then added a gem in the centre.

Next I stamped a little butterfly onto the spare background and embossed it in gold.  I then cut it out and attached it to the card.

I stamped a sentiment onto the spare background too, and embossed it in gold.  I added lines around it I with a gold gel pen, cut it to size and matted it onto black card before attaching it to the card.

I'm so pleased with this design, it's so versatile!  You could change the sentiment or the colours and
then it would make an excellent and special male or female card for any occassion.
Thank you for popping by today, I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will come back again soon  :) 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sparkling Blue Poppy

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have another of my tv samples to share with you today, from the recent Chocolate Baroque ODS shows.  As well as the beautiful stamps in this launch I am totally in love with my Distress Oxides!
I have used the Chocolate Baroque Floral Harmony stamp and a sentiment from the Mackintosh Words set; Distress Oxides - Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet and Broken China, Black Versafine ink, Distress Ink - Chipped Saphire, Clear Sparkle pen; dies and a gem from my stash.

To start this design I created the background on a piece of white stamping card.  I applied the DOs to my glass mat and spritzed them with water, then I placed the card on top and moved it around to create a lovely colour wash.  

Next I stamped the floral image onto the background with Versafine ink.  I used a little DO ink to colour the flower, then I added Sparkle pen to it and also to the seed heads.  I matted the focal panel onto black card and attached it to a white base card.  

I die cut some more black card with dies from my stash and attached them to the card.  I added a couple of gems and stamped a sentiment in Versafine ink.

This is one of my favourite samples from this launch.  I love the colours and the simplicity of the design, the DOs and the stamp do all the work and needed just a few little embellishments to complete the look.  I think this design could be used for lots of occasions and would suit all ages.
Thank you for popping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon.