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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Joy is in the Air



Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I have one of my Chocolate Baroque samples from the floral shows last month to share with you today.  I have used the lovely Bird of Joy stamp, the Useful Leaves stencil, and alcohol pens.



I began this project with a piece of white stamping card and stamped the bird and word images using grey Versafine ink.  I then coloured the image with alcohol pens.  I used colours that are similar to a Peacock.  



I coloured the flowers in a coordinating colour, and I added a shadow line around both the bird and words in a pale colour.




I added some foliage by stencilling leaves around the focal image using Distress Inks.  



I blended some Distress Ink around the edges of the panel and matted it onto black card.  I stamped a swirl image from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set in opposite corners of a white base card, then blended the ink around the edges as before.  I then attached the focal panel to the base card.

  

I love this card, I always feel that the combination of blue, yellow and green is so cheerful and fresh.  This card would suit a whole range of occasions and any recipient.
Thank you very much for visiting my blog, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back again soon  :)  


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Frank's Beach Holiday




Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have another of my Seaside samples for you today, from the Chocolate Baroque shows a couple of months ago.  I thought we could all do with warming up today so this bright and sunny card should help.  I have used stamps from the Seaside Dreams and Seashore Scenes sets; Aquatints, Sepia Versafine ink, Distress Ink, clear Sparkle pen, clear embossing powder.



On a piece of white card I stamped the beach huts then masked them.  I painted the sky and the beach with Aquatints, added the tufts of grass to the beach and then added some shading.  I removed the masks then used the Aquatints to paint the beach huts and the flag and added Sparkle pen to the flag.  






I wanted to make a frame for the focal panel out of driftwood, but as I didn't have any I decided to make one out of Kraft card!  I used a woodgrain embossing folder from my stash to emboss the Kraft card, blended DI over the card just catching the raised pattern, and cut it into panels or 'planks' to make the frame. 



I attached the frame to the base card and drew some 'nails' on with a black pen.  I added some DI around the edges of the focal panel then attached it to the card.  



 On spare pieces of white card I stamped and embossed a sentiment  and a Seagull - yes Frank is back!  He gets about a bit doesn't he?  Haha!  He's having a day at the beach this time.  



I cut Frank out after stamping and embossing, and I made the sentiment into a banner.  I then coloured Frank's post in.



I attached Frank and the sentiment to the card in 3D.




This card was a joy to make and I think it would cheer anyone up if they received it.  It is a simpler design than some of my others, but no less effective.  This is a great worker card, suitable for lots of occasions and recipients.  I hope you all feel warm and cheerful now too!  
Thank you for popping by today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back again soon  :)

A Box Full of Wishes and Hope




Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing a pretty box that I made as one of my samples for Chocolate Baroque's floral shows last month.  I have used the Wish Flower stamp; black gesso, Dyna paints,Aztec paints, Versamark ink, black embossing powder, gold marker pen.



I took a plain wooden box and painted it with black gesso, it only needed one coat.  




I stamped and embossed the flowers and words on the top of the box.  I then painted the flowers with the acrylic paints and used a gold pen to add dots around the flowers.   I love doing this as it gives the project a folk art feel.


I repeated the process with flower heads on the sides. I had the lid down when stamping the images so that the flowers were on both the box and the lid.



I added a piece of die cut foliage which I had painted gold.



When all the flowers were painted I decided to add gold paint around the words to make them stand out.






To complete this project I painted the inside of the box gold.



I really enjoyed painting this lovely box, these beautiful stamps look as gorgeous on home decor projects as they do on cards.  
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that you'll come back soon  :)  

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Time Travel in Love



Hi there, welcome to my blog  :)  I have a card to share with you today that I made for my husband last week, for our anniversary.  I have used stamps from Andy Skinner, Indigo Blue and Visible Image; dies from Sheena Douglass; Distress Oxide  inks, Distress Inks, gold and silver gilding waxes.



I began with a piece of white card.  I put three contrasting colours of DOs onto my glass mat and spritzed them with water, then dragged the card over them.  The colours blend themselves together on the card.




Once the inks were dry I used the corresponding colours of Distress Inks to stamp images randomly over the card, adding Vintage Photo to stamp the clock.  



I then took a white base card and stamped the images again with the DIs randomly around the edges of the card to create a border.  I blended one of the colours around the outer edges to soften and shade the images.






Next I die cut several images from black card and used gold and silver gilding waxes to colour them.
I then edged the background panel with a gold pen and matted it onto black card.  I attached the panel to the base card and added the die cuts.  I stamped a sentiment onto a piece of spare background card using Sepia Versafine ink, and highlighted the words with gold pen.  I then edged the panel with gold pen and matted it onto black card to match the background panel.  I attached it to the card with dimensional glue, then die cut some anniversary words from black card, gilded them and attached them below the sentiment panel.
 


I had a ball creating this card, luckily my husband likes it too!  I used stamps and dies that I haven't used for a while, and of course my lovely DOs and DIs.  The sentiment has special meaning to us so I was delighted when Visible Image brought it out.  This is a great design for a man card but I'm sure a lot of women would like to receive it too, perhaps with a slight colour change.  It will suit a lot of occasions too.
Thank you very much for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post, feel free to browse a few more and I hope you'll come back soon  :) 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Deep Sea Wonder



Hi and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  I am going underwater with you today, sharing one of my samples from the Chocolate Baroque shows in December featuring the lovely Seaside stamps.  I have used stamps from the Underwater, Mermaid Queen and Ammonite sets; Distress Crayons, white embossing powder, alcohol pens, Distress Inks, gold pen.




I began by taking a piece of Kraft card then stamping and embossing the Ammonite in white powder.  I partially coloured the image with a brown alcohol pen, letting the card colour show through.  I then masked the image, stamping and embossing two other images either side and slightly on top of the Ammonite.  I then masked those images.
  



To create the background I scribbled Distress Crayons randomly all over the Kraft card, then I blended the colours with a little water on my finger.  I used colours that I thought would represent the sea, and the application gives a shimmering effect.  




I removed the masks and coloured the images with DIs and water, adding some colour to the bottom of the panel for the sea bed.




I added gold pen around the edges of the panel, matted it onto navy card and attached that to a white base card.  I blended DI around the edges of the card then made a sentiment panel.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment in white onto some Kraft card.  I then used a couple of the crayons to add colour and edged it with gold pen.  I then matted it onto navy card and attached it to the card.



I really enjoyed creating this design, using these beautiful stamps and playing with mixed media which I LOVE!  The colours have helped me create the design and effects that I wanted, I am so pleased with the result.  This card is suitable for a lot of occasions and for any recipient.
Thank you for popping by my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this post - feel free to leave me a comment, and I hope you'll be back soon  :)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Frank's Day Out






Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a recent sample to share with you today that I created for the Chocolate Baroque Seaside shows in December.  These gorgeous stamps were a delight to work with - they really took me away from the frantic countdown to Christmas!  I have used stamps from the Seaside Dreams and Seashore Scenes sets; colouring pencils, Sepia Versafine ink, Vintage Photo Distress ink and gold marker pen.
  



I took a piece of Neenah Dessert Storm card to create my focal panel on.  I love Kraft card and this card is especially for inks, alcohol pens, colouring pencils and crayons, which I also love!  I wanted a Vintage postcard effect so I decided to use pencils.  I stamped several images from the Seaside Scenes set to create a scene using Sepia ink.  Not only does the Sepia ink look really good on this card, it helps to create the Vintage effect.  



I love colouring so this next bit was a joy to do.  It doesn't matter where you start but I like to start by colouring the main focal image first, in this case the lighthouse.  I decided to use the colour of the card as the colour of the stone that the lighthouse was made of.  Chocolate Baroque stamps always have an indication of where the shading is so I added a slightly darker tone than the card colour as shading.  As the sun is already positioned in the picture it is easy to see which direction the light is coming from.
 


I then coloured the background.  I wanted to create a beautiful sunrise/sunset scene on a lovely warm summer day, so I coloured the sun and rays with several shades of yellow and orange, adding them to the blue sky too.  The colours are quite muted because I'm using Kraft card, but it helps to create the Vintage postcard look too.  I used the colour of the card for the sand too.  




I took a white base card and stamped the shells from the Seaside dreams set.  I stamped them with DI along the top edge of the card and used water and a small brush to drag the ink out and semi colour them.  I wanted the shells to look natural and resemble an old sepia photo.  I did the same along the bottom of the card.




 

I stamped a sentiment 'in the sand' and added the seagull in the bottom corner.  I coloured him in with the pencils - he's called Frank by the way.  I added gold pen around the edges of the panel and matted it onto dark brown card.  I then added it to the base card.





I absolutely love this card!  The result is just as I wanted - an old, Vintage Seaside postcard.  The sun is shining, the sails are billowing, and Frank is enjoying the view from the beach!  This card would suit any occasion, and recipients of any age would instantly be transported to a lovely day at the beach.
Thank you very much for dropping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will pop in again soon  :)