Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Autumnal Blossom

Hi there and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  Today I'm sharing a card that I made recently for my daughter's birthday.  As her birthday is in September, like mine, I decided to create a simple Autumnal design with a bright fresh feel to it.  I have used stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Fantasy Woodland and Mackintosh Words sets; Versamark ink, white embossing powder, Distress ink, Dyna paints, and white charcoal.

On a piece of Kraft card I stamped  a group of trees with Versamark ink and embossed it with white EP.    I positioned the group of trees slightly off centre then stamped and embossed a single tree on the other side.  I didn't want the trees to look as if they were 'floating' so I added some lines with a Versamark pen and embossed those in white as well.  This made the trees look 'grounded'.  I then edged the panel with gold marker pen.

I took a white base card and stamped a leaf image repeatedly around the edges to create a border, using first and second generation ink.  I then blended ink around the outside edges.

I painted the flowers on the trees with orange and gold Dyna paints and added some clouds using a white charcoal stick.

I added a sentiment from the Mackintosh Words set, stamped and embossed as before.  I added some dots around some of the trees with gold pen, then attached the panel to the base card.

This design is very simple and quite contempory for me - but I really love it!  It's good for those last minute cards we all need from time to time, but it doesn't look like a last minute job!  I have made a birthday card but I think this design is great for lots of occasions, and it's good for male or female cards too.  This is such a cheerful and bright design I'm sure it will put a smile on any recipients face!
Thank you so much for popping by my blog today.  I really hope you've enjoyed this post and that you will come back again soon  :)  

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Moonlight Fairies

Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I'm sharing another 'back in time' project  :D  This is one of my  samples from the Chocolate Baroque Fairy shows in April this year.  Fairies are good for adults and children alike and I tried to create a variety of projects that would suit any recipient.  I decided to create a silver and black design for a sophisticated adult card.  I have used stamps from the March, April and May Fairies, Magical Landscapes and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle sets; Aztec paints, Distress Ink - Broken China, silver and silver sparkle embossing powders.

I always stamp new stamps onto copy paper first to test them, then I cut them out and use the images to plan my design.

I began by creating the background panel, taking a piece of black card and stamping the castle and sentiment onto it, then I embossed them in silver.  I used Aztec paints to add some clouds and colour the images, then I used a silver marker pen around the edges of the panel.  

I took a white base card and stamped a flower and some swirls in blue DI around the edges, and blended ink onto the outside edges.   I then attached the background panel to it.  

On another piece of black card I stamped a large fairy image and embossed it in silver.   I painted it with Aztec paints and then cut it out.  I stamped two small silhouette fairy images onto black card and used a silver sparkle embossing powder.  I cut the images out then attached all three fairies to the card with dimensional glue.   As a final touch I added a small butterfly, made in the same way.

I really love this design, the simplicity of it really showcases these lovely stamps.  This card shows that Fairies can be for everyone, whatever their age.  I think this design makes a great worker card for a lot of occasions, and it's probably the nearest I shall get to creating a CAS card lol!  
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will pop in again soon  :)    

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Autumn Hedgerow

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today's post is another tv sample for Chocolate Baroque's recent shows featuring their beautiful Autumn stamp collection.  As I have said before I love Autumn's rich warm colours, but we also get days when the sky is grey so I decided to recreate one of those days for this piece.  I have used stamps from the Autumn Hedgerow, Nature's Peace and Nature Table sets, Kaleidascope of Butterflies stencil; Brushos, Distress Oxides, Distress inks, Sepia Versafine ink, Aztec paint and clear embossing powder.

On a piece of white stamping card I stamped the mushrooms and conkers then masked them.  I then stamped wild flower images from the Autumn Hedgerow and Nature Table sets, to create a hedgerow on the card.  I masked some of the larger open images then wet the card with water and added grey Brusho, allowing it to spread through the water before leaving it to dry naturally.

When it was dry I removed the masks and painted the images.  I used Aztec paint to colour the Honesty pods as they are pearlescent in real life.  I used the Distress Oxides and inks to colour the other flowers, mushrooms and conkers, then added Glossy accents to the conkers to make them shiny.  

Next I used an ivory base card and stamped some of the imaged around the edges, adding butterflies through the stencil.

I matted the panel onto orange card as a contrast to the grey then attached that to the base card.  I then stamped and embossed a large butterfly and painted it with DOs.  I added clear Sparkle pen and cut it out.  I also stamped and embossed several leaves and acorns, coloured them and cut them out.

On a seperate piece of card I stamped and embossed the verse from the Nature's Peace set.  I then tore the edges of the verse and added DI' to create the look of old paper.  I added some small butterflies through the stencil.  

To complete the design I attached the butterfly, leaves, acorns and verse to the card with dimensional glue.  

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card!  These beautiful stamps and the grey Brusho paint really capture the look I was aiming for.  This is a good worker card, it can be used for any gender and any occasion.
Thank you very much for popping by today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post.  I'd love it if you leave me a comment, and I hope to see you here again soon  :) 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Poppies in Purple

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing another of my tv samples for this week's Chocolate Baroque shows with Lesley.  One of my more recent crafty passions is colouring, using alcohol markers or pencils, I love both and I got the bug about a year ago. So for this design I combined stamping - another passion - with colouring.  I have used stamps from CB's Poppy Meadow, Pretty Poppies and Birthday Words sets; CB Kaleidoscope of Butterflies stencil, Alcohol Markers, Distress Inks, Distress Oxide ink - Wilted Violet, black Versafine ink, Clear and black embossing powder, a die from my stash.  

On a piece of Neena solar white card I stamped and embossed two Poppy images, masking a couple of flowers on the first image before adding the second.  After removing the masks I coloured the images, blending and shading where appropriate.  

I added a grey outline around the images, to make them pop off the card.  I then stamped a corner pattern in each corner of the focal panel with DO ink, then blended the matching DI around the edges of the panel.   

On a white base card I used the stencil to add butterflies as a border, then blended ink around the edges.  

I added a couple of small butterflies to the focal panel then I matted it onto black card and attached it to the base card. 

I stamped a sentiment onto white card with DO ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I then die cut it, used the die as a stencil and added ink around the sentiment, and added it to the card.

I'm so pleased with this design, it's so bright and fresh looking.  Poppies are my favourite flower and stamps allow me to colour them any colour I want.  I have made this a birthday card, but it could just as easily be an anniversary card, a retirement card, a new home card or whatever.  This design could also be adapted as a piece of home decor too  
Thanks for popping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and will drop in again soon  :)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mixed Media Harlequin

Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have one of my DT samples from the Chocolate Baroque tv shows this week on Hochanda, featuring some of their gorgeous Autumnal stamps, to share with you today.  I love Autumn, the colours, the late sunshine and frosty mornings - not too keen on the rain though lol!  So this call out was DEFINATELY a dream for me.  I have used stamps from the CB  Butterfly Collage and Nature's Peace sets; Distress inks,  Distress Oxide inks, Aqua pens, Aztec paints, black and Sepia Versafine, clear embossing powder, CB Butterfly stencil, silver glitter texture paste, acetate, cardboard.  

I began by creating the focal panel.  I stamped the Poppy Harlequin image onto white card with sepia Versafine ink, then masked the Poppies and seed heads.  I then colour washed the card with DOs and let it dry.  I blended DI around the edges of the panel then removed the masks.  I used Aztec pearlescent paints to colour the Poppies and seed heads to make them pop. As the paints are transluscent non of the fine detail of the stamps is lost.  

I stamped a collage butterfly in black ink onto a spare piece of white card and embossed it.  I painted it and cut it out.  I then stamped and embossed a couple more butterflies on acetate then cut them out. 

I wanted to 'ground' the Poppies so I used a brown fine tipped marker pen to draw some ground lines, then added some dots to shade it and to compliment the stamps.  I used texture paste through the stencil to add silver butterflies to the piece and left them to set overnight.  When everything was dry I tied some twine around the panel.   

I added the acetate butterflies as an overlay for the silver textured ones and to give them detail.  The silver glitter paste shines through the acetate beautifully.  I attached them by glueing on the bodies only leaving the wings free.  I attached the painted butterfly in the same way. 

On a white base card I stamped the top of the tree image around the edges with DI then blended the ink as well.  I took a piece of corrugated cardboard, peeled the top layer off and painted it silver.  When dry I added it at a jaunty angle to the base card.  I then attached the focal panel.

I have to admit that I LOVE this card!  I adore mixed media and messy crafting, and this design enabled me to include both so it was a win win!  I think that all the elements, textures and colours come together nicely.  Most of my samples for this call out were traditional Autumn colours but I tried a few different combinations as well.  This cool colour scheme represents the bright but frosty Autumn mornings to come - brrrr!
Thank you for popping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and will visit here again soon  :) 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Autumn Magic

Hello there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing a bit of Home Decor with you that I have created for the Lavinia Stamps September Challenge: the theme is Autumn Equinox.  I have used Lavinia Stamp sets - Felicity, Fir Tree, Tree Roots, and a pine branch; Sparkle pens, Distress Oxide ink - Fossilised Amber, Distress inks - Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Versafine ink - sepia and black, clear and black embossing powder, Angelina fibres and film,  Chocolate Baroque Seasonal Journey stencil and die cuts from my stash.

I started by stamping the tree in Sepia ink and embossing it with clear powder.  I then stamped the fairy 'sitting' on the tree roots in black and embossed her in black powder, then did the same with the fir tree and pine branches.  I used 2nd generation ink to add more trees.  I coloured the tree with a brown Sparkle pen, then added a landscape with other Sparkle pens.  I used a circular mask to create a setting or rising sun behind the trees then made a colour wash of Fossilised Amber DO ink and painted a base for my Autumn Sky.  I then stencilled clouds onto the sky with DI's.  I removed the mask and coloured the sun with Sparkle pen and added more clouds.  To add a little more magic I faux bleached a small circle  and added some clear Sparkle pen, as though the fairy is holding a magical orb.


I colour washed some spare card using the sparkle pens, and die cut some leaves and acorns when dry.  I added some DI's to make them look like they were turning colour.  I then used the fibres and film with a craft iron to create some fairy wings.

I stencilled the word 'Autumn' in the bottom third of the scene using DI and added Vintage Photo ink around the edges.  

I matted the panel onto some orange card then attached that to some greyboard.  I then started to assemble the border of 3D leaves and acorns, using dimensional glue.   I also attached the fairy wings in the same way.

Well I absolutely loved creating this plaque, I had LOADS of inky messy fun and did lots of lovely embossing!  This design would make an excellent card for an Autumn birthday or a retirement card, or as a present for any occasion.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I hope you like this post and will pop in again soon  :)