Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Guest Designer - Chocolate Baroque Card 2

 


 Chocolate Baroque card 2


Hello Everyone.
Welcome to my blog.

Today I have another card as a guest designer for Chocolate Baroque.


I have used  two of the same stamps from my previous sample as well as the beautiful Song Thrush panel. I like this panel  as you can use various parts of it as well as the whole stamp.




Stamps used:  The border from Harlequin Rose, words from  Summer Poppies, Garden Lace Scene and the  Song Thrush panel.
VersaMark embossing pad
Versafine  Onyx black inkpad
Silver embossing powder
Mica powders
Glossy Accents
Distress ink - Peacock Feathers


I  stamped and silver embossed the panel  onto black card  and coloured with mica powders.  Then the whole scene was glazed with Glossy Accents. Although this takes a while to do the whole panel, it  is a technique I really like on black, as it gives a very dramatic effect and looks as though it has been enamelled.
The border was stamped and silver embossed onto white card and then coloured with the Distress ink.

 I then discovered, by accident, that the panel sat nicely into the border of the Garden Lace Scene , so I decided to use that as part of the background too.  I stamped  the Garden Lace Scene  so that it was balanced with the border and then trimmed the card  up. The panel then sat evenly balanced along the border. The words are from the Summer Poppies set and stamped with the black Versafine.

                          Hope you have enjoyed your visit and see you next week for my last sample.
                                                                              Happy crafting
                                                                                     Carole
 

 



Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Guest Designer - Chocolate Baroque Card 1



Hello and welcome to my blog.

I am delighted to have been asked to become a guest designer for Chocolate Baroque, recently.
It's great, as I have liked and used their stamps for many years now and they never fail to please.

So, here goes. This is my first post out of three. Hope you like it.


 
 
Stamps used: Garden Lace Scene
Harlequin Rose border
Summer Poppies - words
Distress inkpads: Evergreen Bough
Cracked Pistachio
Red Brick
VersaMark inkpad
Clear embossing powder
Versafine inkpad : Onyx black
Embellishments: swirl die ( think it was a Marianne)
Flowers: handmade from a circle shape.
Wink of Stella clear pen
Spray mount
 
 I stamped  the border with a  VersaMark inkpad , onto white card, and clear embossed it.
The scene was then stamped alongside it with Versafine black and left to dry thoroughly.
The background can be done with Cut-n-dry foam or brushes, whichever method you prefer with the Distress inks.
I then coloured the scene with the inks too and pulled out with a Wink of Stella pen to add light shimmer. This is difficult to see in the photo.
 
The words were stamped onto a piece of vellum parchment paper and clear embossed.
You could use StazOn ink to do this, then it would not need embossing. I like to stamp words onto vellum as it gives a lovely soft effect.
When dry, tear or cut around the edge of the parchment. This was stuck on with spray mount.
 
Finally the embellishments. Cut the swirl as many times as required and make three flowers  out of ordinary white copy paper. I made these from small circles, cut in a spiral and folded around. This  makes a lovely, rose type, flower.
 
Thank you for visiting my blog and I  hope you enjoyed my project.
I will be showing another card next week, using the lovely Song Thrush stamp.
 
Happy crafting
Carole
 
 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A card for a man




Hello.
Just a very quick post as I have not done anything on my blog for ages.

I have been very busy stamping and having lots of fun as I had a lovely surprise recently.
Watch this space.

 I made a card for my brother- in- law recently and it's the first man's card I have made for ages.
It really made a change. As he lives in London the image was very appropriate too.



I was looking in my box of bits, I have one suitable for male and one for female cards, and found this lovely Crafty Individuals image and an embossed metal piece which had been coloured with alcohol inks. This must have been done an age ago as I haven't touched them for a while. Must get them and the metal out again!

I used the same embossing folder on the card and scuffed it. Then, as you can see , it was just layered up with coordinating colours.
Quick and easy and I was quite pleased with the way it all went together. Did help that I had the main pieces already made of course.

Must dash.
Happy crafting
Carole



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Harlequin Rose



Hello and welcome.

One of my favourite stamp sets that I have used so many times, and never tire of, is Harlequin Rose by Chocolate Baroque.
The roses are such lovely images and can be used for all occasions.

I would like to share a card I made recently for my mum, using the largest image in the set. So quick and easy, but always lovely results. The image does all the work.

 
 
 
 
Stamps used: Exquisite Edges for the background, Harlequin Rose.
The die cut was a freebie someone gave me (don't know the co.) but cuts beautifully.

 
 Thank you for visiting.
Happy Crafting
Carole

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Paperbabe challenge 49 Sketch




Hello to anyone reading my blog and thank you for visiting.

I decided to join in with a Paperbabe sketch  challenge this week, as I have the gorgeous fairy stamps designed by Chris Dark.

Never tried a sketch challenge before so thought I'd give it a go, although this particular one finishes on the 16th ( tomorrow!). Last minute, as usual!
Anyhow, hope you like my contribution.








The fairy was stamped onto a Distress ink background and the skirt was paper pieced. This is a good method for me as I am not particularly good with colouring.
Not sure how true to the sketch you have to be, but I'm submitting it anyway.


Happy crafting everyone.
Bye for now
Carole
 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 35

 
 


Hello everyone.
Hope your day is a little better than it is here at the moment. Mind you, it's a good day for             
    crafting! :)

I've been attempting to tidy and sort my craft stuff so that my daughter can get into the room to sleep.
This is by no means an easy task ,although I have found a number of things I had forgotten I had, which is always exciting!
I also found a number of projects I had started, one being a beautiful butterfly that just happened to be the right colours for the challenge.
This inspired me to put in another entry,
as it is the end of an era and the last challenge that Chocolate Baroque are doing at the moment.

 
So here are the gorgeous colours again and my second card.
 

 
 
Products I have used: Stamps from
Patchwork Butterflies
Floral Weave and words from Fantastic Florals
Distress inks, Versamagic and Brilliance.
Mica powders
 
Have a good day and thanks for visiting.
Bye for now
Carole
 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 35







Hello
Welcome to my blog.


                                 





Challenge 35, with beautiful colours as usual, and what a gorgeous photo.



It is a sad day as this will be the last Chocolate Baroque challenge. A shame, as the challenges keep me focused on my stamping. I am going to have to be very much more disciplined and try to use my lovely stamps more often. It won't stop me visiting the site though to look at the DT's lovely samples and drool over the new stamps that become available.









I have used the Patchwork Butterfly, which is still one of my favourite sets. I love the jumbo butterfly and was very glad that it was a set highlighted by Lesley, on Hochanda recently.  They are stamped onto Chiyogami paper and sections coloured with Versamagic inkpads. Then I stuck them onto purple card  and cut them out.

The background has the flowers from Fleurs Nouveau, which were stamped directly onto a 16cm. white painted  frame.



A stencil was used to add texture to the top, right hand corner.





Thank you for visiting.
Happy crafting
Carole