Saturday, 15 December 2018

Chocolate Baroque 15 minute card - Sing your song - Christmas

Good morning.

A fifteen minute Christmas card today. Useful for the last minute cards..


This uses a stamp from the Sing a Song set

As soon as I saw this I thought it would make a good Christmas card as well as a general greeting card. It can be embellished in various ways depending on how much time you have.

I started with a backing paper made with pink and blue inkpads. This was over stamped, in the same colours, with the snowflake border stamp from Winter Edges

The main bird image and greeting uses Versafine ink.
I then added a border around the edge to finish it off.

The samples below show cards with slight variations.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you  a very Happy Christmas and a lovely 2019.

Bye for now and happy crafting

Monday, 3 December 2018

Yellow and grey

Hello to anyone visiting.
 I have a thing about yellow and grey at the moment, and seem to be homing in on anything with these colours.  Seems to be a lot of it about in home d├ęcor.
So I thought I would show you a  card I have made recently, with this colour combination.

I like this stamp as you can use it any way around. It is called Mosaic flower and was featured last January on the Hochanda show. Reminds me of Chinese lanterns.

This is my card I made for the show, don't think I've shown this before.

The central heart is French Heart.
Thank you for visiting and happy crafting.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Chocolate Baroque 15 minute card - Harlequin Bouquet

Hello again.
How time flies. Another month gone and the 15 minute card slot is here again.

I have used the lovely Harlequin Bouquet stamp for my card this time.
It's a very pretty image.

Stamps used:- Harlequin Bouquet
                        Loving Sentiments - words

Sunray stencil
Distress inks

Stamp the words first, onto the right hand side of the card, then tear a mask from paper that will cover the words and stamp the flowers over the top.
Use the stencil to ink the sunrays.
Cut the oval around the stamped image and ink the edges.
Cut the black matting layer or the edge could be inked with a black pen.
Mount onto a card base and add the sentiment and bow.

Hope you have a good day and check out the other 15 minute cards on the Chocolate Baroque blog.

Bye for now

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Christmas Artcuts samples

Hello to anyone visiting.

As it is now November I am going to start thinking about Christmas.
Normally my Christmas card making is a mad panic from the  1st of December.

Anyhow, here are three seasonal  projects using Artcuts shapes.
Hope you enjoy seeing them.

The Noel is covered with the beautiful Chiyogami papers that Artcuts sell.
There is a video on their website, showing the technique used to cover the shapes.
I have to say that the Noel was a challenge, quite time consuming, but worth it in the end I think.

This little Scandi style horse is really cute.  I whitened the wood with a white Posca pen first, left it to dry and then stamped the snowflakes with a red VersaMagic inkpad.
The design across the card is a. ribbon.
Love the squirrel. This again is covered with the papers and I think it makes a cute Christmas greeting card, with the gold and white.

Thank you for visiting, hope you'll come again soon.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Chocolate Baroque 15 minute card - Indian Textiles

Hello to you.

Thank you for visiting, to see my latest 15 minute card, for Chocolate Baroque.

Stamps used:- Indian Textiles - border
                        Natures Paisleys - embellishments
                        Loving Sentiments - words

Versafine -      Majestic Blue
Distress inks - Blueprint Sketch
                        Peacock Feathers

The Indian Textiles set has some lovely elements on it , which coordinate well with the stamps on Indian Elephant and Natures Paisleys.

 The border is stamped. with blue Versafine..
A strip of ribbon across the centre  hides where it is not quite lined up.
Everyone has their own strategy for hiding mistakes. :)

The paisley  embellishments  are stamped with the same ink colour and coloured with Distress ink. They are very quick to cut out.

This border is very useful as it can also be cut into separate strips, lengthways, for different looks.

Hope you are having a good day and happy crafting.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Chocolate Baroque GDT post 3 - Autumn Medley

Hello again.

My final project for this GDT session for Chocolate Baroque is autumn based, a beautiful time of the year.
As the foliage is changing colour rapidly where I live and leaves are falling, I have used a favourite stamp of mine called Autumn Medley and an Autumn Edges stamp.

I love the colours of autumn and you can really 'go to town' with the colouring on this one.
I think this is a beautiful image and the foliage hair can be used on its own, to create lovely autumnal backgrounds.

Products used:- Autumn Medley stamp
Autumn Edges stamp
Essence of Nature words
Versafine black
Versafine Satin red
Versafine  Spanish Moss
Gold glitter embossing powder
Distress inkpads - various autumn colours
Gold gell pen

 I created a background using a variety of Distress inks in autumn colours.
This was spritzed with water so the colours bled into each other then I over-stamped with the border  while it was still damp, so this bled too. It was left to dry and then over-stamped again with the red and green Versafine inkpads.

The main image was stamped with black Versafine and covered with the embossing powder, but only over the hair foliage. When heated this gives a very pretty effect over the black. Unfortunately my photograph does not show this well.

The image was coloured with the Distress inks and the hair highlighted with a gold gell pen.
It was then cut out and the edges inked and splatted lightly with water to give a bit of interest.

Hair section used on its own as a background.

Autumn Medley also looks great on a 15cm. Artcuts heart too, as seen below.
This has been coloured , then sealed with Americano sealant. The back has  felt adhered to it and I use it as a coaster for my coffee cup to sit on. Always essential when crafting.

I hope you try this beautiful stamp out and enjoy it as much as I have.
I shall show another few ideas in my next post.
Thank you for visiting and happy crafting.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Chocolate Baroque GDT post 2 - September 2018 - Serena

Good morning everyone.

This is my second spot as a GDT.member for September.

I have used the beautiful Serena stamp, which is a great design as it can be used for Christmas but,  'not only for Christmas'.

Always useful to have stamps with versatility.

This is my 'not only for Christmas'  as I thought it would be beautiful as a winter birthday or winter wedding card.

Stamps used: Serena, Hark the Christmas Rose, words are part of a Let's Get Festive stamp.
 Distress inkpads
Versafine black
Clear embossing powder
Water-colour pencils

For the background I clear embossed a swirly tree design  and then lightly coloured  with Distress inks.
Serena and the Christmas Roses were stamped with Versafine and clear embossed.
The halo and candles are easily cut away from Serena, and the candles can be cut off and used on another card. The Christmas roses were cut away from their background.

I have coloured the design with watercolour pencils, which is still a favourite method of mine and the colour is blended with a water brush.

Serena is also perfect for making a decoration for your Christmas table as shown below.

This is the candle lit. It looks very pretty when it's dark.

She fits perfectly onto a 12.5cm. plastic faux candle.
Ink the stamp well with a StazOn inkpad, keeping it flat on the table.
Position the candle and roll it over the stamp, putting a little pressure on as you do so. Try not to slip or the image will look smudged.
This can be left uncoloured , as in the picture, or coloured with alcohol inks.

The following sample also uses Serena and a stamp from Floral borders.
This was one I blogged a while back, which I had submitted for the challenge when it was on.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy this beautiful stamp as much as I have.
Bye for now and I'll see you next week for my final project this month.
Happy crafting