Monday, 18 September 2017

Chocolate Baroque 15 minute card

Harlequin Rose 15 minute card for Chocolate Baroque

I have had this stamp set for a long while and I still think the  images are great.
 I made this as a wedding card for a friend.

Stamps used: Harlequin Rose set
Clear or white embossing powder
Distress ink : raspberry

I stamped the image with a clean VersaMark ink pad and clear embossed it. You can use white  embossing powder too, although I always feel it has a slightly softer look using the clear. Personal preference.
Stamp and emboss the large border in the same way.

Colour the background using cut-n-dry foam, making it darker on the rose head and around the edges.

The congratulations is a peel off that I found in my stash. Haven't used those in a while, I was quite surprised that it was still sticky!
Thank you for visiting and have a great day.
Happy crafting

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Chocolate Baroque samples for Hochanda July 2017

Hello everyone.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

As Lesley, from Chocolate Baroque, has been doing regular shows on Hochanda, I have been lucky enough to have some of my cards shown, that I made as a Guest Design team member.
I was so excited to see them on television.

The card samples for the shows have been amazing. I find it really interesting to see how all the design team use the stamps in different ways.

I thought that I would share a couple of my samples from the first show I was involved with.
What gorgeous stamps we had to "play" with too.

My first sample has been made with the beautiful  Baroque Corners. These are great for building up different patterns, as well as creating stylish corners. There are two different sizes of the same pattern and a multitude of combinations can be created with them. Love these :)
There are some great samples from the design team members on the website blog posts , using a variety of colour combinations.

Watch out on Chocolate Baroque's 15 minute cards blog, next month, to see a very quick and simple idea using the large corner.

My second card has been made with the Hanging Flower stamp. The background is Distress ink , over stamped with the image and the flowers coloured with the same ink.
The words are from Amazing Mackintosh words.
This is a beautiful stamp and I actually have similar plants growing in my garden..
They have the most beautiful centres, as you can see from the photo.
   The samples from the design team come in various colours and all look lovely. Several samples have been posted on the CB. site and their facebook page.
Thank you for visiting and I shall post some more samples soon.
Happy Crafting
Carole  :)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Guest Designer - Chocolate Baroque card 3

Morning All
This is my final post, for this period, as a guest designer for Chocolate Baroque.
I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so much stamping again and creating cards for this.

Stamps used: SummerFair
                      Floral Weave
                      Harlequin Rose - words
 Distress inkpad: Tumbled Glass
Versa magic: Grapefruit.
Versafine: Onyx black
Clear embossing powder
Watercolour pencils
Card and parchment paper
Glossy Accents
Spray mount

I make no apologies for using Summer Fair , even though it has been highlighted a lot recently, by Lesley on Hochanda and lovely samples from other members of the design team.

It is such a beautiful image .
I have stamped and clear embossed her onto a parchment paper. This gives a lovely delicate feel to the image.
Working on the back, I have highlighted some of the strands of hair and the poppy centres. This looks white on the front. The rest has been coloured with water colour pencils, on the back of the image.
I tore around the image, pulling the paper upwards , with the right side facing me. This gives a white edge where the parchment has been torn.

The background has been done with the technique of 'smooching' the inkpads onto a craft sheet, spritzing with water and lifting the colour off.
When dry, I trimmed it to size and over-stamped with the Floral Weave. There are also a couple of tiny, light blue butterflies in the background and these were done by inking tiny wooden butterflies and using them as mini stamps.
When this was dry I stuck Summer Fair on with spray mount. I shaped the parchment slightly before I pressed the edges down so she is slightly raised , rather than flat.

 Finally, the message was stamped onto a circle, coloured around the edge and glazed with Glossy Accents.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have enjoyed my projects over the last three weeks.
Look forward to showing you more next time around, but watch this space as I have some to show from the recent Hochanda shows too.

Happy crafting

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


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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A card for a man

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

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