Sunday, 19 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch designs

More Stampendous Laurel Burch designs

Where does time go? I can't believe that it is over a month since my last post!
Hope you are all well.

I have been enjoying  my new Stampendous stamps as I really love these Laurel Burch designs and all her art work.

After getting excited by the single cat with bird, I have since tried the cat background and lady.
Here are a few of the cards I have made already.

                                    Love this background stamp, with all the happy little faces!

Laurel Burch's work was very distinctive because of the very bright colours she used on her designs.

This one has been mounted onto a Brusho background.
The Lady's  head is called Soul Tears.

The sample below was stamped and silver embossed onto a 15cm. Artcuts  heart, which was painted black. I wanted to colour her with pearlescent colours, so not quite as vibrant as the other sample, but I was pleased with how it turned out.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and thank you for visiting.
Must finish now.
Happy crafting

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 31

Hello everyone. Welcome to my blog.
Another lovely colour combination this month.

These challenges keep me focused on my stamping and I have had fun using a lovely poppy set called Summer Poppies,  that I haven't touched for a long while. Found it again when I was tidying my stash. That's a challenge in itself!

 So, here's my first card. Very quick and simple.
I like the main stamp a lot as it is surprisingly versatile
  This one took longer as there was a lot of cutting out, but I think it was worth it.
The ribbon is actually the same colour as the inkpad, although it appears much redder in my photo!

This is the background that I did first before I overlaid the others features. Seemed a shame to cover it up really.

Thank you very much for visiting. Must go, as I have the boring things to do now.
Happy Crafting

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Laurel Burch cat card

Hello, from a very cold but bright location.

I have a quick post today, to say thank you to Chris, a lovely friend of mine.

I had a great surprise when I saw her recently as she gave me a rubber stamp with a cat on, designed by Laurel Burch.
Her art work is gorgeous. I love the quirky cats and you often see her illustrations on fancy notebooks, which Chris and I are both fond of. She did a lot of fantasy designs with horses, flowers dogs, ladies and scenes too, but it is the cats I am particularly drawn to.

I have a bag, which I bought years ago, with one of her Indigo Cats designs on, and I still enjoy using it although it is very faded now.

Stampendous have just brought out a selection of her designs and I had been looking at them the day before, so it was a lovely surprise.

So here is my first card that I just  had to send to her, using the lovely stamp.

I'm afraid the photo is a bit blurred which I didn't check before I sent it! But you get the general idea.

Laurel Burch used very bright, vibrant colours in her designs, and I can't help but smile when I see them.
 There is a very interesting web site with information about her life and art work and a good  image section . 


I shall be playing with this stamp a lot along with a couple of others, that just had to join it.

                                                                      Bye for now
                                                                   Happy Crafting

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Chocolate Baroque

Hello all.

Well after my last post I have got a bit carried away with Art Nouveau style .
Love the colours of the Chocolate Baroque challenge too and have been doing several variations on a theme.

I have also used  the Harlequin Rose stamp set, which I have had for a long while and have used it   numerous times. It is probably the most used of all my stamps and never fails to please as it is suitable for all occasions.
It has been  spotlighted on Hochanda  recently, which I was pleased to see.
So out it came again.

Below are a couple of the designs I have been working on with these lovely stamps.

This is a birthday card for my daughter.
I have used the Fleurs Nouveau set again with one of the borders from Exquisite Edges.
The wooden heart is from ArtCuts.

This is the beautiful rose from Harlequin Rose and the edging is done with another of the borders from Exquisite Edges.
I have some others started and will post them if I have time.
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque challenge 30

Happy new year to you.
Hope you had a good Christmas.
Well , I am starting off well with my crafting, which I have been unable to do for the last three weeks.  I managed to damage my right arm somehow, and have been unable to lift it or use it without pain.
 Not fun.
Several  physio sessions later, involving even more pain,  and I can at least use it again.
So back to the crafting.
 Chocolate Baroque's new challenge though, has inspired me to get on with something.
Current Challenge
So here is my first challenge contribution for 2017, and it was so lovely to actually be able to do something again.

 Note that crafting was first on the agenda of things to do. when capable, housework being way down the list!! Got to get my priorities right.

I was lucky enough to win one of the challenges last year  and bought this set of stamps as I like the Art Nouveau style.

I actually only really liked one of the stamps in the set, but once I started 'playing' with them, I realized that I have a couple of embossing folders and a stencil, which compliment the Art Nouveau style very well. I have used a Dreamweaver stencil as the background on my card.

May even get around to doing a second project this time, before other things take over.
                                                                Thanks for visiting.
                                                                      Bye for now.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 29

Hello again.
Another Chocolate Baroque challenge with gorgeous autumnal colours.
Great stuff. 
 Current Challenge
I have the lovely bird stamp pictured above and it lends itself well to these colours. But I decided to steer away from using the same stamp and make something I have been meaning to do for ages.
The colours feel very Christmassy to me, as well as for the autumn, so I decided to make some table mats for the Christmas table.
 I love this heart design which I have had for a while and am always looking to find other ways  to use it.
 I think it looks lovely stamped and masked to make a giant flower design.
This was quite fiddly to get positioned, fortunately being a clear stamp helped the process.
I had some old, worn table mats so I used one as the base,  and covered  the old design.
The mat had a black border, which was useful, so I stuck my design over the top and sealed it.
Whether I get around to doing one for everybody, is yet to be seen!!
But I will try to do three at  least, to go down the centre of the table.
May even get around to making some coasters too, who knows.
Thank you for visiting and hope you like my project.
Bye for now

Monday, 21 November 2016

Craft stamper submission

Hi everyone.
I have been very excited recently as I have a 3D  Christmas decoration idea in  the  latest  Craft Stamper magazine, which is in the shops now.

I sent the idea in a few months ago and the Chocolate Baroque stamp I used  (Palm fan silhouette Baroque Ornament), was ideal for the decoration.
Here is a sneak peak of the 3D decoration that I made.

I made several different decorations with this stamp, as it lends itself well to folding and cutting out sections.
There are several different stamp designs in this series but I particularly liked this stamp as it is lovely and  bold.

Here is another decoration idea that I made after my submission to the Craft Stamper magazine.

I used the stamp called (Teardrop Silhouette Baroque Ornament) as well as the one above.
I have had fun making  several of these and they all look different, just by changing the colour combinations between blue , white and silver.
I've added beads and wire to a couple of them as an added feature.
Thank you for visiting.
Bye for now.