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
Carole

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
 
 

Friday, 5 May 2017





 Chocolate Baroque Challenge 34

Hello.
 I thought it was about time that I did another challenge post, haven't done one for ages.



Current Challenge
 
How pretty are these colours and the sample card is  beautiful.






















I

I recently bought a stamp called Serena, having looked at it numerous times. I'm very glad I did now as I have several ideas for projects.


 
  This is the  card I am entering into the challenge.

                                 
 
 
Although the stamp is a Christmas one it is possible to use elements of it, which is what I like .

She fitted beautifully onto a 12cm. Artcuts heart and I was able to leave off the candles, therefore making her suitable for any occasion.
The background stamp is from Floral Edges, another set that I am fond of, and the words are from a Hobby Art set called Sunny Day Greetings.

 


 
 
I used watercolour pencils to colour the image and pulled the colour out with a clear Wink of Stella pen.
It doesn't show very clearly in the photo but it is very pretty and shimmery in real life.
The background is done with Distress ink.
 
Hope you are all having good crafting.
 
I am up at Ragley Hall next weekend with Artcuts, at the Handmade Fair.
 
If you are visiting please come and say hello.
Bye for now.
Carole















Friday, 7 April 2017

Paperbabe Fairies 2




Hello again.

Well, I really got carried away with these Paperbabe stamps. I haven't done so much stamping in a long time.
I've had great fun with them. So, here are two more samples using the Butterfly fairy and the Musical fairy, as promised.


 



The Distress ink background is ideal  for the lovely Butterfly fairy and so simple to do. I stamped the fairy directly onto the background and then re-stamped her face onto white, cut it out and overlaid it.
Then I added a little more colour to the dress.

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       I did exactly the same with this one, but  I cut her dress from the Chiyogami paper again.
             The flowers have been heat embossed with white powder.

Hope you enjoyed all the lovely samples on the blog hop and thank you for visiting my blog again.
Thank you also for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Next time I have a mixed media project to show you.
Bye for now
Carole

 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Paperbabe new stamp release





Hello to anyone reading my blog and welcome.

I was very pleased and excited to be asked, by my friend Chris, if I would do some samples for the launch of her stamps she designed for Paperbabe.
Please read the information below and view the blog  hop.


 


We are very excited to announce a guest artist in the Paperbabe Stamps family and to celebrate we are having a little blog hop...

The very talented Chris Dark has designed a collection of beautiful Garden Fairies Stamps, the Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy, they are a larger set and each includes a beautiful sentiment.



To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole garden fairies collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 5th April to see if you are one of our lucky winners.
Here's a sample from me...


Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers to inspire you with ideas on how to use these beautiful new garden fairies! Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration! 
Carole C  ( Me)

Have fun on the HOP!




I think the fairies are very pretty, not normally my thing, but when I first saw the designs I had ideas immediately popping into my mind, as to what I could do with them.

 The two fairies I worked with are Musical fairy  and Butterfly fairy, and I think both of them would  make really pretty Christmas cards, as well as general greeting cards.
 They are also a great size for using on home décor pieces, as you can see from a couple of my samples.

I started by doing a variety of background pieces with Distress inks . Haven't used these in a while.
As I am not brilliant at colouring, I have paper pieced some of the dresses using Artcuts Chiyogami papers and coordinated the backgrounds with the colour of the papers. This worked well, particularly for the Musical fairy, as her dress was much easier to cut out.



The little wooden flowers are from Artcuts and coordinate well with the flowers on the paper.
The tiny flower stamps , with the fairy, made perfect centres for the flowers.





 
         This time she  has been stamped onto a 15cm. wooden heart (Artcuts) . 
The fairy's hair makes a great hanging, vine like, border too. 
 
 
The lovely Butterfly fairy below has been stamped and cut out. A bit fiddly! I like the little butterfly bag , so decided to stamp several of them and cut them out, to fly. Again, the background is made with Distress inks, weathered wood, sage and stormy sky.


Parts of her hair, dress and wings have been foiled and  I made the flower from white muslin.

Lastly, I have another home décor project.
I do like stamps that can be adapted slightly to give a different look, hence the fairy, minus wings.
Again, she has been stamped and cut out, as she fitted well on the 14cm. frame that I had. She has been coloured with Brilliance and VersaMagic ink pads.



 
I have had great fun using these stamps and I hope that you will too.
I have some more samples to show and I will post those soon.
Please visit again to see a few more ideas..
 
Happy blog hopping and thank you for your visit.
Carole

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch 3




Good Morning.

More Laurel Burch stamp projects I have been working on.
One quick and simple and the other on a 12cm.  Artcuts heart.

 
 
 

The image has been heat embossed with Jewelled gold powder and coloured with pearlescent paints. The paper was some I found in my stash and I thought the tiny image worked well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The image on the heart has been coloured with the same paints and then I put glossy accents over the face and birds. Not the best photo, looks washed out! But you get the idea.
 
 
 
The  background on the card is a Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson Die which was a recent purchase and I'm loving it! The other die cuts were a freebie and I can't remember what make they are, but they cut brilliantly.
 
Thank you for visiting.
Carole
 
 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch designs


More Stampendous Laurel Burch designs


Hello.
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
Bye.
Carole

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
Carole

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 . 

 .http://laurelburch.com

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
                                                                          Carole

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.
Carole
 
 

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.
                                                                           Carole