Easter Bunting created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Easter Bunting 1

AW Easter Bunting 2

 

Good evening. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.

I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.

This stamp would also make lovely bunting for a summer garden party or wedding, stamped onto flag or triangular card or fabric joined with ribbon.

 

Materials:

  • Russian Floral Egg (sold out individually on Hochanda) and Spring Bird Daffodil stamp sets
  • Coloured pastel card (blues, pinks, purples, lemon)
  • Detail heat embossing powder (opaque white)
  • Sparkle pens (clear and gold)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Pinflair Craft Glaze
  • Alphabet dies (Create & Craft Couture)
  • Mini wooden pegs
  • Florists ribbon (white) and embroidery thread (variegated sparkly metallic)

 

How to make it:

  1. Stamp the eggs 6 times with Versamark onto coloured card and heat emboss with white powder. Colour with clear sparkle pen and cut out. Paint over some areas with clear glaze (darkens the background colour and enhances the glitter effect).
  2. Die cut the letters and coat with glaze. Glue to the wooden pegs. Glue the pegs to the easter eggs catching in the thread for hanging.
  3. Stamp and emboss the large daffodil bunch onto lemon card 10 times. You only need the area with the large flower head. Colour with gold sparkle pen blending out the colour with water. Cut out the daffodil head. Glue the daffodils back to back along the thread between the eggs. Note: the daffodils do tend to flip along the strand which is why I backed them with another flower head.
  4. Finish by tying on small strips of florist ribbon (curl with the edge of your scissors).

A Little Bird Told Me card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW A Little Bird Told Me Colour Challenge 33

 

Good morning. Here is my contribution for this month’s Colour Challenge. I have used some of those ‘little extra elements’ that often come along with the main images in a stamp set. These are so often overlooked but they are perfect for creating backgrounds, building patterns or for decorating die cuts.

The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set was stamped onto each of the die cut flower petals. The small flower centres were stamped with one of the blossoms from the bird branch. I added a bit of Flower Soft and stamens for added texture.

I stamped and cut out the cage and bird from A Little Bird Told Me stamp set. The background and elaborate birdy tail were created using the Baroque leaf swirl from the Breath of Spring stamp set.

I used a Baroque label die to layer up in the background as I thought it co-ordinated perfectly with the Baroque leaf swirl stamp. Decorative ovals would also work well for this layout.

 

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. The card blank was randomly stamped with the Baroque swirl leaf from the Breath of Spring stamp set using Distress Ink. Ink was also blended around the card edges to frame.
  2. The thin ‘beaded’ strips were actually waste pieces from a card blank die cut in white (Double Cascade Waterfall). I coloured them with the burgundy alcohol pen and glued to the card to divide up the background. The leaves in the upper and lower sections were then coloured with lavender alcohol pen. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with honey powder.
  3. The Victorian Baroque Label die set has separate inner and outer dies enabling the decorative elements, background mats and frames to be cut out. Two background mats were cut in lavender card. The other layers were all cut in white card. I spritzed the background mats with lime and gold shimmer inks. The burgundy layers were coloured using an alcohol pen. These were then layered up and glued to the background. I used 3D foam for the central label to give added dimension.
  4. The cage and bird were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The Baroque leaf swirl was stamped several times and embossed with honey embossing powder. These were cut out and coloured with watercolour pens. The elements were lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel for dimension. The large tail swirls of the bird were snipped off and replaced amongst the Baroque swirl elements to build the new elaborate bird tail.
  5. The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set and Distress Ink was used to stamp over the petals of the die cut flowers (2 large and 3 medium flowers). Die cut mini flowers were stamped with one of the small blossoms from the bird branch (Spring Bird Daffodil set). This was achieved placing the stamp flat onto the work surface, partially inking the stamp (i.e. picking one of the blossoms) and pressing the die cut onto the stamp (i.e. Sheena Douglass style) to transfer the ink. A little colour was added using alcohol ink pens (to keep the integrity of the stamping detail – watercolour would cause the Distress Ink to spread). The edges were lightly inked with Distress Ink. The flowers were shaped using a ball tool and foam mat. Flower Soft and stamens were added to the centres to give added texture.
  6. Finally finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue for sparkle.

Tribute to lovely Molly

AW Our Lovely Molly

 

Sadly we had to say goodbye to this lovely lady a couple of weeks ago – she was 17 years old and had remained happy and fairly healthy right up until her last night.

She was actually my neighbour’s cat but had simply moved in – sharing my bed for the last 2 years. My bed is so empty without her. As soon as I was ready to settle down she would come up and under the top cover with her little head peeping out and her whiskers tickling my face while we went off to sleep – tee hee.

The only good pic I had of her was looking over the top of my notebook while I was trying to type up a beading tutorial. I took the photo into Serif Craft Artist and set her into a garden peeping over the top of a garden wall. She was a mischievous little character so this setting fits her perfectly.

I used craft Artist to draw the arched frame. Printed it separately and used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out. I glued several layers of card together for strength.

The decorative elements were created with the Flowering Dogwood stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To protect it and make it longer lasting I used Crafters Companion Spray and Shine on the photo and frame, and Spray & Sparkle on the floral embellishments.

Now I have a lovely tribute to her sitting on my desk.

Butterfly Stepper Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Butterfly Stepper

AW Butterfly Stepper SP

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my show samples using the Breath of Spring stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. The butterfly swirl can be used to make lovely backgrounds but it also works well as the main decorative feature. I used sparkly black embossing powder for added dimension (a bit difficult to see in the pic). I stamped and cut out extra butterflies and used them to embellish this stepper card, along with some die cut swirls and paper punched flowers. I also used a pretty background paper from Crafty Individuals (6 X 6 inch pad – Springtime). Victorian Velvet Distress Ink was used on the card blank and edges.

I cannot wait for more shows coming at the end of the month. Lesley will be bringing us something a little different. My lips are sealed – tee hee x.

Materials:

Butterfly Shrine card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 32

Here is another project that I created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 32 this month.

I came up with this after playing with my Inkadinkadoo stamping gear (circular wheel) and the Sticks & Stones stamp set to create wreath. Similar can be achieved by drawing a circle and dividing it into 8 sections. Keeping the stamp orientation steady, stamp and turn the card between each stamping or just work more freely around a circle.

I hope that you like it, and I look forward to seeing your entries x.

AW Butterfly Shrine Colour Challenge 32

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. The top corners of the card blank were rounded off using a punch. The bottom strip was cut from blue card. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with copper powder. The strip was then edged with gilding wax before gluing to the card base.
  2. An A5 sheet of stamping card was spritzed with blue & green inks and stamped with Silhouette Grasses. The top edge was cut using the decorative trim die. The top and edges were rubbed over with gilding wax. A circular mat was cut from blue card and placed behind the decorative central motif. The background was then glued to the card front.
  3. Another piece of stamping card was lightly spritzed with blue ink. The wreath was then stamped with Distress Ink using the stamping gear. The wreath was cut out with the circle die and gilding wax rubbed over the decorative edge. This was mounted to the card front with 3D foam pads.
  4. The butterfly was stamped (Just Butterflies set), embossed with copper powder and coloured with sparkle pens. I cut then cut out and shaped for added dimension. The ribbon and butterfly were then glued to the card front.
  5. I finished with copper PVA pearls and glitter glue on the wreath, blue PVA pearls along the base strip.

Kingfisher Scene Cards created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Kingfisher 1

AW Kingfisher Scene 10

Good afternoon. Today I am sharing another couple of my TV show samples for Lesley Wharton and Chocolate Baroque using the Kingfisher Song and scene building stamp sets recently featured on Hochanda. The aperture ‘waste’ from one card was used to create the background scene on the other.

Materials:

  • Kingfisher Song, Sticks & Stones, Baroque Meadow, Silhouette Grasses, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp sets
  • 15 X 18cm card blank (Kraft card), 18 X 20cm card blank (white), card for background mat & layers (white), white stamping card (Sheena Douglass), waste copy paper (for masks), scrap card (brown and green for foliage die cuts)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Black Onyx), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
  • Ink sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Cocklebells Coral, Opal Sea Oats, Azure Sea Asters)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (pinks, greens, browns)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens (clear, gold, pink, green, and turquoise)
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearls (Olympic Gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown) and Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (brown)
  • Soft Form Relief Paste (Gold and Silver)
  • Starlight Metallic Paints (turquoise, pink, gold)
  • Rectangle dies approx. 9.5 X 12cm and 6.5 X 3.5 cm (Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create set), dies to cut rectangular frame (Tattered Lace Rectangle Accordion), dies to cut twigs (Sheena Douglass) and ferns (Tattered Lace Floral Layers Leaves 1)

Creating the Kingfisher embellishments:

AW Kingfisher 1 SP

The twigs and ferns were cut from coloured card and further coloured with watercolour pens (to give them more dimensional colour).

The cut out card kingfisher was stamped with Versafine and coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens. The kingfisher scene stamp was used for this, the rest of the scene being cut away and discarded.

AW Kingfisher Scene 8

The larger dimensional kingfisher was created by spreading gold and silver Soft Form Relief Paste over the stamp. This was left to dry overnight before peeling off the stamp. Rough edges were trimmed away and further colour added using the Starlight Paints (leaving some areas of gold and silver paste showing through).

Creating the Kraft card blank:

AW Kingfisher 1

The frame and central background mat were cut from white card using the Accordion die (largest die). This creates an attached mat which was snipped away from the outer frame. Faux stitching was added with a fine pen using the pin holes as a guide. These were then glued to the Kraft card blank (finished size approx. 15 X 18cm). If you don’t have this die you could easily use other rectangle dies to produce similar.

Creating the background scene and scenic frame:

AW Kingfisher Scene 6

AW Kingfisher Scene 7

An A4 sheet of stamping card was spritzed with inks, spraying blues nearer the top and golds at the base. The sheet was trimmed to slightly under 18 X 20cm and a sentiment mat cut from the excess (6.5 X 3.5cm).

Grasses and butterflies were stamped along the bottom edge using a mix of watercolour pens. Tip: Brush the colours directly onto the stamp then ‘huff’ onto the stamp before stamping. Moisture in your breath reactivates any partially dried watercolour.

The aperture was cut with the rectangle die (approx. 9.5 X 12cm). Edges were inked with Distress Ink.

Finishing the simple kingfisher card:

AW Kingfisher 1

Additional ferns were stamped in dark green along the base. Finished by gluing the scenic mat, kingfisher, branch and fern embellishments to the card front with 3D glue for added dimension.

Creating the scene for the frame aperture:

AW Kingfisher Scene 1

Stamping card (larger than the aperture 9.5 X 12cm) was spritzed with inks in the same way as the other scene backgrounds.

The scene was built up working from the foreground base upward, stamping with Memento (waterproof when dry).

AW Kingfisher Scene 2

Scene components were stamped onto copy paper and cut out to create masks. These were simply laid in place, covering the appropriate stamped images, before stamping the next scene layer. Tip: To stop masks moving while stamping you could use a couple of dots of zig 2 way glue on the back of the masks. Leave it to completely dry clear before placing the masks (the glue goes on blue and dries clear). This then acts as a temporary adhesive to hold the masks in place.

AW Kingfisher Scene 3

I continued building up the scene using masks where needed.

AW Kingfisher Scene 5

The scene was trimmed down to fit behind the aperture and coloured with watercolour pens. Silhouette grasses were stamped in the foreground with Versafine. The sentiment was stamped onto the sentiment plate.

AW Kingfisher Scene 10

Blue and White Crocus Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Crocus

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my samples with the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque recently featured on the shows with Lesley Wharton on Hochanda.

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Cut the frame and square mats for layering. Edge with Distress ink and add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  2. Stamp the image and sentiment with Distress Ink. Pull out the colour using a damp brush. Add some ink to a craft mat and use as a paint to add extra colour and shading. Use the white gel pen to add back some highlights if needed.
  3. Mat and layer onto the card front using 3D foam on the topper for extra depth.