Patchwork Cushion and Bag Block Printing and Quilting Done

A little something that I am working on. Recycled curtain lining dyed and stamped with wooden print blocks (from Colouricious).

Patchwork and quilting done (with recycled curtain interlining), now to stitch into a cushion and a bag and embellish further.

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The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) is ‘anything goes’ so I have entered the cushion front.


Chocolate Baroque are back on Hochanda TV tomorrow

Just a little sneaky peek of my samples for the shows tomorrow on Hochanda TV from Lesley Wharton and Chocolate Baroque – 6th Feb 8 and 11am – Freeview Channel 85 (or watch live online from their website).

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Mini Landscape ATC

I thought that I would give a mini artwork a try and make an ATC (Artist Trading Card). Generally I work much bigger than this so it was actually a challenge for me. I tried to be less planned and to free myself up a bit too and just ‘go for it’. I was quite pleased with my bright and cheery landscape.


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The Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) for this week is ‘anything goes’ – so I have entered this one.

How it was done:

  1. I cut the ATC from a scrap of mount board and covered with white gesso to prime.
  2. I cut the flowers from recycled packaging and a punch and edged them with black pen to enhance. I layered up the flowers and then dunked them into molten UTEE to create the glossy flower embellishments. Finished with a sparkly sequin.
  3. I stamped the sun with StazOn and drew the abstract landscape with a marker. I coloured using watercolour pens and a damp brush.
  4. I added some texture using paste through the stencil and plus a bit of acrylic paint. When dry I rubbed over some of the areas with Gilding Wax.
  5. I edged the ATC with black marker to frame and added some sparkle over the sun and clouds.
  6. I finished with some Glossy Accents over the sun and rays.


  • Country Views stamp set from Chocolate Baroque
  • Texturised Stencil (Crafters Workshop)
  • Scrap mount board, recycled multi-coloured card packaging
  • StazOn Inkpad (Jet Black)
  • Acrylic paint (turquoise)
  • Gesso (White)
  • Acrylic texture paste (Pebeo)
  • Fine tipped marker (black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Pens
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Melt pot (or small foil food dish and heat gun to melt UTEE)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tonic Petal Pairs Punch
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix BigZ die to cut ATC (Artist Trading Card 2.5 X 3.5 inch)

Mosaic Flower Wish created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

I created this card using the lovely Mosaic Flower stamp. A fabulous stamp for creating easy projects as the background has already been done for you. I also used a pretty background paper from Crafty Individuals (Travels in Italy).

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The theme on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Monday) this week is ‘Resist It’ so I have entered this one.


I stamped the Mosaic Flower onto the background paper and onto a scrap of stamping card with Versamark Ink and heat embossed using WOW Embossing Powder (White). The flower buds were cut out ready to decoupage. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Wish Flower stamp.


I brushed a little Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the sentiment to make it stand out more from the background (the embossing resists water based inks). The panel was edged with alcohol ink pen to frame.


Flowers and stems were coloured with watercolour pens and overlaid with a bit of yellow alcohol pen (note: this tints the white embossing). The cut out buds were lightly shaped and glued onto the card front using 3D glue gel for added depth.

Dreaming of the Beach card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. Here is another sea themed project. I have stamped, cut out and layered up the shells on this one. I grew up by the sea but now live inland. I really miss being able to walk to the ocean, clamber over the rocks and look deep into the rock pools. Simply magical. Maybe I’ll get to visit this summer?

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As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one. I have entered lots this week. Unlike me as I rarely get time but the themes just coincided perfectly with projects I have been working on this week so I thought that I would share.


  • Seaside Dreams, Underwater and Mermaid Queen stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque
  • A5 scalloped card blank (cream), blue card and cartridge paper
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Versamark
  • Ultra thick embossing powder (UTEE clear)
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Daytona Sands)
  • Frantage Elements (Stampendous)
  • Polyester glitter (clear)
  • Ink spritzers (blue mica, opaque white, red, gold mica)
  • Coloured pencil (brown)
  • Alcohol marker (dark brown)
  • Acrylic paint (opaque white)

How it was done:

  1. The blue card was spritzed (blue mica and white) and clouds added by sponging white acrylic paint.
  2. Shells were stamped onto the background and onto cartridge paper using Versafine. They were coloured with inks and some pencil shading. The shell embellishments were cut out, lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel for dimension.
  3. When stamping the card background I accidently dropped the Versafine inkpad onto the foreground – eek! No problem, I just streaked more ink across to create added texture and depth to the foreground. I then added a layer of Versamark ink and covered with a layer of UTEE. I also embedded sprinkles of glitter, sand embossing powder and Frantage elements for added texture. Tip: When using UTEE with added sprinkles etc. it is best to apply heat from underneath the card surface to start the melting process (otherwise everything just flies off all over the place – yep done that many times – tee hee).
  4. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine onto a strip of blue card, cut out and edged with brown marker. Glued to the card with foam pads for dimension.

Take Me to the Ocean card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. The sun is shining here today so dreaming of rock pools and the fresh sea breeze – summer is on its way.

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This one was created by stamping and adding textural embellishments (created by spreading Soft Form Relief Paste over the stamp) onto a patterned background paper. I also added a little ‘step’ and layered up stamped images in the foreground for added depth.

As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one. I have entered lots this week. Unlike me as I rarely get time but the themes just coincided perfectly with projects I have been working on this week so I thought that I would share.


How it was done:

  1. The front of the 8 X 8 inch card blank was scored at 4 and 2 cm up from the base (sorry that I tend to work in mixed units – depends on what I am doing – tee hee). A 4cm strip was removed from the base of the back. The side of the card was then trimmed away to make square. This created a stepper style card with an approx. 6 X 6 inch panel for the main image.
  2. Soft Form Relief Paste was spread onto the Ammonite stamp and left to fully dry. This generally requires overnight or sometimes 2 days (my room has no heating). When dry the flexible paste embellishment was peeled away from the stamp and rough edges trimmed away with scissors. I used a fine tipped pen to add back a bit of detail into the crevices, then rubbed over the top with gold gilding wax.
  3. The shell was stamped onto the patterned paper with Versafine ink and heat embossed quickly with clear powder. Thinned gouache was painted over the shell and parts of the background to tone down the printed pattern (gouache is basically an opaque watercolour). I then added some sparkle pen over the shell. Background weeds were stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink.
  4. Peeled Paint Distress Ink was blended around the edges. I also edged with brown alcohol pen to frame before gluing to the card front. The ammonite embellishment was glued with 3D glue gel for depth.
  5. The shell border and sentiments were stamped with Versafine and trimmed to fit the front stepper of the card. I used Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress Inks and a damp brush to add colouring. I also added a bit of gold mica spritz spray. Brown alcohol pen was used to frame the edges.
  6. The sentiment was glued with 3D gel for dimension. The decorative panel was glued to the card stepper. Frantage elements were also added to the base for texture (you could use washed and smashed up egg shells) using PVA glue.
  7. Finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue.

Steampunk Travellers Mixed Media Canvas with Powertex

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Oh my goodness – I really enjoyed myself with this Steampunk canvas – I just love to get myself lost a bit of fantasy. I used lots of Chocolate Baroque stamps from my stash (Punky Expressions, Words of Inspiration, Steampunkery, Steampunk Travel, Punky Flowers, Steampunk SeaWorld) and two of the new stamps from Mark Gould (Sailor Jim and The Aviator).

As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one.

I first cut 2 pieces of left over mount board and trimmed them to approx. 25 X 31cm and 31 X 41 cm. The back board was coated front and back with Bronze Powertex. The second board was coated with Ivory Powertex.

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I used a page from an old atlas and glued it to the board using Easy Coat Mat decoupage medium. Note: There are some lovely map themed Rice Papers on the Powertex website.

I then applied some Easy Structure paste through stencils from my stash to create some wave and cloud textures.

Next I applied elements from decorative rice papers (sea themed and pocket watches) using Easy Coat medium. It looks like the pocket watches sheet I used is out of stock but there is a similar Victorian Steampunk sheet available. Tip: draw around the parts of the image that you desire using a water brush or pen, then gently pull away the image from the sheet. This avoids harsh cut edges and the images will blend better into the background.

I also applied a little of the new Golden Metallic Acrylic Ink through my stencils, and onto areas of the pocket watches.

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I next stamped my images using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) onto recycled tissue paper (packaging). I also stamped some onto white card using Versafine (Vintage Sepia), cut them into little sentiment strips and edged them with a dark brown alcohol marker. The images and text sentiments were applied to the canvas using Easy Coat decoupage medium.

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I added a little colour over the decoupaged stamp images using Golden Metallic and Aqua Acrylic Inks. These inks have a lovely translucency so do not obliterate the image beneath. You don’t need to be super careful with colouring either.

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My characters were stamped onto smooth stamping card using Versafine (Vintage Sepia), cut out and coloured with pencils. I applied Ivory Powertex to the backs to seal them, curving and doming them slightly. I coated the fronts with a layer of Powerwax to protect them. I chose this option as I was concerned that a slow drying wet medium might smudge some of the pencil colouring.

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I used one of the MDF Heart Flowers (approx. 12.5cm across) to make an embellishment for the top. The moulded flower was from my stash. It had been made with Stone Art and Ivory Powertex mixed into a clay and used with one of my moulds. When dry it was painted with Easy Varnish tinted with Burgundy Powercolor, then dry brushed with more varnish tinted with Silver, Rich Gold and Copper Colortricx. The MDF flower was coated with Bronze Powertex and the moulded flower glued to the centre with a little Easy Structure paste. Easy Structure paste and Powertex were used to glue the embellishment to the top of the canvas.

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Black cotton netting was treated with Bronze Powertex and applied to the canvas base and diagonally across the middle. The characters were then positioned and glued down with Easy Structure Paste (i.e. using it as a 3D glue). Care was taken not to smudge the images with paste or Powertex. Any slight mishaps were wiped away quickly with a damp sponge.

I gathered together lots of Steampunk and nautical embellishments from my stash including die cut ship wheels, anchors, gears, swirls etc. I also had a stash of shells created using paper clay and moulds (already coloured with ink sprays). The embellishments were all coated with Powertex (Transparent or Bronze) and glued in place, using Easy Structure paste where needed. I also dropped some 3D Sand and Balls into wet Powertex for added texture.

In addition I used some recycled gear cogs from the inside my finished double sided tape rollers. These are plastic so I used copper gilding wax (Pebeo) to colour the top surface (Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic) and embedded them well with Easy Structure paste and Powertex coated card pieces etc.

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Finally I dry brushed Easy Varnish tinted with Bronze Gold Colortricx lightly over the embellishments to enhance them.

The canvas could be mounted into a 3D box frame to fully protect it from dust etc. It could also be hung directly – perhaps holes cut in the top edge and a string would look quite nautical? If hanging without framing I would advise that everything be fully sealed with Easy Varnish (the characters with more layers of Powerwax); particularly the areas coated with transparent Powertex (coloured Powertex is already weather resistant). It could then be cleaned with a damp cloth (or even rinsed under the tap).

I hope that you like my fantasy creation. I have included a few more pics for more close up views, Anne x.

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