90th Birthday Card for a Friend

AW Jean 90


I had to make this card in a big rush for a friend when I realised that I needed it by the next day to deliver for her 90th birthday! Eeek. It can take me hours to make a special card.

Searching through my UFO pile (‘unfinished objects’) I discovered that I had a background card base and panel already stamped. These had been sitting in my stash for over a year waiting to be finished into a project. Now was the time to complete it.

It’s ‘Send a Card to a Friend’ over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog this week – so I entered this one.

How it was done:

The card blank had been stamped directly using Distress Inks.

A little Distress Ink was blended around the edges of the card blank and patterned paper.

The birds had been stamped and heat embossed in gold powder. I coloured them with glitter and gel pens, mounted the paper onto green card and glued to the card front with foam pads for dimension.

The die cuts had also been sitting in my stash. I shaped them lightly with a ball tool and glued to the card front.

I finished the card with peel off stickers (great when you are in a super hurry) and added glitter glue for extra sparkle. Et voila card done. Phew!


Floral Notes and A Little Bird Told Me stamp sets (Chocolate Baroque)

8 X 8 inch card blank, 6 X 6 decorative paper (Crafty Individuals Shades of Summer) and green card for mounting

Inkpads: Versamark, Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye)

Glitter and gel pens (Sakura and Pentel)

WOW Embossing Powder (Gold Rich)

Glitter glue (Stickles Diamond and gold)

Die cut foliage (Sizzix Tim Holtz), electronic cut fern (Tattered Lace ScanNCut), punched flowers (Tonic Petal Pairs)

Peel off stickers (gold)


True Friend card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 30

AW True Friend Colour Callenge 30

Good morning. Here is my contribution to Colour Challenge 30.

I directly stamped an 8 X 8 inch card using Distress Inks using stamps from Floral Notes and A Little Bird Told Me stamp sets. I lightly coloured the flowers with a wash of watercolour pen.

The printed paper is from Crafty Individuals (Book 7 – Shades of Summer). I stamped and heat embossed the birds in gold and the sentiment in bright pink (Mackintosh Sentiments). The birds were coloured with watercolour and glitter pens. I outlined them with pale grey alcohol marker to make them stand out a little more from the background. I also coated them with Glossy Accents.

I mounted the decorative panel on green card and attached to the card front with 3D foam for dimension; added a bow and faux gems to finish.


Pretty Little Tag Created using A Little Bird Told Me Stamp Set from Chocolate Baroque

Here is another of my designs created for the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel for Chocolate Baroque – using A Little Bird Told Me stamp set.

AW Little Bird Tag Front 2

Taken with a flash you can see the sparkling gold mica.

AW Little Bird Tag Front 1

Taken without flash you can see the gorgeous base colours of the paints.

AW Little Bird Tag Back 1


  • A Little Bird Told Me stamp set
  • Leafy Stencil (Crafters Workshop 12 X 12 template)
  • White card tag
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), multicolour inkpad (pink/orange), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Spritzers (green, blue and gold with mica)
  • Glitter markers (green, purple, pink and orange)
  • Pink acrylic paint with gold mica
  • Small offcut off a trellis die cut and small die cut flowers, satin and organza ribbons

How it was made:

The background was created by picking up spritzed ink off the stencil (after spraying though and colouring card for another project). The edges were inked with Distress Ink. The tag was extended with the trellis and the little motifs were then stamped with multicolour ink.

The bird and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Ink, and the birdie coloured with glitter pens and acrylic paint. Finally embellished with the tiny flowers and ribbons, then added a bit more sparkle with glitter glue.

Anne x.

Church Scene Card Created for Chocolate Baroque

Here is another of my designs created for the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel for Chocolate Baroque using the lovely scene building stamp sets – Country Views and Sunburst Scenes.

I love scene building. I disappear into a little fantasy world while creating these. This one would be suitable as a Wedding or Christening Card.

AW Church Scene


  • Country Views and Sunburst Scenes stamp sets, Sentiment from A Little Bird Told Me set
  • White card blank 15 X 12cm and smooth white stamping card
  • Copy paper to create masks
  • Inkpads: Ranger Archival (Coffee), Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
  • Fine marker pen and alcohol ink marker (dark brown)
  • Organza ribbon and PVA pearls (pink)
  • Adhesive, strong (red liner) double sided tape and glue dots

How to Make it:

  1. Cut a 9cm square with rounded corners from stamping card. Stamp the scene using Distress Ink. Use masks to cover the foreground images while stamping the ones behind in the background. Complete the scene by drawing using the fine brown pen.
  2. Colour the image by putting Distress Ink onto a tile or palette and picking up ink with a wet brush.
  3. Outline the edges of the topper with brown alcohol ink.
  4. Stamp the images and sentiment on the card blank with Archival Ink. Glue on the topper.
  5. Apply ribbon with double sided tape. NOTE: As the ribbon is fine dust it with a little talc after sticking down. This will stop any tape glue stickiness coming through the ribbon. Make a small bow and attach with a glue dot.
  6. Finally add PVA pearls and edge the card blank with brown alcohol pen.

I hope that you like my scenic project.

Anne x.

Project using the Free Digital Paper from Chocolate Baroque

There is a new free digital paper on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge blog for you to download and use in your creations. This is what I created with mine. I hope that you like it.

AW Newsprint Fruit 2



  • A Little Bird Told Me stamp set
  • Newsprint Fruit Free Digital paper
  • 21cm white card blank
  • Orange card (to frame/mat) and white paper
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Ranger Archival (Coffee), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Fine detail embossing powder (gold)
  • White gel pen
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (Golden yellows, reds, pinks, purples, greens, turquoise)
  • Hand made die cut flower coloured with alcohol pens
  • PVA pearls (gold)
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

How it was made:

  1. Stamped the bird and cages onto the digital paper with Versamark and embossed with gold. [Tip: need to work quickly on digital print paper as the Versamark ink sinks into the coating quickly making embossing tricky]. The smaller background cage was stamped with archival ink (masking the foreground cage). The tail of the bird on the right was created by combining two of the bird stamps and masking (to extend the tail feathers).
  2. The sentiments were stamped on white paper and embossed, cut out and glued on.
  3. The images were coloured with alcohol pens and the paper edges enhanced with Distress Ink.
  4. The paper was mounted onto orange card to frame, and then glued to the card front. Finally embellished with the flower and PVA pearls.

Here is my Project for the Chocolate Baroque Challenge 16

Here is my project for Chocolate Baroque Challenge 16 using ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ stamp set. I love this colour combo.


AW Challenge 16 Bird2



  • A Little Bird Told Me stamp set
  • Pre-cut white fancy card blank (approx. A5 overall size)
  • White stamping card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Fine detail embossing powder (Gold)
  • Ink Spritzers (pale blue, and gold with mica)
  • Alcohol ink pens (pale green and blue, pink/purple and golden yellow)
  • Clear crystal glitter glue
  • Small piece of pink ribbon
  • Floral embellishments created with coloured paper clay
  • Fancy oval die approx. 12.5 X 8cm size
  • Adhesive, sticky foam pads and 3D glue gel


How it was made:

  1. Spritzed the card blank with pale blue and gold ink. Inked the edges with Distress Ink. Picked up some of the ink spray from the craft mat with the small motif and randomly stamped the background.
  2. Stamped the bird with Memento ink. Aligned the die and marked the points that will extend off the die cut. Cut around the tail then re-aligned the die and cut omitting the tail section (by pulling it through and over the top of the die cutting edge).
  3. Stamped the bird cage with Versamark and gold embossed. Also embossed the edges of the topper and dropped some random sprinkles over the background. The image was then coloured with alcohol ink pens.
  4. Stamped the sentiments with Memento ink and glued to the topper. Mounted the topper on foam pads and added the floral embellishments and ribbon. Finished with some glitter glue highlights.

I hope that you like my project. I have just got this stamp set and I love it.

Good luck with the Challenge, Anne x.