Seaside Mini Hangers created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I made these mini hangers for the recent sea themed shows on Hochanda. I had so much fun making these, although one of them almost ended up in the bin – tee hee.

AW Hanger Dreaming of the Beach

On my first project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, Underwater and the large Ammonite stamp.

  1. I started with one of the white board panels (approx. 10.5 X 14.5cm) from a mixed media white board pack (Chocolate Baroque). I used a swirly stencil from my stash and spritzed through the stencil with blue ink containing mica. I then applied blue acrylic paint mixed with sand texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife for texture. When dry I added some sparkle with gold glitter glue and applied silver gilding wax to the edges.
  2. I trimmed a piece of greyboard to make the top panel, stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder (Detail White). Shells were stamped onto the background using blue pigment ink. The edges were finished with silver gilding wax and gold glitter glue. Holes were punched into the header and main panel and they were joined with string for hanging.
  3. I applied Hollographic Crystal Gel over the Ammonite stamp surface and left it to dry for several hours before carefully peeling away. I rubbed over the surface lightly with gold and silver gilding wax to emphasise the detail. I then painted the surface with DecoArt Antiquing Cream (Titanium White). After drying I rubbed away the colour from the surface with a damp cloth (this medium remains water soluble when dry – so can be used to add detail to crevices).
  4. I applied StazOn Ink onto the Ammonite and seahorse stamps, then I applied Soft Form Relief Paste (Silver) over the top and left to dry overnight. The embellishments were peeled away from the stamp and rubbed over lightly with gold and silver gilding waxes. The seahorse was glued to the background. I used a fine tipped pen to add in a little more detail (the ink didn’t transfer too well).
  5. I stamped the shells onto cartridge paper using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) and spritzed with orange/yellow and gold inks with mica to colour. The images were cut out and shaped lightly using a ball tool and sponge mat. I die cut a decorative star shape from black card and coated with gilding wax. The embellishments were glued in place with 3D glue gel.
  6. White pen was used to add highlights to the pearls and seahorse eye, then Glossy Accents added for shine. I finished with some small embellishments created with air dry clay and silicone moulds from my stash.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean

On my second project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, and Underwater sets.

  1. I started with one of the white board hearts (approx.) from a mixed media white board shapes pack (Chocolate Baroque). The background was spritzed with blue ink containing mica. The background weeds were stamped with blue pigment ink and the foreground weeds with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Clear Gloss).
  2. I stamped the seahorse and sentiment with Versamark and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Silver) and coloured with dark blue sparkle pen then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the seahorse. At this stage it all looked a complete mess and nearly went in the bin – tee hee. I stamped over the top using StazOn Ink (White) and decided to continue with ‘the mess’. Maybe it would be ok when other bits & bobs were added?
  3. A fine tipped marker was used to add a drop shadow around the sentiment lettering which made it stand out better.
  4. I spread some Viva Décor Crackle Paste (Teal) around the base of the heart and dropped in some blue seed beads for texture. When dry I rubbed over the surface and edges with a little silver gilding wax. I punched a couple of holes in the top to attach a hanging ribbon, and holes in the sides and base for attaching hangers.
  5. The seahorses and weeds were stamped onto blue card with White StazOn Ink, cut out and glued with 3D glue gel.
  6. The shells were stamped onto cartridge paper and spritzed with blue and gold inks with mica. The shells were cut out, shaped and acrylic modelling paste applied to the backs to make them a little more robust. I applied clear glaze onto the fronts for shine. When dry I created attachment holes and added them to the base of the heart using recycled jewellery chain loops.
  7. Finally finished by adding some glitter glue sparkle – just had to be done – tee hee.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean 2

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Hydrangea Tag cards created for Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. Catching up with a little blogging while watching the snow fall outside. Looks gorgeous but rather stay in the warm today.

 

I am sharing some of my samples created with the Hydrangea Tag and Birthday Words stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Hyacinth Birthday

The first is a birthday card. I used a plain white card blank (approx 12 X 17.5cm) and added a die cut border to the left edge (Crafters Companion) along with a pretty organza ribbon.

The Hydrangea collage was stamped onto cartridge paper with silver Encore ink and heat embossed with clear powder (WOW Clear Gloss). I used ink spritzers (purple and pale blue) with mica to colour the background. Purple die ink was used to edge the background and to stamp the sentiment.

On a scrap of card the Hydrangea was stamped again with Versafine (Onyx Black) and quickly heat embossed with clear powder. I used watercolour pens and a damp brush to colour, then cut out the flower and lightly shaped before gluing onto the card using 3D glue gel. I brushed over the flower with clear sparkle pen, added PVA pearls and a bow to finish.

AW Hyacinth Kind Hearts

I gave my second variation a more vintage feel. The card blank was created in a similar way to above using a decorative die cut border in pearl card.

The Hydrangea collage and tag images were stamped onto smooth stamping card with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). The Hydrangea were coloured with watercolour pens and a damp brush to blend. I brushed over the flowers with clear sparkle pen for added shimmer.

The tag and topper panel were cut out, edeges roughened using the edge of my scissors. Antique Linen Distress Ink was blended in around the edges.

The sentiment from Birthday Words was stamped directly onto the card blank with Versafine and quickly heat embossed with clear powder (WOW Clear Gloss).

Finished with a bit of blue glitter glue for added sparkle plus a few faux gems and a bow.

AW Hyacinth With Love

For my third sample I went for a more colourful opulent feel. I used a 15 X 21cm white card blank and light chocolate coloured card to create the background. I stamped the Hydrangea Tag image, and corners from the Breath of Spring stamp set, with Versamark and heat embossed with Wonder Powder (Hochanda Pink). I rubbed the card edges into Versamark and embossed with pink powder.

I used a decorative oval die to cut the frame from black card. Mounted onto pink card and hand trimmed around the edges. Mounted onto the card front with foam pads for added dimension.

Stamping card was coloured with watercolours, painting wet on wet (red, yellow, green). The background was stamped, and overstamped, with Versafine (Onyx Black). The sentiment was stamped from the Birthday Words set. The decorative oval frame die was used to cut out the background image which was then glued into the aperture.

The flower was stamped again onto scrap card and coloured with watercolour pens and a damp brush for blending. After cutting out a layer of Versamark was applied over the image and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss powder (this added a shine – not really visible in this pic). The flower was then lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel. A little dilute black watercolour pen was used to enhance the shadow behind the flower.

Finished with touches of glitter glue, sparkly faux gems and a bow.

Kanzashi Flower Pincushion

Good afternoon. I entered this pincushion with Kanzashi flower top (tools and instructions from Gina B Silkworks) into the Create and Craft Gallery and to my delight I won Crafter of the Month. How wonderful is that. I got a voucher for £20 which didn’t take me long to spend. I bought some yummy Tilda fabric that I had been eyeing up for a while.

AW Kanzashi Pincushion 2

AW Kanzashi Pincushion

Materials:

  • 100% cotton fabrics (mixed red and white – was from Create & Craft but now out of stock)
  • Recycled old button, tapestry wool and metallic thread (to make wrapped button)
  • Small plain button (for the base)
  • Narrow ribbon (gold satin) and faux gem (gold)
  • Toy stuffing
  • Bradawl (sharp ‘pointy tool’) and tapestry needle (to attach button)
  • Kanzashi Project Card Pack
  • Kanzashi Hanabira Ruler , Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat (optional for cutting small fabric strips and squares)
  • Kanzashi Flower Making Tool Kit (optional: Gluing Table, Glue Spreader, Turntable and Drying Station)
  • Kanzashi Petal Holders (optional: includes Petal Holder and Medium Drying Table)
  • Kanzashi Starch Adhesive
  • PVA glue (clear drying) and GemTac glue (for gluing gems to fabric)
  • Tweezers (for holding and manipulating petals)
  • Needle and thread plus sewing machine (optional – could stitch by hand)

How it was made:

  1. Four 3 ½ inch squares were cut from the cotton. Two pieces were sewn right sides together to make each cushion pad using a ¼ inch seam, leaving a small gap for turning. The cushions were turned out through the gap, stuffed and the gap hand stitched to finish.
  2. The wrapped button was created by wrapping an old plastic button with wool and then weaving with metallic thread. I made this one a while ago using instructions from Gina’s Button Making Workshop Manual. A brilliant book covering thread wrapped buttons, ring buttons, knot buttons and embroidered buttons. Narrow ribbon was thread through and tied to the back of the button. A bradawl was used to push a hole through the pincushion stack and the ribbon passed through with a tapestry needle. A small plain button was used on the base and the ribbon passed through the holes and tied tightly to indent the cushion shape.
  3. I used the instructions from Gina’s pattern card pack to make the Kanzashi Flower. I adapted the Maple Leaf Pattern and made 8 sets of petals using the pointed petal folding method. I used 30mm fabric squares for the outer patterned petals and 25mm squares for the inner plain red petals. I used the Hanabira ruler, rotary cutter and self healing cutting mat to cut the squares. These are not essential (you could use scissors) but if you like this craft these are definitely worth getting as they make cutting out the tiny squares so much easier and quicker. Tweezers really helped with the folding and manipulating. Kanzashi Starch is an essential to hold everything in place while constructing these.
  4. Although not essential, I found the Gluing Table, Petal Holder, Turntable and Drying Table really helpful too. You sit the petals in a layer of Kanzashi Glue while building more (stops them pinging back open). Petals are then glued in place with PVA onto a scrap of cotton on the Turntable. The built flower is then placed on the drying table.
  5. After drying the base cotton scrap was snipped close to the petals. Ribbon and the finished flower were glued to the button and a gem glued to the centre.

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards for the Little Ones

AW Birdy 1

AW Birdy 2

 

Good afternoon. These were another quick and easy make. I had to rush make these for a couple of little friends ready for their birthday party yesterday and got them finished half an hour before leaving – just enough time for the glue to dry – tee hee.

Materials:

5 X 5 inch white card blanks, white card for layering, patterned papers and plain coloured card to match (black, blue, pink, orange, green and glitter pink), waste mount board

Ready made decorative chipboard numbers

Alcohol ink pens (pink and blue)

Glitter glue (silver)

Happy Birthday dies (Tattered Lace), Lettering dies (Create & Craft Couture set), Birdy dies (Sizzix BigZ Bird #3)

How it was done:

The background mats were trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank and edged with alcohol marker to frame.

The bird body was cut from mount board and floral paper. The large circles from white card and smaller circle from black, to make the eyes. The beak and legs were cut from orange and pink card, and wings from coordinating plain card.

Lettering was cut from plain card. You can see what a rush I was in as they aren’t exactly glued down straight! I decided to add a bit of glitter glue to the foreground which helped to ‘ground’ the birdy but also helped to disguise the slightly off lettering and odd glue splodges.

I hate having to come up with a design in a super rush but it was well worth it. So much nicer and more special than a shop bought card.

Quick and Easy Seahorse card created for Chocolate Baroque

This one is a quick and easy make using Underwater and Seaside Dreams stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Seahorse CAS

The seahorse and sentiment were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with blue powder. The background was then spritzed with blue, green and gold ink sprays with mica. While wet the surface was then puffed with air to move the inks around. Lesley Wharton has demonstrated a similar technique on her shows using a computer keyboard cleaner ‘air spray’ can. I used an ‘air brush’ attachment for pens, but it could be done by blowing through a straw. I used an alcohol marker to edge the card and added PVA pearl bubbles to finish.

Materials:

  • Underwater and Seaside Dreams stamps sets
  • 15 X 10.5cm card blank and white stamping card
  • Versamark
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Blueberry)
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang ink spritzers with mica (Time Travel Teal, Azure Sea Asters, Glory of the Seas Gold)
  • Alcohol ink pen (dark blue)
  • PVA pearls

Quick and Easy Buttercup Birthday Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Another quick and easy make for you.

AW Butterfly Birthday CAS

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Apply the masking tape to the base of the card and stamp the buttercups with Versafine ink.
  2. Blend Distress Ink in around the edges and along the border using a sponge or blending tool.
  3. Carefully remove the tape and stamp the sentiment with Versafine. Glue to the card front.

Quick and Easy Birthday Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Love & Happiness CAS

 

Another quick make for you.

Materials:

Breath of Spring and Birthday Words stamp sets

11 X 14cm ready made gold aperture card, inked card for background from my stash

Versamark Inkpad

WOW Embossing Powder (Detail White)

Metallic glitter pen (gold)

How to make it:

Note: I used a ready made background paper from my stash. I created it by painting with water based inks and dropping dishwasher salt granules onto the ink while still wet. This was then left to fully dry before brushing off the salt. These are so quick and easy to make and I tend to do a batch of them so I always have some backgrounds in my stash. You could use a commercial printed paper instead.

Trim the patterned paper to fit behind the card aperture and stamp the images with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with white powder.

Stick behind the aperture and colour the butterfly with the gold pen and add faux stitching around the border for sparkle.