Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Gent

Finally got round to inking up one of my new stamps after Christmas is over - this one is the Gent from the new series by Mark Gould, available from Chocolate Baroque.
This fits so well with the eccentric edwardian stamps I mostly used in the background, plus the hat from steampunk travel - or I thought so anyway!
Sentiment is from words of wisdom, also from CB.
I  am linking this to
 the Male Room challenge - new beginnings   Craft Stamper challenge blog, anything goes

Monday, 8 January 2018

mernaid queen

 The first post of 2018, so I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year, even if it is a bit late.
I have a sample from the  Chocolate Baroque seaside tv show in December to show you  today.
A 7" canvas board, that started out being sprayed with some very elderly blue and green glimmer mist sprays,....no idea which were the actual colours, just the ones that surprisingly stillworked!
I used some pearlescent paste through a wood grain stencil to represent movement in the water, then sprayed again with the blue that worked. I sponged blue acrylic paint through the silhousilhouette ette palace stencil, then randomly across the canvas below it to ground the building.
The mermaid queen was  stamped onto white card with black versafine, clear embossed, then painted using equally elderly H2O paints. I fussy cut her out, and also several shells and the starfish to create the foreground. I used micro beads glued below the shells to create the sand on the sea bed, though they don't show up on the photo.
The small mermaid was stamped directly onto the board using distress ink, as I wasn't worried about a clear image. The bubbles were some very ancient pearl drops in silver - it's surprsing what you find when you are forced to do a major clear up!



Tuesday, 26 December 2017

flower power

 I hope everyone had an enoyable Christmas, with lots of crafty goodies coming your way! It was nice to be able to sit and watch Lesley from Chocolate Baroque on tv on Saturday, even though I should have been sorting stuff out.....

 Here are the last of my samples for last month's shows using  the single flower stamps from the fuchsia, lily and hyacinth plates.
I made small 4"x4" notelets using kraft card, with white embossed images, coloured using some ancient pots of H2Os.
I made a folder to hold them, just a sheet of card folded into three. The background was stamped using vintage photo distress ink, then sponged round the edges with hickory smoke distress ink .The  fuchsia was stamped and embossed in white onto an oval die cut in brown card.








My final card used the lovely big lily stamp, stamped in black versafine and clear embossed. It was coloured with brusho powders, trying to keep most of the powders in appropriate places -not always successfully.
After spritzing with water I used a paintbrush to spread the colour into the petals. Once dry, the sentiment was stamped and the image trimmed to fit onto a 5"x7" white card blank with a red mat layer.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas, and a happy, healthy, prosperous and crafty New Year

Monday, 11 December 2017

fuchsia and hyacinth


 Today I am sharing some of the flower samples from the recent Chocolate Baroque shows on Hochanda - something cheerful to brighten a very cold (but not yet snowy) day.


My first one uses the lovely hanging fuchsia stamp, simply stamped in grey versafine in the top corner of a 7" square card blank, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The greeting using black versafine was stamped in the bottom corner - I used a stamp press to make sure I got it straight.










I also used the stamp press to create the wreath on the next card, using a 7" square of white card as the base. I used two of the small foliage stamps from the lily set inked in iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, then added the small solid fuchsia stamp using picked raspberry distress inks. The greeting stamped in grey ink in the centre was from birthday words again.
The 8" square card blank was sponged with hickory smoke distress ink and randomly stamped using the small foliage stamp used in peeled paint for the wreath.


 My final card used the big hyacinth stamp, stamped in black versafine onto white card, and coloured with watercolour pencils. I edged the card with purple ink - think it was dusty concord distress ink - before mounting it onot a 7"x5" white card blank that i had coloured with distress oxide inks and spritzed with water then blotted to give a marbled effect.
Greeting stamped onto a spare piece of white card and edged with the purple ink before mounting in the corner.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

edwardian cyclist

 A slightly less grungy card for the cyclist - grey brusho powder background to start with, then hickory smoke distress ink sponged through a cog stencil to finish.
The large cyclist from eccentric edwardian was stamped in bl;ack versafine, and the small cyclist from curiosities was stamped in ghrey versafine.
A die cut corner was added in black card, and the whole card edged with black versafine ink before adding to a white card blank.
The sentiment is from steampunk travel.

Friday, 17 November 2017

eccentric edwardian

Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the
eccentric edwardian stamps.
The first is a rather grungy card.
Background used a cog stencil and a very elderly walnut stain ink spray that I was given ages ago and had never used, I added another lighter layer of spray after removing the stencil. The car was stamped in black versafine ink, then the man alsoin black versafine but clear embossed to make him stand out a bit more.
A few diecut cogs from dark brown card were added in the corners, then a mat of the same brown card before adding to a square white card blank






I  also recycled an empty instant coffee tin, these are so useful as a pen/brush holder.
This time the strip of white card cut to fit round the can with a lsight overlap was coloured with grey brusho powder, then randomly stmaped with the large crackle stamp using a grey ink pad. I used a die cut as a stencil and brushed more grey ink over it.
The man was stamped using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder before using the cyclist stamp and the small cyclist from the curiosities set to fill in the gaps.
I stuck the card to the can using redline tape stuck onto the can first along the edges with one vertical strip, then a final vertical strip onto the slightly overlapping edge of the card.