Wednesday, 20 June 2018

lords & ladies

 Today I have two cards using the lords & ladies flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque, and, of course, brusho powders.
The first one was stamped in brown ink and masked using Pebeo drawing gum before sprinkling blue and yellow brusho and spritzing with water. I also used the same colours on another piece of card to create the background piece.
Once everything was dry. I rubbed off the masking fluid and trimmed both pieces down to fit a 5"x7" white card blank, edging both pieces with a black marker before gluing down

The second card had a distress ink background
after stamping and masking the flower, adding the inks to a blending mat, spritzing with water and mopping up with the card. I added the foliage stamp in grey once everything was dry and before rubbing off the masking fluid.
I added shading with grey ink and a waterbrush, then used yello and green brusho with a waterbrush to add more colour to the leaves and the stamen. Green marker round the edges, and a 6"square card blank to finish.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

dreaming wings

 I loved playing with this new stamp set,from Chocolate Baroque so much so that i have a lot to show you today, so a coffee first may be an idea!
My first two were experiments which worked ok, thankfully. I remembered seeing a post where someone had stamped using brusho, so i had to try it out. Sprinkling powder onto a stamp and then spritzing with water was not a good idea - it took about 8 impressions to get a passable image!
A different stamp, using the paler grey powder with a waterbrush to apply to the autumn medley stamp and stamping onto damp card was much better! I wanted a dreamy effect, so added nore powder round the edges and spritzed fairly heavily with water then used a damp feather stamp to stamp into the brusho round the face. - it took a long time to dry, but I liked the efffect, though the feathers didn't show up as well as i had hoped. The large zentangled feathers and the sentiment from words of inspiration were stamped in versamark and white embossed.

 This one was my first attempt at an eclipse card. I used a distress ink background on and A5 piece of white card, and stamped the birds fron the curly birds set using black versafine ink. I masked the bodies and wings using Pebeo drawing gum before stamping the feathers in grey versafine ink. I have a magnetic platform for my big shot, which was a definite help diecutting the letters - you don't really realise how big the letters are until you try to fit a word in! I made an A5 card from black card and trimmed the stamped panel down to fit, gluing the centres of the letters in place before adding the actual letters on foam pads. This was very fiddly, and I think you would get a better result diecutting the letters several times and gluing them in place.

This one used another distress ink background, with the curly birds again stamped in black versafine and masked with the drawing gum before stamping the feathers with grey versafine.
The sentiment in black is from the feathers set.

The fourth one is fairly similar, except that I stamped feathers drifting downwards on the card  using versamark and white embossing powder before dusting with turquoise and grey brusho powders and spritzing heavily with water.
The feathers were masked with the drawing gum before stamping the curly birds in blue distress ink.  sentiment in black versafine ink
.I used the same blue ink on the white base card and sponged the edges as well before adding the panel.

My last card was cut down from an A4 sheet of card, so i have quite a bit left in case I need to make some quick cards.......

The feathers were stamped using versamark ink and white embossed before sprinkling turquoise and purple brusho over the sheet and spritzing with water. A corner of the card was trimmed to
5.5" square and mounted onto a slightly larger piece of black card before adding to a 6" sqaure white card.

Monday, 28 May 2018


 Saturday was Hobby Art day at Costessey with Moira Walters, and we used the new bluebells stamp set.
Moira had some lovely samples, but I had to live up to the rebel reputation and do something different!
Actually this first one is fairly similar to the sample if you take out the background and the sentiment...... the bluebell spray was stamped onto blue card and white embossed before colouring with mica paints. Having just collected my set of inspirational quotes I had to try them out..... I thought this one fitted, so used it to randomly stamp in the background and then white embossed on a strip of blue for the sentiment.

The other cards are very similar, just different inks for stamping. It was supposed to be the quick first card using white embossing and brushos, it ended up taking me most of the day! As the bluebell stamps are small, most people used a butterfly stamp, but I wanted to see if I could make a bluebell wood land scene.
The first time I stamped the bluebells with versamark and white EP before masking with drawing gum and stamping the trees several times in grey versafine and masking them as well. Grey brusho and water across the lot. Snag here once I had rubbed off the masking was that i wasn't too sure what was bluebells and what was tree in some areas! Also the colour I used for the flowers meant that they didn't stand out.
Version two i stamped the bluebells using black versafine and painted them first before masking. The trees were stamped with grey versafine again and masked before adding the grey brusho.
I was much happier with this version, but don't think I will try to do it again, far too fiddly.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

colours of nature?

Just when you thought I had given up on them, here i am back with my favourite brusho powders and some samples from the Chocolate Baroque tv shows - I just love the vibrant colours and the randomness of the results!
The large honeysuckle stamp was ideal, I stamped and embossed with white EP before sprinkling the red, yellow and green powders roughly where I would like them to stay, then spritzing fairly heavily with water. The EP resists the water, and also traps some of the colour into the image.
Sentiment from Mackintosh words stamped in black versafine, image trimmed down to fit onto a square white card blank with a deep red mat.

This one is far more muted, just a very light dusting of yellow powder to create a background. Image stamped with black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils - have to admit I can't remember which set the sentiment came from!

For my final TV samples this month I have used the lovely big tree stamp from essence of nature.
The first one is very restrained, not a speck of brusho in sight!
I used a square white card blank as the base, and stamped the tree stamp all over  to create the background. I used hickory smoke distress ink and held  the stamp in my hand so that only part of the image stamped at a time.

 The focal image was stamped onto black card with versamark ink and I used a rather ancient bonding powder (which thankfully still worked) before using the gold and coppery mix of gilding flakes. For some reason i never got on with stamping using glue when i had the gilding flakes with everything craze years ago, but the bonding powders worked every time...

My final card was back to brusho for the foacl image. Stamped onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed before using yellow, red and blue powders to create the sky.

I started with a square back base card , and added the background card at an angle. This was a square of white card stamped with the trees in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged round the edges.
I trimmed the brusho image down, added a black mat and glued onto the background.

Monday, 14 May 2018

old car

Eclipse cards an be very addictive! I have only tried them on a small scale so far, there is a limit using my bigshot, but the plus is that I have a magnetic platform for that which sio far has outweighed the size disadvantage.
The latest Male Room challenge for something with a car reminded me of the approach of Father's Day and the need for a few male cards in the box......
My only car stamp is from the eccentric Edwardian gentleman set for Chocolate Baroque, so maybe more of a grandad card? Anyway, I created a sponged blue/green distress ink background with random stamps from the set and cogs from steampunk butterfly in the same distress inks.
The car was stamped using black versafine, then I decided to add some  water for a bit more interest - flicking wet fingers produced rather more splodges than sprinkles, so maybe not such a good idea!
Letters were die cut before the card was mounted onto a piece of black card, then onto a white base card. Letter centres were glued directly onto  the card, then the letters added slightly offcentre using foam pads.

I am entering this for the following challenges,
The Male Room 
crafting from the heart
addicted to stamps
corrosive challenges

Thursday, 10 May 2018


Good morning everyone, it is another beautiful day here and I am sharing some of the samples for the last Chocolate Baroque tvshow using the honey bee stamps - I haven't seen many bees around this year though...
A bit late with this post, once you have no internet access, you realise just how much you need it! Hopefully all is now sorted .......

 My first is a simple tag, coloured with Distress Inks - Lemonade in the centre and Hickory Smoke round the edges. The foxglove, words and large bees were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then coloured with watercolour pencils.
I added a bit of sparkle to the wings with a clear Wink of Stella pen, but it doesn't really show up.

For the card I created a background using the honeycomb stamp and a honeycomb stencil, and various shades of yellow and orange Distress Inks, spritzed with water to soften the edges.
The foxglove was stamped on the left using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, masked with Pebeo Drawing Gum then stamped again using Smokey Gray Versafine Ink. The bees were all stamped with the black ink. The foxgloves were coloured with Distress Ink and a waterbrush, and a bit of colour was added to the bees and some sparkle to the wings. The background was mounted onto white card with a layer of purple card.

Saturday, 28 April 2018


Today I have a couple of projects to show you using stamps from Chocolate Baroque - the waterlilies from the serenity set of stamps   and sentiments from artistic affirmations. 

The first is a very simple card - I stamped the waterlily three times across a spare piece of white card using black versafine ink, and coloured the centre image with pencils. Added a mat of dark pink card, mounted onto a square white card blank, stamped the sentiment in black at the bottom corner - very quick!

 The cheap wooden box from a local discount store was covered with white gesso and then a rough coat of distress paint, leaving a mottled effect which I hoped would look watery. I stamped the waterlily images direct onto the box using memento ink.- if I could have crossed my fingers while stamping, I would have done!The leaves were coloured with alcohol pens, and the petals with white acrylic paint

My final sample is a cheap mirror, from a well-known flat-pack store, thanks to a friend who was going to pick up some furniture and was happy to add to her list.
I used leftover pieces of card coloured with brushos, cut into squares to fit round the central mirror. Two squares were embossed and rubbed with gilding wax, and two stamped. The butterflies from Steampunk butterfly were stamped in black versafine onto more spare pieces, cut out and glued in the corners.
Definitely something that would wake you up in the morning!