Monday, 4 July 2022

peacock feathers

 June was quite a sad month, several of my favourite stamps from Choolate Baroque were in the retired list, but digging them out made me realise just how old some of them were! On the plus side, retiring a whole load of older stamps means there will be room for new designs to tempt us, though I'm quite sure the bank manager would not agree!

My first samples for the recent shows on Create & Craft used stamps from the Peacock Fan and Peacock Glory sets.

I used the large feather stamp to create  fan cards. The first one has a brusho background, and I stamped the feather once on the right, then masked it with tissue paper and stamped again five times to create the fan shape. Some parts of the images were coloured with marker pens, then a mount of black card before adding to a white card blank.

The second version again had a brusho backgroumnd, and the feather was stamped five times and fussy cut out. The eyes were coloured with marker pens Then the fan was assembled onto black card.
My final card was a trifold on black card -after folding the card, I cut diagonally from the top of the lefthand panel to partway down the right hand panel, giving the shape on the right. The peacocks were stmaped using versamark and gold embossed, then painted with shimmer paints

The other scans show the inner and back of the flat card before folding 


Sunday, 26 June 2022

dragonfly dreams

two samples to share today using the dragonfly image from fragile wings by Chocolate Baroque.

 The first was a set of coasters created from grey board circles, painted with white gesso and then sponged with distress oxide inks.

The dragonfly was stamped using black versafine ink, and once the ink was dry the coaster was sealed using modge podge adhesive.

My second is a candle, this time using the whole stamp stamped onto the smooth side of white tissue paper using black verafine ink.

It was painted on the rougher side using shimmer watercolour paints, then brushed round with water and carefully torn out. Heat sealed onto the candle to finish.

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

flower power

Here I have used flower images from Chocolate Baroque to create three cards.

My first is a bit grungy, using the alium collage as the main stamp, stamped in versamark ink onto black card and white embossed.. I used stamps from just useful and paisley elephant stamped randomly in white pigment ink to create the background. (Paisley elephant is on the list of retired stamps since I made this card, but any fancy script stamp would do)

The remaining cards are very similar, both use a background created using distress inks splodged onto a mat and spritzed with water and mopped up with card. Once piece of card was dry, I stamped the nature themed words from slim word strip 1 several times in distress oxide ink across the card, staggering repeat stamping.  Once it was dry, I cut two pieces to fit  a DL card blank and stamped two different images from not more flowers. The dandelion was clear embossed after stamping in black versafine, and the gerbera(?) was coloured with alcohol marker pens. 

Both stamped images were matted onto black card and then added to the white DL card blanks


Saturday, 4 June 2022

making marks

Good morning evryone, hopefully you are all  enjoying the Jubilee weekend - I thought I ought to go with the flow and show you this  red, white and blue card using  stamps from Chocolate Baroque that featured on the May tv shows

I made a black DL card using my trimmer, which helpfully has a scoring blade, and cut a piece of white card to fit. I stamped the dotty streak stamp from making more marks twice in red and again in blue along the length of the white card - I did try to join it up properly, but the sentiment hides any gaps! I added the ink and paint words in the red and blue ink. The sentiment was stamped in black on a spare piece of card , with the exclamation mark added, trimmed down, mounted on a narrow black mat and glued in place.

For the second card I cut a square of white card about 7.5" square and fastened it onto a stmaping platform with the magnets. The tyre tread stamp was stamped four times in black versafine ink, turning the card each time after stamping one image. Reposition the stamp midway between two of the images and repeat the process four times. It looked a bit bare, so i added the narrow strip stamp, again placing it midway between two of the first images, and stamping four times. Reposition it in the blank spaces and repeat stamp another four times.

i added the word edgy roughly in the centre, then trimmed the card down into a hexagon shape, and inked the edges in black before adding to an 8" white card blank.

I used the loopy stamp to decorate a fabric shopper for something different. I used the versafine black ink again, and stamped the image eight times to form a rough circle this time usign an acrylic block ( only because the bag wouldn't fit into the stamping platform!).

I coloured the loops using promarkers to give something roughly approaching a flower .

If you want to decorate a similar bag, you would be better off using fabric inks - I did wash a previous bag that had been decorated using versafine and promarkers, and the colours didn't wash out , but obviously I could have just been very lucky that time!

Friday, 27 May 2022


My third post this month for Chocolate Baroque is a bit of a mixture, catching up on other stamps featured in the April show on Create and Craft.

The  canary bird rose stamp is lovely to colour in, but I just used bleach to take the colour out. The background was from a batch made using the inky plate and distress inks with some added stencilling- the leaves and stem were coloured with pencils 

Another inky plate background for the tree from be at peace, with a reflection below it created using acetate, coloured with pencils again. the sentiment was stamped on an offcut of the background piece, cut out and edged with black ink
Another inky plate background, with the open weave  background stamped in grey first, then the floral weave stamp coloured with felt tip marker pens stamped twice to build up the colour - I used a stamping platform for this.

Sentiment on a scrap of the background and a black mat.

 The final card used the flower from life is wonderful stamped in black ink onto a sponged background. The flower was coloured with pencils and the butterfly with shimmer paints. The flower head was stamped onto spare card, painted with watercolours ,fussy cut out and glued over the original image.  Random parts of the open weave stamp were stamped on the background using a green distress ink and then I doodled round the edges with a fineliner pen. The sentiment was stamped onto spare card, cut out , more doodled edges.


Saturday, 14 May 2022

dream petals

 For my second batch of samples from the Chocolate Baroque shows in April on Create and Craft I have used stamps from gerbera and friends and dream petals as the main images

The first two are very similar, both using  backing sheets coloured with brusho powders sprayed with water. A separate sheet of card was coloured using green, turquoise and purple powders and the flower from dream petals was stamped 5 times in black versafine ink and fussy cut out. 

I chose 3 flowers to mount onto the bluey background which was trimmed to fit an 8" square card blank and edged with black by dragging across the ink pad before gluing on.

The greeny one was trimmed to fit a 7" square card blank and edged by using an alcohol marker pen in green before adding the 2 remaining flowers.

This one took a bit longer to do -  The flower was stamped first in black versafine ink and clear embossed  befoe painting with ko-i-nor water colour paints. The sentiment comes from be at peace. I then brushed distress ink around the flower, and added  random parts of the lattice stamp to add texture. I also used several worker stamps from older sets to add interest to the background.


The last one used the sunflowers stamped in bl;ack versafine ink onto a scrap of  leftover card with an inky splodgy background which I trimmed right down and edged with black ink before mounting on a white card blank. The sentiment was stamped in black in the corner to finish

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

blown away


 For my first post this month using stamps from the April shows for Chocolate Baroque I chose to use the lovely dandelion stamps from the Gerbera and friends stamp plate

I used a  splodgy background from a previous session, which had just the right colours. The base card blank was 7" square, and the front was cut in half - the background piece was trimmed to make 2 pieces , one to fit the half card front and a narrower one to go on the inner.

The images were stamped using a white pigment ink pad - it's a fairly new ink pad, but gives a very muted image , so once the first images were dry I stamped again and white embossed them. Narrow black mats and a sentiment from say it vertically to finish.

 I couldn't resist another candle ,  images simply stamped in black versafine ink, torn out and fused on. It would have been easier to stamp all the images onto a single piece of tissue paper rather than doing them singly as I did - you live and learn!