Thursday, 14 January 2021

grand mansions.....


More of Kim Moody's houses to share today, from the once posh to the normalish.

I started with the posh house, which definitely looked like it could do with a make-over rather than a house-warming! 
I stamped the tag shape twice on white card using brown ink, and inked round the edges with the same inkpad.I stamped the house on one tag and the words and keys on the other. in the same brown ink. I added shading to the house using a waterbrush.
I stmaped the house twice again on spare card colouring just the doorway and the urns, and fussy cut out the urns, doorway and just the door frame. The cut out bits were then decoupaged using foam pads 
The background square of card was randomly sponged with the lighter brown ink and stamped using stamps from make your mark and edged with the darker brown . Tags added at angles to finish.

The normal house was used to make this stepper card,  from a pack bought may years ago and rediscovered..... I stamped the house on the upright and coloured using watercolour pencils. The house was stamped out three times onto spare card twice using marker pens to colour the stamp and a stamnping platform to repeat stamp until i had enough depth of colour, and once using grey ink. these were cut out and glued onto the the steps to create a city scene

My final sample shows the same house coloured with marker pens again but in brighter colours and stamped onto a cream DL card blank

Sunday, 3 January 2021

sunny days


 Good morning everyone, I hope that this may cheer you up if your weather is the same as mine!

This uses the quirky dip in the sea set by Kim Moody for Chocolate Baroque, which was featured on one of last months shows on Hochanda , really fun stamps to play with.

The background card was coloured with distress oxide inks, and randomly stamped with the small images from the set to create a background. The actual stamp was stamped onto a piece of white card coloured with brusho powders, using versafine ink and clear embosing powder. The colour on the huts was taken out with bleach then the doors, roofs and window frames coloured with marker pens.Two thin dark brown mats to finish.

A quick heads up, Lesley and Chocolate Baroque will be back on Hochanda tomorrow  (Monday) at 1800 and 2000 with some gorgeous new stamps for the one day special , and back on Tuesday at 0800, 1200 and 1600 if there are any left........there will also be some special offers to tempt you further!

Saturday, 26 December 2020



Good morning everyone, I hope that you had as good a Christmas as possible this year, and that you haven't suffered from the heavy rains and strong winds - the weather definitely doesn't know this is supposed to be the season of goodwill!

I am sharing something different first today, a small wooden bowl I decorated using the special set of stamps for the craftalong on Hochanda that eventually ws broadcast in August. I loved the seedheads, and stamped them using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder. The heads were coloured with alcohol marker pens.

My next all feature brusho powders, so my apologies if you can't stand them.... this uses a different seedhead, from glorious rubber and a gelli plate background. Green dye ink brayered onto the gelli plate, and diluted brusho in red, blue and yellow splashed on randomly using a fan brush before pulling the image.  Tjhe seedheads were stamped in black versafine and clear embossed, then coloured with marker pens - the background was pale enough that the marker pens covered up any creeping colour. It's a fascinating technique for backgrounds, but totally uncontrollable and great messy fun!
This one is vey simple, just grey powder and a fair amount of water to give a misty effect, and the dreamcatcher stmaped in black and clear embossed.

Another simple one, this time with black powder, then stamped in black and clear embossed - the lily was coloured with watercolour paints, and the leaf painted with green brusho 

My last is of a hanging using the lovely magnolia stamp from happy flowers day and whiteboard heart shapes. I used both black and grey brushos here and the spray starch and cling fim technique -black brusho on the hearts and grey on a piece of white card. The magnolia was stamped on the grey piece in black and clear embossed, then fussy cut out and glued onto the hearts. The two smaller hearts came out looking rather more blue than the large one

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Tomte bauble 2


 A very quick version of the baubles to share today, still using the tomte gnomes.

I needed to make quick cards to send to all the members of my WI, (we have not been able to meet since February), and the gnomes added a cheerful note.

I used small kraft card blanks, and a bauble stencil from my stash that would fit the card.

I sponged white pigment ink round the stencil working from the edges inwards to create the bauble, and stamped the gnomes in versafine black once the white was dry -  as I needed 20 of these, by the time I had finished inking the shapes the first ones were dry enough to stamp on. 

I coloured the gnomes with distress marker pens and added some glitter to the stocking one.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

tomte bauble

 Good morning everyone, today I have a quick card to share using the tomte and bauble stamps from last months Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows

The plain shaded bauble was stamped using versarmark ink and silver embossing powder, then sponged round the edges with tumbled glass distress ink. The tomte gnome was stamped in versafine grey ink, and coloured with tumbled glass using a waterbrush. trimmed to a square,  silver and pale blue mats  mounted onto a 6"square card blank and done.
The second is just a variation of the first, but this time coloured using marker pens with red and gold mats - I could have sworn the mats were straight.....fortunately I collect my new glasses today!


Tuesday, 24 November 2020

canary bird rose

 Today I am sharing samples using  three new designs by Dawn for Chocolate Baroque 

The first is the lovely canary bird rose, a wonderful image to colour in, I used watercolour pencils. the background was using distress inks and brushes with the leaves of the flower randomly stamped 

My second sample uses the big dream petals flower stamped in blue ink onto a distress ink background and coloured by dragging the ink out with a damp brush. The sentiment stamped round the flower is from the third set

The main image from the third set is a lovely twisted tree, which i stamped with versamrk ink onto black card and gold embossed it before painting with metallic mica paints,


Sunday, 15 November 2020


 The October shows on Hochanda introduced two new young designers to Chocolate Baroque, and my samples today feature stamps by the youngest, Annabel - very bold images that are so easy to use

The first card uses the lovely echinacea , stamped twice with the first image  masked using masking tissue. The flowers were coloured with brusho powders, and the same colours used to create the basis of the background, which was randomly overstamped  with the same image using a toning multicolour ink pad.

Sorry, but yet more brusho as a background , with the dandelion heads stamnped using white pigment ink and first and second generation stamping (one of these days I shall find a white inkpad that lives up to the description.....) then with the foreground images using versamark and white embossing powder. The sentoment in black is from the dream petals set by Dawn

The last card uses the huge gerbera stamped onto more brushoed card using versamark and copper embossing powder. Trimmed down, then cut into quarters and mounted onto copper card