Saturday, 25 January 2020

here be dragons

The background was made at a workshop, revisiting an old technique using crumpled tissue paper and gilding wax - once it was done, it was crying out for my favourite dragon stamps to be added, rather than the flowers I was supposed to be using.......
Dragons from Chocolate Baroque were stamped onto white card with versafine black ink, clear embossed, then painted with H2O  paints, fussy cut out and mounted onto the background.
Fairly appropriate for Chinese New Year too

I am linking this to challenges
corrosive challenges  - anything goes
stamping sensations - favourite stamps
addicted to stamps - holidays
the fairy and unicorn challenge - anything goes fantasy themed
as you like it - anything goes

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

punky flowers

 sharing some samples from last month's Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda - apologies for the poor photos, had to take them in a rush in rather poor light as the scanner refused to have anything to do with the computer after an upgrade, grrr. and I'm not good enough with IT to fiddle with the results

Both using the same stamp from the
punky flowers sheet, just changing the size of the card by .5" magically gave me the square in the centre rather than a mess of stems that needed the circle sentiment!
I do use a stamping platform for these, makes it so much easier!
Edging on both cards using a marker pen, and images coloured with watercolour pencils.

This one has a distress ink background, just  to make a change from brusho, image stmaped in black versafine and coloured with pencils again

The box lid was triple embossed with copper EP, the large flower from the same set stamped into the EP while it was still hot

Monday, 6 January 2020

Olga's flowers

Sunday was our usual craft club, and being awkward as usual while everyone else was playing happily with the Aall & Create cutie stamps (which I detest) I grabbed Olga's lovely flower stamps instead.
Janet brought gelli plates and paints along too, and this was my final piece for the afternoon.
I didn't let the paint dry enough between layers, so lost the blue somewhere along the way and forgot that you don't stamp text stamps onto a gelli plate unless you want the letters backwards....
The main images were stamped onto white card and painted with Koh-i-noor watercolours, cut out and glued on

Second pic shows the main image from the A4 set just stamped onto white card and coloured with pencils - it is a huge stamp, just under 8" across, and fortunately I have some 7x10 card blanks I can use........
A lovley peaceful painty afternoon, then back to catch up with recorded ODS programmes with Chocolate Baroque - couldn't quite believe how quickly they sold out!

Friday, 20 December 2019

Heart to heart

I was looking for something different to do with the artist trading hearts from Chocolate Baroque, and this is what I eventually came up with.   I made a hanging using two of the whiteboard hearts
along with a larger mdf heart that was an impulse buy at a local show held together by a folded strip of silver ribbon.

I have to admit to using brusho powders again, which made this quite a quick project to do if you didn't count the drying time....
The colours look rather different in the photograph of the finished hanging to those in the scans of the individual hearts, though the small hearts did end up noticeably bluer.

The larger heart was painted with gesso first and some stencilling with structure paste to give some texture, but the whiteboard ones were used just as they came. They were all sprinkled with a mix of black and grey brusho powders, sprayed with spray starch and covered with crumpled cling film then left to dry.
While they were drying I coloured a couple of sheets of white card similarly, but just using grey  this time.
 The magnolia flowers were stamped using black versafine ink onto the card and clear embossed, then fussy cut out and glued onto the hearts

Wednesday, 4 December 2019


 I loved the butterfly stamps that were featured on the Chocolate Baroque November tv show -apart from anything else, it was an excuse to get the brusho powders out! I created two sheets of fairly random colours using the brusho, abnd then stamped the butterflies several times when dry using black versafine ink. I fussy cut the betterlooking butterflies out, and used them to add to the stamped images..
Backgrounds were a mixture of sponged colour and inks sprayed with water and picked up from a mat. I used distress oxide inks in squeezed lemonade and hickory smoke, ading stmaped butterflies in smoke between the sponged and mopped layers for the first card.

The second card background was stamped with sentiments from the harmony tree and rememberance tree stamps in smoke ink and the splodges from the butterfly set before sponging with the smoke and lemonade inks.

The show also featured some initial stamps, rather different from previous designs, which were fun to work with.
I went for simple this time, with a very light brusho background for the first card after the image was stamped and embossed.

The trees were coloured with brusho powder, and I used the word definition stamp to create the background

Sunday, 24 November 2019


Today i am sharing some photos of the journal i made for the Chocolate Barqoue October tv shows.

I don't know about you, but I find that if I try to plan a project out in detail, it always goes wrong - happened again with this journal! It's much safer to just play, get messy and inky and then see what i have got.

I used a Sizzix journal die, and had plans to create a mixed media holiday souvenir journal using all the stamps in the ephemera sets and some older seaside related sets.

The cover went ok, using kraft card as the base with lots of gesso and paint splodged on. and the beach huts stamped in the centre, with the journey word. I also used a mini photo from Crafty Individuals
 I ended up salvaging the better of the inner pages to create a slim journal - this one had another  CI image, the beach huts again, ammonite stamp , sea shells and the travel ticket.
I also used the chess stamps, the fountain scenelighthouse and flower stamps to create the other pages.
 I did have fun - sort of - and next time I won't bother planning it out!

 I also reused an empty coffee can, covering it with kraft card and stamping images using brown ink, adding colour with pencils.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

lemon and grey flowers

 A very miserable day here today - wet ,grey and definitely not warm - so I decided to show you the cards I made using the flower stamps from last month's shows by Chocolate Baroque to brighten things up a little.

All three cards have a similar background, using hickory smoke and squeezed lemonade distress oxide inks sponged onto white card after masking the stamped and clear embossed flower image .
The first card uses the floral grunge stamp, simply coloured with watercolour pencils, trimmed down to fit a 5"x7" card black with a black mat.

same stamp for the second version, with rather more grey in the background this time and watercolour pencils again, but with stronger colours

The final card with the movie strip collage stamp was coloured with brusho powders. The orange brusho was sprinkled over the flower image and activated using a damp paintbrush - you get all the random variety of colour this way, but in a more controlled fashion