Saturday, 11 July 2020


Today I have two samples from the June Chocolate Barqoue tv shows to share, both using the big stamp from the Timeless stamp set.
I couldn't resist using the whole stamp on a candle , once I had found a large enough candle that is ! As it was so large, I used two images stamped onto white tissue paper, one left black and white and the second one with the background coloured with marker pens. Run a wet paintbrush round the images and tear out, then use a heat gun to apply to the candle. 
This is a large candle, and it was quite difficult to hold the copy paper tightly enough round the images when nusing the heat gun, really should have used oven gloves to hold the paper.

The second sample was a notebook , when i just used part of the stamp. This was about A6 in size, and had a black cover to begin with, which fit in nicely with the grungy image.
I started by making the background, using a page torn from an old diary, crumpled up and sprayed with diluted walnut stain ink. Once it was dry, I tore it to fit the cover, swiped a brown ink pad over the creases and round the edges and glued it down. 
I stamped the image twice onto white card using versamark ink, and embossed one in silver and one in gold. The four clock faces were cut out of the silver one, and just the large one from the gold, and glued into place.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

new stamps

There are some gorgeous new stamps coming from Chocolate Baroque on Tuesday 7 July, with shows on Hochanda TV at 10am and 3pm when Lesley Wharton will be in the studio with some great demos.
This is one of the samples I made for the show, a gatefold card using two of the new stamps - totem pole and dreamcatcher - and an older stamp, the cactus .
I  stamped both images on black card using versamark ink and silver embossed them, then coloured the totem pole with mica paints.

The inside panel was also stamped and silver embossed and painted with the mica paints

These stamps are very different, and were drawn by Kim Moody - all the DT team have had great fun making samples with the 3 stampsets , I don't think Hochanda have enough studio space to show them all!

Monday, 29 June 2020

life is incredible

Life really is incredible, especially at the moment with the global pandemic - while we can't do much about that, at least we can celebrate the wonders of nature.

Chocolate Baroque have been showcasing some of their wonderful nature themed stamp sets, and here I have used several in this mini accordion book - kingfisher song, trees a crowd, tall trees and extras from timeless and make your mark. Sorry, no prizes for working out which came from which set can cheat by using the search function on the Chocolate Baroque website.......

I created the backgrounds using distress oxide inks on a craft mat spritzed with water, mainly broken china and peeled paint and used small stamps in the same colours fairly randomly to add some interest before stamping the main images using black versafine clair ink. 

I added colour to some of the images  using brusho powders

The cover pieces are larger than the inner pages, which is why they overlap on the first photo when i tried to show both together.
I am gradually getting to grips with this new version, the main difference is that I can't upload all the photos first and then add text round them - at least, I haven't found a way yet to do that!

Saturday, 13 June 2020


Today I have a card to share using two lovely nature themed stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque, kingfisher song and sticks and stones.
I used drawing cartridge to stamp the images, and versafine ink, and coloured with watercolour paints.
The reeds were stamped first, masked using masking fluid, and the smaller kingfisher stamped behind them, then the branch stamped on the left. Painted the bird and reeds, then added light washes for the sky, grass and water. The large kingfisher stamped onto a separate piece of cartridge, painted and cut out, then glued onto his branch. 
The base card blank was stamped using the bridge at the top left and the reeds repeat stamped along the bottom. I coloured the stamps with distress marker pens.

Fingers crossed this post works, as there is a new version of blogger - I understand that the old version will end at the end of the month, so thought I had better try the new one now......took me 5 minutes to work out how to start a new post (for any other idiot, the large red + button at the bottom of the screen!), still not worked out how to wrap text round an image, took forever to add labels / will gather that I am not too impressed!

Friday, 29 May 2020

tando binder workshop

 Di Oliver from Tando Creative hosted an online workshop on facebook on 25th April, which I completely forgot about at the time. However, the kit was still available, and the workshop sessions are saved on to the facebook group, so I decided to play catch-up.

This is something completely outside of my comfort zone, but I loved the colour scheme Di had chosen, to say nothing of people's finished binders,  so ordered the kit.

Took a while before I had a chance to play, and I did watch the sessions a couple of times before I actually took the kit out of the bag! Good solid grey board pieces, plus some lace that I didn't use to use as ties.

Once I plucked up the courage to have a go, it was actually really easy to do, excellent instructions to follow and so easy to replay bits I wasn't sure about.

 Spread out over a couple of weeks, plus a week searching for the embossing folders and stencils I'd tidied away somewhere earlier and forgotten where - needless to say, the place is in even more mess now than it was, but I did eventually find some of them....- this is my finished binder.

I was very pleased with it, and am looking forward to actually joining in with the second workshop tomorrow, which is a framed butterfly piece.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

imagination rules

 The one advantage of the current situation is being able to get inky without the guilty feeling that you should be doing something else.......and it is amazing what you find if you do give in to the guilt and start tidying up!

I loved the blueprint sets of stamps from Chocolate Baroque , and decided to try to combine them all with my current passion for concertina cards, and this was the result. 

I used 12x12 white card as the base, cut into 4" wide strips and scored at 4" intervals - one strip was cut down to two squares to join the otheres together.

I started by making the background, using distress inks in peeled paint and broken china splodged onto a craft mat and spritzed with water.

Once dry, I randomly stamped the background with some of the geometric images from the sets and some from make  your mark using mostly the blue ink, but a few in the green.

 Once everything was dry, I stamped the images using black versafine  and clear embossing powder.
Most of the flowers were coloured with watercolour pencils or watercolour paints some have been decoupaged as well.
   I added some sentiments from the sets 
I used the spare bit of card to make a small tag, and the pocket to hold it

Sunday, 3 May 2020

rainbow butterfly

Sharing a card made using goodies from Artisan Design, the new spirelli stencil and my old favourite the ragged dragon butterfly stamp.
I wanted to create an image that reflects the strange times today, hence the dark background and the bright butterfly.
I used distress oxide inks in the background, and firsty stamped  the butterfly in black and clear embossed it.
Butterfly then stamped and clear embossed onto white card then coloured with alcohol marker pens before fussy cutting out and glueing over the original image - saves cutting the very fiddly bits out!
makeit takeit challenge May