Saturday, 17 April 2021

flower power

 One of my favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque was in the shows last month, the lovely flora musica and i have two versions to share today. The first is a very CAS card, simply stamped onto a  square of white card. The stamp was inked with distress marker pens and stamped using a stamping platform. I used a damp brush to draw the cololur out into the flowers and leaves and stamped the sentiment from birthday words in the bottom corner. The card was edged with ablack marker pen before mounting onto a white card blank.

The second version was again stamped using marker pens, this time edged with distress ink and mounted onto a dark red car. The background panel was sponged with matching distress inks, and randomly overstamped using just the flowers and a swirly music stamp from the music fanfare set. The same sentiment was stamped onto spare card and cut out using a punch,

the next cards use the harlequin bouquet  stamp, the first stamped in grey versafine onto white card and then again using black versafine onto spare white card, The first piece of card was coloured using wild honey distress ink and water on a craft mat, and the harlequin part of the stamp stamped randomly using the same distress inkpad to create the background. The flowers and leaves on the second image were coloured with marker pens, cut out and glued over the first images.
The base card was sponged with hickory smoke distress ink, then the image stamped randomly using the wild honey distress ink
The second version is more muted, inked first with distress markers then overstamped qwith black versafine. Background card sponged with hickory smoke and a pink distress oxide 
( probably worn lipstick, but not sure!) then randomly stamped with the harlequin part of the stamp using the grey.
Sentiment from say it vertically

My final card uses the floribunda stamp, stamped in versamark onto kraft card and white embossed. I sprinkled truquoise brusho powders over the flowers and spritzed with water. Mounts were white and turquoise card onto a square card blank , and the sentiment stamped in turquoise ink onto a scrap of white card edged with the same inkpad and matted onto a scrap of kraft card

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

inky backgrounds

 l have inky backgrounds as a main part, though using different stamps from last month's Chocolate Baroque TV show 

The first ones feature the klimt panel stamp, which is quite large. I stamped the image onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed it before addin tiny amounts of brusho powders in blue, red and yellow over parts of the design and spritzing with water.

I cut a square of card to fit a &" card blank and coloured it using distress inks dabbed onto a craft mat and spritzed with water. I stamped parts of the panel randomly using grey versafine ink to create my background. The main panel was trimmed down to the edge of the stamp and mounted onto black card, then onto the background which was edged with a                                                                             black marker pen.

My second card used the same shades of brusho powder, but this time I used watercolour card and a lot of water and a second sheet of white card pressed onto the wet first sheet to give a second paler image.

I stamped the panel using versamark ink and a white embossing powder onto the card trying to match the image up with areas of colour. This time I left a border round the panel when i trimmed it, mounted it onto black card, then onto the background piece  and more black card.

for the second group I used the songthrush stamped in black onto card coloured with brusho powders and then clear embossed.

Both these card are DL sized, and the panel was trimmed down and mounted onto balck card and then onto a panel cut from the same card stamped with a sentiment from life is so much better.  On the second card i used bleach to highlight the flowers and black card behind the coloured strip


Monday, 29 March 2021

daisy candle

 For my last post this month I have used stamps from honeysuckle butterfly by Chocolate Baroque to create a candle, and a matching box.


I used the daisy stampsstamped onto white tissue paper with versafine and coloured with alcohol marker pens to create the candle.

The same stamp was used to decorate the panels on the sides of the gift box, and one of the daisies was stamped onto spare card, colourted and cut out to go on the top flap of the box. I used velcro to seal the box

For the card I used the carnation stamp from fresh florals   using distress markers directly onto the stamp. 

I did have to stamp it twice to get the colour, using a stamp platform to make sure the images matched.   My base card was a DL size, so the  image was trimmed down to fit over a base layer in a toning blue/purple shade, and the sentiment added using versafine onto a scrap of white card.

Saturday, 20 March 2021


 Today I have cards featuring butterfly stamps from Chocolate Baroque to show you.

The first uses the main image from honeysuckle butterfly, stamped in grey versafine ink onto white card and coloured using watercolour pencils for the honeysuckle and the artway shimmer paints from the last month's shows for the butterflies. trimmed to a square. mounted onto a square of black card and then onto a white card blank.

The second card uses the briar rose butterfly, stamped in versmark ink onto black card and white embossed. Thie time the whole image was coloured with the artway paints, sprinkled with white brusho powder and spritzed with water. 

The white base card black was randomly stamped with just the flowers - the stamp was coloured with distress markers .

main image diecut into an oval


Friday, 12 March 2021


I finally got round to mounting and cutting out some stamps i bought In January from Artisan Designs - in my defence, I ran out of cling mount until last week........

Anyway, these are  the first results using the cosmos stamp

This one is very pink, not a colour I normally use  but it worked with the technique. The stamp was inked using distress marker pens, sprayed lightly with water and stamped onto white card. Stamp was dried off and inked in smoky grey versafine and stamped again over the top - I did use a stamping platform to get the stamps matching!

Woprn lipstick distress ink sponged round the edges, and a darker pink mat. The background was mopped up worn lipstick and peeled paint distress inks from a craft mat, then the cosmos part stamped using the worn lipstick again and another dark pink mat. 

Sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped using picked raspberry distress oxide and clear embossed,.


Second card is very CAS, using same technique but this time in shades of blue directly onto a card blank. 

Sentiment again from Chocolate Baroque, this time from the new set called life is so much better, which has some lovely ones

linking to challenge blogs - monochrome -#133 flowers #50 flowers - anything goes

Monday, 8 March 2021

monochrome grasses

Today  I have two cards using the eastern grasses set of stamps from Chocolate Barqoue to show you, both in monochrome and both 6" square cards.

The base card was stamped with the tall foliage stamp in grey in one corner to make a frame, and edged with black soot distress ink and then the edges  dragged across a black versafine ink pad. The main image was stamped in versamark onto a piece of black card, then embossed in white.

The second card uses the foliage stamp again, this time as the main image. 

The background card was randomly stamped using stamps from make your mark, the small foliage stamp from eastern grasses and the script from ace card and then sponged with black soot distress ink. Once it was dry, the foliage stmap was stamped on one edge using black verafine ink and clear embossed. 

The foliage stamp was stamped onto a piece of black card using white pigment ink then twice more using second generation stamping. Stamped again using versamark ink and white embossed. Edges torn using the new draw and  tear rulers 

Sunday, 28 February 2021

artful allium

 Some samples using the allium collage stamp from Chocolate Baroque today.The first card is very simple, I coloured the stamp using distress oxide inks and stamped directly onto a DL card blank.

The second version was a bit more elaborate, I created a foldback card blank creasing the card into onethird and twothirds, so the front panel was DL sized. 

The images on the back panel were stamped directly onto the card using black soot distress oxide ink. The large letters were from the just useful set.I stamped the main image for the front onto a separate piece of white card, and coloured the stamp using distress marker pens. I used a stamp platform, so could give a good huff to the image to get a stronger coloured image. The card was inked round the edges with a matching pink inkpad before gluing ontot he fron card panel.

This one the image was again coloured with distress marker pens , but then overstamped with grey versafine ink and torn out round the image. The background was created with distress oxide inks spritzed with water, then overstamped with smaller worker stamps using the same inks. The letters from just useful were stamped in black and clear embossed.

My final sample used an mdf panel covered with a  sheet of copy paper randomly coloured with distress oxide inks using a roller. Once it was dry, I stamped the numbers in the blue oxide ink, and the splodges and letters in black.

I used watercolour paint to fill in the centres of the numbers.