Thursday, 14 October 2021


two more samples to show today using the lupin and chrysanthemum blueprint stamps from the September show.

I had a couple of pieces of grey card left over from previous cards, and decided to see how they worked with the koh-i-noor pencils and the blending solution.

For both versions I stamped the main image in black and clear embossed it before randomly stamping smaller images in grey ink round it to make a background.

For the lupin card just used the white and yellow pencils to colour the image, then added a touch of green to the flower centres and used the blending solution to spread the yellow over the light bulb. The sentiment was stamped onto spare white card.

The chrysanthemum flower was coloured with red, orange and yellow pencils blended together, and the leaves with 2 shades of green and a yellow, also blended with a little white added to the banister railing.

Both were matted onto white and black card before adding to a card blank.

Monday, 4 October 2021

blueprint wreaths

 Good morning everyone, hope you all had a pleasant weekend and everyone who needed fuel got some.....

Today I have two wreath cards to share, using some of the smaller blueprint stamps from the September shows. 

These may look complicated, but if you have a stamping platform they are very easy. The first one uses two  flower stamps from the blueprint chrysanthemum set. The smaller stamps was inked in green ink and stamped 8 times to form the base of the wreath onto a square piece of white card. The larger stamp was stamped several times onto white card using a terracotta dye ink pad, and the colour dragged out with a waterbrush. I fussy cut these out, and decided to use 6 of them to add to the wreath shape - while we are always told to use odd numbers in flower arranging, I fwelt that 5 wasn't enough and 7 was too much, so 6 it was.  The sentiment is from the echinacea blueprint set.

This was even simpler. I used a very ancient multicolour ink pad to stamp the lupin image 8 times onto a piece of square white card. The centre image is part of the main image on the set, cut out with a punch and glued in the centre. I inked a mat of white card with a matching alcohol marker .


Saturday, 25 September 2021


  For this post I have a couple of monochrome cards to share using two very different stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque

The first card uses the lovely poinsettia script which I think does not have to be just for Christmas. I stamped it on grey card using black ink and clear embossing powder. It was coloured with koh-i-noor pencils using the white with blending solution on the flowers with yellow in the centre and green on the leaves.

I added silver and black mats before adding to a white square card blank with the sentiment stamped in blac

The second card uses the small geometrtic shape from Fiona Randall's sacred set, stamped four times on grey card and once on white in black ink and clear embossed.
The grey images were trimmed to square and mounted onto black card, with stickles glue on the centre triangles, although it doesn't show up well. The white image was closely trimmed and glued at an angle in the centre.

Monday, 13 September 2021


 Today I am sharing more cards using the sacred stamp set designed by Fiona Randall for Chocolate Baroque.

The first card began life as an 8" square card blank, with the front cut in half and both the front and inside sponged with grey and lemon distress oxide inks. The geometric design was randomly stamped in grey, as well as one of the leaf  stamps from the  walk tall stamp set along with the words from sacred.  The dragonflies on the front panel were stamped using black ink and clear embossed and coloured. The one on the back panel was stmaped in grey on spare card, coloured and cut out

For the second card the dragonfly was stamped four times in grey ink using a stamping platform. I again used the pva/mica method to make four more dragonflies using black ink and blue and silver mica powders. These were glued in place in the gaps between the stamped ones. The word was stamped onto scrap card and die cut then glued into the centre - I'd like to say this was to give a focaL point, but if I'm honest it was more to hide the overlapping wings!

Saturday, 4 September 2021

mica flutterbys

Today I am sharing cards using the stamps designed by Fiona Randall
  featured in last month's tv shows by Chocolate Baroque.  I had the set called sacred which also had some very intricate geometrical well as the butterfly, dragonfly and moth.

For both of these I used one of my favourite techniques, a bit fiddly and takes a long time to dry but a fab result - well, i think so anyway!

First ink the stamp up - I used black versafine -  sprinkle with mica powders and then cover the stamp with pva glue (the cheap stuff is absolutely fine as long as it dries clear) then leave to dry. Depending on the weather  and how much pva you used it can take up to 2 days to dry completely. Once dry, peel off from the stamp and trim the edges and it is ready to use.

Both cards have a light grey card background.

The DL card was stamped with one of the geometric designs using grey ink and the words stamped between the butterflies, which were glued on with more pva.

The square card uses the dragonfly and moth stamps, with the background stamped with the geometric designs in grey and randomly sprinkled with clear embossing powder. The powder bubbles up when you heat it without using versamark and I rubbed some mica powders randomly over the background as  well. The word was stamped using versamark and gold embossed, then the insects were added.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

pick a poppy

 I adore poppies, so this month's stamps  from Chocolate Baroque were definitely up my street! 

The first sample is fairly simple, with the main stamp from polygon poppies  stamped in versafine and coloured with koh-i-noor pencils. The background was sponged with distress oxide inks and randomly stamped in the same ink with some of the smaller stamps and one of the leafy stamps from walk tall

This one is a bit more fiddly, I made a similar  A4 background using distress oxides then trimmed it into 2 panels to fit an 8" square card blank with the front folded back. The main image stmaped in black versafine onto spare card , coloured with pencils and die cut into a hexagon, mounted onto a black hexagon and glued over the centre front fold. The smaller poppy hexagon stamp was stamped twice onto spare card, coloured with pencils and die cut, then matted onto black, and glued on the back panel to line up with the larger hexagon.

 My final sample used the larger poppy from flora and fauna stamped into the centre of a square of card. I then sponged distress oxide inks in blue and grey through a diecut mask to create a patchwork effect and randomly stamped images from polygon poppies in the grey ink.

The blue ink was blended round the main image which was coloured with pencils


Saturday, 14 August 2021

Morning glory

 Good morning everyone, today I have three versions of the morning glory stamp from the flora and fauna set by Choolate Baroque to share with you.

For the first card I coloured the stamp with marker pens, spritzed lightly with water and stamped onto white card. I used a water brush to pull out the colour on the flowers and leaves. A matching green mat and the sentiment stamped using the  blue marker pen to finish.

The base card here was randomly stamped with parts of the image using grey distress ink and sponged round the edges to create a background. 
Image stamped in black versafine ink this time
 and coloured with distress inks and a waterbrush.

The final version is on a candle, stamped in versafine onto tissue paper and coloured with alcohol marker pens