Saturday, 24 July 2021

steampunk butterfly

My last post on the Chocolate Baroque blog this month focuses on the steampunk butterfly - absolutely perfect for masculine cards!

My first simple sample uses the cogs stamped in versafine clair in one corner, and gold and silver embossing powder sprinkled over quickly.  The butterfly was stamped once over the cogs in black in - too lazy to cut the antenna out!-  and once in versamark onto black card. White, silver and blue embossing powder sprinkled over, fussy cut out and glued over first image. Black mat onto white card blank to finish

this one is more grungy, black soot distress ink sponged round the edges, then the small butterfly stamped along the four edges in black ink, and again twice onto spare card. The spare images wwere sponged with black ink, and the single wings cut out and glued down to fill in the gaps in the rather wonky wreath shape. The flower from punky romance was stamped in the centre, then the large butterfly stamped in versamark onto black card and white embossed was cut out and glued at an angle on top- and this time I did cut out the antenna.....

 The prettier version has the large image from punky romance stamped in grey and coloured with watercolour pencils. Antique linen and old paper distress ink brushed round the edges, and the small cogs randomly stamped in the same inks. 
The large butterfly stamp was put on an acrylic block and inked in black versafine ink, then sprinkled with mica powders. The whole image was then covered with pva glue and left to dry. Depending on the depth of the glue it will take at least 24 hours to completely dry. Once dry, peel off the glue and trim the image with scissors, then glue in place. Cheap pva works just as well as the dearer stuff, so if you're planning to do several buy the kid's version!

 I owe Lynnda Worsnop for this idea, and Doreen Sympson on whose blog I originally saw this - thanks ladies!

Sunday, 11 July 2021

i saw three ships

 Almost every year I promise myself I will start on Christmas cards early, and never do it -despite the variety of Christmas themed  challenge blogs!

Making sea themed cards recently for some reason i couldn't get this carol out of my head, so  actually made a Christmas card!

This one was using a gelli plate background with a brayered  versafine ink and brusho sprinkles that had been lying around for a while.  There was a light area in the centre, so i added a mask for the moon there and sponged round it with blue distress ink. 

Seashell collage from Chocolate Baroque has a lovely slhouette image of a tall ship which was perfect. Two ships were stamped using versafine clair black ink, and the centre one using versafine smoky grey ink. Dots of white ink for the seaspray, and the words were printed from the computer

I am linking this to these Christmas blogs 

The male room  #152- Christmas in July

kraftychicks #567 - Christmas

creativecraftcottage#142 -Christmas in July

craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge #550- anything goes

the holly and the ivy #97 - anything goes

shopping our stash # 449 - Christmas in July


Sunday, 4 July 2021

sea shells....

Two seasonal cards today using the sea shell collage set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque.
The first card uses the seagulls, everpresent round the Norfolk coast on the look out for food.
Simply stamped in black versafine on white card and coloured with watercolour pencils, apart from the sky which was sponged with distress ink. trimmed, matted on black and mounted 0onto a base card sponged with distress ink and randomly stmaped with seashells in the same ink. the larger gull was stamped onto spare card, coloured and cut out, then glued onto the base of the card

My second card uses the smaller stamps to create a rough wreath shape, using orange and green iks for the shells and brown for the anchor and wheel. Parts of the text stamp and seashells were randomly stamped round the edges and the same inks brushed round the edges. Very light dusting of blue in the centre and the sentiment from punky expressions

Saturday, 26 June 2021

dream homes


My first card today features the Luv Shack house by Kim Moody for Chocolate Baroque.
I created a distress ink background in greens then stmaped the house onto the background using black versafine ink and again onto white card.
I coloured the chimney, hedge, balcony and ladder on the distress ink background and the main house on the white card using pencils.
I cut out the house on the white card and glued it over the other image, then added the sentiment from Italian House
The second card also has a distress ink background,this time in grey and green to create a misty effect. The Bottle and Jug was stamped in black at the top right and the Urban Chic house at the bottom left. The letters were cut from gold metallic card and glued in place diagonally

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Bottle and Jug

It's always fun to have the quirky designs by Kim Moody to play with, and this month we had four!
I have used just the old pub one here, to celebrate the hospitality reopening....
My first one used a brusho background, image stamped in black versafine and clear embossed. I used bleach to take the colour out on the plastered areas of the building and a marker pen to colopur the roof.
The sentiment is from Say it vertically.

 The second version is back to a daylight view, stmaped in black again and coloured with marker pens.The background was sponged with distress inks and stamped with the script from Scripts and timepieces

Friday, 4 June 2021

winter trees


I love tree stamps, so these  - Orchard design-a -tree -on last month's shows were right up my street! They do come with leaves and flowers stamps so you can change the effects according to the seasons, but I loved them as the bare trees.

I stamped the larger tree in versafine black and clear embossed it, then used sponges and distress inks to create the wintery sky background, then trimmed close to the image. 

The sentiment from Life is so much better  was alos stmaped and embossed onto spare card and cut out.

The card background was made by splitting  a piece of corrugated card and then spraying it with an ancient green glimmer mist before rubbing a bit of gold wax over parts of it.

 The second card I used a spare bit of white card and stamped the trees, then used sponges, black soot and hickory smoke  distress inks  and torn paper to create the landscape. The sky was also sponged using the hickory smoke again and broken china.Trimmed down again to fit across a card blank, then the sentiment from Life is so much better stamped below.

Monday, 24 May 2021


I created two sheets of background using my craft mat, peeled paint and broken china distress inks and a waterspray. 

I cut pieces to ft the small 4x4" notelet cards and also a larger piece to fit the 6x6" card blank I used as the base for the wallet.

I stamped different flower images from the retro sets  onto the notelets, and also one onto the larger piece along with the sentiment from say it vertically