Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge #6 Card 1

My first card for the Chocolate Baroque Challenge
 is a Thank You card

Hi all - wishing you a Happy New Year!
After a hectic Christmas and then out of action with jelly legs congestion and a hacking cough it seems ages since I managed a Post. Well here it is - a Thank You card - useful for this time of year.
Used a Lifestyle Die for the Base and the top mat, which was a free CB download from a previous challenge.
 Used a Memory Box stencil for the background using Oak House Ink Pads.
The stamps were from a Chocolate Baroque Set

Simple faux stitching to finish.
Ink are from a range by Oak House Studio

I m entering this card into Challenge 6  -  Chocolate Baroque

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Brushos Thank You Card

My third card from Eileen's Workshop
..........better late than never!!
A Woodware Stamp which I painted with Brushos and then "flicked" the other colours on. Cut out word and mounted onto layers . The top two layers I cut into a shape and then layered them onto another and the card base. Outlined with a black fine liner for detail
A quick and easy make....

Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Birthday to You......


Background masked off and inked with 3 inks I chose from the Oak House Studio range - Purple, Slate Grey and Dusky Pink.
Brushed over with mica powders whilst still damp so it "stuck " on a bit...
Inked and cut a Chocolate Baroque Butterfly and made 3 flowers in vellum stamped with gold fine detail powder from Oak House Studios. Coloured with Spectrum Noir from the back and added a brad then Stickled to add highlights.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

This really is my last Christmas Card for 2014!!

Stencil and Mirri Snowflakes

I used a stencil  (with  translucent paste and blue glitter from Sweet Poppy Stencils)  from Designs by Ryn for the branch . The snowflakes were cut in silver Mirri card  - I think it is a set from Marianne Dies. Found the sentiment to finish it off. A quick last minute card to make.......

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My cards from Eileen's Workshop at Allhallows

Results from Eileen's Workshop at Rochester
Had another super day at Eileen's workshop yesterday. Sorry I'm a little  late posting - having a super crafty clear out ( to get a dining table for !!
These are 2 of the cards I made, focussing on Brushos,
Stamps and Stencil from Designs by Ryn ( others were available) and other techniques.
I'll post my 3rd card tomorrow, hopefully...

Thank you for looking today......
here's the link for Eileen's Blog should you wish to have a look and pick up her contact links........
and for Ryns link as I used a few of her stamps and a stencil

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Lavinia Stamps - Add a Flower Challenge

Flower Stamp from Lavinia Stamps

Sectioned off a band which I distressed, choosing 3 colours to work with.
1st and 2nd generation stamping of the flowers.  Sentiment from Lavinia stamps and edged with faux stitching and a lick of gilding wax. All  with inks from Oak House Studio

Monday, 8 December 2014

Last Christmas Card of 2014 - using a Chocolate Baroque Stamp

Traditional Christmas Card

I stamped the image onto the card in gold embossing powder and also the foliage area which I cut to decoupage.

Added a moon and the sky detail. The acetate over the top is slightly curved but unfortunately doesn't show up so well.
The image was computer generated.

I am entering this card into the following challenges



Sunday, 7 December 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge #5 Card Three

My 3rd card for the current Chocolate Baroque Challenge

 I used the Posy Stamp from the  Rose Tree set. De-bossed the largest die directly onto the card base and then cut the remaining layers. Edged the cut shapes with a Spectrum Noir Pen. Stamped the flower image with white embossing powder. Used my alcohol pens to colour and then glossy accents over the coloured image.
Glossy card from Anna Marie Designs -
I am entering this card into the current challenge

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Chocolate Baroque Poppy Stamp from the Pretty Poppy Set

I love Poppies!
I embossed only  the frame on a layer and then die cut one shape  to stamp. Stamped Poppy image from the Pretty-Poppies-Unmounted-Rubber-stamp and used a fine gold heat embossing powder . I coloured the edge only of the cut edge and the outside of the square. Used Spectrum Noir Pens and a Wink of Stella pen to colour. Used foam pads to lift the square so that the coloured image sat slightly recessed.
Here's the link for the stamp set

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge #5


         My 2nd entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge #5
What a beautiful Butterfly this stamp is. Created the background in shadings of pink, then  I stamped 2 Butterfly  images and heat embossed them with  White EP onto parchment and then cut around. Coloured with purple and pink pens from the Spectrum Noir Range. Mounted onto the card as shown...
I am entering this card into the current Chocolate Baroque Challenge..
 stamped a simple sentiment from my stash

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Cards with a Heartfelt Ceations Stamp

Christmas Bauble Cards
One stamp and two cards this time using a Heartfelt Creations Bauble Stamp.



Embossed a background with an Embossalicious Christmas Folder. Stamped and cut out image, though there is a Spellbinders Die to fit. Coloured Poinsettia for the background and then Die cut a Sue Wilson white filigree Poinsettia and some Holly branches. Assembled as shown and added a red bow and ribbon to finish.
The second card is also using the same Bauble stamp. I used a linen base card
and again stamped and cut the bauble out. A red poinsettia cut  this time and some
gilding wax and a bow to finish....


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge #5

Here is my 1st entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge  #5

a lovely colour palette to work with again



Used a decagon die to make the base card and mat and layering.
I stamped image with Memento Ink and used Spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils to colour. Added a Butterfly to the inside of the card and ribbon to the front

 am entering this card into the current Chocolate Baroque Challenge #5

Monday, 24 November 2014


Holly and Trees Snow and Sparkle
I used Distress Inks to stamp the images and used a computer generated sentiment for the front of the card. Stickles to add snow and glitter. Decoupaged  and second generation stamped some of the Holly leaves for depth and dimension on the Holly Bough.

Two Cards - one Christmas Stamp

Here are 2 cards I made with one of the stamps from the Christmas Creatures Set

Here are 2 different styles of card giving a totally different effect using card bases and mat and layering.
Here is the link for the stamp set

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Birthday Card

Butterfly Birthday Card
I love Butterflies, though you would never guess!!
I embossed a butterfly folder onto a piece of card 6.75" square and cut a centre square out to make a frame. (This square can be used for another project). Don't add this to your base card just yet. I used a 7" x 7" card base
Lighted inked over the embossing only with Milled Lavender
Chose Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque and stamped some randomly onto the area of the "gap" onto the base card with white embossing powder. Does not matter if parts will be hidden by the frame.
I painted the stamped Butterflies which are on the card, keeping the amount of water to a minimum, again with Milled Lavender.
Stamped the same Butterflies onto Parchment with White EP and again used Distress Ink from the pad. 2 for each butterfly I plain for the underneath and one coloured on the top.
Die cut a sentiment from my stash, 1 dark blue and 2 in white and layered the with the dark one to be on the bottom.
Stuck the frame on ( flat or on pads)and then arranged the Parchment Butterflies and the sentiment taking them onto the border for balance. To finish added some pearls
Here's the link to the Chocolate Baroque shop where you can find some beautiful  Butterfly stamps and a lot more!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Brushos with a Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Stamp

Brushos away!

First Stamp
2nd Stamp after remisting lightly


3rd Stamp
Mat and layering after adding a few more details such as Distress inks and Stencilling.
this is the link for the Stamp:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Brushos with a Memory Box

Special Wishes card with Brushos and a Memory Box Die

Yellow is not a colour I use too much so for a change, I did!!
Brusho background on watercolour paper and then I cut a black Gerber Daisy flower saving all the "waste" and 3 yellow which I "stacked"  up. The black bits I kept to reform a solid black flower on the bottom to add depth  Made some "curly" bits with slithers of black card and the leaves were from the MB Poinsettia corner.
Mat and layering to finish......
based on an original by Bibiana which we recreated at Eileen's Workshop

 Glorious Gerber Daisies Memory Box Die


Monday, 17 November 2014

Chocolate Baroque Christmas Rose Script Stamp

Christmas Card mode again!
I stamped onto Kraft card with Gold embossing powder and cut shape using Tonic Scallop Rectangle. I also stamped the image twice onto Parchment. Cut out the 2 parchment stamped pieces and coloured on the back with a white pen and yellow for the centres. Mat and layered as shown and stamped the vertical sentiment, also in Gold Embossing powder.
Christmas Rose Script from Chocolate Baroque

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sweet Poppy Stencil - Holly Wreath

At lastI have finished and boxed 20 of these Christmas Cards

The light has reflected against the linen effect card but enjoyed making these cards on a different shaped base. The Holly stencil is from Sweet Poppy Stencils and I used pearlescent paste with glitter dusted over whilst the paste was still wet.

Mirrored the mat and layering inside to finish the card. The Die is from Lifestyle one of the frame's the link for the stencil

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Freebie Stamps from Creative Cardmaking

Christmas Cards using the Free Stamps in this months Creative Cardmaking

I made these 2 cards using stamps from the Free set in the latest edition of Creative Cardmaking/ The Deer stamps  are from Hobby Art. The Poinsettia was stamped , cut out and coloured with spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils. One coat of glaze spray from Crafters Companion to the flowers.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Chocolate Baroque

.......from the Rose Tree Set

A stamp from the Rose Tree Set for a quick make. Used Tonic dies ( square scallop) to make the frame and cut the mat from a free paper downloaded from  the Chocolate Baroque site and the first layer from a cream card sprayed with Crafters Companion Gold Spray ( a good way to make your own glitter card!!)
Stamped the image with Memento ink as I wanted to use my Spectrum Noir Pencils and Pens to colour.
Here's the link for you to have a look at the Stamp set:-


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Heartfelt Stamps Christmas Cards

Quick post today - seem to have a lot going on in all directions lately!
This Bauble Stamp from Heartfelt Creations is a whopper and great to use on its own. Stamped with Gold detail EP from Oakhouse Studio it's really super fine) and cut out.
Coloured the Poinsettia with my Spectrum Noir Pencils and added a flourish from my stash and a bow. The Base card was with an embossing folder from Crafters Companion ( think it from the Vintage Range 6" x 6".

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My Second make usng Inspiration from Bibiana

Memory Box Die and Distress Inks
I embossed the background before distressing. Went through a circle mask with a white pen.
I die cut a flower  in black for the base layer and the built up 4 white ones on top for depth.
  based on a design I saw on Bibiana's Blog.....

I don't have the pine needles die so I had a little think and decided to try some wispy bits cut in black on the guillotine

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Revival of an old Post

Throwback Thursday -

 here is one of my 1st posts I ever Blogged - revived for Bibiana's Challenge
How things move on!!

Allhallows Workshop - the Results!!

Card Samples using Distress Inks, Stamps and MemoryBox Dies....

 My Cards from Eileen's Workshop today.
We had great fun as usual and I was pleased with my results. Love the Memory Box Dies and thanks for Eileen's efforts in making us all a pack with the Die Shapes all ready cut out!! Thanks too to Bibiana who gave Eileen permission to use her design. Love it....see more of her designs on her Blog - here's the link:-

 Next favourite is the Poppies card. Love colouring and "doing" moons .....
Work in Progress on another card or two...will post another day....
Have a good weekend all.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Christmas Octagonal

Octagonal card
It's been a busy week so far - baking and Workshop prep but I have managed one card!
 ...Here is an Octagonal  card I made using a combination of Cardio and Hobbycraft Stamps. Formed the wreath first and then built up my scene. Sometimes your stamp packaging includes an acetate with the  designs on it and I use this sheet to see where am image can sit before I stamp.
Distress Inks for the sun and hillockshading. Stickles for the snow effect and Liquid Pearls ( Cosmic Shimmer an alternative) for berries.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Designs by Ryn November Card

Gerbera with Alchohol Pens and Acetate

I made this card using a technique that I had seen on You Tube with Sheena Douglass. I backed with a gold card which alters the effect. Mirri card behind looks good too. After a couple of tries in the bin with other stamps, this one of a Gerbera from Ryn did the job giving a good outline to the image when the ink is removed. Topped the acetate with three flowers which I coloured and decoupaged. Added Stickles and Glossy accents to the flowers to finish

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Chocolate Baroque - Challenge 4 Sample #3

Honeysuckle Butterfly Set

My third card for the Chocolate Baroque Challenge using Spectrum Noir Pencils. A stamp from the
Decoupaged the butterfy from the same set too. An embossed layer as part of the mat and layering t finish along with fine line marker to edge around...

Friday, 31 October 2014

Cardio Christmas Theme Card

Cardio Stamps
I cut a base card from my Lifestyle Dies and also a frame which I Distress inked.
Used Vintage Phot to stamp wreath and then very lightly inked over the branches to add a bit more depth. Red berries were Stickles and Diamond Stickles for the snow effect.
I love the compositions you can get with even the smallest of stamps..

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 4 - Card #2

My second card
 for the Chocolate Baroque Challenge
I used linen cardstock for my second card for the Chocolate Baroque Challenge #4
Used Spectrum Noir Pencils to colour the stamped image from the Tranquility Set and very calming it was!!
Simple mat and layering to finish

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 4 - Card #1

Chocolate Baroque Challenge Card
I used a stamp from the Honeysuckle Butterfly Set and coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils
I cut an octagon base card and layering and added a butterfly to finish..
I am entering this card into the current Chocolate Baroque Challenge....

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Penny Black Poppy Time Stamp

A CAS Poppy Card
I used the stamp for my card - there is also a matching stencil available...
Used Spectrum Noir Pens to colour. Used a pale grey to add a little shadowing at the ground. Added a sentiment stamp from my stash to finish....
Matches poppy stencil Sun Catcher

Friday, 24 October 2014

Brushos and a Chocolate Baroque Poppy Stamp

Brusho background with a Chocolate Baroque Poppy Stamp

Created Brusho background and stamped Poppy Stamp from Chocolate Baroque, colouring with Spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils. That it apart from assembling this card for a Friend's Birthday

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Holly Stamp by Stamps by Chloe

 Holly Stamp by Chloe with an Octagonal Base Card 
Stamped the large and small Holly Stamps onto Parchment with embossing powder and edged with Platinum Stickles.. Added micro beads in the centre. Die cut tags for stamped sentiment. Built up layers with alternate layers edged with gold metallic pen. On the 1st and third layers I embossed on the background for detail.