Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #326: Your Favourite Medium

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to use " Your Favourite Medium " on your projects. Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps.

My card features the delightfully caustic Stella. LOVE the ol' gal. I've used Stella Love - Wake Up Call on a simple card layout. Extra embellies: LF Aqua Lawn Trimmings and Mint Liquid Pearls.

If I had to pick one medium for my cards, it would be alcohol markers. They are so versatile and perfect for quick cards. I've used Copics to colour Stella.
TTCRD Jan 17th: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Your Favourite Medium". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, January 23rd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Have a beautiful day, friends!

x Beijinhos x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Leafy Hearts of Gold

Hello, there! It's Friday the 13th.... eeeek!

It's been a week since I posted anything. Mr Mojo is not back from his Christmas back... probably drunk in a ditch somewhere. I'm flying solo here. :)

If your mojo needs a little nudge, make sure you catch our lovely Lesley Wharton on Hocahnda TV. She'll be showcasing the stamps I used for my project today and many more gorgeous Chocolate Baroque stamps you'll recognise.

Today's card is a big one at 5½" square. I started by inking the card with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and stamping Big Bold Background Belle Flowers with the same ink.

Next I heat embossed the leafy heart from Harlequin Rose with WOW Gold Rich Embossing Powder onto burgundy card stock  Then I fussy cut the hearts and adhered them to the card base.

In order to make the leaves pop, I used Faber Castell Polychromos to lift the gorgeous design. And yes... there are a few little green blings. Couldn't help myself!
Making Memories Crafting #1: AG
The Crafty Addicts #32: AG
Deep Ocean #146: Anything New - new stamps

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope Friday the 13th brings you only the best of luck today and all year long. Big hugs to all.


p.s. The more I look at this card, the more I think of cabbage! Am I the only one?! :)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

MHKD: Make A Joyful Noise

Welcome the first in our series of MHKDesigner Inspiration for 2017. Every month the MHKDesign Team will showcase a project featuring products by available in the MHKDesigns Etsy Store.

Here is my project - a fun yet simple card using a stamp and sentiment from Stitched Sunflower and papers from the Sunflower Sampler digi pack.


I coloured the image with Copic markers, added droplets of Daffodil Liquid Pearls and finished the card with some ribbon. A quick and easy card with a beautiful sentiment. Perfect start to the New Year.

Here's a close-up of the sunflower. It is so easy to colour, no fancy strokes shading. I threaded the ribbon through the design panel and tied it in a simple knot.

Well, that completes my marathon blog posts for today. Excuse me while I take a moment to make a JOYFUL noise! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!


Tuesday Throwdown #324: Winter Critters

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown - the first one of 2017. We are starting the year with a seasonal theme "Winter Critters", sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs.

I couldn't decide which one of Kitty Bee's darling critter images to use for my DT project ... so I picked both: Snow Bun and Snow Penguin. In keeping with the wintery theme, I added a few die cut snowflakes.

I coloured the little critters with Graph'It markers. Simple strokes, no fancy shading.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Winter Critters". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, January 9th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and wrap up warm, friends!

x Beijinhos x

Chocolate Baroque: Garden of Love

Talk about corny titles! I just could not help it!

Hello, everyone. Hope the New Year is treating you well. I'm  kicking of the year with a busy blog - 3 posts in 5 hours!

For my first DT post of 2017 for Chocolate Baroque I'm going floral with this card using the gorgeous Big Bold Background Belle Flowers stamp. The inspiration for my card came from the various colouring books so widely available today.

I stamped the image with VersaFine Onyx Black and coloured it with Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle pencils. I finished the card with a few sequins. I think this card will do nicely for Valentines Day. It will also make a lovely cover page for a notebook.

The sentiment is from Words of Love, heat embossed in red with WOW Red EP onto a strip of vellum.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have another post coming up in an hour... something more seasonal. Wrap up warm and I'll see you in a bit!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

MHKDesigns January Challenge

Happy New Year, friends! 
May 2017 bring you good health, love, joy, peace and success.

Here we are - at our very first MHKDesigns Challenge for 2017. Regular players will notice a few changes. MHKDesings has a new look in fun, vibrant colours. Our Design Team has grown and we've gained FOUR new members: Asmah Zainal Abidin, Dawn Bennet, Monica Taylor and Tasha a.k.a. Crafty Pink Pixie. Our monthly challenge now begins on the 1st of each month and will end on the last day of the month. Winners will be announced on the 15th of the following month.

We want to keep our challenges fun and simple, so each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless. Here is the Prompt for this challenge:

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. If you do, the challenge theme is Anything Goes. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns.

2016 has been a strange old year. While the new year is about looking forward, I wanted to take a moment to remember some of the great souls who helped shape our past and may still influence our future. My card features the floral sprig and sentiment from the  Perfect Poppies digi stamp set.

I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos and glammed it with a some Wink of Stella Clear glitter and a few pale pink bling.
Crafty Friends #48: AG
Brown Sugar #231: AG
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #49: AG

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #30

Welcome to the last Chocolate Baroque inspired fun for 2016: Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #30. We have a pretty colour swatch for you to use in your projects.  If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch, using as much or as little of each colour as you wish.  You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display the winner's badge on their blog.

Now that Christmas is over, I've had enough of Winter and the long dark cold nights. Time to look forward to Spring and all the beauty it promises. My card features the nesting bird from the Spring Bird Tulip DL sheet. I stamped it on Canson Watercolour paper with VersaMark Smokey Grey. To add some colour and texture to the background, I dropped little droplets of watered down Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Antique Linen and Bundled Sage. As they dried naturally I added more droplets, and continued to layer it until I got the desired look.

I coloured the image with Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle. I also mixed in some Perfect Pearls to add a little soft shimmer to the eggs. And you know me... it ain't over until I add a few bling!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
TTCRD Dec 27: AG
Inspiration Destination #118: AG

Challenge #30 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 17th January 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 25th January 2017. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you had fun this Christmas. I took a short blog break to spend time with hubby who is back for the holiday. His two weeks is almost over and he'll be flying back to Holland on the 1st. I'm making the most of our time together.


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Chocolate Baroque: Winter Cottage

Good morning, friends! Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent and that means we are week away from Christmas. It's time of great excitement ... and extreme fear! Seriously, how many of you are truly prepared?

Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. I wait for it all year. And when it's finally here... I want to run and hide! Every year I make a list of what to do to make next Christmas less nerve-wrecking. By the end of January they are promptly filed away in a shoebox and there they reside, forgotten and unfulfilled ... until panic strikes again in December. I even managed to lose the shoe box a couple of times!

Enough Gringe-ing, let's look at my latest effort at water colouring. For my last Chocolate Baroque DT post for 2016, I've gone back to the my very first stamp sheet. It's called The Gift Of Christmas and I bought it in October 2012. I stamped the image with VersaFine Smokey Grey and coloured it with Winsor & Newton water colours. The less intense colour of smokey grey ink gives the scene a misty feel, which was what I was going for.

And of course, I could not resist adding glitter and shine of every description! Out came the Stardust Stickles, Icicle Stickles, Perfect Pearls pigment, Nuvo Snow Blizzard and tiny red bling for the tree... and Frosty Flock.

Glitter & Sparkle #219: Christmas with Glitter
One Stitch At A Time #277: AG + Sparkle

That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a blessed 4th Advent of Sunday. Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.


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