Friday, 18 August 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Glow!

Hello again, friends! It's time for my monthly ART JOURNAL collaboration with a very dear and special blog friend - VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles. We are both passionate about art journalling and we have a monthly show and tell.

I have a summer inspired page featuring Chocolate Baroque stamps: Chequered Flowers Single A6 stamp and Texture Fragments A4 stamp sheet. I added the leaves in the background using the  Useful Leaves Mask / Stencil.

So, the colours… I've gone with a bold colour palette: intense shades of red and gold, and to add contrast I chose deep blue. As always, I started by priming the page with Dina Wakley Media White Gesso. The acrylic colours are by Folk Art, applied with baby wipes.
Reds: 414 Cardinal Red, 932 Calico Red, 436 Engine Red.
Yellows / Orange: 951 Apple Spice, 225 Pumpkin, 627 Tangerine, 736 School Bus.

The glittery swirling leaves are texture paste coloured with Folk Art Metallic 660 Pure Gold acrylic paint, spread over the Useful Leaves Mask / Stencil and sprinkled with fine gold glitter dust. I also used the same paint to splatter the background. To add depth to the stencilled leaves I added shading with the Wink of Stella Gold glitter pen.

In order to tone down the flaming reds and gold, I chose deep vibrant blues for the border: 443 Night Sky, 482 Brilliant Ultramarine, 719 Blue Ribbon, 520 Dark Hydrangea.

The main attraction is the Chequered Flowers Single A6 stamp. I kept it very simple by heat embossing it in white with WOW White EP … and left it at that.

For the sentiment, I cut out the letters in black cardstock using X-Cut Serif Alpha dies, doused them in Black Stickles and added white highlights with a Sharpie.

Challenges:
Colour Crazy #33: AG
Emerald City Crafts #2: AG
Word Art Wednesday #296 & #297: AG Inspirational
We Love 2 Create #16: AG Mix Media
Dies R Us #79: AG Using Dies - (X-Cut Serif Alpha dies)

And there you have it - a red hot page inspired by the infernal heatwave we're having now! Please head on over to VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles and check out what she has made. Vicki never ceases to amaze me with her creativity.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you manage to stay cool this summer!

Beijinhos

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MHKD August Release: Marvelous



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the August 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this lovely floral set called Marvelous.

I made a sweet little feminine card featuring the Japanese rose from this set.  For colour, a few light strokes with Faber-Castell Polychromos and for that girly touch - a few sparkly sequins. Voila! The card is done!

Here's a closer look at that lovely image.


GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!



Tuesday Throwdown #356: Anything Goes

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have everyone's favourite theme for you: "Anything Goes". Our sponsor for this challenge is DRS Designs and they have lots of fabulous stamps in their online store. You should check it out.

I made a simple card using Pumpkin Bouquet. I've kept it simple and without sentiment so that I can use it for any occasion.

Here's a closer look at the lovely Pumpkin Bouquet. I coloured tit with Copic, with a touch of Stickles (and why not?) and highlight with a white gel pen.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Anything Goes". 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, August 21st. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

MHKD August Release: Light Of The World



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the August 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this lovely scripture inspired set called Light Of The World.

I made a simple card featuring the candle and scripture verse from this set. I added the flame by cutting out a piece of red cardstock and smothering it with Glossy Accents. For colour, a few light strokes with Faber-Castell Polychromos - and the card is done!

GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ATSM #254: Clean And Simple

Hello again, friends! It's time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More.  For this challenge, you can create anything you like - card, tag, bookmark etc - as long as it is CAS.
If the concept of CAS eludes you (as it does for me!), here's a checklist to help you:

Here's my CAS creation. It took a while to come up with this design and even greater effort to leave the white space well alone! My card features stamps from MFT Hog Heaven.

I coloured the wee piggy and fence with Faber Castell Polychromos before fussy cutting the little guy and popping him over the fence with some foam tape.


Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Clean & Simple challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day.

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

MHKD August Release: Christmas Frames


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 1 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the August 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

We are kicking off the release with a festive set called Christmas Frames.


Here's a card I made featuring the image from this set. Pencils for colouring, some splatter in the background, little drops of Liquid Pearls and some twine to finish the card - that's all it needs.

I flipped the boughs of holly to frame the greeting. Twine connect the two together.

GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Floral Harmony

Hello, friends. I'm back with a light and airy all purpose card, showcasing the new Floral Harmony stamp by Chocolate Baroque.

I started by stamping the image onto watercolour paper using Archival Shadow Grey ink for the almost no-line look. Then I coloured it with Gansai Tambi watercolour. When dry, I added a wash of blue in the background. Next, I gave the edges a light dusting of Newsprint Distress Ink and went over the Useful Leaves Stencil & Mask with the same ink.

To finish, Stardust Stickles and Daffodil Liquid Pearls for texture.
Challenges:
Aud Sentiments #185: No Sentiment On Front
Star Stampz: Hand Coloured Image
Southern Girls #165: Flower Power
Watercooler Wednesday #130: AG Feminine
Word Art Wednesday #294 & 295: AG Inspirational

These new floral singles by Chocolate Baroque are a joy to colour. The best part is I get to pretend to be an artist creating elegant pieces the go! I plan to stamp out a few of these and take them on holiday with me to play out my fantasy :D

Thank you so much for stopping by today and enjoy your summer hols.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

MHKDesigns: August Challenge

Welcome to MHKDesigns August Challenge. Our monthly challenge 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 month you will get a photo prompt to inspire you. You are free to make whatever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page etc. You don't have to use MHKD products participate but if you do the theme is ANYTHING GOES.  Here is the Prompt for this challenge:


I made a simple little card using an image from one of the brand new August release sets called Light Of The World. I coloured the lamp with Polychromos and finished the card with some twine and bling.
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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.

Beijinhos,


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