Saturday, 25 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Birthday

Hello, friends! It's finally here ... Spring, I mean. or is it? The past few days have been cold, wet and icy. I'm not so sure about packing away my winter woollies. Not just yet, anyway.

In an effort to embrace the vernal joy, I made a cheerful Birthday card using bright, zippy colours and stamps by Chocolate Baroque. My card features the silhouette tall plant from Spring Foliage. The greeting is from Words To Dazzle and Sparkle and the butterflies are from Baroque Meadow.

I started by blending Distress Inks on a piece of watercolour paper. Here are the colours I used:
GrassMowed Lawn and Cracked Pistachio
SunMustard Seed and Fossilized Amber. With the Tie Dye stencil by TCW, I applied Wild Honey to suggest rays of the sun.
SkyMermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers

Then I splashed some water to get that splodgy effect. Next came the images and greeting  - all stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. Final touches - little drops of Mint Liquid Pearls and some Stickles Black Diamond over the silhouette leaves.
Brown Sugar #243: AG
Colour Crazy #12: AG

Thank you for stopping by today. Hopefully, the sun is shining in your neck of the woods. We are down to 6ºC where we are... which isn't very springy! :) Have a great day, everyone.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

ATSM #234: 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.

Here's my clean and simple card using Cool Cat stamp set by MFT. I've used glitter and buttons to give it some pizzazz... and also because I haven't quite grasped the true meaning of Clean and Simple.

I coloured this upper crust kitty with Faber-Castell Polychromos.

TTCRD March 21: AG
Retarte #93: AG
Colour Inspiration Monday #17: AG Handcoloured

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.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33

Welcome to Week 1 of Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33. We have a lovely 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.

Here's my offering for this challenge - a floral birthday card. It turned out more "earthy" than I intended but hopefully, the lovely lotuses (or should the plural form be loti?) stand out against the background.

The focal image is from the Floral Notes A5 stamp sheet and the sentiment is from Words To Dazzle.  First I stamped the image with Ranger Dye Ink Cool Graphite. Then, I masked the flowers before inking the edges with Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress Inks. For the sentiment, I used VersaFine Crimson Red and finished the project with little drops of Hydrangea Liquid Pearls.

Here's a closer look at the flowers. I coloured them with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft Aquarelle Pencils.

Word Art Wednesday 274 & 275: AG Inspirational
Crafty Creations #337: AG
Inspiration Destination #124: AG

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 18th April 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26 April 2017. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thank you for stopping by and have a magical day!



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #334: Tags / Bookmarks

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to make " Tags / Bookmarks ".  Our sponsor for this challenge is Joy Clair Stamps. Check out their online store for some delightfully adorable stamps.

Here's my floral bookmark. I heat embossed the sentiment with WOW Rich Gold EP and added a few droplets of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls.

TTCRD March 14: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: " Tags / Bookmarks ". 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, March 20th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Will Follow

Hello again, friends! I'm back with another spring themed project for you. Today I have an uplifting card for you using stamps from the Glorious Spring A5 sheet by Chocolate Baroque.

I started by blending Distress Inks to create the sky (Chipped Saphire, Weathered Wood and Broken China) and grass (Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn) background. Then I stamped the primulas on a separate sheet of Canson watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black ink, coloured them with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft Pencils and fussy cut them. After I worked out the placements, I stamped the catkin directly onto the background with Archival Jet Black ink.

I adhered the primulas off the card, and trimmed one edge and left a couple of leaves hanging off the card. Next, I stamped the sentiment directly on the card with Archival Jet Black ink. And now for the finishing touches: Stardust Stickles on the primulas; shading around the plants with Faber Castell Big Brush Markers.

And one final touch: little white dots around the catkins to add some movement. I like the idea of them swinging in the gentle spring breeze.
Artistic Stampers March: Springtime
Paradise of Stamps #54: Spring
Stamping Sensations March: Close To Nature

There you have it ... a simple yet encouraging card. I'm hoping Spring will get here soon. It's been teasing us with a few good days so I dare say it's on its way.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a Blessed Sunday.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

ATSM #232: Make Your Mark

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More and this week we are playing Make Your Mark. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark. Feel free to use pencils, pens, markers, chalks, crayons, paints, stains, inks ... whatever takes your fancy.

Since we are in the season of Lent, I made a card about faith. The flowers are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet set, stamped with Lawn Fawn inks.

The die cut sentiment is by MFT called Peaceful Greetings, cut out of grey card stock and given a generous coating of Clear Wink of Stella.

Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Make Your Mark challenge. There are so many colouring medium to choose from. I looking forward to seeing your projects.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.


Friday, 3 March 2017

MHKD: Sending Love

Hello, Friday! Yes, that was a huge sigh of relief from me. Here's a fun card I made for some friends who have moved to beautiful Bali for a year to do missionary work. I thought I'd send them some love.

This card features several products available in the MHKDesigns Etsy Store: the airplane is from Various Vehicles and the sentiment from the Christmas Wonderful Wreath digi stamp sets. The dotted patterned paper is from Easter Flowers and the anchor design is the Serene Seaside digi paper pack.

On this card I've pulled in Easter, Christmas, masculine and summer elements to create a card that will work anytime of the year. Now that's what I call versatile digis.

Minimal colouring with Copics and a few red bling are all this card needs. No excess baggage here, folks! :)
Brown Sugar #240: AG
Fussy and Fancy Friday #182: AG
Pattie's Creations #132: Anything With Wings

Oh, and don't forget to join in the MHKD March Challenge. You have until 31 March 2017 to link up your projects for a chance to win the adorable Bunny Love digital stamps and Egg-cellent digital paper pack.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Allium

Good morning, friends! Can you smell Spring? It's definitely in the air, and I say - about time too! I made an all-purpose card from Chocolate Baroque's aptly named stamp sheet called Breath of Spring.

I started by inking the edges of the card with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany. Next, I stamped the allium: the stem in Memento Tuxedo Black and the flowerhead with Ranger Archival Cobalt. To frame the focal image I stamped the swirly corners from Breath of Spring using Ranger Archival Plum. To finish - Lawn Fawn Orchid twine tied in a bow.

Take a look at the details on the flowerhead... perfect stamping every time! I coloured the leaves and stems with Copics. And to really draw attention to the flowers I smothered it in Nuvo Snow Blizzard and added little blobs of Daffodil Liquid Pearls.
Cute Card Thursday #467: AG
Word Art Wednesday #272 & #273: AG Inspirational
Crafty Girls March: AG

These are probably not your typical spring colours, but I thought I'd live life on the edge for a change! :) On the other hand, these colours will do nicely for Lent.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll see you again tomorrow with another project ... and finally, the weekend!


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