Wednesday, 18 January 2017




I love this gorgeous background stamp (Big Bold Backgrounds – Belle Flower). I stamped it with Versamark onto white card and heat embossed the image with pearl green embossing powder. I then over stamped the border (from Harlequin Rose) and sentiment (from Rose Stem Script) and embossed with glittery pink powder. I drew around a large flower die with pink glitter pen to create the sentiment plate. Then coloured the image with watercolour and glitter pens.
Materials:
  • Big Bold Backgrounds – Belle Flower, Harlequin Rose and Rose Stem Script stamps
  • 6 X 6 inch card blank, white stamping card
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Embossing powders: Pale green with mica and bright pink with glitter
  • Watercolour pens and water based glitter pens (greens and pinks)
  • Fine tipped glitter pen (pink) and alcohol markers (deep pink and pale grey)
  • Large floral shaped die (or template)
Step By Step:
  1. Stamp the background with Versamark ink and heat emboss with green powder.
  2. Over stamp the sentiment and border with Versamark and heat emboss with the pink powder.
  3. Draw around the floral template with the fine tipped glitter pen. Colour the background image with watercolour and glitter pens using a water brush to blend out colours.
  4. Use the grey alcohol marker to add a little shading under the sentiment plate to make it appear 3D.
  5. Trim the stamped image. Edge the card blank and topper with alcohol marker to frame and glue down.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Infinite Love card created for Chocolate Baroque



Here is another romantic themed card using the lovely Harlequin Rose stamp set.
 
Materials:
 
How to make it:
  1. Stamp the main image with Versamark and emboss with gold powder. Colour the rose with sparkle pen.
  2. Draw faux stitching and edge the card with Distress Ink.
  3. Apply relief paste to the rose stamp with a palette knife. Leave to completely dry (overnight) and gently peel away from the stamp. Rub over the raised areas with a little gilding wax to highlight the texture. Glue to the card front.
  4. Finish with a bow and PVA pearls.

Our Love Rocks card created for Chocolate Baroque



Good morning – well it’s time to get romantic and send a bit of love. This monochrome rose card would be perfect for the guys. It would work for Valentine’s day or for an anniversary. I hope that you like it.
 
Materials:
 
How to make it:
  1. Cut a paper strip to create a mask for the sentiment border. Thin copy paper works best for this. You could apply a couple of dots of Zig 2 Way glue to the back to help hold it in place. If you do this wait for the glue to dry before placing. When dry this glue acts as a repositionable adhesive. Lay the mask across the card front and stamp the Rose Script 4 times with Versamark.
  2. Remove the mask and use a fine tipped pen to outline the sentiment strip. Edge the card with the alcohol marker. Stamp the sentiment and small heart.
  3. Stamp the Rose Script again onto stamping card. Colour with black pencil and cut out the rose. Use the shading on the stamp as a guide to colouring light and dark areas. Brush over the petal edges with the clear sparkle pen. Shape the rose slightly and glue to card front with 3D glue gel.
  4. Cut a decorative heart frame. I cut the heart from white stamping card using a die from Tattered Lace. I hand cut out the middle to create a frame and coloured with black alcohol marker. Trim the heart so that it appears to sit behind the sentiment strip when stuck down.
  5. Add Glossy Accents over the small heart and a little black glitter glue to the shaded areas of the rose. Finish with PVA pearls.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Quick and easy cards and tags created for Chocolate Baroque




Collage stamps are perfect for creating quick makes. This Harlequin Rose stamp is a brilliant example. The design is already done, no background, masking or composition to do – it has already been done for you. In addition the shading is all there so colouring is a breeze too.

I created these super quick makes by stamping the image with Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) which gives a sharp black waterproof image. I then simply coloured using watercolour pens, applying strongest colour into the darker shaded areas of the stamped image and dragging out the colour with a water brush. I mounted onto coloured card blanks to coordinate and frame the image.

Pre-cut tags were created in the same way. To finish I simply ran a black marker around the edge and added a coordinating ribbon.



Materials:

  • Harlequin Rose stamp set
  • 15 X 10.5cm card blanks (pink and blue), pre-cut white tags and white stamping card
  • Alcohol marker (black)
  • Watercolour pens (green, blue and pink)
  • Organza ribbon (pink and blue)

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Leafy Trails card and gift box created for Chocolate Baroque


Good morning. I am excited to share one of my samples for Lesley’s first TV shows on Hochanda at the start of the month. Lesley demonstrated several sets of stamps from Chocolate Baroque featuring a romantic theme with gorgeous roses and heartfelt sentiments. Great for creating projects for loved ones, Valentines Day, Weddings and Anniversaries too.

I have used the Big Bold Backgrounds Leafy Trails stamp to create this card and to decorate a small gift box to match. I embellished using the Rose Stem Script stamp and a sentiment from the Words of Love set.

Materials:
* The gift box is a purse design from Silhouette – I think that it came included with the Silhouette Studio software

How to make:

Stamp the leafy background with Versamark and heat emboss with gold powder. Trim stamping card to fit the card blank leaving a small border. Round the corners with a punch or scissors. Edge with the alcohol marker.



Open out the box and lay flat. Mine was cut on the Silhouette Cameo, but you could use a die cut or a ready-made plain box. My box measured approx. 30 X 21 cm when opened out. Stamp and emboss the box sides with the leafy stamp.




Colour the card front and box with sparkle pens. Spray with a coat of sparkle varnish. Glue the background mat to the card front.

Cut a strip of card, stamp the sentiment and small border with teal ink. Trim and edge with alcohol pen. Attach to card front with 3D foam.



Stamp the rose panel in Versamark Ink and emboss with gold powder. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens (both are water based so can be used together). Cut out the rose and lightly shape. Tie on a ribbon and glue to the card with 3D glue gel.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Harlequin Rose card and gift box created for Chocolate Baroque



Good morning. I am excited to share one of my samples for Lesley’s first TV shows on Hochanda today. I am looking forward to being able to see more fabulous demos from this talented lady. Lesley will be bringing some gorgeous sets of stamps from Chocolate Baroque featuring a romantic theme with gorgeous roses and heartfelt sentiments. Great for creating projects ready for Valentines Day, but also suitable for Weddings and Anniversaries too.

I have used stamps from the Harlequin Rose set to create this card and to decorate a small gift box to match.

Materials:
*I used a GSD cutting file and cut the box on my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (CD86 Party Favour Boxes from Cocopopart).

How to make:

Trim stamping card to fit the card blank leaving a small border. Stamp the decorative border with Versamark and heat emboss with gold powder.


Open out the box and lay flat. Mine was cut on the Silhouette Cameo, but you could use a die cut or a ready-made plain box. My box measured approx. 20cm square when opened out. Stamp and emboss the box sides with the border stamp.

Colour the card front and box with Distress Ink using a sponge. Colour the border flowers with teal sparkle ink.

Stamp the sentiment onto the card front with Distress Ink. Stamp the mini border with teal ink. Distress the card edges and glue to the card front. I used the edge of my scissors to do this.



Stamp 2 mini tags with the small heart and emboss with gold, emboss along the edges too. Colour with Distress Ink and then with teal pen. Add ribbon and fabric rose and glue in place on the box and card.

Stamp the rose panel in Versafine ink and trim fit on the card front. Ink the card edges with Distress Ink and roughen.



Colour the leaves with teal and clear sparkle pens. Colour the rose with Distress Ink; applying to a palette and picking up colour with a water brush. Brush over the highlights with clear sparkle pen. Attach to the card front with 3D foam.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas star hanging decoration created with Chocolate Baroque stamps



Good morning. Today I am sharing a fun and easy Christmas decoration created from toilet roll inner tubes. I embellished it with die cut snowflakes and stamped images from Chocolate Baroque; my favourite reindeer stamp from the Sparkling Trees set and sentiment from Christmas Candlelight.

Materials:
  • Sparkling Trees and Christmas Candlelight stamp sets
  • Toilet roll inner card tubes, white stamping card, pearlescent white and gold mirror card
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Acrylic glitter glue and glitter (red mix and gold)
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Fine tipped glitter pen (red)
  • Dies: mixed snowflake and a decorative Xmas circle
How to make it:

Press the toilet roll inner tubes flat and cut into 1cm strips. Arrange into a 6 petal flower shape and glue with hot melt glue gun. Fold remaining strips in half and glue sections around the central ‘petals’ to make a star – building outward.


Apply wet glue to all the edges and coat with red glitter. I coated the front and back as I want to hang it in the window. Build up the centre further with folded strips and coat these with gold glitter.

Glue on the die cut snowflakes.

Stamp and cut out the reindeer and sentiment. Colour with glitter pen and glue in place.

Finally tie on a bit of string or cord for hanging.