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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Distant Folly by Penny

Good morning lovelies, I am so pleased to be back again to bring you this project.  I hope I find you warm and well - and hopefully not snowed in! If you are snowed in then grab a cuppa and a biscuit and join me for a few minutes of crafty inspiration.

This card was one of my samples for the tv shows last month featuring the beautiful Scenic Countryside stamps.  I have used stamps from the Sunburst Scenes, Country Views, Landscape Edges and    Words to Dazzle and Sparkle sets.  I have also used black Versafine ink for stamping and alcohol pens, Brushos and Distress Inks for colouring.

I began this project with a piece of whitecolouring card and stamped the wall image at the bottom of the card.  I used stamping tissue to mask the image then stamped it again to extend it the full width if the card.  I stamped several other images to create a scene and coloured them all in.  I added some hills and slopes with a black liner pen, to connect the separate images.

I used white charcoal to add some clouds to the sky, and some highlights on the river to give the effect of ripples.

I removed the masks from the wall and used a paintbrush to add water to each stone.  I then sprinkled black Brusho over the wet stones, I wanted the random colour burst of Brushos but with a bit more control.  There are so many lovely tones and colours in the black Brusho paint and I think they give a realistic look to the wall.  I wanted the wall to pop a bit more to give the scene perspective so I stamped it again onto acetate in black and embossed it with clear powder.  I then fussy cut it and attached it to the scene.

Using a large white base card I stamped several smaller worker images around the edges in different Distress Inks.  I then blended one of the colours around the outer edges of the card.  To complete this design I stamped a sentiment in black ink on the focal panel, edged the panel with black ink and matted it onto black card before attaching it to the base card.

Thank you all for joining me today, I hope that you have enjoyed this project and that it might inspire you to try something similar or at least get your crafty mojo going!

Take care until next time,


Monday, 19 March 2018

Moonlit Trees (by Judith)

Hello everyone,

I have a simple project to share with you today, using the Landscape Edges stamp set. I wanted to create a quick scene, and this treeline image was perfect for the effect that I wanted to achieve.

I started by placing a circle mask onto a piece of smooth cartridge card, and adding some dots of masking fluid across the area of sky. I placed a piece of torn paper along the lower part of the background to cover the portion of the card that was going to be the hills, and then started to add some colour for the sky. I chose a series of Distress Ink colours, graduating out from the moon, getting darker as I moved further out.

I added some green Distress Ink underneath the sky for the hills, and stamped the tree image over the top, using Versafine Ink. I added some detail to the trees with a white pen to give the impression of moonlight falling on the trees. I rubbed the masking fluid away from the sky area, revealing the 'stars', and added a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Houses by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post for March.
These house and Village scene stamps are so versatile, I really enjoyed playing with them.

I created a scene using Distress inks a piece of torn paper and a stencil.

An envelope, what could be simpler? 

Another envelope coloured with Distress inks and spritzed with water.

Matching Envelopes make such a statement, they are easy to create and certainly won’t get chucked onto the “bill pile” 

Thank you so much for visiting.
Have a wonderful day. Zoe xx 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

"The house in the middle of nowhere" by Brenda

Good morning, today it's my turn to share more creations of Lesley's Hochanda show which was all about cottages and houses. The title of my posts refers to the name given to the top card by Hochand's presenter Dave Bradford which I think it sum's it up pretty well.

My stating point was to stamp the house from the Town Houses but I think it works OK as a Country house, in fact it's not unlike the remote location where I live in the Fens on a single track road to nowhere. Only difference is we don't have any hills, it's totally flat as far as the eye can see and on a really clear day you can see Ely Cathedarel.

The sky has been done with Pan Pastels then the skyline, house and garden coloured with Distress inks and markers, the fence and trees added from English Cottages and Village Life and a pond and patch in the front garden also done with DI's and finally a flower border across the the front. 

I used the same house as above from Town Houses, stamped in black Versafine and added some colour to the front door before placing inside two die cut hears. Some tiny hears stamped and cut out from and sentiment from Words of Love all stamped in Versafine red.

Monochrome all the way with this one, a background created with the key form English Cottages and Versafine black, the the house from Town Houses stamped with the same, then a masked sun/moon and Pan Pastes to add some sky and a path before stamping some trees and bushes.

For my final card I used just the trees from Village Life stamped onto cardstock coloured with sparkle pain, cut each out and arranged into a flower. The corners are from Baroque Corners and inked with Distress Markers.

Many thanks for popping in to take a peek today.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Scene (By Marga)

Hello everyone, here I am again with a card I made.

I made a scene with the stamp set Country Views.
I stamped the houses withVersafine Onyx Black and coloured the houses with Distress Ink. Also the grass and shadow around the houses are coloured with Distress Ink.

Stamp set I used is : Country Views.

Hugs Marga

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today it is time for our monthly collaberation from the Design Team, sharing their tips and ideas for time saving projects. We aim to bring you a blog post jam packed with inspiration, that will help you to make cards and other items that we have created in fifteen minutes or less. If you are new to stamping, or need to make a card in a hurry, then these projects will be perfect for you. If you want to make batch cards for a wedding, for Christmas, or for a craft sale, then there will be something to inspire you, and you can make as many designs as you like using Chocolate Baroque stamps, as long as each one is hand stamped.

So grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

We have a selection of stunning cards from Anne to start us off this month. She has used some of the stamps from last month's TV shows on Hochanda to create some beautiful scenes. The first two backgrounds were created by using ink spritzers on cartridge paper, and Anne then stamped the images with Versafine ink. She added white highlights with a pencil. In the first card, she added the reflection by stamping onto acetate, and transferring the image onto the background.

She has used a bit of mica spray for added sparkle, and stamped the sentiment using Stazon, because her card blank had a coated surface.
Extra shading with brown pencil adds a bit of depth to the images on this card, and white charcoal for highlights.

For her third project, she coloured a mountboard tag with water based inks, and stamped the images with Versafine Ink. She drew in the hills with a marker pen. She added shading with brown and white pencils. She added background stamping onto a piece of patterned Crafty Individuals paper, and edged both the tag and paper with marker pen. The tag was added to the background with 3D foam pads, and finally she added ribbon, flower and PVA pearls to finish.

We have a collection of projects from Magda next. She has used Distress Inks to create her backgrounds, adding stamping using black ink, and mixing a combination of the stamps to create some fabulous cards. The first card has added colouring with watercolour pencils:

Simple stamping onto a Distress Ink background for the next card:

Some great sparkly detail has been added to the images with glitter glue:

Finally, Magda has created a set of ATCs using the same principles of Distress Ink backgrounds and silhouette stamping. These would be great to give away, or could be added to a card over a larger background:

Dominike has created a colourful series of quick cards. She has used her ink pads to make the backgrounds by dragging them across the background first horizontally, then vertically, to achieve a gingham style effect. She has then stamped the images using black ink. This is such a pretty effect, and ties in with the country feel of the images so well:

Brenda has created two pretty floral cards for us this month, for the first card, she stamped the image using Versafine Ink and coloured the image with pencils. She stamped the sentiment with the same ink, and scored lines around the edge of the card.

Her second card was also stamped with Versafine and coloured in with pencils. The toning bow and pearls are lovely finishing details.

For her third card, she created a stencilled background, and coloured in two butterflies with sparkle pens. Brenda says that she has a supply of butterflies all cut out and ready to go for creating cards, which is a great idea for days when you need to make a card in a hurry. I am definitely going to use that idea!

Julie has made a beautiful card for us this month, creating a focal panel using one of the lovely images from the featured stamps from last month's designs. She then created a larger background using a leafy stencil, adding some trees along the bottom. This would make a great masculine or feminine card, and could be suitable for so many occasions, depending on the sentiment.

We have two cards from our Guest Design Team member Carole next. She has created a fabulous masculine card by stamping the bicycle image, and adding a mask, before stamping the large script stamp in a sepia ink. She stamped the sentiment tag, adding it to the background. The card was trimmed to 14cms (5 1/2 ins) square so that it would fit a 15 cms (6 ins) card base.

Carole's second card has been made using one of her favourite stamp sets, Woodland Dreams. She has coloured the background with Bundled Sage and Dusty Concord Distress Ink before stamping the tree images over the top. The bird and branch have been stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and she has added some colour to the berries. If you are not on such a timescale, you could add some Glossy Accents to the berries for a bit of added shine, but you would need to let this dry for some time.

Zoe has created some stunning colourful mail art for us this month. Who would not love to receive one of these envelopes in the post? I am definitely going to start decorating some of my envelopes like Zoe, because they are sure to brighten up the recipient's day. She has used Distress Inks to colour the background in this example:

Stamping and masking has been used to create these scenes:

Simple white embossing on a kraft envelope creates an impressive effect:

Finally, multicoloured stamping creates a pretty forest across the bottom of this envelope:

Bringing up the rear is a card from myself, you might have seen me demo this on the TV when I accompanied Lesley for the shows. I created a vibrant Distress Ink background, spritzing it with water. I used an offcut of cartridge paper, the piece that is left from a piece of A4 when I cut my backgrounds for 8" by 8" cards. I stamped the houses, masking them as I went along, to create a street. I picked out one house to colour, and made a reverse mask so that I could colour only that house with the same inks that I had used for the background. This would make a very quick New Home card, or in a smaller version on a tag, could be used to announce a change of address.

We hope that you have enjoyed what we have shared with you this month. We will be back next month with more projects, and time saving ideas. In the mean time, please do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Spring Garden (by Corine)

Not really sure where the time goes at the moment, I can't believe that it was last year when our guest designer for this month contributed to this blog.  Anyway it is my great pleasure to once again welcome back Corine van Kuilenburgh with the first of her three designs.


Here I am again. In March I will post three times a card as guest designer. I am very pleased to do this. My first project is a card made with a Gelli Plate Background.

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • Create a background with the Gelli Plate using acrylic paints. 
  • Emboss the big flower from Tangled Garden with embossing powder on the Gelli Plate background. Next stamp the flowers and leaves with Memento Luxe ink and colour the flowers with pencils. Emboss three butterflies on watercolorpaper, colour with markers and then cut out. 
  • Mat and layer to a folded card.
  • Attach the butterflies to the background as shown.
I hope you like this first project, next week I will bring you another design.

Kind regards,
Corine van Kuilenburg

Really love how the white embossing 'pops' on the vivid green background. Thank you for this beautiful project Corine, we look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next week.

And thank you for reading this post, please come back again to see what else our regular DT girls have lined up for you.