Thursday, 28 April 2016

Quick and Easy stamping projects created for Chocolate Baroque

Here are some small cards and notelets that are really quick and easy to make. These were created for Chocolate Baroque - we were given the proviso that they should be possible to make in under 15 minutes. Eeeek – not an easy one for me as I like to stamp, layer, cut out and embellish. It took me a while to come up with these but I loved having a production line of quick and easy projects. I now have some lovely cards and notelets ready in my stash for sending out to my friends when I need something in a hurry. Do take a look at the other projects from my fabulous Teamies on the Design Team Blog.

Summary: The backgrounds and stamping were done using Distress Inks. The fern is from the Wild Meadow stamp set and sentiments from Words of Inspiration and Mackintosh Sentiments sets.

Blossom Branch created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

I am loving the colours for this month’s Colour Challenge 22 from Chocolate Baroque. Here is a contribution from me to inspire you (I hope! Tee hee xxx).


How it was done:

  1. Orange, yellow and green Distress Inks were blended across the card. After drying the sun rays were created using a stencil and lifting out colour with water.
  2. The branches were then hand drawn very lightly with a pencil – just to get a rough layout to follow while stamping.
  3. The leaves were stamped with Crushed Olive Distress Ink. This was done quite randomly with 1st and 2nd generation stamping following the pencil outlines as a guide.
  4. The blossoms were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder. Tip: Ensure that the card is fully dry and dust with talcum powder to prevent the powder sticking where you don’t want it. Buff with a dry cloth after embossing to remove any residue talc.
  5. The blossoms were then coloured with the glitter markers. The branches were then hand drawn with a fine tipped black pen. Touches of glitter glue were then added for additional sparkle.
  6. The scene was then edged with black ink, mounted onto the pearl card and black card base to frame.
  7. The sentiment tag was cut and inked with Scattered Straw Distress Ink through the die, edged with a little Carved Pumpkin and a black marker. The sentiment was then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the silver powder. The attached with foam pads for dimension.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Scene Building with Chocolate Baroque Stamps

Good morning. I have a couple of scenes to share with you today. I love playing with scene building stamps and have created two completely different scenes mixing elements from Town Houses, Village Life and English Cottages (Street Life multi-buy set). The first is a traditional tree lined street, and the second is a fantasy Fairyland. I hope that you like them.

Tree Lined Street


Tree Lined Street:

The trees were stamped directly onto the card front. The row of houses was then stamped using masks to cover the trees in the foreground. Masks were created by stamping onto waste copy paper and cutting them out. The fine tipped pen was used to draw in extra details to complete the scene and ‘anchor’ the trees. The scene was then coloured with aqua markers. The alcohol pen was used to edge the card to frame it.


Stamping card was trimmed to fit the card front. The scene was then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the purple powder. Masks were used to cover the foreground as the scene was built. Masks were created by stamping onto waste copy paper and cutting them out.

Aqua markers were used to colour the scene and to stamp the sentiment. The card was edged with alcohol pen to frame and then glued to the card front. Faux stitches were drawn with the fine tipped pen and glitter glue was used to add sparkle.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Quick and Easy Scene Cards and Tag created for Chocolate Baroque

The gorgeous stamps from Chocolate Baroque are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways, from complex mixed media pieces to really quick and simple cards. This month we have been asked to create some quick projects which take under 15 minutes to make.

Here are some quick scene projects for you using the Tall Trees stamp set. This set is on a special offer at the moment.

Do have a look at the Chocolate Baroque Blog to see some more quick and easy projects from my lovely Teamies this week.


  • A6 white card blank (suitable for stamping) and tag cut from watercolour card
  • A6 purple card blank, white stamping card, pale turquoise card (for layering)
  • Inkpads: Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers) and dye ink (purple)
  • Alcohol ink pen (dark purple)
  • Glitter glues (turquoise and purple) and PVA pearls (turquoise)
  • Watercolour brush and spritzer bottle

The cards and tag were stamped using Distress Inks. To create the quick scene on the white card I stamped the tree three times without re-inking the stamp. On the purple card and tag I lightly spritzed the paper with water and used a brush to drag out and spread the ink and gift a softer diffuse effect. I used the purple marker to outline the card, tag and topper – just to give it a frame. They were finished with the stamped sentiment, glitter glues and PVA pearls. Really quick and easy.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Combining pretty patterned papers with stamping (created for Chocolate Baroque)

I have been using some lovely pretty patterned papers and combining them with stamping to make a couple of cards suitable for a wedding, or maybe a Baptism or Christening.

These papers are on sale in the Chocolate Baroque shop at the moment. They are lovely paper pads to have in your stash so worth taking a look. I have bought several different sets and I love them all.

Card 1 - In this first one I cut away the centre of the patterned paper and created a pretty stamped scene to layer behind the aperture – coloured with watercolour pens. You need a paper with a border type design for this one. Paper pad: Crafty Individuals Book 7 (Shades of Summer). Scene stamps were from the Sunburst Scenes set.

Card 2 - In this one I used a die to cut into the paper and stamped directly onto the patterned paper. You need a fairly pale all over type of paper design for this one. Paper pad: Crafty Individuals Book 3 (Springtime).Scene stamps were from the Village Life set.
Materials Used:
  • Sunburst Scenes (card 1), Village Life (card 2), Card Sentiments (card 1) and A Little Bird Told Me (card 2) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 inch white card blanks
  • Smooth stamping card (card 1), pale blue card and pearlescent white for die cuts (card 2)
  • Crafty Individuals Book 7 Shades of Summer (card 1), Book 3 Springtime (card 2)
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Memento (London Fog – card 1)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (greens, greys, blues and orange)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (dark grey for edging mats)
  • WOW embossing powder (Opaque Bright White) – for sentiments and church (card 2)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Diamond) for added sparkle
  • Dies to cut the aperture (Tonic) and to decorate the frame (Tattered Lace) (card 2)
  • PVA pearls (card 2)
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Unicorn Decorative Stepper Card (using Tattered Lace dies)

I have mixed & matched die cuts with electronic cuts using the Brother ScanNCut and a Tattered Lace USB stick for this one. I have also used an old wood mounted unicorn rubber stamp from my stash and lovely fern stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

Birthday Card Stepper – Giving Dimension to the Scene
Birthday Card Folded Down

Materials Used:
·         Tattered Lace dies: Decorative Centre Stepper (ETL71), Pin Dot Decorative Rectangles (ETL93), Floral Layers Echinacea (ETL120), Floral Layers All About The Middle (ETL121)
·         Tattered Lace USB Stick No.1 (Flowers and Foliage) for the Brother ScanNCut – Big Fern and Ferns designs. Alternatively use the dies: Big Fern (D379) and Ferns (D5909)
·         A4 thick white card stock to make the shutter card
·         Thick white card suitable for stamping and wet media
·         Thinner white card suitable for the ScanNCut
·         Unicorn rubber stamp (old from my stash – Co-Motion stamps), Fern rubber stamp (Chocolate Baroque – Wild Meadow set), Sentiment clear stamps (Personal Impressions).
·         Dark blue alcohol marker and fine tipped black marker
·         Grey watercolour pen (Spectrum Aqua – Charcoal)
·         Inkpads: Memories (blue), Memento (London Fog), Distress Ink (blues: Broken China and Tumbled Glass; greens: Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Old Paper, Shabby Shutters; Yellow: Mustard Seed, and Orange: Carved Pumpkin)
·         Stickles glitter glue (Diamond)
·         Paint brush and Cut ‘N’ Dry Foam
·         Ball tool and soft mat for flower shaping
·         Acrylic glue and 3D glue gel

Step By Step:
1.    Cut the shutter card in white card.
2.    Cut the side panels and sentiment strip in stamping card using dies from the Shutter Card set, and the central panel using die No. 9 from the Pin Dot Decorative Rectangles.
3.    Keeping the panels within the dies use Cut ‘n’ Dry foam to blend Distress Inks over the background; blues at the top blending into Crushed Olive at the bottom. Outline with the blue alcohol pen to frame. See step 1 picture.
4.    Stamp the three main panels with the fern using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. See step 1 picture.
5.    Stamp the fern onto the sentiment strip with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Stamp the Sentiment with Memories Blue ink. See step 1 picture.
6.    Stamp the unicorn onto stamping card with Memento Ink. Use the fine tipped black pen to emphasis the eye, nose and hooves. Colour with the grey watercolour marker, blending out the colour with the brush and water. Finish with a little glitter glue. Cut out with scissors and shape using your fingers. See step 1 picture.
7.    Cut out 6 each of the small Echinacea flower. Colour the flowers with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then edge using the Blue Memories ink. Shape the petals from the back, turn over and press the ball tool into the centre to give dimension. Layer 2 flowers together offsetting the petals and glue. Add glitter glue to the centres. See step 2 picture.
8.    Cut out 6 each of the small circular stamens. Colour with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and a little Carved Pumpkin Ink. Layer 3 together, glue and press the centres with the ball tool to make them 3D. Add a little glitter glue to the centres. See step 2 picture.
9.    Cut out the ferns on the Brother ScanNCut. Colour with a variety of green Distress Inks. Shape slightly using the ball tool. See step 2 picture.
10. Glue the main mats onto the card with acrylic glue. Use 3D glue for the sentiment mat.
11. Attach the leaves, flowers and unicorn using acrylic glue and 3D glue under raised shaped areas.
Birthday Card Step 1

Birthday Card Step 2

My Project with the free digital paper download from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Have you seen this month’s lovely new digital paper download on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog? The gorgeous Shabby Paint background. I immediately saw mountains and water so decided to create a scene with mine.


  • Shabby Paint free download paper
  • 20.5cm square card base, white stamping card and piece of waste acetate
  • Inkpads: Ranger Archival (Coffee), Distress Inks (Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss), Memento (London Fog), Versamark
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Olive)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (browns, turquoise, green)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped permanent pen (brown)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
  • PVA pearls (turquoise) and Ranger Glossy Accents

How it was done:

  1. Printed the paper onto A4 and trimmed to 19.5cm to mat onto the card base. Outlined with brown marker and blended Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) in around the edges.
  2. Stamped the castle onto white card. Extended the rocks by drawing with a fine marker. Coloured with watercolour pens and Distress Inks using a wet brush. Cut out to layer onto the background.
  3. Stamped the castle onto acetate with Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), then transferred the ink onto the background paper to create a mirror image reflection. Then glued down the stamped and coloured castle image over the top.
  4. Used the fine tipped marker to draw in further details to the scene – creating the mountains and foreground. Stamped the clouds with Memento Ink.
  5. Stamped the tree with Versamark and heat embossed with the Olive powder. Further coloured the image with watercolour pens and Distress Inks.
  6. Finished with some glitter on the mountain tops, Glossy Accents on the castle domes, and PVA pearls.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Anniversary Card using Heart Dies from Tattered Lace

This one is really easy to make. There is no stamping, no inking, no flower shaping involved, simply layering up of die cuts. Ready-made flowers, a little touch up with a fine marker (joining the dots provided on the pin dot dies) and glitter glue, make embellishing easy.

Materials used:

·        Tattered Lace dies: Pin Dot Hearts (ETL90), Pearl Pin Dot Hearts (ETL107), Essentials Diamond Fold Card (ETL66), Floral Layers Leaves 3 (ETL117) and Floral Layers Leaves 1 (ETL122)

·         Rose Garden Embossing Folder (EF006)

·         6 X 6 inch square white ready-made card base (approx. 14.75cm)

·         Brown, pearlescent pink, and green card

·         Decorative double sided floral paper from Tattered Lace Magazine issue No.2

·         Fine tipped marker (brown)

·         Ready-made flowers and flat backed pearl gems

·         Stickles glitter glue (Diamond)

·         Acrylic glue, double sided foam pads and 3D glue gel

Step By Step:

1.    Cut a 14.5cm square mat from pink card and a 14cm square from brown card. Use a paper trimmer or cutting mat and craft knife. These will be layered onto the card front to create a background with a framed border.

2.    Emboss the brown card using the Rose Garden embossing folder. This adds a little texture and interest to the background.

3.    Cut the largest Pearl Pin Dot Heart in pink card and the plain Pin Dot Heart from the rose paper (die No.7 which will fit onto the large decorative heart). Use the fine tipped pen to ‘join the dots’ around the heart borders. This creates a faux stitched effect and frames the shape. See Step 1 picture of the components.

4.    Using acrylic glue stick the pink and brown mats onto the card front. Also glue the rose paper heart onto the pink decorative heart. Using foam pads stick this centrally onto the card front. This adds dimension to the design.

5.    Cut the middle sized Pearl Pin Dot Heart from brown card and the plain Pin Dot Heart from the reverse side of the rose paper (die No.5 which will fit onto the decorative heart).

6.    Cut the smallest Pearl Pin Dot Heart from pink card and the plain Pin Dot Heart from the rose paper (die No.3 which will fit onto the decorative heart).

7.    Also cut die No. 2 from the plain Pin Dot Heart in rose paper, and 3 of the smallest Pin Dot Hearts in pink. Draw Faux stitching around the hearts as above. See Step 1 picture.

8.    Cut out the words in brown card from the Essentials Diamond Fold Card die set.

9.    Cut 2 sets of leaves in the green card from both Floral Layers Leaves 1 and 3 sets. See Step 2 picture.

10. Layer and glue the decorative papers onto the Pearl Pin Dot Hearts with acrylic glue. Glue on the words. Attach the hearts to the card front using foam pads.

11. Use 3D glue gel to stick on the ready-made flowers and gems. Glue on the leaves.

12. Finally add some sparkle using the glitter glue. This glitter is suspended in a clear glue so it is very easy to use. Smear onto the leaves, dot around the hearts, and use the fine nozzle to apply a thin line around the outer card frame.
Step 1 - the base layers

Step 2 - more layers and embellishments