Monday, 12 November 2018

Kim Moody quirky houses

A Chocolate Baroque Fairy and Butterflies on the outside which was on display at Stamp Magic in Doncaster last month

Morning Peeps, a quick post with my creations from my post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog yesterday.............shame on me as I forgot to schedule a post here. Also some of my Kim Moody samples, this was Kim's first release of gorgeous stamps manufactured by Chocolate Baroque.......I did share one last month and also a few on my Instagram but it's another post I forgot on here.

Not an excuse but part of the reason is that I have been under a migraine fog for weeks and not really functioning properly, I've had them at least once a week since I was 10 but they have become progressively worse, so tomorrow I am seeing a doctor to see what changes can be made to my meds. Those who have migraines will understand, those who say (as may people do) it's just a headache need  a reality check!!

One of Ken's quirky houses, this one is called La Maison........every Fairy lives in a lemon and lilac house!!

And from yesterdays Chocolate Baroque post, samples using stamps from the last shows on Hochanda which were all about Butterflies, stamps sets used were: Harebell ButterflyBriar Rose ButterflyThistle ButterflyHoneysuckle Butterfly and Butterfly Daisy Collage

A plate decorated with tissue and pains, not totally happy with it and need to perfect the technique

More of Kim's houses from left La Maison, Head Office and Loft Conversation
Another that was on display at Doncaster, several people asked about the base shape which I explained on my blog here

I have quite a few more Kim Moody samples which I will share another day.

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Saturday, 10 November 2018


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Kath would like to see Poppies and/or the colour red, a very fitting theme for Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. We have a lovely Inkylicious Poppy stamp as our prize along with some colouring pencils.

I started out with a card but as it's Poppies had to make another and decided on a little frame. I started by stamping the Poppy which is a Chocolate Baroque stamp and coloured in with sparkle pens, then used a Sweet Poppy stencil to add ears of corn around the Poppies using translucent medium and then sprinkling with two shades of gold ultra fine glitter whilst still wet. When dry I stencilled some brickwork and then fixed into the frame.

My card uses one of my favourite Penny Black Poppy stamps which I repeat stamped inking the stamps with Distress Markers. Using Distress Ink I stencilled some harlequins and a Penny Black sentiment. I know people never believe me, but this style of card is so quick to make, especially using a stamp platform which allows you repeat stamping in different shades of your chosen colours  to get depth to the image.

Happy weekend all.
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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Hark the Christmas Rose

It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Get ready for Christmas' and 'Make someone smile'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

For my SS piece I used the beautiful 'Hark the Christmas Rose' which was released a couple of months ago on one of the Chocolate Baroque TV shows. After stamping in Versafine black I added a little colour with sparkle pens matching it as closely as possible to one of the beautiful Christmas Roses or to use it's correct name Hellebore's plants we have in the garden, we have several different colours but the traditional coloured one remains a favourite. Some simple matting onto some DP, a bow and finito.

This sentiment from Penny Black is perfect for this months theme and a Rose brings a smile to most peoples faces, I brushed Distress Inks onto a piece of Fabriano along with a few splatters, stamped and heat embossed the Rose, but it out and coloured with sparkle pens and simply placed onto the background adding a tag and twine.

I hope you will pop over to the challenge blogs and see the inspiration my team mates have on display and of course join us this month.
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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Dream and Chocolate Boroque new stamps and papers sneak peeks

Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week I am your host and our theme is 'Pretty Papers', it's actually the theme Tracy S chose before she left the team but we decided to leave it as we know so many of you love your DP's.  And the prize is of course paper pads, three of them actually plus some pretty ribbons.

Further down you will also find some sneak peeks of what is coming up on Tuesdays Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows which are at 11am and 3pm, some stunning new stamps and some fabulous papers designed by Lesley.

I made this one a while back using a new stamp from Honey Doo, they make some lovely floral ones which lend themselves to paper piecing which is what I did with this one and managed to use up a few snippets as well - always worth keeping those little bits. I stamped onto an Oxide background cut out the flowers, adding some glitter and pearls to the centres. The sentiment is from Inkylicious but afraid I have no idea the make of the paper. I am popping over to the Snippets Playground with this one, afraid what with holiday and other things I've not joined in for a few weeks.

And I used another Honey Doo stamp for my Butterfly Challenge card, it's one I bought at the Doncaster show and this was it's first inking. The Butterfly wheel this time round is Gold, Grape, Green, Gems, Glossy Accents, Glitter and of course a Butterfly. Since coming back from holiday I have been flat out catching up on samples for Tuesday's Chocolate Baroque TV shows, but managed to find an hour to make this one and incorporate all elements. 

I stamped the image and sentiment in Versafine black and heat embossed with detail clear, then coloured in with sparkle pens - one of which is called Grape. Next I masked the edges and added some Tea Dye DI to create a border, then fixed the CB Butterfly (which did start out purple but the glossy accents faded it) in place, added gold gems to the largest flower, iridescent glitter to all flowers and glossy accents to the Butterfly along with wire antenna and liquid pearls for the trail.

As promised the sneak peeks of the the new goodies coming up Tuesday on Hochanda.

Just look at the lush colours on this piece of DP plus new floral stamps
The colours are more subtle on this DP and another gorgeous bloom
Versafine Clair ink pads really lend themselves to the detailed images

As you can probably guess I was a very happy bunny working with these, anything floral ticks all my boxes, that said I love all things Chocolate Baroque as their stamps as such excellent quality and a joy to work with.

Another Allsorts one and unusually for me there is hardly any stamping, just the sentiment which is Penny Black. I make quite a few of this design as not only is it ideal for using up scraps of paper, they also sell very well at the RSPCA charity shop. The lattice in the frame is a Tattered Lace die and then simply assembled and flowers and sentiment tag added. The Ivy leaves are also TL, I think from my three years designing for them using literally hundreds of different dies, these Charisma Ivy ones remain my favourite.

Have a good weekend all.
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Good morning, today I am sharing our first post of November over at the Chocolate Baroque blog, full details of the stamps and how I made my pieces of artwork can found over there. The Hochanda shows were all about Butterflies and in this post I used stamps from Butterfly Daisy CollageHarebell ButterflyBrier Rose ButterflyArtistic Affirmations.

I also have a few photos of our holiday, we had beautiful weather and it was something of a culture shock to come back to near freezing temperatures.

Our villa was beautiful, it sleeps twelve so four of us (plus two dogs) were spoilt for choice when it came to choosing bedrooms. It is situated way up in the hills above Sant Antoni de Calonge, very quiet and peaceful with views of the sea from the turret rooms. And the pool was heated!!

George loves the water and especially the sea so thoroughly enjoyed himself but takes a good bit of persuading to come out once he's in. Leia on the other hand despite her size doesn't venture beyond a paddle.

Now more crafty samples.

My thanks as always for popping in today.

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Always Beleive

Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Wendy would like to see 'Pearls and Gems' on our artwork and she is kindly providing a lovely prize, do pop over to the challenge blog to see for yourselves.

Another scheduled post so fingers crossed Blogger is behaving. My top card used an Inkylicios stamp I received as a gift from a crafty friend, it has lovely detail and I kept this one fairly simple to allow the stamp to take centre stage. As is usual I stamped with Versafine black, coloured in with sparkle pens and added a Bee Crafty sentiment.

My second share uses a Penny Black image which I inked with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, I then masked off a section so that I could ink a frame around the bloom. The sentiment and Butterfly are also Penny Black.

And my entry for Mos' October Rudolph Day's challenge, all I need to do is remember to link it up when we get home from holiday and before the gates close for the month. I used this adorable stamp from Crafty Individuals which I stamped and masked, stamped the CB trees and added the background with Pan Pastels, removed the mask and coloured the images and finally some stamping around the borders and liquid pearl berries.

Happy weekend all.

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Robin red breast and more Butterfly Dresses

Morning Peeps, a scheduled post as we are on holiday and hopefully finding a bit of late Mediterranean sunshine and meeting up with our youngest son and girlfriend who are three months into their European road trip following the race calendar. He's already competed in a few races, including a marathon in the Pyrenees where we was placed 7th in a field of 1,000.

Our Allsorts challenge this week was selected by our Tracy and the theme is 'Traditional Christmas Colours'. We have a super prize on offer from Swedish House Crafts. Also I have my CB shares from the post I scheduled post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog which has all details.

Note added Thursday: I only just realised I forgot to post my mid month shares for Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges yesterday, so my apologies to my team mates, I don't have time to add them now so will share them when I do my post for the new monthly challenges.

My Allsorts share is a canvas with napkin art. My starting point was to cover the canvas with gesso, then an off white acrylic pain followed by some texture paste stippled around the edges using a piece of foam. Once dry I added some green DI to accentuate the texture and stencilled holly leaves using a Penny Black stencil and DI. It took a while to cut out the Robin and his foliage perch but worth the time as he is lovely, I then used dries clear glue beneath the area I was going to place him, gently teased in position and used the remaining glue on the brush to seal around the edges. The sentiment is also Penny Black.

Lesley launched these stamps on Hochanda last month, all details of how I made them can be found here and the stamps featured are the lovely Butterfly DressFloral EdgesDecorative EdgesAmazing Mackintosh Words and Lady's Slipper Orchid

Many thanks for your visit and kind words, I will be round to see you all soon.

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