Wednesday 31 October 2018

October Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi everybody.  It is time again for the Rudolph Days Challenge, and I am just rushing in through the gates and late again.  I will try to be more prepared next month as it will be the last one before Christmas.  This challenge is run by the lovely Mo, and although there is no point at all me suggesting that you do the challenge this month as it is about to close, but maybe next month, or certainly start the new year with the resolution to keep making your cards so that there isn't that sudden rush and panic come Christmas.

Anyway, here is my card, the quickest card ever I think.  This is another upcycling of a card using the whole card front as the design, cut with a scalloped die and added on to a piece of dark blue card.  The only extra embellishment is a little white snowflake which I found in the bits bag that I keep with old cards and embellishments I have made and not used.  Not much imagination used here but really wanted to enter the challenge albeit rather late,  as I have managed every month so far, and hopefully next month too to make the whole

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon. 

Thursday 25 October 2018

Kim Moody's Quirky Houses

Hi everybody.  Chocolate Baroque are producing stamps for a new designer called Kim Moody who does these wonderful drawings of buildings in quite a quirky style, and they are celebrating this by showing cards made with his super stamps over on their Design Team Blog.  I have made a couple of cards with two of the stamps,  La Maison, and Loft Conversion.  He actually bases the designs on buildings he has seen, but obviously draws them in his own unique way.  Here is the first using La Maison.

I thought I would use some thin cork material which I have had for ages and have never used.  I wasn't sure if it would work, but I stamped on to a piece of this cork using Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with WOW Opaque Brilliant White Embossing Powder.  The surface is a little uneven but it took the embossing powder fairly well, and then I coloured the image with my pencils in shades of yellow for the house walls and red for the roof and doors and the wall, and then a little blue in the sky, and a little black for shading and to ground the house.  I then used a Black Micron Pen to add the birds, and a few bits to enhance the details.  Obviously the colours do not look very bright because of the strongish colour of the cork.

I then backed the cork with a piece of pattern gold card.  Meanwhile I cut a piece of hessian to fit the 6" square white card and pulled out some of the threads to make a fringe.  I then used some of these pieces of thread twisted to make a cord which I wrapped around one side of the topper before adding it to the card.  I then took some more of the pieces together and knotted them to the cord,  and finished by adding a computer generated sentiment cut into a banner shape, and adhered this behind the knot, as I thought this would make a lovely new home card.

Here is my other card with Loft Conversion.

I stamped it on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.  I then painted the house and a scene around it using various Distress Inks and added it to a white base card approximately 7" x 5".  I finished by adding a computer generated sentiment cut into three small strips again using some new home related words.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon, and if you want to see more cards using these and the other fun designs by Kim then go to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.

Tuesday 16 October 2018

15 Minute Cards for October

Hi there.  Here are a couple of quick cards I made for a post which Chocolate Baroque do once a month over on their Design Team Blog featuring cards which take about 15 minutes to make.  This one was made using the pretty Butterfly Dress.

I started by stamping the lady and then using her skirt I stamped again to frame the image using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder on to glossy card.  I then covered it with alcohol inks using Butterscotch, Clover and Limeade around the edges, and Watermelon and Flamingo over her skirt and also over the flower frame.  It is difficult to target with alcohol inks and I did go over it afterwards with some more using a brush and blending solution, and as I wanted a softer look I did rub over the whole thing with a tissue and more blending solution to smooth it out,  but obviously it is a random look and you have to work fast.  I finished with a sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray ink second generation for a softer look.

The second card is made with the Auricula Script stamp and a sentiment from the Rose Stem Script.  I stamped it using Versamark and heat embossing with WOW Silver Metallic EP.  I then used the ink on acrylic technique to apply three colours of Distress ink for the background, they were Candied Apple, Wilted Violet and Crushed Pistachio.  Laying the inks down on the acrylic I spritzed with water and pressed the ink on and around the image where I wanted the colours to be.  I did several layers and then added extra ink to the image with a waterbrush.  I did use quite a lot of water as I wanted soft colour for a change as I do quite often go overboard with bright colour I thought this time I would keep it fairly muted.  I finished by brushing some Candied Apple ink around the edges before adhering to a white base card.  I just wanted to take the whiteness off the very edge of the card to make it stand out from the white base card but not sure if it works or not.

Just something to note.  I have cut the sentiment stamp into individual words so that I can vary the look when stamping.  This card called for the words to be all in a line, and on another card obviously a different grouping may look better.  As long as there is enough space to safely cut in between them I think this just makes for more versatility.

Thank you for joining me today and if you want to see lots of great quick card and other inspiration then head on over to the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog.

Monday 15 October 2018

CAS Mix Up October Challenge Reminder

Hi there everyone.  I can't believe we have reached the middle of the month already, and halfway through this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge for which I am lucky enough to be Guest Designer.  The theme this time is Metal and there are some videos on the blog to help you with some ideas of different techniques to use.

Bonnie very kindly sent me some beautiful copper sheet and a very pretty die cut leafy frame as a thank you for being GD, and so I thought it would be good to use them for this card.


To add to the required elements of Metal and Stamping, I used die cutting, heat embossing, watercolouring, and alcohol inking.

I started by mounting the leafy frame on to some white card and then adhered it on to an approximately 6" x 5" card, which gave a 1/2" border all the way round.  The middle section of the frame is separate and I decided to colour it before setting it back into the frame, but at that time hadn't decided on a colour.

I coloured the piece of copper sheet with my alcohol inks, using several greens and browns and a bit of red, and light and dark blue.  I then die cut it using a pair of Sue Wilson dies called Trailing Ivy.  One of them cut much easier than the other using my Gemini machine with the metal shim and a rubber mat added for more pressure, but don't really know why as I rotated them both several times to get the best cut.  I persevered and got there in the end, and I love the leaves so feel it was worthwhile.

I then decided on a colour for the centre piece of the frame.  I used two of my Brushos in Turquoise and Emerald Green.  I tapped some powder from each on to my glass mat and spritzed with water and then dragged the piece of white card through it several times to build up the colour, and ended up with a quite intense sea green which I think complements the colours in the ivy leaves really well.  The colour has more blue in it then it appears to have in the photo.  I found it incredibly difficult to get a decent photo which showed off the pretty colours in the copper leaves too, but I think you can get the idea.

I finished it with a sentiment heat embossed using WOW Metallic Copper Embossing Powder on to a strip of black card cut into a banner shape.

Thank you for looking at my blog today and I'll see you again soon, and also a big thank you to Bonnie and Loll for asking me to be GD this time which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  You still have lots of time to get an entry in as the challenge doesn't close until 24th October. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Dies R Us Challenge - No. 107 Anything Fall.
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Autumn and Halloween.
Addicted to CAS - No 147 Foliage.

Friday 5 October 2018

Indian Textiles, Paisley Elephant and Nature's Paisleys

Hi there everybody.  Here are three cards I made for the Chocolate Baroque shows on the TV in August featuring these three sets of Indian themed stamps.  I usually show them at the end of the month but I ran out of time, so here they are now.

For this first card I started with the background using my gelli plate and three colours of Distress Inks, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilised Amber and Carved Pumpkin.  I did want the yellow more to the bottom and the green and orange over the rest so laid the inks down with this in mind, although the results are always random, and I find the gelli plate seems to mix the inks much better for me.  I also spritzed before laying the card over and rubbing it well before lifting.  I finished the background by adding this little square stamp from Paisley Elephant across the top and bottom to make a border using the Cracked Pistachio.

I then found a piece of yellow parchment and heat embossed the script from the same set on to it using Versamark Ink and WOW Gold Metallic Embossing Powder.  I cut it out and the rolled the bottom and the top to make a sort of scroll, although there was much more parchment to roll at the bottom than the top, but it gives it the look.

I added the peacock from Indian Textiles and inked it using my Misti with the Cracked Pistachio first, and spritzed before stamping, then again with the Carved Pumpking around the middle section, spritzing lightly again before stamping, then I coloured the outer feathers with some of the Fossilised Amber and the peacock body with Peacock Feathers.  I then cut it out leaving a slight white border.

I finished by layering it up on to a dark green mat, then added the parchment and peacock and finished by stamping one of the sentiments from Elephant Paisley and heat embossed using Versamark and the WOW Opaque Bright White EP, and I made a fishtail banner and added it to the card.

Here I started with a white rectangle and stamped the minarets from Indian Textiles and the lacy border from the same set using Versamark and WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.  I did try using some gilding flakes with WOW Bonding Powder over the Minaret image using my Misti, and they did stick rather randomly, so you can see little patches of gold flakes, and then I went over it again with the Versamark and stamped again using the WOW Silver Metallic EP.  I then placed a mask for the moon and applied some Black Brusho Powder which has quite a lot of other colours within it, and also some Turquoise, and some bits of Lemon and Orange near the horizon.  I did use quite a lot of water as I didn't want the background too dark.  I removed the mask and dusted some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over the face of the moon using a blending tool, and also a very little Fossilised Amber.  I layered this on to a piee of dark blue card.

For the background I heat embossed on to white card using an image from Elephant Paisley, with the same WOW Silver EP.  I then applied some Carved Pumpkin again using the blending tool.  I then put it together and added a white strip with a sentiment from the set using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and blended a little more of the same ink around the edges before adhering it to the card.

On this last card I started with the background.  Using the splash technique I used Salty Ocean and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Inks, and also some Shaded Lilace Distress Ink.  I  added one of the images from Nature's Paisleys using the Worn Lipstick and also added some stamping using two smaller stamps from the Indian Textiles set with Salty Ocean Oxide both second generation stamping, and Brilliance Moonlight White for the other.  I then die cut a stitched circle using a set of dies from The Works, and cut it in half and one half into three.  I applied inks going from dark to light and blending several colours of pink and purple to get the colours I wanted.  I then stamped one of the sentiments from the set on to two of the strips and using the damask type pattern on the bottom half and then coloured with again several colours of pink to match the top half.  I glued the circle over the edge of the background and the added a bright pink mat behind it.

I stamped the large elephant on to a piece of white card and coloured with my Distress Inks using a paintbrush and some water and fussy cut it out.  After adhering the background to the card I added the elephant using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it dimension.

Thank you for looking at my blog today, and I hope to see you again soon.

Monday 1 October 2018

Faux Metal Birdcage Anniversary

Hi there everyone.  I was delighted to be asked by Bonnie and Loll to be a Guest Designer for this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge as I was lucky enough to be chosen as Top Pick for the August challenge.

The theme is metal, and there are a few video tutorials for you to look at if you need some inspiration to set you on your way.  Here is what I did.

To add to the required elements of Metal and Stamping, I have added Ink Blending, Heat Embossing and Dry Embossing.  The technique for the birdcage is called Faux Metal, and I actually followed the video by Jennifer McGuire which is one of those suggested on the challenge blog.

I decided to use a die from The Works and with a piece of white card and Versamark Ink I heat embossed it three times with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder to build up a nice shiny finish.  I then die cut just the top bit again to get a second bird.  I cut it away from the rest and managed to get a small piece from the cage to give it a second leg.  I then also heat embossed it with the Silver EP.  I decided to tuck its tail inside the cage, so I glued it in place ready to add to the card.

I started the background by embossing a piece of 4" square white card using a Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder called Clockwork Daisies.  I also tried a new to me technique.  I blended two colours of Distress Ink - Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber on to the card, very heavily, making sure to get in  all the cracks, blending one colour well into the other.  I then brushed over it with Gold Perfect Pearls which gives it a lovely sheen and also helps to give it a more evenly blended look.  It is good to finish by rubbing it over with a piece of tissue or paper towel to remove the residue.   I added this to a slightly larger piece of white card.  I then added this to the white 6" square base card and mounted the birdcage on to it.

Lastly I added a sentiment using the Silver EP on to black card cut into a thin strip, and as you can see I tucked this just under the feet of the birdcage.

Thank you for stopping by today and please do go over and take a look at all the beautiful cards and wonderful inspiration from Bonnie and Loll and the rest of the Design Team.  The challenge doesn't close until the 24th of the month so you have lots of time to get a card in too.

I am entering the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 336 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.  (I used snippets of white card for the background and layer behind it, and another snippet of white for the birdcage and extra bird, and a black snippet for the sentiment)
Happy Little Stampers October Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies.