Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Challenge 34

Hi there, thanks for popping in. Today marks the start of a brand new colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque so why not have a look and give it a go. As always there is a prize up for grabs!


My Challenge entry has been stamped with the clear Thank You mandala stamp set and coloured with Polychromos pencils. I created the swirly background by spraying watercolour card with a little water and then grating Derwent Inktense blocks over the wet surface. Once the granules have started to dissolve into the cardstock, take a wet wipe and swirl the colour around. There will be a few grains of colour that have not dissolved and they will create the swirl effect.


Here is a reminder of the lovely new colours for this challenge...go on have a go!

Thanks for taking a peek

Julie xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Happy Easter

Hello crafty peeps, thanks for stopping by. Today I have two cards created with the brand new Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque.


Both of these cards are featured on the Design Team blog today so if you would like more details on how I made them, please pop over and have a look.


Happy Easter and thanks for poppin' by!
Julie xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Challenge 33

Hi, thanks for popping in. Today marks the start of the second week of Challenge 33 over on Chocolate Baroque's Challenge Blog, so you still have plenty of time to enter. As always there is a prize up for grabs so why not have a go.


Here is my card design for the current challenge. I have used stamps from Punky Hearts and Fluttering Hearts against a stencilled background which I coloured with Distress Inks. I added an extra layer to the butterfly to add some interest and finished off with dabs of Crystal Stickles and white paint pen highlights.


Thanks for looking and don't forget to pop over to the Challenge blog and have a go...

Julie xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Quick Cards


Hi! I have been a bit slow on the blog posting so apologies for not keeping up. As the title suggests I have a quick card that takes less than 15 minutes to create. If you like the idea of quick cards, but need some ideas then hop across to Chocolate Baroque's Design Team blog where you will find plenty of inspiration as there is a recent post dedicated to 15 minute cards. 


This cute bunny card is stamped using a silhouette stamp from Glorious Spring. I started by stamping the rabbit design with Onyx Black Versafine, then using torn paper as a guide, I created the hills with Distress ink. The sun ray is a brilliant stencil from Tim Holtz which I used with Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks and there you have one super quick card, which barely took 10 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by

Julie xx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Challenge 32

Hello there, today I have a tag which I made for the current colour challenge that is going on over at Chocolate Baroque's Challenge Blog.


I chose to use the Key To My Dreams for this tag design. I started by covering my grey board tag with white Gesso and once dry coloured the tag with green Gelato. The key has been stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder before being cut out and painted with green and copper mica powders. The sentiment and lock design have been stamped with Antique Bronze Distress Paint which  I also added around the outside edge of the tag.

I punched a hole in the top of the key, threaded through some ribbon and mounted onto the tag using foam pads. I finished off the tag by threading it with ribbon and cord.


There is still time to join in with this challenge and win a prize so why not give it a go?

Thanks for looking

Julie xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Quick Cards


Hello Bloggers, today I have a quick post to share two quick cards that I made for Lesley's Chocolate Baroque, Hochanda TV shows.


My first card is made with the Baroque Meadow. I simply coloured the stamp with green and lilac brush marker pens and then stamped onto card-stock. Don't worry about the ink drying before you are ready to stamp as you just need to give your stamp a good huff of your breath to reactivate the ink. After layering with black card-stock I finished off the design with Crystal Stickles. Very simple but very effective at the same time.


My second card is just as simple. I cut 3 hearts using a die cut and used the left over piece as a stencil which I applied lilac Distress ink through. I stamped two of the die cut hearts with the bubble stamp from Sticks and Stones using a green Distress ink. I continued with the bubble stamp around the outside edge of the card, alternating with lilac and green Distress inks and finished off with a sentiment stamped on each of the stencilled hearts from Words to Dazzle and Sparkle .

If you would like more quick card inspiration then why not pop across to Chocolate Baroque's Design Team blog where there are plenty more ideas being featured today.

Thanks for popping in

Julie xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Kingfisher Song

Hello, just thought I would add these two cards that have recently been featured over on Chocolate Baroque's Design Team Blog. They have been created with Kingfisher Song, Silhouette Grasses and Sticks and Stones stamp sets. They are all brand new stamp sets that have been featured on Hochanda TV and demoed by Lesley from Chocolate Baroque.


If you would like more info as to how I created these two cards, then you can pop over to the Design Team blog, where I explain in more detail.


Thanks for taking a peek,

Julie xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Colour Challenge 31

Well hello! It's the second week of our current Colour Challenge over on Chocolate Baroque's, Challenge Blog, so there is still plenty of time to have a look and get your entry in because as always there is a prize for the winner.


This is my card using the Challenge Colours as illustrated below. I have used a stamp from Exquisite Edges and water coloured it with brush markers. For the background I sponged Distress inks before applying lots of water and then leaving to dry naturally.
To finish the design off I added a sentiment from Mackintosh Sentiments


Many thanks for taking a peek and hope to see you again soon.

Julie xx

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Framed Hearts

Hello, just a quick post to share my project that is featured on Chocolate Baroque's Design Team blog today. 


As you can see it is a couple of framed hearts. I poured Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel through a metal heart cookie cutter that was placed over the Belle Flower stamp. The background is from the Harlequin Rose set and the Love sentiment is from Words of Love.
I used an old photo frame that I had painted with white Gesso, before sponging on gold and silver Aztec paint. I added a coat of acrylic wax to protect the frame.

Thanks for stopping by

Julie xx 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Gelli Print Romance

Hello there, just a quicky... This is a card I made for Lesley's recent show on Hochanda featuring some lovely romantic, floral stamps.

 

The base card is Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress inks sponged through a dotty stencil and then the little heart from The Words of Love  stamped randomly around the design. The sentiment also comes from this set. I then took the lovely Belle Flower background stamp, some turquoise acrylic paint and a gelli plate to take prints of the positive and negative of the stamp design. I then die cut the hearts and sentiment background from my gelli prints and mounted onto the base card. 

Thanks for popping in

Julie xx

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Harlequin Heart

Hello, happy new year and thanks for popping in as I have an upcycled photo frame to show you. I have used the Harlequin Rose stamp set from Chocolate Baroque which I made especially for Lesley's debut shows on Hochanda.


I started by painting the frame with yellow and green acrylic paint and once dry I added gold gilding wax over the top. To add to the aged look I dabbed specs of black acrylic paint around the frame and smudged them with a cloth.

The heart is made from polymer clay. I rolled out some plain white clay, inked up the heart with black Versafine and stamped into the clay. Carfully remove the stamp, cut out with a craft knife and bake according to packet instructions. Before baking place tiny rolls of silver foil underneath the parts of the heart you want to be raised up.

The background has been stamped with the tassel border stamp and coloured with Distress inks.

Thanks for looking

Julie xx