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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Winter Shaker Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my recent show samples using one of the lovely seasonal ladies – Winter Dawn. I just had to go over the top with sparkle and bling for this one – tee hee.

This one does make a nice Christmas card (sorry to use the ‘C’ word) - but it could just as equally make a nice winter birthday card too.


How to make it:

  1. Stamp the image with Versamark and emboss with the silver powder. Colour with pencils and use fine tipped black pen to darken eyes. Use the white pen to enhance highlights. Add glitter glue to snowflakes. You could stop at this stage and simply mat and layer onto the card front.
  2. Cut a frame from holographic card. Using texture paste add the lettering through the stencil. Quickly coat with loose glitter. When dry enhance the lettering by drawing on a drop shadow with black pen.
  3. Trim the acetate to fit behind the frame. Add snowflakes using Kristall and applying through the stencil. When dry glue to the back of the frame with strong tape. Apply the framed window to the card with 3D foam tape ensuring that there are no gaps. Before sticking down add a pile of crystal glitter to the middle of the card.
  4. Finish with die cut snowflakes.

Summer Day and Winter Solstice (posted by Claire)

Good morning, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I love all of the gorgeous seasonal ladies and it was a real treat to find that Lesley had produced some lovely stencils to go with them. I've used both the stamps and stencils for my projects today.

To make Summer Day I began by stamping Summer Fayre on to kraft card and colouring her with Lyra pencils. I dry brushed around the image with white gesso and also applied gesso to a piece of corrugated card. Once the gesso was dry I applied different shades of green acrylic paint through the Useful Leaves stencil to create the background, this is definitely a useful stencil but so pretty too. I added the lettering using the Seasonal Journey stencil and a little red acrylic paint. To finish the wall hanging I added some ribbon, gingham trim and little paper poppy.

I've used a much darker more dramatic colour palette to create Winter Solstice. I began by stamping 
Winter Dawn onto white car and coloured her with Graph'It Markers. I outlined the image with a black marker annd then applied black gesso all round and then added some colour using Twinkling H2O paint in blued and purples. I stamped the image again on acetate using versmark in and embossed with a sparkly white powder. I cut the snowflakes out and layered them up over the image. I added a little glue and glitter too give some more dimension. I added some stencilling around the image using the Seasonal Elements stencil and glassy gel medium, sprinkling with more glitter while the medium was still wet. The colours of the paint have bled through this while it was drying, a happy accident as I love the effect!  I applied clear versamark ink through the stencil to create the wording and embossed with white sparkly powder. I added a little scrap of ribbon and a snowflake embellishment to finish off.

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beauty Blooms With Grace (by Asha)

Hello again, friends. I come bearing an Art Journal featuring stamps from two utterly gorgeous sheets: Mackintosh Beauty and Mackintosh Windows.

I created the floral arrangements in the corners by cutting up the various images from both sets and adhering them together to form a bouquet. I framed the page with a lace stamp from the Texture Fragments sheet, stamped with light grey ink.

The background is a blend of soft shades of pale pink and lavender acrylic paints.

As always, I have details of the tools and products used on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and drop in soon for more designs by the team.


Friday, 21 July 2017

seasonal ladies

 I have three of my sample cards for last month's tv shows to show you today. It was hard to have favourite ladies, but I think these two stamps are well in the running!
For both cards the summer fayre stamp was stmaped using black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils, masked with masking fluid, and brusho backgrounds added.
For the first card I partially diecut the lady out, leaving the butterfly and poppies outside the die. The base card was coloured with distress oxide inks, leaves added using the useful leaves stencil and overstamped with the large crackle stamp. The poppies in the foreground are from the floral notes plate, stamped onto leftover paper coloured with brushos and fussy cut out.

The base card was done in the same way for the second version, but the lady was cut down to a rectangle and matted onto gold card. I  sprinkled red brusho over the green background to try to create a poppy field effect, but it didn't quite work....

For the autumn medley stamp I tried to create a wood effect with the brushos, using my version of a  technique found on Youtube. I started with a piece of white card, sprinkled brown and red powder at the top, and used a damp sponge to drag the colour down the page. The colours are more blended together than the original, which used acrylic paints to blend the powders, but i was quite pleased with the result. back ground mounted onto black and gold, then onto white base card blank.
The lady was stamped with black versafine ink,  coloured with pencils and fussy cut out. I stamped the hair part again several times onto a spare piece of card coloured with orange, yellow and brown brushos, and fussy cut out the best leaves and decoupaged them onto the original.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blue Poppies (by Penny)

Hello everyone, here is the second post this month from Penny Butler. She has made a pretty card incorporating some stunning blue poppies.

Penny writes:

Hello again, I hope everyone is well and still enjoying our Summer. Today I have a lovely 'worker' card for you, my second post here as Guest Designer this month.

I have used the Poppy Meadow and Words of Inspiration stamp sets, Kraft paper, black card, Distress Crayons, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, metallic colouring pencils, and bits and bobs from my stash.

I scribbled the crayons onto the Kraft paper and blended them with a little water. I added Distress Ink around the edges, matted the background onto black card, and attached it onto a white base card. On another piece of black card, I stamped and embossed a poppy. I coloured it in with pencils, then cut around it leaving a small border. I attached it with dimensional glue. I then stamped and embossed a sentiment in black onto a piece of Kraft paper, die cut it into a tag, and added ribon. I added the same ribbon, some lace and a button to the card with some adhesive tape, then added the tag. I finished the design with some Stickles glitter glue.

Penny will be back with her final project of the month next week,

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Flowers in Her Hair (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a colourful project to share with you today, featuring the Summer Fayre stamp that was part of the recent TV shows on Hochanda.

I have stamped the image onto a square topper, and then masked the image. I coloured the background with Distress Ink, and then loosely coloured the image with water based markers, sometimes using a water brush to dilute the colours.

I created a larger background using matching colours of  Distress Ink, and spritzed the background with water. Once the background was dry, I stamped an image from the Poppy Edges stamp set, to frame the central image, using Distress Ink. I added a large red bow before I assembled the card, choosing a toning olive green card to finish.

I hope you like her pink hair and green eyeshadow. She reminds me of a festival goer, with her bright accessories!

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back with my second post this month and today I'm sharing 2 projects, one is the Summer lady the other is one from the Mackintosh set, both were featured recently on Hochanda.

The tag is a Greyboard Tag which is white on one side, I stamped the lady first and masked her face with Drawing Gum before using Distress Oxides (wrinkle free distress technique) I used Distress inks through the stencils then coloured my image with Distress inks and waterbrush, some gold glitter glue in the flower centres, some silver Gilding wax around the edge and Voila!

Stamped and embossed in white onto watercolour card, I wet the card down and just washed over with watercolour colour inks for the background, I used watercolour markers onto a tile in a couple of shades of red and just picked it up on a wet brush and dipped into the roses, I used a fine line marker to create the edge.

Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you like my creations, have a great day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Poppies in her hair (by Brenda)

Good morning Peeps, I am back with some more shares using the Mackintosh and Seasonal Lady stamps that featured on Lesley's June shows on Hochanda.

Kraft card is something I am always buying but rarely use so I though I would try and remedy that and quite like how well it works with white and red, a combo that I will be trying again. Using the new masks which match the Seasonal Ladies I used the leaves from one of them and white Dylusions, masking section of the cardstock as I went along so the spray could be directed through the mask. Then using red Distress Ink I sponged the word repeatedly at different angles.

The lovely Summer Fayre image was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder and coloured in the flowers and Butterfly with the same red Distress Ink. I stamped the Butterfly again and cut out and also one of the flowers, coloured both with the same ink, cut out and decoupaged.

Taking the stem Rose from Machintosh Beauty stamp set I repeat stamped with Black Archival to create a circle and coloured in with sparkle pens. The sentiment is from Amazing Mackintosh Words, stamped with the same black ink and cut out using dies and matted into the centre of the Roses.

The background of this card is Distress Inks and repeat stamped with flowers from Mackintosh Windows and Mackintosh Beauty. A strip of vellum placed across the middle and an image from Mackintosh Windows stamped with Versafine Black and heat embossed with detail clear powder, cut out, coloured with Distress Inks and placed over the vellum.

My final card has the lovely Winter Dawn which I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail silver, cut out with an oval die and went round the edges with a thick silver pen before mounting onto a base stamped with the same ink and powder and Large Crackle Background stamp. A silver bow to finish.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, welcome to our monthly post packed full of projects that are quick to make, yet stylish and full of the wow factor, because they are made with Chocolate Baroque stamps. We try to show you lots of tips and inspiration in these bumper monthly posts, and help you to find ways of creating cards that do not need to take ages to put together. You can visit each Design Team member's blog for further details by clicking on their names, and also see lots more of their creative ideas when you visit their individual blogs.

Zoe's cards are a riot of colour, and would definitely brighten anyone's day. For the first two cards, she has used embossing onto watercolour card as a resist, and added watercolour inks.

Her third card is a very simple card using heart shaped die cuts. She has used some texture stamps to add pattern to the shapes, and a pop of vibrant colour:

Rachel has created a pretty Spring themed card using kraft card as the base, stamping and embossing with white embossing powder. She has added some of our newest stencils to her card.

Her following projects incorporate the lovely Mackintosh Windows stamp set, and she has chosen a warm palette of reds and pinks to complete both cards. She coloured both images with water based markers, then masked the images and spritzed the backgrounds with spray inks.

Magda has created two pretty cards for us this month. For her first card, she has used the fabulous fish, and added the Large Crackle Background behind. The sentiment makes the card a perfect 'anytime' card to send, and would suit all ages.

Her second card with its positive message, and dreamy background, could be useful for so many purposes:

For her first card this month, Vronnie has stamped the large image from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set, which she masked, and then stamped the images from Butterfly Blush randomly over the background. She added Brushos and spritzed with water, before removing the mask, and adding a light touch of colour to the large butterfly.

She has created two cards using the lovely Winter Dawn image. The first card was created by stamping the image onto grey card and colouring it with pencils, adding accents with a white marker and some gems.
The second, she masked the image, and added a Brusho background:

Brenda has been busy creating some fabulous projects this month. Her first two projects were created by stamping the images with black ink, and embossing them with clear embossing powder. She coloured the images with pencil, and added liquid pearls to the flower centres.

For her next card, she stamped and embossed the image once more, but coloured the image with sparkle pens.

To create the following card, she stamped and embossed the image using copper embossing powder and Versamark Ink. She used the same to add the word stencil. The background was created with Distress Inks, and also the leafy stencilling.

For her next card, she created a background using acrylic paints, and then stamped and embossed the image using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder. She used bleach to take away the colour from the hair. A few die cut snowflakes completed the card:

For her final card, she spritzed a piece of linen and then stamped the image with Versafine Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Anne has created a beautiful set of cards using all four images from the Seasonal Lady Collection. She has stuck to a blue theme, and the cards are really fabulous. She stamped the images with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, and added stencilling and shading around the edges. She used a water brush to pull colour from the image, picking up extra ink from her craft mat if needed. She added a touch of glitter glue in the hair, flowers and snowflakes.

Her final card was created using the Mackintosh stamp sets and fine patterned card. She stamped and embossed the images, and coloured them with water based inks and sparkle pens before cutting them out.

I have made two very quick cards for you this month, the first simply using Distress Stains splatted onto the background. The sentiment was perfect for this card:

For the second card, I added water to the watercolour card, to ensure that the edge of the colour was uneven, and used the same four colours as I had used on my previous card. I added an image from the Just Butterflies stamp set, and a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set:

Marga finishes our blog post this month. She has created a beautiful card using the Winter Dawn image, stamped and embossed onto black card this time:

Her second card had been coloured with pencils for a stunning effect:

We hope that you have enjoyed what we have to share with you this month. We will be back next month with more quick projects, but in the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, 14 July 2017

Summer Fair (by Marga)

Hello here I'm again with the beautiful new stamp Summer Fair.

I love the beautiful new stamps with the lovely faces.
I coloured this card with my pencils. 

Stamp I used: Summer Fair

Hugs Marga

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mackintosh Roses (by Julie)

Hello, Julie here and I have two Mackintosh style cards to show you, so I will start by showing this DL card.

I have used both Mackintosh Windows and Mackintosh Beauty . I started by taking the Mackintosh Windows set and inking up the decorative face stamp with black Archival ink and stamping onto glossy card. I coloured with alcohol pens and then cut it out. The base card was stamped with the border from Mackintosh Beauty using a purple dye based ink and coloured with pink and purple Pan Pastel. Next I threaded some beads onto elastic cord and secured by tying a knot at the bottom so that the beads do not fall off. You may want to add a blob of clear drying glue for extra security. I then attached to the back of the stamped image with 3d foam pads before applying to the base card. The card was finished off with a sentiment from Amazing Mackintosh Words.

My second card has been created with two stamps from Mackintosh Windows. I started the card by colouring some stamping card with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress inks and then stamped the decorative rose in a circle. No measuring was used so you may want to start with a bigger piece of card and then cutting to size after you have stamped. I filled around the circle with the large rose and then coloured with brush markers. Acrylic paint pens were dotted around the outside and the card was finished off with sentiments from Amazing Mackintosh Words.

Thank you for taking a peek and please call back tomorrow for some more design team inspiration.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mackintosh Lantern (by Penny)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts this month from Penny Butler, one of our regular Guest Design Team members. Penny has designed a very pretty luminary for her first project this month.

Penny writes:

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying some sunshine. It is my pleasure to bring you three projects this month, and the first is one of my samples from the recent TV shows.

I have used the Mackintosh Windows stamp set, black card, parchment paper, alcohol pens, silver embossing powder, gilding wax, and an embossing folder from my stash. I embossed the black card in the folder, and added the gilding wax. I stamped and embossed the four window images onto the parchment paper and coloured them on the reverse. I cut the parchment into four panels, created a box from the black card, and cut apertures into each side, to make a lantern. I then attached the stamped panels to the inside of the lantern, created a small platform to fit inside the lantern, and added a battery operated tealight.

Thank you for a truly inspirational design Penny. We look forward to seeing another project from Penny next week,