Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #336: Sparkle

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to make " Sparkle ".  Our sponsor for this challenge is All dressed Up. You'll find lots of adorable images over at their Etsy Store.

Today, I'm using this cute little image called Little Birdie to make a sparkly, glittery, put-your-shades-on card. I'm not sure if I dare send it out to anyone. I might have to include a health warning: do not stare directly at the card! We have bling, glitter ribbon, Stickles and Wink of Stella on a tiny 4.5" square piece of real estate.

I coloured the image with Copics. No fancy shading, especially since there's so much going on in the background.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: " Sparkle ". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, April 3rd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a super sparkly day.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Art Journal: He is Risen

Hello, friends! Welcome to another ART JOURNAL collaboration with a very dear and special blog friend - VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles. We are both passionate about art journalling and we have a monthly show and tell. What better reason to get inky and messy and, as an added bonus, we get to inspire and encourage each other while having fun.

We are half way through Lent and an Easter inspired Art Journal seems appropriate. I wanted to create "serious" page... not the usual bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs. My starting point was this cling mounted stamp angel by Chocolate Baroque called Rejoice! and the rest took shape quickly.

I primed the background with Faber Castell Gesso before applying Folk Art Acrylic Paints. Blues for the sky, yellows for the rising sun leading down to deep earth tones of the hills.

Here's the angel. I heat embossed her wings with WOW Bright White EP onto vellum. The rest of her I stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle, coloured with Copics, fussy cut and adhered  to the page, except for the lower half of her bodice so she looks like she's floating.

The grassy accents on the hills are from Silhouette Grasses stamped with Ranger Archival Fern. I also stencilled in some swirls using Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and Ranger Dye Ink Lemon Twist. The cross is a die cut using the smallest cross from  Spellbinders Shapeabilities Cross 2 set. I cut it out several times with dark brown cardstock and adhered them together. Then I rubbed on some Chocolate Gelatos and Iced Chai Gelatos.

I applied some Faber-Castell Gelato Metallic Icing on the sky to get a misty cloudy look. To finish the page I applied Versamark all over and heat embossed everything with WOW Clear Sparkle EP.

You can see the sparkle as it catches the light. I didn't adhere her wings all the way so she looks like she's hovering. Also, I used foam tape to prop up her head for added dimension.

And here is another look at my Easter Art Journal. I stamped the quotation using Claire Brennan's  (Waltzing Mouse) Victorian Alphabet and Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.

"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come and see the place where He lay."
Matthew 28:6 KJV

Addicted To Stamps #144: Easter
HeARTful Stamping Mar 16: AG
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Simon Says Stamp Monday: Things With Wings
Make My Monday #42: White Embossing (wings)
Hiding In My Craft Room #294: Any Holiday (Easter)
PDE Linky Party #165: Anything But A Card

Please head on over to VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles and check out what she has made. Vicki never ceases to amaze me with her creativity.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope your week is off to a magical start!



Saturday, 25 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Birthday

Hello, friends! It's finally here ... Spring, I mean. or is it? The past few days have been cold, wet and icy. I'm not so sure about packing away my winter woollies. Not just yet, anyway.

In an effort to embrace the vernal joy, I made a cheerful Birthday card using bright, zippy colours and stamps by Chocolate Baroque. My card features the silhouette tall plant from Spring Foliage. The greeting is from Words To Dazzle and Sparkle and the butterflies are from Baroque Meadow.

I started by blending Distress Inks on a piece of watercolour paper. Here are the colours I used:
GrassMowed Lawn and Cracked Pistachio
SunMustard Seed and Fossilized Amber. With the Tie Dye stencil by TCW, I applied Wild Honey to suggest rays of the sun.
SkyMermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers

Then I splashed some water to get that splodgy effect. Next came the images and greeting  - all stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. Final touches - little drops of Mint Liquid Pearls and some Stickles Black Diamond over the silhouette leaves.
Brown Sugar #243: AG
Colour Crazy #12: AG

Thank you for stopping by today. Hopefully, the sun is shining in your neck of the woods. We are down to 6ºC where we are... which isn't very springy! :) Have a great day, everyone.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

ATSM #234: Clean And Simple

Hello again, friends! It's time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More.  For this challenge, you can create anything you like - card, tag, bookmark etc - as long as it is CAS.

Here's my clean and simple card using Cool Cat stamp set by MFT. I've used glitter and buttons to give it some pizzazz... and also because I haven't quite grasped the true meaning of Clean and Simple.

I coloured this upper crust kitty with Faber-Castell Polychromos.

TTCRD March 21: AG
Retarte #93: AG
Colour Inspiration Monday #17: AG Handcoloured

Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Clean & Simple challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33

Welcome to Week 1 of Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33. We have a lovely colour swatch for you to use in your projects. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch, using as much or as little of each colour as you wish. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display the winner's badge on their blog.

Here's my offering for this challenge - a floral birthday card. It turned out more "earthy" than I intended but hopefully, the lovely lotuses (or should the plural form be loti?) stand out against the background.

The focal image is from the Floral Notes A5 stamp sheet and the sentiment is from Words To Dazzle.  First I stamped the image with Ranger Dye Ink Cool Graphite. Then, I masked the flowers before inking the edges with Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress Inks. For the sentiment, I used VersaFine Crimson Red and finished the project with little drops of Hydrangea Liquid Pearls.

Here's a closer look at the flowers. I coloured them with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft Aquarelle Pencils.

Word Art Wednesday 274 & 275: AG Inspirational
Crafty Creations #337: AG
Inspiration Destination #124: AG

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #33 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 18th April 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26 April 2017. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thank you for stopping by and have a magical day!



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #334: Tags / Bookmarks

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to make " Tags / Bookmarks ".  Our sponsor for this challenge is Joy Clair Stamps. Check out their online store for some delightfully adorable stamps.

Here's my floral bookmark. I heat embossed the sentiment with WOW Rich Gold EP and added a few droplets of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls.

TTCRD March 14: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: " Tags / Bookmarks ". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, March 20th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Will Follow

Hello again, friends! I'm back with another spring themed project for you. Today I have an uplifting card for you using stamps from the Glorious Spring A5 sheet by Chocolate Baroque.

I started by blending Distress Inks to create the sky (Chipped Saphire, Weathered Wood and Broken China) and grass (Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn) background. Then I stamped the primulas on a separate sheet of Canson watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black ink, coloured them with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft Pencils and fussy cut them. After I worked out the placements, I stamped the catkin directly onto the background with Archival Jet Black ink.

I adhered the primulas off the card, and trimmed one edge and left a couple of leaves hanging off the card. Next, I stamped the sentiment directly on the card with Archival Jet Black ink. And now for the finishing touches: Stardust Stickles on the primulas; shading around the plants with Faber Castell Big Brush Markers.

And one final touch: little white dots around the catkins to add some movement. I like the idea of them swinging in the gentle spring breeze.
Artistic Stampers March: Springtime
Paradise of Stamps #54: Spring
Stamping Sensations March: Close To Nature

There you have it ... a simple yet encouraging card. I'm hoping Spring will get here soon. It's been teasing us with a few good days so I dare say it's on its way.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a Blessed Sunday.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

ATSM #232: Make Your Mark

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More and this week we are playing Make Your Mark. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark. Feel free to use pencils, pens, markers, chalks, crayons, paints, stains, inks ... whatever takes your fancy.

Since we are in the season of Lent, I made a card about faith. The flowers are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet set, stamped with Lawn Fawn inks.

The die cut sentiment is by MFT called Peaceful Greetings, cut out of grey card stock and given a generous coating of Clear Wink of Stella.

Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Make Your Mark challenge. There are so many colouring medium to choose from. I looking forward to seeing your projects.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.


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