Thursday, 17 August 2017

chequered flowers

I had great fun playing with this stamp from Chocolate Baroque and my favourite brusho powders, and here are 3 versions.

The first was stamped in black versfine ink and clear embossed before masking the image with masking fluid. I sprinkled leaf green and purple powders and spritzed them, leaving the paper to dry naturally. Once dry, rub off the masking fluid. trim down a little, mat onto black card and then onto a 5"x7" white card blank.

The second one was also stamped in black and embossed before masking with masking fluid. This time I just used black brusho powder for a more dramatic effect - I love all the different colours that appear! This time I used white and black mats before amounting onto a 7" square white card blank.This one is my favourite of the three.

The last one I stamped with versamark and used gold embossing powder before masking again with masking fluid and using purple powder around the flowers. It didn't spread as far as I thought it would , probably I got more water spray on the one side of image......anyway, I thought it looked a bit like a torn layer so left it as it was.I added colour with a brush pen to the centre of the flowers, and added a gold mat and sentiment embossed in gold.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

hanging flowers

I hope you enjoyed watching Lesley and Lynnda on the recent TV shows , showing the lovely colouring pages and the matching stamps.

These are two of my samples using the hanging flowers stamp - loved this one, thought it was very like a fuschsia, I shall probably get corrected on that though, not being a gardener.
Needless to say, I used brushos on the first one. I stamped the flowers first using black versafine and clear embossing powder. then painted them with masking fluid before using grey brusho powder and spritzing with water.
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and painted the leaves using lime green brusho. White and black mats finished it off.
The second version was stamped with versamark onto black card and embossed with gold detail powder. The flowers and leaves were painted with diluted  Aztec lustre paints - have to admit this was their first use since I bought them from CB last year!
Mats this time were gold and black onto a white base card.

There were some fantastic samples on the shows, so keep checking to see what my teamies have to show you, you won't be disappointed!

Friday, 21 July 2017

summer and autumn 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. I have always liked the idea of blue roses, but have always been disappointed by the more lilac shade when they flowered......
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.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

quick cards

 three quick cards to show today, two using my favourite brushos and masking.
The first uses the lovely big patchwork butterfly, stamped in black versafine and masked using masking fluid - masking fluid rather than a tissue mask as I find that the colour from the brushos tends to seep under tissue, and it is not an effect you always want!
I used the small butterfly and dragonfly stamps from butterfly blush to stamp randomly round the card, using an old multicolour pad that had become single colour, then added turquoise brusho powder and spritzed it - the stamping blurred into the background, and some of the colour ran which blurred things even more.
Rub off the masking when everything was dry, and a narrow gold mat finished it off.

The other cards use the  winter dawn stamp from the seasonal ladies set from last month's tv shows. For the first one, she was stamped with versamark and silver embossed before masking with fluid again and using turquoise and purple brusho this time.
The second one was stamped onto a very pale grey card using black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils, with white sharpie pen for the snowballs, white splatters voer the background as well.
Die cut with an oval die, mounted onto a kraft card layer and gems added in two corners.
This was the quickest one to do, as no masking fluid or brushos was involved, so no wait for everything to dry

Saturday, 8 July 2017

dreaming beauty

I love the Mackintosh stamps and sentiments, and had great fun playing with them, as did everyone else on the DT!
The lovely lady from Mackintosh beauty was stamped first using a blue inkpad, then masked with masking tissue. the background was created using the now-traditional torn paper for the landscape and a moon mask in the sky, with the castle from fantasy castles. The grasses are from the baroque meadow single stamp, and the trees use a stamp from silhouette  grasses. The lady was coloured with watercolour pencils.

My second card just used the lady on her own, again coloured with pencils, this time with a distress oxide inked background.The base card was randomly stamped with two of the single rose stamps using the same distress oxide inks.

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Winners of the stamp sets are Aquarius (gothic fragments) and ChristineB (butterfly), chosen by the time-honoured method of folded papers in carrier bag!
Congratulations ladies, please could you let me have your addresses.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

butterfly tree

 Both these cards have brusho backgrounds, and the tree stamp is from the woodland design a tree plate, stamped in grey versafine ink.

I used a mix of stanps from butterfly blush and various green inkpads to create the foliage of the tree for the first card,and stamps from just butterflies coloured with pencils.

The second card used just two of the stamps from butterfly blush, inked using a couple of old multicolour pigment ink pads. the sentiment is from words of inspiration.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

scenic butterfly - and a giveaway

 A lesson in how to drive yourself nuts here, made worse by my not having cleaned the lovely patchwork butterfly stamp properly!

Inspired by some outline stamps seen recently, I thought I would have a go at using the butterfly in a similar fashion. The stamp was too mucky for me to just ink up the edges and wipe any overspill off with a wipe , so I tried masking the centre of the wings before inking the edges of the stamp and the centre body - after many attempts I got a pair of masks that worked fairly well and gave me a reasonable outline once I removed the masks and stamped the butterfly.

A second mask for the negative image was much easier! Once this was in place, I inked a background into the butterfly frame using distress oxide inks, then stamped the silhouette grasses stamp using black versafine ink, and added some small butterflies from butterfly blush. A quick sponge round the outline and a black matt finished the first off.

The orher two cards used the same technique and stamps but with an extra mask so that I could stamp a background scene as well, using the bridge image from kingfisher song. The base card  for the second card was inked randomly with the butterfly stencil.

I really enjoyed doing these once I got the masks sorted out, but don't  think I will be repeating it any time least not unless I get a clean stamp.........

Looking at my blog statistics, I have racked up almost 60.00 views for my ramblings, so to celebrate I am having a blog giveaway - if you would like to have either the patchwork butterfly set of stamps or the gothic fragments set, then leave a comment saying which set you would like by the end of June, and I will choose two random names. It would be nice if you followed my blog, but you don't have to!

Friday, 9 June 2017

patchwork butterfly

My last card for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 35 - a shame that it has to end, but hopefully bowing out with a record number of entries!
I used a bubble stencil on a 7" square of white card , spomging distress oxide inks through - worn lipstick, broken china, broken pistachio and forever amber. The butterfly was stamped using black versafine ink so that I  had the antenna already in place.
I brushed mica powders in purple, blue and green over the stamp before covering it with silver soft form relief paste ( out of stock at the moment, link goes to black colour  version) and leaving it to dry completely - at least 24 hours. Once dry, i peeled it off, and trimmed the edges before mounting it over the stamped image.
The same inks were sponged round the edges of a 7.5" square of white card to give a rainbow effect.

You're not imaging things, i deleted the original post by accident!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

fantasy castles

For my last post this month here are two cards using one of the stamps from fantasy castles, along with my favourite brusho powders.

They are both very simple cards, with the brusho background done first, then the image stamped using black versafine ink over a suitable part of  the background. I used A4 sheets of card for the backgrounds, and trimmed them down after stamping the castle -the spare unused bits always come in handy for other projects, so they are not wasted.

I used Lesley's brusho technique to colour in the trees and the domes - sprinkle the powder in the area you want to colour, then use a wet paintbrush with clean water to add the colour where you want it - brilliant for the trees, as you get all the different greens, and you just shake off any excess powder.
On the first card, I added an extra tree by stamping the tree on the left of the image again on the right, and on thesecond card I sponged hickory smoke distress ink through a stencil to create a foreground.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

challenge butterfly

Patchwork butterfly for Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 35 - sadly this will be the last of the monthly colour challenges.

I found a box of elderly glimmer mist sprays recently, and surprisingly some still worked, luckily including purples and greens.... I sprayed an A4 piece of white card with two of each colour, then cut it down to 6.5" square, choosing the bit with the least blobs on it.I stamped the lovely Irish blessing and the large butterfly from patchwork butterfly and embossd with gold EP.

I had previously  brushed mica powder over the butterfly stamp for an earlier project, and there was still some mica left on the stamp,so I covered it with pearl soft form relief paste and left it to dry.
The result was very pastelly, and too pale, so I rubbed some very elderly wax over the raised areas before gluing it over the stamped butterfly image - I thought he would look better with his antenna!
The base card is white 7" square.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

fantasy scene

The second of my samples for the shows last month uses one of the lovely images from the fantasy castles set of stamps - I have to admit these were far more my scene than the fairies!
This started out as playing with borrowed distress oxide ink pads on white card, without any idea where I was going, other than trying them out. Looking for inspiration later,  I thought that the palace stamp would fit here as it looked as if it was on a shore, and I already had a watery effect at the base of my very rough landscape, and the strange colour sky fitted the fantasy theme.
 I stamped it with black versafine and clear embossed it before adding colour with brusho powders and watercolour pencils. The palace was stamped onto acetate with the versafine, turned over and  matched up with the original, rubbed firmly to transfer the image onto the watery area. It didn't transfer cleanly, but that didn't matter.
I added foliage from the tranquility stamp set using first and second generation stamping to frame the scene and give an impression of depth - it also toned down the rather bright sky!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

blue roses

This was my sample card for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 34- have to admit I cheated a bit with the colours though, as it doesn't have any brown in it!
I used the lovely big floribunda net rose stamp, stamped in black versafine ink and clear embossed. I masked off the blooms and leaves with masking fluid before sprinkling brusho powders over the card and spritzing with water. I think I only used rose and sandstone, but could be wrong there......
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and coloured with watercolour pencils before mounting on black and dull gold card and then onto a 7"sqaure white card blank.
You still have until 16th may to enter for this challenge, the link is here

Monday, 8 May 2017

dreaming skies

 If you saw Lesley and Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda last month, you would have seen these cards. I owe my friend Janet for the inspiration, she let me play with her new distress oxide ink pads - and did make sure she got them all back too! I loved the effect on black card, though it did seem to fade with time, so tried to get the same effect with what I had.
I used the silhouette palace 1 mask on black card, and sponged white pigment ink across the card to be the base of the sky, not worrying about any streaks.Once it was dry, I sponged ordinary distress inks over the top, to try to give a northern lights effect, using purples and greens - not quite right, but near enough for me!
The winged horse and the fairy were stamped using versamark and a glittery black embossing powder. Fairies are not really my scene, but I did like this one - so tried  a different version.
I used far more of the white pigment ink this time, and positioned the mask towards the bottom of the card - the sky looked better this time to me, the colour showed up more. The faory and the horse were embossed again with the same glittery powder, I added white to one side of the masked image, and the sentiment from the see beauty clear set with white embossing powder at the bottom.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

more Katya

Today I am showing you two more samples from the Chocolate Baroque tv shows using the lovely Katya - you can tell she was my favourite, can't you!
Katya stamped with black versafine, clear embossed and masked with masking fluid. The buildings from the babushka set were stamped using an old Adirondack multi-coloured dye ink pad that was so old the colours had all merged into an apology for black - very different from the original! It worked for the buildings, as there were still traces of the original colours when the background was spritzed with water to activate the brusho powders, so I got a misty skyline effect.
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and coloured her using watered down aztec metallic paints.

The second version is a bit more dramatic , and a tad more complicated.
It started out the same way, stamping and masking Katya before stamping the castle from the fantasy castle set, as I thought it looked sufficiently Russian. I coloured the castle with brusho powders and a waterbrush, mostly using sandstone, lemon and leaf green powders. Katya was coloured with mica powders and a waterbrush. I created a layered effect by trimming the castle to a square and cutting round Katya where she was outside the square. I added a square gold mat behind the castle.
The background was randomly stamped with the silhouette palaces stamp using the same ancient ink pad and grey, purple and black brusho powders which all sort of merged into a misty nighttime effect.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque challenge 35

I thought the colours for this month's challenge were exotic enough to give me an excuse to use the lovely Katya  again.
I used my ancient Adirondack multi-colour ink pad (well, it was multi-colour years ago, now an interesting single colour) to stamp the large palace stamp behind Katya after masking her out with masking fluid. It needs to be masking fluid, as I find that brusho powders tend to leak behind a normal self-adhesive masking paper, which does nothing for an image where you need a clean face.....
I used brusho powders and a mist spray for the background, tilting the paper to let the colours run - mostly used sandstone and turquoise powders this time. As the Adirondack ink was waterbased, it merged nicely to give a misty effect in the background.
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and added some colour with marker pens.

Monday, 17 April 2017


Thought I would try something a little different with the babushka dolls, and make a pop-up box card. Normally I would cut out the box, but as I had some ready-made blanks I used those for speed - they were rather shorter than I would have preferred, but worked quite well in the end, as I think that the size I usually make would have been too tall.
Apologies for the picture-heavy post, I felt that I ought to show how they went together if I could.
I used the babushka dolls plate and the silhouette palaces stamps with a mixture of markers, pencils, brushos and distress inks.
The folded flat box fits into an 8"x8" square envelope, and the top panels are 85x80mm, side panels 85x105mm , and the back 85x185mm - sorry for the mix of measurements, but inches didn't work accurately for the panels.

 I stamped the buildings from babushka onto
80x75mm panels for the fold-down flaps, and also at the top of a 80x180 panel for the inside back of the card,using black versafine ink. They were coloured with watercolour pencils.
The pic shows how they were glued onto the base card.

 The side panels were 80x100mm, and here I stamped the smaller stamp from silhouette palaces using black archival ink, then sprinkled lemon, rose red and turquoise brusho powder before spritzing it for the sky.

The same stamp was used at the bottom of a 80x180mm panel for the back, this time using smoky grey distress ink and sponging round the edges with the grey as well.

I stamped 2 large and 1 medium dolls onto white card using versafine again and coloured them with marker pens so that they stood out a bit from the background.
The blank came with 2 bars for the inner box, so the smaller doll was glued to the front of the back bar and the others to the front and back of the front bar at different heights.

two more photos of the completed box from different angles

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

 This was my card for the current Chocolate Baroque colour challenge, using two of the latest stamps from Chocolate Baroque, the lovely large crackle background stamp and the Russian exquisite egg stamp.
Have to admit that I struggled with this colour combination, and this was the only effort that didn't make the bin...........I stamped the egg onto white card using a browny adirondack ink pad, (I think it was labelled raisin under the ink smudge...) and clear embossed it. I coloured it using an alcohol marker, which came out rather paler than I had hoped, cut it out and stuck it onto the background kraft card that was randomly stamped using the crackle stamp and the same ink pad, with more sponged round the edges.
The second card was one that I made for the tv show, using a piece of scrap card as a background. One of Lesley's fab ideas - smudge leftover Aztec metallic paints onto a piece of black card using a baby wipe  and you get a lovely marble efffect eventually.
The egg was stamped using a white pigment ink and embossed with white as well to make sure it showed up on the marble background. Silver matt and a black 5"x7" base card to finish it off.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


The first of my samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque tv show - loved playing with these Russian themed stamps!
Katya is a big stamp, and this card is 8"x8" to give you some idea of size.
She was stmaped in black versafine and clear embossed before masking with masking fluid.
The background was stamped using the larger of the stamps from silhouette palaces, which was stamped using an ancient adirondack multicolour dye inkpad - so old that the original colours had all merged into a sort of purply grey, which was perfect for creating a misty background. Grey brusho powder for the background, and the palaces bled slightly into it when sprayed, which only added to the mistiness. Sometimes you are just lucky!
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and coloured Katya with alcohol markers before adding a gold mirri card matt and mounting onto the white card blank.

Friday, 24 March 2017


A very quick one layer card using the lovely big allium image from breath of spring by Chocolate Baroque.

The base card is 5"x7", and the stamped layer is about 4.5"x6.5", so you can see what a large stamp this is, measuring over 4" in height.

I stamped the image and the sentiment from
words to dazzle and sparkle using black memento ink.
The image was coloured with blue, lavender and green alcohol markers, and edged with the lavender marker as well.

I used a very general sentiment, so this would be suitable for a wide number of accasions.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CB challenge 33

Using the glorious spring  and sticks and stones stamp sets to create a scene.
I stamped the rabbit from glorious spring first using black versafine ink, then the trees from sticks and stones  and the small rabbit from glorious spring using london fog memento ink.
Catkins from glorious spring were repeat stamped down one edge in black.
I used tumbled glass distress ink for the sky and peeled paint for the trees and grass.Catkins and branches were coloured with alcohol markers.
Finally the sentiment stamped in the sky in black.

linking this to
the house of cards challenge, make a scene

Saturday, 11 March 2017

spring flowers

Two cards using the lovely spring stamps shown last month on Hochanda, I haven't added any greetings then they can be used for almost any occasion.

First a very simple card using the spring bird tulip  stamps .

The tulips were stamped in black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils. Background sqaure card was coloured with peeled paint distress ink using a brush, then the small tulip stamp stamped randomly in the same ink. The mat is gold mirri card, which doesn't show up as gold on the scanner.
This one was a bit more complicated, but still quite a quick card.
I die cut a circle of white card and stamped the tulips again in versafine, then masked them off with masking fluid; stamped the daffodils from spring bird daffodil to each side of the tulips, then rubbed off the masking fluid.
Coloured the tulips first using plenty of colour, then the daffodils using less colour.
A die cut green scalloped circle matt, and the corner swirls from breath of spring stamped onto the corners of the card blank using peeled paint distress ink to finish it off.

Both card blanks are 6" square, so easy to post at the standard rate.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

cut it out!

This is the card I made yesterday at Gissing, using Janet's new Tim Holtz dies - I had promised myself not to buy any more dies, but have to admit that I am very tempted, especially with the wild flower ones!
Base card is a cream linen 7" square. A 13cm, square of cream linenc ard was coloured with a mix of distress inks - I used peeled paint, brokem china, wild honey and spiced marmalade - before cutting the corner die. A spare scrap of card was also coloured and used for the butterfly base piece.
14cm square of black card to mount the  first piece on, amd more black card to die cut the butterfly and two of the wildflower. I used one flower whole, and cut the other one into 3 bits before gluing down onto the base.
Greeting is from Claritystamps.

This one is for the Paper Players challenge 334, which is 'cut it out'

Thursday, 2 March 2017

spring scene

Been playing again with the recent stamps from Chocolate Baroque, and made a spring scene using the lovely bridge from kingfisher song and the daffodils from spring birds daffodil.
I stamped the daffodils twice in the foreground, then masking them off with masking fluid before stamping the same image again. Stamped the bridge in the background, and once the ink was really dry rubbed off the masking fluid.
The bridge and trees were coloured using watercolour pencils and a water brush, keeping the colour fairly light to give an impression of distance. Daffodils coloured with alcohol markers - I did the first two images in darker tones, then coloured in the others with paler tones.
Matts are black and gold mirri card, and the base is a 6" square card. there is p[lenty of room for a greeting, when I decide who will get it......
I am linking this to some challenges, not often i can find several that fit!
corrosive challenge #2 - anything goes
house of cards - make a scene
addicted to stamps 251 - anything goes

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

 These were some coasters I made for Lesley's recent tv show on Hochanda on February 16th featuring some lovely springtime stamps.

I found a set of mdf coasters that I had bought ages ago and never got round to using - it was well past time they got used! I was inspired at the time to get them by a (now very old) post on Eileen Godwin's blog of a workshop at Rochester (sorry, can't find the exact link!) , and duly gave them a coat of white gesso and then one of a very pale blue emulsion paint before stamping the daffodils and tulips using black memento ink.
There were 6 originally, and a holder, but I managed to lose one small vital piece of the holder, so had to make a box instead, and 4 coasters due to running out of time.

The flowers were coloured with promarkers before being given a coat of modge podge as a sealant. I had always thought that promarkers were water resistant, but one of the daffodils did lose a bit of colour when I added the modge podge,. so I spread it around a bit more to try to make it look as if it was meant!
Fortunately the cameras didn't home in on that one......
For the box lid I stamped the daffodils first and covered them with masking fluid, then stamped the tulips twice at angles behind them.
Coloured with markers again - I did the flowers first, then the leaves. It was a bit difficult knowing which leaves belonged to which flowers, so I tried to do the daffodils first, then just added more green to what was left!
Smudged wild honey distress ink round the flowers, then added silver krylon pen round the edges before glueing to the box lid.
Now if only I could remember where I got the coasters from................hopefully Zoe will remember, as she used coasters too (definitely a case of great minds!) maybe Zoe can remember the link to Eileen's blog too.............

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

kingfisher tag

Another sample for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 32, this time using up scraps.

I had covered a notebook for Lesley's first show on Hochanda last month using her crumpled tissue paper and brusho technique, and had a fair amount of paper over, not enough to cover another book though. I tore random chunks off and collaged them onto a tag, then dry brushed the edges using copper aztec paint.
The lovely big kingfisher from kingfisher song which featured as the one-day special  at the beginning of the month  (now on the CB website)was stamped onto white card using black versafine ink, and painted with aztec paints. I drew a branch for him to sit on, coloured it with a brown marker pen, then cut him out and glued him to the tag.

Friday, 17 February 2017

monochrome bridge

 The lovely bridge image  from kingfisher song from Chocolate Baroque was far too nice to just use in the background, so I thought I would try to create a nighttime scene.
I used a very light grey card to stamp onto using black versafine ink. I also used boulders from sticks and stones, and clouds from seashore scenes. Distress inks in black soot and hickory smoke spomnged over the sky, very roughly as I wanted the impression of clouds.
I used grey brusho for rthe bridge and river, watercolour pencils for the trees and boulders with white pencil for the moon and highlights.
For the second version I used a mask for the moon and hickory smoke for the clouds, and added some turquoise brusho to the grey for the river. The leaves in the foreground are the water iris leaves from kingfisher song, colorued with black marker pen - the same image has been repeat stamped on the base card.