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.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

quick cards

 Sharing two very quick cards today, as we all need them in a hurry sometimes.......

The first one uses my favourite brusho powders and the baroque meadow stamp, and I used a spare piece of card rthat had already been coloured  with red, yellow and turquoise powders - if you start from scratch, you would obviously have to let the brushos dry before stamping, so it would take longer, but I am sure that we all have some spare pieces of card left over from other projects!
I stamped the meadow stamp using black versafine ink, then trimmed it down. The base card is 5"x7", and the black matt is
4.5"x6.5", with the greeting from words to dazzle and sparkle stamped in the bottom corner with versamark and white embossed.

The second one is even simpler - and is stamped straight onto a white card blank. The water irises from kingfisher song were stmaped using black versafine ink, then coloured with watercolour pencils before stamping the greeting from words to dazzle and sparkle at the bottom corner.
If it goes wrong, just cut out the images and matt them onto another card blank, no-one will ever know your card didn't start out that way!

I am linking these to the corrosive challenge 2, as the theme is anything goes

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CB challenge 32

 Sharing two ideas using stamps from the one-day special tv show recently.
Both cards use a brusho background and stamps from the silhouette grasses set of stamps.
I used the brushos slightly differently this time, sprinkling onto a mat using two greens and turquoise before spritzing with water and then laying card down onto the mat.
  The first card used the original print using watercolour card, the second used a later print from the same powders onto stamping card, obviously much lighter. For the central panel I mopped up the colour at the end, so even lighter.
I stamped one grass using the brusho mix, picking the colour up from the mat which gave a blotchy print, and added another grass coloured with waterbased marker pens in the gaps. The central image of a third grass was stamped using black archival ink.
The panels were matted onto a dark green card, then onto a white 5"x7" base card.

The second version used one stamp on the background, inked with marker pens. the main image this time is from the baroque meadow stamp. This time the matts are black and copper for the centre panel and copper for the background, so truer to the colours.
I had fun doing these, but ended up with a bad case of green hands!

Saturday, 4 February 2017


 I hope that you managed to see Lesley on Hochanda earlier this week when she launched these gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, which are exclusive to Hochanda for 10 days - so you will have to be patient if you missed them......
I spent a happy evening watching the shows that I had missed on catch-up, with a very contented cat snoozing on my lap without being turfed off, coffee being delivered by my long-suffering husband, who retreated to astronomy magazines!

The kingfisher image on all three cards is from kingfisher song, as is the lovely bridge; the boulders are from sticks and stones, and the sentiment on the last card from words to sparkle.

All three cards were stamped using versafine ink in black and smoky grey and coloured with a mix of promarkers and brusho powders.

I really enjoyed playing with these stamps, and am looking forward to more time to play after getting more ideas from the super samples on the shows!

Monday, 23 January 2017

blue roses

For one of the samples for Lesley's first show on Hochanda I made this small  notebook.

The cover was covered using  tissue paper coloured with brusho powders and crumpled up, glued on to the cover with modge podge. I used purple and turquoise powders.
The plaque used soft form relief paste and mica powders. I brushed the powders over the rose and leaves of the rose script stamp before adding the relief paste and leaving it to dry overnight. Once it was dry and peeled off the stamp, it was glued on using pva glue.
The mica powders are absorbed by the paste, and will not brush off - you will get a stained stamp though, but it will clean off.

close-up of the plaque, and the open notebook

The large 8" square card used the large stamp from the harlequin rose set, coloured with blue and green brusho powders, with grey powder for the background, and gold mica powders for the swirl. The large lacy border was stamped onto the base card using broken china distress ink, whicgh was also sponged round the edges.
Card mats were gold, green and blue.

The last one is red, not blue and shows the lid of a snall hexagonal box also covered with crumpled tissue paper.
I stamped the large image from harlequin rose three times, coloured it with promarkers, cut out the rose and decoupaged it. The 'raindrops' are glossy accents.

Lesley will be back on Hochanda at the end of the month  with a one-day special, featuring some really lovely stamps that are a little bit different, so check the programme listings for times, you won't want to miss this one!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Harlequin rose

 Sharing some of the samples for the first Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda last week this time. Needless to say, I used brusho powders!
For all three cards I used the lovely large image from the Harlequin rose set.
For the first one I stamped it  twice onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed it. One image I added yellow and red brusho powders over the rose and spritzed with water - once dry, I cut the rose out and glued it over the matching image on the first card. Added colour to the swirl using mica powder and a water brush, then trimmed it down, added a black matt before mounting onto a white 5"x7" card blank.

This one was again stamped in black onto white card, then coloured with brusho. Red and yellow on the rose and lime green over the leaves and spread using a damp paintbrush. Once dry, I sprinkled grey over the background and used a damp paintbrush again to spread the colour. More mica powder on the swirl, then mounted onto an 8" square white card blank, with the sentiment and heart from words of love stamped in black.

The final one is a more traditional brusho, with lemon, red and leaf green powder sprinkled on, trying to keep the red and green over the flower and leaves and spritzing with water.
Again a 5"x7" white card blank.

Monday, 2 January 2017

new dawn

 2017, the start of a new year and for many people resolutions - I usually make one, to have a tidy craft space, which lasts about as long as the next craft session.........then normal chaos is resumed!
The after-Christmas restoration of craft space means the chaos is already well-established, as I can't find anything I need after my daughter reclaimed her bedroom temporarily.On the bright side, I re-discovered lots of stash I had forgotten I had, including several little-used (if at all in some cases!) stamps, which led to an immediate suspension of sorting out in favour of playing.
This small landscape card is one result, using a stamp from owl edges with a sentiment from a set of clear stamps , with distress inks.
I have to admit that I normally avoid sentiment stamps, as I am a genius at getting them on crooked, but this set are clear stamps, so I risked stamping onto the card blank.
I though that it was appropriate to use this, as 2017 is the start of a new adventure for Chocolate Baroque, with Lesley's first show on Hochanda at 1100 on Wednesday, although the DT theme for January is first official sample is this one, using stamps from harlequin rose. I have used the two largest stamps, with the border stamped using wild honey distress ink  as a background and the other as the main image, using black versafine and clear EP.
This was coloured with brusho powders, using Lesley's technique of applying the powder to the dry card and using a waterbrush. The gold swirl was painted with mica powder, also using a waterbrush.
A narrow mat of gold mirri card, then both layers were mounted onto a  7" square white card blank.

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year, with lots of crafting fun thrown in