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December Quintiles - The Festive Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better opportunity to get the wonderful snowflake stamps from Chocolate Baroque out again than this!!!!

I began by colouring some white card with various different shades of blue, lilac and turquoise then stamped over the top with one of the huge background stamps and embossing it with white powders. I mounted it onto some pearlescent card and then onto the tile. Then I die cut some snowflake shapes in the same pearlescent card and also in white. I covered the white ones in glitter to make them sparkle and decorated the centres of the snowflakes with flat-backed pearls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second tile, I used shades of lilac and a different snowflake stamp,

Now it's time to put these beautiful stamps away until next Christmas

November Quintiles - Fireworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to do a night sky with fireworks for the November Tiles. I began by trimming some black card just about smaller than the size for the tile. I then stamped houses from the Chocolate Baroque Townhouse plate onto the bottom of the black card and embossed them with white powder. I started with the houses at the front, then masked them and stamped the houses behind them. I then found some stamps that I had that looked a bit like exploding fireworks and stamped and embossed the larger ones at the top of the card and for the smaller ones, I stamped them using versamark then brushed mica powder over the image to make it look as though they were the fireworks in the distance. I finished off by painting the roves of the house with mica paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second tile was made in the same way but the fireworks were added using different colours. I finished both tiles by adding some flat-backed gems to the centres of the fireworks to give added sparkle.

October Quintiles - Spooky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme for the October Quintiles was "Spooky" so this gave me the opportunity to use some of the various Halloween stamps that I have from Chocolate Baroque. I started by using the large image from the Twilight Zone plate and the word comes from the Spookylicious stamp plate. I stamped the images onto some orange card and embossed them with two tone powders which are black with a hint of emerald lustre. I coloured around the image with grey lilac alcohol markers to give an eerie misty effect then went around the edges with black soot distress ink. Then, to highlight the windows, I painted them with gold mica paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second plate I used a large stamp from The Witching Time stamp plate and the words come from the Spookylicious plate. I stamped these onto white card this time and embossed the using the same powders as before. I then coloured the image using alcohol markers in lilac, orange and brown and painted to moon in white mica paint. I coloured the borders using orange marmalade distress inks and mounted the card onto orange and black cards.

September Quintiles - Autumn Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a stamp plate from Chocolate Baroque called Nature Table which depicts various images that can be found in an autumnal woodland scene.

For the first tile I decided to create a woodland scene using all the toadstool stamps and some of the grasses. I began by stamping and embossing the toadstools in the foreground and then masking them so that I could stamp and emboss the other toadstools and then stamp the grasses using first and second generation ink to create depth. Having done all the stamping, I then set to work colouring the image with various autumnal colours of Copic Markers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second tile, I used the stamps from the same plate, but in a different way. I stamped images of toadstools and horse chestnuts and die cut the images into small squares and coloured them using Copic Markers. For the last square, I stamped various leaves from the same stamp plate onto white card using various autumnal shades of distress inks, and, using a water pen, coloured the leaves by pulling the ink from the image into the centre of the leaves. The four images were then mounted onto a background created in the same way with the same leaves.

August Quintiles - Free choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were given a free choice for the August tiles and so I though I would put into practise a new technique that I had learned called Jacob's coat or double embossing.

I started by stamping and embossing the flowers from the Large Flowers sheet with clear powders onto white card. Then I coloured the whole card with Dusty Concord distress ink so that the whole card was lilac except the flowers where the embossing has resisted the ink.

Then I chose a stamp from the Textured Fragments sheet and stamped all around the edges using Versamark ink and then embossed these with clear powders. I then went all around the edges with Black Soot distress ink. This gives a very interesting effect in lilac and black around the white flowers. To give the tile some dimension, I added a die cut flower in the bottom corner, cut out of white card and tinted with Dusty Concord distress ink and enhanced it further with the addition of some die cut black fronds in the centre of the flower and some black die cut leaves behind the flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made the second tile in a similar way, this time using only the smaller of the flowers and stamping them all over the tile rather than just in the centre. For this tile I used peacock feathers ink with the black.

July Quintiles - 4th of July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily I had purchased a pad of Crafty Individuals toppers prior to this challenge and even more fortunately there were 2 of this image in the pad. As I had difficulty thinking of an idea for this month I decided to make both of the tiles the same. I stamped the toppers with versamark ink and embossed them with clear powders, then mounted them onto a square of white card. I then mounted these onto some dark blue card which had been embossed using a polka dot folder and I hi-lighted the dots with white ink to give the effect of the stars on the US flag.

For the main background, I used a very log thin stamp from Chocolate Baroque's Lace Fragments sheet and stamped it in lines onto red card, then embossed them with white powders to look like the stripes on the US flag. I think that this gives quite a good depiction of the 4th of July. 

Chocolate Baroque Christmas Card Swap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took part in the Chocolate Baroque Christmas Card Swap again this year and decided to use stamps from the new Reindeer Landscape Sheet.

I started by stamping the main image onto white card and embossing with dark blue powders. Then I hand coloured the image using blue and lilac distress inks and then hi-lighting the tops of the snow covered hills with dots using a white pen. The image was then mounted onto silver card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The card blank itself was made using a piece of dark blue card folded into an offset gatefold shape. The closed dimensions of the card is 6 inches square. Each face of the card blank (except for the back) has been decorated by stamping and embossing snowflakes from the same stamp sheet onto white card with white embossing powders. These were then cut to size and hand coloured using the same distress inks, then mounted onto silver card and then onto the card blank. The Greeting has been stamped onto white card and mounted onto the central panel inside the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The card has then been embellished with die cut snowflakes which have been covered with double sided sticky sheets and glittered with white powder. Lastly some flat backed gems have been applied to the centres of the flakes.

 

 

 

 

 

June Quintiles - June Brides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking among my crafty stash, it appeared that I didn't have any Chocolate Baroque stamps which would specifically relate to June Brides, but I did have a very nice stamp fro a sheet called Floral Spray which I thought would make a very nice Bridal Bouquet.

I stamped the image onto pearlescent gold card and embossed it with detail black powders. To hi-light the flowers I painted them with white mica paint and decorated the centres of the flowers with gold glitter. I cut out half the image leaving a border down one side to make a panel on the tile.

For the background I embossed some white card using the Tied Together embossing folder decorated with gold faux pearls made with PVA Glue drops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second tile was made in the same way, but this time I embossed the image in detail white powders as some people do not like black on an image. I personally like to use black as it make the image pop out. What do you think?

May Quintiles - Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this month I used flowers from an Elusive Images stamp sheet called Big Flowers. For the background, I stamped all over the paper using one of the smaller flowers and second generation ink. I then stamped the large flourish from a stamp sheet called Butterfly Dreams in black ink an embossed it with clear powders. Using one of the large flowers from the sheet I stamped and embossed it three times one a separate sheet of card and cut out the various layers and hand coloured them in fine detail with alcohol markers. These were then mounted on top of each other to give dimension and then onto the tile together with a sparkly gem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second tile was made using flowers from the same stamp sheet, omitting the flourish and this time adding several dimensional flowers and lots of sparkle.

April Quintiles - April Fool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme for the April Quintiles was April Fool and I really struggled to come up with an idea using the Chocolate Baroque stamps. I started by printing off some papers from an Artylicious CD and decorating it with some grasses in black ink and versamark ink embossed using black powders to give the grass some perspective. Then, using one of the decorative arches from the Echoes of Italy sheet, I stamped and embossed the image using black powders onto white card and hand coloured it using alcohol markers. I then carefully cut out the gate shape with a craft knife leaving one of the sides attached so that you can open and shut the gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second tile was made in the same way but using a different paper for the background.

You may wonder what the two tiles have in connection with April Fool. Well when you open the gate...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.....well it made me chuckle. This stamp was taken from one of the Halloween plates from Chocolate Baroque

March Quintiles - Springtime

 

For the March Springtime theme I used a Chocolate Baroque stamp plate called Glorious Spring. For the background I chose some papers from an Artylicious CD cut square to fit the tile. I stamped the bunny image onto this and embossed it with black detail powders. I then stamped and embossed more grasses onto the square and embossed them in black and then added more grasses using black ink only so that they appear to be in the background. The words are from the same stamp sheet.

 

I made the second tile in a similar way, but this time used lilac inks and powders. The sentiment is also on the same stamp sheet, but for this tile I stamped the image onto white card and cut it out using a fancy die, colouring it while it was still in the die and mounting it onto a lilac mat and then onto the tile

February - Valentine

  The theme for the February Quintiles was Valentine and even though Chocolate Baroque have some wonderful heart stamps, I wanted to do something different and also to use a different colour to the traditional valentine red.

I created the background by die cutting a heart-shaped aperture into some sticky notes and used the MacIntosh bauble stamp and versamark ink, stamped through the aperture and embossed the images with pretty pearl pink powders. I then inked through the heart shapes with pink distress inks for more definition.

The large heart was made using a larger stamp from the same set, but this time embossing it with black powders and colouring the image with pink alcohol markers. I then die cut the image with a large heart shaped die and mounted this onto a scalloped heart die cut in black. I finished off with the addition of some pink flat back gems.

    This tile was made in a similar way to the one above, bit this time I used a stamp from the textured fragment plate.

Something different for Valentine's Day

January Quintiles - Winter Wonderland

  This year the ladies at Chocolate Baroque joined in a challenge to make various pieces of art within a 5 inch square tile.

We made 2 each month under various titles using products from Chocolate Baroque.

The completed projects were then sent to a co-ordinator who distributed them randomly to other participants in the challenge,

The theme for January was Winter Wonderland and I chose a very large stamp from the Fat Robin plate which fitted very nicely onto the tile.

For the first one, I stamped and embossed the image with dark blue powders onto white card and coloured the image in traditional Christmas colours. I stamped the image again and cut out the snowflakes using a circle die and mounted them onto the large image. I then added some glitter and flat backed gems to the snowflakes to make them sparkle.

   For the second tile I decided not to add an extra layer to the snowflakes and coloured the image using silver and grey instead to give a more wintery appearance.

Which one do you prefer? 

Last of three cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the large alphabet stamp again for this card, this time embossed with white powder onto the same paper as before. I mounted it onto the mid brown card and then onto the card blank. I stamped and embossed the sentiment using bronze powders onto cream card and then die cut it using an oval Spellbinders die. While the card was still in the die, I tinted the inside edge using Old Papers distress ink then I mounted this onto some mid brown card die cut in a fancy oval Spellbinders die. Finally I decorated the card with some die cut leaves again using a Spellbinders die and some handmade flowers made out of the background paper. I have recently discovered Heartfelt Creations stamps and matching dies. For this card I stamped the flower images onto the paper with Perfect Medium and then embossed them with white powder. The embossing gives more body to the flowers and helps to hold the shape when you curl all the petals. I then cut the different sized flowers out using the matching dies and mounted a few on top of each other for dimension. I finished the centre of each flower with a flat backed pearl.

I think you will agree that all three cards have a different look despite the flat that they have all been made from the same ingredients.

Second of Three cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started this card by die cutting a trellis out of cream card using a Spellbinders die and mounting it onto some of the same paper that I used yesterday. I then mounted the result onto some more cream card and then mid brown card and then onto the card blank. Using some of the same mid brown card cut to the right size to form another mat, I cut an aperture in the top section using a fancy Spellbinders die. Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment with white powders using a Polka Doodles stamp. I mounted this panel onto the card using foam mounts to add height to the card. I added some die cut flourishes using cream card and some die cut leaves from the mid brown card. The flower has been made by die cutting a Spellbinders daisy shape out of the pretty papers six times. I shaped the petals using a bone folder and then glued them on top of each other. For the centre of the flower, I die cut a small fancy circle shape and then inked it all over with versa mark, coverd it with sparkly clear embossing powder and heat set it.

First of three cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have bought a very large pad of different papers and the next three posts with feature different cards made with the same papers. All three cards have been made using just one sheet. This sheet is a mixture of pinks and browns and I have pulled out the various clours in the plain card that I have used.

Recently I have discovered Justrite stamps and they make a range of extra large stamps that can be used to create wonderful backgrounds amoung other things. This particular stamp is of ornate alphabet letters and I have stamps it onto the paper and embossed the image with bronze powders and cut is out using a Spellbinders Labels die. I mounted the image onto a mid brown card cut out using another Spellbinders Label die (this die was a little too long for the effect that I wanted to create, so I did cut a strip out from the middle and but the 2 remaining pieces together and hoefully you won't see the join as the sentiment should cover it up). The sentiment has been stamped and embossed onto white card using bronze powders and the image has been cut out using a square die and then tinted with distress inks whilst still in the die. This was then mount onto some mid brown card cut using a fancy Spellbinders die.

Finally I die cut some flourishes in white card and made some intage flowers from the decorative papers using Heartfelt Creations stamps and matich dies, embossing them with the bronze powders which gives more structure to the flowers. The flowers have been decorated with black flat backed pearls.

More tomorrow, thanks for dropping by

z is for Zentangle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, traditional Zentangle includes a ritual to help get in touch with life while creating beautiful art. Purists use smooth art paper cut in a 3 and a half inch square, but for this excercise I used a rectangle to fill the shape of the tag.

I started by drawing the shape of a Zed in pencil on the card and then filled all the created shapes with various Zentangle patterns. There are many sources of patterns available to give inspriration. I then mounted the result onto black card and then onto the tag. I finished by adding some ribbon at the top. The finished result looks rather striking don't you think?

Y is for Yuletide Blessing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 2 more tags to go and I am running out of time as Christmas is fast approaching and I still have several Christmas card orders to complete. This tag has been kept relatively simple. I stamped an image from one of Chocolate Baroque's Christmas stamps onto matt black card and embossed it with sparkly silver powders. I hi-lited the edges of the tag with a silver marker and then painted the poinsettia images with mica paints. Perhaps with hindsight I could have stamped the images again and cut out the poinsettia images and foam mounted them onto the tag. Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in black powder onto white card. I tinted it with distress ink in as close a colour to the poinsettias as I could find and mounted it onto silver card. I cut a hole using a screw punch and threaded some silver cord through both this and the hole in the tag then fixed the sentiment to the tag at a jaunty angle using foam mounts. Finally I added some silver and black ribbon to the top and some sparkly flat back gems to the centres of the snowflakes.

X is for Xenogamy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had problems finding a suitable stamp for my X Tag apart from using the letter X from the Chocolate Baroque alphabet stamp set, so I cheated a bit and used a technique that Glenda Waterworth used in her course at My Creative Classroom. I started by making a sheet of background card using one of Chocolate Baroque's CDs and printing it in 4 different colours. Next I downloaded an X page from an online dictionary and printed this onto the coloured card. I then tore this sheet into lots of small pieces and stuck them onto another sheet of card in different orientations. I distressed the edges slightly using old paper distress ink and then stamped and embossed the letter X with black embossing powder. I then embossed the whole piece with a flourish embossing folder and hi-lited the flourishes using some glitter glue which I rubbed across the whole surface using my fingers. Once this was dry, I finished off by adding some ribbon at the top.

W is for Witches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I realize that Halloween has passed but Chocolate Baroque have made a very good selection of stamps for the ocassion and I chose the image of witches on their broomsticks for my W Tag. I stamped and embossed the image using detail black embossing powder which has a tinge of green onto orange card and then cut the image out. Next it turned to the background and stamped and embossed some images of flying bats using the same powders onto the same orange coloured card and used one of the spooky sentiments which I stamped and embossed on the same piece of card at the bottom. I then used black soot distress ink  to tint the edges and give a foggy effect. I then mounted the main image onto the tag using foam mounts to add height and finished by applying some fluffy black yarn to the top.

V is for Village Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Baroque have a set of stamps entitiled "Village Life" so this was a perfect opportunity to use them. I started by stamping the house images onto sticky notes to create masks. Then I stamped some of the house images onto shite card, starting with the ones at the front, then placing a mask over them and continuing by stamps images on top of them to create the illusion that these were behind the original ones. I then coloured in all the houses with copic markers. The church at the front was stamped onto another piece of white card then coloured and cut out and mounted onto the front using foam mounts. To finish I added different coloured ribbons to the top.

U is for Union Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this tag is used a Union Flag stamp by Crafty Individuals available from the Chocolate Baroque wesite. I stamped the image using black ink onto white card and hand coloured it in blue and red using copic makers and cut the image out. Next, I covered the whole image with versarmark and embossed it with clear powder. I repeated this process until the image had an enamel effect. I then mounted it onto antique gold mirri card.

Next I started the backround. I stamped the crown image from the same set of stamps all over some white card in a random fashion and embossed them with antique gold powder. I then tinted the white card using blue and red distress inks. I made a gold border around the edge of the tag using a gold metallic marker to add definition and finally added red, white and blue ribbons at the top

T is for Texture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this tag I used various stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments sheet. I started by creating the background by using one of the images to stamp the card using black ink. I then used the same image to stamp and emboss the card with clear powder. I tinted the image using various different distress inks and then ran it through an embossing folder to add even more texture. To hi-lite the embossing, I rubbed silver stickles all over the image to give even more texture. Next I stamped and coloured the stained glass window image and when it was finished I covered the whole image with versa mark and embossed it with clear powder twice to give a really shiney result. This was then mounted onto a die cut mount in black card. This was then mounted onto the front of the tag together with a die cut floppy flower. What a lot of different textures - I don't think I could be had under the Trades Descriptions Act, LOL

S is for Snowflake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this tag I thought I would take advantage of all the nice snowflakes on various sheets of Chocolate Baroque stamps. I used various shades of blue, silver and white and stamped and embossed the snowflakes onto white card. Next I cut them our using circle dies of different sizes and mounted them onto slightly larger mats in dark blue.

The background was created by stamping and embossing a snowflake background stamp with white embossing powder and then shading over them using blue distress inks to make the snowflakes pop. I then mounted all the snowflakes onto the tag using foam mounts of different heights. I finished off by adding a few clear gems for sparkle and some blu and white ribbon in the top

R is for Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tag has been made using various stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Romantica sheet. Firstly, I coloured the background of the tag with different distress inks and then stamped the corners with flourishes using black ink. I then stamped the background image onto white card using the same black ink. I like this image because it reminds me of a table for two at the old fashioned bistro restaurants where couples used to go for a romantic dinner for 2. I coloured this more heavily with the same colours of distress inks and then cut it out and flat mounted it onto the tag.

I then used the sentiment stamp and stamped it onto acetate using stazon ink. This was then mounted onto white card which had been coloured with distress inks again and then mounted onto black card cut into a diamond shape. I then mounts this onto the tag on top of some die cut flourishes. Finally I added a die cut flower in black and various different colour co-ordinating ribbon for a romantic feel.

Q is for Queens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really struggled with Letter Q, but luckily Chocolate Baroque have designed a stamp plate called the Art of Chess featuring some of the chess pieces. I decided to use a black and white theme keeping in with the black and white of a chess board. I stamped the background image twice, once on black card and embossed it with white powder and once on white card and embossed with black powder. I cut one of the images in half and mounted it onto the other one lengthways to create one image. I then stamped the image of the queen twice, once on black card and once on white. To make these images stand out from the background I varnished them both which made them look like real chess pieces and also intensified the colour. I mounted them on diagonal corners of the tag using silicon glue to give dimension and then finished the tag using black and white ribbon on the top

P is for Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I originally bought this stamp plate to use in the wedding stationery range. You can see an example of them in the gallery. This was a perfect ocassion to use the image of the whole bird in all its glory. As I wanted the image of the bird to stand out from the rest of the tag I kept the background quite minimalistic.

I stamped some white card with a peacock feather background using versamark which is sticky and clear and then dusted this with various different colour mica powders in peacock colours which gave an irridescent effect.

Next, I stamped the peacock image onto some white card and embossed it with black powders. I coloured the image using alcohol markers taking great care to blend the various colours together. Then I added green, blue and gold ribbon to the top.

Melting Snowmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked to make a humourous card by one of my friends for her husband for Christmas and this stamp set seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I coloured the hats and noses with alcohol markers and went to town with clear glitter then mounted the image onto green card and then red card. It's very simple but it made me chuckle. I hope she likes it

Chocolate Baroque Christmas Card Swap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I have taken part in the Chocolate Baroque Christmas Card Swap where we are given the name of another participant and make a Christmas Card for them using products available from Chocolate Baroque. I chose a stamp from the Fat Robin stamp sheet that I had not yet used. I coloured the card using the three shades of the winter collection of distress inks and then stamped the images and embossed them with sparkly white embossing powder. I mounted the smaller image onto the background with foam pads to add dimension and then stamped and coloured another image so I could add even more height by cutting out the trees in the front and decoupaging them onto the original image. The sentiment has been stamped and embossed with black powder. I added some white ribbon and a bow and some gems for even more sparkle. I hope the recipient likes the card

Fancy Tree for Christmas

Spellbinders have created a new set of dies for Christmas this year with a large tree design which is very ornate and, luckily, symmetrical. I cut three of them out of soft pearlescent gold card and scored them all down the middle lengthways and folded them in half. This was quite tricky as they are so delicate.

I then glued them together back to back leaving one section open to glue to the card.

Then I started the panel for the tree to sit on by mounting a rectangle of white card onto a mat of the same soft gold card.

Next, I cut 4 decorative corners from the Spellbinders Holly Set and clued these onto the corners of the background.

To add sparkle (you can't have Christmas without a bit of bling) I added gems to all 6 sides of the tree and also to the corner motifs. To finish off I added a gold bow made from silk ribbon to the top of the tree.

Even though this card has a lot of dimension, the tree can be flattened to fit it into a standard envelope.

O is for Owl Tag

What a lovely image of an owl. I had these stamps for a while but had never used them so what better opportunity than this!

I started by cutting out a circular mask from a sticky note and placing it onto the tag. Then, using black soot and faded jeans distress inks I coloured the whole area of the tag with cut and dry foam to create an effect of dusk. I then removed the mask to give the effect of the moon rising.

After heat setting the ink, I stamped and embossed the image of the owl in black powders and stamped the image again onto a sticky note and cut this out to form another mask which I placed over the owl on the tag. Then I used vintage photo distress ink on a stamp of some branches and stamped these randomly over the bottom two-thirds of the tag to give the illusion that the owl was sitting in a tree.

I coloured in the owl with yellow and lilac alcohol markers, edged the tag using the chisel end of a black marker and finished off by applying some ribbons at the top.

N is for Nesting Box Tag

For this tag I used some papers from the Chocolate Baroque Fantasy Floral CD printed onto some pearlescent paper. I started by stamping and embossing an image from the Chocolate Baroque Sing Your Song Stamp Plate with detail black embossing powders, heated from the back to give a glassy effect. I covered the tag with the image and then cut out a flower detail from the remaining printed paper and mounted it on the bottom of the tag overlapping the stamped image.

I then stamped and embossed the nesting box from the same plate onto the same paper and cut it out and mounted it onto the bottom of the tag and finished off by adding some pretty black ribbon onto the top.

M is for Music Tag

For this tag I used stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Music Fanfare sheet. I began by stramping the background with a music sheet and some random treble clefs in gold ink and then distressed the edges of the tag with old papers distress ink to give the effect of old sheet music paper.

I then turned my attention to the main image and stamped and embossed the violin onto white card with tarnished gold embossing powder. I then die cut the image with a spellbinders die which I thought resembled the shape of the musical instrument. I left the image in the die and coloured the edges with old papers distress ink to leave a white border around the image. Then I drew around the same die onto some gold card and cut this out by hand to create a thin border.

I finished off the tag by mounting the image onto the front and adding a gold ribbon on the top.

Pretty Pink and Brown Exploding Box

This is the box mentioned in yesterday's blog.

I began by making the outer section and the inner section and the lid out of pink pearlescent card. The idea of an exploding box is that when you take off the lid, the sides flop down to reveal something very special contained in the inner section. It also gives many sections for decoration.

The box has 13 sides so I began by cutting 13 squares from the background paper used on the card and then another 13 larger squares in brown card on which to mount them. I then mounted them onto all the blank surfaces of the box. Then I die cut lots of flourishes in pink card - I need 2 for each face of the box and lots of leaves in the brown card, again 2 for each face. I highlighted the leaves with brown distress ink. I mounted all of these onto the box and then made the flowers for the lid in the same way as I had done for the card.. I cut lots and lots of tiny flowers in pink card for the sides of the box and stuck these on and then decorated each of these with the same pink PVA glue dots as I had used on the card. The box was then complete and I hope you like it

50th Birthday Card

You may remember from a previous blog entry that the lady next door celebrated her 90th Birthday last year and one of her friends loved the card and gift box that I made for her so much that she asked me to do something similar for her daughter's 50th Birthday. Here is the card.

I chose a pretty brown and pink paper to work with. I rounded the corners and mounted it onto a piece of mid-brown card, then mounted this onto a landscape A5 card blank. I then applied faux pearls in pink PVA glue all around the edge of the brown card and set this aside to dry.

Then I die cut 2 flourishes out of pink card and a decorative rectangular panel out of the same mid brown card that I used for the background as well as some pretty decorative leaves. I mounted the brown panel to one side of the card and applied the flourishes so that they appeared to come out from behind the panel.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment with black powders and cut it out using a square die and while the card was still in the die shaded the edges using distress inks to take away the whiteness of the card. I mounted this onto some pink card cut with a scalloped edged square die and then mounted this onto the brown panel using sticky foam. Using more of the background paper and some pale pink pearlescent paper I made several flowers which I mounted onto the left side of the card together with the brown leaves and some delicate sprigs punched out of the pink card.

I hope you like it and will show you the gift box tomorrow

L is for Love Tag

I decided to use stamps from the Floral Heart plate from Chocolate Baroque. I began by using the sentiment stamp on white card with black embossing powder. I then used one of the random flowers and stamped all over another piece of white card and embossed the image with black powder again and set this aside.

Then I turned my attention to the tag and stamped the same floral pattern all over it but this time embossed it with a pretty peachy orange powder. I then used a couple of alcohol markers in differnt shades of peachy orage to highlight the flowers and circles in the pattern on both the tag and the set aside paper. I also coloured the flowers on the sentiment in the same shades.

After this, I cut out the sentiment and mounted it onto some black card and then onto some orange card and set it aside. I then took the other card and cut out 3 heart shpes using a heart shaped die and mounted them onto 3 more scalloped heart shapes die cut from the same orange card.

I mounted these onto the tag and mounted the sentiment on top of these. I finished off by adding a pretty white ribbon with an orange floral pattern to the top

K is for Klimt Tag

Chocolate Baroque have several stamp sheets depicting baubles in the manner of various artists and luckily one set is in the style of Klimt.

I began by stamping and embossing one of the medium-sized baubles in black powder and cutting it out to form the topper. I then coloured it in using various metallic and mica paints for an opulent effect. I then stamped the smaller sized bauble onto the tag several times in versa-mark and then dusted the images with mica powders. I mounted the topper onto the tag and used some die-cut flourishes to give the effect of the topper being held onto the tag by the flourishes. I finished off by adding various metallic ribbons at the top

J is for Jewelled Flower Tag

I began by stamping the tag with a leaf stamp from the Chocolate Baroque Jewelled Flowers sheet and embossing with white powder. I then dabbed some Peacock Feathers distress ink onto a tile and used this to paint the leaves. Once they were dry I used Squeezed Lemonade ink on cut and dry foam to apply the yellow colour to the background.

Then I made the flower by choosing another stamp from the sheet and some white card. I embossed it with black powder and coloured it with alcohol markers to match the background colours and applied it to the tag. Then I decorated the leaves and the flower with pretty clear gems for sparkle. To finish off, I decorated the top with aqua and lemon ribbon

The New Arrival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I said yesterday, Simba was in need of a playmate and as he has such a strong character, most cats are scared of him, so I decided that a kitten was the best option as they show no fear. I always love tabby cats and who could resist this little one? We called her Pickles and luckily Simba took to her immediately. She is now 4 years old and they still absolutely adore each other

My Small Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Simba. This is a picture of him when he was about a year old and he is now about twelve. When we got him we were also going to get a kitten from another litter, but the mother lost her litter and the breeder decided that she would no longer be suitable for breeding and so we adopted her too. Sadly she is no longer with us. Simba is an Abyssinian Cat and they are extremely sociable and don't like to be on their own so a few years ago I decided to adopt another kitten and will introduce you to her tomorrow

I is for Italy Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunately Chocolate Baroque have a stamp sheet called Echoes of Italy in which the 2 large stamps are scenes which I could not fit onto the tag as they were too large. I had the idea of using small parts of the stamp, die cutting them so that they looked like tiles. I stamped them with distress inks and them hand painted them with a water brush, bringing in the ink from the stamped image. To make them look more like tiles, I inked them with versamark and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then mounted them onto sepia card and then onto the tag which I stamped with a border from the same set and embossed with antique gold powder. I coloured the edges of the tag with distress ink and added a few gold gems for decadence and finally threaded gold and sepia yarn through the whole in the top

H is for Houses Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was spoilt for choice for the H Tag. Chocolate Baroque have 2 stamp plates with houses - Townhouses and Village Life. I used houses from both of the plates, stamping and embossing them onto white card and colouring them with alcohol markers and then cutting them out. I then created a topper by die cutting some more white card in a shape that would fit nicely onto the tag. I stamped some trees onto this card and coloured them again. I used distress inks to shade the sky and the ground and then mounted the houses onto the shape. Next I did the same process on the tag itself but with some different trees. I mounted the topper onto the tag and finished it off with and olive coloured ribbon 

G is for Grasses Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Baroque have designed a whole stamp plate with lots of different images of grasses called Oriental Grasses and I used this for my G Tag. I started by stamping various grasses onto some black card and embossing them with some antique silver powders to give a slightly tarnished appearance. I mounted this onto the tag to form a background. I then stamped the panel provided onto some white card and embossed the image with detail black powder. I cut a small circle from the sticky edge of a post-it note and placed this on the top part of the panel to form a sun-shape and then coloued the panel with distress ink using a more orange colour at the top for the sky and green towards the bottom. I removed the post-it to reveal a watery sun glimpsing through the grasses. I mounted the panel onto the tag and decorated it with a sparkly black ribbon

F is for Flowers Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this tag, I decided to use the flower panel from the Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Dreams stamp plate, which, as you can see, fits very nicely onto the shape of the tag. I stamped and embossed the image in detail black powders onto white card several times and coloured in the flowers in a yellow/peach colour. I then cut out several layers of flowers in a decoupage fashion and mounted them onto the complete image so that the flower at the front was the highest with 4 layers. I covered the tag with peach coloured card and stamped and embossed it with a corner flourish from the same stamp plate. I mounted the main image onto the tag and decorated it with gold and black ribbon

E is For Easter Eggs Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Chocolate Baroque Alphatag Swap, I decided to use the eggs from the Easter Greetings Stamp Plate. I began by stamping lots of the eggs onto the sticky edge of post it notes and cutting them out to form masks. I mounted the 3 eggs onto a block and stamped and embossed them with detail black powders. Then I placed the masks over the images and changed the arrangement of the eggs on the block and stamped them again in a diagonal pattern. I continued until the whole tag was covered with eggs. To make them resemble the mini chocolate eggs that you can get, I painted the eggs with mica paints to get a metalic look as if they were covered in foil. I finished the tag by adding a sie cut Easter greeting from the same stamp plate which was mounted onto gold card.

Orange Flowers Mother's Day Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another card made for Mother's Day, but could be adapted for any other occasion. I stamped the flowers onto white card and embossed them with detail black powder. I then chose the card for the background, sage green, which I love and a dull orange to go with it. I cut a square of the green card and a rectange of the orange which I dry embossed with a flower pattern. As the orange card was a bit too bright I toned the colour down using an olive coloured distress ink which also brought out the embossed image more. Then I mounted the orange card onto the green and added some sage ribbon and bow and mounted this onto a 6 inch square card. I coloured the flowers using orange and green to match the background and cut out the image using a Spellbinders die. I distressed the panel using an orange ink pad and edged it in black to make the panel stand out. This was then mounted onto the card together with a peel off sentiment on a white circle mounted on a scalloped circle in the green. I finally added some gems for extra sparkle

Navy Flowers Mother's Day Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a 6 inch square card. The background has been made by hand stamping and embossing flower images with peach coloured pearlescent powders onto white card into which I die cut a scalloped circle aperture. I then mounted this onto navy card before mounting onto a white card blank. The sentiment was hand stamped and embossed with navy powders onto white card and this was die cut and mounted into the aperture.

I made the decoration by stamping the same flower image onto white card and embossing them with the same navy powders. The petals have been hand coloured with a dusky pink at the centres only and these have been cut out by hand and mounted onto the front of the card together with some die cut leaves from the same navy card

D is for Damask Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inspiration for this tag was a stamp plate called Damask Delights from Chocolate Baroque. The backround paper was printed from the CD Rom in the same name and this was stamped and embossed in clear embossing powder with a flourish stamp from the plate and this was then mounted onto the tag. The images were a different stamp from the plate stamped with black ink and embossed with clear powder 6 times. The whole image was cut out 3 times and so was the central image. These were then all coloured with alcohol markers in various shades of pink and green and then the images were sprayed with glitter varnish. These were then mounted onto the tag in a pattern to resemble damask wallpaper. This was then decorated with pink gems and pink and green ribbons to finish.

C is for Cupcake Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C is for Cupcakes. The recipe is as follows:- The rubber stamps for this project are from Chocolate Baroque. On the plate there are various tops and bottoms of cakes which can be married together depending on the effect you are trying to create. I started by stamping and embossing two different bottoms onto some decorative beige papers from Chocolate Baroque and then cutting them out. Next I stamped and embossed the same top twice onto plain white card. I cut these out too and then decorated them with Fluffy Stuff to simulate whipped cream. I coloured the fruit layer with alcohol markers and then went over the top of this layer with Gossy Accents to make them pop and stuck some Beadazzles on the top layer to look like hundreds and thousands. The background of the tag was created by clouring the edges with Distress Ink and stamping and embossing with WOW powders some cake decorations from the same stamp plate. I die cut some brackets using Spellbinders die on which to sit the cakes and stuck these onto the tag and then mounted the cakes onto them using silicone glue to make them stand out from the tag. Fianlly I added some ribbon to the top and some gems to add even more sparkle.

B is for Butterfly Tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B is for Butterfly. I started off by stamping and embossing the flourish with a stamp from the Chocolate Baroque Daisy Butterfly plate in antique silver powder onto a paper from the Fantasy Floral CD. Then I coloured it with Fired Brick Distress Ink. I then stamped and embossed one of the Butterflies from the same plate and cloured it using the same ink and cut it out so that I could mount it onto the tag to add some height. I stamped the butterfly stamp onto the tag so that I count mount the other butterfly onto the image and use the antennae of the one underneath. I cut out and coloured a Crealies flower and spritzed this and the butterfly with Glimmer mist. To finish off, I mounter the flower, butterfly and a letter B from Grungeboard alphabet and finally added some ribbon and fibres to the top.

Chocolate Baroque Tag Swap A is for Arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags are a popular way to make little creations to demonstrate various papercrafting techniques. As a member of the Chocolate Baroque Guild I am taking part in a challenge to create tags to represent letters of the alphabet each month for 2012 using products from the Chocolate Baroque online shop. I decorated the blank tag with distress inks and stamped and emossed over the edges with a texture stamp from the Echoes of Italy Stamp Plate. I then stamped and embossed one of the arches from the same plate and cloured it with alchohol markers. Then I cut it out and mounted it onto part of a landscape scene from the same stamp plate which was also coloured with alcohol markers. The tag was embellished with die cut flourishes and a small flower to add some interest to the undecorated part of the tag. The arch itself was mounted onto the word arch which was made by using some coloured grunge board letters and finally I added a ribbon

Pink and Brown

Here is another card that was designed for Valentine's Day, but could easily be adapted for another special occasion. Although I wouls not necessarily think of using these colours together, I picked up the colours from the background paper. I hope you like it

Pop up Valentine's Card

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another card that I made for Valentine's Day. The central border has been made in the same way as one of the previous Valentine's Cards. The card has been decorated with a huge organza bow on the outside, but it holds a secret on the inside.......

Navy Valentine's Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another card which could be used for any occasion although it was made for Valentine's Day.

The sentiment has been placed onto white card onto which a frame cut using the Heart Spellbinders die in grey pearlescent card. This in turn has been mounted onto another panel cut using a different die with scalloped edges on dark blue pearlescent card. These have been mounted onto a floral background paper from Chocolate Baroque and then onto the same dark blue pearlescent card. The border has been decorated with faux stitching in white.

I have used a dark blue ribbon to make a bow to decorate the card and die cut some fancy flourishes to fill the blank space on the side of the card. To add some bling I have used some blue gems in various places

Inspiration for the card is from Sue Wilson at Particraft

Valentine's in Alternative Colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this card for the Valentine's collection, however it could easily be used for any other occasion. Although it doesn't show up too well in the photograph, the colours used are teal and black.

I purchased some new cutting dies from Spellbinders which have tiny hearts around the edges and though it would be an ideal opportunity to use them for Valentine's Day. I mounted some teal silk card onto pearlescent black card and mounted this onto and 8 inch square card blank. Onto this I mounted some teal papers from Cocolate Baroque printed with black peacock tail feathers after punching diagonally opposite corners with a corner punch.

I mounted the sentiment onto a teal square and mounting this onto a black square cut with the Spellbinders die. I cut and mounted smaller squares using the same dies and cut them in half diagonally. I mounted these in the opposite corners and placed the sentiment topper on top of these.

The decoration on the card is a large teal ribbon and the dots around the edge have been made using Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue.

Inspiration for this card is from Sue Wilson at Particraft

Another Valentine's Card

                                          

 

Red and Black is a great colour combination for Valentine's Day. This is a bit of an over the top A5 landscape card.

I have mounted red card onto white card and then onto black card for the background and then done another smaller panel onto which to mount the sentiment in the same colour combination only this time I have embossed the red card with  a flourish design to add some interest. In both cases the black borders have been decorated with faux stitching in white.

The long central decoration has been created using Spellbinders Edgeabilities. The red strip has been passed through the die cutting machine four times to create the pattern and then mounted onto white card to add definition to the heart shapes. This strip has then been mounted onto black card which has also been run though the die cutting machine four times to create the design. I have cut a narrow strip of black card to place along the centre and decorated this again with faux stitching in white.

I then added the sentiment onto a circle of red card mounted onto scalloped circle in black. I added a bow made from wide organza ribbon, thinner grosgrain ribbon and black ribbon edged with white stitching. I added 2 black beaded hat pins for even more decoration.

This card could be altered to suit any loving occassion.

Inspriation for this card was from Sue Wilson at Particraft

Valentine's Cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a card that was designed for Valentine's Day, but could easiliy be used for any other loving occasion. It is an 8 inch square card onto which I have mounted some red background card which has been stamped and embossed in gold with a background stamp of swirly branches with heart shaped leaves. This has been mounted onto gold mirri card.

The large heart is a stamp which is made up of tiny heart shapes. This has been stamped and embossed using the same gold powders and the image has been mounted onto gold mirri card before adding to the card and decorating with red satin ribbon 

Snowflake Christmas Card

I always think that cards made entirely out of white card look very classy, but I decided to add some silver to the design to give a little more definition.

I started by stamping and embossing a Christmas greeting in silver in the middle of a square piece of card and then cutting a labels shape out of the middle using a Spellbinders die. As the card is 8 inches by 8 inches, I did not have an embossing folder big enough so I cut the card into quarters and, using a folder with flourishes, ran each quarter through the Cuttlebug individually. Then I mounted each section onto a silver background using foam tape. I then stuck plenty of different snowflakes around the aperture in the shape of  a Christmas Wreath using both white and silver card. I hope you like the result.

Lisbeth

 

Chocolate Baroque Challenge Entry 2

Having looked at some of the entries, I thought I would submit something completely different and here it is!

I stamped 20 flourishes from the Snowflake Flourish set of stamps on black card and embossed them with Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder. I cut them all out using a Spellbinders circle die and scored a triangle onto each one. I stuck the shapes together to form a Christmas Globe decoration. I added some white and silver ribbons to give a different texture.

Chocolate Baroque Challenge

Continuing from yesterday's entry, here is a close-up of the baubles

 

Chocolate Baroque White Christmas Challenge

As a member of the Chocolate Baroque Guild we were challenged to make something on the theme of White Christmas using products purchased from the Chocolate Baroque website.

I used a paper from the Winter Snow collection on the Season's Greetings CD Rom overstamped with sparkly silver embossed flourishes from the snowflake flourish stamp set. The greeting from the same stamp set was stamped with detail silver embossing powder.

The blaubles were a stamp from the same set stamped onto acetate and glittered on the reverse with complimentary colours. The snowflakes on the baubles were glittered with white, however there were interference colours in the white glitter which reflect different colours depending on the light thrown onto them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisbeth

Handmade by Lisbeth

Welcome to my blog

The world of papercrafting is ever changing and as more products become available it is possible to design and produce results which are more professional and will keep pace with the current trends in art and design.

Once I have obtained a new rubber stamp or cutting or embossing die, I like to experiment with it to try to push the product to its limits. Of course the final result is often an exceptional example and the purpose of this blog is to showcase such pieces.

My next door neighbour celebrated her ninetieth birthday a few weeks age and I wanted to make her a card to compliment the ocassion. The background papers were handstamped and embossed using silver sparkle powders. The border was die cut in glossy lilac card. The flowers were die cut and each layer was hand curled to produce a realistic effect. Finally 2 hatpins were inserted into the bow to add further dimension.

I hope you like the result

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