Sunday, 1 March 2015

Chocolate Baroque - Punky Flowers

I've been playing with some new Chocolate Baroque stamps.  Both cards shown here use the Punky Flowers set.  But two completely different syles.

Steam Punk cogs - the spiky flowers are stamped and embossed in gold, the larger flowers were left to dry a bit, and so the embossing powder has taken less.  This was to try and give an illusion of depth.  The yellow is SU Hello Honey, such a lovely old gold type colour.  Although the background was sponged and coloured, I gave some texture by using an embossing folder with cogs.  

This card is for my niece who is studying science - Happy 21st Jen!

In the same set are some lovely art deco flowers which I embossed on to some card I had inked, and added a sentiment from the Chocolate Baroque Mackintosh sentiments.  The inky background is SU Blackberry Bliss (I know its more purple really, but when watered down and smudged across the paper is this gorgeous pinky purple) and Hello Honey.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Happy Christmas - 2014

Its been so long since I posted on my blog,  at times I feel like I'm a hamster on a wheel, but still making cards to relax!  Maybe over the Christmas break I might post a few more here.

This is using darkroom door stamps - Stitched Christmas and Word blocked Christmas.  The Christmas tree is embossed in Stern (Tannengrun) embossing powder - such a lovely Christmas green. Being really lazy this year, I used card blanks from Craft Creation - this is using Ash which is such a lovely soft grey.  I also used some dark green mulberry paper - I thought it went with the stitched effect looking a bit like torn material. 

Happy Christmas

Its my last day of work tomorrow, then a weekend trip to visit my mum before returning home to prepare for christmas, with my youngest coming home from Uni on Monday.  Will be nice to have the family back together.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Bee Happy

I've been playing with some Chocolate Baroque Bees.  My daughter gave me these stamps last year, but with one thing and another, I'd not started seeing how I could use them until recently.  The bees on the flower, was just crying out to be used with my new circle thinlet.
Because its been so gray and damp, I've not been able to take good photos, and as a result this was scanned in using my scanner.

This card is made using SU circle thinlet - I've used A5 piece of card (slightly trimmed, so that my card is actually longer than the die - if the card is the same height as the die, just post it in, leaving an end over the top of the die furthest from the circle), this gives a flap to fold over and means you can write inside the card.

One side is embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder (this is one of a set of three small strips from Darice).  I have used a Cheery Lynn Honeycomb frame to make a stencil which I've sponged in SU So Saffron, Peach Parfait and Crumb cake.  I've stamped Happy from Chocolate Baroque Words of Wisdom and used Bees from Chocolate Baroque Honey Bees in Soft Suede (such a lovely colour). The main image is from the same set, and was coloured in using markers, and then fussy cut and stuck with a wing over hanging. The Bees wings are painted in Frost White shimmer paint - this gives a lovely translucent effect.  Inside the card, there are the same bees/honeycomb, and on the back of the circle there is a Happy Bee Day stamp (from Inkadinkado, in case you are wondering - bought over t'internet from the US).

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Less is More: Week 154 OLC Hearts

Its been a long time since I've played along with the LIM challenges.  But after having not made any cards for ages (apart from Christmas ones) - it was good to have a play, and I do love the one layer cards.

Today I've made two cards - both use the same sort of technique.

I used a die cut (Cheery Lynn) celtic heart as a mask, and sponged some blue ink over the top.  In the first card, my card was slightly textured, and I spritzed over the top which left little dots of paler ink (especially where I'd used the darker blue ink).
My second card, was more clean and simple (better fits the less is more brief). Although its quite hard to not add ribbons/bows - but then it would be a bit girly and not appropriate to give my other half for valentine's day!

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Blues challenge.

Thanks for looking and for any comments, Anna x

Monday, 7 October 2013

World Card Making Day - 5 Oct 2013 - Happy Birthday

The 5th October 2013 was World Card Making day, and also my eldest daughter's birthday.

This is her card:

She is looking for a job - we believe she may have secured a temp  office job for the next 6 months, but is continuing to apply for graduate schemes, hopefully for next Summer/Autumn.  The sentiment used is optimistically appropriate - believe... you can do it.

My card is made from SU Secret Garden and Feel Goods.  Both stamped in versamark and embossed in pool party on black card.  The flowers look stunning in real life embossed on dark card.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

LIM - Sand

Today at LIM. The challenge is sand. By coincidence I've been playing with one layer cards and sahara sand (such a lovely neutral colour), trying to replicate the effect of distressed ribbons!

I've been away for a while, been having trips between Hampshire and Scotland, whilst my father was ill.  My father was a retired clergyman, but before then he was a biologist, and had an interest in natural history.  My parents had 9 free range hens, plus one cockerel who was on loan (and my father was hoping to have some chicks this summer to add to the menagerie).  I was lucky to be with him a lot over his last couple of weeks and with support of Marie Curie nurses and family he was able to die at home looking at over his garden (and watching his hens).

This was the Father's day card I made and took on my last trip.  He was special - love you Dad xx

The lace was from chocolate baroque, the sentiment was from Stamping all day, the hen was from Craft Stamper as a free stamp and I also used the ink drops and text from SU french foilage.  The lace was in sahara sand, and lightly sponged in the same colour. The ribbon effect was straw and sage distress ink which I sponged over and used my spritzer to add splashes of colour. The inks are an assortment of SU sahara sand, espresso, suede, crumb cake and coral.  

Whilst I was away in Scotland, I had the use of a cottage loaned by a friend of my mum's and this is the card I made for her.  This photo is not great (but I was in a rush to get it into today's post).  The stamps are the Chocolate Baroque lace, Thank you from SU Curly Cute, and the dragon flies are from Papermania, and were a group, which I cut up and separated as they are more useful this way. This background was a more minimalist version of the above (I'd just sponged the inks, and spritzed with water and coral ink). I like the way misting with water, makes some of the colour pop and leaves interesting water marks on the background.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


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This week LIM:107 Up in the air and after a number of challenges, the effort is not to repeat yourself, and as I've made and posted on here a number of kite themed cards, I thought I should try something new.

Not the best photo, but you can see the embossed image reflecting in the light.