Friday 28 December 2018

A little steam punky for Chocolate Baroque

Hello everyone, we half way through the holiday and I hope those that celebrate had a nice Christmas. It’s been very quite and relaxed here, just how I like it. Today I have a little card using the wonderful stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

I’ll talk through the process 

I have some burlap which has a paper backing so used this as a mat for this card. Then onto watercolour card I applied Distress Oxides. I stamped this fabulous hat and cogs from a stamp plate called Steampunky, (I love this set) and painted it with watercolour paints. I added some gold paint to complete the look. I then stuck it onto my card. A very quick and simple card but very effective. 

Take care



Sunday 23 December 2018

Last minute wrapping

Hi everyone, I have a quick post today as I know you will all be busy with your last minute preparations and I don’t want to keep you. This quick and simple wrapping will help out for those ‘oops I forgot and need something quick’ moments

So any pillow box will do, shop bought or die cut. Apply a  random layer of crackle Gel, quick zap with the heat gun (not too much heat or else it won’t crackle) and then a layer of acrylic paint. Dry and watch those cracks appears.
Use a printed tissue paper I used this one from Tim Holtz, apply again randomly back and front. 

Die cut some leaves and stems, give them some colour and stick on the front of your pillow.  Add some fancy string/ribbon around the pillow several times and secure. Add a trinket or two, I used some little bells, a tiny rag or a sticker and you are done.

A perfect wrapping for those little presents, or you can make several and use them as tree ornaments or how about fill it up with a trinket, a hat and a joke and you have an alternative to the Christmas cracker with your dinner. 

Anyway I’ll let you crack on!

Have a wonderful Christmas to those who celebrate and I’ll see you in the New Year



Friday 21 December 2018

Guest designer for Chocolate Baroque

Hello everyone, we are almost there, 3 more days and then the big day will be with us, exciting isn’t it? I’ve asked the big man for lots of arty stuff so hopefully as I’ve been good all year(well almost) I’ll be rewarded.
Moving on...
I have my 2nd post for the lovely Chocolate Baroque and this week I’ve been tagged.

I used this pretty tag and holder die from Tonic

I used Distress Oxide to decorate and Baked Texture to edge.

All inks were Archival from Ranger

I made some washi tape to decorate 1 of the tags 

And the other I stamped straight on the tag

These would look lovely attached to your presents.

That’s it for now, I’ll be back again with another post on Sunday with some ideas for last minute present but it’s goodbye for now.

Take care
Hugs xxx


Monday 17 December 2018

Little carousel and Rubber Dance

Hi everyone I have a little trinket box to share today using a carousel box from Tonic and stamps from Rubber Dance. This little box can be used in so many ways, for gifts as a favours box at weddings, as a fancy box to store needles or pins etc. 

I added Distress Oxides all over the outside of the box 

Flicked water all over and the dried it with a heat gun

With the die comes theses little panels (there are lots of other pretty cut outs I’ll show you at a later date)

I used elements from both these stamp plates which I designed for Rubber Dance 

I stamped them alternating the designs and used Sennelier watercolours to paint the flowers.

Some close ups 

And that’s it! 

I’ll be back soon 

Take care



Friday 14 December 2018

I’m a Guest Designer for Chocolate Baroque

Hello everyone, it’s that time again for me to design for the lovely company Chocolate Baroque  I am honoured to be part of the December team with makes over the next 3 weeks. So to start us off I have a love Christmas design which I made into a card for my lovely daughter.

I love this stamp which is Serena, it’s such a pretty stamp and can be used in many ways. I chose to use it for a card as I thought it would be perfect for my daughter as I know she will love it.

So I started by stamping the image into watercolour card with black archival ink.

I used watercolour paints on this image. I started with the face and a light glaze of a light skin tone.

I then added some darker tone for shadow, I blended this out so that I had no harsh lines.

I started to add glazes around the image allowing each to dry before moving in next to it so that the colour doesn’t run. For example, paint a flower move onto the candles while the flowers dry.

Moved onto the leaves 

 once I’d finished painting I added some splatter for interest 

So there we have it, ha-pay crafting and I’ll see you soon

Take care


Friday 7 December 2018

It’s Christmas with Rubber Dance

Hello everyone I have a couple of ornaments for you today using Rubber Dance stamps A little Birdie and Textured houses. They are very quick and simple to make, using the very trendy ATC Coin. 

Drill a small hole to start and then age the coin (I used crackle glaze with acrylic) once dry I embossed the edges with Ancient Amber baked texture.


I then stamped on the images and used Inktense pencil to add colour

I used several coats to build up the colour but liked how it was uneven as it added to the vintage vibe.

The little tree was created by husband who used Polymer clay to make the twigs which once dried he painted I added the chunky white embossing powder. It will hang with pride on our tree.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial 

See you soon

Hugs xxx


Saturday 1 December 2018

New Challenge for Christmas at Country View Crafts

Hi everyone welcome to The Christmas challenge at Country View Crafts. As always there is a chance to win a voucher to spend in store, but don’t forget to follow the guidelines with your entry as if you forget you will not be entered. There are some fabulous makes from the team to further inspire you which you can see here  I have a vintage card for you for my first inspiration using Oxides on the background and die cuts for my focal point.

So let’s start with the background 

I cut water coloured card to fit just over 3/4 of the card for 1 piece, and then another piece to the remaining of the card with a slight gap. I used a mixed of Old Paper, Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxides smooched all over, flicked with water and then dried. I repeated this several times 
Until I was happy with the mottled affect. I then completely dried it.

I then edged the card with baked texture 

I cut several items from Winter Foliage 

 Then I painted them using Sennelier watercolour paints, as if I were actually painting. For example, added my colour and then blended out the 
colour with clean water. I mixed a light green for the edge of the holly with lemon yellow and French Ultramarine and then a dark green substituting the lemon yellow with sennelier yellow deep. 

For the berry’s I mixed sennelier Red Deep and Rose Madder Lake into a nice deep colour and then separated into two puddles, one I made a little darker for the shadow. I was mindful of leaving my highlight.

I love how it all came together, and hope you like it too.

See you later in the month

Hugs xx