Monday 1 February 2021

 New Year, new creations;

Chocolate Baroque creations;

card number one

I've had a lot of fun using some of my stamps from Chocolate Baroque,  Such wonderful quality stamps and so flexible for cards, scrapbooking, multi-media projects.

The first card is using the gorgeous Katya stamp.  Must admit I've been using this stamp and awful lot.  I also used the background stamp called floral damask.  I inked the images using Versafine Clair tuxedo black. I then added some nuvo drops to make the gems on the earrings 3d.  The card is done purely in black and white for a challenge in the Chocolate Baroque facebook group.

Second make

Again I used the Katya stamp and floral damask stamp as in the one above this.  the extra stamp used was the crackle stamp that was added after i'd used distress inks on the card stock.  It was then layered onto black card to make it pop out.

I will be entering these into the following blog challenges;

Tuesday 17 November 2020

 Tomte (gnome) fun:

Sorry for not posting recently, a lot has happened here.  My son has just moved out and it's been a lot of re-organising and losing myself in craft.

I've been addicted to creating with Chocolate Baroque's Tomte stamps.  They are just so adorable and there are so many ways to have creative fun with the little critters.

Here are some of my recent makes using them;

card one

For the above card I used Kraft card and punched two of the corners.  I used a Tonic die done with white card to contrast.  The centre image is one of the baubles from Chocolate Baroque, you can find it here.  The stamps were all heat embossed with white embossing powder.  You can find the tomte here.

Card two

For the card above I used the snowflake bauble stamp for the background using two different distress inks to compliment the pale blues and purple of the tomte.  I then added some purple wood effect paper behind a die cut and then stamped one of Chocolate Baroques christmas sentiments, which can be found here.

Card three

The above was made using the same die and colours for the tomte, this time I added punched flowers and added clear dew drops to their centre.

I will be entering the above into the following challenges;

Tuesday 27 October 2020


This week I've been creating with products from the smaller craft business companies.  Especially in these unsure times our support means so much to help keep these places going.

The first creation is using stamps by the fabulous Chocolate Baroque, not only do they make such high quality stamps, they make stencils and many items to help with your mixed media projects.  Always fantastic advice and demo's from Lesley and the DT on facebook.

With all the stamps I used Versamark and gold embossing powder which I heated from the back of the card to give a bit of dimension.  It takes a bit longer but well worth it.  The lady is called Katya which can be found on the site above, along with the background stamp floral damask , sentiment  is artistic affirmations, and crackle stamp.

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Other news;

I was so happy to have won the last challenge over at 'we love chocolate',  the random selector chose my entry which was a tag using more stunning stamps from the above company. #supportsmallercraftbusiness.

I have also been contacted by Papercrafter magazine for the reader's makes section and have submitted a card using stamps by Pete Simpson .... Artisan Design Uk.  So finger's crossed it will be in one of the issues.  Feeling kinda blessed at the moment.  

Remember if you can please show your love to those small businesses who truly put heart and soul into keeping us crafter's inspired and who continue to provide excellent service even during lockdown.

Sunday 13 September 2020

Latest creations...

A make that is totally out of my comfort zone.  This time instead of a card I wanted to try a 12 x12 creation.  The flowers used are part of a Chocolate Baroque stamp that can be found here.   I entered this into a challenge with the theme being rainbows, hoping that a rainbow of flowers would suffice.

The sentiments added are by Artisan  Design and can be found here.  I coloured the images including a Jane Davenport stamp with a mixture of Copics and Pro-markers.  The droplets are from a stamp set by 'stamps by Ryn'.  Again they were coloured using the above mediums and a white gel pen used to add detail.

entered into the following challenges;

Simple tag creation

The tag is made by using a peel off tag from Chocolate Baroque, which is really handy, the sheets come with different sizes and shapes.. a definate go to for a crafter.  Just click here.   I inked some card with 'picked raspberry' and 'spiced marmalade' distress inks which I then added droplets of water, after drying I then stamped the floral image onto it using a Chocolate Baroque stamp that can be found here.  The sentiment used is from Tim Holtz's small talk booklet.  The butterfly that I stamped onto inked and stencilled card is by Finnabair called 'don't forget to fly', you can find it here.  Finally the stencil used to give interest to the white card is by Artisan Design and is here.

I will be entering this tag into the following challenges;


 No blogging in over a year!  How shameful of me....

Well here I go and show a few makes you may or may not have missed.  I took time off from crafting and ceased any DT work that I had.  Now crafting purely for fun and relaxation. 

I'm trying different styles of crafting and although late to the party have discovered the wonders of Artisan Design and Chocolate Baroque, both small family businesses with such genuine support for fellow crafters.

The card above is using papers from the A.B.Studio,  the lady image is a stamp by Prima. The stunning flowers and leaves are from Artisan Design and designed by the fabulous Pete Simpson, who you may have seen on Hochanda.  Coloured with Copic pens.  The stamps can be found on the link above.

 Simple make using black card for effect.  the die used is by Sweet Dixie, the flowers and leaves again by Artisan Design, as is the sentiment.

The above card is one I  have entered into the Artisan Addicts fb challenge.  (the theme being blue horizon).

The above was done keeping the tones grey and neutral, I used the Victorian tile stencil by Artisan Design and again used their floral and leaf stamps.  The punch used is an old one by Tonic Studio's.

 Finally the last creation is again using the Prima lady stamp and using a sentiment and the fuschia stamp by Artisan Design.

 I hope to be back blogging and adding more links soon... thank you for catching up with me.

I have entered the above into the following challenges;

Sunday 7 July 2019

flying the flag colours

Country colours

Time to fly the flag or at least to use the colours of your countries flag.  That means challenge time again over at 613 Avenue Create.

If you prefer there is always the 'anything goes' theme as well.  The choice is up to you.  We look forward to seeing whatever you make.

My colours were the red, white and blue from the UK's flag.  Okay, I kinda took liberty and made two cards not one with all colours.

I used Tim Holtz's sentiment dies and the blue flowers are also a Tim Holtz die.  The floral die on the red card is from my craft stash and I can't remember who made it.

Sometimes you just want the quickness and professional look of using dies.  

Don't forget to check out the fabulous makes by all the design team when you visit our blog.

I will be entering the above into the following challenges; 

Sunday 30 June 2019

A Place to Start

New challenge time;

Yep, a new challenge is going on over at 'hereisaplacetostart' and we would love for you to come and join in the fun.

The theme this month is 'anything goes', so no excuse to have fun and get creating.

For my DT make I opted for Clean and simple style (CAS).  The first being a simple card  and then a basic bookmark.

The stamps I used are from two sets by Aall & Create, set #83 designed by Fiona Paltridge and set #154 by Tracy Evans.  The little girl character is called Lilith and I fell in love with the childlike qualities and couldn't resist using her or part of her on each creation.  The sentiment that comes with her is a must have 'believe in the magic of a smile'.  As card-maker's and crafter's we know how much making and receiving a card means.  A simple card with such a beautiful sentiment would mean a lot to anyone, especially out of the blue.

The simple card is using one of Tracy's flowers, combining the beauty and simplicity of nature along with a smile is a perfect combo in my book.

For the background of the bookmark I simply added some distress oxides and water to blending mat and 'smooshed' the card over it.  The colours I used were; worn lipstick and dusty concord - both from the Tim Holtz Ranger series.

I hope you've enjoyed my simple creations and I truly look forward to seeing your work.  Happy crafting everyone. 

To see some of Aall & Create's products at their best please check out Tracy's youtube link.... you will have seen lots of her projects in craft magazines....

I will be entering into the following challenges;