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Monday, 11 December 2017

flower power (by Veronica)

 Today I am sharing some of the flower samples for the recent shows on Hochanda - something cheerful to brighten a very cold (but not yet snowy) day.

My first one uses the lovely hanging fuchsia stamp, simply stamped in grey versafine in the top corner of a 7" square card blank, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The greeting using black versafine was stamped in the bottom corner - I used a stamp press to make sure I got it straight.

I also used the stamp press to create the wreath on the next card, using a 7" square of white card as the base. I used two of the small foliage stamps from the lily set inked in iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, then added the small solid fuchsia stamp using picked raspberry distress inks. The greeting stamped in grey ink in the centre.
The 8" square card blank was sponged with hickory smoke distress ink and randomly stamped using the small foliage stamp used in peeled paint foer the wreath.

 My final card used the big hyacinth stamp, stmaped in black versafine onto white card, and coloured with watercolour pencils. I edged the card with purple ink - think it was dusty concord distress ink - before mounting it onot a 7"x5" white card blank that i had coloured with distress oxide inks and spritzed with water then blotted to give a marbled effect.
Greeting stamped onto a spare piece of white card and edged with the purple ink before mounting in the corner.

We all really enjoyed using these versatile sets of flower stamps, there are some beautiful samples from my teamies still to be shown..........

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bold Blooms (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a card made using one of the beautiful images from Bold Blooms.

I began with an inky background using Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I used the large mandala stamp inked with gold acrylic paint to roughly stamp the background creating a shadowy effect. Next I stamped the large mandala image and some of the leaves several times on white card. I used a quickie glue pen to add glitter to the images, cut them out and layered them up with 3d foam pads.

I added a stamped sentiment, a pretty bow and some sparkly gems to finish off.

 I hope you're keeping snug and warm in this cold weather ... 
perfect to bunker up in your crafty space!

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Birthday Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing two cards today that were featured on one of last month's floral TV shows on Hochanda. Although both cards are similar in style, I have used very different methods to create them.

For my first card, I chose to concentrate on the Fuchsia stamp plate, and masked an oval area in the centre of a piece of smooth watercolour paper first of all. I stamped and embossed the small fuchsia silhouette stamp, and then covered the background with Distress Ink. I added a touch of shading around the oval using a grey pencil to add the impression that the oval was layered on top of the background.

I removed the mask, and stamped the large fuchsia and sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set inside. I coloured the image with Distress Inks and a water brush. Finally, I attached the background to a large black card blank.

For my second card, I coloured a piece of drawing cartridge with Distress Ink, and then spritzed it with water, to achieve a mottled effect. Using the same colour ink, I stamped a tiny flower sprig from the Hyacinth stamp set randomly over the background. I attached a scrap of book page, some cream lace and brown ribbon across the centre, before moving on to the focal point of the card.

I coloured the edge of a die cut oval with the same colour ink as I had used on the background. Using dark brown ink, I then stamped the daisy head from the Lily stamp set three times, masking them with masking tissue. I stamped the grass image from the Hyacinth stamp set, filling in the gaps between the daisies, and using second generation stamping at the back, for depth.

I removed the masks, and using a brown fineliner pen, I extended the stalks of the daisies, to complete the image. I coloured the images with Distress Inks and a water brush, before attaching the oval to my card. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set onto the background.

I will be back later in the month with some more floral projects for you. Do keep checking out the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from my team mates. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

Something floral by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you’re all prepared for the holiday season, I certainly am.
Anyway here are some of the projects I made for Hochanda.

My first is a grey board heart which I first Gessoed, I used Gelato’s for the background, I stamped the beautiful Hydrangea onto a another piece of card and coloured with watercolour markers, I added some touches of glitter pen, I used the Butterfly stencil with texture paste and stamped over using the coordinating stamps and coloured using the markers again, decoupaged my flower, Gilding waxed the butterflies and edges to finish off.

Very simple, heat embossed the Teasles and coloured using glitter pens and water brush.

Blended Distress inks and created Bokeh effect with White pigment ink through a stencil, I drew the stems using a marker pen.

Repeated the colours and stamps to one corner inside just to create some interest.

I hope you like my creations, I loved creating them and it’s such a boost seeing them on the ol telly box.
Have a great day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Imagine by Brenda

A very good morning, Brenda here with today's share of more samples from Lesley's recent Hochanda shows which featured he most beautiful floral and Butterfly stamps that were a joy to work with.

My starting place for the above card was a background of Oxide Distress Inks which like so many of us I am totally addicted to. Onto the background I stenciled an arch window using Distress Ink, stamped what is probably my favourite Chocolate Baroque sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp sheet using Versafine Toffe and using the same ink stamped a selection of leaves around the edge from the Tangled Garden stamp sheet. The beautiful Butterfly is from the same set stamped onto Bristol cardstock and coloured with distress inks, the same colours as the background but not Oxides as I find the chalky finish can detract from the detail of the image.

For this card I used the blooms from Bold Blooms and leaves from the same set and Tangled Garden, stamping all onto a piece of card coloured with Distress Inks and Pearl Mica Spray, I like to add that to inky backgrounds sometimes as it helps to bleed the colours and also leaves a nice sheen. I used a piece of torn paper to create a sunray effect when I wanted to place the flower which I layered up after cutting our three different sized blooms . I cut he leaves out and arranged onto a hand drawn stem with a little bit of doodling to ass interest. The lovely Wordsworth quote is also from Bold Blooms.

I had an idea to create a shadow box surrounded by Butterfly, so started out with the base made using a die set. I coloured a large sheet of card with Distress Oxides concentrating on keeping within a tonal colour palette of oranges and yellows. Onto that I stamped several Butterflies from Tangled Garden and cut out ready to assemble around the frame. The fairy within the aperture is from June Fairy set and grasses from Silhouette Grasses stamped with Versafine Toffee and a masked and inked background plus a few small stamped Butterflies. Finally I layered the Butterflies around and within the layers of the shadow box.

This one to coin Charlie of Hochanda's words is "heavy on the grunge", I started with acrylic paints and brushed them randomly over a piece of 600gsm Fabriano cardstock, it's so sturdy that it takes water and wet mediums without warping. Next added some texture paste through a stencil to the top corner and applied some gilding polish to lift the pattern. I also added some gold gilding flakes here and there. The Lily is from the Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy stamped with versamark and heat embossed with copper detail powder and then colour added using the same acrylic paint as the background, the sentiment is from Birthday Words and finally some lace tied across the bottom.

On the rare occasion I find myself with time on my hands I make up a batch of inky backgrounds as I find it really handy to have some in reserve when I am up against the clock to get sample made. This is one of those using acrylic paints and crackle glaze onto which I randomly stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words and then the focal bloom from Breath of Spring  using Versafine Black and then colourd in with sparkle pens and stickles. The base has been stamped with several of the foliage stamps from the Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy.

As always my thanks for taking the time to visit today.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wishing you...(by Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn to show you something

I first made the background with Distress Ink. Then I made the background stamp from the Dusky Damask stamp set wet and stamped over the background. It takes some of the ink from your paper.
Then I stamped the Lily image and coloured it also with the Distress Ink.

Stamps I used are:
Dusky Damask
Birthday Words

Hugs Marga

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Floral Delights (by Julie)

Hello, today I have three cards that I made especially for Lesley's recent Hochanda shows.

My first card is made with the absolute gem of a set titled very simply as lily .
To start with I stamped the Gerbera style flower onto copy paper and cut out to make masks. (I only stamped the Gerbera once but folded the paper so that when I cut the flower out I had 3 copies) This is so that I can cover the stamped flowers on the main design and then go in and stamp the foliage stamp over the top. The foliage then appears in the background when you remove the masked Gerberas from the card front.
I coloured with a blue Distress ink and splattered with acrylic paint.
The design was finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words, which I cut out using a circle die.

The focal panel on my second card is again made using the Lily set as before. I have simply coloured the background with Distress inks and then stamped the designs with Onyx Black Versafine before colouring with pencils and adding white paint pen highlights.
The base card was stamped with the Hyacinth from the set of the same name and then coloured with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. 

My last card is stamped using the Hyacinth set. The background is coloured with Distress ink and the  main image was stamped in a grey ink before colouring with pencils. Using a pale ink loses some of the detail once the design is coloured so I filled some of it back in with a fine tipped black pen. The base card was stamped with one of the little foliage stamps from the same set and the card was finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words as before.

Many thanks for take a look. Please call back soon for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

November's Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, we hope you are doing well.
Sorry for the delay of this post.

Once again we would like to thank you all for your visits here at the Design Team blog.  We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs.  
Each comment in November was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Carole C you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps!  Please send a quick email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send you your gift certificate.

Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from December's comments. The more comments you leave the better your chances to win!

Thank you for your kind words and comments,
Good luck from the Design Team!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Some cards for Winter


Winter is here. Nothing special in December here. So it's time to make cards with these wonderful trees to celebrate Christmas.

Ici c'est bien l'hiver. Chose tout à fait normale en décembre. C'est donc l'occasion de réaliser quelques cartes avec ces magnifiques tampons tout à fait adéquates pour célébrer Noël.

I made the backgrounds with the Gelli plate and acrylic paints. Then I stamped Chocolate Baroque Fantasy Woodland rubberstamps. Then I embossed them with the embossing powders.

J'ai réalisé les fonds à la gelli plate et des peintures acryliques. Puis j'ai tamponné ces jolis arbres avant de les embosser.

I hope you a beautiful week.
Kind regards.

Je vous souhaite une belle semaine. A bientôt.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Stillness (by Magda)

Hello everybody, this morning I am sharing three pages with you that I hope will inspire you.

Front page : coloured with Distress Ink Pad

1. first, colour 3/4 of the A4 White Cardstock. The upper section in blue shades and the lower  
    section in green/brown shades blending Distress Ink Pad
2. stamp with Versafine Onyx Black on a piece of stash paper the clouds of the set Landscape Edges 
    and cut the outline.
3. place the "stencil" on the cardstock of point 1 and colour the sky section blending
    blue shades of Distress Ink Pad as shown below


4.  create the landscape using Chocolate Baroque Mask and Stencil - Useful Leaves blending
    green shades of Distress Ink Pad and stamp the grass of Wild Meadow stamp sheet
5. stamp the sentiment of Words of Inspiration stamp sheet with  Versafine Onyx Black

Flower page on the left : coloured with Brusho
1. colour the background with diluted Brusho colours and spritz some crystals on it.
2. stamp the flower of Fresh Blooms A5 sheet with Versafine Onyx Black, colour it and cut the  
3. stamp the sentiment of the same Fresh Blooms A5 sheet with Versafine Onyx Black on a matching 
    coloured brusho piece of cardstock
4. Glue flower, sentiment and string on your page using Inkssentials Glue n Seal

Butterfly page on the right : coloured  with Distress Paint and  Aquarelle Pencils
1. apply White Gesso on your page, colour it with Distress Paint using the colours you like, apply 
    again White Gesso  and darken some areas with the same Distress Paint you used previously
2. stamp a butterfly from the Tangled Garden A4 sheet on a piece of A4 White Cardstock, colour it with 
    Aquarelle Pencils, and cut out it for decoupage
3. Glue the butterfly and the sentiment on your page using Inkssentials Glue n Seal 
4. stamp some little butterflies randomly around the pages with Versafine using the colour you most 
    like, and don't forget to use some embellishments to complete the project.

I hope you enjoyed reading this step by step and thank you for passing by.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Indian Bloom (by Anne)

Good morning. This was another of my recent creations using the Bold Blooms stamp set. I have called it Indian Bloom. The stamp went perfectly with an embossing folder in my stash.

  • Bold Blooms stamp set
  • 15cm square card blank, black card, silver satin metallic card
  • gilding wax (Silver)
  • StazOn Inkpad (Black)
  • Glaze pen (pink)
  • PVA pearls (pink), faux gem flowers (pink, red), glitter glue (silver)
  • Indian style embossing folder 
How it was made:
  1. The black card was embossed using the embossing folder and rubbed over with silver gilding wax.
  2. The flower was stamped three times onto the metallic card, coloured with glaze pen, cut out and lightly shaped for layering. I used 3D glue gel to attach to the card front.
  3. Gems were randomly glued to the front and it was finished with PVA pearls and plenty of glitter for bling.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

cyclist (by Veronica)

A slightly more cheerful card than my last post, using the same stencil and die cut, but this time with a distress ink and brusho background. I sprinkled grey brusho powder over a square of card and spritzed with water before sponging hickory smoke distress ink through the stencil.
The larger cyclist from eccentric edwardian was stamped in black versafine and the smmaller one from curiosities in grey versafine. I added a corner die cut in black card and a sentiment from steampunk travel before inking round the edges with black versafine and adding to a white card blank

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A couple of cards (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of cards that would fit the bill for male cards, something I always struggle with! The first card was made using stamps from Steampunk Travel.

I began by stamping the words and the two images with versamark on black card and embossed with white embossing powder. Next I used the soft white coal from the Ko-I-Noor White Coals set to create the clouds, just scribbling with the coals and then blending with my finger. I used one of the harder coals to add some whispy clouds and to add faux stitching around the edge. I also added a little colour to to images with the coals.

For this next card I stamped the focal image, from Eccentric Edwardian with black versafine ink, masked it and stamped the script background. I layered it up on red and then black card and added a little twine bow tie and some lace and ric-rac trim.

To make the background I took lots of stamps from the same set and just stamped and masked until I'd filled the card. Again I layered on red and black card. The sentiment is from Punky Expressions I inked up the stamp with bright red ink and then carefully inked with black ink, trying to miss out the word punky so that would be highlighted with red.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Cycling Steampunk Style (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of cycling themed cards to share with you today, using the stamps featured on last month's Steampunk shows on Hochanda.

To create my first card, I stamped the penny farthing image from the Steampunkery stamp set, and then masked the image using masking tissue. I created a series of hills using Distress Ink, and added some trees from the Tall Trees stamp set, using dark green Versafine Ink. I added a bit of pencil shading to 'ground' the smaller trees. I used blue Distress Ink to create the sky, masking off a circle for the sun. I stamped the sentiment from the Punky Expressions stamp set, and added some birds from the Landscape Edges stamp set.

I removed the mask and coloured the penny farthing with pencils. Finally, I matted the background onto a large black card blank.

For my second card, I wanted to create a collaged feel, using lots of stamping to build up backgrounds. I started by using a patterned Crafty Individuals tag, and added some images from the Eccentric Edwardian stamp set in muted colours. I also added the gentleman on the bike as the focal image, using darker ink.

I made a larger background in toning colours on a piece of kraft card, picking the same images that I had used on the tag to create the background. I picked a grey card to mat the background, as it was a colour running through the tag. I added a cheery tan ribbon to the tag, and stamped a sentiment from the Punky Expressions stamp set onto a small piece of scrap card.

I hope that you have enjoyed my Steampunk inspiration this month, and that you will try some of the ideas for yourselves. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday, 27 November 2017

Steampunkish by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, welcome to my second and final post this month, I’m showcasing my samples that featured on Lesley’s Steampunk themed show for Hochanda last month.

My background on my first card is all Distress Oxides including the stamping, the Car and sentiment I used Black Onyx Versafine Inkpad.

My Grey/white board tag was first sprayed with chalk finish spray inks in a pale green and taupe colour, I then stamped using the Crackle background stamp and words from the “Key to my heart” set. I used hot foil on part of the tag to create some depth, then texture paste through a stencil, one dry I applied gold Gilding wax, the keys and Sentiment I used the same spray inks, heat embossed.

Ok so I might be a bit old fashioned here? But I was going by the song “ you got the key to the door, never been 21 before” anyhow, I simply stamped the keys with Versamark ink and heat embossed using Gold, Silver and Copper sparkle  EP, the 21 is dies cuts that I hot foiled.

Thank you for your time, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Time Flies by Brenda

Hello again, I am back with some more of my Steampunk shares from last months Hochanda shows.

The starting point for the card at the top was an embossed background with lots of gilding waxes added. The Scarab Beetle (and as we have horses there are a good few of these, also known as Dung Beetles, if one cares to search !!)from the Steampunkery set has been stamped several times using Vesamark Toffee, lightly coloured, gilding waxes added then placed over the base piece. Several of the sentiments from the new Punky Words have seen stamped and cut out to intersperse between the Beetles.

Like so many of us crafters I reach for my Oxide inks time and again, it's hard to remember life before them although they are relatively new, on this one I used Spiced Marmalade, Fossilised Amber and Twisted Citron. Using Versafine Toffee and masking off parts of the images I stamped clocks from Steampunkery and Steampunk Travel around the edges of the piece and using the same ink the three large images from the same stamp sets. The sentiment is from Birthday Words and a piece of ribbon and buckle tied across the top.

The background of this piece has been painted with Actylic paints and the DI Tea Dye and a stencil used to add some circles. Various elements from Key to my Dreams and Punky Words have been stamped with Versafine Blue on both the background and focal panel and some seam binding and a tassel to embellish.

As always my thanks for your visit today.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Old car ( By Marga)

For this card I used watercolour paper and Distress Ink.
I first stamped the sentiment background with Versamark Ink and embossed it with a gold embossing powder.
Then I made the background paper with Distress Ink.
The car was also embossed with gold embossing powder. And then I cut it out and put it on the card.

I used the stamp sheet Eccentric Edwardian .

Hugs Marga

Friday, 24 November 2017

Steampunk Travel (by Julie)

Hello, hope you are well. Today I have a couple of Steampunk inspired cards for you which I have created using the rather fabulous Steampunk Travel

For my first card you will need a Kraft card blank. I decided to have a go at a very simple wood grain effect for the background. I started by drawing vertical lines with a ruler and dark brown pencil at approximately 2 cm intervals and then filled in the gaps with white chalk. I set the chalk with a pastel fixative spray and once dry I went around the edge of the card with Walnut Distress ink.
On separate card I stamped out the traveller's hat and sentiment, coloured with pencils and then cut out and attached to the front of the card.

My second card is super simple. I just stamped the winged boot around the card blank before colouring with Polychromus pencils. I went over the background with Distress inks and then spritzed with water, before dabbing off the excess with a kitchen towel and then stamped the sentiment which comes from the rather wonderful Punky Expressions.

Thank you for stopping by and please call back soon for more daily, Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Roses in Red (by Penny)

Well here we are already at Penny's last week of her current Guest Design Team posts.  And this last project is a veritable feast for the eyes, a real study in red. So without further ado it's over to Penny.

Hello everyone, Penny here for my third and final GDT blog post this month - I've had so much fun bringing you these three projects!  Today's post is a lovely card that features a couple of Chocolate Baroque's many beautiful floral stamps - Floribunda Net, Harlequin Rose, and words from the Loving Sentiments set.  I have also used grey Versafine ink, Candied Apple Distress Ink, clear Sparkle pen, alcohol pens, and a gold marker pen.  

I began by creating the focal panel, stamping the rose in grey ink onto white card then colouring the image with alcohol pens.  I added clear Sparkle pen to the net in the background and die cut the image to create a panel.  I added distress inks through the die, using it like a stencil, then added gold pen around the outer edges of the panel.  To complete the panel I matted it onto black card.  

I stamped a single rose image using distress inks into each corner of a white base card.  I then used water to pull the ink out and paint the roses, and added Sparkle pen. I then stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the card and attached the focal panel. 

This is quite a simple design from me for a change, but it is still as much fun to create as other more complex  projects.  I think this pretty card would be great for many occasions and for any age.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you've enjoyed it.  I know it's early but I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!  

Penny  xxx

You know I think roses are right for any season, including Christmas, so thank you Penny for this beautiful finish on your final week.  We have loved having you as our guest and look forward to what you will bring us in the New Year.

Well that's all from me too but don't foget we have a new piece of inspirational artwork everyday from one of our lovely, and talented, design team. So please do join us again soon.