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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Butterfly Inspiration (by Corine)

Today is the second in her series of three posts this month and this week Corine has put together a wonderful collection of our stamps, displaying them on a beautiful Gelli Plate background.  Here's another one for you to enjoy.


Here I am again. This is my second post in January. I will show you today a card with a butterfly stamp from the sheet Briar Rose Butterfly.

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • On a Gelli Plate background I used stamps, templates and ink. 
  • I stamped the text with black ink.
  • I also embossed the butterfly and tulip with gold embossing powder and coloured them with Zig-markers. 
  • Finally I cut the tulip and butterfly and added them to the card.
Thank you for looking and I hope you try something like this with your stamps.


I totally love the contrast of the colours on this card and all the detail in the Gelli Plate background.  This is another lovely project, thank you Corine.  If would like to see more of this talented lady's work then why not pop over to her blog and have a little nosey around!  

And don't forget to keep dropping in here to nose about at more fabulous designs from our team featuring the gorgeous stamps shown on Hochanda at the beginning of this month.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Rose garden (by Dominike)

I am back with other roses. These stamps are so wonderful that I made a lot of cards with them for the new year and it was a great success.

Here, I made different layers of papers, old book and so on.
Then I embossed the stamp with red, rose, gold, ivory and black embossing  powder. Just a little bit delicate but not really difficult. I like the result. And you ?

Have a good day.
Kind regards.

Je suis de retour avec ces magnifiques tampons. Je les aime tellement que j'ai fait plusieurs cartes de vœux avec, toutes très appréciées.
Ici, j'ai fait plusieurs couches de papiers différents dont des vieux livres. Puis j'ai embossé avec des poudres rose, rouge, ivoire, or et noir. C'est juste un peu délicat à réaliser mais pas réellement difficile.
J'aime beaucoup le résultat. Et vous ?

Bonne journée.
A bientôt.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Rose on blue (by Magda)

For my second "Romance" project you can see how with a few items you can create a unique romantic card.

Step by Step
1.  Apply Distress Inkpad Salty ocean and Picked Raspberry directly onto a craft sheet and spritz the
     colours with water
2.  Pick up the colours with a white cardstock mat till you are happy with the result and dry the mat completely with the heat tool
3.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the lace decoration of Harlequin Rose Rubber Stamp Sheet A4 
     as second or third generation stamping on the mat, in order to have a very pale black colour
4.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the rose image with the written text behind
5.  Apply Soft Form Relief Paste - Pearl through the Tando Creative Mask - Harlequin randomly and let it dry.
6.  Put some Stickles - Crystal on the rose
7.  Glue the mat on your card


Have fun this month with "Romance" Chocolate Baroque products.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing some of our quick and speedy projects with in you in the first of our Fifteen Minute Cards posts for 2017. We know from your comments last year that you found this feature very useful, and hope that you will continue to find inspiration along the way with us this year as well. The Design Team girls have been busy making some fabulous inspiration for you, so make a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you. You can click on the individual Design Team members' names to visit their blogs where you can see more information about their projects, and also some of the other designs that they have been creating.

Anne has created some matching cards and tags using an image from the Harlequin Rose stamp set. As Anne says herself, the composition of the design has already been done for you, and the shading is already there, so the colouring is a breeze too.
She created these makes by stamping the images with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and coloured them using watercolour pens. She applied the strongest colour into the darker shaded areas of the stamped image, dragging out the colour with a water brush. She mounted the images onto coloured card blanks to co-ordinate and frame them. The pre-cut tags were created in the same way. To finish, she simply ran a black marker around the edge and added a co-ordinating ribbon.

Rachel's vibrant card has been made using alcohol inks on Yupo paper. The image also comes from the Harlequin Rose stamp set. She has stamped the image using Archival Ink, and then wiped the ink away, which created this beautiful effect. The sentiment is from the Words of Love stamp set:

I have made two very quick cards for you this time. The first, using some kraft card, and a stamp that I have not inked up before, surprisingly! I used Versamark and white embossing powder to stamp the image from the Pretty Poppies stamp set, before colouring it with water-based markers. I chose earthy tones to tie in with the kraft background. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set, using Plum Archival Ink. Finally, I added a plummy coloured card to mat the background, before adding it to a kraft card blank.

To create my second card, I found a Brusho background in my scrap box, and stamped the Big Bold Background Leafy Brocade stamp over part of it, using a teal coloured ink. I cut another strip of the background, and stamped the large sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set using the same ink. I edged both pieces of card with ink, before attaching them to a white card blank.

Claire's pretty card uses a dramatic colour combination of Brushos to create a romantic background for stamps from the Fluttering Hearts and Punky Hearts stamp sets:

We have some cards from Brenda up next. For her first card, she repeat stamped one of the images from the Pretty Poppies stamp set onto an offcut of card, using dye based inks. She then cut a vertical section out of a piece of white card, used a pen and ruler to add a contrast edge and placed this over the stamped piece. She mounted the finished piece onto a card blank and added a bow to finish.

To create her second card, Brenda stamped the image from the Springtime Edges stamp set and coloured the flowers with pencils. She lightly inked the edges and matted the background onto a piece of corrugated card, before adhering it to a card blank.

For her final card, she stamped the willow and crocus images from the Spring Foliage stamp set, coloured them with pencils, and cut out a circle. She then stamped the willow onto a piece of green card, fixing it behind the background so that the willow lined up.

Magda has created a lovely vintage style card for us, using an image from the Harlequin Rose stamp set. The soft muted colours create a very romantic feel:

Finally, Zoe stamped and embossed a butterfly image using black embossing powder. She sprayed the image with mica sprays and decouped the image onto her card, adding a few sequins for decoration:

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of speedy makes that all took less than fifteen minutes to put together. We will be back later in the month with more inspirational ideas to share with you. Keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Leafy Trails card and gift box (by Anne)

Good morning. I am excited to share one of my samples for Lesley’s first TV shows on Hochanda at the start of the month. Lesley demonstrated several sets of stamps from Chocolate Baroque featuring a romantic theme with gorgeous roses and heartfelt sentiments. Great for creating projects for loved ones, Valentines Day, Weddings and Anniversaries too.

I have used the Big Bold Backgrounds Leafy Trails stamp to create this card and to decorate a small gift box to match. I embellished using the Rose Stem Script stamp and a sentiment from the Words of Love set.

How to make:

Stamp the leafy background with Versamark and heat emboss with gold powder. Trim stamping card to fit the card blank leaving a small border. Round the corners with a punch or scissors. Edge with the alcohol marker.

Open out the box and lay flat. Mine was cut on the Silhouette Cameo, but you could use a die cut or a ready-made plain box. My box measured approx. 30 X 21 cm when opened out. Stamp and emboss the box sides with the leafy stamp.

Colour the card front and box with sparkle pens. Spray with a coat of sparkle varnish. Glue the background mat to the card front.

Cut a strip of card, stamp the sentiment and small border with teal ink. Trim and edge with alcohol pen. Attach to card front with 3D foam.

Stamp the rose panel in Versamark Ink and emboss with gold powder. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens (both are water based so can be used together). Cut out the rose and lightly shape. Tie on a ribbon and glue to the card with 3D glue gel.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Leafy Hearts Of Gold (by Asha)

Hello, there! It may be Friday the 13th.... but it's a good day for crafting! Make sure you catch our lovely Lesley Wharton on Hocahnda TV. She'll be showcasing the stamps I used for my project today and many more gorgeous Chocolate Baroque stamps you'll recognise.

Today's card is a big one at 5½" square. I started by inking the card with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and stamping Big Bold Background Belle Flowers with the same ink.

Next I heat embossed the leafy heart from Harlequin Rose with WOW Gold Rich Embossing Powder onto burgundy card stock and used coloured pencils to lift the gorgeous design. Then I fussy cut the hearts and adhered them to the card base.

I've got more details of tools and products over at my blog. And don't forget to swing by the DT blog often because at the rest of my talented teamies have some amazing projects up their sleeves.

And remember ... Lesley is on Hocahnda TV with these stamps and more!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Harlequin rose (by Veronica)

Today I am sharing some of the samples from last week's great tv show, I thought the set looked fabulous, hope you did too!

For all of of these I used the lovely large stamp from
Harlequin rose, stamped onto white card with black versafine and clear embossed, and then brusho powders.

For this one I stamped the image twice, and added lemon and red brusho to the rose on one image, spritzed with water and cut it out when dry. Glued over the matching part of the second image, swirl painted with mica powder using a waterbrush.

This one I used lemon, red and lime green over the rose and leaves and spread the colour using a damp paintbrush. Grey powder over the background, again using the paintbush to spread it, and more gold mica on the swirl.

Card blank this time was 8" square, with the sentiment and heart from words of love stamped at the bottom left.

More 'traditonal '  use of brsuho on this one, with lemon, leaf green and red sprinkled over, trying to keep the red and green over the rose and leaves, then spritzing with water.

There are some really stunning samples still to show you from the rest of the team, so keep checking to see them, you won't regret it!