Sunday, 5 December 2021

Rainbows & Reflections

  I would like to share a couple of creations I did for the November Craft Store shows for Chocolate Baroque



My first creation is all about reflection. I took the Trees A Crowd stamp set and selected some of the trees, I did a waterline so I could line my trees up, I used a gel plate to make the reflections, then I just built up the colouring creating the scene.  I die cut some frames to put around my images in contrasting colours.



I loved creating this card, now I know it's not for everyone but I have to say I find fussy cutting relaxing.  So to start I chose five colours of Distress inks and then applied them with stencil brushes in  rainbow stripes.  I stamped five butterflies from the stamp set Happy flower's day, and cut them out.  Always cut your image before colouring it as the ink weakens the card and you don't get as crisper cut.  For each butterfly I took the colour from the background so for instance for the pink one I used Kitsch Flamingo, I then picked two other co-ordinating colours, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry to shade and colour the butterfly.  I then proceeded to do the other butterflies in the same way.
I stamped the butterfly image on the background where I wanted the butterflies positioned, then glued the cut out butterflies over the top with the wings free and shaped.  All I did then was added a sentiment from the set.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Colour Crazy Challenge - #48 - Anything Goes
2. Critter Crazy Challenges -#57 - Anything Goes

I hope to see you later in the month for some more of my samples from the shows.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 29 November 2021

Autumn Leaves

  I'm here with my third post for this month from Chocolate Baroque, using From Nature and Numerology from Octobers shows.

For the background on this I used four different coloured inks blended together.  I then used the splatter from Numerology to stamp over the inking.  The leaves were inked with sprays before being  fussy cut and adhered to look like falling leaves.  then all that was left to do was add a sentiment.  I stamped the word Autumn and a mini bulldog clip to the top.


Another inky background done in a couple of colours,  I then stamped leaves to one side of the card and the numerology stamp down the opposite side, then some smaller leaves floating down the centre.  I layered up a couple of sentiments from the same set and added to the card.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Bubbles Everywhere

 This is my second post this month showing creations I made for the October shows for Chocolate Baroque, using stamp sets Beauty Is In The Eyes and Numerology

I created this card in three layers, the bottom layer and second layer I did first, using a stencil I inked on some circles diagonally across,  then used a white gel pen to make them look like bubbles.  I stamped the image from the set Beauty Is In The Eyes on a third piece of card and coloured it using inks.  


My background on this one was created with inks and then splatters stamped on from the Numerology set.  I made another layer with ink and on to that I added a frame with the image stamped on and coloured.  I cut out some circles to add along the base of the frame.

There will be another post from me near the end of the month.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 15 November 2021

A Butterfly Heart

 



Hello everyone, happy Monday to you all. This is a rare post for me as I found a little extra time to have a play this week, and hopefully will be sharing some projects soon that I will be making for Christmas gifts.

I had a fabulous time creating for the Chocolate Baroque TV show on  The Craft Store, this is one of my creations featuring the following stamps Artist Trading Heart, Happy flowers Day and Numerology.   So I started by stamping the heart in the centre, I stamped the butterfly and the sentiment on to the heart.  Using Spiced marigold Distress Oxide I blended the ink around the outside of the heart. I stamped another butterfly, fussy cut it and coloured with Distress inks.  To finish this off I stamped with the splatter stamp from Numerology. I went around the heart with some Glamour dust. Easy but effective I think.

I hope you all have a nice relaxing day, I've got samples to do for the next show.


I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:-
1. Crafty Calendar Challenge - #November - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Catz - #572 - Anything Goes with sparkle


Recipe:-
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque's -  Artist Trading Heart, Happy Flowers Day, Numerology
Colouring Medium - Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Versafine Clair, 
Embellishments - Glamour dust, 

Thanks for popping by.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 7 November 2021

It's A Very Micey Christmas

Welcome, it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and We Love Stamping challenges, you might see we have had a name change,  we are all about the stamping and great prizes.

If you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Christmas'  and I just had to use some mice, I love these Pink Ink Designs mice, they are so joyful.  So I stamped my image first and coloured it with Aqua pencils.  The background is made using Distress inks, I covered the mice and using white acrylic paint I flicked some snow.  For the snow across the bottom I used Distress Grit paste and whilst wet sprinkled some Glamour Dust on to it for some real sparkle, which you obviously can't see.

Our Prizes and Sponsor this month:-


And there will be a second prize of a surprise goody bag which will contain a stamp, stencil or other crafting items.


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.



And now onto my second challenge creation for We Love Stamping, where the theme is 'Christmas'  So after thinking for a bout 10 seconds what I should use for this challenge these little critters jumped out at me.  I adore this Gingerbread House, it's one of my Favourite House Mouse Christmas stamps.  I thought I would use it in a different way this time and stamped direct on to Kraft card.  I coloured it with Aqua Pencils and used a white charcoal pencil around the outside.

Our prize:-
Each month a Guest Designer will be selected from all entries and also a Top 3. We have some great prizes lined up and this month is no exception as we have four from one of our most generous new sponsors to be announced in 2022.   

                          
  
     

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps -  Pink Ink Designs - A Christmas Carol,  House Mouse - HMOR1049 - Christmas Cottage, 
Colouring Mediums - Faber-Castell Aqua Pencils, Distress Ink, Versafine Clair,  Dylusions Acrlic Paint,  Charcoal Pencil, 
Tools - Distress Grit Paste, Signo Gel Pen
Embellishments - Glamour Dust, 

Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Have A Mice Christmas



 Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.

This week it is my turn to host and I would like to see 'From Boys To Men' so it just needs to be suitable for a Boy or a Man.
I decided to make my Dad a Gift Voucher card, for the last couple of years he's asked for a Morrisons gift card as he saves them then buys plants in the spring/summer to fill his garden.  So on the front I stamped my Pink Ink mouse then coloured with Aqua pencils, I then put in some snowy hills.  I stamped a fir tree, then with a posca pen I added snow to the sky and tree.  Then to finish it had to be Glamour Dust.

For the inside I did some snowy hills, added some fir trees then the snow.  I made some slits to house the gift card.  My final touch was to decorate the envelope by stenciling some blue circles then stamping the fir tree.

Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-


 



Woodware stamp and sentiment set


 From




Craft Stash is the fastest growing online craft store that specialises in papercraft for card making, journaling, mixed media and much more! We have over 10,000 products to choose from and we’re constantly adding new brands and new products from around the globe.


And also 3 images of winners choice from Ruth Hamilton Design




Ruth Hamilton Design: I have enjoyed crafting all my life and have been involved in the craft industry for several years. I started drawing images to use on cards for my own use and then went on to design some stamps for a well known craft company.I am an avid lover of nature so most of my drawings are of flowers, birds and animals. Even when I can’t travel I love spending time in the garden, growing plants and looking after them. I hope you enjoy colouring my digi images, I have several YouTube vidoes here.



Recipe:-
Stamps -  Pink Ink Designs - A Christmas Carol,  Lavinia - Fir Tree, 
Colouring Mediums - Faber-Castell Aqua pencils,  Distress inks, versafine clair, Posca pen, 
Tools - Lavinnia stencil - white orbs,  Lavinia hill mask,
Embellishments - Glamour dust, 



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 5 November 2021

Autumnal Wreath And Notelets

 Today I am sharing some projects I created for the October shows for Chocolate Baroque, using From Nature and Numerolog  stamp sets

 

I created this Wreath by spraying card with spray inks in Autumnal colours, then I stamped the leaves from the set called From Nature and fussy cut them out.  I inked a background and then arranged my leaves to form a wreath.  I added a banner across the centre saying Autumn.

For my next project I created a Notelet set, 

This is the front of the folder for the notelet set, I did a background piece with Distress inks, then on another piece of card I stamped some leaves and the word Autumn.  I used the splatter from Numerology to add in between.


Inside the notelet folder on the left hand side I did some more stamping and then on the right side I made a pocket.


I made four notelets with matching envelopes, all with different designs, using autumnal coloured inks.  

I will be back later in the month with another post with more of my creations 

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Little Things


 

Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.

This week is our lovely Lorraine's turn to host and she would like to see 'Include A Sentiment'

I chose this image as it came with the sentiment which I really like.  I stamped my image and then coloured it with Distress Inks, I inked around the edge with ink and went around with a pink metallic Posca pen.  I added so spots of glitter for some sparkle.

Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-
Two dies, two prizes, one Tattered Lace and one Tonic



Recipe:-
Stamps - AALL & CREATE - #232 - Friendship, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, 
Tools - Posca Pen, 
Embellishments - Lavinia glitter - moondust - roseglow, 



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 25 October 2021

A Lightbulb Moment

 Hello again, I'm here with my final post of the month for the Chocolate Baroque Blog, with creations I made for September;s show on The Craft Store.


For this creation I created a background piece by randomly stamping the bulb and the lupin, I coloured the Lupins with inks and glittered the highlights in the bulb.  I then took the main image from the stamp set Lupin Blueprint and coloured it with inks, I took the sentiment from the set and layered it up and placed it on the main image in the corner.



Now for this next card I tried something a little bit different, instead of colouring with markers or inks I coloured with glitters.  So To start I took a piece of card so use as a base to adhere to the card blank, using a glue pen I drew a line around the edge then glittered in purple.  I did the same again and glittered in green.  I stamped my main image from the Allium Blueprint set, and on the blueprint drawing part I shaded it in grey.  I then using a glue pen again coloured in the Allium, stems and leaves and in the same glitters as used around the edge coloured the image.  I'm just sorry all the sparkle doesn't show on the picture.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my post
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Vintage Poppy


 Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.

This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Vintage with Anything Goes option'
I love vintage so this wasn't hard to do.  I started doing the background with oxides then stamping some small postage stamp marks on.  I stamped the main image and coloured with distress inks, I then stamped out, coloured and fussy cut a butterfly from Crafty Individuals small stamps . I assembled my card added some computer generated wordsI did myself, then to finish I splattered with a posca pen.  Finally some doodlng around the edge.

Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-
Indigo Blu Rose Blush stamp


And 3 images of winners choice from Ruth Hamilton Design


Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafty Individuals - CI-210 Pretty Poppy, a selection of small stamps from Crafty Individuals sets, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, 
Tools - Embossing Powder, fine Liner, Posca pen, 

Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 18 October 2021

Leave It To Nature


 Welcome to my mid month post for Stamping Sensations and We Love Chocolate Baroque challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'AnimalsBirds & Bugs'
I thought for this challenge I would get my neglected House Mouse stamps out, after blowing off  the dust I stamped the image, then I masked the bird and mouse.  I used oxides and water to create the background.  I coloured my image with Faber-Castell pencils.

We have sponsorship this Month from

Stamp Addicts 

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Crafty Creations - #426 -  Anything Goes
2. House Mouse & Friends - #351 - Halloween/Anything Goes




And now onto my second challenge creation for We Love Chocolate Baroque, where the theme is 'Anything Autumn'
For this creation I stamped my leaves form the new stamp set From Nature in morning mist Versafine Clair,  then stamped the splatters from another new stamp set Numerology in  between.  I sprinkled Brusho's over the top and then sprayed with water.


Two prizes this time:-
A £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque stamps and a Goody Bag, We will also be on the lookout for our next Featured Designer selected from entries using Chocolate Baroque stamps.
From the lovely



Chocolate Baroque

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - House Mouse = HMUR1063 - Birdie-ful help,  Chocolate Baroque - From Nature, Numerology,
Colouring Mediums -  Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair,  Faber-Castell pencils, Brushos, Distress Ink, 
Tools - Posca pens,   

 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 16 October 2021

As The Leaves Fall

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Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.

This week is our lovely Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'Anything Autumn'
I started this by creating a background using Oxides, but kept some white space so it wasn't too overpowering.  Apart from the Hare I didn't use any Black for stamping, so the tree was stamped in Dark Brown and the leaves in various Autumn colours.  The sentiment is a line out of a verse by Lavinia.  I added some glitter and some splatters to finish.  Finally I went round the edge in a bronze Posca pen.

Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

Tim Holtz On the Edge Pennants

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Aud Sentiments - #285 - Fall//Halloween
2.C.R.A.F.T. - #614 - Halloween/Autumn/Thanksgiving
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday - Fall Colours

Recipe:-
Stamps - Lavinia - Embrace Your Dreams, Whimsical Whisps, Wild Hares set Small, Tree Of courage,
Colouring Mediums - Versafine Clair, Distress Oxides, 
Tools - Posca pen
Embellishments - Lavinia Moondust - Rose glow,
 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 15 October 2021

Lupins And Chrysanthemums

  Hello Blogging friends, I'm back today with my second post for this month at Chocolate Baroque's Blog with two more creations I created for September's show on The Craft Store.


For my first creation I masked of the centre of the card, then using ink sprayed with water I dabbed my card into the ink creating this marbled effect.  When dry I created a line down each side of the ink in glitter.  I stamped the main image, Lupin Blueprint and fussy cut it out, I coloured it in using inks as watercolours, I placed it in the centre panel using foam pads.   I stamped my sentiment in two parts which is from the Sentiment set called Life Is So Much Better.


For my second creation I thought I'd show you this gift bag, I created a background piece of card as my base, this was done by inking up a piece of card with two shades of ink sprayed with water for a nice muted effect.  From the stamp set Butterfly Mind I randomly stamped a butterfly in a shade of blue to match the background.  I stamped the main image from Chrysanthemum Blueprint on a piece of card, I edged it in ink and then coloured it in pencils, highlighting in white gel pen.  I adhered my image to the background piece, then added a piece of cotton lace across the whole piece before placing it onto the gift bag.

I will see you again towards the end of the month with my final post of October.
Thanks for looking
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 9 October 2021

'And Now Your Watch Has Ended'


 

Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.

This week is our lovely Lorraine's turn to host and she would like to see 'Embellish It'

So I'll explain about this weeks make, it's not a morbid card, it is a very sentimental card to me.  It is for my Son's Birthday on the 24th October, he would have been 26 years old. We still celebrate his Birthday as if we would have if he was still here with us.  So he was really into Game Of Thrones, and loved crows which featured in the series too.  Every day we go to the cemetery and we always see Crows, we joke when there is a cheeky one that comes quite close to us, we say I bet that's our Scott.

So to create this I started with the background, using various sprays, particularly my new Distress Mica sprays from the Tim Holtz Halloween collection. I created an arch from a piece of card and used it as a stencil to ink around.  Then using a brick stencil I inked through it around the outside of the archway.  I stamped my main image the Crow and embossed him in clear embossing powder so he stood out a bit more.  Then in the arch I stamped in chipped Sapphire ink the Crafty Individuals Inky script.  I added some branches.  I die cut a wrought iron fence and added that after I rubbed it with a bit of gilding wax.  I also added gilding wax to the stone cross.  I took some plain white flowers and sprayed them with the same inks, and added a brad to the centre of each.  It's a real shame you can't see the mica on the picture, it looks fabulous.

I also stamped on the envelope to go with the card.



Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

Crafty Ribbons a voucher for £10

And also we're giving away :-

Tim Holtz On the Edge Butterflight


This is for the following challenges:-
1. Through The Purple Haze - #185 - Anything Goes/Halloween
2. Crafty Creations - #426 - Anything Goes
3. Crafts Galore Encore - #92 - Anything Goes
4. Dream Factory - #96 - The Birds
5. River Of Creativity - #6 - Wildlife

Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafty Individuals - CI-500 Gothic Crow, CI-436 Inky Script, Lavinia Hazel Tree, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, Versafine Clair, Distress Mica Stain, Dylusion Spray, Distress Oxide spray, Charcoal Pencils,
Tools - Stencil - Bee Crafty D'inkables, Iron Fence Die,  Embossing Powder, 
Embellishments - Gilding Wax, Brads, Flowers, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Yellow Florals

 Good morning, I'm here now as a member of the Design Team and not a Guest, I was really chuffed to be promoted to the team and join all the other lovely members.

Here is two of my creations I made for the Septembers show, the one above is created using Chrysanthemum Blueprint , I decoupaged the image after colouring it with pencils and highlighting with a white gel pen.  I did some yellow ink splatters on the white of the card.  I then layered that on to another background I made by splodging ink on to acetate and then dipping my card into it.  It took a fair bit of time to do the fussy cutting but so worth it.
For this tag I firstly made a faux wood effect background and then made a pocket, which to me was like adding a window box or planter.  I again did some fussy cutting, I cut the Lupins from the Lupin Blueprint stamps out then coloured them, always cut first as they cut better then when they have been coloured.  I coloured with pencils and highlighted again.  I added a butterfly which is from Butterfly Mind set, and a sentiment from the Butterfly Perfumery set.


Thank you for stopping by

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Sunday, 3 October 2021

The Wonders Of Nature

Welcome, it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and We Love Chocolate Baroque challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.


At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Animals, Birds & Bugs'
I don't know where to start with this creation, I've thrown everything at it to create this scene.  I actually started this one a little bit different by stamping the Bumble lodge first then masking it to do my inky background.  Then I coloured the lodge with pencils, then I started to build the scene with the various stamps, to see what I have used you can see in the recipe at the bottom of this post.  I added glitter for sparkle and some gold gel pen and white for highlights.

We have sponsorship this Month from

Stamp Addicts 

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.



And now onto my second challenge creation for We Love Chocolate Baroque, where the theme is 'Anything Autumn'
I started this by using Distress inks and applying them with stencil brushes to give a blended background.  I had put a moon mask on first, I then stamped the trees and sentiment. I shaded below the trees to give some shadow.

Two prizes this time:-
A £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque stamps and a Goody Bag, We will also be on the lookout for our next Featured Designer selected from entries using Chocolate Baroque stamps.
From the lovely



Chocolate Baroque

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Orchard and Timeless , Lavinia - bumble lodge, fairy bugs, hazel, wild hare set small, jimney, silhouette grass, silhouette foliage set, meadow mushrooms, floral wreath, mini berry, mini maple leaf, thistle,  mini meadow mushroom, woodland hares, slender mushrooms mini, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair,  
Tools - Posca pens, Lavinia moon and hill masks, Sakura gel pens,  
Embellishments - Lavinia Eco glitter - Vintage Shimmer, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x