Monday 27 December 2021

Kraft Magnolia & A Harmony Notelet Set

This is my final post for this month and this year here for the Chocolate Baroque blog.  So the last of my creations from the Novembers shows, I love using Kraft card especially to colour on.  I stamped the Magnolia's from the Happy flower's day stamp set,   I coloured with Aqua Pencils, directly on to the Kraft card, but I didn't apply the water to the pencils as I liked leaving the strokes in there.  It was just that simple, but I love it!

Unlike the card above this notelet set isn't quite so simple.  I always start by creating the folder first, with a pocket on the inside to house the notelets and the envelopes..  I created the front using the Harmony Tree stamp set, distress oxide inks and the splatters from the  Numerology stamp set.  I coloured the tree with pencils, and added a ribbon.  I like to decorate the inside flap too, and I did that using the Remembrance Tree stamp set,  then as you can see using a selection of the stamps I have already mentioned I inked, stamped and created notelets and matching envelopes, all using the same method.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creations
Happy Crafting
Tracy x

Friday 17 December 2021

Autumn Time & A Subtle Butterfly

Today I am sharing some more creations made for the November's shows for Chocolate Baroque.  For my first card I used Distress Oxides to make my background, simply by applying the ink to my glass mat, spraying with water and smooching my card into it.  I left the top right hand corner white to break it up a bit, and for a place to add my sentiment which is from the Harmony Tree set.  I stamped the large tree from the stamp set Trees A crowd, using some oxide I coloured in some grass around the base of the tree.

For this creation I did something a little different to my normal style, I really enjoyed playing with this technique which I was inspired to do after watching Lesley's workshop on shading with pencil.  So I started by stamping the Butterfly from the stamp set Happy Flower's Day  I shaded the butterfly using just normal HB pencils, then using a stencil and Distress Oxide inks in several colours created a background.  It's a very clean and simple card, but effective.

Thank you for allowing me to show you my cards, I will be back towards the end of the month with some more.

Thank you
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Have A Merry Vintage Christmas

 Hello everyone,  I found some time to create some Christmas cards  with some images from Crafty Individuals that I've wanted to use for ages, they just sing Vintage to me so that was the path I went down.  And I love Kraft card with Vintage so I thought that I would stamp on it.

So I started by stamping CI-327 Waiting For Santa on Kraft card and colouring with Faber-Castell pencils,  I set it onto a die cut frame which I had inked.  The background card was blended with Distress Oxide inks.  I cut some Poinsettia's in Kraft and used pencils to add colour, I embellished my card with gingham ribbon and a little gold stickles.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
1. The Cutie Pie Challenge - #165 - Anything Cute
2. Crafty Calendar Challenge - December - Christmas

I enjoyed making the above card so did another with a different image, I used CI-399 Winter Wonderland from Crafty Individuals this time

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
1. Dream Valley Challenges - #260 - Christmas

Stamps - Crafty Individuals - CI399 - Winter Wonderland, CI-327 - Waiting For Santa, Sentiment - Flonz, 
Colouring Medium - Distress Oxide inks, Faber-Castell pencils, 
Tools s- Spellbinder Dies - Timeless Rectangle, Layered Poinsettia, 
Embellishments - Stickles, Gingham ribbon, 

Thanks for popping by.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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