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Monday, 12 December 2016

Mid Month reminder for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, how are your Christmas preparations going? I'm in Canada with my lovely daughter for Christmas and loving every minute, we've had snow since we arrived Friday and it's -5c so far, I love it :D 

So I'm back to post my Mid Month project to remind you of the fabulous Creative Challenge and the amazing prize of £40 to spend on Lavinia Products - winner chosen by Randon.org widget. You will find details on how to enter and the rules etc by clicking on the link above, plus you can check out all the amazing DT projects.

Here's my project, I've created a scene using using all "New" stamps and distress inks plus a bit of sparkly embossing powder.


 

I hope you like my scene, thank you for visiting, have a Wonder day and a very Happy Christmas xx Zoe xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Colour Challenge #29 for Chocolate Baroque by Zoe

Good Morning Lovelies, I hope you're keeping warm and looking forward to the Christmas season.

Today I'm sharing with you my sample for Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #29, great colours to work with, you will find all the info you need to join in on the site, just click on the highlighted link above.

Here is my sample;
I used distress inks to colour the image no background, I adore this stamp from the Autumn Poppy set, i felt it was the perfect stamp to go with this months colours, I hope you like it? 
You will find the Colour Swatch in which to follow below my sample, please note "I didn't make the card on the Swatch sample" 

 

Autumn Poppy
 
Thank you so much for stopping by, I love reading your comments, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Workshop projects

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you're enjoying your weekend, it's a bright morning down here on the South East coast, cold but lovely.
I had a great day yesterday at Eileen Godwin's Workshop down in Allhallows Rochester, it was a very productive day, great techniques and lovely friendly atmosphere.

I got home on Monday having had a lovely 10 days in Morocco, we had 6 days of rain unfortunately but still got some sunshine and warm weather, it was very relaxing. 
Having spent a year looking after our gorgeous Foster boy he moved to his new forever family 5 weeks ago, it was very emotional as I'm sure you'd understand? The grieving process takes time and I'm still crying most days, but I know in time I move on, we go to visit him today, which often helps with closure, I just hope we can stay in touch?
 We are flying out to Canada on Friday (9th) to spend a wonderful 3 weeks with our beautiful daughter which will be a wonderful end to the year.
So here are some of my creations from yesterday, I can't share them all yet as a couple are DT samples, so you'll have to wait until the 1st Jan for those ;) 

 
I used stencils from Sweet PoppyDesigns by Georgina and Stamps from Lavinia Stamps on my star card.
Thank you for the great day Eileen xx 
Have a fabulous Sunday, thank you for stopping by, Zoe xx 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Challenge for Lavinia Stamps by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, and happy 1st of December, I hope you're all keeping warm?
I've just returned from Morocco where it was lovely and warm, although we did have a fair bit of rain, and we are off to Canada on 9th to spend Christmas with our lovely daughter, can't wait, and it could be a white Christmas for us 😁.

So today is the launch of the brand new Creative Challenge for Lavinia Stamps, the theme this month is "Magical" you will find all the info you need on the Facebook page to join in, no need to have a blog either, plus there is an amazing prize! £40 to spend on Lavinia Stamps products! 

So here are my samples
My first sample is a Stampbord oval coloured with Pan Pastels and some scratching to create highlights, I've done some heat embossing on certain stamped images with a glitter embossing powder. Stamps are ALL Lavinia Stamps and can be found here 
 
 
I hope you like my creations, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

15 minutes or less for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, brrrrrrr, certainly feeling a lot more like winter, just as well I'm off to sunnier climes on Thursday, Morocco for 11 nights, then home for a week and a half then fly to Canada until new year to spend Christmas with a our beautiful daughter, can't wait.

So here is the first of my CAS projects for this months bi-monthly feature, the aim is to showcase simple, clean and easy projects that can be made in 15 minutes.

 

I die cut some Linen texture cardstock simply stamped with Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad using the stunning Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia Script stamps I added black embossing powder and heat set as Versafine is an oil based permanent ink, then coloured in using pencils, I love these classic stamps, they are so beautiful, and so easy to create something quickly or something more detailed by decoupaging.

Thank you so much for visiting today, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Zoe - Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge

Good morning Lovelies, is it really the 1st of November? My goodness not only has this year gone fast but what about this fab weather?

So today is the launch of this months new Creative Challenge for Lavinia Stamps, the theme this month is "Let it snow", please click on the link to check it out, the rules and instructions are there too. There is a whopping £40 to spend on Lavinia Products for the winner, chosen by Random.org widget.

Here are my samples, I used distress inks to create my backgrounds - I used a combination of older and the new range of stamps, all can be found here

 

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like my Christmas cards and they've inspired you to have a go? Have a great day xx Zoe xx

 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Zoe - Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge # 28

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back with my second post for this months Colour Challenge

This time I've created a sketch book page using the fabulous stamp from Sketchy Doodle Landscape, I stamped with Onyx Black Versafine inkpad ad heat set it before I created the background using a circle mask and distress inks with I spritzed with water and heat dried to create some texture, I coloured the image using Distress inks and a waterbrush.

Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Zoe - Colour Challenge #28 for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, I'm a little late posting today, up to my eyes in it at the moment. Today I'm sharing my first sample for Challenge number 28, I love these cool colours, I felt they were quite contemporary which is reflected in my project.

Here's my wall plaque!

I used some cardboard box which I semi stripped and painted with a chalk paint very randomly for a more "rustic" effect, then using a mini triangle Gel plate, chalk paints and various texturising implements - bubble wrap, comb and crumpled paper towel, I then inked the rest to tie in the colours using distress ink, I stamped my flowers over the top using Onyx Black Versafine inkpad - Sketchy Doodle Flowers and Sketchy Doodle Landscape, I then finished off by highlighting areas with a Chrome marker and liquid enamel dots.

This is the colour Swatch to copy, I didn't make the card with it!

Thank you so much for visiting, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Take 15 minutes and make something beautiful

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back today with my CAS projects for Chocolate Baroque.

As part of the wonderful design team it's our job to inspire you, all abilities! Whether you enjoy experimenting with colour and getting messy or whether you enjoy CAS (clean and simple)?

We are doing a bi-monthly feature on the DT blog using Chocolate Baroque stamps to create quick and simple projects that can be made in less than 15 minutes.

My first and third cards were made using the Snowflake Flourish stamp set and second card using Harlequin Christmas I used inks and embossing powders on all of them.

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope I've inspired you today? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Zoe - October, Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back with my mid-month post for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge.

The theme this month is "Blues and Purples" and the winner which is chosen by widget.org thing will win £40 voucher for Lavinia Stamps products, to enter just click here no need to have a blog, instructions and rules are all there.

Here are my samples. All stamps that I've used are from the new range click here to check them out, they are stunning.

 

 

Thank you for popping back, I hope I've inspired you to join in, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Zoe - October Challenge for Lavinia Stamps

Good morning Lovelies, today is the launch of Lavinia Stamps Challenge for October, the theme this month is "Blues and Purples"

For information about joining in go to the link there is a fabulous prize for the winner of £40 to spend on Lavinia Stamp products, the winner is chosen by Random .org widget.

So here are my samples.

My first was using the gorgeous new stamps and distress inks to create the "Northern Lights" effect

My second card I used my Gelli plate to create the background using inks and a brayer and stamping directly onto the Plate, then stamping the images over.

Thank you for visiting, I hope I've inspired you to join in? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe

 

Friday, 30 September 2016

CAS - Chocolate Baroque dt

Good morning Lovelies, sorry I'm a little late with my post, it's been hectic!

This is my second Bi-Monthly post for the design team blog featuring CAS project which are created in less than 15 minutes,

I created all of these cards using Gelli Plates, 4" circle and a small rectangle one and inks in various colours.

The stamps I've used are, in order of appearance : Sketchy Doodle Landscape, Mackintosh Sentiments, Decadent Brocade

 

Thank you for visiting, please pop along and see what the other DT members have created here xx have a great day xx

 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Zoe - Colour Challenge #27 for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back today with a second sample for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge.please click on the link for the info on joining in.

For this card I used a glittery paint and simply painted it across the Linen textured card starting with the darkest shade working down to the lightest, once it was completely dry I used Versamark inkpad to stamp Winter edges stamps, first using a pale blue pearlescent embossing powder and the trees using a black embossing powder, I heat set the paler colour first to stop any contamination, the sentiment is a diecut.

Below is the colour Swatch in which to follow, yummy colours don't you think?

Thank you for joining me again today, I hope I've inspired you to join in? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Zoe - Colour Challenge #27 for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my blog.

Today I'm sharing my sample for the Colour Challenge you'll find all the rules etc by just clicking on the link highlighted.

I loved this colour pallet, it just screamed "Contemporary Christmas"

I very simply, blended Distress inks onto my inking card using a blending sponge then spritzing lightly with water and heat drying to get some texture, then once it was completely dry I stamped the Flourish and Bauble from the gorgeous Snowflake Flourish set using Versamark inkpad and a pale blue pearlescent embossing powder and heat set it.

Below is the Colour Swatch in which to follow.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope I've inspired you to join in. Have a great day xx Zoe xx

 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

CAS for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, I'm here today sharing my bi-monthly CAS projects for Chocolate Baroque DT blog.

As wonderful as it is to have the time, patience and products to experiment with techniques it's also fun to be able to create something lovely in less than 15 minutes, that's why we are showcasing CAS (clean and simple) projects that can be created in less than 15 minutes using Chocolate Baroque stamps.

I use a lot of Linen texture card, I love that little bit of class it adds to projects, here I used nesting stitched edge dies, the smallest square I stamped using Versafine Black inkpad the flower sprig in the first card and a single flower for the second card from Sketchy Doodle Landscape, and sentiment I then painted in areas using Acrylic Wax I also splattered some randomly on the card and left to dry, I masked the edges using a low tack tape and inked using a blending tool and Distress inks, the waxed areas created a lovely resist effect.

My second card I used the same technique as the first only masking first and stamping off the edge, I didn't splatter the wax on this one, leaving the tape in place I used two colours spray ink and tipped them to move them about, creating texture, added my sentiment and some faux stitching with a fine tip pen, few sequins and voila.

Thank you so much for visiting, I hope I've inspired you in some way, please leave a comment, have a wonderful day, crafty hugs Zoe xx

 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Exciting new range of Stamps

Good morning Lovelies, I hope your all well and enjoying the warm weather?

I'm back with a mid month post for Lavinia Stamps Challenge, the theme is "Autunm Hues" also some very exciting news!

Today is the launch of the stunning new stamp range, they are amazing, Tracey is an amazing artist and has designed the most gorgeous stamps,

I've included some of the new stamps along with older stamps in my samples, I hope you like them, click the link Lavinia Stamps Challenge to join in the challenge for a chance to win £40 in vouchers to spend on Lavinia Stamps products, how to enter and rules are on the post.

 

Thank you for visiting today, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Zoe - Lavinia Stamps a Challenge for September

Good morning Lovelies, I can't believe it's September, where did August go?

Today is the launch for a brand new challenge for Lavinia Stamps Challenge, the theme this month is "Autumn Hues" you don't need a blog and the prize is a fabulous £40 to spend on Lavinia Stamps products, all the info you need is found on the link.

Here are my samples.

Stamps I've used - Maple Leaf, Ink Caps on my first card.

Fairy Thistles, Fairy Orbs, Three Field Mice on my second card.

I used stencils and distress inks to create my backgrounds.

Thank you taking the time to visit, have a great day xx Zoe xx

 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Zoe - Colour Challenge #26 for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies. Today I'm sharing with you my sample for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #26

I love these colours so it was easy for me to use them I used Flora Musica stamp which I stamped using Archival inkpad in Black, I filled in the design using a liquid mask and fine paintbrush, I wasn't overly careful doing it as I was going for the more "shabby chic" style, I then blended over with a blending tool and Distress inks, splattered with water and dabbed with a dry cloth and dried it carefully with my heat tool, I stamped the music side of the stamp around the edge of the design using Rusty Hinge Distress ink, I removed the mask by rubbing with my finger, and coloured the flowers and leaves using Distress Markers and a water-brush, once it was all dry I splattered over using a paintbrush and watered down Distress ink, I inked the edges with a brown ink, added some sequins and Voila!

Here is the Colour Swatch in which to use for the challenge, I didn't make the Christmas card only the tag.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment, I hope you have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Bunch of Daisies from Designs by Georgina

Good afternoon Lovelies and what a simply glorious afternoon it is too.

I'm sharing with you a Canvas using Spray inks and the 8" and 12" Bunch of Daisies stencils from Designs byGeorgina , once my inks were dry I used the smaller stencil with Gesso on just the Daisy heads, a few stamps dotted here and there and some white and black ink splatters for added interest, then using the large stencil I used Texture paste, once dry (overnight) I coloured over the paste using the fabulous Molotow Liquid Chrome markers and added some dots of coloured liquid enamel.

Thank you for visiting, have a great day xx Zoe xx