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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge for April

Good morning Lovelies, popping in to share a card I made for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge for April. I always enjoy crafting to a theme, whether is colour or a topic, it's fun and challenging. The rules and instructions to join in are on the blog, if you click on the highlighted link above it'll take you there and you'll find all you need to do etc in the tabs.

So here's what I came up with, I used the gorgeous "Key to my Dreams" set 
I used Distress Oxides to colour my background and heat embossed with gold and black, the key I fussy cut to give dimension.

 

Thank you joining me today, I hope I've inspired you? Have a great day xx Zoe xx 


Friday, 7 April 2017

New Sweet Poppy Stencils pt 2

Good evening Lovelies.
I promised yesterday to post more samples of the gorgeous new Sweet Poppy Stencils and I've only just remembered!!! Oops!
So here they are.

These beautiful Delphiniums are just super and I've just simply used glitter medium in various colours. My first one is actually the clean up from number 3, I just laid it onto card and used a wet wipe to clean the stencil, thus transferring the waste onto the card.

 
  
If you're going to Ally Pally over the weekend, pop along and say "hi" to our lovely Lucy, and of course purchase a few Stencils, you won't be disappointed.
Have a wonderful weekend xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Sweet Poppy Stencils

Good morning Lovelies.
I just wanted to share with you some projects I've made using the wonderful new stencils by Sweet Poppy Stencils, they will be at Ally Pally so if your planning on going check them out, they are fabulous.

I love these perfume bottles, I've used Distress inks and translucent paste.

 

I used Linen textured card and Pan Pastels to create a scene then used the glossy black Sweet Poppy Paste.

 
Please pop back tomorrow as I have more to share with you, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - April "Buds and Blooms"




Good morning Lovelies and so far what a beautiful spring morning it is, the sun is shining, the birds are singing! 

I'm a bit late with my post "Apologies" for the Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge click on the link to enter, you don't need a blog, all the info is there, it's a fab opportunity to win a whopping £40 to spend on Lavinia Stamps products in the online shore. The winner is chosen by Random . Org widget.

Here are my samples, I hope you like them? 

 
 

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

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - March by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, well it's a beautiful morning her so far, we're meant to get rain later!

This months theme for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge is - Sparkle and Bling. You don't need a blog to enter the challenge, the details are here. Theres an amazing £40 prize for the winner, chosen by Random.org.

Here are my creations.
My first card I used a small Gelli Plate with Adirondack inkpads, I heat embossed using glitter Wow Powders.

 
My second card I made a Masterboard using a stencil that I'd cut using my Scan n Cut of the flowers, which I'd inked through using Gesso after having first creating my inky background with water splatters on Distress inks, I used Glittery Wow Powders and Versafine to heat embossed the flowers, a few sequins and Voila!

 

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A couple of birthdays

Good afternoon Lovelies.
I hope you've managed to avoid the awful winter virus going around, it really is very unpleasant, day 5 for me and I'm still feeling poorly, the cough and cold I can cope with, the dizziness, nasty taste in mouth, aches and feeling cold I can't. I'm feeling quite sorry for myself actually and I'm not one to give in usually but this has pulled me down.
Never mind, tomorrow is a brand new day!
I just thought I'd share a couple of cards I've made for birthdays coming up.
The first is a dear friend and the second is my lovely Daughter Ashley, her birthday is in March.
I used Chocolate Baroque stamps and the fab new Distress Oxide inkpads, my second card is Indigoblu stamp and Brushos.

 
 

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

Thursday, 16 February 2017

My samples for Hochanda

Good morning Lovelies, my second post for Chocolate Baroque today.
I hope you're able to tune in and watch our fab Lesley aka Chocolate Baroque she's on at 7am, 11am and 3pm, here are the samples I made for the show, I hope you like? 
I used Pan Pastels on my first 3 and the bright card with the moon, second to last.
Delusions paint on my hot pink heart.
Chalk paints and water colour markers on my coasters.
And finally Brusho paints background and the Crocuses coloured with water colour markers.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

15 minutes or less

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you're all well? 
I'm here today sharing with you 2 CAS cards for our monthly feature on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.
This feature has been setup to show the versatility of Chocolate Baroque stamps. 
These cards were made in less than 15 minutes so great for bulk making.
Both of my cards today are featuring the fab new stamps that were on Hochanda recently.

   


Thank you for visiting today, I hope I've inspired you, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mid month reminder for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge

Good evening Lovelies, just posting a quick mid month reminder of Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge. You could win £40 in vouchers to spend on Lavinia Stamps products and you don't need a blog either, pop along to the challenge here, all the info you need to enter is there.
Here's my mid month sample.

 

I hope you like it, thanks for visiting, have a good evening xx Zoe xx 

Monday, 13 February 2017

A very productive day with Eileen

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you're all keeping warm, it's sunny here at the moment which is rather lovely.

Well as my title suggests I had a very productive day down at Allhallows on Saturday at Eileen Godwin's Workshop, such a fab day, very chilled.

Sadly it was quieter than usual because of the flurries of snow during the morning, which put some people off coming and forced some people to leave early! However, I stayed, in spite the fact it's an hours drive for me, but it's mostly motorway and the roads were clear, I wasn't gonna let a little bit of snow stop me, and I didn't, I made 8 toppers.
Thank you as always Eileen for the fab day and the ladies for the laughs, chit chat and banter, not forgetting Barbara's wonderful cakes and baked goods.
It was a mostly "Visible Image" stamps day.


      
   
   

I combined my projects with Chocolate Baroque Sentiments.
Thank you for visiting, have a great day xx Zoe xx


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Journal cover

Good morning Lovelies I hope you're all well? My lovely hubby has shared his cold with me so I'm feeling rather boo boo at the moment, but it's a good excuse to sit around in trackies and warm jumpers drinking tea and doing some crafting lol!

Today I'm sharing with you an ongoing project, it's a Grey board Journal I purchased a while back from Chocolate Baroque and I'm making it my Chocolate Baroque Journal, I've already made a few pages which will be revealed at some point, but for now I'm sharing the front cover that I finished last night, I'm so pleased with how it turned out!

I've combined several techniques and mediums to create texture and interest, the stamps are all Chocolate Baroque.
I even used Gothic Fragments stamped into texture Paste. 
I've used die cuts and used Rusty Patina and gold Gilding wax to get an aged look, they were also stamped with Chocolate Baroque Sentiments for texture, I heat embossed in gold the heart in places and also using the same heart I mixed texture Paste with two different colour mica powders to create a two toned heart, I left it over night to dry then rubbed gold Gilding wax on it.
My background I used strips of scrap paper adhered with a Matt gel medium, then Gessoed over the top I then did my stamped into texture Paste and once dry used Gelato's and my finger to add colour and blend.
The butterfly again heat embossed in black and Gelato's blended with finger again, all finished off with some gold micro beads, bigger beads and Gilding wax all around the edges.

                       
     
                                                        
Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you like my Chocolate Baroque Journal Cover as much as I loved creating it.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Zoe - Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - February "Full Moon"

Good morning Lovelies, well it's mild but wet here down on the South East coast.

Today is the launch of Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge for February and the theme this month is "Full Moon" it's easy to take part, you don't need a blog, just visit the link above and all will be explained.

There's an amazing £40 to spend online on Lavinia Stamps products for the winner, which is chosen at random by Python random generator, all you have to do is post your project using Lavinia Stamp products.

So here are my projects. 
All products available at    Lavinia Stamps

My first card I used Yupo paper with Alcohol inks which I simply blobbed onto the paper along with a few drops of blending solution crumpled up some cling film laid it over the ink and made more wrinkles in the cling film and left it over night to dry, I used a stencil and blending solution on a sponge to remove some ink to create my moon, which I then stamped using the fabulous moon stamp. I used Archival inkpads to stamp my images.

Yupo paper is a synthetic paper!

My tag I used Distress inkpads and my third project I used Adirondack inkpads applied with brushes.

 

 

 

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

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

15 minutes or less

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you're all managing to keep warm, can you believe its February tomorrow? 

Today I'm sharing with you 3 samples I've made for our monthly feature over on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.

 As a Design Team member for such a wonderful company it's our responsibility to show off Lesley's fabulous stamps and their versatility and that doesn't always mean, Fancy, Arty stuff, some people like simple, quick and easy cards in particular for batch making etc. So we are featuring each month some projects that take 15 mins or less from start to finish.

My first card is simply 10.5 cm wide, it was an off cut of some Linen texture card which I've folded, it opens from the bottom, most of my cards do, I just prefer how they sit opening from bottom rather than the side. I had used Brushos on a project previously with bubble wrap and had some left on the bubble wrap, so rather than waste it I just plopped it onto my card and randomly stamped over with the flowers, added my sentiment, few sequins and bish, bash, bosh, done! 

Stamps I've used are listed and linked under my last card.



 

My tag I started with distress crayons, scribbled then smudged, I inked over using Distress ink and blending sponge, spritzed with water to get texture then using a heart stencil with more distress ink and prizing again to make them wick and run a bit, once dry I splattered with black Dylusions spray ink, stamped the "Love" with Black Versafine ink, added some highlights to the word using a Liquid Chrome pen, few sequins and edges the tag in black DI.

 

Very simple my last card, I stamped the gorgeous rose with Versamark Inkpad, heat embossed using a pink Pearlescent EP and blended Distress inks over - Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick and then just matted and altered using black card and a textured white card.

 
Sketchy Doodle Landscape

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you like my projects and they've inspired you to have a go? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque Coasters

Good morning Lovelies, welcome to my blog, I hope you're managing to keep warm? 

Today I'm sharing a set of 4 coasters I've made using the lovely Big Bold Background Leafy Background stamp.

I had these wooden coasters sitting around in my stash for ages and I'd already painted them with Black Gesso a while back and couldn't decide what to do with them and then yesterday I just thought how great the Leafy Background would look.

I stamped using a Versamark Inkpad and covered with a gold glittery embossing powder, heat set and then coloured in one side of each leaf with a gold glittery gel pen, I then generously sprayed them with Spray and Shine, very simple and quick. 
I hope you like them? Please leave a comment.

 

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

Sunday, 22 January 2017

More Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, hope you're having a great weekend!

I'm back today with 2 more projects I made with the gorgeous stamp sets that were featured on Hochanda by Lesley AKA Chocolate Baroque, I was unable to contribute to the samples shown on tv as we were away so I thought I'd do my bit to promote these stunning stamps now. I love these stamps, so versatile xx 

My tag is heat embossed in black and just inked over using Distress inks, very simple - Harlequin Rose stamp set was used for both projects.


 

My card was Distress inks blended and spritzed with water and heat dried to create some texture, I simply stamped the Rose design with Black Versafine Inkpad.

 

I hope you like my projects, I've so enjoyed making them, I just adore these stamps. Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend xx Zoe xx 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Romance has come early

Good afternoon Lovelies, I hope you're having a good weekend so far? The weather here is beautiful, cold but bright and sunny.

I've been busy helping my mum with her new home, she's been with us since September so I'm being very helpiful getting the place ready for her to move in! Woohoo! I'll be glad to get my space back lol, mind you I'll probably miss her, even though she does get on my nerves a bit.

Anyway I'm sharing a couple of projects I've made using the gorgeous Chocolate Baroque stamps that were featured on Hochanda, unfortunately I was away for Christmas when the samples for tv were made so was unable to contribute. Wasn't Lesley fab, her demos are great, the products and customer service is second to none too.

This stunning Rose Stem Script  stamp set is so versatile and pretty, I heat embossed using White EP and added some highlights using a wax crayon before inking with Distress inks to create a resist, simple but effective I think?


 

My card I used Distress inks again and a pink Archival Inkpad the add some subtle detail in the background, I then stamped the beautiful heart and sentiment from the Harlequin Rose set with Flitterglu which I'd applied to a piece of cut n dry foam and used as a stamp pad on my stamp, being sure to thoroughly clean my stamp after as the glue stays tacky, I then added my gilding flakes and scrubbed off with a scoochie sponge.

 

Please pop back tomorrow as I have 2 more to show, thank you for visiting, gave a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A fab day as always

Good morning Lovelies! Well as it's early I really can't tell what the weather is about to do today? But that doesn't really matter as I will be in the classroom today on a training course, I quite enjoy them by the way!

So today I'm sharing with you my makes from the fabulous Eileen Godwin Workshop down in Rochester last Saturday.
 I love going there, Eileen is such fun, a great tutor and very inspirational apart from being an all round lovely lady, such a super group of ladies and 1 gent this time! Gorgeous cakes made by Barbara are to die for. So here they are, I hope you like them?
My first 2 cards are featuring stamps from Chocolate Baroque.



 

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting, I love reading what you think of my creations, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx