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Tangled chocolate

Today I have another project made using the the autumn poppy stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. This time I used my love of Zentangle to make a card:

I stamped the image with Archival black ink and then sat and tangled the open spaces

I cut the image out and matted on black card. I then cut a piece of white card to fit my card base, stamped the edge with black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder (this helps if you get extra spots as you don’t see them).

To finish I matted and layered the pieces and used mounting foam to give more dimension to the main image.

Why not pop over to the Chocolate Baroque blog and see what the design team have done with this fab stamp set.

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Guest design spot with Chocolate Baroque

I am very privileged to have been asked to do a couple of guest DT spots for Chocolate Baroque. I have a wonderful stamp set to work with and for my first project I have used a chipboard clock from Gina’s designs. and the Autumn Poppy stamp sheet below.

I painted the clock with blue Cosmic Shimmer matt chalk paint then again with their crackle medium and finally used the pink matt chalk paint. I stamped and embossed the poppies onto the back of the clock and then used mica powders to paint the poppies and butterfly. I then assembled the clock and added the flowers and butterfly.

Please do check out the blog over at Chocolate Baroque for more fabulous ideas using this stamp set.

 

 

A couple of minutes to be part of history

I have decided that my blog should not just be about my creative stuff, but also important things in our lives.
Tonight, my husband and I have been and voted. I feel I have taken part in a very important part of Scotland’s history. Which way I voted is not the important point I wish to make, but the fact I HAVE voted. There are so many people saying that it is the first time they have voted, it makes me wonder why?
Our children have been along to the polling station every single time we have voted since they were born and tonight was no exception. I hope, that by including them in in the process they will learn that these things are not a chore, they are a right that our ancestors made possible by fighting to keep our countries democratic and it only takes a couple of minutes.

Getting crafty with Julia Watts

Sorry again to my followers I seemed to have slipped by the wayside again. To be honest I haven’t been crafting a great deal lately what with work and family I really haven’t had the time. I have to make an effort and make the time, hopefully this should be a little easier as I am going to be spending some time with my Mum soon so it will be fun to craft together.
I did spend yesterday afternoon having some “me” time at the Paperterie in Aberdeen, I watched Sue Wilson do a couple of demos (and hopefully helped her with her camera) and then spent a couple of hours in a workshop with Julia Watts where we made this wonderful card.
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I had a great time and was very pleased with my results. Thank you to both Sue and Julia for coming all the way up to Aberdeen and to the Papeterie for hosting the event.

Early Halloween Birthday Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a little chap who’s birthday is on Halloween. Our sponsor over at the Crafty Bloggers Network this month is Stitchy Bear digital stamps and I found this really cool little guy to work with:

Cya There Birthday card

Supplies:

Cya there stamp by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps coloured with Spectrum Noir pencilsPatterned paper
Stamps Away Alphabet stamps
Sizzix dies and stamps

Frog on a blog

As a few of you may know, I like to watch shows on Create and Craft TV and last week was no exception. On Saturday, the lovely talented Kathryn Sturrock was doing a show with clay, I am so glad I recorded it because she made the cutest frog. I decided that I would have a go at recreating it and here is the result:

Clay Frog

I realise he is a bit old looking as the clay had dried out a little bit but I think he is quite cute and not bad for a first attempt. I cant wait to get the cloud clay I ordered so I can see what the difference is between that and the Martha Stewart clay that I used here.

If you get the chance to see Kathryn demo then do watch as she explains things really well and does a really good job.

Time and Prima wait for no (Wo)man

Today I have for you a clock made by Gina’s designs decorated using the papers from my warehouse box from Prima. The box I got was packed full of goodies and in amongst it were some wonderful papers which as usual I didn’t want to give away (we have all been there I’m sure) so I decided to use them to decorate my clock with.

Wooden Clock with Prima Papers and flowers

I decided that the second hand really wasn’t the right colour (bright red lol) so I coloured it with copics (alcohol pens) and distress paint. The feathers are covered with wow embossing powder as is the string along I used.

New Instructable

OK I know, I didnt last very long with my promise of blogging once a week did I? I must try harder!

Here is a new Instructable that I have written and I would love it if you go and take a peek

Wall Hanging Instructable

Whilst you are there check out Deann’s Book box and Kim’s shadow box as they are fabulous!

Journal 52 – my art journal pages

Hi there bloggers, as promised, here are some of my pages from my art journal so far:

 

Journal 52 Up and away Journal 52 - Simple place Jounral 52 You make me smile Journal 52 Building character

Art Journal Cover

Hi everyone, I have the front of my Art Journal to show you today. I have been taking part in a group on Facebook called Journal 52. Each week we get a prompt and make an art journal page using that prompt as inspiration. I have been thinking about art journaling for a wee while now and this kind of gave me a shove in the right direction. I have 4 pages inside this binder which I may or may not share over the next few weeks.

Art Journal Cover with chipboard from Ginas Designs

I glued the chipboard and letters onto the binder cover, added a layer of creased tissue paper and then applied gesso once it was all dry. I painted the whole thing with vintage photo distress paint and then scraped some broken china distress paint over the chipboard and letters using a sponge. I then applied gilding wax to the raised parts to define them again. The steampunk lady was decorated using Distress paint and embossing enamel and powder.

Supplies
Gina’s Designs : Steampunk Lady, Gears, String alongs -Steampunk
Martha Stewart Paper clay
Prima Flowers
Vintage Taupe and Shabby Blue embossing enamel
Verdigris WOW embossing powder

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

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