Saturday, 30 April 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #22

Hello, friends and welcome to another month of Chocolate Baroque inspired fun -  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #22. We have a lovely colour swatch for you to use in your projects - warm vibrant colours. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch, using as much or as little of each colour as you wish.  You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

I'm loving that super bright and happy colour combo. It screams sunshine, good times and a healthy dose of fun. This bird from Chocolate Baroque's Free As A Bird is a perfect fit. I kept the design simple, so that the bird is the star of this show. To colour the edges I used Distress Inks and added little drops of Mint Green Liquid Pearls to added some interest to a flat card.  And I thought some wonky layering might be fun too.

I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured the bird with Graph'It Markers and used Faber Castell Polychromos for everything else. And yes... a generous coat of Clear Wink of Stella.
Challenges:
Hiding In My Craft #249: Freestyle
Let's Colour Linky Party #8: AG + Something Coloured

Challenge #22 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 17th May 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 25th May 2016. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - I really do appreciate your sweet comments. Have an amazing weekend and I'll see you again tomorrow for another challenge.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #291: Anything Goes

Good morning, friends! Time for a new theme over at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge and this week were are playing "Anything Goes". Our sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook and they have some of the cutest critter images ever.

I've made a card using one of their FREE digi images, available from the Newton's Nooks Blog. This little birdie is all loved up!

I coloured the bird with alcohol markers and surrounded him with inlaid die-cut hearts and droplets of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.
Challenges:
Dream Valley #130: All Creatures Great And Small
One Stitch At A Time #260: AG with Wings
City Crafter #309: Balloon
TTCRD Apr 26: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Anything Goes". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, May 2nd.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a brilliant day

Beijinhos

Monday, 25 April 2016

Chocolate Baroque: Musical Dreams

It's Monday again, friends and we are sprinting to the end of another month. What ever happened to February and March?

Yesterday I posted my very first mixed media project over at the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog. It's not a big deal to many but it is a HUGE deal to me. Where to start? What tools and product to use? And what exactly is mixed media?

As a card maker, I have no idea what I'm doing most of the time, so how do I tackle this beast called mixed media? I forged ahead, blindly, and ended up with this:


Here's how I made this piece:

  1.  Stamp the music sheet fragment from Music Fanfare A5 sheet with Archival Jet Black ink.
  2. Apply thin coat of White Gesso to knock back the music sheet.
  3. When completely dry, apply Distress Crayons or Gelatos and blend with finger. I used Gelatos: Snow Cone, Butterscotch and Mango. 
  4. Enhance colours around the edges with Distress Inks. I used Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade.
  5. Stamp the focal images from Music Fanfare A5 sheet with Archival Jet Black ink and colour with pencils. I used Faber Castell Polychromos. I wanted it to look rough and distressed, so no blending.
  6. Colour some Ranger Texture Paste with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and, with TWC Half Tone stencil, apply around the edges.
  7. When completely dry, add highlights with a white gel pen and extra embellishments with Holly Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accent.

Here's a closer look at the focal image from

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion #309: AG
Crafting With Dragonflies #23: Masuline
Amusing Challenge: AG
We Love To Create #9: AG Mixed Media
Just Add Ink .... M for Music

If, like me, you are new to the world of mixed media art,  I hope you will be inspired by my simple maiden project and give it a go. The important thing is to have fun with colours and textures.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day.

Beijinhos

Friday, 22 April 2016

Roses and Butterfly

Hello again. I've been posting everyday this week, and to be honest, I didn't think I'd make it. But here were are! First up is a card for Lawnscaping Challenge #128 and this fortnight we have a sketch. I'm rubbish at sketches. I feel I need to conform or I'd be dragged to the principal's office by the sketch monitors.

That über cute paper is from LF Perfectly Plaid and I used Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the various layers. The focal image is from Bake Me A Cake, embellished with roses and leaves from  Penelope's Blossoms.  I've swapped the rectangle in the sketch for the large Stitched Circle Tag and inlaid the die-cut. The sentiment is also from Penelope's Blossoms, stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green, and I finished the card with some Lime Lawn Trimming.

To stamp the large rose I used Wild Rose, Plastic Flamingo for the small rose and Jalapeño for the leaves. I coloured the cake and stand with Copics. Finally, a few blobs of Perfect Pearls.
Challenges:
Lawnscaping #128: Sketch
Seize The Birthday: AG No Topping

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Next up is a tag for Tag You're It Challenge #45. The inspiration for this challenge come from a tag created by my blog buddy Carol Mayne. She is my muse when it comes to creating CAS projects. Not only is she super talented, but she is also incredibly kind hearted and and will turn bright as a beetroot reading this unsolicited PDA!  

Here is my tag inspired by the wings, pale coral-peach-pink colours and the word "sparkle".

I inked the tag with Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar DIs. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Indian Summer, cut with LF Puffy Clouds die. The leafy details are from LF Penelope's Blossom. The butterfly is from Clearly Besotted's Butterfly Wishes, stamped with LF Wild Rose. The sentiment is from CBS Butterfly Wishes Additions, stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia. And for that "sparkle" - one tiny pale green bling.
Challenges:
Tag You're It #45: Inspiration Tag by Carol
Simon Says Monday: Butterfly Beauty

That's all from me today. Before I go, I want to share with you one of my favourite photos of Rosie. We had a fun day out and she was over the moon with joy... you can see it in that HUGE smile on her face. I cannot believe it was year ago today that she became my little butterfly in the sky.  I miss her so much.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you are having a beautiful day.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

MHKDesigns April / May Challenge

Hello, friends!  Welcome to our fourth MHKDesigns Challenge - Spring Edition! This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:

My project for this challenge features there lovely pears from the Fruit Borders set. I'm keeping the design fairly simple with just s few bling and some twine for embellishments.

A closer look at the gorgeous pears. All I did was colour them with Faber Castell Polychromos. I've gone for a sketchy look - no fancy blending of a gazillion colours here.
Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #295: F is for Food
Craft Dee Bowz April: AG with Handmade Bow

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog. You have until May 15th to link up your project.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos!


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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

MHKD April Release: Perfect Poppies


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 5 of MHKDesigns' April Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs April 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

The last digi set in this release is: Perfect Poppies.

Here is my card featuring the lovely image and sentiment rom this set:

I coloured the poppies with alcohol markers and added a few pearls, Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter and a doily for a soft feminine touch. Isn't that sentiment perfect for a special person?
Challenges:
Crafting For All Seasons #124: Tic Tac Toe - Girly, Digi Stamp, Flowers
Inspiration Destination #82: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Make It Girly
Crafty Addicts #13: AG Twist Make It Girly





How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below)
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica
 Mynn | Nana ConnieRocky | SathyaShawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for the start of our April / May Monthly challenge AND there'll be more prizes!

Beijinhos!







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ATSM #190: Photo Inspiration


Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is Photo Inspiration and we are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate.

Here's my offering for the week: a lovely little floral card perfect for Mother's Day. I was inspired by the colours and the butterfly. Extras for this card are Liquid Pearls and some twine.

This image is from Chocolate Baroque's Briar Rose Butterfly set, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black and coloured with Faber Castel Polychromos.

Challenges:
Retarte #75: AG
Path of Positivity #37: Grace - The grace and beauty of butterflies are undeniable. Drew Barrymore once said that we are all like butterflies. We start life wrinkly and awkward and then morph into the graceful butterflies that we are. She's right, of course. Grace is timeless, ageless and is not defined by race or religion. We all have it in us and if we shared it freely, the world would be a better place.
Fab & Funky #301: Winged Things
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Make It Girly
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Butterfly Beauty

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Photo Inspiration challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

MHKD April Release: With This Ring


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 4 of MHKDesigns' April Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crating styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs April 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is: With This Ring - with a touch of vintage elegance to make the day extra special.


I decided to take the plunge (!) and make a shaker card. You guys know that shakers never go well for me but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised (and in deep shock) that this attempt was relatively pain-free! Check it out:

Let's zoom in on the shaker bit of the card. I used dies to cut out the window and the clear acetate is from packaging material.

Challenges:
TTCRD Apr 19: AG
Crafty Sentiments Apr 19:AG
CDD: Shake It Up
Die Cutting Diva #262: Earth Day Use Recycled Material - shaker window cut from packaging material

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below)
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica
Lilian Mynn |  Rocky | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!







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Monday, 18 April 2016

MHKDesigns April Release: Stitched Sunflowers


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' April Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crating styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs April 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is the very pretty Stitched Sunflowers.

Here's my offering using this set. I used cream lace to frame the image and used yellow as my colour. We are talking sunflowers here after all.

This is the image up close and personal. I used alcohol markers to colour it and used Stickles and Liquid Pearls to create some texture in the flower-centre. I finished it with Clear Wink Of Stella and a few sequins.
Challenges:
Craft Your Passion #308: AG
Crafting From The Heart #108: AG
Love To Scrap #79: AG

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below)
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica | Michelle
 Mynn | Sathya | Rocky | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!








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Sunday, 17 April 2016

MHKDesigns April Release: Fruit Borders


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of MHKDesigns' April Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs April 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is the lovely Fruit Borders.

For this set, I'm going for a home-spun, country, from granny's kitchen look with this simple card:

Let's  take a closer look. That image doesn't need much, so I coloured it polychromos, with inked the edges, added 4 red brads, a few droplets of Liquid Pearls and called it a day.
Challenges:
Let's Colour Linky Party #7: AG + Something Coloured
PDE Linky Party #119: AG
Avenue 613 #172: AG + Something Recycled - Red gingham paper wrapper from bakery


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below)
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica | Michelle
 Mynn | Nanna ConnieRocky | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!








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Saturday, 16 April 2016

MHKDesigns April Release: Eat Your Cake


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 1 of MHKDesigns' April Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs April 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

We're kicking off  this new release with an fun set called Eat Your Cake

Here's my card and the main attraction is a chocolate cake. The pink patterned paper is from the Easter Flowers bundle

And now for a closer look at the sweet delight. I didn't fuss too much with the cake - alcohol markers, Wink of Stella and Liquid Pearls and the card is ready to go.
Challenges:
Give A Crafter A Cookie #41: Baking Theme
Seize The Birthday : Birthday - no topping
Simply Create Too #107: Use Stitching - real or faux

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below)
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |
Lilian | Mynn | Rocky | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!








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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #289: Use Your Dies

Good morning, friends! Time for a new theme over at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge and this week were are playing "Use Your Dies". Our sponsor for this challenge is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and they have tons of super adorable images in digi and clear stamps.

I'm using the precious little digi called Cocoa's Gift to make a gift bag. I've used several dies for this project: Goody Bag die, Stitched Square die and a little Tag die

I coloured Cocoa with Copics, with coloured that match the goodie bag. Some pink and blue twine and a pink bling complete this girly project.
Challenges:
Critters & Creatures Linky Party #3: AG
TTCRD April 12: AG
Craft DeeBowz April: AG + Handmade Bow (in twine)
Fun Cuts: T is for Tag

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Use Your Dies". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, April 18th.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a brilliant day

Beijinhos

Monday, 11 April 2016

Where Is Spring?

Bonjour! It's Monday.... blurgh! It's cold and cloudy but the weather man promises sunshine and blue skies later this afternoon. Yeah right! In the meantime, here are a couple of projects I made over the weekend to cheer me up - both packed with spring florals.

First up is my idea of a spring morning... birds, blooms blue skies... the works. I'm using Lawn Fawn goodies, distress inks and Copics and Stickles. Subtle shimmer just wasn't good enough. I'm needing full-blown bling to lift my spirits these days. This cards is for:
Lawnscaping Challenge #127: Beautiful Florals
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers




For my next project I shoved a bunch of (leftover) tulips into an upturned umbrella and voila! A tag for Tag You're It Challenge #44 was born, inspired by NancyPenir's flowers-in-umbrella idea. I snipped off the tulips from LF Flower Border. The brolly, sentiment and tag are by Clearly Besotted. Also linking to Dream Valley Challenges #129: AG



That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos 

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