Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #34

Welcome to Week 2 of Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #34. We have a lovely colour swatch for you to use in your projects. 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 the winner's badge on their blog.

Here's my offering for this challenge featuring a stamp from the Pretty Birdcage A5 sheet.  This is such a lovely image, I did not want to draw attention away from it with my fussing and fiddling. So, the plan is to keep it mostly neutral with pops of colour and to pull it all together with layers of matting with colours prescribed by the swatch.

I stamped the image onto water colour paper with VersaFine Vinage Sepia ink and coloured it with Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils. There's the obligatory Wink of Stella Gold and little red bling. I said minimal fussing not none at all!
Challenges:
Creative Creations #340: AG
Word Art Wednesday #280 & #281: AG Inspirational
Creative Scoop Inspiration Monday #21: Hand-coloured
Path of Positivity: Beauty of Nature - bird lured out of its golden cage by the beauty of nature

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #34 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 16th May 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 24 May 2017. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

MHKD April Release: Sea Creatures


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 April 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this cute set called Sea Creatures.

Here's my project using this set: a birthday card with a punny greeting.

Here's a closer look at the card. I propped up one fish using foam tape.


GIVEAWAY!

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 on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
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.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday Throwdown #340: Embossing

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to employ the "Embossing" technique on your projects.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. You'll find lots of adorable images over at their online store.

This year, my Easter cards for friends features an image by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps called John 3:16 Bible. I heat embossed the greeting with WOW Rich Gold EP.

Here's a closer look at the image. I didn't fuss too much with it: minimal colouring with Copics, a little Stardust Stickles on the flowers and 3 little droplets of Liquid Pearls. I made 24 of these 4¼" square cards.
Challenges:
TTCRD Apr 25: AG
Crafty Cardmakers #187: Pearls and / or Gems
Ike's World #87: AG (no twist)
Glitter & Sparkle #236: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: " Embossing ". 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 1st. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an Easter season.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

MHKD April Release: Funky Flowers


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 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 April 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this lovely set called Funky Flowers.

I decided to make a tag. Not exactly funky but I had fun making it.

LOVE the sentiment. A lesson to live by.


GIVEAWAY!

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 on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
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.

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

ATSM #238: Holiday


Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is my favourite - Holiday.

I made a Christmas card using Trim The Tree stamps by Lawn Fawn. Now that Easter is over, I figured it's time to get started on the next big holiday!

I cut out the tree, ornaments and star with the coordinating Trim The Tree Lawn Cuts. I stamped the tinsel with Delicata Gold ink.



So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Holiday challenge. It can be any holiday - Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day etc.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Russian Floral

Hello, everyone. Hope you had an amazing Easter break. Now that the Easter celebrations are over, perhaps you are able to squeeze in a spot of therapeutic crafting.  And to inspire you here's a project featuring the new Russian Floral Egg. Can you detect a hint of Faberge?


This good egg came together in 5 easy steps.

  1. Stamp the Russian Floral Egg onto a piece of blue cardstock using Versamark.
  2. Apply WOW Gold Rich EP and heat set.
  3. Colour the egg with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils. Fill in the open spaces, add shading around the embossed areas for a sense of dimension.
  4. Apply a dusting of Distress Inks around the card to achieve a "velvety" effect. I used Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves
  5. Finally, frame the egg by stamping the four corners of the cardstock with a stamp from Breath of Spring and VersaFine Imperial Purple. Embellish the egg with pale purple bling. 
Here's a closer look at the egg. I am blown away by the intricate design and the clean, crisp stamping.  It really is a joy to colour. In five easy steps, you could start your very own collection of Fabragé inspired eggs.


Challenges:
WOW Embossing April: Fave Embossing Technique
Make My Monday #44: Heat or Dry Embossing
Crafting From The Heart #155: AG
PINspirational #188: Photo Inspiration (decorated egg)
TTCRD April 18: AG


Hubby is home for Easter and I'm up there on Cloud #9! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today. Have an amazing day.

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

MHKD April Release: Dear Dad


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 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 April 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have a handsome set for you called Dear Dad.

Here's my simple offering featuring an image from this set:

This is exactly what my husband would love to do all summer! I coloured the image with Copics and that's all it takes to create a masculine card.


GIVEAWAY!

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 on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
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. Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by.

Beijinhos!

Monday, 10 April 2017

MHKD April Release: Birdcage Silhouettes


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 April 2017 ReleaseMynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this adorable set called Birdcage Silhouettes.

Here's my project using this set: a card fit for all kinds of romantic occasions.


GIVEAWAY!

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 on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
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.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque: You Inspire Me

Good morning, friends! What do you think about the lovely new Russian-themed stamps showcased by the team this month? Seriously amazing, right?!

Here's an Art Journal page from me, featuring the lovely Katya. I've been toying with the idea of making a luxurious, yet simple page with a hint of magic and mystery, using very few colours... sounded like a good thing in my head. And then, this happens:

I embossed her with WOW Rich Gold EP, coloured her with Copics, fussy cut and adhered her to the page with Ranger Multi Matt Medium. Lots of Wink of Stella Gold on her headdress, also a few sequins and bling for dimension.

I added texture around her by stamping the Large Crackle Background using Ranger Archival Ink Plum. The sentiment is from Words Of Inspiration, also stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black.

Along the bottom edge of the page, I stamped the smaller stamp from the Silhouette Palaces set using Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black. Little white and gold dots suggest twinkle stars.

To prepare the background - as always, I started by priming the page with Faber-Castell White Gesso. Then I applied Folk Art Acrylic Paints in shades of wine, magenta and pink. (964 Midnight Blue, 636 Red Violet, 434 Berry Wine, 518 Peony, 634 Hot Pink)

To lift Katya off the page, I added shading around her with Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (125 Middle Purple Pink). This page came together quite easily. There really isn't much going on and it's not very bulky either.
Challenges:
Crafting By Designs - April: AG
Crafty Girls Creations #35: AG
Retarte #94: AG
Love 2 Create #7: AG Mixed Media
WOW Embossing April: Embossing

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with a little magic and lots of beauty!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

MHKD April Release: And Many More


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 April 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this adorable retro set called And Many More.

Here's a card I made featuring the image from this set. Copics for colouring and some twine to finish the card - that's all it needs.

Let's take a closer look at that image. It reminds me of something out of the old Enid Blyton books I used to devour back in the '70s. Seems like a lifetime ago!

GIVEAWAY!

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 on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
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.

Beijinhos!

ATSM #236: Anything Goes


Hello again and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is an easy one - Anything Goes. Absolutely no excuse not to play along!

I made a card using MFT Strike Up The Band - sweet set featuring these adorable little guys. Oh... too cute! In line with the marching band theme, the colour palette is a simple one: orange and blue.

I coloured these guys with Copics and finished the card with 2 tiny bling.


Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Anything Goes challenge. You can make anything you like. I looking forward to seeing your projects.

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

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

MHKDesigns: April Challenge

Welcome to MHKDesigns April Challenge. Our monthly challenge begins on the 1st of each month and will end on the last day of the month. Winners will be announced on the 15th of the following month.

We want to keep our challenges fun and simple, so each month you will get a photo prompt to inspire you. You are free to make whatever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page etc. You don't have to use MHKD products participate but if you do the theme is ANYTHING GOES.  Here is the Prompt for this challenge:

Here's my card incorporating the elements from the inspiration photo above. I'm using a brand new set my MHK called Birdcage Silhouette which will be introduced this month.

The sentiment is from another new set for April called Funky Flowers. I traced over the birdcage with Wink Of Stella Gold and finished the project with some ribbon and tiny gold bling.
Challenges:


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.

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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