Thursday, August 29, 2013

Christmas Angel

Hello, once again!  This has been a hard month for blogging and card making due to my shoulder surgery, but I will prevail!  Even with some nerve damage in my right hand (and I'm right-handed) I am still making the attempt to stamp and blog one-handed!  Nothing is gonna keep this crafter down!  It's actually part of my healing therapy!

Card layout design by Miranda

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Christmas in the Air, Part 2

Hi, there!  I have two more Christmas cards to share with you, made with some of the brand new Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque.  This first one was made using the huge 5" by 5" Big Bold Background Tangled Baubles stamp.  I re-stamped an ornament twice, cut it out, then scored the two down the middle and adhered just on the score lines to the front of the card.  On the main image, I heat embossed it in gold then shaded it with red and green glittered 3-D stamp paint.  With the addition of a gold sprig, and a few gold pearls, this card is complete.  This was a very easy card to make.

Big Bold Background Tangled Baubles Unmounted Single Rubber stamp
This next card is one of my favorites.  Whenever I think of Christmas, I remember that Christ the King was born, and he's royalty!  I love using purple and gold for these cards, for that reason. 

This card was made using the Gothic Angels set, shown below.  Love it!  That lettering is fantastic!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas in August!

Christmas in the Air, Yes, Already!

Hello, Friends!  I am so excited about the new Chocolate Baroque Christmas Stamps!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  I've combined some of the new stamps with older ones, to create a couple of cards. 

For the background on this card, I used the new Big Bold Background Holly stamp, and when I say big, I mean BIG!  These new backgrounds are a huge 5" by 5", with lots of varying surface details!  I stamped the Holly background with an olive green ink onto white cardstock, then shaded the leaves and berries with green and red 3-D stamp paint.  It's a new product that I found at a craft convention, and it's just amazing what it does!  I used a sponge dauber to apply this creamy, sparkly paint, which dries almost instantly.  I used a new die to cut the red, green and white lattice layers, and the sentiment tag.  "Yuletide Greetings" is from the new Chocolate Baroque Christmas set, Gothic Angels.  I re-stamped a few of the holly leaves, cut them out, then layered them at the bottom of the tag, with three red berries (red pearls).

Big Bold Background Holly Unmounted Single Rubber stampGothic Angels Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet - A4
This next card looks so elegant but was a very easy one to do.  Again, I used shades of teal ink, and gold 3-D stamp paint applied with a sponge dauber to create an old-timey look.  It adds such a sheen!  I used stamps from the Gothic Angels set, some printed paper, and a tree stamp from the Christmas Flourish set, shown below.  I heat embossed the larger script stamp image, and the tree in gold.

Christmas Flourish Unmounted Rubber Stamp Sheet - A4
Thanks so much for taking a few moments out of your busy day to come by!  I appreciate your comments, too!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Poppy Meadow

Hello, all!  Here in Tennessee, we have had a fairly mild summer.   It's been around 10 degrees lower on average all summer, but I'll bet we'll see some of the hot stuff before Autumn arrives.  We've had quite a bit of rain, so there are a lot of flowers in bloom.

Speaking of blooming - you're going to want to get this new set of gorgeous floral stamps from Chocolate Baroque, called 
Poppy Meadow!  This set compliments a few other sets from Chocolate Baroque, and they are fantastic to mix and match with! 

Here is the set, and if you click on the name or the photo, you will fly directly to the Chocolate Baroque website page, where you can get more details on the fabulous set which will become a fave!


  1. This is a lovely card Clare I love ow younhavelayered those poppies up

    Jackie x
  2. Your meadow of poppies looks wonderful with the mixture of colours - very real too as I've seen poppies in each of the colours you used. Your inclusion of the dimensional one makes this rather splendid.
    Paula (PEP)
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Soul Finds Rest

My soul finds rest in God alone; My salvation comes from Him.  He alone is my rock and salvation;  He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.     Psalm 62: 1-2
This says it all!  The stamp images are from My Daily Bread stamps, and the flowers are actual dried flowers from a bouquet my husband gave me.  I used gold chunky glitter for the flower center.


Monday, May 13, 2013

The Guard at the Taj Mahal

Hello all!  I hope you're enjoying some beautiful Spring weather wherever you are!   What an amazing bunch of new stamps Chocolate Baroque has come out with this month! I've combined them with some that came out last month - so versatile and fun to play with!  I used two new stamp sets on this card, some masking and die cutting. The stamp sets are: Punky Flowers, and Indian Textiles. Just wait until next month!!! More gorgeous stamps to come, that will be perfect with these! Keep an eye out for possible sneaky-peeks! 
The gilded gate isn't shown very well in this photo, and is very shiny. 
I used a mask and sponge dauber to make the clouds.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pretty Flowers

Hello, All! Have you seen the newest flower stamps from Chocolate Baroque?

The set is called Punky Flowers, and goes well with any other "Steampunk" set in the CB line! Awesome! I love black and fuschia together - one of the most striking color combos I've seen!


I think this flower stamp from the Punky Flowers set is going to be a favorite of mine! It doesn't feel so much like "steampunk", but I really like it's structure, and it will go well with the new Indian Elephants set released last month, as well as many other sets!  
The sentiment "I'M GRATEFUL" is from the Words of Gratitude set. 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Steampunk Christmas Ornaments

Hello!  I know it's too early for Christmas, but I'm participating in the Christmas Card group with Chocolate Baroque, and this card was the theme for last month's card using silver and gold.  When I looked at the new stamps, they were upside down, and that's how I got the idea to make ornaments out of them.  This new stamp set is called PUNKY FLOWERS, which you can see below the card.

I covered the white card base with gold glittered tulle, and tied a gold sparkly cord at the top.  The "ornaments" were heat embossed in gold and silver, hand-cut out, applied over some green die cut "branches" from my stash, then decorated with gold and white half-pearls.

 Thanks for visiting!  I appreciate you stopping by, leaving a note or pinning me!  :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Indian Elephant!

More amazing new rubber stamps from Chocolate Baroque! These images have an Indian flavor, are so very detailed and fun to color! You'll love them!

I used two stamps from the Indian Elephant set, shown below. The card is 6" by 5 1/2".   The flowers used to decorate the elephant and edge of the diecut are from the Big Bold Backgrounds Belle Flowers stamp - a huge 5.5" x 5.5" solid rubber stamp (released last month)!  These are must-haves!  Aren't these stamps amazing?!  Just click on the stamp set names above to be taken directly to the Chocolate Baroque website where you'll find more information on these specific sets. 

   Big Bold Background Belle Flowers Unmounted Single Rubber stamp

I know you'll love these, and they are so versatile!  They are so fun, fantastic and flavorful!

With Deepest Sympathy

A friend loaned me some of her stamps, and this sentiment was one of those which just screamed, "Use me!"  I love the cool colors of coral and olive.  It just feels soothing... the butterfly and rose were die cuts given to me by my friend Donna, (or loaned me the die to cut it out myself), and the hydrangea flowers were done with a punch.  The background die cut is one from Heartfelt Creations.


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