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The card I made for this week’s Monday Mojo email really sums up the weekend I’ve just had with Lesley and hubby David.  We visited the Mull of Galloway, ate in the fantastic Gallie Craig cafe there and climbed the 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse.  Since we came to Portpatrick, I have been getting outside more than I used to and getting my creaky knees and hips moving a lot more.  I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t have made it to the top of that lighthouse 8 weeks ago when we first arrived here, so I was feeling a huge sense of achievement, even before I was presented with this:

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I think it’s a fantastic idea to reward visitors with a certificate, but I may have to have words with them next time about the type of ink they use to stamp the date – it smudged quite badly!

On Sunday Lesley and I spent the day in my studio getting inky and painty.  Lesley had never tried gelli printing before, so I set her up with my 6×6 inch plate and I think it’s fair to say she had a ball!

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Of course it would have been rude not to join in.

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We also decided to both tackle the Monday Mojo challenge and each create a piece inspired by the email – quite fitting actually as it was Lesley’s workshop which inspired this week’s tutorial in the first place.   To see the two cards side by side, you would honestly think we had planned ahead of time to use the same colours and sentiment, but that was pure serendipity!

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I began this card by die cutting some cog/gear shapes from masking tissue.  I used the holes left behind as stencils and sponged yellow Memento inks through them – I used Peanut Brittle on the largest, and Canteloupe and Dandelion on the smaller two.  I then stuck down the die cuts as masks and swirled the same colours very lightly over them using a mix of the same yellows to give the soft shading you see.  You can use a sponge, but I prefer a good stencil brush and a swirling motion to get a soft blend.  The main flower stamp is from Honey Bee and the floral gears background stamp is from Punky Romance.  The sentiment comes from our Words of Wisdom stamp set.  There’s a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the bees’ wings which the photo hasn’t picked up, and I added just a hint of shading to the petals with coloured pencils.

Lesley has put her card on her own blog so hop over to thepaperengineer.blogspot.com to take a look.

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of the most southern tip of Scotland.

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Lesley braving the wind and looking out at the Isle of Man

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Mull of Galloway Lighthouse taken from the Gallie Craig cafe.

How can we not be happy living in such a beautiful part of the world!

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PS: Watch out for new stamps later today launching on the Design Team blog later today.

 

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I know I’m late on parade this week – lots of reasons, but partly down to a very patchy internet connection.  The good news is that we have had builders here digging up the pavement and we do now have the cable duct in place ready for BT to install a phone line.  When they will get round to putting tarmac over the gaping hole is another matter, but they did make an excellent job of re-seating the block paving on our drive that they had to disturb.  Can you believe we have been in our new home for 8 weeks!?!  It still feels awesome to look out at the sea every day.

I deliberately put more information in this week’s Monday Mojo email as I knew I’d struggle to do a blog post as well, so if you want a bit more information, please click here to read this week’s tutorial.

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The stamped images are once again done with PanPastel which was covered in issue 2 of the Monday Mojo series.

I’m keeping this short and sweet as I have a house to get ready for very important visitors – Lesley (our General Manager at Chocolate Baroque) is coming up with her hubby for some fresh sea air and crafting over the long weekend.  We completely failed to realise that the August bank holiday is earlier in the month in Scotland, so we are sticking to English bank holidays at the moment – wonder if anyone will notice if we adopt both?

Harlequin Pears

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This week’s Monday Mojo email got me thinking about batch production for this year’s Christmas cards and inspired by last year’s bauble aperture card, I came up with a variation using a pear shaped die.   I got three cards out of one sheet of A4 card by cutting the long side into three equal strips (9.9cm) then folding each one in half.  The size also meant there were no problems getting the card and die through my die cutting machine.

I used the three different harlequin stamps from Harlequin and Tangled Fragments and stamped each card with VersaMark before dusting with PanPastels in shades of green and yellow.  I stamped and coloured the whole of the card front before die cutting so that I then had decorated pears to use on other cards.

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I added a turtle dove stamped in Archival Vermillion and the greetings inside are all stamped with Archival Olive.  If I wanted to follow the Mojo tutorial, I could have cut a smaller pear shape to suspend in the aperture, but I decided to let the sentiment inside be the focal point.  When I actually come to send these cards, I will probably write my greeting on the back of the card.

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I also made a couple of A6 topfold cards, one of which is shown here using the pear cut out with a little red PanPastel added to it. I stamped the greeting at the bottom then added a strip of card with ribbon attached above the sentiment.

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Here is another card with a very similar layout, but no die cut this time, just the harlequin stamp coloured with PanPastels.

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I’m starting to get quite a nice little stockpile of Christmas cards now, partly because I always try to make at least 3 or 4 cards at a time with the same colours and materials.  That’s just one of my little productivity tips in this week’s email.  (If you’re not on the list to get Monday Mojo emails, you will see a sign up box in the side bar here on my blog.)

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How are you getting on with your Christmas card making?

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Looking ahead to winter

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We always have to launch our Christmas stamps in the heat of summer which can be challenging when it comes to creating artwork.  Yesterday we added a couple of individual winter themed clear stamps to the website.  As Lesley pointed out in the post on the Design Team blog, they are not strictly speaking Christmas, they are winter scenes, so they can be used for other occasions too.

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Both cards are created using the same stamping technique.  I used Adirondack dye inks which contain no fixers so they are not waterproof.  Immediately after stamping, I used a waterbrush to pull colour from the stamped line and add a little shading.  This is a really simple way to get a lovely monochrome image and you can add as much or as little water as you like.

Once dry, I trimmed the image and used a large stipple brush with the same inkpad (this one is Adirondack Stream) to add shading around the edges.  Sticking with just one inkpad means you have perfectly toning colours.   I also used a glue pen to add some fine crystal glitter to the scene and both cards have a strip of embossed tan card that has been sanded to reveal its white core.

I stuck the stamped image to a dark turquoise mat and that is layered onto an embossed panel that I made some time ago.  I think the colour on it has come from me drybrushing a mix of turquoise and metallic silver paint over the top.

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The stamping is done in the same way on the church card, this time using Adirondack Pebble inkpad.  There is a tiny bit of colour where I added a little Dried Marigold to the baubles on the tree, but it is muted by adding crystal glitter over the top.

Both cards have sentiments from Warm Christmas Greetings – one of our bestselling clear Christmas word stamp sets.

We are looking ahead to winter in other ways too as our new home has no central heating.  It was built as a holiday home and just has electric panel heaters, which we know will be hugely expensive to run, so we are busy getting quotes in now to try and get a better heating system installed before the really cold weather comes along.  We need a new kitchen too as what is here would be better described as a kitchenette really.  Fine for holidaymakers eating out and picnicking, but there’s hardly any storage and the fridge is out in the utility room which is not ideal.

Just as we get everything organised and put away, we will probably have to move a lot of it again when the new heating system goes in, so I’m trying to get ahead of the game and make a good batch of Christmas cards for myself ahead of time.  Now where’s that glitter …

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Oh, I almost forgot to mention that these stamps are available singly or as a multi-buy and if you like them, you might be interested in Lesley’s latest new feature

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From time to time, Lesley (Chocolate Baroque’s General Manager) will be including a time limited special treat in the weekly email and this week she has reduced the price of the multi-buy, but only until midnight on Sunday.  It is her way of rewarding our email subscribers so click here if you’re not already on the Chocolate Baroque weekly newsletter list, and watch out for her treat weekends in the future.

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