Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 2

A while ago, Lesley and I decided to do a little background swap and we chose the colours of this month’s Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge to play with.

This month’s colour challenge over at

I can’t tell you much about how the background on my card was created as I didn’t make it!  What I did do though was stamp the keys and keyholes in Cornflower Blue  and Venetian Orange Archival ink.  I stamped some up to three times before re-inking to give the fainter images in the background.

col challenge2

The sentiment is stamped in black archival and that’s it – mounted onto a brown card, it’s a super simple, quick card.  The stamps are all from Key to My Dreams – a useful stamp set for mens cards and I think it goes with our Steampunk range really well too.

If you’d like to see what everyone else has been creating with this month’s colour swatch, do take a look at the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge blog – it’s truly inspiring.

Have a great weekend!




PS – Lesley is doing one of her weekend treats over at Chocolate Baroque – click here to get all the details.

Seaside Dreams

Well firstly, thank you all for your very encouraging comments about me doing some workshops – I had lots of replies over on Facebook too, so I’m trying to get something planned for the end of October and will let you know what, when and where.

Meanwhile, Chocolate Baroque  just launched a set of Seaside themed stamps last week (Seaside Dreams) and of course they are instantly my favourite stamps ever.

I used them to create this week’s Monday Mojo inspired card which features a transparent strip along the front to reveal the inside of the card.  Click here to read the tutorial showing how I created this type of card.


The inside is a gelli print which I stamped with Archival Aqua ink.  The shells on the front were stamped with Pale Ochre Archival ink, masked off and stamped again.  I then drew a pencil line above the shells, simplifying the shape slightly and cut them out to form the base of the card.

The line below the beach huts was drawn using a useful gadget – the curved Tonic rulers which are handy when you want a wave shape bigger than anything a paper trimmer can do.

seaside bunting

When Lesley came to visit a couple of weeks ago, we had real fun playing with these stamps.  I had the idea of making seaside bunting, but I got carried away with colouring and I think it might take a while to do a whole string of bunting!  Lesley made a super postcard which you can see on her blog  (  My bunting is coloured with polychromos pencils, including the sea behind the huts which uses lighter and lighter shading to fade out to white.  Today the view from my window is of a sparkling grey-blue sea, but we sometimes see it where the sea fades out to sky with no visible horizon and the boats look like they are floating in mid air.


seaside mermaid

We also did some gelli printing and the mermaid card below uses one of my prints as the backing paper.  The mermaid is coloured with copic markers.


mermaid seashells


The scalloped circle card seemed very appropriate for the shells. I stamped in Archival Potting Soil and coloured with pencils before covering with a mask. Once masked, I used a large brush to add colour to the sky and sand. The two starfish are from  Underwater Kingdom which are also coloured with pencils. Just when it was all looking good, I noticed a smudge at the top of the card, so I picked out the tiny shell from Mermaid Queen and stamped it all around the edge which disguised the mark and gave the whole thing a nice frame too.

I hope you are enjoying the same glorious sunshine that we have here at the moment. We are making the most of it while it lasts – we were out last night on the putting green then we took a trip out to sea to watch the sunset.  The sky was fantastic!




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Cheep Cheep

Did I ever show you this tag?  I made it when we first launched the Steampunk Birds stamp set, but I can’t find it in the blog archive or over on the Design Team blog either.  I swear my memory is just not what it was and it’s never been that great to start with!

Anyway, this week’s Monday Mojo focused on realistic shading and if you have ever struggled with getting your rounded shapes to look rounded, then please click here to read it and download the practice sheet.  Shading takes practice, there’s no real shortcuts if you are new to it, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

In this tag, I have used these shading principles to colour the eggs and also the parachute in the background, the conical chimney on the birdhouse and the spiral of the birdhouse stand.  Looking at other people’s examples of colouring can often give you more of an insight than looking at a photograph.  My mum always said art is all about problem solving – how do you trick the eye into believing a flat two-dimensional object is three-dimensional? A lot of it is about where you put the shadows and highlights.


Here’s another recent example of shading on a flower.  The trick here is a good strong contrast between the darkest and lightest section of the petals.

Peony card

Neither of these two pieces are new, but my body called time out and declared a couple of days of extreme self care were in order at the weekend (I will be SO glad when my ovaries finally run out of eggs..).  I was in no state to argue so Sunday was spent in PJs, propped up in bed looking out at the sea and reading magazines and a fab new book that I pre-ordered ages ago (Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo).  After a stressy Friday with no internet at all and more BT incompetence to deal with, it was just the tonic I needed.

I’m going to leave you with a little question.  If I happened to be visiting one of Chocolate Baroque’s stockists near you, and if I were to teach a class there, would you (a) be interested in taking a class with me and (b) what specifically would you want to learn from me?  Leave me a note in the comments below or in the Chocolate Baroque Facebook group where I am asking the same question.


Bee Happy


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:


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!


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


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!


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 to take a look.

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

Mull of Galloway

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

MOG lighthouse

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!


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


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