Honeysuckle for mum


honeysuckle card

I made this card for my Mum’s birthday recently.  I used the Fragrant Honeysuckle stamp which I have coloured with Inktense pencils.  It’s layered onto soft watercolour paper which has been embossed with Flora M-Bossabilities and coloured with PanPastels.  The backing paper is from the discontinued Songbird pad from Prima.

Here’s the colouring in close up.


Hmm, need to take my camera to a good camera shop.  Can you see the grey spots on the photo above – that’s dirt inside the lens where I can’t get to it.  I’m getting the same spots showing up on all my photos now, but normally I remember to photoshop them out.


Buds are budding, birds are singing, stamps are stamping

GLW artwork feb02

A simple card, but one which sums up the glorious day we are having here today.  There’s daffodils bursting out everywhere, bunnies bouncing around the garden and buds on the trees.  It won’t be long before the trees explode with blossom – Spring really is my favourite season of the year.

The word here is from an old stamp set – Fashion Dream and it’s stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear powder on watercolour paper.  Several other stamps from Fragrant Honeysuckle have been stamped over the top using Adirondack dye inkpads.  The whole thing then got a heavy spritz of water and the colours were just left to feather and bleed together.  The backing paper is from the Essence of Nature CD.

So we’re off out to enjoy the rest of this beautiful sunshine – have a great Sunday everyone!

Zingy yellow and pink


This stamp is from the Fragrant Honeysuckle stamp set and it’s a lovely image to colour in.  I used Derwent watercolour pencils and just went for bright bold colours.  I didn’t quite intend the background to be such a vibrant gold, but I like the way it turned out.  I picked out the bright pink and gold in the layering and with so much colour, kept the rest of the card very simple.

It’s teasy time now – I just got the next few months worth of new stamp plates in and we’re starting to make the boards and test the rubber … There’s one coming out in February that goes really well with Artistic Affirmations and I’m LOVING it already.

Thanks for all the comments about lighting.  I am going to look into getting a decent light for the table, maybe an OTT light.  We swapped over our uplighters, so I now have the two from downstairs with the extra spotlights.  I’m actually pointing the spotlights straight up as I can’t really get them positioned to light up the workspace without them either getting in the way, or blinding me when I look up.  But the extra two bulbs bouncing light off the ceiling does help a lot.  I’ve also managed to keep one of the original uplighters as it is plugged in behind a unit that I really don’t want to move, so I’ve actually gone from two bulbs to five and yes, it’s definitely brighter in there.

So with lots of light and lots of new rubber, I’m one happy stamper!

Honeysuckle Watercolour


We have just launched some new stamps!  You can see them all over on the Design Team blog and of course they are showing up in the What’s New department on the Chocolate Baroque website too.


There is so much you can do with these images, from complex colouring to very simple stamping.  This little concertina is made from heavy watercolour paper and stamped with Adirondack dye inks.  They are not waterproof, so I used a waterbrush to pull colour in from the stamped image.  I then patted the inkpad onto a non-stick sheet and mixed with water to paint the backgrounds.  The colours used are Oregano, Wild Plum, Denim and Terracotta (or possibly Ginger, I can’t quite remember).

I have some other cards I’ve made with these and some work in progress too, so watch out for more artwork coming soon.