Thursday, 29 September 2016

Art Journal: Autumn Breeze

Hello, friends!!! Today's post is a very special one for a couple of reasons. First - it is an ART JOURNAL collaboration with a very dear and special blog friend - VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles. We are both new to art journaling and it made sense to walk and work together on this journey. And secondly - TODAY is Vicki's birthday. What better way to celebrate, right?!

Here's my Art Journal page about Autumn. I love this time of the year - the weather is cooler, the smell of fruits and spices in the air and leaves of the most amazing shades of red, russet and gold decorate the trees and pavements - oh joy!

The mushrooms are from Chocolate Baroque's stamp sheet: Autumn Poppy. I coloured them with Copics, fussy cut and adhered down with Multi Medium Matte. The pumpkins are by Clearly Besotted from a set that is discontinued called Boo To You. I wanted to create a scene in the forest, where the leaves have settled and the grass is slowly beginning to lose its colour. I used Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border die on some olive green CS, deepened the colour with Brushed Corduroy and splashed some water for that splodgy look. Then I applied some Ranger Micro Glaze to fix the ink.

And the leaves are falling on the pumpkin patch. These were cut with Lawn Fawn's Small Stitched Leaves die. I used Distress Inks to colour them: Wild Honey, Mustard Seeds, Barn Door, Crushed Olive, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalde, Carved Pumpkin... to name a few.

The falling leaves are gently settling by the mushrooms. I think it's magical! I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the mushrooms.

I decided on a vibrant blue for the crisp and cool air of autumn. the perfect background for the golden leaves swirling down in the breeze. And to further illustrate the cool autumn breeze, I added texture to the background with a stamp from Chocolate Baroque's Seasonal Fragments sheet and stamped it with Dandelion Ranger Archival Ink. I applied Folk Art Acrylic Paint with a baby wipe to create the background. I used  Echo Park Allison and Lawn Fawn Riley alphabet stamps and Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink for the quote. Finally, I splattered a little Folk Art Metallic Pure Gold ink on the background.
SSS Work It Wednesday September: Red, Orange, Yellow and/or Brown
Crafting By Design: Favourite Season
Mod Squad: Falling Leaves
Sisterhood of Crafters: Fall Harvest (pumpkins)
Word Art Wednesday #250 - #251: AG Inspirational
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media: Distress

Now please head on over to VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles and check out what she has made, I haven't seen it yet... and I am so looking forward to it. She is one super talented lady.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

x Beijinhos x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #313: Fall Feathers

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we are playing "Fall Feathers". Our sponsor for this challenge is Sami Stamps.

I'm using a cute image by Sami Stamps called Two Birds to create a CAS card. I'm not totally comfortable with CAS,  but I try. Knowing when to stop fussing - that is the challenge! Here is my latest effort. Minimum embellishments: black bling and twine - that's all.

I coloured the birds with Faber-Castell Polychromos - a boy and a girl.
Crafty Sentiments #27: AG
House Of Cards Sept: Bird or Colours
Let's Create #117: Spots or Stripes

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Fall Feathrs". 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, October 3rd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Have a beautiful day, friends!

x Beijinhos x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Chocolate Baroque: Wild Roses

Hello, friends! I'm back with another project for Chocolate Baroque. Our theme for the month is "Texture" and today I want to show you how I've incorporated texture into this simple and feminine card.

Here's how I put together this card:
  1. With a stamp from the Texture Fragments A5 sheet stamp along the outer edge of a piece of square card stock with VersaMark ink. 
  2. Apply WOW Fine White embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Ink the card with Distress Inks. I used: Mowed LawnCracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon. Wipe the embossed area with a dry kitchen paper to clean the design,
  4. Stamp the wild rose image from the Pretty Birdcage A5 sheet with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  5. With a stencil apply Texture Paste around the stamped imaged and let it dry. I used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Flourish.
  6. Colour the image with alcohol markers. I used Copics.
  7. Apply VersaMark on the stencilled texture paste, sprinkle with WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder and heat set. Use low heat or the texture paste might bubble.
  8. Back with foam tape and adhere the design panel onto the prepared background piece. 
You can see the subtle texture in the close-up. Its a lovely way to add interest to a plain white background without drawing attention away from the focal image. Although there's plenty of sparkle in the texture paste, it was a challenge to resist applying Wink of Stella shimmer to the flowers too! Why is that, I wonder?!
Craft Your Passion #331: AG
Artistic Inspiration #164: AG
Dream Valley #141: Embossing (Wet / Dry)

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping today and for all your lovely comments in the past weeks. Sorry I haven't been around much. I've had no end of travel hiccups this month. Let's just say, I've had enough of airport lounges... and no amount of free food, drink or exotic hand lotion will persuade me otherwise!

Have a beautiful day, friends!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Beautiful Day

Helloo, friends! Hope you're enjoying the weekend. It's been a hectic week for me. Here's a card I made last weekend for a friend's birthday but did get around to blogging it. Truth be told, I didn't manage mail it in time for her birthday either! Ooops ... big time, I know!

I've used Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set for this card. To stamp the flowers and leaves I used Lawn Fawn inks. I wanted a soft background, decided a light inking of Cracked Pistachio.

I added some shimmer to the flower with Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter and randomly dropped a few blobs of Opal White Liquid Pearls.
Altenew September Challenge: Photo Inspiration
Seize The Birthday: Soft and Simple
Altenew Ultimate Blog Hop

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

MHKD September / October Challenge

Hello, friends!  Welcome to our ninth MHKDesigns Challenge. This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:

That colour combo and the photo led me down the garden path into a pumpkin patch! Keeping it simple so that the pumpkins take centre stage. I'm using Pumpkin Jack and the background paper is from the Stencilled Roses bundle.

I printed the pumpkins in various sizes and coloured them with Copics.
Retarte #86: AG with Halloween Twist
Pile It On #117: Autumn Colours and/or Theme
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Music (5 Little Pumpkins Siting On A Gate - children's song)

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. You have until October 15th to link up your project.

The prizes for this challenge are: Pumpkin Jack and a coordinating paper bundle called Haute Halloween.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.



Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge # 27

Welcome to another month of Chocolate Baroque inspired fun -  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #27. We have a soothing 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.

I made a simple Christmas card featuring images from the Sparkling Trees A5 stamp sheet. For the background I used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The snowflakes are from from this stamp sheet has been heat embossed in white and I stamped the tree VersaFine Majestic Blue.

The greeting is from Stained Glass Christmas A5 stamp sheet, stamped with VersaFine Deep Lagoon. And Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a few bling!
Addicted To Stamps #131: Tree / Branch / Leaves
Dragonfly Dreams: Monochrome
Christmas Card Challenge #41: Colour Combo / AG Christmas

Challenge #27 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 18th October 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th October 2016. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

So friends, you don't hear from me for a week and then ... bam! 2 posts in a day! Wrong! THREE posts.... there's a other one later today. Stay tuned! LOL


ATSM #212: Make Your Mark

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week we are playing Make Your Mark and our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark. Feel free to use pencils, pens, markers, chalks, crayons, paints, stains, inks ... whatever takes your fancy.

Here's my card. It's no secret that I LOVE cats and dog. And these cute critters just happened to find their way on my card. I'm using 2 stamps sets by MFT: Lucky Dog and Cool Cat to create this fun scene.

I coloured the images with Copics. To create sky I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. For the wall I applied Brushed Corduroy over Tim Holtz Bricked Layering Stencil. The sentiment is from MFT Lucky Dog set.


Cards und More #167: No DSP
Show Us Your Pussy Cat #10: Furrything Goes Again
Inkspirational #117: Photo Inspiration

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Make Your Mark challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Chocolate Baroque: He Rides The Tide

Hello again! I'm back with an Art Journal page for Chocolate Baroque's month-long Texture fest. This project features 2 stamp sets by Chocolate Baroque: Underwater and Texture Fragments.

I started by prepping the page with Faber Castell Gesso and let dry completely. With a wet wipe, I applied Folk Art Acrylic Paints to create the background.
  • Deep sea: Midnight, Brilliant Ultramarine, True Blue, Evergreen, Fresh Foliage, Licorice;
  • Seabed: Lemon Custard, School Bus Yellow, Terra Cotta
The shades of blues and greens with a little black to add depth to the sea while shades of yellow for the seabed helps brighten things up.  To create movement in the background, I used a stamp from the Texture Fragments A4 sheet with Hydrangea Archival Ink.

And not forgetting the theme for the month - Texture, I added bubbles with Ranger Texture Paste applied with MFT Snowfall stencil.  And finally, little splashes of gesso to finish the project.

The sea elements are from the Underwater A5 sheet. I stamped the seaweed directly to the background with Fern Green and Jet Black Archival Inks.

I stamped the shells with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them with Graph'It alcohol markers before fussy cutting and adhering them to the page with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I used soft pinks and flesh tones for these sea creatures to maintain the right balance and contrast with the background. And to make them pop, I added some shading with Dark Sepia Faber Castell PITT Brush marker.

Since the seahorse is the star of the show, to make stand him out I heat embossed him with WOW Ebony EP and added a touch of colour with Graph'It alcohol markers. The quote is put together with letter die cut with WRMK Parade. It's not so obvious in the photo below but I subtle shading with Faber Castell Cobalt Blue PITT Brush marker on each letter to knock back the white.
Retro Rubber Stamp #47: AG + Old Stamp (Underwater - 3 years old)
TTCRD Sept 13: AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday: At The Movies (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea)

I hope you are inspired by this project to get messy and inky. I had something quite different in mind when I started it. But after a few detours, I am quite pleased with this happy "accident".

Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day.


Tuesday Throwdown #311: Sketch

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown and we have a Sketch for you. You can rotate or flip the sketch and interpret it your way but make sure that the key elements of the sketch is obvious.

Our sponsor is Lacy Sunshine  and I picked this groovy girl called Lizabeth Wild Daisies for my card. Everything about her screams the 70s so I used bright and fun patterned papers from my stash in keeping with the hippy vibe of this project.

I coloured Lizabeth Wild Daisies with Faber Castell Polychromos and added the grass with Copics.
TTCRD Sept 13: AG
Artistic Inspiration #163: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's Sketch. 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, September 19th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day, friends!



Friday, 9 September 2016

Fall Treats

Hello, there! I'm back with another tag for my Guest post over at Tag You're It. The inspiration tag this fortnight is by Melissa Bickford and I made a fall version of her sweet floral tag. Using stamps from Lawn Fawn Critters In Costume, I replaced Melissa's flowers with cand corn, sweets and falling leaves.

Here's a closer look. The letters are die cut with WRMK Parade dies. The broom is also from Lawn Fawn Critters In Costume while the strip of paper is from LF Perfectly Plaid Fall.
Fan & Funky #317: Fall Colours
Really Reasonable Ribbon #148: Fall Colours with Ribbon / Trim


And speaking of Lawn Fawn, here's a card I made for Lawnscaping Challenge #137. The theme calls for the use of texture. So I did some dry embossing, heat embossing and slapped on texture paste to create a Halloween inspired card.

I used Distress Inks in Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick for the night sky. I used the new LF Howloween set for this card.

The fairy is from LF Fairy Friends set. Her witchy hat is from LF Howloween and the pumpkin basket from LF Holiday Party Animal is just the perfect size for her.
Lawnscaping #137: Texture-fied
Little Red Wagon #358: Fur-ever Friends
Cute Card Thursday #442: Animals or Creatures

That's all from me today. The weekend is almost upon us - can't say I'm complaining! Thank you for stopping by and have a grand day!


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

ATSM #210: Photo Inspiration

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is Photo Inspiration and we are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate.

Here's my card using the colours from the photo. The stamps are from Lawn Fawn Winter In The Park and I cut them out with the coordinating Lawn Cuts.  I used Distress Inks to add colourd to the winter sky and stamped the snow with LF Yeti white pigment ink.

I used Stiched Hillside Borders for the snow mounds and And adhered them in layers with foam tape. Of course there's plenty of texture and sparkle with Frosted Lace Stickles and Rock Candy Distress Gllitter.
Inspiration Destination #102: AG
Lawnscaping #137: Texture-fied

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Photo Inspiration challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

TTCRD: Guest Designer

Good morning, friends! I am honoured to be guesting over at Through The Craft Room Door. A new week of Anything Goes challenge starts today, sponsored by Limited Runs Digital Stamps.

I am thrilled to be playing with their adorable Christmas digi called Little Tree. I decided to make a shaker card... with a twist. It looks like a shaker but without the any of the fiddly cutting and foaming and shaker bits falling out. I never get it right, so I just don't make 'em anymore!

I used LF Ready Set Snow Shaker Add-on to create a frame for the adorable Little Tree digi. The lovely funky Christmas patterned paper is by Jenny Ellory.

Here's a closer look at my cheat's shaker. No acetate. I just used the shaker dies to frame the image and added blobs of Liquid Pearls for the falling snow. To finish the card, a simple bow with LF Sweetheart Lawn Trimming. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers.

Head on over to Through The Craft Room Door for lots more gorgeous projects by the design team. You will not be disappointed. And don't forget to check out Limited Runs Digital Stamps for tons of super cute images.

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!


Monday, 5 September 2016

Birthday Hugs

Happy Monday, friends! This is a quick post from me as I've been juggling chainsaws all day! And I have a paper cut to prove it!

I made this card over the weekend for a special friend who is celebrating her birthday this month. We have a common love for a few crafty companies and I am sure she will appreciate this card ... I think... I hope ... fingers crossed!

My affair with CAS continues, although it takes me hours to complete a project and leaves me shattered with a headache! I was inspired by Altenew's September Challenge and picked the colours and washi tape elements from the photo to create this floral number featuring Vintage Roses stamps. The inks are a combination of Ranger Archival, Ranger Dye, Lawn Fawn and Memento. The washi tape is by WRMK.

Here is a closer look at the roses. I stamped the leaves directly on the cardstock and added the roses, adhering a few on foam tape. For added sparkle: sequins and Wink Of Stella Clear Brush.  The sentiment is from MFT Label Maker Sentiment.
Altenew September Challenge: Photo Inspiration
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Stamp It
Love To Scrap #85: Flower Power

It's been a long day! Mondays seem to drag on mercilessly, don't you think? LOL. Thank you for stopping by and have a fun day.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Chocolate Baroque: Joy To The World

Good morning, fellow Chocoholics. The theme this month over at the Chocolate Baroque Blog is "Texture". You'll be seeing lots of projects featuring texture stamps, stencils, pastes, embellishments, powders etc.

I decided to make a card with a textured look but without the bulk. Distress Inks and water are the main players.  I started by applying Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar for the sky; and Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Antique Linen for the desert sand. Then I spritzed some water waited for the inks to react, blotting with a paper towel until I got the desired effect. I'm am pleasantly surprised by the splodgy outcome ... it's almost as if I had planned it!

For added texture. I heat embossed a piece of card with WOW Silver EP and die cut tiny stars using LF Mini Snowflakes Lawn Cuts and adhered these to the sky. I matted the design onto kraft card to tame the busy background.

The focal image is from the Peace on Earth A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Jingle Belles: Music - Christmas Carol: Joy To The World
Little Red Wagon #357: Let's Get Inky
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Word Art Wednesday #246 - #247: AG Inspirational
CHNC #297: Vintage or AG Christmas
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Craft Stamper September Make It Take It: AG

Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a fun weekend. I plan to put my feet up and read a book. :)


Friday, 2 September 2016

Tag You're It #55: Guest Designer

Hello there!  I'm guesting over at Tag You're It If Tracey is expecting something original... well, she'll be sorely disappointed. LOL. I'm a copy-cat and Melissa Bickford's sweet tag had a profoundly strong hold on me!

Here's Melissa's tag and I am sure you'll agree it is just too cute to not to ... *whisper* copy.

For my tag, I went with the floral theme. The tiny flowers from LF Penelope's Blossoms were the perfect size. I used Ranger Dye Inks in Pink Gumball, Classic Cherry and Lemon Twist for the flowers and LF Freshly Cut Grass and LF Celery Stick for the leaves. The die for the tag is LF Tag You're It Lawn Cut and The polka dot sheer pink ribbon seemed like the perfect finishing touch.

I cut the sentiment out of black glitter fun foam using LF Scripty Love Lawn Cuts. The strip of paper is from LF Perfectly Plaid and I added a few tiny blobs of Baby Blue Perfect Pearls.
Time Out #65: Inspired by Words ... love ...
Thankful Thursday #187: Tag
Crafty Ribbons #166: AG with ribbon

Yesterday I posted a card I made for some friends who got married over the weekend. My friend Sandie of London Days asked for photos. What Sandie wants, Sandie gets! :) I am wary of taking photos with my phone especially at events, preferring to leave that job to the professionals. Here are 4 of the 5 shots I took ... the fifth was a shot of my knee!  Don't ask me how or why. Suffice to say there's a reason I avoid photography!

The wedding was held at the Basílica do Palácio Nacional de Mafra. You've got to be there to appreciate how HUGE it is.

The reception was held in the grounds of a private quinta. We even managed to take a selfie!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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