Thursday, 17 May 2018

Mid month inspiration

Hello Peeps, we have some mid month inspiration for you following this months 'Close to Nature' theme. There have been so many lovely entries so far but there is still plenty of time if you have not had time to join in or would like to share another creation.

Our sponsor is Chocolate Baroque and there is a lovely Nature Inspired A4 stamp set to be won.
Using Chocolate Baroque Tangled GardenLoving Sentiments and Wisteria Lane

Using Chocolate Baroque Fantasy Woodland

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May challenge

Good morning and welcome to our May challenge, Spring is such a wonderful time of year so we have a theme to compliment the season.................

********Close to Nature********

So many options here, flowers, trees, wild animals and insects, butterflies and birds, in fact anything associated with the wonders of Nature and the great outdoors which surround us every day.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:

Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
We are thrilled to introduce a new sponsor this month Chocolate Baroque, their wonderful rage of stamps really compliment this months theme so do pop over to their web site and take a look and also watch out for them on Hochanda TV.

Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley Wharton. Our resident artist, Sue Page, works from her home in Hampshire where she is inspired, amongst other things, by the natural world, botanical art and early 20th century illustration.

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from Sue's hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

We are pleased to welcome Rachel as this months Guest Designer, she has made a lovely sunny canvas to share with us.

Using Chocolate Baroque Honey BeeFragrant HoneysuckleGlorious Spring and Artistic Affirmations
Using Chocolate Baroque Pretty Poppies and Useful Leaves and Butterflies stencils
Using Chocolate Baroque Kingfisher Song and Spring Foliage
Using Chocolate Baroque Spring Foliage and Wild Meadow
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora Musica
Featuring Chocolate Baroque Wild Meadow
Using Chocolate Baroque Hydrangea Tag Set 
As always we look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.
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Friday, 4 May 2018

April winners

Good morning and a big thank you for all your beautiful creations for our 'For the Girls' April theme. The DT have all cast their votes and I am pleased to announce the winners and Top 3............

Winner of the voucher from  

Beautifully delicate colouring and stamping

And in second place and who will receive a small prize is...................

Great embossing using the new Penny Black image

Well done to you both, please mail me with your full names and postal addresses so I can arrange for you to receive your prizes.

Our Top 3 this month is actually a Top 4 as there was a tie for third place..............

A delightfully carefree image

A lovely combination of colours

Soft, delicate and elegant

A super colour palette

Congratulations to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back on Sunday with a new challenge and of course another lovely prize.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sandra's candle

Good morning and welcome to our mid month post where currently the DT are trying out something new to them and this month it's Sandra's turn so I will hand you over to her

Hello there, it's my turn to offer some mid-month inspiration by trying something new. Now, I've always wanted to have a go at stamping on candles but I've never got round to it before, so here goes  😊 I checked out a couple of videos on You Tube before I started to see how people had coloured their images.  As you need to stamp and colour tissue paper, it's a very delicate operation.

As our theme this month is 'One for the Girls,' I thought I'd opt for something floral as we all love our flowers, so I chose to use 'Rose Bloom' by Stacey Barras as it was a really good fit for the candle that I was using.

I decided to use my Stamping Press as I wasn't quite sure how well the Stazon Ink would print onto the tissue paper.  Here is the process, step by step in photos:

Stamped twice onto tissue paper with Stazon ink

Delicately coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils

I got very brave at this stage and used a damp water brush to intensify the colour. I also used a red colour brush to darken some of the red areas.

Next, I cut out the image, leaving just a little white tissue showing around the image.

I laid the cut out image over the candle and wrapped a piece of baking parchment tightly around the candle.  Using a heat gun to adhere the tissue paper to the candle, it was like embossing magic as you can see the wax melting as you move along.  It's important to keep your heat gun moving so as not to create any holes with the hot wax, it all happens very quickly.

The end result!  I added a piece of ribbon and a matching bow around the base of the candle to add the finishing touch.

For a first attempt, I'm very happy with the end result, although I would like to have another go and just leave it at the stage where it's been coloured with the pencils as I think that would give a subtle sketchy look.  

I've thoroughly enjoyed trying a new technique (For me) and I hope that I just might have inspired you to have a go if you've never tried stamping on candles before. 

Happy Crafting, Sandra x   

Thanks so much Sandra, I have a feeling lots of us will be having a go at this.