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
Joan
Using Chocolate Baroque Spring Foliage and Wild Meadow
Marlies
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora Musica
Sandra
Featuring Chocolate Baroque Wild Meadow
Tracy
Viv
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  

Fiona
Beautifully delicate colouring and stamping

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

Helen
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..............

Cath
A delightfully carefree image
LIVELAUGHLOVE

Angela
A lovely combination of colours

Lynne
Soft, delicate and elegant

Jane
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.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

April challenge

A very good morning and Happy Easter.

Our new theme for April is..................

******One for the Girls******

We would love to see all things girly and feminine, so many options from flowers to fashion, bright and beautiful to chic and classic, we are sure you will find so many options using your own style of crafting and feminine stamps.

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 really pleased to welcome Justin and Gordon whose faces are familiar to many of us from both craft shows and Hochanda TV and their company..............


'be Creative! have launched a brand new range of craft products. 'be Creative!' will be launching their new web site very soon but in the meantime you can keep up to date by following their Facebook where you will see some of the new products and also purchase them from Once Upon a Stamp here. You can also contact Gordon and Justin by e.mail here. The products are always well received on Hochanda and also available at 'Create it' craft shows, the next is at the Kent Event Centre on 19/20th May 2018.

We are very pleased to welcome Carol who won our February challenge, as our Guest Designer.......


And yet more feminine inspiration from the Design Team, I hope you will pop along to all the designers blogs as it means so much to them to know you appreciate their efforts ..........




Now it's over to you and we look forward to seeing all your creations.


Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into Inlinkz do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to our use of that personal information should it be selected as a winner or accredited work.