An orange-squeezing christmas tree

I guess that’s why there is so much orange juice on the card. The cogs get a bit rusty from it, maybe even moldy. Guess orange juice is a bit too acid to just squeeze between cogs.

I’m going to present to you a batch of christmas cards. The colours (maybe the talk of oranges gave it away allready) come from a colour challenge: Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 4

 

Yes. You can make Christmas cards with these colours, all you need to do is pile up some cogs and splash em with these colours. One of the next batch of cards is my entry.The cards are very similar so I didn’t think it was necessary to post them seperately, ofcourse I’ll choose one to be the representative of the group. And I think it will be this one:Daqadoodles141026zo134123

 

I inked the stencil (Crafters Workshop) with ripe persimmon, sprayed with a bit of water and pressed onto the paper (I made a larger sheet and cut it up later). I stamped again with the stencil next to this one, you’ll see on the other cards. Let dry and continue 4 days later. Add ripe persimmon to your craftsheet and use a waterbrush to colour the stars and other white areas.

Stamp the tree with stazon, use the picked fence distress marker to colour the cogs, heat emboss “happy newyear” with copper embossing powder.

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This is originally a piece of the paper of the second stamping of the stencil – it was very light. So I laid down the stencil again and coloured in the stars.

Next I stamped the tree again, and put distress ink (ripe persimmon, spicy marmalade, barn door, maybe some more) onto my craft sheet and coloured with my waterbrush, mixing the colours. I coloured the open spaces with a milled lavender marker. The white between the tree was a bit too white so coloured it a bit more. Next I inked up one of the flowery corner stamps of the same set, with two colours of distress ink, and sprayed it with water and stamped. The first print wasn’t good at all, so I restamped (without positioning it well, I wasn’t really bothering about preciseness, this would be a shabby grungy fast range of christmas cards – I’ve got about 40 to go still! No time for neat cards…) I disliked the blurry restamping anyway, so sprayed water over it to make it more blurry, and liked that effect. I stamped and heatembossed Noel.

Daqadoodles141026zo133952 On this one you can see a big bold background stamp, it’s added over the stars stencil print as that was too light to make a nice background. The big bold background was stamped with milled lavender. Next I stmaped and heat embossed the tree with red embossing powder, coloured with ripe persimmon and black sooth and added the sentiment “happy new year”

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Chocolate baroque colour challenge entry #2

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Three trees, the first for christmas. I loveed making them this way, no hassle over colouring precisely inside the lines, or colours fading into eachother. A perfect style for batches of cards :) I made 5 more in this colour setting, 3 big ones and 2 matching smaller ones, so stay tuned!

Softly chime the flowers

That’s what you get when using metal flowers. Maybe it should be “Loudly” though.

Anyway, here is my card:

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Only one picture this time, the others weren’t very good.

The background was made by putting ink on my craftsheet, spray a little bit of water and press the card in it / swipe it. Let dry, then stamp the two corner elements with Stazon Cherry Pink. Next, colour those a bit with various distress markers / distress ink with waterbrush. Stamp the butterfly, and stamp the flowers onto a separate sheet, colour those also with the ink-and-water or marker and then waterbrush technique. I even used a regular felttip pen from my children for the orange in the stems. Leave to dry, and cut out.

The pink was still very pink, and the butterfly popped out too much so I took my picket fence (white) distress stain and put it roughly all over the card – the butterfly faded well. You can see in the upper right corner still how the pink looked before. I added the flowers, then made a background with some ripe persimmon mostly, even the lighter bits are that ink, it’s just orange when it’s diluted with water more. I messed about with a corner punch once again. Sseems I only get this one out near christmas. Oh, not to forget, I inked the edges with Mahogany marker, colouring on the card a bit too and then go over it with a waterbrush. I really liked this effect, you’ll notice when you see my next batch of cards.

When this card was done I thought what to use it for, and decided I would add a sentiment when I knew the occasion. Also, I told myself that from now on I should mostly make Christmas cards, even if the colour is totally NOT christmas. PFew what a challenge. But I think it worked.. see my next posts!

This is my first entry for the 4th Chocolate Baroque Colour challenge

Alien Art

I post all my projects. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Next one doesn’t fall into the first category, but to document and show my learning process/curve, I post this anyway.

The background  was made the same time as the background in the previous post, and added bits of chipboard to it too.

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I use the ufo stamp from made by boefje,  The Three Leaves set from Designs by Ryn, the smaller leaf is also from Designs by Ryn, gloss/paper pens, wooden butterflies, distress paint, Crafters Companion text stamp.

Let’s not start at the beginning this time, but halfway through when I didn’t now how to go on from there. It was (is) a bit of an experimental card, trying to incorporate left overs, bits of chipboard. So this is what I had. I didn’t think I could ever turn this into an acceptable card, some sloppy stamping, strange square chipboard pieces, no masking (the U.F.O’s and the leaves are overlapping a lot without masking).

Daqadoodles141005zo173344And now. What to do with the chipboard pieces? They look a bit too much like glued on chipboard pieces still. After some pondering I remembered the little butterflies I had, they were perfect! Like mounted butterflies, trophies on the wall only now strangely soaring through the sky. Hence the text.  The previous card reminded me of wind, arcane spells in the air behind the fairy. The items on this card also seem to be tossed around in the wind.

The text stamp – well, there was not enough contrast between the textand backgrounds, so I went around the letters with a gell pen, where the letters were stamped on an ufo. You can see that I slid a bit with the leaf stamp on the paint, it was a bit slick. I don’t mind, as the stamps got some extra shading and appear to be tossed. (Ok, I only just made that up). All along making the card the focus was on experimenting and mindlessly having fun with the gloss pens from Viva Decor.

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Now I still don’t think I’d ever send it, but I think I kind of like the card.
It’s a strange card, but not too bad for some experimenting.

Alien Art.

Arcane Dreams

Thinking of a title for this card, I thought it was dreamlike, hypnotized, trance, drugs… What’s with me and drugs lately? I never used it and don’t want to start now. Lack of sleep is good enough to make you feel dizzy :P.

Anyway, trance, hypnotic, that sort of fits. Arcane. Arcane! That’s it, why didn’t I think of that sooner.

So humpadabum, here she is, our Arcane musician, wielding her harp to cast her dreamspell on you.

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Fairy is from Designs By Ryn, the word Dreams is from Christina Renee clearstamp set (not sold anymore), the sun is from Stampinback (IIRC), the burst is from Chocolate Baroque. The chipboard things on it are remains of the Albert Heyns promotional goods. Albert Heyn, or AH, is a big supermarket chain which regularly has cardboard/paper things to collect for kids. this time the theme is “a farmers life”. Used in this card is 1 egg and some left overs. 1 egg? yup. Slide the two most eggshaped figures into eachogher and you have a 3d egg out of paper. (top view of the egg is a + ). I hope I didn’t ruin your thoughts about this card now, that you see eggs everytime you look at it. I think I jinxed that now, having said that…

So I glued some bits and pieces onto a card, added distress paint ranomly, a Design by Ryn fish scale stamp (forgot to mention that) and some more paint.

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I stamped the fairy, coloured her, then stamped her again onto tissue paper, coloured her again and decoupaged her onto the first image. I changed the colours of her dress on the second stamp, but kept the colours of her wings largely the same so it would be more intense. Above photo: no sparkles on her wings.

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Next I stamped the Dreams text in cherry pink stazon. I thought it would match. I have no pictures of that for a reason. The pink just screamed out at me, like a Paris Hilton pink barbie something.

So I stamped over it twice, I inked up the stamp mostly with gothic purple (left some uninked at the top) and next again in black, inking mostly only the bottom part. I added some sparkles on the wings, and drops, made a frame to mat it on and assembled it all.

Another tip: I never use a whole sheet of paper to mat my card on, as postage is 1 stamp for 0-20g, above it’s 2 stamps. And 20g is easily to get to with self made cards and envelopes. Also, I save the cut out bits to use for other cards.

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Next up is Alien Art, a card made similar to this one.

Arcane Dreams is my third entry to Designs by Ryn October Customer Creation Challenge. (always anything goes, but must use Design by Ryn’s stamps).

Making of a Whispered Autumn Song

Some pictures I forgot to add. I had some trouble determining what or whom the fairy was singing too.

Decisions decisions…

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Here is the card as it was then. I cut off the left side later, to balance the card more. I had wanted to make some more shade there, but it was distracting. Around the fairy are some stamps that might fit in there. Maybe the unicorns, coming in from the left of the card? All grey stamps are Chocolate Baroque, the red rubber is from Designs by Ryn, the white ones are from the set Pixie Glade by ?? (I’ve got them for quite a while). The pinkish stamp (high heels) is VivaLasVegas, as is the stamped, coloured and cut out gnome. The roughly stamped butterfly and castle are Chocolate Baroque too, as is the stamped, coloured and cut out mushroom barely seen on the left.

I stamped several images roughly and cut them out, to see how it looked.

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This is the mushroom that was a left over from a failed card, and which I had wanted to use in the Psychedelic Party card but which was too big. It could be nice here, with the bird sitting on top of it.

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Or would she be singing to a butterfly about the passing of days, the end of summer?

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This one was a favourite of mine for a long time – like the gnome had been bad and got a speech. Or maybe the opposite, he was quite heroic and was praised? The gnome was stamped and cut for another card but I didn’t use it for that card. It’s a Viva las VegaStamp, and tiny, but cute.

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His height didn’t match her LOS, so what if I raised him onto a mushoom? Gnomes do go well with mushrooms.

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Or maybe she’s singing to a little elf castle, hoping to sing the elfs out? And that cheeky gnome just standing there, ready to do something naughty?

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I think now I had too much mushroom tea and got a bit silly. What if she was having lunch with a cup of tea, and used the mushroom as a table?

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Or this one, where the fairy is leaning toward her to listen. (Gnome is still hanging around.) I liked this one best, but I wanted some colour on the fairy.

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Yup that is my table, and the workspace remaining in the end. I coloured some paper with the ranger airbrushtool and distress markers, then stamped and clearembossed the fairy and cut her out.Daqadoodles141004za235020

 

Here us the result. That note on the left, with “Fever” on it – I was trying some words for the Psychedelic party, and tried “disco fever”.

Daqadoodles141004za235136  And a closeup of the result. (and behind her you can see a big tip of mine: on all sides of your inkpad, glue down a strip, coloured with that ink and write the name on it. I started doing that on only 1 side, but then you have to stack the boxes neatly each time. So then I did 2 sides. But still too much searching. So now it’s 4 sides, just white paper and plain tape – if I would just glue down the paper it would be smudged in no time I bet, so cover it with something ink-resistant.)

(Don’t take any advice from me about cutting your stamps, as I sometimes cut the stamps first and then put them on the mounting foam, then cut them out. It doesn’t always match well, and if I stamp edges, then I cut those away after. I realize now that I should probably do it the other way around, and remove more from the cushion then from the stamp. Or would the stamp bend to the paper then?

If you remember the card, you might think: huh, but there was a fairy and a flower on it, not another fairy!

That’s right. I found the colours didn’t match, and the coloured silhouette didn’t work with the stamped and non-silhouette big fairy.

So I searched for a right sized image of something that would fit, and found this flower from Chocolate Baroque.

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A picture says more then 1000 words they say, so let me just take a picture of it now.

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It’s not just her glossyness, the colours were not for this card.

 

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I stored her in a box with more pretty cards / backgrounds, and put her on top of some sheets I had made with bister. She fits on those better!

Not a great picture, the detail is missing from the backgrounds, but the colours sure are great :) Now I just need to make some cards out of them.

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July, November and December in October – and a pregnant belly

Some pictures I still wanted to share with you. I replaced my usual wall of text with a wall of images this time.

Here are two simple tags I made to accompany a voucher.

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Both Chocolate Baroque stamps, tag die – can’t remember. Text stamp (thank you) – from a clear stamp sheet at Kruidvat.

A picture of me and my daughter putting papers through the machine (as my son calls it), 4 days before my third child was born.

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And a picture of me and my huge belly (ofcourse the camera angle also enlarges it more) – taken half an hour later. And a good look at the dated kitchen of the previous owners – we’ve been without a dishwasher since we moved in, oh how I’ll love it when we manage to install one, even a second hand temporary dishwasher will do untill we rebuild the kitchen. First world problems, eh.

 

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Oh and in my new kitchen I want many big drawers instead of only unconvenient cupboards!

The children helping with the cooking later that day:

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Then, to end with another card, we go back to december 2013, as that is when I made this card:

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Made with (IIRC): Embossing folder from Provocraft and Steampunk Alphabet stamp from Vivalasvegastamps

And this card, from november:

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Made with dies: cogs from… I forgot… they match with the Chronologies series, Urban stamps. The drill, nails, bulb is all from a stampset from DeStempelwinkel, the man is a Marianne DEsign die, and the sentiment die is either Marianne design or Joy crafts. (It means congratulations). Oh and I also used a tools embossing folder, forgot where that one came from.

Want to know specifics about a card, or which materials / tools I used, ask away! I can look it up, no problem, but not tonight! Tonight it’s just guess work ;).

Goodnight all!

Journey through an exotic reef

A short post this time, as I’m tired. No interesting text this time, so just sit and relax and watch the aquarium. Uh photo’s.

 

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(Was also made for the Vandicrafts Artistry challenge: birthday, but I am too late for that one. Hmm maybe I am on time for anything goes?)(Oh too late for that one too, but the current theme fits as well: make your own background.)

The reef is printed. The origin is a background I made earlier. (See the post about marbled pearls). I scanned it and edited it digitally, then printed. This will be available in my shop too.The fish is from Designs by Ryn, the seaweed is a crafter’s workshop stencil, and the text is Stampendous. (could be wrong there).

After printin the background I stamped the fish with Stazon Pumpkin or Crimson red. Then I took my distress inks (ripe persimmon, wild honey, dried marigold, rusty hinge, and maybe a few more), dabbed them onty an acryllic block and took a waterbrush to colour the fish. I also went over the edge of the reef and a bit in between the stones with that brush – the ink of the printer is watersoluble so the colours brighten a bit.

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I then masked off the fish and coloured the water around her, using a distress marker and a waterbrush. Then I placed the stencil and coloured it with various green/red colour distress inks. Only after that did I remove the mask from the fish.

To finish it off I added paper/gloss/perlen pearls to the overhanging of the reef. (Now that I look at it, next time I should make bubbles from them!). I did some marbling in them. The eye of the fish is made with the gloss/paper pen first, then let it dry and cover the pupil with glossy accents.

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Last, I stamped the sentiment. To make it stand out more I outlined the text with a white pen.

Ink the edges a bit and glue onto a card – this could be quite a fast card! Looks lovely, doesn’t weigh too much (to keep the postage costs in check) and looks cheerfull.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

 

A whispered autumn song

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Beautiful flower with your fragrance of Autumn
How you stand there, filled with the sun.
Do you not know, do you not feel
The change of the season, the turning of the wheel?

Around you leaves fall,
It’s Fall, they fall.
Let down your petals,
Let down, let go
Show us your seedsShow them, then sow,
For theirs is the Spring,
and for them, you grow.

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Beautiful flower, so strong in this wind,
How you stand there, defying the time.
Do you now know, do you now hear
King Winter approaching, saying your end is near?

Around you leaves fall,
Like feathers, they fall
Your crown made of petals,
Goes down, goes off
Spread out your seeds,
with joy, with love,
For  you’ll live forever
It’s you, they’re made off.

Beautiful flower with your roots deep in the ground
Alone you stand there, calm in the present,
You always did knew, as you can sense
your return in springtime, winter is not the end.

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The fairy was stamped, coloured with distress ink / markers and then I applied decoupage glue to her. I next stamped the rest.
She does have some bruises on her leg, that is where I didn’t apply the decoupage glue well enough and rubbed in the ink of the tree/ rubbed off the paper a bit when I cleaned her with a damp cloth. I thought about covering it with something, but I like it, it suits a Fall fairy to have some signs of withering and crumbling.  The sponging is done with a new foam sponge, I am still learning how to use it and wondering if I like them, they don’t really soak up the ink well so you get this more coarse sponging. For this card it fits, and I like it here. I’m slowly learning how to use the foam pods without getting this effect as I do like to make smoother backgrounds too.

  • Fairy is a Designs by Ryn stamp,
  • Flower is from Chocolate baroque,
  • Feather is Crafters Companion (something magical series)
  • Tree is from nonsequitur stamps / de stempelwinkel.

This card is my first entry for the Designs by Ryn October challenge.

Ronald McDonald-house – sharing hugs.

Daqadoodles140812di155614I’ve told you about my neece who had an accident. My sister has stayed in a Ronald McDonald-house since the accident, first a house in Maastricht, now in Tilburg.

A Ronald McDonaldhouse is a house for families who have a child admitted to the hospital. This enables them to be 5 minutes walking distance away from their child, to be there in a moment if their child needs them. There is space for 4 familymembers in a house, and it costs €18,- a day (wich is usually refunded by the insurance company). Ofcourse those houses cannot operate from that money, they live off donations.

Here is a documentary (in dutch) about the Ronald McDonaldhouse Maastricht, my sister Kim is seen in that video too. (And some of her vilt artwork on the background and als a card I made with a buddha on it).

Consider buying less christmas presents this year, or spend a little less on lush and extravagant dining. Consider donating to the Ronald Mc Donald fund (kinderfonds in the netherlands) or something similar near your place. There are so many charities – consider giving to them, instead of to allready overflowing cupboards and closets, and instead of a large meal (and after the holidays sighing that it’s time to lose weight).

Easy to say, hard to do – I have a lot of stuff. I often say I don’t need more. With some exceptions ofcourse – crafting goods!

As much as I like the cause I’m talking about now, I think I prefer even much more if you find a charity closer to your home, to your community or your family. It makes you feel involved, commited more, and maybe you can even do some charity work. Or donate goods. Look around you and help your community. Improve the world by improving your world around you.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do something craft related? I don’t mean selling cards and donate the money, but something like sending cards to lonely people? Make cards for a retirement home, or for the old lovely lady on the corner. Or the young man living there – it’s not only old people who are lonely. Sometimes it’s hard to connect, to meet new people.

Maybe a good and easy start would be to make a card for every house in your street, or to 20 houses on the left and 20 houses on the right of you. (easy for me to say, there are no residences across our house, so should be doable for me).

Let’s make the world a bit better this year again. And why wait untill christmas – not everyone likes it. Why not do so now?

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Desert Storm

Mystical sandstorm orient – here is my card:

tn_1200_gcs034_jpgJust kidding. Ofcourse.  I’d NEVER post just a picture of a pretty background only. See a few posts back, or a post to  come, can’t remember if I posted it allready. But I know I’ll never do that.

No, I will post tons of pictures of the same paper, as usual… Maybe I should warn you when my post isn’t picture heavy. I guess this one falls into that category, only 4 images!

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A palace in the evening sun.

Just a short rant/nag to get it off my chest, maybe it will hurt less then ;). I’m a bit under the weather. Work has really started this week, with me having to leave the house at 07:30 two days and two days 06:30, and I set myself the goal of going to work by bicycle as I don’t sport, and I need to get moving a bit more. It’s 10km for a one way trip – about 35 minutes. I haven’t been this physycally active for a long time, so I have to get used to that. And to work, and lack of sleep. I’m losing masses amounts of hair. It’s about 3 months after the delivery of my son. During pregnancy your hair doesn’t fall out as normal – it falls out (in masses) in 2 – 4 months after the delivery, hormones are busy again. I could have filled an entire wig with what has come out – don’t dare to wear my hair loose! Lack of sleep probably doesn’t help either. The cycling, getting up early, and my OH and kids having (had) a cold last weekend also influenced me, Monday and Tuesday some throath ache, but today my whole body aches – backpains, leg pains, neck pains. No throat ache though. It could be my period starting again, but could also just be sore muscles. Who knows. Or it could be the starting inflammation of one breast (I’m breasfeeding but “milk” (to put it bluntly) at work) – it hurts a bit. I hope it won’t get worse, as this weekend my daughter will turn 2! Visit on Sunday, thinking about hand-outs/treats at the daycare (and making those!) cleaning up this pighole- eh the house, getting supplies.. Time to recover? Tomorrow night I’ll go to bed early. Really!

/end of rant.

Reading blogs is falling behind a bit again, and I noticed I can’t enter the challenges I wanted to enter – not enough time to make cards for it. Ofcourse, several challenges of my favourite stamps I won’t pass!

 

So this card.

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I began by stamping the image with Stazon pumpkin, then added some Ripe persimmon on the stamped image as well. I created a mask with self adhesive window foil, and shaded around the pumpkin palace, then took the mask off ans saw I hadn’t placed it correctly. What a great luck! Usually it’s a bad thing, but this looked great! perfect highlights without me messing up with the white gel pen :D.

I placed the mask a bit higher and coloured again, probably with Wild Honey (a new favourite), Scattered Straw, goint to Old Paper and Pumice Stone.

Next I stamped and embossed the leaves with mustard seed disterss embossing powder. I put some Gathered Twigs onto an acryllic block, and coloured the embossed images with a water brush – unfortunately the yellow wasn’t as yellow anymore, and got rubbed away a bit when I wiped the embossed image to remove the ink from the embossed parts. I embossed one leaf again (the left one) – but though the others looked fine too. After all, I used Distress embossing powder, and don’t they look perfectly distressed now?

To finish it off I stamped a sentiment from the Fairylands Words set. I have fallen in love with these stamps too – I kind of had abandoned my clearstamps, but now I’m using them a bit more again due to this set. And this set is so great to work with, and so versatile! I stamped the text with versamark and emobssed with copper embossing powder (Docrafts). Inked the edges a bit with Gathered twigs too.

Oh I completely forgot the flowers in front of the palace – not sure when I made those, probably before masking the pumpkin palace. They are embossed with embossing powder too.

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I took this sandlike background paper to make a matting layer behind it, but I liked it more as a frame so I put that on top of the image. Under it I placed a piece of Pumice-Stone inked up paper.

This card was made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #3.

 

Oh I’ve been crafty in between, in those pockets of time – been altering business cards! I had great fun. My backlog of still-to post cards is getting bigger – if only I could post and not talk every time. I’d have no backlog and be in bed on time. Ah well, this online journal is helping me too – retrace my creative process, enjoying the steps again, and preserving how I made it for later. (Which reminds me, I should make another backup of my blog.) (Not tonight though.)