Sunday, December 02, 2012

A Steampunk Butterfly and a new Design Team Spot !

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.    I've been like a little girl jumping & up and down in excitement - it's like I've had lots of "chocolate" :)

I'm a very excited lady to tell you about my wonderful new opportunity.  I've been invited by Glenda the owner of Chocolate Baroque Stamps in the UK to join their Design Team!   I was thrilled to say 'yes' as I've been 'in love' with their beautiful & elegant designs for a long time.   I'm very impressed with the great quality, value and service on orders to Canada.  I'm truly honored to join the team of talented ladies who have given me so much inspiration.  Here is a link to the  Design Team Blog

Chocolate Baroque's December Stamp Set of the Month is Steampunk Butterfly and this is my first design using them.   It's a beautiful set, the stamps have been so much fun to 'play' with.  The Stamp Set of the Month is a newly launched design at a special introductory price.   

To create the background I started with Turquoise Dylusions Ink (sprayed with water, then ink & blotted off with paper towel).   Next I used CraftersWorkshop Mini Gear stencil with Tea Dye Distress Ink (with the Ranger blending tool).   I stamped the beautiful window/wheel fragment with Salty Ocean and then Vintage Photo Distress Inks.   I used a distress tool on the edges of the background. 

I embossed the Deco Corners & Steampunk Butterfly with a metallic embossing power (combo of silver, gold & bronze) and painted with my Tombow markers.  I use water colour paper so I can blend with a brush & water.   And for the finishing touch I added some little cogs & a key that were hanging out in my stash.   I also raided my husband's garage for some copper wire to use for the antennae.

Imagine is from Chocolate Baroque's Artistic Impression Set which I stamped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.     I use this set a lot, it's very versatile for cards, art journaling and photo lay-outs.

Here is a close up of the card:

And here is a look at the Steampunk Butterfly set.  This is an A5 (half sheet) set.    It's an unmounted rubber stamp set, but it's easy to attach to a sheet of EZMount and cut them out to receive great value.

My new team mates have created awesome designs with these stamps so if you have a chance to visit the Design Team Blog, you'll see new creations posted almost every day.   I'll also be back with more soon !

Well that's my excitement for today, have a great one !



Cole Meyer said...

Shirley -- Wow!!! Love it, love it, love it!!!! All the funky little details, the colors, the fact that it is so different. Just a totally amazing job!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Congratulations Shirley on your joining the Chocolate Baroque Design team, it is well deserved. I love your first DT peice,it's stunning. The colours are gorgeous and the butterfly looks fabulous, I have beading wire just the right thickness for butterfly antennae, I normally have trouble finding it when I want it though. Also I recently found a small box full of small keys just right for this sort of project while clearing my Uncles house. Now all I need to do is get the stamps.

Sue x

Sandra said...

Gorgeous piece Shirley.
When CB first hinted they were having a new DT Member you were my first thought! I love your work.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Congrats Shirley, you can see who has the real talent, you are now afficial designer of CB!!! I really love your card, beautifull background and beautifull butterfly!!


brenda said...

Huge congrats Shirley, your unique style of artwork lends itself totally to Glendas wonderful stamps, as this beautiful creation proves.

Sorry I've not been by in a while, being a bit under the weather.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

B x

Marn said...

Hi Shirley! A very big congratulations with being on the Design Team at Chocolate Baroque! That is very special and I think you are going to really enjoy that! Well done! I just LOVE this first card you have created! It is very very special and very gorgeous! What a beautiful stamp set and wow you have made a very beautiful butterfly! LOVE the green colour for sure, and the colour of the butterfly, GREAT techniques used! Very well done! Looking forward to the next one :)
Warm greetings, Marlene

froebelsternchen said...

that´s a breathtaking card for me Shirley! WOW!

Have a good day!

ALIX said...

Hi Shirley, many congrats on your joining the DT-team! you deserve it!!
This creation is beautuful, as usual! I love the way how you put the circles in the background as well as in the gorgeous butterfly!!
Warm greetings, ALix

Creations by Shirl said...

Congrats on your DT spot... so well deserved..
Pretty steampunk butterfly....So unique!

Paula (PEP) said...

Absolutely super with the way the background circular wheel stamping picks up on the cogs of the butterfly's wings & they key embellishment. The ornamentation on the key is just perfect for that background wheel portion. The colours are quite scintillating. I'm so pleased about your DT appointment.
Paula (PEP)

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Amazing Shirley, that sheet is so gorgeous as well as your card. Miranda Degenaars used this sheet too with such amazing results...
Congrats with your designership!

all the best, Alie :-)

Miranda said...

Hi teamie, ofcourse I had already seen your beautiful creation, but just wanted to let you know again; it's super and I am reallt glad to have you on board! warm greetz, Mirandaxx

Sue said...

Oh wow Shirley congrats on your great news!!! I'm not surprised really I totally love your work and this card is just another stunner! huggles hun xxxx

Karin said...

wow congratulations and have fun with it!
You made a gorgeous card with these beautiful stamps!
Groetjes Karin

Julia S-W said...

Firstly Shirley, many many congratulations for you DT post!! You totally deserve this as your work is inspiring. Now you see why I would love to spend time with you and your background skills!!
This card is so beautiful. I just love everything about it. I need to have a look at this set of stamps - they are totally delicious!
I look forward to seeing more of your amazing creations.

Saakje said...

Congrats dear Shirley with your membership of the B.C.designteam.
I think Glenda made a very good decision to choose you!!
The first steampunk card is so nice and colourfull. I wish you a very good time designing cards for B.C.and......for us. Because you can inspire us so artistique.
"Lieve groetjes" Saakje

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Congratulations Shirley with your DT for the Chocolate Baroque. You deserve it so much. Fantastic. Your work with this stamp is amazing. The colors are great and of course the butterfly beautiful.
I wish you a lots of fun to design with this beautiful stamps of CB and look forwards to your creations.
Lovely greet and hug

Darnell said...

First of all, I'd like to congratulate the Chocolate Baroque! They are so lucky to have you on the DT!!

This is a new favorite, Shirley! I'm seriously embarassed that I post cards with a tiny little image simply embossed and here you are with all this background work in stunning colors and then detail on detail on detail. I keep telling you: you make art, I make cards!

Shannon White said...

Whoo Hoo! Congrats Shirley on your new DT Spot!! Yay! So happy for you and I agree they are lucky to have you! 8-) Your card is jsut Gorgeosu!! Love your steampunk butterfly with all the fabulous gears and sprockets! Just Awesome! and your BG is Just Wonderful! 8-)


Donna Ellis said...

Happy Happy Happy for you AND Chocolate Baroque! Congratulations, Shirley! I must say that I LOVE this set -- and what you have done with it. Incredible background, mirroring the butterfly. Shirley, cogs look amazing! What a perfect size to have on hand! You MADE made start a new Pinerest Board called Steampunk LOL Gorgeous!

Bonnie said...

I love that blue-green background and the fancy butterfly, Shirley! Congratulations on being asked to be on the design team. How lucky for them that you said yes!

Sophie said...

Eine wunderschöne Karte, und die Farben sind geradzu umwerfend.

Liebe Grüße aus der Kälte

Alda said...

What a wonderfull news, and well deserved Shirl. I am so happy for you and proud.
Brilliant card you've made, love the metalic butterfly and the background with distress Ink, love that color.
XOXO your cous.

craftimamma said...

Many congratulations on your DT post Shirley. I had a lovely time working with CB stamps when I was a member of the team and I'm sure you will too. They are a lovely bunch of ladies. Love the fabulous card you have made with the new stamp set. Your background is gorgeous with such vibrant colours.

Lesley Xx