Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Hi folks, well I have been waiting ages to share this with you....

I was offered the opportunity to do a Guest Design Team spot for Chocolate Baroque and I jumped at the chance. I love the design and detailing of the stamps from Chocolate Baroque so it was hard to choose which stamp set to work with. As I am an absolute sucker for butterflies, I went with the A5 butterfly flourish swirls stamp set. I wanted to create something spectacularly
different as this was for a special occasion. 

I was going through my blue period, colour wise and as it was working well for me, so I decided to stick with it for this project. 

How I created my artwork:

Remove all the fittings on the MDF key cupboard, sand and paint with a coat of gesso, then a coat of light coloured emulsion paint. 

Colour the cupboard with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I chose Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Iced Spruce to work with. 

Using the Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Flourish Swirls A5 stamp set, randomly ink areas of the large butterfly stamp with Distress Ink and the un-inked areas with IndigoBlu FlitterGlu. Stamp the image on the inside back of the cupboard. (This creates a half inked/half sticky stamped image.) Cover the image with IndigoBlu Brighton Pier gilding flakes and remove excess. 

Stamp the smaller leafy swirl on the inside back top part of the cupboard using the same technique.

Stamp the larger leafy swirl on the outside sides of the key cupboard and the corner swirls stamps on the outside top, using the same ink/glue technique. 

Stamp the corner swirls on the door of the cupboard using black Stazon Ink, don’t press too hard to create a distressed look. Randomly dab FlitterGlu on to the cupboard door using a sponge/Cut n Dry foam and cover with the gilding flakes. 

Stamp the butterfly stamp on to Stamps Away Stamp and Colour 300gsm card using Black Soot Distress Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Cut out the butterflies and colour them with Distress Ink to match the colour of the cupboard. 

Colour some paper and foam flowers with chosen colour of Distress Ink and dip them in bees wax using a melting pot. Glue some of the flowers on to metal plate embellishments.

Using a metal lock and key embellishment, dab some FlitterGlu randomly and add the flakes. Tie together using some natural twine and tie around the door knob of the cupboard. 

Using a hot glue gun, arrange and adhere a selection of metal embellishments on to the top and door of the cupboard. Add some natural thread ribbon to create texture. Add rusty keys to the inside of the cupboard. Add the cut out butterflies. 

Replace key cupboard fitting to finish.

List of materials:

* Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Flourish Swirls A5 stamp set.
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Iced Spruce, Black Soot.
* Black Stazon Ink.
* IndigoBlu FlitterGlu.
* IndigoBlu Brighton Pier gilding flakes.
* Stamps Away - Stamp and Colour 300gsm card.
* Paper and foam flowers.
* Bees wax.
* Melting pot.
* Rusty Keys.
* Metal lock & key embellishment.
* Natural twine and ribbon.
* Other metal and glass embellishments.
* Cosmic Shimmer glue.
* Hot glue gun.
* Sponge/Cut n Dry foam.

You can check out my creation on the Chocolate Baroque blog here.

Thank you for popping by today - please leave a crafty comment if you wish.

Toodles, Lisa xxx 

I would like to enter this creation in to the following challenges...

That Craft Place - anything goes
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Sunday Stamper - knock on wood

A Creative Romance - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - altered art
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - altered art


  1. Oh wow! how stunning, what a beautiful design! I really loved looking at your work and thanks so much for joining us at A Creative Romance, Mel. xx

  2. This is a beautiful project! Some very nice details in there! Thanks so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  3. Gorgeous, love blue and I love everything about this.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Moira DT. xx

  4. Beautiful altered art! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics July Challenge.

  5. They did very well on inviting you over to guest design for them, Lisa! This is brilliant! A most wonderful make over! Love it!

    Claudia xx

  6. Gorgeous.Such a beautiful creation - Thank you for sharing over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you in future challenges

    Elaine aka Ellapu
    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Owner of Altered Eclectics
    Owner at Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Crafty Ribbons

    1. Thanks Elaine. Your challenge blog is new to me - but I'm so glad I found you! Will defo be popping by in the future xxx

  7. YAY FOR YOU Lisa!!! Am chuffed for you hun... and wow, what a beautiful creation you made for your GD spot. Love all the beautiful elements, blue is also my fave colour to play with and this alteration is magnificent... Thanks for joining in with The Sunday Stamper x

    1. Thanks Hels. That means so much coming from you xxx

  8. This is stunning, such a vibrant blue colour and ever so much attention to detail :-)

    Thanks for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

    1. Thanks Becca for the lovely comments. xxx

  9. WOW....Stunning creation, I adore the colours & beautiful butterflies...the keys are fabulous...Thank you for joining us at Craft my life... Hugs May x x

    1. Thanks May for the lovely comments. xxx