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Friday, 6 March 2015

Spring Bird Daffodil - By Florence

Hi everyone

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.

The Spring Bird Daffodil Set is one of three sets of rubber stamps released this month.  They are all fabulous sets and the epitome of Spring Time.  I don't know about you but I am definitely looking forward to Spring arriving this year.  It's been knocking on the door for a couple of weeks now and will certainly be met with a warm welcome.

 Below are two of the projects I made using the amazing  Spring Bird Daffodil  set.  I don't want anyone to miss out so please do check out the multi-buy offer which can be seen here.  The designs are exquisite.

To make this tag

Stamp the large daffodil and mask
Stamp the large daffodil again and mask
Stamp the large daffodil for a third time and mask
Stamp the Bird so it appears behind the daffodils and mask
Leave all of the masks on
Pat some Distress Ink on a piece of plastic sheet or acrylic block and spritz with water.
Swish the stamped tag around in the diluted ink and dry
Repeat the above process using a different color Distress Ink and dry
Remove the masks and color your stamped images
Finally, add a small sentiment.

Tip:  I used masking fluid on both of these projects. 

To make this card

Stamp the bird and mask
Pat some Distress Ink onto a piece of plastic sheet or acrylic block and spritz with water
Swish the card around in the diluted ink and leave to dry
Stamp the music panel so that it appears behind the bird  (I used Lavender Memento ink)
Remove the mask from the bird and color the image
Make up the card as seen using some pretty papers for mat and layering.

Unless otherwise stated, I used Black Archival Ink to stamp my images on both of these projects.

That's all from me today. I hope you like the projects.

Thank you for looking.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Florence x

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Pastel Pretty Tulips (by Debbie)

Good morning.
I always think that when the current set of rubber stamps lands on the door mat, they are the best yet until the next month and the next set arrives. I adore these stamps and will be using them all during the year although they are of a spring theme.

I recently received a set of new alcohol pens so set too and stamped the tulips from Spring Birds Tulip with memento black ink. I love that the images colour so well because of the way they are designed. I added the sentiment and matted onto yellow and purple.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Daffodil Gift Box (by Julie)

Today I am hi-jacking the beginning of this post as I have a couple of announcements to make with regard to our Design Team. First, it is with sadness that we are saying goodbye to Doreen, who has been a terrific member of this team for the past year and whose designs have captivated all of us.  We wish her all the luck for the future, long may she continue creating her beautiful artwork.

So now I have the pleasure of welcoming our newest recruit, Julie Smith. You may remember Julie was a guest on this blog back in January and she is now going to be a regular member of the team. By way of an introduction here are a few snippets about Julie.

My first Chocolate Baroque stamp was probably something like the beautiful Harlequin Rose stamp plate and one of my favourites is Texture Fragments. Because of its versatility, if a design needs just that little bit extra you can probably find it in this set.

I think my favourite type of stamps are ones that are more versatile and that can lend themselves to many different styles and techniques. I am also becoming more drawn to the Steam-punk style and have my eye on the Funky Fish and Sea World stamp sets.

As well as looking at the fantastic designs of other crafters I get my inspiration from looking at everyday things such as the colour of something, a page in a magazine or the way a display has been put together in a shop and it will trigger an idea that I could use in my crafting.

If I were to describe myself in just a few words it would be something like this.  I am a forty-something Mum who loves family days out that include our border collie and of course time in my craft room so that I can just play.

I know you will all make Julie welcome as she settles into her new role. And with all that said I shall hand over to her so she can share her lovely project with you.

Good morning to you all. I am so excited to be posting my first blog post as an official Chocolate Baroque Design Team member! I really enjoyed my guest spot in January and was thrilled when I was asked to be a full time member and join this fabulous team of inspirational ladies. I really hope I can live up to expectation......
I have used the large daffodil stamp from the brand new Spring Bird Daffodil set and the small decorative stamp from the new Spring Bird Tulip set, but you could easily use the decorative stamp that comes with the Daffodil set to make this up-cycled chocolate box which measures approx 11cm x 11cm x 6cm.

I started by giving the outside of the box a good coat of white Gesso, followed by a coat of yellow acrylic paint. Whilst it was drying I stamped the images onto tissue paper and coloured the daffodil design with water colour pencils. The tissue was then glued into place using matte Mod Podge

When dry I then layered on some Soft Form Relief Paste in a pearl finish, through a 12x12 Crafters Workshop Template (Texturized) onto two opposite corners of the lid. In the remaining opposite corners I just spread the Relief Paste straight onto the lid and dragged through a Contour Tool to add texture. When the paste was dry the lid was sprayed with red, yellow and orange alcohol pens, followed by a very small amount of black acrylic paint on a dry brush to define the texture. As the Relief Paste has a pearl finish it gives the colour a soft pearl finish as well.
As you can see from the picture I have added a strip of burlap ribbon around the edge of the lid and finished off with a 10mm wide white ribbon which I have coloured with a yellow alcohol pen.

Many thanks for stopping by, please pop back tomorrow for some more design team inspiration.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Garden Fresh Crocus and A Spring Bird (by Asha)

Good morning, fellow Chocoholics! Spring is most definitely in the air and things can only get better now that we have some new stamps to play with. I've got a couple of projects to share with you featuring stamps from the brand new Spring Bird - Crocus DL set.

My first card showcases the beautiful crocuses. I stamped a cluster of the taller ones from the set and coloured them with alcohol markers. Then I coloured and fussy cut the smaller cluster and adhered in in front. And to fill all the gaps I added some die cut grass with coincidentally match the leaves of the crocuses! The greeting is from Butterfly Easter and the butterfly is from Harebell Butterfly.

Here's my second project. This time the spotlight is on the nesting bird. I've moved away from fresh bright colours and used warm neutrals instead. As before the image is coloured with alcohol markers and fussy card before adhering to the card base. I've also used the greeting and the itty bitty accent stamp from the same Spring Bird - Crocus set.

I love how this one set of stamps gives 2 different looks - garden fresh or warm & cosy. I dare say this set will get some use in the Autumn months too.

In the coming days the rest of the Design Team will show lots more projects to inspire you. So make sure you swing by often. I'll post details of how I made this card on my blog tomorrow... it's a little hectic there today! :)


February Blog Comments Winner

Hello everyone, we hope you had a great weekend.

Thank so much for your visits and comments, we truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs.

Each comment in Februry was assigned a number and we used to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Janice Stone you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps!  Please send a quick email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send you your gift certificate.

Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher next month to another lucky winner drawn from March's comments. The more comments you leave, the better your chances to win. 

We hope you enjoy our designs this month featuring the fabulous new Spring Birds stamp sets. 

Good Luck from the Design Team.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring Birds (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I would like to show you some cards made using the Spring Birds multibuy stamp set. These stamps are perfect for this time of year, as our thoughts are turning towards the Spring time, and the warmer weather.

I started my first card by making a wrinkle free distress background; placing some Distress Stains onto a craft mat, and spritzing them with water. I also spritzed a piece of watercolour paper with water and then placed it onto the craft mat, ensuring that the paper was covered with colour. I dried the paper with a heat gun, and then patted it randomly onto the droplets of colour left on my craft mat, creating a second layer of colour on the background. I also dried this with the heat gun.

 I stamped some dog roses and a bird from the Pretty Birdcage stamp set along with a bird taken from the Spring birds stamp set onto the background. I masked the main dog roses before adding the birds and extra roses. I coloured the images with pencils. I added a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments stamp set to finish.

I decided to create an easel card for my second project, and if you would like the full instructions for the assembly, you can check out the details on My Blog. I stamped the Leafy Trails Big Bold Background stamp twice onto plain card, and coloured this with waterbased markers. I edged the card with Distress Ink.

I die cut two circles, and whilst the dies were still in place, I added some colour with Distress Ink. Once I had removed the dies, I then stamped the bird image onto the larger circle, and a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday stamp set onto the smaller circle. I hand cut the mounts for the circles, by drawing around the dies onto some card left over from the easel card. Some toning ribbon completed the card.
My Design Team mates have been very busy this month making some beautiful projects with these stamps, so be sure to keep checking back to see what they have made. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Vintage Crocus (by Lesley)

Little did I know when I made today's card that Maria had also had the same idea yesterday for using Kraft as the base for her designs.  Anyway you can never have too much of a good thing so here we go.

I am so happy to be showcasing our brand new March stamps and chose the Song Bird Crocus set for this card and to create the vintage feel I added an old sewing pattern into the mix.
  • To create the topper take some dictionary paper and adhere to a piece of kraft card using matte gel medium and then attach a piece of sewing pattern over the top, again using the gel medium. Mat onto a piece of plain black card
  • Attach another plain piece of sewing pattern to some kraft card and allow to dry.
  • Stamp the crocus image from Song Bird Crocus onto this plain background using Versafine Onyx Black. When dry cut around the image leaving a fine border. Curve the edges slightly to give it a little dimension and adhere to your background using a gel glue to give it some height.
  • To assemble: Take a piece of kraft card and fold into a DL size. Attach a piece of suitable ribbon across the bottom of the card, fix the completed topper with 3d foam pads and stamp the sentiment from Sweet Nothings using Onyx Black
I quite often use dictionary paper as a background, but sometimes it can be too strong on the eye and overpower the focal point. By overlaying a piece of dress pattern it softens the image of the wording so that it is still visible. Likewise with the sewing pattern over the kraft card. Sometime this type of card can be quite porous which means it will soak up your ink and can make your stamping appear poor quality. By attaching the sewing pattern over the kraft card you have created a much more stable surface on which to stamp.

Hope you have found these tips useful and that you'll try this technique for yourself. 

As this is only the first day of March there are loads of stunning projects to follow from the Design Team girls so please keep visiting us for more inspiration.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

On kraft paper (by Maria)

Hello crafters, here are some more samples with the Sketchy Doodle Flowers stamp set.

This time, I have made you some samples on kraft paper.  Using Versafine black ink on your stamps, stamp the flowers on some kraft paper. My white cardstock is 30cms x 11cms. I folded it in two so that I had a card of 15cms x 11cms. I took some larger kraft paper stamped my flowers, and looked at how I could  take the best part of the card and cut it out 1cm less than my cardstock so, 14cms x 10cms. I coloured the flowers with pencils and the white part I coloured with my white gelly pen. I placed the sentiment on a free spot, put some golden pearls for the contrast, then I took some black cardstock to frame the kraft paper with. I put it all on my white card. I hope you like these cards, they were very easy to make, enjoy!