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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Dutch Scene Card using Country Views and Sunburst Scenes (by Anne)

Here is another of my designs created for the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel using the lovely scene building stamp sets - Country Views and Sunburst Scenes.

I love scene building. I disappear into a fantasy world while creating these.
I hope that you like my Dutch inspired scenic project.

Anne x.



  • White card blank 20.5cm square, white stamping card, blue and white pearlescent card
  • Copy paper to create masks
  • Distress Inkpad (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Fine marker pen and alcohol ink marker (dark blue)
  • Adhesive

How to make it:

  1. Cut a decorative mat approx. 18cm diameter and back with blue card. Cut small corner elements in blue card. Cut circular topper approx. 13.5cm diameter from stamping card (to fit onto decorative mat).
  2. Stamp the scene using Distress Ink. Use masks to cover the foreground images while stamping the ones behind in the background. Complete the scene using the fine blue pen.
  3. Colour the image by putting Distress Ink onto a tile or palette and picking up ink with a wet brush.
  4. Outline the edges of the topper with blue alcohol ink.
  5. Glue decorative mat, corners and topper onto the card blank.


Blog Comment Winner November

Hello everyone.
Once again we would like to thank you all for your visits here at the Design Team blog.  We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs.  
Each comment in November was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Susan Battensby (Beautiful work. These flowers are so useful) you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps! 
 Please send a quick email to confirm your email address
and will send you your gift certificate.
Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from December's comments. The more comments you leave the better your chances to win!  
Thank you for your kind words and comments,
Good luck from the Design Team!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Double Flower Power (by Asha)

Good morning, friends. I'm still playing with the new Flowerhead stamps and today I've used 2 -  Dotty Centre Flowerhead and Circle Centre Flowerhead - to make a one layer card.
  1. Start by stamping one flowerhead in the top right hand corner in the front of the card base and another in the top left hand corner inside the card.
  2. Trim the around the flowerheads so that they stick out of the top and side edges. 
  3. Colour the flowerheads. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos.
  4. Start at the edges and continue to blend the Distress Inks inward. Stopping short of the flowerheads creates a halo effect.
  5. Stamp a greeting from Birthday Words A5 sheet and fill the rest of the card with leaves from Autumn Poppy A5 sheet.
  6. For a final flourish, little droplets of Liquid Pearl and a few strokes of Clear Wink of Stella pen on the petals.

This is the inside of the card. As with the card front, I inked the inside edges with Distress Inks too.

So there you have it - a floral one layer card, perfect for mailing. I hope you'll give it a try. Details on tools and products used above are available on my blog.  Don't forget to stop by for more fabulous makes by my team mates.

Thank you for stopping by today and have a crafty weekend!


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas Flower (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have another project using one of the large Flowerhead collection stamps to show you today. I have really enjoyed creating projects with these lovely large stamps, great for that focal point on a card. I have chosen to use the Circle Centre Flowerhead for this project.

I created my background by covering a gelli plate with turquoise ink, using a brayer. I used a piece of white card to take a print from the gelli plate. This is a really quick way of colouring a piece of card if you want a single colour. Once the card was dry, I stamped and embossed a harlequin design from the Harlequin Fragments stamp set onto the background, using gold embossing powder. I added some droplets of red ink over the rest of the background, and a little bit of gold shimmer, using a gold pen.

I stamped and embossed the flower onto red vellum twice, using gold embossing powder, and cut it out. I added a leafy die cut, and dark green matting to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday, 27 November 2015

Brusho Swirl Flowerhead (by Veronica)

Hi everyone, today I have two more cards using the Swirl Centre Flowerhead cling mounted stamp and brusho powders.

This first one is very simple, just the flowerhead stamped into one corner and embossed in white, with turquoise brusho powder. The white 7” square base card is randomly stamped with the same flowerhead using broken china distress ink, which had also been sponged round the edges.

For the second one the background is randomly stamped with the flowerhead, also white embossed, then sprinkled with turquoise and cobalt blue brusho and sprayed until the colours run together. The Flowerhead is stamped on to black card and embossed using a shocking pink powder, cut out and glued onto the background, then onto a black A5 card blank.

I am really enjoying playing with these big stamps and hope you are enjoying seeing all the different ideas from the DT. There are full details of how I made both of these cards on my blog.

Thank you for visiting our blog today, please drop in again to see more gorgeous examples using the large flowerhead stamps.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Guest Post - Vintage style by Shilpa Nagaonkar

It seems all too quick that we have come to the last of our Guest posts from Shilpa and this week she is delighting us with a gorgeous mixed media project.

Hello everyone, hope you are having great week!

I've my third GD post today to share with you. It is a grungy vintage style mixed media piece which I've created with Chocolate Baroque Key to My Dreams stamp set and Deco Art Media Products.

Here is the procedure I followed:

I started with stamping the Keyhole stamp with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink, sprinkled clear embossing powder on it and heat set it with heat tool, it is a beautiful stamp.

For the brown background I applied Deco Art Quinacridone Gold on chipboard, dried it completely and stamped texture on it with one of the texture stamps from the Abstract Fragments stamp set. For the crackle effect at the edges I applied Decoart clear glaze.

To make the patina background, I adhered cogs die cuts to the surface and applied gesso on it. Next several layers were with Decoart Cobalt Teal Hue, Titan Buff and Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylics. I let it dry completely and stamped on it with another texture stamp from Abstract Fragments using Jet Black Archival ink.

I layered all pieces with foam adhesive and my project was ready.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I have enjoyed showing my designs and look forward to seeing you again soon.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Shilpa for her beautiful and creative work during the last three weeks, her interpretation of some of the older Chocolate Baroque stamps has been inspirational. We will be seeing more of her stunning creations again next year and hope that you have enjoyed seeing her designs as much as we have.

And remember there are more great ideas to come from our Design Team, so please join us again soon. 


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Cheery Flowerhead Top (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a stamped and coloured T shirt top using the gorgeous Flowerhead stamps and alcohol ink pens to colour. I had ruined this top while cooking a curry and couldn’t get rid of tiny yellow stains splashed across the front. Now you would never know that they are there.

I hope that you like this fun project. We need some summery florals to brighten up these darker winter days.


  • Flowerhead stamps (Mesh Centre, Daisy Ring and Dotty Centre), Leaf from Tall Trees stamp set
  • Dye based inkpads suitable for fabric (black and dark blue)
  • Alcohol ink pens (citrus greens, yellow, pinks, orange, greenish blues and turquoise)

 How to do it:
  1. Wash and dry the item thoroughly and do not use conditioner.
  2. Place some scrap paper under the shirt to absorb any ink that may bleed through. Stamp the Flowerheads with black ink and the leaves in blue ink.
  3. Colour the images with alcohol ink pens. Note: it is not possible to get controlled colouring and blending as the ink instantly sucks into the fabric. I used absorbent cartridge paper underneath to take up the excess ink (keep the stained paper to create backgrounds on your cards – it looks quite pretty). I used the lighter more transparent colours for the main colour fill (so as not to obscure the stamp detail), then added accent shading with the darker colours.
  4. Leave overnight for the inks to ‘set’ into the fabric. Iron fix with a dry iron (at the hottest setting that your fabric will tolerate) to make the images and colouring permanent and washable.
Anne x.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Flowers of ice (by Miranda)

Hello lovely people,

Where I live (in the Netherlands) the weather is's getting colder and it feels like Winter is finally coming. So to stay in the same sphere I created some flowers of ice with one of the new flower heads. I have used the Circle center flowerhead. I like all the six new flower heads and could not make a choice if I had they can also be bought in a multi-buy which saves you some money and than you can play with all of them!

I had already this icy coloured background in my stash, made with fluid inks on water based paper and some salt effects. As you can see I have also used some sparkling paste through a stencil on the background.

I have stamped the flowers using Memento de Luxe in different colors for each flower. Than I have embossed them with Wow clear silver highlight embossing powder which has a lot of holographic sparkles. I coloured them with water based markers and decoupaged them.

The word Bliss is from the Artistic Affirmations sheet.

From a different angle so you can see the sparkle even better.......

I hope I have inspired you with these flowers of ice.......
Thanks for your visit and hope to see you next time!