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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Chocolate Baroque Reader's Gallery- Turning the Spotlight on You!

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly round up of your artwork, visiting some of our usual haunts around the Internet; Facebook, Pinterest, and Blogland, to see what you have been creating over the past month. We like to showcase what you, our readers, have been making and to put your talent into the spotlight as a break from the Design Team girls for a change. We hope that you will enjoy what we have found in our travels this month.

The Chocolate Baroque Facebook Group, is always a thriving hub of activity, with daily posts from various members who are keen to show us what they have created. This month there has been a wide variety of projects, as you will see from what we have been able to find:

Two fabulous cards from Corine:

Diny Sprakel:
Robyn Pitcher:
Some fabulous canvases from Sally Joyce:
Deborah Jones took part in a recent workshop with our own Lesley Wharton:
Miranda has been inspiring so many people out there with workshops as well:

Hopping around Blogland, we found some beautiful inspiration from you.

Shirley Deatcher made these beautiful cards:

Sue Tossell has been busy making some lovely Birthday cards with some of our recent Floral stamps:

Corine has been busy on her blog:

We found these two lovely cards from Akkina on Facebook:

Penny's super card on her blog, in zingy colours:

We hope that you will agree that this month's selection is a really lovely collection of cards and projects. Hopefully you will see something that will inspire you to create something yourself. We would love to share lots more of your artwork each month. If you would like to forward your photos directly to us, because you do not have a blog, or access to the Facebook Group, then please email a good quality photograph, along with your name to Lesley on  and we can then include the pictures in the blog post as inspiration for others. Please do not be shy, as we really would love to share more of your projects with everyone. We will be back next month with another post, so please keep posting photos of your projects, so that we can see what you are creating.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Birthday Month Heart Stamp (by Debbie)

Morning, I have a couple of projects to share today,
The first is the card that Lesley sent out a photograph of with the newsletter last Thursday.

I stamped the Floral Heart with black Memento ink and coloured with alcohol pens. The flowers were not coloured as the detail of them is beautiful. I matted onto pink and grey card. For the base card, I stamped the Baroque Orchid four times with grey ink.
My second share is again the Flowering Baroque Heart, this time the flowers coloured and I used Adirondack inks. The dye ink pads are great for water colouring with. I cut out the heart and added to the lace square die cut. The card is a square gate fold.
And finally, I was very lucky to attend a workshop with Kate Crane at the beginning of last month where we decorated the Journal that Lesley had in stock and it flew off the shelves. The journal is one of the favourites that I have as you can add to it easily and it's a great size for notes, the covers are sturdy and could be decorated with paints or papers. The inserts and covers are sold separately so more inserts can be added.
Many thanks for stopping by

April's Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, we hope you are doing well.

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 April was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner. 

Congratulations to Pat  (A really beautiful creation Julie and love the lighthouse and yachts and the added shells and such pretty colours. The piece of jute goes really well. x) 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 to another lucky winner drawn from May's comments. The more comments you leave the better your chances to win!  The girls have many wonderful ideas and inspiring projects so keep popping in to have a look.

Thank you for your kind words and comments,
Good luck from the Design Team!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Honey Bee Decorative Ornament (by Julie)

Hello and thank you for popping in. Today I have a little project made with Tando Twinchies. For those that are not sure what twinchies are, they are a 2 inch square tile, that can take all sorts of medium, which makes them great for any mixed media project.

I covered three of my tiles with Tumbled Glass and the remaining three with Antique Linen Distress inks. Then I inked up the various images from the Honey Bee set with Onyx Black or Imperial Purple Versafine and stamped onto each of the tiles. All of the images were coloured with Polychromos pencils and the bumble bee wings were highlighted with Crystal Stickles. Before gluing the tiles together I applied gold gilding wax to all of the edges, however leave the top tile as you will need to attach your wire hanger inside the mini box beforehand.

I have used 28 gauge beading wire for the hanging loop and threaded whatever beads I had lying around. The flying bees were stamped with black Staz-On onto thick acetate. A little hole was made through the acetate so that the wire could be threaded through and secured in place with a little dab of Glossy Accents. The opposite end was wound around the main hangar while I was threading the beads. 

 I wrapped some florist tape around the loop to neaten the ends and coated the tape with gold gilding wax. 
I hope you get the idea of this fun little project as I didn't realise how hard it would be to photograph, so not sure I have really captured it at its best.....
Anyway I have some more Twinchies on order so I am sure another little ornament will be on the way.

Thank you for looking and please call back soon for some more Design Team inspiration.

Julie x 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A new stamp is coming (by Dominike)

I have a great pleasure to try the new Flowering Baroque Heart stamp.
J'ai pris un grand plaisir à m'exercer avec ce nouveau très beau tampon.

Is it gorgeous. I think I will use it often.
Have a great day.

Il est magnifique. Je pense que je vais souvent l'utiliser.
Bonne journée.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

An old rose (by Miranda)

Hello there,

Happy to be here again and show you my play with one of the older CB stamps called Rose Set.
 It's a very detailed rose but it is gorgeous I took me some while but as I love to color it was not a punishment.......

I made the background again with a favorite technique I am using quit a lot these day, fluid Ecoline and used also white to get that soft coloured finish. Some parts are coloured using Distress inks and some are coloured using pencils. It's tricky to use water based mediums over the top because the background stays reactive........

Randomly I stamped partial the small text fragment from Eccentric Edwardian sheet using Memento Toffee Crunch.

The next step was stamping several ornament stamps from the Fancy Flourishes clear stamp sheet. I have embossed them using clear mat embossing powder and blended afterwards with Distress inks to let them pop......

Than just some plain stamping with these ornaments and adding some crackle effects using the crackle fragment from the Echoes of Italy.
Well, enough text for now, onto the card......

Hope you did enjoyed it and hope to see you next time!
Thanks for your visit and I always like to read your comments, any questions....feel free to ask!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Be still my beating heart (by Lesley)

Well, what a fantstic Birthday month we have had.  Thanks to all of you for your messages of support and good wishes that you have emailed to me and the wonderful comments you have been leaving on the blog posts.

As a final celebration of making it to our fifth year, which I think is a great milestone in itself, I wanted to release a stamp that summed up Chocolate Baroque.  So when Sue sent me this particular floral design I just knew it would fit the bill. And here is our latest single clear stamp in our Heart series entitled Flowering Baroque Heart

This wonderful stamp is just bursting with elegance and charm and sums up what we are all about; stunning handrawn images and quality, which all of us put our heart and soul into. I just know you will fall in love with this exquisite individual stamp.

There are so many ways in which you can use it and the Design Team will be wowing you during the course of next month with their brilliant samples.

Here I have coloured just the flowers and leaves to emphasise the flowering branch and then added some shading, whilst below Debbie has done the reverse and coloured the heart only.  You can see how versatile this stamp is going to be.

Finally from our heart to yours, thank you for making our Birthday so special. Looking froward to the next one already.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Do you have Fifteen Minutes to spare?

Hello everyone, it is time to share the second of our bi-monthly fifteen minute card posts with you today. Thank you so much for your positive, encouraging responses to the first post, we really appreciate your lovely comments, and we are so glad that you enjoyed what we shared with you last time. We hope that you will look forward to these posts each month, and that we can bring you some quick and simple ways of using the stamps both new and old, that you have in your Chocolate Baroque stash.

Julie has created a quirky card using an image from the Punky Flower stamp set. Some soft shading at the base of the stem 'grounds' the flower.
Rachel has chosen warm orange tones set against a black background to create her card. Mounting everything onto a white card base still gives a clean and simple feel to the card.
Dominike has been using more scraps from her craft table for her cards:

Lesley has created her card by stamping the image first in black, and then by embossing the image using white embossing powder, slightly offset from the original image. She then swiped Distress Ink over the top in three different shades. Finally, she added a sentiment stamped onto a strip of card, and mounted it onto 3D foam pads.

Zoe's first card has a steampunk theme. She has mixed subtle background stamping, with punchy splodges of colour. She has then created a butterfly using a wing stamp and a pen nib.
Her second and third cards use vertical stamping for the sentiments, a very clever way of drawing the eye up and down the card.

Her final card is a clean and simple monochrome card with some hand drawn elements for added detail.

Brenda's leafy card was created by masking the central square area, and stamping the leaves repeatedly around the outside.She stamped the images several times before adding more ink to get a graduated look. She removed the mask and stamped the sentiment, using a fine black pen to add freehand lines around the square. She sponged some Distress Inks, but this could be left white.
Vronnie has created two beautiful cards using embossing as a resist:

Claire's vibrant card uses Brushos for the background:
Anne has created a series of notecards, which would be sure to brighten anyone's day:

Well, we hope that you like our selection of designs this time around, and that we will inspire you to create something in under fifteen minutes. Thank you to both the Design Team and the Guest Design Team girls for their efforts in provding artwork for this blog post. We will see you again next month with more inspiration.