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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

August Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone.

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

Each comment made during August was assigned a number and we used to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Sandra for your kind comment (Looking forward to it)  on the 5th of August 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 September'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 Halloween stamps and there certainly is a fabulous selection perfect for party invites and other spooky makes.
The Design Team have been working their magic to inspire you.

Good Luck from the Design Team

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Hocus Pocus - Halloween Tags By Florence

Hi everyone

I hope your week is going well.

Today I would like to share with you some easy tags made with the fabulous new Hocus Pocus Rubber Stamp Set.

I had so much fun making these. 
The more I use the stamps the more I love them.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and to see the detail.

This is such a fun creature.
 I did think it would also work for a little boys birthday card....I'm thinking dragons and castles.

This stamp set is so versatile. 
The cat, the spider and the trees in this set would work for other stamping projects other than Halloween.

The spider stamp I used to create the little spiders on the tag above are from the
 "Put A Spell On You" Set.

I made all of the tags in the same way.

To make the tags

Stamp the main images:  The creature, the cat and the Witch.
Make a circle mask and place it on the tag where you wish the moon to appear.
Mask off any parts of the image that you wish to colour.
Colour the tag with a light brown Distress Ink using a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam.
Take a stencil and place it over the tag and using a piece of foam apply a darker colour Distress Ink to create the pattern on the background.
Apply some more darker Distress Ink around the edges if necessary.
Stamp all of the remaining images ie., the bats, cobwebs, spiders, script and branches.
Remove any masks and colour the images.
Optional: Spray the tag with a fixative to fix the ink.

Just to share.  
On the second tag, and using a paint brush, I added some lemon juice around the edges of the tag and then heated it to create an old charred look.

Grab yourself and cuppa and check out all of the wonderful projects made by the team.

Thank you for looking.
Happy Stamping.
Florence x

Monday, 31 August 2015

Serena the Winter Lady (by Debbie)

Good morning
I have the pleasure of being the last post of the month. There are many, many inspirational cards and projects lined up for the month of September and I know that Lesley has some fantastic ideas lined up for the future.

I truly gasped when I saw Serena, her name suit her so well.
She was stamped onto white card with Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear powder. I feel comfortable using alcohol pens for skin so did her face first and the rest was watercolour pencils. I used lighter and darker pencils for her hair, to give depth to her hair. Serena is a large stamp and the dies I chose frames her well. The sentiment was added under Serena.
Thank you for stopping by

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Christmas Tags (by Julie)

Hello! We are sadly coming to the end of the fabulous Christmas stamps so here is the last post from me using them.

First to show you are these vintage tags which have been created with stamps from the Christmas Candlelight set. These tags are very easy and have just been stamped with Watering Can Archival ink and coloured with Polychromos pencils. As you can see, both tags have been edged with the foliage from the hanging candelabra and a dusting of Tea Dye Distress ink has been added to create a more aged look. I  have threaded the tags with Organza ribbon and a few beads have been threaded onto thin wire for a decorative effect.

My second card is quite straight forward and has been created with stamps from the Sparkling Trees  set and the sentiment is from the Last Minute Christmas set.
I inked up the snowflakes with Versamark ink and stamped along the edges of the base card before dusting with copper Pan Pastel. To make the Pan Pastel more permanent I sprayed it with a fixative but this is not always necessary.
I secured a strip of burlap ribbon down the centre of the card with double sided tape and added the stamped sentiment which I had cut out with a shaped die and coloured with Distress inks.
The two sparkly stars were stamped with London Fog Memento ink and coloured with Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold Distress ink. Once they were die cut I added flat back crystals and dabs of Crystal and Platinum Stickles before gluing to a black circle die cut matt.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Dream Landscape (by Lesley)

Hello everyone I hope you have been enjoying all the wonderful artwork from our Design Team this month. I have to say I think they have excelled themselves once again with their interpretations of our   new Christmas stamps

Well today I thought you may have had a surfeit of the festive season and so although I have used an image from the Sparkling Trees set, it bears no resemblance to Christmas!

  • The trees were stamped with a selection of Distress inks in autumnal shades on to 160gsm cardstock,  then a waterbrush was used to pull out some of the colour. 
  • A piece of 15cm square greyboard was covered with pink scrapbook paper and the 'hills' were curved shapes cut from plain and green patterned scrapbook paper. 
  • After fussy cutting out the trees they were glued into place and and a die cut circle added in the sky. Finally the word 'Dream', from Artistic Expressions, was stamped with Versafine Olympia Green ink.
So there you are, not a Jingle Bell in sight! Thank you as always for dropping by and leaving such wonderful and encouraging comments. Please pop back again tomorrow when normal Christmas service will be resumed!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Stamping in my Journal (by Dominike)


I’m very proud to be part of your DT and I hope you will enjoy my art. Here are two more different projects I made for the month.

Merci à vous de m’accueillir ici. Je suis très fière de faire partie de cette DT. J’espère que mes premières propositions vont vous plaire. J’attends vos commentaires avec impatience.

Art journal pages 1 and 2

I am found of Art Journals and I usually have one or more in progress. This one is a work about the Gelli Plate. I made my layers with acrylic paints, stencils from Crafter’s Workshop and images of an old fashion show. Then I stamped with the new Chocolate Baroque’s stamps, Christmas Candelight and Sparkling Trees, with Versafine Inkpad Onyx Black which I embossed with clear powder.

Journal d’art pages 1 et 2

J’aime beaucoup cette forme d’expression et j’en ai toujours un ou plus en cours. Celui-ci est un travail autour de la Gelli Plate. J’ai réalisé plusieurs couches avec de l’acrylique, des pochoirs Crafter’s Workshop et une image d’ancien défilé de mode. Puis j’ai appliqué mon tampon Chocolate Baroque issu de la planche Christmas Candelight et Sparkling Trees Rubber Stamp avec de la Versafine noire que j’ai embossée à la poudre transparente.

See you soon and please come again to see more from the other Design Team ladies.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

A Haunting we will go (by Lesley)

The clue to our latest stamp releases is definitely in the title because our new sets for September are both themed on Halloween.

We have two A5 sets, Put a Spell on You

and Hocus Pocus

plus these are available as our money saving multi-buy

There are some truly amazing and unusual images in these sets and our Design Team have had a spooky time of it creating some extraordinary projects for you.

Here is a quick make from me using the fabulous bat dragon, or is he a bat devil? Either way he is a wonderful little creature and he is featured on the Hocus Pocus set.

This image was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and then coloured with a mixture of watercolour crayons and pencils. Then he was cut out and attached to a die cut circle, with the sentiment attached on a die cut label.

So there you are, this is Chocolate Baroque's take on Halloween and a huge thank you to our stamp designer Sue for once again creating some unique and mouth watering designs.

Happy Haunting everyone!