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Monday, 6 July 2015

As free as a bird (by Miranda)

Hi there,

Today it's my turn to show you what I have done with these new beautiful birds and birdcages........I've mainly used the 'Free as a bird' sheet but also used some of the birdcages of the ' a little bird told me'.

I have used a background made with fluid inks, like Ecoline on watercolor paper. 
I have stamped the 3 birds of the ' as free as a bird' sheet using green and purple Memento inks. Than I extend the branches by drawing with a black fineliner 0.1 mm. Than I stamped the birdcages using black ink. In the two corners I have stamped a fragment of the bird with flowers and leaves.
Than the fun started.....colouring with color pencils and some accents with a white marker.
The sentiment is from the ' a little bird told me' sheet.

Hope to have inspired you with this one and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Thanks for your visit and till next time,

Saturday, 4 July 2015

A Little Bird Told Me and As Free As A Bird - Gift and Card By Florence

Hi everyone

I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Happy 4th of July to our friends over in America.

Today I would like to share a gift and a card made using the new "A Little Bird Told Me" and "As Free As A Bird" rubber stamp sets.  The two new sets are absolutely gorgeous.  The multi-buy option can be seen here.

The birds are so beautiful in both sets and after using the two new sets it struck me that the bird cages make such a fabulous combination and compliment the birds so well.

I know you are going to love these sets.

I decorated the covers of a blank note book for my first project.

My next project is a little card which I made to accompany the note book.

Both projects have been made in the same way.

I used a little mdf bird cage on the book but on the card (below) I stamped and cut out the larger bird cage and used that as part of the embellishments.

The projects have been made as follows

Base coat the surface (the base book cover or thick card) with 2 coats of Gesso.
Apply 1 to 2 coats (depending on coverage) of greyish blue colored craft paint and leave to dry.
Apply a coat of Weathered Wood Crackling Medium and leave to dry.
Apply one coat of white craft paint and leave it to dry and crackle.
Use a light blue ink and stamp the bird cages.
Use a slightly darker blue ink and stamp the script.

Chocolate Baroque script stamps Eccentric Edwardian and Mini Scripts.

Tip:  If decorating a cover of a note book, place a piece of A4 copier paper between the inside cover and the pages.  This will stop any paint from straying onto the nice clean pages of your book.

The embellishments

Stamp the bird onto white card stock, color it and cut it out.
Stamp the bird cage onto white card stock, cut it out and add a little shading to the outside edges using a sponge and ink.
Cut out some flowers, add a little ink to color the petals and attach the buttons.
Attach the embellishments to your project using silicon or hot glue.

 I have used die cuts for this project but there are many flower stamps in the Chocolate Baroque range that would work equally as well ie., Sunny Sunflowers, Diamante Delights and Sketchy Doodle Landscape are just a few ideas.

Larger photos of these projects can be seen on my own craft blog here.

If you have any questions please use the comments box below.

Thank you for looking.
Happy Stamping

Florence x

June Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, we hope you have a great crafty weekend planned although the warm weather will be tempting us to sit our the garden.

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 June was assigned a number and we used to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Lesley Ebdon for your kind comment (Lovely canvas Claire and such pretty soft colours)  you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps for leaving a comment on June 17th!  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 July'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 As Free as a Bird and A little Bird Told Me

Good Luck from the Design Team

Friday, 3 July 2015

Quick and easy card (by Debbie)

Afternoon. I chose to use the bird on the branch from the new stamps as a quick card as I wanted to test my new Prima pencils on coloured card.
I used the stamp with black Versafine ink and clear WOW embossing powder on to silver pearl card. The fine detail of the stamp is still kept when embossing with clear powder.
For the colouring I stayed with shades of blues and greens then blended with a water brush.
A greeting was added to a die cut shape and I matted the card onto a colour from the bird then attached to the white card.
Many thanks for visiting

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Birds of Paradise (posted by Julie)

Good morning, hope it's lovely and sunny where you are. I think Summer has finally arrived here in England along with some brand new stamps. 
Today I have two cards made with the fantastic new Birds Of Paradise stamp sets.

This card was made with the lovely new A Little Bird Told Me stamp set and all the stamping has been done with Onyx Black Versafine.
The bird was stamped onto separate card and coloured with pencils. To make the bird look like it was peeking out of the panel, I cut around his head and then placed the cutting die behind the birds head to cut the panel.
The borders have been created from the little decorative stamp in the set and the base card was coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress ink that I brushed on, over a cloud template that I had cut from copier paper.

My second card is quite simple to do and was created from the As Free As A Bird set.
I cut a panel of black card to fit the card base, inked up the tail feathers of one of the birds from the set with Versamark and stamped around the edges, followed by dusting over with gold Pan Pastel.
On separate card I stamped the main bird image with Onyx Black Versafine and again used the tail feathers around the edge as previously described.
Using foam pads I mounted the panel onto a gold card-stock matt and to finish off, I used a die cut  flower and leaves to decorate the top left corner. For added interest,  I over-stamped them with the little decorative die from the set.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you here again tomorrow.xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Challenging Look Back (by Judith)

Hello everyone, it's time to hijack the Design Team blog again and pay another visit to the back catalogue of the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog challenges. This week, we are visiting Challenge Five from November of last year. The colours from that challenge were a blend of teal, turquoise and purple, something that is personally right up my street, but does not always appeal to everyone. The aim of the challenge blog has always been to give the opportunity to everyone to step outside their comfort zone and to use colours that they would not normally consider using. So across the year, we have had a real variety of colour mixes, ranging from cool and contemporary to hot and spicy, hopefully providing something that everyone likes, and a bit of something to stretch you all as well!

We would like to showcase some of the entries from Challenge Five, as a reminder of how fabulous the entries were back then. Firstly, here is an entry from Penny, her spritzed background, thistle foliage and pretty butterflies, all go together to make a very pretty card:

Next a card from Barbara, her hexagonal card stands out as being a very unusual shape, the elegant matting and CAS style, are really fabulous:
Felicie has created a super underwater scene, full of detail and vibrant colour for this challenge:

Kristiina's watercolour stamping creates a lovel floral meadow for her dragonfly:

Thank you ladies for your supporting our challenge with your beautiful projects, it has been great to see these again.

We hope that you will be inspired to join one of our challenges after seeing this trip back in time. There is a monthly prize of £15.00 to be won and all details of the challenge can be found on the 'How it Works' page of the challenge blog. If you click on this link, it will take you to the current challenge where you can enter straight away.

This week on the challenge blog, there is some fabulous Design Team inspiration, and a great step by step tutorial from Miranda for her card. Please pop over and leave a comment if you have time. Lesley will be back next week with another trip down memory lane, showcasing more of your entries.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tag Fragments (By Judith & Lesley)

Hi there, today is a joint contribution between Judith and myself.  A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to have a play day together and in between the catching up chat you have with a friend you haven't seen for a little while we managed to get a little inky! Strangely enough we both started to use the same colours on a tag and so decided that we would do a tag swap. And here are the results.

So first we have Judith's tag. I coloured the background with Distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Squeezed Lemonade and Dried Marigold, splashed water over the top and patted dry with kitchen towel to give a partially faded look. Then Judith took over.

  • To make the tag stamp the raindrops from Seasonal Fragments with Potting Shed Archival ink. 
  • Next stamp the Snake's Head Fritillary and Honey Bees on to a self adhesive label with Versafine Black Onyx. Colour with pencils of your choice (Judith used Polychromos) and fussy cut. 
  • To finish add die cut corners, tinted with the same Distress inks as the background or stencil a similar image with the inks. Remove the backing from the images and stick into place. 
  • Finally stamp the phrase from the See Beauty clear stamp set with Black Onyx. 
For my tag Judith dabbed some Acrylic Wax randomly over the tag and then sponged the same Distress inks over the top. She then used kitchen roll to polish the tag, thereby removing the ink from the wax to leave her faded background. Here is what I did next.

  • To make the tag stamp one of the floral style images from Seasonal Fragments three times on to 160gsm cardstock with Dried Marigold.  
  • Use a water brush to paint over the images with Squeezed Lemonade.and when dry cut around all three images, cutting one of them slightly smaller than the others. 
  • For the flower centres die cut three circles, two x 30mm and one x 15mm, stamp them with the image from Rustic Fragments using Versafine Olympia Green and colour with watercolour pencils in several shades of yellow and orange (I used Aquarelles). 
  • To give the effect of meadow grass stamp the image from Rustic Fragments along the bottom edge of the tag using Olympic Green. 
  • Stamp the images again on smooth white paper and choose three parts of the image to make stems for the flowers. Colour with Shabby Shutters and when dry cut out and stick to the tag with wet glue. 
  • To complete, attach the centres to the flowers with glue gel and then the flowers to the stems with wet glue. Stamp the phrase from Amazing Birthday with Olympia Green.
It is so interesting to see that, although Judith and I completed our tags over 200 miles apart, we have both focused on a flower theme. I hope you like our joint designs, it is really good fun to start a project and then had it over to a crafty friend to finish.

Thank you for joining us today and I hope you come back soon to see some gorgeous projects created by the Design Team using the new Birds of Paradise stamps.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Christmas Masterboard (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you have been enjoying the fabulous artwork from the Design Team this month using the Rustic Fragments/Seasonal Fragments Multibuy stamp set. As we near the end of the month, I wanted to show you another great use for these very versatile stamps; creating masterboards. I have chosen one of the leafy designs and contemporary colours to make a masterboard, which I have then turned into a couple of Christmas cards, showing you that you can use the images all year round for lots of different purposes.

To create the masterboard, I covered a piece of smooth white card with Aqua Adirondack ink, and then stamped the leafy image using a deep red and dark green. I filled in the gaps using the aqua ink to create a softer backdrop for the stronger leafy images.

I covered a 5" x 7" card front with part of the masterboard. I chose a greeting from the Bold Christmas Words stamp set, and stamped this onto a die cut, using red ink. I hand cut a dark red layer to mat the sentiment onto. I made a couple of flowers using die cuts to complete the card.

I had plenty of the masterboard left over, and decided to make another card in a clean and simple style this time. I used a large white card blank, and cut a strip of dark red card, to which I added a strip of the masterboard, after I had inked the edges with Barn Door Distress Ink. I stamped a sentiment from the Warm Christmas Greetings stamp set on to the card. I stamped and embossed a large poinsettia from the Steampunk Christmas stamp set onto scrapbook papers a couple of times, and cut these out. I then stuck them to the card with some foliage die cuts as before.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx