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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

natural colours? by Veronica

 For my last post this month I am back (mostly) to my favourite brusho powders - I just love the vibrant colours and the randomness of the results!
The large honeysuckle stamp was ideal, I stamped and embossed with white EP before sprinkling the red, yellow and green powders roughly where I would like them to stay, then spritzing fairly heavily with water. The EP resists the water, and also traps some of the colour into the image.
Sentiment from Mackintosh words stamped in black versafine, image trimmed down to fit onto a square white card blank with a deep red mat.

This one is far more muted, just a very light dusting of yellow powder to create a background. Image stamped with black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils - have to admit I can't remember which set the sentiment came from!

For my final samples this month I have used the lovely big tree stamp from essence of nature.
The first one is very restrained, not a speck of brusho in sight!
I used a square white card blank as the base, and stamped the tree stamp all over  to create the background. I used hickory smoke distress ink and held  the stamp in my hand so that only part of the image stamped at a time.

 The focal image was stamped onto black card with versamark ink and I used a rather ancient bonding powder (which thankfully still worked) before using the gold and coppery mix of gilding flakes. For some reason i never got on with stamping using glue when i had the gilding flakes with everything craze years ago, but the bonding powders worked every time...

My final card was back to brusho for the foacl image. Stamped onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed before using yellow, red and blue powders to create the sky.

I started with a square back base card , and added the background card at an angle. This was a square of white card stamped with the trees in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged round the edges.
I trimmed the brusho image down, added a black mat and glued onto the background.

Thanks for looking, and many thanks to Judith for doing my last post for me when i had internet problems - a relief to be back, you don't realise how much you need it until you haven't got it!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wishes and Honey by Penny

Morning everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather we have had lately.  It is my pleasure to bring you a couple of projects today, a couple of cards from the 'Bee' shows on tv last month.  

Make a Wish

For this card I have used stamps from the Rose Tree and Honey Bee sets, Distress Inks, silver sparkle embossing powder, Versamark ink.  On a piece of white card I blended the Distress inks to create a background, I stamped several small floral images randomly over the card plus a small bee, using the same inks.  I then stamped and embossed the Dandylion image a few times and added the seed heads  as if they were floating away on the breeze.

I took a white base card and stamped a floral image and the seed heads around the edges using one of the Distress Inks then matted and layered the focal panel onto it.  I blended the ink around the outer edges, then stamped a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle set.  I die cut the sentiment, added ink around the edges and attached it to the card.


This time I have used stamps from the Honey Bee and Baroque Meadow sets; Distress Ink, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, white gesso, pearlscent paints, a stencil and a die from my stash.  

On a piece of Kraft card I stamped the Honeycombe image and embossed it in white.  A little way below I added white gesso through a honeycombe stencil.  I trimmed away the bottom edge of the Kraft card to accentuate the honeycombe pattern.  I painted the bees then matted the panel onto yellow card.

On a white base card I stamped the grasses in yellow Distress Ink along both side edges then attached the focal panel.  I took a spare piece of Kraft card and stamped one of the bee images onto it then embossed it in whiteas before.  I coloured and cut out the bee then added it to the card.  I used another piece of Kraft card and a die from my stash to create a large bee embellishment and added it to the card.  I then stamped and embossed the words onto Kraft card and cut it into a panel before attaching it to the card with 3D foam.  To complete the project I added a couple of metal embellishments that compliment the honeycombe patterns on the card.

Thank you for popping in today and joining me, I hope you have enjoyed these projects.  Take care and happy crafting till next time,


Monday, 21 May 2018

Spring Bird (by Pat)

Hello everyone, Pat is sharing her second post of the month, a lovely card incorporating one of our Spring Bird stamp sets. 

Pat writes:

Hi everyone.

This is my second card this month and as Spring is now well and truly here I decided to use one of the Spring Bird sets, Spring Bird Crocus, which includes this sweet little bird with a nest full of eggs and fresh green leaves on the branches which really sums up this time of year. I also used two of the leaf stamps from the Autumn Poppy set.

I started the scene using my gelli plate and six different Distress Inks; two blues, two yellow tones and two greens. I covered the plate placing the inks roughly where I wanted them, and spritzed with water, before laying a piece of Velvet card over and getting this nice loose watercolour background. This card is lovely and smooth and takes the water really well. I then stamped the bird, nest and leaves making a frame around the edges, and coloured them using the same colour palette as for the background, apart from a couple of orange toned inks on the bird's head. I then added the sentiment towards the centre using the two blue inks.

I finished by cutting the piece back a little, and mounted it onto white and then blue card before adding this to the 6" square white card.

Thank you for joining me today, and I'll see you again next week.

Best Wishes,


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Back to Nature (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing a few more cards showcasing the beautiful stamps that were featured on last months Hochanda TV shows. You may have caught some of these cards on the shows.

For my first card, I have used one of the very versatile whiteboard shapes made by Tando, exclusively for Chocolate Baroque. These shapes are great, already being white, as they can be inked up straight away without needing any preparation. I added a bit of soft colour in tones of orange and green, and did the same to a piece of drawing cartridge that was going to become the card background. Using a honeycomb stencil, I added some colour using Distress Ink, repeating this on the background. I stamped a bee on the heart, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and masked the image, before stamping a foliage image from the Essence of Nature stamp plate. I coloured the bee with pencils, and added a sentiment to the heart.

To complete the background, I stamped the honeycomb image from the Honey Bee stamp set, again colouring the bees with pencils. I added stickles to the bees' wings. To complete the card, I added some green ribbon and green card as a matting layer.

For my next card, I chose an old book page and stamped the pretty foxglove image on to the paper. I added two bees, and coloured the images with pencils. I added some shading around the edge of the page, and then stamped a pretty fern image from the Wild Meadow stamp set around the edge, using two coordinating colours. I used the same foxglove and bee images to stamp over some kraft card to complete a background for the book page focal image. I selected some deep plum card to mat the layers.

My final card was a fairly quick card showcasing the fabulous Textured Art card that is available on the website. I coloured the card very quickly by placing Distress Ink on my craft mat, spritzing it with water, and laying the card on top. I stamped the lovely butterfly tree from the Essence of Nature stamp set, and added the small tree either side, to create the appearance of a little woodland. I added some colour under the trees to 'ground' them, and painted the butterflies.  Adding the main sentiment was all that was needed to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Four Floral Cards (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back for my final post this month featuring the beautiful Nature inspired stamps that were featured and demoed by Lesley and Judith on Hochanda last month.

My first card I used a Gel print I had in my stash, I heat embossed the flower and coloured using Sparkle brush pens.

So these are becoming somewhat of a trademark of mine, coloured with pencils.

Black magic technique, if you are unfamiliar with that technique it's heat embossed with white, the image is coloured in using a white pen, then coloured in, I used pencils.

My final project is another Gel print from my stash, simply heat embossed, a few dots with white pen for highlights and some ink splatters.

Thank you so much for your kind comments, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Pan Pastel Postbox (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, today Gerrina is sharing the second of her posts for this month. She has created a pretty mixed media piece to inspire you.

Gerrina writes:

My second Guest Designer post at Chocolate Baroque! Three times this month you can see here at Chocolate Baroque, and also on my blog some of my creations... this time here is the second one:
Something practical to use and be inspired by every time I see it; a postbox made into an inspirational box to keep some of my hobby stash in:

Used Materials:

Stamps: Mackintosh Beauty, Mackintosh Windows, Sketchy Doodle Landscape and Sketchy Doodle Flowers
Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, and Tattered Rose.
Other: Postbox, Pan Pastels in several colours, fixative and watercolour paper


Fold the box open/flat. Put a layer of gesso over the total surface and let dry. Stamp all of the images on the box with Versamark. Colour them with Pan Pastels and make a background with Pan Pastels. Fix the Pan Pastels with fixative and let dry. Stamp the 'beauty' image again with the black ink on a piece of stamping paper and colour her with a water brush and Distress Ink. Cut her out, and glue her to the box. Fold the box back up so that you can use it to put hobby materials in it.

Creatieve groetjes,


Gerrina will be back with her final project of the month next week.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

In an English Country Garden by Brenda

Good morning, it's my turn to share some more inspiration using the beautiful cottage garden flowers which featured in some of Lesley's recent Hochanda shows.

I adore Digitalis so the Honey Bee stamps set used on the above card really appealed to me, well all flowers do but anything associated with a traditional cottage garden reminds me of my childhood which is now reflected in my own gardens.

I started by stamping the Digitalis twice onto a piece of card, then cut around part of the blooms so that I could use a die to cut a square doing this you can carefully place the cut section outside the die so that they then lay over the aperture.

Next I have a 6"x8" canvas, it was a pre primed canvas but I gave it another coat of gesso  before building up the colour with acrylic paints and then added some texture with a stencil and texture paste coloured with the same yellow acrylic paint. I did the same with the tiny blue dots and then stamped around the edges with the honeycomb stamp from the Honey Bee stamp sheet. The digitalis were coloured with the same paints but watered down and the each cut out to place onto the canvas. The sentiments are from Amazing Macintosh Words.

The base of this card is brown and gold metallic acrylic paint brushed in both directions across the card and water added to give a ramdom look, he the honeycombe from Honey Bee stamped around the edges with Versafine Toffee. I stamped, coloured and cut out six of the Sunflowers from the same set, layered them up and added a sentiment from Words to Dazzle and Sparkle.

For my final card I usea a piece of black card for the base layer, a stencil and sprayed mica which was simply gold mica powder and water mixed together. The flowers from Fragrant Honeysuckle and Bee were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder then coloured in with sparkle pens.

As always I really appreciate your visits and kind words.