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Sunday, 22 July 2018

In the secret garden by Brenda

Hello everyone, Brenda here with some more floral inspiration using the lovely new stamps which featured on Hochanda recently, all of which are now available on the Chocolate Baroque website as well.

The top card was inspired by our own Secret Garden within our grounds, we created it many years ago and although it has seen changes over the years still hosts an abundance of Cottage Garden flowers and shrubs and recently moved into the twenty first century with the addition of a hot tub. The beautiful flowers on the new Blossom and Grow stamp set are to my mind Hollyhocks which I stamped onto a soft Distress Ink background after first stamping a window from Echoes of Italy Using a stencil I added some brickwork with texture paste which I coloured with acylic paint to soften the whiteness and added a sentiment from the same stamp set.

For this one I used black gloss cardstock for the base panels and stamped the images from Captivating Cacti and Scrumptious Succulents using Versamark and brushing over with gold mic powders, leaving to settle for a few moments before brushing off, the assembling the panels along with a bow.

And one from a few months ago that I found lurking unused in my folder. The stamped sets used are Medici Flower in the centre and to the sides Floral Delight and Wish Flower, all were stamped onto Distress Oxide backgrounds, the images bleached out and the glittered.......unfortunately this doesn't show up very well at all in the photo.

I always appreciate you visits and comment and thank you for taking the time to pop in.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Let love Blossom ( By Marga)

Hello everyone. I have another card to share today.

This time I stamped the image with Distress Antique Linen to get the no line technique.
I then coloured the image with my pencils

The sentiment I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

This is the stamp set I used.



Friday, 20 July 2018

Wish flower (by Miranda)

Hi there,

Today my second guest DT post and it was fun to play more........

This time I coloured using alcohol based  markers. And I have stamped the ' Wish flower' onto Crafty Individuals patterned paper. Than I have stamped again onto marker paper, coloured the flowers with alcohol based markers. I have decoupaged the flowers and put them on the patterned paper.

Than put it all on the front of the card and decoupaged again. The open squares are a die cut from Crealies and attached on mica sheet. 

On the inside of the card some lovely patterned paper from Crafty Individuals which I stamped on using the words from the ' Wish flower' and the ' Bird of Joy'. It was a precise job but I cut the words from the bird and the flower stamp so I could use them separately.

And here is my card........

Thank you for your visit and hope you liked it,
till next time,


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Blooming Summer Cactus

Hello, today I have two cards featuring the rather lovely cactus and succulent images.

My first card is stamped with Captivating Cacti, which is a large single image design.
I started by stamping onto white card-stock followed by stamping a couple of extra images onto spare card so that I could cut out the flower heads and add as 3d decoupage. The main image has been coloured with Polychromos pencils and the background is Distress inks. For added interest I have stencilled a dotty design in the background using blue and green Distress inks. White paint pen highlights were added as a finishing touch.

My second card has been stamped with Scrumptious Succulents.
The base card has been stamped with the succulent flower head and coloured with Polychromos pencils. I have also stamped the succulent onto spare card, again coloured with Polychromos pencils, before cutting out and adding as 3d decoupage using foam pads. The rest of the background was then coloured with cut n dry foam and Distress inks.
The flowering cactus image was stamped onto spare card and coloured with the pencils as before. Taking a pair of scissors I then cut around the largest flower head, before placing a metal, circle die around the image and underneath the cut petals so that the image could be cut out with a circle surround and the middle bloom looks like it is peeking out of the design.
The circle design was then mounted onto black card-stock and attached to the front of the card.

Thank you for looking and hope to see you again soon for more daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Blossom and grow, be scrumptious and captivating (by Rachel)

Hello there! I hope you are well! Rachel here today with some more samples from the June TV shows...

This mini canvas and frame were made using the Blossom and Grow stamp set. I stamped on tissue paper and painted the flowers before scrunching and gluing directly to the frame. The canvas was made by stamping the central image, masking then re stamping and then painting with the micaceous paints.

I made these next two pieces using scrumptious succulents and captivating cacti. I loved making this 3D piece using stamps and colouring with sparkle pens before fussy cutting.

For this final piece I used the same stamps to make an eclipse card. I think there is one of the blossom and grow stamps in here too. Lots of masking going on here to create the image and then I used dies to cut the letters before remounting them raised and with black card in the gaps to create a shadow.

I do hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my samples today!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Succulents in arid landscape (by Magda)

This time I have been inspired by the arid land where the succulents grow so well, therefore my project has a sandy tone, a page that reminds me of the desert

1. Trace the horizon line and blend several brown and green shades of Distress Ink Pad for the ground
     and blue shades for the sky.
2.  Stamp with Archival or Versafine the grass in green, the clouds in blue and the sun in red.
     You can find the single stamps in "Seashore Scenes"
3.  Stamp the succulent plants with two archival colours,  pink for the flower and green for the plants
     and the grass
4.  Cover all the page with a very light coat of white gesso and let dry
5.  Repeat gently points 1 and 2
6.  Stamp the succulent plants again on a white cardstock, colour all with Aquarelle Pencils and cut
     the images out.
7.  Colour the sun in orange/yellow
8.  Prepare the sentiment and glue all the single pieces with Zig 2 ways Pen on the page as shown
9.  Add some stickles 

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Welcome to Autumn!

Hello everyone, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Autumn Clark, a new Guest Design Team member from America to the blog today. Autumn will be sharing three posts with us this month, but first, here is an introduction from Autumn herself, so that you can get to know her a bit better.

Hello! Autumn Clark here, happily joining you as a guest designer. I am a mixed media artist, who has been passionate about stamping for nearly two decades. Creativity is my outlet, passion and purpose. I define my style as grunge meets elegance. Though I love to distress everything, I like to balance my work with a touch of pretty and neat. In addition to stamping, I love to draw and paint and have found that mixed media allows me to blend these skills and create rich artwork, filled with depth and texture. I am thrilled and honoured to be joining the amazing talent here at Chocolate Baroque. Visit my blog at

This month I will be sharing some Christmas in July samples with you. Today's card features the Robin the Spruce stamp set with one of my favourite techniques, embossing resist.

To begin, stamp the bird scene with a Versamark inkpad and emboss in white. Use a combination of Chipped Sapphire and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks to sponge over the embossing for a resist effect. Flick water onto the panel and allow it to sit for thirty seconds, then dab with a dry cloth. The ink will lift away and leave a snow-like pattern. Emboss a second panel in black and fussy cut the bird. Watercolour the bird with Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap Distres Inks. Sponge a small scrap with Fired Brick Distress Ink and hand cut a tiny star. Use the remainder to die cut a sentiment. Adhere the bird, star and sentiment as shown. Thanks so much for joining us today!

Thank you Autumn for sharing your beautiful card today. Autumn will be back next week with another inspirational project.