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Monday, 30 May 2016

Short and Sweet- More Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for another bumper batch of inspiration from the Design Team and Guest Design Team girls today, as they offer you their second set of projects this month, that have taken no more than fifteen minutes to complete. We have some super ideas to share with you, and hope, as always, that you will find some ideas that will have you reaching for your own craft supplies, wanting to have a go at making something yourself. We do hope that we can show you how quick and easy cards can look amazing, and that there are so many stamps in your Chocolate Baroque stash that can be used to make this style of card.

Julie's card combines a dotty stencil and one of the stamps from our Punky Flowers stamp set. She has used a great sentiment on her card:

Rachel has created a delightful clean and simple seaside themed card, perfect for a masculine Birthday. Simple pencil colouring is enough to add some colour to this lovely scene:
Zoe has created a colourful card using one of our edge floral stamps, some colour, and added a sentiment. You can vary the image, and create a Christmas card, or even a sympathy card, there are so many possibilities:
Gerrina's card combines colourful flowers and geometric lines, a great way of creating a quick background:
Claire has used linen card for her project, which adds a lovely texture to the design:
Shilpa's card combines a fabulous textured background and beautiful butterfly in a monochromatic colour scheme. She used Shabby Shutters Distress Paint to colour the background before stamping the texture stamp with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The butterfly was stamped seperately and coloured with markers.
She has added some sequins to give a bit of shimmer to her project, before mounting her background onto the card blank with 3D foam pads.
Anne has created two lovely cards for us this time; the first is a graduated rainbow card, using one of the tree stamps featured in the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel:
The second, is a very clever card in a circular design, in much softer colours. She has used Distress Inks to create her background, and the scalloped edges throughout, are very effective:

Lesley's bright and cheery card was created by stamping her image using Archival Ink, and adding some pencil colouring. She then swiped some Dylusions spray across the card using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam. Her sentiment was added using 3D foam pads.
Magda created a background using Distress Ink and water, which she trimmed to size. Using a left over piece, she created a vase for her flowers. She stamped the flower image onto a smaller piece of white card, and added the vase. Finally, she stamped her sentiment, and edged the piece of card with the same colour ink.
Brenda has created two lovely cards for our blog post this time. To create her first card, she inked the Bluebells from the Spring Foliage stamp set, using water based makers, spritzed the stamp with water, and once she had stamped the image, dragged some colour from the image using a water brush. The sentiment is from the Glorious Spring stamp set. The diagonal line was also drawn using the same colour marker.
Brenda's second card was created by masking a section on the card and colouring the uncovered area with Distress Inks. With the mask still in place, she spritzed the area with a mica spray to blend the colours, and then randomly stamped the sentiment from the Words of Wisdom stamp set. After removing the mask, she stamped the tree from the Spinney Design a Tree stamp set, using Coffee Archival Ink. The sentiment was stamped again onto a seperate piece of card to add to the front of the card.

Vronnie has used the beautiful rose from the Punky Hearts stamp set to create her lovely card. Her bronze tones mean that this could work as a masculine or feminine card:
So there you have our second batch of quick and easy cards this month. We hope that they will inspire you to take the plunge, if you have been feeling hesitant as a new crafter. There are lots of great ideas shown above, and if you pop along to the relevant blogs of the Design Team girls, by clicking on the links that we have provided, you will pick up lots of handy tips from them.

Look out for more fifteen minute posts coming from us next month, and lots of daily inspiration as always, from the regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Framed Flowering Baroque Heart (by Julie)

Hello and today it's me, Julie showing you my last creation for this month, using the rather wonderful Flowering Baroque Heart

For this project I stamped and embossed with white detail embossing powder, onto black card and coloured with pigment powders. Then I took some kitchen towel so that I could dab Brushed Pewter Distress paint over the background.
For the frame I used this little 15 cm x 15 cm MDF number. I chose a leaf design stencil and applied molding paste, through the stencil and all around the little frame. Once dry I coated the entire frame with black Gesso, gold gilding wax and Brushed Pewter Distress paint to create an aged metal finish.
I cut the stamped heart to size, placed in the centre of the frame and applied a black, gloss paint pen around the inside of the frame.

Many thanks for taking a look. Please call back very soon for another Design Team member's inspiration.

Julie xx

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Variations on the same theme (exquisite edges)

Today, I would like to show you two cards very different with the same stamp.
The first one is made with brushos and the other one with ink spraid.

Aujourd'hui, je voudrais vous montrer deux cartes très différentes mais réalisées avec le même tampon. La première est faite avec les brushos et la deuxième avec des encres vaporisées.

I used bleach to clear up some flowers.
J'ai utilisé de l'eau de javel pour éclaircir quelques fleurs.

I hope you like this. A bientôt.
Kind regards.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Gilded Heart (By Anne)

I created this one by recycling the clear packaging from the Flowering Baroque Heart clear stamp. Alternatively it could be stamped onto acetate using black Staz-On ink.


  • Image from the clear packaging coming with the Flowering Baroque Heart stamp
  • 6X6 inch card blank, pink and black plain card
  • Alcohol ink pens (teal, pinks, orange)
  • Gilding flakes (gold mix) and acrylic glue
  • Gilding wax (light and dark coppery gold)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Diamond)
  • Stick on faux brads (black)
  • Ribbons (teal and pink)
  • Embossing folder

How to make it:

  1. Cut out the image from the packaging and colour the back with alcohol pens leaving the background clear.
  2. Paint over the coloured areas with white gesso. This gives an opaque background to the translucent alcohol inks. Note: you need to work fairly quickly without over brushing the gesso as it will lift some of the colour from the inks. Leave to dry.
  3. Apply a thin layer of acrylic glue to the back of the image and cover with gilding fakes, pressing down lightly. Leave to fully dry overnight. Once dry brush off excess flake with a sponge. Edge with a black alcohol marker and mount onto pink card (with acrylic glue) to frame the topper.
  4. Use the embossing folder to emboss the black card. Lightly apply gold gilding wax to the raised edges. Trim and glue to pink card.
  5. Wrap the panel with ribbon and glue onto the card front. Attach topper with 3D foam pads for dimension.
  6. Finish with a few dots of glitter glue on the flowers, add faux brads and ribbon bow.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Fabulous Ornaments launch today (by Lesley)

I am so excited to be launching some gorgeous stamps today.  Baroque Ornaments is a collection of six individually cling mounted stamps each with their own unique pattern.  These are loosely based on the traditional mandalas but Sue has used her imagination to bring them right up to date.

I am sure you just want to see them now to here we go with the first three.

From left to right there is Tangled Baroque Ornament, Dots 'n Stripes Baroque Ornament and Palm Fan Baroque Ornament.

The second three look like this

I think Sue has done her usual magic and created some stunning images. Each individual stamp is cling mounted and cut out ready for you to starting playing as soon as you get them out of the packet. And of course we have this full collection available as a money saving multi-buy if you really can't decide.

Here is a sneaky peak at a gorgeous sample from Zoe which shows the Teardrop Silhouette stamp off to perfection.

I hope you have as much fun with these as the Design Team, who have been colouring and inking and creating more exciting samples for you to show off the new stamps.

I think that Zoe has chosen a wonderful sentiment for her card, it eptomises what stamping is all about. It really is an adventure into creating your own art and seeing just how imaginative you can be. So why not join us on a new adventure everyday with our wonderful Design Teams' daily dose of inspiration.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Key to my Dreams Tag (by Shilpa)

Hello everyone, Shilpa here, glad to be back with my new large mixed media tag.

I've used Chocolate Baroque Key to my Dreams stamp set.
To create this background, first I adhered a few pieces of masking tape. I applied a thick layer of white gesso, creating texture. Next I used spray inks and Distress Paints in purple, green, blue and green randomly, untill I was satisfied, drying the layers inbetween.

I stamped the key and sentiment with black Archival ink, and coloured it with thin gold paint. I attached them to the tag with foam adhesive for dimension and my tag was ready.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and your support. Shilpa.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Flowering Heart (by Asha)

Hello everyone. I'm back to share with you another project featuring the Flowering Baroque Heart single clear stamp. Today I have something simple with a shabby feminine look inspired by an old hand embroidered pillow:

How To:
  1. Stamp the the Flowering Baroque Heart image on to kraft cardstock using Ranger Glacier White Pigment Ink
  2. When completely dry, colour in with Faber Castell Polychromos.  
  3. Cut out image with heart shaped die and ink the edges with Vintage Photo.
  4. Prepare background using patchwork technique and ink the edges with Antique Linen.
  5. Cut out heart shape using same die as in #3 above and inlay the focal image.
  6. Finish with lace and Liquid Pearls.
Quite simple, isn't it? I hope you'll give it ago. And don't forget to swing by often for more crafty inspiration from the rest of the team.

There are more photos over at my blog, including a few of your favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps in action in tiny village store in Nieuw Weerdinge, Holland.

Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day!