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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Butterflies and Flowers (by Corine)

Hope you enjoyed the first post last week from this month's guest blogger Corine. This week she has created a project using butterflies and flowers, always a popular theme. So here we go.


Here I am again. This is my second post in September. I will show you today a card with a stamp from the sheet Briar Rose Butterfly

I used stamps from the sheets:

  • Stamp the flowers with butterflies with Stazon Jet Black on watercolor paper and colour with markers/alcohol pens etc. 
  • Cover the paper with a stencil of your choice and sponge with Distress ink. 
  • Stamp the sentiment with MementoTuxedo Black.

See you next week!

Corine van Kuilenburg

Love the way the Briar Rose image just pops out of the stencilled background. Thank you Corine for yet another lovely project.  She will be back again next week with her final one for this month but in the meantime you can catch up with her here.

And don't forget our regular design team girls have loads of fabulous tv samples to share with you, so please keep dropping in for a few minutes of daily inspiration.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Roses and Reindeer's (by Brenda)

Hello all, I'm here again to share a few more of my samples from last months Hochanda shows where Lesley inspired us all with more beautiful stamps.

For my first share I gave a piece of watercolour card a watery covering of DI then stamped Crackling Rose with Versafine black and coloured in with sparkle pens. The sentiment is from Loving Sentiments which I cut into several pieces to arrange around the bloom. The edges have been lightly inked, matted onto coordinating cardstock and a organza bow added down the side.

Reindeer Landscape is such a lovely stamp and I decided to keep it fairly simple. I stamped the main image and added some watercolour to the sky using a mask to block out the moon plus a little shading to the hills, then stamped part of the image twice onto a larger piece of card so that I could raise the focal coloured one in the centre to carry the scene either side. I also stamped one of the Deer again, cut it out and decoupaged offsetting it to the left.

My last share is a bit more inky indulgence using die cuts to create the base card which I then inked with Oxide inks and stamped with Harlequin Bouquet and Floribunda Net, coloured in with the same inks and the sentiment from Loving Sentiments stamped with Versafine black. I also added some leaves using leaves using the Useful Leaves stencil. Finally the three pieces were then tied together with seam binding threaded through eyelets.

Happy day all.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Christmas Cards (By Marga)

Hello all, yes it's time again to slowly make some Christmas cards and today I would like to show you some.

Here I stamped the image on kraft paper and coloured it with pencils. I cut it out and put it on brown paper.

Here I used Distress Ink to stamp the image and with a water brush I coloured the image.

Here I also stamped the image with Distress Ink. I used different colours and with a water brush I went over the colours to create a watercolour scene.

Stamps I used are: Reindeer Landscape, Winter Birds, New England Winter and Lets get Festive



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Roses (byJulie)

Hello, today I have a couple of cards on a Rose theme.

My first card uses the rather lovely Crackling Rose stamp. To start with I stamped the design onto the centre of the card and then onto spare stamping card. I coloured the design on the spare card with Magic Pencils and then cut it out with a die cutting machine and an oval die. Next I added the extra crackles by partially inking up the Large Crackle Background and then just pressing it onto the card with my finger. (no need to use a stamping block). I then used 3d pads to adhere the oval panel to the front of the card. I then cut a frame from lilac paper and ran it through a die cutting machine with an embossing folder. I finished off with a sentiment from Loving Sentiments

My second card is stamped with Floribunda Net. I cut a couple of tags and stamped the Floribunda Net onto the white card stock tag before colouring with Magic Pencils. I created the Brusho background with just yellow and grey, but also added dabs of gold gilding wax as well. Before mounting the tags onto the card I threaded them with a feathery ribbon that I found in my stash and finished off by stamping the sentiment from Loving Sentiments 

Many thanks for popping in and please call back soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Time to celebrate nature (by Dominike)


It is always time to celebrate trees. These one are unreal and so beautiful.

Il est toujours l'heure de célébrer les arbres. Ceux-ci sont irréels et tellement beaux.

The trees are embossed with black, red and gold powders.
For the background, I used the papers I put under my work when I use inks and where I try to find the good calligraphy.

Les arbres sont embossés à la poudre noir, rouge et or.
J'ai utilisé pour les fonds les papiers que je mets sous mon travail et qui recueillent les excès d'encre. Papier sur lesquels je fais mes essais de calligraphie.

I hope you have a good time
Kind regards

A bientôt.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, welcome to our monthly selection of  quick makes, made in fifteen minutes or less. These projects, brought to you by the Design Team and Guest Design Team members, demonstrate how you can use the fabulous stamp designs from Chocolate Baroque to create stylish, elegant and eye-catching cards in next to no time, with just a few materials. The ideas are perfect if you're a beginner to crafting, if you need a card in a hurry, or if you wish to make a project to sell at a craft fair. If you want to make several cards for Christmas, or a wedding perhaps, then some of these designs could be adapted to use for those occasions. Hopefully, we can inspire you, whatever the occasion.

This month's post is crammed full of projects, so grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have prepared for you.

Anne has created a very pretty collection of floral cards stamped onto Crafty Individuals background papers. All of the images were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. She used a mixture of watercolour pens, Distress Inks gouache paints and sparkle pens to colour the images.

Anne has also created an elegant Christmas card for us, using simple black stamping for the focal design, and added bold red accents:

Claire has used gilding flakes for her Christmas card. She has edged the card with the flakes as well. The stamp's intricate detail works really well with the flakes, and even the sentiment can be seen clearly:

We have a trio of floral cards from Rachel next. The first is an unusual staggered design, coloured with Distress Ink:

The second card is very dramatic, white embossing on a black background:

Finally, white embossing on kraft card, coloured with pencils:

Rachel has also made three Christmas cards for us. The first, in black. white and red, uses white embossing as a resist for the background:

The second uses an unusual colour combination of orange and yellow, which is evocative of Clarice Cliff with the large image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set:

Finally, more white embossing on kraft card for her last card:

Marga has also used white embossing on kraft card for her monochrome effect Christmas card:

Next, we have some pretty Brusho cards from Magda. She has created the backgrounds using Brushos, and also added colour to the images here and there with Brushos as well:

Using the same stamp, the following card was stamped with Versamark, and mica powders were added for a shimmery finish:

For her final card, she has created a Distress Ink background, and applied gesso through the Seasonal Elements stencil:

For my first card, I created a bubble effect background by adding metallic paint and washing up liquid to some water in a bowl, and blowing bubbles through a straw. I patted the card onto the bubbles to create a pattern on the card repeatedly until the card was covered. I stamped the tree image and sentiment with teal coloured ink. I stamped several snowflakes in tones of blue, and added some teal coloured Stickles.

For my second card, I used a decorative corner, and created a wreath shape by stamping the image eight times with olive coloured ink. I added clear embossing powder as I went along. I added a sentiment in the centre, adding embossing powder again, then heat set everything with a heat gun.

Carole has created a very pretty card using white embossing and the Harlequin Rose stamp set. She has added pink Distress Ink to colour the panels, adding a deeper amount of colouring to the front panel for added dimemsion:

Zoe has created a vibrant purple toned card, using an image from the Fancy Flowers stamp set. The simple purple matting and a few sequins are a great finishing touch to this CAS design:

Brenda has created has created her floral cards by masking off the edges of the card and inking up a vertical panel. She has then stamped the images over the top.

She has created some fabulous Christmas cards for us this month as well. The first card has been created by repeatedly stamping the tree image in black, but adding one image in red as a focal point. Adding red accents really helps to concentrate the eye on the main image.

Using part of an image is a great design idea, and Brenda has used just part of the main image from the Reindeer Landscape stamp set within a bauble stencil. The blue tones, accentuated by a blue ribbon are really pretty:

Brenda has used repeat stamping in this design, to create a background panel. Sometimes you might not know what to do with these 'extra' stamps in the stamp sets, and we try to give you inspiration with our design ideas:

For Brenda's last card, she has chosen cool lilac tones for this monochrome card:

Finally, we have four super cards from Vronnie, perfect for those quick Christmas cards. The first two, all black and white, demonstrate that you do not need to add any extra colour to create fabulous cards using a simple black inkpad.

 Some simple silver embossing next, to create a cool design:

The final one adding a touch of blue and green is still simple in design, showing how you could easily make a batch of these cards, just by changing the colour, and using up some of your scraps of card:
We hope that you have enjoyed this month's selection of cards, and we will bring you another post full of inspiration next month. In the mean time, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of magic from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Trilogy (by Magda) - Floral Backgrounds

In order to complete the projects with the Floral Backgrounds from Chocolate Baroque, I am sharing with you my Trilogy with the following stamps :
Harlequin BouquetCrackling Rose  and  Floribunda Net.

For the backgrounds of all the cards I blended several colours of Distress Ink Pad.  I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black, coloured the flowers and leaves with watercolour pencils and
highlighted the petals with Stickles Crystal.
I used the sentiments from the fabulous Loving Sentiments set.

Harlequin Bouquet,

Crackling Rose

For this card, just for having it different, I cut out the shape of the mat and the front of the card, as you can see below.

I hope you enjoyed passing by. Thank you