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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Village Life and Peaceful

Goodly morning everyone, I hope you are all safe and well.  I have a couple of samples from last months shows featuring the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque.  

Village Life.

I have used stamps from the Do Right Always and Hold On sets; sepia Versafine Ink, clear EP, Distress Inks, acrylic paints, white charcoal, white paint pen, acrylic texture paint. 

I began this project by taking a piece of white card and stamping the Tee-Pee village image in sepia ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I used texture paint to give the foreground a sandy desert feel then used normal acrylics to colour the rest.  I then stamped the largest Tee-Pee onto Kraft card in sepia ink and embossed it.  I used DIs to colour it then cut it out and attached it to the focal panel.  I used white charcoal to add clouds and a sun/moon.

I took a white base card and stamped feathers down each side, using DIs to colour the images.  I then stamped the two small cacti images repeatedly along the bottom edge and coloured them as before.  I made a mat/frame then attached the focal panel to the basecard.   


For this card I have used stamps from the Catching Dreams set; sepia Versafine ink, clear EP, Distress Inks, and a die from my stash. 

On a piece of white card I stamped the pipe image in sepia ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I masked the image then blended DIs to create a background.  I watercoloured the image with DIs then die cut the panel.  I stamped and embossed a couple of sentiments, blended ink around the edges of the panel then attached it to a Kraft base card.

Thank you for taking time to read my post today, I hope it has tickled your crafty mojo a little!  I shall be back later this month with another post, until then stay safe and well,

                            x  x  Penny  x  x

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Journal Planning (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well, and enjoying the recent warm weather. I have a couple of projects to share with you today that were first shown on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. These very versatile stamp sets were drawn by Kim Moody for Chocolate Baroque, and have been such a pleasure to work with.

I fell in love with these images as soon as I saw them, and knew straight away what I wanted to do for my first two designs. I created a plan in my journal, sketching a layout and trying out a colour scheme for these two cards. I used Katya, masking off her headdress, and stamped just the face, the dangly decorative pieces of the headdress, and the shoulders. I drew a headband and some hair, and also extended the dangles up to the headband. I added a pattern onto the headband, and also added a similar design onto the bodice. Once complete, I used some Masking Tissue, and traced the design, before cutting it out, and covering the image.

I stamped the dreamcatcher from Catching Dreams and coloured the background with a light wash. I added some feathers and the sentiment from Hold On. I coloured the images with pencils, sticking to a fairly limited colour palette of ochre, red and green.

For my second project, I wanted to create a Native American landscape, incorporating the teepees, and the cacti. I stamped the main image from Do Right Always, and added the cacti to one side. I added extra lines to complete the scenery using a fineliner pen. I added more rocks and grass at the front, and mountains at the back. I coloured the picture using watercolour pencils, blending several colours together, to create a more natural feel. I used lots of terracotta to create a very scorched dessert look to the earth.

I wanted to show you my unfinished journal sketches, so that you could see how true the final cards were to my original plans. They were pretty close!

I will be back later in the month with more projects to share with you. I do hope that you enjoy what myself and the Team have to show you with these fabulous stamps. Stay safe, and take care,

Judith xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Got an Axe to grind by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies.
Welcome to my first post this month featuring these fabulous Native American themed stamps designed by the very talented artist Kim Moody.

I hope you were able to catch the shows.

Here are a couple of my samples from the show.

I made a bookmark out of a scrap background I’d made using my gel press and coloured in using Inktense pencils.

A grey/white board wall hanging was coloured and stamped using Distress Oxides for the background, and once again the image was coloured using Inktense pencils and a gold glitter pen.

And finally my obligatory envelope, a Kraft one this time, for a change, coloured with Distress inks.

Thank you so much for visiting, I hope I’ve inspired you.
 Have a great day.
Big hugs xx Zoe xx

Sunday, 2 August 2020

July's Blog Comment Winner

Hello and welcome to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.

We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs, so each and every comment is very important to us.

Each comment in July was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.

Congratulations to PAT (Colourful Card Creations) you have won this month's £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

To claim your prize, please email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send your gift certificate.

Lesley will be giving another £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from August's comments.

The more comments you leave, the better your chances of being the winner.

Thank you so much for all the kind comments you leave.

Good luck from all on the Design Team

Here is another chance to see the beautiful creation by Rachel

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Stay Strong by Brenda

Good morning, Brenda here with our first post of August, this month the Design Team will be sharing their artwork featuring the wonderful Native American stamp sets Lesley launched on Hochanda last month. They are something really different and a joy to work with and so useful for masculine cards in particular, something I like many struggle with.

The above card was a bit of a labour of love as I wanted to create something that showcased most of the new stamp sheets and evoked memories of the very old and tatty book Hiawatha which captivated me as a child. Contrary to what many believe she was in fact female but you have to go back almost 100 years before Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem about Chief Hiawatha and his fictional wife Minihaha.

So after creating a tri-fold base using dies, mats inked with Oxides and some stencil work I stamped various elements from Catching DreamsDo Right Always and Hold On as well as the Beautiful Russian Princess Katya stamped without her headdress and an Indian bandana added so she has becomes Haiwatha from my storybook.

As always my thanks for your visit today and if you would like the opportunity to win a Chocolate Baroque stamp please do pop over to today's Allsorts challenge blog.

Friday, 31 July 2020

A time for reflection by Rachel

Hello there - Rachel here today with some more samples from the June shows - this time using the timeless stamp set. This first card is an accordion card  - I made a masterboard using oxides for the background then stamped each one separately. The front of the accordion is the main focus and I triple embossed the watch face to make it look glassy.

The other accordion pages were stamped also using the stamps from the set.

In my second sample I built up a background using the stamps in oxide inks then overstamped in black versafine Clair and cut the piece up into four before mounting onto black card.

I think this is such a pretty stamp set yet so useful for male cards. 

I hope I have given you some inspiration!


Rachel x

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Feathers and Flowers (by Miranda)

Hi there,

Today my last post for July....but I will be doing more posts in August, yeah!

I have used the next stamp sets:
Tangled Garden rubber stamp sheet A4 (only for the small circle between the feathers)

And here the full card......lots of layers......I used many stamp sets but that was not my intention when I started......The idea was only to use the center bauble and the feathers......but along the way I could not stop LOL. Do you recognize that?

It can also turn out to be too much and overdone......but okay it became an abundant party of colour and shapes....

The background was done using distress inks on an acrylic bloc. Then I stamped the bauble using black Versafine. On the left side I stamped the similar flowers from the Floral Notes using Memento Tangelo. On the edges I used a fragment of the 'make your mark' sheet. I embossed all the feathers using Wow gold embossing. Colored them and decoupaged them. Yes, that is a lot of work but worth the effort I think.
I masked the bauble and stamped some feathers onto the background too.
And of course I did some pencil coloring too on the bauble.....

To 'hold' the feathers together I have used the flower center of the tangled flower from the Tangled Garden sheet. But of course you can use other small stamps for that too.
And finally I embossed the dots and circles from the ' make your mark' set.
The word 'Love' is from the Artistic Expressions sheet.

Hope you like my abundant mood today,
have a crafty and lovely day,