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Monday, 6 July 2020

Looking at Backgrounds (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well. Even in times like these, I hope that you have been able to find some enjoyment in your crafting, in whatever form that has taken. A lot of you have been saying that your mojo has taken a walk, but hopefully the inspiration here on the blog, on the Facebook Group, and Lesley's daily Facebook live posts are continuing to provide you with lots of ideas.

I have created a card for you using the lovely Katya, and stamps from the Timeless stamp set. I used a piece of card from my stash that had been washed with a tea bag dipped in warm water. This gives the card a lovely aged feel, perfect for the look I wanted. It's a very quick way of colouring a background.

I stamped Katya using dark brown Archival ink, and covered the image with masking tissue, before adding the large image from the Timeless stamp set a couple of times. I then added lots of the smaller images using second generation stamping to fill the rest of the space, and overstamping the other image as well. I used sepia tones, keeping in with the general colour palette.

I removed the mask, and coloured Katya with Koh-I-Noor Polycolour pencils, these blend really well, and add a pop of colour to the main image. I felt that the main decorative piece on Katya's headdress reminded me of a cog, and so she fitted so well with the 'Timeless' theme, a lady from a bygone era.

To create my second card, I added Distress Inks to a piece of Drawing Cartridge with some water, and then stamped the little butterflies from Baroque Meadow across the background using toning colours of Versafine Clair inks. I used a whiteboard postcard, and stamped a sentiment from Words of Gratitude across the background using grey Archival Ink. I added some shading around the edge of the postcard using Distress Ink and stamped the Tangled Birch over the top, which I coloured with pencils as before.

My final card, which I shared at the time of the TV shows was a really quick card, a simple Brusho background with the same wording added. I then stamped the images from Baroque Meadow in black ink, and added a piece of black ribbon, before mounting the project onto black card.

These lovely stamps are so versatile, always a pleasure to create with. I will be back later in the month with more ideas to share with you. Take care for now, and stay safe,

Judith xx

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Two Bookmarks (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month.
I hope you managed to catch the amazing shows last month on Hochanda featuring these amazing stamps.

I used Chocolate Baroque's Strip Stencils to create both backgrounds.
The first using the fabulous Tangled Birch stamp.
My second bookmark I used the words from the show as my background and diecuts to create the focal point, I do love verses and words to create backgrounds.

Thank you so much for visiting, I do hope I have given you some inspiration.
I'll be back later in the month with a couple more samples from the show.
Until then, stay safe and keep well.
Big hugs xx Zoe

Friday, 3 July 2020

Rather a lot of purple by Brenda

Good morning everyone, today I have some cards to share using the stamps from the June shows on Hochanda where the lovely Katya featured. She really is a lovely image and a delight to work with and it seems that without realising it I was having a bit of a purple day when I created these two.

The above card has an Oxide ink background onto an arch shaped base card created with dies. Katya was then stamped with Versafine black as were the Butterflies from Just Butterflies and sentiment from Words of Love and a few pearls added to embellish.

For the background to this one I used a piece of acetate which I dabbed with Oxide ink and a spritz of water and dabbed onto the card as I only wanted hints pf colour rather than covering the whole piece. I then randomly stamped with images from Rustic Fragments, Baroque Ephemera and Edgy Edges and a sentiment from what remains my favourite Chocolate Baroque sentiment set Words of Inspiration. Finally I stamped and cut out two clock faces from Timeless along with two wire circles (sourced from one of hubby's greenhouses!)

Have a lovely day.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Blog Comment Winner for June

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 June was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.

Congratulations to Anja v Kaarten 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 July'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


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Baroque Meadow


I hope you are well.

Today I am sharing some of my cards from the Hochanda show in June.

The  stamps I used were Baroque Meadow, a lovely silhouette stamp and Words of Inspiration which has some lovely sentiments. There are 4 sets in the "Words of..." range and you can see them here.

My first card is simply stamped in Archival and a stencil has been used in the background. Distress inks are used around the edge to frame the image.

My second card uses the same meadow stamp with a different sentiment from the Words of Inspiration set. This time my background is done with alcohol inks on some satin card. I chose some pastel colours to give a summer feel to the card.

For my final card today I coloured the stamp with water based marker pens, I then spritzed the stamp with water before stamping.  This gives a lovely water colour effect.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these and I have a couple more to share with you soon.
Sandra x

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Only Tags - (by Magda) Landscape Patchwork , Butterfly Flourish, Mail Art, Just Butterflies

Good morning,
My second post of this month is an "Only Tags" one.  For two of them I used the same stamp
Landscape Patchwork and Butterfly Flourish

"For You" tag has a shade of Distress Ink Pad colors and touches of Stickless Glitter Glue, the tree is stamped with Archival Jet Black

"Tomorrow is a New Day" has a background of several mixed media layers.
I used Distress Ink Pad, white tissue paper glued with Glue n' Seal and Archival Jet Black

"Each Day is a Gift"  has a swept colour wash background with a stenciled relive pasted textures and a decoupage cuts from "Mail Art"  and "Just Butterflies" 

I hope you are keen of tags and enjoyed my post today,  hugs

Monday, 29 June 2020

life is incredible (by Veronica)

Good morning everyone, today I have yet another concertina book to share - sorry, but i got hooked on making these, and the advantage is that I can use lots of stamps in the the same project.. Life at the moment is definitely different, but nature stays much the same thankfully and I enjoyed making this tree-themed mini book.
I made the base first, using distress oxide inks onto a craft mat with loads of water - one side came out paler , but that didn't matter 

. I added stamps from make your mark randomly using the same distress inks to stamp with to add a bit more interest to the background.

All the main images were stamped using black versafine clair ink, and I added colour to some  using brusho powders and watercolours.

The sentiment on one of the covers comes from the tall trees set, which I thought went well with the other stamps