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Friday 27 July 2012

Little Note Cards

A friend recently asked me to make her some notecards, so I did,
and these are a few of them.  I used the Dusky Damask stamp set. 

The floral border is the stamp I used from the Chocolate Baroque set,
carried over to the outside edge of the envelope.

This stamp above is so "spring-timey"!   I added a few flowers punched
out that matched the shape of the flowers in the stamp.

This one is my favorite!  Black, white and red are so striking together! 
Above, I stamped the image onto red dotted cardstock,
then mounted it on a mat of black.
With the addition of a few little rhinestones, this card said, "Chocolate Bling"!

Even the envelope is beautiful! 

Thursday 26 July 2012

Dusky Damask Care Card

Good day to each of you!  Welcome to another Dusky Damask posting filled with "eye candy", or "eye chocolate"!  Delicious!  Please "eat" as much as you'd like - you won't get full!

This new set is so awesome and versatile!  These stamps are so detailed and clean!  They are wonderful to work with, and the quality of these stamps is superb!  Have I raved enough?  :)
I wanted to make the focal image "pop", so I used a very dark patterned
gray cardstock as my base.  The very large paisleys were heat embossed in black. They stand out nicely against the dark background.

Mounting the flower image on a blue mat to match the blue I used
to color it makes the colors brighter.  Attaching it with foam squares to
raise it up off the base makes it really stand out against the dark gray.

This is a tri-fold card and measures 3 3/4" wide by 7" high.

This card stands on it's own very nicely.  I used one of the other floral stamps from the Dusky Damask set to accent the center and right panels.  The sentiment reads, "Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing."  You will find it in the Easter Traditions stamp set.  I hand-calligraphied, "Be encouraged".

Please check back with us again to see what beautiful and inspiring work is being created!

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Pretty Poppies!

Hi, again! It's Poppy time at Chocolate Baroque! With the new release of the Pretty Poppies set, you have some absolutely beautiful stamps to chose from, and it's a hard choice as to which one to use first!  Just get them all inky!  Here's some tags and a bookmark made using the poppy stamps in this set.  Enjoy!


I colored these with Copic markers, and mounted them on
solid colored cardstock.  Just little details like raising
the butterfly brought the image to life.

Thanks for coming, and we hope you'll come again soon!  New postings nearly every day!

Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Cameo & Dusky Damask

Hello, All!  Welcome to Chocolate Baroque!  I hope you'll enjoy your visit, and please leave some love in the comments section!  We love to hear from you!  Now for my project - 

I believe this beautiful stamp has been discontinued, but I am posting this card because I used the new Dusky Damask stamp being spotlighted, on the inside.  What beautiful stamps in this new set!

This is the Dusky Damask set!

I stamped the pretty lady on white cardstock, and "aged" her with distress ink.  I used the new Spellbinders die set Floral Ovals, some gimp, pearls, lace, trim and punched flowers to enhance the image.  The crowning piece was the white background embossed with the "Fan", Anja-style stencil, and cutting out the "windows" so that the DCWV Linen Closet designer paper could peek through.

I hope you'll visit the main Chocolate Baroque website by clicking here!  You will be in Chocolate heaven!  Please come back often as our wonderful design team gals continually post new and beautiful projects for your inspiration and enjoyment!  Thanks, and please come again!


Monday 23 July 2012

Floral Border by Debbie

My card today uses the beautiful floral border from the Dusky Damask stamp set.
I stamped onto an A4 piece of cream card and I wasn't sure of the finished size so when I'd stamped the border 4 times them I trimmed it. The flowers and leaves are coloured with Alcohol pens and I used a pale blue pearl dot pen for the centres. For the middle panel I used the sentiment and corners from the Pretty Poppies stamps. The cards finished size is an 8x8. Thanks for visiting Debbie

Saturday 21 July 2012

Because I Care (posted by Claire)

Hi, Claire here with a card that was well out of my comfort zone. I'm usually a 'more is more' kind of crafter and find the clean and simple style very tricky but I wanted to show this gorgeous background stamp from Dusky Damask off.  

It was literally 5 minute card, the background stamp was stamped onto a shaped card blank using Chipped Sapphire distress ink. The sentiment (from Pretty Poppies) was stamped with the same ink and I added a little navy blue bow. 

I hope you like it
Claire xx

Thursday 19 July 2012

Poppy Centre Step Card (posted by Claire)

Hi there, Claire here with a centre step card made using stamps from both Pretty Poppies and Dusky Damask

I don't know about you but I always struggle with these type of cards (well any kind of fancy fold really) but Glenda's template really does make it a lot easier. You can find it here

I was pleased that the gorgeous floral borders from Dusky Damask fitted the template beautifully. I just stamped them, coloured with promarkers and matted on some red card before attaching to the card base. I  used two strips of the narrow border and covered the join with a sentiment from Pretty Poppies and a creative acrylic tag. The main image is from Pretty Poppies, again coloured with promarkers and matted on red card. I didn't want a lot of embellishments with these gorgeous images so I just added some little red gems.

I hope you're getting lots of inspiration from our samples, as you can see we all loved working with these gorgeous new stamps
Claire xx

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Dusky Damask and Distress markers (posted by Claire)

Hi there, I've been experimenting with distress markers and Ranger Speciality Stamping Card and came up with this card using one of the gorgeous new stamps available on Dusky Damask.

I applied distress markers to the stamp and stamped on to the Ranger card, I only had the ATC size card so I used two together. I've often struggled with getting a crisp image with this technque in the past but it works beautifully on this card. I overstamped with Claudine Helmuth Matte Multi Medium and left it to dry. The multi medium acts as a resist so that inking over the card with distress inks leaves a white halo around the image. The backing paper is from Decadent Brocade

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 16 July 2012

A damask gift box (posted by Elaine)

The large panel on the Dusy Damask plate lends itself perfectly to being a side panel on an exploding box style project and this is what I did.
I embossed the four panels in teal metallic EP. Cut them out and coloured them all with Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire distress inks. I embossed the lace edging from the lace fragments set and four damask squares for the lid. These were also coloured ith DIs. I mounted all the panels onto black card to make the box and lid. The finishing touch was some of my most favourite May Arts ribbon from Chocolate Baroque.


Thursday 12 July 2012

Pink Poppies by Debbie

Hi. I know the girls on the Design Team have fallen in love with these poppies. I certainly have. Poppies have such varying colours and like pansies I think smile at you.
I recieved my new summer Distress Inks and jumped straight into the Picked Raspberry. I have admired cards made with a poppy die recently so the stamped poppies inside I coloured with dark greys to give the effect. The oval flowers are coloured with copics, flexmarkers and promarkers.
The birthday stamp is a wood mounted stamp from CB and is sold inaid of the PSP Charity. Thankyou for stopping by Debbie

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Lavender Sprig (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, here's another offering from me using the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I wanted to recreate a sprig of lavender or heather using the little spray stamp included in the Dusky Damask stamp plate. I stamped the image onto vellum and white card several times, using several different shades of purple and lilac, embossing some with clear embossing powder. I cut them all out, leaving a border aroung the edges.

I made a background for my card using Distress Stains and water, and then stamped over the top using a stamp from the Texture Fragments stamp plate. I added a purple bow around the flower spray, and used a lovely sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp plate, which I stamped onto mount board. I used triple embossing to give a tiled effect to the oval. I also stamped the shape with the crackle stamp from the Echoes of Italy stamp plate to give an aged feel to the background.

Keep checking back to see what my Team Mates have created with these lovely stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday 9 July 2012

Rainbow of Friendship (posted by Claire)

Hi there, my card today uses the beautiful sprig of flowers from Dusky Damask and one of the sentiments from Pretty Poppies

I've stamped the flower sprigs with different colours of distress ink to give a rainbow effect and used the same inks to colour some seam binding ribbon. The swirls are from Butterfly Flourish again stamped with distress ink pads. I used distress markers to ink up the sentiment stamp from Pretty Poppies and also the butterflies from Butterfly Flourish. The sentiment is die cut and I used tape to attach the ribbon,  pleating it as I went along. I matted the card on some rainbow card that I made with white card and distress markers and attached the butterflies with silicone glue for a bit of dimension.

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you'll keep checking back to see my team mates beautiful projects this week
Claire xx

Sunday 8 July 2012

Damask Poppies (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, here's another project from me using the lovely new stamp sets just released at Chocolate Baroque; Dusky Damask and Sweet Poppies. I wanted to create a very monochrome feel to this project with just a burst of red from the poppies themselves. I stamped the large background stamp onto white card, reversing it in opposite corners. It's a lovely big stamp, and is great for an 8" x 8" card. I stamped the poppy image onto a long thin oval, and painted it with Distress Stains to give the flowers and leaves a very watery feel.

I made a crinoline flower which I sprayed with Distress re-inker and water to give a bright red colour, and added a black button to the middle.

I'll be back in a few days with another sample. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 6 July 2012

A Parisian Theme (Posted by Elaine)

One little word on the Pretty Poppies plate sent me off on a French theme for this card.

I started by printing a monochrome background from the Delightful Damask CD onto white pearlescent card. I embossed the large damask design from the new Dusky Damask plate in a gold black metallic EP. This shows a little better in the second picture.

I added a torn panel of damask patterned vellum and embossed my sentiment. I added a Die-Namics Eiffel Tower die cut in black and finished off the card with black organza ribbon, some red paper roses and black gems.


Wednesday 4 July 2012

Pressed Poppies (posted by Judith)

Hi folks, I just love Poppies, they are my favourite flower. I was so pleased to work with the latest stamp release Pretty Poppies from Chocolate Baroque.

I made a background using leaves from a plant called the Plume Poppy, using a technique taught to me by my Design Team mate Elaine. I also pressed some Poppy leaves between two pieces of watercolour paper to create the smaller panel on my card. The leaves create a lovely delicate image, as they are very watery. I simply inked the edges with Memento Ink.

Finally, I stamped the main image, and coloured it with Polychromos pencils, and decoupaged the butterfly. The sentiment is so lovely, and the font is really beautiful. I will be using this a lot.
Keep checking back to see what my Design Team mates have come up with using these fabulous stamp sets. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Poppy Fields (posted by Claire)

Hi, Claire here with the first on my samples using the newly launched Pretty Poppies stamps, I'm sure you're going to love these stamps as it  has the most beautiful images and sentiments.

I've used an 8x8 card blank, red and white card stock for matting and layering and some lace from my stash. The backing paper is from the Decadent Brocade CD

I made the focal image using panpastels and distress markers. I began by creating the background scene with ultramarine blue tint and rubbed out a cloud shape using a pencil eraser. I used paynes grey and tiny bit of yellow and magenta panpastels to give the cloud a bit of dimension. I used torn copier paper to mask off the hills and used shades of green panpastels to create the hills. 

As PanPastels can be erased I just stamped the poppies over the background and rubbed out the colour. I used distress markers to add colour to the beautiful poppies.

Don't forget to keep checking back as all the team have come up with some really beautiful projects  with the new stamps. 
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday 1 July 2012

Fly Away with Me by Debbie

This card was a combination effort from my daughter and myself. I knew what I wanted to do with the Penny Farthing stamp but couldn't come up with the wording I wanted. The sentiment was done using Word on the computer and trimmed to size. I cut a cloud shape from masking tape and shaded with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink then removed the masks.
I stamped the Penny Farthing with Memento Black and added a little colour to the wings. There are lots of new and exciting cards coming up from the Team. Debbie