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Monday 31 March 2014

Country Home (posted by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

The new whimsical stamp set, Patchwork Landscape is so much fun to create designs with.  My card below features the lovely cottage from the set.

The background was created with Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks using the Acrylic Block technique.     I stamped part of the flourish tree from Fantasy Woodland at the top and the flowers from Patchwork Landscape at the bottom.  The cottage was stamped with Olive Archival Ink and coloured with Prisma pencils.    I blended a little Distress Inks around the image.  Best Wishes is from Loving Sentiments.    I coloured the Crealie die cut flowers with Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

Dies:  Crealies Flowers CL CF 25 and Marianne Design Flourish LR0150

Thanks for your visit and please come back often as I'm sure you will enjoy seeing what my talented teammates have been creating.

Have a great day!

Sunday 30 March 2014

Serengeti Inspired Patchwork Landscape (by Asha)

Hello everyone and welcome to my very first post for the Design Team. I have 2 cards to show you:

Inspired by the stunning Serengeti sky at sunrise, I'm using one of the brand new April release stamp sets called Patchwork Landscape to create the focal image on my first card. The sentiment on the side is from the Loving Sentiments set, stamped with Memento Potters ClayFor an extra special touch, a little bow in sheer peach ribbon.

About this image: First, I did a colour wash on a piece of heavyweight watercolour paper using several coordinating Tim Holtz Distress Inks. When completely dry, I stamped the scene using VersaFine Black Onyx and coloured the tree trunk and other bits with some Vintage Photo. To finish, I did some paper piecing with scraps of patterned papers and added some bling in the middle of the flowers.

My second project  features a quaint little cottage, also from the Patchwork Landscape set. I stamped my own background paper using one of the stamps from this set. The sentiment is from Birthday Words.

Unlike my first project, there are no crazy colour combos here. I'm using a very light hand with Tim Holtz Distress Inks to blend the colours for the sky and the grassy foreground, while the cottage and bushes got a touch of alcohol markers.

I know you are going to love the stamps from the April release. In the meantime, there'll be more inspiration from the rest of the team coming your way. Spring has never looked so good!


Saturday 29 March 2014

Just for Mum (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have two cards for you today, using the lovely stamp of the month sets and the For Mum clear stamp set.

My first card was created using a wrinkle free distress background on watercolour paper. I added some detail by using a mask and sponging some colour with Distress Ink. I stamped the small honesuckle stamp from the Elegant Edges stamp set over the background in toning colours. I used the large honeysuckle stamp from Fragrant Honeysuckle which I stamped onto a piece of oval watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Markers.

I added some ribbon, and embossed Crealie butterflies to finish.

My second card was created by stamping the two Hollyhock stamps across a pencil line onto some green paper. I coloured the images using Polychromos pencils. I stamped the central image onto a piece of white card, and again coloured this with pencils. I wanted to hint at the patchwork nature of the stamps, so added stitching, using my sewing machine, lace, and buttons, to the centre of my flowers. The flowers are made from handmade paper, simply brushed lightly with Distress inkpads. The stamps, other than the sentiment were taken from the Patchwork Landscape stamp set.

These beautiful stamps have made creating my Mother's Day cards very easy this year, and I hope that they will make two Mums very happy. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday 28 March 2014

Spring (posted by Maria)

Hello everyone, welcome to my first creation as  a  member of the CB design team, I hope I can inspire some of you with my always colourful cards!!!

It's really Spring in CB stampland, aren't they wonderfull!!?? This card is created with the new CB stamps "Patchwork Landscape" and Dylusion ink!!!


Thursday 27 March 2014

Introducing Patchwork Landscape and new edges

We have some beautiful new stamps for you this month - classic Chocolate Baroque designs from the pen of our very talented artist, Sue.

Our stamp of the month is Patchwork Landscape, a large A4 set full of intricate doodles and landscape elements.

Then we have two new A5 sets of edges - Springtime Edges with primulas, snowdrops and daffodils

 and Elegant Edges with a lovely mix of more exotic leaves and flowers.

The edges are also available as a multibuy.

I have a couple of cards to show you with these stamps - the first uses PanPastels.

I created a background landscape using masking tissue to mask off the sun and make some hill shapes, but kept all the colours very soft so there are no very hard edges.  I stamped the little house and coloured it with Coloursoft pencils, then stamped the snowdrop edge along the bottom and coloured with pencils and a white sharpie.

This next card is a very simple, one layer resist card with the honeysuckle edge stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged Lilac Posies and Rose Bud Memento inks at the bottom and Canteloupe at the top, then stamped the sentiment from Amazing Birthday. 

If you've never tried resist before, it's wonderful to watch your stamped image emerge as you add colour over it.  When you've finished, wipe over the embossing lightly with a baby wipe to clean the ink off the embossed areas and make the design really stand out.

As always, our new stamps have special prices for their first month, so do take advantage while they're on offer.  You'll always find details of our latest stamps in our New Stamps department over at the Chocolate Baroque shop.

You're in for a real treat this month with artwork from all of our superstar Design Team so watch this space for lots of inspiration. And at some point early in April, Shirley will be announcing which of our lovely commenter's from March has won our monthly gift voucher - it's our way of saying thank you for leaving comments, we all appreciate you taking the time.

Happy crafting!

Monday 24 March 2014

Sprinkled with Fairy Dust (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with another sample using the beautiful Spring Fairy stamps and the Fairyland Words which complement them perfectly.

I began by brayering the scene by masking the moon and using torn paper masks and Memento Inks in Pear Tart and Elderberry. I love memento inks for brayer work, the colours are lovely (they are on offer at the minute too, you can find them here). I wanted to create a distressed look to the scene so I splashed on some water and blotted it off with kitchen roll and then set to with a Crafters Workshop Harlequin stencil and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next I stamped the images, again with Memento Tuxedo Black and added some colour with Graph'It Markers. For a little sparkle, I stamped the images again on acetate and embossed with black EP and glittered the back. Once the wings were dry I added them with a little silicone glue for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped on white card using Memento Elderberry ink. I then brushed Matte medium over the image, sprinkled with glitter and popped the acrylic tag on the medium while it was still wet. Once it was dry I trimmed the excess card and added a little green ribbon.

To finish off I've matted on white, lilac and then black card and added some green silk ribbon and a lilac paper rose.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 23 March 2014

Spring Fairy and Flowers (posted by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

I have a design today using the gorgeous new Spring Fairy Collection.  

The background is a sheet that I printed from the beautiful Leafy Brocade Printable Papers.   The  May Fairy was stamped on water colour paper with Cobalt Archival ink, coloured with Tom Bow markers and cut out.   I added holograph glitter to parts of her dress.  I coloured the die cut flowers with Distress Inks.

Dies:  Crealie Creative Flowers CL CF 20 & CL CF 19 and Memory Box - Pierson Corner.

Thanks for your visit and have a great week,

Thursday 20 March 2014

Magical Birthday Card (by Debbie)

Good Morning. I have another card using the Fairy Castles stamps, Alcohol pens and Distress Inks.
I cut two pieces of white card and stamped the castle and coloured the trees and the castle walls with pens. Next, I stamped the castle on a post it and drew a circle for the moon. I cut it out and laid over the top of the already stamped castle. I used Broken China for the sky and Peeled Paint for the hills. The clouds were stamped using the Broken China for a subtle addition. Before mounting onto the black I marked two dots on the larger piece of white card so I knew where to colour for the sky and hills. I mounted both pieces and stamped the sentiment.
Thank you for visiting

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Into every life a little rain must fall .... (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with another sample using the beautiful Fantasy Castles, I love this castle image I combined it with the cloud stamps from Magical Landscapes to create a rainy scene.

I coloured the image with distress markers and used Walnut Stain distress ink around the edges of the image. I matted it up on some dark brown card and layered it up over square of card with a brick effect made using a Crafters Workshop Template and distress inks. Again I matted on brown card and layered up over a more muted background made with more distress inks and a brick stamp from Abstract Fragments. The sentiment is on of my all time favourites and is from Loving Sentiments. To finish of I've added a little seam binding bow and an umbrella charm from my stash.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Fantasy Castle with Blue and Green (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope all is well.

I have another design today using the new beautiful Fantasy Castles set.   These castles have so much wonderful detail, I enjoy colouring them with pencils.

The background behind the castle is Broken China and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks using an acrylic block and water.  I coloured the clouds from Magical Landscapes and castle from Fantasy Castles with Prisma pencils which I used Cobalt Archival ink to stamp.   I added glitter to the rain and water fall.

The larger background was created with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks again with an acrylic block.   I stamped Wisteria from Wisteria Lane and the trees from Magical Landscape with Mowed Lawn DI ink.   I stamped the brick work using a fragment from Abstact Fragments with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day,

Saturday 15 March 2014

Eastern Adventure (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I wanted to show the versatility of the new MagicalLandscapes/Fantasy Castles Multibuy stamp set and made a card with a bit of an Eastern flavour which I am showing you today.

I created a wrinkle free Distress background , and then stamped a large paisley stamp from Indian Elephant using the same colour Distress Ink. I used a palm tree stamp from Peace on Earth showing that Christmas stamps can be used all year round, not just at Christmas! The sentiment is from the Artistic Affirmations stamp set.

I stamped the main image onto a piece of white card using gold embossing powder, and coloured the image with Distress Markers, sticking to the blue and orange theme of the card as much as possible. Finally, I swirled some blue and orange Distress Ink around the edge of the card to soften the white background. I used some Versamark around the edges of the main background card, and added some gold embossing powder, which I heated to melt. Some dark blue card to mat the layers completed the card.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday 13 March 2014

Magical Landscape (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I have a castle design to show today from the beautiful new Magical Landscape set.

I created the background with watercolour paints wet on wet.   I have a tutorial using this technique at my blog here.   I sprinkled a little salt over the paint while it was wet which created small watermarks.

I stamped the images with Cobalt Archival ink.   The fairy from May Fairy was stamped on separate paper and decoupaged.   I coloured the castle with Prisma pencils as well as the fairy's dress and wings.  I added lots of glitter on the moon and water, but it's hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is from Fairyland Words.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day,

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Fairy Friends (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a sunny card made using the beautiful new Spring Fairy stamps. I love to work with sunny spring colours so I really enjoyed making this card.

I stamped the fairy (from May Fairy) and the bird on the grass (from April Fairy) and coloured them with Graph'It markers, adding the grass by flicking the markers. I used PanPastels to add the sky to the little scene. 

The background was made using distress inks in shades of yellow and green. I used the acrylic block technique and then stencilled over them using the same inks with the Crafters Workshop Punchinella Template. I stamped the delicate flourish from March Fairy around the edges. I added a some lace, gingham ribbon, paper flowers and a little bee charm from my stash to finish off and popped my design on a scalloped card blank.

I hope you're enjoying some sunshine after all the rain we've had here in the UK
Claire xx

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Have a Fairy Happy Birthday! (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, here's a project for you using stamps from the new Spring Fairy Collection stamp set combined with some older favourites. I wanted to create a gift set that comprised of a card, gift tag and matching wrapping paper, using soft pastel tones. I picked five shades of Memento Ink, and created a background on my tag, and a large piece of white card. I stamped the fairies and butterflies using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The extra fairies and buterflies are from the Winter Fairy and Autumn Fairy stamp sets.

For the tag, I added a sprinkling of glitter on the butterfly wings and the trail of stars. The sentiment comes from the Fairyland Words clear stamp set. For the card, I added some clouds from the Magical Landscapes/Fantasy Castles Multibuy stamp set and a flower from the Decadent Brocade stamp set, which has been decoupaged. I have added some die cut leaves, and a sentiment as before.The wrapping paper was created using the same stamps as the tag, stamped with each of the ink colours, graduating across the paper.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Monday 10 March 2014

Flying High Fairy (by Debbie)

The weather here yesterday was beautiful and perfect for a little tidying in the garden. The spring bulbs can be shown in their glory with all the fallen leaves swept away. I'm looking forward to seeing sunsets this year when the sky changes to a to a rainbow of colours and sitting in the garden crafting.
I started by stamping the castle with black ink and then cut masks for the sun and the landscape. The sun was placed over the castle and the landscape laid over the bottom third. For the sky I used Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Broken China Distress Inks blending each into the next to avoid lines. With the sun still in place I removed the landscape mask and covered the sky and blended Peeled Paint for the hills then tore and moved the mask to create the small hills. The grass at the sides of the scene are from Eastern Grass, this is one of my go to sets as it is so handy. The flying Fairy is from the January set of Fairies and I searched my stash for Shrink Plastic. I stamped her with Black Archival ink, cut her shape out and I'm proud to say when heating she didn't curl and stick. I attached the fairy and stamped the sentiment in the top corner then matted onto black card and trimmed a border around. Many thanks for visiting, Debbie xx

Saturday 8 March 2014

Magical Spring Fairy (by Shirley)

Hello Everyone, I hope you are doing well.    I'm dreaming of Spring......but we still have 2 to 4  feet of snow on the ground and it hasn't been mild enough to melt much of it.    

I have two cards to show today using stamps from the beautiful new Spring Fairy Collection.   This first one features the beautiful March Fairy.

The background was created with London Blue, Cut Grass and White Linen Dylusions inks.   To create the water marks, I sprinkled sea salt while it was still wet and when dry, brushed it off.    I stamped the fairy from March Fairy & beautiful sentiment from Fairyland Words with Deep Purple Archival ink (it looks blue in the photo).   I stamped the Winter Aconites from Spring is in the Air with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.   I coloured the images with my Prisma pencils.    I added glitter to the fairy wings and some tiny pearl flowers that I found in my stash.

I also have a CAS design, that was quick to create.  

I cut a circle in card stock and used the negative for a mask.  I blended Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink inside the circle.  I stamped 'Spring' from March Fairy and the pretty little Robin from April Fairy with Cobalt Archival Ink and coloured it with my Prisma pencils.  I also added some glitter to the foliage and bird. 

Thanks for your visit and have a great weekend,

Friday 7 March 2014

Introducing our new Design Team members

I must start by giving a huge shout of thanks to our current Design Team members, Judith, Debbie, Miranda, Claire and Shirley who have brought you such wonderful inspiration over the last three years.  I'm delighted to say they will all be remaining a part of the team and I'm sure they will join me in giving a warm welcome to our newest members, Maria, Doreen, Asha and Florence.

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time and had the courage to apply to join the design team and I'm just sorry we couldn't take everyone.

Once our new team members got over the shock (and joy) of being selected, I asked them all a few questions to get to know them all a bit better and find out what kind of stamps they like.  Here's what they had to say.

Maria Bellekens

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My first Chocolate Baroque stamp sets were Pretty birdcage and Home sweet Home.

My favourites are the flower and nature stamp sets.  I find my inspiration in nature and also from other blogs, but I never create anything  that already exists, I look at the blogs and something very different comes out of my mind.

On my wishlist, there are still some nature stamps (flowers, branches) that I don't have in my collection.

I am a nice, absent-mind, creative person who loves colours a lot!!!

Doreen O'Brien

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Rose Stem Script was my first Chocolate Baroque stamp and I just can't pick a favorite I love them all!

I get inspiration from other crafters, Pinterest and the products I work with.

There's at least 25 items on my wishlist - I have just treated myself to the Magical Landscapes stamp set.

I'm shy, thoughtful and put 101% into all I do.

Asha Martins

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I bought my first CB stamp set in September 2012 and it is called "The Gift of Christmas".  It's still my favourite  and the stamp I love most from that set is the silhouette of a cat and dog looking at the Christmas tree. It is my most treasured memory of Christmas at home, immortalised in a stamp - irreplaceable.

My inspiration comes from all over the place. I have a wild and vivid imagination!

On my CB wishlist are most of the Christmas sets and these truly are some of the BEST festive stamps.

Meticulous, methodical perfectionist by day; creative, spirited foodie by night.

Florence Langley

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My first stamps were wood mounted stamps from Elusive Images - an Egyptian set and a teddy bear Mandala. My first Chocolate Baroque stamps were Eccentric Edwardian (which I love for masculine projects, together with Steampunkery) and Flora and Fauna.

For feminine cards my favourites are anything with flowers, butterflies or birds and the Haberdashery set. The fragment stamps are becoming a favourite for art journaling and mixed media projects.

Antiques and artifacts have always been a main source on inspiration for my crafting.  On line sources such as museums and auction houses provide a huge selection of resource material. I also find inspiration from vintage style advertising and travel posters, especially the Art Deco style ones.

I am a complete choc-a-boc-a-holic so the stamps on my wish list will always be the next new release.  Therefore, I have my eye on the newly released Magical Landscapes  and Fantasy Castles.

I'm a 40 something, noodle eating, pyjama wearing, compulsive crafter.

Our new members are already cooking up ideas for the stamps we will be releasing in April, but while you wait,  you can take a look at their own blogs or join our Facebook group to see lots more beautiful Chocolate Baroque artwork.

Welcome aboard ladies!

Thursday 6 March 2014

Make a Wish (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I hope that you are enjoying some Spring sunshine wherever you are. My card today uses some of the stamps from the Magical Landscapes/Fantasy Castles Multibuy stamp set. I stamped the castle and masked this off by stamping a second image onto masking paper and covering the image. I then added some trees from this set, Country Views and English Cottages before colouring the background with Pan Pastels. I added some rain clouds and extra colour with the Pan Pastels, and then completed the background with a rainbow, using the Pan Pastels, blending the colours into each other for a softened effect.

I coloured the stamped images with Distress Markers and a waterbrush, and added a sentiment from the Fairyland Words clear stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Mermaid Landscape (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with  a card created using the beautiful new stamps 'Magical Landscapes', such a beautiful selection of images and although they'll work perfectly with all the lovely fairy stamps as soon as I saw this image I knew I wanted to use it with this mermaid from Underwater Kingdom

The background was made using distress inks, tumbled glass, shabby shutters, salty ocean and mowed lawn. I also used some of the ink from my craft mat to colour the ribbon. I overstamped the background with one of the stamps from Abstract Fragments and embossed with white embossing powder.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Graph'It Markers, I added some 'waves' with a white sharpie pen and glitter. I also used the Crafters Workshop Tile Texture stencil with clear gel medium and once that was dry I inked with more Tumbled Glass and Broken China distress ink.

I've distressed all the edges with my craft knife and added shells, pearls and cheescloth from my stash to finish off.

I hope you're enjoying all the inspiration with this months gorgeous new stamps
Claire xx

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Dream castle by Miranda......

Hi there,

Today my creation with one of the lovely new castles from the 'Fantasy Castles'. These stamps are great to colour and to visualize your own 'magical' place! I've made this one on soft blue Basic Grey scrap paper.
I've stamped with shades of blue and green Memento inks and coloured with my Derwent Soft Colour and added gold accents on the minarets with Viva Maya gold paint.

And of course there are lots of great CB sheets which matches perfectly with these stamps. So to frame this lovely castle I've used also 'Wisteria Lane' and Spring Foliage and my favorite feathered leaf from the 'September Fairy'.

Well, hope to have inspired you and appealed to your imagination to create your own 'magical' place with these stamps.

Thanks for your visit, your comment is always appreciated and hope to see you next time.

Monday 3 March 2014

Butterfly Fairy (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, my mind turns to Spring at this time of year, as the tulips and bluebells start to push their green shoots up through the surface of my garden borders. There seems to be a flurry of activity in the air, and a bright day seems to bring the promise of better weather.

The new Spring Fairy stamps were just the ticket to create a Spring scene that seemed to echo those feelings. I created a background using paper masks and Memento inks in soft greens and lilacs. I added some foliage from the Spring is in the Air/Spring Foliage Multibuy stamp set, again using Memento inks. I painted the flower heads with bleach, before colouring them with pencils.

I stamped the fairy, and the large butterfly from Patchwork Butterfly and coloured them with pencils. I stamped the antennae of the butterfly onto the background. I cut off the fairy wings, and the butterfly body  before adding them to the background.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Sunday 2 March 2014

Fairy Castle Card (by Debbie)

Happy Sunday to everyone. I was so excited when Glenda sent the new Fantasy Castles and Magical Landscapes stamps which work beautifully with the Fairy Stamps. The Fairy I have used is from the December Fairies stamp set.
I started by stamping the Castle onto white card with Black Versafine and stamped again onto copier paper to make a mask. I also cut a circle for the sun. As these are Fantasy Castles I chose to colour the sky with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. The clouds are from the Magical Landscapes and I shaded with Cut and Dry foam as I wanted the castle to stand in the foreground. Stickles was added to the waterfall. The Fairy was stamped with clear Versamark Ink and embossed with Black Glint WOW Powder then trimmed. I mounted the Castle onto blue and placed onto the centre of the square card then added the sentiment and a few black pearls. I love this Fairy as she looks so relaxed leaning slightly against the frame. Thanks for visiting, there's lots more inspiration coming during the month. Debbie xx

Saturday 1 March 2014

Fantasy Castle (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.  It's still very cold with piles of snow here in Ontario, Canada.  We are looking forward to Spring, it's been a very long, cold winter, the toughest that I can remember.    However the sun has been shining a lot in the last month which always feels good.

I have a design today featuring a castle and clouds from the gorgeous new Fantasy Castles.  I love the details in all the new designs they are quite beautiful.  I wanted to create a true fantasy with a castle in the sky surrounded by clouds.   

I used Teal & Cut Grass Dylusions Inks to create the smaller background.   Next I stamped the castle and clouds with Cobalt Archival Ink.    I bleached the ink away from the clouds and painted them with Midnight Dylusions Ink (using my craft mat, water & brush).   I coloured the castle with Prisma pencils and added glitter to highlight some areas.  

The larger background was created with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an acrylic block.   I stamped with a decorative textile stamp from Indian Textiles using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. 

I distressed all the edges and added a little Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.   I added a strip of background between the layers that I had cut away from the smaller background.

To see who won February's commentor prize  please see this post here :)

I hope you can come back often to see what my talented teammates have created using the new stamps.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day,

February Blog Comments Winner

We appreciate the time you take to leave us kind comments here at the Design Team Blog.  

Each comment in February was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner :) 

Congratulations to jackiescrafts  you have won a £20.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps!    Please send a quick email here to confirm your email address and Glenda will send you your gift certificate.

Glenda is giving away another £20.00 voucher this month.  Another lucky commenter will be drawn again from all of March's comments.  

Thank you for all your visits and Good luck from the Design Team!