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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

Visit Maria's blog

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

 Visit Doreen's blog

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

Visit Asha's blog

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

Visit Florence's blog

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!


  1. Congratulations to all the new DT members I am looking forward to what you will bring and share with us
    Jackie x

  2. Congrats to all you ladies for being choosen in the team! I don't know all your blogs, but will visit them in the next couple days and I am looking forward to your inspiration here! Have a fun, inky weekend, Gerrina

  3. Congratulations everyone, looking forward to seeing your creations xx Jan

  4. Congratulations Ladies on making the team. I've seen and admired some of your work and look forward to seeing what you post on this blog in the future.

    Sue xx

  5. Welcome aboard Girls, I look forward to working with you all. Congratulations, Judith xx

  6. For me also....a warm welcome to our team and looking forward to your creations! Congrats! Mirandaxx

  7. Congratulations and Welcome Ladies, it's going to be fun 'working' with all of you and to see your inspiring designs. Shirleyxx

  8. Congratulations to you all! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations.
    Linda xxx

  9. congrats to all of you - I really look forward to seeing what you do and all your wonderful makes. Big Hugs to all of you! Rachel xx

  10. Congratulations all of you - I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up.
    Paula (PEP)

  11. spot the mistake - there should be a "with" after the "up"……… thinking too fast & fingers not keeping up

  12. Congratualtions ladies, I am sure you will have a great time and really enjoy being part of that special team, I know I did and also learnt a lot myself. I'm looking forward to seeing your work. Elaine

  13. congratulations everyone, looking forward to seeing what you come up with

  14. Congratulations and welcome from me too, so looking forward to working with you all
    Claire xx

  15. Congratulations to all of you ladies!
    I am looking forward to seeing what you create with Glenda's gorgeous stamps xx

  16. Congratulations to all of you. I have already visited your blogs and see that you all have completely different styles so I'm sure it is going to be interesting to see what you come up with.

  17. Congratulations on your success and your courage. I'm sure you'll all enjoy being DT members and we'll enjoy it too.

  18. Congratulations to everyone!!! Really looking forward to seeing a lot of new surely gorgeous artsy projects using CB stamps!! Coco x

  19. Congratulations ladies! I've seen Maria's and Asha's work lots of times and love what they produce, so can't wait to see what they and the other ladies make with the beautiful CB stamps! Xxx


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