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Sunday 31 August 2014

Butterfly love!!( by maria)

Hello everyone, here are some more samples with the "Honeysuckle butterfly" and the Thistle Butterfly" stamp sets.

For the first and the second card I started again with my favorite dylusions ink background and the salt technique. In the middle of the cards I stamped the big flowers. I took away the colours of the flowers with bleach, then when everything was dry I coloured the flowers with some water colour paints in the colours that I liked.  I stamped the butterflies on a paper that I had already coloured in advance with the dylusion inks. I cut them out and raised them with some 3D tape and put them in the places where they belong. I took some golden acrylic paint and with the lid of my embossing powder box I made some golden circles on both cards. I also made some accents with a white jelly pen.
The 3rd card is made with distress ink.

I hope you enjoy my samples and I hope I give you some inspiration to make your own Art!


Saturday 30 August 2014

Honeysuckle Butterfly and a Pear Tree (posted by Claire)

Good morning everyone, another couple of samples made with the beautiful Honeysuckle Butterfly and  Turtle Doves stamp sets. 

My first card features this lovely image stamped with Memeno Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with pencils. I've die cut the bottom of the card and dusted around the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress ink.

The background was made by simply applying distress inks (Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon) to my craft mat, misting with water and swooshing my card though the ink. To finish off I've added a hot pink bow and a pretty button from my stash. 

All the gorgeous new Christmas stamps have really got my Christmas crafting off to a good start. This card features another distress ink background.  The image has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Graph'It Markers. I've added some glossy accents to the pears and matted the image on some green card distressed with a craft knife. I've added the two birds (gold embossed on green card) and one of the lovely sentiments from Christmas Magic

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday 29 August 2014

Honeysuckle Butterfly and Turtle Doves - By Florence

Hi everyone

Today I would like to share two card that I made using the fantastic Honeysuckle Butterfly Set and the beautiful Turtle Doves Set.

To make my card, I dapped some Distress Ink onto a plain old plastic file wallet, spritzed it with water and swished a piece of white coated card stock over it.
I then stamped the leaf pattern using Hydrangea and Plum colored Archival Ink.
I stamped the sentiment "With Love" using one of the stamps from the Mackintosh Sentiments set.
I stamped the little butterflies onto white coated card stock and colored them in with felt pens and added some little wires.
I made up the card as seen adding a small piece of plasters tape and attaching the butterflies with foam tabs.

I made this card in exactly the same way as mentioned above but this time just adding a die cut with  "Thanks for being a True Friend" stamped onto it and a few gems.  The sentiment is from the Mackintosh Sentiments Set.

This was such a quick card.  
I stamped the Partridge in a Pear Tree image onto white Coated Card Stock and colored the partridge and pears with a damp paint brush and felt pens.  I fussy cut the image and then added some diamond glaze over the pears.

I then assembled the card as seen using a die cut snowflake boarder, a piece of my own two tone backing paper and a strip of bling down the edge. I used foam tabs to attach the tree to make it 3D.

Have a wonderful weekend.  
I hope you have time to fit in some crafting. 

Thank you for looking
Florence x

Thursday 28 August 2014

An abundance of glorious stamps released today

Today we are launching the remainder of our range of 2014 Christmas stamps, and what a collection we have. There is everything from the traditional to cute and fun.

Our September Stamp of the Month is an A4 set, A Child is Born

Next are two A5 sets, Holly Bells and Santa Baby

Both of which are available as our usual money saving multi-buy

Finally, we have a really fun A5 clear set, Snowy Penguins

Here are a couple of cards from Glenda using the gorgeous penguins and snowman.

And if you are all Christmassed out, then we have something to remind you of summer. Seaside Dreams is another A5 set that it is going to be hard to resist. Glenda and I had a ball with these at the weekend (David and I were lucky enough to be up in bonny Scotland over the bank holiday), and here are just two of our creations. 

First Glenda has made her beach huts from Kraft card, don't they look cute

And from me, the seashells on a gelli plate background

I think we just about cover all bases here, and the Design Team have been working their little arty socks off to come up with some wonderful Christmas creations. So keep viewing and reading to see a new piece of artwork every day.

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Guest Post - Festive Cheer by Pauline Orr

This week is the final in our series of guest posts by Pauline who has designed this colourful card using the Turtle Doves.

This is the last of my August GDT using the fab new Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Snowy Scenes and Turtle Doves.

Turtle Dove stamp set
Distress ink
Gold acrylic paint
WOW Clear embossing powder
Diamond Stickles
Seam binding ribbon
Matt black card, Stamping card and Kraft card
3d Glue gel
Layering dies

  1. Starting with an 8"x 8" card blank, I cut a matt black layer slightly smaller than the 8x8 and a Kraft card layer smaller than the black.  I then painted around the Kraft card layer with Gold acrylic paint and then cut stamp card just slightly smaller (so it became a gold frame)
  2. Using the Stamping card to make a background, I splodged on distress ink in Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn with Cut and Dry foam. Then, using a small turtle dove stamp, I stamped randomly with Mowed Lawn. I also stamped using just water and one of the corner branch stamps dabbing with a paper towel to lift off the ink.
  3. I dyed the ribbon in Festive Berries distress ink and when all was dry I stuck this to background layer and made a bow.
  4. For the topper I stamped the berry branch stamp randomly around the edge of the card in Versamark, added Clear embossing powder and blasted with the heat gun. I then splodged Mowed Lawn and Festive Berries onto the topper with Cut and Dry foam. I then stamped the same branch stamp using the Festive Berries distress ink and highlighted the berries using Diamond Stickles.
  5. I stamped out the pear tree and painted with distress ink and gold acrylic paint, cut out and stuck using 3d gel. I also wanted to add something to the ribbon so used another of the turtle dove stamps, which I cut out and coloured with distress ink and gold acrylic. I dotted Stickles to the swirls just because I love it! So there you have it.
It's been a huge honour to GDT for Glenda and the Chocolate Baroque team, thank you for having me. I've loved these stamps and I've had fun showing you how I created my pieces. You can catch me at

Crafty hugs
Pauline xx

A huge dose of thanks from us all at Chocolate Baroque Pauline for your beautiful cards, I am sure that you have inspired many people over the past three weeks. Don't forget to take a look at Pauline's blog where she continues to share her creations.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Turtle Dove Easel Fold Card (by Debbie)

For the Christmas Season we probably send the most cards of the year so I'm always looking for ways to make cards that are as not going to cost a fortune in the post. An easel card is a great way to achieve dimension but to fold flat to go in an envelope.
I carefully stamped the pear tree from Turtle Doves with brown ink and
the star was inked with orange.
The tree was coloured with Coloursoft pencils.
 I trimmed and matted with red and cream to make a topper for the card.
 A strip of card was stamped with red Doves to make a border. I used a piece of A4 card, scored it in half and placed the topper on to see where I was to cut down from the centre fold to the next score lines. The sentiment from Christmas Magic Clear stamps was stamped onto cream, matted onto red and fixed to the inside fold. The border was attached then the tree topper and a couple of gems to finish.
The Honeysuckle is one of my favourite flowers
and couldn't resist colouring this one with oranges and the purples.
Many thanks for stopping by

Monday 25 August 2014

Just a Note by (Doreen)

Hello to you all, I am back with another sample made from the new stamps that have just been released for August  My card uses one of the stamps from the "Thistle Butterfly" stamp sheet.

My background has been inked up with Bundled Sage and Scattered Straw distress inks,then I inked up my image with Black Versafine and coloured with a mix of Distress ink and Acrylic Paint. The butterflies have been decoupaged and last of all came my

Sunday 24 August 2014

Partridges, Turtle Doves, Pears and an Elegant Tree (by Shirley)

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.

I had great fun last month creating Christmas cards and have two designs to show you today that feature stamps from the new Turtle Doves set.

The background above was created with Raspberry & Persimmon Distress Inks using the acrylic block technique.   I stamped a flourish from Fancy Flourishes with Raspberry DI.

The pear tree branches & turtle doves from Turtle Doves and pear from Pears and Baubles were stamped with Imperial Purple Versafine ink.   I coloured the background branches with Prisma pencils.  The pear and birds were coloured with distress inks (using a mat, water & brush), decoupaged and popped up over the background.  I also added glitter paint to the larger birds and outlined with a white Gelly Roll pen.   Merry Christmas is from Warm Christmas Greetings.

And the card below is in a clean style:

I embossed a tree from the Turtle Doves set with gold and embellished with lots of little half pearls.  I added gold embossing to the edge of the background.  The die is from Spellbinder - Elegant Labels 4.

This will be my last post here for a couple of months as my husband and I are moving into a new home.   We found it was time for us to downsize (or 'rightsize').   We had a lot of work with purging and digging to move garden plants.   It's been a very busy time for us and I am very appreciative and thank Glenda & Lesley for allowing me a break while we get settled.   I can't wait to be back again working with Chocolate Baroque's gorgeous stamps again this Fall.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day,

Saturday 23 August 2014

Lazy Summer Day (by Asha)

Good morning, fellow Chocoholics! I'm back with another crafty inspiration showcasing the fab August release stamps. Today I'm playing with the Honeysuckle Butterfly A5 sheet.

I started by heat embossing the butterfly from the Honeysuckle Butterfly A5 sheet using white EP. Next I inked the background, blending Distress Inks in several shades of yellow. Over the butterflies, I dabbed a darker shade of orange to make them pop. Then I carefully stitched down a layer of vellum. This softens the background and gives it depth too.

For the foreground, I stamped the stalk of daisies from the Honeysuckle Butterfly set on white CS, coloured it with alcohol markers, fussy cut and adhered it over the vellum. The sentiment is from Birthday Words 

I also stamped a couple of butterflies from the same A5 set onto vellum and fussy cut those too.
(A full description of the inks and colours used in this project is available on my blog).

Thank you for stopping by today. Please drop in regularly to see more inspirational work from the rest of the Design Team.


Friday 22 August 2014

Fun with Florals (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I have some more projects for you today showcasing the Thistle Butterfly/Honeysuckle Butterfly multi-buy stamp sets. I have really enjoyed working with these pretty stamps, and I hope that you have enjoyed the inspiration that my Design Team mates have been providing for you this month.

My first sample was created by using Pan Pastels for my background over a mask. I then stamped the image and coloured it with pencils. I used the floral spray stamp from the Honeysuckle stamp set to stamp around the edges using a soft lilac coloured ink. The sentiment is taken from the Amazing Birthday clear stamp set.

My second project was created using a water coloured background, onto which I stamped the large honeysuckle image. I stamped the image again onto a scrap piece of card. I coloured the image with water based markers and a water brush, and then coloured the butterflies from the second image. I decoupaged these onto the main image. I stamped the small honeysuckle stamp from the Elegant Edges stamp set around the edge of the background.

Full details of how I made these cards can be found on my blog. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday 21 August 2014

Merry Chrismas in August! (by Maria)

Hello there everyone!

I hope it's still warm enough because I bring you some coolness with some Christmas cards using the
"Snowy scenes" "Turtle Doves" stamp sets" and I hope you like them.
The stamps were already introduced in July so high time to show you, my samples. I made my cards with not such traditional colours but I hope you can enjoy them anyway. I think Christmas cards don't always need to be in red and green, I love them in bright colours too!


Wednesday 20 August 2014

Guest post - Tonal Christmas by Pauline Orr

Here is the second in our series of guest posts from Pauline. This week she has used the Snowy Scenes stamp set to create her tone on tone Christmas card.

For my 2nd Guest Design Team spot  I thought I'd keep it simple. These stamps allow you to get great results without too much effort  (shhhh I didn't just say that!)

Stamping card and Kraft card
Distress inks - Vintage Photo and Old Paper
Diamond Stickles
Seam Binding ribbon
Rectangle dies
  1. I used a 6" x 6" card blank and cut a craft card layer slightly smaller, then a layer of stamping card cut slightly smaller
  2. I used Old Paper Distress ink and coloured the Stamping card using cut and dry foam.  I then randomly stamped the snowflake with Old Paper Distress ink to create a background.
  3. I did another layer using layering dies with Kraft card and Stamping card and coloured the Stamping card with Vintage Photo and Old Paper again using cut and dry foam. I then over stamped in the same colours using the same snowflake stamp
  4. On to my topper. I used different layering dies to cut the card and the Kraft card topper layer and stamped the snowy scene stamp in Vintage Photo. I used a paint brush and water to pull out the colour of the  stamped image in places.
  5. I highlighted with Diamond Stickles to make it twinkle (and it looks fab, Diamond Stickles is my fav and is available from Chocolate Baroque website)
  6. Finally I stuck all the layers together and added a ribbon

Simple as that..

You can visit my blog at for more pictures of this card

Crafty hugs
Paulline x

Another great card Pauline, thank you for this week's beautiful contribution. I know you will want to share your comments with Pauline and visit her blog to see more of her crafty creations.