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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Quick, Easy and Stylish- More Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, we are back with another Fifteen Minute blog post for you, the second of our monthly visits for July. We really enjoy sharing our speedy cards that still contain the Chocolate Baroque magic that we all love.

The Design Team girls have pulled some lovely creations out of the bag once again for you, so scroll through their projects, and read how they have created each one. Enjoy!

Anne has used some pretty papers for her backgrounds, and then stamped her images directly onto the papers. She has added some minimal colouring. Adding a sentiment creates a quick but very effective card.

Brenda has produced some beautiful cards again for us this time. Her first card was created by using brushes and Distress Inks to create the background, a very quick way of colouring. She used masking fluid to mask an area for the sun, and applied three colours of Distress Ink. She then removed the masking fluid, and spritzed the background with water, and dragged the brush through the colours. She stamped the sentiment and focal image from the Echoes of Italy stamp set, and bleached out a little bit of colour from the main image.

For her next card, she started by stamping the berry branch from the Autumn Poppy stamp set, and sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp set with black Archival Ink. She drew a line around the edge with a black pen and a ruler, and finally coloured the berries with Wink of Stella pens.

For her third card, Brenda used brushes again to create her background, using a sun mask, and torn paper to create the background hills. The fairy, trailing leaves and sentiment, are all from the June Fairy stamp set, and the grasses are part of one of the stamps from the Glorious Spring stamp set.
For her next card, Brenda stamped a quote from the Words of Inspiration stamp set using Coffee Archival Ink. She then used a leaf from the Autumn Poppy stamp set using different colours of Distress Ink to ink the stamp and spritz with water to blend the colour a little.
For her last card, she stamped the image from Pretty Poppies using Black Archival Ink, and coloured it with sparkly pens. She sponged around the image with Distress Inks, and tied some ribbon across the bottom of the card.
Claire's pretty seahorse card uses a Pan Pastel background with an embossed seahorse. The pretty sequins add a lovely touch to the card.
Next up, we have some projects from Magda. Firstly, a trip of musical cards. These are so pretty, Magda has created a very geometric baground for the focal image, changing the colour each time, creating a fabulous set of cards.
Her second card uses Brushos to create a vibrant background:
For a quick seasonal make, I have created some gift tags, die cutting the tags from watercolour paper, but you could use any pre-cut tags that you already have. I stamped and embossed a selection of trees and snowflakes across the top section of the tags, leaving the bottom area clear. I used Versamark and white embossing powder for this step.

I then masked the bottom strip of each tag, and coloured the tags with Brushos. I sprinkled the powders onto the dry tags and spritzed the tags with water, and blotted each tag with some spare card. I will save these bits of card for future projects.

I removed the mask from each tag, and added the sentiment, and some matching twine.

Rachel has created two cards using one of our newest seasonal lady stamps. Her treatment of the stamp in the two card shows just how different the stamp can look. The first is very clean and simple in style with an added sentiment and simple framing border:
The second has lovely complimentary background stamping:
Vronnie has created some super Steampunk style bird cards for us this time. She has used the magnificent cockerel from the Steampunk Birds stamp set, giving him a set of blue green feathers.
The cheeky little birds on a spring are up next, these are sure to raise a smile. She has added a bit of shading to ground them, and this subtle detail makes all the difference to her cards.
Finally Zoe has created some beautiful grey-toned Christmas cards for us, which can be created using lots of our Christmas stamps. Sticking to a simple colour scheme allows you to create your cards quickly in batches.

She has made a lovely floral tag, which would decorate a gift perfectly, the lovely pruple tones and black netting are very elegant:

Her last offering is a very simple card using border stamps combined with a vibrant flower for another quick make. Adding a sentiment completes another quick card.

We hope that you have enjoyed our inspiration and that our projects will inspire you to create some of the projects yourselves. You can click on each Design Team member's name to reach their personal blog for further information and even more inspiration.

Keep visiting the Design Team blog for more projects from our regular posts, and we will be back with another Fifteen Minute post next month. Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Fabulous inspiration from the DT once again showing that there is such versatility even when creating quick cards with Chocolate Baroque stamps.

    Lesley Xx

  2. Excellent posting! I love all the creations, a really big help to someone (like me) that's new to stamping.
    Thank you

  3. Excellent posting! I love all the creations, a really big help to someone (like me) that's new to stamping.
    Thank you

  4. WOW! What amazing creations, love everyone of them, fabulous inspiration, Kate x

  5. Very creative quick makes Judith giving us oodles of inspiration. x

  6. Some fab inspiration again, thanks everyone.

  7. Some great creations here!


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