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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing a collection of projects created by the Design Team created in fifteen minutes or less. This monthly blog post is aimed to bring you inspiration and tips, whether you are a new crafter, or someoone with more experience, looking for quick cards to make in a hurry. You can make the cards in batches to sell at craft fairs, they could be adapted for Wedding invitations, or for Christmas cards, whatever you are looking for, we have lots of ideas to share with you. So, make yourself a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Brenda has created a beautiful box of cards. She stamped the box lid itself with Distress Inks, to create multicoloured images. The box itself is a hint of the loveliness to expect inside:

To create the cards, she has inked the backgrounds with Distress Ink, added stencilling, and then stamped the images with black ink.

By choosing a common layout, the cards appear to be part of the same set. The possibilities to mix and match the stamps are enormous, we have lots of these 'edge' type stamp sets, and they all work very well for this type of card.

For her next two cards, Brenda has used Distress Oxides on her background, and adding a wash of clear sparkle pen over the top to blend the colours slightly. She has added black stamping again, to complete the cards.

A quick male card next, where she masked the edges, inked the stamp with Distress Inks and a spritz of water. She inked the edges and added some stencilling for pattern with the masking tape still in position.

We have some stunning mail art from Zoe next, this would be sure to cheer up your day if you received any of these envelopes in your letter box. For the first two projects, Zoe has masked off an area to write the address before inking up the envelope and adding some stamping. On her final envelope, she has added some doodling to create an area for the address to be written. In each case, the edge stamps make a really great addition to the envelopes, and show how easily you can create different looks.

A monochrome card from Carole next, she has added a border from the Indian Textiles stamp set, stamped twice to create a wide background across her background. Extra shading had been added around the edges. She has embellished the card with an image from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set, and added a sentiment from the Loving Sentiments stamp set.

Two cards from me next, the first was created by stamping the Auricula Script image onto Kraft card using Versamark and white embossing powder. I coloured the image using Koh-i-Noor paints. I added some shading around the edge of the kraft card with Distress Ink. I made a toning background using Distress Inks on drawing cartridge. I matted the background onto plum and kraft card, and added some coordinating ribbon.

For my second card, I stamped the same image onto a piece of drawing cartridge and coloured it with watercolour pencils. I painted Stickles onto the flowers and leaves with a thin brush. This does not take very long to dry. I stamped an image from the Floral Edges stamp set onto a piece of Crafty Individuals paper, to create a border, then matted everything onto purple and green card.

Rachel has also used the Auricula Script stamp in the first of her projects this month, achieving a very different look. She has used the bold harlequin edge to create a background using Distress Oxides, and added some of the words from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set. She painted the image with Distress Oxides.

For her second project, she has used the Lady's Slipper Orchid and gilding flakes on black card, to create this very dramatic looking card. She has coloured the image with metallic pencils.

For her third card, she used white embossing powder and coloured the image with pencils.

To create her final card, she stamped the image with black ink, colouring it with pencils, before adding shading around the edge with Distress Ink, and adding stamping, again with Distress Ink.

Marga has created a very elegant monochrome card for us, showing the quality of the stamp off perfectly. She has used a spotlight technique, cutting a circle from the image, and adding a circular mat of black card behind it.

We have two cards from Pat this month. The first, was created by stamping with Versamark and white embossing powder onto glossy card. She has added alcohol inks to colour the image. The sentiment was added with grey ink.

For her second card, she stamped and embossed the image and sentiment using silver embossing powder. She spritzed Distress Ink, and added extra colour with a water brush.

We have some Brusho magic from Vronnie next. She has created some beautiful backgrounds, added white embossing, and some touches of extra colour, the results are fabulous.

We have a mixed selection from Magda, as always this month. She has created a little bit of everything, so you will be sure to find something useful in her collection! Her first card is a simple colour scheme of kraft and white, very elegant. She has used brown ink for stamping, and white pencil to colour the leaves and flowers.

She has used Brusho and a waterbrush to create the background for her next three cards, adding simple coloured stamping.

As Halloween is just around the corner, Magda has created a seasonal card to add to this month's post. She has coloured the image with watercolour pencils, and used the edge of a stamp pad to create the background pattern.

Two cards from Penny complete our offerings this month. She stamped and embossed the image with gold embossing powder, and coloured the image with sparkle pens and water. She cut the image out and stuck it to a card blank before stamping the sentiment.

She created a Brusho background and stamped the grasses and sentiment using gold embossing powder. She created a larger background using the little worker stamps from the Floral Edges stamp set. An orange mat completes the card.

That completes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed what we have shared with you, and have been inspired to try some of our ideas. We will be back next month with more time saving ideas for you. Do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, 15 October 2018

A Collection of Cacti (by Jodie)

Hello everyone, today sees the second of our blog posts from Guest Designer Jodie. She has created a lovely card featuring some of our fabulous cacti range.

Jodie writes:

Good morning everyone, this is my second project for Chocolate Baroque. This time I was inspired to create a card using these cool succulent images.
Because the set contained many great images, it was difficult to choose just one to use on my card, so I didn't!

Stamps- Scrumptious Succulents set
Ink- Ranger's Archival Ink Jet Black
Paint- Distress Paints including Tarnished Brass, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar & Scattered Straw
Distress Stain- Peeled Paint
Paper- A4 Drawing Cartridge
Liquid Frisket Dip-Nib Set

I stamped the first image onto the paper.
Next I applied the liquid frisket and let this dry completely.
Next I stamped the second image over the first, with the liquid frisket creating a mask.
Finally I applied a bit of liquid frisket over part of the second image, let dry and stamped a third image.
I stamped all images with Archival ink to create a collage of images for the card.
I used the rubber cement pick up tool, picked off the dried liquid frisket and began colouring in the images.
First I used stain to paint the green parts of the succulents.
I watered down the Distress paint, and used that to colour in the remainder of the collage.
Once the card was complete, I added embellishments by dipping the handle of the brush into Distress Paint Tarnished Brass ande added some dots.

Jodie will be back next week with her final project for this month.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Beautiful butterfly dress

Hello there! I do hope you are well! Its Rachel here today with more inspiration from the September shows. These are some of my samples using the butterfly dress and floral edges stamp sets.

In this one I created an oxide background and overstamped before painting in the details . I stamped the floral edges repeatedly to create a border and added colour similar to the image.

This is a wrap around journal that I created using the beautiful dress stamp in black and white to contrast with the paint colours on the journal.

This final piece is a mini box card that I created. All the colouring has been done using distress inks. Such pretty stamps - I hope I have given you some inspiration in ways to use them. 

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Magical Day - (by Magda)

Hello everybody,
I had lots of fun doing this card and I want to share with you the instructions.

Step By Step:
1. Stamp Butterfly Dresswith Versamark on the first white cardstock mat
2. Colour the mat using Distress Oxide Blue Print and Fired Brick
3. Stamp randomly with Distress Fired Brick in second and third generation Butterfly Dress
4. On a second white cardstock mat stamp twice the same stamp again as you will have to cut out the
5. Cut one piece of the dress, on which you will stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the sentiment of
    Amazing Mackintosh Words
6. Cut the second piece of the dress in order to follow the design of the dress stamped at point 1,
     where you want to glue it
7.  Glue the two pieces on the first mat
8.  For the background mat colour the white cardstock with Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire and stamp
     with water all around the border.
9.  Assemble the card as shown here below.

See you next time, hugs

Friday, 12 October 2018

Just a Note (by Corine)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts from our regulat Guest Design Team member, Corine van Kuilenburg. Corine has created a beautiful card in stunning shades of green and lilac for your inspiration.

Corine writes:


Here I am again. In October I will post three times a card as guest designer. I am very pleased to do this. My first project is a card made with Memento Inks and embossing powder.

I used stamps from the sheets:
Chequered Flowers Single rubber stamp
Gothic Fragments

Apply Memento dewdrop Gray Flannel, Espresso Truffle, Bamboo Leaves, Lavender and Elderberry to an acrylic block. Spray wet. Print the acrylic block on watercolour paper.
Stamp the background stamps with the colours you have already used.
Emboss the flower with gold powder on watercolour paper. Colour it with markers. Cut out and stick on your paper.
Stamp the text on the card with Elderberry.

Kind regards,
Corine van Kuilenburg

Thursday, 11 October 2018

brusho orchid (by Veronica)

For my second post this month featuring stamps from the September TV show I have gone back to form and used brusho powders.
I created a pile of backgrounds with the brusho first - they take a bit to dry, so I like to do several at a time,( and I often blot them using another sheet of card if they come out too dark)  and the ones I don't use always come in handy later on....
For both cards I stamped the lady's slipper orchid using versamark and embosssed with white embossing powder.
The first card has a darker background, and I used more brusho as a watercolour to colour the leaves and the flower. I added a purple card mat the same size as the trimmed image, and glued both at an angle onto a square white card blank.

The second was a much more delicate image, and I again coloured the flower and some of the  leaves, but this time with very watered down brusho.
The card blank was randomly stamped with the flower head using an almost-dried out purple ink pad before adding a mat of purple card

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Free as a Bird - by Penny

Goodly morning everybody, I'm back again to tempt and inspire you all with the first of my samples from last months Chocolate Baroque shows.  This one features stamps from the Birdcage Collage, Amazing Mackintosh Words, and Decorative Edges sets; I also used Distress Inks, marker pens, and a few bits and pieces from my stash.     

I began with a piece of white card and blended the inks on it.  I then stamped and embossed the Harlequin border on one side of the panel, matted it onto black card and attached it to a white base card. 

On a seperate piece of card I stamped the Birdcage Collage image and coloured it with pens.  I then fussy cut the image and attached it to the card,  I added a couple of die cut feathers and a couple of pearls from my stash.  To complete the design I stamped and embossed a sentiment onto white card, die cut and embossed it, added ink and some pearls then attached it to the card. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post today, thank you for dropping in and spending a little time with me. 

I'll be back later in the month with another crafty project,

see you then,

                                      x Penny x

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Tranquil Times (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have two projects to share using the stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

My first project is a piece of home decor which I created by colouring two pieces of drawing cartridge with Distress Ink in tones of blue and green, blending the colours where they met. To the larger piece, I added background stamping, adding the harlequin edge from the Decorative Edges stamp set, and the bubbles image as well.

On the smaller piece, I created a mask from masking tissue in the shape of the headdress, and placed it on the the background, and stamped the bubbles image through the mask. I then used some blue Koh-i-Noor paint to paint the rest of the image freehand, adding some blue, green and orange shading to complete the image. I added some orange shading around both panels before attaching them to a piece of grey mountboard.

Finally, I stamped the Butterfly Dress image onto a spare piece of card, and coloured the butterflies using green and orange tones, before cutting them out and attaching them to the panel. Some words from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set complete this project.

For my second project, I wanted to create a tranquil scene with a coloured panel spotlighted in the centre. I used torn paper to create the hills and ensured that they lined up on the background and extra panel. I used grey/lilac tones for the larger panel, and greens and blues, with a hint of lilac for the foreground panel. I then added the foliage from the Floral Edges stamp set to complete the project, with a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set, as before.

I hope that you have enjoyed my projects today, I will be back later in the month, with more ideas to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Monday, 8 October 2018

Introducing Jodie!

Hello everyone, we are excited to welcome a brand new Guest Designer today, Jodie Heuser, from Florida. We asked Jodie to talk about herself a little bit so that we could all get to know her a little better:

Hi everyone,
I've been married to my wonderful Husband, Robert, for 21 years, and we have 3 fur babies, Riley (our rabbit), and our cats Graycie, Tabitha and Aurora.

I've been a crafter since my early university days, but I really developed my love of paper crafting when my Husband and I migrated to Florida fron Canada. A co-worker at the time introduced me to our local stamp and scrapbook store, thinking it was a great way to meet people and I've been hooked ever since.

I love art that has texture, meaning layers of colour, patterned paper, mixed media paints and pastes, anything that is visually stimulating and interesting. I enjoy learning new techniques and currently teach classes, so that I can help others get the confidence to start their own crafting journey.

Chocolate Baroque has been a favourite company of mine for years, their stamps have amazing details, wonderful themes and the quality is unlike any other.

I'd like to thank Lesley, David and Judith for welcoming me, and for the opportunity to create inspiration for our fellow crafters.

Take care everyone and happy crafting!

Jodie's first project is a very adaptable ATC, and this is what she has to say:

Good morning everyone,
this is my first project as a Guest Designer with Chocolate Baroque, and to say I'm excited is an understatement.
My first project is an Artist Trading Card, or ATC.

Since we are in the throws of Fall here in the States, I decided to use that colour palette. I am working with the Fresh Blooms set, which is great for any season.

Stamps- Fresh Blooms
Ink- Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Barn Door and Wild Honey, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
White embossing powder
Paper- A4 Drawing Cartridge
Stylus tool with circle tip
Heat tool
Gold stickers

Cut the paper to 2.5" x 3.5" (a standard ATC size) (6.35cm x 8.89cm)
Using Versamark, ink up the stamp, stamping it half off the card.
Sprinkle white embossing powder over the image and heat set with the heat tool.
Next using the stylus tool, blend the colour Barn Door onto the paper in various spots, being careful not to completely cover the entire ATC.
Next, change the tips, and repeat the process using Wild Honey. When the two colours are blended you will also end up with an orange colour in some spots.
Take a tissue and wipe the ink off the embossed area. This will make the image pop even more.
Stamp the saying on the card with Versafine Onyx, and give it another shot with the heat gun to set the saying.
Finally, go over the edge of the Artist Trading Card with Vintage Photo for added depth.
Then for added interest, I added gold sticker lines, this can also be done with a straight edge and a gold pen.

ATC's can be traded or even added to other cards. On my blog is a sample of how I added an ATC, using a different colour combination, for a Birthday card.

Jodie will be back next week with another project to insire you.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Florals Contrasted (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month.

Today I'm sharing two of my samples that were featured last month on Hochanda with these beautiful Script flowers They can, as I've done just have them as a stand alone, or cut bits out and decoupage etc., so versatile.

So my first card I used an Inky background paper I had in my stash, heat embossed in black and coloured using Vintage colour Sparkle Brush Pens.

My second was again another inky background which I created by layering up Distress Oxides drying between layers. Once completely dry, I heat embossed with white embossing powder and coloured in with watercolour markers.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your comments, it means a lot.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx