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Friday, 19 January 2018

Through the Depths (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a card to share today using the stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The images I have used were from the Mermaid Queen and Underwater stamp sets.

I had a pretty background lurking in my stash created using inks and mica powder with cling film onto a piece of plain card, and I felt that this would be a perfect backdrop for a watery scene. I wanted a feeling of looking through the water at the images, and so I stamped straight onto the background, and coloured the images using pencils. The mica on the background gives a floaty effect of water both in front of and behind the images.

Where there were gaps between the three individual images, I used a fine marker pen to join the images up using small dots, as Sue has drawn on the images themselves. This way, it looks as if the three images all form part of one larger piece. I have also used common colours across the three sections to tie everything together.

Finally, I edged the background with Distress Ink before attaching it to a large white card blank.

I hope that my card will inspire you to create something using these lovely stamps yourselves. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Underwater beauty by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I’m back today with another sample featuring the gorgeous under the sea stamps that were on Hochanda last month with our fab Lesley and Judith.

Used Distress Oxides on my card which I’d applied to acetate, spritzed and then laid onto my card, I chose this technique because I wanted some white space and a little more control, I then dotted water from my finger tip to get a sort of bubble effect and dried. The fabulous seahorses were stamped onto some card that I’d previously coloured using spray inks, I cut them out and decoupaged onto my stamped background. A very simple card but colourful, I finished off with some matting and layering and few glass beads.

Thank you so much for spending your time to visit and leave comments, have a wonderful day xx I’m back later this month with my final post for January xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Katya (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, today sees the second post from our new Guest Design Team member Doreen Sympson. Doreen has created a  fabulous card using our popular stamp Katya.

Here is how Doreen created the card:


Stamps: Katya, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle
Shaving Foam (cheapest works best)
White card
Alcohol Inks
Glitter brush pens: grey green and red
Blue Lagoon Versafine inkpad
Clear Detail embossing powder
Glossy Accents
Gems from stash


Using shaving foam and inks, make a marble effect background on white card.

When dry use anti static bag all over card, stamp using Blue Lagoon Versafine and heat emboss with Clear Detail embossing powder.

Take glitter pens, water down in palette or on a craft mat, and colour using a fine paintbrush.

Check this is dry before applying Glossy Accents to gems in headdress, tassels, eyes and lips. Leave to dry.

Mat and layer onto card. Add sentiment and gems.

Thank you for looking,

Love Doreen.

Doreen will be back next week with her final post of the month,

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dreaming of the Beach by Brenda

A very good morning to you all, today I have some more seaside inspired inspiration to share using stamps from last months Hochanda shows.

The card at the top uses elements from Seashore Scenes and Seaside Dreams stamp sets all stamped in Versafine Toffee. After stamping the sky I coloured with Pan Pastels and also stamped the Seagull image. Next I stamped the shell border onto Kraft card, added some white highlights and used a die to cut the aperture to create the do this you first cut round the top only of stamped image then place the die onto the card tucking the bottom section behind the stamping as below and it's always a good idea to fix the dies in place with low tack tape to stop them moving..............


You then have a frame with stamping as an integral part to place over the focal image. Finally I mounted onto a base card and added some string.

The focal image on this one is from Seashore Scenes stamped with Versafine black. I placed a sun mask in the skyline before colouring with a mixture of pencils and Pan pastels, added the sentiment from Seaside Dreams stamp set and also some foliage to the fore on the scene using a stamp from the Silhouette Grasses set.

Finally a CAS style card, I used a circle mark to stamp the Seagull from Seashore Scenes stamp set three times using Versafine Toffee, then used the circle from the mask and placed over the stamping and added some soft shading around the aperture using Distress Inks. The sentiment is from Seaside Dreams stamp set.

All of the stamps I have used can be found on the website here or by following the links above.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for our first monthly post of 2018, showcasing a range of quick and time saving cards created by the Design Team. We hope to inspire and enable you to create lots of different projects yourselves using the various different techniques that we use within these blog posts. If you are a beginner stamper, or need a card in a hurry, these projects will be perfect for you. If you want to create lots of cards for a wedding, Christmas, or a craft sale, then you will be sure to find ideas that you can adapt for your occasion. You can create as many cards as you like using Chocolate Baroque stamps, as long as they are all stamped by hand.

Brenda has created some beautiful cards on a watery theme for us this month. She has used stencils and Pan Pastels to create her first three cards, then stamped over the top using Versafine Ink.

For her final card, she added Distress Ink to an acrylic block which had gridlines. She then spritzed this with water, and placed the block onto her background. The butterflies were stamped with Versafine Ink.

Carole has created this stylish masculine card, using stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian and the Punky Expressions stamp sets. The burgundy and kraft combination is a really great mixture:

We have a lovely selection of cards from Anne this month, the first two floral cards are very CAS in style. She has focused on using some tiny stamps on her first card to make a wreath to surround her sentiment, and used one of the images again for the larger background.

On her second card, she has chosen a monochrome scheme of blue tones, a favourite colour choice of hers to stamp the pretty positive and negative flower image:

For her third card, she has gone for a bold ink background to which she added sea salt to create the pretty patterns. Once the background was dry, she brushed away the salt, and used simple white embossing to stamp the image and sentiment. The oval aperture in the gold card shows off the image perfectly:

Finally, she has created a delightful underwater themed card, using the fabulous seahorse from the Underwater stamp set, placing the image on a beautiful watery background. The background was created by spraying blue, green and gold ink sprays with mica onto the background, and then puffing the background while still wet with air to move the inks around. She added PVA pearls and edged the background with an alcohol marker.

We have two cards from Gerrina next. For her first card, she stamped some flowers from the Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp set, and added some background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set and a mixture of bright coloured inks. She coloured the images with pencils.

For her second card, She used background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set once again. She chose an image from the Floral Notes stamp set, and coloured the stamp directly with marker pens, spritzing them with water, before stamping the images onto the card.

I have made a quick little card using an image from the Bird Song stamp set, stamped onto a scrap of left over background, found in my card stash. I keep lots of left overs for cards that I need to make in a hurry. I used water based markers on the main image, and a toning ink on the sentiment which comes from the Loving Sentiments stamp set.

 Magda has created a real pot pourri of projects this month, something for everyone. Her first project is a set of ATCs, using Distress Inks for the backgrounds, stencil layers, and second generation stamping.

A masculine Birthday card is next, with some Steampunk stencilling and coordinating stamping.

A pretty floral card, great as a card in a hurry, using a single floral image and added sentiment. If you have left over backgrounds from previous projects, you could use this idea and  make up a batch of cards in next to no time.

Here is another card on a similar theme, with a different image:

Finally a teeny Christmas card, with Distress Ink around the edges, and a bit of added sparkle for some Christmas magic.

That's all for this month, we hope that you have enjoyed our selection of cards and projects. We will be back next month with another crop of quick makes for you. In the meantime, please do keep popping back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Mermaid Queen (by Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn to show you something.

This time I made a label with the beautiful Mermaid. I coloured the image with Distress Ink and used some stickles.

Stamp I used is Mermaid Queen.

Hugs Marga

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sea Horse (by Julie)

Hello, today I have two cards using similar stamps but looking completely different.

For my first card I stamped and embossed the large sea horse from Underwater onto some water-colour card. I then went over the background with a light blue wash of water-colour before stamping the smaller seahorses using a dye based ink and stamping the images on the seabed. The little sea weed stamp to the left is from Mermaid Queen and I coloured the seabed images with water-colours.

For my second card I stamped and embossed the large seahorse onto water-colour card and then went over the entire card with a water-colour wash of blues and greens. Once dry I sponged blue and silver acrylic paint through a stencil and finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words

Thank you for stopping by. Please call back for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Winter Sea (By Magda)

Even in winter the sea has its beauty and I love the sea during any season.  Therefore I want to share with you this journaling page spread with a frozen seahorse and a seashore in a foggy and rainy day.

I used  the following items 

For the left page :
Distress Ink Pad  Iced Spruce, Stormy Sky for the background
Forest Moss for the plants
Fired Brick  for the seahorse
Underwater stamp set
White Embossing Powder for the frozen seahorse
Stencil Seasonal Journey "Winter"
Translucent Paste
Stencil  Well rounded for the frozen crystals dots and stripes

For the right page : 
Seashore Scenes stamp set
Distress Ink Pad  Iced SpruceStormy SkyForest Moss, Brushed Corduroy for the background
Forest Moss for the plants
Fired Brick  for the lighthouse
Iced Spruce for the clouds, boats
Stencil  Well rounded for the rain 
Translucent Paste
White Gesso, a diluted wash on the page for the fog

What do you think to have a winter week end at the seaside ?
I wish you all a very healthy and crafty 2018,  hugs

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Butterfly Dreams (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, we are delighted to welcome a new Guest Design Team member to our fold this month. Doreen Sympson is joining the Team, and will be inspiring you with three posts during the month. We asked Doreen to tell us a little bit about herself, so that you could get to know her a bit better.

Doreen writes:

I am married to Derek and live close to my Daughter Elizabeth, her partner and my two Grandchildren, Jake aged eleven years and Faye aged seven.

I have always crafted for as many years as I can remember, Mum teaching me knitting and sewing at a young age. The one that favours my craft room these days is one I have been doing for many years now after a friend introduced me to card making using card kits for decoupage, which back then were all cut out by hand. No die cut kits back then! I also enjoy mixed media and have more recently taken up watercolour painting. With all of these, there is obviously plenty of variety, and I love to try new techniques, but can't pinpoint a favourite in particular. Mediums that introduce texture into projects are also a firm favourite.

My first stamp purchase from Chocolate Baroque came after attending a workshop with the talented Eileen Godwin, who introduced me to bright colours...something I had always avoided. The stamp set I purchased was the Butterfly Dreams stamp set and to this day it is still a favourite of mine.

I would like to say thank you to both Lesley and David for this opportunity, and to Judith for making me feel welcome too.

I look forward to making samples for Chocolate Baroque and to hopefully inspiring others who are beginning their own Chocolate Baroque journey.

Many thanks,

Doreen x

Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Dreams

Using large square stamp and sentiment from the set.

1 piece of black and 1 piece of white glossy card.

Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry

Black permanent inkpad

Clear embossing powder


Cut white card to 5 1/2"x 7"

Blend three strips of coloured Distress Inks on a blending mat and apply to white glossy card using a brayer diagonally across the cut card. Leave to dry.

Use an anti static bag over the coloured card and stamp the square image using black permanent inkpad and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Cut card back to 5 1/2" square and keep scrap of card for stamping sentiment.

Cut black glossy card to 5 3/4" square.

Mat and layer onto a 7" white card blank.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto card and mount on a scrap of the glossy black card.

Apply stickles randomly and leave to dry.

Thank you for looking,

Love Doreen x

Doreen will be back next week with another project,

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Lighthouse Scenes (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of my recent samples using the Seashore Scenes stamp set (plus Mermaid Queen and Underwater for embellishments). The first is a sunset scene mounted onto a patterned background paper from Crafty Individuals, the second a mini wall hanging.

Sunset Scene Card:
  1. The patterned paper was trimmed and edged with black pen to frame before sticking to the card blank.
  2. The background was painted with water based inks (orange and yellow) and the image stamped with Versafine (Onyx Black). Some areas of colour were lifted out using water and blotting. The image was coloured with watercolour pens and pencil. White pencil was used to emphasise highlights.
  3. The foreground was created using Expand IT tinted with watercolour pen, heated to puff and create the texture. Mounted onto black card to frame and glued to the card with foam pads for dimension.
  4. The shells were stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia), spritzed with blue and gold ink sprays, cut out and lightly shaped before gluing down with 3D glue gel.
  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell embellishments) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 card blank, 6 X 6 background paper (Crafty Individuals – The Seaside), black card and white stamping card, scrap cartridge paper (for shells)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia)
  • Alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Watercolour pens and pencils
  • Water based inks (yellow, orange)
  • Ink sprays (blue, gold with mica)
  • Colourcraft Expand IT (puff paint)

  The scene looks so different done in an alternative colourway.

Follow the river hanging:
  1. The scene was stamped onto whiteboard with Versafine. A fine tipped pen and additional scene building stamps were used to extend the scene. Drawing Gum was used to mask the gull image while stamping the background images (i.e. grasses behind the gull and post).
  2. The scene was coloured with watercolour paints. Extra details and texture were added with coloured pencils. Drawing gum was used to mask some areas while painting (e.g. clouds, water highlights).
  3. Grey board was trimmed and cut with a rope edger die (top edge) and overlaid with red card cut to match. Holes were punched in the top to tie on the hanging string.
  4. The starfish and shells were stamped onto cartridge paper, coloured with watercolour and mica paints. After shaping they were glued to waste acetate pieces with 3D glue gel to make them more robust (particularly as they overhang the ‘canvas’ edges).
  5. The rope and ships wheel were cut 2-3 times each from Kraftcard, layered up and glued together to make them more robust. Colouring was added using Distress Ink, glaze and glitter pens.
  6. The scene, embellishments and string were glued to the hanging. Finished with PVA pearls and touches of glitter glue.
Materials used:
  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell and starfish) stamp sets
  • 15 X 10cm whiteboard shape (Chocolate Baroque kit), Grey board, red card, white stamping card, Kraft card, scrap cartridge paper and acetate
  • Watercolour paints and water based paints with mica
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • Glaze pen (red) and glitter pen (gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (black)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
  • PVA pearls and glitter glue (clear)
  • Bakers twine (red & white)
  • Dies to cut ships wheel, rope edge (top of hanger) and rope embellishment

Monday, 8 January 2018

mermaid queen (by Veronica)

 The first post of 2018, so I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year, even if it is a bit late.
I have a canvas from the last months seaside themed shows to share today.
A 7" canvas board, that started out being sprayed with some very elderly blue and green glimmer mist sprays,,,,,, I was surprised that some of them still worked! I used some pearlescent paste through a wood grain stencil to represent movement in the water, then sprayed again with the blue that worked. I sponged blue acrylic paint through the silhouette palace stencil, then randomly across the canvas below it.
The mermaid queen was  stamped onto white card with black versafine, clear embossed, then painted using equally elderly H2O paints. I fussy cut her out, and also several shells and the starfish to create the foreground. I used micro beads glued below the shells to create the sand on the sea bed, though they don't show up on the photo.
The small mermaid was stamped directly onto the board using distress ink, as I wasn't worried about a clear image. The bubbles were some very ancient pearl drops in silver - it's surprising what you find when you are forced to do a major clear up!
Thee are some lovely ideas coming up from the rest of the team, just what you need to brighten up the dull rainy weather we have now.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sea Shell Seahorse (by Penny)

Hello everyone, today we are welcoming Penny Butler as a member of the Design Team. Penny has been a member of our Guest Design Team for some time now, and has also been helping us out with TV samples for our TV shows on Hochanda. Penny's imaginative, vibrant designs, and her love of mixed media are sure to inspire you. I hope that you will join us in welcoming Penny to the Team.

Penny writes:

Hi there and Happy New Year to everyone! I'm Penny and it is my pleasure to bring you this blog post, my first post as a full member of the Design Team! I feel so lucky and privileged to be on this wonderful team, and I hope you enjoy my first project.

Sea Shell Seahorse:

This card was one of my samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque Seaside TV shows. I have used stamps from the Underwater, Mermaid Queen, and Seaside Dreams stamp sets, Aztec Metallic paints, Distress Inks, black Versafine ink, and alcohol pens.

On a piece of white card I stamped and embossed three large focal images in black, then masked them off with masking tissue. I blended three colours of Distress Inks over the whole panel as a background, then stamped a couple of mermaids in second generation ink to add perspective and make them appear to be in the distance. When all of the ink was dry, I removed the masks and painted the images with Aztec paints to give them a pearlescent sheen.

Next, I stamped and embossed the seahorse on a piece of acetate in black. I cut the image out and attached it to the stamped image on the card. I wanted to add some definition and texture. I then added some bubbles with Glossy Accents and left them to dry. I stamped one of the lovely borders along two sides of a white base card and coloured the images with pens, adding Glossy Accents to the bubbles and seaweed. I edged the focal panel with a gold pen and attached it to the base card. To complete the design, I stamped, embossed and cut out a sentiment, then attached it to the card.

Thank you for popping in today, there are more pictures and details on my blog,


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Dreaming of the Beach (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have three projects to share with you today, which I took with me to last month's TV shows on Hochanda to use as demos on the shows. If you watched the shows, you will have seen two of these projects in action, but the third one did not make it to air, because the stamp featured sold out so fast. That's the nature of live TV!

For my first project, I created a watercolour background on a large piece of cartridge paper, and stamped a selection of stamps from the Underwater and Mermaid Queen over the top. I cut a postcard sized piece of cartridge paper, and stamped the seashells from Seaside Dreams, and masked the image. I added a watercolour wash over the background. I coloured the shells once I had removed the mask, using just three colours, blue, yellow and brown, mixing the three colours to create a variety of different shades. I added a sentiment to the bakground.

I created a postcard back by drawing some lines using a fineliner pen, and adding images from the Mail Art stamp set. Once I had completed all of my elements, I assembled the card.

To create my second project, I used the same selection of stamps to decorate some brown paper using brown, orange and red tones of ink. I used the paper to make first some wrapping paper for a present, addng some red hessian and some string as a decorative feature. I stamped and embossed some shell images onto kraft card using gold embossing powder, and added some colour using Distress Ink, before cutting the images out, and attaching them to the parcel. The card was made in exactly the same way.

To create my final project, I made a watercolour wash for a piece of watercolour card using Brushos, and sprinkled sea salt over the background while it was still wet. The salt draws some of the liquid away and creates beautiful patterns. Once the background was dry, I brushed the salt away, and stamped a seaweed image from the Underwater stamp set across the background, using first, second and third generation stamping. I also added a sentiment.

Finally, I stamped the Ammonite image onto cartridge paper using some of the left over diluted Brushos, which I picked up from my craft mat, directly onto the stamp. I used a water brush to draw some of the colour from the outline of the image. I cut the image out, and attached it to the card using 3D foam pads.

I will be back later in the month with more watery inspiration for you. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Friday, 5 January 2018

December's Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, I do hope you had a lovely Christmas and have started to settle into the New Year. Maybe you have had a chance to see Lesley and Judith's live Hochanda shows that were on yesterday evening and this morning? They did some fantastic demonstrations which you can see on Catch Up if you missed them.

We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs, so each and every comment is very important to us.
Each comment in December was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.
Congratulations to Linda Simpson, you have won this months £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. To claim your prize, Linda please email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send your gift certificate to you.

Lesley will be giving another £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from January's comments. The more comments you leave the better your chances of being the winner.

Thank you so much for all the kind comments you leave.

Good luck from the Design Team.

Under the sea fantasy by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and a very Happy New Year, I hope you all managed to keep well over the Christmas period.

So today I’m sharing with you two of my samples I made for Lesley’s fabulous Hochanda shows last month, wasn’t Judith a true professional too?

My first card is a large 8x8 which I used spray inks and sea salt, I used stamps to create more texture, I coloured my mermaid image with sparkle pens and a water brush, the shells and starfish are spray inks also, decoupaged to create some dimension.

I used my small round a Gelli plate with inks and a stencil to create my bubbly background and kept it all fairly simple.

Thank you for your kind comments, I’ll be back later this month, please visit each day to see what my amazing teamies create.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Take me to the Ocean by Brenda

Good morning and Happy New Year to you all.

Today I am sharing some of my creations made for Lesley's recent Hochanda show which showcases some lovely sea and beach inspired stamps.

Although it didn't occur to me when I made the card at the top, when Lesley mentioned on the show that it reminded her of the postcards which were always on sale in seaside resorts I could see the resemblance. I used various elements from Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes stamped in Versfine black coloured with pencils and the backgrounds added with Pan Pastels. 

This litter box had been sitting in my crafts room for a few weeks since one of my daughters in law 'donated' it to me and I thought the Kraft colour lent itself to the beach inspired stamps. All were stamped using elements from  Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes stamped onto card which I had colooured with Mica sprays, then cut round to add to all four sides of the box and a further panel on the top. I stamped the lighthouse several times onto shrink plastic, cut out and punched a hole in to top of each remember to do this before shrinking as once shrunk it's impossible to punch and cut through, then tied the pieces to the box with twine.

The top of the box

For this one I stamped the main image from Seashore Scenes again using Versafine Black and coloured with pencils and Pan Pastels and fixed behind a circle aperture, added a border round the aperture and a die cut anchor.

This one is a fairly quick and easy card, stamping the image from Seashore Dreams with Distress Ink and dragging out some of the colour, then added some tiny shells collected from a beach in Majorca a year or two ago. The sentiment is from the same stamp sheet.

As always my thanks for popping in today and I hope I have given a little inspiration to get you stamping and thinking ahead to warmer days by the beach.