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Monday, 31 December 2018

A New Year Wish (by Judith)

Hello everyone, it is hard to believe that another year has passed. I hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to 2019 with optimism and hopes for a year full of promise. Some of you will not have had people to share Christmas with, or may have missed loved ones. You may not be feeling that the New Year brings much joy, or anything to look forward to. We hope that you can feel part of our community, and know that we are always here to share your crafting experiences, and offer friendship through the blog and our Facebook Group. We also have a Ning Group where you can make friends with other Chocolate Baroque fans, and chat and exchange tips and ask questions. If you sign up for the weekly newsletter from Chocolate Baroque, the links for all of these places are included within the newsletter.

Personally, I have had a mixed year, but I always feel that a new year offers the possibility to try new crafting challenges, and to learn new skills. I always want to be able to do something else! My craft room is bulging as it is, but there is room for more, and I love to experiment with colour and texture. My two projects that I am sharing with you today are both very cheery, and will hopefully chase away the Winter blues. The first one is a scrapbook page that I made as a TV demo for the Hochanda shows last month, featuring Lesley's Designer Papers 8" x 8" - My Floral Soul, and the Movie Strip Collage stamp.

I started the project by stamping a fern from the Wild Meadow stamp set onto the background. I added a sepia photograph of my parents, celebrating their golden Wedding Anniversary. I changed the photo to a sepia effect, because I wanted to use it for a different occasion. I stamped the flower image onto a spare piece of card a couple of times, and coloured it using Koh-I-Noor paints. I decoupaged the image, and added it to the page. I made my own ticket, and stamped a sentiment from the Shared Beauty stamp set onto the centre. I added brown ink onto a couple of scrabble tiles, which are my Mum and Dad's initials and a bingo piece, to represent the number of years they have now been married, and also added those to the background.

These papers are lovely for scrapbook pages, they are the perfect size, and are great to add a bit of stamped detail if you wish. I added a piece of kraft card behind mine for extra stiffness.

My second project uses the same background paper , but in the plain version, to make a pretty card. I stamped the Be Kind image onto some book paper a couple of times, using Versamark and gold embossing powder. I added three different colours of Distress Ink for shading. I also stamped and embossed the image onto a piece of kraft card, and added the book page flower layers onto the kraft card script layer. I then adhered this panel to the decorative paper. I stamped the sentiment onto the background with a deep orange ink, which I then used to edge the paper. A kraft card mat finishes the card.

Thank you for your support in 2018, your visits to the blog, and your kind comments. Have a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to your visits in 2019.

Take care and best wishes,



  1. Best wishes to you and all the team for a fabulous New Year!
    Your scrapbook page is delightful, as well the card! Love the filmstrip collage and the awesome big flower!

  2. Super designs. Love the extra details in the scrapbook page.
    I hope you and the rest of the DT have a great 2019. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for everything you do here on the blog Judith and two beautiful pieces of work. I love the scrapbook page of your Mum and Dad using the gorgeous dp, and a great celebration of their 56 years together. The dimensional flower and movie strip together with the tiles with their initials and married years have personalised it beautifully. The idea of stamping on the book page and kraft card combine to make an interesting topper on the second with that very pretty large flower, and again coordinate wonderfully well with the dp background. Wishing you and the rest of the team a very Happy and Creative New Year. x

  4. These are gorgeous Judith.

    I would like to personally wish Lesley, Dave and all the design team a Happy New Year and thank you for a year of fabulous inspiration. Looking forward to 2019 and what you will be bringing to us.
    Linda xxx

  5. Such lovely words Judith. I love the scrapbook page that you made and I’m sure that your parents love it too as it’s so personal. I, like you, look forward to new crafting experiences and adventures. Wishing you all the very best for 2019 and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  6. Beautiful work as always dear Judith and so lovely to see your mum and dad on the photo! Wishing you and the team all the best for the coming year and let's continue to make the world more beautiful with our art and CB!! big hugs, xxx

  7. They're both lovely, hope you have a Happy New Year.

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