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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Paper Piecing Christmas Card (by Jodie)

Hello everyone, today we are joined by our Guest Design Team member Jodie, she will be here throughout November, creating three projects to inspire you. She has created a delightful Christmas card.

Jodie writes:

Hi there everyone, I was lucky enough to be asked back as a Guest Designer with Chocolate Baroque. I'm super excited and can't wait to share my projects.
My first project is Christmas themed.

I'm always trying to make my Christmas cards ahead of time, since my family and most of my friends live out of town. Here is an example of one that anyone can do, especially if you have paper scraps laying around.


Stamps- A Tomte Christmas
Ink- Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper- A4 Luxury Smooth Ivory Paper
A4 Luxury Smooth White Paper
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
Scrap print paper

First, ink up the large gnome with Versafine and stamp onto ivory paper, this will act as your base.
What you will be doing for the gnome is paper piecing.
Next pick a few different patterns of print paper, stamping the gnome one time onto each piece. You will need to stamp him once onto the white paper for his beard.
I picked enough pattern paper to cut out the following pieces; one for his hat, one for the trim of his hat and coat, white for his beard, one for his shoes (or could do these in white and colour them in) and one for his sweater.
Next, I cut out the various pieces and layered them onto the ivory base that was first stamped and glued the pieces down using the PVA glue.
Now you will cut out the entire gnome and add to your card front.

For the front of the card, I cut out a base measuring 4" x 5 1/4" (10.16cm x 13.36cm). This is the gold piece. Then I used matching scraps of the gnome and added three curved strips at the top, middle and bottom. I then stamped a saying from the set, and matted it with more brown scraps, finally adding little snowflake embellishments.

Finally I cut the ivory cardstock for my card base, measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (13.97cm x 21.59cm). I folded it in half, then attached my card front.

I hope I've inspired you to try using your scrap stash with these amazing stamps!

Take care- Jodie

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Beautiful backgrounds! By Rachel

Hello there!
Rachel here today with some inspiration for using your stamps from the October shows. I loved the background stamps - so very useful!
In this sample I teamed up the bingo stamp from Baroque ephemera 1 with alcohol inks and lift ink to create the background on yupo paper. I added this to a kraft card and used the art of chess stamps to add the chess pieces on the background. 

Baroque ephemera 1 with baroque ephemera 2  to create the background on the card. Then I stamped onto a gelli plate background in red with the ephemera and also the Movie Strip Collage. I coloured the flower in pencils.

In this sample I teamed up the the art of chess stamps with a gelli print background and harlequin fragments stamp.

In this sample I used Baroque ephemera 2  and inks to create the background then overstamped in black with a stamp from the  Music fanfare set then used another stamp from this set as a central feature.

In this final sample I made a chunky atc using the Music fanfare stamp and  Baroque ephemera 1. 

I hope I have given you some ideas. If you want to know any more details please just ask in the comments! 


Rachel xx

Monday, 11 November 2019

Vintage Ephemera by Debbie

Gosh don't the weeks just whiz by, can't believe Christmas is almost upon us again. It's my turn on the blog today and a chance to share my samples from the October show with all the lovely vintage themed stamps.

My first thought when I saw the plethora of labels, tickets and old postcards was to make a mini scrapbook so I began by making a "masterboard" in 2 complimenting colours. I took most of the small stamps from Baroque Ephemera1 and Baroque Ephemera 2 and placed them randomly on a large acrylic block. I used Distress Inks Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke to sponge over 2 A4 sheets of card. I then over stamped with the stamps on my block using Versafine Vintage Sepia to form a great background.

I die cut the 2 sheets then and stuck the 2 colourways back to back to form my mini scrapbook. I used old family photos to compliment the general look and added lace, paper flowers, buttons, pearls, washi tape etc before putting all together with a book ring.

 Also featured in the October shows on Hochanda  was Movie Strip and I was really pleased how well this went with the Ephemera stamps.
For the next sample I simply white embossed the flower onto white card and added some black Brushos before spraying with water and letting the Brushos do their thing. I just love the fact that you never know what you're going to end up with! I stamped a few of the vintage stamps randomly using Versafine Onyx Black.

 I then took a 7 x 7  ivory card blank and stamped with  Versafine Vintage Sepia before layering the image onto orange card and attaching to the card blank.

 A closer look

For my final sample for this time I've used another lovely floral stamp Floral Grunge.
I took a white A4 card blank and masked the top and bottom with masking tape leaving a band in the centre approx. 3" wide. I then sponged Distress inks Wild honey, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge over this band and when the inks were dry I carefully removed the tape.
I used Floral Grunge to stamp  in 3 areas partly over the inked area using Versafine Onyx Black. I like the clean simplicity of this design.

That's all for this time but I'll be back later in the month with more samples. 
Bye for now Debbie

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Remembrance Day (by Magda)

Hello everybody,

I am just on time to share with you my contribution of this year for the "Remembrance Day".

For this journaling page I used :
White gesso, Acrylic Paint, Distress Ink Pad, Stencils, Aquarelle Pencils,  Pretty Poppies stamp.
It is interesting to see the difference between the two backgrounds. On the left I used acrylic,
on the right Distress Ink Pad.

Do you know someone who likes to play guitar ?  

Here a quick idea for a birthday card using two stamps of the set "Music Fanfare" and  Distress Ink Pad for colouring the background, stamping the images and colouring  the decoupage of  half guitar and flowers, I glued on top of the main stamp.

I hope you liked the two projects for today.  Hugs

Saturday, 9 November 2019

lemon and grey (by Veronica)

 A very miserable day here today - wet ,grey and definitely not warm - so I decided to show you the cards I made using the flower stamps from last month's shows to brighten things up a little.

All three cards have a similar background, using hickory smoke and squeezed lemonade distress oxide inks sponged onto white card after masking the stamped and clear embossed flower image .
The first card uses the floral grunge stamp, simply coloured with watercolour pencils, trimmed down to fit a 5"x7" card black with a black mat.

same stamp for the second version, with rather more grey in the background this time and watercolour pencils again, but with stronger colours

The final card with the movie strip collage stamp was coloured with brusho powders. The orange brusho was sprinkled over the flower image and activated using a damp paintbrush - you get all the variety of colour this way, but in a more controlled fashion.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Beachside Memories and Bright and Grungy by Penny

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and not too soggy lol!  Yes it's still raining here in the West country so I've brought you a couple of bright and cheerful cards using the beautiful stamps from the October shows. 

Beachside Memories.

For the first card I have used stamps from the Baroque Ephemera 1, Baroque Ephemera 2, Eccentric Edwardian, and Seashore Scenes sets, Distress Inks, and sepia Versafine ink.

I took a piece of copier paper and stamped various images randomly all over it using DIs.  I then spritzed the paper with water and scrunched it up to create a distressed vintage look.  When it was dry I blended ink around the edges and over the ridges in the paper to add to the effect.  I then attached the background paper to an ivory base card.

I took some smooth white stamping card and stamped the post card image and the ticket images a couple of times in Versafine ink and coloured them with DIs.  I stamped a seaside scene onto one of the post cards and coloured it.  I cut out all the images then scuffed, rolled and blended ink around the edges to distress them.  I then stamped a couple more images and treated them in the same way before arranging all of them on the front of the card.  When I was happy with the design I attached them to the card.

Bright and Grungy.

For this card I have used stamps from the Floral Grunge, Baroque Ephemera 1 and Baroque Ephemera 2 sets, Distress Inks, matt spray inks, sepia Versafine ink.

On a piece of smooth white card I stamped the Floral Grunge image in the center and masked it.  I then used two colours of spray inks and spritzed the card.  When the background was dry I stamped several ephemera images using sepia ink.  On a spare piece of card I stamped the floral image again then painted and cut out the flower.     

I attached the spare flower in 3D onto the panel then blended DI around the edges.  I added gold pen around the edges then matted the panel onto brown card.  I took a white base card and blended yellow ink around the edges then attached the focal panel.  I stamped a word onto white card, cut it out and added ink around the edges before attaching it to the card.

Thank you for popping in today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I have inspired your crafty mojo a little bit.

Keep well and stay warm till next time,

                                                xx  Penny  xx

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Vintage Ephemera With an Added Cup of Tea (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of vintage themed projects to share with you today using the stamps that we launched last month on our TV shows on Hochanda. These fabulous new stamps are so useful, and can be used with lots of your existing stamps, as you will see from the first project that I have created.

I coloured some drawing cartridge with some cold tea, and then sprinkled the background with sea salt, leaving it to dry. I brushed the grains of salt away, and then stamped one of the images from Baroque Ephemera 1 randomly over the background. I dry brushed some pale blue chalky paint over the top, to push the images into the background. I really like the blue and beige combination.

I stamped Floral Grunge over the top, using Archival Ink, and also stamped the flower head a couple of times onto  spare piece of background paper, also coloured with tea. I cut these out, and stamped the same ephemera image over the top, so that they look as if they had been stamped onto a piece of text. I decoupaged the images onto the background. I added some ricrac, also painted with the blue paint. I created a little tag by dry brushing a section of lolly stick with the paint, and stamping a word from Baroque Ephemera 2 over the top. A black brad and black card to mat the background complete the card.

I used some of the same background to complete my second card. I used the alphabet strip to create a frame around the edge. I added a postcard created by stamping onto another piece of the background, and adding a section of Movie Strip Collage in the corner. I added the lovely butterfly from Happy Flower's Day, and coloured both of these images simply with watercolour pencils and a water brush. I added tickets stamped from the ephemera stamp sets and some little stamps complete the card.

Both cards were a lot of fun to create, the stamps are great for building up backgrounds, and adding a little something extra to your projects. They can be mixed with your other stamps or create something special in their own right. I hope that you will enjoy playing with them as much as I have!

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Chess is art by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month.
What a fabulous variety of stamps Lesley brought to Hochanda this time, something for everyone!

Here are some of my samples from the shows.

My first card I started by scoring downwards, quite randomly to add some interest, then using a damp piece of kitchen roll swiped down with ink that I’d blobbed onto my craft mat, I then used some white chalk paint on a practically dry brush and just gently brushed down to mute the colours a bit.
Stamped and a bit of shading with pencils, I stamped the silhouette chess piece separately and heat embossed, coloured with the same ink and fussy cut, a few ink splatters and script from one of the other sets stamped in grey, I used a charcoal pencil to add some perspective under the main image.

I used a scrap from my stash that I’d done a while back using the “shaving foam technique” I stencilled over lightly with black soot distress ink, stamped and decoupaged, and made an envelope to match.

Thank you so much for visiting, I hope I’ve inspired you? Please pop back each day and check out what my very talented team mates have created, I shall be back later in the month.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Sunday, 3 November 2019

From flowers to music by Brenda

Good morning to you all, Brenda here with some shares on my makes for the October shows on Hochanda which had a really bumper selection of stamps on them so I have tried to include most of them in my post today.

The top one started out with an acrylic paint background, texture paste added through a stencils and the colour toned down with DI's. Two die cut circles coloured with DI's again, stamped with script from Baroque Ephemera 1, fixed onto the inked panel, then stamped with CB flowers using Versafine Clair. I continued the script randomly on the background by holding the foam mounted stamp in my hand and bending it to add just sections. Then labels from that set and Baroque Ephemera 2 before mounting the whole piece onto a landscape base card.

For this one I used a shaving foam background cut into three, stamped images from The Art of Chess which is part of the Music Fanfare and Art of Chess multi buy using Versafine back and heat embossing with details clear EP.

More inky indulgence, this time onto a tag, DI Oxides on the background, texture paste in the corners, the large postcard from Ephemera 2 stamped centrally, a little pocket folded from an off cut of card fixed in place and a label added, some hessian and buttons to add to the textures and finally mounted onto a piece of corrugated card, an eyelet and seam binding.

The background of this one was created on the Gelli Plate using acrylic paints, the docket stamp from Ephemera 1 stamped onto a piece of card, part of the flower from Movie Strip Collage stamped onto a piece of vellum coloured in and placed over the docket and a frame made from die cuts.

For my final piece I repeat stamped the Violin from Music Fanfare and Art of Chess multi buy using a mixture of Versafine Clair inks and added some stencilling in the background using regular DI's.

Many thanks as always for popping in today and I hope I have provided a little inspiration.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

October's Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, 

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 October was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.
Congratulations to Pearl, you have won this months £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. To claim your prize, please email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send your gift certificate.

Lesley will be giving another £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from November'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

Friday, 1 November 2019

Ephemera and Flowers

I am sharing my projects from the Hochanda October show with you. This show featured the wonderful Baroque Ephemera stamp sets 1 and 2

With my first card I used a slotted die in which I could keep all my "memories".  I used the tickets, train sticker and receipts stamps. I aged them with Distress Inks.

For my second piece , I stamped the postcard and receipts. Again I aged them with Distress Inks and tied with some lace and added a die cut flower. I added the "Love Post" stamp from the Mail Art stamp set.

For this wall hanging I think I stamped everything! 
I started with an A5 size piece of greyboard and covered with gesso. I then stamped a background with one of the large stamps from Dusky Damask and the crackle stamp from Echoes from Italy .  I then ripped the stamped images of the receipts and edged with Distress Ink, added some tickets and a tag. I stamped the Butterfly from Happy Flower's Day  Added some splashes and drips of ink to finish.

My last two cards are from Floral Grunge and Movie Strip Collage.
Both cards were made by spritzing Distress Inks on a craft mat and then stamping with Archival. I then colourd the images with the same colours I had used for the backgrounds.

Thanks so much for looking
Sandra xx

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Hearts and flowers by Rachel

Good Morning! Its the final post of the samples from the September show and I hope there's nothing scary in this post! Just lots of my samples from the show!
This one was made on a gelli print background using the geometric trading hearts stamp. I coloured sone of the squares in using water colour pencils. 

For this one I used the artists trading heart outline on another gelli background and then masked off the heart and stamped the celebration bouquet all around the outside. My trusty water colour pencils then came out to colour the blooms!

More using the geometric trading hearts and maskingthe first heart before stamping the second one.

A bit more of a scene this time creating the background using a sun mask and blue/green ink before then filling in the sun. I overstamped and masked the snakeshead fritallaria and coloured with water colour pencils.

Finally I used the butterfly from the happy flowers day stamp set to create this card! Simple repeat stamping on an inked background and colouring in using water colour  pencils.

Hope you have a great day - big hugs Rachel xx