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Monday, 16 September 2019

eastern dream (by Veronica)

 To me, this turret house stamp from Chocolate Baroque looked very Russian, so that is the effect i tried to get.
I stamped onto black card using versamark, heat and stick powder and gilding flakes, trimmed it down and mouinted straight onto a 7x7 white card blank with the sentiment stamped in black

 This one I coloured directly onto the stamp using distress pens, and stamped onto damp card. The colours spread to give a blurry image that was a bit too dreamy, so once it was dry I overstamped with black versafine -  as i used a stmping platform, there was no problem matching the images.
Sorry for the poor scan, this one was a DL size card.  Coloured again with the pens, and I just huffed onto the stamp to wake up the inks. It was a faint image, so I reinked the stamp again and stamped a second time to get a more definite image.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Spring into Summer by Penny

Goodly morning peeps, I hope you are all well.  I'm back again with my second post this month and I've chosen four mini projects to share with you today.  Last year Chocolate Baroque added blank calendars (Blank 2019 Calendar/Planner) to their range and I decorated several for Christmas presents and one for myself.  

For the first project I have used stamps from the ButterflyDaisy Collage set, Distress Ink, purple Versafine ink, alcohol pens and a stencil from my stash.  I stamped a large collage image in the center of the picture area, then stamped a couple of daisies and butterflies.  I used alcohol pens to colour all the images.  I then used a stencil and DI to create the background.

For this one I used stamps from the Steampunk Travel  and Steampunkery sets, metalic paints, Distress Inks, alcohol pens and a couple of masks from my stash.  I stamped several images using black Versafine and embossed them with clear powder.  I used paints, inks and pens to colour them, using metalic paints for the metal parts.  I then used the stencils with a DI to create a back ground.

This project uses stamps from the Underwater Kingdom and Seadragon sets, Distress Ink, Koh-I-Noor paints, black Versafine ink, clear EP and a stencil from my stash.    I began by stamping and embossing all the images and then painting them.  I took a stencil from my stash and applied DI through it to give the picture a watery background.

For this month I decided to go sunny and hot!  (Well I can dream can't I?)  I used stamps from the Indian Elephant and Paisley Elephant sets, Distress inks, black Versafine ink, clear EP and a gold pen.  I stamped and embossed the elephants first then masked them.  I then stamped and embossed the Palace silhouette image between the elephants, and stamped it again in second generation ink.  I then stamped a script image repeatedly across the page and used one of the worker stamps to fill any spaces in the background.  I used a black fine liner pen to ground the Palaces and the elephants then removed the masks and coloured in the elephants.

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you have found my little collection enjoyable!  I'll be back again next month with more craftiness to share with you  :) 

                                 xx  Penny  xx

Saturday, 14 September 2019

A Trio of House Projects (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing a few projects today showcasing the beautiful stamps that we shared on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. These lovely house stamps designed by Sue Page were such a delight to work with, and demonstrate, as always, Sue's eye for detail and her talent as a designer. We celebrated Sue's wonderful work during these shows, and she will be sadly missed. Her artwork will continue to be appreciated through your projects and creativity.

My first project is a colourful street created using the Dutch House stamp set. I stamped the image several times, masking the image to enable me to add the subsequent images slightly behind the first central image. I also added some background foliage by stamping a tree from Trees A Crowd. I coloured the background using Distress Ink, then set to colouring the houses with pencils.

For my second project, I stamped the Bridge House onto a piece of scrapbook paper using Archival Ink, and coloured it with pencils. I stamped foliage from Silhouette Grasses onto an Acrylic Tag using Archival Ink and allowed this to dry completely. I covered the paper with Matte Medium and stuck it to the tag.

My final project was a TV demo, showing how to create a project with just three colours. I used some Koh-I-Noor acrylic paints to splatter across a piece of kraft card to create a very quick background. I then stamped the Turret House onto a piece of watercolour paper and coloured the image using the same three colours of paint; red, blue and yellow, mixing them to create orange, purple, brown and grey, by simply adding a little bit of one of the colours each time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Friday, 13 September 2019

Quirky structures part 1 by Zoe

Goood morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month featuring these fabulous quirky buildings.
I hope you managed to tune in to Hochanda a watch our fabulous Lesley and Judith demo, weren’t they great?

My first card I brayered neon acrylic paints onto Hopsack texture card, added an abstract stencil from my stash and wiped away using a damp cloth, simple stamping using Versafine Claire ink - Nocturn.

My second card, I used a stamp press to position my stamp first, then using Watercolour card I coloured the stamp using Watercolour markers, huffed on it and stamped down, keeping the stamp on the press, I removed the card and sprites with water to move the ink, once dry I returned the card to the press in the exact position as before, inked up with Versafine Claire - Nocturn ink and over stamped.

Thank you for spending your time to visit, hope you will continue to visit through the month and see what the other DT members have produced.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Joy flower by Brenda

Good morning, Brenda here with a few shares but sadly not of the work I made for Lesley's recent shows which featured lots of lovely quirky house my rush to get my samples posted off to Chocolate Baroque HQ before we left for our holiday I totally forgot to take photos! So instead I am sharing a few older creations which had not been blogged.

The card above featured the lovely bloom from Floral Delight, stamping the entire image onto a die cut circle and colouring in the blooms with some watery ink flicked onto the background. I then masked the flower and repeat stamped the words to create a side panel, again flicking watery ink onto the piece to carry the colours.

The image I used for this one is a favourite from the Thistle/Honeysuckle Butterfly stamp multi-buy, stamped with Versafine black and coloured in, DI's used around the image and then placed behind a die cut frame with foam used to raise the top panel. The sentiment is from my all time favourite CB sentiment set Words of Inspiration.

Update: This original post was scheduled but feeling rather guilty about my oversight I found time the other day to create another couple of cards using some of the quirky house stamps which this post should have been all about! The background on the above one has been created with Distress Inks and masks, then stamping the Dutch, Italian and Turret Houses in Versafine Clair and colouring in with pens.

And I had to do one using Kim Moody's Poppy Cottage which is Judith's house, I have kept it pretty simple, a Poppy background to compliment the name of the cottage, stamped the cottage with Versafine black and added just a little cottage to draw the eye. This was a limited edition stamp run, but when last I looked there were still a few available on the web site.

Many thanks for your visit today and kind words, myself and the team always appreciate your encouragement.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Russian Floral Coaster (by Carole)

Hello everyone, todays sees the first of three posts in September by our Guest Design Team member Carole Cann. Carole has created a delightful piece of home decor for your inspiration.

Carole writes:

Hello everyone, I am delighted to be here again for my September Guest Designer slot.

We all have stamps in our stash that we look at and think I must do somethink with that, as I haven't used it for ages. So I have done just that for my projects this time.
I have been meaning to make this first project for ages so what better time than now. I have used the Russian Floral Egg stamp, which I think is a really pretty design.
I made it to be a large coaster, the button is flush with the edge of the hearts.

Products used: Russian Floral Egg stamp, five 8cm wooden hearts, one 12cm circular shape to mount them onto, black Brilliance inkpad, clear embossing powder, Distress Inks to colour or watercolour pencils, Glossy Accents.

Stamp the design and immediately cover with clear embossing powder. I find it easier to ink the stamp up and place the heart onto it so you can see exactly where it is positioned. Heat emboss, being aware that the wood gets surprisingly hot. Colour the flowers and leaves.

Put Glossy Accents over the coloured areas and leave to dry thoroughly.

When the Glossy Accents is dry, colour the background. It doesn't matter if you go over the glossed areas as any gaps in the Glossy Accents will pick up the colour, giving a slightly distressed look. I then sanded around the edge lightly.

I coloured the centre of the circle before sticking the hearts in place with a good quality PVA glue. The centre will make a star shape and I found a lovely, conveniently sized, button to put in the centre. I sprayed the whole thing with a matt varvish to help protect it.
I think this would be lovely with a more Christmassy design on it, as a candle holder. Must work on that.
I have a couple of other ideas using this stamp on my blog post. Hope you'll visit.

Thank you.

See you next time, Carole.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Autumn fantasy (by Miranda)

Hello fans of Chocolate Baroque,

Here I am with my 3rd post working with the great stamp sheet ' Folk Art Garden'. I stamped the Folk art garden stamp using a brown colour onto the background. I die cut a large circle out of this background. Then I colored with color pencils for some accents.

But the circle was too large for my card so I did die cut a smaller circle and use the left over piece also. 

Than used a bit of my imagination and stamped some ' dangles' at the bottom of the circle and a flower from the sheet in the circle.........anyway I had a fun time thinking of what to do.......I gave accents with some glitter pens on the ' dangles'.

I embossed the butterfly twice and colored it with watercolor markers, than decoupaged it and attached them to the card....

You can find the ' dangle' stamp on the ' Wisteria' stamp sheet. There is a small and large one on the sheet.

close up to see some shimmer accents........

And here again all tree Autumn posts together, always love these vibrant warm colors!

Well, this was my last post for this guest design episode but I will certainly be back for more in time........I am working on one which has a lot of coloring....will show it soon!
Thanks for your kind comments and till next time,

Monday, 9 September 2019

Stylised Houses

I am sharing some of the cards I made for the August show on Hochanda with the Bookmark Stylised House Collection.

My first card features the Turret House stamps.
I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.  I coloured on kraft card with soft pastels in rainbow colours to match the sentiment. I also added some gold to the turrets. The backgroud is sprinkled with Brushos.

My second card is using the Italian House set. 
This time I stamped the house with Archival to the right of the card, masked it and stamped again to the left. I coloured with water-colour pens. I made a background using trees from the Teeny Weeny Meadow set

The next card is the Dutch House.
I stamped with Archival and coloured with water-colour pencils.  I mat and layered onto a U-Fold card which folds flat for posting. Crackle stamp is from Echos of Italy set.

The last card I am sharing today I used all the house stamps from the collection and did a lot of masking! I think these stamps really lend themselves to scene building.

Thanks for looking, I'll be back soon with some more cards to share.
Sandra x

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Who Lives in Houses Like These? (By Julie)

Hello, today I have two house themed cards.
My first is a DL card created with the lovely Bridge House stamp.

I stamped the main design onto spare stamping card and coloured with Distress inks and Polychromus pencils. Using a paper trimmer, I cut the design out as close to the main detail as possible and placed on the front of the DL card blank. Using a fine liner pen I carried some of the stamped image detail onto the card blank, coloured with Distress inks and Polychromus pencils and then stuck the panel into place with 3D foam pads.

For my second DL card I stamped The Dutch House onto spare stamping card, before stencilling the rainbow with Distress ink. I made my stencil on a cutting machine, but you can choose how to add yours. I coloured the background with a dotty stencil and Distress ink, before finishing the design off with Chrystal Stickles and a sentiment from The Turret House.
I cut my design slightly smaller than my DL card blank and then edged the panel with Black Soot Distress ink, before attaching to the card blank.

Thanks for stopping by and please call back soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Dutch, Italian and Turret houses by Rachel.

Hello there! Rachel here today with some samples from the August shows. The first piece I wanted to share with you was my pottery piece...

To make this I stamped the Turret house in ink - it doesn't matter which sort you stamp in as it will burn off in the kiln. I then painted the image using coloured glazes before firing.

This one is the Italian house and I stamped this onto rice paper and coloured with pencils before adding the image to a small canvas.Then I added the words and the stencilling.

Lastly the Dutch house that I stamped in black ink and then repeated areas on AT coins. I painted the AT coins and added to the black and white background image. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about how I used these stamps!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 6 September 2019

Houses of the World by Debbie

Hi everyone it's my turn on the Design Team blog again today & I want to show you some of my designs from the August Hochanda show. 

I'll start with my calendar design which was really fun to do. I stamped  Italian House and Bridge House several times each using a black inkpad and just shaded softly with a grey pen. I then cut parts from each of them (see if you can spot them!) before layering them together at different depths onto some pale blue card using silicone glue. I then layered this onto Kraft card & stamped some foliage around the edges from Robin the Spruce & coloured using water based pens. To finish I added some punched cork hearts, a mini calendar & paper raffia.

For my second design I've chosen Turret House which is my favourite (don't tell anyone!)
I've embossed onto navy card using detail gold embossing powder & then stencilled a moon through a punched circle shape with a white ink. I then water coloured using gold and copper inks from pearl inkpads (Brilliance) before splattering white ink over the entire design. I layered onto gold card before attaching to a ivory 7" x 7" card blank. The sentiment was also embossed and cut into a flag shape, also layered onto gold card. To finish I added some gold metal embellishments. 

My third design features Italian House and for this I went for a snowy, frosty scene. I took a piece of flat white card and stamped the house at the centre. I then painted Pebeo Drawing Gum over the entire image to mask it. When dry (only a few minutes) I sponged some clouds and mountains onto the background using a piece of torn card and Distress inks leaving the bottom just white. I used a dotty stencil and white ink to add some snow. 
Next I rubbed away the gum and gave the house some light shading using a grey pen. I also added some snow drifts using grey. The sentiment was stamped using a dark blue inkpad.
I layered the design onto mid blue card before attaching to a 8" x 8" white card blank. To finish I added white liquid pearls to the house & snowy landscape and sprinkled with crystal glitter. I also attached some die cut "icicles" to the top of the design.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and I'll be back later in the month with more of my house designs. Bye for now Debbie

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Sentiments and Midnight Tags- (by Magda)

Hello everyone,
The sentiments, you can find on the new stamp of Chocolate Baroque  "Turret House", inspired my journaling page for this month as well as 3 Tags.

For my page I used :  white gesso, Distress Paint acrylic colours, drawing pencil, Archival Ink Jet Black, Turret House stamp and Fantasy Castles stamp. The Turret House stamp and decoupage are colored with Faber Castel Art Grip Aquarelle pencils 

Midnight Tags
The three new houses stamps. Dutch House, Bridge House, and Italian House reflect their lights through the sentiments in the dark night. To make this trilogy I used besides the house stamps, black tags, Versamark Ink Pad, Mica, Archival Ink Jet Black, Brusho,  Glitter and a ribbon.

What shall I propose you next time with these gorgeous stamps ?  I will meet you on the 23rd, so please save the date,  hugs

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

welcome home (by veronica)

 Three cards using the lovely Poppy Cottage stamp  - sadly a limited edition stamp from a Kim Moody drawing of Judith's lovely home.
You know I had to use brusho powders at least once, so that is the first one to show, get it out of the way! Simply stamped with black versafine , clear embossed and sprinkled lightly with brusho over the roof and walls then spritzed generously with water. Stamped the sentiment in black then trimmed down to a square. Letters were then die cut from the image - I have a magnetic platform for my big shot, which helps keep the letters in place. A piece of red card was added behind the image, which was then matted onto a light brown card  and then onto a white base card blank. The cut out letters were then mounted slightly offset using foam pads.

Version two I coloured the stamp with  distress markers, spritzed lightly with water and stamped onto white card.It was a rather vague result, so I inked up the stamp with black versafine and stamped again once everything was dry - I use a stamping platform, so no problem matching the image up.
The third version also used the distress pens to colour the image - this time i just huffed onto the stamp to wake up the inks. I used a stamp from the butterfly  poppy plate to create the background, inking with markers again and just stamping part of the stamp

We all loved this stamp, and I suspect you will be seeing it a lot more this month!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Dragons on Guard by Penny

Goodly morning peeps, I hope you are all well.  Today it is my turn again to share a project with you, this is a canvas that I created for this post.  I have used stamps from the Here Be Dragons set; a canvas board from CB Canvas Boards, several different paints and gold gilding wax.

I am a huge Tolkein/Middle Earth fan and I have had these stamps for ages, I love to create artwork that is inspired by my favourite books. I took the canvass and gave it a coat of white gesso.  I then took two pieces of black card and embossed them with a folder from my stash, which depicts arches and halls of stone.  I gave the pieces of card a coat of grey chalk paint first and dried it, then I dry brushed with an irridescent green-blue acrylic and dried it again.  Next I used a metalic bronze acrylic to dry brush again and finished with adding gold gilding wax to the raised patterns.  I then attached both panels to the canvas.

I added some black sand texture paste across the bottom of the canvas and let it dry.  I stamped and embossed two dragons onto black card, and used metallic glitter paints to colour them.  I then fussy cut them.  I also stamped and embossed one wing from each dragon, painted them and fussy cut them ready to decoupage them.

When the texture paste was dry I painted it with light and dark gold acrylics to represent piles of gold, adding some small gems and sparkles from my stash.  Dragons are obsessed with gold, they plunder it and protect their hoards jealously.  I positioned my dragons on top of the 'gold' and decoupaged their wings.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment onto a piece of CB printed paper, and tore the paper around it.  I then added Distress ink to the edges and rolled one up before attaching it to the canvas.  I then stamped and embossed several small swirls onto acetate, coloured them with alcohol pens and fussy cut them before attaching them.  To complete this artwork I added a section of stone wall made from air dry clay, painted it as I did the background and attached it to the top of the canvas.

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you have been a little inspired and don't forget to join my teamies here for more crafty fun!

Take care,

                             xx  Penny  xx

Monday, 2 September 2019

August'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 August was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.
Congratulations to Bernie Simmons, 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 September'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

Sunday, 1 September 2019

My House (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a few projects to share with you today featuring a very special stamp showcased on last month's TV shows on Hochanda, but first of all I would like to talk to you a little bit about the background of the stamp.

You are all probably very familiar with the very talented Kim Moody whose stamps are manufactured by Chocolate Baroque. His quirky stamps feature architectural images, and seaside scenes which are such a delight to work with. Kim also does commission drawings of houses and other buildings, adding his particular eye for detail. I decided to ask Kim some time ago to draw a picture of my own house Poppy Cottage, and we discussed adding lots of features that I love about my house; the dragonfly door knocker, the wrought iron butterflies on the balcony, the dovecote in the garden, and of course, he needed to include Poppy and Bella, my two cats. Poppy is a bit plump, and Bella is rather skinny, so you can tell them apart! I sent a few photographs, and Kim came up trumps with a delightful drawing, beautifully framed for me.

A few months on, and I asked Lesley if it would be possible to have the stamp made, as I would really love to create Christmas cards using 'Poppy Cottage' as a personal touch. We hoped that you would love the image as much as we did, and decided to try it out as a small batch on one of the TV shows. I was so touched that you really liked it!

I created a couple of samples for the show, the first one was created by stamping an image from the Poppy Edges stamp set a couple of times, then masking these images before stamping Poppy Cottage itself. I masked the house also, then added a Pan Pastel background.

I added foliage from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set before removing all of the masks. I coloured the images with pencils and added one of the sentiments which I stamped onto sections of card, and edged with a plum coloured ink. I chose the same coloured card to mat the project onto before adhering it to a large card blank.

My second project was a Christmas card, to show the versatility of this lovey stamp. You could use it at any time of the year really, by adding extra foliage, and varying the colours. I have chosen to stick to the true colours of my house for these samples, but you can let your imagination run riot.

I stamped the house once again, and masked the image. I used a snowflake from The Christmas Garden and white embossing over the top two thirds of the background. I covered the background with Distress Ink, and the embossing acted as a resist.I coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor paints, and added a bit of Stickles for some Christmas bling. The sentiment comes from the Let's Get Festive stamp set.

My final project was a heart stopping TV demo, and it could have gone horribly wrong on live TV, but fortunately, it all worked out well. I decided to create a little key ring or handbag charm using shrink plastic. I die cut a large tag, and stamped the image using Archival Ink. I coloured the image using alcohol markers and cut a hole at one end. I shrunk the plastic using a heat gun, turning it over regularly to ensure even heating, and flattened it with an acrylic block before it had time to cool.

I drew around the shape onto a piece of greyboard, and covered this with some scrapbook paper using Matte Medium. For the keyring, I stuck the shrink plastic to the greyboard shape with Matte Medium, but for the handbag charm, I let the shrink plastic swing freely.

Even shrunk down you can still see the details so clearly, and these little charms make a fabulous little gift. You could try this idea using the Tagtastic stamp and any of the tall houses that either Kim Moody or Sue Page have designed recently.

I will back later in the month with more ideas to share with you. I hope that you will watch Lesley on this month's TV shows on 3rd September, she has some amazing new stamps to share with you. Sadly I will not be there this month, but I will be back again in October.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx