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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

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Happy Flower Day Part 2 by Debbie

Hello everyone it's my turn on the blog again and here are the rest of my samples from the September Hochanda shows. I'll start with one of my favourites and a favourite technique too- Intaglio enamelling. 

For this design I've used  Artist Trading Heart & Happy Flower Day. I stamped the heart onto thick card and cut out. I then covered the entire surface with Versamark and then applied chunky bronze embossing powder before heating to melt. I repeated this process twice more and while the enamelling was still molten after the third application I stamped the butterfly from Happy Flower Day into it having inked the stamp first with a black inkpad. You will need to allow the enamelling to cool before removing the stamp.
I mounted the heart onto a piece of Kraft card  which had been passed through an embossing folder and given a light coating of gilding wax. To finish I added some narrow organza ribbon and attached to a 6 x 6 white card blank.  

Next we have the pretty butterfly from Happy Flower Day which I've embossed onto navy card using pink, green, lilac and blue embossing powders. I sprinkled a little embossing powder randomly and heated from below. I also stamped the butterfly onto the 7 x 7 white card blank using a grey inkpad. 

Above and below we have 2 different looks to the gorgeous Celebration Bouquet. Above I've used Brushos to make a vibrant background and then stamped over the top using a black inkpad. I then coloured using water based pens. I stamped the A5 card blank using Open Weave and a brown inkpad. To finish I mounted onto some Kraft card and added some string for a natural look.

It's amazing how many different looks you can achieve using the same stamp. For the above design I stamped onto self adhesive stationery labels using a black inkpad. I coloured softly with pencils and then peeled the labels off the backing sheet and repositioned them onto pink card layered onto white card and finally grey. I then attached to a white A5 card blank.

Here are the rest of my samples and some which didn't appear on the show. 

An MDF tag using Geometric Heart 

An MDF door hanger using Happy Flower Day

Embossed in gold using Geometric Hearts.

Onto a background made from inks and rock salt the pretty
 butterfly from Happy Flower Day

Geometric Hearts again simply chopped up and reformed onto a randomly stamped background embossed in gold.

This background was made with Distress inks onto a Gel plate. 
Celebration Bouquet has been stamped with a black inkpad and coloured with pencils.

Here I've inked inside a masked oval and stamped the lovely magnolia
 from Happy Flower Day. I coloured with pencils for this one before layering onto 
white card. 

Finally we have a simple bookmark from Happy Flower Day.

Thanks for visiting the blog today. Don't forget to watch out for 
the Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda in November.
Bye for now. Debbie  

Monday 28 October 2019

Music For Halloween - by Magda

Hello girls,
in few days it will be Halloween and this time I have combined music with bats and spiders.

For the first Journaling page " Music for Halloween "   I used  
Stencils, Clear Gesso, Gelli Plate, Acrylic Paints, Archival Jet Black , Distress Ink Pad  and            the stamps of Chocolate Baroque
Music Fanfare, Twilight Zone and Put a Spell on You.

The second journaling page has nothing to do with Halloween, it is a "Doodling around Watercolor".
I used the Pareidolia Art Technique for discovering and outlining the figures in the watercolor stains.
The items for this project are  :  
Brusho, Stencils, Black Charcoal PencilArchival Jet Black, Distress Ink Pad, and two stamps plates

Have a nice Halloween Party and see you in November again, hugs

Sunday 27 October 2019


 I loved the idea of the artist trading hearts, and simply cut
 round the stamped images to make my own.
For the first one I used the  geometric trading hearts set, stamped in black versafine and clear embossed onto a piece of card coloured with brusho powders. I added more colours using distress markers, then the sentiment from artistic affirmations stamped onto another piece of brusho-ed card.
 The other hearts were stamped using the outline from artist trading heart stamped onto leftover card colopured using the shaving foam technique. I used the magnolia stamp and added a little extra colour using watercolour pencils, and then the sentiment.
The final one uses the butterfly from the same set, cololured with koh-i-nor watercolour paints.

My final sample is a canvas board that didn't come out as I intended, but was interesting all the same... The board was pre-gessoed, and i sprayed it with some elderly glimmermist sprays in green and silver after painting with some pale blue emulsion. I added some texture paste diagonally acoss , then stamped the hearts from the geometric set into the wet paste - I think I should have left them until the paste started to dry before removing them as i got a very blurred image. Sprinkled some copper embossing powder over the wet hearts , then more spray once it was dry.
Words in white are from a stencil using gesso, and the geometric heart was stmaped and embossed onto a leftover piece of card coloured with brushos. The arrow and the words were stmape din black nto white tissue paper and added using mod podge In hindsight i should have stamped in a brighter colour, as they vanish into the backgroumnd.

Friday 25 October 2019

Heart of the Garden and Butterfly Bouquet by Penny

Good morning peeps, I hope you are all keeping well and dry!  What's with all this rain?  My garden has gone from parched to swamp in such a short time!  
It's my last post of the month today and I've got a piece of home decor and a card to share with you.

Heart of the Garden.

For this Home Decor piece I have used stamps from the Filigree Trading hearts and Celebration Bouquet sets; Distress Inks, texture paint, chalk paint, black Versafine ink, clear EP, CB stencils  Seasonal Elements and Useful Leaves, a gold pen and Koh-I-Noor paints.  

I stamped and embossed the filigree heart image in black Versafine and clear EP three times onto white card then cut them out.  I painted them and added dots with a gold pen.  I did the same with the bouquet.

I took a canvas board and painted a background with chalk paint, then used stencils with DIs and texture paint to add some foliage and flowers.   I attached the hearts to the board then attached the bouquet on top.

Butterfly Bouquet.

This is a quick and pretty piece of artwork that would suit many occasions.  I have used stamps from the Celebration Bouquet and Happy Flowers Day sets; grey Versafine ink, alcohol pens and DIs.  

I took a piece of CB Luxury Smooth White Paper and stamped the bouquet in grey ink.  I coloured the image with pens and added a shadow line.  I then took a spare piece of the paper and stamped a butterfly in grey ink.  I coloured it with the pens then cut it out.  I matted and layered the focal panel onto a white base card, then I stamped a sentiment along the bottom of the card and added a couple of foliage stamps.

I really like this quick card, it is ideal for when you need a hand made card in a hurry!  

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope to see you next month when I'll be back with some more crafty fun.  

In the meantime take care everyone,

                            xx  Penny  xx 

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Christmas Card with Collage Stamping (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, today sees the last visit this month from our Guest Design Team member Gerrina. She has created a fabulous clean and simple style Christmas card for your inspiration.

Gerrina writes:

It is my turn to show something I made for the Guest Design team at Chocolate Baroque! three weeks in a row you will find not only here, but also at my blog makes from me with the beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque....
This week alas, the last of the month. This time a Christmas card to slowly get the number of cards that I need for the December month.

Used materials:

Stamps: Sparkling Trees
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Northern Pine, Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and Tea Dye.
Other: stamping paper, masking tissue, water brush and white cardstock.

I stamped the deer and masked it. Stamped the tree in green and masked it. Then stamped the snowflakes randomly, staying at the left side of my paper. Removed the masks and coloured everything in. The last step was to glue it onto a white card base.

Creatieve groetjes,


Monday 21 October 2019

Kraft Bouquet (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a project to share with you today using the lovely stamp set Celebration Bouquet, featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The main image is so useful and can be used for a variety of occasions. You can use the image as a whole, or pick out parts of the image and stamp it onto a variety of surfaces to create embellishments for your projects, the possibilities are really exciting.

To create my card, I stamped and embossed the image and one of the sentiments using Versamark and white embossing powder onto kraft card. I painted the image using Koh-I-Noor paints and a water brush. I added a few sequins to the background, and mounted the kraft card onto a piece of patterned paper. This was one of Lesley's lovely designs from a previous paper pack that she created.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Sunday 20 October 2019

Who can resist hearts and flowers part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, here I am again showing off my samples from last months Hochanda show.

I loved using these stamps, I was so inspired I got rather carried away.

The versatility in these stamps is insurmountable, here I have featured some more CAS styles making cards with matching envelopes, 3 using water colour markers on water colour card which were heat embossed and one using Shaving foam to create a marbled effect, I have combined one of Chocolate Baroque’s other lovely background stamps which I felt went really well with flower.

Thank you for visiting today, I do love to read what you think of my creations, I hope they inspire you.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Friday 18 October 2019

Butterfly tag by Brenda

Morning everyone, Brenda here with some more shares using last months new stamps.

The first is a tag inked with Distress Oxides, some stencilling and some second generation stamping using the edges of Celebration Bouquet, sentiment from Happy Flowers Day and two Butterflies from the same set coloured with the same inks. I mounted the tag onto some corrugates and, arranged some string onto the tag and fixed the Butterflies in place.

A Brusho background and a die cut lattice panel fixed over it and the beautiful Magnolia from Happy Flowers Day coloured with the same Brusho's, cut out and arranged over the lattice. The sentiment is from Filigree Trading Hearts.

Here I have used some of the Designer Papers town into strips and fixed across the base and a heart from Geometric Trading Hearts stamped onto a piece of the matching colourway DP and little dots of Liquid Pearls added in the coordinating blue.

This one was really simple to make stamping the heart from Geometric Trading Hearts with Versamark and embossing with detail gold EP, cutting out each heart, scoring down the centre and fixing the hears back to back to create a hanging decoration. Note.........don't forget to fix the hanging cord into the centre before gluing the final hearts together. I also added some curling ribbons at the same time as the hanging cord.

Finally the lovely Celebration Bouquet stamped into an Oxide background, coloured in with Koh-i-Noor paints, some background stamping, a bot and tag sentiment from Happy Flowers Day

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 17 October 2019

Hearts, Butterflies and Flowers (by Sandra)


I'm sharing with you my second post from the August Hochanda show.

For my first card I made a background using Brushos choosing blues and greens. I then stamped the flowers from Celebration Bouquet and embossed in white.

For my second card, I used water colours to make a soft background on cartridge paper. I then stamped the bouquet and embossed in gold and coloured with water colour pens.

Next I used the Butterflies and Dictionary definition from Happy Flower's Day stamp set. I bleached the colour from the butterflies and used a soft blue/green water colour.

For this card I used the Butterflies again with the Triple Layer Stamping method and kept it very simple in the black and white colours.

Next are the fabulous Artist Trading Hearts. For this card I used  the Filigree Trading Hearts set. I  used some glossy card and alcohol inks to make a background, I then stamped and embossed the crackle heart and the butterfly from Happy Flower's Day and cut them out and mounted onto a blank card with a sentiment.

For my last piece, I used a piece of grey board which I added some modelling paste through a stencil and some acrylic paints. I stamped the heart onto a background paper I had made on the Gelli Plate. I stamped the leaves onto some card and cut them out and hung them from the heart to make it look a bit like a dream-catcher.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Upcycled Box (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, today sees the return of our Guest Design Team member Gerrina for her second post this month. She has upcycled a box that has been unused for some time, using some of our beautiful Autumn themed stamps.

Gerrina writes:

Feels so is my turn again to show some things I made for the Guest Design Team at Chocolate Baroque! Three weeks in a row you will find not only here, but also at my blog, makes from me with the beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque....
This week is the second one already, and today I choose to go again with the Autumn season with this box that has been standing so plain and dull in my craft room for years:

Used materials:

Autumn Edges, Autumn Poppy, Nature Table, Nature's Peace, Lace Fragments
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint. Forest Moss. Memento: Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Potter's Clay, Tangelo, London Fog.
Other: Box, Aquarel and masking paper, water brush, black fineliner, washi tape, brown cardstock.

Creatieve groetjes,