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Saturday 30 November 2019

Vintage Fanfare (by Julie)

Hello, I have two more cards to show you. The first has been created with the recently released Baroque Ephemera 1 and 2 sets which I have teamed with Floral Grunge

All of the images were stamped onto distressed Kraft Kard before mounting onto my card blank.
I started by stamping the Floral Grunge image onto the Kraft Kard and also onto copy paper as a mask was needed to cover the flower. Once the flower mask was in place the postcard from Ephemera 2 was stamped so that it appears to be behind the flower. This was then coloured with Polychromos pencils. The 10p ticket from Ephemera 1 was stamped onto cream, cotton, gros grain ribbon and stuck into place using double sided tape. Various other stamps were taken from the Ephemera sets and stamped around the main image before the edges were distressed by dragging a scissor blade around the outside edge and then sponging Picket Fence Distress Stain over the background.

My second card has been created with Music Fanfare. I simply stamped the torn sheet music for the background using a pale grey dye ink before stamping the main images in black, which were then coloured with Polychromos pencils. The background was then sponged with Distress inks before taking a white paint pen to add highlights. The panel was then cut to size before mounting onto black card-stock.

Thanks for stopping by. Please call again soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Friday 29 November 2019

A fanfare of ephemera!(by Rachel).

Hello there - Rachel here today with more samples from the October shows.

On this first sample I started with a gelli print and used stamps from the Baroque ephemera sets to sit on the round gelli print. Next I added the Movie strip collage stamp and coloured it in then added ink around the outside.

In this one I used a stencil from my stash along with the bingo stamp from Baroque ephemera 1. I then addedthe floral grunge stamp on top of the background and decoupaged the flower head on top.

This is my favourite sample I did for the shows - the postcard stamp from Baroque ephemera 2 was stamped over the distress oxide background. I then used stamps from the srt of chess to add over the top.

My pottery piece from the show was made using the music fanfare set - as usual I stamped the images then over painted in glaze.

I made this background using the chocolate baraoque mask silhouette palace 1. I thought the shapes were echoched in the stamp from the art of chess set so thats why I added that one.

I hope I have given you some inspiration!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Quick Christmas Card (by Jodie)

Hello everyone, our Guest Design Team member Jodie is making her final appearance here this month, and she has created another fabulous Christmas card for your inspiration.

Jodie writes:

Good morning everyone, this is my final project as Chocolate Baroque's latest Guest Designer. November has gone by so quickly and I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Even though this card looks quite complicated, using these wonderful stamps and a few dies and a few dies I have in my stash, the card came together rather quickly.

Stamps- A Tomte Christmas
Ink- Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper- A4 Luxury Smooth White Paper
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
Alcohol Ink Markers
Die Cuts

First cut out a mat for the front of the card, measuring 4" x 5 1/4" (10.16cm x 13.36cm).
Next I cut the trees out from the ivory cardstock using a tree die that I had on hand. I lightly inked them up using Versafine Vintage Sepia.
Attach these with PVA glue to the card mat.
Next I cut the deer and the bird, using dies I had on hand. I drew a slope on the ivory cardstock and glued that onto the card base, then I attached the deer and the bird.
Next, ink up the gnome with the sled using Versafine and stamp onto ivory cardstock.
Next colour in the image. I used alcohol ink markers, but you can certainly use any colouring medium you have on hand.
Once done colouring, cut out the image, and attach to the card mat.

I then stamped a saying from the stamp set onto the same paper that I cut the deer out with and attached it to the mat.
Finally I cut a piece of 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 have enjoyed my time here these past weeks and hope that I've inspired some of you to start your Christmas cards early, or for those of you who have already started, maybe I've given you some ideas to help add to your collection.
Thank you for checking out my latest project and don't hesitate to hop on over to my blog at

Take care - Jodie

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Vintage Ephemera Part 2 by Debbie

Hello again everyone here's my second chance to show you my samples form the October Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda.

Here's my first sample using Art of Chess

  Simply Stamped with Versafine Onyx Black I began by stamping the 2 large chess pieces at the front of the design & then masked them using Pebeo drawing liquid. I then stamped the chess board and other pieces into the background. I stamped the chess pieces randomly over the A5 white card using a grey inkpad, before adding the image which has been layered onto black card.

For my next design I used Music Fanfare plus some of the stamps from Baroque

For this one I took an A5 white card blank and folded the front half back on itself. I stamped a background using stamps from Music Fanfare and Distress inks Picked Raspberry and Iced Spruce. I then took a square of white card and stamped with one of the stamps from Baroque Ephemera 1 using grey ink before stamping the violin over the top. I coloured with pencils and distressed the edges of the piece. I then mounted it at an angle onto a piece of bright pink card and then onto grey before attaching to card. Below is a closer look at the background.

Here's another look at Music Fanfare this time embossed in gold onto brown card and layered onto ivory, gold and brown onto an ivory A5 card blank.


Here are the rest of my samples and some which didn't make it onto the show.


Simply stamped with black Versafine for a monochrome look, Movie Strip on a background from Baroque Ephemera 1 and 2.

Floral Grunge stamped onto an old book page several times and decoupaged.

The postcard stamp from Baroque Ephemera 2 with some die cut corners and flowers 

plus some lace on a 7 x 7 ivory card blank.

Finally, the fun bingo card stamp from Baroque Ephemera 1 and coloured with water based pens on an ivory 5 x 7 card blank.

That's all for this time, don't forget to watch the next Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda in early December. Bye for now Debbie 

Monday 25 November 2019

Tomte in New Zeeland (by Magda) - A Tomte Xmas, Seashore Scenes, Village life, Frosty Trees


I just thought to send Tomte  for Christmas on holidays to the other side of the Globe, packing in the luggage Distress Ink Pad, Distress Oxide, Archival Ink Jet Black and of course the beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps :     A Tomte Christmas, Seashore Scenes and Village life.  

Here below a golden Tomte card in a very out of focus wood background, stamped in third generation.   For this card I used Distress Ink Pad, Versamark, Embossing Powder gold and the stamps A Tomte Christmas and Frosty Trees .

Thank you for passing by, I hope you had fun looking at my posts today.

Sunday 24 November 2019


Today I am sharing some pix of a journal I made for the October tv shows.
I don't know about you, but I find that if I try to plan a project out in detail, it always goes wrong - happened again with this journal! It's much safer to just play, get messy and inky and then see what i have got.
I used a Sizzix journal die, and had plans to create a mixed media holiday souvenir journal using all the stamps in the ephemera sets and some older seaside related sets.

The cover went ok, using kraft card as the base with lots of gesso and paint splodged on. and the beach huts stamped in the centre, with the journey word. I also used a mini photo from Creative Individuals
 I ended up salvaging the better of the inner pages to create a slim journal - this one had another  CI image, the beach huts again, ammonite stamp , sea shells and the travel ticket.
I also used the chess stamps, the fountain scene, lighthouse and flower stamps to create the other pages.
 I did have fun - sort of - and next time I won't bother planning it out!

 I also reused an empty coffee can, covering it with kraft card and stamping images using brown ink, adding colour with pencils.

Friday 22 November 2019

Musical Birthday Card, Musical Hearts and Floral Messages by Penny

Hello peeps, I hope you are all warm and well.  I have several of my samples from last month's tv shows to share with you today, so I'll dive straight in.

Musical Birthday Card

I have used stamps from the Music Fanfare and Birthday Words sets, Distress Inks, Versafine Inks - blue and sepia, clear EP, Pearlescent ink spray, a gold pen and an embossing folder from my stash. 

I took a piece of satin silk card and stamped two focal images in blue Versafine, then embossed them with clear EP.  I then masked the images with Masking Tissue.   I sprayed it with Pearlescent ink and dried it with a heat gun before stamping the torn music sheet image repeatedly all over the panel.  I then tore the top edge  and blended DI around the edges.     

I removed the masks and added gold pen to the images.  I matted the panel onto black card and attached it to an ivory basecard that had been embossed in a folder from my stash and had DI blended around the edges.  I took a spare piece of card, stamped and embossed the torn music sheet image and added DI to age the card.  I attached it to the card then created a sentiment panel and added that as well.

Musical Hearts.

For this next project I have used stamps from the Music Fanfare and Artist Trading Card sets, CB White Board Trading Heart,   DI inks, Versafine inks, copper pen  and stickles from my stash.

I began by stamping the torn music sheet onto a piece of tissue using sepia Versafine ink and attached it to the heart.  I then stamped the floral guitar image onto white card, embossed it with clear EP.  I used DIs to colour the image then cut it out.

 I stamped and embossed the guitar and a couple of flowers again, coloured and cut them out as before, then attached them in 3D to the heart.  I then added stickles to the flowers.

I took a small wooden heart from my stash and attached stamped tissue  as before.  I coloured the heart with DI then stamped and embossed  a sentiment.  I then attached it to the the ATH.  I used a copper pen to edge both hearts and add some dots.

Floral Hearts.

My last couple of projects today are two quick cards using stamps from the Movie Strip Collage , Baroque Ephemera 1& 2, and Floral Grunge sets, Brilliance inks, Versamark ink, gold EP, Aztec metalic paints.  I stamped both floral images onto black card using Versamark ink and embossed them with gold EP.  I then cut both images out and painted them with metalic paints.  I took a couple of A5 panels of black card and stamped them randomly with ephemera images, one in gold and one in blue Brilliance ink.  I edged both panels with a gold pen and attached each panel to a white base card.  I then attached a flower to each card with 3D glue, stamped and embossed two sentiment panels and attached one to each card. 

Thank you for popping in today, I shall be back again next month with a couple of new projects to share with you, so take care and I'll see you soon!

                                 xx  Penny  xx

Thursday 21 November 2019

A Splash of Colour (by Judith)

Hello everyone, as the nights are pulling in, and the days are often a bit grey and gloomy, I thought I would share a few colourful projects that I made for last month's TV shows on Hochanda. I hope that these projects will brighten up your day and inspire you to get your inkpads out and have some colourful creative fun yourselves.

My first project was created using drawing cartridge and Brushos. I wanted a zingy background, and chose yellow, red and orange to create the first layer. I sprinkled the Brushos first, and added water to get the lovely mixture of colours. I blotted another piece of drawing cartridge over the top, and saved that piece for another day's project. I added some stencilling using red and yellow ink, and stamped randomly over the background using the Klimt Panel cling mounted rubber stamp. I held the stamp in my hand rather than on a block to get just bits of the image here and there.

I stamped and embossed some chess pieces from The Art of Chess stamp set onto black card using gold embossing powder, and cut them out. I also stamped the sentiment onto a spare piece of my background card. I mounted the backgrounds before adding them to a tag shaped card.

The backgrounds for the next three cards were all created in the same way, I simply finished them off in different ways. The colours are so pretty, and I really enjoyed making the backgrounds. I made a lot, and still have some left for another creative session. I used Distress Oxide Ink spread onto a craft mat, which I spritzed with water. I placed my drawing cartridge over the top, and then added some gold mica spray, giving it a generous spritz. I put some crinkled cling film over the background and left it to dry completely. When the cling film is removed, you are left with some beautiful patterns, highlighted by the mica spray. There are lots of variations for this technique out there on the Internet, so do give it a try.

For the first of the three cards, I stamped the heart from Music Fanfare five times on a pink background, and once on green. I cut the green heart in half, and edged the cut side with black ink. I stamped the large music segment twice using a toning ink, and added a piece of velvet ribbon to the background. I scrunched, then arranged the hearts into a flower, tucking the green segments behind to resemble leaves. I wanted the flower to look more 'crumpled', and by scrunching the petals first, it gives them far more texture. I added a big black button in the centre. To finish, I added a sentiment from the Loving Sentiments stamp set and matted the background onto black card.

For the next two cards, I used the beautiful Floral Grunge stamp. I used patterned papers for the first card, paper piecing the image, and adding a butterfly cut from the papers themselves. I added one of the ephemera stamps using toning coloured ink, matching the background colours. You can really see the shimmer of the mica spray in this photo.

Finally, I added a bit of pencil colouring to the image on this last card, adding some grey pencil around the flower to give some shading and to give a feeling of dimension. I chose toning colours once again, and although this was a very quick card, it would make a lovely Birthday card. I used a sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set.

I hope that I have given you a few ideas, and that you will try out some of the projects that I have shared with you today. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Vintage White Christmas (by Jodie)

Hello everyone, today sees the second post from our Guest Design Team member Jodie. She has created another delightful card for your inspiration.

Jodie writes:

Good morning everyone, for my second project, I'm showing how to create another wonderful sample from the same stamp set. There is so much you can do with Chocolate Baroque stamps.
I am simply in love with these stamps. The gnomes remind me of a vintage white Christmas, which is unfortunately hard to come by here in Florida, USA, lol.

Stamps- A Tomte Christmas 
Ink- Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper- A4 Luxury Smooth White Paper
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
Alcohol ink markers
Embossing Powder- Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax
Ultra clear double sided Red Line Tape
Heat gun

First cut out a circle from the ivory cardstock measuring 3 1/4" (8.3cm) in diameter.
Next I inked up the gnome trio with Vintage Sepia, stamping them onto the circle.
Next colour in the image. I used alcohol ink markers, but you can certainly use any colouring medium you have on hand.
I then lightly inked the edge of the circle with Vintage Sepia. 

For the front of the card, I cut out a base mat measuring 4" x 5 1/4" (10.16cm x 13.36cm).
I then cut a piece of printed paper, measuring 2 5/8" x 5 1/4" (6.5cm x 13.3cm).
I matted this piece with the ivory cardstock measuring (7cm x 13.3cm).
I then put a strip of the Red Line tape in the middle of the printed strip, and sprinkled glitter onto it.
Next you will attach this piece to your mat, adding the image onto the centre. 

I then sprinkled the Seth Apter embossing powder in different areas, adding a little bit of glitter for sparkle. Your are going to heat the powder from underneath, since I didn't use anything to stick the powder to the card, if it gets heated from above, it would simply blow away.

I then stamped a saying onto the ivory cardstock, cutting it into a banner and attached it to the card.

Finally I cut a piece of 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.

Thank you for checking out my latest project and don't hesitate to hop on over to my blog at
Take care - Jodie

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Music and flowers by Zoe

 Good morning Lovelies and welcome back, here’s my final post for this month using the wonderfully versatile stamps that were featured on Hochanda.

My first two was just simple heat embossed stamping, coloured with water colour pens and distress inks with matching envelopes.

I’ve used the “Shaving foam technique” for the matted layer and also the flower which I fussy cut and decoupaged.

Using the fabulous Tag stamp from a previous show, I stamped the flower, masked it using masking tissue, stamped the tag, I coloured the tag with distress ink and added a few of the equations from the script set in grey to add more texture, the flower I coloured with pencils. I used an Ivory, Linen texture card which I think adds just a touch of class.

Tag and both circles are Greyboard, I used distress Oxides to colour the tag and first circle and neon acrylic paints on the latter.

Water colour markers on acetate, spritzed with water and placed for the background, the heart and violin were stamped onto some “Shaving foam technique” scraps I had.

A journal page using water colour markers onto mixed media journal page.

And lastly a very simple envelope.

Thank you once again for your wonderful comments, I do love to read what you think of my creations.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx