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Friday, 13 December 2019

Across the lake by Brenda

Good morning everyone, Brenda here with some of my shares from last months Hochanda shows which featured lots of lovely new Nature inspired stamps.

As I love creating scenes I knew I had to create one using the lovely new Harmony Tree and Remembrance Tree. I started with Pan Pastels and some masks and created the background onto which I stamped the trees using Versafine Black along with some worker stamps to build up the foreground and sky.

The background for this one is a Gelli Plate print overlaid with vellum onto which I stamped 'F' is For and also the definition quote from the same stamp set using Versamark and heat embossing with detail white EP. I coloured the flowers in with watercolour opens abd fixed the vellum in place with brads.

No secret that I love a bit of colour so I threw quite a lot at this one! I masked a square of Drawing Cartridge to create a border then inked the inner section with Oxides, when dry and with the masking still in place I added some circles using a mask and texture paste. Once dry and still with the masking in place I randomly stamped the grid panel from Freedom Flower along with some elements from Small Graph Paper. The large bloom from Freedom Flower was stamped, cut out and coloured and fixed with foam pads along with two Butterflies from Butterfly Mind.

Finally a tone on tone card with some Distress Inks randomly brushed onto the base panel, a border created with the numbers from Small Graph Paper and the focal element from Butterfly Mind all stamped Versafine Calir. I added a little glitter to the centre of the butterflies, it is crystal glitter in theory without colour but it doesn't seem to look that way in my photo!

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The Miracle of Christmas (By Corine)

Our guest designer this month is Corine and she has set us up with this delightful bright coloured Christmas card which would look good on any mantlepiece. Loving the combination of colours.


Here I am again. In December I will post three times a card as guest designer. I am very pleased to do this. My first project is a card with a Distress Oxide Spray background.

1. Make a background on watercolour paper with two colors Distress Oxide Spray (Broken China and Picked Raspberry). Use a waterspray to mix the colors. Allow the paper to dry well.
2. Sponge with Distress Oxide ink Broken China through a stencil in the top left and bottom right corners. Stamp with Distress Oxide ink Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves the stars and ornament. Let dry.
3. Stamp on a piece of paper the text with black ink. Sponge the paper and cut it. Adhere on your card.
4. Stamp the Christmas bauble on watercolour paper with Archival Dusty Concord. Colour with watercolour markers. Use glitter to add highlights on the bauble. Cut out and adhere on the card. Finish with a bow.

Hope you enjoy.

Kind regards,
Corine van Kuilenburg

Such an appealing card and really zingy colours to brighten the festive season.  Corine will be back next week with another beautiful creation, can't wait to see what's next.


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Fabulous Trees

I am sharing some of the pieces I made for the Hochanda show in November.

My first cards are from the new collection of Chocolate Blocks. Each stamp set comes with a focal image and a couple of extras. My first card uses the F is for...stamp set, great for a small, simple card or as part of a larger one . This was coloured with watercolour pencils.
 My second card uses the O is for.... stamp set with the dictionary script. Again, I used my watercolour pencils.

For this card I used the small tree stamp that comes with O is for..... and stamped repeatedly using my stamp platform using a couple of shades of Distress Inks.
Next I used one of the White Board Trading Hearts and coloured with Distress Inks.  I then stamped the Remembrance Tree, along with one of the many words, and embossed with white Embossing powder.

Finally, I used the bridge scene from the Kingfisher Song set and masked off the lower left section before stamping with the  Harmony Tree set.
These are really beautiful stamps and I hope you are inspired,

Sandra xx

Monday, 9 December 2019

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies (by Julie)

Hello, today I have butterfly inspired projects to share with you.

My first project is a card that I have stamped using Butterfly Mind using a simple colour pallet of reds, yellows and black. I stamped the blank film strip three times around the card, before masking the individual film apertures so that I could stamp the butterflies without them overlapping. (all of the butterflies used are from Butterfly Mind).  The splatter image was stamped around the background with back and red dye based ink before colouring the entire background with Mustard Distress ink. The butterfly film strip in the centre of the card was stamped onto spare card stock, before being cut out and glued onto the front of the card.

These two hearts are made with Chocolate baroque's Artists Trading Hearts. They are made out of very ink friendly, white board that does not need priming.
Both of the hearts have been stamped with Butterfly Mind as before and coloured with Distress inks, however you may notice a grid design in the background and that is the new, small graph paper stamp .

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

Julie xx

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Beautiful Butterflies by Rachel

Good Morning - Rachel here with some of my makes from the November shows - most of these used the butterfly mind stamp set.

Firstly I have my ceramic piece - I used the film strip stamp and stamped the image on the piece - I then overpainted in glaze and added a few glaze dots too before firing.

In this card I first used the small graph paper stamp and versamark ink and white embossing powder on kraft...then I added the filmstrip butterflies and some extra butterflies too. I also outlined the card using the blank film strip.

My final card is on a brusho background and I used the small tree from the O is for stamp set to create a circle..... then I added butterflies from the butterfly mind stamp set and the sentiment from the F is for stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these samples again!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 6 December 2019

O is For.....By Debbie

Hello again and time to show you my samples from the November Chocolate Baroque  show on Hochanda. I really loved this month's launch, really versatile with lots of scope for ideas. Here's my first design featuring O is For.

 For this design I took an 8 x 8 ivory card blank. I started with a square of ivory card and masked a circle at the centre. I then took a circle die just to mark a larger circle around the masked area. I then sponged the entire area using Distress inks Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and then Vintage Photo around the edges. Now remove the mask from the centre. I used the small tree from the set to stamp all around the outer circle at clock number intervals. Next I stamped the "O" from the set into the centre of the masked circle using Versafine Vintage Sepia and sponged the sky and ground using a piece of torn card. I then coloured with water based markers. To finish, layer onto brown and Kraft card before attaching to the card blank.

Here's another look at O is For which I've stamped onto a mica sprayed background using Versafine Onyx Black and added some touches of colour with water based pens. I've used  the small tree again in the corners of the pink layer and then mounted onto a die cut background before attaching to a 7 x 7 white card blank.

For my next design I've used Remembrance Tree and Harmony Tree and I think this has to be my favourite of my samples. I've tried to depict the 4 seasons and I think it's worked out very well. I used backgrounds made with Distress inks with the spray & smooch method and then stamped with Versafine black. I just added a touch of colour with water based pens and the 4 pieces were mounted onto an 8 x 8 white card blank.

Here are a few more looks at those lovely tree stamps and ideas to go with them.

 Here we have 2 Artist Trading Hearts but I decided to turn them into pretty little plaques.

That's all from me for this time I'll be back later in the month to show you the last of my samples. Bye for now Debbie

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Wood in winter (by Magda) - Essence of Nature, texture fragments

I looked out of the window and I have been inspired by some trees without leaves. I share with you how I created this journaling page with Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Step by step
1. Colour your page blending different colors of Distress Ink Pad
2. Cover all with white gesso and let dry
3. Repeat nr 1. again
4. Cover again with white gesso and close the journaling, pressing it for few seconds, and open it
5. The working page will be slightly glued, therefore be careful in separating

6. Stamp the tree of Essence of Nature plate with Archival Black Jet Black on a tissue paper
7. Glue the tissue paper on your page and cut what not needed

8. Stamp more subjects if you like fill the page and the bottom  with  Texture Fragments stamps, and 

I did also a card using the same tree stamp of Essence of Nature, stamping with Archival Black Jet Black on a Distress Oxide background.

Thank you for passing by, hugs

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

butterflies and initials

 I loved the butterfly stamps that were featured on the November tv show -apart from anyhting else, it was an excuse to get the brusho powders out! I created two sheets of fairly random colours using the brusho, abnd then stamped the butterflies several times when dry using black versafine ink. I fussy cut the betterlooking butterflies out, and used them to add to the stamped images..
Backgrounds were a mixture of sponged colour and inks sprayed with water and picked up from a mat. I used distress oxide inks in squeezed lemonade and hickory smoke, ading stmaped butterflies in smoke between the sponged and mopped layers for the first card.

The second card background was stamped with sentiments from the harmony tree and rememberance tree stamps in smoke ink and the splodges from the butterfly set before sponging with the smoke and lemonade inks.

The show also featured some initial stamps, rather different from previous designs, which were fun to work with.
I went for simple this time, with a very light brusho background for the first card after the image was stamped and embossed.

The trees were coloured with brusho powder, and I used the word definition stamp to create the background

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Rosy Embrace and Fancy Flora by Penny

Hello and good morning peeps, I hope you are all well and warm.  Can you believe we're in December already?!  I hope you're all a lot more ready than I am lol!  Anyway I have a couple of my samples from the CB tv shows last month to share with you today.

Rosy Embrace.

I have used stamps from the Freedom Flower, Small Graph Paper and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle sets, black Versafine ink, Distress inks, clear EP, Masking Tissue, pink glimmer spray. 

On a piece of white card I stamped the flower in black Versafine ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I masked the image with Masking Tissue and sprayed the card with a pink Glimmer Spray and let it dry.  I stamped and embossed the Small Graph image over the flower in black, then added the graph strip and some dot images using DIs.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment then blended DI around the edges of the panel before removing the mask.

I took some black card and cut it to size to create a border for the focal panel.  I stamped the graph strip and dots images around the edges of the black card using DI, attached the focal panel to it and then attached them both to a white base card.

Fancy Flora.

For my second project I have used stamps from the F is for..., Small Graph Paper, Butterfly Mind, Freedom Flower and  Classic Alphabet Lower Case sets, Distress Inks, Versamark ink, gold EP, and pearlescent paints from my stash.  On a piece of black card I stamped the F is for... image using Versamark ink and gold EP.  I then stamped the rest of the word and embossed it.  I stamped and embossed the small graph image across the card, and stamped and embossed the flowers on a spare piece of black card.  I did the same with the butterfly, then painted both images and the flowers on the letter.  I cut out the flowers and the butterfly.  I used gold pen around the edges of the focal panel and stamped the large dots image randomly in DI.  

I stamped the definition image onto a small piece of black card and embossed it in gold.  I then die cut it into a tag, stamped the smaller dots randomly using DI, used gold pen around the edges and added some ribbon.  I took an ivory base card and stamped the Freedom Flower and small dots randomly around the edges, then attached the focal panel and tag.  To complete this design I decoupaged the flowers and butterfly using 3D glue.

Thank you all for popping by today, I hope that you have found my post helpful and enjoyable.  I shall be back later this month with more crafty fun!

Take care all,

                            x x  Penny  xx

Monday, 2 December 2019

November'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 November was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.
Congratulations to ScrAPpamondo, 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 December'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 December 2019

Coaster Book (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a project to share today showcasing lots of the stamps featutred on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. If you did not catch the shows, then you will be in for a treat this month as the DT share their beautiful projects with you on the blog.

I have made a little handmade journal using a couple of coasters which were no longer wanted, and some Drawing Cartrige for the inside pages. I painted the coasters with some clear gesso, to give them a base to work on, and once this was dry, I added some acrylic paint. I stamped the Remembrance Tree on one coaster and the Harmony Tree on the other coaster, using Archival ink.

I cut strips of Drawing Cartridge just slightly smaller that the coasters, and scored them to make pages. Each strip made three pages, and I stuck them together with other strips to make one longer strip so that I had lots of pages to decorate. I added gelli print backgrounds, printed papers, or simply used Distress Inks to colour the pages.

I used the pages to try out ideas that could then go on to make bigger cards if I liked the ideas. These little journal are a great place to experiment and play. A small space gives you freedom to try something and move on. Sometimes a big space can feel a bit daunting.

Once I had decorated the pages, I added some ribbon inside the front cover, and attached the covers to the front and back blank pages. You could construct the book and decorate it afterwards if you want to. It depends how messy you are!

Here are a couple of the card ideas that came from the little book itself. A set of little note cards, useful for any occasion:

A film strip idea, expanding on the version in my little journal:

I hope that I have given you lots of ideas, and that you will try them out. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx