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Monday 31 August 2020

Peace and Love

I am showing some more of my samples from the July show on Hochanda featuring the lovely Native American theme stamps by Kim Moody.

There are 3 sets of stamps available Catching Dream, Hold On and Do Right Always

This is the front cover of an accordion booklet I made. There were 4 pages inside and each stamped image had a lovely sentiment with it.  I coloured all the images with watercolour pencils.

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4

Thanks for looking
Sandra x

Sunday 30 August 2020

Restful dwelling (by Rachel)

Hello there. Rachel here again with some more samples from the July shows. This time I have chosen to share a scenic card and an accordion card plus the sewn pennant that I created.

This first one I really enjoyed creating the scene on the card exterior - I stamped the images and then used watercolour pencils to do most of the colouring apart from the background wash.  I did the same for the interior of the card.

Finally for my pennant I used a piece of calico and stamped the image on. I used translucent paints to colour the image and then sewed on the sequins around the edge of the calico. I added this to a stick and then added twine to the stick to allow the pennant to dangle.

Saturday 29 August 2020

Catwalk on feather carpet (by Magda) - Fabulous Flappers, Shall be Your Wing

Hello and welcome back

The projects of the girls on Chocolate Baroque-Facebook-Group inspired me for this second post of August.

Step by step

1. On a gessoed background colored with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Acrylic Paints, stamp in red 
    carnation Archival Ink  some feathers of the plate Shall Be Your Wings and the medallion of
    Fabulous  Flappers as a chandelier
2. Stamp on white cardstock with Archival Jet Black figures from Fabulous Flappers
3. Colour them with a round brush using Distress Ink Pad
4. Cut each figure, position the pieces harmoniously, overlapping them and glue with Glue'N Seal
5. Put glitter glue on the chandelier and on the clothes to give shine.

I hope you enjoyed this page, hugs

Friday 28 August 2020

Very geometric...(by Miranda)

Hi there,

It's me again with another post with some geometric inspirations for you. When I saw these 4 'blueprint' sets, I could almost not choose which one to pick........Because the freesia flower was in my mums bridal bouquet it had to be that one.....she loved freesia's especially in times when they had that lovely scent.

I always love geometric shapes and it's great that some them are separate stamps on the sheet so you can als create your own design!

This is the 1st card....because these cards are not so labour intensive I have made some more.... This time I was inspired by the technique and colors Lesley used in one of her video's although I did not use the ink technique. And I was inspired by the blending background technique from Eileen Godwin.

now onto the 2nd card, same colors same technique......

I did stamp and blend using Distress ink Vintage photo and did some masking too to create my own design......

I took colour out of some  flowers and recolored using some pencils. Some accent lining with fineliner 0.2 mm.

And then I needed more on to the 3rd one....
Here I have used Distress inks Twisted Citrus, Peacock Feathers and Salty ocean. Stamped the images using Versafine black. And some hints of color using colored pencils.

I have used this stamp set;

Well, I did not use much this time but I like the results....sometimes less is more....

Hope to see you next time and thanks for visiting.
Have a crafty day,

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Pink Auricula (by Jodie)

Good morning everyone.

The month of August has flown by. Hard to believe that this is my third and final project as this month's Guest Design Team member. It's been wonderful.


We're going to end with the flower theme and colouring with Distress Inks. 


Stamps- Loving Sentiments Rubber Stamp Sheet - A5, Auricula Script

Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick

Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black

White cardstock, dark pink & pink cardstock

Waterbrush- Detailer tip

Double sided foam tape

Gold cardstock

Corner punch

Gold sticker strips 


Stamp the image onto white cardstock with Archival ink.

Taking the Distress ink pad, Picked Raspberry, smush it onto a non stick surface.

Then pick up the colour with your waterbrush and begin painting in your image.

Start with your lightest colour, let dry slightly, then come in with your darker colours for contrast.

In order to get deeper colours, use less water, to blend, add more water.

If you feel you've got too much water, simply dab with a paper towel. 

You may have to go over certain areas a few times to create depth of colour.

Once piece is dry, fussy cut out image, leaving a small border.

Cut white cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (13.97cm x 21.59cm) and fold in half.

Cut a piece of pink cardstock to 4"x 5 1/4" (10.16cm x 13.34cm). Punch corners with corner punch, and add gold strips of stickers for interest.

Cut two strips of dark pink cardstock, one 1/4" x 5 1/4" (.60cm x 13.34cm), and the other one 3/4" x 5 1/4" (1.90cm x 13.34cm) and attach to middle of pink layer. Attach to front of card.

Attach image to card front with foam tape.

Stamp saying with Archival ink onto white cardstock, trim and mat with gold cardstock. Use corner punch to punch corners of saying and attach to card.

Thank you for stopping by and remember to check out all the new stamps and wonderful colouring mediums.

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Catching Dreams by Brenda

Good morning Peeps, just popping in with a few more of my samples using the Native American stamps from last months Hochanda programmes.

A rather bright and bold colour palette on the above card, I brushed watercolour pain across a piece of card and simply stamped Catching Dreams using Versafine black. Then one of the sentiments from Hold On onto a smaller piece of card with the same colours behind.

For the card below I used the small worker stamps and succulents from Do Right Always and Hold On onto a strip of card and coloured in with Distress Markers, then matted and layered onto some fresh green cardstock and the word Botanical embossed with detail clear EP onto black card.

All the stamps are available over on the Chocolate Baroque web site and are perfect for those masculine cards that so many of us, myself included, struggle with.

Monday 24 August 2020

native Indian screen (by Veronica)

 For my last post this month I have a concertina screen card to share, uising a blank from a kit I bought many years ago which folds down to DL size.

I tried to use stamps from all three sets stamped in versafine black and coloured with watercolour pencils.

The first panels use images from do right always .
and the final two use the pipe of peace from catching dreams and the hide from hold on.

The same card kit also included some stepper card blanks (shows how long I've had this, think stepper cards went out of fashion long ago!) and one of them inspired this card.
I stamped the tepees onto a piece of drawing carridge using black versafine ink, colouring with watercolour paints before fastening to the back step.
The totem was stamped and painted as were the cacti and then fussy cut out and glued onto the the step.
The pipe of peace was also fussy cut after stamping and painting, and glued at an angle across the front. The sentiment was stamped in black ink, edged with marker pen and added to the front.

Sunday 23 August 2020

More butterflies (by Miranda)


Hi there,

I am in a butterfly mood, so I create another special fold card using the lovely " Patchwork butterfly' set. On the front of the card I have used one of the stamps from ' a year of stamping'. Each month has another theme and has two sizes of the stamp. I have used the small one.

Stamps I have used:

I made one background using fluid inks(Ecolinea) and sprinkled some coarse salt. And another plain background with the fluid inks and stamped some of the fragments using blue and purple inks.
This card shape was also one of the Create a card dies from Crealies but is also easy to cut and fold using a knife and bone folder or scorpal.

I did some decoupaging on the butterflies to create more interest. The Irish blessing from the Patchwork butterfly was a perfect match for one of the segments of the card.

some different views ........

Well, I'll just say; see you next time! That will be soon.........
Thanks for your visit and have a lovely day,

Saturday 22 August 2020

Hold on to your Dreams and Rainbow Soul by Penny.

Good morning peeps, I hope you are all safe and well.  I'm here with my last blog post, not only of the month but also with the Design Team.  I have left the DT after over four wonderful years with Lesley and David of Chocolate Baroque, and working with the best Design Team.  I shall still pop in on the CB facebook page from time to time though!  I would just like to say a big 'Thank You' to all of you who have liked my artwork and/or left a comment, your support has meant a lot.

Hold on to Your Dreams.

I have used stamps from the Catching DreamsHold On and Katya sets; acrylic paints, Kraft card, alcohol pens, Distress Inks, sepia Versafine ink, gold gilding wax, a wooden circular plaque, a piece of mountboard from my stash, a leather cord and some beads from my stash.          

On a piece of white card I stamped the Katya, feathers and Cacti images in sepia ink.  I then coloured some of the images with pens and some with DIs.  I had stamped several feather images and when they were all coloured I cut out all the images.  I did not need the Russian headress for Katya in this project so I cut it off and replaced it with the feathers.  I painted the wooden plaque and added gilding wax to the edge.  I then attached the Katya and Cacti images to it in 3D. On a piece of Kraft card I stamped the poem by Chief Dan George in sepia ink, cut around it then attached it to the plaque.  I threaded a leather cord through the plaque to hang it by added a couple of wooden beads. 

On another piece of Kraft card I stamped the Dreamcatcher image in sepia ink.  I painted the image with DIs and cut it out.  I die cut a circle of greyboard, the same size as the stamped image, then attached the board to the image.  I threaded another piece of leather cord through the dreamcatcher and through the bottom of the wooden plaque, joining the two together,

Rainbow Soul.

For this card I have used stamps from the Do Right Always and Hold On sets; pearlescent sprays, black Versafine ink, white gesso, Distress Inks and CB Strip Stencils.

I began this project by creating the background.  I took a piece of white card and sprayed it with three colours of pearlescent sprays. When it was dry I stencilled some circles down one side using white gesso.  I then stamped a sentiment in black into one of the circles.  I matted the background onto black card.          

On another piece of white card I stamped and embossed the Totem Pole and Tomahawk images.  I used DIs to colour the images before cutting them out.  On a white base card I stamped feather and plant images using DIs around the edges of the card, creating a border.  I attached the background panel to the card and then attached the embellishments in 3D.   

We would also like to wish Penny well, and to say that we will miss her on the Design Team. Her bright bubbly personality, and vibrant designs have brightened up our day on many occasions. All the very best Penny, 

Friday 21 August 2020

Tag Art (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you showcasing the stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

My first project is a couple of acrylic tags. I stamped images from Hold On and Do Right Always using second generation stamping, to create a subtle background, onto some plain pieces from the Designer Papers 8"x8" - Chic Script. Next, I stamped the totem pole and peace pipe onto the backgrounds using a black ink, and added a sentiment. I coloured the images using Polycolour pencils from Koh-I-Noor. Watercolour pencils will NOT work for this project.

I covered the background with matte medium and adhered it to the acrylic tag. Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the piece, and added some yarn through the hole at the top.

My second project was a very quick and simple card. Rainbows have been very much on my mind lately, with everything that has been happening around us, and one of the sentiments on the Do Right Always stamp set was just perfect for this project. I took a sunburst stencil, any one would do, and chose seven different colours of Distress Ink. I applied them through the stencil to create a rainbow effect, and then simply stamped the sentiment using black ink.

It just goes to show how useful and versatile these stamp sets can be. I hope that you have found lots of inspiration among our posts this month, and will try some of our ideas out for yourself. Thanks for stopping by, and stay safe,

Judith xx

Thursday 20 August 2020

same, but different (by Veronica)

 This is the very last-minute card I made for the TV shows last month - having done all my samples, I  had a midnight inspiration....I suddenly realised that there was a small fire in among the teepees (it can take me a long time to see the obvious sometimes!) so the idea for a night time card came.
I started with grey card base for speed, the only one I had was a bit dark, and  came out rather dramatic. 

I thought I would try to recreate it , and take some photos as I go, to give an idea of how I made it. It wouldn't be the same, but something similar....
 I had more grey card to choose from this time, and chose a more midtone colour. 
Despite coming from a same-make pack of card as the original, it didn't take the watercolours as well so the shades are not as well blended
I started with a 7" square of card, and stamped the large cactus  in black versafine clair ink and clear embossed it, then stamped the tepee in black without the embossing.I used a fine liner pen to extend the hills
The sky was created using smoothie sponges and white Ranger pigment ink pad for the moon and the lighter clouds and black soot distress ink and hickory smoke distress oxide ink for the clouds. I used Koh-i-noor watercolour palettes for the rest of the colouring, starting with black in the shadows of the cactus.

I used a  paintbrush and clear water to draw out the colour to give a dark grey, adding more black if it ended up too light a colour as most of the cactus would be in the shade, with just the tips catching the light.
Using a grey base card gives a medium grey automatically, which saves time.

 I used very duluted paint to cololur the landscape and the camp, with white paint on the tips of the cactus flowers and on the tents, blended in with water again. 

i addded tiny dabs of red and yellow paint into the fire

The last bit of highlighting was done with a white posca pen before the grey card was mounted onto an 8" square cream card blank
As you can see, definitely different and not as dark as the original.

I hope this gives you some ideas..... you can just as easily start with the lighter colours and go to the darker ones, I just think it is easier to start with the dark