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Wednesday 30 September 2020

Stroom O'clock by Brenda

This one came together in the wee small hours when I was unable to sleep, the idea was there so I decided to get to you do! Again Oxides for he background and worker stamps stamped in the same colours. I stamped Stroom Clock onto the inked base and then twice more onto a pice coloured with the same inks and cut out just the strooms which I build up around the focal element. Some white highlighting, metal clock hands and index clips.......yes the obsession with them has reached me.......and finally sentiments from the same set.

I have used the Seriously Gorgeous Postcards here to show what a quick and easy card you can make with them. The aperture card is a pre-cut one and I used elements from Stroom Clock, Parsley Clock and Floral Clock to stamp onto the postcards using Stayzon, added some white highlighter and fixed into the apertures. Finally I used one of the popped out squares to stamp the sentiment to place in the middle.

A brayered background of Oxides, one of the worker stamps from Stroom Clock stamped down the centre and Floral Clock stamped with Versfine Black and then coloured with Distess Markers some little die cut circles and a Shrink Plastic Butterfly.

As always, many thanks for your kind visit.

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Tick Tock Butterfly Clock by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my 3rd post of the month.
Here are the rest of my samples from last months Hochanda show featuring these gorgeous stamps.

I used 2 of the gorgeous postcards from the show which can either be postcards or toppers, I’ve left mine as postcards but they would look fab on a card. The first one is simple stamping, then stamping again onto plain white card and fussy cutting to decoupage, I used a gold pen to fill in the stems and leaves, a bit of background stamping to add some texture.

Of course I had to make an Envelope, David would be very upset with me if I didn’t do at least one lol, I used a chalk paint in 2 colours that I brayered on, simple stamping and a few dots here and there.

My second Postcard I stamped the main image using Versafine Claire Nocturne ink and heat embossed using clear EP, I used Archival for the background and a chrome marker pen to add highlights.

Thank you so much for spending the time to visit, I hope I’ve inspired you?
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Monday 28 September 2020

Gorgeous Florals


I am sharing some more of my samples from the Hochanda shows in August.

My first card is the beautiful Floral Clock stamp set. I stamped the main image in Versamark and embossed in gold. I then "painted" the flowers, butterfly and clock frame with  glitter glaze. One of the glazes has a green tone and the other has a blue tone, but it's a bit difficult to see on the screen! i then layered this onto some gold card and added a sentiment.

My last card uses the Parsley Clock set. I used the main image and some of the smaller stamps over a Distress Ink background. The images were embossed in green and I added some yellow flock to give texture to the flowers. I finished with some splatters from the Floral Clock set and a sentiment. I love that the hands are separate so that you make it any time you wish.

Thanks for looking
Sandra x

Sunday 27 September 2020

Choose Your Own Colours (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you today showcasing the beautiful stamps that were on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. Both projects feature the lovely Parsley Clock stamp set.

 My first project is a very clean and simple card, and I started out by die cutting a large circle from a piece of drawing cartridge. I stamped the images from the stamp set across the bottom of the circle, and coloured them with pencils. I added some shading to the background loosely with Distress Inks, not worry about getting to close to the images, as this gave a feeling of a cloudy sky, leaving patches of white.

I went around the edge of the circle with a pair of scissors to give a distressed finish before attaching it a piece of Textured Art Card and then to a white card blank.

To create my second project, I painted a small canvas with acrylic paint in various pastel shades. I stamped the large Parsley Clock onto tissue paper, and coloured the image with pencils. I went around the image with a wet brush, and gently pulled away any excess tissue paper, leaving a ragged edge. I added matte medium to the reverse of the image, and adhered it to the canvas.I added more matte medium to the image to blend it into the canvas.

I added some background stamping using grey Archival ink, a sentiment from the same stamp set, and the very useful splatter from the Floral Clock stamp set.You could recreate something very similar to this in card form, but I really like making these canvases, they do not take very long at all. I have not coloured my parsley regulation white in either case, but I wanted to show that you can choose to colour your flowers however you like, there are no rules. Just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.

I hope that you have enjoyed what I have shared with you this month, and will try out some of my projects for yourself. Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay safe.

Judith xx


Saturday 26 September 2020

Parsley, sage, rosemary and time? (By Rachel)

Hello there, Rachel here with my final showcase of the month - this time i have focussed on the Parsley Clock stamp set but the Florl clock has snook in again at the end! 

For this first card I stamped the image in black ink and set it with clear embossing powder. I only added colour to the plant and butterfly - not parsley coloured I know but I thought it could easily represent other flora. I painted the image using mica powders. The background of the card was created using distress oxides and blending the pastel shades together before adding some random stamping using the smaller stamp from the set.

This second was was directly onto one of Lesley's postcards and again I stamped in black versafine and heat set with clear embossing powder. I added colour to the 'parsley' using paint. The smaller image was then used all over the back of the card.

My final piece is one that I kept for myself - another pottery piece but this time a jug for flowers. I painted the images in glaze then this piece went into the kiln.

I used the floral clock on the other side. Although the jug cost me £25 and a few hours of work I hope you'll agree its worth it - I love it!

Enjoy your day!
Rachel x

Friday 25 September 2020

flower power (by Veronica)

 In my final post for this month I have a selection from all the stamp sets.
My first card uses the floral clock set - the background was created using the make your mark set of stamps, a very useful set for adding interest to backgrounds. I used grey ink pad for an olde world feel, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The extra butterfly was stamped onto spare card, cololured, fussy cut out and added to a strip of acetate fastened between the image and the card blank.

 The single flower from the same set was stamped onto tissue paper in black, coloured with marker pens, torn out and stuck with modge podge onto the lid of  a box painted with acrylic paints.

The last two use the parsley clock set again, first onto a candle and then simply stamped onto one of Lesley's lovely postcards with the flowers highlighted with white pen. 

Wednesday 23 September 2020

The Lovely Lily (by Doreen)


This different but very beautiful lily is not the type that many of us are used to seeing, but I think it is exquisite. it comes from the DL Lily set of stamps, although it does actually have a four leaf clover, ladybird and several other worker stamps in the set. The sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms set.

Products used in the making of this card are:

  • Chocolate Baroque Lily DL stamp set
  • Sentiment from the Chocolate Baroque Bold Blooms set
  • Versafine Clair Nocturne
  • Clear embossing powder
  • A torn out page from a discarded or old book that has an aged look but has probably seen better days.
  • Koh-I-Noor watercolour pencils
  • Satin finish mirri card for mounting on

1. Trim page from book but keep excess for stamping and mounting sentiment.

2. Stamp and emboss image.

3. Roughly colour the image in your favoured shades and blend using a little water on your brush.

4. To enhance the image go round using either a grey or light blue pencil and drag out the colour with a little water.

5. Stamp the sentiment using the Versafine Clair onto a piece of the scrap from the printed page and trim quite close to the stamped image. Edge the sides using your inkpad, then mount on another piece of the scrap from the page, and edge again using the inkpad.

6. This is a flatish card, no foam tape was used in the mounting of this onto the satin card or for mounting the sentiment, so perfect for the post. 

As an afterthought, if you like a card to have some sparkle, then instead of using water just use a clear sparkle brush pen to blend the colours. This will leave a subtle sparkle not as noticeable as glitter.

Thank you for looking

Love Doreen

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Shades - (by Magda) - Autumn Edges, Sketchy Doodle Landscape, Amazing Mackintosh Words

 Hello Girls,

As the other colors, also Black and White have shades and I  played today with them using Distress Paint .  

You can clearly notice in the first picture the difference of the shades, while in the second picture the contrast is brought out through the hot embossed Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp.                        Differently from the common use of VersaMark for embossing the flower, I humidified my finger with a baby wipe, dipped it in the embossing powder first, then gently I passed it on the page before heating.                                                                                                                                                         The result of the Dust around the flowers was surprising,  you can better see it zooming in the second picture.                                                                                                                                                                 I took the  sentiments from Amazing Mackintosh Words , where you can find a large choice of thoughts.

Small bookmark
I stamped the mushrooms of Autumn Edges on a craft tag using Versafine Vintage Sepia     and colored with brown, light and dark sepia, white and black Charcoal pencils 

Thank you for passing by,  see you in October and  take care


Sunday 20 September 2020

A bit of Home Decor by Brenda

Today I thought I would share one of my projects created for last months Craftalong with Lesley on Hochanda TV. I t was actually created way back in February but due to COVID the show had to be cancelled so my makes have been in wraps until recently.

The kit included some lovely stamps and frames aimed at home decor so I used all three of the large stamps to create my frame. I treated the wooden frame to acrylic paint and crackle glaze and carried the soft green through to the base pieces for the three apertures along with wilted violet DI. After stamping the three focal images I coloured them with Distress Markers and fixed all together into the frame.

This month saw the start of the new We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge, myself and the team have been thrilled to see so many entries and have enjoyed visiting them all. There are of course prizes from Chocolate Baroque and the winner will be announced on Friday 30th, when we will also announce our first Featured designer selected from entries using Chocolate baroque stamps. Future challenges wills start on the first Sunday of the month. All start and finish dates are listed on the challenge blog here.

Thanks as always for your kind visits and words of encouragement which always mean so much to myself and the CB family.

Saturday 19 September 2020

More Autumn inspirations (by Miranda)


Hello there,

It's me again with more Autumn inpirations........
a similar technique and also using the toadstools.....

This is my favorite technique and style although I als enjoy too play with other mediums and styles....

Watercolor backgrounds, using watercolor paints or Ecoline inks, acrylic inks....anything that can flow with water on the paper. And then adding color with color and pastel pencils......

these are the stamp sheets I have used:

and a little fun using some photo editing....

And some oldies but maybe not seen by everyone of you.....still love these ones......
Also nice to combine with some die cutting too! I will just add them for more inspiration but if you want to know more about these cards, just ask in the comments below......

On these two cards I have use the 

On this card I have used the 
(A cling mounted stamp in a choice of two sizes (or multibuy) 

her I have used the 'Autumn Poppy' (see link above)
Here the 'Autumn Edges' (see link above)

Well, that was a whole lot of Autumn inspirations!
And you can see that I am a real lover......

Thanks for your visit and see you next time,

Friday 18 September 2020

Magic mushrooms (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well.  I have a couple of vibrant projects to share with you today using stamps from The Shroom Clock stamp set featured on last month's TV shows from Hochanda.

My first project was created by using a background from my stash created with turquoise and green Brushos. I stamped the mushrooms onto some of the Seriously Gorgeous A6 Postcards using archival Ink, and cut them out. I adhered them to the background, and using a fineliner pen, I created a landscape for them to perch on. I added stamping using the small texture stamp from the plate which matches the mushrooms across the bottom of the background, and coloured the ground with pencils. I added white highlights on the mushrooms with a gel pen.

To finish my card, I stencilled in the sky area using the Chocolate Baroque Mask - Kaleidoscope of Butterflies and some turquoise Distress Ink. Finally, I added a sentiment.

To create my second project, I used another Brusho background, similar in colour to the first, to which I had added some stencilling with white ink to create a bokeh effect. I stamped the large Shroom Clock onto the background, and stamped this again onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the image using Koh-I-Noor watercolours, and cut the image out. I added some splatters of blue ink at the bottom of the background to create a feeling of grass, and added shading at the base of the mushrooms. I decoupaged the image onto the background, and added white highlights with a gel pen once more.

I will be back later in the month with more projects to share, take care, and stay safe,

Judith xx

Thursday 17 September 2020

There's not much room inside (by Rachel)

Hello there! Rachel here with some of the samples I made using the Shroom clock set from August's shows. In this first card I used the main image directly onto one of Lesley's beautiful postcards. It makes for such a bright card. I also used one of the worker stamps from the set to create the dotty background and added the 'you can do magic' sentiment.

For the next sample I used an acetate square that I stamped on using staz-on and then painted the mushroom on the reverse of the stamped image. I also added an opaque paint to form the background over the whole image and once dry mounted this on a card. 

For my final card I used flitterglu and flake with main image onto a piece of black board which I then mounted onto another of Lesley's postcards. 

I do hope this has given you a few more ideas of techniques you can use with these stamps.
Have a lovely day!
Rachel xx

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Lacework (by Doreen)




A simple but classic style of card and very effective no matter which colour background or embossing powder you use, although I would definitely recommend a very fine powder if you have no detail embossing powders.

Very short product list for this one:

  • Lace Fragments stamp set
  • Versamark inkpad
  • Detail embossing powder
  • Black card for stamping and a piece each of black and white card for matt and layering of card
  • Heat gun

In this beautiful set of lacy stamps there are several borders to choose from as well as corners and hero images, all are very fine and very detailed.

I feel there is not a lot to tell you in the making of this card as it is really sel explanatory for us who have crafted for some time, but for those who are just starting out on their wonderful crafting adventure this is a technique that never gets boring.

1.Stamp using Versamark, then pour over your embossing powder, tap off the excess powder and decant back into pot.

2. Turn on your heat gun and allow to get hot then direct at the embossing powder, when it starts to melt, chase it round the image as it will burn and dull the powder if left too long on one area.

3. Matt and layer onto a card and apply topper using foam tape for extra dimension.

Although I have not added a sentiment this time of course one can be added later to suit the occasion or recipient of your artwork.

Thank you for looking,

Love Doreen.

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Tick Tock floral clock by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post of the month.
Here are some samples I created for the show on Hochanda last month featuring these wonderful stamps.

My first card I created the background using alcohol inks. The Butterflies I stamped and heat embossed onto one of the gorgeous Postcards that were on the show.

I combined Stencils from a previous show and the stamps to create my second card.

I created a pretty Bookmark using part of one of the postcards from the show, the clocks I stamped using Versafine Claire Nocturne inkpad and heat embossed with clear EP and rubbed a foil over while it was still hot to get a bit of a random coverage.

Thank you for visiting, i do hope you like my creations? I loved using these stamps, they are so versatile.
I shall be back later this month with my 3rd post, I hope to see you then.
Have a wonderful day, big hugs xx Zoe xx 

Monday 14 September 2020

parsley time (by Veronica)

 I have to admit that I think my favourite of the new stamps is this one, featuring the cow parsley - such a different flower, and so delicate.
My first card was very simple, stamped and white embossed onto black card - the parsley was actually coloured with pearlescent paints, but they only show up on the butterfly in the scan image.
The sentiment was just stamped using a white pigment ink

 The background to the second card is a distress ink one, with peeled paint , broken china and squeezed lemonade pads stamped onto a paint mat, spritzed with water and the drawing cartridge used to mop up the colours.
Butterfly coloured with watercolour pencils, and a white posca pen for the parsley flowers.
The last sample had distress oxide inks sponged onto a whiteboard heart and the top fo the parsley flowers stamped in white ink along the bottom, and repeated once in black ink.  The part of the image with the butterfly was then stamped in black - butterfly coloured with alcohol markers and white pen for the flowers.

Saturday 12 September 2020

Autumn is coming......(by Miranda)

Hi peeps,

Miranda here with some Autumn inspirations...........

Autumn is my favorite season(next to Spring), I love all the colors and the changing of the season....the smell.....
And most of all I love the toadstools!
Well CB has several sheets including toadstools so let's get started......

I had two lovely water colored backgrounds in my stash......most of the time I create a whole pile of these backgrounds so I have always something to work on...

These are the sheets I have used:

I worked with the Texture fragments in the background, definitely one of my most favorite and most used stamps!
I stamped and masked the toadstools and colored them using colored pencils and some pastel pencils.

When the background was made I have also used an Iridescent medium so there is a lot of shimmer.....always hard to catch on a photo....
here you can see some of the shimmer.....

Hope you did like my Autumn inspiration and maybe you are inspired to get these sheets out or maybe even buy them.......

Next time, more Autumn inspirations!