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Monday 30 November 2020

Versatile Florals part 3 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my final post of this month.
I adored playing with these stamp sets, such stunning and versatile designs.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today, I do hope I’ve inspired you.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday 29 November 2020

A peaceful, floral dream (by Rachel)

 Hello there - Rachel here today with a few more samples from the October shows - these stamps are just beautiful!

These two were done in the same way by stamping the flowers from Dream petals and Gerbera and friends inside some low tack tape. I then used watercolour pencils to colour the flowers in and finished the design with line stamp from Gerbera and friends.

This stamp set is so unusual - I love it! 

I stamped the tree then added the upside down trees below the inked in blue landscape. The background paper was one of Lesley's.

Hope you have found some inspiration here today - hugs rachel xx

Saturday 28 November 2020

In the Pink by Brenda

Morning Peeps, some more cards today from last months Hochanda shows. And first up is one using Life is Wonderful, well part of it that is as I masked the image so I was left with just the flowers.

The background is oxides applied with acetate as I wanted a softer finish, random stamping using worker stamps from Gerbera and Friends and sentiment from Dream Petals. I coloured the flowers with Distress Markers, stamped the seed head from the Gerbra set three times, cut out and placed down the side with paper clips. A torn strip from an old book, some doodling around the edges and the little Dragonfly from the same set as the focal element.

Inks, texture paste, stencilling, gilding wax and anything else I could lay my hands on to build up around the arch door from Echoes of Italy which I heat embossed with details copper EP. Finally some Little Birdie flowers. The sentiment is from Artistic Affirmations.

A focal circle created with the Gelli Plate, acrylic paints and Brushos, the seed heads from Gerbera and Friends stamped with Versafine Clair and sentiment from Canary Bird Rose.

Happy weekend everyone.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

canary bird

Today I am sharing samples using  three new designs by Dawn. The first is the lovely canary bird rose, a wonderful image to colour in, I used watercolour pencils. the background was using distress inks and brushes with the leaves of the flower randomly stamped 

My second sample uses the big dream petals flower stamped in blue ink onto a distress ink background and coloured by dragging the ink out with a damp brush. The sentiment stamped round the flower is from the third set

The main image from the third set is a lovely twisted tree, which i stamped with versamrk ink onto black card and gold embossed it before painting with metallic mica paints,


Monday 23 November 2020

Echoes of Italy


I am sharing some more samples from the Hochanda show in October

These feature the wonderful Echoes of ItalyWisteria Lane and Silhouette Grasses stamp sets. 

These lovely stamps bring back memories of holidays spent in Italy, hoping it won't be too long before we can go on our travels again....

All my cards have been coloured with watercolour pencils and Distress Inks. I have stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black.

My first card uses the Doorway and Crackle stamps. I think it looks like the entrance to an old house, full of treasures inside! I've added some of the Silhouette Grasses to the entrance. 

My next card depicts a beautiful villa with cypress trees and a crumbling archway. I cut a piece of black card and die cut an aperture to frame the lovely stamped image.

My next card shows a closer view of a villa with a sun (or a moon!) The detail in these stamps is amazing and can be coloured in many ways. 

For my last two cards I have used Silhouette Grasses and Wisteria Lane stamp sets. 
I have made backgrounds with Distress Inks and blender brushes. I created the mountains with torn copier paper.


Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Sunday 22 November 2020

Life is Wonderful (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well. Today is my Wedding Anniversary, and I should have been in sunny Mexico, but as with so many things this year, it was not meant to be. Like so many of us, I know that family, friends and the simple things in life are far more important than holidays and lots of possessions. Enjoyment of Nature, the changing seasons, and the promise of Spring and lighter nights always seems to spur us on.

I have made some projects using the beautiful stamps showcased on last month's TV shows on Hochanda which I am sharing with you today. The first card uses the lovely Be at Peace stamp drawn by Dawn. I have given the card an Autumnal feel by colouring the leaves in different colours, so quick and simple to do. I added the sentiment in a circle around the tree, and distressed the edge of the background before matting onto kraft card.


My next two projects were created using the Life is Wonderful stamp set. I created a gelli plate background using green ink and a texture tool, and then stamped the little dragonfly over the top. I coloured the image with pencils.

My final card was created by stamping and embossing onto black card with white embossing powder. I painted the image with Koh-I-Noor paints, and added some splatters with white paint. I used one of Lesley's zingy Designer Papers A5- Background Splash to matt the design onto. Definitely much bolder than my previous design!

Thanks so much for stopping by, as always, stay safe, and take care.

Judith xx

Saturday 21 November 2020

Versatile Florals part 2 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome back.

I’m showcasing some more wonderful stamp designs that were featured last month on Hochanda with our fab Lesley demoing.

I used a photo mount as a frame for my Watercolour style project.

Of course the mandatory Envelope, using chalky pencils and smudging with fingers to create a soft halo around the flowers.

Stamping over the petals to create a more “mixed media” effect, I used Intense pencils to colour my flower and also edge to give a 3D effect

Using a light touch through a dotty stencil from my stash just to add a touch of texture to a very simple stamped envelope.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you like what I’ve created.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Friday 20 November 2020

Italian dream (By Rachel)

 Hello there - Rachel here today with some of my italian samples from the afternoon shows in October. I adore these stamps - I have a bit of a thing about Italy and have been fortunate to spend a little time there - mostly in the North. Fabulous country. I was obviously overjoyed when Lesley said she was bringing these stamps to the October shows!

In all samples I used the Echoes of Italy stamp set - its a stunner! In this first one I used one border stamp to make a frame using gilding flakes and did a bit of watercolouring with one of the main images - not quite an italian masterpiece but I was pleased with it!

In this next one I used the other main scene and coloured it using inks and combined it with the crackle stamp and some corrugated card. I thought this added a bit of texture.

Finally I made a scenic folded card - and combined it with another border stamp. All the colouring was done with watercolour pencils and distress inks.

I do hope this has given you a little inspiration of ways to use those beautiful stamps!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday 19 November 2020

Today is Your Day by Brenda

Hello everyone, I have a few more shares from my samples from last months Hochanda shows.

This beautiful bloom called Canary Bird Rose was probably my favourite from the stamps on the shows as it's so versatile. After stencilling some spots onto the background using Strip Stencils I stamped the flower head onto an offcut inked with Crackling Campfire Oxide and cut out and placed into a die cut circle. Next I used the same colour inks to stamp some background interest using the worker stamps from Gerbera and Friends. A sentiment from Canary Bird Rose placed into a ring sourced in the greenhouse.......I think hubby uses them for his cucumbers! 

A misty oxide background and images from Silhouette Grasses stamped randomly, some flicks of white pen and sentiment from Artistic Affirmations.

Finally a bright and sunny creation using the big Sunflower from Gerbera and Friends, stamped with Versafine Clair and cut out twice to decoupage, some die cut leaves and a rarity for me some DP in coordinating colours. A sentiment from Dream Petals and Dragonfly from Life is Wonderful.

Have a good Thursday and thanks for your visit.

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Candy Box and Decorations - (by Magda) - The Christmas Garden, A Tomte Christmas, Dusky Damask, Let's get Festive


It's nearly time to think how to be creative for  Christmas.

I will start with this second post of November to propose you some ideas, and this time it will be a candy box and some gift tags, that you can use as tree decorations too.

Candy Box :  I cut the mats from a white cardstock, stamped with black Archival the images of Chocolate Baroque stamps "A Tomte Christmas", the top of the pointed figure of "Dusky Damask", a part of "The Christmas Garden" stamps and Joy of "Let's get Festive". I used watercolor pencils for coloring the stamps and Distress Ink Pad to darken the edges of the box. 

Gift Tags :  I stamped with black Archival the Tomte images, colored with watercolor pencils and cut the contour considering the joint for the opening of the double tag.




I hope to see you in some weeks again with another Christmas project, hugs


Sunday 15 November 2020

Annabel's flowers

The October shows on Hochanda introduced two new young designers to Chocolate Baroque, and my samples today feature stamps by the youngest, Annabel - very bold images that are so easy to use

The first card uses the lovely echinacea , stamped twice with the first image  masked using masking tissue. The flowers were coloured with brusho powders, and the same colours used to create the basis of the background, which was randomly overstamped  with the same image using a toning multicolour ink pad.

Sorry, but yet more brusho as a background , with the dandelion heads stamnped using white pigment ink and first and second generation stamping (one of these days I shall find a white inkpad that lives up to the description.....) then with the foreground images using versamark and white embossing powder. The sentoment in black is from the dream petals set by Dawn

The last card uses the huge gerbera stamped onto more brushoed card using versamark and copper embossing powder. Trimmed down, then cut into quarters and mounted onto copper card


Saturday 14 November 2020

Paint Your Dreams

I am sharing some more of my cards I made for the October Hochanda show.

I am using stamps by a new designer for Chocolate Baroque called Dawn and the sets of stamps are called Be at Peace, Canary Bird Rose, Dream Petals and Life is Wonderful.

My first card features the beautiful tree from the Be at Peace set. I stamped with black Versafine and coloured with water colour pencils. I used an 8x8 card base and cut an aperture out of the centre. I put my stamped image behind the aperture and using my stamping platform, I lined up the sentiment to fit. To finish off I used a glue pen and added some sparkle to the leaves with glitter.

My second card uses the Canary Bird Rose set. I stamped in Black Archival and coloured with water colour pencils. I then used a stencil in the background.

My next card uses the Dream Petals set. This is the Canary Bird Rose flower, but looking down into it. By changing the colours it makes a great Poppy and Anemone! I created a background with inks and stencils and the comb stamp from Gerbera and Friends I stamped the flower onto some self adhesive canvas. for a different texture.

My last card today uses stamps from Life is Wonderful. These have a lovely tropical feel, with the big butterfly and flowers. I stamped in Memento ink and used alcohol markers to colour.

Thanks for looking

Sandra x


Friday 13 November 2020

Splats and Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am back to share a few more projects with you using some of the fabulous stamps that were showcased on last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

For my first two cards, I have used the large gerbera stamp from Gerbera and Friends, drawn by the very talented Annabel.

To create my first project, I used a small round gelli plate and added colour using yellow Versafine Clair ink. I added texture with some bubble wrap, before stamping the gelli plate onto the background. I repeated this process until I had filled the background. I stamped over the top of each circle using the gerbera stamp and dark brown Archival Ink. I used the same ink to stamp onto white shrink plastic, and coloured the image with pencils, before I puched a hole at the top of the image and cut it out. I shrunk the image using a heat gun, and flattened it while it was still hot, using an acrylic block.

I stamped the sentiment onto some yellow ribbon, again using the Archival Ink, and once it was completely dry, attached the ribbon to the background. I attached the shrink plastic image to the ribbon using a couple of jump rings.

To create my second card, I added colour to the background using a roller, and then stamped the splatter stamp over the top. I stamped the gerbera images onto scrap card alrrady coloured with blue and purple Distress Ink, and cut them out. I have decoupaged the images, so that the inner sections have been stamped and cut out again for extra depth. I added shading with pencils to create more shadow on both flowers just beyond this central area too. Before I attached the flowers to the background, I selected a  design from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set, and stamped that behind where the flowers were going to be placed. I used the flowers as a guide to help decide where to stamp, and used a lovely plum shade of Versafine Clair ink in first and second generation stamping.

I used a spare piece of the purple card left over from the flowers to stamp the sentiment, and roughly tore the edges, to allow the white edges to show.

My next two projects were created using the Canary Bird Rose stamp. I have really enjoyed creating backgrounds using these two stamps particularly, from the Gerbera and Friends stamp set during this period. As in the previous card, I used a roller to lay colour onto the background, and then I used the splatter stamp and the lines stamp, to create a collage effect. These really are such useful stamps.

I stamped the Canary Bird Rose onto a whiteboard heart using brown ink, and then edged the heart using a green Distress Ink. I coloured the image with pencils.

 My final project was created using kraft card. I stamped the image and sentiment using brown ink, and coloured the entire image using a white pencil. I then coloured over the white pencil with the colours that I wanted to add, creating a very soft look. Finally, I added some white splatters using some white paint.

I hope that you will try out some of my ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by. Stay safe and take care,

Judith xx

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Versatile Florals part 1 by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month featuring these amazing new stamps.
I cannot believe the talent of Lesley’s Teenaged Granddaughter, such amazing detail.

My first card I used Linen textured card, I heat embossed the beautiful Gerbera and coloured using some soft chalky pencils and smudged it around using my finger to create a delicate frame.

Linen card again, using a die to create a faux flap, I used clear heat embossing powder and coloured over using Pan Pastels, finished off with some chunky gold embossing powder sprinkled on to create some texture.

And finally a bookmark which was a scrap in my stash I’d created using spray acrylics.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting, I do hope you like my creations.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx