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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

Monday, 9 November 2020

Fantastic florals (by Rachel)

 Hello there! Rachel here with some inspiration from the shows in October. This first one uses the stsmp called Canary Bird Rose. I think the stamp name influenced my colouring of the image done in watercolours. I thin fussycut the image and added it to a black and white background. I think this stamp will get a lot of use!

In making this canvas I used the dream petal stamp and stamped it on card and coloured it with translucent paints before fussy cutting. I added this to a circular canvas painted black that I had already decorated with flitterglu stamped images from the Gerbera and friends set which I covered with gilding flakes. I also stamped the centre of the flowers in flitterglu and added flake to them before adding to the painted florals.

In this last sample I used the Life is wonderful stamp set and the circular stencil set. Colouring was in a combination of translucent paints and watercolour pencils. 

I hope this has given you food for thought!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Santa Maria by Brenda

Morning Peeps, hope you are all keeping safe and well as these strange times continue.

I have some shares using he stamps Lesley featured in last months Hochanda shows, some were old favourites and some lovely new ones from two very talented artists. Also a reminder that she is also on Hochanda tomorrow at 10am and 2pm so there is sure to be loads on inspiration to be had.

My top card used Echoes of Italy a stamp set I have had for many, many years and is my take on a road called CDA Santa Maria in Compabasso in the Molise region of Italy where my childhood friend Luciana lives. Sadly because of COVID we have not been able to visit  Italy this year, it's the first time we have missed in many years.

I stamped the images with versafine black, masking out the sun on the house on the left as I wanted to add a larger one in the sky which I did with a mask and Pan Pastels. All other colouring was dene with Koh-i-noor paints.

For this one I used Gerbera and Friends, a simple CAS card to allow the beautiful Dandylions to take centre stage. I used Distress Markers to ink direct to stamp and used the sentiment from Be at Peace.

Using a Brusho background I stamped Be at Peace with Versafine Clair and added some colour with sparkle pens. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

As always many thanks for your kind visits and words, myself and the team always appreciate them.

Friday, 6 November 2020

Remembrance Day - (by Magda) - Poppy Meadow, Floral Notes

 Hello girls,

It has become a tradition for me to do a project for the 11th of November and I am on time to share it with you.

Of course there is a white gesso coat under the blended red and violet shades of Distress Ink Pad, around the yellow area.  I covered all with gesso again, stamped with black Archival the poppy of "Poppy Meadow " rubber plate and one little poppy of "Floral Notes" directly on the page. The second little poppy                                       is stamped on a tissue paper and glued with "Inkssentials Gue n Seal".  I used red and green watercolours for coloring the flowers and intensify the background blending again Distress Ink Pad  blending darker red on a stencil. I finished my page by printing with the printer the lettering.


Thank you for passing by, hugs


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

paint your dreams

Today I have two cards to share using my favourite brusho powders and stamps from echoes of Italy. I created a few background sheets using the brusho powders, and chose two that looked atmospheric to stamp the villas onto using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder

 I thought the first one looked like a sunset, so coloured the trees using watercolour pencils and then bleached out the moon and highlights on the building using bleach. A black mat and the sentiment from the dream petals set to finish.

The second background reminded me of fields of lavender, so i stamped the villa on what passes for a horizon - I didn't quite manage to line the stamp up with the white area for a path to the villa though....more bleach to whiten the buildings and edges rubbed on a black inkpad to finish

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Gerbera and Friends

I'm showing a couple of cards made for the October Show on Hochanda.
These were made with new stamps Gerbera and Friends designed by Lesley and David's granddaughter, aren't they amazing!

For my first card  I made a background using Distress Inks and some torn paper to get hills in the distance. I then stamped the two Dandelion stamps and the extra seeds in VersaMark and embossed in white . I then added stamps from Silhouette Grasses and Wisteria Lane around the base and top. I stamped these in Onyx Versafine.

My second card uses the gorgeous Gerbera. This is a lovely big stamp, 4" in diameter and with great shading. I stamped with Memento ink and coloured with alcohol markers. The background is Brusho splashes and the splatter stamp that comes with the set. The Dragonfly is from the Life is Wonderful stamp set and I shall be sharing more from that next time.

 Thanks for looking

Sandra x