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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Musica and Harlequin (by Rachel)

 Hello there - Rachel here today with some samples from the March shows.

In this first make I used the flora musica stamp and one of the black and white papers that Lesley produces. I started by stamping the image onto the paper and colouring the flowers using alcohol pens. I then used the paper almost as rice paper and adhered it to a 6x6 inch piece of greyboard. Next I added the sentiment then used some resin to seal the whole thing. Once dry (this took a couple of days) I added the whole piece to a piece of paper and added this to a card blank. Finally I added the sentiment.

For this second card I used the Harlequin Bouquet stamp - I created an alcohol ink background on yupo paper then inked up the stamp with lift ink - I removed the ink and used the piece with the removed ink to form the topper background. With the ink I lifted I stamped on the card blank I was going to use. Next I cleaned the stamp and then used it to stamp in black ink onto a piece of white card. I then fussy cut this image and added it to the topper which I layered onto black card as a mat. Finally I added more stamping to the background card using summeritme ink and also black ink.

I hope these samples have given you a few different ideas.
Have a great day!
Rachel xx

Friday, 9 April 2021

Smiling by Brenda

Good morning, hope everyone is OK and had a good Easter. 

Today I am sharing some of my samplesd from last months Hochanda shows. Starting with the top creation using the beautiful Floribunda Net which I stamped onto an inky Oxide background and bleached out the colour from the blooms. Using gesso as an 'ink' I stamped some circles from Just Useful and numbers from Small Graph. On a panel across the bottom I used one of the images from Life is so much Better which was launched on the show. They are my own and first set of inspirational quotes and I'm still a bit taken back that Lesley and David wanted to make them into a stamp set, thank you both 😊

Following the current trend of long tall cards I used Garden Lace Scene which fits this style so well. After stamping the image I added colour and mated with coordinating colours. The sentiment is another from Life is so much Better.

As always my thanks for popping in today.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Floral Notes - (by Magda), Music Fanfare, Floribunda Net, Flora Musica, Harlequin Bouquet, Floral Notes

 Hello girls,

Music and Flowers are in  the recipe of this first post of April.

At first, looking at the stamps plates, I decided the colors to use for the Brusho-Wash background. Then I stamped Floribunda Net, Flora Musica and Harlequin Bouquet  of Chocolate Baroque with Archival ink on tissue papers. After that I cut several decoupages and decided which to use and where to glue them on the page. Finally I colored very delicately some flowers with water colored pencils and spritzed very softly  with water. When all was well dry, I stamped from Music Fanfare and Floral Notes the two stamps in red.

I hope you liked this different journaling page today, Hugs


Tuesday, 6 April 2021

a splash of colour (by Veronica)

My cards today from last month's TV shows all have inky backgrounds as a main part, though using different stamps.

The first ones feature the klimt panel stamp, which is quite large. I stamped the image onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed it before addin tiny amounts of brusho powders in blue, red and yellow over parts of the design and spritzing with water.

I cut a square of card to fit a &" card blank and coloured it using distress inks dabbed onto a craft mat and spritzed with water. I stamped parts of the panel randomly using grey versafine ink to create my background. The main panel was trimmed down to the edge of the stamp and mounted onto black card, then onto the background which was edged with a                                                                             black marker pen.

My second card used the same shades of brusho powder, but this time I used watercolour card and a lot of water and a second sheet of white card pressed onto the wet first sheet to give a second paler image.

I stamped the panel using versamark ink and a white embossing powder onto the card trying to match the image up with areas of colour. This time I left a border round the panel when i trimmed it, mounted it onto black card, then onto the background piece  and more black card.

for the second group I used the songthrush stamped in black onto card coloured with brusho powders and then clear embossed.

Both these card are DL sized, and the panel was trimmed down and mounted onto balck card and then onto a panel cut from the same card stamped with a sentiment from life is so much better.  On the second card i used bleach to highlight the flowers and black card behind the coloured strip


Monday, 5 April 2021

A Day Out

Hello everyone, I'm sharing some of the cards I made for the March show on Hochanda.
These are some beautiful stamps, all with a landscape theme. I want to show how versatile the stamps are by sharing two examples of each stamp set. 

My first cards use the Landscape Collage stamp set. 

For this card I used pink Distress Inks for the background.  I then spritzed with some water and blotted with paper towel to give some interest. I stamped the image in black onto the background. I stamped again in black onto some white card, coloured the flowers, the background and the moon. I cut away the frame and the cut the remaining image into "tiles" which I placed onto the pink card at different heights with foam pads. I added a sentiment from Life is so Much Better

This is the same stamp, but coloured with shades of blues and purple Distress Markers.
The background is Distress inks. This time I lifted the ink by spraying a stamp from Abstract Fragments with water, stamped and then blotted the card dry. This leaves a lovely reverse image. I also added stamping in the corners from Butterfly Daisy Collage.

My next cards use the Arched Landscape stamp set.

I started with a 8x8 card base, I added slightly smaller mats in black, purple and white.  On the white mat I die cut the corner and added some stamping from Make Your Mark.
I then used a 6x4 piece of photo paper. Unfortunately, this technique does not work on all photo papers so it is trial and error! On my craft sheet I pressed my lightest Distress Oxide pad down a couple of times and then spayed with water. I then dipped the photo paper into the ink and gently dried it. (I say gently as the paper is thin and could easily scorch.)  I repeated this with a few colours starting with the lightest to darkest, using less ink each time. When the final layer was dry I used some damp paper towel and wiped off the chalky "oxide" leaving the vibrant colours behind. I then stamped with VersaMark and embossed in white. I added a black mat to complete my card.

This card uses the same stamp, but a totally different look by using alcohol markers. I used Memento Ink to stamp the image. I finished by making a white frame and layers.

My last two today use the Garden Lace Scene stamps
First I made a tag, stamping in Archival ink and coloured with watercolour pens. I then gave it a coating of shimmer spray and some pretty ribbons.

For my last card I stamped the image 4 times onto white card in Memento ink. I have  cut  away parts of the image to decoupage the layers. I coloured in each of the areas that would be showing with alcohol markers. I then layered the pieces with foam pads.

 I love how I can use any colouring medium with these stamps and get great results.

Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Bright Landscapes (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well. I have a couple of vibrant projects to share with you today, showcasing stamps that Lesley brought to you on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. 

 My first project is an accordian book, and I have used lots of stamps from the shows. These little books are a great way of experimenting with stamps and colour, you can let your imagination go wild. I started by colouring a piece of drawing cartridge with some ink, and let this dry completely. I then stamped and embossed the Klimt Panel twice with gold embossing powder, and cut the panel out. I mounted the panel onto black card. 


I cut some strips of drawing cartridge just a little bit smaller than the pieces of black card, and coloured these with Distress Ink, before scoring them into sections. I stamped the Arched Landscape and Landscape Collage twice onto the panels on one side, and coloured these with pencils. I stamped the Klimt Panel using second generation stamping in between the panels as an infill with pink and blue Distress Ink.

On the reverse, I used the Klimt Panel once again, using the same colours of ink to build up the background. I also stamped fragments of the Floribunda Net stamp on each page and coloured this with pencils. I constructed the book, adding ribbon to enable me to close the book.

My second project is equally colourful! I chose to stamp the Garden Lace Scene onto kraft card using white embossing powder, and used inks to colour the scene. I matted the image onto a piece of Lesley's A5 Double Sided Designer Papers Roll Up. I also stamped and embossed onto this background using white embossing powder, and chose to use an image from the Lace Fragments stamp set. There is a strip of lace on this set that matches the border on the main image exactly, and I stamped this onto kraft card to use as a strip behind the main image instead of a piece of ribbon. I stamped and embossed one of the new Say It Vertically sentiments onto kraft card to finish my project.

These images are such fun to work with, and I have lots more to show you this month. Keep checking back to see what my Team mates have to share with you as well. Thanks for stopping by, stay safe,

Judith xx

Friday, 2 April 2021

Blog Comment Winner


Hello and welcome to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.


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 March was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.


Congratulations to Gwen70 you have won this month's £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 a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from the April  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 all on the Design Team


Here is another chance to see the beautiful creation by Sandra


Thursday, 1 April 2021

A Celebration of Flowers, by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my first post this month and indeed April.

I hope you’re all keeping well and safe.

So here are some of my samples from last months Hochanda shows, wasn't Lesley great as always?

These stamps are so beautiful and so versatile.

Of course I’ve popped in a couple of matching envelopes.

I hope you like my creations, thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you’ll pop back each day and look at all the wonderful samples my Teamies made, see you later this month.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Kaleidoscope of Spring Butterflies by Brenda

Morning to you all, the final collection of samples from last month's Hochand shows. 

A Brusho background with a die cut trellis as a base for a kaleidoscope of Butterflies using Butterfly Blush, silhouette stamps are a favourite with me so these Butterflies tick all the right boxes and I make no excuse they are coming up again in the card below.

I used Versafine Clair inks and kiss stamped the Butterflies onto various CB backgroind stamps and fixed into place over he trellis.

For this one I used the circles from Strip Stencil set using DI's to shade the edges then with the stencil still in place stamped worker stamps from Eastern Grasses and Fresh Florals and placed a butterfly over each using the same set and kiss technique as the card above.

Thistle Butterfly takes centre stage in my final card stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp onto a panel created by masking, inking and stencilling then dragging some of the colour from the image.

Thanks for your visit and kind works of encouragement which are always appreciated.

Monday, 29 March 2021

daisy candle (by Veronica)

For my last post this month I have used a stamps fromhoneysuckle butterfly  to create a candle and a  box 

I used the daisy stamp stamped onto white tissue paper with versafine and coloured with alcohol marker pens to create the candle.

The same stamp was used to decorate the panels on the sides of the gift box, and one of the daisies was stamped onto spare card, colourted and cut out to go on the top flap of the box. I used velcro to seal the box

For the card I used the carnation stamp from fresh florals  using distress markers directly onto the stamp. 

I did have to stamp it twice to get the colour, using a stamp platform to make sure the images matched.   My base card was a DL size, so the  image was trimmed down to fit over a base layer in a toning blue/purple shade, and the sentiment added using versafine onto a scrap of white card.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Mixing it Up


I am sharing the last of my samples from the February show on Hochanda.

As we all know, Chocolate Baroque make the best stamps for card making, but they can also be used for many other things. Here are a few items I have made from Harebell ButterflyThistle ButterflyHoneysuckle Butterfly and Briar Rose Butterfly stamp sets. 

My first is a mini album using the Butterflies and foliage from the sets. I used acrylic paints on the covers and Distress inks and stencils inside. I used lots of quotes, mainly from Words of Inspiration

Next, I have a grey board die cut which I covered with wood effect paper. I stamped and fussy cut two of the butterflies and added "No3" from Lupin Blueprint

This is a MDF piece which I have covered in Black and White Papers and sponged some acrylic paint around the edges in blue, green and copper. I then fussy cut some of the butterflies and coloured in more muted shades to resemble moths. I stamped the word "moth" using Distressed Alphabet Lower Case. I then added a die cut lamp post for the moths to flutter around!

My last piece is a round MDF coaster to which I have added self adhesive cork. Even though this was quite thick, I was still able to use my stamping platform to stamp the leafy sprig from Thistle Butterfly  into a wreath. I stamped the butterfly in the centre, but it didn't show up too well, so I stamped it onto one of the blank sheets in the Black and White paper pack and used a gel medium to stick it over the stamped image. I finished by using a white paint pen to highlight the berries and the butterfly. I used a matt varnish to seal it.

Thanks for looking.

Sandra x

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Really Useful Cards (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I wanted to show you some really useful ideas for cards. We often need a card in a hurry, and need to rustle up some thing in next to no time. Lots of these cards could be made in different colour options, you could make a set of them and give them as a gift to someone.

My first two cards were made using textured linen card, and I blended three colours of Distress Ink over the background first. I used a circle mask to create a sun in the sky. I then stamped the foliage from Eastern Grasses across the top using Versafine Clair ink in a couple of colours. I used first and second generation stamping to create a bit of depth. I added a sentiment from the stamp set using the same inks as before.

 You could make lots of these and just choose your favourite colours, they are quite quick to make, just vary the sentiment to suit the occasion.

I have left the sentiment off the next card, it could be used for any occasion. I chose a large bloom from Fresh Florals and inked it up with two different colours of red Versafine Clair. I stamped the image randomly over a piece of kraft card to create a background. I stamped the poppy image onto an oval of drawing cartridge and coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor watercolour paints. I added a touch of Distress Ink around the edge.

This last card is an older card that I made some time ago, but I thought that I would share it with you again. I used some very thin masking tape across the background and then added Distress Ink inbetween each section. I removed the masking tape and stamped the image onto the panel using black ink. I backed the panel onto black card. I coloured some ribbon with the green Distress Ink, and once it was dry, I stamped the ribbon with the words from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set using black Archival ink.

I hope that you will try some of these ideas for quick cards. Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and take care,

Judith xx

Friday, 26 March 2021

Fluttering by part 3 - by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my final post of the month.

These are the samples I made for Lesley’s Hochanda show last month featuring these beautiful flowers and butterflies.

I created a DL card using Inktense pencils and cut out the Butterfly to create dimension.

A one layer card which again was coloured with Inktense pencils.

My bookmark is Watercolour card and painted with watercolours.

My final card was painted with Watercolour markers and mounted on card that had been sprayed with coordinated spritzers.

Thank you for visiting today I hope you like my creations.

Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx