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Monday, 18 January 2021

Branching out - by Zoe

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

I hope you managed to catch the shows last month on Hochanda featuring a fabulous variety of stamps.

Here are some samples I made for the show.

I really enjoyed creating with these stamps.

The film script grunge flower I coloured acetate with Alcohol inks and some gold foil and just created an overlay strip, then decoupaged the flower.
It was a technique that I’d seen the lovely Leonie from Hochanda TV demo and just loved the look of it, that “pop” of colour really lifts it I think.

Thank you so much for spending your time visiting today.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 17 January 2021

All in a row by Rachel

 Hello there!

Rachel here today with some more makes from the Kim Moody stamps featured in one of December's shows. This time I am sharing the house stamps - this first one features Gran's house that I stamped multiple times and then highlighted a small area by colouring it.

In this second sample I stamped the shop, the posh house and our house and coloured them all using watercolour pencils. Then I fussy cut them and mounted them onto a backing card that I had coloured already to try and make the scene complete.

I think they make a great trio but you could equally well do a full row of shops or a row of just our house. Lots of possibilities here.

Emjoy your day!

Rachel x

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Take Flight - by Magda


shall we take a good flight into the new year ? Well, I start wishing to everybody a Happy New Year with this journaling page.

The step by step will help you if you like to create a similar page 

1. On a gessoed page, spinkle  Distress Acrylic Paint  Stormy Sky with a cotton buds for the sky 

2. For the ground blend more green shades  of Distress Acrylic Paint

3. Stamp with Archival jet black different hot air balloons of Steampunkery into the sky

4. Scribble with a wooden stick white Acrylic to emphasize the air and the moving clouds

5. Stamp in black the sentiment Take Flight of Steampunkery

6. Stencil the numbers 2021 and fill them with Distress Paint Abandoned Coral using a wooden stick

7. Blend dark green and brown  of Distress Acrylic Paint on the foreground and stamp in black partially and randomly the lace of  Steampunkery

I hope you will now have a go and post your creations, hugs


Friday, 15 January 2021

Floral Grunge by Brenda

Good morning, it's my turn to share some more work using the stamps featured on last months shows on Hochanda TV and today I have a YouTube video making the above card using are Floral GrungeEphemera 1 and Ephemera 2

The card is not unlike one I shared at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge and my own blog last month but this one has an acrylic paint background using a palette knife to scrape and spread the paint, a really quick and easy way to get a background that looks a bit different. I won't go into all the making process as it's explained in detail along with the stamps used on my video.

There are more videos using Chocolate Baroque products and stamps here and I'm trying hard to add more as time permits.

My second share is a simple make, a masked piece which again is CB Drawing Cartridge, Oxide sprays through a stencil, remove the making take and the large tree from Trees a Crowd stamped in Versafine black, an inspirational quote of my favourite set Words of Inspiration and the bunny from Glorious Spring.

As always my thanks for your visit today, stay safe and well.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

grand mansions.....

More of Kim Moody's houses to share today, from the once posh to the normalish.

I started with the posh house, which definitely looked like it could do with a make-over rather than a house-warming! 
I stamped the tag shape twice on white card using brown ink, and inked round the edges with the same inkpad.I stamped the house on one tag and the words and keys on the other. in the same brown ink. I added shading to the house using a waterbrush.
I stmaped the house twice again on spare card colouring just the doorway and the urns, and fussy cut out the urns, doorway and just the door frame. The cut out bits were then decoupaged using foam pads 
The background square of card was randomly sponged with the lighter brown ink and stamped using stamps from make your mark and edged with the darker brown . Tags added at angles to finish.

The normal house was used to make this stepper card,  from a pack bought may years ago and rediscovered..... I stamped the house on the upright and coloured using watercolour pencils. The house was stamped out three times onto spare card twice using marker pens to colour the stamp and a stamnping pklatform to repeat stamp until i had enough depth of colour, and once using grey ink. these were cut out and glued onto the the steps to create a city scene

My final sample shows the same house coloured with marker pens again but in brighter colours and stamped onto a cream DL card blank

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Bright and Cheerful Flower (by Christine)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts this month by our Guest Design Team member Christine Patch. She has created a colourful card to inspire you.

Christine writes:

May I start off by wishing you a very Happy New Year - let's keep our fingers crossed that it will be a considerable improvement on the year just finished, even if it might take a bit of time!

I decided to kick off my turn on the Blog with a very bright and cheerful design to be added to my journal.

I chose one of the designer papers and added some additional stamping to give it more detail. I used a Versafine Clair in a toning purple to add some butterflies and hatching.

Having picked one of the lovely postcards for a mat, the lovely large flower stamp allowed me to choose strong bright colours as decoration. I decided on Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I wanted to use Alcohol Pens for the colouring. I stamped two of the butterflies on white card and one on the same postcard for a point of difference. Glossy Accents added dimension to the bodies.

I found a wooden button in my stash that was the perfect colour and added that as an embellishment to the flower centre. I used the same flower stamp to edge the postcard and then the designer paper to bring it all together. Finally, I added a sentiment that I think is so pertinent to us all: Live life to your own design. 

Chocolate Baroque products used:

Designer Papers 8" x 8" - Chic Script                

Seriously Gorgeous A6 Postcards

Flower stamp taken from Tangled Garden stamp set

Open Weave cling mounted stamp

Just Butterflies stamp set

Sentiment taken from Freesia Blueprint stamp set 

Happy Crafting!



Monday, 11 January 2021

Tall Stories

Hello, I am sharing some of my cards today using Ephemera 1 and  Ephemera 2
I love ephemera, all the stories and memories that they hold.....

My first card was made during the first lockdown when Lesley started some Challenges over on the Facebook page. I do recommend you take a look as there have been some fabulous entries over the months. Certainly kept us motivated!

This card uses some pattern papers, die cuts and flowers to make a pretty 21st birthday card. I have highlighted the 21 with an inked bottle top.

For this card I used parts of ephemera and over stamped with the Tall Trees stamp set. I added the focal point from Gerbera and Friends.

This is known as a "W" shaped card and is a great way to use smaller stamps and quotes from Tall Trees, each becoming a little work of art in their own right.

My last card uses the main stamp from Tall Trees, a large bare tree. I have stamped it over a Distress Ink background which I added droplets of water for a snowy effect. I stamped and embossed the trees in white and cut into 3 equal parts and then glued onto a piece of dark card.

 Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Messing About in the Water (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well in these uncertain times. Our thoughts go out to any of you who are unwell at this time, and we wish you a full and speedy recovery.

I have a couple of projects to share with you today. These projects feature stamps that we showcased during the December Tv shows on Hochanda. Unfortunately, I was unable to make any new samples for the shows, and found some older samples that I had made to send to Lesley for the shows. I have since had a chance to make a couple of projects to share with you, but will also show you a few of my older cards as well this month.  

My first project is a card which mixes stamps from both Chocolate Baroque and those designed by Kim Moody. They work together so well. I coloured some drawing cartridge with some tea and let it dry thoroughly. I then stamped the larger piece with some images from A Dip in the Sea and Baroque Ephemera 1. I stamped the large postcard from Baroque Ephemera 2 onto a spare piece of background, and also the beach huts over the top. I stamped the beach huts once again onto spare card. I coloured the beach huts with Distress Ink, and decoupaged them onto the postcard. I added a couple of tickets behind the postcard, and coloured all of the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

My second project is a journal page. I enjoy using my journal to work out ideas for potential cards, or simply to play around with stamps and colour. I used two of Kim's larger stamps from Harbour Master and Jolly Roger, and stamped them on the same page. I linked them together with a fineliner pen, and added a few dots and dashes to finish the scenery. I coloured the image with watercolour pencils.

Here are a couple of my older cards using Kim's stamps:

I will be back later in the month to share more projects with you. Thanks for stopping by, take care,

Judith xx

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Home from home by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and Happy New Year. 

I hope you all managed to keep well over Christmas and were able to make the most of it. We were in tier 4 here in Kent and so it was just hubby and myself, first time in many years, just being the two of us, and I really enjoyed it.

So here are the samples I made for last months Hochanda shows featuring these fabulous stamps drawn by The very talented Kim Moody.

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

Thursday, 7 January 2021

All at Sea by Rachel

 Hello there! Rachel here today with some makes from the December shows - but I am finding myself all at sea! 

This first make is a porcelain bowl that I painted using the images from Kim Moody's Jolly roger stamp set. I stamped and panted the image (in glaze) three times before firing in the kiln.

This second piece is a double sided uprighter that I used two more Kim Moody stamps on. First I painted the MDF uprighter in black Gesso before cutting the panels to fit and creating backgrounds using brushos. Next I stamped the images and painted in the scenes, adding in some decoupaging to give them some depth too. 

I hope I have given you a little inspiration in ways to use these stamps. 
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Travel, Dream, Explore by Brenda


Hello Peeps, my first post sharing work from last months Hochanda TV shows and this five fold card features a selection of the quirky houses designed by Kim Moody which you will find in a bundle here. Two are also from the from the seaside range, Harbour Master and Looking out to See!

The five base pieces of card were given a light coating of Oxides by used a piece of acetate to which I applied the ink with a spritz of water and dabbed onto the card. I wanted a subtle int of colour which is this case is crackling campfire and cracked pistachio. I find this technique allows more control over the volume of ink applied rather than the intensity of colour obtained when the card is dapped onto the inks. I then used a selection of stencils and worker stamps from Edge Edges and Make your Mark to build up the background before stamping the focal images.

Have a good Wednesday everyone and thanks for popping in.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

sunny days

 Good morning everyone, I hope that this may cheer you up if your weather is the same as mine!

This uses the quirky dip in the sea set by Kim Moody, which was featured on one of last months shows on Hochanda , really fun stamps to play with.

The background card was coloured with distress oxide inks, and randomly stmaped with the small images from the set to create a background. The actual stamp was stamped onto a piece of white card coloured with brusho powders, using versafine ink and clear embosing powder. The colour on the huts was taken out with bleach then the doors, roofs and window frames coloured with marker pens.Two thin dark brown mats to finish.

A quick heads up, Lesley will be back on Hochanda tomorrow  (Monday) at 1800 and 2000 with some gorgeous new stamps for the one day special , and back on Tuesday at 0800, 1200 and 1600 if there are any left........there will also be some special offers to tempt you further!

Saturday, 2 January 2021

December Blog Comment Winner


Hello and welcome to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.

We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year


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


Congratulations to Sandma 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 another £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from January’s 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 Guest Designer Anne

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year!

 Hello everyone.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas despite the restrictions.

Today I am showing some of my cards made the the lovely Kim Moody range of stamps.

First is The Posh House 

and Gran's House. I love the quirky drawings and crumbling exteriors.

Next is A Dip in the Sea with the fun beach houses. All the stamp sets come with "extras" like the deck chair, and bucket and spade.

And lastly Looking Out to Sea which I have done one in colour and the other in sepia to show how versatile these stamps are.

I have stamped with Versafine inks and coloured with water colour pencils. 
Hope you enjoy these fun stamp sets!

Sandra xx