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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