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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Monoprint Cover - (by Magda) - Bridge House, Italian House, Floral Edges

 Hello again,

I don't really like the white cover of my new note book, so I decided to personalize                                     it making it colorful and funnier.

I considered the cover as if it were a simple sheet to use on a monoprint plate with                             different stencils and colors.  I used the same Distress Ink Pad colors and the same                              stencils  for the two toppers. On one I stamped with Archival Ink Jet black only the                           sentiment of Bridge House, on the other also a portion of the Italian House.  The                                      tiny decoupage flower is a cropped part of  Floral Edges another so precise and                                 detailed stamp of Chocolate Baroque

I hope you liked this transformation and I thank you for reading my post today.
Hugs,    Magda  

Friday, 14 May 2021

past times (by Veronica)

Today I have samples using the Timeless and Scripts and Timepieces stamp sets. - anything with script images is right up my street, so i loved these.

My first sample  used the Scripts and Timepieces along with a window stamp from Gothic Fragments in the background. The background panel was inked with distress inks and stamped the large script and the window using the same inks.

I stamped the script panel on a separate piece of white card using a stamping platform. I inked the stamp up using the Koh-i-Noor marker pens , using the red pen for the initial flourish and odd words in the the script and black for the rest. Once it was dry I cleaned the stamp then inked the initial flourish using a versamark pen and stamped again - the stamping  platform meant that it lined up beautifully - then embossed in gold.  I tore the image out then inked round the edges before curling it up and  over to look like a scroll and gluing onto the   background.

 The Timeless set for the second card, stamped twice onto white card in black and once in versamark and gold embossed. One black image was overstamped  and gold embossed using a versamark pen and coloured with distress inks. Watch faces were cut out of the other images and decoupaged onto the main image, which was ddded to a distress ink background. The sentiment is from Say it Vertically 

Thursday, 13 May 2021


Hello, I'm sharing some more of my samples from the April show on the Craft Store.

These cards feature stamps from Scripts and Timepieces and Make Your Mark.

For my first card I used stamps from Make Your Mark and stamped randomly over a Kraft card base in brown ink. On a smaller piece of card I created a wash in blue and green dye inks. I then stamped the Spes Nostra  (which I believe means Our Hope) in black archival ink. I stamped the watch 3 times, aged them with some ink. I then added some gloss medium to the watch faces to resemble glass.  I mat and layered onto black card.

For my second card I blended dye inks to make a  background. Using the same colours I added stamps from Make Your Mark to give some depth. I then used the large script  from the set and embossed in Copper embossing powder. I added a banner across the card using the text stamp and added a pocket watch which I stamped, embossed and cut out.

 My last card uses a stamp from Make Your Mark, which could be a crack in the wall or a lightening strike and a dandelion style flower from Retro Florals. I used my stamping platform and rotated the cardstock around to get the pattern. I finished with the Seeds text from Sow the Seeds.

Thanks for looking
Sandra x

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Seaside Collage (by Lesley Ebdon)

Hello everyone, an old friend is joining us on the Design Team blog this month. Lots of you will remember Lesley Ebdon from her time on the Design Team, and she has kindly agreed to do a guest spot for us. She has created some beautiful cards, and this is her first.

Lesley writes:

Hello everyone,

I was delighted to be asked recently if I would like to do a guest spot on the blog joining so many talented crafters, some of whom have been friends for many years. It's a bit like coming home, lol, and it's lovely to be here again.

I decided that as several of my male family members have birthdays in March and April that I would take the opportunity to create their cards using Chocolate Baroque stamps and colours that may not be considered traditionally male themed. Who says men's cards have to be dark and sport themed!


The first card was for my Son. He and his family have really missed being able to go to their favourite holiday getaway on Anglesey because of the restrictions so I used stamps from sets Seashell Collage and Mermaid Queen to create a reminder of where they will soon be able to go, fingers crossed. I did some very subtle random stencilling with a wave like design, then stamped the images with a mix of Distress Oxide and VersaClair Inks and coloured them with PolyChromos pencils. Before stamping the little collage in the bottom left corner I stamped the text with second generation ink.


Add the sentiment, matt and layer and it's done.

Stay safe and I'll see you again soon,

Lesley xx

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Setting the Scene (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well. I am sharing more projects today from last month's TV shows on the Craft Store, where we showcased the fabulous Retro Vases and Retro Floral stamps. As I mentioned in my last post, if you would like these stamps, you can give Lesley or David a call at the unit, and they will take an order from you, as these stamps are not available on the website.

I decided to create a little scene for my first card. I used some torn strips of paper to create some hills, using Distress Ink and a blending brush. I added a circle mask to create a sun. Once the background was created, I chose some suitable silhouette stamps from the two sets and stamped those using various colours from the Versafine Clair range of inkpads. I used first and second generation stamping to create some depth to the foliage. The little butterfly stamp comes from the Butterfly Blush stamp set, so useful for this kind of scene. The sentiment comes from the Life is so much Better stamp set.

My next two cards followed the same basic principles, I used a piece of fabric and stamped circles in analogous colours, (next to each other on the colour wheel), using different sized circle stamps from the sets and coloured Archival ink. I then chose some of the retro images and stamped over the top using black Archival ink.

For this first card, I used an inky plate background.

For the second card, I used a Brusho background. Matting the layers onto black card adds more definition. The sentiments are from the Say it Vertically stamp set.

My final card was a quick card created straight onto a card blank. I stamped three vases using Versafine Clair ink, which I masked with Masking Tissue. I then coloured the floral staps with brush pens and stamped them above the vases, before removing the masks. I added a bit of shading with a grey pencil to 'ground' the vases.

I really had a lot of fun working with these stamps, and hope that you have found some inspiration in my projects. Thanks for stopping by, take care,

Judith xx 

Monday, 10 May 2021

Retro by Zoe

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

Here are some of the samples I made for last months The Craft Store TV show featuring these fabulous stamps.

I used Greyboard tags which I’d Gessoed first, I used spray inks to colour them, I stamped the Retro Vases with Versamark ink and heat embossed, a couple of them I stamped into while still molten, I cut them out and decoupaged them onto the stamped images.

I kiss stamped the envelope.

Thank you for visiting today I hope you like my creations.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Retro Meadow ( By Doreen)

Retro Meadow

Hello Everyone, well here we are already into May ... Can you believe it ? 

Today I am sharing this simple but effective technique which is very achievable to the beginner and going forward. It also makes for a rushed card needed quickly and without a fuss.


To make the Landscape style card you will need :

One A4 piece of card folded in half.

Half of an A4 piece of stamping card plus the same in a contrast colour of your choice to mat and layer.

The stamps used are a selection from the Retro Flowers A4 set of stamps, which although are not available on the website can be ordered via a quick call or email if you prefer to Chocolate Baroque where Lesley or David will provide you with any information you require. I have also used a sentiment from Life Is So Much Better

 I have used a selection VersaFine Clair Inkpads to stamp my images randomly across the width of the card starting with the 1st generation and stamping without re-inking until there is no ink on the stamp,

Then using the stem stamps in the set I have chosen 3 different shades of green to give the long grassy effect starting with the lightest colour and working my way through until happy with the result.

Trim your contrast card to your desired size and then trim the stamped piece accordingly. I am always inclined to glue the contrast card in place and raise the stamped image with foam pads. 

Thanks for Looking in today,

Love Doreen




Saturday, 8 May 2021

Beautiful Florals - By Rachel

 Hello there! I have three makes from Lesley's April shows to share with you today - I am sharing samples made using the retro florals and retro vases sets in the main but I have used the make your mark ones too.

In this first sample I covered some greyboard with a piece of 8x8 paper from one of the Craft Store shows that Lesley did earlier on and then added the flowers to it to make a wreath. I had created the flowers by stamping onto other papers and fussy cutting - same with the leaves. I then added the central sentiment and a little stamping with the make your mark set.

This one was using the retro vases and retro florals and I had a lovely time pattern building in this one - I used different coloured inks and repeated the patterns around the central circle.
And finally my ATC holder/display case. I had this in the cupboard and thought the size of these stamps really lent themselves to ATCs so I first made a masterboard using distress oxides then cut it into ATC sized pieces then decorated each one with different combinations of stamps from the sets. Some I just stamped in black, some I stamped in versamark and added white embossing powder before heat setting and fussy cutting. I painted the frame in black gesso and then assembled the whole piece.

I hope you have a great day and that I have given you some inspiration of ways to use your stamps.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday, 6 May 2021

A trio of vases by Brenda

Good morning to you all, my first post sharing some creations from last months shows on Hochanda, two shows and two different sets of stamps and I have some from both in this post.

Above I used two of the vases, kiss stamping them with Versafine Claire Medieval Blue onto three panels, masking and adding flowers stamped with Versafine Clair Glamorous, a little stamping around the edge with worker stamps from Timeless and Ace Card and masked circles to highlight the flowers. The sentiment is from Sow the Seeds, finished with a button and twine bow.

On this one I used Timeless stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn, roughly tore the piece and inked all over with Versafine and Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze. I did the same with the two sentiments from the same stamp set and mounted onto a base piece which I scored and inked with the same colour Oxide.

I hope you all have a good Thursday and that I have offered a little inspiration today.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Close your eyes - (by Magda) - Turret House

 Hello all,

Who hasn't dreamt of places visited in the past and hasn't thought of returning                                             as soon as it will be possible again ?     I closed my eyes for a while before jumping                                into my inspiration of using the beautiful Turret House stamp of Chocolate Baroque.                                     For the colored background I blended different Distress Ink Pad colors, and dabbed                                    a darker color on a  stencil, stamped with  Archival Ink Jet Black the house and the                          sentiment of Turret House and applied some glitter glue to lighten up a bit.

Thanks for your visit and have a lovely May, hugs

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

my world is full of colour (by Veronica)

Hopefully you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend - the weather was the usual iffy sort here, so I thought some bright colours might be in order today!

Last month's TV shows on the Craft Store channel featured some very different stamps, retro florals and retro vases, and these were some of my samples.

The first one used circles in different sizes and three old multicolour ink pads. I started with the larger circle stamped once in the red part of the pad then surrounded by more circles in the orange. Trying to get a rainbow, I used smaller circles in the greens and finally in blues. 

The second card used randomly stamped floral images from the two sets using the same dye inkpads. The sentiment on both cards is from the artistic affirmations stamp sheet

 I used some of the solid shapes from the sets arranged on a stamping platform to make the other samples. The first card is a DL, with the stamps inked up using the blue multicolour inkpad and stamped straight onto the card blank.the the sentiment from Life is so much better stamped above.

 I used the same panel this time coloured in rainbow colours using Koh-i-Noor marker pens onto a square of card, then added a sentiment again from Life is so much better stamped below. The background was inked with distress inks and a flower spray from retro florals  randomly stamped using the same inks.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Back to Nature


I'm sharing some of my cards that I made for the April show on the Craft Store.

My first two cards use stamps from Sow the Seeds set.

First, I stamped the leaves in Archival ink, masking the first leaf and stamping either side. I then added a watercolour wash around the leaves and coloured in with watercolour pencils. I added the word "Botanical" from the set and added a frame using a stamp from Modern Textures

For this card I blended Distress Inks to make the background. I stamped the Poppy heads in brown Archival using my stamping platform and stamped again using some tacky glue, but just in a few places. I then added gilding flakes to the glued areas, just to give a little sparkle. I used a stencil in the background and mat and layered onto some gold card.

These two cards use the stamps from Mother Earth set.
I used Distress Oxides for the background. I stamped the very large pinecone 4 times and cut out the different layers. I also die cut some foliage. I coloured the pinecone with Distress inks and some shimmer spray and then layered them using foam pads for dimension.

My last card features the equally large mushrooms! 
I used Distress inks for the background and the landscape. I stamped with Archival ink and coloured with Distress inks. I used a white gel pen to highlight the "spots" on the Shrooms and added some foliage from Wild Meadow.

Thanks for looking,

Sandra x

Sunday, 2 May 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 April was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.


Congratulations to Faith (Daffodil Cards) 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 May 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 Veronica


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Watercolour Backgrounds (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a few projects to share with you today, featuring stamps from last month's TV shows on the Craft Store. I really enjoyed creating these projects, as they were a slightly different approach for me. I had recently taken a watercolour course with Lucia from The Wild Ink Workshop, and these backgrounds were a result of my practices. You can see a few extra photos on my own blog, showing the backgrounds and a couple of extra projects.

I started by creating the backgrounds, using scraps of watercolour paper, drawing cartridge, etc. These are of varying size, some are really small, and very cute! They would make lovely thank you cards, or little notelets, I love the whole concept. I stamped the silhouette images, and added some white details with a gel pen. 

I created a couple of backgrounds for the larger cards to tone in with the little panels. I used clear embossing powder to stamp and emboss the silhouette flowers first, then added Distress Inks with a blending brush.

On the second example, I ironed off the embossing powder, creating a faux batik effect, so that I could stamp a sentiment over the top. (You will need to place some copy paper over your background to protect your iron, and turn the steam off, if your iron has a steam setting!)

I have added a touch of gold watercolour to link the squares together. These cards were relatively quick to make, and would be suitable for so many occasions. Chocolate Baroque has so many silhouette stamps. If you made lots of backgrounds, and then rummaged through your stamps, you could create a big pile of cards in no time.....

Lesley and David have said that although these stamps are not on the website, you can order them by phone - Retro Vases and Retro Florals, as they were a one off for the TV shows.

My final card was created using Distress Inks for the background, and stamping a selection of stamps from Make Your Mark to build up layers of depth. I used Versafine Clair coloured ink, and added circles in black ink, which I wanted to be more prominent. I then chose some floral elements from the two Retro stamp sets.

Make Your Mark is such a versatile stamp set, we reach for it again and again to create our backgrounds and to add an extra something to our cards.

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

Judith xx