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Thursday, 20 January 2022

Lady in Hat by Doreen

Lady In Hat

Hello everyone, I hope by now we are all settled in nicely to our New Year and that you are all keeping well.

Today I have two cards using the Lady in Hat stamp which to me has a very sixties feel about it, as I am more than old enough to remember this era.

The first is more subdued with its colours but reminds me of the colours used then they were either bright and bold or a more subdued but colourful alternative. I have to say I like either. 

For the first card I have used  a piece of the Chocolate Baroque papers to stamp on which lend themselves to the colour palette I wanted to achieve, I used a clear sparkle brush pen to apply colour using Koh-i-Noor Watercolour Pencils, plus some embellishments from my small stash of gems using a gold colour to lift the background a little.

The second is a little brighter using only shades of blue and pink, I have used  Gloss Card and Stazon inkpad plus Koh-i-Noor Pencils to colour, plus some small donut metallic gems from my stash of little things that sparkle.  

Thank you for looking in Today

Love Doreen

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Mail Man (by Andy)


Hello Peeps

This is a straightforward card I did for the December show. A nice masculine card. Naturally you can change the colour to browns and use cream card as the base which will be just as effective.

You will need

A5 card blank

Majectic Blue Versafine ink pad

3 die cut squares and scalloped squares to mat on to

Man and lamp post die cut

Using the Majestic Blue randomly stamp several images from the Mail Art stamp set on the top half of the card blank.

Using the same ink stamp a single image on to each of the white squares. Mount onto the blue scalloped squares. Attach to the left-hand side of the card, slightly overlapping the top and bottom corners.

Die cut the man and lamp post and attach to the front of the card.

Job done



Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Haberdashery (by Magda) - Floral Mannequins, Haberdashery, The Sewing Room


I think it is time to have something new in the wardrobe, but before going for shopping  a browse in a haberdashery brought me to have this result.   As you can see here below stencils, Distress Ink Pads, "Haberdashery", "Floral Mannequins" and "The Sewing Room" rubber stamps gave life to3 ATCs and a card.

Who of you would like to join me for shopping ?   

Thanks for passing by, hugs

Monday, 17 January 2022

Using worker stamps in card designs by Natalie Ballard


Today's sample features The Christmas Garden Rubber Stamps by Chocolate Baroque; this project is perfect for beginners. While Christmas may seem oh so far away, I like to do a few backup projects before putting away my Christmas stash.

This time, rather than using the main image, we are going to focus on the smaller worker images to create our design.

Start with a card panel a little smaller than your chosen card base. Use a large circle or semi-circle die/stencil/template to mark a guide line that features a half circle curve just shorter than the height of your panel. Mark this in an erasable pen or lightly in pencil as you will need to remove this guide later in the process.

Starting with the garland stamp, use a pigment or hybrid ink pad to get a good solid stamped image. You are going to stamp in black ink if you want to replicate the sample, but you could use green as an alternative. Rotate each impression so the design flows around the guide line.

Next, you want to stamp your sentiment onto your card panel. By stamping this next focal element first, you can clearly see the space that needs to be "filled". 

Use the snowflake and poinsettia stamps to infill the wreath design, positioning your images to emphasise the flow of the wreath.

Then, I added colour to the garland and poinsettia images using alcohol markers. Trim the panel slightly and adhere it to a red card layer to add a fine border around the panel. Adhere this to the card and then add sequins, gems or even dots of gel pen to add a touch of Christmas shimmer.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Teeny Weeny Meadow Arrangements (By Tracy Thompson)


Hello again, I'm here with my second post for this month, I would like to share with you some more creations made for the December's shows at The Craft Store.  
For the first one using Teeny Weeny Meadow stamp set, I created a circle of subtle colour as a base for the stamps.  I stamped different leaves/foliage stamps in different colours creating a Wreath.  I added red berries with a Gelly Glaze pen.  I stamped a sentiment from the Holly Script set, into the centre of the wreath.  Then I matted and layered in contrasting colours.

I thought a nice snowy, frosty scene for my second creation to show the stamps versatility and that they can be used foe all seasons.  So I started by stamping the house from Patchwork Landscape, and colouring it in blue tones, I then stamped the Teeny Weeny Meadow stamps in the foreground in blues and white embossing powder for that frosty and snowy effect. Using a hill mask I created some snowy hills, and with embossing powder I created snow on the house and trees.  I added glitter for some frosty sparkle to finish off.

So I have another post coming at the end of the month, so it will be nice if you could pop back then, until then there will be lots of lovely creations posted by the rest of the team for you to see.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 14 January 2022

Easter bonnet (by Veronica)

 Good morning, today I have a card to share using the Lady in a hat stamp featured on the tv shows in December - a very simple card, although it did involve a lot of fussy cutting!

i stamped the image twice onto white card using black versafine ink. The whole of one image was coloured with alcohol marker pens, and just some of the hair, the hat brim and some of the the flowers on the second image.

The first image was diecut, and a matching black mat also then mounted onto a piece of white card randomly stamped in grey with the flowers from the hat. The second image was fussy cut out and mounted with foam pads over the first image - then the whole panel was stuck onto a narrow black mat and then onto a square white card blank

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Teeny Mail Art by Sandra

Hello, I am sharing some more of my cards from the December show on The Craft Store.

The stamps I have used are


Mail Art and

Teeny Weeny Meadow 

For my first card I cut a piece of smooth white card to look like stamps using my electric cutting machine. I then cut an aperture in a piece of acetate the size of the individual "stamp". I placed the aperture over the card and used Distress Inks to colour each stamp in. Once the ink was dry I used Archival ink and stamps from Curiosities and Mail Art to decorate. I finished by layering onto some black card and then onto a card base.

For my next card I used a stencil to create a background with Distress Inks. I then used stamps from Teeny Weeny Meadow to make a country scene  with trees and ferns in the foreground and leaves hanging down. Sentiment is from the Walk Tall stamp set.

For my last card today I placed a piece of washi tape across my card at horizon level. I then stamped the landmark buildings from Curiosities along the top edge. I also stamped these onto some Masking Tissue, cut them out and covered the stamped images on my card. I blended some inks to create a sunset behind the buildings. Next, I moved the washi tape so that the bottom edge was now on the horizon and used inks to create a watery look. I removed the washi tape and Masking Tissue and stamped the word Postcard from the Mail Art set.  I trimmed my card and adhered to a DL base.

Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Flower Hat Lady (by Andy)

Hello everyone, today sees the first of three posts this month by our Guest Design Team member Andrew Bennett. Andy has used the very stylish Lady in Hat stamp to create a lovely card for your inspiration. 


Andy writes:


Flower Hat Lady

Hello peeps thank you for dropping by. This is a card I did for the December TV shows, hope you like it.  

You will need

6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) white card blank

4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) white stamping card

5" x 5" (12.5 x 12.5 cm) white stamping card

4.25" x 4.25" (10.7 x 10.7 cm) pink card

5.25" x 5.25" (13.2 x 13.2 cm) pink card

Black dye-based ink pad

Alcohol markers

Begin by stamping the lady on the 4" x 4" card using the dye-based ink pad.

Colour her in using alcohol markers.

Take the 5" x 5" piece of card and using the top of the hat i.e., just the flowers go around the edge of the card. Once all mounted, it will give the illusion of a complete background. You are only using a portion of the stamp but ties in with the main image.

Mount the lady on to the 4.25" x 4.25" (10.7 x 10.7 cm) pink card, mount this on to the patterned card, then mount on to the 5.25" x 5.25" (13.2 x 13.2 cm) pink card. Attach to the card front.



Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Teeny Weeny Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope you are keeping well. I have a couple of projects to share with you today featuring stamps that were showcased on The Craft Store last month.

My first project uses the Lady in Hat stamp stamped on grey card, and I stamped a border using an image from Brocade Backgrounds. I coloured these images with pencils.

Using a coloured background like this gives a completely different effect to the images, and the colours really pop.

My second card is a really quick project; a little 4" x 4" card. I stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words in the centre of the card, and drew a pencil circle on the card. Using Versafine Clair ink, I stamped some of the images from Teeny Weeny Meadow around the circle to create a wreath.

I will be back later in the month with more projects to share with you, thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Monday, 10 January 2022

Three Gardens of splendour by Rachel

 Hello there!

Rachel here today with the first of my posts from the December shows - these samples are all from the show early in December - and involve garden themed stamps.

This first one just uses a section of the Toadstool garden and I have put it into a frame from a show many moons ago - the whole this is black and white apart from the main fungi which I coloured using mica powders.

This second sample was simply stamped and coloured using watercolour pencils. Its such a lovely image.

And finally the FolkArt garden - I again coloured this using water colour pencils but I also added some touches of mica powders here and there.

I hope these samples have given you some inspiration in different ways you can used your stamps.
Have a great day!
Rachel xx

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Mini Works of Art (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies. Happy New Year, I hope you managed to have a happy and healthy festive season. 

Here is my first post this month featuring the fabulous Mini Stamp sets.

My first card I used die cuts I had lurking around in my stash, I stamped the man and the rings and dot using the mini mesh stamp, my background was created with spray inks and the mini crackle and the mini curiosities stamps.

A little craft card tag using a combination of the mini stamp sets.

A bookmark which mostly features the mini mail-art stamps. I've also used a few die cuts from my stash.

I hope you like my creations, I shall be back later in the month with more of my samples. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Saturday, 8 January 2022

The Versatility of Damask by Doreen

The Versatility of Damask 

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, I do hope you all enjoyed a good Christmas too.

My first projects today use the Damask Panel perfect for using in its own right or as a background which is how I chose to use this background which I have taken from my stash of Brusho pieces. I also used one of the many beautiful butterflies from the Chocolate Baroque selection.

I stamped the butterfly using a Versafine Clair Nocturne inkpad and then covered the whole of the stamp in Versamark the colour comes from Salvaged Patina and Kitsch Flamingo embossing glazes sprinkled onto the Versamark and heat embossed.

The second is a heart shaped sample using Distress Inkpads on an acrylic block which is spritzed with a little water and a swiping action straight across the Damask Panel onto the  background. Then I stamped the Song Thrush onto  a piece of card and painted using the same Distress Inkpad colours used for the background, then I fussy cut the large flower to decorate the Panel. Shape the flower and apply using Silicone Glue Gel to apply to the heart. Use a light varnish or spray to give a sheen and then put ribbon through hole to hang.

The final sample shows a background using a Soft Form Copper and a Gold Relief Paste applied directly to the stamp and left to dry overnight. I also used the Song Thrush to decorate this card just cutting out desired elements and applying to the background using a strong PVA glue.

Thank you for looking in today

Love Doreen

Friday, 7 January 2022

Fingerprints (by Magda) - New England Winter, Gothic Fragments, Sketchy Doodle Landscape, Patchwork Landscape


here we are in the New Year and full of positive thoughts I share with you my first project for January.  The colorful background is done with my index finger, printing each row with a different Distress Paint color. On a yellow colored cardstock I stamped with Archival Jet Black the images of the stamps " New England Winter",  "Gothic Fragments", "Sketchy Doodle Landscape", "Patchwork Landscape" and glued all the cuts on the journaling page.

Thanks for reading my post and I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2022. Hugs


Thursday, 6 January 2022

Exploring materials: Pop up elements with vellum by Natalie Ballard


We can use different materials as a way to highlight elements within a design. Here, I used vellum to create a 3D element from out of the stamp. You will need the Folk Art Garden stamp set for this card.

To do this, stamp your design twice; once onto vellum and once onto watercolour card. I used the same watercolours on both the watercolour card and the vellum. You could also use pearlescent paints to add an extra touch of sparkle. On the vellum piece, colour only the butterflies and colour the full design on the watercolour card. When painting on vellum, limit how much water you use to avoid the paper cockling too much.

Set both pieces to one side to dry and resist the urge to heat the vellum to dry it quicker.

Use an oval die to cut the central panel from your watercolour card panel. Nesting dies are great for this project, or you can use an electronic cutter if you have one. Cut a slightly larger oval from some plain coloured card to match the floral elements of your design. Adhere these two pieces together using double-sided adhesive or glue.

Choose a white card blank that fits your oval. Use glitter tape to create a central border for your oval panel to sit on; choose colours from your central design. The oval panel can then be adhered using double-sided adhesive, or use foam for a more dimensional look.

Fussy cut the butterflies from the vellum piece, vellum is quite forgiving when fussy cutting. Fold either side of the butterfly's body on the main butterfly, and down the join in the sideways one. Apply glue all over the body section to adhere it to the card. I wouldn't recommend using tape for this part of the process. I placed a small weight on the body while it was setting in place. Once dried, the wings can then be lifted up away from the card.

Onto a spare piece of white card, stamp your sentiment and mount onto a slightly larger piece in the same colour as the oval border.

Decorate with sequins, pearls or gems.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Gardens & Meadows (By Tracy Thompson)


Hello and Happy New Year, this is my first post for this year, and I'm bringing you some creations I did for the December's shows.  We had some fabulous stamps to work with as you can see.  My first is using the stamp The Folk Art Garden, it is a very big and detailed stamp and fantastic to colour.  After I had stamped the image I coloured with Distress Inks, keeping the tones in Vintage shades.  I then stamped the image again, only colouring the butterflies and flowers.  I fussy cut them and decoupaged on to my image, I inked around the edge with Distress ink and then layered onto contrasting card.

For my second creation I used the Teeny Weeny Meadow stamps,  so I started this one by putting some colour down on to my card with Distress inks in blues, greens and browns.  I stamped my trees in Versafine Clair and as I did the main image I did the reflective image using a Gel Plate.  I mixed and blended my colours for the trees to give some dimension.  It just needed to be matted on some dark green card and it was done.

I will be back around the middle of the month to share some more of my creations from the shows.
Thank you for looking
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

damask fountain (by Veronica)

Happy new year everyone, I hope you all had a good Christmas and lots of crafty goodies!

 I have a card to share today from the December shows, using both the Damask  Panel and Fountain Scene stamps - once i started playing with the damask stamp  I realised how it looked like  tiles from thwe moorish palaces in Spain, and the fountain seemed to match this perfectly.

The damask was stamped in versamark onto black card 4 times and gold embossed, then cut out and mounted onto more black card to make the background. thne trimmed down to fit the square card blank.

I sponged distress oxides onto a piece of white card roughly where i hoped the image would go, cossed my fingers, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped the image using a stamping platform. Moppedup with kitchen roll after a few minutes,dried with a heat gun, then overstamped using black versafine.. Added blue to the archway and plant pots, then trimmed it down, matted onto black card then in to the centre of the card.

Monday, 3 January 2022

In the Garden by Sandra

 Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely and peaceful Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

I am showing some of my samples from the Craft Store show that was on in December.
These cards feature the Garden range of stamps. 
I have used 8x8 card bases for mine.

My first card is The Christmas Garden, because it's never too early to start your cards for next Christmas!
I stamped in Memento Ink and coloured in alcohol markers. I added a sentiment from the set and layered onto some dark green card and then onto my card base.

My next card is The Toadstool Garden
There is so much detail in these stamps and are a delight to colour. I have used Memento ink and alcohol markers again as I love the vibrant colours. I added some white gel pen on the toadstool. I have mat and layered in red and black and then onto my card base.

The last one from me today is The Folk Art Garden set.  I stamped onto Kraft card with Archival ink using my stamping platform. I picked out some parts of the design and coloured with a white pencil. I then re-stamped in the Archival to neaten it up

These are lovely large stamps that can be used whole or in parts.

Thank you for looking
Sandra x

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Blog Comment Winner for December


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


Congratulations to PAT (Colourful Card Creations) 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 January 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 Natalie


Saturday, 1 January 2022

Happy New Year (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well and that you have had a good break over the festive period. I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2022. 

I am sharing a couple of projects with you today showcasing stamps that were featured on last month's shows on The Craft Store. The first is a little book made from a huge tag and I have used the Damask Panel stamped three times onto a Brusho background, using a metallic embossing powder.

I adhered the pieces onto the tag, and then cut away the excess from the third piece to get the tag shaped end. I added some pretty scrapbook paper on the inside of the tag, and punched the hole again at the top of the tag.

I scored inbetween the pieces, to create the book. I cut a few pages, and sewed them into the book using bookbinding thread. 


I added a piece of teal ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag to allow the book to be closed. This simply wraps around the book, and ties in a bow. These little books make great gifts, and are really quick to make. You could add any kind of pages; old book pages, kraft paper, watercolour paper, whatever you like, to create a mixed media book, but I used drawing cartridge for my sample.

My second project is an old project, which I thought I would share again. I stamped Ophelia onto a piece of Drawing Cartridge and masked the image with Masking Tissue. I coloured the background with Distress Inks and splattered the background with water, which I blotted with tissue. I added some stamping over the top using a stamp from the Texture Fragments stamp set. I stamped and embossed the fronds from the Underwater stamp set before removing the mask. I coloured Ophelia with pencils. I added some foliage from the Song Thrush Silhouette stamp, which coloured this way tie in with the flowers in her hair quite well. I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the centres of the flowers.

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

Judith xx