Pin It button on image hover

challenge blog link

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer Song Thrush (by Carole)

Hello everyone, today we have another fabulous project from our Guest Design Team member Carole Cann. 

Carole writes:

Hello again, here is my card for this week as a Guest Designer.

I have used stamps from the Harlequin Rose and Pretty Poppies stamp sets, plus the Garden Lace Scene and Song Thrush individual stamps.
I stamped and silver embossed the panel onto black card and coloured it with mica powders. The whole scene was then glazed, this is a technique I really like on black, as it gives a very dramatic effect.
The border was stamped and silver embossed onto white card and then coloured with Distress Ink. I then discovered, by accident, that the panel sat nicely into the border of the Garden Lace Scene, so I decided to use that as part of the background too. The words are from the Summer Poppies stamp set.

A full description of the project can be found on my blog.

Thank you for looking,

Carole ­čśâ

Carole will be back with her final post for this month next week,

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time to share our monthly collection of speedy projects created by the Design Team. The aim is to show you that the beautiful range of stamps from Chocolate Baroque can be used to make cards and other projects in fifteen minutes or less, and you can still end up with fabulous designs that have not taken hours to put together. If you are a beginner, or simply needing a card in a hurry, these blog posts are full of inspiration, providing lots of ideas and techniques to help you create some very quick designs.

You can visit each of the Design Team members' blogs by clicking on their names as you scroll through the post, and see how they created the designs in more detail. You will also be able to see more of their fabulous work.

So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

We have a beautiful card from Julie to start, the main image has been stamped onto kraft card, and framed first with black card, and mounted into a circle frame within a card blank. The soft colours look very effective, and a simple sentiment complete the CAS look:

Rachel has also chosen to use this same stamp on kraft card, but by using white embossing, the look can be changed completely. Another beautiful card:

We have a wonerful eclectic collection of projects from Magda this month, and there will surely be something in here to inspire you. She has made a set of colourful coasters as her first project, choosing seasonal colours for the four individual coasters, then stamping the images to colour them with pencil. She edged the coasters with pencil.

Two tags are up next, using the new leafy stamp, but with very different effects. I love the stitching on the first tag to create the stem:

For her second tag, she has combined stencilling and stamping for a collaged effect, using a beautiful mix of colours:

For her next card, she coloured the large butterflies and masked them, then created a marbled background, taking a waterbrush through colour added using Distress Ink. She then stamped the little orange butterflies over the top:

This pretty card is such a clever idea, using some of the foliage stamps alongside some of our Floral Mannequin stamps.

Her final project is a pretty card using the Floral Harmony stamp, coloured with watercolour markers, and blended with a water brush:

Anne has created two cards for us this month, a soft floral card using the Floral Harmony stamp, was created by embossing the image with white embossing powder, and then the card was spritzed with burgundy and teal ink sprays. She dragged out the spray with a water brush over the image, and blotted some of the ink away to lighten some areas.

Her second card is a bold design, incorporating stamping using black and red, using the same image. Picking part of the larger design as a focal point, and adding red accents throughout, are great design ideas.

Claire has used the same image, but chosen to ink the image using a multicoloured inkpad for a variegated effect.

Brenda has created a delightful array of cards for us, starting with a beautiful design incorporating white embossing on kraft card. She has created a leafy panel to place behind the main Floral Harmony image, and the card looks fabulous without the need for any added colour.

Her next card uses the Baroque Corners to create a central design, and with a toning matting layer of card, she has created a very elegant card.

The same corners are used on the following card in a very different way, to create another stylish card, the two tone stamping adds another twist on the design. She has spritzed the images with water before stamping.

Finally, she has created an inky, watery, background for the Chequered Flowers, and simply stamped them with black ink.

Zoe has incorporated the matching stencil and stamp for her first card, and the lovely fresh colours behind the bold black stamping create a super card that would be great for a male or female recipient.

Her little notelet uses resist stamping to show off the Baroque Corner.

Finally a card that I have created using the leafy sprays from the Take It or Leaf It stamp set. I stamped the images around a pencil drawn circle, using first and second generation stamping, and olive green ink. I rubbed out the pencil line. I then die cut several butterflies from book paper which had been stuck onto card. I found a piece in my box of scraps. I inked around the edges of the butterflies with Distress Ink and stuck them around the circle. Finally I added a sentiment from the Birthday Words stamp set.

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of projects this month, and will be back with more inspiration next month. Do keep visiting the Design Team blog for all of the regular posts from the Design Team girls.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hanging Flowers and Floral Harmony (posted by Claire)

Good morning, today I'm sharing 3 cards made with some of the gorgeous new stamps which you can find here I love to colour flowers so I thoroughly enjoyed making these cards. My first card features Hanging Flowers

I stamped the focal image onto some white stamping card with black Versafine ink and then stamped twice more on some scraps of stamping card so that I could decoupage some of the flowers. I coloured the images with watercolour pencils, using a damp brush to blend the colour. I coloured around the image with watercolour paint using lots of water to create a muted effect. I stamped the foliage using Take it or Leaf it with a little distress ink. I splashed a little blue and green watercolour paint here and there and added a blue bow and a sparkly dazzler to finish the card off.

I've used the same stamp for this card but I've coloured the flowers pink for a change.  I stamped the image and then masked part of it so I could stamp again to create a larger focal image. 


I used watercolour pencils to colour the flowers and leaves and again created a muted green background using the ink on my blending sponge. I splashed some water here and there and blotted it with tissue. Once this was dry I stamped the beautiful Baroque Corners with Versamark and embossed with gold EP. I didn't want to clutter the image with embellies so I just matted and layered using white and pink card .

Last but not least I've used Floral Harmony to make this card. I stamped the image with black versafine and then stamped around the image with the very edge of the stamp to create a border.

I've added some colour using watercolour pencils and paint and stamped a little sentiment before layering up on white and red card. 

I really enjoyed making these cards, they are very simple to make but colouring with pencils and a little watercolour paint is so relaxing.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you're enjoying all the floral delights from my lovely teamies this month
Claire xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Leafy Florals (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have three projects to share with you today showcasing the new stamps recently featured on the July TV shows on Hochanda. These floral stamps are really fabulous, suitable for all sorts of occasions, and styles.

For my first card, I used a favourite technique, stamping on a piece of book paper, and colouring the image with pencils. I stamped the Hanging Flowers image using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and then edged the book paper with Distress Ink. The larger background was from my stash, and I used the same stamp to stamp around the edges with dark green ink to create a frame. I used kraft card to mat and layer the edges, giving a more natural feel.

For my second card, I used some background card from my stash, and simply stamped and embossed the main image using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder. I stamped the two leaves randomly over the background to create a very quick design. Black matting layers give a very bold feel to this monochrome card.

For my final card, I used masking to combine an image from the Take It or Leaf It stamp set with the Chequered Flowers image, and coloured the images with pencils.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Blooming Marvellous by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies.
 I'm sharing with you today my samples from the Hochanda shows in July, featuring the Colouring pages.
 I hope you managed to watch our fab Lesley and guest Lynnda, Weren't they both fab?

I made this small (5x7") canvas by using Image Transfer medium and coloured it using Water Soluable Crayons, I flicked some black ink just to create some texture in the background and added a copper Gilding wax around the edges.

My two sheets I used colouring pencils.

Thank you so much for spending time to visit and leaving a comment, I do love hearing what you think of my creations. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy Birthday (by Brenda)

Good morning, I hope you are doing well and enjoying the Summer.

It's my turn to post some inspiration from the lovely new floral stamps and colouring pages that Lesley released on Hochanda in July.

For this card I used a diluted mix of Distress Ink to wash a piece of white cardstockock and then used the beautiful Floral Harmony stamp which I repeat stamped using Versamark and detail white embossing powder. After coloring the flowers with sparkle pens I used Distress Ink and a stencil to add some flourishes to the top corner, next I took three square dies but before cutting I used them as a guide to place the stamped sentiment which is from Words to Dazzle and Sparkle. I then cut the piece into three and layered up onto a piece of black card using foam pads and made each layer slightly higher as I worked towards the centre.

And here is a colouring page from me from the Colouring Collection which has the most adorable designs. It's a well known fact to those who know me that I am not a colourist but I have to say I really did enjoy doing this one for which I used colouring pencils and blending solution. When finished I added some tiny dots using Liquid Pearls.

My thanks to you all for taking a peek today and if you were lucky enough to grab yourself some of the new stamps and pages I know you will be having fun creating with them.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Chequered Flower (By Marga)

Hello all, today it's my turn to show you a card. And I love the new stamps that Lesley has showed you in her last tv show.

I have stamped this stamp by using the a stamping platform. Because I used different colours it's easy to use this. I also used water colour markers to colour the stamp. And when I stamped it all I used a waterbrush and went over the edges and took some colour in to the open areas.

I used the stamps : Chequered Flowers and the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle



Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Turquoise Summer (by Carole)

Hello everyone, it is with great pleasure that we are introducing a new member of our Guest Design team today. Carole Cann has agreed to join the Team, and we hope that you will make her very welcome. You may have seen some of Carole's previous artwork on the Challenge Blog, where she entered regularly, and wowed us with her beautiful designs.

As always with new members to our Team, we wanted to get to know Carole a little bit, and we asked her a few questions.

What was the first set of stamps that you bought from Chocolate Baroque?

My first set of Chocolate Baroque stamps was definitely Patchwork Butterfly. I liked everything about it and there is not one stamp that I haven't used.

What would you say is your crafting style?

My crafting style is quite varied and it depends what mood I'm in at the time of making. I am quite meticulous and spend far too long deciding on a layout or where embellishments are going to be placed. I will often stamp things several times if there is a slight flaw, usually due to my cat's fur as he likes to help!

What is your favourite crafting technique?

My favourite crafting technique is definitely stamping, as I can use it on a variety of surfaces with a range of products. I particulaly like working on metal, which seems to have gone out of fashion unfortunately. A lot of Chocolate Baroque stamps are ideal for this technique as they are lovely open designs. I also enjoy doing spritzed Distress Ink backgrounds and then looking at them to see which stamps would go best on them.

I have always been into crafting of some sort as I had very creative parents, and have tried many things over the years including lino and screen printing. I discovered stamping way back in the late 90's and was hooked. I found it very engaging as it gave me the flexibility to use different techniques and products, with other peoples' lovely images.

Carole's first project this month is a pretty card, evocative of Summer days. 

Carole writes:

Hello everyone, here is one of my samples that I would like to share with you all.

I stamped the Garden Lace Scene first, onto white card.  The border from the Harlequin Rose stamp set was stamped alongside with an embossing pad, and clear embossed. It has been coloured with Distress Inks.

The saying, from the Summer Poppies stamp set, was stamped and embossed onto parchment, to give a softer look. I made the roses from circles and attached them, with die cut swirls, for added embellishments.

Changes to the colour scheme could make this suitable for many occasions.

Thank you for looking. I look forward to showing you another idea next time.

Carole ­čśŐ

Carole will be back next week with another project to share. You can catch up with her on her blog here. In the meantime, do keep visiting the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the regular Design Team girls.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Summer Leaves (by Julie)

Hiya, hope you are all well. For my post today I have a couple of cards created using a selection of the brand new stamps that Lesley recently launched on Hochanda.

For my first card I cut some kraft card to fit my card blank and then inked up the small Baroque Corner with a terracotta dye ink before stamping at right angles to create the grid style background. Next I inked up the leaf stamps from Take it or Leaf it with a teal dye ink and stamped in the frames created from the Baroque Corner. Remember to mask your stamped background with Post-it Notes or something similar so that the leaves are just stamped in the centre of each frame. To finish off I die cut a circle from kraft card and mounted a couple of the flowers from the Chequered Flowers stamp that I had coloured with pencils.

My second card is made with Take it or Leaf it and Floral Harmony.
Start by getting some spare card and stamping two small leaves and one large leaf from Take it or Leaf it. Colour with pencils before cutting out. The flower taken from Floral Harmony was also stamped onto the spare card before being coloured and cut out.
Ink up the swirly leaf stamps from Take it or Leaf it and stamp around the top and bottom of your DL card blank. Colour the background with a wet wipe that you have dipped into Distress inks and then arrange your stamped cut outs onto your DL card blank before gluing into place with 3d gel.
The card was finished off with a sentiment from Amazing Mackintosh Words.

Thanks for stopping by and please call back soon for more Design Team inspiration

Julie xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

My new little bag (by Dominike)

I like these little gifts we made with a used paper bag.
And you ?

This one was very high. So I cut it in the middle, then I stuck the two pieces between them. I made a strong little bag decorated with one Chocolate Baroque rubber stamp. Of course.

I will be back at the end of the month with new projets.

Kind regards.


J'aime beaucoup ces petits sacs que l'on fait pour offrir des petits riens qui font toujours plaisir.
Ici j'ai utilis├ę un grand sac en papier kraft que j'ai coup├ę par le milieu. Puis j'ai coll├ę les deux pi├Ęces l'une dans l'autre pour obtenir un sac r├ęsistant.

A tr├Ęs bient├┤t pour de nouveaux projets.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Framed Colouring Pages ( by Magda)

What do you think about the A4 Coloring Pages of Chocolate Baroque ?  They are really beautiful and versatile,  as they come as single pages.  I coloured  two of them and decided to framed them. Here I am happy to share with you the pictures.

For this first one, I  divided the image in sections and coloured with acrylic each section completely different one from the other.

For the second one, I considered the flowers and I coloured each kind of flower matching the colours.
Brusho are beautiful as watercolour colours.

The difference between the two paints are very obvious and marked.  Have a try and have fun in colouring.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Chequered Golden Flower ( by Anne )

Good morning. This is another of my recent show samples using the Chequered Flowers stamp.

How to make it:
  1. Spread the relief paste over the stamp with a palette knife and leave to dry. Drying time depends on room temperature and humidity but it will need at least a day. Mine took 2 days to fully dry. When dry gently peel away from the stamp and trim around to neaten up any messy edges.
  2. Stamp the image with Versafine and heat emboss with gold powder. Colour with watercolour pens and a damp brush. The embossed lines resist the water and make colouring quick and easy.
  3. Apply a couple of drops of glycerine to a blending sponge and work in well. Now use this to pick up watercolour from your craft mat. Blend colour around the edges of the card. The Glycerine make the watercolour behave more like a Distress Ink making blending easy.
  4. Apply Versamark Ink along the card edges and heat emboss with gold powder.
  5. Glue down the paste embellishment. Attach the ribbon and bow, then glue panel to the card front.
  6. Finish with PVA pearls

Friday, 4 August 2017

Floral Harmony (by Asha)

Hello, friends. It's my turn to share a project with you - a light and airy all purpose card. I'm showcasing the new Floral Harmony stamp.

I started by stamping the image onto watercolour paper using Archival Shadow Grey ink for that almost no-line look. Then I coloured it with watercolour. When dry, I added a wash of blue in the background. Next, I gave the edges a light dusting of Distress Ink and went over the Useful Leaves Stencil & Mask with the same ink. To finish, stickles and liquid pearls ... and voila!

I hope you have fun with these new floral singles. They are a joy to colour and you can create elegant works of art on the go. I plan to stamp out a few of these and take them on holiday with me!

As always, I have details of the tools and products used on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and drop in soon for more designs by the team.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

hanging flowers (byVeronica)

 I hope you enjoyed watching Lesley and Lynnda on the recent TV shows , showing the lovely colouring pages and the matching stamps.
These are two of my samples using the hanging flowers stamp - loved this one, thought it was very like a fuschsia, I shall probably get corrected on that though, not being a gardener.
Needless to say, I used brushos on the first one. I stamped the flowers first using black versafine and clear embossing powder. then painted them with masking fluid before using grey brusho powder and spritzing with water.
Once everything was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid and painted the leaves using lime green brusho. White and black mats finished it off.
The second version was stamped with versamark onto black card and embossed with gold detail powder. The flowers and leaves were painted with diluted  Aztec lustre paints - have to admit this was their first use since I bought them from CB last year!
Mats this time were gold and black onto a white base card.

There were some fantastic samples on the shows, so keep checking to see what my teamies have to show you, you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Playing with paints and pens (posted by Claire )

Good morning folks, I can't believe it's August already. The year is flying by and it's so exciting to see the fabulous new products that Lesley is bringing us. I love colouring so I was delighted to have a play with the beautiful new Colouring Pages which you can find here in a special kit with a colour wheel and mixing guide.

I'm always happy to play with my pencils and markers but for this page I decided to be a wee bit adventurous and got out my acrylic paints. I used metallic acrylic paints to paint the design, the paper took the paint really well and didn't buckle at all. Once I'd completed the painting I took a black marker to retouch the lines where I'd painted over them slightly. I was pleased with the painting but I wanted a black background to set off the metallic paints. I used Black Pearl PanPastel to colour the background, I applied this quite liberally and then used a battery eraser to remove any of the PanPastel that had gone on the design.

My second page today was coloured with Graph'It markers, and they blended beautifully on this lovely smooth paper. After a lovely colouring session I used Blue Pearlescent PanPastel to create a quick background, this is lovely and shimmery but it's glaring a little on the photo.

I hope you're enjoying the colouring pages if you've got yours yet, if not pop over to grab them while they are still on offer.
Thanks for visiting today, 
Claire xx

July Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, we hope you are doing well.

Once again we would like to thank you all for your visits here at the Design Team blog.  We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs.  
Each comment in July was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Pat you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps!  Please send a quick email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send you your gift certificate.
Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from August's comments. The more comments you leave the better your chances to win!  
Thank you for your kind words and comments,
Good luck from the Design Team!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Having Fun With Colour (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing some of my colouring pages from the A4 Colouring Pages Kit with you today, two of which you may have caught on the recent TV shows on Hochanda. These fabulous pages are so relaxing to colour in a vast range of mediums, and Sue's designs will really capture your imagination. The beautiful floral designs are absolutely stunning, and having the practice pages included in your pack of pages gives you the confidence to try out any colour combinations before you make a start on the main designs themselves.

I used colouring pencils on all three of my designs, as I love to use pencils, but I have used different types of pencils on each design, and you can find full details of each project on my blog.

For my first design, I used water based pencils, choosing vibrant shades of blues and plums for my design. I coloured the design in full, and then went over the design with a water brush, to blend the colours, adding more shading with the pencils again afterwards, if necessary.

For my second design I used oil based pencils, blending the colours together for a natural effect in Autumnal tones.
Finally, I wanted to create a project using a colouring page in a more versatile way. I cut the top of one of the pages down to size, and coloured this with cheaper pencils, using a much smaller colour palette, to tone in with the background card that I had chosen. I added a row of faux stitching around the edge, and matted the page and background card onto a large black card blank.

I had a small section of colouring page left, and so I coloured part of the foliage, which I cut out, and added to a strip of the same background card, die cut into a tag shape. I matted this onto black card, and added a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set, which had been stamped onto a scrap of card left from another project. I also added faux stitching around the sentiment. Some green ribbon was added to complete the tag:

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx