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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

natural colours? by Veronica

 For my last post this month I am back (mostly) to my favourite brusho powders - I just love the vibrant colours and the randomness of the results!
The large honeysuckle stamp was ideal, I stamped and embossed with white EP before sprinkling the red, yellow and green powders roughly where I would like them to stay, then spritzing fairly heavily with water. The EP resists the water, and also traps some of the colour into the image.
Sentiment from Mackintosh words stamped in black versafine, image trimmed down to fit onto a square white card blank with a deep red mat.

This one is far more muted, just a very light dusting of yellow powder to create a background. Image stamped with black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils - have to admit I can't remember which set the sentiment came from!

For my final samples this month I have used the lovely big tree stamp from essence of nature.
The first one is very restrained, not a speck of brusho in sight!
I used a square white card blank as the base, and stamped the tree stamp all over  to create the background. I used hickory smoke distress ink and held  the stamp in my hand so that only part of the image stamped at a time.

 The focal image was stamped onto black card with versamark ink and I used a rather ancient bonding powder (which thankfully still worked) before using the gold and coppery mix of gilding flakes. For some reason i never got on with stamping using glue when i had the gilding flakes with everything craze years ago, but the bonding powders worked every time...

My final card was back to brusho for the foacl image. Stamped onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed before using yellow, red and blue powders to create the sky.

I started with a square back base card , and added the background card at an angle. This was a square of white card stamped with the trees in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged round the edges.
I trimmed the brusho image down, added a black mat and glued onto the background.

Thanks for looking, and many thanks to Judith for doing my last post for me when i had internet problems - a relief to be back, you don't realise how much you need it until you haven't got it!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wishes and Honey by Penny

Morning everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather we have had lately.  It is my pleasure to bring you a couple of projects today, a couple of cards from the 'Bee' shows on tv last month.  

Make a Wish

For this card I have used stamps from the Rose Tree and Honey Bee sets, Distress Inks, silver sparkle embossing powder, Versamark ink.  On a piece of white card I blended the Distress inks to create a background, I stamped several small floral images randomly over the card plus a small bee, using the same inks.  I then stamped and embossed the Dandylion image a few times and added the seed heads  as if they were floating away on the breeze.

I took a white base card and stamped a floral image and the seed heads around the edges using one of the Distress Inks then matted and layered the focal panel onto it.  I blended the ink around the outer edges, then stamped a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle set.  I die cut the sentiment, added ink around the edges and attached it to the card.


This time I have used stamps from the Honey Bee and Baroque Meadow sets; Distress Ink, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, white gesso, pearlscent paints, a stencil and a die from my stash.  

On a piece of Kraft card I stamped the Honeycombe image and embossed it in white.  A little way below I added white gesso through a honeycombe stencil.  I trimmed away the bottom edge of the Kraft card to accentuate the honeycombe pattern.  I painted the bees then matted the panel onto yellow card.

On a white base card I stamped the grasses in yellow Distress Ink along both side edges then attached the focal panel.  I took a spare piece of Kraft card and stamped one of the bee images onto it then embossed it in whiteas before.  I coloured and cut out the bee then added it to the card.  I used another piece of Kraft card and a die from my stash to create a large bee embellishment and added it to the card.  I then stamped and embossed the words onto Kraft card and cut it into a panel before attaching it to the card with 3D foam.  To complete the project I added a couple of metal embellishments that compliment the honeycombe patterns on the card.

Thank you for popping in today and joining me, I hope you have enjoyed these projects.  Take care and happy crafting till next time,


Monday, 21 May 2018

Spring Bird (by Pat)

Hello everyone, Pat is sharing her second post of the month, a lovely card incorporating one of our Spring Bird stamp sets. 

Pat writes:

Hi everyone.

This is my second card this month and as Spring is now well and truly here I decided to use one of the Spring Bird sets, Spring Bird Crocus, which includes this sweet little bird with a nest full of eggs and fresh green leaves on the branches which really sums up this time of year. I also used two of the leaf stamps from the Autumn Poppy set.

I started the scene using my gelli plate and six different Distress Inks; two blues, two yellow tones and two greens. I covered the plate placing the inks roughly where I wanted them, and spritzed with water, before laying a piece of Velvet card over and getting this nice loose watercolour background. This card is lovely and smooth and takes the water really well. I then stamped the bird, nest and leaves making a frame around the edges, and coloured them using the same colour palette as for the background, apart from a couple of orange toned inks on the bird's head. I then added the sentiment towards the centre using the two blue inks.

I finished by cutting the piece back a little, and mounted it onto white and then blue card before adding this to the 6" square white card.

Thank you for joining me today, and I'll see you again next week.

Best Wishes,


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Back to Nature (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am sharing a few more cards showcasing the beautiful stamps that were featured on last months Hochanda TV shows. You may have caught some of these cards on the shows.

For my first card, I have used one of the very versatile whiteboard shapes made by Tando, exclusively for Chocolate Baroque. These shapes are great, already being white, as they can be inked up straight away without needing any preparation. I added a bit of soft colour in tones of orange and green, and did the same to a piece of drawing cartridge that was going to become the card background. Using a honeycomb stencil, I added some colour using Distress Ink, repeating this on the background. I stamped a bee on the heart, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and masked the image, before stamping a foliage image from the Essence of Nature stamp plate. I coloured the bee with pencils, and added a sentiment to the heart.

To complete the background, I stamped the honeycomb image from the Honey Bee stamp set, again colouring the bees with pencils. I added stickles to the bees' wings. To complete the card, I added some green ribbon and green card as a matting layer.

For my next card, I chose an old book page and stamped the pretty foxglove image on to the paper. I added two bees, and coloured the images with pencils. I added some shading around the edge of the page, and then stamped a pretty fern image from the Wild Meadow stamp set around the edge, using two coordinating colours. I used the same foxglove and bee images to stamp over some kraft card to complete a background for the book page focal image. I selected some deep plum card to mat the layers.

My final card was a fairly quick card showcasing the fabulous Textured Art card that is available on the website. I coloured the card very quickly by placing Distress Ink on my craft mat, spritzing it with water, and laying the card on top. I stamped the lovely butterfly tree from the Essence of Nature stamp set, and added the small tree either side, to create the appearance of a little woodland. I added some colour under the trees to 'ground' them, and painted the butterflies.  Adding the main sentiment was all that was needed to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Four Floral Cards (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back for my final post this month featuring the beautiful Nature inspired stamps that were featured and demoed by Lesley and Judith on Hochanda last month.

My first card I used a Gel print I had in my stash, I heat embossed the flower and coloured using Sparkle brush pens.

So these are becoming somewhat of a trademark of mine, coloured with pencils.

Black magic technique, if you are unfamiliar with that technique it's heat embossed with white, the image is coloured in using a white pen, then coloured in, I used pencils.

My final project is another Gel print from my stash, simply heat embossed, a few dots with white pen for highlights and some ink splatters.

Thank you so much for your kind comments, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Pan Pastel Postbox (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, today Gerrina is sharing the second of her posts for this month. She has created a pretty mixed media piece to inspire you.

Gerrina writes:

My second Guest Designer post at Chocolate Baroque! Three times this month you can see here at Chocolate Baroque, and also on my blog some of my creations... this time here is the second one:
Something practical to use and be inspired by every time I see it; a postbox made into an inspirational box to keep some of my hobby stash in:

Used Materials:

Stamps: Mackintosh Beauty, Mackintosh Windows, Sketchy Doodle Landscape and Sketchy Doodle Flowers
Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, and Tattered Rose.
Other: Postbox, Pan Pastels in several colours, fixative and watercolour paper


Fold the box open/flat. Put a layer of gesso over the total surface and let dry. Stamp all of the images on the box with Versamark. Colour them with Pan Pastels and make a background with Pan Pastels. Fix the Pan Pastels with fixative and let dry. Stamp the 'beauty' image again with the black ink on a piece of stamping paper and colour her with a water brush and Distress Ink. Cut her out, and glue her to the box. Fold the box back up so that you can use it to put hobby materials in it.

Creatieve groetjes,


Gerrina will be back with her final project of the month next week.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

In an English Country Garden by Brenda

Good morning, it's my turn to share some more inspiration using the beautiful cottage garden flowers which featured in some of Lesley's recent Hochanda shows.

I adore Digitalis so the Honey Bee stamps set used on the above card really appealed to me, well all flowers do but anything associated with a traditional cottage garden reminds me of my childhood which is now reflected in my own gardens.

I started by stamping the Digitalis twice onto a piece of card, then cut around part of the blooms so that I could use a die to cut a square doing this you can carefully place the cut section outside the die so that they then lay over the aperture.

Next I have a 6"x8" canvas, it was a pre primed canvas but I gave it another coat of gesso  before building up the colour with acrylic paints and then added some texture with a stencil and texture paste coloured with the same yellow acrylic paint. I did the same with the tiny blue dots and then stamped around the edges with the honeycomb stamp from the Honey Bee stamp sheet. The digitalis were coloured with the same paints but watered down and the each cut out to place onto the canvas. The sentiments are from Amazing Macintosh Words.

The base of this card is brown and gold metallic acrylic paint brushed in both directions across the card and water added to give a ramdom look, he the honeycombe from Honey Bee stamped around the edges with Versafine Toffee. I stamped, coloured and cut out six of the Sunflowers from the same set, layered them up and added a sentiment from Words to Dazzle and Sparkle.

For my final card I usea a piece of black card for the base layer, a stencil and sprayed mica which was simply gold mica powder and water mixed together. The flowers from Fragrant Honeysuckle and Bee were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder then coloured in with sparkle pens.

As always I really appreciate your visits and kind words.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Bees (By Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn again.

I made this card using Distress Ink for the background, also colouring the images. I also used some white paint. I stamped the small bees with brown ink on the backround and the big bees on other paper, coloured them and then cut them out. The sentiment I put on last and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

The stamp I used is : Honey Bee

Big Hugs 


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for our monthly bumper packed post full of inspiration, brought to you by the Design Team, sharing lots of their quick cards and projects. The aim of this monthly post is to show you how you can use lots of the fabulous stamps from Chocolate Baroque in fifteen minutes or less to create cards and other items. Whether you are new to stamping, or a more seasoned crafter, you will hopefully find something to inspire you in these posts. We bring lots of great ideas that can be used for craft sales, for Wedding cards, or other occasions like Christmas, when you need to make lots of cards in larger numbers. If you need to make a card in a hurry, or want to make several cards to put by for later, we have some ideas for you. There are no limits on the number of cards that you can make with our stamps, as long as they are all hand stamped.

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

I have made two cards for you, the first card uses some of the incredibly versatile Drawing Cartridge available from the website. I have coloured the background with Distress Inks, then stamped a variety of foliage stamps over the top using dye based inks in first and second generation stamping, to create lots of depth. I have added two bees, and given their wings some sparkle with Stickles glue. A great sentiment finishes off the card. The stamps are from Essence of Nature, Honey Bee, Fragrant Honeysuckle, The Rose Tree.

To create my second card, I used some of the fabulous Textured Art card, which has a linen like texture to the surface. I added some tinting medium, coloured with Brushos to the surface, almost dry brushing the colour over the background. I stamped the words from the Essence of Nature stamp set all over the large background using Jet Black Archival Ink. I then stamped the tree panel onto a smaller piece of card, and mounted both pieces onto black card.

Carole has made a pretty floral card for us this month. The background has been randomly stamped using Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky Distress Ink. This was cut to fit a square card base and the border drawn around with black pen. Another piece of card was also coloured in the same way and was cut into a heart shape, and over stamped with black ink.
The words were stamped first on the left hand side, so that Carole knew how much space she had left for the roses.

Two cards by Anne next, the first is a small 7cms x 13cms card. The background was created with pink and purple ink spritzers. A little sparkle was added with a clear sparkle pen. The tree and sentiment were stamped with Versamark and embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder. A little silver sparkle was also added around the edges.

The second card measures 11.5cms x 15cms. The images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. The background was created by painting green and orange water based inks onto wet card. A watercolour pen was used to draw in some grasses. The edges were roughed up with the edge of a pair of scissors.

We have a selection of cards from Magda up next. She has created a background using Distress Ink and then inked her stamp using water based markers to create her first card:

For her next card, she has stamped the tree panel onto a background where she has also stamped the same image in colour, but used third generation stamping for added depth.

For her final card, she has used a gelli plate background, stamping the tree with Versamark, and embossing once with clear embossing powder, and also with white. The clear tree appears to be in the background, owing to its shadowy appearance.

Doreen has been busy creating some projects for us, and her bookmark would make a lovely little gift for a book loving friend. The honey bee book mark is stamped and embossed onto white card. Before adding any colour, take a clear gel pen and dot a few trails. Colour the bee, by which time the gel pen will have dried. Add the colour of your choice to the background, matt onto backing card, then pop into the bookmark sleeve. Add ribbon if desired.

For this next card, she simply stamped the tree image and sentiment using Versafine Ink, and added a bit of colouring. She added a bit of grounding for the tree, and matted and layered the background onto a card blank.

Doreen's final card has been stamped onto a background that she had in her stash, made in a previous crafting session.

Two lovely cards from Julie are next, both using stamps from The Rose Tree stamp set. Her first card uses the two tiny stamps that might often be overlooked. She has used the images to create an all over background, adding a touch of colour. The black, red and white colour combination is just fabulous.

Sticking to the same colour theme for her second card, Julie has used an ornate central coloured panel, stamping the pretty silhouette flower stamp in black ink. Some flat backed gems complete this all occasion card.

A bright and cheery card from Penny is next. She has taken a piece of white colouring card and stamped a sunflower image using grey Versafine ink. She masked the image and stamped two more flowers, then coloured them all with alcohol markers. She added a shadow line around the flowers with a pale blue pen.

She stamped the honeycomb image using pale blue Distres Ink randomly around the flowers, using first and second generation ink. She then blended the ink around the edges of the focal panel, matted onto some blue card and attached it to a white card blank. She added a sentiment, stamping each word separately and cutting them out in little plaques. She edged the plaques with blue ink as before, and attached the words to the card with foam pads.

We have three striking cards from Rachel next, using the Essence of Nature stamp set. Her first card was created by simply stamping onto some background paper.

Her second card was created by using Brushos to make a background, then once they were dry, she stamped the images over the top.

Her final card was created by stamping onto background paper once again, and also directly onto the card blank.

Our last offerings are from Brenda. She has created some beautiful cards as always. Her first three cards demonstrate how masking areas of the card and inking a panel creates the Clean and Simple look very easily. Some quick stamping over the top can create a card in just a few minutes, and by vaying the colours and the images, the possibilities can be almost endless.

These cards are just lovely, aren't they? Stamping an image, and masking it to add another layer creates some depth. It does not have to be a very complicated card, and can still have a very clean and simple feel, as Brenda has expertly demonstrated in her next card. She has added some soft colouring to the foxgloves, and echoed the same colour in the foliage behind.

Finally, a background created with white embossing, which acts as a resist, and honey coloured tones to complete the effect. A little bee as the focal point and a lovely sentiment completes this uplifting card.

That's the end of our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our post, and we will be back with more quick and simple makes again next month. Do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,