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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Beautiful Ladies (by Carole)

Hello everyone, we are joined today by Guest Design Team member Carole Cann for the second of her posts this month. Carole is sharing two delightful projects featuring two very feminine designs to inspire you. Here is what Carole has to say:

Good morning everyone.
This is my second project for the Guest Design Team slot and I have used one of my favourite stamp sets, Mackintosh Beauty. I really like the Mackintosh style and also Art Nouveau.

Products used: Mackintosh Beauty stamp set
Baroque Orchid- background
Versafine inkpads- Onyx Black, Satin Red
Versamark inkpad
Grey/blue, pink chalk inkpads
Embossing powder- clear, white
Die cut
Light silver grey and red card
Clear mica pen

The background is repeat stamped onto an 18cms x 13 cms (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch) piece of white card, with the Baroque Orchid image and red ink.
I swiped over the background with a grey/blue inkpad.
When dry, I went over the whole background with a Versamark inkpad and clear embossed the whole piece. I then die cut the centre.
The die could be positioned further to the left to hide the join too, and then there would be more room on the right hand side for a message.
The large flowers were embossed with white embossing powder, and the small corners stamped with red Versafine.
Both of these elements were coloured with Brushos to give the lovely vibrant colours.
The lady is stamped with Onyx Black Versafine and coloured with the pink inkpad.
The message was stamped with red ink onto grey card.
The elements were layered onto red and grey card.

Judith also asked if I would post my next project too, showing a different lady who is equally lovely.

Stamps used: Summer Fayre, Exquisite Edges, Patchwork Butterfly
Wooden 15cm heart
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Watercolour pencils
Clear mica pen
Blue/grey chalk inkpad
Archival black inkpad
Black card or felt
Small silver bead trim
Permanent inkpad suitable for drying on metal
Silver metal
Border punch
Square wooden base 25.5cms x 25.5 cms (10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inch), painted black
Alcohol ink or markers

I stamped the border frame first with Versafine and cut it down to a square 24cms x 24cms, (9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch).
The flowers were then coloured and a damp brush used to pull the colour out.
The corners were cut from a strip which was punched with a border punch.
This was then mounted onto the base board.

I stamped the main image onto the heart with an archival type black inkpad, you can use any black inkpad that will not bleed into the wood.
Make sure this is dry before colouring with watercolour pencils. Pull the colour out with the mica pen, but do not put too much moisture on the heart or it will bleed.
Ink around the edge of the heart with the blue/grey chalk inkpad and stamp tiny butterflies with the same colour ink onto the background.
Mount the heart onto a piece of black card or felt and cut around the edge, leaving a thin border.
The bead string was stuck onto the border and around the edge of the heart with a good quality, clear drying glue.

Butterfly Embellishment:
My butterfly was made with silver metal sheet, but it could be made with a piece of card.
I stamped the metal with a permanent inkpad and when it was dry it was embossed and cut out.
A little colour was added with alcohol ink.
Everything was then assembled.

I hope that you have enjoyed my projects. I will be back next week with my final contribution for this month.
Thanks for your visit, and happy crafting.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Wish by Brenda

Morning Peeps, my turn to share some more inspiration from Lesley's Chocolate Baroque Birthday shows on Hochanda using the gorgeous new floral stamps and colouring pages.

My starting place for the above card was to use Distress Inks to colour a piece of Bristol Vellum card stock and then add some stenciling. I stamped Wish Flower with Versafine Black, colour in with glitter pens, cut out and fix onto my background. Using sticky notes as masks I stamped the words individually onto cardstock coloured with the same Distress Inks, cut out and added to my card, then mat and later onto the base card.

This once did take a little time but I really liked the finish result. Using Wish Flower again, but using just the smaller of the two blooms masking the stamp with sticky notes and inking and stamping each flower one by one........make sure you don't forget to remove the mask for each stamping. I then coloured the flowers with pencils, stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words onto a piece of ripped velum and fixed across the stamped panel before matting and layering onto the base card.

This is one of the Colouring Pages which has the lovely Macintosh Beauty image on it, I simply coloured with pencils and framed.

My final piece of artwork today used the focal flower from Mosaic Flower. I started by using Distress inks to add watery colour to a piece of watercolour card the added some random stamping using the harlequins from Decorative Edges and Versafine Black. I cut two die cut circles coluring them with the same DI's as the background, then stamped the flower onto the smaller circle and added some colour again using the same inks. Next I placed some twine onto the base and fixed the circles and also added a few back sequins.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Medici Flower (By Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn again to show you something.

And this time two cards with the same stamp.

This card I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black on kraft cardstock and coloured it with my pencils.

This one I made the background with Distress Ink and stamped the stamp with a purple ink and colored the flowers with my pencils.

Stamp I used is Medici Flower.

Hugs Marga

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Delightfully French (by Julie)

Hello, for my first project I have a little decorative plaque, created from the French Heart single cling stamp.

I started by rolling out some plain white polymer clay to about 3 mm thick and large enough to take the area of the stamp. Next I inked up the stamp with a black Archival ink and pressed firmly into the clay. Carefully peel the stamp away from the clay and then cut around the outside edge. I use ordinary scissors and tidy up the detailed areas with a craft knife. Once cut out bake in the oven to packet instructions and then once cool, paint with water-colour paints. I have taken some cream chord and hot-glued it into place around the outside edge of the clay heart and then stitched some red beads around the chord.
I have plenty of old CD's lying around so I punched a hole (using a crop-o-dile) about 1 cm in from the edge and then covered most of the surface with thick, black Gesso. I then applied some tiny black stone chippings that I found in the flower section of a craft shop to the wet Gesso. Once dry, hot glue the clay heart into place and thread wire through the punched hole to hang where you wish.

My second project is a card stamped with the lovely Floral Delight single cling stamp.
First you need to ink up your stamp with Onyx Black Versafine ink and stamp onto spare stamping card, before colouring the image with coloured pencils. Next you need to take some copier paper and create a mask shape to place over the stamped image. Once the mask is cut, take the negative bit (the bit with the hole) and place around your flower and apply yellow and grey Distress inks. Once your happy with the centre of the design, swap over to use the positive bit of the mask (the bit you cut out) and place it over the coloured design and then stipple grey Distress ink and dot with a white paint pen around the edge.
Cut to size, before matting onto black card stock and attaching it to the front of you card.

Thanks for looking and please call back for daily Design Team inspiration

Julie xx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Wish flower (by Dominike)


A while ago, slate fell of a roof near me. First I threw it. Then I decided otherwise. May be it would be a good support to decorate a door.

Il y a quelques temps, une ardoise est tombée d'un toit près de moi. Je l'ai tout d'abord jetée. Puis je me suis ravisée. Peut-être que cela ferait une belle décoration pour une porte.

Versamark +  Wish flower rubberstamp + embossing powders Baby Blue, Red and White. 
Versamark + CB Wish flower + poudres à embosser Baby Blue, rouge et blanche.

I put it outside in the rain and after 3 months it is always so beautiful.
Je l'ai laissé sous la pluie et 3 mois après c'est toujours aussi beau.

I only have to drill the hole to put the thread.
Il ne me reste plus qu'à percer un trou pour mettre la ficelle.

Have a good day. Kind regards.
Bonne journée et à bientôt.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Create Art (by Magda)

I am happy to share with you some projects made with the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque:

Wish Flower
Mosaic Flower
Bird of Joy

I used various products for these projects:

Watercolor Pencils
Distress Ink Pad
Archival Ink
Stickles Crystal
Mesh wire
The sentiments  Words to Dazzle and Sparkle and Loving Sentiments

As you see the result of each card is different, which one do you prefer ?
Have a nice day and happy colouring

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, we are here today sharing another bumper batch of quick and simple cards with you created by the Design Team. If you are looking for clean and simple designs, or cards that can be made in a hurry, then these monthly blog posts that we bring to you are jam packed with inspirational ideas and top tips. If you are new to stamping, or looking for batch card ideas for a wedding or craft sale, then we have the ideas for you. Grab a cuppa and take a look at what we have to share with you this month.

I have made three quick cards for you, showcasing the lovely new stamps and colouring pages that were featured on the January Hochanda TV shows. You might have caught a quick demo with a couple of these cards on those very busy shows. For my first card, I created a gelli print background using a round gelli plate, and then stamped the Bird of Joy, minus the word cloud onto the background. I added one of the words from the Floral Delight image, by masking everything else off before I inked the word, using low tack masking tape. I removed the tape, and then stamped the word. I coloured the image and added some coordinating pearls to finish.

To create my second card,  I stamped the Medici Flower onto some pretty Crafty Individuals patterned paper, and coloured the image with the woodless pencils. I then matted the background onto black card:

For my last card, I created an acrylic block background, simply adding colour to an acrylic block with Distress inkpads, spritzing the block with water, and swiping it over the background. I added a piece of colouring page, trimmed from a completed page. I have lots of the page left over to create plenty more cards like this. I then simply added a sentiment to finish the card.

We have a couple of lovely Valentine's cards from Magda up next, very appropriate for this time of year. She has used a lovely colour scheme of grey and red for her cards. The red really pops against the grey stamping.

Magda has also created two fabulous Birthday cards, using Distress Oxides to create the backgrounds, one as an 80th Birthday card, using one of our Musical stamp sets. She has used a white pen to add highlights:
The other uses a contemporary floral image, and she has painted parts of the flower using the same inks as she used to create the background.

She has also created a pretty pink birth announcement card also using Distress Oxides for the background.

Her final card is an Anniversary card using the French Heart stamp and watercolour pencils to colour the image:

Two vibrant cards from Anne next, stamping the Bird of Joy stamp using Memento ink, and colouring with alcohol markers. She then added some sparkle pen over the top for a bit of shimmer, and some clear glaze pen to some of the details. She tore a piece of paper to loosely cover the images, and spritzed the background with light blue mica ink. As an alternative, the images could have been stamped with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder before being coloured with watercolours. The embossing would have acted as a barrier for the watercolouring.

Veronica has made a lovely card using the Wish Flower. This card in its elegeant colour scheme could be used for many occasions, and has a imeless feel about it.

The following three cards from Brenda have all been stamped onto patterned paper with Versamark and copper embossing powder. They have been coloured with sparkle pens. Using patterned papers is a very quick way of creating a card and changing the overall  final look of the card very easily:

For the following two cards, she has used the same Mosaic Flower image, but created two very different looks. On her first card, she sprayed the background with coloured inks, and simply stamped the image and added some coloured sequins.

On the second card, she stamped the image, colouring one of the seed heads and added some coordinating ribbon. The simple colour scheme is very effective.

Her next card utilises the great combination of kraft card and white embossing:

She has used Distress Ink to colour the background for her next card, and simply stamped the Floral Delight image using black ink. The black card and flat-backed pearls pull the look together:

Finally, she has created three little panels, stamping the images with Distress Ink, matting them onto coordinating card and adding them to a tall DL sized card.

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of cards this month, and that you will try some of our ideas out for yourselves. We will be back next month with more ideas for time saving projects. In the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pretty Poppies Card (by Carole)

Hello everyone, this month, we have three inspirational posts from our Guest Design Team member Carole Cann. Carole has created a beautiful card for her first post using a mixture of poppy stamps, (my favourite flower), and here is what she has to say:

Hello everyone,

I am delighted to be doing another series of projects for the Guest Design Team post this month.
My Pretty Poppies card was inspired by one I received many years ago with this colour combination.
Red and gold with brown are not colours I would normally use. Not the brown, anyway! But it works.
When I used these lovely poppy stamps I realized they would be perfect for a design I had in mind. So here it is.

I stamped the corners with Versamark and embossed them onto a piece of card 12.5 cms x 14.5 cms, (5 inches x 5 3/4 inches), leaving a gap between, to put the central poppy panel over.
This has been given an edging with a gold gel pen and mounted onto red card.
The poppy is embossed with the same gold, then coloured with red and green pearlescent paint, which gives it a lovely shimmer.
I used tiny sequin waste and a gold inkpad to make a slight pattern around the poppies. I trimmed the panel to size and mounted it onto gold card.
I then added glazing with Glossy Accents.
The photo does not do the embossing powder justice, as it has a lovely delicate glint to it.
The Best Wishes has been stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed.
I am going to try and make more cards with similar colours as I think they would be great for Golden or Ruby Wedding Anniversary cards.

Stamps used: Pretty Poppies
Poppy Meadow- corners
Loving Sentiments- words
Versamark inkpad
Versafine Onyx Black inkpad
Jeweled gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Brown, red and gold card
Pearlescent paints
Glossy Accents
Tiny sequin waste strip
Gold inkpad

Thank you for looking and see you next week with another project.

Happy crafting, Carole.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Wish Flower (by Anne)

Good morning. I created this one with the Wish Flower stamp.

I used Memento dye based ink for stamping which is compatible with alcohol inks that I used for colouring. I used Chameleon pens which make blending of different colours really easy.

After colouring I added some highlights with a silver pen and added a layer of clear sparkle pen overlay for shimmer.

The background was created with Distress Ink (a little water was flicked over the background and blotted off with tissue to create a little texture). I added alcohol ink to the edge to frame before gluing to the card front.

  • Wish Flower stamp 
  • 6 X 6 inch white card blank and white stamping card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Metallic Glitter Pen (Silver)
  • Chameleon Alcohol Ink Pens (PK3 with BG3 top)
  • Marker pen (black)

Monday, 12 February 2018

medici flower by Veronica

More samples using the lovely flower stmaps from last month's Hochanda shows

 I loved this stamp with the script background, and it really does not need anything other than a bit of colouring in.
For the first one I thought I would go for opulent, so stamped it with versamark onto black card and gold embossed it before painting with pealescent paints.
Cut it down, added a gold and black matt and mounted onto a 7"square white card blank - job done!

The second card I stamped onto a piece of kraft card again with versamark and embossed in white. Painted the flowers again, but this time tore round the image and sponged the torn edges with vintage photo distress ink.
The white card blank was randomly stamped with the flowers using vintage photo again, using the stamp without the block so only part of the image stamped. edges sponged with more vintage photo

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Book of Flowers (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a project to share with you today showcasing all of the beautiful stamps featured in the Anniversary shows in January on Hochanda. I hope you managed to catch the shows, they seemed to go in a flash, and Lesley and I were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm for all of the products that we brought to share with you!

My project is a concertina book, made with two pieces of whiteboard for the covers, which I have covered with some lovely patterned paper by Crafty Individuals. I stamped one of the images, minus the words onto the cover, and coloured it with the woodless pencils that we also featured on the show.

I created some pages for the book using smooth watercolour paper, but the cartridge paper that is available on the website would work equally as well. Each page measures 10.5 cms x 14 cms, and I allowed an extra panel to join the sections together each time. I decorated the back of the pages using Distress Ink, and stamped the words from several of the images on top, creating a tone on tone effect.

On each page front, I stamped a different flower image, and coloured these with Distress Inks, keeping to a common colour theme throughout.

As I assembled the book, I added some ribbon, which allowed the book to be tied shut with a bow. This was such a fun project to make, and would be a lovely keepsake for someone special.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Friday, 9 February 2018

Floral delights by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I hope everyone is fine and dandy. So today I’m sharing some of my samples from the last Hochanda shows that featured the beautiful colouring pages and flower stamps, totally Devine designs, so versatile.

I made a card out of my smaller Colouring page which I’d coloured using water soluble crayons.

I used a Greyboard heart from the website to create this little decoration, I used Distress Oxides blended to colour the background, simple heat embossing in gold and decoupaged, some gold Gilding wax to edge the heart and voila!
I hope you like my creations? Thank you so much for your kind comments, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Friendship by Brenda

Good morning, today I would like to share a few of my samples from Lesley's Hochanda shows which celebrated Chocolate Baroque's first Birthday with the channel when viewers were treated to some wonderful new floral stamps and colouring pages.

This release was right up my street and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed making these samples and it was only time that prevented me making more.

So to my first card at the top uses the beautiful Medici Flower. On this occasion I only wanted to use the focal flower so I used sticky notes to cover the areas around the flower, inked it with Versafine Black, removed the masks and followed the same process three times. I then masked the  individual stamped flowers and stamped the Poppy heads from Poppy Meadow along with a inspirational quote from Pretty Poppies. Next I flicked some watery distress ink onto the white space and finally coloured the blooms with sparkle pens.

I really love this image, it's called Mosaic Flower but to me it yells out Chinese Lanterns. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed with detail gold powder, coloured the flower hears with pencils and rubbed some gilding wax around the edges. Some twine and a button tied around before matting onto a pieced of corrugated and then the base card.

I painted this little box with acrylic and shimmer paints, then used a stencil and texture paste to add some flourishes. When dry I used a slightly darker pain to highlight the stenciled patterns and added gilding flakes here are there and along the opening edges. The flowers on the top were cut from one of the colouring pages, coloured in with pencils and fixed to the top along with some die cut leaves.

My final share today used the new Floral Delight stamp which I stamped once, masked and then stamped part of the stamp a second time and coloured in with pencils.  Using a mask I added some sun rays and stamped three of the words from Wish Flower, cut out and added individually to the finished piece.  

Thank you so much for popping in today.