Wednesday 22 June 2022

Canary Bird Rose

Hello fellow crafters.

My final contribution for this month, for the Chocolate Baroque GDT slot, uses the very pretty Canary Bird Rose stamp.

It is stamped and then I cut  an oval around it. Half of this was cut away.

The flower was coloured with water colour pencils and Distress inks.

The background uses an embossing folder covered with VersaMark  and then put through the embossing machine .Then pearlescent powders were brushed over to reveal the design. This is a lovely method which I haven't used for ages.

This was then sprayed with cheap hairspray to seal it.

The message is from the  Folk Art Garden set.

Hope you have enjoyed the samples I have shown you.

Please visit my  Pinterest board to see other Chocolate Baroque samples that I have made.

Many thanks for visiting.

Happy crafting until next time.



Wednesday 15 June 2022

A selection of stamps

Hello again.

This is my  second contribution for this month for the Chocolate Baroque GDT slot. It has a bit of a retro feel to it. I have used 'worker stamps' from a variety of stamp sets to do a grid pattern. This involved a lot of masking as I decided where the stamps were going. It is stamped with sepia Versafine. The grid evolved as I went along and each section was lightly drawn around as I went. The grid could be drawn out first and the stamped areas masked and stamped. This would probably be easier to build up.

I decided to add a touch of colour with the butterflies and mounted it onto the dark blue, as I like blue and brown together.

Very different looking cards emerge if you alter the grid pattern and change the colours. I have enjoyed using this technique and it is a good way to use some of the smaller stamps which are very pretty and often only used for backgrounds.

Hope you have enjoyed my card and I will be back again ,next week with my final sample for this session.

Many thanks for looking. 

Happy crafting

Carole ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Bird Cage Collage


Hello everyone.

 I am pleased to be doing another GDT slot for Chocolate Baroque and will have three projects for you over the next three weeks, using some of the older stamps. Hope you enjoy looking at them.

My first sample uses  Bird Cage  Collage , a lovely stamp which is very versatile and much used.

You will find some other samples below.

I have stamped onto black card with VersaMark ink and embossed with silver powder, then coloured the image with pearlescent paints. The left hand edge has been cut away around the cages.

The edging uses one of the Floral Edges stamps and again is stamped with VersaMark and silver pearlescent powder brushed over. I sealed this with a quick spritz of cheap hair spray.

The words are from the Loving Sentiments set.

The samples following are a variation, using the same Bird Cage stamp.

  I hope you like this stamp as I have had fun using it again. 

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again next week.

Happy crafting


Tuesday 24 May 2022

Dog and Duck

Hello everyone.

 Is it really that long ago that I did my last blog post? Frightening where the time goes. 

Not helped by a few health issues which made me tired, lethargic and totally lacking in any motivation. 

I am making the most of it while the inclination is there!!

Thought I would show you some items I made for a craft show. I have used images from Crafty Individuals,  

Notepad holder

The dogs head has a strong magnet attached to the back so that it can be put on the fridge door.

They are stamped onto wooden shapes and coloured with water colour pencils. Then I sealed them with a spray varnish .

The brooch is stamped onto an oval wooden shape and coloured.  A clasp was stuck to the back with a strong adhesive

My favourite one is the  duck and I still wear it as it amuses me. Hope you have enjoyed seeing these.

Happy crafting until next time. Hopefully it wont be so long.

Bye for now


Wednesday 27 October 2021

Winter Dawn - GDT Project 2021

 Hello everyone 

My last project for this GDT  slot is a winter theme using the beautiful Winter Dawn Stamp (UA6SP0525). I have used the other three quite a lot as they are very pretty images, but Winter Dawn has been neglected for some reason.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So here she is.

The frame is 25cm. one I had in my stash. Just right for the 15cm. heart to fit in the centre.
The heart is a good quality birch wood which has been sanded to a lovely smooth finish. This is suitable for stamping directly onto the wood without prepping it first, using a suitable inkpad.
Some inkpads will bleed, which you don't want. I have used VersaFine Blue on mine and it is useful to use a drier pad rather than a new squidgy one๐Ÿ˜€. StazOn works well too.
The image has been coloured with water colour pencils and white gel pen, for the flakes.
It is edged with tiny beads to finish it.
The background sheet has the wax resist technique again , (see last weeks post) and then over stamped with snowflakes which have been white embossed.
The edging is finished  with little pearls.  
I hope you have enjoyed this project and revisit this lovely series of stamps.

Happy crafting to you all and thankyou for visiting Chocolate Baroque's blog. 


Wednesday 20 October 2021

Chocolate Baroque sample 2 - October 2021


Hello again

My sample this time uses a pretty stamp from the Butterfly Poppy Collage set and an older technique which seems to have gone out of favour or forgotten! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I stamped the butterfly panel from Butterfly Poppy collage  and then stamped it again and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This was torn and cut out to add a bit of depth. 
The white panel behind was embossed with a diamond folder to mirror the stamp diamonds. Unfortunately this is not showing in the photo.
The background is done with the wax paper technique which is simple to do and can give interesting results.
My card has the wax paper scrunched up, but you can put it through in an embossing folder to get different patterns.
I scrunched the wax paper , smoothed it out and ironed it onto my piece of card. Use a piece of copy paper on top  to iron. Please don't use your main iron in case the wax seeps through the paper onto the iron!
The pattern from the wax will act as a resist so that when you ink over the pattern 'pops'.
I like this technique as it is quick and simple and the wax paper can be manipulated to get different patterns.
I hope you have liked this .

See you next week


Wednesday 13 October 2021

Chocolate Baroque GDT sample 1 - October 2021

 Hello everyone.

I am pleased to be back for this GDT  spot again for Chocolate Baroque, hope you like what I have to show you.

For my first project I decided to cover my sample book, something I have wanted to do for ages! I keep a visual record of the stamps I receive for Chocolate Baroque samples in an A4 book and then cross reference this to my storage boxes. it has been looking tatty for ages as it is well used. Most of the initial time was taken up deciding on a plan and colours and what stamps to use. Always a tough one.  But got there eventually and tried to keep out of my comfort zone for colour.


So here it is. Once I had cut the paper to size I clear embossed some leaves then coloured over them with Wild Honey Distress ink,  to emphasise the embossed areas

This was over stamped with a selection of stamps from various sets. 

The flowers were stamped with Versafine Sepia and cut out, as were some of the butterflies. These were coloured with Aged Mahogany Distress ink , Marigold and water colour pencils, then stuck down.

Haven't decided on the back yet, but it will probably be a simpler design.

Once everything was stuck down securely I sprayed it with a matt sealant. Hopefully this will protect it as it is well used.

Thankyou for looking. I was pleased with the result in the end. At least its easy to find being bright yellow!๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope you like it and enjoy covering a book yourselves.

Stamps used: Essence of nature, Floral perfume, Honeysuckle Butterfly and various other  grasses and sentiments  from different sets.

Colours used: Wild honey, Marigold, Aged mahogany, weathered wood to add to the edges.

Back next week for a different sample. 

Happy crafting