Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Challenge 30, Week Four

Hello everyone, and welcome to the final week of Challenge Thirty on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you so much for your visits and lovely comments throughout the month, especially when you have been so busy throughout the Christmas period, we appreciate your support, and really enjoy reading what you have to say. We hope that you have been enjoying the current challenge. There is still plenty of time to enter, and be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque. You can add your entries to the link in this post.

We are taking a look this week at some of the entries we have received for the challenge so far.

Alice's pretty floral card incorporates a beautiful graduated embossed background, stunning large flowers as a focal point, and butterfly embellishments to complete the project:


Carole's elegant Art Nouveau themed card is a very eye-catching design, with the fabulous stencil in the background, and partial stamping to create a border at the top and bottom of the card:


Finally, Kate's pretty card, using the lovely honeysuckle image against the white embossed background is a lovely design. The shaped card blank adds another dimension, without the need for layers.

This month, Vronnie is going to introduce herself to you, and reveal a bit more about herself.

 
As a child growing up in the pre-TV old days, I always had my head in a book, either colouring or reading. Most of my pocket money was spent in the local stationers on different pens, pencils and crayons. I was lucky enough to spend four years at art colleges, moving from what was then called fine art to graphic design, and finally typography. It was great fun, and the only time my hands have been more colourful than when stamping! Amongst other things, we learnt paper sculpture- very helpful when I started quilling many years later. The quilling led to my first rubber stamp- one of the leaves, as I got fed up with quilling them- I still have it, a 4x3cm wood mounted one that cost £5.55 (yes it still has the label!)
The rot set in, I bought a few more, discovered crafting on TV, first Jayne Nesterenko and then Glenda Waterworth- quilling was forgotten, and my mitts became very colourful again- I seem to have an almost magnetic attraction for ink.
I was thrilled to win a place as a Guest Designer two years ago, which taught me a lot, and I was really over the moon when invited to join the team itself last year. As a very messy crafter, I have had to learn to keep stamp sets together instead of dumped in the nearest plastic box- the sales of stamp storage sheets have soared since then! I still have boxes of orphan stamps to sort out, and a very untidy craft area- every attempt at sorting it out properly ends up with larger heaps than before and not being able to find anything!
My Husband swears stamps are taking over the house, and my Son couldn't believe his eyes when he found a box of Brusho powders in the bathroom recently!
It is harder work sometimes than it sounds being on the DT, and I am totally in awe of those who manage to be on several teams, but it is great fun, and the girls are a fab bunch of people to work with.

Thank you Vronnie for your biography, your craft room sounds just like mine! It was great to get to know you a little better.

We will be back next week with a brand new challenge, but we hope to see lots more entries from you in the meantime. If you have any questions, and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.



  


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Challenge 30, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying the current challenge and the inspiration provided by the Design Team. For those of you visiting the blog for the first time, do check out all of the information on the blog, especially the tabs at the top of the page, where you should be able to find the answers to all of your questions. Here is the colour swatch for this month's challenge:

You can find a link to the current challenge here, where you can add your entries at the end of the post. This week we are sharing more inspiration from the Design Team.

I have made a card using Pan Pastels rubbed over an image stamped using Versamark on kraft card. I stamped and embossed the image again onto a spare piece of card and added more Pan Pastels. This has created a lovely soft effect. You can obtain full instructions for the card on my blog.

Anne has created a beautiful card using some lovely bird related images for her focal design. Clever use of birdcages and flowers create a fabulous background.

Anne has very kindly written a tutorial for her card, so that you can try this one at home.

Materials:

Stamps: Floral Notes, A Little Bird Told Me, Mackintosh Sentiments
8" x 8" card blank, 6" x 6" decorative paper (Crafty Individuals Shades of Summer) and green card for mounting
Inkpads: Versamark, Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye, Forest Moss)
Watercolour and glitter pens (pink, green, light brown)
Alcohol marker (light grey)
Glossy Accents
Embossing powders (gold and pink)
Ribbon and faux gems

Instructions:

Directly stamp an 8" x 8" card using Distress Inks using stamps from the Floral Notes and A Little Bird Told Me stamp sets. Lightly colour the flowers with a wash of watercolour pen.
The printed paper is from Crafty Individuals (Book 7- Shades of Summer).
Stamp and heat emboss the birds in gold and the sentiment in bright pink (Mackintosh Sentiments).
Colour the birds with watercolour and glitter pens. Outline the birds a little with pale grey alcohol marker to make them stand out a little more from the background. Coat them with Glossy Accents.
Mount the decorative panel onto green card and attach to the card front with 3D foam for dimension, add a bow and faux gems to finish.

Thank you so much Anne for a great tutorial.



We hope that the projects that we have shown you this week will inspire you to join in with the challenge yourselves. We will be back next week with another post, and more projects for you. If you have any questions, and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.








Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Challenge 30, Week Two- Winner's Week

Hello everyone and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas, and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year from everyone on the Challenge Blog Team. May 2017 bring you health, happiness, and lots of crafting!

This week, we are announcing the winners of Challenge Twenty-Nine. The winner of the £15 prize to spend at Chocolate Baroque is Janny, whose project was drawn by Random.org as the overall winner. Congratulations Janny, we hope that you enjoy your prize.

Please email Lesley on lesley@chocolatebaroque,com so that she can organise your voucher. You can also display our winner's badge on your blog, details of how to obtain the badge can be found on the FAQ tab at the top of the page.

The Top Three this month have been chosen by the Design Team, who have had a tough time choosing from such a marvellous selection of entries. The Top Three in no particular order are:






Congratulations ladies, you can display the Top Three badge on your blogs. Details of how to obtain the badge can be found on the FAQ tab at the top of the page. Well done to everyone who entered, and we hope that you will join in with our current challenge. You can find the details here.

We have some more inspiration from the Design Team for you this week:


Asha's beautiful Spring themed card will remind you of the warmer days just around the corner. The image looks delightful in the challenge colours:

Magda's tag is so pretty, combining one of our new floral images and the soft background. The romantic sentiment is perfect for the approaching Valentine season:

Vronnie's card uses more of those lovely florals, beautiful colouring and a fabulous background. A card that could be used for so many occasions:



We hope that these projects will inspire you to create something for the challenge yourselves, using the current colour swatch. We will be back next week with another post and more inspiration from the Design Team, but until then, we look forward to seeing some of your entries. If you have any questions and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.




Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Challenge Thirty

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you for your lovely comments and visits to the blog over the past month, we really appreciate your support, and love reading what you have to say. As we approach Christmas, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas from the Challenge Blog Team.

We will be announcing the winners of Challenge Twenty-Nine next week, so if you entered the challenge, be sure to check out the blog post, to see if you are the winner of our prize.

As a reminder to those of you who have visited our blog before, and for anyone who is new to the blog, our challenges are monthly, based on an inspirational photo and a colour swatch. A new challenge is launched on the third Wednesday of every month. You can use any medium to create your project; inks, paints, pens, pencils, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch in your project. We are offering a monthly prize of £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps to one lucky winner, who will be selected by Random.org from all of the entrants who have used Chocolate Baroque stamps currently available from the website. We welcome entries incorporating other stamps and images, but they will not be eligible for the prize. All entries will have the chance to be selected as one of our Top Three, and can then display our 'I made the Top Three at Chocolate Baroque' badge on their blogs.


We have a pretty new colour swatch for you this month, and some stunning inspiration from the Design Team, which we will be sharing over the coming weeks. Here is the colour swatch for the new challenge:


The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 17th January 2017 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday January 25th 2017. Here are some projects from the Design Team:

Julie's pretty floral card uses clever shading on the background to create a sunray effect. She has created a beautiful floral border to frame her eye-catching focal flower:
Magda's beautiful card is full of texture and detail. Repeat stamping of the main flower has created the feel of flowers against a garden wall:
Finally, Claire's romantic project would make a beautiful Valentine or Anniversary card, she has created a very elegant card, especially with the added gem detail:

Thank you girls for your inspiration using the new challenge colours. We hope that they will inspire you to create something for the challenge. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our challenge blog team. You can get in touch by sending a private message; details are at the end of this blog post, below the comments section.

We hope that you enjoy the new challenge and look forward to seeing your projects. Happy Christmas!

Judith xx



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Challenge 29, Week Five

Hello everyone, and welcome to the final week of the current challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you for your lovely comments throughout the month, we really appreciate your support.

This week, we are taking a look at some of the entries that we have received for the current challenge, and showcasing them on the blog. We hope that you enjoy the selection that we have chosen to share with you.

Carole has altered an old table mat, using one of our clear stamps, to create this stunning design for her Christmas table. She has been very patient to get the placement so precise, but it has been well worth the effort:
Leanne has also been altering an item ready for Christmas; she has created a super gift bag, using some of our Steampunk stamps. She has used gesso, texture paste and inks to create this colourful bag that would wow any recipient:
Gerrina has been continuing with her delightful calendar project, and created another one of her beautiful pages for this month's challenge. She originally decorated the reverse of a canvas to hold all of the pages, and this would make a beautiful gift for someone:
Janny's lovely CAS card, using one of our newest floral stamps is so elegant, and could be adapted for many different occasions:
Finally Kate's pretty floral card using the Floribunda Net image could also be used for so many occasions. She has left it without a sentiment, great for those times when you need a card in a hurry:
We have had some fabulous entries from you this month, and hope that you have enjoyed using the colours in the current colour swatch. Thank you for finding the time at this busy time of year, when you have so much else to do. Next month, our colour selection will be completely different again, and if these selections take you outside your comfort zone, then well done for stretching yourselves. Thank you to everyone else who entered the challenge this month, and we hope to see lots more entries from you before the deadline next week. There is still plenty of time to enter, and you can find a link in this post.

If you have any questions regarding the challenges, and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.



Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Challenge 29, Week Four

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you for the wonderful entries that have been coming in for the challenge so far. We hope that you are enjoying the current colour scheme and the inspiration provided by the Design Team each week for you. We hope that if you have not entered already, you will try and find a bit of time amongst your Christmas preparations and join in with the challenge. We encourage all levels of crafter from beginners just starting out,  to advanced, and the winner is always chosen at random, so everyone has an equal chance of winning the prize. You can add your entry to the link in this post.

We have more Design Team inspiration for you this week, both on a floral theme. Magda has created a pretty ATC, using our newest floral stamps:
Zoe has created a lovely tag using a pretty poppy stamp:
Both of these designs are sure to remind you of warmer days, and chase away the Winter blues. We hope that these projects will inspire you to rummage through your own crafty supplies and create something for the challenge.

We are taking the opportunity this week to meet another member of the Design Team. Dominike is going to introduce herself to you, so that you can get to know her a little better.

Dominike writes:

Hello,

My name is Dominique, Dominike for my artwork. I am a French self taught Artist living with my husband in Poitiers, between Paris and La Rochelle where I was born.

In 'another life' I managed a mayors' association and was the coach for elected representatives.

Craft has always been my passion for a long time. I used to experiment wth rubber stamps ten years ago when I was unemployed. Then it became a habit. My art is scrap to mixed media. The work I prefer is to make books and different things with fabrics. I like to make greetings cards and Art Journals. My experience includes teaching mixed media art workshops across France, which has always been a great pleasure for me.

I am the mother of two children. I almost died at the birth of my first child in 1978. So, after that bad experience I looked at life with another eye. Every morning is a day more! Optimist is my first quality. I like colours, jazz and the cinema. All is necessary to make beautiful projects.

Thank you so much for your biography Dominike, it was lovely to learn more about you.

We will be back next week with another post, and more projects to share with you. If you have any questions, and cannot see the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Challenge 29, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying the current challenge and the inspiration provided by the Design Team. For those of you visiting the blog for the first time, do check out the information on the blog, especially the tabs at the top of the page, where you should be able to find all of the answers to your questions. Here is the colour swatch for this month's challenge:

You can find a link to the current challenge here, where you can add your entries at the end of the post. This week we are sharing more inspiration from the Design Team.

Magda has created a bold floral tag, incorporating one of our newest stamps:
Anne has created a lovely Christmas card with one of our recent Christmas images:
She has very kindly written a tutorial so that you can have a go at making this card yourselves.

Materials:

Christmas Post single stamp
6" x 6" white card blank, white stamping card, white pearlescent card
Versafine inkpad (Vintage Sepia)
Watercolour pencils (green, red, brown, gold)
Wax crayons (light gold, dark brown)
Fine-tipped permanent pen (brown)
Glossy Accents
Chunky 'glass' glitter and clear glitter glue
Winter themed frame die
Foam pads or 3D glue


Instructions:

Cut decorative frame frrom pearlescent card. If you don't have a suitable decorative die, a plain frame looks nice and you could decorate it with winter foliage or snowflakes (die cut or ready made).
Stamp the image and cut out to fit behind the frame. Extend the scene on the left and right by drawing with the fine pen.
Draw onto the bricks with wax crayons to give some areas of texture. The wax resists the watercolour. Colour the image with watercolour pencils. Use a damp brush to pull out and blend the colour.
Stamp the branches onto the card blank.
Mount the topper and frame with foam pads or 3D glue.
Finish with chunky glitter and glitter glue. Add Glossy Accents to the tree baubles.

Thanks so much Anne for a super tutorial. 

We hope that the projects we have shown you this week will inspire you to join in with the challenge yourselves. We will be back next week with another post, and more projects for you. If you have any questions. and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.