Sunday, 13 October 2019

Happy Flowers and Flowers Day by Debbie

Hi everyone, it's my turn to show you the samples I designed for the September Chocolate Baroque Hochanda show. We had some lovely florals and hearts to choose from and a wealth of options for your imagination. 

Here's my first design using Celebration Bouquet

For this one I simply embossed the image with white powder onto Kraft Card and sponged with Distress inks Blueprint Sketch, Peeled Paint, Barn Door and Fossilized Amber.
I then layered onto white & Kraft card before attaching to an A5 Kraft card blank. Very simple but clean and delicate. I just love all the fine detail in this stamp. 

Next, we have Happy Flowers Day

This is one of my favourites and for this one I began by flicking some brown ink onto an 
8 x 8 ivory card blank. Next I die cut some hexagons and then stamped parts of the magnolia, butterfly and script using a black inkpad. I coloured with  pencils and attached 2 strips of burlap onto the card blank before attaching the hexagons.

I just loved September's stamps and once I got going I just couldn't stop! My next sample incorporates the great Artist Trading Heart and Geometric Trading Hearts.

This again is a simple design. I stamped both hearts onto card which I had smooched (wipe the card through watered ink on your craft mat) Distress inks onto using a black inkpad. I then cut them both out and stamped the sentiment and image onto the plain one.
I stamped Square Bubbles  onto a 6 x 6 white card blank using a grey inkpad and sponged Distress ink Wilted Violet  around the edges. 

 Finally we have the Snakehead Fritillary from Happy Flowers Day  

For this card I stamped onto a white die cut oval (a smaller one for the sentiment) using a purple inkpad and then stamped again without re inking the stamp (secondary stamping) which gives you an interesting shadowy effect. I coloured the flowers in the foreground using pencils and mounted onto a grey A5 card blank.

That's all for this time but I'll have lots more to show you later in the month including the samples which didn't make it onto the show. 
Thanks for visiting Debbie

Friday, 20 September 2019

Houses of the World Part 2

Hi everyone it's my turn on the blog again today so I thought I'd show you the rest of my designs for the August Hochanda show using the great "Houses" stamps. 

 I'll start with one of my favourites Italian House and for the first design I've given it a spooky Halloween look.

I made a background with Distress inks Rusty Hinge, Barn Door and Carved Pumpkin. I then simply stamped the house using a black inkpad & shaded with a grey brush pen.

I've added some die cut bats & a punched circle for the moon.

To finish I've mounted onto black card and attached to an ivory A5 card blank and added some freehand lines.   


For the next one I've used Dutch House which I have stamped twice onto white card so that I could 3D the tallest part of the house. I've coloured with pencils and the design itself is made up of a "bridge fold"- if you're not familiar with this fold let me know and I'd be happy to give you details. I've coloured in bright "Dutch" colours and added die cut flowers to decorate the card blank.

Next we have Bridge House and for this I've stamped onto cork using a black inkpad (Versafine). The cork sheet gives a great textured look & is very easy to colour with water based pens. I've mat and layered onto ivory and then Kraft card before attaching to the card blank. I've cut away the right side of the card blank (A5 ivory) and stamped the background with On the Tiles using a Sepia inkpad and added some torn strips of cork to add interest.

Below are a few more of my designs which didn't make it onto the show but I thought you'd like to see. 

Shrink plastic

An 5" x 7" canvas painted with water colour paints
Turret House simply printed over Mica sprays

Thanks for joining me today, see you next month. 

Friday, 6 September 2019

Houses of the World

Hi everyone it's my turn on the Design Team blog again today & I want to show you some of my designs from the August Hochanda show. 

I'll start with my calendar design which was really fun to do. I stamped  Italian House and Bridge House several times each using a black inkpad and just shaded softly with a grey pen. I then cut parts from each of them (see if you can spot them!) before layering them together at different depths onto some pale blue card using silicone glue. I then layered this onto Kraft card & stamped some foliage around the edges from Robin the Spruce & coloured using water based pens. To finish I added some punched cork hearts, a mini calendar & paper raffia.

For my second design I've chosen Turret House which is my favourite (don't tell anyone!)
I've embossed onto navy card using detail gold embossing powder & then stencilled a moon through a punched circle shape with a white ink. I then water coloured using gold and copper inks from pearl inkpads (Brilliance) before splattering white ink over the entire design. I layered onto gold card before attaching to a ivory 7" x 7" card blank. The sentiment was also embossed and cut into a flag shape, also layered onto gold card. To finish I added some gold metal embellishments. 

My third design features Italian House and for this I went for a snowy, frosty scene. I took a piece of flat white card and stamped the house at the centre. I then painted Pebeo Drawing Gum over the entire image to mask it. When dry (only a few minutes) I sponged some clouds and mountains onto the background using a piece of torn card and Distress inks leaving the bottom just white. I used a dotty stencil and white ink to add some snow. 

Next I rubbed away the gum and gave the house some light shading using a grey pen. I also added some snow drifts using grey. The sentiment was stamped using a dark blue inkpad.

I layered the design onto mid blue card before attaching to a 8" x 8" white card blank. To finish I added white liquid pearls to the house & snowy landscape and sprinkled with crystal glitter. I also attached some die cut "icicles" to the top of the design.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and I'll be back later in the month with more of my house designs. Bye for now. 

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Gnomes, Gnomes & More Gnomes

Hi everyone it's my turn on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog today with some samples from the July Hochanda show when the Christmas stamps were launched. 

So today I have gnomes for you, namely A Tomte Christmas

My first design is a tri fold card made from Kraft card. For the backgrounds I have taken a piece of  White Silk Board and I have sponged with Distress inks Wild honey, Fired Brick and Chipped Sapphire. I splattered with water and mopped with kitchen paper to remove the ink. I then over stencilled with a swirl and snowflakes. The gnomes were stamped with a black inkpad & water coloured with Distress inks. I stencilled snowflakes onto the centre panel before adding the sentiment which was stamped onto a punched label. The embellishments at the corners have been made with clear 3D pads and transfer foils.

For my second design I have taken 2 stamps and made them work together which they do so beautifully. I've taken a piece of White Silk Board again & stamped with a black inkpad. I water coloured this time with mica paints to give a lovely pearly look. The image was mounted onto silver mirror card and then onto a wider piece of black sparkle card before attaching to a white 5" x 7" card blank.

Next we have a monochromatic look which gives a night- time look to the design. I created the background by giving a piece of card a fairly wet wash with blue Distress ink and then sprinkling with rock salt. Leave to dry naturally and then brush off the salt. I love this technique as you never quite know what you'll get. I've coloured the 2 stamped images with water- based pens in a selection of blue shades and highlighted the white areas with white gel pen. The 2 panels have been mounted onto navy card before attaching to a white 

5" x 7" card blank and I've added some punched snowflakes to finish.

For my last design I have used  the trio of gnomes and stamped with a black inkpad. I stamped the first 3 at the centre of the card and then masked this using Pebeo drawing gum. I then stamped more gnomes to each side and then rubbed away the drawing gum before colouring with water based pens. Then sky has been coloured with Distress inks and then I used a stencil  and a baby wipe to remove some of the ink to give a snowy effect. i edged the image with blue ink before attaching to a 6" x 6" white card blank. The sentiment was stamped at the top and bottom using a blue inkpad.

That's all from me for this time. Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Christmas is Coming!

Hi everyone here are some of my samples for my first Hochanda show since I joined the Design Team boy, was I nervous and excited! 
First we have the gorgeous The Christmas Garden, I just love all the detail in this stamp. For the first design I've printed with a brown inkpad and coloured using metallic pencils. I distressed the edges of the image before mounting onto Kraft card and then purple card. The ivory card blank is an 8" x 8". I've used the corner foliage stamp which comes with the set to add detail to the corners of the card blank using purple ink. To add the finishing touch I've added some pearls.

For the second design using The Christmas Garden I have stamped using a black inkpad and coloured with pencils. When finished I covered the entire surface with embossing ink and covered with a clear rainbow powder which gives a lovely sparkling effect. The card blank again is an 8" x 8" and I've finished off with a frothy tulle bow and some sparkly gems

For my next 2 designs I've used Christmas Circles but 2 very different looks. For the first one I have stamped the image onto a die cut circle using a black inkpad and coloured with pencils. I stamped the lower part of the stamp again so that I could decoupage the poinsettia. I mounted the image onto an embossed die cut circle and used a doily and some dark green velvet paper for the background. Oops! Spot the deliberate mistake? No sentiment!!

For my second take on the same stamp I've white embossed onto a die cut circle of Kraft card which is one of my favourite techniques. I've just added some soft shading using a white water colour pencil as I find that water colour pencils give a stronger colour when using Kraft card. I've used the small poinsettia stamp from The Christmas Garden for the card blank itself which is a 6" x 6". The sentiment has been embossed onto a tag and held in place with ribbon.

Still with the Christmas Circles we have the robin this time and firstly I've chosen not to go for a circular shape this time. This image has been stamped with black ink and embossed with clear powder before water colouring with  Koh-I-Nor water colours. I've also stamped the holly from the stamp onto the edges of the sentiment tag. The card blank is a ivory A5 which has been stamped with Large Crackle Background and brown ink. I've sponged around the edges of the image, the tag and the card blank with Distress ink Tea Die. To finish I've added some die cut holly and foliage and red ribbon.

For my second look at the robin I decided to give it a snowy theme with a shaker card. Coloured softly with pencils onto white card it forms the background to the shaker card. I then die cut a circle from some blue gingham card and attached a piece of acetate toe the back. Next seal all around the edges of the circle on the reverse with 3D foam tape. Place a small pile of shaker materials in the centre of the robin image (I used a mix of small beads & snowflakes) and then carefully place the outer layer over the background. To finish I've added some faux stitching .

That's all for this time, see you later in the month when I'll be showing all my "gnome" designs. 

Monday, 22 July 2019

Words to Dazzle & Sparkle

Hi everyone it's my turn on the Chocolate Baroque design team blog today. I love all the great background stamps from CB & my first design is just concentrating on using Damask Panel
I started out by embossing 3 times on white card using a black inkpad & clear embossing powder. That done I got out my Distress inks & sponged Seedless Preserves & Salty Ocean softly over the entire area. I then cut around 2 pieces leaving a narrow border & then mounted onto black card.  The card blank is a white DL used sideways & as you can see I've attached one piece at the bottom right of the card & then turned the other piece up the other way & mounted it slightly over the bottom piece & standing up over the top of the fold of the card. I used 3D foam tape for this piece to give some dimension. From the 3d piece I die cut the tag & layered it onto some white card. The sentiment which has been stamped onto a punched circle comes from Words to Dazzle & Sparkle & I've edged the circle with a black pen. To finish I've punched 3 smaller circles, edged them also with black & attached to the bottom left.

For my next design I've used one of my favourites, the very useful Mosaic Flower. I'm a great fan of monochromatic designs using just one colour but this technique using a spot of colour works well to for quite a dramatic effect.
I've stamped twice & coloured one piece with  simply red & grey pens. I've then punched 4 circles from the image & again edged them with black pen. I've then simply over laid them onto the other image matching up the design carefully. The 5" x 7" white card blank has been randomly stamped with On the Tiles & a grey inkpad & the image mounted onto red card before attaching to card blank. The sentiment once again comes from Words to Dazzle & Sparkle

My 3rd design is a December birthday greeting using Hark the Christmas Rose stamped onto White Silk Board with black ink & embossed with clear embossing powder. I've water coloured with the gorgeous Koh-I-Noor water colour palette & mounted onto brown card before attaching to a 6" x 6" ivory card blank. To finish I've wrapped some baker's twine around the fold of the card. The cute birthday greeting comes from the newly launched Christmas stamps, Christmas Circles.

That's all for this time, see you again soon,Debbie

Sunday, 7 July 2019

My Chocolate Baroque Debut

Hi everyone I'm Debbie & this is my first blog post as a Chocolate Baroque team member so I'm just a bit excited! 
I was asked recently what was the first Chocolate Baroque stamp that I bought? What better way to introduce myself to you all!

So let's start off with Medici Flower stamped onto a Brusho background with a black inkpad & simply coloured with water based pens. 

The image was then mounted onto black card & I've added thin strips of black card to the background to add interest.  The background has been created with Studded Lattice which I have embossed with white powder & sponged with Distress inks Worn Lipstick & Spun Sugar. The sentiment comes from Amazing Mackintosh Words. I've mounted the design onto an A5 white card blank. 

For my second design I've used French Heart which has also been stamped onto a Brusho background & water coloured using Brusho powders.

 I have used Chocolate Baroque White Silk Board which is a great quality card especially for this technique.
 I have used a 7" x 7" ivory card blank & this has been stamped with Open Weave using a brown inkpad & I've also sponged lightly around the edges of the card blank. 
The sentiment also comes from Amazing Mackintosh Words & both stamped pieces have been mounted onto orange & then brown card before attaching to the card blank. 

For my third & last design I've used one of my favourites Lords & Ladies.

 I've embossed in white onto a circle of Kraft card & coloured with water colour pencils which have not been activated with water. I find that you get stronger colour when using Kraft card than with ordinary pencils. 
I've used a 7" x 7" white card blank which I've stamped with Square Bubbles using Distress ink Seedless Preserves. I've also softly sponged around the edges using the same inkpad.
As before the sentiments with which I've randomly stamped around the edges of the card blank come from the very versatile Amazing Mackintosh Words. To finish I've added some faux stitching around the edge of the circle using a white gel pen before attaching to the card blank.

I hope you've enjoyed my designs. See you again next time, Debbie

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

New from Stix2

We've just had some lovely new products from Stix2 which I thought I'd share with you. Firstly a new range of biodegradable glitter. These come in 8 gorgeous colours & are super fine, just right with Christmas crafting season just around the corner.

Another new exciting products are the MDF door hangers. These can be used in a variety of ways & for lots of occasions. You can go crazy with mixed media techniques as they can be coloured, painted, stamped, stencilled, heat embossed.... the possibilities are endless!!

Here are a few ideas I've come up with.

I've given the hanger a coat of gesso & then stencilled some stars using an inkpad. I  added some strips of Ultra Sticky Clear d/s tape. I've used the new glitters in silver, blue & pink. I went all around the edge of the hanger with the 3D PVA glue before adding more glitter. The unicorn embellishments were attached using the Hot Melt glue gun.

I've painted this one with black gesso & then stencilled using a metallic inkpad. The stud effect has been achieved with hot glue & the new bronze glitter. The stars are Stix2 die cuts S57363 Stars which I have coloured black & then applied some PVA glue & the new gold glitter.

 Lastly this one too has been covered with white gesso & then sprayed with Stix2's spray paints & left to dry. The wedding bells are again a Stix2 die cut,S57418 White Bells. I've placed them onto DS tape sheet (S57107) & then cut around them. Peel away the 2nd sheet & cover with the new white glitter. Edge th bells with blue ink. These Hangers could be used at a wedding venue to point the way for guests or even as a table sign.Just add some Stix2 white organza ribbon to finish(S57390).  

All new products available from end of July/August

Monday, 24 June 2019

Everything's Hunkydory !!

A few weeks ago I had a lovely surprise & was invited to write a blog review of some of the great products from Hunkydory. Well I didn't need asking twice did I? There followed a very enjoyable evening (or 2!) perusing their great, very easy to use, website.
Now I must admit that I haven't been very familiar with many of their products & was a little under the misapprehension that it was mostly Decoupage, cardstock, paper pads etc. How wrong I was! Anyone who knows me knows I love my stamps & I was pleasantly surprised to find a great selection of Hunkydory  own brand stamps. So below is my selection (that took a while I can tell you because I wanted it all!!) & following are the designs made from all the yummy products. 

For the Love of Stamps:-




"A Nice Tipple"

I started off with "A Nice Tipple" decoupage sheet. The card is great quality, beautiful gilding & very easy to pop out. Lots of very nice usable sentiments for any occasion plus decorative strips to enhance your design. I made 2 cards from the set &  I always like to gently shape the pieces with a large ball tool on the under side & go around the edges with a black/dark marker pen. I used silicone glue to put the pieces together as you can match the design easier & vary the thickness in places too.

Here I used  6 x 6 card & completely covered the front with the background sheet which comes with the set. I then used some of the decoupage pieces, added a sentiment & one of the decorative strips to complete a very pleasing card.

For my 2nd design I used a 7 x 7 card blank & cut away half the front from top to bottom. I then used another  piece from the background sheet to cover the piece remaining & mounted the decoupage topper onto green card which I then attached to the centre of the card blank by it's left side. To the inside of the card I then attached a strip which had also come from the background sheet. To complete I added some sentiments & decorative strips.

Large Sunflower

Next I decided to stick with decoupage &  work with the very pretty & elegant "Large Sunflower". Again very good quality & beautiful gilding & lots of scope to make more than one design from this set- I made 3! 
I incorporated some of the very pretty & versatile papers from the paper pad "Foxy & Friends" which lent themselves beautifully to the summery, feminine look of the decoupage sheet. As before I shaped each piece & got rid of the white edges

I used a 7 x 7 white card blank for my first design & covered the front with one of the papers. they are double sided so complement each other very well. Here I've used the topper & finished with a sentiment strip & a circular greeting. 

 This design is simply the background card & I've used it to make a topper which I've mounted onto pink cardstock & the background paper is also mounted onto pink. Just a couple of sentiments & you've got a very pretty card. It's an A5 card blank. 

I've cut an aperture in a A5 card blank & attached a piece of paper to the inside. I then used the rest of the decoupage on the inside of the card, added some punched butterflies, sentiments & corner pieces from the background sheet & you have card number 3.

A House by the River

Now here's a confession! I didn't know that Hunkydory made stamps! I know.... how could I have missed that?! They have a great range of photo polymer (clear) stamps covering all kinds of themes. Again very good quality, fine detail & easy to use whether on an acrylic block or in your stamp platform. I'm a lover of scenes & also water colouring so "A House by the River" ticked all boxes. There's a lot more to choose from in this range too so do check it out as just perfect for the men in out lives.
I was working on a 8 x 8 white card this time & as I said I have water coloured the image. I stamped onto water colour card stock using Versafine Onyx Black. When dry I applied Versamark over the entire image & then covered with clear embossing powder which I then heated for a clean glossy look. The stamp set includes 2 useful sentiments one of which I've used at the bottom. I've used papers from "Foxy & Friends" again for this & to punch some small leaves which I have placed around the edges of the frame.   

 Cosy Couple

The second stamp set I chose is this cute & quirky one, I'm always on the lookout for stamps with a touch of humour & again Hunkydory did not disappoint. There are several other stamps in this range so if you're looking for stamps to raise a smile check these out.
I used this stamp in conjunction with "Foxy & Friends" paper pad & also a pack of pre die cut  gatefold heart shaped card blanks, 300gsm. Here again Hunkydory have a whole range of card packs in various shapes, sizes & themes & excellent quality.

For my design I used mostly papers to paper piece the stamped image & the paper pad has ideal papers for this technique as most have a small pattern. One word of warning is the inkpad which you use. The papers have a slight glossy finish so an ink like Versafine will not dry so I used Brilliance Graphite Black & just set aside for a few minutes then you're good to go. I coloured the hair, faces etc with coloured pencils. I covered the card blank itself with 
co ordinating papers & added a die cut greeting on the outside. The stamp set comes with a lovely sentiment which I've used on the inside of the card.    

You can see the variety of paper designs which you get in this paper pad which measures 
8" x 8", has  48 sheets (3 x 16 different double- sided designs) & 150gsm. Great for any occasion even masculine cards.

Lastly, the gatefold, heart shaped card pack. 

I have to admit I haven't used a great deal of Hunkydory products before but I've been delighted at the variety, quality & diversity of their products. Not only that but they stock a whole range of other brands too so you'll find everything  you're looking for at 

Thanks for stopping by & for reading my review. See you again soon.