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Monday 30 May 2016

15 minutes or less!

Good morning Lovelies and I'm back with my Bi-monthly creation for Chocolate Baroque DT blog featuring projects made in no longer than 15 minutes.

Our aim is to show you that you don't need to spend hours getting messy and inky or spend ages cutting out to create something pretty with Chocolate Baroque stamps. I think we can all get a little creative block at times and although it's nice learning new techniques and trying them out it's also nice to just do something Quick and simple and end up with something equally stunning.

So here it is, it literally took 5 minutes.

I used ivory Linen texture card, I stamped each end using Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad the lovely Floral Edges stamp set, I dried it with my heat tool as Versafine is an oil based ink and although permanent it takes a little longer to dry! Once dry, using cut and dry foam I inked in a circular motion using Persimmon, Musturd Seed and Picked Raspberry Distress inks, then stamped my sentiment which is from Positive Pants stamp set, and Voila a simple card, but I think it looks pretty.

Thank you for popping along today, I hope I've inspired you, please check out what the rest of my talented teamies have created on the blog, have a great day xx Zoe xx


Thursday 26 May 2016

Mixed media for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you caught our fab Lesley Wharton on The Craft Channel the other day? If you didn't she's on again today at 12-1pm, here are samples that I made for the show.

I used craft card as a base, I coloured some Acrylic card with Distress crayons, I smudged them using my fingers and some parts blended with a water brush, I also used a stencil in parts and took off some of the crayon using a wet wipe, then I stamped using Archival Tuxedo Black ink, I used a daisy stencil from Designs by Georgina used a Glossy Gel Medium, once dry I then went over the whole lot using Black Soot Distress ink.

6x6 envelope, I cut and filled it with a piece of card to give some rigidity while inking, I used a rectangle shaped piece of card as a mask and inked using Distress inks, flicked some water a dabbed with a dry cloth to get some texture, the paper doesn't take water too well so I only did a bit and dried it, it did wrinkle a fair bit, I stamped using elements from Gothic Fragments using Distress inks and pulled the ink out with a water brush to create a watercolour effect, I added white paint pen to add highlights, I then used elements from the Mini Mailart set.

I used a long tag from the show and painted with various colours paint using a wet wipe to apply it to get a more blended but random effect, I used elements from Gothic Fragments in a brown Archival ink and then stamped the Mini Curiosities in Black Archival, I used a stencil with texture paste and some gilding wax once dry, I Gesso'd and sprayed some Canvas with a gold spray ink and frayed the edges, then stamped using the words from the show.

My last tag is using Brusho's and distress inks with the Gothic Fragments, I heat embossed the main image using a pale yellow embossing powder. Actually this tag might of been on the Brusho show?

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy the show, have a great day xx Zoe xx


Sunday 22 May 2016

My Chocolate Baroque samples from the Brusho show

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you managed to watch our fab Lesley on The Craft Channel, she did a show featuring Brusho pigment crystals and stamp sets - Landscape Edges , Words of Inspiration , Arboretum multi-buy. These are the samples I made for the show.

My third card is actually Pan Pastels and the fourth is Dylusions Paints but the rest are Brusho's




Thank you for visiting today, have a great Sunday xx Zoe xx


Friday 13 May 2016

Take 15 minutes!

Good Morning Lovelies and a warm welcome to my blog.
I am very lucky to be a Design Team Member for Chocolate Baroque and our roles are to inspire you to use the wonderful and unique Chocolate Baroque stamps.
We are very aware that some of you prefer the more CAS (clean and simple) style creations or quick and simple and so we are featuring a Bi-monthly post sharing our projects that take 15 minutes or less over on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog
So here is my sample
Versafine Onyx Black Inkpad
Brusho pigment crystals- various colours
I started by sprinkling a teeny tiny amount of each colour Brusho's onto the bottom of my card and spritzed with water, I just left it to dry naturally as the colours stay more vibrant if left to dry rather than heat dried.
tip! - pierce a small hole using a pokey tool into the top of your Brushos's rather than opening the lids!
Once it was all dry I stamped my sentiment using the Versafine Inkpad, added some coordinating colours sequins, folded and trimmed to size and Voila!
This card excluding drying time took literally 4 minutes.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope I've inspired you? Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx


Monday 9 May 2016

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - Spring Blooms

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend? It's been gorgeous down here on the South East coast (Kent) glorious warm sunny weather.

Anyway onto my post - here are my samples for this months Lavinia Stamps Challenge the theme this month is Spring Blooms, there is an amazing £40 prize in vouchers to spend on Lavinia Stamps and products.

please check out the link above for all the info etc!

Here's the stamps I used -

Hill Border Floral

Hill Border Ivy

Border Stamp Ivy


Woodland Hares

Three field mice

Glow Flowers

Wild Flower

Cherry Blossom

Hanging Lanterns

Miniature Flowers

Silhouette Thistles

Zen mini stamps

Live the life

Never let go

Seasonal words

My first and third cards I used my Gelli plate to create my backgrounds, first brayering on inks and blending then stamping directly onto my Gelli plate before pulling my prints, this creates a lovely subtle layered effect, I then stamped over my backgrounds.

I used a crackle gel and chalk paints to create my background of my second card.

I simply masked my card using a lo-tack tape and just blobbed ink using a circular ink applicator, removed the tape and then stamped my cute little mouse and Gerberra's sorry I can't find the Gerberra stamps on the website.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope I've inspired you to join in the challenge.

I hope you have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx


Saturday 7 May 2016

2 cards for 2 nieces

Good evening Lovelies and what a splendiferous day it's been, beautiful warm sunshine! :)

Hubby's 2 nieces have birthdays this month so good excuse to get out to my craft cabin tonight and make something pretty.

First card is Altenew Sketchy Poppy stamp set with a Penny Black sentiment.

Stamped using Distress inks with my Misti tool, fab bit of kit!

Penny Black Perfect Pairing set, sentiment by Stampin up.
Heat embossed on water colour card using Aquatints.

Thank you for visiting, enjoy your weekend and the lush weather xx Zoe xx


Sunday 1 May 2016

Beautiful day again!

Good evening Lovelies, I hope you're enjoying the Bank Holiday, the weather here has been superb.

So I'm back with another Altenew "Beautiful day" stamp set card and a snazzy art style card using the stunning Artstamps from Imagination Crafts.


My Beach hut card I used Imagination Crafts spray inks, stamped with Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad then heat embossed using Black embossing powder, a dotty stencil with black soot distress ink to add some interest and the greeting is Altenew.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the Bank Holiday xx Zoe xx


Altenew "Beautiful day"

Good morning Lovelies and happy Sunday, yay! It's a bank holiday, hope you have some fab plans?

Today I'm posting a little card I made using the "Beautiful Day" stamp set by Altenew, such a lovely set and so effective with the layers, it's such a clever concept, I know it's not a new thing but it still amazes me how realistic and quite arty they look.

I've simply used Crealies xxl stitched nesting die and simply stamped my flowers using Adirondack Inkpads with my Misti stamping tool (fab bit of kit) I used 3 shades starting with the lightest shade on the solid first layer working up to the darkest on the last layer, I haven't used the outline stamp, I just liked how it looked and stopped, the sentiment is with the set, added some clear dewdrops and "Voila"

Thank you for visiting, I love reading your comments, have a great Bank holiday xx Zoe xx