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.



  1. Hello Vronnie, lovely to read your story and your journey into crafting, you like all the DT ladies are so very talented and so inspirational, thank you for sharing, Kate x

  2. Oh, thanks very much for the spotlight on my card with these of Carole and Kate! I'm so honoured.
    Thanks to Vronnie for her biography, too.

  3. Lovely cards for inspiration. Totally understand Vronnie when she talks about "orphan" stamps! Off to join in with this months challenge, and maybe sort out some of those stamps....

  4. Vronnie loved reading your story, sounds like you have a lovely touch of brusho's and would love to see them used on your projects as I am useless with brusho's. The DT are so inspiring, this was my first entry and won't be the last. Congrats to my blogging buddy, Alice, on being spotlighted, she is amazing lady too....thanks for the challenge.x


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