Wednesday 30 July 2014

More DT Inspiration: Week three of Challenge 1

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Chocolate Baroque challenge blog. We would like to say hello to our new followers this week, and thank you to everyone who has entered our challenge so far.

If this is your first visit to the blog, then please take a look round and familiarise yourself with the pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the home page. Our current challenge can be found here and you can enter the challenge by clicking on the Inlinkz link. Our inspirational photo for Challenge 1 is a piece of artwork created by Glenda Waterworth, the owner of Chocolate Baroque:

We have more inspiration from our Design Team using the colours from the colour swatch. Our first project is from Lesley:

Our second project is from Judith
Our final project is from Claire

We hope that our projects have given you a bit of inspiration to grab your crafty stash and to create your own artwork to enter the challenge. We will be back next week with something a little bit different for you. In the meantime, don't forget if you have any questions, and you can't find the answers on here, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post; you will see it after the comments section.


Wednesday 23 July 2014

Christmas Colours:Week two of Challenge 1

Hello everyone, and thank you so much for your support and lovely comments following our launch last week. We really appreciate the response that we have had. We would like to welcome our followers and hope to see the numbers growing!

It is great to see the entries to the challenge starting to arrive now. Why not grab your crafty materials, and create something using the inspirational picture and colour swatch from our current challenge. You can enter using the Inlinkz link by clicking here

This week there is more inspiration from our Design Team for you, using the designated colours from the challenge. First of all, we have a sample from Asha :

Our second offering is from Shirley who has very kindly given us a tutorial for you on how to make her beautiful card:

You will need:

Cardstock- smooth watercolour or mixed media, red, turquoise
Distress Inks- Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Archival Ink- Vermillion
Acrylic Block
White Gellyroll Pen
Large embossing stylus
Sponge mat
Pop dots
Large red brad
Non stick craft mat
Holly Flourish Die

1. Create the background on smooth watercolour or mixed media paper with the three Distress Inks using the Acrylic Block technique, (see Glenda's Monday Mojo tutorial using this technique).
2. Stamp the snowflake from Snowflake Flourish with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink randomly over the background.
3. Stamp the large and small flowers from Steampunk Christmas with Vermillion Archival ink on separate smooth watercolour paper.
4. Colour the flowers with Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (using your craft mat, water and a brush).
5. Decoupage the flowers and add dimension by placing them on a sponge mat face down and dry emboss the back with a large stylus.
6. Add the brad to the centre and pop the flowers as shown on the background.
7. Stamp Joy from Steampunk Christmas with Vermillion Archival Ink.  
8. Highlight the flowers & Joy with a white jellyroll pen.
9. Add red die cut holly flourishes. 

Thank you so much Shirley and Asha for your Christmas projects this week. We will be back next week with more inspiration from some of the Design Team for you. And don't forget, if you have any questions and you can't find the answers on here please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post, you will see it after the comments section.


Wednesday 16 July 2014

Hello and Welcome!

Hello everyone and welcome to the new

Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog!

We are a new monthly challenge blog, with challenges launching on the third Wednesday of every month.

Our challenges are based around an inspirational photograph with a colour swatch for you to use for your projects. You can use any medium to create your projects; paints, inks, pencils, pens, as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch in your project. You can make whatever you like; a card, tag, box, scrapbook page, altered item, mixed media project, there are no limits.

We are offering a monthly prize of £15 to spend on the Chocolate Baroque website to a lucky winner. The winner will be selected by from all the entrants who have used Chocolate Baroque stamps in their projects. We welcome entries incorporating other stamps, but they will not be eligible to win the monthly prize. All entrants will have a 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 blog.

Take a look around the blog and familiarise yourself with the layout. Have a read through the tabs at the top, they are pretty self-explanatory, you can even find out why challenges are good for you; and read how you can take part. The most important thing is to have fun, create something colourful and to share it with everyone. Good Luck.

Here is the first photograph for you to use for this month's challenge:

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on 19th August GMT, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th August 2014.

Our Team have created some inspirational projects for you:


We look forward to seeing what you have created and hope that you enjoy the challenge!