Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Challenge 34, Week Two, Winner's Week

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. This week, we are announcing the winners of Challenge Thirty-Three. The winer of the £15 prize to spend at Chocolate Baroque is Aussie Annie, whose project was drawn by Random.org as the overall winner. Congratulations Annie, 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 as always choosing from all of your fabulous entries.  This month, as is the case sometimes, we had a tied vote, and we have a Top Four. The Top Four 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 the current challenge. You can find the details here.

We have some more inspiration from the Design Team to share with you this week:

Vronnie has created a beautiful card, using Katya as her focal image, and a fabulous washed background:
Asha's pretty card incorporates a real vibrant pop of colour in those red flowers.The stitched border, and coloured matting are lovely details:

Magda has added lots of clever details to her card; repeat stamping of the focal image to create a background, and fabulous texture to her main background:

Finally Anne's card is really dramatic, the bold colours all work so well together, set against a kraft background. The turquoise elements cleverly draw the eye around the card:

We hope that these projects will inspire you to create something yourselves and to join in with the challenge.

We will be back in a couple of weeks at the end of the current challenge with more Design Team inspiration, and a look at some of your artwork. Until then, we look forward to seeing lots more entries from you. 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, 19 April 2017

Challenge Thirty-Four

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you for all of your lovely comments throughout the month, we really appreciate your visits to the blog, and love reading what you have to say. We will be announcing the winner of Challenge Thirty-Three next week and if you entered the challenge, do be sure to check out the 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 bright and cheery new colour swatch for you this month, and we will be sharing some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team over the coming weeks. Here is this month's colour swatch for the new challenge:

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th May 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th May 2017. Here are some projects from the Design Team:

Our first project is from Zoe, she has created a background using Distress Inks, using some layering and embossing, with a fussy cut key to complete the card.


The second projects is by Magda, a fabulous ATC, incorporating flowers and harlequins, a great combination.

Julie's background was created by using grated pieces of colour blocks, and adding water. The mini mandala stamps over the top really add to the swirling effect.

Finally, Marga's beautiful blended background creates a lovely backdrop for the large focal flower. Notice the crackle element too:

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

We hope that you enjoy the new challenge, and we look forward to seeing your projects,

Judith xx



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Challenge 33, Week Five

Hello everyone, and welcome to the final week of Challenge Thirty-Three on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Thank you for your lovely comments throughout the month, we really appreciate your visits to the blog, and your continued 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.

The first card comes from Sandra, a very pretty card utilising images from the Wild Meadow stamp set, to create a scene, with added inked mountains and a sun behind:


The second card is a lovely dimensional card created by Shelagh, incorporating a fabulous butterfly and leaves created using watercolour paper:

Celia's journal page is our next entry, showcasing some of our Spring themed stamps. She has created a delicate background and then made a focal panel for the bird image, surrounded by flowers to give more dimension:

Kate has created a very clean and simple style card for one of her entries this month. The simple pastel background is all that is required to complement the floral panel, and the softer tones are still perfect for this colour challenge:

Finally, Janny's quirky card using images from the Steampunk Birds stamp set is perfect for this time of year, when we are thinking of Easter cards. The cockerel reminds me of my own chickens when we kept birds in the garden, he is such a great image:

We have some more inspiration from the Design Team to share with you this week. Vronnie has created a super Easter card using some of our newest stamps:

Marga has created a delightful floral card, adding some texture stamps into the background to create added dimension to her one-layered card:

Zoe has used the beautiful Fritillary stamp for her project, adding a few scattered sequins to the soft background:

Thank you girls for your inspiration as always, and we hope that the designs will inspire you to create something yourselves for the challenge.

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 to everyone else who took part in the challenge this month, there is still plenty of time to enter before the deadline next week. You can find a link in this post, where you can add your entry.

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, 22 March 2017

Challenge 33, Week Two

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. This week, we are announcing our winners of Challenge Thirty-Two. The winner of the £15 prize to spend at Chocolate Baroque is Leanne H., whose project was drawn by Random.org as the overall winner. Congratulations Leanne, 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 decision choosing from such a fabulous 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 the current challenge. You can find the details here

We have some more inspiration from the Design Team to share with you this week:

Anne has created a beautiful card featuring a tropical bird and some pretty die cut flowers:

Magda's music themed card is perfectly complemented by the background stencil:


Julie's romantic card, full of hearts and focal butterfly, is finished off with pretty glittery details:

We hope that these projects will inspire you to create something yourselves and to join in with the challenge.

We will be back in three weeks' time at the end of the current challenge with more Design Team inspiration, and a look at some of your artwork. Until then, we look forward to seeing lots more entries from you. 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, 15 March 2017

Challenge Thirty-Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Hopefully after last month, you will be accustomed to our leaner look blog, with just three posts a month. We will be posting twice at the beginning of each month to announce the new challenge, and the following week to share who has won the previous challenge, then again right at the end of each challenge to review some of your wonderful entries into the current challenge. It has been a hard decision to cut back the number of blog posts, but unfortunately, it has been so time-consuming preparing weekly blog posts, we hope that you will understand why we have made the cut backs. We will still have some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team in each of our blog posts, and hope that you will keep up with us on Facebook as well. Thank you as always for your support and comments on the blog each month, we really appreciate your visits.

We will be announcing the winner of Challenge Thirty-Two next week, and if you entered the challenge, do be sure to check out the 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 availalable 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 fabulous new colour swatch for you this month, and we will be sharing some stunning inspiration from the Design Team over the coming weeks. Here is this month's colour swatch for the new challenge:

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th April 2017, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Here are some projects from the Design Team:

Asha has created a pretty floral card, her flowers are set against a glowing background and are coloured beautifully.


Anne's lovely card incorporates the gorgeous Big Bold Background, which marries perfectly with the Rose Stem Script image.


Claire has used one of the Pink Pig journals to create her project, and used it with the rings at the top, allowing her to have the book standing open as a decorative piece of artwork. She plans to create several projects in the journal and change the open page regularly.

Magda's softly coloured card has been created with Pan Pastels. The delicate background creates a lovely backdrop for the vibrant crocuses.


Finally, Vronnie's delightful scenic card incorporates a mixture of Spring-themed stamps.





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

We hope that you enjoy the new challenge and look forward to seeing your projects,

Judith xx




Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Challenge 32, Week Four

Hello everyone, welcome to the final week of Challenge Thirty-Two on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you did not miss us too much last week. We are cutting back on our weekly blog posts just a little bit, but will still continue to bring you lots of Design Team inspiration at the beginning and end of each month. Thank you so much for your visits and comments throughout the month, we really appreciate your support. We hope that you are 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.

This week, we are taking a look at some of the fabulous entries that we have received so far.

Rocky's striking steampunk tag makes full use of the metallic element included in this month's colour swatch.
Joan has created a fantasy watery theme for her clean and simple style card. The bold stripes representing the water are a very clever idea:
Regina would not normally use these colours together, but has created a fabulous floral card as a result:
Annie has created a bold covered journal, with lots of texture:
We have an email entry from Cath up next, a very elegant card, with a scene behind the intricate gates:
Penny's dragons full of character are sure to make you smile, and her dramatic skyline forms a great backdrop for the scorched mountainside:
Next up is a fishy scene from Kate; she has added a stencilled background and a bubbles stamp which matches the theme so well.
Pat's Spring themed card features an embossed background and prettily coloured flowers.
Finally Celia's project includes some handmade flowers and a beautiful textured background, lots of detail:
We have more inspiration from the Design Team for you this week. Anne has made a pretty card and tag set using the shaving foam technique to create the swirly background. She stamped the card blank with Distress Ink to create the outer background frame. The main images were stamped using Versamark and heat embossed with copper powder.


Zoe has made a hanging incorporating one of our new Kingfisher stamps, and created a collage style background with text and other images.
Julie's tag uses stamps from the Key to my Dreams set, and she has used one of the large keys as a focal point:
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, but 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.