Sunday 1 August 2021

We Love Chocolate Baroque August Challenge

Today is the first Sunday of August so time for a new challenge over at we love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is
** Favourite Stamps **

Today is a busy day as I have 2 posts for my 2 design teams. I try not to post more than once a day but sometimes it can't be avoided. I am now back home and recovering (from exhaustion!) after having my grandchildren to stay and driving 2 of them home to Birmingham. I carefully timed it so I could visit the Festival of Quilts at the NEC and even though I told myself I really didn't need to buy anything, of course I did. I added to my (already large) collection of Liberty print tana lawn and added to my stash at the Artcuts stall. I really enjoyed looking at all the amazing quilts too. It was so nice to be out and about again.

As I am still relatively new to Chocolate Baroque stamps each new one I use is instantly my favourite as they are all fantastic. This is the first outing for celebration bouquet. I started by masking an oval shape on my panel and inking it with DI twisted citron and squeezed lemonade (love those colours). Once I was happy with that I stamped the image in versafine Clair green oasis. I let it completely dry and then coloured the image with my polychromo pencils.

The sentiment  (from the same stamp set) was stamped and clear heat embossed. I die cut it and then inked the edges before attaching to my panel with foam pads. The panel was propped up on some yellow craft foam to give a bit of dimension and to add a hint of yellow.

I always add an insert and decorate the envelope on my cards these days and you can see how they look in the picture above.

I hummed and harred for a while before finally deciding to add the orange enamel dots. I am still not entirely sure about them, but they are staying put now.

I actually made 2 cards, I started the one below first but smudged the green ink so abandoned it before realising that I could salvage it by the strategic placing of the sentiment. This one was made in the same way except I used toning alcohol markers to colour the flowers.

I can't choose between these 2, which is your favourite?

I do hope I have inspired you to take part in our challenge this month. don't forget there is always a prize and a chance to be a featured designer if you use a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

There will be two Chocolate Baroque shows on The Craft Store on Friday 6th August at 9am and 1pm, one show will feature two excitingly different A4 stamp sets from new artist Fiona Randall and the second some beautiful Christmas stamps and new seasonal sentiments. I hope you will be able to take a look.

I will be back at 18.00 with a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.

I am also sharing card 1 at:
Moving along with the times #133 -  Summer colours

I am also sharing card 2 at:
NBUS #29 - This is the first time I have used celebration bouquet

Cardstock: Bristol Board; Adorable scorable coated card; 160gsm paper
Ink: Versafine Clair green oasis; Distress ink, twisted citrine, squeezed lemonade
Stamps: Chocolate Baroque celebration bouquet
Dies: Create a Smile stitched rectangles A6

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


Zoechaos said...

Oh I don't think I know this CB stamp, purse groans, it really is rather special. But then all their stamps are aren't they? It is a real pleasure to be joining you all as guest designer and as always getting so much inspiration from all the teams work. x

brenda said...

I had totally forgotten what you were planning this last week and so pleased you managed to squeeze in the NEC as well, of course you needed more Liberty fabrics, in face some dropped through our letter box this week as well.

A beautiful creation with one of your new CB stamps, I'm always rather partial to an oval or circle focally.

B x

GerJanne said...

Hi Hilary,
I can believe you must relax now. But I'm sure you enjoyed every minute of the grandchildren..
Your cards are beautiful. Both of thme. I think I like te one a little more with the colors. But the one in green and yellow is very delicate...
I will visit you tonight again!

Bonnie said...

Two beautiful cards with this fabulous stamp, Hilary! Great save on the second one! Nobody would know there was a smudge.

Christine Harrop said...

This is a beautiful card and so perfect for our challenge at MAWTT this month. Hope to see you again soon. Christine DT x

Linby said...

I adore Liberty fabrics - mainly the older ones like Ianthe but the new ones are pretty.
I just love what you did here - I want to try this technique so you may see it copied at some point! Beautiful cards.

Bunny said...

Beautiful card. I really love the stamped envelope. I just purchased some Distress Micro Glaze to put on my envelopes when I color them. Looks easy. [Bunny]

Crafting Queen said...

Really beautiful card, love the colours. The first one really stands out with the pop of red. Anesha x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, love the sponged oval that makes the flowers bouquet pop out so well! The first one is my favourite, that little touch of pink makes it so sweet!Lovely summery colours!
Enjoy your relax! Here is raining so much!!
Hugs, have a lovely week!

Mervi said...

Beautiful stamp, my fave is the first card, love the hint of the orange and the dots are perfect;-))m

Loll said...

How wonderful you got to spend quality time with your grands as well as popping into a Quilt show! Now that is great timing for the grands return home! :)

Your cards are amazing. LOVE the oval with the sponged yellow and beautiful bouquet of flowers. Both cards are gorgeous, but I'm going against the norm as the yellow and green is my favourite. It's uniquely creative with just the two colours. Get some rest Hilary! xx

Leslie Miller said...

Since I've been so MIA lately I just had to take a little look at another post and, WOW, glad I got to see these cards! I absolutely love the soft coloring and orange enamel dots on your first, but then I think the stronger contrast is super awesome on your second card. I love both, but am drawn to the softness of the first. These are really some beautiful stamps! Now that you can get out more you'll have to keep your strength up for all that extra activity!

Cat Craig said...

Beautifully created cards, Hilary. I do love those pops of orange on your first card and it stole my heart.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh what beautiful beautiful cards!! Love the stamp and the two different ways you used them... Glad you got time to relax after having the grandchildren!

Tracy said...

Two fabulous creations Hilary, I love the stamp and I love your chosen colours too.
Happy crafting

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Hilary this is beautiful I love the stamp you have used and that colour looks amazing I really love it
lorraine x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties with that bouquet, Hilary - just love how you masked the oval first, such a beautiful spotlight!

Furrbster said...

These are beautiful!

Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT,

Hugz Tinz

Ashwini Rao said...

What an incredible stamp image! I thought I liked the first of your cards better, and then I liked the second one, and then I couldn't choose anymore! They are both equally wonderful!
I'm glad you had a great time with your grandkids, and then more great time shopping! Of course, the stash is never enough, even if it fills up the world!! :D

My Paper Epiphany said...

Two wonderful versions! I love both and the sponged background really makes for a great focal point!