Easter Egg Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Easter Egg Card

AW Easter Egg Card SP


Good morning. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online (23/24th March) for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.


I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg, Katya and crackle stamps. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.


I used the decorative headdress from the beautiful Katya stamp to create a shaped card on which to mount the egg.




How to make it:

  1. Stamp the Katya headdress twice onto black card with Versamark and heat emboss with the powder. Colour the images with gold sparkle pen and blue pencil. Cut out to make a shaped topper, making the top and bottom edges parallel, horizontal and straight. Edge with gilding wax. Mount onto lemon card and cut out to leave a fine border.
  2. Glue the topper to the card blank aligning the top horizontal edge with the fold on the card blank. Trim away the card blank (omitting the top edge) to make the shaped card. Add Glossy Accents to emphasise some of the patterned areas and glue on sequins.
  3. Using the crackle stamp add texture to the Kraft card by stamping with Distress Ink and gold acrylic. Stamp the egg with Versafine and cut out. Colour with gold sparkle pen and blue pencil. Mount onto black card and cut out to give a fine border. Edge with gilding wax. Apply Glossy Accents over the floral, swirl and leaf elements. Mount onto the card front with 3D foam and finish with a bow.

Vintage Birdie Spring Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Vintage Bird


WOW, the shows with the Babushka and Russian stamps this week were simply FAB. So many lovely samples from my Teamies and great demos from Lesley.

This morning I am sharing a Spring themed card with you – a Vintage styled project using the Spring Bird Crocus set. I hope that you like it x



  • Spring Birds Crocus and Breath of Spring stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank, 6 X 6 inch background paper from Crafty Individuals (Shades of Summer), white stamping card, green card and pink glitter card
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Versamark, Distress Ink (Broken China, Tattered Rose)
  • Heat embossing powders (clear and gold sparkle)
  • Watercolour, sparkle and glitter pens (yellows, blues, pinks, greens)
  • Alcohol marker (pale blue-grey) and metallic marker (gold)
  • Glitter glue (gold)
  • Trellis die (Tonic)
  • Metallic thread (gold) and acrylic gems (gold)

How it was done:

  1. The bird scene, sentiment and border were stamped onto the patterned paper with Versafine and embossed with clear powder. Water based pens were used to colour. To bring out the scene a little more from the background I used a grey marker to add a drop shadow.
  2. The scene was stamped a second time onto white card, coloured and cut out for decoupage.
  3. Broken China Distress Ink was blended in from around the edges. The topper edges were then embossed with a little gold sparkle powder. Decoupage elements were glued down with 3D glue gel.
  4. The topper was matted onto green card. I used an offcut from a Trellis die cut (pink glitter card) to layer behind the topper left hand side. Gold thread was added for extra sparkle and texture. A square paper doily tinted with Distress Ink would also work really well if you don’t have dies.
  5. The background card blank was stamped using Tattered Rose Distress Ink. Broken China Ink was used to blend in from the edges, and the gold pen used to edge the card.
  6. I finished with gold glitter glue and gems (I cannot resist a bit of bling).

Babushka Pick of the Day on Hochanda with Chocolate Baroque

Good evening. Woohoo – Lesley Wharton is now live on Hochanda with a ‘Pick of the Day’ from Chocolate Baroque. Something old, along with something very new, and all very different.

Here are some of my projects using the Babushka stamp set. The Babushka set was originally released last year – so I made these a while ago. This set is so much fun and really different. I also love the Russian buildings that are included too – great for scene building.

This set mixes and matches so well with the brand new Silhouette Palaces stamps and stencils.

You must see the other new stamps too. Katya is gorgeous, the Russian Floral and Exquisite Egg stamps are stunners, and the Crackle Background is so versatile. I will share more of my projects and tutorials using all of these throughout the month.


Note: initially Babushka, along with the new stamps and stencils released today, are all exclusive to Hochanda

The first show has just started (Thurs 8pm) with more shows tomorrow – Sky 663, Freeview 85 and Freesat 817 (or watch online – live or on catch up)


AW Babushka Card

I combined the Babushka with the Indian Textiles (silhouette buildings in the background) stamp set to create this one. The brand new Silhouette Palaces stamps or stencils could be used in the same way.


AW Babushka Fountain

I combined the Babushka set with the Fountain Scene stamp to create this one.


AW Babushka Scene

In this one I combined Babushka with the Magical Landscapes set.

Sneak Peek Pick of the Day on Hochanda with Chocolate Baroque

Woohoo – Lesley Wharton is on Hochanda this eve with a ‘Pick of the Day’ from Chocolate Baroque. Something old, something very new and all a bit different. Cannot wait.


First show is tonight at 8pm with more shows tomorrow – Sky 663, Freeview 85 and Freesat 817 (or watch online – live or on catch up)


Here is a sneak peek of some of my samples.


AW Babushka Card SP

AW Babushka Fountain SP

AW Babushka Scene SP

AW Easter Bunting 1 SP

AW Birthday Card SP

AW Easter Egg Card SP

AW Easter Treat Box 2 SP

AW Make a Wish SP

AW Missing You 2 SP

AW Necklace 2 SP

A Little Bird Told Me card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW A Little Bird Told Me Colour Challenge 33


Good morning. Here is my contribution for this month’s Colour Challenge. I have used some of those ‘little extra elements’ that often come along with the main images in a stamp set. These are so often overlooked but they are perfect for creating backgrounds, building patterns or for decorating die cuts.

The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set was stamped onto each of the die cut flower petals. The small flower centres were stamped with one of the blossoms from the bird branch. I added a bit of Flower Soft and stamens for added texture.

I stamped and cut out the cage and bird from A Little Bird Told Me stamp set. The background and elaborate birdy tail were created using the Baroque leaf swirl from the Breath of Spring stamp set.

I used a Baroque label die to layer up in the background as I thought it co-ordinated perfectly with the Baroque leaf swirl stamp. Decorative ovals would also work well for this layout.



How it was made:

  1. The card blank was randomly stamped with the Baroque swirl leaf from the Breath of Spring stamp set using Distress Ink. Ink was also blended around the card edges to frame.
  2. The thin ‘beaded’ strips were actually waste pieces from a card blank die cut in white (Double Cascade Waterfall). I coloured them with the burgundy alcohol pen and glued to the card to divide up the background. The leaves in the upper and lower sections were then coloured with lavender alcohol pen. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with honey powder.
  3. The Victorian Baroque Label die set has separate inner and outer dies enabling the decorative elements, background mats and frames to be cut out. Two background mats were cut in lavender card. The other layers were all cut in white card. I spritzed the background mats with lime and gold shimmer inks. The burgundy layers were coloured using an alcohol pen. These were then layered up and glued to the background. I used 3D foam for the central label to give added dimension.
  4. The cage and bird were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The Baroque leaf swirl was stamped several times and embossed with honey embossing powder. These were cut out and coloured with watercolour pens. The elements were lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel for dimension. The large tail swirls of the bird were snipped off and replaced amongst the Baroque swirl elements to build the new elaborate bird tail.
  5. The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set and Distress Ink was used to stamp over the petals of the die cut flowers (2 large and 3 medium flowers). Die cut mini flowers were stamped with one of the small blossoms from the bird branch (Spring Bird Daffodil set). This was achieved placing the stamp flat onto the work surface, partially inking the stamp (i.e. picking one of the blossoms) and pressing the die cut onto the stamp (i.e. Sheena Douglass style) to transfer the ink. A little colour was added using alcohol ink pens (to keep the integrity of the stamping detail – watercolour would cause the Distress Ink to spread). The edges were lightly inked with Distress Ink. The flowers were shaped using a ball tool and foam mat. Flower Soft and stamens were added to the centres to give added texture.
  6. Finally finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue for sparkle.

Quick & easy mandala cards created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Mandala CAS 1


Good morning. Today I am sharing a set of quick and easy cards. These are great for batch making and keeping in your stash for those emergency cards. I have used various Flowerhead and mandala stamps onto plain white and coloured card. These were then cut out and layered onto a 6 X 6 inch scalloped card blank which had been quickly inked through a stencil.



AW Mandala CAS 2

AW Mandala CAS 3

AW Mandala CAS 4

AW Mandala CAS stencilling

The backgrounds took less than 30 seconds to create – simply brushing Distress Ink through a stencil. I used one of the lovely brushes from Claritystamp. The middle doesn’t need to be coloured as it is covered by the next layer.




Blue Bird quick and easy card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Blue Bird CAS


Good morning. Today I am sharing another quick make using the Spring Bird Crocus and Breath of Spring stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque. I love creating these monochrome scenes. Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink is the perfect colour, giving the effect of blue & white pottery.

I used fancy edged circle dies to cut the stamping plate and background, but plain circles would work well too. I stamped the image with Distress ink and dragged out the colour using a damp brush. Extra colour was added by picking up more ink from a craft mat and a watercolour brush. The corners were stamped directly onto the card front. I added a coat of Spray & Shine to the topper to give it a ‘pottery tile’ finish.