Spring Iris Card created for Chocolate Baroque

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Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my TV show samples using the Kingfisher Song stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. The new stamps are now available directly from Chocolate Baroque. I hope that you like this Spring themed card.

I so enjoyed the shows and Demos with Lesley Wharton on Hochanda. More shows coming very soon! I am beavering away to finish the next set of samples. I feel hugely privileged to be on the Design Team for Chocolate Baroque. It can be hard work but I get to play with some wonderful stamp sets – yay!




How to make the Stepper Card blank:

Cut the A5 card blank through both front and back panels starting approx. 8cm in from the left side and stopping 3cm up from the bottom. Score the front and back sections equally, 3 and 6cm in from the edge. ‘Mountain fold’ at the 3cm score line to create the side stepper.


How to make the card:

  1. Lightly spritz the card blank with blue and gold mica sprays. Tip: if the card curls a bit I tend to pop mine under a stack of die cutting mats while I work on the rest of the card.
  2. Cut the blue background panels and glue to the card. Cut the leafy sprig from green card. See below for how to create the die cut Iris.
  3. Cut the main panels from stamping card and lightly spritiz with blue mica spray. When dry add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  4. Stamp the sentiment and image with Versamark. Colour the Iris image with watercolour pens.
  5. Glue the sentiment and image panels to the card using 3D foam for added depth. Glue on the leafy sprig and 3D Iris to finish.

How I created the 3D Iris Flower:

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I created this using the Spellbinders ‘Create an Iris’ die. I cut it from approx. 180gsm card and coloured it with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. I shaped it using ball tools and an embossing mat/foam mat. Colours used: DG3 for leaves, CT2 and 3 for larger petal centres, LV2 and 3 for outer petal edges, LV1 and 2 for inner small petals, and the blender to add highlights.

Babushka Scene Card Created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, I am just loving the new Babushka stamps. Hope that you like my quick scene. To avoid worrying about masking I chose to cut out the dolls and layer them onto the scene.

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  • Babushka and Fountain Scene stamp
  • A6 purple card blank and white stamping card (suitable for wet media)
  • Versafine Inkpad (Black Onyx)
  • Alcohol Marker (black)
  • Watercolour markers (purple, lime green and turquoise)
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel
  • Turquoise PVA pearls and fine crystal glitter

 How to do it:

  1. Stamp the Fountain Scene and Babushka dolls using Versafine. Trim the scene to fit the card front and edge with black marker. Cut out the dolls.
  2. Colour the image and dolls with watercolour markers.
  3. Mount the image onto the card front and glue on the dolls with 3D glue gel.
  4. Finish with PVA pearls and drop on glitter while the PVA is still wet.



Birthday Card using the Birds and Blooms Stamps and Dies from Heartfelt Creations

I made this card for a friend on her 91st birthday. I combined papers from the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection with stamps and dies from the Birds and Blooms Collection. Shaping of the die cuts added dimension and depth. The little birdies sitting amongst the floral branches just look so cute.

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Heartfelt Creations Materials:

Other Materials used:

  • A5 white card blank (approx. 8.25 inch x 5.75inch, 21 X 15cm)
  • Medium weight white card for mat and die cuts
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die set
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (Crafters Companion) – blues TB1 and 3, browns EB2 and 3, yellow CT3, greens DG1 and 3, plus alcohol blender
  • Distress Inkpad (Stormy Sky)
  • Clear glitter glue, Glossy Accents (Ranger) and PVA pearls (pale blue)
  • PVA glue and 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  • Cut the 7 X 5 inch panel and small square tile from the Cut Mat Create Paper. Coat the tile with Glossy Accents.

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  • Use the tag die to cut the small sentiment tags, and Spellbinders oval die to cut the oval panel from the paper. I cut an extra small tag from white card to personalise my card (handwritten 91 today).
  • Cut a mat from white card and mount the 5 X 7 panel. Ink the edges of the mat and oval with Distress Ink. Glue to the Card front.
  • Stamp the birdies, leaves, branches, flowers and floral branch onto white card. Colour using alcohol markers. Colour outside of the stamped lines to avoid white edges showing after they have been die cut.

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  • Cut out all the stamped elements with the matching dies and shape using a ball tool and mat. Glue to the card front with 3D glue gel, along with the sentiment tags.
  • Finish with touches of glitter glue and PVA pearls.

Wrap Skirt Coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens

I revamped a black skirt that had been screen printed in white fabric paint with dragon designs. I thought that it just shouted out for a bit of colour. I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens from Crafters Companion.

I wasn’t sure if the pens would work over the top of the fabric paint (presumably acrylic based) and remain permanent with washing. I tested a small area first and yippeeee it worked!

I simply coloured over the fabric paint, left for a couple of days to fully dry/set, then iron fixed on the reverse to heat set the ink. The pens worked beautifully. One of the panels was beaded, and I was able to colour around the beads using the fine tipped end.

I really love my newly revamped skirt.

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Happy crafting, Anne x.

Cheerful Floral Top Stamped and Coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Pens

Good morning. Today I am sharing a stamped and coloured T shirt top using the gorgeous Flowerhead stamps  from Chocolate Baroque, and Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens to colour. I have entered my project into the Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge for January 2016. I just love using my Spectrum Noir to colour fabric.

I had ruined this top while cooking a curry and couldn’t get rid of tiny yellow stains splashed across the front. Now you would never know that they are there.

I hope that you like this fun project. We need some summery florals to brighten up these darker winter days.

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  • Flowerhead stamps (Mesh Centre, Daisy Ring and Dotty Centre), Leaf from Tall Trees stamp set
  • Dye based inkpads suitable for fabric (black and dark blue)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens: citrus greens (CG1, CG2), yellows (CT1, CT2), pinks (PP1, PP4, PP6, BP1, BP4, BP7), orange (OR1, OR2, OR3) greenish blues and turquoise (CT1, GT2, GT3, BT4, BT5, BT6, BT7, BT9).

How to do it:

  1. Wash and dry the item thoroughly and do not use conditioner.
  2. Place some scrap paper under the shirt to absorb any ink that may bleed through. Stamp the Flowerheads with black ink and the leaves in blue ink.
  3. Colour the images with alcohol ink pens. Note: it is not possible to get controlled colouring and blending as the ink instantly sucks into the fabric. I used absorbent cartridge paper underneath to take up the excess ink (keep the stained paper to create backgrounds on your cards – it looks quite pretty). I used the lighter more transparent colours for the main colour fill (so as not to obscure the stamp detail), then added accent shading with the darker colours.
  4. Leave overnight for the inks to ‘set’ into the fabric. Iron fix with a dry iron (at the hottest setting that your fabric will tolerate) to make the images and colouring permanent and washable.

Anne x.

Steampunk Travel Turbine Created for Chocolate Baroque

Today I am sharing my first book fold project. I have used the Steampunk Travel stamp set (recently featured on the Craft Channel TV show) to decorate and embellish. This one was quite a challenge, nobody saw me for days (tee hee), but I had enormous fun making it. I just love Fantasy themes.

I hope that my project inspires you to play.

Happy Crafting, Anne xxx.

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  • Steampunk Travel stamp set
  • Recycled paperback book (440 pages, 220 page folds) – 17.5 X 11cm size
  • White stamping card, Kraft card and black card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Archival (Coffee)
  • Gilding wax and metallic pen (gold)
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (purples, lilac, dark reds and blues)
  • Dies and embossing folders to suit the Steampunk theme
  • Air dry paper clay and silicone moulds
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

Summary of how it was made:

· I created the book fold to make a shape resembling a turbine – suitable for the theme. First I used simple folding to create an upside down vase shape (adapted from instructions by Debbi Moore). I then added further folds and some cutting until I was happy with my ‘industrial’ shape. I glued a barbeque stick through the centre to provide a scaffold to build upon on the top.

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· I added a die cut lattice across the top which divided it into 2 halves. This provided and area to attach embellishments but also made it easier to design something that looks good from all angles. I didn’t want ugly backs of cut out stamped images to be obvious.

· Flowers and leaves were cut from black card, embossed to give texture, and rubbed over with gilding wax to make them look metallic. I also made lots of little embellishments using lightweight air dry paper clay and moulds.

· Images were stamped onto white card with black ink, coloured with alcohol pens, and cut out.

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There is a great book folding group on facebook if you would like to see more projects from talented crafters out there – Book Folding and Craft Cafe

Recycled Brush Tin using the Floral Weave stamp from Chocolate Baroque

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I created this sample for the recent TV shows from Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel. Lesley Wharton was fantastic and gave some wonderful demos. Simply a natural on the TV.

I used waste coloured paper which had been used underneath an alcohol ink colouring project (Spectrum Noir Pens). I kept it in my stash as I loved the random dots of colour. I used the Floral Weave stamp and black acrylic paint. The bold silhouette style is perfect for stamping over patterned papers. I then added a little blue glitter glue to the flower centres. Now I have a pretty tin for storing my brushes on my work desk.

Happy stamping, Anne x.

Decorated Candles using the Flowerheads Stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Morning all. I so love these big floral stamps. This time I have used all six of the fabulous new Flowerhead stamps to jazz up some candles. I hope that you like them.

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WARNING: The method involves melting the wax with a heat gun to embed stamped tissue paper onto the candle surface. Please take care. Wax is flammable. It may be an idea to have a wet tea towel by your side to smother the candle should a mishap occur and the wax ignites. This has never happened to me yet – but please be vigilant. This is not a project for the children.

I don’t intend to burn these candles but am having them simply as decoration. I have safely burned these in the past without any problem. If you do burn them there is a possibility of the tissue catching fire and acting as a wick. Again, please take care.

I hope I haven’t scared you all! They are really fun to make and look lovely.


  • Flowerhead stamps (Daisy Centre, Swirl Centre, Mesh Centre, Daisy Ring Centre, Circle Centre and Dotty Centre) and Nature Fragments set
  • Inkpads – Dye inks (green, turquoise and purple), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
  • White tissue paper and baking parchment
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (lime greens, turquoises, pinks and purples)
  • Fine tipped marker (black)


  1. Stamp the flowers onto tissue paper with black ink, colour with alcohol pens and emphasis some of the outlines with fine black marker. Cut out.
  2. Stamp the texture stamp using random mix of the coloured dye inks. Tear into small patches.
  3. Working with one stamped image at a time, place onto the candle and hold in place using the baking parchment. Grip the parchment so that it sits tightly and smoothly over the stamped image. Heat the stamped area using a heat gun. As soon as you see the wax begin to melt move the gun slowly across the image (in a similar manner to melting embossing powder). Do not keep the heat in one spot for too long. The wax melts almost instantly and the tissue becomes embedded into the surface.

Hope that you all have a great weekend.

Anne x.

Project using the Free Digital Paper from Chocolate Baroque

There is a new free digital paper on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge blog for you to download and use in your creations. This is what I created with mine. I hope that you like it.

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  • A Little Bird Told Me stamp set
  • Newsprint Fruit Free Digital paper
  • 21cm white card blank
  • Orange card (to frame/mat) and white paper
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Ranger Archival (Coffee), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Fine detail embossing powder (gold)
  • White gel pen
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (Golden yellows, reds, pinks, purples, greens, turquoise)
  • Hand made die cut flower coloured with alcohol pens
  • PVA pearls (gold)
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

How it was made:

  1. Stamped the bird and cages onto the digital paper with Versamark and embossed with gold. [Tip: need to work quickly on digital print paper as the Versamark ink sinks into the coating quickly making embossing tricky]. The smaller background cage was stamped with archival ink (masking the foreground cage). The tail of the bird on the right was created by combining two of the bird stamps and masking (to extend the tail feathers).
  2. The sentiments were stamped on white paper and embossed, cut out and glued on.
  3. The images were coloured with alcohol pens and the paper edges enhanced with Distress Ink.
  4. The paper was mounted onto orange card to frame, and then glued to the card front. Finally embellished with the flower and PVA pearls.

Quirky Scene Created for Chocolate Baroque Challenge 16


I enjoyed making this quirky landscape with the little house stamped on a slant. Thought that it would be a nice card to send and bring a smile to a friend going through a difficult time.

I created it using this months Colour Challenge colours.

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The stamps (Country Views and Sunburst Scenes) were featured on the recent TV show with Lesley Wharton on The Craft Channel.


  • Country Views, Sunburst Scenes and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • DL card blank (approx. 20.5 X 10cm)
  • Printed sentiment from computer
  • White stamping card (suitable for alcohol ink colouring)
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (pale blues and greens, pink/purple, golden yellow and black)
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
  • Fine tipped marker – alcohol ink resistant (water based)
  • White gel pen
  • Clear crystal glitter glue, blue PVA pearls
  • Adhesive and sticky foam pads

How it was made:

  1. Stamp the scene with Memento ink. Some of the foreground elements, such as the trees, will need to be stamped first and masked before stamping the images behind.
  2. Use black detail pen to draw and ‘join up’ the landscape. Colour with alcohol ink pens. Finish by adding highlights with the opaque white gel pen.
  3. Trim to fit the card front and edge with distress ink and finally black pen to create a frame.
  4. Stamp the sentiment ‘Just to say’ onto a die cut topper and glue on the printed sentiment. Edge with distress ink and black marker. Stick to the card with foam pads.
  5. Finish with a little glitter sparkle on the sun and roof tops, and PVA pearls on the sentiment plaque.

I hope that you like my project. I am looking forward to seeing your entries for the Challenge this month.

Anne x.