Sketchy Doodle Cards

I have been making some cards with the February Sketchy Doodle stamps from Chocolate Baroque which are playful and fun.


This one features a resist background using Tangled Fragments and some stickles to liven up the flower.


A super simple card with a hand drawn stem and more glitter.


This one ended up looking a bit busy.  I made a background by stamping various flower shapes with different shades of Archival ink and after it was all assembled, I wished I’d used something more subtle.


This one is on watercolour paper, coloured with a wash of acrylic paint in the background and Derwent ColourSoft pencils for the detail.  The dragonfly is cut from another resist background, this time with Harlequin Fragments.

I also managed to make this card with the brand new March Spring Bird stamps and one of our new clear sentiment stamps.


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I have stamped onto a background made with Dylusions sprays on watercolour paper.  I did stamp some of the smaller decorative stamps onto the background, but my colour choices were so subtle, you can hardly see them.  I’ve coloured the image with ColourSoft pencils again and the white stamping around the edge is the new Ranger Glacier White pigment inkpad.

And jumping backwards to January’s stamp releases, here’s a little tag made with the rose from the Punky Hearts stamp set.


punky rose tag

The background is acrylic paint and Distress Stains and features the North Star Crafter’s Workshop Template.  The rose is actually stamped on a label, coloured with stains and markers and cut out.  I added a grey shadow around it with a copic marker.

I hope these have inspired you to dig out your stamps and have a play this weekend.  I’ll be busy moving furniture around, but hope to get some quality studio time tomorrow.









Ten minute Autumn cards

I finally got around to making some cards with our latest Autumn stamps.  I need some birthday cards in the next month or two for men and of course Autumnal colours of green and brown fit the bill very well.

These are really simple, quick makes so for any beginners out there, I’m giving you the details, recipe style.  You actually get two cards for the price of one with this simple masking technique.

Leafy Green Birthday

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To make the card:

  1. Place the die cut onto the white card in the place where you want your sentiment to appear and hold it in place with a little masking tape folded over on the back.
  2. Starting with the lightest shade of green, stamp the little frond stamp from Autumn Poppy several times along the bottom of the card, varying the height.  Stamp right over the top of the die cut as well so you have some sticking up over the top.
  3. Take one of the leaf sprays and use your mid toned green inkpad to stamp leaves around the bottom, again stamp right over the die cut and vary the angle of your stamp each time.
  4. Choose another leaf stamp and repeat with the darkest green inkpad.
  5. With the die cut still in place, take the stencil brush and tap onto the lightest colour inkpad.  Starting on the die cut itself, gently swirl the brush all the way around the edge of the label shape.  This will help to define its outline once you remove it.  You can repeat this with your mid toned green if you want to make this a little stronger.
  6. Pick up the palest green again and swirl it gently around the edge of your card panel, but keep it subtle.
  7. Remove the die cut label and stamp your chosen sentiment from the Amazing Birthday stamp set into the middle.  These clear sentiments make it easy to position the stamp in the right place.
  8. Use your mid toned green inkpad to stamp a few individual leaves in the top left and bottom right corners of your folded card.
  9. Stick your stamped panel onto the sage green panel and stick centrally onto your folded card.

In my composition, I placed the die cut in the lower right corner and balanced the overall design with less stamping (more white space) in the top left corner.  I also stamped more leaves on the base card in the lower right corner – if I stamped too many at the top, it would look ‘top heavy’.


Birthday Label

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This card almost needs no explanation as it is the ‘left over’ die cut from the card above, but if you wanted to make it from scratch, it’s a super quick card to make.



To make the card:

  1. Stamp a selection of leaves and fronds from the Autumn Poppy stamp set onto your die cut label shape, starting with the lightest shade of green and working towards the darkest.  Leave part of the label with less stamping so you have somewhere to stamp your sentiment later.
  2. Let the ink dry, then use a large stencil brush to pick up ink from the palest inkpad and swirl it gently over the label to add some background colour.  Repeat with the mid tone green if you wish.
  3. Stamp a sentiment in orange over the lightest part of your label.
  4. Cut a length of decorative ribbon slightly wider than your folded card and glue it to the strip of brown card the same width as your card front.  Stick the ends of the ribbon to the underside of your card strip then stick to your card front.  This is a neat way of adding ribbon without having unsightly ends showing inside when you open up the card.
  5. Apply double sided foam pads to your stamped label and stick over the ribbon strip as shown.

If you are new to stamping, or you think Chocolate Baroque stamps are only for experienced and advanced stampers, I hope these cards go some way to showing that they are versatile enough for any level of experience or ability.  From next month you will see our Design Team bringing you a few quick makes over on the Design Team blog as we all know there are times when you just need to make something in a hurry.

The other quick project I made this week was these pillow boxes and you can read about those on the Chocolate Baroque Shop News page.

pillow boxes

Have a great crafty weekend everyone, but before I go, I must just leave you with a picture of my latest desk accessory.  It’s not exactly helping my productivity though …

purdy basket


Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 2

A while ago, Lesley and I decided to do a little background swap and we chose the colours of this month’s Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge to play with.

This month’s colour challenge over at

I can’t tell you much about how the background on my card was created as I didn’t make it!  What I did do though was stamp the keys and keyholes in Cornflower Blue  and Venetian Orange Archival ink.  I stamped some up to three times before re-inking to give the fainter images in the background.

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The sentiment is stamped in black archival and that’s it – mounted onto a brown card, it’s a super simple, quick card.  The stamps are all from Key to My Dreams – a useful stamp set for mens cards and I think it goes with our Steampunk range really well too.

If you’d like to see what everyone else has been creating with this month’s colour swatch, do take a look at the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge blog – it’s truly inspiring.

Have a great weekend!




PS – Lesley is doing one of her weekend treats over at Chocolate Baroque – click here to get all the details.

Seaside Dreams

Well firstly, thank you all for your very encouraging comments about me doing some workshops – I had lots of replies over on Facebook too, so I’m trying to get something planned for the end of October and will let you know what, when and where.

Meanwhile, Chocolate Baroque  just launched a set of Seaside themed stamps last week (Seaside Dreams) and of course they are instantly my favourite stamps ever.

I used them to create this week’s Monday Mojo inspired card which features a transparent strip along the front to reveal the inside of the card.  Click here to read the tutorial showing how I created this type of card.


The inside is a gelli print which I stamped with Archival Aqua ink.  The shells on the front were stamped with Pale Ochre Archival ink, masked off and stamped again.  I then drew a pencil line above the shells, simplifying the shape slightly and cut them out to form the base of the card.

The line below the beach huts was drawn using a useful gadget – the curved Tonic rulers which are handy when you want a wave shape bigger than anything a paper trimmer can do.

seaside bunting

When Lesley came to visit a couple of weeks ago, we had real fun playing with these stamps.  I had the idea of making seaside bunting, but I got carried away with colouring and I think it might take a while to do a whole string of bunting!  Lesley made a super postcard which you can see on her blog  (  My bunting is coloured with polychromos pencils, including the sea behind the huts which uses lighter and lighter shading to fade out to white.  Today the view from my window is of a sparkling grey-blue sea, but we sometimes see it where the sea fades out to sky with no visible horizon and the boats look like they are floating in mid air.


seaside mermaid

We also did some gelli printing and the mermaid card below uses one of my prints as the backing paper.  The mermaid is coloured with copic markers.


mermaid seashells


The scalloped circle card seemed very appropriate for the shells. I stamped in Archival Potting Soil and coloured with pencils before covering with a mask. Once masked, I used a large brush to add colour to the sky and sand. The two starfish are from  Underwater Kingdom which are also coloured with pencils. Just when it was all looking good, I noticed a smudge at the top of the card, so I picked out the tiny shell from Mermaid Queen and stamped it all around the edge which disguised the mark and gave the whole thing a nice frame too.

I hope you are enjoying the same glorious sunshine that we have here at the moment. We are making the most of it while it lasts – we were out last night on the putting green then we took a trip out to sea to watch the sunset.  The sky was fantastic!




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