Friday, 18 June 2021

Colourful inspiration

The days roll round and already it's the 18th on the month so time for our mid month inspiration post.

So many beautiful entries so far following our 'Hand Coloured or Paper Pieced' theme, but if you have not joined in yet there is still plenty of time as the challenge runs until Wednesday 30th June for the chance of winning super stamps from.......
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

Lots of colourful inspiration from the Design Team again......

Using Chocolate Baroque Bold Blooms
Using Chocolate Baroque Italian House and Fresh Florals
Using Chocolate Baroque Sow the Seeds and 8x8 Designer Papers
Using Chocolate Baroque Peony
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora and Fauna
Using Chocolate Baroque Echoes of Italy and Amazing Mackintosh Words
Mervi
Using Chocolate Baroque Crackling Rose
Using Chocolate Baroque Urban Chic House

 
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Sunday, 6 June 2021

June - Hand coloured or paper pieced image

A warm welcome to our June challenge where this month our theme is......

**Hand coloured or paper pieced image**

The focal image as usual must be hand stamped as our preference (or digital) and can be for any occasion, the choice is yours but we want to see either colouring with your favourite colouring medium or paper piecing. You can enter up to three times to be in with a chance of winning an A4 stamp set or stamps to the same value from......
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

Our first Featured Designer back in September was Hilary and we are very pleased to tell you she is now joining us as a full time member of the team, please join me in extending a warm welcome to her.

To set you on your way we have a super selection of styles using both colouring and paper piecing from the Design Team......

Using Chocolate Baroque Song Trush
Using Chocolate Baroque Fresh Florals and Amazing Mackintosh Words 
Using Chocolate Baroque Honey Bee
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora and Fauna 
Using Chocolate Baroque Artists Baubles and Amazing Mackintosh words
Using Chocolate Baroque Life is wonderful
Using Chocolate Baroque Cotswold Stone House

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Friday, 4 June 2021

May winner, Top 3 and Featured Designer

Good morning everyone, time to announce the winner of our May challenge where we have some really beautiful entries and thank you all for joining us during the month.
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

Before I tell you about the winner, myself and the team would like to extend a big thank you for all your warm words of support over the Social Media issues mentioned in our post below. It saddens us all that a crafter can be so malicious feeling the need to have a public vituperative outburst in what is usually such a happy crafting community, but thankfully is in the minority.

Moving back to our winner as selected by Random Or., who will be able to choose an A4 stamp sheet or stamps to the same value is......


Well done Maz please mail me by Thursday 10th June from the sidebar with your full name and postal address.

Next our Top 3 and Featured Designer as voted for by the Design Team......

The creation using a Chocolate Baroque stamp and the person we would like to join us as our July Featured Designer is Fiki, entry no 36......


Well done Fiki, please mail me so I can tell you more about our July theme.

And our May Top 3 which are actually a Top 4 as they all scored the same number of votes.....

Entry No 71 Amelia
Entry No 22 Anke
Entry No 106 Christine
Entry No 66 Kath

Please pop back on Sunday for our new challenge.

 
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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Regarding We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge

A difficult post to write but one which is necessary due to certain Social Media comments and accusations which have been made with regard to how the challenge is run. 

The aim of the challenge since June 2010 has always been to provide a forum for crafters to share their artwork along with the opportunity to win prizes provided by generous sponsors. 

The Design Team, many of whom are long standing members give their time on a voluntary basis, do not receive any form of inducement and each month provide artwork as inspiration for our entrants and take time to comment on those entries.

I and in turn my team will not be intimidated by gossip or false claims about how the challenge is run. If any crafter has an issue about how the challenge is run then they are welcome to send me a personal e.mail from the link on the challenge blog sidebar. Social Media and closed formats are not the appropriate place and I on behalf of the challenge, my team and sponsors will report to the appropriate body, taking into account GDPR regulations, any such dialogue of which I/we have or may become aware.

Our aim is to provide a friendly environment for crafters and to this end we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour or comments and regularly review those and our rules to ensure all remain in the best interest of our entrants as a whole. 

Brenda
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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Bright and Sunny

Morning Peeps, our 'Bright and Sunny' colour theme is in full swing and you have shared some lovely creations with us but there is still plenty of time to join in as the challenge runs until 2nd June. 

Don't forget we are looking for new DT's to join our team so please check out the post below and don't be shy, you may be just the person we are looking for.
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

Onto some more inspiration from the lovely Design Team......

Using Chocolate Baroque Rose Duo
Using Chocolate Baroque Floribunda Net
Using Chocolate Baroque Harlequin Bouquet
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora and Fauna
Mervi
Using Chocolate Baroque Harlequin Bouquet
Using Chocolate Baroque's Orchard Design a Tree
 
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Sunday, 2 May 2021

May - Bright Sunny 🌞 Colours (and could you be a DT for us?)

A sunny good morning to you all, it's time for our May challenge and we hope our theme matches the weather where you live🌞☀️.......

******Bright Sunny Colours******

The title speaks for itself really, all we ask is that the focal element of your creation is hand stamped (or digital) and your entry is bright and sunny. Don't forget you can enter three different pieces of artwork.......they don't have to be cards either so long as they are stamped.

One of our team Leanne has moved on to pastures new, we thank her for the inspiration she has shared with us and wish her well. This means we are looking for one or two new DT's, however we are not having a DT call, so please DO NOT mail us as it will not influence our choice.

Instead, if you think you would fit into our friendly little team all you need to do is......
  • Enter this months challenge using a Chocolate Baroque stamp/s and put 'DT' against your name when linking. 
We will be visiting the blogs of all those interested and inviting new DT/s from those entrants (yes you do need a blog).

Please note: You must have sufficient Chocolate Baroque stamps to be able to work to our upcoming themes and provide two inspirational pieces each month. Have an active blog and be prepared to comment on entries. In return you will receive Chocolate Baroque stamp/s as a welcome and be entitled to preferential DT stamp purchases.

Moving back to this months challenge, as usual our lucky challenge winner will be able to select an A4 stamp sheet or stamps to the same value from.................
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!

This month we welcome Gerrina as our Featured Designer, we loved her pretty yellow floral creation in March and now she has  a lovely journal page to share......


Here is a little bit about Gerrina:

"I am addicted to stamping since the summer of 2010 and still love to learn new techniques and how to work with new materials. I live in the Netherlands and the last few years I make more Art Journal Pages, but still like to make cards too. I like the CAS style, all kinds of water and pigment/aquarel techniques, some Mixed Media and occasionally make scrapbook pages. Blogging is my way of inspire others and get inspired and meet the most talented kind people. Chocolate Baroque is one of the stamp brands that I love to work with since I discovered it about 9 years ago. I am very honoured to have been invited to be featured designer this month. A huge thank you to the Design Team!"  

And some more Sunny inspiration from the Design Team.......

Using Chocolate Baroque Floral Edges e Woodland Dreams
and Ace Card 
Using Chocolate Baroque Tangled Garden 
Using Chocolate Baroque Canary Bird Rose
Using Chocolate Baroque Bridge House and Rose Stem Script
Using Chocolate Baroque Flora Musica
Tracy
Using Chocolate Baroque Swirl Centre Flowerhead and Butterfly Mind
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