Friday, 25 July 2014

There's a new Challenge Blog on the block - Chocolate Baroque!

Morning Everyone,

And ........ we're in for another hot one .........enough said :-(, lol!

First of all a little reminder about yesterday's post ......yes it is only 1 day since I last posted, what a rarity, eh?



IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN TO YESTERDAY'S POST AND LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE IN THE DRAW FOR MY BLOGAVERSARY GIVEAWAY 
I would have done a sticky post to stay at the top until next week but I haven't a clue how to do it, lol!
Closing date for entry is midnight on Thursday 31 July 2014.



Okay, now on to today's post.  Chocolate Baroque have been a favourite stamp company of mine for years and in fact, it was seeing the owner Glenda Waterworth demonstrating on a well known TV craft channel that got me hooked on stamping in the first place.  Boy, does Glenda have a lot to answer for, lol!  Little did I dream when I saw that program that I would be lucky enough to become one of the original members of Glenda's first design team back in the days when the company was known as Elusive Images.  I was very sad when family commitments meant I had to resign from the team but I have never lost my love for their stamps and was so pleased to see the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog appear on the scene and I knew I had to have a go.

The first challenge is a colour one and there's lots of lovely inspiration from their current talented design team which you can see here.  I translated the colours into Distress Inks Scattered Straw,  Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean and using brushes to lay down the background colour I kept them very light and soft.  I sprinkled water droplets and then blotted off some of the colour. I followed this with some light stencilling and background stamping with the Scattered Straw. 


Other stamping is done with Archival Black and painted with the Distress Inks. I stamped the butterflies onto separate card, coloured and cut them out and attached by just the bodies.  The lace is dipped into watery DI's on my craft mat.


I used Chocolate Baroque stamp set Harebell Butterfly and the word was taken from a stamp on their Artistic Affirmations set.

Right, I'm off to add this to their link up.  Anyone can enter the challenge and if you use CB stamps you will be entered into a random draw for £15 to spend on their website, ;D!  It's a monthly challenge launching on the 3rd Wednesday of every month so still plenty of time to enter.  I might even get another one done, lol!


See you again soon.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx


19 comments:

judith@poppy cottage said...

Love your tag Lesley, the soft background is sooo pretty. The lace provides a very effective base, and the colouring of your flowers is lovely. Your butterflies perched on the tag are beauties. Thank you for entering the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

Moira said...

Lovely Tag Lesley, very wistful and subtle.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous tag Lesley. The background is beautiful and the the coloured lace fab. I love everything about it.

Sue xx

Florence said...

I really enjoyed reading your post Lesley. Mrs. W. has got a lot to answer for!! lol! I purchased my first stamps in Australia "back in the day" and couldn't find anything I liked in the UK until I saw Glenda on the TV. I have also been hooked on CB stamps ever since. Gorgeous tag. Love your interpretation of the colors. Thank you for playing along with the challenge.
Hugs, Flo xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Lesley, I also love your tag, the butterfly pops along with the beautiful greened up lace. Thanks for joining us in the fun ! Shirleyx

Sandra said...

Lovely tag Lesley, love the soft background.
Sandra

veronica said...

lovely tag Lesley, have now got a yellow ink pad so I can have a go - several backgrounds drying out so far - and a box of brusho inks has just arrived, think will have to try those as well.............
Funny how your opinioon of the weather changes as you get older isn't it - I distinctly remember loving hot sunny weather whaT seems like the other day, now am hugging a fan..........and dripping!

Aquarius said...

As you can guess I have a large 'stamp collection' Chocolate Baroque of course and keep meaning to make something for this new challenge. I love your tag with the delicate background which goes so well with these delicate flowers. The vibrant butterflies are stunning.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous tag Lesley. I love the depth of colour and the colouring of the lace looks super at the base of your design. I love many of the CB butterflies, I know we share that passion and a large collection of their fluttering stamps! Elaine xxx

butterfly said...

What a lovely tag - the colours are so fresh and pretty. Thanks for the heads up about the new challenge too.
Alison xx

Lin said...

Thats a beautiful tag Lesley just beautiful xx see you soon x

Helen said...

What a beautiful tag, Lesley!! love the butterfly.

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a beautiful tag! I love those butterflies! I haven't been crafting all that long, as you know, so I don't have any CB stamps! I really must rectify that, as they look lovely! I've been getting a bit behind with commenting lately, so I'm off to see your previous post right now! Julie Ann xxx

sam21ski said...

Fabulous tag Lesley, love the background and the way you've used the lace, excellent choice of word too

Sam xxx

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous, love how you used the colours Lesley, the butterflies look amazing and you have the texture of the lace, double whammy :D Love it !!! Hugs Gay x

massofhair said...

Stunning Tag Lesley, very pretty with gorgeous pops of colour. I too am a Glenda fan, it was Dawn Bibby who got me interested in stamping but it was Glenda who taught me how to use them. Miss her on TV & have never had the pleasure of attending any workshops she has run.

You do the stamps a great service as your colouring is amazing. Looking forward to seeing more CB posts from you:-) xxx

Claire Boyd said...

Beautiful tag... those butterflies & your background are stunning. Came back today to leave a comment because I was stuck with a card design today & then I remembered your lace dipped in DIs & voila.... problem solved. Thank you for your help !!

Buttons said...

A beautiful tag Lesley. Loving those butterflies. Jenny x

Sally H said...

A stunning tag, Lesley! Absolutely gorgeous!