Sunday 25 September 2022

Travel With Nature


This is my last post for this month using samples made for August's shows for Chocolate Baroque.  I started with the background and in tones of green and brown I stamped leaves from the stamp set From Nature 2,   Then using the Nature strip word stamp from Word Strip 1 I stamped it across the background in black.  I lined up the Tree Of KNowledge to sit on the strip word.


This card I started with the Word Strip 1 set and using the solid strip I inked it up in several colours of Versafine Clair, the colours reminded me of tropical colours to go with the Travel texts, I stamped some leaves from  From Nature 2, coloured them and cut them out.  I added them to the centre strips then matted and layered everything up.  

Thank you for popping by

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Friday 16 September 2022

A Bit Of Christmas And A tree


I have popped by to share a couple of creations from August's show for Chocolate Baroque, for the first one I used the Word Strip 2 stamp set.  I started by doing an inky background in Distress Oxides, then stamped the background strip first in light blue, it has circles in it which I hoped looked like falling snow.  Then in a darker blue I stamped the words which are lots of Christmas words.  I then added some glitter to the word Christmas to finish it off.


For my second card I used the stamp The Tree Of The Knowledge, starting with the background using Distress Oxides and a mask I created some hills,  I used a mask to create a sun in yellow and orange Distress Oxides.  I then moved onto the sky using a cloud mask, before stamping my main image.  I stamped the tree in Versafine Clair, and with a white gel pen coloured in the fruit/blossoms.  I added the sentiment to the bottom.

Thank you for looking
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday 5 September 2022

Making Balloons From Trees


Here are some samples from last months shows for Chocolate Baroque. Well I had fun making this card, I started with a strip of card and using four colours in Versafine Clair I stamped up the Word Strip 2 Birthday, to create the balloons I used the stamp set From Nature 2, I took the smallest leaf and stampede it in each of the colours above the stamp strip.  Using gel pens in the same colour I drew a triangle on the base of the leaf to turn it into a balloon.  I then did a squiggly line for string, to finish I did polka dots all over the card to look like confetti.

To create this card I started with a Gel Plate, using a brayer I put some ink down on the plate.  Then splashed with Brusho's and pressed it down on my base card.  I took the Tree Of Knowledge stamp and stamped it into the middle of the circle, I coloured it and then using a red glaze pen coloured some apples on to it.  

Thank you for looking

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Sunday 28 August 2022

Old Oaks And Roses


 This is the last post for this month showing some samples from Chocolate Baroque's July's shows, where we had lots of gorgeous stamps to use.  For my first creation I used 'O Is For' , you get three stamps with this set, the main image , a small oak tree and a verse.  I used the small oak tree to build up a background on a Distress Oxide background, I stamped the little tree using Versafine Clair in a green.  Using the same inky background I did it on a die cut circle.  I stamped the main image and added detail with some gilding flakes then matt and layered.

My second creation is made using Freedom Flower, another set with a main image then two worker stamps.  So for the background using the new Saltwater Taffy Oxides I edged the card fading to the centre.  Using the dotty worker stamp I went over the top of the ink around the edge.  I stamped out the main image colouring with matching Distress Ink, I stamped a further twice fussy cutting two layers to decoupage.

Thank you for looking and I will see you next month with more samples to see.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Tuesday 16 August 2022

Harebells And Notelets


This is my second post this month for the Chocolate Baroque's shows that were in July, using some really gorgeous stamps.
My first make is a notelet set, I do enjoy making the notelet sets,  I used several stamp sets for this project, I used Harebell Butterfly, Honeysuckle Butterfly, Briar Rose Butterfly and Thistle Butterfly.  I started by creating the box to put the notelets in and as you can see used the Harebell hero (main image) stamp for the front, the notelets are made using a worker (smaller) stamp from each set.  I masked the edges of the cards off, then using three colours of Distress oxides did an ombre background, I stamped the images in the centre, then matted and layered each card.  For the envelopes I took a circle mask and added some ink to each corner of the envelopes. I then stamped one of the worker stamps over the top.

I absolutely love this image from Harebell Butterfly set that I used for my second creation, I started this one by stamping my image then using Distress Oxide and a stencil brush I added some ink around the image, I coloured the image using Aqua pencils then adding water to blend.  I very lightly drew with a pencil a rectangle with a ruler to frame it.  I went around the pencil line free hand so's not to have an exact straight line with a fine liner.  Using the Oxides I did a matching backing paper to matt and layer on.

Thank you for looking, I will be coming back at the end of the month with a couple more samples.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Friday 5 August 2022

Monochrome With A Red Heart

These are some samples from the Chocolate Baroque's July's shows, there were lots of gorgeous stamps to use.  So for my first one I started by stamping out the graph paper as I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do, I stampede it twice and thought what is graph paper used for then I thought the paper for Heart Monitor machines and so I went on to draw the heart beat line and added in a hearts.  I matted and layered them adding a sentiment to it from Birthday Words , would have made a good Valentines card.

For my second creation we are Monochrome again, utilising the corners from the Butterfly Daisy Collage set,   So I stamped one of the corners and embossed it forming a square, out of the same set I stamped out the butterflies twice and fussy cut them.  I added them to two of the corners then added a sentiment from the Birthday Words set in the centre.

I will see you again towards the middle of the month for some more samples.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Just Bugging Around


Hello, I'm here with my last post for this month for Chocolate Baroque's TV shows for Create & Craft, showing some more of my samples from the shows in June.  I loved making this first card as I think that Monochrome is so effective.  I stamped the flowers which is from the stamp set The Rose Tree and embossed with clear embossing powder, then did the same with the Bee and the sentiment (which is from Birthday Words). Quick and simple but lovely at the same time.  All that was left to do with it was to matt and layer it.

For the second card I cut my cardstock to size then using three different coloured inks and a small acrylic block, I inked the block in turn with the three different colours, spraying with water then pressing on to my card to create the three coloured blocks.  Using black ink I stamped the three insects that comes with the set The Rose Tree,   I matted that on to grey card, then for the background piece I used grey ink and stamped the Dandelion all over.  

I will see you next month for some new samples for the July's shows
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday 16 July 2022

Nature's Makes


Hello  and welcome, I'm here to show some samples I created for the June's shows on Create & Craft for Chocolate Baroque.  My first creation is created with a Christmas stamp called Christmas Tweetings.  So I started by stamping out my image on grey card and colouring with Aqua pencils and white charcoal pencils.  These show nice on Grey or Kraft card, I mounted onto black card then again on to some silver mirror card.

This creation was made using the Nature's Paisley stamps and Birthday Words,  I started by masking off a strip and using Oxides I blended three colours.  I then splashed with some water, when dry I peeled off the masking tape and stamped the various paisley and leaf images.  I added a sentiment and matt and layered it all.  Simple but effective.

I will be back towards the end of the month with some more of my samples.

Happy crafting

Tracy x 

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Paisley Elephant


This is my first post for July, and I'm here to show you some samples from our June's shows on Create & Craft for Chocolate Baroque.  We had lots of fabulous stamps to use and my first creation was made using the stamp set Paisley Elephant.  I started by doing an inky background then stamping around the edge with versamark a paisley worker stamp and embossing in gold powder.  I stamped the main image of the elephant and stamped it again as a mirror image using a gel plate.  I coloured them in distress inks, fussy cut them and them mounted them onto my background.

For my second creation I used a stencil to create backgrounds, first on my base card then on my topper.  Using a corner stamp from Christmas Tweetings I stamped them back to back and then facing each other to make this image.  I rounded the corners and matted and layered to finish off.

See you for my next post

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Monday 27 June 2022

Letters & Numbers

I'm here again with my final post for this month showing you creations from May's shows for Chocolate Baroque shown on Create & craft T.V..  And oh wow I just love tyhis first stamp set Alium collage, maybe that's because I grow them in my garden.  To create this card I stamped the main image, then using Brusho's I sprinkled purple over the flower part of the image, then sprinkled green  over the stem part.  I stamped a sentiment from the set and made it into a tag and added some string to add it to my image.  Then just mounted it up onto black card, this is a simple way to add colour.

This next creation is quite different for me, I started with an inky background using Oxide inks.  All the stamps on this are from Just Useful, so I started with an Inky background in Oxides, then I stamped the numbers in the centre of the card in black and a notebook edge along the top.  Taking brown ink I stamped some splodges around the outer edge,  Using some Gilding flake glue I added some to the top edge of the card, then to the numbers then dotted some around the edge,  then added the Gilding flakes.  Love using the Flakes for that bit of luxury.  All that was left was to mount it onto some black card.

Well that's me now for this month, see you next month for more Chocolate Baroque makes.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday 17 June 2022

Nature In Ink

Here I am with my second post for this month for Chocolate Baroque, bringing you samples from May's shows on Create & Craft T.V..  In my first creation I used the stamp set Fragile Wings, it's a really beautiful stamp set with a very good wood panel, which I've used several times with Inks.  I used Ink sprays for my background, some were Mica sprays with some shimmer in.  Therefore so that the image would show over the Mica I used embossing powder and for a nice subtle look went with white embossing powder.  I stamped a sentiment and mounted it before adding it to my creation.

For this piece I chose my Ink colours in both Distress Oxides and Versafine Clair, getting the colours as near as I could. So the background with the leaves on I stamped with Versafine Clairs, all I did using Not More Flowers I took a couple of different leaves and added two inks to each stamp making the image multi toned.  I then mounted that background onto a coloured background which was inked with oxides.  I used a gold Posca pen to edge the background.   I created the strip using Slim word Strip 1 with the Nature words on it, stamping in brown Versafine Clair and then embossed on top of an Inky background created with Distress Oxides.  I edged the strip again with gold posca pen.

I will be back with a final post for this month near the end of the month.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday 6 June 2022

Fragile Wings & Petals


These are creations from May's T.V. Shows for Chocolate Baroque, there were lots of gorgeous stamps to use.  For my first creation I used the stamp set Fragile Wings, for my base card I had used the wood grain stamp from the set on top of an Oxide inky background.  for my main image I stamped the Butterfly on another oxide inky background.  With watercolour pencils I coloured the butterfly and shaded the circles too.  I also shaded around the the image with a charcoal pencil, smudging it for shading.  I glittered the wings for a bit of sparkle. 

This card I made using a product that's quite new to me, I'm just getting the feel of it and experimenting with it, my new product is Gilding Flakes, I know they have been around for ever but I thought I would like to try a new product and that's what I picked up from the craft store.  So let's start with the stamp set used for this creation Ace Card.  For the base card I used gilding flake glue and smudge the glue around the edge with a sponge, then applied the flakes over the top of a stamped edge from the set.
Now for the main image, I stamped it out then coloured it with Alcohol markers.  I used gilding flake glue and put a thin line around the edge of the image and on parts of the foliage etc....  then dotted some random dots of flakes around the image.  Using a gold posca pen I edged the whole piece of card.

I had fun using these stamps, I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday 28 May 2022

Butterflies And Blooms

This is my final post for this month showing samples from April's shows for Chocolate Baroque, for my first creation I am using stamp sets Dream Petals and Butterfly Mind.   So I started with a background, using Distress Oxides and stencil brushes gently built colour up in green and blue, I kept it soft and subtle.   On some separate card I stamped out the flowers from the Dream Petals and cut them out.  I always cut out first and colour afterwards as if using water colours the card doesn't cut as crisp when damp.  I coloured with distress inks and when dry used a white gel pen to highlight in the centre of the flowers.  I adhered them to the bottom of the card overlapping them.
I then stamped two butterflies and cut them out, I coloured them the same way and put them on as if fluttering above the flowers. Finally added a sentiment.

For this creation I used the stamp set Life Is Wonderful with a sentiment from Birthday Words.  I started with the background, I used Cadence Metallic Acrylic paints found here,  I sponged them in two different colours all over and left to dry.  Meanwhile I stamped my image twice, and coloured the main one with Aqua pencils, I then cut out parts of the image, the butterfly and the biggest flower then coloured them.  I decoupaged the the cut out pieces.   and adde3d some glitter to the centre of the flowers and the butterfly wings.

I will be back with new posts next month, thank you for looking.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday 16 May 2022

Mystical Weave


This is my second post for this month for my Chocolate Baroque TV Shows, with samples from April's shows.  My first creation is using the Be At Peace stamp, I love this tree as to me it's quite mystical so I went for a purple inky background.  After stamping my tree and colouring it I created some hills in the background and a sun, using posca pens did some blossoms on the ground.  I splashed some water on my ink for interest, which then made it look more like a night sky and the water splashes then looked a bit like stars.

This piece is created using two different stamps - Open Weave and Floral Weave,   So for the base of the card I took the Open Weave stamp and stamped several times to cover the background.  Then using a green and a yellow ink I did splashes all over it for some colour which co-ordinates with the topper I made.  For my topper I did some smooching with green and yellow Oxides then stamped my Floral weave stamp over the top.  This is a simple card but sometimes they make good cards for people who don't like fussy things.

I will be back near the end of the month with another couple of creations, thank you for popping by.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Thursday 5 May 2022

Floral Delights


Hello, hope you are well, I am here today to show you some creations I made for the shows in April for Chocolate Baroque for Create & Craft.  For my first creation I did one of my favourite techniques just using two pencils of different degrees of hardness.  I call it Grey Scale, if that is a proper term or it's just something I made up I have no idea.  First I stamped my image called Life Is Wonderful,  then using pencils I shaded it, it's a subtle effect and quite effective.
I then matted and layered the image using black, grey and white card stock.

For my second card I went with the Gerbera & friends stamp set, using the Dandelion from the set. To start with I did the background using a blending brush and some ink, I faded the ink out into white space.  I stamped my main image, then using a single seed head apparently they are called a 'Pappus' I stamped them floating in the air as if they were carried away by the wind.  I highlighted my flowers and added glitter for some sparkle.  Then all that was left was to matt and layer it.

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - 
Gerbera & friends  Life Is Wonderful,
Colouring Medium - Distress Oxides,  Versafine clair,  Faber-Castell Aqua Pencils, Charcoal Pencils
Tools - Sino Gel Pens, 
Embellishments - Glamour Dust, 

Thank you for looking, I will be back middle of the month with more creations for you.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Monday 25 April 2022

Country Reflections (By Tracy Thompson)


 Hello again, I'm here with the last of my samples for March's shows,  above is my Rainbow creation, I love doing this.  So I started with a strip of card and taking ink pads (I used VersafineClair) in six colours I stamped the long image Country Reflections,  then embossed with embossing powder which gave the ink a richer colour,, I stamped a sentiment from Birthday words underneath.  I matted and Layered onto some black card which makes the colours pop.

I love making Notelet sets, because you get to showcase multiple stamps on one project, so I used the sets Country Reflections and Country Reflections Elements.  My front cover and the notelets were done by using a mask and gently inking inside a circle, and still using the mask stamping part of the strip stamp.  I stamped a different part of the stamp each time for different looks.

The pocket inside the folder was stamped using the elements stamps and gentle inking around the edge.  For the envelopes I put part of the circle on the corner and stamped an Elements stamp inside the inking.

Everything was layered onto black card, and the only coloured ink was a Distress Oxide, I kept to just one colour for this project to keep a subtle look.

Thank you for looking and see you next month here on the blog for some more new projects. 

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Saturday 16 April 2022

Reflections & Wings


I'm here again to share a couple more samples that were made for the shows in March for Chocolate Baroque, all the stamps were so good to use and I loved all the details.  So for my first I wanted to show The Phenomenal Butterfly Elements stamps, so I kept this one simple by using a small stamping block, adding ink then spraying with some water, then press down onto the card.  I did this in three different colours, then stamped an element over the top in black.   I added a sentiment that suited the Butterflies and Dragonfly from the set Birthday words.  Matted and Layered in a matching colour.  I said it was simple!

For my next creation I thought what would show off these fabulous trees from Out Of The Trees stamp, and yes of course a reflection, I love doing reflections.  So I started by creating the background putting in a little sunset/sunrise colour and just building up all the colours to get the right back drop.  You just do half the card as below for the other half you need to go a bit lighter for the water effect.  To do my reflections I use a Gel Plate, so stamp the main image first then stamp onto the gel plate and then place below the main image as a reflection.  Then adding some detail by grounding the stamp and just layer it up on a co-ordinating colour card.

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque's -  Out Of The Trees  The Phenomenal Butterfly Elements Birthday words
Colouring Medium - Distress Oxides, distress inks, Versafine Clair, 
Tools - Gel Plate, stamping block,

Thank you for looking and see you near the end of the month with a couple more creations.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Phenomenal Butterflies


Today I would like to share with you a couple of creations that were made Chocolate Baroque for March's shows on Create & Craft.  The first one above is using the fabulous stamp The Phenomenal Butterfly, which is a very large long stamp and beautiful to work with.  I started by creating a background with Distress oxides and layering on to my base card.  I then cut three squares and stamped a different part of the stamp on each square.  I then stamped the butterflies and dragonflies again, cut them out coloured them in the same colour inks as the background and covered them in clear embossing powder for a glossy finish.  I placed them over the original image on the squares, I stamped a sentiment from the set called Birthday Words on a strip of card and added to my card.

For my second creation I started by stamping the wall from the Out Of The Tees Elements, I stamped another on some masking paper and covered the original, with the masking paper over the wall I stamped the train in place then stamped that onto masking paper too.  Now that both my main elements were in place I started to create my scene.  Using Distress oxides I created a hill, I then used the trees along the hill line, then behind the wall.  for the foreground I stamped foliage from the Walk tall stamp set.  I removed my masking paper and coloured my main elements.

I will look forward to later in the month when I will share with you a couple more makes from these shows

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque's -  The Phenomenal Butterfly,  Birthday Words  Out Of The Tees Elements   Walk tall   
Colouring Medium - Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Embossing Powder, 

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Sunday 27 March 2022

Butterflies And A bird Of Joy


This is my final post for this month, sharing some of my makes for February's TV shows for Chocolate Baroque.  The above creation is using the Butterfly Mind's set,  so I started with the base card/background, I used stamps from the set and a Versafine Clair Morning Mist ink pad so it was subtle.  I randomly stamped with a butterfly and the splodges.  For the main image I stamped it then masked it, I used Brusho's to colour the background sprayed with water.  For the Butterflies I stamped some separate and coloured and fussy cut them to decoupage onto the main image.

My next creation is using the Bird Of Joy stamp, which I coloured with pencils, and inked around the edges.  For the base I took the sentiment stamps Words Of Comfort And cheer, and stamped some of the words and a bird from the set, in morning mist ink, then edge the card in ink.  A simple card but I wanted to really show the bird off.

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Mind  Bird Of Joy
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Versafine Clair, Faber-Castell Pencils, Brusho's 
Embellishments - Glitter, 

Thank you for looking
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday 17 March 2022

Vintage & Bright's

This is my second post for this month, showing some of my Chocolate Baroque's creations from  February's shows.  So let's start with the one above using the seed pod from the stamp set Glorious,  I love this card and loved the process too, my base layer is made using Distress Mica Sprays in three colours , wow does it shimmer.  Then for my main layer I stamped the seed pod onto some Chocolate Baroque's super smooth stamping card, then masked it.  Using Distress Oxides I smooched a background in three colours.  Removing the mask I coloured the image with pencils.  I stamped one of the leaves from the set in second generation around the image randomly.  I stamped out some words from the set, cut them out and inked the edges and adhered them to the card.  I just love the mica base card and then the vintage colours, they suit the seed pod so well I think.

So for my Notelet set I used several of the background stamps.  I used Square Bubbles, On The TilesLarge Crackle and also I used the Butterfly Mind set and Words Of Comfort & Cheer.
My front cover is created by inking in three colours onto card, then I stamped the crackle background  to cover the whole of the background, then with a white gel pen I highlighted randomly along the lines.  I stamped a sentiment and a butterfly which I cut out but left in black and white for contrast against the bright colour of the background.

Now for the inside of the folder, I created a pocket on one side and layered a backgound on the other side.  Added a sentiment to one side then put some notelet cards which are below and matching envelops into the pocket. 

I created three Notelet cards and three matching envelopes, For each card I used each background stamp over an inky background made using Distress Oxide.  On each card I added detail with gel pens to give interest.  I added sentiments and butterflies to each one.  For the envelopes I stamped in grey the background stamp all over each one.

I will be back near the end of the month with another post

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Glorious, Square Bubbles, On The Tiles, Large Crackle Butterfly Mind  Words Of Comfort & Cheer.
Papers - Chocolate Baroque's super smooth stamping card
Colouring Medium - Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Distress Mica sprays, Versafine clair, 
Tools - Sino Gel Pens, 
Embellishments -

Thanks for popping by.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday 11 March 2022

Some Bunny Loves You!


Hello lovely people,  thought I would share my creation with you, and this was made for my Mum for Mother's Day.   I started with a Lavinia Gel plate the Squarelee, I brayered and sponged some Colorbox inks onto it to create my background, and using a Lavinia moon mask I created a moon and then stamped some tiny stars.  I stamped my Hares next, then built up my scene with foliage stamps.  I could not give this to my mum without Fairies on as she loves them so on went some Fairy Foragers.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
1. Cupcake Inspirations - #539 - Pet

2. Simon Says Stamp Monday - Add some Green

3. Dragonfly dreams - March Challenge - Something To Make You Smile (Hares and Fairies always make me smile)

Stamps - Lavinia - Fairy Foragers, Wild Hares set, Silhouette Foliage set, Meadow Grass, Silhouette grass, 
Colouring Medium - Colorbox ink, Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair, Posca pens, Charcoal pencil, Sakura gelly roll pen, Signo gel pen, 
Tools - Lavinia Squarelee gel plate, Hill masks, Moon masks, 

Thanks for popping by.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday 5 March 2022

Glorious Floral Delights


This is my first post for this month using the fantastic stamps that were shown on one of the February's shows for Chocolate Baroque.  So first I would like to show a book I created using the following stamps - Mosaic FlowerBird Of JoyFloral DelightWish Flower and Glorious.
So all my images were layered onto black card and added to the book, for the front cover I stamped the Mosaic Flower but upside down so it looked like the Chinese lantern plant, I stencilled in the background and coloured the image with pencils.  I added the words and did some highlights with a white gel pen.

The above pages and the ones below were done very much the same as the cover, only when I did my stencilling I masked down each side and only stencilled in the centre.  I wanted to stamp my images to the side for a different look and to get the benefit of the stencilling.  Each image was coloured with pencils in co=ordinating colours to the stencilling.  

For my next creation I made a large tag, using a die I cut the tag set which is a base, top layer and the eyelet covers.  

I coloured the base tag in Distress Oxide in a matching colour to the the colours in the top layer.  The top layer I smooched several colours for the background, then using the Butterfly Mind stamp set I stamped the main image, then stamped again on spare card, coloured the butterflies then cut them out.  On the background I added words from the set and splatters too.  I added the Butterflies, decoupaging onto the main image.  And finally some glitter was added to the Butterflies.

I will be back later in the month with some more creations from the Chocolate Baroque show, thank you for taking a look.

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Mind  Mosaic FlowerBird Of JoyFloral DelightWish Flower and Glorious.
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Versafine Clair, Faber-Castell Pencils, 
Tools - Signo gel Pen, Lavinia Stencil, 
Embellishments - Glitter, 

Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x