sabato 7 aprile 2018

Serenity Canvas

You already had the opportunity to see my canvas during the TV shows on Hochanda last month, therefore I now will give you some instructions for the project.

Step by Step :

1. Colour a canvas with acrylic Distress Paint Salty Ocean
2. Cover all the canvas with Tim Holtz Melange Wrap Tissue
3. Apply Acrylic white Gesso on the darkest sections of the Wrap Tissue
4. Salty OceanPistacchioPicked Raspberry Distress Ink Pad on the surface
5. Apply directly through a stencil using a Versamark  pad 
6. Emboss Gold Embossing Powder with a heat gun
7. Stamp on a white A4 cardstock   Serenity and the border of Indian Textiles rubber stamp
8. Colour the stamps with watercolors Aquarelle pencils and cut around the edges
9. Glue all the pieces on the canvas

I hope you liked my first project for April.

lunedì 26 marzo 2018

Cards and ATCs

Hello girls,
as my third and last blog post for this month, I would like to inspire you with some cards and ATCs.

The background of this first card was created by blending Distress Ink Pad on which I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, different stamps from Chocolate Baroque  and coloured them with watercolour pencils.
The collections are : Landscape Edges ( sun and wall), English Cottages (house and tree), Village life (tree)

Here is a very clean and simple card
I just stamped  with Versafine Onyx Black, two stamps from Village life  and the birds from Landscape Edges  on a blended  Distress Ink Pad background, using  the beautiful 250gr A4 white cardstock

On Your Birthday card
has as focus points the red label with the sentiment from the  Words to Dazzle and Sparkle  stamp plate and the glittered Stickles light coming behind the clouds. In Landscape Edges  you can find all the stamps for this card. The background is again blended with Distress Ink Pad  on A4 white cardstock

Three ATCs from the same  A4 white cardstock wiped with Distress Ink Pad and water. The stamps from Landscape Edges are stamped with Ranger Archival Inkpad Jet Black, as well as the sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words collection. 

Thank you for passing by and I will see you next month with another Chocolate Baroque stamp series

domenica 11 marzo 2018


Continuing with the series of houses from Chocolate Baroque, I propose you today three Tags made with the beautiful English Cottages Rubber Stamp

Heartfelt Thanks tag :

Background coloured with acrylic colours
Gesso applied randomly on it
Stenciled the leaves of Useful Leaves, using Distress Inkpad
Stamped on White Cardstock the images with Versafine Onyx Black
Coloured the stamps with Aquarelle Pencils,  cut the images and glued
The sentiment is from the "Words to Dazzle & Sparkle" rubber plate

Sending Hugs tag:

Stamped on a kraft tag the images with Versafine Onyx Black
Coloured with white pencil the image
Stenciled with the white pencil the snowflakes of Seasonal Elements
Stickles  Stardust for some highlights
Sending Hugs sentiment as last touch.

On your Birthday tag :

On a black Tag I stamped at first the trees with Versamark
Blended on the tree Pan Pastel pink
Stamped on White Cardstock the images with Versafine Onyx Black
Coloured the stamps with Aquarelle Pencils,  cut the images and glued
Stickles  Stardust for some highlights on the windows and on imaginary clouds
The sentiment is from the "Words to Dazzle & Sparkle" rubber plate

See you in few days again with another "houses" project.  Thank you.

sabato 10 marzo 2018

Copper Tooling Card

Copper foil instead of cardstock, Tools instead of pencils or brushes,
here an other use of Mark Gould's stamp "The Aviator" realized for Chocolate Baroque.

"Embossing " can be understood and applied in different ways and I hope you like my project.


giovedì 1 marzo 2018

Shopping Bag

The houses of Chocolate Baroque inspired me for this shopping walk and afterwards, I went shopping with my decorated "Shopping Bag". It was really nice to see the expression of the shop assistant when I inserted what I bought into my bag!

The project asks for some patience as all the houses are a cut from the
Village Life and Townhouses stamp sets.  I used Versafine  Onyx Black ink  on White Cardstock and Aquarelle Pencils for colouring just the one house, that I wanted to be the "Shopping Centre". Everything is glued with Ranger Triangular Collage Glue, which is perfect for decoupage.

I hope you liked my project and I thank you for passing by.

sabato 17 febbraio 2018

Create Art

I am happy to share with you some projects made with the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque:

Wish Flower
Mosaic Flower
Bird of Joy

I used various products for these projects:

Watercolor Pencils
Distress Ink Pad
Archival Ink
Stickles Crystal
Mesh wire
The sentiments  Words to Dazzle and Sparkle and Loving Sentiments

As you see the result of each card is different, which one do you prefer ?
Have a nice day and happy colouring 

domenica 4 febbraio 2018


In a few days Cupid will shoot an arrow from his bow and I have already prepared this card for my Valentine.

Step by Step:

1. Cut a piece of white Cardstock  23cms x11.5cms and score it at 13.5 cms
2. Fold the card on the scored line
3. Stamp the French Heart with Archival Ink Jet Black and colour the flower with watercolor   
4. Repeat point 3. colouring the flower with another colour and cut it out.
5. Stencil the inside of the card blending small hearts using Distress Ink Pad blue and pink
6. Stamp on the hearts in second generation the sentiments from the Loving Sentiments stamp plate
7. Glue the decoupage flower on the left side of the card
8. Use Stickles crystal on the stems  to give a nice light to both flowers

Thank you for passing by

mercoledì 24 gennaio 2018

Mermaid in December

Today I want to show you the samples I made for the TV shows that Lesley had in December on Hochanda.
Both projects were done with the  "Mermaid Queen" stamp set.

For the backgrounds:  I used several blue shades of Distress Ink Pad, spritzed with water and stencilled with clear and white modelling pastes.

For the three decorations:  that Lesley put on the Christmas tree, I stamped the elements of Mermaid Queen with Onyx BlackGreenRed,  Spanish Moss  Versafine Ink.

For the card : I stamped some elements directly onto the background, while the Mermaid  is cut out, stamped with Versafine  Onyx Black and coloured with Koh-I-Noor Brilliant Water Colour.

I hope you liked my projects and please remember that you can have a lots of inspirations visiting the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.  


giovedì 18 gennaio 2018

Love is in the Air

I share with you my card done for Let's Craft and Create challenges blog, themed "Love is in the air"

I used Harlequin Rose stamp and Words of Love stamp of Chocolate Baroque


martedì 16 gennaio 2018


This was my challenge during last week end: to experiment a technique learned during my drawing course and to apply it in miniature for coloring a stamp.

I can really say that it wasn't easy to reduce the strokes and to stay in the contour.  However,  I am happy with the result.

I passed the  charcoal on  Sailor Jim that you can find it at Chocolate Baroque shop, stamped it on white cardstock   and coloured with charcoal.
As the stamped image is very light and volatile, I had to be very careful not to loose the design.

The blue stripes are coloured  with different blue and green of Distress Ink Pad to make you think of the sea, and the stenciled transparent modeling paste, of the waves.  They are deliberately glued in an irregular way at the side and the bottom of the Sailor with Ranger Triangular Collage Stick

The sentiment  stamped with Versafine onyx black is part of Words of Love, a very nice plate you can use it in different occasions.

What do you think about my experiment  ?


sabato 13 gennaio 2018

Art Lessons

My art lessons continue every Tuesday morning and my teacher Tiberio Mazzocchi is happy with the progress I made since I began to go in his studio.
We dealt with different topics, study of anatomy, study of color, understand how to observe, use of different materials and we have not finished yet ....
Here  some of the studies done and the last two drawings concerning the new topic of January,  What will be the next design next Tuesday ?


giovedì 11 gennaio 2018

Winter Sea

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Even in winter the sea has its beauty and I love the sea during any season.  Therefore I want to share with you this journaling page spread with a frozen seahorse and a seashore in a foggy and rainy day.

I used  the following items 

For the left page :
Distress Ink Pad  Iced SpruceStormy Sky for the background
Forest Moss for the plants
Fired Brick  for the seahorse
Underwater stamp set
White Embossing Powder for the frozen seahorse
Stencil Seasonal Journey "Winter"
Translucent Paste
Stencil  Well rounded for the frozen crystals dots and stripes

For the right page : 
Seashore Scenes stamp set
Distress Ink Pad  Iced SpruceStormy SkyForest MossBrushed Corduroy for the background
Forest Moss for the plants
Fired Brick  for the lighthouse
Iced Spruce for the clouds, boats
Stencil  Well rounded for the rain 
Translucent Paste
White Gesso, a diluted wash on the page for the fog

What do you think to have a winter week end at the seaside ? 
I wish you all a very healthy and crafty 2018,  hugs

domenica 31 dicembre 2017


Some days ago, I was reading about the history and the origin of the dreamcatcher and looking later at the Tangled Garden stamps, I have been inspired to make this card.

As you can probably notice, I always used the opposite Aquarelle colour from the colour wheel both for the flower and the leaves. I like the result of this painting so full of popping up contrasts. Remember to use Archival  or Versafine when you colour images with watercolour.

Thank you for passing by and Happy New Year.

sabato 16 dicembre 2017

Flower Cards


Hello girls,  I want to share with you three cards I made with the lovely stamps that Lesley demonstrated during the December TV Shows.

These projects have used the same technique : I used Versafine Onyx Black for stamping
Hydrangea  Tag
Breath of Spring 
and coloured the flower with Distress Ink Pad  .  I spritzed the background of the mat with the same Distress colour and stamped again part of the stamp on the background of the card.
I used some  Stickles on the flower and some mica too to lighten the cards

I hope you liked my projects today and I wish you a nice crafting week.