Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Challenge 2 Week Two: Our Winners!

Hello everyone, welcome back to the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog for a very exciting week. We are announcing the winners for our first challenge last month.

The Winner of our £15 prize to spend at Chocolate Baroque is Sandra South her fabulous punky flower creation was drawn randomly as the overall winner. Congratulations Sandra, we hope that you will enjoy your prize.

You can also display our Winners badge, details of how to obtain the badge can be found on the FAQ tab at the top of the page.

Our Top Three has been chosen by the Design Team. We had a really hard time choosing a Top Three, as we had so many fabulous entries to choose from. Our Top Three winners in no particular order are:

Congratulations, you can display the Top Three badge on your blog. Details of how to obtain the badge made be found on the FAQ tab at the top of the page. Well done to everyone who entered, and we hope that you will enter our current challenge, you can find the details here

We have some more inspiration from our Design Team for you this week. Our first project is from Doreen 

and our second project is from Florence

Both projects are very different from each other, yet use the same colour palette. Thank you Girls for your inspiration.

We will back next week with more projects from the Design Team, but until then, we look forward to seeing more of your crafty creations. If you have any questions and you cannot find the answers on the blog, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post; you will see it after the comments section.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Challenge Two

Hello everyone and welcome to our second challenge. We have been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response to the new blog, and the number of entries that we have received for our first challenge, thank you. The winner and Top Three will be announced next week.

As a reminder to those of you who have visited before, and anyone who is new to the blog, our challenges are monthly, based on an inspirational photo and a colour swatch. We launch our challenges on the third Wednesday of every month. You can use any medium to create your projects; paints, inks, pencils, pens, as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch in your project.
We are offering a monthly prize of £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps to a lucky winner. The winner will be selected by from all the entrants who have used Chocolate Baroque stamps in their projects. We welcome entries incorporating other stamps, but they will not be eligible to win the monthly prize. All entrants will have a chance to be selected as one of our Top Three and can then display our 'I made the Top Three at Chocolate Baroque' badge on their blog.

Here is the photograph for this month's challenge:

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th September 2014 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Here are some Inspirational projects from our Team for you:

We look forward to seeing what you create using the colours provided, and hope that you enjoy the challenge!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Challenge 1: Week five a review

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another week on the challenge blog. Firstly, we would like to welcome our new followers, and thank all of our entrants to the challenge this week. You have been creating some fabulous entries.

If you are new to the blog, and this is your first visit, then please take a look round and familiarise yourself with the pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the home page. Our current challenge can be found here and you can enter the challenge by clicking on the Inlinkz link.

This week we are going to spotlight some of the very creative entries that we have seen for this current challenge. Our very first entrant to the challenge was Jane 

with a great multi-layered background, white highlights, beautiful flowers, and a fabulous elephant.

In complete contrast, Lesley provided us with this lovely tag:

The soft colouring on the background is so pretty, offset by the vibrant hand tinted lace and those two beautiful butterflies.

Lucy entered an altered bottle as her project for the challenge, showing just how versatile the stamps can be: :

There were some more CAS style cards entered into the challenge as well, one from Kath incorporating strips of book pages and various pieces of ephemera.

Here's another by Robyn incorporating some simple poppy heads, a soft background, and a sentiment:

We have had so much variety in the entries, which you can see in just the few designs that we have chosen to spotlight this week. You can take a look at all of the entries here.

There is just one week left to enter the current challenge, our next challenge starts on Wednesday 20th August, so why not grab your crafty materials, and create something using our current colour swatch and inspirational picture? The winner of our first challenge will be announced 27th August and we will also be awarding our top three.

We look forward to seeing you all next week for a brand new colour challenge with inspiration from our Design Team. Don't forget, if you have any questions and you can't find the answers on here please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post, you will see it after the comments section.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Week 4 Challenge 1

Hello everyone, welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque challenge blog. I would like to say hello to our new followers this week, and thank you to those of you who have entered the challenge so far, we are really enjoying your artwork.

Why not grab your crafty materials, and create something using the inspirational picture and colour swatch from our current challenge. You can enter using the Inlinkz link by clicking here .

This week we have something slightly different for you, a free download designed by our very own queen of the digital downloads Lesley . She has designed this 8" x 8" download especially for the challenge blog, and we hope that you will use it to create something crafty. It is not linked to the challenge at all, simply a freebie for you to use for your enjoyment. Please do not pass it on to others, but send them back here to collect the freebie for themselves.

To obtain your free download please click on the image below. Once you have the enlarged image on your screen, right click on the image, choose the option 'Save As', and save the image to your computer. You can now print the image onto a variety of surfaces for your crafting projects.

Here is a card that Judith has made with the download onto canvas for your inspiration:

We will be back next week with another post, and hope to see lots more entries for the current challenge. In the meantime, don't forget if you have any questions, and you can't find the answers on here, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post; you will see it after the comments section.