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.

lunedì 4 dicembre 2017


Hello everybody, this morning I am sharing three pages with you that I hope will inspire you.

Front page : coloured with Distress Ink Pad

1. first, colour 3/4 of the A4 White Cardstock. The upper section in blue shades and the lower   
    section in green/brown shades blending Distress Ink Pad
2. stamp with Versafine Onyx Black on a piece of stash paper the clouds of the set Landscape Edges 
    and cut the outline. 
3. place the "stencil" on the cardstock of point 1 and colour the sky section blending
    blue shades of Distress Ink Pad as shown below


4.  create the landscape using Chocolate Baroque Mask and Stencil - Useful Leaves blending
    green shades of Distress Ink Pad and stamp the grass of Wild Meadow stamp sheet
5. stamp the sentiment of Words of Inspiration stamp sheet with  Versafine Onyx Black

Flower page on the left : coloured with Brusho
1. colour the background with diluted Brusho colours and spritz some crystals on it.
2. stamp the flower of Fresh Blooms A5 sheet with Versafine Onyx Black, colour it and cut the  
3. stamp the sentiment of the same Fresh Blooms A5 sheet with Versafine Onyx Black on a matching 
    coloured brusho piece of cardstock
4. Glue flower, sentiment and string on your page using Inkssentials Glue n Seal

Butterfly page on the right : coloured  with Distress Paint and  Aquarelle Pencils
1. apply White Gesso on your page, colour it with Distress Paint using the colours you like, apply 
    again White Gesso  and darken some areas with the same Distress Paint you used previously
2. stamp a butterfly from the Tangled Garden A4 sheet on a piece of A4 White Cardstock, colour it with 
    Aquarelle Pencils, and cut out it for decoupage
3. Glue the butterfly and the sentiment on your page using Inkssentials Glue n Seal 
4. stamp some little butterflies randomly around the pages with Versafine using the colour you most 
    like, and don't forget to use some embellishments to complete the project.

I hope you enjoyed reading this step by step and thank you for passing by.

lunedì 20 novembre 2017

Take Flight

"Take Flight" with an air-balloon and dream, or if you like, give an interpretation to my Journaling page.
Here below I have listed the items that I used for this project:

1. White Gesso  for the undercoat
2.  Blend Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades
3.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black  on Tissue Paper the poppy from the Poppy Meadow plate set  
     and the small air-balloon from the Steampunk Travel plate set
4.  Place the stamped tissue paper and more pieces of tissue paper randomly on the page, covering all
     the page again with  White Gesso and let it dry completely
5.  Apply Soft Form Relief Paste on Specimens Stencil  and let it dry
6.  Use Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades directly with the pad on the page
      and blend where necessary
7.  Colour the poppy stamp with Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils
8.   Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the air-balloon from the Steampunkery stamp set, colour it with Faber-  
      Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and cut it out
9.   Glue the image on the background with Glue n'seal
10.  Stamp "Take Flight" from the  Steampunkery stamp set

I hope, that you not only could really relax and dream looking at my page, but you could be inspired and "take flight" on the page, I am here to help. Thank you.


mercoledì 8 novembre 2017

New Horizons

Hi, it is so interesting and lovely to see Lesley from Chocolate Baroque at Hochanda demonstrating Steampunk stamps.
Here I want to share with you the card I made using Steampunk Travel stamp and Steampunkery stamp for the sentiment.

1. Put the stamp underneath the acrylic block  and think about the colours you want to use

2. Colour the acrylic block with Distress Ink Pad

3. Spritz with water

 4. Wipe the acrylic block with a heavy piece of White Cardstock till you are happy with the result

5.  Stamp the image with Versifine black both on the mat and on the card itself, as shown, and glue the sentiment label with Ranger Triangular Collage glue

Isn't that a funny card for a friend who is moving ? 

martedì 24 ottobre 2017

Autumn and Spring

Today I want to share with you two journaling pages, as I always return with lots of fun and pleasure to this technique.

For both projects I used the following products :
1. Dylusions Creative Journal
2. White Gesso :  apply randomly with the spatula on the pages and let dry
3. Distress Ink Pad : blend the different colours for the backgrounds with Blending Sponges

For the Autumn Page :
1. Chocolate Baroque Stencil "Seasonal Journey":  stencil the word "Autumn" using Distress Ink
    Pad - Walnut Stain
2. Chocolate Baroque Stamp "Nature Table" : stamp the mushrooms and the leaves with Versafine
    Onyx Black,  Vintage Sepia and Olympia Green and colour with watercolour pencils
3. Chocolate Baroque Stamp "Nature's Peace" : stamp the text with Versafine Onyx Black and repeat
    it in second and third generation

For the Poppy Page :
1.  Chocolate Baroque Stencil "Seasonal Journey":  stencil the word "Spring" using Distress Ink
     Pad - Mowed Lawn
2.  Chocolate Baroque Mask "Kaleidoscope of Butterflies": use White Gesso through the butterfly
     stencil and let dry
3.  Chocolate Baroque stamp "Just Butterflies": stamp the matching butterfly with Versafine Satin Red 
     and Deep Lagoon on the gesso
4.  Chocolate Baroque stamp "Poppy Meadow": stamp the big poppy with Versafine Onyx Black
      and colour with watercolour pencils
5.  Chocolate Baroque stamp "Autumn Hedgerow" : stamp the flower branch with Versafine Olympia  
     Green and Satin Red
6.  Chocolate Baroque stamp "Loving Sentiments": stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black
     on the page and randomly in second and third generation here and there again

I hope you enjoyed looking at my pages and I wish you a relaxing crafting time.

lunedì 16 ottobre 2017

15 minutes cards

Some quick cards with Chocolate Baroque stamps, coloured with Distress Ink Pad, Distress Oxide and watercolor pencils

For these 3 mini cards I used  "Amazing Mackintosh Words,  Autumn Hedgerow and Poppy Meadow."  

The lovely " Tall Trees stamp set and the Seasonal Elements stencil"  were perfect for this Tag.

Another Tag  with " Nature Table stamp set and Seasonal Journey stencil"

" Winter Birds stamp set" for small Xmas Toppers 

For this Xmas Card I used  "  Reindeer Landscape stamp and Loving Sentiments stamp sets "

See you soon, again

martedì 10 ottobre 2017

Rainbow colours

Today I am sharing with you two projects I created with Butterfly Poppy Collage. This A4 plate has a lot of stamps, perfect for a mix and match.

Rainbow Flower :
1. Stamp the background in second generation with Distress Ink 
    Pad Black Soot
2. Colour several pieces of white cardstock with Brusho-watercolour using rainbow colours
3. Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black all the flowers on the rainbow coloured pieces, cut them out 
    and create a layered flower using Ranger Triangular Collage Glue
4. Put a drop of Stickles Gold in the centre of the flower and Stickles Crystal on the petals
5. Prepare a mat blending Distress Ink Pad Old Paper and Antique Linen
6. Stamp with Distress Ink Pad in second generation the sentiment from the plate Words to Dazzle & 
    Sparkle with  Distress Ink Pad Black Soot and assemble the card.

Rainbow Butterfly  : materials for this card

1. Brusho-watercolour for the rainbow background
2. Versafine Onyx Black  for stamping the second big stamp from  Butterfly Poppy Collage and for the sentiment from   Loving Sentiments

Thank you for passing by and remember that you can find lots of fabulous projects from the Design Team of Chocolate Baroque, visiting   

Thank you for passing by and remember that you can find lots of fabulous projects from the Design Team of Chocolate Baroque, visiting   

venerdì 29 settembre 2017

Two Projects

There is still time for Christmas, but these beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque have tempted me to try two very different projects.

Long Card :

1. Blend Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen on 3 white ATC cards
2. Stamp with Versafine Olympia Green  on each ATC a different subject, from Frosty Trees
    and New England Winter set
3. Decorate with red gems and Stickles - Crystal
4. For the background of the card blend Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen, Old Paper, Mustard Seeds
    and Rusty Hinge.
5. Stamp with Versafine Olympia Green  a sentiment from the Frosty Trees set

Journaling Page:

1. Colour your journaling page with green, red  and yellow acrylic paint
2. Cover all the page with Dina Wakley Media white gesso 
3. Stencil spots randomly with Distress Ink Pad Pine Needle 
4. Stamp with Distress Ink Pad Pine Needle and Walnut Stain the tree from the Frosty Trees set  in order to create a scene
5. Use Dina Wakley Media white gesso  on the snowflakes of Seasonal Elements stencil 
6. Stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia the sentiment Let's get Festive
7. Decorate with some red gems and Stickles - Crystal

Thank you for passing by

giovedì 14 settembre 2017


In order to complete the projects with the Floral Backgrounds from Chocolate Baroque, I am sharing with you my Trilogy with the following stamps :
Harlequin Bouquet,  Crackling Rose  and  Floribunda Net.

For the backgrounds of all the cards I blended several colours of Distress Ink Pad.  I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black, coloured the flowers and leaves with watercolour pencils and
highlighted the petals with Stickles Crystal.
I used the sentiments from the fabulous Loving Sentiments set.

Harlequin Bouquet,

Crackling Rose

For this card, just for having it different, I cut out the shape of the mat and the front of the card, as you can see below.

I hope you enjoyed passing by. Thank you

mercoledì 13 settembre 2017

Dirty Pour Art

Anto gave me the go and I had to try Dirty Pour Art.  Here my results with Acrylic liquid paint.