Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Challenge Twenty-Five- Happy Second Birthday to Us!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. This challenge sees the celebration of our second Anniversary since we first started. It seems incredible that we have been running for two years. We could not have done it without your support, and continued visits to the blog. We would like to recognise you our readers throughout the month, and so we have two sets of prizes to give, one at the beginning of the month, and one at the end.

Our first prize is a set of cards made by the members of the Design Team across the year as part of the Challenge Blog inspiration. The photographs that you have seen on the blog of these cards do not do them justice, and they really are beautiful projects. The winner of these cards has been drawn by from all of the commenters from the whole year since the beginning of Challenge Thirteen. The winner of these cards is June Fletcher. June, if you can contact me via my blog I will arrange to have your prize sent out to you, as soon as possible.

Now, onto this month's challenge! We are going to have a slight change from our usual challenges for our Anniversary challenge; we are not going to use one of our usual colour swatches, but we are simply going to use the theme of:


Your projects can be in any format, cards, tags, mixed media, scrapbook pages, whatever you like, simply using chocolate colours in your project somewhere. You can incorporate white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate, but please ensure that we can see that you are trying to go with the chocolate theme somehow. You could think about chocolate flavours like mint chocolate, chocolate strawberry, neopolitan, chocolate orange, and incorporate other colours, but always adding a bit of chocolate to your design.

The Design Team girls have really come up trumps with some stunning designs for you this month, and we hope that you will all join in the fun and create some chocolatey loveliness to share with us. Lesley has very generously offered to increase the prize for this month's winner to a £25 voucher to spend on stamps at Chocolate Baroque. All of the usual rules apply, and for those of you who are new to the blog, and as a quick reminder, I will just run through the basics for you. Our challenges are monthly, launched on the third Wednesday of every month. Please stick to the chocolate colours suggested in the above paragraph as best as you can, but you can incorporate other colours as well this month. One lucky winner will be selected by from all of the entrants who have used Chocolate Baroque stamps currently available on the website. We welcome entries incorporating other stamps and images, but they will not be eligible for the prize. All entries 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.

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th August 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Here are some projects for your inspiration from the Design Team.

Starting off your Chocoloate fix is a stunning tag book from Debbie, combining rich colours, a beautiful combinarion of stamps, and a blend of those all important, light milk and dark chocolate colours. The cover looks just like a chocolate box with its rich purple colour and gold embossimg:
Next up comes her cherry and chocolate tag, a rich coloured background with a warm melted chocolate feel, and lovely cherries scattered all over the place, and a central bunch of cherries on a gold splattered disc.
Two little chocolate rapberry tags are hiding behind, with a white chocolate coating:
Then comes chocolate and strawberry, with a bee patterned tag:
Chocolate orange with this delightful ombre tag:

A sumptuous white chocolate and lemon tag is next:
Finally a Mint, Orange Chocolate finale:
This tag book is full of colour and sure to whet your appetite for all things chocolate, Chocolate Baroque, that is! Thanks Debbie!

Here is a delightful tag from Magda, using gesso for texture on her tag, and a piece of gelli plate printing where she has stamped her image.
Asha has created a cute card using one of our very useful Owl Edges rubber stamps. Her choice of colours are perfect for the Chocolate theme:
Finally we have two cards from Anne. The first, a lovely Chocolate mint offering, using the Crackle Rose stamp:
The second, a variation on the first card, a stunning twisted easel card, with a chocolate bar as the stopper. Chocolates and Roses make the perfect gift, don't they? She has used one of Lesley's downloads, previously offered on the challenge blog to create this card, incorporating some of the elements into the card in such a clever way:

Thank you so much girls for your chocolate inspired inspiration. We hope that these projects will encourage you to get your thinking caps on and create something yourselves and join in with our Anniversary challenge.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our challenge blog team. You can get in touch by sending a private message. Details are at the end of this blog post below the comments section. We hope that you will enjoy the new challenge, and look forward to seeing your projects, Judith xx


  1. Lovely chocolate creations girls! Congrats on the 2nd Anniversary and I sure will spread the word to the Dutch people! xx Miranda

  2. Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary, it's a wonderful company with the most gorgeous stamps and with a fabulous DT to offer amazing inspirational projects CB can only go on to greater and better things. I have learned so much over the last two years and know I will learn even more.
    Wonderful inspiration today,and what fantastic theme for the challenge.
    Gongrats too to June, here's to many more years,Kate x 🎂🍹x

  3. A great challenge to celebrate CB's second birthday. Looking forward to coming up with a little 'something' for the challenge. ;~}

  4. Congrats for your 2nd Anniversary!! "Chocolate" is a perfect theme for this occasion! :)

  5. Happy 2nd birthday of the blog. I'm just recovered your challenges (Last week).
    Just came by to say HI from Summer hot Netherlands.
    Saskia Pullen

  6. Congratulations on your second anniversary :-)! Looking forward to working on the chocolate challenge !

  7. Best wishes for your second birthday.
    How time flies!

  8. Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary. I looked and saw that between 30 and 40 cards on my blog are made with stamps of chocolate Baroque. I hope to join with many challenges in the future.
    Janny Xxx

  9. Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary.
    I love your stamps.
    Thanks for de challenge.


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