Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #11

A new Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge has started and we're kicking off this monthly meet-up with cool and vibrant colours. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are gorgeous and will work for any occasion.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

I used these colours to make a card for an amazing young lady who lost her mother, my friend , to cancer a couple of months go. It was so sudden - from diagnosis to funeral in under 3 months. She was an outstanding Christian, loving wife, adoring mother of 6 and a caring friend to many. Not fair... not fair at all!

I've used Distress Inks to create a watercolour image. The background is mostly Faded Jeans with a little Seedless Preserves around the edges. It ended up darker than I intended but there is still that painterly effect I was after. The image is from Pretty Birdcage A5 sheet and the sentiment is from Pretty Poppies A5 sheet, both stamped with VersaFine Smokey Grey. To wrap up the project - 3 purple bling.

Here's a close-up. I masked and stamped the image several times to create a fuller image. For the open flowers I used Seedless Preserves, a touch of Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord. The leaves and buds got a wash of Cracked Pistachio. For some texture, I applied a blob of Glossy Accents to the centre of each flower.

I've used this image before on a card.... a completely different look. Here's the LINK to that post.

Word Art Wednesday #184: AG Family Friendly
Fab & Funky #260: Flora & Fauna - just flora :)
Retarte #48: AG
Retro Rubber Challenge: May Flowers - both stamps are over a year old
Through The Craft Room Door: AG
Crafty Sentiments: AG


Challenge #11 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 16th June 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th June 2015. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

It's exactly 4 weeks today without Rosie. Not that fast when you're counting each day. Here's photo of Rosie and Peanut lost in sisterly slothfulness. Modesty is an alien concept for my girls... but for the joy they bring me I'll turn a blind eye. Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day!


Synchronised snoozing


  1. WOW!! Asha, your flowers look stunning!! Love the vibrant color of the flower and the sparkly goodness you've added to the centers!! Great take on the challenge! :)

    OMG! That photo is hilarious!! What great buddies they were!! So sweet! HUGS

  2. Gorgoeus card, Asha - love those fabulous flowers. Beautiful photo too :-) So sorry I haven't been around much, been having really bad headaches. Trying to catch up on some commenting with a thick head - is difficult, hope you are OK, have a good rest of the week.

  3. Lovely card!! Thanks for sharing with us at Retarte Challenge!!!! Good luck!

  4. Gorgeous Asha, the colours are a joy x

  5. It's gorgeous, Asha, fantastic coloring and colors. It will show that you care, you put a lot of heart into the making of this card it seems.

  6. Wonderful use of your stamp/mask technique to fill in the card front. The color challenge worked well for this card. Thank you for including RRBC in your stamping fun this week!

  7. Oh my dear ASHA
    your coloring always stunning
    I cant coloring flower so great and your did it the best
    you are so talented at coloring flowers Asha
    love always see your flower card and this is so AWESOME made again Asha
    love the stitching on your card too
    hugs, Monika

  8. Beautiful card Asha, those flowers are so gorgeous
    Kevin xx

  9. a gorgeous card for your friend Asha - life can be very cruel at times - but we all have to remember how good it can be too!! Wonderful pictures of your dogs - they are funny and made me smile lots! Hugs rachel x

  10. So sorry to learn of the reason for this beautiful card, and big hugs to you & this young lady who's lost her sweet Mom. Your caring card is such a lovely bouquet of concern - love the watercoloring and the stitching detail. I'm sure it will be treasured for long years to come. Also sorry to hear that Rosie has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. This is hard to face too. TFS & Big hugs to all who are in need of one.

  11. Stunning card,your design and coloring are beautiful. So sorry for your loss.

  12. I love your card-so powerful with the colours! I love the boldness. I love that doggie picture-just perfect and I know she is in your thoughts. hugs to you

  13. Beautiful card, love those colors for the challenge!

  14. Gorgeous card and vibrant colours Asha..Loz

  15. Lovely card with a beautiful image, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky

    Pat xx

  16. Wow your card is beautiful and elegant Asha, love your colouring and the background is stunning.

    Thinking of you and sending you big hugs my friend. Hugs Anet x.

  17. Such a gorgeous card Asha! I love those beautiful flowers. Such a sweet pic of them Asha, precious memories hugs :)

  18. A beautiful floral card Asha, lovely image and gorgeous colours. Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky this week.

  19. Hello .
    Congratulations ! beautiful project
    Thanks for playing Blog Crafty Sentiments .
    Mel , DT

  20. A lovely artsy feel to your project. Well done with the challenges. Thanks for including Retro Rubber... hope to see you often!

  21. Such a pretty design with vibrant colors! Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber this week.

  22. I really love how you did that creative background! Thanks so much for doing the challenge!

  23. Beautiful, sorry to hear the reason for the card, very sad xx

  24. Beautiful card! Thank you joining the challenge this week!
    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday

  25. Amazing flowers Asha. I just love your creation so much! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this fortnight. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Have a nice day!

    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  26. Preciosas flores!! me encanta el colorido...gracias por participar con nosotras en Retarte de Stampartpapel!

  27. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Your image and coloring are spectacular! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!

  28. Asha - I agree: not fair at all! Your card will bring comfort to your friend, not only because it's beautiful, but because you've infused it with love. It truly is a work of art, and speaks to care and compassion. Your "girls"...absolutely adorable! What a fabulous photo! Sending you some "missing Rosie" hugs!


"Kind Words can be short and easy to speak but their Echos are truly endless." - Mother Theresa.

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