Friday, 17 February 2012

Finding chocolate down Memory Lane

Over 18 months ago I wrote this post about meeting up with an old school friend and going back to where I grew up, after a gap of over 30 years. This week I again met up with my same friend and she told me of a Chocolate Shop which had opened round the corner from where I used to live in Peckham, South East London.
She suggested this could be the venue of our next get together which was on Thursday.  Now I never need an excuse to eat chocolate and when I arrived this display greeted me.



The Shop is called The Melange and is owned by a French Artisan chocolatier who makes all her chocolate products on site. She runs classes and sells on line. It is a tiny shop with just a few table and it's speciality is home made hot chocolate to drink.












She sells all sorts of flavours of chocolate including Mulled Wine Spices, Ginger and Lime and Lavender and Lemon to name just a few. She produces milk, dark and white varieties.  Needless to say I bought a few taster bars home to try...it is divine!











We will have to go back in the summer as she also makes ice cream and milk shakes ;0)












So inspired by a morning hot chocolate I headed home to make a "chocolate" card for my next card challenge. I had the idea to use pink with brown as I really like that colour combination. I also decided to have a play with my latest tool called a paper distresser.




It contains several blades which cut into the sides without tearing. It fluffs up the edge as it goes this.
It is great fun to use and gives the edges of card a "distressed," rather vintage look. I had a practice with some pink and brown card before putting my card together.






Here is my card which I have called chocolate cupcake. I used chocolate and pink backing papers.You can see how I distressed all the focal card edges.


I used my sweet Lili of the valley stamp, Never too old for cupcake". She was coloured with my trusty Promarkers and highlighted with some Prismacolour pencil. 
I added some lovely mulberry flowers to complement the chocolate theme.
I also added some ribbon, Divine Twine bow and a round sentiment. I glitzed everything up with some glitter and finally added some pearls to the corners. I think they look like milk and white chocolate buttons ;0)
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Joanna Sheen Love is in the air
Sunday's with Crissy Happy birthday
Cupcake Inspirations  ~147
Robyn's Fetish Challenge blog Square cards
Really reasonable ribbon Pink and brown
Passion for Promarkers Distressing
Lil's Little Fairies (Not able to upload yet!)
Papercrafting Journey #3 Make it cute
Flutter by Wednesdays Anything with wings

So it's Friday again and another weekend to look forward to. The weather has warmed up nicely and I may even get a chance for a tidy in the garden. We shall also be enjoying some of the chocolate tasters I bought...
mmmmmmm! Enjoy your weekend, whatever your plans and just remember to have chocolate featuring in there at some point!.
Bye for now,

Jane x



44 comments:

  1. Don't you worry Jane chocolate always features in my daily routine! :)
    What a wonderful day out ~ at a chocolate shop, every chocoholics dream come true!!!!
    Good luck with your card, although I don't think you need it anymore as you're quite good at it without our luck! Your gorgeous card looks good enough to eat. :)
    Happy weekend,
    V x

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  2. That is the best routine Vivienne ;0)I did feel quite hungry making my card......Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy your CK visit.
    Jane x

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  3. What a delightful chocolate filled post. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of that lovely chocolate shop. And your new card is so pretty, I love the pink and light brown combinaton too, especially for a shabby chic look which you have captured so well.
    Have a great weekend, Jane.
    Helen x

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  4. Hi Helen I am glad all that lovely chocolate seeped through to you . Enjoy your weekend too.
    Jane x

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  5. Such yummy inspiration! Your card is adorable...and super sweet! Thanks for joining us at Flutter By Wednesday this week! :)

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  6. Thanks Suzanne I think Chocolate is the best inspiration !
    Jane x

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  7. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Good luck,
    Rene ;D

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  8. Thanks Rene good to see you here.
    Jane x

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  9. Dear Jane.. oh oh oh.. I could almost smell the chocolate in that shop! Lucky lucky YOU! Your card also was a delight to the senses.. envisioning landing in a pool of chocolate frosting.. gorgeous!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Hi Jane! Oh that looks amazing place! How you can choose what to take?!
    Browm and pink are so good and cute together and your card is beautiful!
    Have a wonderful weekend! x Teje

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  11. What a fantastic idea Teresa I'll jump with you ;-)
    Jane x

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  12. I spent ages choosing Teje I would have loved every flavour. Happy weekend
    Jane x

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  13. This is a beautiful card!
    So glad you joined us at Robyns fetish this week!

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  14. i am so in love with this image...this is so cute...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    Tina
    sweetie dt

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  15. Thanks Tina, LOTV are just my favourite stamps ;0)
    Jane x

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  16. Wonderful shop, Jane, looks just divine! I would have bought SO much to take home :) And that card is adorable too, brown&pink is so pretty together. Lovely once again!

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend, and enjoy that chocolate (if there's any left ;)?)!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  17. I am rationing myself to one little sample bar each night....they are so delicious Mia! Enjoy a chocolate filled weekend,
    Jane x

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  18. What a yummy post...lol
    This is a really cute and adorable design.
    Such pretty coloring
    So glad you could join us at
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

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  19. Thanks Dawn I think I have got everyone's taste buds singing!
    Jane x

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  20. Love your card! It is very pretty. the roses are lovely on it. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish. Edwina Brown

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  21. Great chocolate card, the image is super sweet, and I love the distressing. Thanks for joining the Mystical, Magical, Fantasy Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

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  22. Thanks Edwina I love using flowers from my stash.
    Jane x

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  23. Hi Deneen I hope your weekend featured real chocolate too!
    Jane x

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  24. I could not agree more Linda....one more sample bar left for tonight ;0)
    Jane x

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  25. I love your cute card and the coloring is fab. Love the distressed details too. Thanks so much for joining our challenge at PFP:)

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  26. Thanks for your kind comments and visit Odheilia,
    Jane x

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  27. oh my what a wonderful image of pure indulgence the card and of course the chocolate both looking great from where I am sitting lol xx
    Hugs Kate x

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  28. Chocolate is a great image isn't it Kate ;-)
    Jane x

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  29. oh my i just love this image....i've just got to get it...such a happy card...beautiful design...thanks for playing with PFP this week...

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  30. She's a real cutie isn't she Kimberly . I love inking up this stamp.
    Jane x

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  31. beautiful card love the distressing and such a cute image thanks so much for joining in at top tip tuesday this week
    hugs sara (GDT)

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  32. Thanks for your visit Sara
    Jane x

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  33. MMMmh, chocolate, oh the card is cute as well, lol. Love the flowers.Thanks for playing with us at the papercrafting journey, blessings Hilde

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  34. Mmmmmm indeed Hilde. I think chocolate has that effect on us all! Thanks for your kind comments .
    Jane x

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  35. Darling card Jane. Fabulous image, pretty colors... just YUMMY! :o)

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  36. Thanks so much Monika, enjoy the weekend
    Jane x

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  37. Gorgeous card and ummmmmm yummy chocolate and gray colour combo too! Thanks for joining in with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge this time, Hope you can come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)

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  38. Thanks Samantha I think that chocolate is a real hit with everyone...mmm!
    Jane x

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  39. So beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

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  40. Thanks so much I really is enjoyed the challenge .
    Jane x

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  41. A lovely card, love the distressing. Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Love is in the Air challenge.

    Wendy -x-

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  42. Thanks Wendy it was my first attempt at distressing and I really like the effect.
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x