3 March 2017

Paperbabe Stamps Release Day

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good week. I'm sharing my makes with the gorgeous new Paperbabe stamps Peony and bud set which Kim is introducing in a new larger clear stamp format. All the details are on the Paperbabe stamps blog with gorgeous inspiration from Kim.

I went down a mixed media media route with the stamps and played with my small gelli plate which is great as you can easily put it on a stamp block and use it as large stamp.

I've used Fresco Finish paints in the translucent colours which keeps things nice and bright over my the thick white cartridge paper. I've brayered the paints onto the gelli plate before stamping the peony stamp, bud and leaves in various order and I was pleased with the results even with the very close patterned peony image.

Of course I made quite a few prints, it's addictive once you start and then I over stamped with the peony in black ink. I've finished off with doodling in black and white pens before making up cards and tags and I have a couple of leftover pieces too.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Chris x


20 February 2017

PaperArtsy Release

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to be joining in with the launch of my friend Kay Carley's gorgeous new stamps for PaperArtsy Kay has added to her gorgeous floral stamp sets with three new sets that work beautifully with the others and they're a delight to work with.

Kay’s EKC 005 set has flowers that immediately reminded me of the forget-me-nots plants in my garden given to me by Kay’s mum so it seemed perfect to use the main floral stamps to try and re-create them. I was able to do that with the small additional single flowers included in the set which makes it so versatile and this also made it easy to stamp the flowers in different colours from the main stamped images.

I was looking to create a busy summer garden feel for my tag from set EKC 006 and that was managed with the aid of PaperArtsy Crackle glaze which for me gives a bit of fuzzy greenery for the background. I love the pretty dragonfly stamps and main flowers which I’ve stamped and painted on tissue so that they’d stand out over the busy background. The sentiments are great too and here I’ve stamped and cut one apart to create a new one for this summer garden.

Bluebells are one of my favourite flowers so I knew I would love painting these from Kay’s gorgeous EKC 007 set in a more painterly style using tiny brushes to achieve the light and shade in the petals. Being a woodland plant I gave the flowers a background of grasses and other flowers from the set which is easy to achieve with Kay’s thoughtful designs.
There's lots of information and an introduction video on the Paperartsy blog with Kay's gorgeous samples and Helen Chilton's beautiful designs as well. I hope you'll pop over and take a look.
Chris x

19 February 2017

The Craft Barn - Painted Flavoured Oil Bottles Class

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend. I'm sharing the oil bottles that we'll be hand painting tomorrow at The Craft Barn, I like it when ŵe make something that's useful as well as decorative.

All the painting is done using DecoArts range of frosted enamel paints. The chilli's and garlic bulbs are hand painted with these same paints with a bit of black permanent pen to help with definition.

The tags are cut from hessian sheet and the paints work very well over that even with the open weave.


I'm looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow as its been a while and seeing all the variations that I know there'll be.

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14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! I've made a collage style card with 'the kiss' stamp from the Artistic Stamper that I won last week and I love it, it's perfect for Today but other occasions too. Thanks very much Jennie!


I used paper from a very old book for the collages text and also for stamping onto, it was interesting that the paper was very absorbent and sucked in the ink so it appears quite black. I've added zinc white acrylic paint together with red, yellow and blue Fresco Finish paint.



I doodled some hearts, strings and dots with a zig watercolour brush pen and black and white sharpies and added the message top right freehand. There's also some shading with charcoal for a bit of definition. My base is a Ranger extra large Kraft tag, they make great cards when folded in half.

I'm entering my card into the Artistic Stamper February challenge 'Love Hearts'.

Hope you had lots of cards today ;-D

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Chris X


13 February 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch - Blossoming Woman

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. I finished a tag today with more of the Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps and this set is blossoming woman. A great set which has the woman, separate flowers and a couple of styles of earrings so there are lots of options to give her different looks.



I've coloured entirely with pencils and masked the flowers around the top and bottom before stamping the woman.



A nice relaxing colouring playtime and these stamps are lovely to colour as they have a simple folk art style that lends itself to easy colouring.

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Chris x


5 February 2017

Stampendous Laurel Burch Cats Mail Art

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend. I've popped on to share a postcard I made today with a gorgeous new stamp set from Stampendous by the artist Lauren Burch famous for her brightly coloured folk art style paintings of people, animals, birds and flowers. I've admired her art since discovering her art on notebooks so I was very happy to see that Stampendous has licensed them for stamps.

I used the Indigo Cats Set which has three separate cat stamps that I masked together and there are two styles of butterfly as well. I was pleased to find that included in the set is stencil which I used over my distress ink background. I stamped over the background and then added pencil colouring to the cats and butterflies. I've used a rough surface watercolour card postcard from a pad which is nice and heavyweight to take the water used on the inks.

I'm looking forward to making some more with the other stamps From this line. My lovely friend Carole sent me an absolutely gorgeous card using one of the other cat stamps in the line and you can see it in Carole's post here, we are both fans of Laurel's work.

Back soon.

Chris x


1 February 2017

PaperArtsy Guest Blogger Project - Topic 1 - True Colours - Pink and Orange

Hi everyone, I'm back with another sneak peek and with great pleasure as guest blogger on the PaperArtsy Blog.

The topic this fortnight is pink and orange and I've decorated a planner cover using Kay Carley's gorgeous PaperArtsy Eclectica stamps (there's a little peak of a couple of yet to be released stamps in there too) and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and glaze.

I have lots of photo's of  how I built up my layers on the PaperArtsy blog if you'd like to see the steps. There have been some really beautiful projects already on this topic, I've loved reading them and you can join in with the challenge by creating your own pink and orange project, linking it in the main topic post and then you'll be in the draw for £50 voucher! I hope you'll join in with the challenge and enjoy all the posts on the true colours pink and orange colour scheme.

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Craft Stamper March Issue - my project sneak peek

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well and after a bit of an absence I’ve got a sneak peek to show today of one of the projects I have in the March issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which is out on Friday (3rd February) and is availble to purchase from newsagents, www.craftstamper.com for subscriptions, www.mags-uk for single print copies and www.pocketmags.co.uk for digital copies from Friday 3rd February.

It’s always a thrill to be published in Craft Stamper and I loved working with Trish Latimer’s gorgeous star girl stamp.

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10 December 2016

PaperArtsy Blog Guest - Bleach

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to have a project on the PaperArtsy blog today and the above picture is a taster of a small step by step I've done for the current topic of bleach. I've used a lovely PaperArtsy Christmas stamp set by Claire Lloyd with bleach techniques for her clothes and also for the background pieces and stars.

If you haven't seen any of the guest posts on this topic so far I highly recommend you have a look as there are some very interesting ideas and beautiful projects.

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Chris x



25 November 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 47 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, hope you're all well and are looking forward to the weekend. It's the start of another challenge at Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time it's everyone's favourite of 'Anything Goes'!

I made a Christmas Tree decoration using one of favourite Paperbabe stamp sets 'Bottle Brush Trees', I love the little fir trees that make such a great scene when stamped next to each other. I stamped them in Brilliance Ivy ink which has a slight gold sheen to it over white paint and versamagic chalk ink background then I stamped the snowflakes in white and silver brilliance ink. I used an Artcuts birch heart which are the perfect size for hanging on the tree and I gave it some sparkle with Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels and tinsel trim for hanging it up.



I hope you' ll join us in the challenge and you don't need to use Paperbabe stamps in order to join in.

Chris X


9 November 2016

ZinskiArt Tag

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. I've had a play with some cute PaperArtsy ZinskiArt stamps from set 2, I like how the characters are quirky but still cute and the way you can set them up to be looking at each other as I have in my tag.

First I created a background on the tag using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and a brayer but I didn't blend them in totally so there's a lot of ridged texture.

After drying off the background I've stamped the various stamps in Archival ink and then coloured with pencils. Some of the paint shows through the pencil layer on the lighter colours which I like and there isn't a smooth blended finish in the main because of the ridged paint underneath but I think this lends itself to the style of the stamps. I have more from the set and the pig girl stamp to colour yet so I'm looking forward to those.

Back on Friday with my Paperbabe challenge project so see you then.
Chris xx

23 October 2016

Craft Barn Mixing Media Project


Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend. I was able to get out and about for a while to take in some gorgeous autumn colour at a local national trust garden, I've posted a photo further down that was almost unbelievably red....people were queuing up to photo it or be photographed with it.

We're transforming a little wooden box at next Monday's Mixing Media class at the Craft Barn with the aide of Kim Dellow's gorgeous stamps for Paperartsy, Paperartsy Fresco Finish paints and some tissue. I like all the possibilities of the stamps with lots of sweet images in both sets.


All the details are on the Craft Barn website.

Here's the tree photo I mentioned with it's fiery leaves.

Back soon,

Chris X