19 November 2015

Paperbabe stamps November Release - Day 2


Hi everyone, I'm back for day two of the November release at Paperbabe Stamps and today we're introducing Standard Female Face Stamps and Hair Templates. All of the new items will available to purchase tomorrow from Paperbabe Stamps shop.

These new face building stamps and hair templates are perfect for larger style mixed media portraits and great for art journal layouts too; my portraits fitted perfectly into my Dylusions large journal. I chose the bunches hairstyle and went for a different eye shape with a shorter eyelash then I coloured with pencil over acrylic paint and added some pen doodles as well.

I also used a heart stamp from 'Tree Hugs', a rose stamp from 'Rose Border' and the You Quote 'Happy Soul' stamp together with the Mixed Media Template Portrait Face.

There's beautiful inspiration again from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and links to all the DT members too. I'm back tomorrow with the day two release.

Chris x


18 November 2015

Paperbabe Stamps November Release - Day 1

Hi everyone, it's November release time at Paperbabe Stamps and today we're introducing Mini Female Face Stamps and Hair Templates. All of the new items will available to purchase on Friday from Paperbabe Stamps shop.

Continuing from the releases of the popular Doll Face, profile stamps and hair templates these new stamps and templates are in a more grown up style and as always make mixed media portraits so much easier and now with even more stamping and portrait options as everything works together.

The hair template I chose is in two pieces which are easy to line up and give a gorgeous mystical look to the hair so I coloured in shades of blue with acrylics and also some pencil and then pen dots, I think this is my favourite style and with the mystical feel I decided to give her some wings.

The eye stamps are cleverly designed by Kim and there are several layers of stamps to make up the eye colour which give a realistic finish, I love the heart shaped pupil stamp too!

In creating my large 8 inch card I also used a star stamp from 'Reindeer Fusions' the sentiment 'best version', the Mixed Media Templates Mini Portrait Face and Portrait Face.

There's beautiful inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and links to all the DT members too. I'm back tomorrow with the day two release.

Chris x


13 November 2015

Paperbabe Stamps challenge 21 - Anything goes


Hi everyone, challenge 21 'Anything Goes' starts today on Paperbabe Stamps blog and as always there's a lovely prize on offer and a fortnight to enter.

I'm trying to add to my Christmas card stash so I've used the Reindeer Fusions stamp set to make one. I created the ombré black and grey inked reindeer with Luxe inks using a sponge to add ink to the transition of colours area and the dots are added back in with a white pen. The bauble accessory stamps were stamped in white and red and outlined with pens.

I finished off the card with red stamped Rudolph sentiment, white edge inking and pen doodling then some stars punched from silver glitter paper.

Hope you'll join us in the challenge.

Chris x


10 November 2015

Mixed Media Canvas 'Blush'


Hi everyone, I'm back today with another Finnabair style dimensional mixed media canvas and this time in a more feminine colour palette as opposed to my previous Gothic style canvas.

Again there are lots of Prima metal embellishments and flowers.

Fabric, flake, bead and glitter texture add depth and contrast around the larger objects and although these aren't colours I normally go for I like the effect of them together. It's hard to beat the enjoyment of making this style of project as it's completely absorbing.

I'm back on Friday with my Paperbabe Stamps challenge creation so have a good week until then.

Chris x


6 November 2015

Craft Stamper December Issue

Hi everyone, Hope you've had a good week. The December issue of Craft Stamper is in the shops today and I'm thrilled to bits to be on the cover this month with my mixed media tag featuring Clare Lloyd's sweet stamp set for PaperArtsy Eclectica (Clare Lloyd) 08 as part of the stamping contrasts monthly feature.

The stamp set is a great design with some funny sentiments and accessory stamps that I always find useful in a set.

There are gorgeous makes from my team-mates, a Christmas Origami wreath from me and as well as being available in high street shops it can be ordered online from the Craft Stamper website shop it's also available as a download from PocketMags.

Back soon with another mixed media canvas.

Chris x


31 October 2015

Gothic for All Hallows' Eve


Hi everyone, Halloween seemed to be the perfect day to share a canvas I made a while back in Finnabair style and which has a gothic feel.

There's lots of stencilling with different mediums, many elements from beads to resin and metal pieces all of which meld together into the black background highlighted with shimmery finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed the making of this and I have another to share which I need to photograph.

Have a spooky night! :-)

Chris x


25 October 2015

Craft Barn Christmas Club

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good weekend. I'm sharing a project for The Craft Barn Christmas Club tomorrow which is inspired by some lovely rolled paper creations I saw on Pinterest.

Quite often I've seen this style created using patterned rolled scrapbooking papers but I decided to go opposite to the usual style and have a mainly white tree and colourful background so I used plain printer paper.

I've added a bit of stamping on the tree and dimension using glue gun dots and punched stars.

My background has stencilling with texture paste, stamping and texturing with black ink and paints, DecoArt acrylic paints and treasure gold gilding wax.

I've added some sparkle with stardust sticklers and given the tree some dimension with a wash of acrylic paints blended out.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the lovely ladies that join me once a month interpret the project, they always give it their own twist which I love.

Back soon,

Chris x


23 October 2015

Paperbabe Stamps challenge 29

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps blog today and for this fortnight the challenge is '9 weeks 'til Christmas' . As always there's a great prize from Kim and any stamps are welcome.

I've used several Paperbabe stamp sets and they're stamped over a blended ink background on Artcuts birch ply shapes. On the heart shape I've stamped over a blue and white ink background with a stamp from 'Spritz and Speckles' for a snowy effect followed by the stag, and several small stamps and reindeer names from 'Reindeer Fusions' then I've added a dotted border in white pen. The stag came out quite well considering I stamped onto wood; I added a bit of colour with watercolour markers and wink of stellar glitter pen which shows up quite well in the photo above.

I've added a bit of dimension around the stag with a mid grey marker blended out with water. The stag was stamped in brown brilliance ink and I used that to edge the heart as well.

As before I blended a blue and white ink background over the tag and then stamped with the Christmas text stamp 'a lot like Christmas' in white ink. Over the top I've stamped with several stamps from 'Sparkle Bright' in different coloured inks around the tag and I finished with a white pen dot border.

I hope you'll join us for the challenge.

Back soon,

Chris x


19 October 2015

Woodware and Brusho at the Craft Barn

Hi everyone, I'm sharing some cards that were made recently for a Craft Barn class and were part of the class when we also made the canvas that I blogged here using Brusho paints. For the cards we made background papers using the Brusho paints and then stamped with some gorgeous Woodware stamps and coloured them with alcohol markers.

I added lots of sparkle to all the cards with stardust glitter glue and snow with a white gel pen.

The Reindeer card was done slightly differently, this time I used the Brusho papers to paper piece Rudolf except for his antlers which are coloured with silver pencil.

The colours may not be quite as vibrant as they are in person as I took the pictures at the shop having forgotten take them at the time. Saturday was my last class at the bricks and mortar Craft Barn shop which closed on Sunday but happily they are continuing online and with classes in an alternative venue with a pop up shop starting in the new year.

Back soon,

Chris x


15 October 2015

Paperbabe Stamps October Release - Sparkle Bright

Hi everyone, I'm back today with the second introduction of the Paperbabe Stamps October Release and we have the beautiful Christmas Sentiment set 'Sparkle Bright' to showcase today. I love all the little confetti style stamps that are included and can see the larger stamps being perfect for stamping or embossing over pretty watercolour backgrounds that are a popular style at the moment and they'll be great for stamping over gelli printed papers as I've done for my cards and tag.

My first card has a watercolour background created with Brusho paints in Moss Green and Turquoise simply sprinkled onto wet watercolour paper. I placed the Christmas stamp onto an acrylic block and then added the small sentiment underneath before stamping with versamark ink and embossing with silver tinsel embossing powder which has a lovely glitter sparkle in it.

I've finished off by mounting the watercolour card on a white card blank using stix2 double sided adhesive sheet then placed the die cut ornaments cut from Ranger sparkly card and the bows from a previously created gelli plate print. I've also added glitter glue and pearl pen pearls and spent longer waiting for the glue and pearls to dry than to make the entire card so this style will be great for quick multiples.


For the second card and tag I stamped over a gelli plate print paper that I made previously and used the small stars with Luxe inks for stamping. The snowflakes from the set are stamped with versamark and embossed with pink tinsel embossing powder. I added a separate white layer of card so that the large Christmas greeting had impact and I stamped in blue Luxe ink which I quickly heat embossed with transparent detail embossing powder to add some shine and texture. A pink ribbon, pink painted matting layer and an Artcuts inked star finish off the card.

The tag is created in a similar fashion except that this time I used stamp and bond over the blue stamped large greeting and applied glitter. The tag is finished with an Artcuts deer painted with a white wink of stellar pen.

All the stamps will be available to purchase on Saturday and I hope you've enjoyed all the projects from my DT friends. Information about the stamps and links to my team mates can be found on the Paperbabe Stamps blog together with gorgeous inspiration from Kim.

Back soon,

Chris x




14 October 2015

Paperbabe Stamps October Release - Arctic Jumper

Hi everyone, I'm happy to be introducing the first stamp set from the Paperbabe Stamps October release along with my DT friends. There's more information on Paperbabe Stamps blog with a gorgeous sample from Kim.

Today's introduction is the gorgeously festive 'Arctic Jumper' stamp set which will be on sale from Saturday, another incredibly clever design from Kim.

On large stamps such as this one with solid areas it can be easier to lay the stamping card on to the stamp, add a layer of scrap paper and then gently rub over the stamp to transfer the ink but if any areas that don't have a good impression they can be touched up with a little of the ink on a paintbrush.

Of course there's so much more that can be done with this set, Kim has added extra stamps to it and I've used the holly sprigs and berry stamps to create a border around the edge of my stamped panel, I also coloured in the pattern on the jumper with watercolour markers to give a completely different style of card with more of an illustrative style but still a nice flat card for posting. A bit of sparkle is added with a wink of stellar clear pen.

The set is intended for quick cards and it really can be great for single colour one layer cards that have a retro feel to them, I've added a coating of clear wink of stellar ink for sparkle for a bit more interest. I made up several cards in different coloured pigment inks which work well with clear stamps.

I hope you'll join me tomorrow for the next introduction.

Chris x


9 October 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 19 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, it's the start of challenge 19 at Paperbabe Stamps blog today with a theme of anything goes and as always there's a great prize to be won, so I hope you'll join us.

With the leaves starting to change colour I thought about using Kim's 'Completely Conkers' stamp set and the gorgeous sentiments included which then dictated the shape of my card. I stamped the solid Conkers sentiment stamp first in beige versamark ink followed by the outline stamp in brown, after this I stamped the other two stamps above and below and then the leaf stamp all around in various versamagic ink colours with two of the smaller Conkers stamps in between. I've added a bit of doodling with black pen for the stitched border and in and around the leaves and words then finished by cutting off the corners of the image panel and mounting onto the card base cut to match.

If you didn't already know Kim is having a Design Team call at the moment which is still open, all the information is in a post on Paperbabe Stamps blog here.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x