12 September 2014

Paperbabe Stamps challenge 3 - Flowers


Hi everyone and welcome to challenge 3 at Paperbabe Stamps blog which this time is flowers. You need to use at least one Paperbabe Stamps stamp or digi in order to enter and there's a lovely prize for the winner too.

I created a flower sprig for my card using one of the flowers and one of the leaves from Folk Fabrique and the stem and connecting dot under the flower were created with the wire stamp and a small bauble stamp from Bottle Brush Trees. I always find there's a way to create what I want using small element stamps from various Paperbabe stamp sets. The sentiment is from MayLeeDee.

In order to achieve the graduated colour for the flower heads I first sponged Elderberry Memento Luxe ink directly onto the stamp mainly at the edges with cut and dry foam and then sponged on lilac posies up to and slightly over the Elderberry to give a nice transition.

I edged my flower panel piece with Memento Luxe grey flannel ink and also the card blank, added some die cut honeycomb shapes to the bottom left, the sentiment and then some distress ink spatter from the Tim Holtz diffuser tool. I finished off by adding some clear gems and mounting the flower panel on dimension tape.

Hope you'll join us in the challenge.

Chris x



8 September 2014

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Bold Stamping

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I'm scraping in on the last moments of this week's challenge at Simon Says Monday Challenge which Bold Stamping - Boldly Go.

I realises I hadn't added this bird house to my blog yet and as stamping onto wooden 3d items is always a bold challenge I thought it would fit the theme :-).

I painted several layers of Paperartsy paints onto the wood and sanded back through them here and there so that several of the colours showed through. The stamping is done with chalk inks which I dried off with a heat gun and afterwards sprayed over with a sealer. The roof is embossed with multiple colours of stampendous embossing powders and I've wired some die cut and glittered flowers and leaves for the top of the house which can be bent and shaped to suit. I stamped with a lovely Crafty Individuals stamp set and a Kaisercraft texture stamp.

Enjoy your day.

Chris x



4 September 2014

Paperbabe Stamps September Release - large Peony and Bud Stamp set

Hi again everyone and today we're presenting a gorgeous new stamp at Paperbabe stamps which is the Large Peony and Bud cling rubber stamp set.


I've stamped the peony which is a lovely size stamp in versamark ink onto a salt and watercolour background that I die cut with a large card size shaped die. After stamping I heat embossed with black embossing powder. I really like the texture and shine from the embossing and also that the colours of the background still show through.

I also heat embossed the sentiment from MayLeeDee with knit pattern dress in blue embossing powder, added ribbon, a gem and a bit of white rub n buff around the edges to finish.

All of the September releases will be available for purchase tomorrow from the Paperbabe Stamps shop.

Hope you have some creative time today.

Chris x



3 September 2014

Paperbabe Stamps September Release - Beach Babe Digi's

Good morning everyone, I'm back today with my second sample day for Paperbabe Stamps September Release and today it's the Beach babes Digi's. Kim has created this beautiful girl in the style of the pin up girls of yesterday-year in 9 different versions which will be available to purchase on Friday.

I printed out my digi in a largish size as I wanted to make a DL size card and I coloured her with watercolour and added some pencil as well here and there then cut her out. I've paired her up with the lovely High in the sky stamp set and used the sun and sun ray stamp with yellow ink for the background together with birds and a sentiment from the set. This set seemed to be the perfect match for beach babe and the Miami beach style I felt would work for her.

I can't wait to see more of this series of digi's in future releases, she's gorgeous to colour too!

See you tomorrow for my last sample of the week!

Chris x




2 September 2014

Paperbabe Stamps September Release - Character Stamps in rubber

Hi everyone and welcome to the Paperbabe Stamps September Release and today we are showcasing the character stamps which from Friday will be available in rubber - great for those who prefer rubber stamps over clear or digi's. I've used two of the character stamps today and gone with a Halloween theme starting with MayLeeDee Witchily with her accompanying sentiment and coloured her with pencils. The background is watercolour crayon and I've added a snowflake stamp from the MayLeeDee frost Fairy set as a star for the sky.

My second project uses Dillon Magic and a technique that can only be done with a stamp made of rubber. I've made this ghostly enamelled tag by stamping into hot black utee (extra thick embossing enamel) which I flecked with mica powders and glitter.


I gave the tag three coats of the Utee and added the glitter and mica to the final layer. While the enamel was still hot I inked the stamp with red pearlescent ink and stamped into it, after allowing the utee to cool I released the stamp to find the relief of the stamp impressed into the tag. I repeated this on the bottom right of the tag where I stamped the accompanying sentiment stamp in the same way as before but taking care not to heat too much and melt the character stamping. I've highlighted the raised surface of the tag with gold gilding wax to add to the ghostly effect and bring the shape of the stamps out more from the black background.

I hope you've enjoyed the first day of samples if you've come from Paperbabe Stamps blog, there are gorgeous inspirations from my talented teamies.

See you tomorrow with my beach babe sample.

Chris x


31 August 2014

Crafty Individuals August Challenge

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend. I'm scraping in on the Crafty Individuals August challenge which is Autumn Fashion and I've made a tag using my lovely CI collage lady in autumnal colours.

The black tag has been embossed with a CI birdcage stamp and distress embossing powder for a subtle tonal effect and I've highlighted a bit with gilding wax.

The seam binding ribbon was coloured with distress ink and I've added Pebeo 3D paste dots around the edge.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday,

Chris x


29 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 2

Hi everyone, I'm posting today for our second challenge at Paperbabe Stamps blog which this time has a colour inspiration as the theme. If you have some Paperbabe stamps or digi's I hope you'll join us.

I've stamped with the brilliant Doll Face stamp set again which is fantastic for mixed media and this time I've used the stamps to create a a girl with a dreaming closed eye look. I built up my background first in acrylics to match up to the colour scheme and continued that in the girl. I used the wave stamp from Oriental Zen to make my border with violet pigment ink and also from this set the lotus peony outline which I stamped in an aqua/turquoise ink to make the impression of a lacy dress.

I added my writing in white gel pen using the words of a song by Suede from way back, the lyrics have always stuck in my head.

Have a good day, I hope you have some creative time and I leave you with the song in case you'd like to listen.

Chris x





15 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 1 - Sketch

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week. Over at Paperbabe Stamps blog we're starting our new fortnightly challenge which this time is a lovely sketch.
I used the gorgeous Folk Fabrique stamp set which really does have infinite possibilities for coloured pattern making, I love Kim's peacock design and the gorgeous background that comes with set that all the element stamps fit into.

All the information of how to join in etc., is on the blog where the team have created some gorgeous cards to tempt you into joining us :-)!

Have a lovely weekend,

Chris x






8 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop


WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop featuring new stamps... Kim thought it would be a lovely treat to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some of her talented stampy friends...

Just to recap the new release, "Folk Fabrique", "Doll Face", "Mayleedee Little Red", "Mayleedee Frost Fairy" and "Dillon Frost Sprite" are NOW in Etsy! and the WebShop

Be sure to stop by PAPERBABE blog if you are JUST beginning the hop and make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with these new stamps and to leave your comments along the way... as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

Prizes indeed! To celebrate there will be the ENTIRE AUGUST release and a very special not yet released (get it well before it's release in September) rubber stamp... up for grabs to a very lucky winner!!!

So go, hop and be amazed... Here's where you want to be next:

Kerrie (DT)

THANK you so much for joining us on this Hop, we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 15th when our Newest Challenge will be starting! You have until the 13th to hop with us and enter to win!


Chris x

6 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps August Release

Hi everyone, I'm sharing an art book spread today for Paperbabe Stamps August Release and today the reveal is the brilliant Doll Face stamp Set. If you've come from Paperbabe Stamps blog you'll have seen the beautiful rag doll Kim has made using them which shows just how versatile this set can be.
Doll Face will be released for sale on Friday when we also have our Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop, I hope you'll join us for that.

I'm partial to creating the odd mixed media girl, most often on canvas but this time I chose my art book. Creating these girls just got so much easier with the aide of the Doll Face stamps. The most difficult part of creating the face is now as easy as choosing eye shape, mouth shape etc. and stamping away, leaving more time for making beautiful mixed media backgrounds.

The entire spread is painted with acrylic paints, mainly Paperartsy chalk paints with the addition of a couple of DecoArt colours. All the stamping is done in black archival ink, with black ink and white paint stencilling and I've shaded with a grey Faber Castsll India ink pen. I've added stamping from two other Paperbabe Stamps sets, Oriental Zen and Fabulous Everything in the background.
I'll be back with my blog hop make on Friday.
Chris x

1 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Design Team

Hi everyone, I'm popping on today to let you know about Paperbabe Stamps wonderful new Design team members, you can find out who they are here and I'm excited to be working with them all and with Kim's new stamps for the August release.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge

with prizes to be won starts next week on the 8th August, I hope you'll join us with your

Paperbabe Stamps creations.

Chris x





27 July 2014

Summery Card

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is going well. Here in the south east of the UK it's incredibly hot and humid, not my kind of weather at all but it reminded me of this card that I haven't got round to posting. The result of a play with some Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps and a leftover scrap of a salted distress ink background.


I stamped over the background in a collage style with stamps from the Paperartsy Hotpicks sets 1006 and 1011

I added some rock candy distress crackle paint over areas of the flower, the sentiment and the moth and outlining with a white pen added then mounted on black card and various distress ink coloured card.

I'm entering my card into the Simon Monday challenge which is a mid-summer's theme this week as my card is summer hot colour nature theme.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Chris x