22 April 2017

Laurel Burch Mail Art at the Craft Barn - Monday 24th April

Hi everyone, I'm sharing another of my mail art postcards today which we're going to be making at the Craft Barn on Monday. I enjoy working with these images and they're great for colouring and masking too which is what we'll be doing. I made this a large postcard size turned to portrait orientation so I could create the scene.
I masked the images from the Blossoming woman set and used the template that comes with the set which helps with that. There's also a stencil included so the set is excellent value for money as you get both a positive and negative version of the female figure.
These cats are gorgeous, I've used the three from the Indigo Cats set (large, medium and small) and the single cat and bird stamp, Feline Friend. The stamps work so well with bright colours of distress inks which is what I've used together with pencils, a bit of white marker and some stickles for sparkle
I'll be sharing another postcard tomorrow.
Chris X


18 April 2017

Mosaic Frame

Hi everyone, I'm back today with an Artcuts layered frame finished over the weekend. I covered all the little square wood tiles with Chyogami papers and although I was using up a lot of small pieces in many different patterns I like the random mix and how they work together. I added in some hearts and butterflies and liked the effect of seeing a little of the birch ply frame underneath. I think this frame would work well with a mirror in the centre but for this one I painted the back piece in gold and added a butterfly and gold bow.

Enjoy your day,

Chris x


16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone and I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far.

I've decorated an Artcuts bunny as my Easter offering and decorated it with Distress Oxide inks and Paperbabe stamps and kept the colours pastel, they remind me of Cadbury's Mini eggs!

I'm joining in with the Simon Monday Challenge of Hip Hop, there's lots of inspiration over there if you follow the link.


Back soon,

Chris x



31 March 2017

Paperbabe Stamps Release - My Garden Fairies Stamps Blog Hop

Hi everyone and thanks for joining me today. I have an exciting announcement that I've been bursting to tell you about for a while. So the day has arrived and I've been I nvited by Kim Paperbabe to be a guest artist for Paperbabe Stamps which has actually been discussed by us on and off since a day at Ally Pally in about 2009/2010 or somewhere around then when Kim talked of starting her stamp company. How time flies and here we are with my garden fairies images turned into four sets of stamps which are being released today, thank you Kim! We're having a blog hop to introduce them with some of my favourite crafty people joining in with their wonderful creativity.

Here are all the details of the hop and my Garden Fairies Stamps, the Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy, they are a larger set and each includes a beautiful sentiment.

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize.
The whole garden fairies collection goes to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 5th April to see if you are one of our lucky winners.
Here's a few samples .....

I've created a garden for Butterfly Fairy with a mix of distress ink and acrylic paint and she's coloured with a base coat of distress ink and pencil over the top, I have lots of other little scenes in mind to put her in.

Here's Butterfly Emerges waking up after sleeping in the blossom! She's stamped over a background of distress ink and distress oxide ink, I enjoyed how I got some of the ink splats in the cocoon area of the stamp. Love the font on the sentiment and it's a lovely size to use on the inside of a card too.

I've used the little accessory stamps in the background, it was great to stamp some falling blossoms with the tiny Sakura style flower stamps and the butterflies are very handy to dot around the scene.

Butterfly catcher is stamped onto Kraft card and coloured with pencils, it's one of my favourite surfaces for pencils in fact and especially when colouring with very light colours as on the wings and her hair for instance.

I'll be sharing Musical Fairy later in the week but you'll see her beautifully portrayed as you go along the blog hop.

As I mentioned earlier in the post some of my favourite crafty friends are joining in the hop to help me introduce my stamps together with the fabulous Paperbabe Stamps design team to inspire with their ideas on how to use the Garden Fairies stamps. So hop along to the next blog which is the lovely

Have fun on the HOP!
Chris x 

29 March 2017

Paperartsy Guest Blogger - Topic #5 Blue and Ochre

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to be featured on the Paperartsy blog tonight with my Topic #5 Blue & Ochre 'Under the sea' mixed media pocket letter using a set of Tracy Scott's gorgeous stamps.

These are a real joy to make and can be a lovely small gift of bits and bobs for a crafty friend.
All the info of how I made it and lots of photo's are on the Paperartsy blog if you'd like to have a closer look.

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.

Back soon,



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

Back soon,

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.

Back soon,

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.

Back soon,