1 June 2018

Paperbabe Stamps New Release

Hi everyone, hope you're all well! On the Paperbabe Stamps blog there has been a fantastic release week with some gorgeous new frame substrates, stencils, masks and stamps!

I've worked with a brilliant dimensional frame set that works perfectly with the Mad Hatter template as the additional pieces are themed around a pocket watch, teacup and cogs. The set is perfect for all sorts of mixed media treatments and I've used one of my favourite techniques with gesso, inks, antiquing cream and gilding wax.

The base substrate is perfect to create a portrait using the Paperbabe Portrait templates but on this occasion I wanted to create a lot of texture on the base with the new stripes and cogs stencils so I created my Mad Hatter on mixed media card using the male face stamp set, cut him out then applied him over the substrate. I used Inktense pencils to colour with a bit of added pencil and black pen. There is a new set of eye masks which makes layering up the eye stamps very easy and saves all that cutting out.

I added gesso to my board first of all, then used the stripes and cogs stencil set with modelling paste on the right had side and added all the accent paces to the left of the frame where the pieces match up perfectly with the cut edge of the frame, I added more texture with various mediums, gems and glue dots, more gesso was applied when everything was stuck down and dry.

Finally the antiquing cream is applied, the portrait stuck down and everything is highlighted with wax.

All the new products go on sale tomorrow in the Paperbabe Stamps Shop.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chris x




17 April 2018

Paperartsy Blog Topic 7 - Kraft Card

Hi everyone, hope you're well! I have a post on the PaperArtsy blog tonight using a gorgeous flower stamp sent, and mini birdhouse and birds by Kay Carley. I always love colouring her flowers and they're perfect for the pencil technique I've used and is explained on the blog. It's an oldie but goodie and I still use it often. 

It's very satisfying to have something I've already made as my starting point, a gel print is what I started with here but it could just as easily have been some coloured random stamped pieces which can help to spark a colour scheme or an idea for composition. 

I loved layering up all the flowers and they were very quick to cut out as the shapes are nice and rounded.

Enjoy your evening and I hope you can join us in the Topic 7 Challenge on the PaperArtsy blog.

Chris x

17 March 2018

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge - Topic #4 - Whimsy

Hi everyone, I have a couple of projects on the PaperArtsy blog tonight where the current topic (4) is Whimsy so I've used some sweet stamps from the Squiggly Ink range. My first set of PaperArtsy stamps many years ago was from this line so I had a look back at that project to see what I was doing back then and that post you can find here

My two cards are entirely different in style, I love working with bright colours which is how my first card went but I was particularly pleased with the softer more feminine finish of the second card. There are more photo's, thoughts and explanations over on the PaperArtsy blog and details of how you can join in the challenge.

Have a lovely weekend,
Chris x

16 March 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #69 - Inspiration Photo

Hi everyone, we have a new challenge starting today on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have an inspiration photo as our theme.

You can take from it whatever you wish to join us in the challenge and there's a great prize on offer from Kim.

I used the  Mixed Media Template White Rabbit Portrait and the Rabbit Face Stamp Set to create the focal image.

Lots of white pen and pastel and all this over a journal page where I'd brayered off excess paint after some gel printing last week. The final step was the text in the background which I free handed within wavy pencil lines, they are quotes from the Alice in Wonderland book.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Chris x

2 March 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 68 - Anything Goes!

Hi everyone, we have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this time it's anything goes...everyone's favourite with a lovely prize from Kim for the winner.

The mixed media templates are the perfect size for a large Dylusions journal and I've used graphite, Inktense pencils, pastels, black pen and some distress ink with the Queen of Hearts Portrait Mixed Media template, Doll Face and Ornate Crown Stamps to make
my page.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge, have a lovely weekend.
Chris X

1 March 2018

Craft Stamper April Issue Cover

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week so far and if you're in the UK that you aren't too snowed in! The Beast from the East is still playing with us here near the South East Coast.

I just wanted to pass on details for Craft Stamper purchases today, I'm thrilled as I always am to have my project on the cover of the April issue which goes on general sale tomorrow and if you're already a subscriber you should have it by now. www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk
Overseas subscriptions are available too!

I'm back tomorrow with my make for the Paperbabe Stamps challenge so see you then.

Chris x

26 February 2018

Paperartsy Blog Challenge - Topic 3 - Watercolour with Zinski Art

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a good weekend.  I have a post appearing on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for the Topic 3 Watercolour challenge and I'm using some of the gorgeous Zinski Art stamps I was lucky enough to help to make samples with for the release a few weeks ago.

I made a little Art -Zine, you can see a little of how I did that here but there are  more photo's and explanation on the PaperArtsy Blog,

I think the sheep are my favourite set still from the release.

I also made some ATCs.

and a tag.

There is lots of really gorgeous inspiration from other PA bloggers on the subject of watercolour which is a varied and interesting topic as there are so many routes you can go down for this.

Have a good week and hopefully it's a creative one!

Chris x

24 February 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Alice Collection Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm delighted today to announce our blog hop celebrating Paperbabe Stamps BRAND NEW Alice Collection Mixed media Release! 
Five wonderful new Characters including two animal sets to add to your collection, join us for tons of inspiration, and a giveaway as well!

These are already available in the shop..

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole Alice collection 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 Monday, 26th Feb to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 28th Feb to see if you are one of our lucky winners. 
Here's a sample from me...

Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration!

Here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't miss a single stop...

Chris (you are here)

Have fun on the HOP!

Chris x

16 February 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 67 - Sketch

Hi everyone. There's a new challenge starting today on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog with a sketch to follow for this fortnight and a lovely prize to win from Kim as always. I made a card with one of the new mixed media templates Cat Sitting Portrait and the Cat Face, Rabbit Face and Ornate Crown stamp sets.

There's more information on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and gorgeous inspiration from Kim and all the designers. Have a lovely weekend!

Chris x


3 February 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 66 - Dots

Hi everyone, hope you're all well. It's challenge 66 at Paperbabe Stamps blog and we have a lovely theme this fortnight which is Dots of which I am of course a huge fan :)!

Lots of options within Paperbabe Stamps for this one including dotty stamps, stencils and tiny dots in various stamp sets which I do love about Kim's stamps, there are always lots of very useful little accessory stamps in the sets.

I made up my little die cut houses from mixed media card, added distress oxide inks in the background and then stamped with the Butterfly Pieridae stamp set, solid circle stamps from Birthday Wishes and hearts from Whimsical Woodland Set 1 stamp sets

The sentiments from Whimsical Woodland Set 4 finish things off together with some gel pen dotty doodling and stickles glitter glue.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge and as always there's a prize from Kim.

Have a lovely weekend,
Chris x

27 January 2018

Paperartsy NEW Zinski Art Stamps Release - Introductions

Hi everyone, if you've been watching the Paperartsy blog the last week or so you'll know that there's a very big release going on and tonight I've got some samples I did with Elena's (Zinski Art) newest stamps being released at the Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt today.
If you've already been to the Paperartsy blog today you'll see that the posts are a little different than for previous releases and there are three posts in total one from the artist and one each from the helping designers so you may have already seen the fantastic art from Elena (Zinksi Art) and Corrie, fantastic and stamps samples if you go back before my post. It's been a real pleasure working with Elena's stamps, I love her quirky and humorous designs. 

I've chosen my favourite samples from those I made for the release which are below and of course the PaperArtsy blog has all this too plus a bit more on how I did the backgrounds etc.

Thanks for joining me tonight and have a lovely weekend.

Chris x

Zinski Art Set 20 (ZA20)

Zinski Art Set 21 (ZA21)

Zinski Art Set 22 (ZA22)

Zinski Art Set 23 (ZA23)

 Zini17 (ZN17) - Zini32 (ZN32)