7 November 2020

Paper babe Stamps Release - Jointed Art Dolls Blog Hop


Hi everyone, welcome to the Paperbabe Stamps Art Doll Blog Hop. There’s a magnificent £50 voucher to be won and the whole release is now available to purchase in the Paperbabe Stamps Shop. Kim is introducing the paper brad die and the new patterned paper collection on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today so lots of instruction and wonderful inspiration too.

My third art doll uses one of the 3/4 view head dies and hair styles and I’ve created the clothes using the clothing templates. There are many options to mix and match outfits and I’ve used the gorgeous animal print from the new patterned paper pack. Some of the accessory stamps have been used for the collar and the headband, again so many options.

The blog hop runs until midnight tomorrow (Sunday) and all the team members are linked below, wishing you all the best in the draw!

6 November 2020

Paperbabe Stamps Release Jointed Paper Art Doll Craft Dies ~ New Release, Day #2 ~ 3/4 View p

Hi everyone, today’s introduction is detailed at the Paperbabe Stamps blog with fantastic inspiration from Kim and the team.

Tomorrow is the blog hop, I hope you can join us, Kim has a fantastic prize for the winner too

For my make today I’ve used one of the 3/4 pose face stamps and head dies cut out from watercolour paper and a lovely curly hair template.

The clothes using a clothing template are fussy cut from the new patterned paper and the body parts from Kraft card stock.

I used metal brads this time to put the doll together and make her poseable, I like how you get the mannequin effect. 

Colouring of the face is with pencil and distress ink, I used black pen all around the hair for depth and also around the body pieces and clothing. I was going for a warmer skin tone hence the Kraft card but I didn’t manage to marry that up with the face colouring, I should have used Kraft card to cut the head as well, so that’s one to try another time.

See you tomorrow for the blog hop!

Chris xx

4 November 2020

Paper and Stamps Release - Jointed Paper Art Doll Craft Dies ~ New Release, Day #1 ~ Portrait


Hi everyone, long time no see, I hope everyone is safe and well.

Today Kim is introducing part of her new Paperbabe stamps release, the Portrait face/head stamps and dies. I’ve also used the new paper doll dies, Kim has produced her first sets of dies which have matching templates for the doll parts and for clothing as well so it's a bumper release!

Not only all of that but there are Paperbabe patterned papers in this release as well which I’ve used for the doll-arms, legs and clothes.

I think this portrait face stamp is my new favourite and this pageboy hairstyle too.

Colouring is pencil and highlights on clothes for the stitching is with gel pen.

There’s lots of information and inspiration on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog

Back soon,
Chris x

29 April 2020

Paperbabe Stamps - Birthday Card

Hi everyone, it seems a while since I've posted here but I hope you're safe and well. Today the Paperbabe team members have a little blog hop going on starting at Terri's blog where you'll find links to all the team members posts. Why are we holding a blog hop today? Well it's Kim's birthday and we thought we'd celebrate and send her some love! Happy Birthday to my lovely and talented friend, this card is on it's way to you, I hope you have a perfect day.

My card is a little bit of Kim and a little bit of me :)! I water coloured the flowers and used Kim's stencil Iso Fun, Flourish and Grow Stamp Set, Just Because and Butterfly Pieridae stamp sets for the rest of the card.

I added distress oxide through the stencil all around and in between my watercolour flowers, and then I started the outlining with black pen.

the panel is finished off with stamping and ink splats.

I added a pink mounting layer and glued to a blue card base to finish off.

I hope you enjoy the hop and as I mentioned all the team links are on the Terri's blog.

Chris x

25 January 2020

PaperArtsy Blog - Topic 2: A Hint of Spring - Spring Zing

Hi everyone, hope you've having a good weekend so far. I'm contributing on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for their hint of spring topic sharing my mini album using the JOFY stamps and stencils shown below.

I started off by making a masterboard, covering A4 card with Infusions in LemoncelloBlackcurrant and Terracotta andspritzing with water.

I used a lot of colours of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints in a mix of opaques, semi opaques and translucents, the zing you get from the translucents brightens everything up.

There are more process photo's on the PaperArtsy blog to show all the layers building up.

Back, soon,
Chris x

17 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps January Release - Flourish and Grow Stamp Set - Alphonse Mucha-resque

Hello again. Today we're showcasing the Flourish and Grow stamp set and such a great set it is too! Perfect for building your own sentiment combinations or for that bold large sentiment that says it all, there are endless possibilities. I've combined it with the Flourishing Hair Stamps and Templates and the Female Face 3/4 View Left Dinky stamp set

Since my teens I've loved the work of Alphonse Mucha, I think, the original designer of illustrative posters and product advertising. 

I was lucky to see his original art in his birthplace, Prague and also a couple of years ago at an exhibition of his work at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. I can highly recommend the Walker for pre-raphaelite art too. His four seasons series of posters have been the subject of a few stamp sets from various companies over the years. Anyway, I thought of  his artwork when I saw these sets and lots of possibilities for the stamps. This is how I ended up with a long panel card with the hair swirling down, it was easy to join in the separate curl stamps to the main hair stamp as well.

All of the new sets will be on sale in the Paperbabe Stamps shop tomorrow and of course there is some fantastic inspiration from Kim and all my teamies linked at the Paperbabe Stamps Blog.

Back soon,
Chris x

16 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps January Release - Flourishing Hair Stamp Set & Templates - Golden Eye

Hi everyone, It's my first post of this year, I hope you're well and have had a happy start to the new year. 

I have my first project for Paperbabe Stamps January release and this gorgeous new set is 'Flourishing Hair stamps' and templates, I've combined it with a sentiment from the new Flourish and Grow sentiment stamps which are showcased tomorrow, the  sketchy roses stamp set and the Female Face Dinky Stamps.

You can see from the examples below the templates are the perfect masks so I was able to ink and stamp my background whilst retaining the paper colour for the face, absolutely brilliant and makes everything so quick and easy! I used distress inks in fired brick and festive berries and stamped the outline rose stamp in fired brick and chipped sapphire, I used coloured pencil to highlight the petals and for the face. I love the shape of the hairline in the flourishing hair stamps and there are lots of extra curls so you can make it your own, there are some sweet flowers too that I've scattered about and lots of lovely small accent stamps across the new sets that are so useful and which is something I really love about all Kim's stamp sets.

There's lots of inspiration with beautiful samples from Kim (sigh) on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and links to teamies projects as well. I'll be back tomorrow with another project sample. 

30 November 2019

PaperArtsy Blog - Topic 19 - Cute Critters

Hi everyone, I'm contributing on the PaperArtsy blog today where I'm sharing Party Cats card for the cute critters topic.

You couldn't get cuter or more fun than Elena's Zinski Art Christmas stamp set ZA50, the purrrrrrfect party animals! 

My background is a mix of Infusions, they are Olive Tree and Frankly Scarlet.

I did my paint splatter with Iceberg and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and I also used the Snowflake to stencil in the background through Sara's Christmas stencil 114 with a stencil brush.

Intial colouring is with Inktense watercolour pencils, I've used a dabbing action to achieve the mottled appearance of the fur. You can see the stenciled pine leaves here, they make a nice border around the card. 

I added a touch of coloured pencil over the watercolouring here and there but I didn't need much. These two Infusions colours are gorgeous in the background and perfect for Christmas colour schemes.

There are more close up photo's and steps on the PaperArtsy blog and lots of inspiration over the two weeks of this topic if you love stamping cute characters.

Have a lovely weekend!

22 November 2019

PaperArtsy Topic 18 - Shaving Foam - Festive Foam

Hi everyone, I have a post to share on the PaperArtsy Blog today which is all about Shaving Foam! Something I hadn't ever tried for crafting and I very much enjoyed it. I was lucky enough to have some of the new stamps by Tracey and also some of the new paint colours which are very pretty. I've gone bold and pastel with some Christmas cards now made to add to my stash! There are lots of gorgeous examples from other contributors too, a really lovely topic that everyone enjoyed! More photo's and steps I took on the PaperArtsy blog post.

Have a great weekend!

Chris x

15 November 2019

Paberbabe Stamps November Release Day 2

Hi everyone, I'm back for the second day of the November Paperbabe Stamps release and today we're introducing the right facing three quarter view stamps and hairstyles.

This time I cut my image out and because of the way the hair falls it makes that really easy and 
I like that there are two different faces to choose from as well.

Everything will be ready for purchase tomorrow in the Paperbabe Etsy shop. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x