1 March 2015

Christmas Club at the Craft barn

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good weekend. I had a lovely day out with a friend in Brighton yesterday and took in a painting launch at article in the lanes of Craig Alan's work, it was interesting to hear about his process and all that he does before he even starts on a canvas, there was pink fizz too but I still couldn't afford the price tags of course :-).

Once a month at the Craft Barn we have Christmas Club day where some lovely ladies join me to get a head start on everything Christmas. We make cards and also items to give as gifts etc., we also have a good laugh and quite often yummy cakes.

Last Monday Brusho paints were the colour ingredient for the day and we used them for the backgrounds of this lovely little paper mâché book set together with some stamping (Kaisercraft stamps) and and highlights of white pen and glossy accents.
The card this time was a shaker style card with gorgeous Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels inside. Again we used the Brusho paints for the background, stamping this time with Woodware stamps and some stencilling on the top layer with a Tim Holtz stencil.
Enjoy your Sunday,
Chris x





20 February 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 8 - Sketch


Hi everyone. I have a Paperbabe Stamps card to share today for the new Challenge on Paperbabe Stamps blog. This time the challenge is to follow the sketch below which can be interpretated by flipping, turning etc., and there's a lovely prize for the winner so I hope you can join us.

Having had some snow flurries recently and wanting to start some Christmas cards early 'Snowman with scarf' seemed like the perfect choice of stamp and he's such a cute snowman! All of the Paperbabe stamps I've used for this card are a new innovation from Kim, they're red rubber cling which come ready mounted on an acrylic block. The stamp is picture indexed on the back for ease of alignment too, what a great idea and there's no more searching around for the right sized block.

I've coloured with pencils and added some white pen over the top. I used 'Peace, Love, Joy' and 'A lot like Christmas' to build the background paper using Luxe pigment inks. I love using text stamps to make my background papers, building up a pattern in layers here with each of the stamps in different coloured ink and my last layer being the Christmas text stamp in white ink which holds everything together. Lots of pearl pen and glitter jewels for snow adds a bit of sparkle and a die cut heart with some linen ribbon finish things off

I'm entering my card into the Crafting for all seasons challenge where the challenge is 'dies or punches' , I used a heart die and a pinking edge square die for my snowman panel and the Winter Wonderland challenge and the theme of Krafty Creations. Have a lovely weekend.
Chris x



19 February 2015

Quirky Birds

Hello blog friends, it's been a while and I hope you're all well and happily creative.

I have a card to share today that I've made using one of bird stamps from the Tim Holtz quirky birds set which I've coloured with pencils on top of my background of distress paint in cracked pistachio, worn lipstick and tarnished silver. I stamped the background around the bird with various Tim Holtz stamps from other sets in pigment inks then cut the panel out with a Sizzix Alterations Die and mounted it onto a card that I'd painted with the same paints for a mottled finish.


I added a die cut, painted and stamped heart, a chit chat sticker and a sentiment from another Tim Holtz set to finish off.

See you tomorrow tomorrow with a card for the Paperbabe Stamps challenge.

Chris x



5 December 2014

Paperbabe Stamps challenge 7 - anything Goes

Hi everyone, it's good to be back on the blog today with a post for the new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps which this time is 'anything goes'.
I've made some wooden Christmas tree ornaments that I've stamped with stamps from Reindeer Fusions and also the Ribbed Background stamp.
The wood was coloured first with a light wash of Rosebud ink then stamped with the ribbed background stamp in the same colour. Over the top I stamped the gorgeous little deer that I coloured with pencils and then around the edges with the holly sprig and berries and the reindeer, I love all the options from this set
Kim has some new Christmas stamps which are available now and which have been showcased beautifully over on the blog. Hope you can join us in the challenge and back soon.
Chris x





17 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 5 - Picture Inspiration

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps today and this time we're interpreting the photo above as our theme.

I made a tag card from two black tags glued together at the top and then scored just under the hole for the fold. I've used the leaf stamp from Completely Conkers to create a multi toned autumn background using chalk inks. The Autumn sentiment from the same conkers set is repeat stamped in different coloured inks and some texture was added to the background using the spatter stamp from Spritz and Speckle.

Sakura gelly roll pens outline the leaves and a wink of Stella pen was used to give sparkle to some of the leaves.

Finishing touches are some twine, sequins and dots of frosted lace stickles glue.

Enjoy your day,

Chris x






9 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps October Release - Digi Set

Hi everyone, I'm back again with the last of the October Release sets which is the Digi Stamp Bundle, part of Kim's pin up girls range and this witchy woman is just one of thirteen images in the set in a variety of sizes.
I made a tag and chose the half pose girl which I coloured with markers and a bit of pencil. I used the new Watercolour Alpha sets upper and lower case for the sentiment and the spatter stamp from the spritz and speckle with white ink for a bit of sparkle behind the image. The tag background is created with a Tim Holtz cobweb stencil and Memento Luxe Inks.

Kim's friends are showcasing stamps today and all links are in the daily posts at Paperbabe Stanps blog and the new release will be available to purchase on Friday.

Chris x



8 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps October Release

Hi everyone, I'm back with my next card for the Paperbabe Stamps October Release and today the team are showcasing the innovative new Watercolour Alpha Sets which come as two sets, one in upper and the other in lower case.


As you can see from the closer photo above the stamps are cleverly designed by Kim in order to be layered with watery versions of each letter to give a lovely soft watercolour effect behind the sold letter stamps. There are several watercolour background stamps that can be used under the solid stamps too making many variations possible.

Kim's friends are showcasing these stamps and all links are in the daily posts at Paperbabe Stanps blog and the new release will be available to purchase on Friday.

Back tomorrow with the new pin up babe digi stamp.

Chris x


7 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps October Release

Hi everyone and welcome to the paperbabe stamps October Release. Today the team is showcasing two new sets Completely Conkers, perfect for boys and men with lots of options within the set for different layouts.


And Spritz and Speckle

which is brilliant for achieving all those gorgeous spritzed ink and paint splatter effects that add a lovely finishing touch to projects or even a staring point as in my card below. I've used two stamps from the set to create the background, the spritz burst in pink and a multi-coloured paint spatter right up to the edges of the image panel which makes a lovely backdrop for the Large Peony flower that I've coloured and cut out and the sentiment from the Fabulous set.

Kim's friends are showcasing stamps all links are in the daily posts at Paperbabe Stanps blog and the new release will be available to purchase on Friday.

I'll be back tomorrow for the next new set.

Chris x




26 September 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 4 - Sketch

Hi everyone, we have a new challenge over at Paperbabe stamps blog which this time is a sketch to follow.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge if you have Paperbabe stamps or digi's.

Chris xI made a gift box for the challenge from a Sizzix die cut. The background is stamped with the Ribbed Background over distress ink on the white card. The Cumulus Background has been stamped onto the bottom layer of the panel and then I've stamped the sentiment label with the diagonal stripe pattern and the friend sentiment from the Fabulous Everything set. I finished off with the circle die cut stamped with the large Pom Pom and yarn pieces from Design a Knit. All the stamping is done with distress inks in Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade apart from the sentiment which I stamped in Versafine ink. I've edged with glitter pens in lilac and blue and finished off with a pale blue ribbon and a lilac gem.



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