10 December 2016

PaperArtsy Blog Guest - Bleach

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to have a project on the PaperArtsy blog today and the above picture is a taster of a small step by step I've done for the current topic of bleach. I've used a lovely PaperArtsy Christmas stamp set by Claire Lloyd with bleach techniques for her clothes and also for the background pieces and stars.

If you haven't seen any of the guest posts on this topic so far I highly recommend you have a look as there are some very interesting ideas and beautiful projects.

Back soon,

Chris x



25 November 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 47 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, hope you're all well and are looking forward to the weekend. It's the start of another challenge at Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time it's everyone's favourite of 'Anything Goes'!

I made a Christmas Tree decoration using one of favourite Paperbabe stamp sets 'Bottle Brush Trees', I love the little fir trees that make such a great scene when stamped next to each other. I stamped them in Brilliance Ivy ink which has a slight gold sheen to it over white paint and versamagic chalk ink background then I stamped the snowflakes in white and silver brilliance ink. I used an Artcuts birch heart which are the perfect size for hanging on the tree and I gave it some sparkle with Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels and tinsel trim for hanging it up.



I hope you' ll join us in the challenge and you don't need to use Paperbabe stamps in order to join in.

Chris X


9 November 2016

ZinskiArt Tag

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. I've had a play with some cute PaperArtsy ZinskiArt stamps from set 2, I like how the characters are quirky but still cute and the way you can set them up to be looking at each other as I have in my tag.

First I created a background on the tag using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and a brayer but I didn't blend them in totally so there's a lot of ridged texture.

After drying off the background I've stamped the various stamps in Archival ink and then coloured with pencils. Some of the paint shows through the pencil layer on the lighter colours which I like and there isn't a smooth blended finish in the main because of the ridged paint underneath but I think this lends itself to the style of the stamps. I have more from the set and the pig girl stamp to colour yet so I'm looking forward to those.

Back on Friday with my Paperbabe challenge project so see you then.
Chris xx

23 October 2016

Craft Barn Mixing Media Project


Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend. I was able to get out and about for a while to take in some gorgeous autumn colour at a local national trust garden, I've posted a photo further down that was almost unbelievably red....people were queuing up to photo it or be photographed with it.

We're transforming a little wooden box at next Monday's Mixing Media class at the Craft Barn with the aide of Kim Dellow's gorgeous stamps for Paperartsy, Paperartsy Fresco Finish paints and some tissue. I like all the possibilities of the stamps with lots of sweet images in both sets.


All the details are on the Craft Barn website.

Here's the tree photo I mentioned with it's fiery leaves.

Back soon,

Chris X


20 October 2016

Paperbabe Stamps October Release Day 2

Hi everyone, it's day two of Paperbabe Stamps October Release time and this time I've used only the stamp set for my project.

My project for today is a hanging and I've used the outline bottle with one of the bottle contents stamps and distress inks with wink of stellar and black pen. The theme is the song Love Potion No.9 and I've doodled the lyrics to the song in the background.

There's lots of inspiration from Kim at Paperbabe Stamps blog and from my teamies Kerrie and Terrie and all the new items will be on sale at Paperbabe Stamps shop on Friday.

I'm back tomorrow with another offering with the release.

Chris x

19 October 2016

Paperbabe Stamps October Release

Hi everyone, it's Paperbabe Stamps October Release time and this month Kim has designed a brilliant bottle set of stamps, substrates and stencils for a myriad of ways to use them.

My project for today is a little shelf of goodies using three of the bottle shaped substrates with different stopper options, labels and stamps from the sets, there really are endless possibilities.

I used Distress Paints and a couple of Distress stain sprays in picket fence and silver for everything except that great crackle stencil you can see on the blue and amber bottle which I did in Distress Inks.

There's lots of inspiration from Kim at Paperbabe Stamps blog and from my teamies Kerrie and Terrie and all the new items will be on sale at Paperbabe Stamps shop on Friday.

I'm back tomorrow with another offering with the release.
Chris x

14 October 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 44

Hi everyone, it's the start of a new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps and this time we have a great inspiration photo to work from. As always there's a voucher to be won and you don't have to use Paperbabe stamps to enter so I hope you can join us.

I made a Halloween tag using the Dillon Batwings image stamp and then stamps from the great design building stamp set Design a Tweed to bring in the hounds tooth element from the inspiration photo.

I've got some of the beige colour in my background too.

Dillon is coloured with watercolour and pencils and other stamping is done with pigment inks.

Hope you have a great weekend.
Chris x

5 October 2016

Craft Barn Projects

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a good week so far. I realised I haven’t yet blogged some projects that I made for the Craft Barn recently so here are a couple of them starting off with some ATCs made for the CB blog theme of using items from around the house. I chose to make salt backgrounds and did that with the aid of distress inks and PaperArtsy - Kay Carley stamps which are gorgeous. I also made up a step by step which is on the CBblog if you’re interested in seeing how it’s done.

The second project is a recipe box made for Mixing Media Club last month. I thoroughly enjoyed making this and our lovely group did a recipe swap and brought in goodies made from the recipes; apart from me that is….I made pear chutney (my first attempt) and hadn’t taken into account the maturing time so we’ll have cheese and biscuits and the chutney in our last mixing media of the year.


This is a great little box from Tando which is originally a birthday box, it fits together easily by slotting the pieces together and there are dividers for the inside.

I used PaperArsy Fresco Finish paints in several colours and with the brayering technique that I've used you can get away with using all sorts of combinations of colours....adding in a bit of white or a light colour helps to bring it all together.

The pears are stencilled through a Dreamweaver stencil and this one is a good size for using several paint colours to create dimension. The background and the dividers have also been stamped in paint using an Artemio stamp set.

Back soon,
Chris x

30 September 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 43 - Anything Goes


Hi everyone, hope you had a good week. We have the new challenge starting today on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this week it's everyone's favourite theme 'Anything Goes' and with a great prize from Kim, we hope you'll join us.


I thoroughly enjoyed my 3D Dia de los Muertos girl using lots of gorgeous goodies from September release. I'm so pleased with how she came out as I've been eagerly awaiting the Sugar Skull stamps since Kim told me she was designing them, I like something a bit different and this set which matches up with the female face mini stamps and the new substrates and accessories will be great for that end of October festival :-D. I might put this out on the step so everyone knows we have Halloween goodies!



I used the Portrait Media Blanks - Blunt Bangs Long Kit, Mixed Media Blanks Accessories kits Candles, Flourishes, Skulls and Crosses and Roses together with the Sugar Skull Mini and the Female Face Mini stamp sets. I painted with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints, they're great for quickly coating all the substrate pieces and I added a bit of shading with charcoal pencil.

Chris x


16 September 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 42 - wings


We have a new challenge up on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this time the theme is 'wings' so there are lots of lovely possibilities for this one. I hope you can join us, there's a great prize from Kim and you don't have to use Paperbabe Stamps to enter.

I've made a new home card for a friend using the 5mm Mixed Media Polka Dot Stencil and the Whimsical Woodlands sets 3 (bunny) and 4 (butterfly). I like creating backgrounds using the small element stamps thatKim always designs in her sets and I also find them very useful, this time I used a tiny heart which I stamped in various ink colours in between the stencilled dots. I've also embellished the dots with pen on the background and on the roof of the little house.


The main part of the house has the wings element with the stamped butterflies. I went over the stamping with a wink of stellar glitter pen for some sparkle. My card base is made from two postage stamp edge square die cuts measuring around 4 inches and I've simply scored the back piece near the top to make a hinge and added adhesive tape above the score line to hold them together.

Bye for now,

Chris x


2 September 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 41

Hi everyone, it's the start of the new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have a sketch challenge to follow.

As always there's a great prize to be won and anyone can join in when if you don't have Paperbabe Stamps.

I needed a belated Birthday card this week (whoops) and Kim's great 'Birthday Wishes' stamp set has all the birthday greetings covered together with candles and gorgeous confetti style stamps too, it really is a versatile set. This time I've used the stamps with Brilliance pink and yellow inks and stamped the sentiment in Black Archival brushed over with a Wink of Stellar pen. I added stickles glitter glue to the bubbles in the background and added some PaperArtsy Infusions to the main panel and to the card base as well.

I've finished off by mounting the panel on dimension tape and adding some glitter paper punched stars.

Have a good weekend.

Chris x


25 August 2016

Paperbabe Stamps August Release

Hi everyone, it's August release day at Paperbabe Stamps and the gorgeous Peaceful Flurries stamp set and Peaceful Flurries Co-ordinates substrates will be available HERE once they go live.

I love that Kim has designed different shapes and sizes of snowflakes which makes them great for backgrounds as well as focal images.


I've stamped in a variety of inks with a Distress ink base layer and with paint on the substrate snowflakes which are a great little embellishment. I'm looking forward to trying out more techniques with these and Kim has some gorgeous inspiration over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.

Back soon,