15 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 1 - Sketch

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week. Over at Paperbabe Stamps blog we're starting our new fortnightly challenge which this time is a lovely sketch.
I used the gorgeous Folk Fabrique stamp set which really does have infinite possibilities for coloured pattern making, I love Kim's peacock design and the gorgeous background that comes with set that all the element stamps fit into.

All the information of how to join in etc., is on the blog where the team have created some gorgeous cards to tempt you into joining us :-)!

Have a lovely weekend,

Chris x






8 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop


WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop featuring new stamps... Kim thought it would be a lovely treat to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some of her talented stampy friends...

Just to recap the new release, "Folk Fabrique", "Doll Face", "Mayleedee Little Red", "Mayleedee Frost Fairy" and "Dillon Frost Sprite" are NOW in Etsy! and the WebShop

Be sure to stop by PAPERBABE blog if you are JUST beginning the hop and make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with these new stamps and to leave your comments along the way... as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

Prizes indeed! To celebrate there will be the ENTIRE AUGUST release and a very special not yet released (get it well before it's release in September) rubber stamp... up for grabs to a very lucky winner!!!

So go, hop and be amazed... Here's where you want to be next:

Kerrie (DT)

THANK you so much for joining us on this Hop, we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 15th when our Newest Challenge will be starting! You have until the 13th to hop with us and enter to win!


Chris x

6 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps August Release

Hi everyone, I'm sharing an art book spread today for Paperbabe Stamps August Release and today the reveal is the brilliant Doll Face stamp Set. If you've come from Paperbabe Stamps blog you'll have seen the beautiful rag doll Kim has made using them which shows just how versatile this set can be.
Doll Face will be released for sale on Friday when we also have our Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop, I hope you'll join us for that.

I'm partial to creating the odd mixed media girl, most often on canvas but this time I chose my art book. Creating these girls just got so much easier with the aide of the Doll Face stamps. The most difficult part of creating the face is now as easy as choosing eye shape, mouth shape etc. and stamping away, leaving more time for making beautiful mixed media backgrounds.

The entire spread is painted with acrylic paints, mainly Paperartsy chalk paints with the addition of a couple of DecoArt colours. All the stamping is done in black archival ink, with black ink and white paint stencilling and I've shaded with a grey Faber Castsll India ink pen. I've added stamping from two other Paperbabe Stamps sets, Oriental Zen and Fabulous Everything in the background.
I'll be back with my blog hop make on Friday.
Chris x

1 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Design Team

Hi everyone, I'm popping on today to let you know about Paperbabe Stamps wonderful new Design team members, you can find out who they are here and I'm excited to be working with them all and with Kim's new stamps for the August release.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge

with prizes to be won starts next week on the 8th August, I hope you'll join us with your

Paperbabe Stamps creations.

Chris x





27 July 2014

Summery Card

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is going well. Here in the south east of the UK it's incredibly hot and humid, not my kind of weather at all but it reminded me of this card that I haven't got round to posting. The result of a play with some Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps and a leftover scrap of a salted distress ink background.


I stamped over the background in a collage style with stamps from the Paperartsy Hotpicks sets 1006 and 1011

I added some rock candy distress crackle paint over areas of the flower, the sentiment and the moth and outlining with a white pen added then mounted on black card and various distress ink coloured card.

I'm entering my card into the Simon Monday challenge which is a mid-summer's theme this week as my card is summer hot colour nature theme.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Chris x



6 July 2014

Ribbon girl June card challenge GDT - Summer

Hi everyone, I'm back today with my final challenge card as guest designer for The Ribbon Girl challenge blog and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with their beautiful products, thanks again Mary and Andrea! The theme for the June card challenge is 'Summer' so I've gone for a mainly hot colour scheme of orange and pink, flowers and butterflies.

I coloured a sweet Santoro Mirabelle image with watercolour markers and then cut the image out. The background and die cut rectangle are distress ink coloured embossed pieces of card, I used a crafts Too roses folder to continue the summer theme.

I embellished with beautiful Ribbon Girl pink candy stripe ribbon, lace, cheesecloth, lace butterfly, crystal butterflie, gemstones and pretty flowers all available here.
Have a lovely Sunday!
Chris x






4 July 2014

Simon Monday Challenge - W is for white

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is odd to a good start. I'm joining in with the W is for White challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge and as my white I've used a white pen to highlight and white acrylic ink for spatter over the tag.
The background is a mixture of teal and lemon zest Dylusions inks which I've blended together with water. The stamping is with gorgeous Crafty Individuals stamps 'build a meadow', 'summer meadow', 'butterfly mornings and wild flower afternoons' and 'four postmarks' stamps.
When the stamping was complete I doodled a border with black and white ink, highlighted the stamping, colouring in some of the flower and butterfly element stamps and finally added some white ink spatter.

I'll be back on Sunday with my final Ribbon Girl guest designer post, see you then!
Chris x

2 July 2014

Flip-it's card and gift card folder

Hi everyone. I have a flip-it's card and gift card folder to share today made using sizzix dies to cut out my mixed media paper.
Lots of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish chalk paints in opaques and transluscents (Mermaid, Beach Hut, Snowflake, Blood Orange, Very Berry, Inky Pool, Lilac) were added to build up the colours  in several layers and then the stenciling was done with the transluscent shades of the paint. The final layer of stenciling was done with white paint mixed with Paperartsy matte glaze to knock it back a bit and all the colours except blue were used through the Tim Holtz heart stencil.

 I stamped over the card base with various stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set Bitty Grunge but left the centre extra panel piece free from stamping for contrast apart from the Tim Holtz Hashtag sentiment and the stamping on the heart die cut with a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers heart die.  All the edges are doodled with dots of white, black and Sakura glaze pen, the glaze pen adding a bit of shine and the heart has also been given a layer of Ranger Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint.

The little gift wallet is coloured in the same way but with less colours of paint and less stamping. The sentiment panel has been coloured with the same colours as the card and stamped with another of the hashtag sentiment stamps before doodling and adding the distress crackle paint.

As I've used a stencil for the hearts I'm entering my card and folder into the July Country View Crafts Challenge of 'stencil it'.


29 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June


Hi everyone, hope you're having a lovely weekend. Here by the skin of my teeth is my June Tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 and this is definitely going to be a favourite technique for the future. TH's tag is here if you're joining in...there is one day left :D!

I picked some of the brighter colours of distress inks: picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, mustard seed and shaded lilac, I really like the bright summery effect of these colours together. I continued the colours for the butterflies and also for the ribbons and enjoyed using Paula Cheyney's technique to tie the ribbon.

 I was very lucky and excited to be picked as one of the winners of the May Tag challenge and would like to thank Tim and Mario and the sponsor of the challenge Inspiration Emporium for my lovely prize...what a treat!

I've improvised with the stamping on the right hand side of the tag using stamps from the Urban Chic set and I used an ideology clock face instead of the cogs but it was nice that I had the same butterfly stamps which I cut out and the star stencil.. I changed the layout and cut out a whole tag from watercolour paper using the stencil as a template.

Enjoy your Sunday!


23 June 2014

21st Birthday card

 Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend and are enjoying a lovely summer so far. 

I'm joining in with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge 5 which this time is Distress Watercolouring Part 1 on page 39 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

I ended up working through page 39 and 40 to include part one and two using the party hat image from the Birthday Blueprints stamp set.

I added the happy birthday sentiment from the TH hashtags set (great for male cards!) and to add to the collage style I added the 21 birthday numbers and a couple of other sentiments and an arrow from the TH 'life quotes' remnant rubs. The image panel is completed by using the Ranger Spritzer and basically the technique on page 40 of CC2 except with different colours. I also added some brush splatter with watered down distress inks from the markers.To make up the card I layered the panel on dimension tape over paper from a TH paper stack with twine and an ideology metal key.

I gave the card to the recipient at his celebration on Saturday evening and I'm glad to say that he was really pleased with it. As it was a card for a male I'm also entering into the Country View Crafts Challenge 'only men allowed' where hopefully it'll be male enough to fit in with their theme.

1 June 2014

The Ribbon Girl guest designer card

Hi everyone, I'm back today with my card for a guest designer spot at the Ribbon Girl blog. It's such a treat to have been asked to participate as the Ribbon Girl is where I buy gorgeous ribbons and other pretty goodies for my cards. Thank you Mary and Andrea for the invite!

My card is for the May Card challenge with a theme of numbers and I've coloured a sweet Gorjuss girl image on kraft card in pencil over a background of stamped numbers.

Products from the Ribbon Girl are the hessian fabric which I've fringed by pulling threads, the wired edges hessian ribbon, the green lace, all of the flowers, the Melissa Frances resin corners and the bead string.
Have a lovely Sunday.

31 May 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014

Hi everyone, I hope you're well and enjoying the weekend. Managed to get the May Tim tag done today and although I don't have a huge amount of the more decorative ideology pieces, I did have enough to complete the tag. This time everything on the tag is a TH item which I think is a first! Tim Holtz's tag for May can be found here.

I didn't have the letterpress folders so I improvised with the wordplay die and cut the letters from chipboard and then cut them again from black card so that I could create a shadow effect by overlaying them. I chose paper from the TH Menagerie paper pad and created my distress ink background to match the floral parts of the paper in tattered rose, mowed lawn and mustard seed.

I'm enjoying the tags I've managed to do so far although I still have a couple that I need to post that were made but not in time to add to Tim's site. If you've been joining in with this I hope you're enjoying it too.