16 April 2014

Winged Things at Simon Monday Challenge Blog


Hi everyone, hope all is well with you all out there in blogland and it's lovely to be back here with a post after my extended break. It's been some time since I entered a challenge and as I liked the winged things theme of this week's Simon Monday Challenge Blog challenge I decided to enter my tag.

The tags are actually by Artcuts made from Birch ply and have the gorgeous burnt lazer cut edges that I like. I used a large and a smaller tag as the base for apply DecoArt Desert Turquoise acrylic paint through some stencils. I really like the natural colour of the wood under the paint and the great thing is that they can be sanded back if necessary.

The little butterflies and heart are also from Artcuts and these were painted in the same paint then covered in stickles glitter glue. To finish off I added some twine through the holes in the tags and an word sticker.

Have a good evening!

22 January 2014

Craft Stamper - Take it, Make It Challenge Six: Halfway Reminder

Hi everyone, catching up a bit late with my tag for
but better late than never :-)!

I've used a Tando flower stencil to create my graduation this time spritzed with Dylusions inks in dark to light and the turned the stencil over and used it like a stamp. I also outlined the flowers in black and white pens and stamped the background with Kaisercraft texture stamps: postmarks and dictionary.

I moulded a clay butterfly and it's been painted with Decoart paints with a bit of black frantage embossing powder over the top.

Hope you'll join in with the challenge, there's a great prize on offer and superb inspiration from my team mates.

Back soon,

8 January 2014

Magnolia-licious DT - Penny Black Winter Tag

Hi everyone, hope your're having a good week so far. I have a tag to show today for Magnolia-licious DT using the gorgeous Penny Black Stamp Set 'Mimi's Winter Fun', which is full of sweet images for winter.

Mimi and the little seal pup are coloured with pencils and the background with gelato sticks. I added some extra snowflakes to take the snowflake design in the stamp right up the tag and I've used a white gel pen outlined with black for that. To finish the tag I added lots of stardust stickles, some bakers twine and a couple of chit chat stickers. 

5 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 and OCC

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I have a tag to show today made to enter into Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014 which for the January tag has a great industrial style and also to enter the  Our Creative Corner Challenge where the challenge is 'no more shopping sins' and involves using hoarded stash.

Well, like many I have hoarded stash and there are a couple of items on the tag that I haven't used such as the pocket watch die and the game spinners. I really like how the metal effect came out and it was satisfying to actually use some of my hoarded ideology bits and pieces. I've stuck as far as I could to Tim's tag, same pumice stone background and pocket watch metal covered die cut and I've improvised on other items that I didn't have.

The sanding of the rub on's is a nice effect that is a technique from the tag by Tim, it really does make them part of the background.

Thanks as always for your lovely comments.


4 January 2014

My up-coming class at The Craft Barn - Hearts and flowers

 Hi everyone, hope your weekend is off to a good start. I'm back today to show the sample for my upcoming class at The Craft Barn on Saturday 12th January. There are some places available which can be booked on the Craft Barn website or by calling the Craft Barn on 01737 822961 if you fancy coming along for an all day class of paint, stamping, stenciling, image transfer and modelling paste fun!

The canvas board is a progression of  this layout in my art book, slightly modified to fit in with Craft Barn products. I was very grateful to Ignacio at Nicecrane Designs for giving me permission to use the gorgeous spring flowers image for the class, a great one for image transfer.

There's also stamping with paint and ink, texturing with modeling paste and stenciling, so there's a good array of mixed media techniques to delve into.

To finish off there are some words that I've hand written and a bit of sparkle to liven things up. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this on from the art book to a class and I'm very excited to see how it will be interpreted by the class participants, that's always the best part!

Enjoy your day.

3 January 2014

Paperbabe Stamps - Christmas cards

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you had a great festive season if you celebrate and I wish you all the best for 2014.

As I haven't been able to blog over Christmas I thought I'd share a couple of cards I made with gorgeous Paperbabe stamps here and on the Paperbabe Stamps blog before it's too late! This one also tied in with Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique twelve tags of Christmas challenge that I really wanted to complete but time eluded me in the end, hopefully I'll manage it later this year :D. I also see that Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014 has started and I haven't finished last years ATCs!!!!! Hopefully I'll get into the swing again and finish that and also start on the new tags, I'm thinking of a tag album this time.

I used the really lovely Paperbabe Stamp set Bottle Brush Trees which I know will be a timeless Christmas set and I also used the lovely reindeer names text stamp from the Reindeer Fusions stamp set, another gorgeous vintage set to suit any taste. Lots of pretty golden shimmer in this one from Heirloom Gold perfect pearls dropped into water spritzed distress ink which I dragged my card through and I added a snowy feel with a spritz of white Dylusions spray ink.

My second card uses one of the element stamps from Reindeer Fusions, I love the ever useful element stamps that Kim always includes in her sets. The little star was stamped using pearly Brilliance ink over a stenciled background.

The snowflake is a Spellbinders die cut coloured with gelato sticks. I made a series of these cards in slightly different colourways and they were nice and quick to make up.

Have a great weekend.

Chris x

16 December 2013

Magnolia-licious - Penny Black

Hi everyone, I have a card for Magnolia-licious challenge blog today using another stamp from the gorgeous Penny Black 'Mimi's Winter Friends' transparent set. This cute Mimi is coloured with watercolour markers and a bit of pencil here and there.

The background is water coloured and and I've added a stamped border with the poinsettia garland from the set. There's a bit of smudged black outlining of Mimi and the garland and I've added a sprinkling of snow with Frantage shabby blue embossing powder and stardust stickles. The card base is coloured to tone in with Ranger Distress ink in iced spruce. My decorations are die cut glitter card tiny snowflakes and sentiment, holly leaves and some pearls, lace and a flower.

As always there's lots of fantastic inspiration from my team mates over on the challenge blog through each week. Enjoy your day!

13 December 2013

Craft Stamper Take it - make it Challenge 6

Hi everyone hope you had a good week .
It's time for 
...and this time we're asking everyone to get their Ombré on! Basically a take on some of the articles in the current issue of Craft Stamper Magazine one of which is mine. My article is a graduated colouring technique and Ombré hair colouring. I was so proud to be on the cover again too, have to pinch myself when I look at it :D!   

For my card today I made an ombré background for my card by graduating the inks I'd also used for stamping the image panel, blending them together where the colours met to give a soft graduation over my snowflake embossed background piece. I hightlighted some of the snowflakes with stardust stickles and wrapped round a piece of twine before adding it to the card base.
I used the fabulous Paperbabe Stamps sets Reindeer Fusions and Bottle Brush Tree combining the smaller stamps in Reindeer Fusions to make my holly and candy cane border around the edge of the image. The background trees are from Bottle Brush Tree. 

 I embellished the card with a die cut poinsettia flower, punched glitter card holly leaves lots of stickles around the trees and deer and on the ornaments on the deer's antlers. The baubles are actually separate stamps to be added to the deer stamp afterwards. I've added a die cut snowflake and sentiment and self adhesive pearls to finish off.

Hope you'll join us in the take it, make it challenge and this time the prizes are fantastic DVDs by Kate Crane and the winner of the next challenge will be a future guest designer on our mid way challenge post!

Enjoy your day,


10 December 2013

Paperbabe Stamps - Bottlebrush Trees and The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas

Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start. I have a tag to share today using stamps from the gorgeous Paperbabe Stamps Bottlebrush Trees stamp set and to enter into Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas 2013 hosted by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. I'm really pleased Linda is hosting the tags again this year, it really makes me get on and do them although, this time I'm really late starting as this is the first.

To join in it's simple you make a tag or whatever taking inspiration from Linda's tag and then add it to the linky. In order to qualify for the prizes all the tags have to be completed within the set time and linked back. Everything is explained with tag one here which is my starting point and there are now going to be 14 tags to end on 8th January the last two with a thank you theme added in.

I've taken inspiriation from Linda's tag in the black and white chalk board style with a little hint of colour plus the snowflakes.

All the stamps I've used for this are from the gorgeous Bottlebrush tree stamp set and over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog I've added a little explanation of what I did. I've given some dimension to the tag by lifting up the centre panel and die cut frame and also with the lace, the white painted Artcuts wooden stars, pearls, lace and tag and I've finished off with a bit of shabby white embossing powder.

Enjoy your day.

6 December 2013

Paperbabe Stamps Decemeber Release - MayLeeDee Winter Fairy

Hi everyone, hope your week's been good, it seems to have whizzed by for me with this fantastic December release from Paperbabe Stamps. 

Everything is now for sale in the shop at Paperbabe Stamps including the final part of the release which is a gorgeous new digi image
MayLeeDee Winter Fairy 

She's gorgeous to colour and I did that with pencils after printing her out on some Bazzil Kraft card (I find this is a nice shade and it goes through my printer easily as it's lightweight).

I used a couple of sentiment stamps, snowflakes and one of the small tree group stamps from the gorgeous  Bottle Brush Tree stamp set and stamped the sentiment in black and everything else in white ink.

I've decorated with iridescent sequins, some die cut snowflakes and lace. Hope you have a great weekend, I have to seriously get down to doing Christmas cards and tags so I hope to have some of  the them on here soon.

5 December 2013

Paperbabe Stamps December Release - Fabulous Everything!

Hi everyone, I'm back today with my sample for the final gorgeous sentiment set from Kim at Paperbabe Stamps which is on sale from tomorrow with the other sets and is
Fabulous Everything! 

Once again a great large solid stamp of the word together with the beautiful swirly outline stamp and lots and lots and lots of small words to make a card for every fabulous occasion.

 To achieve this effect for the Fabulous word I first inked up the diagonal stripe kissing strip then I touched my fabulous solid stamp onto the kissing strip to pick up the inky pattern and stamped it onto white card (Kim has a lovely photo step by step on how to do this on Paperbabe Stamps blog today). Next I inked up the swirly outline with embossing ink and positioned it over the stamped fabulous then stamped down. I used some WOW turquoise embossing powder which is a really gorgeous fresh colour and heated it to melt then I cut the sentiment out leaving a border around the edge.

The background panel is made up by stamping the various outline clouds from the High in the sky set in black ink and I also stamped the rest of the sentiment stamps that I wanted to use from the Fabulous Everything set. I added some silk ribbon around the panel and mounted on dimension foam over the card base then added the fabulous cut out and finished off by embellishing with silver sequins.

Gorgeous inspiration from Kim is over on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and more details about the stamps. I'm back tomorrow for release day with some absolutely gorgeous Paperbabe Stamps winter cute! Thanks for your lovely comments, they always make my day!

4 December 2013

Paperbabe Stamps December Release - Happy Thoughts Sentiment Set

Hi everyone! I'm back today with my samples for Paperbabe Stamps gorgeous 
Sentiment stamp set 

Over on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog there are more details of the sets so far and Kim's fantastic samples together with links to Simonne's beautiful creations.

This is another gorgeous set and there are so many ways of using it and many options for making up the perfect sentiment for a card. As you can see above I've used the 'happy' solid stamp to create my typographical style card together with one of the smaller sentiments and the hearts kissing strip stamp which is a continuous stamp end to end so I was able to make a vertical border with it. I've highlighted some of the words with white pen, some with black glitter glue and added some white lines between the words.

 I created my background with Dylusions ink sprays and after all my stamping was done and the glitter was dry I added a strip of black card raised on dimension foam to finish off.

 So that I could show another way of using this lovely set I took the smaller stamp 'Christmas' and stamped it onto a die cut label which is mounted on dimension foam over the tag. My tag background is stamped with the Ribbed Background stamp in red ink for the Christmas stocking effect :-) and then I've used the Happy outline stamp to stamp a border around the edge of the tag, that's been filled in with a silver pen. I've finished off with a die cut poinsettia, holly leaves, pearls and twine.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my sample yesterday, they're always appreciated and I'm back tomorrow with the 'Fabulous' sentiment set! Enjoy your day.