25 July 2016

Startrish design - Whimsey Girl Four

Hi everyone, I've the great pleasure of introducing one of the gorgeous new Whimsey Girl Stamps from lovely Trish Latimer. This is the delightful Whimsey Girl Four and again she's a dream to colour in. This stop and all the others in the range can purchased at Startrish Design on Etsy.


I've coloured in pencil with a nice bright palette. She's been cut out which is very quick with Trish's thoughtful design.

I created an equally bright background using PaperArtsy infusions powder paints and pearlescent glaze and over the top I've stencilled with white paint through a TCW stencil which has had some pencil added on top of the paint.


To finish off I added some doodling and shading, Tim Holtz Rub-ons, big chat sticker and some glitter paper.

Back soon,

Chris x













22 July 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 38 -Anything Goes

Hi everyone, Challenge 38 starts today on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and we have kept things simple again this time with an 'anything goes' theme as we also have the Paperbabe Stamps 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop next week.

I've used an Artcuts birch ply heart with a distressed paint effect on the background and featured one of the very useful tiny heart stamps as well as the two step largest butterfly stamps in the Butterfly Pieridae set.

I stamped the base layer of the butterfly with Victorian Velvet Distress Paint and the top layer with Black Archival ink. I've added a bit of highlighting with a white distress marker and coloured in the border hearts with distress markers.

Back soon.

Chris X


14 July 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - week six

Hi everyone. I've joined in with week six of Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry at Online Card Classes which is all about layering stencils. I made a tag using the mixed media layering and layering with stamping for the two techniques required for the challenge this week.

Love how the ribbon came out using mustard seed distress stain to colour it, nice and bright and works with the little bit of yellow in the background.

I missed joining in with week five but may be I'll do that later.

Back soon,

Chris x


11 July 2016

StarTrish Design - Word Girl One

Hi everyone, hope you had a great weekend. I've got an artsy stamp project to share today which is one of a range of newly launched Word Girl stamps by the lovely Trish Latimer. I'm so pleased she's started her own stamp company as I've admired her mixed media girl paintings for a long time.


The stamp I chose is Word Girl One, the doodled sentiment in her dress is part of the stamp and it gives lots of options for colouring, another time I'll probably colour the words and have a plain coloured background.


I've coloured her with pencils and then cut her out and she's a perfect design for that too. I used a Tando media board as the substrate and used acrylic paints and a Tim Holtz stencil to create the background.

Back soon,

Chris x


8 July 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 36 - Anything Goes


Hi everyone Challenge 36 Anything Goes is now up on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and I hope you'll be able to join us. There's a lovely prize from Kim as always and great inspiration from my team mates.



I made an ATC using the Adorimals, High in the sky and Kawaii Face stamp sets, I love these little Kawaii animals the variations are endless and I always feel comp,Evelyn happy when I'm working with this set, can't ask for more than that!

I've coloured with pencils and cut my little Adorimals out and then created an embossed background coloured with distress stains and inks.

Back soon,

Chris X




27 June 2016

Summer of Creativity - Week 4


Hi everyone, I'm scraping in on week 4 of the Tim Holtz Summer of Creativity challenge at online card classes and this week the challenge is to use distress and archival inks.


This is a great technique (archival resist) and really does have the magic chemistry factor, it was good to try it out again.

Have a good week.

Chris x


26 June 2016

The Craft Barn - Under the sea Mixed Media Frame


Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend. It's mixing media club at the Craft Barn tomorrow and I've created an undersea themed mixed media frame as our project.



We'll be having lots of fun as always with different mediums, paints, beads, ribbons, die cuts and Tando chipboard pieces etc., to build up the textures and interest.


Everyone will have their own ideas of what they'd like to put in the aperture, it could be a photo, a print or a mirror.

The frame will also work as a seascape without the chipboard pieces and fish die cuts and I look forward to seeing how the lovely ladies who come along to mixing media club will make the project their own, it's the best part for me.

Enjoy your evening,

Chris X


24 June 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 36

Hi everyone, challenge 36 starts today on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have a lovely inspiration photo as the theme.

I went with the lovely colour combination from the inspiration photo above and first created a distress ink background which I stamped over using the Birthday Wishes and Butterfly Pieridae stamp sets and the peony single stamp

I always find the perfect birthday greeting combination in the Birthday Wishes stamp set and at the moment I can't use the Butterfly Pieridae set enough it also has that sweet little heart I've used in the background hich is just one of the gorgeous and useful little stamps that Kim always includes in her sets.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge this time and there's a lovely prize to win as always.

Chris X




20 June 2016

Tim Holtz Summer of Creativity week 3

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I've joined in on the third week h iTunes of revisiting Creative Chemistry 101, I think this is a great idea for inspiration has gone for a walk and practicing the techniques can help to get back into the flow. The challenge this time was to use distress stain or inks and mica powders, which I enjoyed and made a couple of tags with the techniques we looked at this time.

Thanks for stopping here today and I'll be back later in the week.

Chris x


16 June 2016

Paperbabe Stamps June Release - MDF Portrait Media Blanks

Hi everyone, it's a lovely week of introductions at Paperbabe Stamps blog and it's my day today with Kim's innovative new line of MDF Portrait Media Blanks, I'm showcasing 'Wavy Bunches'. These great kits are easily glued together with ordinary pva glue and each kit comes with comprehensive instructions and they work with Kim's mini face stamps.

As you can see from the kit picture above there are several layers of head and shoulders and hair with two tops in different styles with some insert pieces to give height, a piece that has a hanging hole if you want to put it on the wall and the stand if you want her free standing. Each of the styles you see above is a separate kit.

The MDF is great to colour on, I used a combination of paint and pencils. I coloured all of the face and neck with pencil and stamped the Female Face Mini stamp set and then I painted the top and hair. I used the Butterfly Pieridae stamp set stamped in black Archival ink embellished with white pen. I added dimension to the hair over the top of the paint with ordinary graphite pencil. I've added some pen work on her eyes too.

All the kits will be on sale tomorrow in Paperbabe Stamps shop and there's lots of inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog with links to my teamies who are joining in each day.

Thanks for visiting today.

Chris x


10 June 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #34 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge on Paperbabe Stamps Blog starting today and this fortnight the theme is 'Anything Goes'! Everyone's favourite theme so I hope you can join us, there's a prize too as always.

I've made a mixed media card Chris using the Mixed Media Stencils Knit and Polka Dots, Wonderland Check and Art Quote Logic and Creativity stamps with lots of layers of stencilling and stamping with paint and distress crayons over a base layer of a pretty napkin.

The napkin isn't that obvious by the time all the layers are finished but it definitely adds to the richness of the effect. I'm very fond of this Art Quote sentiment of Kim's and how it's designed with different fonts and sizes of text. I stamped it onto white card then when the Archival ink was dry covered it in a layer of matte multi medium to preserve it. I then went over the top with distress crayons and you can see the texture of the brush strokes in the multi medium which harmonizes with the texture of the background.

Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back next week with the Paperbabe Stamps July Release which is a fantastic new product to be added to Kim's line.

Chris x


8 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry week 2

Hi everyone. I've joined in with week two of Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry at Online Card Classes and made a tag using several of the techniques for the challenge this week. The theme was distress stain and stamps.

I made distress sprays with re-inkers as layer one on the background followed by distress stain around the edges with water spritzing. Stage two was stamping with Archival followed by stamping with white distress stain. For the focal stamped image I made a custom ink pad and stamped the image with that, I really like this technique as it gives such a different look to a stamp. I've outlined the main part of the image with black pen.

The main image is stamped onto Ranger speciality stamping card and I splashed some distress stain around the edges, the card creates a nice watercolour finish with the stain.

I'm back on Friday, see you then :-)

Chris x