5 October 2015

Brusho Fun - Craft Barn

Hi everyone, it's been a while, hope you're all well. I wanted to share a project that I made for the 'All things Christmas' club at the Craft Barn last week. Not a Christmas project but I create items that can be given as gifts as well. The lovely ladies that come along are great fans of Brusho paints just as I am and all their canvases were a delight to see when they were finished.

I used a canvas but worked on the back so that I had a recess to play with. The staples and folded over canvas corners were hidden with grunge paste and then painted over with PaperArtsy Snowflake white paint. The Brusho paints were then sprinkled over and spritzed with water to activate them. I wanted to keep some white areas showing so I didn't completely cover with the Brusho's. I used a combination of Alizirin Crimson, Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow and a tiny hint of Turquoise paints.

In the recess I've worked on some Stampbord one inch tiles with Alizirin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, and a touch of Orange Brusho's spritzed for a lovely autumnal watercolour effect. I stamped the tiles with a lovely Woodware nine leaf print stamp and then arranged the tiles into the canvas using gel medium to stck them down.

Later I scratched into the tiles with a scratching tool for some highlights but didn't photo that part unfortunately, I may update the post later.

I've added my project to the Simon Monday Challenge blog where they have a theme of ombré.

Back soon.

Chris x


12 August 2015

Paperbabe August Release Stamps


Hi everyone, hope you're all well. Sneak peeks on the Paperbabe Stamps blog were shown yesterday and today we're introducing 'Pixel Fun', a great set of stamps for male cards but also for gaming girls. Reminiscent of all the early computer games such as Pacman, Pong and space invaders these pixel block building stamps give many, many options for some fun cards!

I've created a bright age card using the pixel numbers included in the set and I've gone for a hotchpotch of the games and pattern. I popped up one of the Pacman images and added some glossy accents to this, the numbers and a few pixels in the grid. I used Memento Luxe inks for the stamping.

I also created a tag as I wanted to have a black background the same as many of these early games had. I stamped in white ink onto the black tag first of all and then went over the stamping with paint pens and bright coloured Sakura glaze pens, with some white pen pixels here and there. I've finished off with some white rik-rak ribbon and chit chat stickers.

The stamps will be ready for sale at the end of the week at Paperbabe Stamps Etsy Shop.

Chris xx


7 August 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 18 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week. The new challenge is up on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this time it's 'Anything Goes' and as always there's a gift worth up to £20 from Kim to be won, all are welcome to enter and combine challenges too.

For my tag I've used one of the brilliant new mixed media art quotes sentiments 'Art Risks' in red rubber which is the perfect size for large tags, journals and canvases. I stamped in brown Archival ink over a distress ink spritzed background and mounted this piece onto a similarly distress inked tag that I added some DecoArt crackle paint to through a Tim Holtz stencil.

The Artcuts birch ply butterflies are embossed with bright embossing powder from WOW with some glitter and micro beads added to the blue one. I've added micro beads, some pen dots and butterfly ribbon to finish off.

Have a great weekend.

Chris x



24 July 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 17

Hi everyone, hope you've had. Good week. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 17 starts today at the blog and this time there's an inspiration photo to work from.

From the photo I took the bright coloured circular paint pans as inspiration and created a background of stencil circles over a watercolour background stamped with spritzed gelato using the Wonderland Checks stamp. I die cut some flowers from the checked background piece with Clearly Besotted pretty petals plus flower dies to adorn the front panel of white card stamped in red luxe in with the You Quote, Dreams Take You stamp.

On Monday I'll be at The Craft Barn with the lovely Christmas Club ladies making cards and coasters and I'm looking forward to it as we always have a good laugh together as well as great creative time and quite often delicious cake.

Have a good weekend!

Chris x



16 July 2015

Paperbabe Stamps July Release - Day 2

Hi everyone, I'm back for the second day of the Paperbabe Stamps July release and today we're introducing two brilliant mixed media sentiment sets in red rubber. As well as being perfect for mixed media creations and journal pages I also thought the same as Kim; that they would make lovely statement cards for creative people or just to send for no particular reason. So for today I've made cards stamping the sentiments in versamark ink over Brusho watercolour backgrounds then embossing with white enamel.

The all about you set has seven large stamps and the card above uses two from this set, I thought these two worked well together.

The second set is art quotes and there are six stamps ideal for working into all sorts of mixed media projects and with the mixed media portrait templates and face stamps.

There are so many ways to create with sentiment stamps and for me they are often my most useful stamps.

Love this quote by Degas and also all the typefaces Kim has used to design the sets.

I'll be trying out the sentiments in many ways such as with gold leaf, different embossing powders, paint and various inks too.

There's more creativity on the Paperbabe Stamps blog with links to all the DT blogs for some wonderful inspiration. Kim will also be introducing the new mixed media hand templates tomorrow.

Back soon,

Chris x






15 July 2015

Paperbabe Stamps July Release

Hi everyone, today is the start of the Paperbabe Stamps July release and it really is a marvellous release with lots of new goodies! We're kicking off with some gorgeous red Rubber stamps. MayLeeDee in Wonderland previously available as a digi is now also in rubber and to go with her Kim has designed Dillon hatter in rubber as well as a digi.

I've stamped onto kraft card and coloured with pencils but then I've added extra interest with black, white red and wink of stellar pens.

There's a great large chequered background stamp which is perfect for the Alice in Wonderland scheme and also a pretty roses boarder stamp. I cut my roses stamp apart so I could stamp individually and I've used them in the backgrounds for pattern on both cards and also made an embellishment from one of the solid roses by stamping, cutting out with a slight white border, inking with a wink of stellar clear brush pen and then adding dimensional clear glue.

I've used the chequered background on both cards and I find that I have better stamping results by leaving the stamp face up on my table, inking then laying the card on top of it. I then either add a piece of printer paper and smooth over the design with my hands or use a brayer to transfer the image.

The release will be available to purchase on Saturday at Paperbabe Stamps. I'm back tomorrow with part two of the July Release.

Chris x



10 July 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 16 - Hair

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge in Paperbabe Stamps blog today with the theme of 'Hair' for this fortnight. As always there's a great prize up for grabs.

I created a journal page for the hair theme, enjoying creating the girl's hair in a pen, pencil, gold metallic marker and charcoal doodled style with the Mixed Media Templates - Mini Portrait Face, the Doll Face mini stamp set and the Folk Fabrique stamp set. I've painted the background and added the words from a song for the pattern and for the link to hair in the lyrics, I find this a very relaxing way to create a background.

I used the templates for the face, hair and neck and shoulders and extended the body down to create the body. The face was cut from book text and the hair from white card and after drawing around the hair over the top of the face I was able to match my pieces together to creat the entire girl which I then cut out. My original intention was to make a canvas but in the end I chose to put her into the journal where it's nice to see the Paperbabe stamps mixed media girls that I've made all together.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x





5 July 2015

Mixed media frame - Craft Barn class

Hi everyone, hope you've had a lovely weekend.
I'm sharing some photos of my recent Mixed Media frame class at the Craft Barn. We had a great day and as always it was a pleasure to see each interpretation of the project.
There's lots of layering and texturing techniques in the project.
Gorgeous metallic colour from Viva Maya Gold paints.

And an easy distressed finish with DecoArt Media cream.

All of this is on a large Tando multi-part frame which is perfect for displaying photographs or further mixed media in the aperture.

The class is running again in mid October with a few places left to be filled.

Back soon,

Chris x


26 June 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 15


Hi everyone, another fortnight has whizzed by and its time for challenge 15 at Paperbabe Stamps blog. For this challenge we have an inspiration picture which can be a great way to spark off ideas to get creative.

My starting point from the photograph is the girl and as I planned to use a 5 x 5 inch canvas the Mixed Media Templates Mini Portrait - Face Templates and Doll Face Mini Stamp Set were the perfect size. I also decided on the busy pattern from the photo to be part of my canvas and this element was added first as a base layer with book text, tape and gelli printed painted paper.

I drew around the hair and face templates first of all with a stabilo all pencil and brushed in with some water to blend. The next step was to block in the face and neck area then I stamped the face and continued with the painting. I used acrylic paints by Paperartsy and some glazing medium was added where I did shading. I added some pen work lines here and there through the hair and redefined the stamped lines where the give in the canvas had left me with a slightly uneven imprint due to the collaged papers and tape.

The eye and lip colour were added with Sakura glaze pens and to finish off I added the name of the little girl this canvas is going to in white pen.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge, it'll be great if you do so with Paperbabe Stamps but you can still enter if you don't and there's a great prize up for grabs too,

Kim's Mixed Media workshop is tomorrow for those lucky enough to get a place, she's a wonderful artist and teacher so I'm sure it'll be a great day.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chris x



12 June 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 14 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week and a bit if sunshine wherever you are. Challenge 14 at Paperbabe Stamps Blog starts today with an 'Anything Goes' theme. We hope you can join us and you don't have to use Paperbabe Stamps if you don't have them yet.

I've enjoyed making some little ATC sized Children's affirmation cards with the cute Adorimal digi stamps and the Kawaii face stamps. I really like them at this size and they might be useful for the teachers in my family when I get to make more of them.

I coloured them with alcohol markers and a clear W ink of Stella pen, cut them out and then attached them to the ATC which is embossed and then coloured with gelato watercolour sticks. They're finished with words from a Tim Holtz sticker quotes pad outlined with a stabile all pencil and doodled dots of black pen and yellow paint pen.

Back soon,

Chris x



22 May 2015

Paperbabe Stamps May Release - Day two introductions

Hi everyone, I'm back today with the second part of the Paperbabe Stamps may release and today we're introducing the DesignA Adorimal stamps with some t-shirt shape templates as well. This is a large A4 stamp set with every combination of animal you can think of so one of those sets that will go on forever as there are so many different combinations, Kim has great ideas for original stamps and I'm sure these ones will be very popular.

I've gone for a clean and simple style today with plain white cards, envelope and tag paired with MFT stitched edge rectangle and tag dies. My first cutie is paper pieced, I've stamped the ribbed background stamp in blue ink then the Adorimal body and head stamps over the top. I've cut out the shape in the centre of the head, then applied the cut out to a white card die cut before stamping the face with Kawaii face stamps into the white space. I finished off with a sentiment from the just because set

I love this cute Mr. fox and I've stamped him in brown and orange Luxe inks, inking first with the orange and sponging some brown around the edges of the shapes for definition. I created texture on the face by sponging a little light brown ink and then adding strokes of white pen over it. I The sentiment is from the Tree Hugs set.

I still have my toy panda bear from when I was a baby and my youngest Son still has his too so it was lovely to make a panda bear Adorimal for the card in one of the possible poses and for the envelope in another. It's a very small card so I made the envelope on a punch board. The sentiment is from the Just Because set.

Finally I used one of the t-shirt templates over stamped with the Ribbed background stamp then I stamped a wacky Adorimal over the top...this one I imagine to be singing along to whatever is coming through the earphones I created for her [may be you had to be there when I was stamping :-D.]

On the card base I stamped with the heart strip from Happy Thoughts and Gelatos and the sentiment is from Just Because.

Thanks for staying with me to the end of this post, I appreciate it! The May release will be available to purchase from the Paperbabe Stamps shop tomorrow and today there's more inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and links to the gorgeous creations of my team mates.

Chris x








21 May 2015

Paperbabe Stamps May Release

Hi everyone, It's the first day of reveals for the May release and today it's Kim's fantastic kawaii emoticon inspired Adorimal digital images.

I've taken one of the bunny images, coloured her pink, gave her a face using the small animal features stamp set and an acrylic painted background behind her.

I also made a card and tag set with another of the gorgeous bunny digi's and one of the bear heads then gave them their faces with the features stamp set, I used sentiment stamps from the Happy Thoughts set to finish off. They're all so cute it was hard to decide which ones to use first. There are so many different options and combinations with the digi's and the stamps which is great value and many ways to use them I'm sure, I think they'd be great for stickers printed out on to label sheets.

There's inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and gorgeous designs from my DT friends as well.

I'll be back tomorrow with the new stamps reveal.

Chris x