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


2 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016

Hi everyone, I'm joining in with Creative Chemistry 103 and the summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz, it's good to look back on the previous workshops and what I did for them with the different techniques.

This week it's distress ink and a challenge to use at least four distress inks with any of the distress ink techniques from the first two days. I've gone with wrinkle free distress which has always been a favourite although you can't see much if it after all the layers of stamping and remnant rubs on top.

I used more than four distress inks required in the newer colours and I stamped with them too using Tim Holtz Number Block stamps.

When I did the original Creative Chemistry 101 I kept very much to the basic techniques as shown in this post. This time I've used the technique as a base only and carried on to create a finished tag.

Back soon with some other bits and pieces as the workshop moves on hopefully,

Chris X


31 May 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - May

.....except I'm starting on tag 5 :-). Hi everyone hope you had a good weekend, it was a long holiday weekend here with suitably varied weather but not too bad overall. I haven't done a Tim Holtz tag challenge for ages, sometimes it's nice to go through some techniques and a tag doesn't take too long so I had a look at the May tag which I'm just scraping in on and all the techniques are explained there by Tim.

I was inspired by the tissue tape or tissue wrap in my case resist technique and the tissue I used is the postal design which has lots of designs within it to isolate, I used some numbers and a pointing finger tag some of which has been buried under subsequent layers but it's a lovely effect with the ink resist on top. I paired up the numbers with Tim Holtz number block stamps and used the exclamation for the focal image.

I continued the blocks theme with the Tim Holtz blocks layering stencil and texture paste tinted with distress inks and crayons. I've also used splatters of distress spray inks in tarnished silver and picket fence, dyed some seam binding with distress stain, added some distress embossing powder and doodled with black and white pens to finish off.

Back soon,

Chris x


27 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge - Sketch

Hi everyone, we're starting a new challenge on The Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this fortnight we have a sketch to work to.

As always there's a lovely prize from Kim so I hope you can join us.

I made a card making up all the elements from the sketch using Butterfly Pieridae stamps together with the mixed media stencils - Polka Dots. I worked some distress crayon in various colours into the large Polka stencil for the torn card piece which I embellished with black pen doodling little spirals.

I removed ink from the purple card piece with a baby wipe through the smallest dot stencil and highlighted with white pen. The large polka dot butterfly is stamped with Luxe ink and again after cutting out is embellished with black pen.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris X


19 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps May Release

Hi everyone, for Paperbabe Stamps May release we're introducing the gorgeous Butterfly Pieridae stamp set. I've been eagerly awaiting butterflies from Kim :-D, they're one of my favourite types of stamp and this set is really beautiful with a great mix of styles of butterfly and ways to build them.

As you can see from stamp sheet above, there are layering options with the stamps with solid shapes and overlay stamps and it's always great to have the stamps in a variety of sizes which is useful for background stamping which is how I've used them to create my background pattern.

There are even stamps to create a butterfly in flight which is very easy to do by stamping the slim wing and half of a butterfly over the top, it's very effective and gives lots of options to create scenic panels.

I did my stamping in various Memento Luxe and Versamagic inks over a distress ink background and I embellished the stamps further with white pen. I also added little hearts, solid and outline which are included in the set and the sentiment I stamped over distress ink. The butterflies are a nice easy shape to cut out too which I've done with my pink and black layered butterfly.

I also used the set on an Artcuts wood heart, the background is layered pencil which has then had a coat of pastel ground and then stamping in distress ink. The large butterfly is also coloured with pencils and a bit of distress ink. I like how the distress ink reacted over the pastel ground giving an aged and muted effect, it reminds me of fabric.

Well that's it from me today, there's wonderful inspiration from Kim on Paperbabe Stamps blog and the stamps will be on sale at Paperbabe stamps tomorrow.

Chris X


13 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 33 - Inspiration Photo

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge starting today on Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have a photo as inspiration. As always there's a lovely prize to be won from Kim, I hope you can join us.

I decorated an Artcuts birch wood tag decorated using the stamps Art Quote 'Light from within', Pop Dots, Pixel Fun, and Rose Border.

The background of the tag is painted black and then stamped in white paint using various stamps from the above sets to create a pattern inspired by the photo. The Art Quote sentiment which is a favourite is stamped in black and the roses in black ink which I've cut out and layered up on dimension foam.

Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back with the Paperbabe Stamps May Release next week.

Chris X

9 May 2016

The Craft Barn - Hot Melt Glue

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I've a project to share today which was featured on the Craft Barn blog on Saturday, so I'm a bit late in sharing the link unfortunately. It's been all about hot melt glue over last week on the blog and I've got a photo step by step there on how I created the dimensional centre of this PaperArtsy flower with glue. There are gorgeous projects from the DT as well.

Back soon,

Chris x


29 April 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 32 - Birthdays

Hi everyone hope you've had a good week and judging by weather here in the UK at the moment we're all set for typical Bank Holiday weekend weather, hopefully we've finished with the snow at least for this week!

At Paperbabe Stamps blog we're starting a new challenge with Birthdays being the theme, I hope you can join us and as always there's a lovely prize on offer from Kim.

I've made a mixed media style birthday card using the new male face mini stamp set and the mixed media templates men - mini portrait. I was playing around with a PaperArtsy Infusions background initially and tried out the templates and stamps over the top. I added shading with watercolour pen and charcoal over the background then doodled the border in black and white Sakura pens. To finish off I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons and white stamped stars from the stamp set.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x