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




8 May 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge midway post

Hi everyone, I'm back today with a midway challenge inspiration post for Paperbabe Stamps and a Journal page I created using the 'profile face' stamp set, the 'profile templates' and the 'a lot like Christmas' stamp. There's still time to enter the challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and you can enter even if you don't have Paperbabe stamps.

I first drew around the cut out templates in pencil and they're very easy to line up due to the markers Kim has added to the outlines. I mapped out my base coat with distress markers, just a light colouring for placement and then I rubbed out the pencil.

I followed up the markers with pencils and a bit of white pen. In the background I've coloured with gelato watercolour sticks and stamped with stars from the profile face set and the text stamp inLuxe inks. I also added some hand written text in black and white ink.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge and have a lovely weekend.

Chris x




25 April 2015

Paperbabe Stamps April Release Day 3

Hi everyone and today is the final day of introductions for Paperbabe Stamps with the new Mayleedee in Wonderland, she's in the style of Alice in Wonderland and gorgeous to colour!

My colouring is with pencils and around her I've made a background with gelato watercolour sticks over stamped with the A lot Like Christmas text stamp and the diagonal strip stamp from the Fabulous Everything set. I've added some quotes from the book around the card to finish off. Everything is in the shop now ready for purchase and there'll be inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.

Have a lovely weekend,

Chris x


24 April 2015

Paperbabe Stamps April Release day two

Hi everyone, I'm back today for the second Paperbabe Stamps April Release introduction which is the face building profile set. I've created a journal layout with the profile stamp set in a mixed media style with lots of doodlied patterns and text using black and white pens and a background of Brusho paints.
I blocked out a shape around the face profile with black soot distress paint and after an under painting of a skin tone watercolour in the face and neck area I built the face with stamps from the set, there are lots of options for changing the look of the face with the different stamps for the features. I finished the colouring of the face with pencils and gave her a crown with Ranger tarnished brass acrylic paint.
I'm back tomorrow with new Mayleedee digi introduction and there's some inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.
Chris x





23 April 2015

Paperbabe Stamps April Release

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. Today is preview day 1 for Paperbabe Stamps April release and we're working with the new Doll Face mini set which is a great addition to the collection, it's the perfect size for cards. Kim has also designed some great new mixed media templates that can be cut out then drawn around to create head and shoulders and hair styles to go with the doll face stamps faces, they can also be used as a drawing aide which takes all the pain out of creating mixed media portraits.

I wasn't able to work with the templates for my card today unfortunately but I know they're going to be used very soon as all the styles are gorgeous.

My mixed media style card uses the doll face mini stamps over a background of gelato watercolour with some stencilling of hearts, letters and numbers. I further coloured with pencils and added detailing with black and white pens. I stamped a sentiment from the Just Because stamp set and mounted the face panel onto a white card blank with dimensional foam to finish.

There's lots of inspiration from my DT friends at the Paperbabe Stamps blog and I'm back tomorrow with my next sample.

Chris x



10 April 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 10 - Masks/Masking


Hi everyone, today is the start of Challenge 10 at Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time the challenge is masks and/or masking so I hope you can join us and you can join in even if you don't have Paperbabe Stamps.

I've used one of my favourite Paperbe sets which is the Doll Face Stamp Set and stamped and pencil coloured the cover of a kraft notebook, I've also sprayed it with matte sealer to protect it when it's in my bag.

The mask I used is 'doilie' by Giovanna for Tando, it's such a pretty pattern and it seemed to be the perfect one to give the impression of a lacy hat. I coloured inside the masked lines with gelatos using my fingers and then went over the masked out lines after the mask was removed with white pen to give the impression of lace (hopefully)!

All of the other colouring of the face and hair is with pencils adding some final details with the white pen over the top of the hair to finish off.

Have a good weekend.

Chris x




1 April 2015

Easter Bunting

Hi everyone, I'm joining in with a couple of challenges I've found this week and sharing an Easter project I've created on Artcuts Easter egg bunting.

I added gesso to the wood eggs and then applied Brusho paints for my background. I've stamped with a Tim Holtz mini blueprints Easter stamp set on the larger eggs using IndigoBlu flitter glue and on all the eggs with a speckle stamp from the Tim Holtz set 'Bitty Grunge' also in flitter glue. I added gold IndigoBlu mega flake over the glue then burnished and removed the excess to leave the lovely gilded stamping. I also added some brown ink over all the eggs with the same speckle stamp as before.

I've used up some of my stash of various prima and other flowers with some gems here and there.

I've made the egg shapes into bunting by threading some seam binding ribbon through the holes in the tops of the eggs and this was coloured with Tumbled Glass distress stain.

So far I've maned to not eat my chocolate Easter egg, if you celebrate Easter how have you managed :-)?

I'm entering my binging into the challenges at That Craft Place - Easter/Spring, Pile it on - Easter/Spring, Crafty Boots - Easter, Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes.

Have a lovely Easter.

Chris x


13 March 2015

Paperbabe Stamps - Challenge 9

Hi everyone. Today is the start of challenge nine at Paperbabe Stamps and this time we have a colour theme to follow. Hope you can join us.

I've made a card using the Folk Fabrique and Happy Thoughts stamp sets over stamping with various stamps from Folk Fabrique to build up a layered background paper.

I coloured the Artcuts wood embellishments to match the colour scheme using the same Memnto Luxe inks that I used for the background.

The sentiment was stamped in brown ink and outlined with white pen and I added a dotty border, ink spatter, twine and a die cut trellis.
Back soon,
Chris x








9 March 2015

Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone, I wanted to share a mixed media canvas today that I've made for a class at The Craft Barn coming up in May and all the classes for May should be up on the website in the next day or two.

I had fun in a bit of a Finnabair style but with a lot of colour, die cut flowers, chipboard pieces, buttons and pearls etc., with products from the gorgeous DecoArt Media Line of pastes, paints and antiquing creams together with highlighting wax and gilding flake.

I had a limited palette of three colours of the media acrylics and enjoyed the results of the colours mixing together.


I'm back later in the week with my make for the next Paperbabe challenge.

Enjoy your day.

Chris x