16 September 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 42 - wings


We have a new challenge up on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this time the theme is 'wings' so there are lots of lovely possibilities for this one. I hope you can join us, there's a great prize from Kim and you don't have to use Paperbabe Stamps to enter.

I've made a new home card for a friend using the 5mm Mixed Media Polka Dot Stencil and the Whimsical Woodlands sets 3 (bunny) and 4 (butterfly). I like creating backgrounds using the small element stamps thatKim always designs in her sets and I also find them very useful, this time I used a tiny heart which I stamped in various ink colours in between the stencilled dots. I've also embellished the dots with pen on the background and on the roof of the little house.


The main part of the house has the wings element with the stamped butterflies. I went over the stamping with a wink of stellar glitter pen for some sparkle. My card base is made from two postage stamp edge square die cuts measuring around 4 inches and I've simply scored the back piece near the top to make a hinge and added adhesive tape above the score line to hold them together.

Bye for now,

Chris x


2 September 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 41

Hi everyone, it's the start of the new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have a sketch challenge to follow.

As always there's a great prize to be won and anyone can join in when if you don't have Paperbabe Stamps.

I needed a belated Birthday card this week (whoops) and Kim's great 'Birthday Wishes' stamp set has all the birthday greetings covered together with candles and gorgeous confetti style stamps too, it really is a versatile set. This time I've used the stamps with Brilliance pink and yellow inks and stamped the sentiment in Black Archival brushed over with a Wink of Stellar pen. I added stickles glitter glue to the bubbles in the background and added some PaperArtsy Infusions to the main panel and to the card base as well.

I've finished off by mounting the panel on dimension tape and adding some glitter paper punched stars.

Have a good weekend.

Chris x


25 August 2016

Paperbabe Stamps August Release

Hi everyone, it's August release day at Paperbabe Stamps and the gorgeous Peaceful Flurries stamp set and Peaceful Flurries Co-ordinates substrates will be available HERE once they go live.

I love that Kim has designed different shapes and sizes of snowflakes which makes them great for backgrounds as well as focal images.


I've stamped in a variety of inks with a Distress ink base layer and with paint on the substrate snowflakes which are a great little embellishment. I'm looking forward to trying out more techniques with these and Kim has some gorgeous inspiration over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.

Back soon,




19 August 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #40 - Inspiration Photo

Hi everyone, it's the start of a new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps today and this fortnight we have a photograph as inspiration to work from. As always a great prize is on offer for the winner and we hope you'll join us even if you don't have Paperbabe Stamps.

I used one of my all time favourite Paperbabe stamps, MayLeeDee Kimono, it's a while since I coloured her and I've enjoyed making a little woodland scene around her by masking her with sweet stamps from the newly released Whimsical Woodland stamps Whimsical Woodlands stamp set 3 (Bunny) and Whimsical Woodlands Stamp Set 4 (Butterfly). I also coloured a little fibreboard mushroom from the Whimsical Woodland Fibreboard Substrate kit as an embellishment.





5 August 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 38 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, it's the start of a new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps today and with everyone's favourite theme of 'anything goes'. As always a great prize is on offer for the winner and we hope you'll join us even if you don't have Paperbabe Stamps.

I used the gorgeous newly released Whimsical Woodland stamps Whimsical Woodlands Stamp Set 1 (Fox) Whimsical Woodlands stamp set 3 (Bunny) Whimsical Woodlands Stamp Set 4 (Butterfly) and Completely Conkers stamp sets to create a tag with layered distress inking and stamping to make a little woodland scene with the sweet mouse and the gorgeous sentiment.

I used distress ink for the background and distress markers for most of the leafy floral stamping, I like the slightly muted watercolour effect you get using this technique. A couple of colours of marker onto the stamp and a light misting with water gives a very pretty effect layer upon layer. The sentiment and the little mouse were stamped in grey luxe ink and I added a bit of contrast with pencils.

Back soon,

Chris x



29 July 2016

Paperbabe Stamps 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

It's Paperbabe Stamps third Anniversary month and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paperbabe Stamps JULY 2016 release with you!

FOUR new mini stamp sets and Three new substrate kits will be available to purchase on July 30th. You will find our new products HERE once they go live.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!

Two prizes -

The Paperbabe Stamps entire July's release and

a £25. gift to choose what you like in the Paperbabe Stamps online store

Here are the details:

  • Two winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 31st July to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Monday, 1st August to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

Kim has asked some great designers to join in our birthday hop...











Paperbabe Stamps

I hope you enjoy our fun hop!

I made a tag with a woodland scene for my first project. These adorable little animals and all the accessory stamps in the set give a huge amount of variations for scenes, I love the sentiments too. I stamped with pigment inks and added some shading with markers, then created a watercolour background around the stamping.

My next project uses two of the new substrate sets, the frame with it's pretty and intricate frame and oval centre piece. The ornate frame and oval layer have been painted and stamped with pigment ink. I also added one of the new cut out words which I coloured with ink and wink of stellar pen.

What a gorgeous illustration of a fox Kim has drawn, I love him and he's a two step stamp that lines up so that you can use different inks for the body and the ears, face and legs. I stamped in a couple of colours of ink, kissing the edges of the fox body with a slightly darker ink and then adding shading with pencils.

Next I have a little paper mache frame painted and stamped as previously and this time I stamped the cute hedgehog onto the hedgehog cut out, again I've shaded with pencils and a white pen over the stamping. I also used the gorgeous 'look cute' sentiment and a heart stamp from the set for the middle of the heart.

If you made it all the way down to here....I like you very much :-D!

Chris X


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