Friday, April 3

Paperbabe stamps Challenges #116 ~ Theme ~ Birthdays

Good morning I'm here to share my project for our current challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...
I was my daughters birthday yesterday, our first family birthday in 'lockdown'  but we had plenty of fun. My cake baking has taken a bit of a downtime too I'm completely out of practice, I think I ended up making a backup cake that really wasn't any better than the first, hahaha, I'm missing those favourite baking ingredients I can usually pick up...
Also the colour dried completely different overnight, what's with this paper? whatever emulsion they coat on this stuff makes it a bit hit and miss. I used distress oxides, I guess if I wanted to get this again it wouldn't work, lol. I did mask the yellow stripes to match the knit pattern up not that it's very noticeable in the finish.
Was it the colours or the cute round glasses that really give the card theme away? Maoleidigh is a huge Harry Potter fan, I might have come across the most amazing Harry Potter trunk with all the fabulous goodies inside... awesome gift she still hasn't taken the HP top off hahaha, all ready for her first day at Hogwarts.
So I treated myself to this Karen Burniston's awesome die, love it, so clever, I have lots of ideas with this die, I can't wait to get some creative time in soon.

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Thanks for stopping by,
Stay safe and enjoy some creative quarantine time,
HuGs Kim x

Friday, March 20

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #115 ~ Picture Inspiration

Good morning, 
What a crazy and scary start to spring, it's the unexpected last day for the kiddies to be at school, Dillon will be part of history where their gcse exams were cancelled, where every child had to actually get home education. I do hope you are all well and safe. We are amongst the healthy, I still plan on working when the time allows, and the post office is still running and my sister will still be working at the local supermarket. Plus it's mother's day this weekend too ♥.

But I'm here to share my project for our current challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...
It's not a great card, I feel she is a little lost looking, maybe I'm channelling that one, but I just wanted to play with the soft colours and felt watercolour would fit the effect.
I stamped a flourish from the flourishing hair for her hair, used the mask to stamp the profile face dinky in the same ink onto watercolour card, the rough textured kind.
I stamped a single hand along the curl so she could catch the stars. Using the colours from the picture as inspiration... I used wet in wet technique of dropping in colours, and used the same palette to colour her face and hand.
 To create my polka dot background, I used distress oxides onto kraft card, then finished off with a simply stamped sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by,
Stay safe and enjoy some creative quarantine time,
HuGs Kim x

Friday, March 6

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #114 ~ Anything Goes

Good morning,
Popping by to share my project for our current anything goes challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...
I challenged myself to a restricted palette and created this layered paper piece.
Not gonna lie it took some time, I would stamp and colour in watching tv with kiddies, then fussy cut everything too. I've used the flourishing hair as flourishing tendrils, stamped in victorian velvet oxide and fussy cut leaving a border.
I have stamped the dinky female faces portrait and 3/4 view, in pumice stone oxides and coloured using pink and red colouring pencils, with a little purple for shadows. As you can see I've only used the fringes from the wavy bunches and the rag tails mixed media templates to frame their faces.
I very lightly drew a heart shape in pencil and stamped a whole lot of blossoms using the same method as their faces, I only fussy cut a few individual flowers and kept bigger clusters to make the layering a little easier.
I added as many of the dinky hands as I could.
The flourish and grow stamp set can be found amongst the background and all stuck onto an ornate frame substrate.

I am pleased to be able to join these lovely challenges...
simon says stamp ~ Feminine
more mixed media ~ Anything Goes
Creative artiste mixed media ~ Anything Mixed Media Goes
a bit more time to craft ~ Anything Goes
Through the craft room door ~ Anything Goes
Colour crazy challenge ~ Coloured pencils
We love 2 create ~ Anything Goes
Country view challenges ~ Eyes

Thanks for visiting, enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim ♥

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Friday, February 28

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 113 ~ Sketch (mid challenge inspiration)

Hello everyone!!!
Hope you're having a lovely week, I have been very sluggish after my very hectic year so far, the Hochanda shows and my brother's funeral really took it out of me, but I actually managed to get some ink on paper, or should I say I actually managed to finish something creative, as I have quite a few projects on the go and none of them even close...

So, there is still plenty of time to take part in our current Challenge, and I'm sharing a little project which could possibly suit a couple, loved one or an anniversary, etc...

I think I have followed the essence of the sketch pretty closely, if you turned it 90° anticlockwise, and then mirrored it, obviously, which I only realised after I stamped the first line of decorative detail using the designa tweed stamps, I love how the elements are separate. I also stamped the words above and below, I think it gives the vibe of a playing card? Like a King & Queen, now I should have added some crowds.
I started this with a little play on the gelli plate using evergreen bough distress oxides as a base colour and flicking on some watered down brushos. Some yellow, violet, gamboge and ost red, phew...
I stamped the no.1 flourish, their faces, the hearts and details in versafine clair twilight, as well as blending the same ink around the flourish mask to help frame her face and using the male face mask to add a little depth.
I used the brusho's as watercolours to add some details to their faces, but I think I'm in danger of making them look a bit close to demonic or maybe a bit vamp... this is what happens when you binge the second series of Sabrina hahaha.

Well, I pretty much used most of the latest release for this, apart from the hands which now I'm thinking would make a great addition to have her hand stamped on his chest...

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Do pop by and send some love to the talented team and revisit their projects..

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I would also like to enter my card to these wonderful challenges...
Crafty gals corner ~ Add a heart
Simon says stamp ~ Anything Goes
Cardz 4 guyz ~ I've used ink and paint
Hand stamped sentiments ~ Color challenge
Ttcrd ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative day ♥

Wednesday, January 15

Introducing ~ Paperbabe Stamps Dinky Hands Stamps and Mixed Media Templates

Today over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog we are introducing new Stamps and Mixed Media Templates.

Dinky Hands
These are just a perfect companion to the dinky faces range, there are plenty of angles and hand poses to really add that extra touch to your portraits. They are a great addition to the portraits but equally useful in their own right too, they could be added to a sentiment or have a whole card front filled with hands.
and this mixed media templates helps so much, I couldn't imagine having to fussy cut masks, or cutting out stamped hands out of precious paper to have to stick in place. I keep my mylar hands securely on the acetate reference sheet of the hands stamp set and I haven't lost one yet lol!

Samples... that's what you're looking for?
I've been trying this new bristol board card, and I think the colours become so much less vibrant than other brands, her skin is a lot paler than I had expected with all the layers I had put on... you'll be able to see in the video... 

This was a fun little watercolour 
 I used just one hand stamp to complete this piece, I had a go with those ecoline watercolour brush pens, they bled quite a bit with the small details, I probably need more play time with them.
 I decided to outline in black ink and add a generous sprinkling of glitter.

 I have wanted to create a panoramic portrait for ages this came together quite well, I did practice the poses on scrap paper before committing to the watercolour paper.
I used the same ecoline watercolour brush pens, and added strings of glitter over their hair, I left the outlines as they are to keep the images soft and delicate.

Here are a couple of my very useful cheat sheets!!!
sometimes you can stamp the face first and mask to stamp the hand under or behind the chin, offer the acetate reference sheet up to the face to get an idea of hand placement.

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
Enjoy a wonderfully creative day ♥ and
hope to see you tomorrow for more introductions...
HuGs Kim x

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