Friday, May 19

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #48 ~ Picture Inspiration!

We have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today...
Yay! It's an inspiration picture so....
here's mine...
I nearly didn't get this done, it's been quite a week, I had a smashing show with Hochanda on Monday with a few sell outs, thank you wonderful viewers. I'm still working through some orders that I need to make additional stock for, so nearly there.
Right, my mixed media piece... I was inspired by both the colour palette and the lovely daisies.
I have used acrylic paints to paint the ornate frame, I simply mixed the colours directly onto the substrate, for a textured look. The hair I had already started painting for a tv demo and it seemed a shame not to use it, so I finished her really.
I had a few issues with her face this time because I had painted it in acrylics first and then rubbed out some of the pencil reference marks which made the paint surface too slick to take coloured pencils. So I then had to add a layer of pastel ground to reapply my colours. I also went for purple eye's, not sure they work well with the rest of the colour palette?
Ok, so it's taken me six months to unpack my die cutting machine, and a perfect opportunity to enjoy some very old dies I've been collecting(hoarding) all these years, they're probably vintage now lol! I've cut this large daisy from grey board and painted with gesso, and a hint of acrylics, the centre is glitter paper, that I have added extra glitter with stickles, yum.
I added the polka dots to her top with some embossing paste through my polka dot stencil, and hung her outside just to show that the sun was shining...
I think she would need quite a few layers of varnish to be an outdoorsy girl lol!

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Thanks for stopping by
Enjoy a wonderfully Creative Weekend
HuGs Kim x

Friday, May 5

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #47 ~ Anything Goes...

We have restarted the challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today...
Yay! It's anything goes so....

I created this mixed media piece,
 using profile templates long & fringe and Head & Torso along with the mini profile face stamp set. A butterfly sits atop a peony... 
I love the shimmer in this watercolour paint, I even managed to make a video which I will upload tomorrow to show how I created this and how those butterflies were added to her hair.

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Thanks for stopping by
HuGs Kim x

Friday, March 31

Blog Hop Featuring Chris Dark's New Garden Fairies Collection...

We are very excited to announce a guest artist in the Paperbabe Stamps family and to celebrate we are having a little blog hop...

The very talented Chris Dark has designed a collection of beautiful Garden Fairies Stamps, the Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy, they are a larger set and each includes a beautiful sentiment.

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole garden fairies collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner 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, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 5th April to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

Here's a sample from me...
For this card I used the beautiful Butterfly Catcher,
She a lovely elegant fairy and sits very nicely on a 5 1/2" square.
I dived into my copics for this one, and thought her dress would look lovely in yellow like the flowers in spring time.
I've added sparkle to her wings, and little detail dots on her dress in white pen. 
I've added colour to the edges of her hoping it would look like she was magical and had a ethereal glow, not sure how well this worked.
The background is all copics too, I've used rubbing alcohol with a brush to get the bokeh effect, love how this came out, it's like she's flying.
And because we love to know what colours I've used here they are.

Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers to inspire you with ideas on how to use these beautiful new garden fairies! Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration! 
Carole C

Have fun on the HOP!
Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim x

Friday, March 3

Peony & Bud Paperbabe Stamps

We're introducing a new stamp set on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and here's a couple of my samples to inspire you...

This is an A5 mixed media portrait using the Peonies in the foreground, 
I was aiming for a soft colour palette but when it came to stamping the butterflies I think the whole look completely changed course, typical art flow.
I have added a hint of gold ink to the flower centres.
The whole piece has been coloured using watercolours, lots of layers. I opted for the Long loose wave hairstyle, the head & torso and female face stamps all in mini.

This next card was a very quick card to assemble, I've used distress inks through my polka dot stencil 
and stamped and heat embossed the peony in black embossing powder, for a fun and bright card.

Pop by the other talented designers to see their gorgeous peony projects.

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I will update the blog again soon, with news on my next shows, challenges and new stamps.

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day
HuGs Kim x

Friday, November 11

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #46 ~ Sketch

We have a fun Sketch challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today...
I completely forgot to add my embellishment to my portrait card art. I'm just so busy right now, moving house is full on, and trying to jump from places to get things in place too, like a new floor on my studio eek very excited to have a studio.
I've used the Blunt Bangs Long mixed media templates along with the head and torso
So, I've used the female face mini and the sentiment from Sparkle Bright. All coloured with copics and sparkles with posca paint pen.

Thanks for stopping by
HuGs Kim x

Tuesday, November 1

Paperbabe Stamps is in Issue 2 of Mixed Up Magazine this Month...

You'll be pleased to know the November issue of Mixed Up magazine is now available and it's awesome, I love all the features there's slide shows, step by step and video tutorials.
Check out the amazing cover stars Birgit Koopsen (main pic), Mark Gould and Julie Ann Lee.

Plus there's a fantastic FREEBIE...
 this deliciously quirky digi image from the wonderful Rick St.dennis!

It's so wonderful to discover new talented artists that I just had to share sneak peeks of their projects too.. wow

Four fantastic ways with DecoArt Liquid Glass (project by Candy Colwell)

Upcycling with Asia King

Get started in stamp carving with Jane Royston

Amazing art journaling with Mimi Bondi

Christmas crafting with Kim Costello that's me :)

Yupo Part 2 with Helen Chilton

and so much more..

I am so excited for this publication Katy
Full details are on the magazine Blog
And website Mixed Up

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend
HuGs Kim x

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