Friday, July 24

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #17

Ok so we have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog, and it's a picture inspiration. 

I think I took it quite literally and decided to use every colour in the picture, I really felt this was a disaster piece, it was not quite what I was going for but then that's art hey? I worked with what I had and ta da!!!
Crazy colour lady, Maoleidigh would agree on the crazy crazy!
I thought I would paint her with brushos but they're just so unpredictable... dust from other sprinkling kept contaminating the face and I just had to go with it. I left it overnight to dry and to see if it was a complete disaster, then went in with stamping the pupils and lips.
To add definition to the crazy colours I used coloured pencils to add shading and highlights.

I used the mini version throughout: the hair is the Central parting with head and torso templates, the doll face stamp and the poseable hand template. The Rose border stamp was used to create the motif on her top and finished off with an appropriate art quote ~ Logic & Creativity!

I thought I would add this to some other challenges...
Kim Dellow ~ Show your face
Brown sugar challenge ~ Anything goes
Paradise of stamps ~ Anything goes


I wanted to let you know that I will be away for some fun family time with my children and I will not be sending orders out from the 27th of July and during that week. I won't have internet access either, so bear with me if you're expecting an email.

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day, I'm sure it's the beginning of many summer holidays and our's has started with a rainy day.

BiG HuGs Kim x

Sunday, July 19

Paperbabe Stamps is Two

Paperbabe Stamps is Two

and we're offering a lovely blog candy...


Click on the picture for all the details!
HuGs Kim x

Thursday, July 16

Paperbabe Stamps Art & You Quotes

It's our second day of introductions on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog
Today's collection of stamps is broken into two ranges...

You Quotes & Art Quotes

Now onto a few samples, I had so many ideas with these but not enough time to use everyone...
I started by stamping the cover of this little Moleskine notebook, I stamped in black outline and coloured using copic marker. The roses are stamped and masked, they're from the rose border stamp released on Sat.
For this one I drew my lady using the mini Central parting template, and the mini head & torso template with the coordinating mini Doll face stamp set. I've used watercolours every so loosely to add colour and definition to her face and hair. I've used the To Draw sentiment, I opted for the closed eyes in the stamp set and the roses in her hair are from from the rose border stamp released on Sat
You've probably seen this previously stamped piece before, the tutorial can be found here. I wanted to add a little something in the top corner, I've added white acrylic paint dabbing with my finger, directly to the Art stamp, it's a bit messy but I suppose it adds to the arty look!

I would love you to pop by the rest of the team blogs and check out their gorgeous projects...


Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in our introductions today, I hope you're just as excited about this release as us! 
We have one more introduction tomorrow so see you then!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!!!

HuGs Kim & the Team x

Friday, July 10

Paperbabe Stamps Mixed Media Portrait

I wanted to enter this mixed media piece into a few other challenges...
I chose to use the Mini Portrait Templates: Head & Torso with flick & Fringe Hairstyle, you will have to stop by my other blog post to see the step by steps used to create the hair. I've used the coordinating Doll Face stamp set to bring the whole mixed media piece together.

I'm entering her into...

Paperbabe Stamps #16 ~ Hair
Kim Dellow  ~ Show your face
Use Your Stuff ~ Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations ~ Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create #14 ~ Anything Creative / Mixed Media/ Inky Goes 
That Craft Place  ~ Anything Goes (mixed media)
Not Just Cards ~ Always Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish #271 ~ Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle #144 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #131 ~ Anything Goes
Anything But A Card #49 ~ no cards Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - 2M, ~ Anything But a Card

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

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #16 ~ Hair step by step Tutorial


Ok so we have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog all about hair,
yes, messy hair, funny hair, big hair so I went for inky hair... tee hee
I've created a little step by step tutorial for all those asking... 
I do plan on more classes and videos, coming soon!
I thought I would have a go at using my brusho watercolour powders with perfect pearls spray with the cling film technique mastered by Helen in the Craft Stamper this month. I know I even had a chance to read this months mag too lol!
I so love this close up, how yum are those random colours and hints of sparkly pearlescence.
So to begin I placed my hair templates over my background piece to decide which area I would use. 
tip: I use a little bit of pretty washi tape to keep the templates parts together, they can of course be mixed with each other but I find this so easy.
I've added the head and torso templates to arrange the sort of portrait I'm going for...
I used a pencil and started with template number 1, I've placed it at a slight angle and drew around, I've added little reference marks for the central line.
Next I drew the fringe, I have tape already on this piece for storage so it helps with this step too. Used same pencil.
Then I just needed to draw the face and the neck and shoulders.
Using some gesso watered down, not too runny but just enough to give a smokey finish. This next step will help to unify the background colour and give you a lovely surface to paint the face. 
I used some matte acrylic paints to paint the skin tones. I've added shadows under the hairline and jawline, keeping the left side lighter as if the light is falling from the left.
Notice that I haven't painted the skin all the way down the torso just because I'm planing cutting a little paper top for this area.
I went in with a few tones of acrylic paint for my background, I didn't want it too dark but I did want it to frame the hair and make it pop.
I think it went dark... I literally added paint to my brush and mixed the colours on my paper.
I cut some of the surplus brusho background paper for my top and die cut a little scallop for her frilly trim.
Next is stamping the face, It's so easy to line up the individual images on the template first and stamp the two eyes together. Look... I'm reusing the fringe template but as a mask for stamping the eyes. I painted the whites of the eye next. I repositioned the face template to add reference marks for the nose and mouth.
I keep these post it masks on the index sheet of my stamp set to reuse again and again, who has time to cut those tiny things out every time? but they look funny in place like an unusual mask. I've stamped the ring of the iris in a grey ink.
For her eyes, I've used a water soluble green pencil and brought the colour out with a little water. I've used a brown pencil to add shadow and definition to the facial features. I've used my current favourite white posca pen to add white highlights.
Arty shot... I decided to ink the edges of her top with distress ink and added stitching to the hem of the trim.
I also used the brown pencil to add shadows to the hair behind her neck.
So here she is, I will most likely add a special sentiment... more on that next week. I've noticed too, how I must like long necks, they seem to appear on most of my portraits! lol!
Just a close up of the shimmeriness that's still present on her top reminds me of marble.
and in her hair YUM!

Well I have a busy week ahead as next week will be Paperbabe Stamps July release, I hope you pop by for sneak peeks starting Tuesday!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative Day!
HuGs Kim x


Saturday, July 4

Mixed Media Templates Variation

Thanks Trish for sharing another of my projects on the Craft Stamper Blog


I wanted to show how easy it is to use the templates and stamps on a card, this time I paper pieced, drawing around the templates on patterned paper. I used the Long & fringe template for her hair, I only used the one layer. I've stamped her face onto another piece of patterned paper trying to keep the pretty flower on her cheek. See how I used only the solid part to stamp her lips? I love how versatile this set can be. Then it was just a matter of putting it together and adding highlights and special sentiment.

You should be able to find a copy of Craft Stamper in all good craft stores across the UK or if you want yours instantly then you can download a copy from Pocketmags! If you want to make sure you never miss a copy then you can also call Craft Stamper's friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day,
I will be back on Sunday to share a special blog candy!
See you then
HuGs Kim x

Friday, July 3

Paperbabe is a cover girl YAY!!!

My Mixed Media Girl is a Cover girl YAY!

The August issue of Craft Stamper is out today and I was over the moon delighted to have my work adorn the front cover of this months Craft Stamper, wow and I've been so very busy filling orders already, in fact I've already ordered a new batch of Profile face stamps because my stock is now very very low! (be warned)
I created this canvas using my profile face stamp set and profile mixed media templates. On pages 50 and 51 of the issue, I share how to use the stamps with the templates, how I created my mixed media background with lots of really helpful step by step pictures.
Here's a little close up of my painted face, I like ceramcoat matte acrylic for it's smooth finish! I created these stamps and templates to make learning to draw easy for every level of artistic ability. You see I think everyone can draw, I just created some tools to get you there!!! How you use them is purely your artistic license.
I used the stars in the stamp set to add gold leaf shimmeriness, yum!

Thanks Trish for sharing another of my projects on the Craft Stamper Blog
I wanted to show how easy it is to use the templates and stamps on anything, this is a tiny notebook, I really thought I was ordering larger ones, but hey you just got to work with what you've got! I used the wavy hairstyle, but had it flowing forward instead of over her face, so easy to adjust them to suit your needs! The sentiment was from Just because stamp set.

You should be able to find a copy of Craft Stamper in all good craft stores across the UK or if you want yours instantly then you can download a copy from Pocketmags! If you want to make sure you never miss a copy then you can also call Craft Stamper's friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day,
I will be back on Sunday to share a special blog candy!
See you then
HuGs Kim x

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