Friday, February 20

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #8

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge is a sketch and here's my interpretation,

I have painted Little Red with watercolour very quickly... to then mask before stamping layers of Spritz & speckles in blues and greens for the background. The sentiment is from Fabulous everything set.

Then I used the Large Peony stamp(will be on re-order soon) with gilding flakes for an interesting feature. I've seen quite a bit of foiling and gold work round blog land it was fun to try.

I just love what the team has created, maybe you would like to join in to? It's open to everyone and you have the chance of winning even without Paperbabe Stamps. 

Have a wonderfully creative day, BiG HuGs Kim x

Monday, February 2

My Beacon Of Light!

It's been six months since my last post, tut tut tut.
Well who can blame me really? I think I've spent so much time in and out of hospitals with my mum, then to arrange her funeral and emptying her house of everything from the last 34 years. Her business, her art and embroidery and memories. Phew!!!
I miss her greatly, so I decided to focus my grief into getting arty and joined life book 2015...

This is week one's Beacon Of Light
Ok I do realise it's February already but hey It's actually finished, well, maybe, I'm sure I could tweak a little here and there for the whole year lol!
A little glimpse of the work in progress... I wonder if you can see which of my Paperbabe stamps I've used?
And complete(ish) remember the possible tweaks) What I do love is how this piece of art can change depending on how you're looking at it. I've used the heart image from Doll face set and stamped them with white paint like they were flowing out of her light. I used my favourite peony which is subtly stamped in the background. The sentiment I hope will keep me focused through this year I used Watercolour Alphabet for that one.
I used Paperbabe Doll Face Stamps for her eyes (new stock will be re-ordered soon), I bet you could tell? But I opted to free draw the nose and mouth as I wanted them fuller then the stamps in the set.
This little creature is something I felt complimented what I'm going through, that elegant delicacy, ever so slightly vulnerable but with a confident strength that you put on show. Painted white for light with pink shading to give the look of porcelain.
SEE? this is what happens when you see her from different directions. Her hair was generously painted with yumminess of bronze, gold and iridescent gold paints, I opted for free flowing hair I felt it expressed her beacon of lightness.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the first step on my arty journey?
Have a wonderfully creative day!!!
BiG HuGs Kim xxx



Friday, September 26

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #4


Morning, well... today is the next challenge over at the Paperbabe Stamps blog...

We have a Sketch for inspiration and wait to you see the amazing projects from the team to help spark your creativity...

I interpreted the sketch slightly differently, by changing the scale of the layers, the base layer is ribbed background heat embossed, the edges ripped and torn then the whole piece inked as a resist. The circle is the ornate frame, so it fits on my card front, it's been slightly inked and distressed. The deer from reindeer fusions is one of my favs, I've stamped him onto kraft and trimmed leaving a slight border so it looks like a die cut.
The happy sentiment has been stamped onto wood paper and cut in a 'manly' ribbon. You can just see the 'birthday overstamped on the 'happy', it looks better IRL! Finished off with a wooden button.

Thanks for stopping by, there's new stamps arriving next week so hope you visit the blog for sneak peeks and inspiration!

I'm entering into a few other challenges too...


Have a wonderfully creative weekend
HuGs Kim x







Tuesday, September 2

Paperbabe Stamps Red Rubber Cling Stamps.


I'm introducing the new red rubber character stamps over at Paperbabe Stamps today... and here's my sample...
I've been noticing quite a few designers creating cards with a partial die cutting technique, although I don't have co-ordinating die's I simply cut the frame first then went in with my scissors to trim a border around my image.
Pretty pleased with the result.

I opted to use Mayleedee Witchily for my sample... I've coloured her a bit more wizard than witch. The sentiment has been heat embossed onto vellum and die cut. I've used clear dimensional adhesive behind the gems and letters.
Here's the selection of copic colours I've used. The orange background I airbrushed with copics then used my old stamp cumulus background and stamped over the orange in grey ink.
White hair certainly has it's challenges it was very close to it becoming grey, lol.


Challenges I am entering:
Copic Marker Europe - Challenge 32 ~ Anything goes
Craft room: Something old, something new(old cloud background stamp & new red rubber character stamp)
Penny Black And More - Anything Goes
Cute card Thursday 336 - anything goes
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craft Creations - Anything Goes

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



Friday, August 29

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #2 ~ Picture Inspiration

 Today is the next challenge over at the Paperbabe Stamps blog...

We have a picture for inspiration and wait to you see the amazing projects from the team to help jumpstart your creativity...

I went for a little folky play, the picture inspiration just seems to lend itself very well to folk fabrique Stamp set, 
I needed an anniversary card and thought of cramming the folk images into a heart. I placed my heart die under my acrylic block (stamp press for this occasion) then fitted the individual images into the shape.
I love the mirror images in the set, they really help with this sort of stuff!
So, this is just my worksheet test piece to plan my layout and colours, I will keep it somewhere to recreate one day(when I rediscover it while tidying up my workspace).
The colours... they really aren't my usual palette, love the turquoise, blues but purples are challenging... I went with it!
 I stamped the images for each colour I've planned, 
removed some stamps, then replaced some, 
and continued in this manner till I had completed my heart shape.
I felt the heart although there, was really asking for a little help, so...
I Die cut the heart from double sided sticky sheet (the glue one, not the tape one) then ever so carefully laid it over the stamped image phew, bit tricky. I left the backing on to add some distress ink to define the heart.
It is for an anniversary so I covered the sticky heart with glitter. 
I used Happy thoughts stamp set to fit on the die cut banner, the 'together' sentiment is stamped inside.
and here's the close up of the twinkly sparkliness, is that not very yummy?!!!
This card was so easy to make that I made four (as I was stamping so that it was one colour at a time etc etc... talk about mass produce and proper sized cards too, I just need to add different sentiments.

I do hope you pop along and have a go at our Challenge,
Have a wonderfully creative day!
BiG huGs Kim x


Friday, August 15

Paperbabe Stamps First Challenge...

Hello everyone, I'm so excited today as it's our first challenge over at the Paperbabe Stamps blog...

We have a sketch for our first challenge and wait to you see the amazing projects from the team to help jumpstart your creativity...

Well, I just had to take part in our first challenge didn't I?
 I turned the sketch on it's side and extended the word strip so it went along the whole card front(the hearts die cut).
The rectangle shape I used an oval instead, it's very close to the sketch lol...
 So, I opted for the flowers from my Oriental Zen set, for the pop of colour and Happy thoughts sentiment stamp set fitted very well to the wedding theme.
I first stamped the flowers using memento luxe inks, then the flourish outline of 'happy' in black ink. I then used the corresponding 'happy' to stamp in silver pearl embossing powder, I stamped the 'together' twice to give a shadow effect.

I really hope you take part it's for two weeks so plenty of time to join in the fun. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim x

I'm also entering my card to a few other challenges:

scrappers-delights - #29 Anything goes with die cuts
(pin)spirational challenges - Anything goes
Pennys challenge 190 - Anything goes
V's sweet ideas - #26 Anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #48 Anything Goes
Stamp and create - Anything goes



Friday, August 8

Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop

HELLO EVERYONE! 

WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop featuring new stamps... Kim thought it would be a lovely treat to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some of her talented stampy friends...




Just to recap the new release, "Folk Fabrique", "Doll Face", "Mayleedee Little Red", "Mayleedee Frost Fairy" and "Dillon Frost Sprite" are NOW in Etsy! and the WebShop

Be sure to stop by PAPERBABE blog if you are JUST beginning the hop and make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with these new stamps and to leave your comments along the way... as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

Prizes indeed! To celebrate there will be the ENTIRE AUGUST release and a very special not yet released (get it well before it's release in September) rubber stamp...  up for grabs to a very lucky winner!!!


It's great to be able to make a quick card with a detailed stamp... especially when you're up late making a mixed media piece lol.
These are the tools I used, mostly the black coloured pencil, to add shadows and depth to the image. The paint pen to add white to the eyes and outer glow.
 
I added just a hint of colour to her skin and eyes wanted them to pop. I'm sure you're itching to get on with the hop... So go, hop and be amazed...

Here's where you want to be:

Kim Costello (hello you're here)
Chris (DT)
Kerrie (DT)
Lady (DT)
Delphine (DT)
Jackie (DT)

THANK you so much for joining us on this Hop, we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 15th when our Newest Challenge will be starting! You have until the 13th to hop with us and enter to win!

HAPPY SUMMER HOP DAY, everyone!!!
Have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim x


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