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


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!

Have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim x

Thursday, August 7

Frost Fairy Wish

Morning, I'm showing this card over at Paperbabe Stamps Blog today but I thought I would add my card here too...

I opted for the lovely Mayleedee Frost Fairy,
These are the copics I used to colour her...
Skin: E11, 13, YR000, YR0000, R12 Lips: R29
Hair: RV34, R56, R59
Dress: BG09, 10, 53, 57
Wings: RV0000, C0
Background: E40, 41, 43, 44, 50 ,51 Ground: C1, C3
The patterned paper are from an old prima pack. The snowflakes and ornament are spellbinder dies. I coloured the bauble with copics to coordinate with her hair. The 'wish' sentiment is from the set.
I couldn't leave the card without a sprinkling of glitteriness, so I went over her dress, and wings with wink of stella and glitter gel pen for her eyes and snowflakes.

And just to remind everyone that we're having a little blog hop here tomorrow, so see you then

Challenges I am entering:
Copic Marker Europe - Challenge 31 ~ BIG Hair
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Stamp And Create - Anything Goes
Penny Black And More - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today, Have a wonderfully creative day

BiG HuGs Kim x

Friday, August 1

Take it, Make it Challenge: August

Any technique, from any 2014 issue of Craft Stamper!
There are nearly 200 techniques to choose from, so good luck with the decision making!

We HAVE to have the name of the technique, the name of the designer that demonstrated it  in the magazine, and which months issue it came from somewhere in your blog post, so make sure you make a note of it! Otherwise, you could be creating something that has nothing to do with Craft Stamper at all, and we can't have that, can we!!!!

Here's my take... it was NOT easy to pick just one
Using the one layer with masking and ink blending technique 
by Lydia Brooke Evans, in the June issue.

I loved the added colours to the inked stamp, it took a few attempts to get that technique down. I used distress inks as my base colour then pigment ink to add the purple colour. The flowers and leaves are from my Folk Fabrique due to be released on the 8th August. I created a mask from frisket film by die cutting a rectangle from the centre, this would definitely be a great card to reproduce for mass card making. The sentiment is my Just Because stamp set, I just stamped the flourish outline and added the 'just' above.

I hope you join in all the details are here
And if you have time pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog, we have a few new members to our team, so give them a warm welcome :)

I'm also entering this to craft your passion challenges:

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim x

Saturday, July 5

Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge July

Good morning I thought I would share my project for July`s

and the technique for this month is . . .

 Technique: Heat emboss an image/design onto your project, then apply colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints. The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and the design will show through.

I stamped my peacock from my Folk fabrique set (coming soon)
I used the body on the left to represent a peachen and the one with a tail on the right for the peacock.
I stamped them together using perfect medium and wow clear fine embossing powder.
I then went in with my paintbrush loaded with water and used a few twinkling H2O's. The sparkle in real life is yummy! I've tried to capture it but it doesn't work well in photo.
The sentiment is from my Just Because set, I simply heat embossed in white powder on black card.

There is a fantastic prize for this challenge, so be sure and check out all the details on the main blog HERE.

Be sure and pop by the main blog to check out the stunning creations the rest of the team have created, just click here.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you get the chance to join in, you have until the 23rd July and you can even have your winning card published in the Craft Stamper Magazine. 
Have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim x

Tuesday, July 1

A little update...

Sorry that I have been MIA for a while... I've been working on some things behind the scenes and I hope to get back to blogging regularly... plus I moved to a new house a few months ago which I'm still trying to organise, re-establishing home ed for my two angels has kept me very busy and then I had three family deaths too I know when it rains it pours lol.

But... you'll be very pleased to know there are new Paperbabe Stamps arriving any day now, you cannot imagine the stress of manufacturers when they get it wrong!!! they've put me soo behind I even considered nearly packing it in! Naaa but couldn't do that... I love to design and I will be working with another manufacturer too so I should be well able to keep up with all the art and stamp designs eager to be drawn.

I have a few sneak peeks over at the Paperbabe Stamps blog... if you want to see.

I am also planning getting a design team together... Info coming soon and

I am planning a fortnightly challenge... (about time, I'm sure all you lovely crafters would like a challenge to use your paperbabe stamps, with a few prizes along the way too)

AND I might even have the website reay too, how about that?

Well, thank you for stopping by, 
I hope you're having a wonderfully creative day!
BiG HuGs Kim x

Friday, December 13

Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge Six

Good Morning, well I have been a bit busy for the last few weeks... designing,  Christmas card making and getting all the decorations out and dressing the tree, so it didn't leave a lot of time for other inky stuff but I'm sure the recipient has received their card so thought it fitted perfectly into the

As always, the challenge will be based on a technique showcased in the magazine, but this time we don't have one particular project in mind. Katy decided that as there are three projects featuring an 'ombre' effect in the January issue, then this is the technique we'll be focussing on!

an 'ombre' effect is just graduating colours of ink/paint/whatever....but feel free to interpret the theme as you wish! 
I got out my Oriental Zen set and created an ombre background in graduating tones of green to tan inks, stamping off to get a fainter impression.
The peony, I have stamped twice, one with the leaves, then cut out with a border to look like a die cut, I cut the main flower with a border too. The sentiment comes from the Tree Hugs stamp set.

I hope you get some time to join in, the challenge runs for two months so plenty of inky time.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs
Kim x

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