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Friday, 29 April 2016

It's a Birthday Challenge - Paperbabe Stamps

Hi, Howdy and Hello to all my lovely readers - big love to you all 

Its a Themed Challenge this week for all of us at Paperbabe Stamps Blog the theme is Birthdays so any new make you have with a Birthday Theme can be added - you dont have to use a Paperbabe Stamp to win but remember that if you do the Prize is Bigger!!!!

Anyway over to my Make for the Challenge

Sticking to the 'Try Something Different' theme I have personally been challenging myself with...I have used only coloured pencils and paper-piecing to colour the Gorgeous 'MayLeeDee' stamp (not a single copic marker) I am actually really please with how she turned out 


I stamped 'MayLeeDee' using pale grey ink so that the lines almost disappear when coloured. I then die cut her using a circle die from my stash and my electric embossing machine (love it no more winding handles) - I then die cut a fancy circle using a pretty die from my stash and some lavender mirror card.


I created the card backdrop using the same paper as 'MayLeeDee's dress and more of the Lavendar mirror board. I made another layer using white card and lavendar mirror board but it felt quite plain so I pulled out my Paperbabe Stamps drawer in my craft desk and found the flowers from the 'Folk Fabrique' set which I then stamped around the edges using 2 shade of purple chalky inkpads. 

I attached all the layers togther onto a 7x7 cardblank using foam tape. I created the sentiment using the decorated Happy and Large happy words from the 'Happy Thoughts' set - I first stamped the decorated word using light grey ink and then over stamped with the large happy word using a purpl chalk ink. 

I finished the card using some lavender flat back gems 

Thank You so much for visiting today - I hope to see your entries over on the Paperbabe Challenge

Krafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blue China Inspired - for Paperbabe Stamps

Hiya and welcome to my Blog today 

Over in the Paperbabe Shop we have New Releases as you may have seen but we also have a special offer that you may have missed the 'TREE HUGS' set is at 50% off until the next New Release and I thought I would make a cheeky card to inspire you - it really is a lovely set and while making a watercolour sky background I suddenly had a thought...the colours I was using reminded of me of the oriental blue china so I then designed the rest of the card to represent this idea


For the back ground I stamped 3 sizes of cloud from the 'High in the Sky' set twice each onto post-it notes and cut them out to create masks of the clouds. I then repeat stamped and masked using light grey ink until I cover the whole of a piece of water colour cardstock precut to a few mm smaller than a 7x7 cardblank. I then used distress inks and a water brush to water colour the colous and the sky. I only used 1 distress ink colour for this 'Stormy Sky' I just diluted to paler colours and darkened when needed with more ink - I used a blending mat as a palette.

I then left this to dry while I made the main image for the card. For this I stamped the outline tree stamps from 'Tree Hugs' set onto a smaller piece of cardstock using dark blue chalk ink. I then stamped the solid tree top and trunk stamps from the set in a pale blue chalk ink. Next I created another layer by stamping the dotty tree top stamp and the tree bark stamps from the set using a medium blue chalk ink. I stamped a few tiny leaves over the dotty part using the dark ink again. I created the scene around the tree using the hill outline, grass tufts and little birds from the set. The clouds are the larger cloud stamp from the 'High in the Sky' set. I also stamped the 'Sheltering Tree' sentiment in as part of the background. I watercoloured the clouds, sky and the hills using the distress ink again.

I waited for the backgrounds to dry, then matted them onto dark navy pearlescent cardstock and layered them up on the front of a 7x7 cardblank. I finished the card with a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from the 'Birthday Wishes' set.

Thank You so much for visiting my Blog today - please do visit again soon to see more of my makes 

Krafty Hugs xx

Monday, 25 April 2016

DT Kerrie - Love Isn't Complicated

Hiya and Welcome to my Monday post for Bee Crafty

I haven't been able to get much crafting done over the last week as we have had a virus at home, with me, Hubby and 4 kiddies its been awful as one after the other was ill (why not all at once??)

So today I am sharing with you one of my Samples from a previous Hochanda Show where Beverley showed us all her new Banksy Inspired Series of stamps that pair up beautifully with the previous Banksy series - I love the Boy and Girl in the set I chose to use - the Boy is trying to be all romantic and the Girl is really to fight - so so funny and cool


I used the Boy & Girl and a Sentiment from the 'Love Hurts' set.

I teamed them up with some distress inks and some backing paper off-cuts from my stash to make a quick but effective card.

I added some details using a border punch and some flat back pearls that I coloured to match the card using an alcohol marker

Thank You so much for Visiting my Post today - Please do visit the Bee Crafty Blog soon for more Gorgeous & Inspiring Makes from the Wonderfully Brilliant Design Team

Krafty Hugs xx


Monday, 18 April 2016

Bee Crafty DT Make - The Maid

 Hiya and Welcome to my Monday Post for Bee Crafty
I can not get over how fast April is flying by - it is a blink and you miss it month 
Today I am sharing with you a make from last months Hochanda Show
Our Beverley is back on Hochanda tomorrow at 11am & 6pm
and I can not wait to see her Inspring Demo's 
 For this make I have used the Maid and a Sentiment from the 'The Maid' Banksy Inspired Stamp Set
I wanted to keep this card simple so the Stamps take centre stage
I stamped the Maid onto Linen Cardstock using black archival ink, I then inked the edges using Tattered Rose distress ink and then Walnut Stain - I matted the image onto daark brown mirror board
For the card front I chose a simple dot backing paper from my stash which I trimmed to size and matted onto dark mirror board. I had a sliver of the backing paper left so I matted that onto dark mirror board and fixed to the side of the cardfront, I then punched a lacey border from a strip of linen cardstock and fixed that alongside
I stamped the Sentiment onto an offcut of linen cardstock using black archival ink, matted with dark brown mirror board and fixed this into the bottom corner of the card front. I fixed the Image topper to the card front using foam tape.
To finish I added some flat back pearls that I coloured using a dark brown alcohol marker
Thank You so much for visiting my Post today - I hope you will visit the Bee Crafty Blog again soon to see more Gorgeous Makes from the Talented Bee Crafty Team
Krafty Hugs x x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Paper-Piecing -Cut Bunny - Paperbabe Stamps

Hiya and Welcome to my Blog today - Other the last few days in Harlow we have been enjoying some lovely Sunshine which is a sign that spring is here! - Today though we have Rain and a lot of it but that's ok because 'April Showers, bring May Flowers' so It's all good!

Today over at Paperbabe Stamps Blog is the start of a New Challenge
the theme is Anything Goes 

We would love to see your gorgeous Makes so please do enter - the prize is Amazing

For my Design Team example I chose to use a sometimes forgotten (by me at least) technique
'Paper-Piecing' 

I love this Techinique as you can use up all your off-cuts when using stamps


I picked a pretty Floral Backing Paper which I teamed up with another piece of Backing Paper in a co-ordinating colourway. I then created a layered up background for the 6x6 cardfront adding in some Silver Mirror Board

For the Bunny I used the 'DesignA Adorimals' set and the 'Kawaii Faces' set. I stamped her first onto a pre trimmed pice of stamping cardstock and then stamped her again in separate pieces onto the offcut of Floral backing paper saved from when creating the cardfront. I cut out all the patterned paper pieces using scissors and a craft knife.

I decided to stamp the 'Ribbed Background' stamp but to keep the bunny clear of the stamped texture I stamped the bunny pieces again onto post-it notes and layered them over the stamped image to mask her. I then inked up the Ribbed Background using pink ink and stamped it over the whole image, when I removed the post-it notes the Bunny was still white. I then fixed the patterened paper pieces onto the Bunny using glue-stick. I then coloured in her features

I layered up this Topper using Silver Mirror Board to tie in with the Background and fixed this topper to the cardfront using foam tape.

I stamped some Sentiments from the 'DesignA Knit' set (on Special Offer 50% off) onto offcut pieces of stamping card then cut them using a paper trimmer and layered them up using offcuts of the Floral Paper from before and Silver Mirror Board. I fixed them to the Cardfront using my Glue Gun.

I finished off the Card using rose gold paperclips and mini flat back gems.

I have made a similar card using the Paper-Piecing Technique before and I wanted to show you this one again to show how different backing papers can change the Bunny completely




Thank You so much for visiting my Blog today - I hope I have inspired you to give Paper-Piecing a try. Do please visit the Paperbabe Stamps Blog to see the Gorgeous Projects by the Amazing Design Team (there is a link to their own Blogs under each picture)

Krafty Hugs xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

DT Kerrie - No Angry Way To Say 'Bubbles'

Hiya and welcome to my Monday Post for Bee Crafty 
I brought some more Stamps from the Bee Crafty Online Shop last week and just had to get inky with them as soon as I could - I also wanted to try something out of my comfortzone so I chose Blue inks I rarely use this much blue but I think I like it 
Products I used from Bee Crafty Online Shop
I am trying really hard to only buy things I am actually in need of and to try to use stash I already own so I dug through a box of A4 card packs and found a pack of nice stamping card I had forgotten about - ooooops - I trimmed a piece to a few mm smaller than my 6x6 card blank I then used low tack masking tape to hold the Inner-Circle Template from 'Easy Frame 6" Circle' Inkables Template Set in place from underneath while I inked over the circle edges using 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink. I then inked in from the edge of the card using 'Mermaid Lagoon' Distress Ink.
To create the bubbly look I inked through the 'Offset Dots' Inkables Template with the circle template still in place using 'Stormy Sky' Distress Ink. I then removed the circle template and inked through the 'Circles' Inkables Template using 'Stormy Sky' & 'Weathered Wood' Distress Inks.
I wanted to darken up the edges a little bit more so right on the edge I blended in using 'Weathered Wood' distress ink. I then stamped the 'Angry Bubbles' WORDage Stamp into the centre of the main circle using black ink.
I mounted this cardfront onto a black cardstock offcut that I had saved in my scrap box (to save cutting from a whole new piece of cardstock) - then mounted this onto my 6x6 card blank.
I added a few little clear sparkle flat back dew drops from my stash
Thank You so much for visiting my Post today please do visit again soon to see more makes from me and check out the Uber Talented Design Team makes over at the Bee Crafty Blog
Krafty Hugs xx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Paperbabe Challenge - Midway Reminder - Sketch

Hiya and Welcome to my Blog

I have been ill over the last week with a chest infection so Ive been quite behind with all my work - so I am posting a Midway Reminder today for the Paperbabe Stamps latest Challenge 

It is a Sketch Challenge - the Sketch below is our Guideline for this Challenge - I followed the Sketch pretty much exactly to show how you could use the Sketch to create your entry for the challenge - you could also swap the flowers for any topper/image that you chose - you could also turn or flip the Sketch to fit how you would like to work




I really love Sketch Challenges they are brilliant as an inspiration if you have a dip in your crafty mojo - or for beginners who are just learning how to layout and balance their cardmaking/crafty projects

Here is my example for the Challenge


I started with some simple matt and layering using some pretty burgundy backing paper from my stash and a linen effect 6x6 card blank i rounded all the corners. I then trimmed a piece of stamping card and chose a few of my Paperbabe Stamps to create the flowers, sentiment and the spray effect background

The Paperbabe Stamps I chose to use are...

Paint Spray - from 'Spritz & Speckles' clear stamp set
Group Spots - from 'Birthday Wishes' clear stamp set
Single Spot (freckle) from 'Female Mini Face' clear stamp set
Roses & Leaves (cut up separately) from 'Rose Border' red rubber stamp set
You Are Loved sentiment 'You Quote - You Are Loved' red rubber stamp

I stamped the You Are Loved sentiment onto a strip of white card which I then cut into a Banner which I then doodled a faux stitching border. I matted the banner onto burgundy mirror board

I stamped the Paint Spray stamp twice using grey ink onto the stamping card I had prepped earlier. I then stamped the Spots stamps using the grey ink.

I fixed the banner to the card using 1mm foam tape to raise it up and add dimention.

I stamped 2 sizes of the Roses using black ink, coloured them using my Copic Markers and fussy cut them out. I fussy cut out a smaller layer from one of the larger rose wich I attached on top of the other one with glue gun to create a decoupage layer. I layered up the leaves and roses to the card and then fixed the card toppper I have created to the card front using foam tape to raise it up from the rest of the layers.

Thank You so much for visiting my Blog today I hope I have inspired you to enter the Challenge you have 1 week to get your entries in over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog 

Krafty Hugs xx
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