Friday, 7 April 2017

Paperbabe Fairies 2




Hello again.

Well, I really got carried away with these Paperbabe stamps. I haven't done so much stamping in a long time.
I've had great fun with them. So, here are two more samples using the Butterfly fairy and the Musical fairy, as promised.


 



The Distress ink background is ideal  for the lovely Butterfly fairy and so simple to do. I stamped the fairy directly onto the background and then re-stamped her face onto white, cut it out and overlaid it.
Then I added a little more colour to the dress.

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       I did exactly the same with this one, but  I cut her dress from the Chiyogami paper again.
             The flowers have been heat embossed with white powder.

Hope you enjoyed all the lovely samples on the blog hop and thank you for visiting my blog again.
Thank you also for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Next time I have a mixed media project to show you.
Bye for now
Carole

 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Paperbabe new stamp release





Hello to anyone reading my blog and welcome.

I was very pleased and excited to be asked, by my friend Chris, if I would do some samples for the launch of her stamps she designed for Paperbabe.
Please read the information below and view the blog  hop.


 


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...


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  ( Me)

Have fun on the HOP!




I think the fairies are very pretty, not normally my thing, but when I first saw the designs I had ideas immediately popping into my mind, as to what I could do with them.

 The two fairies I worked with are Musical fairy  and Butterfly fairy, and I think both of them would  make really pretty Christmas cards, as well as general greeting cards.
 They are also a great size for using on home décor pieces, as you can see from a couple of my samples.

I started by doing a variety of background pieces with Distress inks . Haven't used these in a while.
As I am not brilliant at colouring, I have paper pieced some of the dresses using Artcuts Chiyogami papers and coordinated the backgrounds with the colour of the papers. This worked well, particularly for the Musical fairy, as her dress was much easier to cut out.



The little wooden flowers are from Artcuts and coordinate well with the flowers on the paper.
The tiny flower stamps , with the fairy, made perfect centres for the flowers.





 
         This time she  has been stamped onto a 15cm. wooden heart (Artcuts) . 
The fairy's hair makes a great hanging, vine like, border too. 
 
 
The lovely Butterfly fairy below has been stamped and cut out. A bit fiddly! I like the little butterfly bag , so decided to stamp several of them and cut them out, to fly. Again, the background is made with Distress inks, weathered wood, sage and stormy sky.


Parts of her hair, dress and wings have been foiled and  I made the flower from white muslin.

Lastly, I have another home décor project.
I do like stamps that can be adapted slightly to give a different look, hence the fairy, minus wings.
Again, she has been stamped and cut out, as she fitted well on the 14cm. frame that I had. She has been coloured with Brilliance and VersaMagic ink pads.



 
I have had great fun using these stamps and I hope that you will too.
I have some more samples to show and I will post those soon.
Please visit again to see a few more ideas..
 
Happy blog hopping and thank you for your visit.
Carole

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch 3




Good Morning.

More Laurel Burch stamp projects I have been working on.
One quick and simple and the other on a 12cm.  Artcuts heart.

 
 
 

The image has been heat embossed with Jewelled gold powder and coloured with pearlescent paints. The paper was some I found in my stash and I thought the tiny image worked well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The image on the heart has been coloured with the same paints and then I put glossy accents over the face and birds. Not the best photo, looks washed out! But you get the idea.
 
 
 
The  background on the card is a Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson Die which was a recent purchase and I'm loving it! The other die cuts were a freebie and I can't remember what make they are, but they cut brilliantly.
 
Thank you for visiting.
Carole
 
 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch designs


More Stampendous Laurel Burch designs


Hello.
Where does time go? I can't believe that it is over a month since my last post!
Hope you are all well.

I have been enjoying  my new Stampendous stamps as I really love these Laurel Burch designs and all her art work.

After getting excited by the single cat with bird, I have since tried the cat background and lady.
Here are a few of the cards I have made already.


                                    Love this background stamp, with all the happy little faces!




Laurel Burch's work was very distinctive because of the very bright colours she used on her designs.

 
This one has been mounted onto a Brusho background.
 
 
 
The Lady's  head is called Soul Tears.

The sample below was stamped and silver embossed onto a 15cm. Artcuts  heart, which was painted black. I wanted to colour her with pearlescent colours, so not quite as vibrant as the other sample, but I was pleased with how it turned out.
 


Hope you have enjoyed these projects and thank you for visiting.
Must finish now.
Happy crafting
Bye.
Carole

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 31





Hello everyone. Welcome to my blog.
Another lovely colour combination this month.

These challenges keep me focused on my stamping and I have had fun using a lovely poppy set called Summer Poppies,  that I haven't touched for a long while. Found it again when I was tidying my stash. That's a challenge in itself!


 
 
 
 
 So, here's my first card. Very quick and simple.
 
 
 
 
I like the main stamp a lot as it is surprisingly versatile
 
  This one took longer as there was a lot of cutting out, but I think it was worth it.
The ribbon is actually the same colour as the inkpad, although it appears much redder in my photo!

 
 
This is the background that I did first before I overlaid the others features. Seemed a shame to cover it up really.
 

 
 
Thank you very much for visiting. Must go, as I have the boring things to do now.
 
Happy Crafting
Carole

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Laurel Burch cat card



Hello, from a very cold but bright location.


I have a quick post today, to say thank you to Chris, a lovely friend of mine.

I had a great surprise when I saw her recently as she gave me a rubber stamp with a cat on, designed by Laurel Burch.
Her art work is gorgeous. I love the quirky cats and you often see her illustrations on fancy notebooks, which Chris and I are both fond of. She did a lot of fantasy designs with horses, flowers dogs, ladies and scenes too, but it is the cats I am particularly drawn to.

I have a bag, which I bought years ago, with one of her Indigo Cats designs on, and I still enjoy using it although it is very faded now.

Stampendous have just brought out a selection of her designs and I had been looking at them the day before, so it was a lovely surprise.

So here is my first card that I just  had to send to her, using the lovely stamp.




 
 
I'm afraid the photo is a bit blurred which I didn't check before I sent it! But you get the general idea.

Laurel Burch used very bright, vibrant colours in her designs, and I can't help but smile when I see them.
 There is a very interesting web site with information about her life and art work and a good  image section . 

 .http://laurelburch.com

I shall be playing with this stamp a lot along with a couple of others, that just had to join it.


                                                                      Bye for now
                                                                   Happy Crafting
                                                                          Carole

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Chocolate Baroque



Hello all.

Well after my last post I have got a bit carried away with Art Nouveau style .
Love the colours of the Chocolate Baroque challenge too and have been doing several variations on a theme.

I have also used  the Harlequin Rose stamp set, which I have had for a long while and have used it   numerous times. It is probably the most used of all my stamps and never fails to please as it is suitable for all occasions.
It has been  spotlighted on Hochanda  recently, which I was pleased to see.
So out it came again.

Below are a couple of the designs I have been working on with these lovely stamps.


 
This is a birthday card for my daughter.
I have used the Fleurs Nouveau set again with one of the borders from Exquisite Edges.
The wooden heart is from ArtCuts.



 
 
This is the beautiful rose from Harlequin Rose and the edging is done with another of the borders from Exquisite Edges.
 
I have some others started and will post them if I have time.
 
Thanks for visiting.
Carole
 
 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque challenge 30

 
 
Happy new year to you.
Hope you had a good Christmas.
 
Well , I am starting off well with my crafting, which I have been unable to do for the last three weeks.  I managed to damage my right arm somehow, and have been unable to lift it or use it without pain.
 Not fun.
 
Several  physio sessions later, involving even more pain,  and I can at least use it again.
So back to the crafting.
 
 
 Chocolate Baroque's new challenge though, has inspired me to get on with something.
 
 
Current Challenge
 
 
 
So here is my first challenge contribution for 2017, and it was so lovely to actually be able to do something again.

 Note that crafting was first on the agenda of things to do. when capable, housework being way down the list!! Got to get my priorities right.







I was lucky enough to win one of the challenges last year  and bought this set of stamps as I like the Art Nouveau style.
 


I actually only really liked one of the stamps in the set, but once I started 'playing' with them, I realized that I have a couple of embossing folders and a stencil, which compliment the Art Nouveau style very well. I have used a Dreamweaver stencil as the background on my card.

May even get around to doing a second project this time, before other things take over.
                                                                 
                                                                Thanks for visiting.
                                                                      Bye for now.
                                                                           Carole