Friday, 18 December 2015

Introducing Paperbabe Stamps DesignA Tweed

Welcome to our final day of introductions so pleased you could join us with all the busy festivities going on!

This fabulous set is called DesignA Tweed
in keeping with other builder sets this one has so many many possibilities, you can create and design endless plaid, checks, herringbone, tweed, harris etc.

Perfect for fabric on your mixed media artwork, background on cards and special themes for those all important male recipients.
The strips image are mirrored as this helps to get the perfect weave direction and solid when you are creating a check. 
The single houndstooth can make a cross and both the blocks of houndstooth can work in the pattern, it's also great for borders too.

The Details:
  • DesignA Tweed will be available for purchase on Sat 19th December.
  • It will retail for £14.00
  • DesignA Tweed contains 20 images, there are two sizes of houndstooth block, solid squares and striped squares, striped stripes for crossing over each other, a single line for creating solid stripes and a texture kissing image for adding an authentic wool look.

Onto a few samples...
I was so pleased with the burberry result, I've stamped the black using the medium stripe, then stamped again in pale ink between and then the thin red stripes. I coloured the remaining pattern with copic marker. I will definitely be trying this version again. I paired it with Thank you stamp.
I loved this grey check but the photo is making the red really really pop out, and it's just not that overpowering in real life. The strip at the bottom of the card has a subtle houndstooth stamped tone on tone. I finished off with the big Love & Laughter Sentiment stamp.
I wanted to create a feeling of tweed with this one, I think I would use a darker ink next time. The fabulous deer was heat embossed in gold on acetate then fussy cut out, I teamed it with a Christmas sentiment but I think it could work with any type.
I stamped the stocking in the herringbone stamp in red ink on cream card. The background is a very dark green and I stamped the solid lines and heat embossed in gold. I use a cosy Christmas sentiment to finish.
I really have so so many ideas of checks and plaids that I just tried a few on some mini heart tags. They've been dipped in gold tee hee, no I have heat embossed the bottom part... a little faux gold leaf but really it just looks like embossing lol!
This picture shows the shine better.

Ok that's me

We have an extra special someone joining us today too, the marvelously talented Keren has agreed to Guest Design for us again...yay!

AND for even further inspiration, pop by the following Team blogs and check out their gorgeous projects...

I'm sure the schools are finishing for Christmas holidays today, I hope you have a lovely Christmas and we will be back in the new year for our next challenge.

Enjoy a wonderfully creative holiday!
HuGs Kim & the Team x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Introducing Paperbabe Stamps Mixed Media Stencils and Wing Template

So delighted you're joining us for our second day of introductions, 
these will be sure to compliment your mixed media projects...

First My Mixed Media Stencil ~ Herringbone
Mixed Media Stencils are designed to add texture and imagery to your creative projects, use with your favourite inks, paints, texture mediums, stamps and more for endless creative possibilities. You can use the stencil with a Light box or even in a die cutting machine.

The beauty of Mylar stencils is they are strong but thin and flexible. After all your fun and exciting stencilling they can be washed and used again and again. They are also solvent proof so you can use most types of paint and easily clean with suitable solvent. So, with good care, your stencils should withstand against many many more creative uses...

The Details:
  • Herringbone Stencil will be available for purchase on Sat 19th December.
  • It will retail for £4.75
  • This stencil will coordinate with the DesignA tweed Stamp set, it's a thicker mylar than the templates, about 6x6" and it's a pattern repeat so you can ink continuously for more creative possibilities.

Next let me introduce Winter Fairy Wing Template...
Yes, a delicate winter fairy wings template, these are pre-cut, they are the same thickness as my mixed media templates. You will only receive one side as you can simply flip it over to draw two wings as shown above. It comes in three parts, all numbered etc. It works wonderfully as a drawing aid, a mask, or a stencil. They will be available in two sizes to coordinate with previously released Mixed Media Templates.

The Details:
  • Winter Fairy Wing Mixed Media Template will be available for purchase on Sat 19th December.
  • They will retail from £4.50(Mini approx A5) and £6.00(larger approx A4)
  • They are pre-cut from Mylar, they are strong but thin and flexible. They are also solvent proof so you can use most types of paint and easily clean with suitable solvent. They will be available in two sizes to coordinate with previously released Mixed Media Templates.

Now onto my sample...

Ok so I went to town on this one lol, it certainly isn't how I envisioned it turning out, but that is so what the quote is trying to say!!! An Arty adventure indeed, she's grungy and angelic so I'm thinking of her a an urban angel.
I got myself some of those spray Goosebumps and sprayed a generous layer over my watercolour paper before I began. I think I was a little too generous and it looks a little like speckled stone or concrete. It was easy enough to draw over using the templates and stamps, I used a red and orange fine point graphik(current pen addiction) pen for her hair, no penciling first and it worked just fine. I used the same pens to add hair lines throughout.
I used the brown pen in the set with a waterbrush to colour in her skin before stamping her face.
In the background I used a masking fluid pen through the herringbone stencil. Then used the same graphik pens to add splashes and washes and speckles and general explosion of messy colour all over the place. I used one of my all time favourites techniques of heat embossing some flowers in white powder onto tissue, still impressive!!! 
And then the wings... drew around them in a blue ink, secured them in place with a little washi before spritzing some grey ink. I added a little more detail to the lacy edge with pen and painted the whole wing with wink of Stella glitter.  I then removed the masking fluid and added some interest to the background with the Art Risks stamp, inking just some of the quote and dotting it randomly.

AND now, for even further inspiration, 
pop by the following Team blogs to check out their gorgeous projects...


and I hope you will return tomorrow for the final day of our December release!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim & the Team x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Introducing Mini Profile Face Stamps and Mixed Media Templates!!!

Did you enjoy the sneak peeks yesterday?

Today I'm introducing a new old stamp set lol, also with coordinating mixed media templates...

Profile Face Mini
I designed this set to expand the doll face collection, it is the same as it's larger counterpart just smaller and the set has both direction of faces. It includes all you should need to build a profile face, four eye shapes, three lip shapes with solid stamp too, two variations of iris' and pupils. The idea is, I've tried to be as anatomically correct with the pupil placement in the eyes facing forward, but on the occasion where you may need the eye to look the other way, the ovals pupils and iris are for that. It includes two ear types, tell me you don't need them? Then the usual nostrils, eyebrow and some pretty stars... all that twice!!!

The Details:
  • Profile Face Mini Stamp set will be available for purchase on Sat 19th December.
  • The set will retail for £9.00
  • Profile Face Mini contains over of 70 images, there are iris', pupils', open eyes, closed eye, ears, lips, pairs of ears, stars and even freckles. The images are all separate for more stamping variations. 

Now you can create smaller profile portraits for card fronts, mixed media use them alongside their larger counterparts for so many more arty possibilities.

Next are the Mini Profile Mixed Media Templates
These work the same as the larger Profile mixed media templates each hairstyle is broken into steps to make creating portraits easier. They coordinate with the Profile Face stamp set, they are printed or pre-cut from Mylar for durability and ease of use. The advantages of mylar is that you can see through enough if you wanted a specific piece of pattern from patterned paper to use in paper piecing, they are tear resistant and ink resistant. They are also very useful as masks when stamping the face.

The Details:
  • Profile Mixed Media Templates will be available for purchase on Sat 19th December.
  • They will sell individually, as well as sets, they will retail from £1.50 up.
  • There are five templates in this collection: a head and torso, Four Hairstyles to choose from... Pony & Fringe, Long & Fringe, Curly Fringe, Wavy Hair. Each hairstyle coordinates with the Mini Profile Face stamp set looking either direction.

So, I'm guessing you're really here for the samples...

Ok so this is pretty dramatic but I had lots of fun, I was probably inspired by a wonderfully talented artist Caia Koopman, she uses very bold colours and I thought I would give it a try, isn't that what art is all about?

Mmmm I heat embossed my art quote, just love that finishing touch. Although if I had another day I could well see lots of extra additions lol!

So, I didn't quite create a video this time so much to do for all the festivities round here my time is pretty coveted... But I did manage a slideshow showing a few step when I remembered to take a picture or two.

Next is a wood block piece of art, using the mini profile templates alongside the mini portrait templates and face stamps, I just love that these can all work together... not that that was my plan or anything lol!
She is inspired by the Goddess Minerva, wise and crafty and I've painted her here with her trusty sidekick Owly.
I even managed to paint a little hand for Owly to perch upon, 
I've used flick & fringe hairstyle, with the thinner Head from Head & Torso, the body from Profile Head & Torso, gosh got all that? Her face was stamped using the Mini Doll Face, still an old favourite.

Now if you get a moment do stop by the talented Design team to see the templates and stamps in their hands...

 Thank you very much for indulging me and I hope you will return tomorrow to see our other introductions!!!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
only nine more sleeps eeek!!!
HuGs Kim & the Team x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

December's Sneak Peeks!!!

Good morning and welcome to December's sneak peeks!!!

I'm sure you're all pretty busy getting ready for the festivities, only ten more sleeps Yay!!!

This month we are continuing with our whole mixed media collection...
We're bringing you the lovely profile stamp set but as the mini version, this set will have both direction of faces, which means of course you will have a pair of ears etc. so you can now expect even more creative possibilities be it dolls, cards, canvas and mixed media. 
Now we couldn't have the smaller faces without the mixed media templates to go with them, there will be the four hairstyle and the Head & Torso base as with the previously released collection. These will be available in printed or pre-cut versions.
Next is the first of our mixed media stencils, this particular design coordinates pretty well with this month's release but there will certainly be more designs coming soon.
So this little beauty you might recognise from my Mayleedee Winter Fairy character and a winter mixed media canvas I created for a Craft Stamper feature. It is a Winter Fairy Wing template, pre-cut for you to draw around, use as a mask and so many other creative ideas.
And lastly this fabulous set is called DesignA Tweed, in keeping with other builder sets this one has so many many possibilities, you can create and design endless plaid, checks, herringbone, tweed, harris etc. Perfect for fabric on your mixed media artwork, background on cards and special themes for those all important male recipients.

Thank you so much for stopping by, 
Pop back tomorrow for introductions with our new stamps and templates.
and there's still plenty of time to enter our current sparkly challenge!
I am loving the entries so far, thank you :)

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #23 ~ Sprinkle of Glitter

Welcome our last Paperbabe Stamps challenge of 2015, 
I can't believe it already, wow. The next challenge will fall on Christmas day so were having this one open until 8th January, which means you can have lots of time entering over the holiday season.

Today's challenge is a fun festive theme...

"Sprinkle of Glitter"

So think sparkly stuff, glittery edges or all over in your face bling!!!

Paperbabe Challenges are open to everyone...
As usual you are welcome to combine with other challenges.
as always HAVE FUN!
Please be sure to link your project below for a chance to win Paperbabe Stamps Gift worth up to £20*.

Now lets see the team's gorgeous projects, they're sure to inspire you!

Katie Lamb
Katie used the Paper Angel stamp set to create these festive ornaments. I used Christmas themed scrapbook paper for the dresses and stamped on the back. I then used glitter card for the wings which i stamped over with a black pigment ink. There is a how to guide available and the angels once made up are around 14 cm tall so it's a good sized stamp set.

Terri Koszler
Terri's card was created using the Folk Fabrique stamps set, She stamped 2 peacocks, coloured them with alcohol pens and glittered them. They were mounted onto white card, she added the Light from within sentiment, which was stamped and heat embossed.

My card was make using the Female face and Mixed template-Mermaid I added some glitter to the hair, eyes and hair band as well Alicia

Chris made a Christmas card using the 'Love and Laughter' Christmas sentiment stamp embossing it onto black card with Silver glitter embossing powder and mounting onto glitter paper.

Kim used quite a few Paperbabe Stamp sets in her Christmas card... most of the images were from Reindeer fusions, Sparkle Bright, Bottle Brush Trees, Arctic Jumper, and Female Face Mini just for those dinky cute heart images.

Delphine made a card using Snowman With Scarf and coloured it with Copics. Her card base a glittery card and she covered her snowman in Wink of Stella Clear Pen (sorry, the photo won't show it!). She added two words from the Sparkle Bright Sentiment Set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Have a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim & the Team x

*So, if you use Paperbabe Stamps in your projects you have the chance to win £20 of Paperbabe Stamps, otherwise the prize will be £10.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #22 ~ Picture Inspiration

Welcome wonderful crafters it's a

Picture inspiration...

for challenge #22:

Use the picture or colours to inspire you, it could be the image or pretty colours, create any art your imagination takes you and have FUN!

Paperbabe Challenges are open to everyone...
As usual you are welcome to combine with other challenges.

Please be sure to link your project below for a chance to win Paperbabe Stamps Gift worth up to £20*.

Now, Please put your hands together for our latest challenge winner...


Congratulations, if you would like to email me for your prize!

Now lets see the team's interpretation...
their gorgeous projects are sure to inspire you!

Katie Lamb used the mini doll templates and mini female face set to make this paper doll which i placed inside my art journal.

Alicia Hill The color inspired me to created a calm and serenity portrait

Terri's project was created using the Folk Fabrique stamp set, the flowers in the picture inspired me to create a simple card using the peacock feathers and flower stems.

Chris created a decorative wooden heart mixed media piece using Rose Border, Art Quote 'Art', Oriental Zen, A lot like Christmas,

Dawn created an art journal page. Using Mermaid and Wavy Bunches mini templates and Folk Fabrique stamp set.

Kim was definitely inspired by the feeling of afternoon tea, the picture although was simply missing some cake. Kim used both the mini female face and the larger female face stamps to show how well these can work together.

 Delphine made a card using the Mixed Media Mini Portrait Template (Wavy Bunches) and Female Face Mini Stamp Set. She coloured her portrait using Copics and added the You Quote "Best Version" stamp.

Also as a thank you for a lovely year, for each and every sale, for all your support, community and enthusiasm, Paperbabe Stamps wouldn't be here without you!!! So, I am holding a sale over the Black Friday weekend...

>> Enter BLACKFRIDAY to receive 15% off when you spend £5 <<

Have a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim & the Team x

*So, if you use Paperbabe Stamps in your projects you have the chance to win £20 of Paperbabe Stamps, otherwise the prize will be £10.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Introducing November's Female Face Stamp Set and Mixed media Templates Day Two.

Welcome to our second day of introductions...
Now, this will look pretty much like yesterday's post lol...
But with the difference being that the Female Face stamps and Mixed media Templates are a larger version.

 I have also made another video yay go me!(still a work in progress)

Female Face Standard size

This too is a fabulous face stamp set, it works the same as the doll face set and the mini Female Face stamp that we introduced yesterday but it is slighter bigger. It works with all the previous portrait Mixed Media Templates too.

The Details:
  • Female Face Photopolymer Clear set will be available for purchase on Fri 20th November.
  • The set will retail at £9.00
  • Female Face has a total of 32 stamps, There two styles of open eyes, with coordinating lashes, top and bottom, one set of closed lashes. The iris has been broken up into about six layers to make stamping the perfect eye colour totally personal. There are a possible four pupils' to choose from, whether it be one of the adorable hearts or the large or small pupil. The lips too have been broken into steps giving added poseability. A very cute button nose and a set of eyebrows. The images are all separate for many stamping variations.

Next, the three New Mixed Media Templates scaled to fit the larger Face Stamps... I am also offering a pre cut service for these three new templates, just choose which you would like in the pull down menu in the listing.

Wavy Bunches


Rag Tails

I have wanted some bunches for a while, I designed cute wavy bunches, they are separate which means they can be placed anywhere on the head. There are two styles of wavy tails if you wanted to use the same or mix and match as I have shown. The mermaid style template was inspired by an earlier mixed media piece and I can just imagine the possibilities with this one. And lastly the Rag Tails template, for that shabby chic look, you can layer up the tails for a fuller look or use less, it includes the templates for drawing the ribbons. All three coordinate with the previously released Head & Torso Template, as well as the face stamp sets.

The Details:
  • Portrait Mixed Media Templates will be available for purchase on Fri 20th November.
  • They will retail from £5.00 up to £7.00(for pre cut templates)
  • There are three new templates in this collection: Wavy Bunches, Mermaid and Rag Tails, the previously released head and torso will work with these and each hairstyle coordinates with the Female Face stamp set.

Here's a little reminder of the little step by step I put together for the pupils and lashes and lips.

And another little Video this time I'm using the templates...

Onto a couple of samples...

This is a mixed media piece using the Head & Torso Template and the New female Face stamp set. Although I added my own free style hair and flower.
The face I painted first with ceramcoat acrylics before stamping the features. I've opted for the smaller open eyes and
I wanted to demonstrate how you can manipulate the lip stamps to make a much fuller bottom lip by squeezing the edges of the stamp on your acrylic block.

This next sample really was an experiment I just had to try, I can't wait to have a go with the mini templates and stamps...
This was created completely from frosted shrink plastic, I ended up cutting into three sheets but there's plenty left over for smaller projects, see I just had to give it a go... lol!
I got out my twinkling H2os and painted the shrink plastic, it's great that the plastic doesn't warp when wet but it does take a little while to dry.
I also learnt it is much easier to draw the parts and then cut out before painting. When the face was dry I stamped her face using the New female Face set and Mermaid Mixed Media Template in memento luxe pigment inks. I've utilised the stamps from Oriental zen for the added scale pattern, the dots and the flower in her hair as well as the little fish.

The shrinking was magical as always, not knowing how it would truly look. The mica or shimmer in the paint get's like flakes when shrunk giving the impression of scaley skin I probably would otherwise struggle to achieve. I forgot to do a few things before gluing but it was my first attempt.

AND how wonderful were the team's projects yesterday, With a very special honoured guest...
what a treat I hope you will pop by their blogs for even further inspiration and check out their gorgeous projects...

Thank you very much for all your support and I hope you will return tomorrow as the stamps will be in the shop ready to buy!!!

Enjoy a wonderfully creative day!
HuGs Kim & the Team x